Steve Tasker

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Anyone else looking forward to this show?

Basically, it's a washed up major league pitcher who returns to his old town as a gym teacher. Looks like it could be good.

It premieres tonight (2/15) at 10:30 on HBO.

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18 wheels a rollin. We're gonna do what they say can't be done.

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I'm so ####### pumped for this.

Will Ferrell as Ric Flair-esque Ashley Hamilton(or something like that), looks like GOLD!

WHOOOOOO!!!

I never got the Danny McBride love, but he looks really funny in this!

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already hooked. The intro and first 10 minutes are great.

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This has to be one of the funniest shows I have ever seen.

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This has to be one of the funniest shows I have ever seen.

Well I just gave this show the kiss of death, everything I have ever liked on TV gets cancelled.

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This has to be one of the funniest shows I have ever seen.

I wouldn't go that far, but it was pretty good. Definitely something I'll watch again next week.

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I thought the funniest part was at the end when the janitor said where the **** is he going, it's still first period. I was dying. Overall show had promise. Would have liked to have seen his brother lay him out but whatever.

It was also funny when he was yelling and apologizing.

I have never seen the actor before has he done anything else.

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I thought the funniest part was at the end when the janitor said where the **** is he going, it's still first period. I was dying. Overall show had promise. Would have liked to have seen his brother lay him out but whatever. It was also funny when he was yelling and apologizing. I have never seen the actor before has he done anything else.

I have to say he seems to be the next up and coming thing from a comedic actor standpoint. He's been busy lately. I know he was in The Heartbreak Kid as the annoying cousin, he was pretty funny I thought in Tropic Thunder as the insane pyro guy, and I thought he was downright hilarious in Pineapple Express. He's also in Ferrell's new one coming out. Looking forward to this show.

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I thought the funniest part was at the end when the janitor said where the **** is he going, it's still first period. I was dying. Overall show had promise. Would have liked to have seen his brother lay him out but whatever. It was also funny when he was yelling and apologizing. I have never seen the actor before has he done anything else.

I have to say he seems to be the next up and coming thing from a comedic actor standpoint. He's been busy lately. I know he was in The Heartbreak Kid as the annoying cousin, he was pretty funny I thought in Tropic Thunder as the insane pyro guy, and I thought he was downright hilarious in Pineapple Express. He's also in Ferrell's new one coming out. Looking forward to this show.
Plus he played the main role in The Foot Fist Way.

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Not a bad show pretty funny, just not sure this has legs for a full season, but i could be wrong.

Here is a link to watch it http://www.megavideo.com/?v=IS6HWCME

Best line was:

Kid: My dad says you ruined baseball

Kenny Powers: You know what i get the feeling no matter how many pushups or sittups you do i am not going to like you very much. Kids if you want to pick on one boy

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This has to be one of the funniest shows I have ever seen.

Well I just gave this show the kiss of death, everything I have ever liked on TV gets cancelled.
All the best shows get cancelled: Arrested Development, Carnival, Freaks and Geeks, Chappelle's Show, Family Guy, the one with Chris Eliot back in the 90s. Anyway, recorded it and going to give it a shot.

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There was a recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution comparing Kenny Powers to John Rocker:

HBO’s ‘Eastbound’ may look familiar to John Rocker

Fictional Kenny Powers borrows traits from former Braves pitcher

By RODNEY HO

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Friday, February 13, 2009

Former major league pitcher John Rocker has been out of baseball for six years but recently made headlines after a public confrontation with a local radio host. Now HBO has come out with a comedy featuring Kenny Powers, who evokes a bit of that politically incorrect, take-no-prisoners Rocker vibe. Danny McBride, a Georgia native and star of the show, said the character is an amalgam of “shamed ballplayers from the past,” including Rocker. “I think he’ll like it,” McBride said. Rocker saw clips online earlier this week and “he just sat there and grinned,” said “Southside” Steve Rickman, a Rock 100.5 morning host and friends with Rocker. (Rocker himself couldn’t be reached for comment.)

Here’s a comparison of the real person vs. the fictional character.

John Rocker

Baseball history: In 1998, at age 23, Rocker debuted as a reliever for the Braves and had his best season with 38 saves the next year. Atlanta embraced him.

Trouble: In 2000, in a Sports Illustrated story, he insulted gays, immigrants, Asian women and African Americans, resulting in suspension and ridicule. His pitching abilities waned and the Braves traded him in 2001. By 2003, he was out of major league baseball.

Post-baseball: He’s worked in real estate and financial management. He started a “Speak English” campaign. He’s a regular visitor to the Regular Guys morning show on Rock 100.5.

Steroids?: He’s been implicated in steroid investigations and in 2007 admitted using Human Growth Hormone while pitching.

Kenny Powers

Baseball history: At age 19, as a rookie, he pitched the bottom of the ninth and won the World Series for the Braves. He received big money, endorsements and magazine covers (“Mullet Power” was the headline of a fake Sports Illustrated). He eventually left the Braves to become a free agent.

Trouble: He joined the New York Mets and proceeded to insult Jews. He moved to the San Francisco Giants and insulted gays. He ended his career in Seattle where he gave the fans a farewell middle finger.

Post-baseball: After he lost his baseball money, he moved in with his brother in his small North Carolina hometown and got a job at the local middle school as a P.E. teacher while pining for his high school squeeze.

Steroids?: He denied using, then knocked a cameraman down.

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Just caught it tonight. Good premier... wish it would have been a full hour. But very funny.

Principal: Want a smoothie?

Powers: No I'm straight.

Powers: I took April's virginity.

Principal: What's that?

Powers: I don't want a smoothie.

Brother: Hey, you're ruining my siding!

Powers: aw, #### your siding.

That last exchange kind of reminded me of hooter311's friend.

The only thing that made me a little uncomforable during the show was, at times, I could identify with Powers. Quite a bit. And I don't think that's a good thing.

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RULES.

Might be my favorite show ending of all time.

Edited by One

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We have something in common. I'm training for a triathalon.

I play a real sport - not "who can exercise the best"

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We have something in common. I'm training for a triathalon.I play a real sport - not "who can exercise the best"

hahahahaha, my favorite line of the show

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Funny but can't see how they'll keep it going more than a half dozen shows. Will get old really quick.

This is pretty much how I feel about it. I'll keep watching, but this doesn't have long-term staying power. Edited by Steve Tasker for Prez

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Danny McBride RULEZ.

Will be looking for teh torrentz for this one.

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Wow, a lot of people wanting to write it off after one show. I thought it was aas good as you could expect. And there is definitely promise in it. I think you'd have to give it a season before you can say it's a flop.

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Awesome show, I laughed my ### off. It'll be interesting to see if they can maintain its momentum.

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I was pumped and I thought they tried a little too hard, but I'll definatley be back and hope it smoothes out a bit in episode 2.

I thought the coke was kind of gratitious, but my personal favorite line of the show was in there, when he talked about following Widespread. I can't tell you how many purveyors of the disco powder I knew who followed that, and thats a fine attention to recent southern culture right there!

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...and can I wear the Scream mask, the mask from Scream, when I do you from behind

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I have Comcast On Demand and I get the HBO channel. Can I watch this show anytime on the On Demand menu?

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...and can I wear the Scream mask, the mask from Scream, when I do you from behind

One of the best lines I've ever heard in my life.

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I have Comcast On Demand and I get the HBO channel. Can I watch this show anytime on the On Demand menu?

Yes. I think it's available until sometime in Mid April

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I was pumped and I thought they tried a little too hard, but I'll definatley be back and hope it smoothes out a bit in episode 2.

I thought the coke was kind of gratitious, but my personal favorite line of the show was in there, when he talked about following Widespread. I can't tell you how many purveyors of the disco powder I knew who followed that, and thats a fine attention to recent southern culture right there!

I thought this was a great scene, they seemed to nail the chattiness that ensues from partaking in that particular substance well. The widespread line almost made me spit up.

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I was pumped and I thought they tried a little too hard, but I'll definatley be back and hope it smoothes out a bit in episode 2.

I thought the coke was kind of gratitious, but my personal favorite line of the show was in there, when he talked about following Widespread. I can't tell you how many purveyors of the disco powder I knew who followed that, and thats a fine attention to recent southern culture right there!

I thought this was a great scene, they seemed to nail the chattiness that ensues from partaking in that particular substance well. The widespread line almost made me spit up.
:unsure:

spot on.

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