Last Week on Halftime: Burger week mania

Burgers, burgers, and more burgers. Last week, the Halftime staff went crazy for burgers, reviewing different burgers in Georgetown in relation to one another in a giant, March Madness-style bracket.

Vox particularly liked the Five Guys vs. Thunder Burger matchup by Andrew Gutman. Thunder Burger is Vox‘s favorite restaurant in Georgetown, and it did pretty well in the bracket, moving on to the Final Four

Here we have a true set of opposites—the sloppily satisfying casual dining of Five Guys (Burgers and Fries) and the noveau-hip “serious” patty craft of Thunder Burger (& Bar). One is the DC-sprung chain that’s captured the hearts (or, occasionally, ire) of hamburger enthusiasts worldwide; the other is a classically yuppie-ish endeavor to rethink how we eat a beef patty between a pair of buns. In this matchup, we see a clash between the populist and the elite, even—dare I suggest it?—the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. They almost seem difficult to compare, with their totally different audiences and goals, but as they have both committed themselves to the Way of the Burg, they must be seen as equals, as much brothers as they are opponents in their quest to serve that ever-ephemeral ideal of the Perfect Patty.

Kevin Huggard preps newbies for the first-ever College Football Playoff.

Perennial cellar-dwellers within the SEC, Mississippi State’s run to #1 has shocked the college football world. For a program with such a long history and such a spirited fanbase, the Bulldogs have only won one SEC championship and zero national championships. This year could finally be the year that Mississippi State breaks through and wins it all, under the leadership of dual-threat quarterback Dak Prescott, whom Alabama coach Nick Saban, according to reporter Cecil Hurt, recently said “reminds you of (former Florida quarterback Tim) Tebow in a lot of ways, but is also a very good passer.” Aside from the blatant shade thrown at Tim Tebow, Saban’s quote serves to reinforce Prescott’s role in commanding one of the nation’s most exciting offences. If you are a fan of underdogs and dynamic quarterbacks, MSU could be your team.

Graham Piro prepares audiences for Peter Jackson‘s third and final installment in The Hobbit series, remaining optimistic for third film to be the best yet while criticizing the way Jackson handled his second Tolkien trilogy.

Perhaps this stems from the mentality behind the films. The beauty of The Lord of the Rings films was that Jackson (and fellow screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh) was forced to take a massive amount of source material and strip it down to a well-paced and exciting story. He cut out several extraneous sequences in the books (like the bizarre encounter with Tom Bombadil, which probably would have been quite creepy on the silver screen) for the sake of the story. With The Hobbit, Jackson’s been forced to do the opposite. He’s had to take a relatively short, simple 300 page story and expand it into enough material to fill nine hours of screen time. Such characters as the primary antagonist Azog the Defiler, and such set pieces as An Unexpected Journey’s rock giant fight were referred to by throwaway lines in the books. This has given the movies a bloated feeling, and the idea that Jackson doesn’t particularly care about what he puts on film.

And Tim Annick covers the unfortunate disadvantages of hot yoga in his “Just the Basics” satire column.

My friend, an avid runner, was livid. “[The instructor] implied that I wasn’t fit or that I was out of shape, which obviously isn’t the case,” my friend later said to me. But here’s the truth of the matter: nobody is prepared for hot yoga. As far as I’m concerned, hot yoga isn’t really good for anything. You’re sitting in a hot room, stretching in unnatural ways, surrounded by fit strangers and mirrors—which remind you that you’re not spending enough time at the gym and just how much you can sweat, respectively.

Photo: Andrew Gutman/Georgetown Voice

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