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As I was flipping through my choices on Netflix the other night I came across That 70’s Show. I decided to watch a couple of the old episodes and came across a scene where the guys were playing quarters. It took me back to my college days and many forgetful nights. No seriously. I have no recollection of many of the nights where I was at a quarters table.

College kids and 20-somethings drinking games have evolved a long way from my days of quarters. In case you are now asking yourself, what drinking games are today’s 20-somethings playing? I am here to fill in the blanks.

Until recently, beer pong was the only drinking game that I knew was popular. However, upon attending a college graduation party for a USC grad this month I was introduced to a new game involving one team throwing a single die high into the air and letting hit a table below. The opposing team was then responsible for catching the die as it bounced off the table. If it hits the ground or the table a second time, the opposition drinks. If the opposition catches the die before it hits the ground, the die-throwing team drinks. A perfect throw is when the die hits the edge of the table and skims off directly into the ground. The game is officially known as beer die. For all the rules skim to the bottom of the article.

Now, throwing a die high up into the air is not a big athletic challenge, oh did we mention it has to go 9 feet high in the air, but catching that sucker after it hits the table requires world-class reflexes. It will literally spring off the table in a thousand different directions, or so it seems.

What’s your favorite drinking game? Is it quarters? Beer pong? Flip cup? The newest craze Beer Die? Or something else. Kandy wants to know. Tell us on social media using the hashtag #kandydrinkingames

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Beer Die Rules
The Necessities

  • Four Players, Two on each time
  • Dice
  • 8 ft x 2 ½ ft table
  • 4 Red cups – 1 cup placed in each corner of the table
  • Beer

How Points Are Scored

  1. Plunk – A player shoots the die into the opposing players cup. Remember the die has to go at least 9 feet in the air. The shooting team earns two points.
  2. If a player on defense drops the die, fails to catch the die after it hits the die, or uses more than a single hand to catch the die the shooting team earns a single point.
  3. If the shooting team throws a die into the air and it falls short of the midway point of the table the defending team earns a point.
  4. If a shot hits any of the red cups on the table it is considered a dead shot and no points are awarded.
  5. If a shot hits the centerline it is considered a dead shot and no points are awarded.

When Drinking Occurs

  1. Plunk – the team that gets plunked must finish their beers
  2. Shooter Misses the Table – the shooting team must take a sip of their beer
  3. Point Score – anytime a team has a point scored against, it must take a sip of its beer
  4. Number 5 – anytime the number 5 shows on the die on the table the team must chug its beers.

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2017 Major League Baseball Top 3 Surprises and Disappointments

The 2017 MLB season has reached the critical month of June where teams begin to establish themselves as contenders or pretenders. It is time for Kandy to revisit its’ pre-season predictions and see who has surprised us and who is disappointing.

Top 3 Surprises

  1. Minnesota Twins – based on all our pre-season research, i.e. baseball experts’ reviews and predictions, we expected the Twins to have the worst record in baseball. However, they currently sit atop the American League Central division. Way to go young Twins! Our pre-season AL Central favorites the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians are contenders closely on the heels of the Twinkies.
  2. Colorado Rockies – ok, we admit the Rockies success thus far is not a surprise to us but is to many baseball experts. We had the Rockies battling the Giants for the NL West crown. We’ll talk more about the Giants on our list of Most Disappointing.
  3. Houston Astros – again, not a surprise to us that they are sitting atop the AL West division but certainly a surprise to many baseball experts. What is surprising to us is that they currently have the best record in baseball and are on pace to win 117 games. They best hope the young Yankees implode down the stretch so as to not meet up in the playoffs. We recall the last time a team won over 110 games and met a Yankees team in the playoffs, the 2001 Seattle Mariners won 116 games but lost in the ALCS to the Yankees 4 – 1.

Honorable Mention: Speaking of the Yankees, they get nudged out of our top 3 we give them honorable mention for sitting atop the AL East, ahead of our pre-season pick the Baltimore Orioles.

Top 3 Disappointments

  1. New York Mets – we had very high expectations for the Metropolitans this season but they have greatly underperformed. Some would point to injuries to the starting pitchers, bullpen and position players. The remaining players who are healthy have for the most part have failed to carry the load in the absence of their teammates. The one prediction that looks like a lock for us is that Michael Conforto has replaced Curtis Granderson as the starting centerfielder.
  2. San Francisco Giants – we could easily play the Giants in the number one slot but we had the Mets winning the WS this season so even though the Giants have a worse record they slide to position number two. Bochy will make a run with this team but they are too far out already to reach the post-season in a division that is way more competitive than anyone predicted.
  3. Chicago Cubs – we, like every other expert, expected so much more from the Cubs this year. They seem to be finding their stride but to be barely over .500 at this point in the season is disappointing. If they are planning to return to the World Series this year they are going to need to go on a serious run. The Nationals and NL West teams are looking very formidable. Home field advantage could very well decide who reached the WS from the NL this year.

What about you? What teams are your biggest surprises or disappointments? We want to hear from you. We’ll publish our favorite reader’s responses in the next issue of Kandy. Email sports@kandymag.com

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The Big Sick Preview

Rated: R
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Written by: Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Produced by: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel
Studios: Lionsgate / Amazon Studios
Kandy Rating: 5 out of 5 Panties come off at the end of the night

Before we get into the review, we were going to review Transformers: The Last Knight but with less than a month to its release there still are no release notes or production notes to provide a basis for a review. So, we serve up The Big Sick which has an amazing real-life story.

Fans of HBO’s Silicon Valley will recognize the lead actor of The Big Sick Kumail Nanjiani. Kumail is a Pakistan-born comedian who lived in Chicago and was a struggling stand-up comedian. One night he was heckled by Emily Gordon, who would eventually become his wife. The movie tells the story of the courtship between Kumail and Emily (played by Zoe Kazan).

Every month we review production notes, release notes and featurettes from dozens of films and tv shows. This romantic comedy, aka chick flick, is not a film you would typically find in Kandy. However, we are big fans of HBO’s Silicon Valley and we noticed a film starring one of the main characters we gave it a look. The story between Kumail and Emily captivated us and was one we just had to share. Listen up guys, if you are in relationship, no matter what level or stage it may be at, take your girl to the theatre to see this film. We guarantee later that night you will be enjoying the fruits of her nectar.

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2017 American League West Season Prediction

American League West
Keeping with our trend of picking new contenders, we see the Astros returning to the promised land with the Mariners on their heels. 2017 may very well be the year Angels manager Mike Scioscia is fired.

Houston Astros
Biggest Additions DH Carlos Beltran
Biggest Losses: OF Colby Rasmus
Achilles Heel: Pitching
Kandy says: The Astros loaded up on veteran leadership this off-season to mix with their young stars. Joining Beltran in Houston is former Yankees teammate catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Josh Reddick. The Astros are primed to win if the geezers can hold up and the pitching staff finds its groove.

Seattle Mariners
Biggest Additions: P Drew Smyly
Biggest Losses: P Drew Storen
Achilles Heel: Team chemistry. GM Dipoto was extremely active this postseason, mixing and matching pieces as he saw a chance to capture the 2017 AL West crown.
Kandy says: A lot of new faces have the Mariners competing for the division crown. If the Astros geezers falter the Mariners will be there to take the crown.

Texas Rangers
Biggest Additions: 1B Mike Napoli
Biggest Losses: Carlos Beltran, Ian Desmond, Colby Lewis
Achilles Heel: Bullpen Depth
Kandy says: No soup for you this year Rangers fans.

Oakland Athletics
Biggest Additions: OF Rajai Davis
Biggest Losses: Danny Valencia
Achilles Heel: Home field
Kandy says: One more year A’s fans. 2018 should begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Los Angeles Angels
Biggest Additions: OF Cameron Maybin
Biggest Losses: P Jhoulys Chacin
Achilles Heel: Mgr Mike Scioscia
Kandy says: Scioscia was locked in a power struggle previously with GM Jerry Dipoto and won. They added Cameron Maybin but he is a natural centerfielder, the same position the best player in baseball plays on this club, Mike Trout. Nice player, hope he knows how to play left field.

There you have it. Our 2017 Major League Baseball preview. Get back to us in October and let us know how we did by dropping an email to sports@kandymag.com.

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American League Central 2017 Season Prediction

American League Central
Speaking of the AL Central, surprise surprise! We love the Tigers this year but would not be shocked if the Indians repeated.

Detroit Tigers
Biggest Additions: 2B Omar Infante
Biggest Loss: OF Cameron Maybin
Achilles Heel: Centerfield.
Kandy says: The Tigers squeeze past the Indians for the division crown.

Cleveland Indians
Biggest Additions: DH Edwin Encarnacion
Biggest Loss: 1B Mike Napoli
Achilles Heel: Expectations. How can the Indians possibly surpass last years results? The odds are stacked against them winning the 2017 Series but if they stay healthy, 2018 is looking good.
Kandy says: Runner-up to Tigers and another AL Championship appearance.

Kansas City Royals
Biggest Additions: OF Jorge Soler
Biggest Losses: P Wade Davis
Achilles Heel: Grieving over the death of pitcher Yordano Ventura.
Kandy says: A lot of new faces in the Royals clubhouse but talented faces. We would not be surprised to see the Royals back in the postseason.

Minnesota Twins
Biggest Additions: None
Biggest Losses: Trevor Plouffe
Achilles Heel: Defense
Kandy says: When do the Twins move Brian Dozier? It will be a long season Twins fans, thankfully the White Sox are in your division.

Chicago White Sox
Biggest Additions Yoan Moncada
Biggest Losses: P Chris Sale
Achilles Heel: Rebuild. Look at the names that have left since the end of season – Sale, Jackson, Eaton, Avila.
Kandy says: They are rebuilding the team on the south-side of Chicago and it will be a couple years before the White Sox return to competitive baseball.

Before we wrap up our 2017 MLB preview have you noticed a pattern in our predictions? We’ve only predicted one team to repeat as division champions – the Chicago Cubs. We would be crazy to pick against them to repeat as champions. In addition, you may have noticed in the American League only one playoff team from 2016 – the Cleveland Indians.

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