The 2019 Draft

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Previously on Adam Riff™:

There was an idea… To bring together a group of disparate people… To see if we could create something more…than a year-end list.

12 people select 10 things they loved from 2019 without any overlap, creating a "best of 2019" list unlike any other.

This year, selections will be posted in quasi real time.

Which Pokémon Sword &Shield starter / Disney+ channel / chicken sandwich are you?

In randomly-generated snake draft order:

Scorbunny / Pixar / Cosmi's Deli's Chicken Cheesesteak (Philadelphia, PA)

Jon Y (me)
Grookey / Star Wars / Plan Check's Southern Fry (Los Angeles, CA)

Scorbunny / Star Wars / Hattie B's Hot Chicken Sandwich (Nashville, TN)

Jon B
Sobble / Star Wars / Highline's Buffalo style Crazy Train (Seattle, WA)

Grookey / Marvel / Fuku's Knockout Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich

Scorbunny / Pixar / The Commodore's Hot Breast (Brooklyn, NY)

Scorbunny / Marvel / O'Charley's Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Grookey / Disney / Any Buffalo chicken sandwich

Scorbunny / Marvel / The NoMad Bar's Chicken French Dip (Las Vegas, NV)

Sobble / National Geographic / American Sardine Bar's Fried Chicken Sandwich (Philadelphia, PA)

Jon T
Sobble / Marvel / P.G. Clucks' Classic Sandwich (Toronto, ON)

Grookey / Pixar / Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich


With the first pick in the 2019 Draft, Molly selected…

R1 • Molly
1. Hustlers
film / lorene scafaria

R1 • Jon Y
2. Parasite
film / bong joon-ho

R1 • Adam
3. Perpetual Grace LTD
television / s01 / epix

R1 • Jon B
4. Watchmen
television / s01 / hbo

R1 • Aaron
5. Avengers: Endgame
film / anthony and joe russo

R1 • Stan
6. Fleabag
television / s02 / amazon prime video

R1 • Russell
7. Damian Lillard ethers Russell Westbrook and Paul George in the NBA Playoffs
sports / nba / portland trail blazers

R1 • Logan
8. Marriage Story
film / noah baumbach

R1 • Ben
9. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson's "The Day That Robert Palins Murdered Me" and "Focus Group" Sketches
television / s01e03 &e05 / netflix

R1 • Drew
10. Succession
television / s02 / hbo

R1 • Jon T
11. Baby Yoda
television / the mandalorian / s01 / disney+

R1 • Jeff
12. Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood
film / quentin tarantino

R2 • Jeff
13. The Highwomen
music / artist / "redesigning women"

R2 • Jon T
14. The Irishman
film / martin scorsese

R2 • Drew
15. Barry: "ronny/lily"
television / so2e05 / hbo

R2 • Ben
16. Chernobyl
television / hbo

R2 • Logan
17. Euphoria
television / s01 / hbo

R2 • Russell
18. Midsommar
film / ari aster

R2 • Stan
19. Waves
film / trey edward shults

R2 • Aaron
20. Lizzo
music / artist / "juice"

R2 • Jon B
21. Pen15: "Community Service"
television / s01e05 / hulu

R2 • Adam
22. What We Do in the Shadows
television / s01 / fx

R2 • Jon Y
23. The Other Two
television / s01 / comedy central

R2 • Molly
24. Megan Thee Stallion and "Hot Girl Summer"
music / artist / meme

R3 • Molly
25. The other hot priest: David Acosta (Mike Colter) on Evil
television / s01 / cbs

R3 • Jon Y
26. Ramy: "Strawberries"
television / s01e04 / hulu / masturbation angst + 9/11

R3 • Adam
27. Aimee-Leigh and Baby Billy – "Misbehavin' (1989)"
television / the righteous gemstones / s01e05 / hbo

R3 • Jon B
28. Booksmart
film / olivia wilde

R3 • Aaron
29. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
video game / fromsoftware

R3 • Stan
30. Russian Doll
television / s01 / netflix

R3 • Russell
31. Paul Rudd: "Hey, look at us"
meme / hot ones / youtube

R3 • Logan
32. Marvel vs. Scorsese

R3 • Ben
33. Lil Nas X
music / artist / "old town road"

R3 • Drew
34. Lamar Jackson (specifically Lamar in outfielder shades)
sports / nfl / baltimore ravens

R3 • Jon T
35. Knives Out
film / rian johnson

R3 • Jeff
36. Control
video game / remedy

R4 • Jeff
37. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum in Dolby Cinema
film / chad stahelski

R4 • Jon T
38. Brienne getting knighted
television / game of thrones / s08e02 / hbo

R4 • Drew
39. Broad City's series finale
television / s05e10 / comedy central

R4 • Ben
40. Megan Rapinoe and the United States women's national soccer team
sports / fifa / women's world cup france 2019

R4 • Logan
41. This shot is brilliant and should be shown in any film class

R4 • Russell
42. South Side
television / s01 / comedy central

R4 • Stan
43. James Holzhauer breaks Jeopardy!

R4 • Aaron
44. Maggie Rogers
music / artist / "light on"

R4 • Jon B
45. Us
film / jordan peele

R4 • Adam
46. The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
film / ben berman

R4 • Jon
47. Untitled Goose Game
video game / house house

R4 • Molly
48. Dolly Parton's America
podcast / wnyc

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

49. Puddle of Mudd (Silicon Valley, S06E06)

Stray Observations

  • ♫: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – "LIFE ON MARS?" (Watchmen, S01E07)
  • "My number is: I like anal." (Shameless, S10E04)
  • Donald Trump (Mr. Robot, S04E09)
  • "Because one time, I threw a party and David Copperfield said it was beat." (Silicon Valley, S06E06)
  • "Gwart hates Puddle of Mudd." (Silicon Valley, S06E06)
  • "Look, a lot of people made a name for themselves at parties. Bane, he decided to blow up Gotham Stadium during Trivia Night."
    "Oh, the Dallas Cowboys."
    "Incorrect. The Steelers have won the most games at Gotham Stadium."
    "I'm gonna blow up Gotham Stadium." (Harley Quinn, S01E02)
  • "You ruined the bank mitzvah."
    "And crippled an improv troupe!"
    "Meh. Well." (Harley Quinn, S01E02)
  • "Those guys are such dicks."
    "No, not all of 'em. When we were leaving, Bane said, 'You go, girl!'"
    "No, he distinctly said, 'Ooh, Go-Gurt.'" (Harley Quinn, S01E02)
  • "Today, I follow rules because I am afraid of jail." (Joe Pera Talks with You, S02E02)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Succession
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

48. Cole World 2 (WWE NXT, 11-27-19)

Stray Observations

  • Cheyenne Jackson (Watchmen, S01E06)
  • The man who Will Reeves arrests and later shoots in the head is Fred Trump (Watchmen, S01E06)
  • Minutemen photo (Watchmen, S01E06)
  • "All right. You can hang yourself now." (Watchmen, S01E06)
  • Lady Trieu reading The Fountainhead (Watchmen, S01E06)
  • "Yo, Arby's be delicious, though. Got that five for five. Shit's the fiscally responsible meal." (Mr. Robot, S04E08)
  • "I ain't never had Momofukus, bro." (Mr. Robot, S04E08)
  • "Ta-ta for now, you flange." (Mr. Robot, S04E08)
  • "A signing with Catherines Alpha through Omega Joneses!" (Rick and Morty, S04E03)
  • Elon Musk (Rick and Morty, S04E03)
  • "Rick, I think this was a powerful lesson in the dangers of AI, which, by the way, means 'love' in Chinese." (Rick and Morty, S04E03)
  • 'Klay Thompson' (Black-ish, S06E09)
  • "The spice melange." (South Park, S23E08)
  • "My fellow whites!" (Harley Quinn, S01E01)
  • "Leave Joker for who? Some reliable square who thinks he's quirky for playing on a dodgeball team and calls himself a 'beer nerd'?"
    "Okay, I know you're talking about Dan. It was my first year at Sarah Lawrence. There were very slim pickings." (Harley Quinn, S01E01)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Succession
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Eater's Digest: Philadelphia 6

Previously on Adam Riff™:

November 2019
beiler's doughnuts / k'far / condesa / el techo / american sardine bar / primohoagies // cumberland farms / roy rogers // forsythia / south philly barbacoa / essen bakery / metropolitan bakery / goldie / famous 4th street cookie company / siu kee duck house / primohoagies / the dandelion

Smoked Salmon Jerusalem Bagel (K'Far)
dill butter, pickled cucumbers

^ Served hot.

Potato Boreka (K'Far)

^ Its filling is pleasantly curried.

Mint Chocolate Tehina Shake (Goldie)

Tehina Chocolate Chip Cookie (K'Far)

Sour Cherry and Dark Chocolate Cookie (Metropolitan Bakery)
—The best chocolate chip cookie in Philadelphia.

Chamoyada (Condesa)
whipped coconut, mango, angel food cake, chamoy, lime curd

Tamal de Chocolate (Condesa)
masa, peanut ice cream, honey

Pastel de Queso (Condesa)
fromage blanc, guava, sweet lime, anise

^^^ All of the desserts at (Condesa) are scrumptious.

Lamb Adobado Tacos (Condesa)
—Give (South Philly Barbacoa) a run for its money.

Octopus and Bean Tlayuda (Condesa)
asiento, quesillo, repollo

Truffle and Ham Hock Beignets (Forsythia)
apple miso butter
—We were deciding between eating at (Forsythia) or (Fiore), and I chose (Forsythia) because of this dish. I chose poorly.

Omelette (Forsythia)
jonah crab, espelette, sauce choron

^ Craig LaBan:

A traditional omelet, folded like a velvety blanket around a filling of Jonah crab, was topped with a tomato-blushed béarnaise called sauce Choron that would earn a five-star Yelp review from Auguste Escoffier.

I mean… It's a good omelette…

Pommes Anna (Forsythia)
epoisses onion

The pungent fog of aerated Époisses that rolled off the towering pommes Anna, a butter-crisped scroll of shaved potato, was one of the most memorable dishes I've eaten all year.

^ Okay, this cheese sauce is admittedly divine.

Sweet Potato Agnolotti (Forsythia)
lamb neck, pecorino, cèpes

Tuna Collar Amandine (Forsythia)
fresno chili, hearts of palm, ponzu

Turkey Diablo (PrimoHoagies)
home style turkey breast, hot pepper cheese, a spicy blend of spices
—Are hoagies not cut in half?

Herr's Kettle Cooked Dark Russet Potato Chips

Apple Cider Donuts (Cumberland Farms)


Chicken and Snail Lasagna (Serpico)
béchamel, hazelnuts, ramp pesto, yuzu

Smoked Herring Spaghetti (Friday Saturday Sunday)
crab, calabrian chili, anise seed

Sweetbread Katsu [Sando] (Friday Saturday Sunday)
bone marrow tartar sauce, pickled radish

Green Curry Chicken Wontons (Cheu Fishtown)
b&b pickles, peanut, crispy onion

Squid "Pad Thai" Salad (Vernick Fish)

Ricotta Gnocchi (Vernick Fish)
tuna 'nduja, broccoli rabe

Roasted Porgy (Vernick Fish)
jasmine rice, andouille sausage, creole broth

Mac Daddy (Flannel)
three thick slices of mac and cheese loaf made with cheddar, mozzarella, cheddar, cream cheese, cheddar, provolone, cheddar, and monterey jack; with burnt bread crumbs and maldon salt

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

47. Cole World (NXT TakeOver: WarGames, 11-23-19)

Stray Observations

  • Michael Imperioli (Watchmen, S01E05)
  • "I'm FBI. We bug shit." (Watchmen, S01E05)
  • Pale Horse : Schindler's List (Watchmen, S01E05)
  • ♫: "Careless Whisper"s (Watchmen, S01E05)
  • "Get out of my she-shed." (Shameless, S10E02)
  • "Power is just an asshole stuffed with money." (Mr. Robot, S04E07)
  • "Behind every great fortune, there lies a great crime." (Mr. Robot, S04E07)
  • "What in the hell are you doing?"
    "That's not how I did it."
    "Yeah, where's your daughter?"
    "Ah, you're right. She joined ISIS." (Rick and Morty, S04E02)
  • "The California African American Museum?"
    "I have a plaque at the plaza."
    "A plaque in the plaza?"
    "Right between George Lucas' wife and Robert De Niro's wife." (Black-ish, S06E08)
  • "No, we're both fans of Black art."
    "Oh. So am I."
    "Yeah. Airbrushed pictures of dead rappers, Maya Angelou quotes on plywood in pretty fonts, oil paintings of naked women in afros posing with various big cats." (Black-ish, S06E08)
  • "And I said, 'Well, in this house, your name is O'Shea Jackson, and no, you cannot have another soda.'" (Black-ish, S06E08)
  • "Yeah, but Keri Russell works all the time."
    "Now does she still play women?" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S14E09)
  • ♫: The Shining theme (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S14E10)
  • "My elbows are massive and you have no tits!"
    "Your elbows suck!" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S14E10)
  • "I've been warning you about your lack of elbow mass for weeks." (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S14E10)
  • "I created a great little diversion. I told this one dad that another dad said that his kid had a tight little dumper." (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S14E10)
  • "You want to be a ghost? Like the fart of meals past?" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S14E10)
  • Fake-out ending (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S14E10)
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season Grade: C

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Succession
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia