The 2019 Draft

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.



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

In randomly-generated snake draft order:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Logan
Grookey / Disney / Any Buffalo chicken sandwich


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


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


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


Jeff
Grookey / Pixar / Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich



Alright.

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
debate


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 / #keanaissance



R4 • Jon T
38. Brienne getting knighted on Game of Thrones
television / 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
meme


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


R4 • Stan
43. James Holzhauer breaks Jeopardy!
television


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 Y
47. Untitled Goose Game
video game / house house


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


R5 • Molly
49. "It's ……….Rebekah Vardy's account"
celebrity feud


R5 • Jon Y
50. Transit
film / christian petzold


R5 • Adam
51. The piano man scene in Under the Silver Lake
film / david robert mitchell


R5 • Jon B
52. Tuca and Bertie
television / s01 / netflix


R5 • Aaron
53. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
video game / electronic arts


R5 • Stan
54. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
music / album



R5 • Russell
55. Tyler, the Creator – IGOR
music / album


R5 • Logan
56. "This Life" by Vampire Weekend
music / song / 'father of the bride'


R5 • Ben
57. Deadspin
murdered blog


R5 • Drew
58. The tribute to The Sting in Spider-Man: Far from Home
film / jon watts



R5 • Jon T
59. Woman Yelling at a Cat
meme


R5 • Jeff
60. Veep's series finale
television / s07e07 / hbo



R6 • Jeff
61. AEW Dynamite
television / wrestling / tnt


R6 • Jon T
62. Magic Johnson's resignation press conference
sports / nba / los angeles lakers


R6 • Drew
63. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (and her not knowing who Van Halen is)
music / album


R6 • Ben
64. Tom Brady's sixth Super Bowl ring
sports / nfl / new england patriots


R6 • Logan
65. Long Shot
film / jonathan levine


R6 • Russell
66. Homelander, Queen Maeve, and the passengers of flight 37 from The Boys
television / s01e04 / amazon prime video


R6 • Stan
67. The Farewell
film / lulu wang


R6 • Aaron
68. Schitt's Creek
television / s05 / netflix



R6 • Jon B
69. Hail Satan?
film / penny lane



R6 • Adam
70. The Tampa Bay Lightning tying the record for wins in a season and getting swept by the 8th seed Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs
sports / nhl


R6 • Jon Y
71. Trader Joe's Plantain Crisps
food


R6 • Molly
72. "Unlike Agholor"
local news soundbite / philadelphia


R7 • Molly
73. The Bob Newhart episode of Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend
podcast / earwolf


R7 • Jon Y
74. YBN Cordae
music / artist / "rnp (feat. anderson .paak)"



R7 • Adam
75. Tesla Cybertruck
car


R7 • Jon B
76. Ready or Not
film / matt bettinelli-olpin and tyler gillett


R7 • Aaron
77. Céline Dion, fashion icon
celebrity skin


R7 • Stan
78. Emile Mosseri's score for The Last Black Man in San Francisco
film / joe talbot


R7 • Russell
79. Tekashi 6ix9ine's snitch-a-thon
celebrity trial



R7 • Logan
80. Kombucha Girl
meme / tiktok


R7 • Ben
81. "Con Altura (feat. El Guincho)" by ROSALÍA and J Balvin
music / song


R7 • Drew
82. Sophie Turner sending it on the jumbotron and Juuling on set
celebrity vice


R7 • Jon T
83. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "The Janitor Always Mops Twice"
television / s14e06 / fxx


R7 • Jeff
84. Jenny Lewis at the Ryman Auditorium
live music / nashville, tn / 31 mar


R8 • Jeff
85. Mindhunter
television / s02 / netflix


R8 • Jon T
86. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
music / album


R8 • Drew
87. The moon rover sequence in Ad Astra
film / james gray


R8 • Ben
88. My decade-long obsession with Jeffrey Epstein becoming worthwhile
american crime story


R8 • Logan
89. "White Claw Summer"
drink / trend


R8 • Russell
90. When "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica drops in the opening of Triple Frontier
film / j.c. chandor



R8 • Stan
91. "IHOP Parking Lot (feat. Maya Rudolph and HAIM)" by The Lonely Island
music / song / television / the unauthorized bash brothers experience / netflix



R8 • Aaron
92. #gottafixfast
film mulligan / sonic the hedgehog / jeff fowler



R8 • Jon B
93. Tammy and the T-Rex: Gore Cut
film restoration / stewart raffill


R8 • Adam
94. "Maclunkey"
film edit / star wars: episode iv – a new hope / george lucas


R8 • Jon Y
95. Uncut Gems
film / benny and josh safdie


R8 • Molly
96. Olivia Colman's incredibly inspiring Oscar speech that it turns out she was hammered during
public speaking


R9 • Molly
97. Rihanna deciding to lend some clout to LVMH
fashion


R9 • Jon Y
98. One Cut of the Dead
film / shin'ichirô ueda


R9 • Adam
99. Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated
music / album


R9 • Jon B
100. Ascender
comic book / jeff lemire and dustin nguyen



R9 • Aaron
101. Joker making a step street in The Bronx a tourist destination
film / todd phillips


R9 • Stan
102. Julia Jacklin – Crushing
music / album


R9 • Russell
103. The Bodega Boys Soundboard
podcast fansite



R9 • Logan
104. Operation Varsity Blues
celebrity scandal



R9 • Ben
105. DaBaby's music video catalogue
music / artist / "suge"


R9 • Drew
106. Mariah Carey's Bottle Cap Challenge
social media challenge



R9 • Jon T
107. Netflix and Hulu's dueling Fyre Festival documentaries
television


R9 • Jeff
108. The Brooklyn Nets
sports / nba / +kevin durant and kyrie irving



Final Round Blind Bonus Pick
Along with your final pick, please select something from 2019 that you have yet to experience as of 18 December 2019 but are keen on.



R10 • Jeff
109. FIFA 19/20 Ultimate Team
video game mode / electronic arts
+ Mr. Robot's final season / television / s04 / usa


R10 • Jon T
110. Big Mouth: "Florida"
television / s03e04 / netflix
+ Jojo Rabbit / film / taika waititi


R10 • Drew
111. That video where the guy fills a pepper with sunflower seeds, paints it, puts it inside an eggplant, paints it, then seals it inside a wall
???
+ The Witcher / television / s01 / netflix


R10 • Ben
112. Ryen Russillo's worst year ever
podcast excerpt / the bill simmons podcast / the ringer podcast network
+ The Lighthouse / film / robert eggers


R10 • Logan
113. "Digital fur technology"
film marketing soundbite / cats / tom hooper
+ Death Stranding / video game / kojima productions


R10 • Russell
114. The Nickel Boys
book / colson whitehead
+ When They See Us / television / netflix


R10 • Stan
115. James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999
live comedy show
+ A Hidden Life / film / terrence malick


R10 • Aaron
116. Taylor Swift
music / artist / "lover"
+ Outer Wilds / video game / mobius


R10 • Jon B
117. Jason Mantzoukas as the Big Bad Wolf
television / legion / s03e06 / fx
+ Black Christmas / film / sophia takal


R10 • Adam
118. Pangzai
viral chinese stunt drinker
+ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker / film / j.j. abrams



R10 • Jon Y
119. Hypnospace Outlaw
video game / tendershoot
+ Little Women / film / greta gerwig



R10 • Molly
120. North Bergen High School's production of Alien: The Play
theatre
+ You / television / s02 / netflix



UNDRAFTED!
1917
Big Thief
Kawhi Leonard
OK Boomer
Resident Evil 2
Storming Area 51
Unbelievable



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1 Comment

  1. Ben 05 Dec 19 at 03:52

    Ben here. A few thoughts so far (before pick 38)

    – I *really* wanted Avengers: Endgame, only because when Cap wields Mjolnir, it was maybe my favorite movie moment of the decade. Pure fan service, we knew it was coming, but… it was a nearly perfect moment. I've re-watched the scene a dozen times and it always gives me goosebumps.
    – I originally wanted to claim A24's 2019 as a whole — Midsommar, The Lighthouse, The Farewell, The Last Man in San Francisco, Waves, Under the Silver Lake, Climax, Uncut Gems — a murderer's row of films (and one preview). Just titanic.
    – HBO really had a fantastic 2019 in spite of fucking up GoT's ending (Succession, Watchmen, Chernobyl, Euphoria, Gemstones, Barry).
    – Can't believe I got Nas X at 33 considering he had the biggest Billboard hit of all time… and it's really unironically good!

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