The 2020 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 2020 without any overlap, creating a "best of 2020" list unlike any other.

McDonald's Meal
[Travis Scott / J Balvin / Quavo / Diplo]

K.K. Slider Song
Fantasy Verzuz Battle

In randomly-generated snake draft order:

Travis Scott
"K.K. Gumbo"
Rihanna vs. Madonna

"K.K. Cruisin'"
Metallica vs. Guns N' Roses

"Hypno K.K."
Taylor Swift vs. Tom Petty

"K.K. Reggae"
Phil Collins vs. Adele

"K.K. Cruisin'"
Janet Jackson vs. Mariah Carey

"Comrade K.K."
Fleetwood Mac vs. Paul Simon

Jon Y [me]
"Soulful K.K."
Blur vs. Oasis

"K.K. Bossa"
Mariah Carey vs. Whitney Houston

Jon B
"K.K. Metal"
Robert Smith vs. Morrissey

Travis Scott
"K.K. Cruisin'"
Aphex Twin vs. Boards of Canada

"Café K.K."
Mariah Carey vs. Jennifer Lopez

Travis Scott
"K.K. Metal"
Rick Rubin vs. Ross Robinson

Poor J Balvin.


With the first pick in the 2020 Draft, Drew selected…

R1 • Drew
1. Donald Trump, one-term president
this claim is disputed

R1 • Russell
2. David Guetta shouting out George Floyd's family with a remix of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech
a threat to justice everywhere

R1 • Jeff
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it releasing one week into COVID-19 lockdowns
video game / ns

R1 • Stan
4. The entrancing, 10-minute "Silly Games" dance scene in the middle of Small Axe: Lovers Rock
tele film / dir: steve mcqueen / s01e02 / prime video

R1 • Noelle
5. Harry Styles hinting at his sexual fluidity in the music video for "Watermelon Sugar"
two directions?

R1 • Ben
6. The Last Dance saving our sanity in April and May
limited television series / espn / netflix

R1 • Jon Y
7. How To With John Wilson
television series / s01 / hbo / hbo max

Adam: I knew you'd get my number one. I knew it would be your first pick. Amber can attest because I was yelling about it when I found out I picked last.
Jon: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

R1 • Molly
8. Four Seasons Total Landscaping
intentional press conference location?

R1 • Jon B
9. Possessor
film / dir: brandon cronenberg

R1 • EJ
10. PlayStation 5
video game console

R1 • Aaron
11. The Last of Us: Part II
video game / ps4

R1 • Adam
12. Quibi's absolute and total failure
short-lived, short-form streaming platform

R2 • Adam
13. Reply All #168: "The Case of the Missing Hit"
podcast episode

R2 • Aaron
14. Dua Lipa
musical artist


R2 • EJ
15. All Gas No Brakes
internet series / youtube / instagram

R2 • Jon B
16. Ted Lasso
television series / s01 / apple tv+

R2 • Molly
17. The Old Guard, and Gina Prince-Bythewood finally getting her snaps
film / dir: gina prince-bythewood / netflix

R2 • Jon Y
18. The Great
television series / s01 / hulu

R2 • Ben
19. Verzuz
internet series / instagram live / apple music

R2 • Noelle
20. Lovecraft Country
television series / s01 / hbo / hbo max

R2 • Stan
21. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
film / dir: céline sciamma

R2 • Jeff
22. ZeroZeroZero
television series / s01 / prime video

R2 • Russell
23. Normal People
television series / s01 / hulu

R2 • Drew
24. Rudy Gobert as America's COVID coal mine canary
mic check

R3 • Drew
25. Folklore by Taylor Swift
music album

R3 • Russell
26. Nyles and Sarah's bar dance in Palm Springs
film / dir: max barbakow / hulu

R3 • Jeff
27. Phoebe Bridgers
musical artist

Stan: Fuck. Jeff took Phoebe Bridgers one spot ahead of where I was going to do it.
Jeff: Okay, well, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Palm Springs, and Folklore were pretty much my entire list otherwise. She was all I had left!

R3 • Stan
28. I May Destroy You
television series / s01 / hbo / hbo max

R3 • Noelle
39. Dave
television series / s01 / fxx / fx on hulu

Jon: Goddammit!
Noelle: You snagged The Great from me, so now we're even.

Adam: Just Dave? Not Dave pooping? Booooo!
Noelle: The whole show, every detail about it is so incredible. I couldn't pick!

R3 • Ben
30. Literally everything Marc Rebillet did, "Essential Workers Anthem" in particular
musical artist / song

R3 • Jon Y
32. Nomadland
film / dir: chloé zhao

R3 • Molly
32. High Fidelity: "Uptown"
television episode / s01e05 / hulu

R3 • Jon B
33. Betty
television series / s01 / hbo / hbo max

R3 • EJ
34. Yves Tumor
musical artist

R3 • Aaron
35. The Saved by the Bell revival
television series / s01 / peacock

R3 • Adam
36. Dick Johnson Is Dead
film / dir: kirsten johnson / netflix

R4 • Adam
37. Ahsoka Tano's live-action debut in The Mandalorian: "Chapter 13 – The Jedi"
television episode / s02e05 / disney+

R4 • Aaron
38. The Ellen DeGeneres Show's toxic work environment
behind "be kind"

R4 • EJ
39. QAnon

R4 • Jon B
40. VFW
film / dir: joe begos

R4 • Molly
41. John McEnroe's narration for Never Have I Ever
television series / s01 / netflix

R4 • Jon Y
42. Nate: A One Man Show
comedy special / netflix

R4 • Ben
43. Despite its ending (ugh), the NBA bubble
magic city

R4 • Noelle
44. Jolene saying "Good job, cracker" at the end of The Queen's Gambit
television series / s01 / netflix

R4 • Stan
45. PEN15
television series / s02 / hulu

R4 • Jeff
46. The mindless comfort of binging network sitcoms
superstore / single parents / cheers

47. Fleetwood Mac regaining cultural relevance with the Cranberry Juice Skateboard Guy
viral tiktok video turned meme

R4 • Drew
48. Megan Thee Stallion's New York Times op-ed
written argumentative piece

R5 • Drew
49. The Flight Attendant
television series / s01 / hbo max

R5 • Russell
50. P-Valley
television series / s01 / starz

R5 • Jeff
51. Hamilton Leithauser's quarantine concerts from his rural family farm
everyone who pretended to like me is gone

R5 • Stan
52. Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple
music album

R5 • Noelle
53. The "Brown Skin Girl" section of Black Is King
music video / film / dir: beyoncé / disney+

R5 • Ben
54. After Hours by The Weeknd
music album

R5 • Jon Y
55. What We Do in the Shadows
television series / s02 / fx / fx on hulu

R5 • Molly
56. Americans figuring out how much Prince Charles sucks while watching The Crown
television series / s04 / netflix

R5 • Jon B
57. Hawkeye: Freefall
comic series / marvel

R5 • EJ
58. People being repeatedly dunked on for making Parasite memes that show they don't understand the film's themes
class clowns clowned

R5 • Aaron
59. Marvel's Avengers, the worst game I've ever put 100+ hours into
video game / ps4

R5 • Adam
60. Dorktown: The History of the Seattle Mariners
internet series / sbnation / youtube

R6 • Adam
61. RMR – "Rascal"

R6 • Aaron
62. Harley Quinn
television series / s01+02 / dcu / hbo max

R6 • EJ
63. Travis Scott's copious brand collaborations
astroworld domination

R6 • Jon B
64. Beef House
television series / s01 / adult swim

R6 • Molly
65. You Must Remember This' Polly Platt series

R6 • Jon Y
66. Mario Judah, enfant terrible
musical artist

R6 • Ben
67. Hasan Piker's Twitch channel
abi lobby

R6 • Noelle
68. Little Fires Everywhere
limited television series / hulu

R6 • Stan
69. The fertility dance in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
film / dir: jason woliner / prime video / very nice

Stan: I may have been inclined to take this slightly earlier to ensure the most dance-heavy draft ever.

R6 • Jeff
70. 18.xx games
online board game platform

R6 • Russell
71. Black Squares
performative slacktivism / blackout tuesday / instagram

R6 • Drew
72. The simultaneous ascensions of DaBaby and Lil Baby
musical artists

R7 • Drew
73. The 12-minute, one-shot action sequence in Extraction
film / dir: sam hargrave / netflix

R7 • Russell
74. WarnerMedia destroying theatrical windows after the pandemic release of Tenet and the launch of HBO Max both flopped
zany to the hbo max / totally insane-y, nolan's bane-y

R7 • Jeff
75. Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen, and its perfect timing

R7 • Stan
76. Ziwe Fumudoh's interview show
internet series / instagram live

R7 • Noelle
77. Amber and Barnett from Love Is Blind
television series / s01 / netflix

R7 • Ben
78. YHLQMDLG and El Último Tour del Mundo by Bad Bunny
music albums

R7 • Jon Y
79. The Safdie brothers' music video for Oneohtrix Point Never's "Lost But Never Alone"
cut gem [censored snuff video on phone]

R7 • Molly
80. Sohla's triumphant rise from the ashes of the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen dumpster fire
el-waylly show

R7 • Jon B
81. Bandcamp Fridays
aural stimuli

R7 • EJ
82. Act II: The Patents of Nobility (The Turn) by Jay Electronica leaking online, to him releasing it still unfinished as a Tidal exclusive, to it being removed from Tidal
ongoing music album saga

R7 • Aaron
83. Schitt's Creek, and it winning all the Emmys
television / s06 / pop / netflix

R7 • Adam
84. The Follow-Up
short film / dir: ben berman

R8 • Adam
85. Jonathan Mann's remix of Jolee Dunn's "I Wonder What's Inside Your Butthole"

R8 • Aaron
86. The actual release of The New Mutants ushering out crappy Fox X-Men films
film / dir: josh boone

R8 • EJ
87. Mitch McConnell looking like Tarman from Return of the Living Dead
kind of blue

R8 • Jon B
88. The Microphones – "Microphones in 2020"
[44-minute] song

R8 • Molly
89. Brad and Jen's Zoom flirting during Dane Cook's Fast Times at Ridgemont High virtual table read
tasty waves

R8 • Jon Y
90. John Cena and Bray Wyatt's Firefly Fun House "match"
wwe wrestlemania 36

R8 • Ben
91. Cori Bush, Marie Newman, and Jamaal Bowman successfully primarying shitty centrist libs

R8 • Noelle
92. Addison Rae's weird and not-so-borderline-inappropriate friendship with Kourtney Kardashian
teen, mom

R8 • Stan
93. Time
film / dir: garrett bradley / prime video

Jon: Three of your picks are Amazon Originals.
Stan: It's not sponcon.

R8 • Jeff
94. Tracy Chapman's election eve performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers
singin' "talkin'"

R8 • Russell
95. MJF and Chris Jericho dueting aggressively in "Le Dinner Debonair"
wrestling segment / aew dynamite / 21 oct / tnt

R8 • Drew
96. The OnlyFans economy going mainstream

R9 • Drew
97. America's simultaneous disgust and fascination with Emily in Paris
television series / s01 / netflix

R9 • Russell
98. The Bill Simmons Podcast: "A Truly Sad Week in America, Plus the 2005 NBA Redraftables With Ryen Russillo"
podcast episode / 31 may

R9 • Jeff
99. The Strokes' improbable comeback with The New Abnormal
music album

R9 • Stan
100. Gunda
film / dir: viktor kosakovskiy

R9 • Noelle
101. Saweetie and Quavo's DM origin story igniting the "How it started vs. How it's going" meme

R9 • Ben
102. Among Us
video game / mobile / ns / pc

R9 • Jon Y
103. Boys State
film / dir: amanda mcbaine, jesse moss / apple tv+

R9 • Molly
104. Dolly Parton donating $1 million to vaccine research and basically saving the world
it's all taking and no giving

R9 • Jon B
105. Chris Fairbanks: Rescue Cactus
comedy special

R9 • EJ
106. Ho, Why Is You Here? by Flo Milli
music album

R9 • Aaron
107. The Sonic the Hedgehog mulligan becoming the highest-grossing video game film of all time
film / dir: jeff fowler

R9 • Adam
108. Eric Andre surprise tucking at the end of Legalize Everything
comedy special / netflix

Final Round Wild Card Pick
Along with your final pick, please select something from 2020 that you have yet to experience as of 15 December 2020 but are keen on.

R10 • Adam
109. Tim Robinson parodying a Michigan stay-at-home protest
Instagram Story
+ Promising Young Woman
film / dir: emerald fennell

R10 • Aaron
110. Xbox Series X/S
video game consoles
+ Wonder Woman 1984
film / dir: patty jenkins / hbo max

R10 • EJ
111. Ghost of Tsushima
video game / ps4
+ Kendrick Lamar's fifth album

R10 • Jon B
112. The dialogue between Blair and Sterling Wesley on Teenage Bounty Hunters
television series / s01 / netflix
+ Synchronic
film / dir: justin benson, aaron moorhead

R10 • Molly
113. Dionne Warwick's niece teaching her what Twitter is
social medium
+ Bridgerton
television series / s01 / netflix

R10 • Jon Y
114. BPM: Bullets Per Minute
video game / pc
+ Hades
video game / ns / pc

R10 • Ben
115. Matt Cutshall's emo joke videos culminating in "A Letter to Ashley," the best song parody in years
might delete
+ Better Call Saul
television series / s05 / amc

R10 • Noelle
116. "It's the      for me"
tiktok roast meme
+ Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
film / dir: george c. wolfe / netflix

R10 • Stan
117. Saint Cloud by Waxahatchee
music album
+ One Night in Miami
film / dir: regina king / prime video

Jon: Heh. Another Amazon Original.
Stan: I had no choices! Fuck Bezos.

R10 • Jeff
118. [My uncle] Dan Baum's New York Times obituary
rest in tweets
+ Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
video game / ps4 / ps5

R10 • Russell
119. Class Action Park
film / dir: seth porges, chris charles scott III / hbo max
+ The Midnight Sky
film / dir: george clooney / netflix

R10 • Drew
120. Paddy Considine's flawless Southern accent in The Outsider
television series / s01 / hbo / hbo max / el cuco irrelevante
+ Sound of Metal
film / dir: darius marder / prime video

90 Day Fiancé / Big Ed
The Boys
Carson Shearer's dance
Clubhouse / Parler
Cyberpunk 2077
Dancing Ghanian pallbearers
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Final Fantasy VII Remake
First Cow
Gal Gadot's "Imagine" video
Griselda Records
The McCloskeys photo
Patrick Mahomes
"private island all tested negative multiple times wear a mask"
Roddy Ricch – "The Box"
This you?
Thom Brennaman's apology
Tiger King

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