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.


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


K.K. Slider Song
Fantasy Verzuz Battle

In randomly-generated snake draft order:

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Poor J Balvin.


Alright.

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

Ben: AAARRROOONN!!!



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"
song


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
podcasts



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
podcast



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"
song


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
evictories


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
cumfundme


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
culture



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
judges?


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



UNDRAFTED!
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
"Glizzy"
Griselda Records
Hamilton
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
The XFL



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