Ryan Lochte: The Recovery

12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte was suspended for 10 months by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Swimming earlier this morning. This is due to the aftermath of his well-publicized incident in Rio de Janerio last month. The three other swimmers; Gunnar Bentz, 20; Jack Conger, 21, and Jimmy Feigen, 26, received four month bans. Bentz also received 10 hours of community service because he violated the team code of conduct by heading out of the athletes’ village after the swimmers had been told only those 21 or older were allowed to leave.

We saw the aftermath after Lochte’s mother, Ileana, told USA TODAY Sports that his son was robbed at gun point that began a week-long news story. Lochte lied about the incident as Rio authorities found video evidence of the swimmers vandalizing a gas station washroom. Bentz and Conger were pulled off their plans for further questioning and had to pay an $11,000 settlement to avoid charges. However, Rio authorities will pursue a case against Lochte.

On top of his suspension, Lochte will forfeit $100,000 in bonus money that went towards his gold medal. He is also banned from the 2017 World Championships next July in Budapest while denied access to any USOC training centres’, 20 hours of community service, and will miss Team USA’s post-Olympic trip to the White House.

Lochte may have destroyed his career and his brand, but he lost his credibility big time.  Not only that, he also hurt his teammates, the USOC and the US. For his false claims of being robbed he lost multiple sponsors including Speedo, and Ralph Lauren. He did pick up a deal endorsing Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops.

It’s easy to say that Lochte is getting what he deserves and it is true since he embarrassed himself and ruined his image. But now he has a quick chance to turn things around, becoming a contestant on the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars.

You may be thinking that it’s odd to see Lochte be on the hit-reality show so soon. The show has become a major stop for celebrities who are attempting a comeback or they’re just relevant in the time being (Bristol Palin, Rob Karadashian, Tom DeLay and Hope Solo).

Lochte being a contestant on the show actually might be his ticket to change his less than desirable reputation. This will place him in front of the public eye once again, only this time; it’s heavily edited by producers. So it’ll be up to him if he wants to turn the reality competition into his redemption story.

Ryan Lochte made a mistake but there is opportunity to be found when we make mistakes. Learning, and growing from them.  It’s time for him to hang up the speedo for the dancing shoes. And who knows, Lochte might just tango his way out of this one.


It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: The Next Seinfeld?


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When Seinfeld aired its series finale 17-years ago, many people had the thought of what television show would take over the reigns from the classic 90’s sitcom as the ‘next’ Seinfeld. The show about nothing never failed to make people feel that their day wasn’t as bad as it would’ve been. Now it’s 2016, and the ‘next’ Seinfeld has already been on TV for a decade. A show that is foolish and like Seinfeld. The show just completed its 11th comical season in March while the show has been on the air since 2005. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, the show that is often called ‘Seinfeld on crack.’

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia premiered on FX on August 4th, 2005, which revolves around five deprived, selfish, and narcissistic characters who run a bar in Philadelphia named Paddy’s Pub. Creator Rob McElhenney (who grew up in Philly, hence the name of the show) didn’t know what he would be getting into with the idea of a sitcom. Before Sunny secured a contract with FX McElhenney, along with co-creators Charlie Day and, Glenn Howerton shot an episode on their camera worth $200.

Once they got the green light, the first season of Sunny consisted of seven episodes. It even lacked recognizable names and had patient ratings until the arrival of Danny DeVito in season two. Seinfeld also endeavored tough times in the early beginning as well. For a show that had five episodes in its first season, the show didn’t even crack the Top 40 of the Nielsen Ratings until its fourth season.

If you’re a fan of either show, you will notice some similarities and differences that can be apparent between both shows. One analogy is the assertive female role of Seinfeld’s Elaine and Sunny’s Sweet Dee. Both women are there to put the men in line with the show and, be the butt end of every joke or scheme they merge. The men from both sitcoms offer consistency of narcissism and an eye-wide plan that usually blow up by the end of each episode.

Seinfeld is one of the best comedies we’ve seen to date. The show was just fantastic because it was appealing to watch the characters go through everyday situations we all face. An example of this is the season five episode, The Marine Biologist.

Jerry meets a female friend from college and claims that George is a marine biologist. George keeps lying about his job when he is called upon to use his nonexistent marine biology skills to save a whale on the beach. George reveals that the whale’s blowhole was blocked with Kramer’s golf ball. Eventually, George also told his girlfriend about not being a marine biologist. Another rough end to Costanza’s self-deprived lifestyle.

It’s Always Sunny is a bit more moderate in a sense that the characters aren’t trying to make you laugh, but they’re not trying to make themselves look like complete fools. In season 2, Dennis and Dee quit their jobs at Paddy’s Pub and go on welfare. Days later, they end up addicted to crack and have to weasel their way back to their jobs at the bar.

The most significant difference between both shows is the award recognition. Seinfeld gathered up 68 Emmy nominations in its seven first seasons. Unfortunately, Sunny has managed TWO nominations in its first ten seasons. So they decided to incorporate the lack of award recognition when writer David Hornsby wrote an episode on the show’s lack of Emmy nominations. The season nine episode, ‘The Gang Tries Desperately to Win An Award,’ turned out to be one of the best episodes from the time it was on TV.

From the hilarious awkward encounters with the person we despise, to dwelling on a single thought for days that throws out the virtues of reality in the trash, Seinfeld and Sunny provided that content on their respective shows. However, Sunny has taken a more significant grasp on that idea for many seasons.

Times have changed since the Seinfeld era. The excellence of these shows can help the audience understand their dysfunctional group of friends and to learn to laugh at their bizarre shenanigans. Both shows present genuinely horrible human beings as the main characters are the worst people in their respective cities of New York and Philadelphia.

So is It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia the ‘next’ Seinfeld? Well thanks to Hulu, we can now stop looking for a more devolved, and right version on Seinfeld. Sunny is currently filming their 12th season and signed on for two more seasons on the way, and the show is, and perhaps another Emmy nomination if the cards play right for the fab five.

For a show about selfish jerks and a show about nothing, the gang from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has you covered.