The 2017 Draft

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.

10 people select 10 things they loved from 2017 without any overlap.

THE LEAGUE

Alas, I couldn't find someone in Big 12 country, where I somehow only know Steven, who is too washed culturally to participate. Also, I could've used another girl, another non-white person, and another person in their 20s. Next year?

THE RANDOMLY-GENERATED SNAKE DRAFT ORDER
Adam Robot » Jeff » Russell » Aaron » Drew » Molly » Jon Yu [me] » Mike » White Jon » Logan »

Alright.

With the first pick in the 2017 Draft, Adam Robot selected…


ADAM ROBOT
1. TWIN PEAKS the return: “Part 8"
S03E08 / Showtime


JEFF
2. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD
Switch game

RUSSELL
3. NATHAN FOR YOU: “Finding Frances"
S04E08 / Comedy Central

Jon Yu: GODDAMMIT.
Russell: Clearly the Embiid of this draft.


AARON
4. The Mean Bean Machine boss battle in SONIC MANIA
game


DREW
5. BLADE RUNNER 2049
film

Drew: Blade Runner 2049 wasn't necessarily my favorite movie of 2017, but I really don't think it would be available when the draft snaked back to me.
Drew: But that's me thinking in terms of pick valuation.

MOLLY
6. Lady Bird and Julie's best friendship in LADY BIRD
film

JON YU
7. NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW
S01+S02 / Viceland


MIKE
8. HQ TRIVIA
iOS game

Jon Yu: Hey, uhh, Lady Bird is off the boa—


WHITE JON
9. LADY BIRD THE FLORIDA PROJECT
film


LOGAN
10. AUBREY PLAZA as a producer
The Little Hours / Ingrid Goes West

LOGAN
11. The “BOWLING GREEN MASSACRE"

WHITE JON
12. SLOWDIVE releasing an amazing album 22 years after their last
S/T

MIKE
13. BIG MOUTH: “Girls Are Horny Too"
steamy novel makes the rounds / S01E05 / Netflix


JON YU
14. MERO's laugh
Desus and Mero / Bodega Boys

MOLLY
15. The War on Drugs' album A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING

DREW
16. GET OUT and the meme culture it has wrought
film

Drew: I was surprised Get Out was available.


AARON
17. Sasha Velour's rose petal reveal in the grand finale of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE
S09E14 / VH1

RUSSELL
18. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng
book

JEFF
19. MR. ROBOT: “eps3.4runtime-error.r00"
single-take episode / S03E05 / USA

ADAM ROBOT
20. THE LEFTOVERS
S03 / HBO

ADAM ROBOT
21. HALT AND CATCH FIRE: Gordon
S04E07 / AMC

JEFF
22. “CUT TO THE FEELING" by Carly Rae Jepsen
song

RUSSELL
23. Tom Hardy's inaudible dialogue in DUNKIRK
film

AARON
24. The No Man's Land scene in WONDER WOMAN
film

DREW
25. The culmination of THE PROCESS: Simmons/Embiid 2017
Philadelphia 76ers / NBA


MOLLY
26. TIFFANY HADDISH
Girls Trip / The Carmichael Show / Saturday Night Live / The Last Black Unicorn

JON YU
27. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
film


MIKE
28. Dr. Kahl's Robot in CUPHEAD
XBO+Windows game

WHITE JON
29. “SO IT GOES…" by Taylor Swift
song

LOGAN
30. SEARCH PARTY
S02 / TBS

LOGAN
31. VICE NEWS TONIGHT's “Charlottesville: Race and Terror" special
HBO


WHITE JON
32. Megan Amram's unused food puns list for THE GOOD PLACE
S02E03 / NBC

MIKE
33. RICK AND MORTY: “The ABC's of Beth"
is Beth a clone? / S03E09 / Adult Swim

JON YU
34. Barry Keoghan's performance in THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
film

MOLLY
35. THOR: RAGNAROK
film

DREW
36. GAME OF THRONES: “Dragonstone" cold open – Arya singlehandedly ends House Frey
S07E01 / HBO


AARON
37. SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY
Switch game

RUSSELL
38. CHAPO TRAP HOUSE episode 100: “Chapo Goes to College"
podcast / who is the most evil person ever to come out of Harvard?

JEFF
39. The “twist" at the end of S-TOWN episode 2
podcast


ADAM ROBOT
40. SUPERMAN's mustache
Justice League

ADAM ROBOT
41. BASKETS: “Dog Days Are Over"/fight
S02E05 / FX

JEFF
42. Sorority Noise's album YOU'RE NOT AS _____ AS YOU THINK

RUSSELL
43. The dueling “LET'S GO JESUS/JESUS SUCKS" chants at the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament
WWE Network

AARON
44. Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman in BIG LITTLE LIES
S01 / HBO

DREW
45. BINGE MODE
podcast

MOLLY
46. Amy Sherman-Palladino's characters being able to curse in THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
S01 / Amazon Prime Video

JON YU
47. "CREW" by GoldLink feat. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy
song

MIKE
48. Marvel's THE PUNISHER: Frank punishes Bill
S01E13 / Netflix

WHITE JON
49. Forrest MacNeil's final REVIEW
S03E03 / Comedy Central

LOGAN
50. I GAVE YOU ALL THE CLUES / HELLO MISTER POLICE
The Snowman


LOGAN
51. BACKPACK KID and the Floss dance

WHITE JON
52. BETTER CALL SAUL: “Chicanery"
Chuck takes the stand / S03E05 / AMC

MIKE
53. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
film

JON YU
54. Whatever the hell it is James Franco is doing in THE DISASTER ARTIST
film

MOLLY
55. The 9/11 joke in THE BIG SICK
film

DREW
56. AMERICAN VANDAL
S01 / Netflix

AARON
57. GLOW
S01 / Netflix

RUSSELL
58. VEEP: Uncle Jeff visits Jonah in the hospital
S06E09 / HBO

JEFF
59. MADDEN NFL 18's story mode
game

ADAM ROBOT
60. LAST PODCAST ON THE LEFT episodes 285-287: Norwegian Black Metal Parts I-III
Chainsaw Gutsfuck / Orc Urinal / This Laughable Society

ADAM ROBOT
61. DETROITERS: Second business meeting meal order
S01E07 / Comedy Central


JEFF
62. LIL PEEP

RUSSELL
63. The FYRE festival

AARON
64. Meeting the Bakers [pt1/pt2] in RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD in VR
PSVR game

DREW
65. RIVERDALE, for both its suffocating 2017-ness and its empowerment of Cole Sprouse, the most self-aware Disney kid to date
S01+S02 / The CW

MOLLY
66. YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS' Dead Blondes series: episodes 93-105
podcast // Peg Entwistle / Thelma Todd / Jean Harlow / Veronica Lake / Carole Landis / Marilyn Monroe / Jayne Mansfield / Barbara Payton / Grace Kelly / Barbara Loden / Dorothy Stratten


JON YU
67. The action scenes in THE VILLAINESS
film

MIKE
68. LEGION: “Chapter 8"
floating metal sphere abducts David / S01E08 / FX

WHITE JON
69. Paqui's Carolina Reaper Madness ONE CHIP CHALLENGE tortilla chip being even hotter this year

LOGAN
70. MOVIEPASS

LOGAN
71. Oneohtrix Point Never's soundtrack for GOOD TIME
film


WHITE JON
72. Jeff Lemire's ROYAL CITY
comic

MIKE
73. LOGAN
film

JON YU
74. THE YOUNG POPE
S01 / HBO

MOLLY
75. THIS IS US: “Memphis"
William dies / S01E16 / NBC

DREW
76. The polite shootout between Keanu and Common in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2
film

AARON
77. Fortress sieges in MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF WAR
game


RUSSELL
78. FC BARCELONA's 6-1 comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to reach the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals
soccer

Jeff: Damn. Logan [73] and the polite shootout [76] were both on my list.

JEFF
79. The NASHVILLE PREDATORS' Stanley Cup playoffs run
NHL hockey

ADAM ROBOT
80. TIM AND ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB! Awesome 10-Year Anniversary Version, Great Job?
special / Adult Swim

ADAM ROBOT
81. Converge's album THE DUSK IN US

JEFF
82. BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN
S02 / Bravo

RUSSELL
83. HELL ON EARTH: THE RISE AND FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS
film


AARON
84. HORIZON ZERO DAWN's robot dinosaurs
PS4 game

DREW
85. MINDHUNTER's “Fly Like an Eagle" montage
S01E02 / Netflix

MOLLY
86. The raw emotion at the center of I,
TONYA

film

JON YU
87. 17776 (WHAT FOOTBALL WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE) by Jon Bois

MIKE
88. BOJACK HORSEMAN: “Ruthie"
Princess Carolyn's bad day / S04E09 / Netflix

WHITE JON
89. THE BINDING OF ISAAC: AFTERBIRTH+
Switch game


LOGAN
90. JUICERO


FINAL ROUND BLIND PICK TWIST
Along with your final pick, please select something from 2017 that you have yet to experience as of December 13, 2017.


LOGAN
91. LA LA LAND as Best Picture
The 89th Academy Awards / ABC
+ THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHITE JON
92. ROOM 104: “Voyeurs"
the dance episode / S01E06 / HBO
+ STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

MIKE
93. The “Father Figure" fight in ATOMIC BLONDE
film
+ DOWNSIZING

JON YU
94. Brockhampton's SATURATION album trilogy
Saturation / Saturation II / Saturation III
+ BRIMSTONE AND GLORY

MOLLY
95. Television discovers MARGARET ATWOOD
The Handmaid's Tale / Alias Grace
+ JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON s01

DREW
96. Jay Som's album EVERYBODY WORKS
+ BRIGHT

AARON
97. METROID: SAMUS RETURNS
3DS game
+ CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

RUSSELL
98. BABY DRIVER's parking garage battle set to Queen's “Brighton Rock"
film
+ BLACK MIRROR s04

JEFF
99. STRANGER THINGS 2's Snow Ball
S02E09 / Netflix
+ RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD – Not a Hero DLC

ADAM ROBOT
100. BITCOIN
+ PHANTOM THREAD


UNDRAFTED
Insecure
It
Kendrick Lamar
LaVar Ball
Master of None
Omega vs. Okada
Persona 5


BONUS: DRAFT GRADES
I felt bad for bumping Stan from the league in order to expand its geographic coverage [next year?], so I invited him to grade each participant's draft.


Click to view the draft by team plus Stan's grades for each team.

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