50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Michael Felder

This is just what the name implies: On Fridays, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Michael FelderMy guest this week is one of my favorite tweeters, Michael Felder (aka @InTheBleachers), who is a featured columnist covering college football for Bleacher Report. He believes he is one of the world’s few 29-year-old curmudgeons and subscribes to the pro-style offense, believes wholeheartedly that defense wins championships, and was raised on the mantra “film don’t lie.” A former defensive back, he truly enjoys the minutiae of film, doesn’t share everyone else’s zeal for stats, and doesn’t live on the pro-playoff side of the college football world. Michael has had work appear on Scout.com and contributed as a CFB analyst to radio shows from NYC to LA.

And nothing I’ve just told you explains how Michael and I “met” on Twitter.

See, a little while back, I started a side project by the name of @HGTVProblems to subtweet the ridiculousness that is the people who go on HGTV shows like House Hunters. Whether they’re sincere, embellishing, or downright acting, I don’t know, and frankly, I don’t care. It’s hilariously awful.

When I mentioned this endeavor to 50 Words alum Brian Fremeau, he asked me if I followed this guy “In The Bleachers,” who was super into all things HGTV. The rest, as they say, is history.

This explains why rather than ask Michael about college football, I wanted to know his thoughts on an even greater, more imaginary competition:

If we put all the HGTV shows in a bracket, NCAA tournament style, who would be your sleeper with a shot to win it all?

House Hunters, Property Virgins, Property Brothers, and Design Star are my clear number ones, but if I’m picking a sleeper, I’m going with Beachfront Bargain Hunt. Extra regular-ass people trying to get a vacation house on the cheap and then hilarity ensues. That show could come out a winner.

“Extra regular-ass people” is the funniest line on this site since Jen Miller dropped “slutty cheeseburger” on me.

Nevertheless, for my money, House Hunters is a prohibitive favorite. I mean:

And wut:

Huge thanks to Michael for stopping by this week and validating my tastes in random basic cable television. I hope to one day convince him we need to do this bracket for real, complete with a podcast preview of all the match-ups.

It would be the double vanity of awesome.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.

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