Over at 107.5 The River, there's a lot to be thankful for.
But it doesn't stop there. Today, the hit kickers at The River should be thankful for the all-you-can eat digital content buffet known as the Internet. Need something to drive some pre-Thanksgiving web traffic, but don't want to slave away in the kitchen all day? Just grab something that looks nice and pop it in the microwave.
Blessings upon blessings, y'all. But let's back up.
Today, over at the Woody and Jim section of The River's website, the on-air personalities — or whoever runs their corner of the site — are promoting a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade drinking game. It's pretty funny too. Only thing is, the jokes aren't quite as good as leftovers. (If you're hoping for relief from the forced Thanksgiving metaphors, it ain't coming.)
It appears, in fact, as if The River simply yanked the drinking game from the Chicago Tribune-owned blogging site ChicagoNow.com, which posted
a suspiciously similar the identical game two days ago.
Check it out for yourself. First, the version posted on ChicagoNow Monday night:
- Whenever the moving stage (or whatever it's called when the "float" just has a stage with someone performing on it, pictured above) features a Broadway musical or play, take a drink.
- Drink when you hear the word, "fun".
- Take a drink whenever someone from an NBC show is interviewed
- Take a drink if you have no idea who the 'famous' person(s) is on the moving stage. Drink twice if it's someone who appears to be under age 21.
- When you see Snoopy, take a drink.
- Drink when the announcer is clearly feigning enthusiasm for what they're announcing (e.g.. "Oh wow, what a fun and special Holiday treat this is, ladies and gentlemen! Here comes 40% of the cast of the original Twilight movie! How fun!"
- Take a drink every time someone on television says the word, "Wow".
- Drink whenever the announcers imply the float is alive. Examples: "I hope this rain doesn't make SpongeBob quadruple in size!", "Spiderman sure looks like he wants to climb all these skyscrapers.", "I bet Snoopy wishes there was a float of a big doggie bone!"
- Whenever you think, "Are you kidding me??" for any reason, take a drink.
- Drink whenever you hear, "Macy's".
- Whenever you see a turkey in any form, or hear the word "Turkey".
- Take 3 drinks if you can spot the guy in the blue jacket in the photo above. He'll be doing the same thing this year for the NCAA Legends float featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabaar and Christian Laetner.
- Take a drink whenever you think, "I can't believe that when I was younger it never crossed my mind that this is just one big Macy's commercial with smaller, short-lived commercials floating by on moving stages within it.".
- Drink every time a musical performer messes up the lip syncing.
- If anyone calls it the "Macy's Day Parade" make them drink. This is Thanksgiving Day, not Macy's Day.
- When Santa comes at the end, drink. Drink twice if you don't celebrate Christmas.
-Drink 5 if you remember that I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving
And The RIver's posted today:
As commenters below The River's post are now pointing out, the latter looks pretty similar to the one posted on ChicagoNow. (Actually, they're just calling it outright theft. A charge bolstered by the fact that The River posted the drinking game as a jpeg. As a result, if you Google the text of the original game, you won't arrive at the fact that The River has apparently, ahem, borrowed it.)
With a holiday just hours away we're in a pretty good mood, so we'll allow for the possibility that this was some sort of mistake. Accidents happen. Sometimes you intend to give credit where it's due and forget. Perhaps the act wasn't initially The River's, but rather someone else in the Clear Channel network who passed it along to other stations.
But it certainly appears as if The River decided to use someone else's work, without so much as a thank you.
UPDATE (4:14PM): 107.5 The River has updated their drinking game post, with a line crediting ChicagoNow. In some posts on Twitter, the station says they got the image elsewhere and used it without knowing the original source. Happy Thanksgiving.