Anime Lisa Simpson in the teaser trailer for “Death Tome”
Depending on who you ask, The Simpsons has been on a downward slide since season seven or since season ten. One fact that can’t be debated is that the general quality of The Simpsons keeps on declining. There isn’t a fan alive claiming the newer seasons trump the classic ones. However, even in its ailing years, the Treehouse of Horror is still a bright spot that fans of Springfield’s favorite family look forward to every year. In the eyes of some fans, The Simpsons’ annual Halloween special has transcended the series and almost exists as an independent piece of pop culture.
The first clip from ‘The Simpsons’ parody of ‘DEATH NOTE’ has been released.— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) October 25, 2022
It is animated by DR Movie who also worked on the original series. pic.twitter.com/mmM7IbXc6K
In recent years, the Treehouse of Horror has become famous for hiring special directors and animators to give the annual special a little extra buzz. Even though the year Guillermo del Toro directed the intro was pretty awesome, this year’s guest spot might be the best one. In the video linked above, you can watch The Simpsons pay homage to Death Note in a short animated by the same talent behind the legendary anime.
No one hit Powerball jackpot, new drawing an estimated $800M
By Jody Heemstra
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No one won an estimated $700 million Powerball jackpot, meaning the big prize will grow to an estimated $800 million for the next drawing. The numbers drawn Wednesday night (Oct. 26, 2022) were: 19, 36, 37, 46 and 56. The Powerball was 24. No one has matched all six numbers and won the Powerball jackpot since Aug. 3, allowing the prize to grow to the fifth-largest in U.S. history. That amounts to 36 consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner. The next drawing is Saturday. The new $800 million jackpot amount is for winners who take their winnings through an annuity, paid annually over 29 years. Nearly all winners actually choose the cash option, however, which would be $383.7 million after taxes.
Chiefs acquiring WR Kadarius Toney from Giants in trade
Kadarius Toney has found a new home midway through his second season in the NFL.
The New York Giants are trading the speedy wide receiver to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2023 third-round compensatory pick and a 2023 sixth-round pick, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported Thursday, per a source. Pelissero added the third-rounder is not conditional.
A first-round pick by the Giants in 2021, Toney’s short time in New York had its fair share of frustrations. Injuries have limited the 23-year-old to just 12 games in his career, and an ongoing hamstring injury has prevented Toney from hitting the field since Week 2 of this season. Toney had been the subject of trade rumors in the lead-up to the 2022 season because of his underwhelming tenure in New York.
Toney has 41 receptions for 420 yards in his career so far, and a large chunk of those numbers were achieved in a 2021 Week 5 game against the Cowboys where he caught 10 balls for 189 yards. Toney exited his career-best outing after being ejected for throwing a punch late in the blowout loss.
While new Giants coach Brian Daboll has had too few chances to unlock Toney’s potential, the offensive-minded coach was limiting his snaps in two games this season, and the wideout only touched the ball on designed sweeps.
“We just thought it was for the best of the team,” coach Brian Daboll told reporters of Toney’s trade on Thursday.
When healthy, Toney has flashed the speed and elusiveness he consistently showed in college at the University of Florida. Adding an explosive playmaker who can line up anywhere on the field, Kansas City’s high-flying offense is poised to utilize Toney’s deep-threat capabilities and his speed threat out of the backfield.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes certainly approves of his newest weapon:
The Chiefs, who received two compensatory picks for losing Ryan Poles to the Bears’ general manager job, turn one of them (plus a sixth-rounder) into a former first-round pick with upside.
Kansas City’s newest reclamation project should make things exciting for an offense that revamped its receiving corps following the Tyreek Hill trade this offseason. The Chiefs currently rank first in the NFL in points per game (31.9) and second in the league in yards per game (403.3) and passing yards per game (296.0).
Toney may very well be Hill 2.0 given his physical makeup and elusiveness in space. The Chiefs have the right minds on the sidelines to get him there, but Toney will first need to get himself back to full health before we see how Andy Reid and his staff apply their newest offensive threat.