Every week the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into. Also these are perfect things that you can consume over the weekend, so here they are:

Ashley:

Iced Chai

There comes a time in the summer when I simply stop craving coffee in the afternoons. The heat drags on and I just can’t think of drinking even an iced or blended coffee for whatever reason. This is when tea comes shining through as my beautiful iced savior, and this year, chai is leading the charge. If you’ve never had chai, it’s a beautifully spicy and sweet black tea mixture, and with milk and ice, it can cure even the worst summer day. My personal chai experiences aren’t exactly what some would call authentic, but I love it all the same, even if “chai latte” is technically redundant. I tend to specifically crave chai when summer is waning and I need the emotional support to begin the transition to fall, as it has all those spiced flavors that become so ubiquitous in the autumn months. As a teacher, with school having started this week, chai definitely helps, even if I’m really not ready yet.


Clara:

Fantasy Football

Are you ready for some football?! Its back! Almost. Kinda. Well last night’s college Ohio State vs Indiana was a nice reminder that it's right around the corner. It means cooler weather, huddling around the tv on Sunday’s, shit talking with friends, and most importantly...Fantasy Football. And man oh man does fantasy football give shit talking a whole new meaning.

While I am not the most knowledgeable football fan out there, I do very much enjoy the season, thanks largely in part to fantasy football. This marks the 5 year anniversary of the All American Super Best Friends Professional Fantasy Football League. Yes our league name is silly, you can thank our commissioner for that, but I love it. I love the people in it and love that it has been going on for as long as it has. This may sound silly, but there is a bond that our league shares, and have become closer with the people who are a part of it, thus the super best friends part comes into play.

My first year I knew very little of how it worked and how to play. Despite enjoying the sport and being a lifelong Niner fan, it really was a learn as you go for me that first year. Fantasy forced to me to research players and stats that weren’t on in my team, but ultimately made me appreciate and enjoy the game on a whole new level. I highly recommend trying FF out, even if it is just for a season. I have a newfound appreciation for the sport, and have met a range of new people I would not have otherwise.


Rod:

Green Chile salsa on the side at Chipotle

I like Chipotle. First of all, it's not Mexican food. It's fast food. Secondly, It's good fast food and no amount of e coli in the lettuce has managed to keep me away. This last week I discovered something which has made me yearn for a time machine so I can go back and re-eat every single bowl I have in all my years of eating. Get the green salsa on the side, and while you're at it don't call it "medium".

I've made the mistake of putting the green salsa IN the bowl before and what happens is that everything gets mushy and the texture of the bowl is ruined. This week however I asked for it on the side because I was craving it, I've also just brought the green salsa home and used it with like scrambled eggs before. This time however I cracked open that bad boy, with my fork I grabbed a forkful of it THEN went to the bowl and forked up my normal bite ONTOP of the salsa that was already ON The fork. Sublime.

Try it next time, also stop getting that red cumin filled joke.


Eric:

VMA’s

This week may read differently due to the fact that I'm definitely not into the what I'm writing about. The VMA’s. The following is a rant.

Apart from my city’s hometown hero Khalid winning best new artist, everything about the award show fell not only flat but was just ridiculous. I think this upsets me because it's an award show that's supposed to award music videos and the team behind it, not the most popular artist. But hey, that's mainstream for you. The VMA’s do recognize directors, editors, cinematographers, etc., but of course that portion isn't televised (what a shame). Instead, they fill the time slot with various performances that just weren't as entertaining as before. However, one thing about the VMA’s is that controversy, disses, and trash talking are always a part of the show. So, props to Fifth Harmony for that diss to their former member.