Last Call: Cheese-rolling is a surprisingly brutal sport

Contestants in the men’s race chase a Double Gloucester Cheese down the steep gradient of Cooper’s Hill during the annual Bank Holiday tradition of cheese-rolling in 2013.
Photo: Matt Cardy (Getty Images)
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Cheese-rolling competition

Despite some efforts to shut it down, an annual U.K. cheese-rolling competition took place on Cooper’s Hill this week. It sounds charming and pastoral, but the above video shows a truly violent and cringe-worthy race to catch the rolling cheese. This year’s muddy field made for some especially slick spills. [Kate Bernot]


Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, circa 1978

Every three months I’m obligated by Takeout law to post a full concert of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, so here is four glorious hours of The Boss, circa Darkness On The Edge Of Town. [Kevin Pang]

Another Toto cover by Weezer

Everyone’s talking about Weezer’s cover of the classic karaoke-mangling song “Africa,” but they also did a spot-on version of “Rosanna” as well. I love these covers because they’re devoutly reverential but add their own spin on it, like some extra guitars to “Africa” and Rivers Cuomo’s filled-with-longing-for Rosanna-Arquette vocals here. No better way to kick off summer than to travel back to the early days of MTV with this song and its multiple synth solos. [Gwen Ihnat]


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Gwen Ihnat

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kevin Pang

Kevin Pang was the founder and editor-in-chief of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace on Netflix.

Kate Bernot

Kate Bernot is managing editor at The Takeout and a certified beer judge.