Posted by: Tom Duch | June 19, 2011

Mavericks > The Big 3

It’s the Mavs time to shine, not LeBron’s time to whine. Congratulations to the Mavericks for beating Miami and ensuring that THIS celebration was the only one the Heat would have this season.

Not only did the Mavs win, but insult to injury, the Miami Herald printed a Congratulations Miami ad in the paper the next day. The Heat already celebrated a championship before the season, so I guess that’s where there was some confusion.

There was a huge turnout in Big D for the parade, which in a class act was paid for by Mark Cuban. The Mavs owner was front and center on the big stage at the parade where Finals MVP Dirk led the raucous crowd with his best effort in singing We are the Champions.

Posted by: Tom Duch | June 19, 2011

RIP “Big Man” Clarence Clemons

Posted by: Tom Duch | May 30, 2011

Best Wrestling Interviews

Bleacher Report recently had a post with the best wrestling interview segments of all time. There have been some great ones over the years, including many from the Great One himself, the Rock, but I have put together my own Top 5.

It’s tough to pick just 5 from this list, and it’s tough to find some of my other favorites, including virtually every Ric Flair promo. Here is the list along with one additional video that isn’t really an interview but made the BR list and had to make my list as well.

BONUS:

In my bonus segment Kane is shown lighting good ‘ol JR on fire. I don’t remember this clip, but I’d like to know what Jim Ross did to Vince McMahon to deserve this.

#5- Hawk forget to check his watch and walks in during VADER time

I always enjoyed Vader as a superstar. Maybe it was the mask, maybe the gigantic frame pulling off moonsaults off the top rope, or maybe his appearances on Boy Meets World. In this clip Vader is doing a promo with the lovely Sunny when Road Warrior Hawk makes an untimely appearance.

#4- Macho Man spins like a ballerina

In this segment, Mean Gene mentions making a 180 and Macho starts spinning….and doesn’t stop for the entire interview. He was always a great showman, but he was also not always all there in the head.

#3- Booker T gets a little too into it

This is a classic Youtube clip in which Booker T calls out Hulk Hogan. Booker gets really into it and instead of calling the Hulkster brother, he uses a different word…

#2- Lex Luger is too jacked

It was hard for me not to put this at #1, but the Narcissist comes in at a close 2nd. Haven’t seen this in years but it still made me laugh just as hard as the first time I saw it.

#1- The Warrior is certifiable

The Ultimate Warrior proved why he is #1 on this Top 5 time and time again throughout her career. The Warrior never got out of character, which is maybe why he legally changed his name to Warrior Warrior, and also why his interviews were so bizarre. If they ever want to bring a Warrior character back I think Christian could easily take the job. Check out his impression at the end on the video to find out why.

Posted by: Tom Duch | May 24, 2011

It’s the end of the world and Macho knows it

There was an earthquake, a hurricane, the death of Osama Bin Laden; everything was pointing towards the end of our existence on earth. Everyone was talking about the rapture and the world ending and all that junk, but I didn’t believe it. But then something happened…..Macho Man Randy Savage passed away.

Perhaps the final piece to some crazy, elaborate puzzle that would end life on earth as we knew it. People were preparing for the worst much like Y2K back in ’99.

When Macho died in a car crash on May 20th, many thought it wasn’t only the end of Randy Savage, the Macho King, and Bonesaw, but the end of all of us.

The great Macho Man proved that he was always been a good guy at heart, getting to heaven and putting an end to all this rapture business with one glorious elbow off the top rope.

Rest In Peace Macho Man, and thanks for saving the world.

Posted by: Tom Duch | May 11, 2011

RIP “Tractor” Traylor

I am sad to report that former NBA player Robert “Tractor” Traylor was found dead today in him home in Puerto Rico. One of the true NBA “big men” in my book, Traylor put up a couple big seasons at Michigan before playing 7 years in the NBA.

The story HERE on ESPN states that the fans idolized the big man. I certainly remember times when I played pick-up bball and pretended I was the Tractor down low, plowing over everybody and dominating in the lane.

Just 34, Traylor was said to have died from a heart attack. Rest in peace Tractor, and god bless you and your family.

Posted by: Tom Duch | April 27, 2011

Gangs of Chicago

Another game 7 in the NHL tonight, as the defending champion Blackhawks try and come all the way back after trailing 3-0 in their series against the Canucks. It makes for good TV, but I certainly hope they don’t complete the comeback, as my picks this year have already started going down the toilet and I have the Canucks winning it all.

The momentum had been clearly in favor of the Blackhawks going in to tonight, thanks in part to the coaching of Bill “The Butcher” Cutting, aka Joel Quenneville.

Posted by: Tom Duch | April 27, 2011

Late Show for Lake Show

Halftime for the Lakers-Hornets, with the Lake Show holding a slim lead. I’ve got LA winning this series and the whole thing for that matter, so I have one message for you Lakers:

DON’T PUNK OUT !!

Posted by: Tom Duch | April 21, 2011

EDGE Calls It A Career

If you stopped tuning in to WWE telecasts after Wrestlemania (as I normally do for a few months) you may have missed a monumental occurrence on Raw a week later. When Edge hit the ring he wasn’t prepared to wrestle or to do a segment of The Cutting Edge, but instead to RETIRE.

I had no idea this was going to happen and frankly I was in complete shock. So much so that it took me almost two weeks to get this post out. Edge was one of my favorite wrestlers of all time. His persona, his in ring ability, his humor, and getting to meet the Rated R Superstar made him one of the best in my book.

You can read the many of tributes or even check out clip shows of his career on WWE.com or YouTube, but only right here can you get stories about me interacting with the one they call Edge….

The first time I got to “meet” Edge was at a house show at Continental Airlines Arena way back when. I was sitting about halfway up the first section when all of a sudden, the Edge and Christian music hit, and down the tag team comes right down the stairway where I’m sitting on the aisle seat. Like many people usually do, I tapped Edge on the back as he walked by, only to get a hand full of water from his soaking wet trench coat. Was he outside, did Triple H spit water on him, did he not even time to run it through the dryer? I’m not sure, but I was pretty young at the time and I thought I was the man.

The second time I interacted with Edge I actually did get to meet him. I was at a Yankee game a few years back and while walking through the concourse who do I see but………. MVP. I noticed he looked familiar and I approached him and said, “hey MVP, how you doing?” and shook his hand. After me and Montavious exchanged pleasantries, I saw the guy he was with….and it was Edge.

He was busy with other fans, but my friend said lets go over and get a picture with him. He’s not a big wrestling fan, but he was the photographer, and he got a pretty good shot on his phone. Here I am below in all my glory.

It was very cool meeting him, and a Yanks game I definitely will never forget; just like I will never forget that spear off the ladder to Jeff Hardy as he hung from the belt. Bleacher Report did a nice job putting together this Top 10 of the greatest moments of a Hall of Fame career. Some great moments on the list, but to me none better than that spear or his hardcore match against Mick Foley.

Sadly Edge is done wrestling for good. Now he will have to focus on baseball, as he just got a monster contract in the offseason and needs to start playing like a $100 million man and not a .200 hitter. For now it’s BP and shagging flies, but come next Wrestlemania I expect to see a few spears given out.

Look at that cut, perfect hip action by Werth....I mean Edge

Posted by: Tom Duch | April 12, 2011

NHL Playoff Picks

Making picks is a tough thing to do. Every season there are experts out there who make their picks as to who’s going to win games, who’s going to perform the best, and who’s going to raise the hardware at the end of the year. What do these experts have on me….absolutely nothing. Well a nice cushy job, the clout of being called a supposed “expert”, and having millions of people believe what they pick is right…okay so maybe a few things, but nevertheless I intend to prove that anyone has the ability to become an expert. After all, just look at Liam’s mum.

One thing I love about the NHL playoffs is the unpredictability. Last year the top two seeds in the Western Conference made it to the conference finals. In the Eastern Conference however, it was the two lowest seeds, as the 7th seeded Flyers and 8th seeded Canadiens met for the right to get a shot at the Cup. Like the NCAA Tourney, you never know what can happen in an NHL postseason series.

With absolutely no knowledge other than an occasional Barry Melrose segment, the one Devils game I attended, and about two and a half periods of action on TV this year, I will be making my playoff picks. I am basing my picks off nothing other than upsets are frequent and that Dominik Hasek no longer plays in the league. Here’s the picks:

Eastern Conference

1st Round-

Caps over Rangers

Flyers over Sabres

Bruins over Canadiens

Lightning over Penguins

2nd Round-

Lightning over Caps

Flyers over Bruins

Conference Championship-

Flyers over Lightning

 

Western Conference

1st Round-

Canucks over Blackhawks

Kings over Sharks

Coyotes over Red Wings

Ducks over Preds

2nd Round-

Canucks over Kings

Ducks over Coyotes

Conference Championship-

Canucks over Ducks

 

Stanley Cup Final-

Canucks over Flyers

Will the best team in the regular season be the best season of the playoffs? I like their chances. If they do I might just have to buy myself one of their sick throwbacks. I’m thinking good old John Vanbiesbrouck.

The Sedin's traded in the baby faces, and now they hope to trade in those jersey's and hoist up a big Cup instead.

Posted by: Tom Duch | April 10, 2011

Cap’n Crunched

There has been a lot of talk about CC Sabathia’s trimmed down 290 frame this year. After weighing in just a pound below Austin 316, CC lost 25 pounds in the offseason. Did he do it by training extra hard and eating well? Well, sort of. Sabathia said his secret was not eating Cap’n Crunch every day.

CC was said to eat up to 15 times the recommended serving size of CC, and apparently cutting it out of his diet really paid off.

It didn’t pay off however for the Cap’n who has supposedly been discontinued. According to many sources, the Cap’n will do longer be making it happen. The rising epidemic of childhood has caused the cereal to cereals’ sales to dwindle over the years, and CC’s comment didn’t help causes.

With the Cap’n sailing into the sunset, it makes you wonder which classic cereal cartoon character could be signing his retirement papers next. Will a healthier, more organic era put some of our greatest childhood friends into extinction? I certainly hope not.

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