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Wrestling Wednesday - WrestleMania Tibits and a little news
Category: Wrestling
Tags: WWE ECW WWF NWA AWA TNA World Class Championship Wrestling Memphis Championship Wrestling Ring of Honor Wrestling

Daniel Bryan will wrestle Sheamus at WrestleMania for the United States Title.

Abdullah the Butcher will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

 

As we head into WrestleMania here is some tibits, about the great history of this event…

The Undertaker has won the most matches, and most consecutive WrestleMania matches with 18.

Undertaker is not the only undefeated wrestler in WrestleMania History, with a minimum of 3 matches, They are Animal (3-0), Hawk (3-0), Sable (3-0) and Rob Van Dam (4-0).

Jeff Hardy and Goldust are both 0-5 at WrestleMania.

Total Attendance is 1,029,186 for an average of 39,584 per event.

WrestleMania II was the first one on Pay-per-view.

WrestleMania III 93,173 was the biggest ever.

WrestleMania II was in three different venues totaling 40,000 in attendance combined.

WrestleMania XI smallest attendance at 16,305 in Hartford Civic Center.

WrestleMania IV had the most matches a record 15.

WrestleMania VI was the first WWE pay-per-view outside the United States.

WrestleMania IX was the first held outdoors.

WrestleMania XI is considered the worst ever.

WrestleMania 2000 was the first time the “fan favorite” did not win the WWE Championship.

WrestleMania 2000 was also the first time there were no “traditional” one-on-one match.

WrestleMania XIX and XXI are considered one of the greatest WrestleMania’s of all-time.

Wrestlemania XX had the most title defenses with 7.

WrestleMania XXIII is the highest WWE pay-per-view buys at 1.2 million.

WrestleMania XXIV is the first WrestleMania to be held in Florida.

WrestleMania XXIV was the first one to be filmed in high-definition. It was also the first to be released in blue-ray.

Pete Rose and Donald Trump have the most celebrity appearances at WrestleMania with 5.

Next week I will have my bold predictions for WrestleMania. 

 


 

Deep Thoughts...Say Hey edition.
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Charles Barkley; Willie Mays; David Newhan


 

 

 

 

Welcome to another session of Deep Thoughts. Thanks to Time Warner, I was without internet for a few hours tonight and as I have to take my wife to the airport at 5:30 am...this will be a rapid version of deep thinking.

 

 

    

 

 

I love March Madness, unless my bracket sucks (like this year). What seemed so easy just a week ago, now has my bracket looking like a poorly written school paper. But...after seeing the bracket of Charles Barkley...I don't feel so bad. Check it out for yourself: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Charles-Barkley-blames-Rick-Pitino-for-his-error?urn=ncaab-wp935
 

Yeah, Chuck...Louisville got me too.

 

 



 

 

 

Recently, my daughter gave me a book about Willie Mays. Since I am a baseball fan, I have always had great respect for Mays. But, as a kid I grew up with Mantle as my favorite player. It has been said that chicks dig the long ball, but so do youngsters. I must admit that the prodigious blasts of Mantle caught my eye and blinded me to many of the other stars of the 60's. Take a close look at the picture above. Do you see where the pitch is? Up and in...Mays saw this all of the time. Until 1971, helmets were not required in MLB. Jackie Robinson justifiably receives credit for breaking the color barrier in baseball, but Mays was only a few years behind him. The term five tool player is thrown around frequently today, but if you want to see the first player that fit this description...it was Mays. As a kid, I had no recollection of Mays playing in New York. In my mind, Mays was always a SF Giant. As I read about his early years in New York, I was astounded to read the dimensions of the Polo Grounds. 505 to dead center field with very short porches to left and right field. I also did not realize that Willie Mays was on deck when Bobby Thompson hit the shot heard round the world. He said he was shaking he was so scared. He was praying that he did not have to hit in such a crucial spot. Of course, Thompson delivered and Mays did not have to hit. He was terribly ashamed that he was afraid to hit in that situation and swore that he would not feel that way again. Mays hit a HR in his first major league at bat, then promptly went 0 for 23. He told Leo Durocher that he wanted to go back to AAA. To Durocher's credit, he praised Mays and built him up so that he gained the confidence to relax and play his game. This was how Durocher managed Mays, as he figured out early on that praise was what motivated Mays, not criticism.

 

 

 

Did you know that during high school, Mays was playing professional baseball with the Birmingham Barrons? Mays played in the Negro league for several years before he made his way to the Giants system. Professional baseball before integration was a plodding game that relied on the long ball. As players like Robinson and Mays pried their way into the league, daring base running suddenly changed the game. I have to admit that reading about Mays reminded me just how far we have come in not that many years. The south is generally blamed for much of the bigotry of that time, but did you realize that in 1958 that Mays was initially denied the ability to buy a home? Mays and his first wife found a new home that they liked, but when they put in a purchase contract to the builder, he told them that the neighbors did not want them to live there. The builder was threatened with not being able to sell any of his other homes if he sold to Mays. 1958 was the year that I was born...thankfully, a resolution was reached and the Mays's were allowed to move into their home.  Do you see the picture above? This is Willie with Durocher and his wife from an early Sports Illustrated, There was a tremendous uproar because Durocher's wife had her arm around Willie Mays. Amazing...

Willie Mays was the finest center fielder of all time. He had tremendous range and an incredibly strong arm. But he was also a very gentle man that refused to drink or smoke. But on the field he was as aggressive as any player that ever played. One of May's base running tricks was to slide for the plate with one foot and use the other to dislodge the ball from the catcher's glove.

You probably have seen old tape of Juan Marichal attacking the Dodgers catcher (John Roseboro) with a bat. Mays was able to defuse this terrible incident by guiding Roseboro off the field and preventing him from leaving the dugout. Mays ended a 16 inning game by hitting a home run. While that may not seem like a big deal...check this...that home run allowed him to have hit  home runs over his career in 16 different innings. Think about that for a bit to realize just how crazy that is.

Here are a few stats for Mays:

Lifetime average of .302 with 523 doubles, 140 triples and 660 HR's. Willie also stole 338 bases in his career. He was the ROY in 1951 and captured 12 gold gloves. Of course this award did not begin until 1957 or he would surely had several more. Willie was respected by fans and players alike as he was selected to the all star team 21 times. Wow...

 

 Try holding four baseballs in one hand. May's had very large hands, one of the gifts he had that helped him be such a great baseball player.

 

 



 

 

Have you had something really bad happen to you, but realized later just how lucky you were? Do you remember David Newhan? Baseball player that used to play for Baltimore? What ever happened to him? If you are like me, I remember Newhan, but he just fell off the radar. Well, as so often happens, he did more than just fall off the radar...he literally broke his neck. I read the story this week of the comeback attempt by Newhan and immediately decided that I had to mention in my blog. Here is the story:

He sneaked out to catch a few late waves that afternoon, two blocks from his home in Oceanside, Calif. Newhan grew up in Southern California and attended college at Pepperdine in Malibu, so surfing was as much a rite of passage as baseball. He was no novice.

“It wasn’t like I wiped out,” he says. “I made a bad decision by jumping off my board. I was far enough offshore and didn’t think it was shallow. I thought I’d skim the top of the water.”

Instead, his head struck full force into a sandbar. He went completely numb, barely aware of the salt water coursing through his nostrils.

“I had a stinger throughout my whole body,” he says. “I was trying to move knowing I couldn’t. I was floating up. I thought, ‘If I can get my head above water, I’ll try to call for help.'”

His next thought was more of a prayer: “Jesus, let me move.” His arms and legs responded, and he grabbed his board and slid his belly onto it. He slowly paddled to shore, gingerly walked home and called his wife, Karen, who was visiting her parents 10 miles away.

“I think I should get an X-Ray,” he told her. “Something happened, and something is wrong. My neck is locking up.”

The hospital emergency room was packed and Newhan sat for several hours before receiving care, unaware that if shards from the vertebrae shifted even a millimeter, he would die. Finally it was his turn, and a CT scan revealed a spiral, compound fracture in three places. The doctor gasped, the nurse called it a “hangman’s break,” and they fitted Newhan with a neck brace.

Picture the neck vertebrae as ceramic donuts stacked on each other and held in place by sticks attached to their exterior. The sticks are ligaments, and the spinal cord is like a rope running through the middle of the donuts. Newhan’s diving accident caused the vertebrae to fracture in three places, but the ligaments weren’t disrupted and vertebrae fragments weren’t displaced. The spinal cord was spared damage.

“In its worst form, a hangman’s fracture is a true avulsion -- you literally separate the second and third vertebrae,” says Dr. Frank Gillingham, a longtime emergency room physician and medical director for a major insurance company. “It’s catastrophic and it causes instant death.”

In Christopher Reeve’s case, falling six feet from a horse was the equivalent of dropping a hammer on the donuts, and fragments went flying, impinging on the spinal cord. Newhan’s dive into the sandbar wasn’t as severe and his neck ligaments -- well-protected by muscle because of his extraordinary physical condition -- held the fractured vertebrae in place long enough for him to seek medical care. If he had turned his head quickly or bent his neck the wrong way, fragments could have loosened and damaged his spinal cord. 

Newhan wore a halo brace for two months, then a smaller one for another month. He slept on his back. He couldn’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds. He was allowed 45-minute walks in the morning and evening with Karen. Sometimes they’d bring along their son, Nico, and daughter, Gianna, who now are ages six and three.

“Karen has been unbelievably strong,” Newhan says. “And for her to support me giving baseball another shot, I can’t say enough how much that means.”

Recovery accelerated when he began an alternative physical therapy regimen called the Egoscue method with trainers Jordan Feramisco and Liba Placek. Within a few months, Newhan built a batting cage in the trainers’ Sorrento Valley, Calif., facility and began giving hitting lessons to youngsters in addition to taking swings himself. The baseball bug had bitten him again.

He put out feelers to major league teams last summer but couldn’t find a taker. He kept working out, and a few months ago made a call to longtime friend Jason McLeod, the Padres assistant general manager. “All I want is a shot,” Newhan told him. Nobody expects Newhan to return to the peak form he displayed when he hit .311 for the Orioles in 2004, but eventually contributing in a utility role would be enough.

And if it doesn’t work out, Newhan won’t be down. He’s played for nine organizations in 14 pro seasons. He’s been demoted. He’s been released. He's been through a lot. And as everybody knows by now, he’s a tough out. 

 

 



 

That's all I have for this week. I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey to ponder...

 



 

"If I was being executed by injection, I'd clean up my cell real neat.
then, when they came to get me, I'd say, "Injection? I thought you said 'inspection.'"
They'd probably feel real bad, and maybe I could get out of it."

 

"I was sad, because I had no shoes.

Until I met a man that had no feet.

So, I took his shoes, cuz hey, he wan't using them!"


 





Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment...


 

Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

 


So, what happened to the world while I was out in Missouri? My girlfriend doesn't have a tv, so I didn't get to see much of anything, but I came back and things in Japan just got worse (her Chinese roommates asked us if they should buy anti-radiation pills to counteract the radiation being carried on the wind) and then I see the US took a stance on Libya. I just got to the hotel and turned on the first tv all week and it was set to CNN, which was running video of cruise missels taking off.

I hate to say it, but I miss a few weeks ago when Charlie Sheen was the most unstable thing we had to worry about.

So, sufice it to say that I watched mere snipets of the tourney. From what I have seen though, it has been a pretty good one. Looks like the Big East got talked up and fell flat again. Marquette definately surprises me, but I thought UCONN would be strong. I also have a good feeling about Florida. Just saying since I didn't fill out a bracket.

I have to say that Kentucky is surprising me. I've seen Calipari's act there. Get big name (Wall, Cousins) recruits, have a decent regular season (3rd in the SEC), and crap out in the tourney. This squad, though, seems to be getting it. They survived a tough test against Princeton and were able to rebound with a win over West Virginia. The young guys seem to have some poise.

Good to see BYU going strong without Davies. I figure Jimmer can carry them a good way and a few forwards can step up. Also, it's good to see Davies sticking by his team and showing up to help his team. This kid has handled his mistake (violating the code) like a man.

On to more madness, Bonds has made his defense: he didn't know what he was using was steroids. Apparently, Bonds thought the cream was flaxseed oil or artritic cream. Barry, we all know what that statement is...

Speaking of madness, the NFL has voted to change it's kickoff rules and TD review system. Kickoffs will be moved up from the 30-35. Josh Cribbs and Devin Hester are pretty pissed by this. The rule change was made in the interest of player safety. Look for more touchbacks whenever these guys get back to playing.

The league also decided to have replay officials review all scoring plays. Hopefully they have a system to do this without slowing down the game.

Speaking of madness, I'm running on low sleep. My train got back to Detroit at 3 am monday. I've been trying to catch up. I'm hoping things might settle down, but I doubt it. I'll leave you with abit more madness and our word of the week.

Lent Trap, noun

In couples where one party is Catholic and the other is not, the unwilling subjection of the non-Catholic to the 40-day ritual of penitence known as lent.

1. We were going to have dinner at this great new steak place on Friday night, but Joe's got me stuck in a Lent Trap.

2. My wife Jane decided to give up sex for Lent. Worst. Lent Trap. Ever. 

 

Wrestling Bio - Marcus Dupree, yep you read it right!
Category: Wrestling
Tags: Marcus Dupree New Mid-South Wrestling

Today I feel froggy, and am going to write about former college and pro football player turned wrestler, Marcus Dupree, "The Best That Never Was" .

Marcus Dupree was all world in high school football, went to OU and than vanished from college football. His journey then took him to the USFL, NFL and then to professional wrestling.

Dupree was born on May 22, 1964 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He played football for the Philadelphia High School Tornadoes. He started as a wide receiver and kickoff/punt returns. He was fast, running the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. In his freshmen year he had 12 touchdowns. Marcus then became a running back in his sophomore season. He scored 28 touchdowns and rushed for 1,850 yards in his first season as a running back. For his junior season Marcus rushed for 2,550 and scored 34 touchdowns, 9 of them from kickoff returns. His senior season seen him rush for 2,955 yards and scored 36 touchdowns. He finished his high school career with 7,355 rushing yards and averaged 8.3 yards per carry. With 87 career touchdowns, Dupree set a high school touchdown record.

Marcus was recruited by all the major college football programs. He finally selected the Oklahoma Sooners. In his freshmen season he rushed for 1,144 yards and had 13 touchdowns. Dupree’s sophomore season, 1984, would be considered the weirdest ever for a player. In the first four games of the season, Marcus only rushed for 369 yards and three touchdowns. He suffered a concussion in a game against Texas. After the game he vanished for a week. He showed up in Mississippi to announce he was leaving Oklahoma University to transfer to the University of Southern Mississippi. The NCAA informed Marcus Dupree he would have to sit out the 1984 season. Instead of sitting out he left college.

Dupree signed with the New Orleans Breakers of the United States Football League right after leaving college football behind. In his first pro game, on his first attempt he scored a touchdown. He didn’t play much due to injuries, but managed to score 9 touchdowns on 145 carries and 684 yards. His second season, the team moved to Portland, Oregon. In the season opener Marcus injured his knee badly. He had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.

After sitting out for 5 years, Marcus, at the urging of Walter Payton, tried his hands in the NFL. In 1990, he signed with the Los Angeles Rams, who had drafted him in 1986 in case he decided to play in the NFL. It was in week 9 of the season that Dupree played. He rushed for 22 years. Dupree’s first NFL season ended with 72 yards on 19 carries in 3 games.

In 1991, Marcus missed the first seven games due an injury suffered in practice. He returned in week 8. For the season his stats were 179 yards on 49 carries and one touchdown.

In 1992 Dupree was released from the Rams with a career record of 251 yards on 68 carries with 1 touchdown.

For a person who had the whole world in his grasp at the start of his college career, his professional career ended in a thud.

In 1995, Marcus Dupree performed as a wrestler for the USWA. He was a tag team partner of David Rich for eight weeks. No matches can be found. Although he is listed as an alumni of the promotion I have not been able to uncover anything significant about his time in the promotion. It is rumored that he was trained by Tom Pritchard. In research the talent trained by Pritchard, Dupree’s name never showed up. Marcus Dupree has mentioned that “he worked some cards in the early 1990s with Jerry Lawler in Memphis.”

Dupree has blown his millions of dollars. From 1996 until 2010, Marcus had various jobs. He's been a nightclub owner, a casino greeter, a small-time entrepreneur and a truck driver and working for BP, helping clean up the Gulf oil spill. But in 2011, Dupree returned to wrestling. He is running a pro wrestling promotion, New Mid-South Wrestling, with his company Dupree & McAfee Entertainment. The company wants to go back to the “territory” days of wrestling, in the east Mississippi area, when one promotion worked a certain area and that was it. Originally, one of the promotions in the east Mississippi area was Mid-South Wrestling which was owned by Cowboy Bill Watts, Gulf Coast Wrestling which was owned by Lee Fields, and, for a short while, Deep South Wrestling. Now it looks as if Marcus Dupree is trying his hands in regional wrestling. New Mid-South Wrestling will give the fans a chance to see their favorites who are no longer on national television.

His first promotion was held in Philadelphia, Mississippi and was called “Redemption“. Dupree teamed up with David Rich to take on Tommy “Wildfire” Rich and Doug Gilbert for the tag team titles.

Other wrestlers who participated were Koko B. Ware, Brian “Too Sexay” Christopher (Jerry Lawler’s son), Road Dog Jesse James Flash Flannigan, Kamala and the Krypt Keeper.

"Marcus is trying to get New Mid-South Wrestling going, and so far, I think he's been pretty smart about it," Rich said. "Marcus is already making plans for another card. A lot of guys are still around, wrestling in smaller promotions."

He hopes to get a circuit going in rural towns where there isn't a whole lot else to do on a Saturday night.

800 people showed up for the New Mid-South Wrestling’s first promotion. Dupree and Rich did win the tag team belts.

Info from: Wipkedia and various wrestling wrestling sites. 


 

Musings From The Hoodwood 3-22
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NCAA Basketball NCAA Football


 

Greetings from the Hoodwood where reports of remote meltdowns and burnouts are widespread.

I don’t know who was the person who thought up having the NCAA on four different networks but I hope he has a corner office by now. I’m not gonna lie, I am so loving the concept. Forget whiparounds, forget starting one game and having portions of the country drop out. If you want to follow one team that’s not local to you, you can. If you want to ignore a team, like I do with UK and Ohio State. You can. I love this concept and hope this is a staple of March for years to come. Though I think remote burnouts and meltdowns like you see with me will be prevelant.

 To start out let me sing a verse or two from the R&B singer Anita Baker…this song is dedicated to a certain team

 I apologize…believe me. I apologize…honest. Cause I know I was wrong...thats why I'm singing this song... I know I cant sing, I got cut from the choir in the 6th grade and again from the UC Choir (I was chasing a girl, dont ask)

 I will be among the masses of so-called experts that was ragging on the selection committee for its inclusion of VCU in the field that are now offering up a mea culpa. The Rams just smashed a trio of teams to get to the Sweet 16 and have more than justified their entry in the field. Oh and Im just waiting for the speculation about their head coach Shaka Smart being coveted by different big name schools (Tennessee and Providence are a pair of schools that come to mind)

After the first weekend, its been just what you expect, a few routs here and there. But more often than not the games have been tight tense and thrilling. Morehead State knocking off an overrated Louisville. And the arrogant Rick Pitino getting his comeuppance. I enjoyed watching Pitino looking very uncomfortable as a guest analyst.

The crafty Richmond Spiders proving that they earned the auto bid from the A-10 in beating Vandy. Jimmer Fredette being all that was advertised in getting BYU to the 2nd weekend for the first time in 30 years.

Though it pains me to remember, the continued sustained excellent play of Connecticut’s Kemba Walker who has been carrying the Huskies for the past two or three weeks has been a highlight of the tourney. He was the reason why my beloved Bearcats have been ousted from the tourney.

I was a bit dismayed by the squawking over the end of the Pitt-Butler game though. The focus should not have been on the refs who got the last two calls right and I give dap to for rightly not swallowing their whistles. The focus should have been on why Shelvin Mack was fouling Gilbert Brown 45 feet from the hoop or what Nassir Robinson was thinking going after the rebound on the missed free throw and fouling Matt Howard who made the winning free throw.

 Lay off the Big East

I will admit that I am a Big East fan, and am a Cincinnati grad. I was also one that was adamant that that the league didn’t deserve 11 bids, but found it ironic that the 11th team Marquette was one of the two surviving teams. Im annoyed by the collective potshots being taken by the media (thankfully man-gina Colin Cowherd was not on the air to whine about it on Monday) about how the Big East flamed out so badly, but I will defend the Big East. Tell me, of the power conferences would the 11th place team in the Big Ten or SEC or Big 12 be able to hang with Marquette? Remember that was the 11th place team in the Big East. All of a sudden much has been made of the ACC having more teams left in the tourney. Some of these pundits forget that a couple of the Big East teams that were eliminated by other Big East teams, and the Big Ten and SEC hasn't done that well in the tourney either.

Comeuppance for the Bucks

Its no secret that Im no fan of THE Ohio State University. I respect their football team, but I loath their noisy arrogant fans. Its funny to see how quiet these fans have become in the wake of the suspensions of Terrelle Pryor among the Tattoo five and now their supposed sainted coach Jim Tressel extending his self-imposed suspension from two to five games. I don’t care what folks say, Tressel’s suspension is a farce, a joke an affront. Tressel knew what he knew and he lied to NCAA investigators. Now he wants people to believe that he will fall on his sword and take the same penalty as the players? Bullshit. Ivan Maisel wrote a scathing piece on Tress and the Bucks, he highlighted just what I thought. Tressel is still coaching, he makes the game plan he installs it and he will be coaching the team. You just wont see the sweater vest man on the sidelines for the first five games of the 2011 season. No big sweat with games against lollipops like Akron and Toledo a weak Miami and Colorado and the Big Ten opener against Michigan State. Tress and his holier than thou sycophants are a joke. They get what they deserve.

Phat Dap

To Anthony Robles, the national champion wrestler from Arizona State. Winning the 125 pound weight division and completing an unbeaten season all despite only having one leg. Robles was born without one leg and hip bone but was a multiple All-American and defeated defending national champ Matt McDonough of Iowa . This young man is the portrait of hard work, dedication and perseverance. He overcame his disability and is a champion, give that brotha some serious dap.

Head Slap

To Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton, whose classless way of throwing embattled (and now former) coach Bruce Pearl under the bus when asked about Pearl’s job status. Did Pearl deserve to get the gate? Maybe and that was his decision but after multiple no comments, Hamilton should have continued to keep his mouth shut. You think making that comment had anything with the Vols getting housed by Michigan in the first round?

Hey I can write a column without a spec sheet! But that its for this week. Im going to the Hoodwood Electronics Store now and see if I can find a replacement for my burnout remote.

Many thanks to Bandits Mom, for letting me stink up her living room with smoke and taking the pic

Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

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