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Watching a game of baseball can sometimes be as much fun listening to the broadcast booth as it is watching the actual action on the diamond.

Generally that area is filled by people who have been in and around the game for as long as anyone can remember. While the fairly recent losses of legends like Ernie Harwell and Harry Kalas makes the game a little less fun, there are several people left who bring listeners much needed smiles.

We all have our favorites, so feel free to add yours to the list if you are so inclined. Yours truly freely admits that he hasn't had the pleasure of hearing everyone behind the microphone.




Bob Uecker


If you want to get a feel of how cool "Ueck" is, you can watch all the commercials, appearances with Johnny Carson, movies, and even his sitcom for a taste.

One of the best ways is to listen to comedian Artie Lange tell a story of how he got to sit next to Uecker for a few innings and watch the maestro at work. Truly hilarious insight.

"Mr. Baseball" knows his stuff, both good and bad. A sound defensive catcher with a World Series ring, he once led the league in passed balls trying to catch knuckleballing Hall of Famer Phil Niekro despite playing just 59 games.

He is not just extremely funny, but you can improve your own game listening to Uecker. Want to learn how to catch a knuckleball? Just wait until it stops rolling, then go pick it up.

Here is a montage of some of his quips :


Anybody with ability can play in the big leagues. But to be able to trick people year in and year out the way I did, I think that was a much greater feat.


Baseball hasn't forgotten me. I go to a lot of old-timers games and I haven't lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times.


Career highlights? I had two. I got an intentional walk from Sandy Koufax and I got out of a rundown against the Mets.


I didn't get a lot of awards as a player. But they did have a Bob Uecker Day Off for me once in Philly.


I had slumps that lasted into the winter.


I hit a grand slam off Ron Herbel and when his manager Herman Franks came out to get him, he was bringing Herbel's suitcase.


I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.


I led the league in "Go get 'em next time."


I set records that will never be equaled. In fact, I hope 90% of them don't even get printed.


I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for three-thousand dollars. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn't have that kind of dough. But he eventually scraped it up.


If a guy hits .300 every year, what does he have to look forward to? I always tried to stay around .190, with three or four RBI. And I tried to get them all in September. That way I always had something to talk about during the winter.


In 1962 I was named Minor League Player of the Year. It was my second season in the bigs.


Let's face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can't resist.


One time, I got pulled over at four a.m. I was fined seventy-five dollars for being intoxicated and four-hundred for being with the Phillies.


People don't know this but I helped the Cardinals win the pennant. I came down with hepatitis. The trainer injected me with it.


Sporting goods companies pay me not to endorse their products.


Sure, women sportswriters look when they're in the clubhouse. Read their stories. How else do you explain a capital letter in the middle of a word?


The highlight of my career? In '67 with St. Louis, I walked with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in an intersquad game in spring training.


When I came up to bat with three men on and two outs in the ninth, I looked in the other team's dugout and they were already in street clothes.


When I looked at the third base coach, he turned his back on me.


I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Actually, I was born in Illinois. My mother and father were on an oleo margarine run to Chicago back in 1934, because we couldn't get colored margarine in Wisconsin. On the way home, my mother was with child. Me. And the pains started, and my dad pulled off into an exit area, and that's where the event took place. I remember it was a Nativity type setting. An exit light shining down. There were three truck drivers there. One guy was carrying butter, one guy had frankfurters, and the other guy was a retired baseball scout who told my folks that I probably had a chance to play somewhere down the line.

Well, a couple of grand slammers and the Brewers are right back in this one (Uecker during the 8th inning of a game the Brewers were losing 8–0.)

The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud.


I had slumps that lasted into the winter.

A doctor told me to drink lemon juice after a hot bath. But I have never finished the bath.


I won the Comeback of the Year Award five years in a row!

I'm scared of the Reds.

I had been playing for a while, and I asked Louisville Slugger to send me a dozen flame treated bats. But when I got it, I realized they had sent me a box of ashes.


Luv Ya Ueck!




Jim Palmer


Residents in Charm City have long been blessed with great men behind a microphone. The legendary Chuck Thompson is still king, and his days working with Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson were fun.

Ford Frick Award winner Jon Miller took over in the radio booth when Thompson, who also won the Frick Award, worked just television in 1983, the year the Orioles won the World Series. Today the Orioles have the excellent Gary Thorne.

Palmer is the greatest pitcher in Orioles history. He is a Hall of Famer who has done modeling and acting too, so going to the booth was a natural transition. He started working network television before coming back home to do just Orioles games.

Listening to Palmer is a daily education. From his knowledge of the game, stories from the past, and relationships with current players, Palmer is always fun to listen to.

A few years ago, the Orioles played the Washington Nationals. Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton was calling Nationals games at the time, and someone had the idea to put both in the same booth.

The legends swapped stories, theories, learning's, and more. Anyone who got to listen to the duo in that three game series probably paid little attention to the action on the field because the focus was on listening to the duo.

Baltimore has had solid guys like Buck Martinez in the booth, as well as Orioles greats like Rick Dempsey and Mike Flanagan working with Thorne too. But everyone quietly hopes Palmer will feel like calling the game that day so they can get a wealth of wisdom and greatness.





Vin Scully


Scully's 61 years of calling Los Angeles Dodger games is the longest of any broadcaster with a single club in professional sports history. The 83-year old is still going strong, showing no signs of slowing down.

Not only is his wealth of knowledge endless, but all players say Scully is one of the truest gentleman to have ever graced the game.

Born in the Bronx of New York City, Scully started calling Brooklyn Dodger games in 1950. He accompanied the team when they moved in 1958, making him and Tommy Lasorda the last ties in the organization to their beginnings.

While he has covered all sports, many other organizations have unsuccessfully tried to retain his services. His loyalty to the Dodgers is a legend of lore that will not be duplicated.

The historic moments he has called it endless. From the Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series win, to four perfect games and a no-hitter. His biggest moments may have been Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run and Kirk Gibson's famous World Series home run in 1988.

Scully, a Frick Award winner, is often imitated but he will never be duplicated. There are thousands of Dodgers fans out there who root for the team because he is the man in the booth.





Jon Miller


Miller started out broadcasting Major League games with the Oakland A's in their title year. After working with the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox, he got a job with the Baltimore Orioles in 1983.

The Orioles changed owners in 1993, and Miller was fired in 1996 for being a broadcast journalist as opposed to a homer-type. Though Miller was an Orioles fan, he called games with an objectionable point of view.

The San Francisco Giants hired him immediately, where he still works today. Miller also spent 20 years with ESPN before departing after the 2010 season. Games he called with Hall of Famer Joe Morgan drew a large fan base for the network.

Miller won the Ford C. Frick Award in 2010. Lon Simmons, who also won the Frick Award in 2004, has still sat in on a few Giants games on occasion after retiring to a part-time basis. Giants fans are certainly lucky to have a pair of legends in their booth.

Miller is known for being cerebral and eclectic, as well as humorous. He does a wide range of impressions that range from Vin Scully, Jack Benny, Thompson, Simmons, and others.




Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow


This duo of ex-players have teamed in the Giants booth for a few decades. Their rapport is the stuff of legend, as the banter in known to fly often.

Krukow was a pitcher who won 124 games, including a 20-win season once for the Giants in 1986. Kuiper was a utility player with a good glove and light bat. Krukow often kids Kuiper how he has four more career home runs than Kuiper.

Krukow is best know for having his own lingo. His phrases are said to come from the "Kruktionary". Here are a few samples :

"Grab some pine, meat!"

"Just another - ha ha ha ha - laugher!"

"I wanna get that!, I wanna get that!, I wanna get that!" whenever a product is endorsed during a game.


Kuiper invented a new slogan for close games. "Giants baseball... torture!"

"Kruk and Kipe" are opinionated but funny. Having played the game, what they speak garners the respect of listeners. The fact that they are ex-Giants who staunchly support the team and players gives them even more legend in the Bay area.





Marty Brennaman


In 1974, Brennaman was hired by to replace the departed Al Michaels to broadcast the Cincinnati Reds games on the radio. Joe Nuxhall, a former Reds pitcher, was paired with him and the duo would call games the next 31 seasons.

The pair were extremely popular in Cincinnati, appearing in all sorts of events throughout the city. Brennaman has won the Ford C. Frick Award in 2000, as well as several other awards.

He is known for voicing his opinion, even if it is deemed controversial. He had been critical of umpires and even some Chicago Cubs fans. His son, Thom, is a respected announcer who has called games for the FOX network as one of the original announcers of NFL games, the Cubs, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Thom, who started out working with his dad in the late 1980's, re-joined the Reds in 2006 so the Brennaman's could team up again. This gives Reds fans a duo with almost 70 years of combined broadcast experience.





Ralph Kiner


Kiner followed a Hall of Fame playing career, which ended early due to injury, to the the booth. He joined the expansion New York Mets in 1962 and is still going at 88-years old. Kiner is the only broadcaster to call all of the Mets history as he gets ready to enter his 50th year with the team.

Mets fans enjoyed the days of Kiner and Frick Award winner Bob Murphy working together for 41 years. The duo was entertaining in many ways and developed a huge following.

Kiner is a gem himself. He is known for making mistakes on the microphone, especially with remembering names. He even called himself "Ralph Korner" once. He called Gary Carter "Gary Cooper", and Hubie Brooks "Mookie".

Kiner hosted a show called "Kiners Korner" since 1963, but the post-game show appearances dwindled as Kiner aged.

Here are a few of his most notable quotes on the "Korner" :

"And it's going....going....going to be caught"

"The Mets are winless in the month of Atlanta"

"It's Father's Day today at Shea, so to all you fathers out there, Happy Birthday."

"All of Rick Aguilera's saves have come in relief appearances."

"All the Met wins on the road against Los Angeles this year have come at Dodger Stadium."


Mets fans love Ralph Kiner! With good reason.





Chip Caray


Sometimes one is born to sit in a broadcast booth due to D.N.A. Chip Carey's grandfather and father had announced baseball games over 80 seasons combined. His grandfather, Harry, is a legend in the city of Chicago, while his dad, Skip, is an Atlanta legend.

His dad broke him into broadcasting Braves baseball in 1991, even though he had already two seasons of working Orlando Magic games, in the NBA, under his belt. Carey left the Braves to call Seattle Mariners games for a few years, then worked for the FOX network.

His grandfather worked with him doing games in 1998, and the two would work together calling Chicago Cubs games until 2004. Carey joined the Atlanta Braves to work with his father again in 2005, where he currently works. He also has a brother who calls games for a minor league team in the Braves network.

Skip Carey worked many years with Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton calling Braves games. Sutton has a son, Daron, who is considered by many to be one of the best broadcasters calling baseball games.

Chip Carey truly benefited from learning as a child from his parents. Thom Brennaman is another excellent broadcaster who is following his own famous fathers footsteps.

But being related to a famous broadcaster does not mean one is automatically good at his job. Joe Buck is the son of the legendary Jack Buck, but is as exciting as watching paint dry behind a microphone.




Jerry Coleman


Coleman started out as a player and won four World Series as well as a World Series MVP Award. He is the only Major League Baseball player ever to have seen combat in two wars.

He started working in the booth of San Diego Padres games in 1972 and has been there since, with the exception of the 1980 season. He managed the Padres that year and went 73-89.

He is one of just four ex-players to win the Ford C. Frick Award. Coleman is known for a penchant of making mistakes announcing, but the 86-year old is a legend in the San Diego area.

Sully Cut's Down The Nets!!!
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAA

Well folks... From what I have heard, that game that we call a National Championship wasn't all it was cracked up to be... 22-19 at the half??? Are you kidding me??? From what I was able to see from work it was nothing but tough defense and low field-goal %. UCONN decided to step up and play BigEast basketball and pulled out the victory and take home the National Championship. 

 

Oh, yeah... Then there is the MOST important part of all this... BRACKETS!!!

Congrats to Sully for going against the grain and picking UCONN to go all the way. He had the right last few picks to put him on top and take this years GabBracketChallenge. Nice work Brad and Jerry in giving Sully a run for his money to the very end.

 

Below are the final standings for the league... As you can see. Not many people were left after the Sweet-16 games. DOH!!!

1 sully80587 1, K. Sullivan 250 180 200 160 160 320 UConn 0 1270 100.0
2 bwsmith25 2, B. Smith 210 180 80 80 160 320 UConn 0 1030 96.7
3 Youre kidding right?, j. brady 240 140 80 80 160 320 UConn 0 1020 96.5
4 YGBSM!, j. brady 260 200 160 80 0 0 Kansas 0 700 90.7
5 sully80587 2, K. Sullivan 240 180 160 80 0 0 Kansas 0 660 88.3
6 Sfelber9 2, S. Felber 290 200 160 0 0 0 Kansas 0 650 87.4
7 flanz 1, F. Lanzarone 270 180 120 0 0 0 Pittsburgh 0 570 72.6
8 fragnoli0405 1, K. Franzoni 220 180 160 0 0 0 Kansas 0 560 68.1
9 bigtoker 2, H. Salem 220 160 80 80 0 0 Pittsburgh 0 540 60.5
10 Sfelber9 1, S. Felber 240 200 80 0 0 0 Kansas 0 520 51.9
11 bigtoker 1, H. Salem 250 160 80 0 0 0 SDSU 0 490 38.2
12 jefft022 1, J. Thomas 220 160 80 0 0 0 Texas 0 460 25.1
12 jefft022 2, J. Thomas 200 140 120 0 0 0 Texas 0 460 25.1
14 bwsmith25 1, B. Smith 240 160 40 0 0 0 Duke 0 440 17.7
14 scottjax77 1, S. Cowitt 200 160 80 0 0 0 Syracuse 0 440 17.7
14 scottjax77 2, S. Cowitt 220 180 40 0 0 0 Syracuse 0 440 17.7
THE GABBING BLOG: WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN TWO YEARS WHEN...
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BUTLER WILL HAVE LOST ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME?

WILL THE TEAM BE KNOWN AS???

THE BUTLERFFALO BILLDOGS???

JUST CURIOUS...

GAB, GAB.

 

SINCERELY,

 

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Tuesdays Tantrum - 4/5/11
Category: FEATURED


Greetings to my brother and sister Gabbers out there.  Spring has finally sprung here in Northern California, the kitchen remodel got done unscathed thanks in no small measure to one of my daughters, the BBQ is going full force, the other Daughter’s Nursing School is going fantastic, Not-so-little Fan is on a roll, just celebrated the 23rdAnniversary, and I'm getting ready to go back to college - hey, I gotta do something!  It’s just a GREAT time at Casa de Fan!

Ordinarily I'd start out with a rant or something, but today I get to play proud Dad, so bear with me before I bust out the rants! 

College Football.  Not-so-little fan got his first letter of interest in football, and it came from Eastern Michigan University.  I never in my life would have guessed that my son would have generated enough interest to where a D-1 school would send a letter requesting info and video, but damn I’m proud!  Alright my brothers in Michigan, clue me in about the boys from Ypsilanti.  I got their record, but I’d like to know what you all think about the school.   

 

MLB .  I guess the Giants/Dodgers rivalry is back considering that LA fans were booing every chance they got at the Giants.  But Lower Alabama fan struck a new low by throwing a horrible beatdown on unsuspecting (and not very bright) Giants fan in the parking lot at Chavez Ravine that put him into critical condition.  Hey you low-life smurfs, you wanna pull some west coast gangsta shit, bring your sorry asses up here because I guarantee you that the boys in Hunters Point are looking for a new ho!  I doubt when they get through with you, that you’ll be pretty.

Back to the play on the diamond - Hey SF Giants, Pitching was weak, offense sucked, defense was shitty, and you did all of this against the hated water thieves from LA?  That’s jacked up!  Miguel Tejada, bases loaded with two outs in the 8th, your down by two and you try a golf swing at a first pitch that was out your feet and fly out?  Not a good way to start with the Champs!

Bottom Line LA - you might have taken the series, but the Giants still have the rings.  Choke on that LA fan!

You think the Rangers are poised for something great yet again?  Look what they did to everybody's choice for AL champion.  If Texas deals for one more pitcher, you people in the Northeast can yak all you want, but Texas will run away with the AL.

Psst, don’t tell anybody, but Baltimore’s starting pitchers through four games have gone 26 innings and only given up two runs, and they did that against Tampa and Detroit.  Hmmm…

Lastly, what the hell is going on with all of the oblique injuries so early this season? 

NBA – Hall of Fame selections.   Boy the HOF announcements certainly had a Chicago and SF Bay area flavor didn’t they?  Chris Mullin and Tara Vanderveer (Stanford ladies Head Coach) for the Bay Area, and Dennis Rodman, Tex Winter (another guy who Phil Jackson owes BIG TIME!), and a guy who I think went unrecognized for far too long the A-Train, Artis Gilmore (24,000 points .  Thinking back to watching him, he was Shaq before Shaq was en vogue.   

So we get classy basketball entertainers like the Harlem Globetrotter Goose Tatum, and then we get this:

I’m reading that Rodman is going have his personal designer “make a lot of crazy stuff”.   Hey A-hole, it’s the freaking Basketball Hall of Fame – DON’T BE A DOUCHE.  I know it’s hard for your ignorant ass, but really, DON’T BE A DOUCHE!  Be humble, act respectful, dress appropriately, remain dignified, and don’t make a mockery out of the week long festivities in August – there are other deserving entrants who don’t want their day turned into some damn freak show.  Show the others respect.  You wanna act a fool, wait until the ceremonies are over - it wouldn't be fair to the classy entrants.  David $tern, step in and call Rodman to the principals office and find a way to make sure he doesn't destroy the festivities.

March Madness – Final Four edition.   Hey CBS, what was that?  How the hell can there be any flow to the National Championship Game with all the freaking commercials?  OUT OF FREAKING CONTROL!  Couldn’t even get into the game because everytime there’d be some semblance of a game, we had to go to the commercials. 

18.8% from the floor for Butler in losing to UCONN?  Bound to happen, but did it have to happen tonite?  Rough break, but Butler needs to hold their heads on high, two time defending national runner-up?  Yeah, how does the biased media hacks like Billy Packer explain that!  It's now time to start putting more "mid-majors" into the dance!

My Tuesday brother in ranting gets mad when I do this, but Bandit, I just can’t let it go.  How much better of a tourney would it have been had some other more deserving teams get into the dance instead of Villanova, Georgetown, and those quitters in Tennessee?  Could you imagine the run some other teams like UTEP or Missouri State could have had?

Rant of the Week – Warren Moon.  There isn’t very many NFL alumni I respect more than Warren Moon, but Warren, have you lost your mind? 

I don't mind Moon mentoring somebody in desperate need of it, but for him to come out and say that the criticism Cam Newton is receiving is “unfortunate and racially based”, I find that disturbing.  He then went on to say that "I don't see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans about their smile or called a phony.  He's being held to different standards from white quarterbacks”.  He said that Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford came out of spread offenses and that they received little to no criticism.  True Warren, but how much controversy were they involved in?

How racial can it be if the Carolina Panthers are seriously considering him as their #1 pick?  I don’t doubt there’s racism, but talent trumps racism every time and for you to be pulling the race card doesn’t help those who truly suffer from racism.

Warren, the criticism isn’t about Cam Newton’s performance on the field, it’s about his history, maturity level, and the off-field issues as well as silly comments (“icon”) that he’s made in the past.

Before I go… Just a thought – Wrestlemania had an attendance of 71,000 people – a record attendance for any event at the Georgia Dome!  I don’t know what that means, does it mean that the city of Atlanta has absolutely no sports fans, or Wrestlemania puts out more interest nationwide than the three major sports.  Either way, the major sports thinking hard about the product they put on the floor!

Peace and ranting forever.  

Musings From The Hoodwood 4-5
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NCAA Basketball NBA PGA


Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the locals (including your humble scribe) are going through some serious basketball withdrawal.

 

This happens every year, I’ve gotten to the point where I wont even watch the end of CBS’ final broadcast “One Shining Moment” is like the signature of the years basketball’s broadcast, a fitting coda to March Madness. But I cant watch it, its too depressing. Don’t get me wrong. I love that its spring time and my hopes spring anew for the Twins to win their first World Series in 20 years, but there is always a wistful sadness when the college game is wrapped for the year. As much as I love college football, Im almost glad when the bowl season wraps up. I was starting to get nauseous after watching 7-6 East Montana State take on 8-4 Whoisit U in the Tidy Bowl, the umpteenth meaningless bowl game saving another coach’s job. It’s almost mind numbing. After last nights championship game, you know that’s it. No more college basketball till November. I know, the pro game is heating up in its drive to the playoffs, but wake me when elimination games are being played in that regard.

I regards to last nights game, there was only one word for it: brutal. I was expecting defensive prowess to be catchphrase, but yikes. Butler shot an abysmal 18.9 percent...a record for futility not seen since Harry S Truman occupied the White House. Watching the second half was painful, especially watching the Bulldogs miss so many point blank shots at one stretch they went 1 for 22. Im no hoopster by any means but I can play better than that. You cant call it stage fright, and though UConn's length did bother Butler at times. I've never seen so many shots go down in the cylinder and come out. But give UConn all the props, especially to Jeremy Lamb and Alex Oriacki who stepped up in support of the incomprable Kemba Walker playing his final collegiate game. You can already see the bad pro teams already jockeying to land the pick that will send them college's biggest name player. But I can already hear the snickers of Billy Packer and his ilk who pooh-poo the so-called mid majors, jeering Butler's bad performance and saying that playing a big time team on a big time stage caught up with them. I seriously doubt that any of the so-called big boys would dare schedule Butler unless it was on their place or a neutral court. Look for the young gun coaches like Brad Stevens and VCU's Shaka Smart to be fixtures deep into March for years to come.

While Im on my college basketball soapbox, lets talk about how the networks have ruined the championship. No not with the coverage. Jim Nantz has few peers in calling the game and the commentary by Clark Kellogg are always pointed and strong. I also liked Steve Kerr's perspective.And Im not talking about the groundbreaking 4 network coverage that had my remote smoking. Lets talk about a 9:28 tip time. Why punish the bedrock of college hoops fans in the east to placate the handful of west coast viewers. I know CBS wants to dominate the time slot for the entire primetime but couldn't you start the game at 8:10p EDT? It would make those like your humble scribe who has a 4:30a wakeup call much happier.

 

Lefty: No Masters Rival to be seen?

Has anyone really noticed that the Masters is set to tee off this weekend? Me personally, Im not a real big gold maven. I was like a lot of people that would only watch when Tiger Woods was in contention, but now that he has apparently come back to earth and has proven to be mortal than a lot of people thought he would ever appear, the Masters has lost some recent appeal. Personally, I think the golfer that should be the most pissed off is Phil Mickelson. Lefty has finally got his mind and his game right and has been playing the best golf of anyone in recent memory. He would have made a great foil for Tiger…circa 2001-2004; Unfortunately with Woods looking like any regular bum on the course, defending Masters champ Mickleson has no real peer and may not get the real test at the peak of his game. So sad

 

Rodman: A Hall of Famer?

The basketball hall of fame named its 2011 class on Monday, and while the selections of Chris Mullin, Teresa Edwards and  Arvydis Sabonis were very legit (Sabonis was selected for his great play with the Russian national team, not for his largely forgettable Portland years) Artis Gilmore, Reese “Goose” Tatum Satch Sanders and Tex Winter were long, long overdue. The selection of Dennis Rodman  puzzled me. Make no mistake, I was a Rodman fan. He was a beast on the boards even after he weirded out in his Chicago years but I don’t think he is hall of fame material. He did average 13.1 rebounds a year playing for 5 teams, but was he a game changer? I think the hall of fame got this one wrong, but I don’t have a say in it. All of the newest inductees deserve congrats for their selection to basketball immortality.

Phat Dap/Head Slap

Phat Dap

To a ten year old, with a lot of bank and a lot of heart. Cliff Forrest bought the Super Bowl Ring belonging to William “The Refrigerator” Perry at a sales memorbila shop. Then contacted the burly former Bears defensive tackle to give him the ring back. Perry, who is battling Guillain-Barre syndrome had sold the ring years ago to help fund his medical treatment. Forrest who paid for the ring from his college savings said that he wanted no reward, but a grateful Perry gave Forrest some autographed Bears memoribila. Dap to a kid who never saw Perry play but could appreciate the sentimental value of a Super Bowl ring.

Head Slap

To the idiot coaches that are going on record for supporting an expansion of the NCAA tourney to 96 teams. I wasn’t too much in favor of expanding the tourney to 68, but grudgingly accepted the expansion. But with VCU’s stunning run to the national semis, there are some coaches like Jay Wright of Villanova, who have went on record for saying that expansion of the tourney is a good thing. The weak-ass argument that college football sends better than 50% of its teams to bowl games that the basketball sends less than a quarter should be rectified. I disagree, let making the tourney still mean something and not just a .500 record. Wright knows a fade like his Wildcats have made in the last two seasons won’t do him any favors. 68 is fine, lets leave well enough alone.

Well Im going to head into detox, since my college basketball fix has ended and im already getting the munchies and twitching nervously. But  rest assured, I'll be give you the view from the hoodwood next week

Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

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