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WWE List of Hall of Fame Inductee's Part 6 2006
Category: Wrestling
Tags: WWE WWE Hall Of Fame




Bret “The Hitman” Hart Inducted by Steve Austin. “The Hitman” was a five-time WWF Champion, two-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, four-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, two-time WWF Tag Team Champion and a two-time King of the Ring winner.


Eddie Guerrero (Eduardo Guerrero). Inducted by Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero. Posthumous inductee, represented by Vickie Guerrero and his two daughters. “Latino Heat” with his crafty smile and catch-phrase "I Lie! I Cheat! I Steal!," was a one-time WWE Champion, two-time WCW/WWE United States Champion, four-time WWE Tag Team Champion, two-time European Champion, and a two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion. First ever Mexican-American WWE Champion.


“Mean” Gene Okerlund. Inducted by Hulk Hogan. Gene was a long-time AWA, WCW and WWF/WWE interviewer and announcer.


“Sensational” Sherri (Sherri Russell). Inducted by Ted DiBiase. Sherri was a one-time WWF Women’s Champion and a four-time AWA World Women’s Champion. Also a former manager for Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, and Harlem Heat.


Verne Gagne . Inducted by Greg Gagne. Verne was a co-founder of the American Wrestling Association. He was also a ten-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and a four-time AWA World Tag Team Champion.


“Mr. USA” Tony Atlas (Anthony White). Inducted by S.D. Jones. Tony was a one-time WWF Tag Team Champion, half of the first African-American WWF World Tag Team Champion with Rocky Johnson. Also won many regional singles and tag-team titles.


The Blackjacks - Blackjack Mulligan and Blackjack Lanza ( Robert Deroy Windham and Jack Lanza). Inducted by Bobby Heenan. The Blackjack Mulligan was a three-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion. Blackjack Lanza was a one-time AWA World Tag Team Champion.


William “The Refrigerator” Perry . Inducted by John Cena. William is a celebrity inductee. Participated in WrestleMania 2 battle royal.


NCAA Tourney Talk 3/30/14
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAATournament CentralMissouriMules CollegeBasketball IllinoisChicagoFlames FloridaGators WisconsinBadgers

As the various tournaments have wound their way down towards the crowning of a champion, it has been easier for me to actually witness game action on TV and follow the "lesser" tournaments on TV.

I wrote about Bentley's D2 women's championship and more in Sunday Musings #140 but there has been a number of other tourney developments that I wanted to babble on about as well.


I saw bits and pieces of the first three games of the Sweet 16 of the women's tournament. The first two games saw Baylor and Notre Dame advance relatively easy.

Surprisingly, it was the UConn vs. BYU that held people in suspense...at least for a little while.

The BYU team trailed by only 1 point at halftime, they were solid defensively and unlike a lot of teams didn't play in fear of the Lady Huskies. Sadly, a 5 minute streak of no offense in the second half doomed them and UConn came away with a 19 point win.

I didn't see the Texas A&M game against DePaul but they won by 19 points.

Today's games to close out the Sweet 16 and set up the Elite Eight should prove very interesting. Those games are:

South Carolina vs. North Carolina, Penn State vs. Stanford, Louisville vs. West Virginia and Tennessee vs. Maryland.


Florida knocked off this year's Cinderella, Dayton, by 10 points. It looked like they were going to have a cake walk with a 14 point lead and all the momentum going into halftime but the Flyers made more of a game of things in the 2nd half.

But it would be hard to top the Wisconsin-Arizona overtime thriller in the late game yesterday. I didn't see the whole game but both teams were matching each other shot for shot throughout the game.

A controversial call ended up helping the Badgers pick up the 64-63 win, but regardless of how it ended, it was one hell of a game.

So Florida and Wisconsin are onto the Final Four. I had both of them getting their so my bracket is still very much alive.

Today's games are Michigan State vs. UConn (by seeding, the new Cinderella) and Michigan vs. Kentucky. I have a feeling these are going to be barn burner type of games. The Midwest Region is dead for me since I had Louisville advancing to the Final Four, but if Michigan State wins I'd have 3 of the last four correct.

And thus far, I'm still in 1st place in the YouGabSports group bracket challenge on ESPN.


The WBI tournament final saw the Illinois-Chicago Flames defeat the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks 73-64 to capture the championship.

Last season, the Flames finished 9-21. With a final record of 26-9, the completed the best turnaround in Division 1 this season.

Rachel Story (pictured below 1st) scored 27 points in her final game to help lead UIC to the win, but it was Ruvanna Campbell (pictured below 2nd) earning MVP honors with 18 points, 12 rebounds and a tourney record 8 blocks.

Your 2014 WBI Champions:


Daylen Robinson scored 21 points and Dillon Deck had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Central Missouri Mules beat West Liberty 84-77 to capture their second ever Division 2 national championship.

Defense played a huge role in the now 30-5 CMU win, as they held West Liberty 24 points below their average.

Your D2 Men's National Champions:

WWE List of Hall of Fame Inductee's Part 5 2005
Category: Wrestling
Tags: WWE WWE Hall of Fame


Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea). Inducted by Sylvester Stallone. One of the all-time greats. Hulk was a six-time WWF/WWE Champion, six-time WCW World Champion, one-time World Tag Team Champion and a two-time Royal Rumble winner. The “immortal” Hulk Hogan is also the longest reigning WCW Champion of all-time and the third longest combined WWE Champion of all-time.


“Rowdy” Roddy Pipper (Roderick Toombs). Inducted by Ric Flair. “Rowdy” Piper was a two-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and held over 34 championships in various promotions.


“Cowboy” Bob Orton. Inducted by Randy Orton. Bob held numerous NWA regional titles.


Jimmy Hart Inducted by Jerry Lawler. Long-time manager in WWF. He also composed many entrance songs for the wrestlers. Hart estimates he has written entrance music for 23 WWF/WWE wrestlers and 101 WCW wrestlers, his most famous being Shawn Michaels “Sexy Boy.”


“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff . Inducted by Bobby Heenan. Paul was a four-time NWA National Heavyweight Champion and a two-time WCW World Tag Team Champion. Member of the University of Tampa Football Hall Of Fame.


Nikolai Volkoff (Josip Peruzovic). Inducted by Jim Ross. Nikolai was a three-time WWWF International Tag Team Champion and a one-time WWF tag Team Champion.


The Iron Sheik (Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri). Inducted by Sgt Slaughter. The Sheik was a one-time WWF Champion and a one-time WWF Tag Team Champion.

WWE List of Hall of Fame Inductee's Part 4 2004.
Category: Wrestling
Tags: WWE WWE Hall Of Fame



Big John Studd (John Minton). Inducted by The Big Show. Posthumous inductee. John was represented by his son John Minton Jr. Studd, at 6’10”, was a one-time WWWF World Tag Team Champion and held a dozen NWA regional Championships.


Don Muraco . Inducted by Mick Foley. “Magnificent” Maraco was a two-time Intercontinental Champion. He was also the first winner of the King of the Ring. Don also held several regional Heavyweight and Tag Team Championships.


Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (Gregory Wisniski). Inducted by Jimmy Hart. A master of the figure-4 leglock, Greg was a two-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, four-time NWA World Tag Team Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and one-time WWF Tag Team Champion.


Harley Race . Inducted by Ric Flair. One of the greatest wrestlers of all-time. Harley was an eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time and first NWA United States Champion, three-time AWA World Tag Team Champion and WWF King of the Ring winner in 1986.


Jesse “The Body” Ventura  (James Janos) Inducted by Tyrell Janos. Jesse, a former Governor of Minnesota and a former member of the Underwater Demolition Team 12 in the Navy, was a one-time AWA World Tag Team Champion. With his colorful attire “The Body” is a former commentator for the WWF and WCW.


Junkyard Dog (Sylvester Ritter). Inducted by Ernie Ladd. Posthumous inductee. Represented by his daughter LaToya Ritter. The Dog held fifteen championships while wrestling in Mid-South Wrestling Association, including the Heavyweight Championship.


Sgt. Slaughter (Robert Remus). Inducted by Pat Patterson. Sgt. Was a one-time WWF Champion and two-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion. Slaughter was also a producer for the WWE.


“Superstar” Billy Graham (Eldridge Wayne Coleman). Inducted by Triple H. A former award-winning bodybuilder, “Superstar” was a one-time WWWF World Heavyweight Champion. As a note, in April, 2011, Graham asked that his name be removed from the Hall of Fame, saying “It is a shameless organization to induct a bloodthirsty animal such as Abdullah the Butcher into their worthless and embarrassing Hall of Fame and I want the name of “Superstar” Billy Graham to be no part of it.” There is another side of the story that says it actually was because of his perceived neglect by the WWE due to company not helping him pay for his medical problems.


Tito Santana (Merced Solis). Inducted by Shawn Michaels. A popular wrestler, Tito was a two-time Intercontinental Champion and two-time WWF Tag Team Champion.


Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (Raymond Heenan). Inducted by Blackjack Lanza. A smooth talker, Bobby was a long-time manager in WWF, guiding stars like Harley Race, Ric Falir, Lex Lugar and others to Titles and was a manager of Tag Team Champions as well. He was also a long-time commentator for the organization.


Pete Rose . Inducted by Kane. Celebrity Inductee. All-time MLB career leader in hits. Donning a chicken outfit at WrestleMania’s XIV and XV during his run-ins with Kane. His face also has met the backside of Rikishi.


Deep Thoughts 3-19-2014
Category: FEATURED
Tags: March Madness Vegas better than the NCAA NFL vs MIA Kenny Lofton and Nich Swisher Olsen Field






Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. I have to apologize again for my blog last week. It is very nice to be back at home and able to have technology be my friend again. It is March and I find myself being torn with regard to my attention and sports. For obvious reasons, I am all in with college baseball this year. But as spring training enters the “serious” phase, I am having a tough time absorbing the new players and exactly who is where. Of course, March is also the season for March Madness. This year really looks to be a wide open affair. I read an interesting piece on Tuesday about the book makers in Vegas being pissed about the job done this year by the NCAA tournament committee. Apparently, there are more than a few guys in the glitter city that believe that they could do a much better job than the NCAA in deciding the bracket seedings. I sort of laughed to myself when I thought about the NCAA allowing Vegas to do their job.  I have no doubt that the professional bookmakers could indeed do a better job, but how would this look? I can see the NCAA guys squirming in their seats at this suggestion. Oh hell no! These are amateurs and guys in Vegas are anything but.  I am sure that the NCAA won’t complain about the millions of dollars that they are preparing to rake in over the next few weeks. Honestly, I love the tournament. It really is something that has grown into a great event. People with no knowledge of college basketball will take a few moments to complete their bracket. And…more than a few will travel to Las Vegas to place a few bets on their favorite teams. So, yeah…if you are SMU, it sucks to be left off. I also agree that Louisville is better than a 4 seed. But, this is the system that we have and I don’t seeing it change anytime soon…and I am okay with that.






Maybe I was grabbing some food or just not paying attention, but apparently I missed a Super Bowl halftime salute by some rapper called MIA. In the past two years since this occurred, the NFL has been trying to gain some financial retribution for the raised middle digit.  Initially, the NFL tried to claim that MIA was in breach of contract and wanted 1.5 million dollars for “tarnishing” the NFL’s image. Now the NFL has changed courses and is requesting additional restitution of 15.5 million dollars for the “exposure” MIA gained by her action. Where did this number come from you might ask? Goodell’s bean counters calculated that the Super Bowl was viewed by 167 million people and by using the amount charged advertisers, MIA’s two minute performance was assessed at this rate. Huh? Are you kidding me? Say Goodell, have you ever listened to rap? Ever watched a rapper perform? If you don’t want someone raising a middle finger, you might want to consider bringing in a marching band like the old days. I have a better idea. Go back to the punt, pass and kick competition at halftime and forget trying to do a freaking concert that nobody cares about. Seriously, what do you do during the Super Bowl halftime? If you are watching the game to see someone perform at halftime, you are way different than I am.  The NFL is doing way more damage to their sacred “reputation” by bullying some rapper in court. I would dare say that more people were offended by Richard Sherman frothing at the mouth than by some rapper briefly flipping off the camera. Why not worry about getting rid of bullies like Cognito and Pouncey and let a halftime incident go. But, that is just me…





When is a playoff game not a playoff game? Although I did not catch the original comment by Kenny Lofton, he maintained that the Indians did not make the playoffs last year. The current group of Indians did not miss the comments and were pissed. Nick Swisher caught up with Lofton at an Indians fan fest and wanted to know what his problem was. In not so many words, Swisher told Lofton that they were trying to build something special in Cleveland and that if he did not want to get on board, to hit the road. This message was communicated nose to nose, according to witnesses. Lofton was not well received when he showed up at spring training and his visit was especially short this year. Lofton contends that since the Indians lost the playoff game that this does not count as being in the playoffs. Even if that were the truth (it obviously is not), why would an ex player like Lofton be so petty with regard to something that is entirely ridiculous? After reading a bit from those that covered Lofton, it seems that this is just his nature…or he is an asshole, if you will. I am not a huge Indians fan, but I can’t help but give Swisher props for telling Lofton how it is. He did not send a tweet or an email or a facebook message. Nick Swisher did it the old fashioned way…face to face. This is how you handle this kind of thing and how I wish other athletes would use this approach today. Much of the bs that goes on with twitter would stop if you were eyeball to eyeball. Yes, I am talking to you Richard Sherman and DeAngelo Hall arguing on twitter about who is the best defensive back…is just stupid and a waste of time. If it is worth saying…say it in person.




I have said many times that I am determined to outlast Jerry Jones. It is the only way that I can remain a Cowboys fan. When I read this week that the Cowboys had signed Brandon Weeden, I had to take a head in palm moment. Has anyone seen anything from Weeden that suggests that he could be a good , decent, mediocre NFL QB? I am steadfast in my determination to remain a fan…but it is becoming more and more difficult. The Cowboys are such a mess that I am beginning to think that it may be many years before the team with the star on the helmet will be relevant again. Jerry, that means winning a playoff game or two, not how much money you are putting in your pocket.



As most of you know, Julie and I have been doing a bit of traveling to watch UTPA play baseball. I have been in many different ballparks, and honestly I am not easily impressed. I see games each year at the Longhorn’s Disch-Falk Stadium. I have seen stadiums for LSU, Auburn and many other smaller colleges. But to be honest, the Aggies Olsen field literally blew me away. I vaguely remember something about Blue Bell being a sponsor for the facelift, but damn! What a beautiful venue to watch baseball. If there is a nicer college facility in the country, I don’t know where it is. I have to hand it to the Aggies, they really have done a great job with their entire athletic complex. Everything is on campus and close…and the parking was an easy walk. My only complaint is that they would not allow me to bring in our stadium seats. Leave it to the Aggies to mess it up with a rule that no chairs wider than 13 inches are allowed. I told the guy…hell my ass is wider than 13 inches. Makes no sense! In spite of this, it was a great time. Of course, a couple of days were all I could handle of seeing that much maroon. It is very much like a cult down there. They love their Aggie sports and even for a mid-week game were out in force. As much as it pains me to do…I gotta tip my hat to the Aggies.



















This is pretty cool...they post the starting lineups on the chalk board for each game. Of course, Mom had to get a picture...



I have to give a shout out to my cousin's daughter Blair Richmond. She is a freshman basketball player at New Mexico Jr. College. Her Thunderbird team won the conference season title and the conference tournament and was able to participate in the JUCO Championship tourney in Kansas. Although Blair's team was defeated in the first round, it was still a terrific year. Sadly, Blair injured her knee in the tournament and is waiting on an MRI to determine her future. Thoughts and prayers to Blair!






That is all I have for today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…


The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A death. What's that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you're too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months warm, happy, and floating...you finish off as an orgasm.


To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.



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