Monday, June 29, 2009
The Washington Times have been conducting a countdown of the 20 greatest players in Gary Williams 20 years at Maryland. They confirm what I've said all along, #1 Juan Dixon. (Wash Times)
A Michael Jackson tribute from where else...the Washington Redskins. Play the video in this post and if it doesn't bring a smile to your face get a douche or an enema. (Redskins Blog)
A Billy Mays tribute. Please, please, please watch the Orangle Glo video. "I love beautiful wood, don't you?" (Gunaxin) (via Hot Clicks)
Here's a video from the locker room of the 1982 NFC Champion Washington Redskins...ahh the glory days. (Hogs Haven)
From NESW SPORTS, The Top 10 Sports Movies That Make Men Cry. I personally am ok during most of these except Hoosiers(a small tear, when Hackman tells the team he loves them,) and Field Of Dreams(a big cry, when Costner has a catch with his dad.)
Cheers and Hail
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I was 14 years old when I heard about the Bill Ripken error card. Was it real, was it an urban legend? Word on the street was there was a Bill Ripken card out there that had a vulgar word written on it. There was no Internet back then to "google" it. There was no EBay back then to purchase it. All you could do was try to find the card in your local card shop (no chance,) or try to find a picture of it in Beckett magazine (if you could find one.)
I opened many Fleer packs that summer, even got a couple Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards...but no B Rip F&*k Face cards. None to be found at Pete's Card Shop, none at Grandpaw's Attic (the 2 card shops in my hometown in 89.) But, what would I do if I found one anyway? I could only look... at it's height the card was going for $500 bucks.
I eventually purchased the card in 2006 for $7 dollars. It's a mint condition card that I had Billy sign. Eventually, Fleer put out 12 different 1989 Bill Ripken cards, but 1 stood out the most. The mystery surrounding the card and how F&%k Face got on the handle was divulged in this interview with Bill. Yes, on the 20th anniversary of this card, it's still the best out there. It's the error card of all error cards. You can have your cards with pieces of uniforms, bats, and bases...give me F&*k Face.
Apologies to Cal's rookie card, Eddie Murray's rookie card, and all my signed Nick Markakis cards.
Cheers and Hail
Monday, June 22, 2009
I'm not sure who said that quote first, but I use to hear it on the Greaseman show back in the day...spoken by the one and only Don King. Ha Ha. But speaking about back in the day, and speaking of greatness, a special event is coming to RFK featuring the dynasty that was the 80's-90's Washington Redskins.
It's called the Gridiron Gala, and judging from what I've seen about this event, I'd give half my c&%k to be there. First of all it starts with a tailgate party outside of legendary RFK stadium. That's cool enough, because you haven't tailgated at RFK in a long time unless your a soccer fan...or the last time you did there was no cornhole!
Later, the party moves inside RFK, where the honoring of those great Skins players fully begins. Break bread and rub elbows with Gibbs, Clark, Theismann, and Rypien to name a few. It's a fantasy camp of your all-time favorite Skins for the cost of an NFL game ticket...in 1983!
There's also a Madden Gaming Challenge in which you could win the chance to play Chris Cooley in Madden 10. I personally would beat Chris using the Redskins and only using pass plays to Chris Cooley, and talk shit the whole time. Talk shit like "hey Chris, how's Madden Chris Cooley's ass taste?" But...that's just me. Maybe you'll beat him using only Clinton Portis's running plays.
Here's a preview of the Gala, and you can also get updates moving forward on Facebook and Twitter.
Cheers and Hail
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Peyton Manning may just be the coolest dork in history. He keeps popping up in cool places, with cool people, but...looking like a CPA. Last off-season was dedicated to commercials and SNL. This year, he's partying in Key West and New York with rock stars!
Last March, Manning became the first person in the history of civilization to sing a David Allen Coe song wearing a polo and khaki shorts. He earned a trifecta by performing his karaoke at Sloppy Joe's in a duet with Kenny Chesney. So, he's way cool for being in Key West at Sloppy Joes, singing with Kenny Chesney...but he's the only person in the joint wearing my uncle's favorite golf outfit.
Cut to Friday night in New York. Better Than Ezra (one of my favorite bands) is rocking the house. During their performance of "King of New Orleans," they bring out the Manning brothers. What kind of outfit are the Manning brothers working for the big show? What any one of us would...your standard button up shirt and blazer. They proceeded to fire some footballs out into the crowd (cool) and look very awkward moving to the music. So once again, cool for being there...but very dorky.
Sounds like the story of my life.
Cheers and Hail
Friday, June 12, 2009
Apologies to bobble heads, player T's, and all you can eat!
Cheers and Hail
Monday, June 8, 2009
Dixon was the 2002 ACC Player of the Year award winner on his way to leading my beloved Terps to the 2002 title. Despite being undersized at a billed 6’3” and 164 lbs, Dixon overcompensated by having “the heart of a tiger” as quoted by his Coach Gary Williams. He holds countless career and single season records at Maryland.
Dixon played a role that I always find myself rooting for, a true underdog. He overcame family tragedy on his way to College Park. It’s well documented that both his parents died from the AIDS virus. He was also lightly recruited out of high school despite a stellar career.
I will never forget the big wins over Duke, and the way he led the underdog Terps to their only title. He turned around so many games with a clutch shot or a big steal. I remember jumping for joy when Michael Jordan made him a first round pick for the Wizards.
Although Juan's pro career has never reached the heights it did in college, he will always have a special place in my heart as my all-time favorite NCAA player.
Apologies to Len Bias, Patrick Ewing, Nik Caner-Medley, Keith Booth, Alonzo Mourning
Trivia: Juan Dixon's older brother Phil lived in the dorm room directly beside Fatpickle in college. Phil was a D-III All-American.
Cheers and Hail
Rumored Fan - Matthew Mccognahay- Actor
Confirmation...YES - HUGE FAN. Interviewed on MTV wearing a #24 Redskins Champ Bailey uni. Interviewed on Barbara Walters special where they filmed his bedroom, which had a Skins helmet on the dresser. Seen at Redskin's games including first game @ Fedex. Seen spitting dip directly onto stadium during first game.
Rumored Fan - Dale Earnhardt Jr - NASCAR Driver
Confirmation...YES - HUGE FAN. In the movie Dale, about his father, JR does his entire interview dressed from head to toe in Skins gear. Seen on the sidelines at games and training camp. Often checks on the score of the Skins game during races. Said he would give up everything he's done in racing to be Chris Cooley for a year.
Rumored Fan - Sandra Bullock - Actress
Confirmation...YES Grew up in Arlington, Va and has been spotted at Redskin's games (including the first game at Raljon with MM.)
Rumored Fan - Greg Garcia - Creator "Yes, Dear" "My Name Is Earl"
Confirmation...YES Grew up in Arlington, VA and attended Frostburg State. Frequently has characters in his TV shows wear Redskins paraphernalia. Attends at least 1 game a year and has been a guest in Dan Snyder's private box.
Rumored Fan - Wanda Sykes - Actress/Comedian
Confirmation...YES Grew up in Gambrills, MD rooting for the Skins. And I thank Wanda for giving us this.
Rumored Fan - Gene Hackman - Actor
Confirmation...NO! I love Gene Hackman, in my opinion one of the greatest actors ever. He wore a Redskins jacket the entire movie Loose Cannons. He also portrayed the Joe Gibbs role in The Replacements, so I thought the rumors maybe true. Alas, after further review I found out Gene is a Cowboys fan!
Rumored Fan - Ron Jeremy - Legendary Porn Star
Confirmation...NO! I wanted this one to be true, but I could not find any proof to back it up. So, I got in touch with Ron's people (yes, Ron has people.) The exact quote I received "He doesn't care much about sports or follow them."
WELL THAT MAKES SENSE, HE'S GOT HIS HANDS FULL WITH OTHER THINGS :)Cheers and Hail
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thanks to a court ruling last week, I'm still a fan of the Washington Redskins. Not the Washington Presidents, or the Washington Johnny Rockets, or some other name that I could never imagine.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
We all have a professional athlete that’s our favorite, one that’s just on a different level from all the rest. For me, it’s Cal Ripken, hands down. So when I was surfing the web a few years ago and stumbled across Ripken Baseball’s fantasy camp, I knew I had to go.
The highlight of the camp was the all-star game. The All-Star game featured starting pitchers Bill and Cal Ripken. I had one goal when I flew north from Florida to Aberdeen, MD. I wanted to play catch with my baseball hero. Just a simple game of catch. So when the all-star game arrived, I had a choice. Catch(my natural position) Cal, or catch Bill and bat against Cal. Bill made up my mind for me when he told me that I was going to be catching for him.
So that's how it came to be that I dug in to the box to bat against Cal Ripken. He wasn't throwing batting practice puss. No, Cal was mixing it up. Our count ran to 3-2 before I laced my frozen rope down the 3rd base line. Fastballs and curveballs up and down, in and out. And then...boom. Being the competitor that Cal is, my second time up he threw me change up that almost made me throw my back out. The double comes around the 15 sec mark, and check out the stache on my teammate.
And I came back the following year to have that catch with Cal. I guess all he needed was a good battery mate to fix his pitching problems. He pitched a two hit shutout.
Round trip airfare from Tampa to Baltimore...$250
Gambling losses on Ripken Atlantic City trip...$500
2 trips to Ripken fantasy camp...A whole bunch $$$$
playing catch and hitting a double off Cal...PRICELESS!
Cheers and Hail