Saturday, November 29, 2003


The following column was written in my pre-BLOG days but is recorded here for the general sake of archiving.

On many of my columns, my typing comes off as words that would belong to the "old wise man." In truth, to the kids of this business, I may be somewhat ancient at times but to the veterans, I'm just another baby. The following column is an assortment of those "old wise man" random thoughts, feelings, and fears all wrapped together. Call it a "State of the Union Address" if you wish, although to me, it's more like a "State of the Mind Address." When some of my fellow co-workers read this, some may interpret this column as a depressing, possibly accusatory, or a shoot on this person or that person. Just remember though, before you point fingers at someone else, make sure you look into the mirror, because you have the power to do something about it...

As I type this, my 10 year high school reunion is just a few hours away in Chapel Hill, NC. A time in every individual's life that no matter what their feelings were towards that time, that one cannot help but reflect on days gone by. I won't be attending this reunion, nor any in the foreseeable future. Not that I harbor any hard feelings towards my high school years; in fact, I look back upon them with very fond memories. Unlike many of my fellow students back in 1993, I knew then that those days were truly something special. While some viewed a diploma as a plaque of freedom into the "real world," I knew better. To me, I saw the very harsh realities that freedom that diploma would bring with it. Those realities being, amongst other things, bills and a real job. I have been lucky enough to avoid the hardships that most have to suffer through in the workplace. Through three television stations and now, in the wrestling business, I have always found myself positioned to do something I truly love. Ask anyone that knows me and they would probably say that I do have the greatest job in the world. After all, who's out there that wouldn't want to do what they love for a living? The only problem much is too much of a good thing?

Once you become so heavily involved in the business, it can't help but lose some of it's charm. One reason the NFL is a success is because, out of 365 days this year, there are meaningful games on only 46 of those days, and only 17 of those days actually have more than 1-2 games. As fans, we are always left wanting more. But once you enter the realm of eating, sleeping, and breathing your passion 24/7/365, what do you do when you're never left with the feeling of "wanting more"? I'm willing to bet that I have as high of a tolerance for this business as just about anyone on earth. However, my frustration and love with the business seem to collide almost daily. "I care too much," is a label I have put upon myself and have urged others to remind me of this as well. There are so many different levels that this business effects me on, both personally and professionally, that I myself am amazed I have not crashed and burned under the weight that I put upon my own shoulders.

While not to the degree it once was, I would like to think the majority of people that do get started in this business do so because they love it. Those that start out for financial reasons are really just marks making fools of themselves. Not to say that we don't all enter this business as marks. God knows I did. When I started dabbling in the inside of this biz back in 1998, there is no question that I was a mark 100% through and through. We all grow up at some point and as I sit here looking at those around me, I wonder when the day will come for some. There are those that think they're workers, but are really just marks, mainly for themselves. Much more rare are the humble ones, who are not ready to accept any accolades as of yet. Respect is one of, if not THE, most important things you can have in this business. Ironically, sometimes it's those that yell the loudest about respect that are the least deserving of it. Respect can be gained in many ways: the aforementioned humbleness, through work, through the words you speak and the words you don't speak, and simply in the way you show mutual respect for your fellow workers. It should be noted that one person cannot decree another person as "respected." Respect comes not just from the mouths of those that stand beside you as a friend, but also from those that stand in the opposite corner.

You want to know what truly is the hardest job in the world? Try maintaining a lifetime friendship with a professional wrestler. Off the top of my head, I probably only can think of a handful of individuals in this business that I view as truly good human beings in and out of the ring and there's just a few of them I even consider myself to be true friends with. By that, I mean a friendship that extends beyond the boundaries of a wrestling ring or locker room. By that, I mean a friend that if my world was crumbling apart around me, they really would be just one phone call away. This is an evil, evil business. This business will turn people against one another in a heartbeat. Whether it be for the glory, the money, the ego, or any number of selfish desires, this business is like a leech when it comes to sucking everything that once was good out of a person and molding them into what, unfortunately, this business considers to be "the norm". After all, if you're not stepping on someone's toes or stabbing them in the back, you're never going to be a success are you? I've been told before that "you have to be an @$$hole to make it in this business." That line has bothered me for years but at the same time, I can find little argument for it. Those that may enter the business as friends go their separate ways simply because you can't maintain a friendship with someone that you're trying to step on on your way up. There are a number of people that have done some act in 2003 that have made me stop and think of what kind of person they truly are. People that I once though of positively, but their actions behind-the-scenes have forever damaged them in my eyes. It's sad that because of what I've seen over the past few years, I am far more hesitant to declare a "friendship" in this business than I was before. I do my best to live by the motto of "what goes around, comes around." If people want to look at me as a failure in the future because in their eyes, I "never made it," then I say, "Screw Them." In my eyes I have already made it because I'm doing what I love. Money is nice but it will never change the way I feel about the people I work with or what I do. 10 or 20 years from now, when the dust settles, I can look in the mirror, proud of the way I handled myself during my days in the NC Indys. I wonder how many others will be able to say the same?

Much like in life, youth in this business is one of the greatest things you can have on your side but almost one of the most detrimental. With youth comes desire and an unbroken body and spirit. With youth also comes mistakes, and lots of them. Mistakes you make in your youth can come back and haunt you years later. The attitude of youth can frequently cause one to burn bridges that you never even knew existed to begin with. I see alot of immaturity in this business and it's really quite sad. On one hand, I feel like maybe I've outgrown that generation and in doing so, have been left behind. After all, it's not a lot of fun feeling like youth has passed you by. On the other hand, I see things that I know, no matter what my age might be, I would still handle with more respect and dignity that what it is being shown in that same situation. Not to give the "kids" in this business an excuse (far from it actually), but I have come to one conclusion in regards to the youth in this business: when it comes to mistakes and disrespect, I have far more tolerance for those under 25 than I do for those over that same age. As I well know myself, we all make bad decisions at a young age and should be given a chance to correct the errors of our ways. If you're over the age of 25, you should already know better, and forgiveness is a much tougher road.

In many ways, I dread giving the Insider Awards on December 27th at 'Battlecade.' It was a thrilling time last year to be able to stand in that ring as the fans, Randolph, and myself paid tribute to those who made 2002 so memorable. There's no reason that shouldn't be the same again this year. God knows I want to be able to bring real emotion out of some of the recipients. But at the same time, those that are deserving but yet won't be handed an award, I feel a great sadness for. It's not a popularity contest by any means and my greatest fear is having a worker I respect and admire feel slighted in some way because he doesn't leave with a sheet of paper that night.

Have you ever heard the term "jumping the shark"? I was unfamiliar with it until recently when someone else pointed it out to me. For those new to the terminology, it's classified as such: "It's a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite television program as reached its peak. That instant that you know from now's all downhill." I hate it, but I'm not looking forward to 2004. 2003 has been a spectacular year to be a fan of Indy wrestling in NC, but I fear it was the pinnacle for now. Indy wrestling in NC spiraled downwards after the closing of OMEGA in 1999. The resurgence slowly began growing in 2001 with CWF, a growth that has yet to slow down, and will run through the end of this year with 'Battlecade'. Many of the feuds that made 2003 so special will end on that night. Much like 'WrestleMania', 'Battlecade' can be looked upon as either a great prelude heading into the next year or the last hurrah. In short, I feel that 'Battlecade' is "jumping the shark". I have no idea what the future holds, but I would be lying if I didn't say I was scared of what it might hold. I so hope I'm wrong. I want to sit at this computer a year from now and say that I DO still believe. I'm just scared of what will be left to still believe in...

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Drugs in Sports

The following column was written in my pre-BLOG days but is recorded here for the general sake of archiving.

News Item #1: Major League Baseball releases the results in regard to anonymous steroid testing. Over 5 percent of the tests came back positive.

My thoughts: The new "penalties" that will go into effect for MLB's players if they're found positive of abusing steroids. As utterly ridiculous as this sounds, a player could be tested positive 4 times and still ONLY receive a fine and 50-day suspension. Think about this. You would have to be tested 4 times and be found guilty 4 times and THAT is the punishment that will be handed down?? I love baseball, I really do. But in this instance it's all about steroids = offensive production = more popularity = $ in MLB's pockets. It has become obvious that MLB is more than willing to let players off with a slap on the hand (on multiple occasions!) when it comes to violating their own substance abuse policy simply because MLB realizes that if the fines are TOO strict that it could cost them long-term popularity.

News Item #2: Mike 'Crash Holly' Longwood passes away in his sleep in Tampa, FL.

My thoughts: Every wrestling fan and insider is sick and tired of hearing and reporting yet another death in this business. It's heartbreaking, it's depressing, and as much as we don't want to face the truth, it's only a matter of time before the next one death is being reported. Some deaths are acceptable as sad as they are. The passing of Freddie Blassie, Stu Hart, and the Sheik didn't come as a shock. However, it's the passing of the likes of Crash, Hawk, Curt Hennig, and others that have gotten the unfortunate, but deserved, critical eye. It seems like with every tragedy in wrestling, there is always a call for "regulations" within the world of professional wrestling. To take that comment at the surface level, it certainly appears to be a viable stance to take. What I'm about to say may be one of the more controversial statements I've ever made in a column, but here it is: Professional wrestling does NOT need regulations. The automatic reaction to that statement would be that I'm heartless and how could I possibly condone the passing of these individuals at such a young age? I'm not. I'm simply saying that regulations are a joke. Major League Baseball has just proven that. MLB's joke of a steroid testing and penalty policy will only serve one purpose and one purpose only: to be MLB's way of avoiding the blame, pointing the finger elsewhere, and saying, "Hey, don't blame us! We tried!"

If you're ever around kids much, try telling a child how tasty a fresh batch of cookies is but that they can NOT have a cookie out of the cookie jar. Then, leave them unattended for a day, come back, and see if their breath smells like cookies. This, ladies and gentlemen, is not only the new MLB steroid testing policy but also what will become of any so-called "regulations" dropped upon the wrestling world. Human nature is to automatically do something once you're told that you can't do it. Thus, telling a professional athlete that he can't do whatever it takes to better himself in his own profession will only make give them that much more desire to do so.

Baseball players, professional wrestlers, football any physically demanding sport and there IS a substance problem in it. Period. What is asked of the professional athlete today is just virtually unattainable without some form of additional "help" and to argue that point is the same as turning a blind eye to the realities in the world today. I'm not saying every athlete is on something; there are plenty that are tremendous natural athletes, but at least half (yes, half) are more than just "natural". Now, some of these additional supplements may be items that aren't even considered to be "illegal" today, but as time passes, the line becomes more and more blurred between what is and what isn't considered to be "illegal."

Steroids aren't the only problem though. When it comes to the most physical of the physical sports, such as football and professional wrestling, there is a pill that's far more of a problem than steroids will ever be: painkillers. Steroid abuse may destroy a person's body over time but you never hear about "Steroid overdoses." In this business, painkillers are simply way too easy to become hooked on. There comes a point where the pain you feel becomes far more important than the physical appearance you carry. You have to learn to live with pain if you choose this career path, but as the weeks and months and years wear on, even the cleanest individual is going to lean towards the possibility of taking that one painkiller. Most don't even wait that long. There are individuals in this business that take daily painkillers despite only having a few years behind them in the sport. I'm not singling out anyone specific, but anyone in the business knows this is the case.

I think I should make it clear that I'm not pointing fingers or damming any individual that is on steroids or painkillers in this sport. Even though many may not want to admit it, the standard set is high. Many are going to strive to surpass that standard and set the bar even higher and the only way to get to that point is to continually push their bodies even harder and harder. I'm merely trying to set the stage to do my best in trying to find an explanation as to why we're doing 10-bell salutes every other show nowadays.

If you've ever watched a documentary or maybe a behind-the-scenes DVD on a rock band, you won't have to search long to find someone that is truly "fizucked up." It actually amazes me that the death toll in the entertainment world isn't higher. Sure, they have their problems with drug overdoses too, but it just seems like the ratio is FAR higher in the wrestling business than it is in any other. When putting together this column, I think I realized why. As many illegal substances and pills as those in the entertainment business consume, what they do lacks the physical requirements of a professional wrestler. Hence, the painkiller factor. While many entertainers take the latest "fashionable" drug and play with fate each and every night, they aren't on the 24/7/365 day world of a professional wrestler. Can you imagine any rock band performing virtually every night of every day of every year until they decided upon retirement? I would venture to say that whether it's right or wrong, if any business was "on the go" with the same physical demands, then we would see a much higher death rate in their profession as well. The odds are simply against the professional wrestler. Everything about the lifestyle screams a warning sign. Painkillers aren't illegal for the most part. Alcohol sure isn't illegal. Those two LEGAL items alone can spell the end. How can you possibly "regulate" something that isn't illegal in the first place? Throw in any other drug of choice and how many times a year can you tempt fate?

Whether it be the juice or a pill or a powder or a plant, I'd venture to say that at least 60% of every professional wrestling locker room is on something. Which isn't even taking alcohol into account which on so many occasions in the past, has been the final ingredient in the fatal mixture. I think many of us in this business can all look around and find someone that stands out with a red flag on them. When I walk through a locker room, I can't help but wonder sometimes which of these men will I be writing an eulogy for first? There are probably less than a handful of wrestlers that I have met that I haven't heard of them doing some form of illegal substance. Professional wrestlers aren't bad people. Neither are rock stars, porn stars, movie actors, or baseball players. They are all products of their environment. Regulations be damned. The ONLY regulation that will ever be issued, and be effective, on an individual will come from that person's very own mind. And as long as that person doesn't want to be regulated, they WON'T be. The only question is, when they do decide that enough is enough; will it be too late?

Friday, November 07, 2003

CWF love

The following column was written in my pre-BLOG days but is recorded here for the general sake of archiving.

For the third time now, I've tried to sit down a write a column in regard to the current situation with the Carolina Wrestling Federation and its television program. And for a third time, I am virtually at a loss for words. Not for the reasons you may think though. While some may be looking for excuses and explanations outside of the basic facts and truth, I'm find myself searching moreso for words and encouragement for those behind the scenes. I remember when CWF was tossed off the PAX network and alot of fans and workers thought that was a death sentence that would send CWF spiraling downwards. Of course it was only the start of something even bigger, that being a relationship with UPN, which still exists despite the temporary halt in TV production. Now while I don't expect a similar announcement in the immediate future, I really do feel like acknowledgements should be given to the driving forces behind CWF.

I don't like writing about the CWF for a number of reasons. More than any other reason though, because CWF is far and away the premier wrestling promotion in North Carolina, no matter which side of the fence you stand on. It gets enough coverage; it certainly doesn't need me putting it over as well in an editorial. It's easy to write about the small promotions that could; a New Empire Wrestling. Or a promotion that's struggling to reclaim it's past glory, like SCW. Or a young, promising promotion like EWA. Or a never was, like NASW (oh, wait...I think they just changed names again...). Nonetheless, this column isn't intended to be as much about CWF as it is two specific individuals.

While GeeStar already beat me to the punch in her touching "thank you" on the Insiders message board, I think her message shouldn't go unheard. As she said, not enough people give thanks to those who make them stars and take it for granted. Not being a worker myself, I actually get to publicly do so on the final CWF show this year as Randolph and I will probably take up a good 20 minutes making the heart of the NC Indys smile and blush while giving out the Insider Awards. However, with there being no time like the present, here is my "thank you."

Thank you to Jeff Rudd for creating the promotion that I've been lucky to be a part of since day one. The lessons you've taught me since that first show have been invaluable. It was from your wisdom that I learned, a wisdom that actually allows me to be respected by other workers now. When workers ask me for advice, I always draw upon my past three years with Jeff to deliver an opinion. Jeff gave me a chance in this business unlike anyone else ever had. Despite his worries, he allowed the "Indy Rumble" event to exist out of my persistence and it remains one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. As much as some may call it "Grant's match", it would have never been mine without Jeff's blessing. He taught me respect with what he didn't say. And while I have not always agreed with some decisions, I wouldn't have been able to argue in the first place if it wasn't for you. Thanks Jeff.

Thank you to William Cross for taking CWF to places that would have been unattainable without you. There aren't a lot of people in this business with a heart of gold, but when I look at Cross, I see one. He took over the CWF commissioner role in January 2002 and quickly became so much more than just that. For alot of promotions, a "Commissioner" is just a hollow title that one individual has been labeled with in order to run wrestling angles. Not Cross. Day in and day out, he does everything in his power to make CWF not just better, but a happier place to be. When everything else is falling apart somedays, I know I can always turn to Cross for a small piece of sanity. I'm pretty sure CWF would still exist without him, but it sure as heck wouldn't be half of what it is now. Thanks Cross.
Now, before I continue let me state that times certainty aren't as bleak in CWF as they appear or as some would want you to believe. The loss of the TV slot on UPN is a temporary setback obviously. Before everyone decides to close the casket though, let's not forget, that TV helped CWF but it did NOT make CWF. A few facts behind this current TV situation, before I continue my soliloquy. Those behind CWF held off on a producing a TV show for over a year until they felt the time was right to actually put out a quality product, rather than settling for an inferior one. CWF went on the air April 12, 2003; 834 days after the inaugural CWF live show. In those 834 days, CWF rose to prominence because of an unselfish mindset speared by Rudd and Cross. It was because of those individuals that CWF even had TV in the first place. It was because of those two individuals that UPN jumped at the chance to put CWF on the air. And it WILL be because of those two individuals that CWF will one day return to TV. Despite CWF's incredibly streamlined budget, it is virtually impossible to produce TV without the help of sponsorships. When Rudd and Cross do secure these sponsorships, whether it be with the aid of friends, family, workers, or their own persistence; you can rest assured CWF will be back on the airwaves.

The week leading up to the show has certainly had a very different vibe than usual. When the news first hit regarding the temporary postponement of the TV show, I think alot of us in CWF took the news very hard. My heart broke, not for my own personal selfishness, but rather to see something that Jeff Rudd and William Cross work so very hard to maintain slip through their fingers. It was certainty not for the lack of trying and quite honestly, it sickens me to see some promoters that are only in this business for the almighty buck pull in sponsor after sponsor after sponsor while goodhearted individuals like Jeff and Cross, who try with all their hearts to keep "the dream alive" for the boys, feel a sense of failure. And to those two, I would like to say that in my eyes, and in the eyes of some of the other workers that are close to this situation, you two will NEVER be a failure. The time and effort you have spent in turning CWF from a decent Indy to a good Indy to something truly special will never be forgotten. You have provided this cameraman with a whole lifetime of memories that wouldn't have existed otherwise. And for that, I thank you.

I was born 8/25/75; although I did attend an Elvis Presley Concert in Greenboro, NC 35 days BEFORE I was born (7/21/75). I Have lived in NC, MO, CA, GA, and WI. I went to high school at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, CA (89-90) and Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC (90-93). Attended one year at the Savannah College of Art and Design as a Video major (93-94). Worked at WAAP TV 16 in NC from 94-96; WLUK FOX 11 in Green Bay, WI from 96-97; and WGHP FOX 8 in High Point, NC from 97-99; doing various duties including Master Control, Directing, Technical Directing, Editing, Camera, and Audio opeartion. Started an on again/off again with Independent wrestling in 1997, holding video production for local shows (which was the early basis of Statmark Video itself). Then, in December 2000, Statmark Video went fulltime, handling video production for various Independent promotions around the state of NC including CWF Mid-Atlantic, the stand-out promotion in the Carolinas that embodies the heritage of the old MA territory. I handle videography, assistant producer, and color commentary chores for them. The broadcast can be seen throughout the Carolinas as well as parts of VA, GA, and NY on various cable outlets.
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Randy Hedrick
Mikael Yamaha
"Slick" Ric Converse
Justin Feeche
Kamakazi Kid
Brass Munkey
"Dangerous E" Corey Edsel
"Rock N' Roll" Matty Dee
Jesse Ortega
Jeremy Ryan
Michael McAllister
Jesse McAllister
Katie Kincaid
KC McKnight
Trent Wylde
Tre G
Kurt Solo
Damage Inc
Moses Manson
Zane Dawson
Brad Rainz
Scott Keith
Raven Mack
Incredible Hulk
The Blue haired goddess, Zoe!

Brad Stutts
CWF Mid-Atlantic
Indy Insiders
"Dangerous E" Corey Edsel
Brass Munkey
"Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride
"Slick Diddy" Ric Converse
"Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens
Kamakazi Kid
American Steel Ninja
Amber O'Neal
Krissy Vaine
Katie Kincaid
Ultra Dragon
Justin Feeche
Tank Lawson
Kid Justice
SouthSide Playas
Gregory Vercetti
Randy Hedrick
Gemini Kid
Drake Tungsten
Trent Wylde
Joey Silvia

Mikael Yamaha & Sexton Tyler vs. Joey Silvia & Brad Rainz (11/8/03):
"That seriously is the worst match I've ever been at ringside for and I managed Mark Michaels." - Brad Stutts

"I thought that match was fucking great." - Mikael Yamaha

"A mother fucking Butterfinger beats the shit of a G-D Clark Bar" - Flagler

(well, 6 if you count God...)
My stepmom, Peggy
Sam Raimi
Jeff Rudd

August 25, 1975 (I was born, so yeah, it's up there)
July 21, 1987 (become officially hooked on wrestling)
October 17, 1989 (The California Earthquake)
June 10, 1994 (got first job in television)
April 26, 1996 (moved to Wisconsin)
March 28, 1999 (met Gee)
December 30, 2000 (the first CWF show)

1. Inner Happiness
2. Friends
3. Family
4. Affection
5. Health
6. Respect
7. Money
8. Food
9. Sunshine
10. Boobs

1. Shawn Michaels
2. Ricky Stamboat
3. Bret Hart
4. Chris Benoit
5. Kurt Angle

1. Barry Sanders
2. Steve Young
3. Randall Cunningham
4. Brett Favre
5. Don Beebe

1. Troy Aikman
2. John Elway
3. Randy Moss
4. Rob Johnson
5t. Kerry Collins
5t. Michael Irvin

(somewhat interchangeable depending on circumstances)
1. Carolina Panthers
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Cincinnati Bengals
4. Miami Dolphins
5t. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5t. San Francisco 49ers

(somewhat interchangeable depending on who's being a bigger pain in the ass this week)
1. Dallas Cowboys
2. NY Jets
3. NY Giants
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. Washington Redskins

1. Frankfurt Galaxy (1996 NFLE home version)
2. Orlando Thunder (91-92 WLAF home version)
3. San Diego Chargers (powder blue throwback home version)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (basic '90s home version)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976-1995 home version)

1. 1994 NFC Championship (1/15/95): Dallas Cowboys (28) at San Francisco 49ers (38)
Notes: After two consecutive heart-breaking losses in the NFC title game to the Cowboys and the constant shadow of Joe Montana hanging over his head, Steve Young FINALLY gets over the hump in the most gratifying payoff to what seemed to be a never-ending chase that I've ever seen. I was literally jumping up and down on the control room table while at work at WAAP and still get chills to this day when watching hilights from the game. It was magic and I'll never forget it.
2. 1996 NFC Championship (1/12/97): Carolina Panthers (13) at Green Bay Packers (30)
Notes: While not a great game by any means, I lived in Green Bay during this one, having moved away from NC the year before and everything surrounding the game just has SO much meaning to me. The expansion Panthers go to where no one ever expected them to be while the Packers try and go to the SuperBowl after having not been there in 30 freakin' years. I do my best to try and cheer for the Panthers knowing that if they win, the suicide rate in Green Bay is going to skyrocket. You had to be in GB then to really understand what this game meant to those people and to their lives and they got their payoff. God bless them.
3. 2003 NFC Divisional Playoff (1/10/04): Carolina Panthers (29) at St. Louis Rams (23) (OT)
Notes: The emotionally draining double OT classic that by the end if it, I could barely cheer as I was about to pass out from exhaustion. Even now I can barely write anything about the game because it was THAT draining.
4. 1992 AFC Wild Card Playoff (1/3/93): Houston Oilers (38) at Buffalo Bills (41) (OT)
Notes: Even if you didn't give a crap about either team, if you watched football in the early 90s, you KNOW this game. I was on the way back from Florida, listening to some of the game in the car on the radio. Houston's up 35-3 in the 3rd quarter so I allow Dad to change the station. We check back awhile later at which point it sounded like OJ was reporting about the Bills victory...but that couldn't be right...could it?? Was the radio signal fuzzy...or was that the crowd? What the hell was going on in Buffalo? Was their a riot after the Bills lost? oh couldn't have.....OH MY GOD!!!
5. Monday Night Football (12/22/03): Green Bay Packers (41) at Oakland Raiders (7)
Notes: In one of the most incredible individual performances you could ever see, Brett Favre decides to not end his consecutive game streak and plays just one day after his father passed away from a heart attack. Incredibly, Favre throws for 399 yards and 4 TDs in a win that would become very vital in sending the Packers to the playoffs just one week later.
Honorable Mention:
SuperBowl XXIII (1/22/89): San Francisco 49ers (20) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (16) - the game that made me a fan for life.
SuperBowl XXV (1/27/91): NY Giants (20) vs. Buffalo Bills (19) - unbiasedly speaking, the best game I've ever seen.
1996 NFC Divisional Playoff (1/5/97): Dallas Cowboys (17) at Carolina Panthers (26) - the official arrival of the Panthers, and could there have been a better team to smack around?
Monday Night Football (12/18/00): St. Louis Rams (35) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38) - the Bucs' revenge game after getting screwed in the '99 NFC title game.
2002 NFC Championship (1/19/03): Tampa Bay Buccanners (27) at Philadelphia Eagles (10) - The Bucs' finally get over the hump after being ousted by the Eagles in the playoffs two straight years and win the game no one thought they could win. I'll never forget the radio call as Rhonde Barber seals the deal with a 92 yard INT return as dreams had become reality and the freakin' BUCS were going to play in a SuperBowl.
Week 17 (12/27/03): Minnesota Vikings (17) at Arizona Cardinals (18) - All the Vikings have to do is hang onto an 11-point lead over the lowly 3-12 Cardinals with just 2 minutes to go in order to go to the playoffs and win the division. They then procede to pull off the biggest choke job ever, completely blowing it, missing the playoffs, sending a crowd at Lambeau Field 1,000+ miles away into a complete frenzy, with my favorite radio call ever as Arizona's Nate Poole catches the winning TD as time expires with the Vikings announcer screaming "Noooooooooooooo!" Noooooooooo!".

This is a list of MY favorite matches of all-time (well, at least for this week anyways)...yes, there ARE better matches workrate wise in some cases, but these are my personal favs, so quit arguin'.
1. Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (WrestleMania III, 3/29/87)
2. Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (SummerSlam, 8/26/91)
3. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (Chi-Town Rumble, 2/20/89)
4. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (WrestleWar, 5/7/89)
5. Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat in a 30:00 Ironman match (Beach Blast, 6/20/92)
6. Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (Crockett Cup, 4/11/87)
7. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle (Royal Rumble, 1/19/03)
8. 1992 Royal Rumble (1/19/92)
9. Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (SummerSlam, 8/29/92)
10. Owen Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid (King of the Ring, 6/16/94)
11. Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match (SummerSlam, 8/27/95)
12. Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (In Your House, 2/18/96)
13. Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Liger (SuperBrawl II, 2/29/92)
14. Brian Pillman & Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (3/2/93)
15. Curt Hennig vs. Tito Sanata (Saturday Night's Main Event, 7/16/90)
16. Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (In Your House: Mind Games, 9/22/96)

1. Great American Bash '89
2. SummerSlam '91
3. WrestleMania III
4. WrestleMania XIX
5. WrestleMania XX
6. 1987 Survivor Series
7. Beach Blast '92
8. Canadian Stampede
9. SuperBrawl II
10. WrestleMania VIII

1. CWF Mid-Atlantic; April 17, 2004; Burlington, NC
2. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic "New Year's Knockout"; January 8, 2005; Burlington, NC
3. CWF/FWA-Carolinas "Triumph"; September 28, 2002; Graham, NC
4. CWF/FWA-Carolinas "Ultimatium"; January 26, 2002; Burlington, NC
5. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic "Night of the Mid-Atlantic Legends"; February 5, 2005; Seagrove, NC

1. VCW; March 16, 2001; Mt. Airy, NC
2. Wahoo McDaniel Memorial Show; July 13, 2002; Charlotte, NC
3. NMCW; February 16, 2002; Albemarle, NC
4. SWA 1st Anniversary Show; August 2, 2002; Huntsville, TN
5. Warriors of Wrestling; March 13, 2004; Southern Pines, NC

1. 1. San Francisco, CA
2. Orlando, FL
3. Green Bay, WI
4. Savannah, GA
5. Los Angeles, CA

1. Tokyo
2. NFL Hall of Fame - Canton, OH
3. Cedar Point - Sandusky, OH
4. Honolulu
5. Pontiac Silverdome

1. Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, VA)
2. Islands of Adventure (Orlando, FL)
3. Universal Studios (Los Angeles, CA)
4. Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL)
5. Universal Studios (Orlando, FL)

1. Elvis
2. Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
3. "Weird Al" Yankovic
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival
5. Bloodhound Gang

1. TGIFriday's
2. Applebee's 1. Tecmo Bowl
3. Madden 2003
4. Pro Wrestling
5. WrestleMania 2000

1. NFL Network
3. FOX
4. Boomerang
5. ESPN Classic

1. Dukes of Hazzard
2. Family Guy
3. King of the Hill
4. Incredible Hulk
5. Greatest American Hero

1. Evil Dead 2
2. Dead Alive
3. Army of Darkness
4. Rocky Horror Pitcure Show
5. Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil Subhumanoid Flesh Eating Living Dead Part 2

1. The Crow
2. Puppet Master
3. Twice Dead
4. The Frighteners
5. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
2. Undercover Brother
3. Naked Gun
4. Christmas Vacation
5. Tommy Boy

1. Kill Bill Vol. 1
2. Con Air
3. Terminator 2
4. Back to the Future
5. Back to the Future 2

1. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
2. Space Jam
3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
4. Lilo & Stich
5. Transformers: The Movie

1. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
2. BASEketball
3. Dodgeball
4. The Replacements
5. Major League

1. The Crow
2. Spider-Man
3. Batman
4. Spider-Man 2
5. Howard The Duck

(or whatever they're called if there's more than three of them)
1. Evil Dead 1/Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness
2. Clerks/Mallrats/Chasing Amy/Dogma/Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
3. National Lampoon's Vacation series
4. Back to the Future
5. Nightmare on Elm Street

1. Tetsuo the Iron Man
2. Nekromantic
3. Nekromantic 2
4. Society
5. Motorama

1t. Darkman
1t. Psycho
3. Scooby Doo
4. There's Something About Mary
5. Man on the Moon

1. Rocky Horror Pitcure Show
2. Summer School
3. Cocktail
4. The Replacements
5. Dude, Where's My Car?

1. Bruce Campbell
2. No One Else Matters

1. Sam Raimi
2. Kevin Smith
3. Quentin Tarantino
4. Peter Jackson
5. John Woo

(excluding people I actually know for both their own sake and mine)
1. Noki-A (with the mask only!)
2. Trish Stratus
3. Pamela Anderson
4. Jillian Barberie
5. Lindsay Lohan (2003-2004 only!)

Brett Favre, Reggie White, Desmond Howard, The Rock, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Vince McMahon, Mick Foley, Owen Hart

1. March (ACC tourny/March Madness/WrestleMania/Many noteable memories in relationship land from March/Start of Spring)
2. September (NFL Kickoff/Indy Rumble)
3. January (NFL Playoffs/Royal Rumble)

1. December (Start of Winter/The Headache that is the Holidays/The College Football Playoffs...oh, wait...what's that? They don't have any?? Freakin' morons.)

Barry Sanders
Walter Payton
Emmitt Smith
Earl Campbell
Jim Brown
Roger Craig
Gale Sayers
Billy Sims
OJ Simpson
Marshall Faulk
Thurman Thomas
John Riggins
Eric Dickerson
Larry Csonka
Franco Harris
Ottis Anderson
Marcus Allen
Edgerrin James
Steve Van Buren
Tony Dorsett
Jerome Bettis
Ricky Watters
LaDainlian Tomlinson
Priest Holmes
Eddie George

Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (8/26/91)
Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (3/20/94)
Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (3/23/97)
Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (4/5/92)
Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (8/29/92)
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (11/25/92)
Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (6/19/93)
Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair (10/12/92)
Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid (7/4/94)
Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (12/17/95)

Sometime around WrestleMania XIV I believe, PWI put out this major WMania magazine and listed every single freakin' Mania match in order from best to worst (all 100+ of those suckers). So, on a much smaller scale, I present my pointless tribute to that, the CWF Mid-Atlantic Battlecade list of matches, from best to worst (5 Battlecades have been held for those oblivious to what the heck I'm yammering about).
1. "Slick" Ric Converse vs. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel with Brad Attitude as the special guest referee (V)
2. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel vs. "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (III)
3. Krazy K vs. Kamikazi Kid in the "Rising Generation League" tournament finals (IV)
4. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Cruiserweight champion Mikael Yamaha, Sexton Tyler, and Amber Holly vs. Caprice "Ice" Coleman and Main Attraction (II)
5. CWF Mid-Atlantic TV champion Mikael Yamaha vs. Xsiris vs. Kamikazi Kid vs. Number Man in a "Fatal 4 Way" match (V)
6. Gemini Kid and Mikael Yamaha vs. the United Nations of Devestation (Drake Tungsten & Hugh B. Johnson) for the vacant CWF/FWA-Carolinas tag team titles (III)
7. John Brooks and David Cole vs. Krazy K and Dexter Poindexter (V)
8. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Heavyweight champion Madd Maxx vs. "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (II)
9. Kid Justice vs. Jesse Ortega in the "Rising Generation League" tournament finals for the vacant RGL title (V)
10. CWF Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja vs. Drake Tungsten and Matt Houston in a non-title match (V)
11. CWF Cruiserweight champiobn Gemini Kid vs. Hot Property vs. Mikael Yamaha in a triangle match (I)
12. Maxx Madd vs. Ethan Cage in a Hardcore match (I)
13. Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja vs. "Tremendous" Trent Wylde and CWF Mid-Atlantic Cruiserweight champion Xsiris (IV)
14. The $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and L.A. Cash) vs. Kenny James and Xsiris (III)
15. The Hirydaz (Mikael Yamaha and Gemini Kid) vs. CWF Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brad Attitude and Brad Rainz in a hair vs. titles match (IV)
16. "Slick" Ric Converse vs. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel (IV)
17. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Cruiserweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse vs. Joey "Spank" Silvia (III)
18. Rising Generation League champion Kamakazi Kid vs. Brad Attitude (III)
19. Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens vs. Ryin Andrews (V)
20. Joey Silvia vs. Alex Stone (IV)
21. Sexton Tyler vs. Stephen O' Hara (III)
22. The $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and L.A. Cash) vs. Sean Powers and Mitch Norris (IV)
23. Rob "the Bull" McBride vs. "Tremendous" Trent Wylde (V)
24. Tony Platinum vs. J.T. Sparxx (II)
25. Don Kernodle vs. Black Hart (I)
26. The Wild Eyed Southern Boys ("Wild" Shane West & Gary "Madd Trucker" Stevens) vs. Dexter Poindexter and Rob "the Bull" McBride (IV)
27. Lexie Fyfe vs. Amber Holly (I)
28. Carolina Stud vs. Kid Courageous (I)
29. The Spoiler vs. "Classic" Chris Collins (V)
30. Bounty Hunter vs. Malaki (III)
31. The New $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) vs. Alex Adonis and Jay Sinn (V)
32. "Mighty" Orlo Helmer vs. "Red Hot" Tim Blaze (V)
33. Ethan Cage, Kenny James, and L.A. Stevens vs. Granite, Johnny Blaze, and "Playboy" Bert Tripp (II)
34/35. Otto Schwanz vs. Dewey Cheatum and Pat Cusick in a guantlet match (III)
36. Rob McBride vs. Larry Isley (II)
37. CWF/FWA-Carolina tag team champions the Southside Playas (J-Money and L.A. Cash) vs. Otto Schwanz and Jeff Justice (II)
38. Fun Lovin' Criminal and Kozmo vs. Patrick O' Hara and J.P. Fairchild (I)
39. The Russians vs. Chris Collins and Deacon (III)

2/15/88, WWF
Hearns Coliseum; Columbia, MO
Notes: B-level house show with a 14-man battle royal as the main, won by Jim Brunzell as he dumped the Bolsheviks (payback for doing the job in tag action earlier on the show). Match of the night would easily by the Jumping Bomb Angels defending the WWF Women's tag team titles against the Glamour Girls.

3/7/90, WWF
Cow Palace; San Fracisco, CA
Notes: This was a 23-match, 3-week Wrestling Challenge taping and the "Ultimate Challenge Special" that aired on the USA network leading up to WrestleMania VI. The official main event was WWF World champion Hulk Hogan & the Big Bossman defeating Mr. Perfect & the Genius. In other action, WWF IC champion the Ultimate Warrior & Jake Roberts defeated Ted DiBiase & Akeem and WWF tag champs Andre the Giant & Haku defeated the Rockers by DQ.

6/10/90, MLB:
Oakland A's 3, Kansas City Royals 2
Oakland Coliseum; Oakland, CA
Notes: Jose Canseco is on the DL as then second-banana Mark McGwire carries the load. Multi-sport star Bo Jackson strikes out each time at the plate...and breaks his bat each time as well.
The Future: Oakland would go on to win the ALCS before being swept by Cincinnati in the World Series.

3/30 & 4/1/91; NCAA Final Four:
Kansas Jayhawks 79, UNC Tarheels 73
Duke Blue Devils 79, UNLV Rebels 77
Duke Blue Devils 72, Kansas Jayhawks 62
Hoosier Dome; Indianapolis, IN
Notes: Duke pulls one of the biggest upsets in tournament history, knocking off powerhouse UNLV en-route to winning their first ever national championship.

10/30/92, NBA:
LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dean Dome; Chapel Hill, NC
Notes: This otherwise forgettable perseason game would actually become fairly noteable as it would turn out to be Magic Johnson's final game before retiring due to the AIDS virus (and subsequent pressure). Of course he would end up returning to the NBA after a hiatus which rendered this game a little more meaningless.

2/17/93, ACC:
UNC Tarheels, Clemson Tigers
Dean Dome; Chapel Hill, NC
Notes: Clemson's Chris Whitney goes 8-10 from the 3-point line but Clemson remains winless 4EVER at UNC.
The Future: UNC would go onto win the 1993 NCAA National championship less than two months later.

2/25/94, NBA:
Atlanta Hawks 111, Milwaukee Bucks 100
Omni; Atlanta, GA
Notes: The Bucks were horrid at the time and the only saving grace to even watch the game was to see Dominique Wilkins play. Then, the day BEFORE the game, Wilkins gets traded to the other side of the country to the LA Clippers.
The Future: The Hawks would tie a franchise record with 57 wins this year and go to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Orlando

12/17/94, NBA:
Charlotte Hornets 111, Denver Nuggets 92
Charlotte Coliseum; Charlotte, NC
The Future: Charlotte would make the playoffs but go out in the first round to the Bulls.

8/15/95, MLB:
Baltiore Orioles 8, Cleveland Indians 3
Camden Yards; Baltimore, MD
Notes: This would be Cal Ripken's 2,110th consecutive game played, 21 before he broke Lou Gehrig's all-time record.
The Future: The Indians would go all the way to Game 6 of the World Series before finally losing to Atlanta.

3/31/96, WWF WrestleMania XII
Arrowhead Pond; Anaheim, CA
Notes: Shawn Michaels realizes his "boyhood dream" by defeating Bret Hart in OT of a 60:00 Ironman match. I can be seen clearly on the "Free-For-All" countdown show holding my "Shawn Is God Here" sign. I also attended the 1996 Slammy Awards, held the day earlier.

6/23/96, WWF 1996 King of the Ring
The Mecca; Milwaukee, WI
Notes: A pivotal show that led to the "boom" as Steve Austin coins his "Austin 3:16" phrase after winning the KOTR tournament. Also, WWF World champ Shawn Michaels goes over on Davey Boy Smith in a frequently overlooked match.

6/24/96, WWF RAW IS WAR
Brown County Arena; Green Bay, WI
Notes: A three-week taping for RAW, most noteably hilighted by the Ultimate Warrior defeating Owen Hart by DQ which would turn out to be Warrior's last WWF match EVER as he bailed on the company the next week. This show was also highlighted by Brian Pillman saying "GD" on live TV and two awesome Shawn Michaels matches, as he went over Billy Gunn and former partner Marty Jannetty in a tremendous outing.

3/23/97, WWF WrestleMania 13
Rosemont Horizon; Rosemont, IL
Notes: The defining WWF match of the boom as Bret Hart and Steve Austin put on a 5-star classic. I also attended the 1997 Slammy Awards, held the day earlier.

5/5/97, WWF RAW IS WAR
Brown County Arena; Green Bay, WI
Notes: This was the episode of RAW where the Hart Foundation would search throughout the arena for Shawn Michaels the whole night. The main event had Steve Austin pinning WWF European Champion Davey Boy Smith in non-title action. In a never-aired match taped for Coliseum Video that was never released, Brian Pillman wrestled his first match in over a year as he teamed with Davey Boy and Owen Hart against Steve Austin and the Legion of Doom.

9/28/97, WWF
Brown County Arena; Green Bay, WI
Notes: House show card main evented by the Undertaker defeating WWF World champion Bret Hart vby DQ. The show is most noteable for the fact that it was Brian Pillman's next-to-last match ever (he was pinned by Goldust) as he would pass away seven days later. Also on the show, Mankind defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a falls count anywhere match.

2/5/99, WWF
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: House show card hilighted by Steve Austin defeating Kane, the Rock, and World champion Mankind in a fatal four way match.

5/10/99, NBA Playoffs Round One:
Atlanta Hawks 89, Detroit Pistons 69
Georgia Dome; Atlanta, GA
Notes: Dikembe Mutombo sets a personal playoff high with 28 points as Atlanta goes up 2-0 in their series.
The Future: Atlanta would win the series 3-2 before losing to the Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. However, this game would be remembered more for getting absolutely trounced in the ratings by RAW which scored an 8.1 to the game's 1.7.

5/15/99, Break The Barrier
Viking Hall (ECW Arena); Philadelphia, PA
Notes: This was the very strong but poorly recorded joint Indy show at ECW Arena, put on by Scoops' Al Isaacs. Very strong show live that was never done justice on videotape.

6/27/99, WWF 1999 King of the Ring
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: Billy Gunn wins the KOTR tournament. Children cry.

9/27/99, WWF RAW IS WAR
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: The classic RAW with the Mick Foley-Rock "This Is Your Life" segment. This would also be the final RAW written by Vince Russo as he left the company later in the week. For actual wrestling content, the The Rock battled WWF World champ Triple H to a no contest when Davey Boy Smith attacked both men.

4/23/00, WWF
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: House show card with WWF tag team champs Edge & Christian defeated the Hardys and the Dudley Boyz in a triangle match main event. Noteable earlier matches were WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero pinning Kurt Angle after Chyna interfered and the Rock & Chris Jericho defeating Chris Benoit & WWF World champion Triple H when Rock pinned Benoit.

8/29/00, WWF Smackdown
Crown Coliseum; Fayetteville, NC
Notes: Pretty basic SDown taping, highlighted by Al Snow winning the European title from Perrty Saturn and a Angle-Guerrero main event as the backdrop to HHH-Stephanie's relationship woes.

1/22/01, WCW Nitro/Thunder
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Winston-Salem, NC
Notes: Dual TV taping hilighted by the WCW tryout/debuts of Christopher Daniels and Michael Modest in which Daniels nearly breaks his neck. Then on Thunder, Rey Misterio Jr. wins an awesome "Cruiserweight Contender Countdown" match (Gauntlet Match).

7/30/02, WWF Smackdown
Charlotte Coliseum; Charlotte, NC
Notes: Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero surprisingly jump from RAW to Smackdown and then go onto defeat Rock and Edge in the main. In other action, Hulk Hogan defeated Kurt Angle by DQ and Rey Misterio Jr. pinned Yoshihiri Tajiri.

9/16/03, WWE Smackdown
RBC Center; Raleigh, NC
Notes: Brock Lesnar defeats Kurt Angle in a 60:00 Ironman match to win the WWE Undisputed title. In other action, Eddie & Chavo Guerrero defeated Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin to win the Smackdown tag team titles.

10/27/03, NFL:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12, Carolina Panthers 9
Ericsson Stadium; Charlotte, NC
Notes: Bucs K Martin Gramatica hit a 47 YD FG with 47 seconds left for the win. QB Randy Fansani made his first ever NFL start for Carolina, going 5 for 18 with 46 yards and 3 INTs, never to be heard from again.
The Future: Tampa Bay would go on to defeat Oakland and win SuperBowl XXXVII


Chapel Hill, NC:

Green Bay, WI:

Walnut Creek, CA:

Orlando, FL:

Savannah, GA:

This is an extensive list of the movies I have reviewed since my BLOG originally debuted and the star ratings I gave them, from best to worst
***** - The Incredibles, Pauly Shore Is Dead
****3/4 - Kill Bill Vol. 1
****1/2 - Spongebob Squarepants The Movie, Bubba Ho-Tep, Spider-Man 2
****1/4 - Longest Yard, Saw, Dodgeball, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Shrek 2
**** - Sin City, A Dirty Shame, Friday Night Lights, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Mean Girls
***1/2 - Freddy vs. Jason, Bad(der) Santa, School of Rock, Club Dread, Dawn of the Dead (2004)
***1/4 - Napoleon Dynamite, Super Size Me
*** - The Grudge, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Elf, Soul Plane, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, 50 First Dates, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Daddy Day Care
**3/4 - Lilo & Stitch 2, Be Cool, The Girl Next Door, Rundown
**1/2 - Seed of Chucky, Fat Albert, Shark Tale, Mr. 3000, The Haunted Mansion, The Ladykillers, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Vampire Effect
**1/4 - Team America: World Police, Psycho (1998), Frostbite, Garfield, Lion King 1 1/2
** - Infection, Hitch, The Hulk, Without a Paddle, Eurotrip, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
*3/4 - Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Marci X, Gothika
*1/2 - Guess Who, Dave Chappelle - For What It's Worth, White Noise
* - Racing Stripes, Scary Movie 3
3/4* - Taxi, The Village, Along Came Polly

Starting back in 1992, my buds and I would do random Fantasy Sports Leagues and in tribute to those great moments and friends of years long since passed, here are the all-time results. Fantasy Baseball '92
Playoffs: Chris def. Dave 4 games to 0
Playoffs: Ben def. Grant 4 games to 1
World Series: Chris def. Ben 4 games to 2
Fantasy Football '92
SuperBowl: Grant def. Chris 21-19
Fantasy Basketball '92-'93
Playoffs: Chris def. Dave 2 games to 0
Playoffs: Grant def. Devon 2 games to 1
Finals: Chris def. Grant 3 games to 1
Fantasy Baseball '93
Playoffs: Devon def. Grant 4 games to 2
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 4 games to 3
World Series: Devon def. Chris 4 games to 2
Fantasy Football '93
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 83-62
Playoffs: Dave def. Grant 68-52
SuperBowl: Chris def. Dave 86-72
Fantasy Basketball '93-'94
Playoffs: Grant def. Jason 2 games to 0
Playoffs: Dave def. Devon 2 games to 1
Finals: Dave def. Grant 3 games to 2
Fantasy Baseball '94
Playoffs: -Strike Cancelled Season-
Fantasy Baseball '95
Playoffs: Grant def. Chris 4 games to 1
Playoffs: Josh def. Dave 4 games to 3
World Series: Grant def. Josh 4 games to 3

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