Thursday, July 29, 2004

More Reviews...

Whew...first day off in what seems like forever and have spent it doing my typically fine impersonation of a housewife. CWF returns this Saturday after a three week hiatus and I feel pretty good going into this one. Last show was one of the best overall shows in a long time, match for match and the Johnny Weaver Cup has actually came off very well, especially in a day and age when tournaments are pretty hard to pull off in America. Looking back, I should have TOTALLY done a Vegas Odds on this dang thing although I would have probably picked Trent Wylde to be in the semifinals and that's already shot to hell.

Hate that I missed the HHH-Benoit Ironman match and stunned that they didn't destroy the thing with an over abundance of run-ins and such. Major kudos for that. On a similar note, I would KILL for a WWE Ironman DVD set...like a 3-disc package with the unedited Kurt-Brock and HHH-Benoit matches, the old Rockers-Rougaus one from 89 (the first WWF "Ironman", then called a "Marathon Match" I do believe), maybe some lost footage of the Bret-Flair and Bret-Owen Ironmans....throw in the Rock-HHH one that has never been put on DVD...oh man, good stuff...Stutts tells me that even he would have trouble sitting through that one though.

Ricky Williams is a complete douche for bailing on the Dolphins the week AFTER Eddie George signs with the damn Cowboys. The Dolphins' playoff chances go from average to no chance in hell just like that. The NFC East (minus the Giant) are actually gonna be decent this year and it'll pretty much be up to Brett Favre and the Panthers not to make this one miserable year in the NFC for me.

Basically been spending my nights vegetating and catching up on movies I should have seen last year so let's continue that theme now....

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle - Enjoyable little action flick even if some of the action sequences are "Oh give me a break!!" and that's coming from someone who has an incredible ability to accept downright pure cheese in a flick. I still like the first one better, but it's certainly non-stop. ***

Along Came Polly - I think it says alot about the movie when the main selling point isn't the actors but rather a cute ferret that runs blindly into objects a few times which probably totals 15 seconds in the entire film. To me, Ben Stiller was plenty amusing in "There's Something About Mary" and "Meet the Parents" but it seems like he's still playing that same character and I for one have grown very tired of it. His "normal" persona bores me now and his over-the-top roles in stuff like "Zoolander" and "Dodgeball" are just TOO much. Jennifer Aniston gave a fine performance for what it's worth but there really wasn't all that much amusing about this thing. But yeah, if you want to have Ben Stiller's kids, MAN is this your film. 3/4*

Bad(der) Santa - Lord, was this thing fun. It's very hard to balance a Hollywood ending (especially with an Xmas theme) along with the general subject matter of this movie, but somehow or another they pulled it off. Entertaining as crap although at times it does become a little difficult to watch with Billy Bob's harsh treatment of the kid he moves in with. The kid, meanwhile is just GOLD and delivers as many classic lines in the flick as the rest of the cast. ***1/2

The Hulk - Whew...a movie I REALLY wanted to like but unfortunately, it was not to be. The scenes with the HULK are actually wonderful and I didn't mind the CGI effects at all. That's just how the Hulk really would look and act for the most part and they pulled that part off perfectly. However, it's not nearly enough to sustain the whole film. The movie DRAGS along with some completely unnecessary plot featuring Nick Nolte looking like a police photograph following a DUI arrest and boring us to tears. I actually loved Ang Lee's comic-book style filming of the movie with the split screen effects but the plot is just horrid. The movie BARELY even touches on the actual Hulk origin from the comics which is a shame cause god knows it would have been better than the "hip, new, modern" version this film takes us through. See, that's the difference between having a director that grew up reading the comic and idolized it as a kid (Sam Raimi = Spiderman) and having a director that has no history with the comic but can put together a solid action film (Ang Lee = Hulk). I would have loved to just see what Raimi could have done with this thing. I'm gonna go ** but for the Hulk sequences ONLY. The rest of the film would get a 1/4* at best.

Freddy vs. Jason - I am such a mark for crossovers. I would always love those ultra-rare Marvel vs. DC crossovers where we got Batman vs. Hulk and Superman vs. Spider-Man in those giant over-sized comics. And this was basically the horror movie equivalent. Alien vs. Predator is coming out later this year but I don't see how it has any chance of holding up to this at all. The first 3/4 of the film actually work like an old issue of "Super Villian Team-Up" with both bad guys doing their usual. The last 1/4 is the actual battle which is pretty much done to perfection. Psychologically, it's exactly how it should have been worked it had it been a wrestling match. ***1/2.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Movie Reviews

Man, two consecutive off weekends from wrestling in what seems like FOREVER....I definitely needed it though....with everything else going on in my life and needing time to sort those things out, it came at the right time. Get those batteries recharged for back to back weekends coming up.

First off, I stumbled upon the Blog of the Incredible Hulk this morning which was a tremendous start to the day as I basically laughed my ass off at the whole thing. If you were never an old-school (70s-80s) Hulk mark, this will probably not appeal to you in the least, but for those of us who are, whew boy...

A few movie reviews from my recent streak of DVD watching:

The Haunted Mansion - Completely fine "horror for the kids" flick although it's still bizarre seeing Eddie Murphy in a DISNEY film. I freakin' love the actual ride at the park (one of my favs along with Splash Mountain, Peter Pan, and the ill-fated Mr. Toad's Wild Ride...damn you Disney for taking it down). There's lots of tributes to the ride which, for the most part is all I cared about. Surprisingly good Zombie effects for a Disney film thanks to good old Rick Baker. Met my expectations, which was pretty much just "acceptable adaptation of the ride". **1/2

Eurotrip - Man, after Road Trip, Old School, American Pie, and so on what else can you even do in that genre? IF (and that's a big IF) this movie came out before all the others, maybe it would have left a little more of a lasting impression but as it is, it's pretty forgettable and becomes even moreso with each passing day. The characters are fine for what they are, except the lead female who's character makes NO sense at all as they treat her as a total tomboy despite the fact that she's totally doable from the first appearance and does nothing to change that look during the course of the film and by the end of it she's the one that is "oh so wanted". A couple of amusing moments, a solid amount of nudity, a pretty kick ass theme song, and that's about the extent of it. Eh, **.

Gothica - I like horror movies. I do NOT like dramatic thrillers that throw in just enough blood to make it into an issue of Fangoria. Guess which one this is? Anyways, Halle Berry stars in this and some people think she's one of the hottest things going but I take, say, Eddie Murphy's wife in "Haunted Mansion" WAY before her. The movie is shot almost entirely with a blue filter and while I guess technically and psychological I can totally see this thing getting solid reviews, it's not my cup of tea at all. Couple of "Oh! Dat made me jump!" scenes and a solid "smart" story overall. *** if you actually like this sort of thing, *3/4 for me personally.

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star - First, the bad: David Spade in a "mainstream Hollywood all's well that ends well" story kinda bothers me. I mean, this is the guy that we grew up with ripping tinseltown a new one on "Hollywood Minute" on SNL. We all sellout at some point I believe, but the overwhelming amount of "happy ending" lumped on at the end is just SOOO un-Spade-like. Outside of that, it probably IS the best Spade offering since the loss of Chris Farley. Alot of that can be attributed to the ton of cameos from 80's child actors which totally make the film. In fact, I will even bump up my rating 1/4* just for the "We are the World"-like closing credits montage of the '80s stars which is just CLASSIC. It nearly erased the sappy ending to the film that I had witnessed just moments before.  ***, and if you're a fan of '80s sitcoms, check it out definitely.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Newsflash: Bruce Campbell-Still God! and speaking of the big man...

Continuing my week of movies that are right up Stat's alley, I finally saw "Bubba Ho-Tep", the low budget, highly acclaimed film starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis and Ossie Davis as JFK.



I had originally scheduled myself to see the movie probably 6 months back or so at a film festival up in Durham but, unaware of the massive cult following that it was quickly gaining, the theater actually sold out hours ahead of showtime. Regardless, it was well worth the wait. Just a tremendous flick as they take their limited resources and near-total lack of blood and action sequences and spin it into a fascinating film that touches on a wide range of much deeper subjects than the tongue-in-cheek plot outline would ever foreshadow. As big of a Bruce fan as I am, I can subjectively say that his performance as Elvis is probably his best ever. Rather than get lost alongside a stellar job by Ossie Davis (who looks phenomenal at age 86), Bruce actually does more than hold his own and you can't help but believe in their portrayals as ridiculous as they may be and cheer for the two heroes out to "save the rest home". I'm not delusional enough to say that the film is for everyone...it's not. Being a Bruce and Elvis fan, I was gonna love it regardless but it actually surpassed my expectations in ways I didn't expect. On a side note, as solid as the musical score was, the absence of actual Elvis songs in the movie is a shame, especially as I can just SEE "Burning Love" as the mummy catches on fire...maybe I'll edit a :60 music video piece one day to pacify myself on that one...

Overall, I will happily give this thing a ****1/4-****1/2, but keep in mind that's for the incredible character portrayal and for those looking for a nonstop action flick or a bloody horror romp, you won't find it here. What you will find is plenty of laughs, a fair touch of suspense, and a genuine love for "Elvis" and "JFK".

Outside of an enjoyable evening with a long-awaited treasure, my thoughts have mainly been clouded with all too-many questions regarding the latest crossroads in my life. When you stand at the fork at the road and look down each road, you can always visualize the route each will take you but you can only hope you're right. If you're wrong and things do not turn out as you imagine, what then? Have you doomed your own destiny while straying away from the path that would have taken you to much greater heights than you have previously imagined? I stand at that point now in my professional life. My personal life, albeit confusing and bewildering at times, is as intact as I can expect it to be.

While I am certainly not an overly religious individual, there have been many moments in the past few months that when I needed help, it did seem as if some greater force intervened to quiet simply put, save my ass when I needed it. Of course being surrounded by great friends and a ridiculously giving family sure doesn't hurt matters either. Months back, as times seemed their bleakest, I certainly wasn't above praying for help. For shame those of us who only pray when we need something; an act I have been doing my best to correct as absent-minded as I am on that issue some days. Looking back now, as God has provided for me over the past few months I wonder now that if I take the different path than the one he original gave to me, is it just a slap in his face? Or is this new path the one he always intended for me to take? Or does he want me to stand at the crossroads for a while longer and continue to try and balance and push myself to the limits in quest for the correct answer? I don't want to close one door so quickly, even if the other one is standing there open for me. It's not in my character. I'm the one to slowly shut the door so it makes no sound, not slam it and run onto the next one. Does my eagerness to move to that next door cloud my decision-making? I want to say no but in the recesses of my mind, I can't help but wonder if it's the truth.

Over the years I have been one of the more naturally content and happy individuals that I have ever seen. Alot of people seem to be more naturally irritable and unsatisfied with their friends, family, and general environment than what I have been over the years. 2004 has certainly been my year to catch up on that entire feeling of disenchantment with reality. In my entire professional career, this year has certainly been the biggest eye-opening experience when it comes to how the majority of the public does live. Between broadcast television and professional wrestling, my job history has been out of the norm to say the least and trying to interact with your general "ham-n-egger" ('Trademark Heenan') has been both a trying and learning experience. As frustrating as it's been at times, I KNOW it's been good for me and in the long run, it will benefit me greatly. That coming from a person that thought they had truly done and seen it all. The "old wise man" continues to learn much to his own surprise.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Strawberry Smoothies and Spider-Man 2

After an exhausting non-stop week, I did my best to enjoy a rare day off by finally checking out Spider-Man 2. But before I get into that, I MUST plug my new favorite drink...traditionally, I can't freakin' stand V8 or anything remotely resembling it. But holy god have they put out something downright awesome. V8 Splash Smoothies (Strawberry Banana flavor) has got to be the best drink I've ever had in my life that wasn't titled "Dr. Pepper." I reluctantly tried this stuff after Gee and my mom picked it up and holy lord...it has all the look of Pepto Bismol but is far smoother than I ever dreamed and it's pretty dang healthy too.
 
Onto the biggest movie of the year: Spider-Man 2. I actually have a loooong history with the character and all myself. While I stopped buying comics in early 1996, I still follow the industry off and on and am very proud of my collection of some 3,600 comics. My very first comic was actually Amazing Spider-Man #170 WAY back in Spring 1977:
 

 
How that comic even survived in the hands of a clueless 1 1/2 year old is beyond me. Spidey was always my favorite character growing up and in a strange ironic twist, my entire professional career was inspired by Sam Raimi and his work on Evil Dead 2. Years later, Raimi and Spidey would come together in a combination only realized in my wildest dreams. Throw in Bruce Campbell cameos glory, the freakin' car (!!!), and even some pro wrestling and if this wasn't a movie franchise that was custom made for me, I don't know what is.  Side note: for those that aren't aware, the car that is owned by Ben & May Parker in both flicks (that old canary yellow piece of crap) debuted in Raimi's original Evil Dead movie made back in 1979 and (I believe) has been in every single Raimi movie since (kinda like Bruce actually...). I greatly respect the stance Raimi takes in never forgetting his roots and always giving nods to his past in all of his more modern "blockbuster" films (the chainsaw in the operating room??? beautiful!!!).
 
Anyways, part of the problem with being an old-school comic (and specifically Spidey fan) is that we are the ones that are gonna be most critical of a live-action adapted version. Yes, that makes all of us who do that geeks so don't even try and deny it.  While many movie-goers are going to just enjoy the film without actually knowing the background, us geeks have a much harder time as we (unintentionally even as I find myself doing it despite my best efforts) analyze the time frame and the specific character interactions as some are ridiculously true to the comic while others stray a bit (May Parker actually liking Spidey??? wowzers...).
 
It's actually quiet fascinating and I will probably enjoy the movie even moreso on DVD come the second viewing. As the movie drew to a close I finally realized what they are doing timeframe-wise with the franchise. To us geeks, it can be somewhat confusing to string together a 20 year time period into two films but somehow Raimi has done it so it actually WORKS and leads nicely from one installment to the next. I was actually stunned at the end that Peter DID get MJ at the end since in the comics, that saga went on for freakin' ever.
 
Let me get the bad stuff out of the way first. The most notable being the Doctor Octopus BABYFACE turn at the end. Doc Ock should never, ever showed compassion there towards the close, much less without the arms ripping his own body to shreds. What made the character was that (like so many comic villains) he was a scientist gone mad. Doc Ock is a tremendous villain not just because of the arms, but because of his mind. The initial explosion should have sent him off the deep end (similar to the Goblin actually) if for no other reason, we wouldn't have had to suffer through the turn at the end. If anything, Doc Ock would have accidentally killed himself in his mad rage but certainly not sacrificed himself for anyone else's sake. Second complaint, WAY too much unmasking. Spidey's public unmasking was a HUGE thing in the comics and it always meant something BIG but in Spider-Man 2, the character is either unmasked by a villain, or even worse, his own doing when there is no real reason! There could have been tremendous build for just one occurrence of this, especially in the final fight scene, when the revelation to MJ would have worked much better as a kiss that let her "know the secret".  I would have loved a more amusing touch as Peter goes to track down his discarded costume akin to what transpired in Spider-Man #258 as he actually borrowed an old suit from the Human Torch and traveled around town with a bag on his head to hide the identity:
 

 
Aside from those two (rather large) knocks on the film, I thought it was very well done. Tons of foreshadowing which I love. Aunt May's speech to Peter that "everyone needs a hero" which leads to his return at Spidey was nicely done assuming at this point she DID know that Peter is indeed Spidey (which in the comics, she would admit to on her deathbed). Seeing Curt Conners' role expanded, one arm and all, even if the Lizard never makes an appearance in the film was tremendous. I would have loved to see John Jameson wearing the moon necklace that would eventually turn him into the Man-Wolf even if no mention had ever been made of it. Marked big time for the nods to the legendary scene from early Spidey days (#33) as he's trapped under all this crap but uses the last remnants of his strength to save himself. There was a brief flash of it shortly after the car got thrown through the cafe window and over Peter's head and even moreso there during the final scene as he hoists the debris over MJ's head:


 
J.K. Simmons was BORN to play J. Jonah Jameson and continues to steal every single scene he's ever end. Raimi actually didn't go balls-out with the camera tricks as I expected to see far more use of the Spidersense like we got in the first movie. However, what he did do was simply jaw dropping. The battle scenes were just superb and pretty much as good as it gets.
 
The psychotic Harry Osborn turn right before the end and his findings of his father's Goblin gear was wonderful. I was marking out like crazy not because I love that character (which I don't by any means) but that's how it SHOULD  have been done and the Goblin is such a tremendous character psychological that I can't help but want to keep him around.
 
Overall, I'd tack the film with a solid ****-****1/4 although I can see me raising that down the road as well.
 
Whew....ok, must get to bed...off to do a movie shoot in the morn....love to alll!
Stat

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

All-Star Game

As this blog develops over the course of time, aside from the more timely thoughts I will share, I will also be writing a specific "chapter" so to speak detailing a person, event, time frame, experience, etc. I feel like I do have a book in my system somewhere but reality being what it is, I'm smart enough to know that shall never come to pass. So over the next few months (or years as the case may be), my "book" per se will eventually evolve into the writings you see here. This entry would be the first of those...

We're a few hours removed from the 75th MLB All-Star Game as the American League continued their dominance in recent years, winning 9-4. Even sports fans care very little about this game anymore (albeit still moreso than the other major sports leagues' all-star contests). For me, it's much more about the floodgate of memories than the current game itself. I still tune in as much as I can each year just to reminise if nothing else.

I first started watching baseball on a semi-regular basis in 1986 thanks to my Grandpa and Grandma Holt. We would watch the NY Mets play nearly every night during the summer months on the MSG network in those wonderful infant days of the big ass unscrambled satellite dish. For some reason I had this fascination with eating Breyer's Strawberry ice cream while watching Darryl Strawberry bat. I believe it had something to do with my ongoing confusion of how Darryl STRAWBERRY could be a black man. That pretty much sums up how my mind worked at 11 years old and why I am the way I am now I guess...

By no means was I any kind of avid baseball viewer though. Come 1987 and without question, professional wrestling was my #1 priority when it came to dialing in a feed on the dish. This would lead to a butting of the heads on July 11, 1989 as my Grandpa Sawyer wanted to watch the All-Star Game which just happened to be on at the same time as a WWF event on the MSG network (taped delay from the day earlier, headlined by Beefcake vs. Savage). I can't ever rememeber having Grandpa Sawyer ever raising his voice to me...EVER and he reluctantly gave in and let me have my way. I enjoyed my show and switched over during the commercial breaks to try and do my best to let him watch the game some as well. My guilt and selfishness didn't really set in until a week later or so when the WWF show was replayed AGAIN on MSG. The fact that I had robbed Grandpa of a once a year event to watch a show that I could have just as soon watched again the next week bothered me a great deal.

A year later and I was determined that I was going to make up for it. I would watch the All-Star Game with Grandpa and do my best to clear the guilt that I felt from a year earlier. However, a few days before the game while looking over the lineup, it became obvious to me anyway that this game was going to be nothing short of a massacre. The AL side had Canseco, Fiedler, Griffey, McGwire, Ripken, and so on. To me, if god himself was pitching, he wouldn't stand a chance with Jose Canseco and Cecil Fiedler batting in the same lineup! Grandpa however was a staunch National League supporter and the AL was a joke, especially with that sickening DH rule and all. I spent the next few days doing only what a mature 14 year old would do: mock the NL and rub in just how badly they were going to get slaughtered. In response, Grandpa offered to make a wager on the game. $1. Keep in mind that I had NEVER bet $ with a family member and it certainly wasn't about the money, but as the both the AL pride and the NL insults grew, it was just too great of an opportunity to waste. Ironically enough, neither of us would actually see either teams score. Reds pitcher Jack Armstrong somehow survived the starting AL lineup; a feat which still befuddles me. And then the rains came. An hour and a half rain delay was upon us, which sent Grandpa to bed as soon as Rescue 911 came on to fill the tv time. Despite my best efforts, I would pass out too before the game finally finished at 2am. When we woke up the next morning, my prophecy would be proven right as the AL had indeed triumphed, although it was far from the domination I had invisioned, winning 2-0. The final blow was recorded on a polaroid pitcure as Grandpa is seen handing the $1 bill over to me, my smile only hidden by the explosion of a typical fashion disaster that I have been known for: a white-green-yellow-pink neon Ultimate Warrior t-shirt and red and black "jams".

And from then on out, the tradition was alive and well. Year after year, I would either watch the game with Grandpa or if circumstances prevented that, I would be sure to make the phone call and place that $1 bet. I somehow doubt that Grandpa had the same passion to win the game as I did as by the time that fateful day would roll around each year I was practically bouncing off the walls in anticpation for my AL to beat the living tar out of the NL, therefore giving me bragging rights for yet another year. While many All-Star fans will remember moments like the John Kruk batting adventures (and deservedly so I might add), my memories are more along the lines of 1992, when the AL began the game with 9 hits and 4 runs which had me practically doing donoughts in the living room. In 1997, I was actually able to place the call to Grandpa from my FOX station in Green Bay and make the bet, just as I actually put the game on the air myself, working in the master control position.

Grandpa Sawyer suffered a stroke in the mid-90s that got progessively worse as the decade went on. By 1998 I had moved back to North Carolina and made it a point to watch the game with him in person again, fearing it could be his last. Shortly after the game Grandpa would be moved into a rest home as his condition slowly deteroriated. He finally passed away in 2004, although the man we all knew had long since left us.

During the time Grandpa Sawyer and I bet on games; the AL won the series 6-3. It goes without saying that it was never about the money. At first, to me, it was about pride. Looking back at it now, it was about friendship and a bond. Ironically enough now, I find myself leaning more towards the NL myself and if I ever have grandkids of some form, I will be more than happy to completely trash their favorite team just to get the whole thing going again. I couldn't even tell you Grandpa Sawyer's birthdate without looking it up but each and every year, on that fateful second Tuesday in July, I'll sit on my couch and remember the man that made a lifetime of memories out of a simple child's game.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

The Beginning

Inspired by friend/booker/bastard manager from hell, Brad Stutts, I have finally decided to create one of these things myself. For all the ramblings that are not appropriate for IndyInsiders.com when it comes to my thoughts and feelings not only on the wrestling industry but my personal life in general, this will be the place to find them. It's already ridiculously late at this point as I've been farting around with this for the past several hours in-between job hunting and site updates so don't expect the fist true "blog" for a day or two. Until then...
Grant

GRANT "STATMARK" SAWYER
NORTH CAROLINA
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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5 PEOPLE WHO MADE ME WHO I AM TODAY
(well, 6 if you count God...)
Dad
Mom
My stepmom, Peggy
Sam Raimi
Jeff Rudd

MOST SIGNIFICANT DATES IN MY LIFE
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)

TOP 10 THINGS I DON'T TRULY APPRECIATE UNTIL I NO LONGER HAVE THEM IN MY LIFE
1. Inner Happiness
2. Friends
3. Family
4. Affection
5. Health
6. Respect
7. Money
8. Food
9. Sunshine
10. Boobs

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

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

TOP 5 MOST HATED FOOTBALL PLAYERS
1. Troy Aikman
2. John Elway
3. Randy Moss
4. Rob Johnson
5t. Kerry Collins
5t. Michael Irvin

TOP 5 FAVORITE FOOTBALL TEAMS
(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

TOP 5 MOST HATED FOOTBALL TEAMS
(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

TOP 5 FAVORITE FOOTBALL UNIFORMS EVER
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)

TOP 5 FAVORITE FOOTBALL GAMES EVER
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 wait...no...they 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!".

FAVORITE WRESTLING MATCHES EVER
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)

FAVORITE WRESTLING PPVs EVER
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

TOP 5 FAVORITE INDY SHOWS I'VE EVER TAPED
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

TOP 5 WORST INDY SHOWS I'VE EVER TAPED
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

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

TOP 5 PLACES I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO THAT I'VE NEVER BEEN
1. Tokyo
2. NFL Hall of Fame - Canton, OH
3. Cedar Point - Sandusky, OH
4. Honolulu
5. Pontiac Silverdome

TOP 5 FAVORITE AMUSEMENT PARKS
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)

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

TOP 5 FAVORITE RESTAURANTS
1. TGIFriday's
2. Applebee's 1. Tecmo Bowl
2. ESPN NFL 2K5
3. Madden 2003
4. Pro Wrestling
5. WrestleMania 2000

TOP 5 FAVORITE NETWORKS
1. NFL Network
2. ESPN
3. FOX
4. Boomerang
5. ESPN Classic

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

TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIES EVER
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

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

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

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

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

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

TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIES BASED ON COMICS
1. The Crow
2. Spider-Man
3. Batman
4. Spider-Man 2
5. Howard The Duck

TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIE TRILOGIES
(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

TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIES THAT ARE REALLY F'D UP
1. Tetsuo the Iron Man
2. Nekromantic
3. Nekromantic 2
4. Society
5. Motorama

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

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

TOP 5 FAVORITE ACTORS
1. Bruce Campbell
2. No One Else Matters

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

MY "TO DO" LIST
(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!)

FAMOUS PEOPLE THAT I'M PROUD TO SAY I'VE MET IN PERSON
Brett Favre, Reggie White, Desmond Howard, The Rock, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Vince McMahon, Mick Foley, Owen Hart

TOP 3 FAVORITE MONTHS
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)

LEAST FAVORITE MONTH
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.)

FUCK JOHN ELWAY...25 BETTER RUNNING BACKS THAN TERRELL DAVIS
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

10 BRET HART SINGLE MATCHES BETTER THAN THAT DAMN OVERRATED SURVIVOR SERIES '96 MATCH VS. STEVE AUSTIN
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)

RATING THE BATTLECADE MATCHES - FROM BEST TO WORST
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)

SPORTING EVENTS I HAVE BEEN IN ATTENDANCE FOR OVER THE YEARS
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

CURRENT WEATHER FROM MY FAVORITE TOWNS

Chapel Hill, NC:
WXPort

Green Bay, WI:
WXPort

Walnut Creek, CA:
WXPort

Orlando, FL:
WXPort

Savannah, GA:
WXPort

QUICK & DIRTY MOVIE RATINGS
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

THE FANTASY SPORTS RESULTS LIST
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
Chris...15-5*
Grant...15-5*
Ben......10-10*
Dave....8-12*
Devon..7-13
Matt......5-15
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
Chris...13-3*
Grant...11-5*
Matt......10-6
Dave....8-8
Devon..8-8
Ben......7-9
SuperBowl: Grant def. Chris 21-19
Fantasy Basketball '92-'93
Chris...27-8*
Devon..24-11*
Grant...23-12*
Dave....13-22*
Matt......12-23
Ben......7-28
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
Grant......16-5*
Chris......14-7*
Josh.......13-8*
Devon.....12-9*
Dave.......11-10
Ben.........10-11
Graham...5-16
X-Team...3-18
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
Chris......12-2*
Dave.......10-4*
Grant......9-5*
Josh.......8-6*
Devon.....7-7
Jason.....5-9
X-Team...3-11
Ben.........2-12
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 83-62
Playoffs: Dave def. Grant 68-52
SuperBowl: Chris def. Dave 86-72
Fantasy Basketball '93-'94
Grant...13-6*
Dave....11-8*
Devon..10-9*
Jason...10-9*
Chris....9-10
Josh.....4-15
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
Grant......15-4*
Dave.......12-7*
Jason.....10-9
Josh.......10-9
Chris......10-9
Paul........8-11
Brian.......6-13
X-Team...5-14
Playoffs: -Strike Cancelled Season-
Fantasy Baseball '95
Grant......16-5*
Josh.......15-6*
Dave.......13-8*
Chris......12-9*
Brian.......10-11
Jason.....9-12
Yoshi......8-13
X-Team...1-20
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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