They don’t make wrestling promos like this anymore
They don’t make wrestling promos like this anymore
I couldn’t tell you how many movies I’ve seen during my life, probably hundreds of them if not thousands. Sometimes though, I don’t remember much about the movies themselves, but I can recall everything else about that day. Take for instance the 2008 sports comedy “Leatherheads.”
For those who may not remember, “Leatherheads” was directed by George Clooney and the plot focused on the early years of professional American football. The film starred Clooney as Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly, and also featured Renée Zellweger, Jonathan Pryce, and John Krasinski.
Anywho, getting to see “Leatherheads” on the big scree was quite a day for me. You see, by the early days of April of 2008, I was already in the process of moving from Boston to South Carolina. With only a couple of months before the actual move, I spent the first week of April in South Carolina looking at apartments and town houses in the area.
My girlfriend (now wifey) found a couple of places we liked, and put an offer on one place close to everything. But I guess the stress of looking for a place to live got to me, because I suffered from insomnia that entire week. At one point I even said to her “When I get home Sunday morning, I’m sleeping until Tuesday.” Fate however, had other plans.
The night before I flew back to Boston, my good buddy Laneit texted me to let me know Wah Kee would pick me up at Logan. Sounded good to me, because now I wouldn’t have to worry about catching the Logan Express. Anyways, my first flight took off at 5:45 that Sunday morning headed for Detroit. When I landed in the Motor City, Laneit called to let me know plans had changed, and he’d be the one picking me up.
But plans changed again, because when I finally Landed in Boston, I had a text from him telling me he and our friend Ali were coming to get me. I thought Laneit was joking, because surely Ali had better things to do on a Sunday. But no, she really was coming to get me, and we were all going to the movies to see “Leatherheads.”
We had a couple of stops to make however, I dropped off my luggage at my place, then we picked up our friends Boosie and Eric, and then we all had lunch at the Tomato & Cheese Co. By the time we stood in line to buy our movie tickets, I was running on fumes.
By the time Laneit fought me to see who’d sit next to Ali, I was half asleep. By the time Renée Zellweger made out with John Krasinski, I was snoring away. Eric had to jab me in the ribs to wake me up. I was in a daze for the rest of the movie. The only other thing I remember is Jonathan pryce got banned from football for life.
That was the only time I saw this movie, as I didn’t go back to watch the stuff I slept through. At the end of the day, I had traveled a long way to see one crappy football movie called “Leatherheads.”
As I’ve mentioned countless times on this here blog, I am a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan ever since I can remember. I was fan even when the Sox found new and mysterious ways to break my heart each fall during the post season.
But ever since they won three World Series, things are a bit different. I actually go into every new season with some hope that maybe this is the year that the Red Sox do it again. This season is not different, and I’m excited the Sox have a nice little winning streak going on.
But just when I thought nothing else in baseball could shock me anymore, this happened yesterday afternoon during the Sox home opener…
Wifey: Dinner’s here!
Me: I can’t right now. The Sox are down by one in the bottom of the ninth.
15 or so minutes later…
Wifey: Is the game over yet?
Me: No, but the Sox tied it and they’re going to extra innings.
Wifey: So who’s winning?
Me: They’re about to start extra innings
Wifey: That doesn’t tell me who’s winning.
Now I know how the pizza guy in Ferris Bueller felt.
For more years than I care to remember, I was a huge fan of professional wrestling. From the heyday of Hulkamania in the 1980’s, through the dark days of the New Generation and the Monday Night Wars, and the incredible Attitude Era, I witnessed it all either on television, or in person.
I was mostly a WWF fan, but eventually I started following WCW as well. During this time, I spent every Saturday morning or afternoon watching “WWF Superstars” and “Wrestling Challenge” back to back. Then at 6:05, I’d flip over to Superstation TBS to see what “WCW Saturday Night” had in store for me.
By 1996 I started attending WWF house shows at the Fleetcenter in Boston, and the company’s annual visit to the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset. The Music Circus shows were great because they game me a chance to meet a few wrestlers before the event.
But without a doubt, out of the dozens, and dozens, of live wrestling events I ever went to, my all time favorite was “Wrestlemania XIV,” which took place exactly twenty years ago today.
“WrestleMania XIV” took place on March 29, 1998 at the Fleetcenter in Boston, Massachusetts. The event was headlined by the Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels match, with special guest Mike Tyson. The event also features appearances by Pete Rose and Gennifer Flowers. And since this Wrestlemania was in Red Sox country, Pete Rose did not get a warm reception.
Anyways, I went to the show with two friends, both named Dan, oddly enough. One of the Dan’s was better known as “Meathead,” I remember it was his idea we buy our tickets months in advance. We did it, but it didn’t matter, we still ended up in the nose bleed seats. However, if you look close enough, you can see us a few times during the show.
We decided to head into the city early so that we could grab dinner at Hooters, and then check out the WWF souvenir shop. As we waited in line at the souvenier stand, a few spots ahead of us was a dad carrying his son on his shoulders.
The kid couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8, and when the crowd started chanting “Austin! Austin!” the young kid started flipping people off. This made people start cheering even louder, and the kid started shouting “Hell Yeah!” as he continued to flip off the crowd.
I looked around at shirts and other stuff, but only bought a Wrestlemania program. Meathead on the other hand, bought a championship belt, a hoodie, and the bought a unnoficial t-shirt from some guy outside the Fleetcenter for $24. A couple of weeks later Meathead informed me that the $24 shirt fell apart after the first wash.
“Wrestlemania XIV” didn’t disappoint. We thought all of the matches were awesome from start to finish, and the crown was hot all night. All three of us lost our voice after “Wrestlemania XIV,” from all the shouting we did.
After the show, all three of us fell asleep on the T on the way home and missed our Quincy stop. This meant we had to take the train back a couple of stations. Oh well, it was still a fun night.
The fourteenth WrestleMania was an important one for the WWF, for several reasons. The company was still recovering from some rough years, that saw the steroid scandal, and several big name talents jump ship to rival WCW. But by 1998 business was picking up again, and the Attitude Era was in full swing.
I’m just glad I was there to witness a small part of this amazing era, but it’s still hard to believe its been twenty years.
Hit the John Williams theme music, the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are nearly here! If you’ve followed this blog for a few yeas, then you know I’m a huge fan of both the summer and winter Olympic games.
This year’s opening ceremony kicks off on Friday, February 9 at 8 p.m PyeongChang time. Which means the event starts at 6 a.m. east coast time. But as usual, NBC is delaying the broadcast until prime time when they will no doubt edit the thing to death, and jam in as many commercials as possible. Although there are rumors they might stream the ceremony live, which would be nice for us early birds.
In honor of the PyeongChang Winter Games, (which start before the opening ceremony for some reason), I’ve decided to once again watch some Olympic flicks and documentaries. There is plenty of Olympic material out there to help get you in the Olympic mood, and here is what I’ll be watching over the next couple of days:
I find it hard to believe that “Cool Runnings” came out almost 25 years ago. Where does the time go?
Anywho, you can’t go wrong with a classic like this. “Cool Runnings” still holds up today, and not many movies can say that. The cast is great from top to bottom, and it makes me miss John Candy even more. But what I like best about this movie is that it’s based on a remarkable true story.
Mikaela Shiffrin: Peak Season
Mikaela Shiffrin figures to be the game’s biggest stars. Now doubt NBC will spotlight her during the alpine skiing events in PyeongChang. But recently, NBCSN aired a 60-minute documentary called “Mikaela Shiffrin: Peak Season.”
In the documentary, a camera team catches up with Shiffrin in Paris, Chile, Utah and elsewhere, as she competes in the World Cup, and trains for PyeongChang. I’ve heard good things about the documentary, but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. It is however on my dvr waiting for me.
The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold
All right before you ask, I’ll let you know that “The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold” is the wifey’s choice, not mine. But if I’m being honest, I don’t mind the first “Cutting Edge” movie starring Moira Kelly and D. B. Sweeney.
In “The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold” we meet Jackie (Christy Carlson Roman), the teenage daughter of Doug and Kate who apparently are played by different people. Well that sucks.
Anywaty, the up and coming figure skater needs a new partner, and just like her mom years earlier, ends up with an unorthodoxfigure skating partner.
From what the wifey tells me, “The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold” is the first of three “sequels,” but they all have different casts. If that’s the case, can they really be considered sequels? I don’t know, but I’m curious to see the other Doug and Kate.
16 Days of Glory/Lillehammer
Simply put, Bud Greenspan’s Olympic documentaries are a must see. Pick any of them, and you will be hooked! The first of his films that I saw was “16 Days of Glory/Lillehammer,” and that’s what I’m watching today.
Even if there are sports you don’t care about, the Bud Greenspan films make them accessible to everyone. And if you’re a history buff, there is plenty of information for you to enjoy here. So whether you check out “16 Days of Glory/Lillehammer” or another Greenspan doc, you will be amazed.
D2: The Mighty Ducks
I guess “D2: The Mighty Ducks” doesn’t have anything to do with the Olypic games, but it’s about hockey, so I will allow it. Besides, where else are you going to see random cameos by Kristi Yamaguchi, Greg Louganis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky, Chris Chelios, Luc Robitaille, and Cam Neely?
There are some great moments in the movie too, like some of the hockey game action is really well done. Also, some of the new cast members are good, like Julie “The Cat” Gaffney. But the movie also has your typical Disney stuff which drives me nuts sometimes. Some stuff in D2 is just too convenient, and a couple of the characters are almost caricatures of a stereotypes. And yet, I can’t help but cheer when team U.S.A. faces off against Iceland.
Regardless of who you were rooting for, I think it’s safe to say Super Bowl LII will go down as one of the craziest and most entertaining championship games in NFL history.
I don’t think anyone expected the offensive shootout the game turned into. It really was a battle between Tom Brady and Nick Foles all night long, with each guy making some great passes. Ultimately, the Philadelphia Eagles found a way to beat the New England Patriots with a come-from behind victory in the 4th quarter, winning 41-33.
As usual with the Super Bowl, there’s a lot to talk about. Not just about the game mind you, but the entire night. So here are a few thoughts I had while watching Super Bowl LII:
whether you are young or old, chances are that at one point or another, you had a bucket list. And no, I’ am not talking about the 2007 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
The bucket list I’m talking about is the one where you kept a list of things you wanted to do before you died.
I wrote my bucket list when I was in sixth grade, way back in 1990-1991. With only three items on it, my bucket list was quite short. But I knew exactly what I wanted to do, so I didn’t see a need to add more items to the list.
Anyways, the three things I wanted to do before I died were (in no particular order): see a Rolling Stones concert; go to Wrestlemania; and travel to Dallas for a Cowboys home game.
As luck, and a lot of money would have it, I went to Wrestlemania XIV in 1998, and I saw the Stones in concert in 2002. That would leave only the Cowboys game on my bucket list, but even that was crossed off the list a few years later when the New England Patriots played at Texas Stadium on October 14, 2007.
My friends and I went all out that weekend. The pic above is from game day, and it was taken outside the old Texas Stadium. I’m the good-looking smart one wearing a Cowboys jersey. The scary one with the beard that looks like he just got out of prison is my best friend Laneit, and the jolly giant in the back is Furiated. The other guy is Furiated’s friend whose name escapes me at the moment, so let’s call him Chuck.
We booked our trip with a compaany that offered meet and greets with players, a tour of the stadium and the city of Dallas, a pre-game tailgate party, and even included some meals. It was and expensive adventure, but worth every penny. Not only did we get to see Texas Stadium inside and out, but we got to play football on the field!
After the stadium tour, we were taken to downtown Dallas so we could look around. When our bus stopped, the driver told us “If you look ahead of us, you will see Dealey Plaza, where President Kennedy was shot. However, if you look to your left, you will see the world’s largest Hooters.” Yeah, that bus driver may want to work on his transitions, just saying.
That night we had a private autograph signing at our hotel, and we got to meet Cowboys Jason Witten and Nick Folk. Furiated took the opportunity to tell Nick Folk that he won his fantasy game thanks to him. The meet and greet with the players was made possible because we were staying at the team hotel, another perk from the travel package we got.
All in all, itt was a great weekend, and it’s hard to believe its been ten years already. Those few days were so much fun, that I didn’t even mind that my boys got crushed by the New England Patriots. But the delicious Texas BBQ helped ease my pain.