Wednesday, April 04, 2007

i like sports. but i'm not a big sports guy. i mean, i'm not DEDICATED to it. i watch sports. i just watched my heat drop to the pistons this weekend. i follow the nba & the nfl loosely. i watch sportscenter once a week or so for like 20 minutes. i played high school basketball. i didn't start. when me and diggedy make plans to kick it, he has to check the yankees schedule. he's the sports guy.

with that said, i grew up, like a lot of kids, a big fan of certain athletes. it was sort like the wwf thing to me. these guys were bigger than life. characters. so today, wex wednesday's presents the athletes that i hold near and dear from my childhood:

1. Bo Jackson. he was the shit to me. from the marketing to the on-field displays of superman'ism... the guy had it all. too bad about the fucking bengals.... which brings me to my next pick...
2. Boomer Esiason. i don't know what it was. but when i was a kids i was a bengals fan. maybe it was the uniform. maybe it was the icky shuffle. boomer was the qb i routed for. when they lost to the 49'ers in super bowl whatever, i cried. no i didn't, but i was pissed. in 2007, i think boomer comes off like a schmuck on tv. times change.
3. Bimbo Coles. that's a straight up old miami heat thing. i think i liked athletes with interesting names.
4. Earl Campbell. i never got to see him play live. by my mom was a huge fan and always was talking about him. she bought me his mint rookie card. and his jersey. i was brainwashed, i guess. but i've seen those tapes man... and nobody ran a dude over like earl.
5. The Marks Bros. Clayton & Duper. super duper! as a dolphins fan growing up, these two dudes were like batman and robin to me. i guess duper was robin. i still think they're slept on in in terms of the greats. i mean, they get mentioned when people talk about "great pairs of receivers" but eh... that's not good enough.

i guess i was more of a football guy as a kid.

deeeeejay wex.

see you friday!


Blogger Russ the Bus said...

The Dolphins??!! Really? The fuckin Dolphins?

The only worthwhile human being who ever played for the Dolphins was Ricky Williams; and only because he cost them $20 mil, and he probably smokes better weed than I do.

I'll be rockin my Bills jersey on friday. i hate you, wex

2:00 PM  
Blogger rdj. also known as daniel. said...

...and Ricky's much happier now in Canada, where no one gives a fuck how much weed he wants to smoke, 'cause we're enlightened like that.

All I have to say is: Wayne Gretzky, prior to the summer of 1989 when he crossed over to the Dark Side. Do you Yanks know what a big deal The Great One was in hockey -- how dominant and unprecedented, how beautiful to watch? Jordan's really the only comparison. The way he saw the ice, the way he passed... it was something, growing up. He'd come to town and I'd root for the Oilers to beat the Canucks.

But no more! Go Canucks. One more victory or Minnesota loss means we clinch top in the Northwest. The Sedin twins are smokin' hot. It's our year.


2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

russ, you musta missed the line where i said i was a casual fan. i dont argue about sports. and i dont care what t-shirt you wear. just as long as you're wearing one. because hip hop karaoke certainly doesnt need "that guy". :)

2:36 PM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

Sorry, wex, My dad raised us Bills fans; This state of being is comprised at least as much of hating Miami as it is of actually liking Buffalo. Casual or not, we can never be friends.

Anyway, my (non-Buffalo) sports idols growing up were Daryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden, its nice to see the Mets back in action, but thinking back on those late 80's teams kinda makes me feel like Adre 3000, "all of my heros did dope..."

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds good. i'm not big on friends anyway. except for you natalie portman, don't you worry.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

i'm a big mets and football giants guy, so most of my favs are there - phil simms, mark bavarro, lenny dykstra, wally backman, but an outlier who has always stayed with me is john riggins.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think I'm the only one, but I'm probably the only one who'll admit that I LOVED WATCHING MIKE TYSON TO THE POINT THAT I CRIED WHEN HE LOST AGAINST BUSTER DOUGLAS. There I said it. Period. Mike Tyson was the second coming of Muhammad Ali in my book, speed power, grace, he had the total package.....then he found Don King and Robin Givens.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other news, my top 5 are(in no particular order) Reggie Jackson(who can forget that candy bar?), Mike Tyson(before Buster Douglas), Lawrence Taylor(ask Joe Theismann about him), Patrick Ewing(damn that Michael Jordan guy!) and Bernard King(the Knicks are still trying to find somebody who could score like he did).....Bernard King. Anybody who enjoys watching Kobe score 50 should pull out some of his tapes first.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Kev frum BROOKLYN! said...

I'm gonna have to agree with the LT call. I got into sports, particularly football all because of Video games. Tecmo Bowl was my sh*t (if you don't know about tecmo bowl, then we can't be friends). And watching LT run through the O line in the video game wasn't too far from reality. And I became a Joe Montana/Jerry Rice fan because of the 100 yard passes which were very far from reality.

Other than those, Patrick Ewing, J. Starks (prior to his choke performance), Penny Hardaway.

I never really got into Hockey or baseball until i was older.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to Bernard.

There's a poster in my room on my wall of him in the air, and it says "Saint Bernard".

I used to LOVE watching him. My mom would take me to see him, Trent Tucker, Bill Cartwright, Rory Sparrow.. Ahh the good ol' days. Injuries killed him. I'm pretty sure he was recently arrested for domestic abuse or something along those lines.

Then there's Patrick Ewing. I get into a fight every month (and one today) about his greatness. People just don't get him man. This was a 7 footer posting up and dropping from everywhere on the court. It broke my heart when they traded him. From my childhood through college, no matter what changes I was going through in life, the one constant was number 33 was holding down the middle.

LT? What more can I say. Him and Simms were gods to me. None of this pussy Strahan shit. When you needed a stop, LT, Marshall, Banks, Johnson, Carson, and Collins got it done for you.

But the king of this crop. Don Mattingly. The Hit Man. My idol. I'm a lefty like Don. I played first like Don (when I didn't pitch). But I couldn't grow the mustache like Don. I was at Game 2 in '95 when he hit the home run against Seattle (in the 15 inning game). Without a doubt the greatest moment I have ever experienced at a sporting event (and I was at Game 6 when they won in '06). The place was bedlam, cause Donnie was everyone's idol. They showered the field with beers, and Piniella pulled the M's off the field. I'm getting chills just thinking about it.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

I really didn't develop my heroes until my early to late teens (I was kind of caught up with soccer and comic books as a kid). Since Southeastern teams had a tendency to suck in the mid to late '80s, here's a few:

Will Clark, San Francisco Giants: Awesome hitter who always had that bad-ass scowl on his face (hearing him talk always squashed that theory, though)

The Phoenix Suns of the '80s: All of 'em, KJ, Thunder Dan Majerle, Hornacek, Tom Chambers (don't sleep on Chambers, y'all remember this--it's kind of rough to see since I've been a die-hard Knicks fan for about 12 years now:

John Elway in the late '80s: Even though I never played organized football, I was the star QB in Warren Village, the apartments I grew up in--Van "the Bullet" Sias--and that's who I modeled myself after.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

when i was 7 years old and bill cartwright was still on the knicks i got to meet him after a game and shake his hand. his hand was a lot bigger than mine.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:32 PM  
Blogger Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

My all-time sports hero from teens until his retirement this past summer--and taking it away from team sports for a minute--is Andre Agassi.

I started playing tennis around when he first cracked the top 10 and throughout my career from high school standout to college benchwarmer to weekend tournament player, and just even growing up in general, dude was always there. (Not literally there, but you know what I mean.)

Forget Sampras, Dre is and always will be the man!

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey van, without even looking I know what that clip is....its GOTTA be the NBA Fantastic coimmercial of Tom Chambers taking off from the foul line and immortalizing Mark Jackson right? Easily one of the top 5 facials in NBA history that never gets any props....

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Tecmo Bowl? C'mon kev, you're giving away next wednesday's topic: classic sports video games that EVERY KID should be made to play in order to appreciate PS3, Wii, and any other system these game inventors decide to come up with....I'm out like the 360 degree 3 point shot on Double Dribble(if you could do it you mastered level 3)

12:53 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

take it back before tecmo bowl to that john elway quarterback game, and you'll find a whole new level of appreciation.

personally i've always loved blades of steel and mike tyson's punchout.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

still have my nes & games. i rock it every now and then. super mario 2 ya'll - it's slept on.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RBI Baseball.

End of story.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

wait, i think that i had that one on my ibm pc jr ...

11:32 AM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

word, mario 2. that was a high concept game. it was mario's dream, thats why the look and gameplay were so much different.

And that Joe Montana 91 was my favorite football game too, kev. if you run a reverse the whole defense will chase behind you and you can actually run laps around the field.

but nintendo wii is the truth. that shit is the future of video games right there.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lakers vs. Celtics for Sega Genesis. This game had one of the hardest moves to pull off on any video game to this day: the Air Jordan reverse....

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But diggedy has a valid point. rbi baseball. nuff said. if you didn't get it, laugh now, then figure it out when you get home....

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But diggedy has a valid point. rbi baseball. nuff said. if you didn't get it, laugh now, then figure it out when you get home....

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6:03 PM  
Blogger rdj. also known as daniel. said...

Mario 2. I can play the theme song to that on the piano.

12:19 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

yo. i gots a good story fo ya re super mario. so here it is. when i was a wee lad, this kid moved onto the block in the late 80s when park slope was starting to get a bit ritzy, and this family has some serious casheesh. they did one of those home alone things to their brownstone - complete gut renovation before anyone moved in - the place was encased in a plastic condom for like half a year before they moved in. so anyway, the fam had 3 kids, one a boy my age, and we had a whole crew of boys of similar age on the block and nearby at that time, so the intel got around re the new arrival and we all made friends, and were up in the crib in no time. to help keep this in the proper context - remember that we are talking late 80s. so we get in the place, and they've totally decked out the english basement level - the part fronting the street access has a massive entertainment center with a 6 foot screen projection TV, dual laser disc system, and more. we hook up the nintendo and mario is like fucking 3 feet tall when he eats a mushroom. that shit was crazy. i'll never forget it.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

i can only play two songs on the piano: the bridge is over, and shimmy shimmy ya.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can play three: the Symphony, Bad, and Hot Music by Soho

9:51 AM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

michael jackson's bad or ll cool j's bad?

11:58 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

i can play the theme song to halloween.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

michael jackson's bad. and suit, the theme song to halloween is fabulous....i wish i knew the keys

4:26 PM  
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