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  • I've been starting to collect Rose Bowl programs...recently bought the 1984 Rose Bowl one: UCLA vs. Illinois. Some standouts on Mike White's coaching staff: Brad Childress, Bill Callahan, and former Nebraska DC Kevin Cosgrove. No wonder they lost.


    • Originally posted by geo weidl View Post
      Disturbing. Very Disturbing.


        Benny Blades~"If you break down this team man for man, we have talent to compare with any team."


        • Originally posted by Dr. Strangelove View Post
          I've been starting to collect Rose Bowl programs...recently bought the 1984 Rose Bowl one: UCLA vs. Illinois. Some standouts on Mike White's coaching staff: Brad Childress, Bill Callahan, and former Nebraska DC Kevin Cosgrove. No wonder they lost.

          That's strange DSL, I fancied you as a spoon collector of "These Here 34 United States".

          ?I don?t take vacations. I don?t get sick. I don?t observe major holidays. I?m a jackhammer.?


          • A spokesman for Vladimir Putin maintains that the Russian President received Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring in 2005 as a gift and said the New England Patriots' owner's claims that Putin took it without permission is "weird."

            [+] EnlargeSuper Bowl XXXIX ring
            AP Photo/NFL PhotosThe Patriots' Super Bowl XXXIX ring is encrusted with 124 diamonds.

            Kraft, who was honored at Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf-Astoria on Thursday, told the crowd at the event that Putin took his Super Bowl XXXIX ring when the Patriots owner visited St. Petersburg, Russia in 2005, even though he released a statement at the time saying that he gave the ring to Putin as a gift.

            "I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring,'" Kraft told the crowd, according to the New York Post. "I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."

            A spokesman for Putin, however, told CNN on Sunday that the ring was definitely given as a gift.

            "What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird," Dmitry Peskov told CNN. "I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift."


            Peskov told CNN that the ring now is at the Kremlin's library.

            On Thursday night, Kraft told the crowd that he really wanted the 4.94-carat bauble back, admitting he'd gotten a call from the George W. Bush-run White House, saying, 'It would really be in the best interest of United States-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present.' "

            This wasn't the first time the story surfaced, as Kraft's late wife, Myra, said in 2007 that the ring wasn't intended to be a gift.

  's Mike Reiss contributed to this report.
            Grammar... The difference between feeling your nuts and feeling you're nuts.


            • I miss the Cold War years.

              Damn detente! Damn Commies! Damn Russkies!


              • Baron Von Raschke was a goose-stepping, monocle-wearing Teutonic terror who played on the fears of Americans whose memories of the war and Nazi tyranny were not yet that distant.

                In professional wrestling, perception is reality. But things don?t always appear as they seem.

                German heel Von Raschke was actually a shy but affable athlete by the name of Jim Raschke. His hometown was Omaha, Neb., a far stretch from his storyline birthplace of Berlin.

                A high school wrestling standout and state champion in 1958, Raschke attended the University of Nebraska, where he was a two-time All-American and Big Eight wrestling champ his senior year. He served his country ? in the U.S. Army ? and represented his homeland on the U.S. World Team in 1963 when he became the second American ever to win a medal in Greco-Roman wrestling by capturing the bronze at the World Games in Halsingborg, Sweden.

                Raschke was named to the 1964 Olympic Games, but an injury prior to the event left him unable to compete.

                Finding himself on pro wrestling?s doorsteps in the 1960s, the former middle school teacher became one of the sport?s greatest villains, as well as one of the most accomplished amateur wrestlers ever to transition to the squared circle.

                Baron Von Raschke was his famously outrageous alter ego, and it was a character he performed to perfection. Scowling constantly and threatening opponents with his feared claw hold, The Baron terrorized foes and fans alike throughout the country.

                He also would become one of the Mid-Atlantic territory?s most memorable wrestling characters.

                The mild-mannered Raschke, now 72, will return to his old stomping grounds as a special guest during the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest on Aug. 1-4 in Charlotte.

                Raschke, who has appeared at previous Fanfests, says the event is one of his favorites.

                ?I have a great time at Fanfest. I get to see a lot of friends there that I haven?t seen for quite a few years,? says the Hall of Famer. ?It?s a great reunion. I also enjoy seeing a lot of great fans. They are always so nice when talking about how they loved the wrestling in this area. The whole atmosphere gives you a big, warm, fuzzy feeling.?

                Can this gentlemanly, demure individual be the same man who once could drive the crowd into a frenzy just by walking down the aisle?

                ?I?ve mellowed a lot,? he says, with a wink and a smile.

                It?s true. The man fans loved to hate is a kind, warm-hearted teddy bear with an endearing sense of humor to boot.

                But back in the day, Baron Von Raschke, with his crimson cape and hood, replete with the red stripe down the side and iron cross, was as hated as they come.

                One of Raschke?s favorite teammates ? and adversaries ? during his Mid-Atlantic run was ?Number 1? Paul Jones.

                ?I had some great times with Paul,? says Raschke. ?He?s one of the funniest guys I know.?

                Raschke captured the NWA Mid-Atlantic TV title from the popular Ricky Steamboat after arriving in the Carolinas in 1977. An immediate feud ensued with Jones, Steamboat?s partner, who took the TV crown from the hated Baron.

                Raschke, however, would gain a measure of revenge when he and Greg Valentine captured the NWA tag-team belts from Jones and Steamboat.

                A heel turn by Jones, one of Mid-Atlantic wrestling?s most popular performers for more than a decade, turned the territory upside down, especially when he joined forces with the despised Baron.

                The unholy alliance would go on to defeat Jimmy Snuka and Paul Orndorff for the tag-team belts, later swapping them in a series of matches with Ric Flair and Blackjack Mulligan, before eventually losing them to Steamboat and new partner Jay Youngblood.

                One of the funnier moments during their partnership came when Raschke presented Jones ? now labeled ?Weasel? by his once adoring fans ? with a gold medal to wear around his neck to signify that he, indeed, was ?Number 1.?

                In turn, Jones presented the chrome-domed Raschke with a blond wig to help his self-esteem, which fans and rivals had delighted in tearing down with chants of ?bald-headed geek!?

                Their paths would cross again six years later when Raschke reunited with his former rival and tag-team partner as part of manager Paul Jones? Army.

                Amateur standout

                Raschke spent five years at the University of Nebraska.

                ?I was a slow learner,? he jokes.

                ?I loved my time at the University of Nebraska. I didn?t have much money, so I worked out a lot. I had some great coaches along the way. It was just a great experience.?

                Raschke actually attended the school on an academic scholarship.

                ?My dad was a baker for a big bakery in Omaha. He was a member of the Bakers Union, and they offered a scholarship. I was lucky enough to win the scholarship, and that opened the door.?

                A talented athlete with good size, Raschke immediately walked on to the football team.

                ?Nebraska was the place I had always wanted to go as a kid. I walked on, and several weeks into the season I started a couple of games ahead of guys who had scholarships.?

                Raschke was so impressive that he was offered a full football scholarship,

                He was even more impressive on the wrestling mat. He placed second as a sophomore in the heavyweight division and won the Big Eight title as a senior.

                Raschke?s sterling amateur run culminated with him making the U.S. Olympic team in 1964.

                ?We were at camp making final preparations before going to Tokyo, and I suffered a hyperextended elbow just before we were going to leave. I didn?t get to go. I?m almost over it now,? he quips.

                New accent, new look

                One of the first pros he bumped into was Maurice ?Mad Dog? Vachon, who had wrestled in the 1948 Olympic Games but was now one of the top heels in the business.

                ?You?d make a good German,? the menacing Vachon growled.

                Raschke, of course, was of German descent. But he?d later learn that Vachon was suggesting that he take it a step further.

                ?I had never met him, and I really didn?t know that much about him,? says Raschke. ?He didn?t say another word to me, went in and did his thing, and did his interview.?

                Vachon, though, would tell Raschke the same thing every time their paths would cross.

                While Vachon, a main-eventer, delivered intense, money-drawing interviews, the timid and unimposing Raschke struggled to get the words out.

                ?I was horrible. (Announcer) Marty O?Neill was not a very tall man, and he had to get his arm up so he could interview me. He tried to pull an interview out of me, but it was tough. I?d really get him frustrated. I was just so shy.?

                ?Verne ... you?ve got to teach that kid to talk. I can?t get an interview out of him,? O?Neill would repeatedly tell promoter Verne Gagne.

                ?He kept trying and trying, but I was never very good. Jim Raschke was just not a good interview,? admits Raschke.

                Raschke eventually formed a connection with Vachon, who asked him to join him in Montreal as his partner.

                Raschke shaved what little hair he had left, and with new bride Bonnie, loaded up their small Mustang with their two small rubber tree plants and a few other possessions, and headed for Canada.

                It?s where Baron Von Raschke, one of pro wrestling?s greatest characters, would be born.

                Raschke had taken German in college, and while both of his parents were of German heritage, neither spoke the language around the house. Raschke practiced the few German words he knew with his wife. ?I wasn?t fluent in it at all. I practiced it, and the accent sounded pretty good to me.?

                Before his first match in the new territory, Raschke was sent out to do an interview along with Vachon.

                ?Mad Dog was over like crazy. He was a French-Canadian, but they hated him more than anybody. He was hot, and I was going to be his partner. I automatically got that kind of heat.?

                When Vachon finished his promo, the announcer turned the mic over to Raschke, who was now known as ?The Baron.?

                With the new name came the German accent and an interview style where he occasionally would actually sprinkle in at least a few German words.

                The hulking, bald Raschke delivered his spiel ? one full of anger and vitriol that would incite the fans ? threatening to destroy anyone who got in his way.

                It was an amazing transformation. The Baron became Jim Raschke?s alter ego. His new persona unleashed a side of his personality that the withdrawn and introverted Raschke had never seen before. More importantly, the change would result in a box-office bonanza for Raschke and promoters. His portrayal of an evil German madman would make him one of pro wrestling?s top heels of that era.

                Memorable catchphrase

                One of pro wrestling?s most enduring catchphrases originated purely by accident.

                Raschke recalls being interviewed by O?Neill.

                ?I can?t see very far, and when the guys give me the windup with the TV thing, it was really hard for me to see. Sometimes I just kind of guessed. Well, Marty was talking to me, and I thought I saw the guy winding me down. So I finished up, and just as I started to walk away, Marty asked me another question.?

                Not fully hearing the question, and with time running out before the next match, ?Herr? Raschke stopped, retreated a couple of steps, and blurted out in a deep, raspy, German-accented roar, ?Dat is all da people need to know!?

                ?I said it because I had nothing else to say,? explains Raschke.

                The quote , though, struck a chord.

                ?It cracked Marty O?Neill up. He just laughed and thought that was the funniest thing. So the next time he interviewed me, he asked me to ?say that thing again.? So I did it just for him. I did it two or three more times,? says Raschke.

                Gagne and matchmaker Wally Karbo then insisted that Raschke recite the phrase at the end of every interview.

                And the rest is history.

                ?Then I was stuck with it. But it seemed to be a good thing to be stuck with after a while.?

                That twisted scowl is never far away.

                ?Just be The Baron when you?re in front of people, and you can?t go too far wrong.?
                Grammar... The difference between feeling your nuts and feeling you're nuts.


                • This is either Baron Von Raschke, or The Wizard after he's had a pitcher of Coors ....:-)
                  "Some people think when they are standing on 3rd base, that they just hit a triple" -- Jim Harbaugh 2021


                  • seeing Wiz has not posted for awhile...



                    • Yeah, I hope he's okay. I kinda miss him when he doesn't give me a "stfu" for a while...:-)
                      "Some people think when they are standing on 3rd base, that they just hit a triple" -- Jim Harbaugh 2021


                      • STFU
                        Shut the fuck up Donny!


                        • You can drink in hotels at, as you know, exorbitant prices. And that ain't the same as tailgating. On a larget scalethere's a lot of concern in the GCC right now over the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. I can't imagine there's another huge alcohol-connected sporting event like that, or a bowl game, until we see how that goes.


                          • Originally posted by Rob F View Post
                            Disturbing. Very Disturbing.
                            And that's before you realized that's me second from left.


                            • Speaking of, i hope they won't mind that I'm blowing their cover but did you guys know of Talent and DSL's anti-burka activism? This modest pair is in another milieu known as the ``Niqabitches'' and they are at the forefront of theatre-of-the-absurd activism on this issue. I don't know how to embed a youtube, but search it for Niqabitches. Here's a picture of them in Paris doing their typical street performance:


                              • Brian Banks’ accuser ordered to pay $2.6 million in damages to Long Beach School District

                                Per multiple reports, Wanetta Gibson, the woman who falsely accused linebacker Brian Banks of rape when they were both students at Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic High School, has been ordered to repay $2.6 million in damages related to the $1.5 million she received from the Long Beach School District in a 2007 lawsuit, claiming an unsafe environment. Gibson was sued for the money she received, as well as court costs and a possible $1 million in punitive damages. Gibson was not present at the ruling and her whereabouts are unknown, per the Long Beach Press-Telegram, but the court gained authorization to recoup the money through her future wages and property.

                                It's important to note that Banks receives none of this money. He served five years in prison and another five years on probation as a result of the original verdict, and was released only in 2012 when Banks taped her admitting that the accusation was false.

                                "The court recognizes that our school district was a victim in this case," school Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser told the Press-Telegram. "This judgment demonstrates that when people attempt to defraud our school system, they will feel the full force of the law."

                                It is also possible that Gibson could face fraud charges, depending upon the court's opinion as to whether her 2012 recanting constitutes an admission of fraud. If the original accusation is the basis for such a charge, the three-year statute of limitations for fraud charges to be brought would void any such action.

                                Banks was a high school football star who had received a scholarship offer from USC and had made a verbal commitment to the school. After he was freed from prison, he reunited with Pete Carroll, who offered him that scholarship and had moved on to the Seattle Seahawks, for a tryout in June of 2012. He wasn't quite ready for prime time just yet, but he looked amazingly close for a guy who never played college football and had little time to prepare himself for the challenges of the NFL.

                                "I don't want nobody to take it easy on me out here," he said. "I know I have a lot of work to do and if that's what's required, then definitely give it to me. I'm ready for it. I've heard of his coaching style. It wasn't until that day of the tryout that I was on the way up here with one of the scouting coaches and he was like, 'I want to let you know, coach Norton — he's no joke.' But you know what? I like that intensity. I like that style of coaching. If it's not right, tell me it's not right. And if it needs fixing, tell me it needs fixing and let's fix it together. We'll get it done. I appreciate it."

                                Banks didn't make the team, but he got back to work, and made the Atlanta Falcons' roster in April of 2013. When that triumph was announced, Banks recalled some of the feelings he went through while in prison.

                                "It's almost impossible to explain, the feeling of not having freedom, to be stripped away of your freedom, of your dignity, the respect you once had. To lose it all and watch the world pass you by as you sit inside a prison cell, knowing you shouldn't be there, knowing you're there because of another person's lies, to lose it all and then get it all back, it's a very humbling, spiritual feeling that you just don't want to take anything for granted.

                                "I've had the opportunity to see both sides of the human spirit. ... My journey has been crazy but my journey has been a learning experience that is unlike any other."

                                And Banks is a person unlike any other. I've had the opportunity (I should actually call it a privilege) to speak with him on multiple occasions, and I've always been struck by his incredible persistence and generosity of spirit. Somehow, he managed to wade through a decade of defeat unmarked by its seemingly inevitable aftereffects, and he's been an inspiration to everyone who's been around him.

                                "I feel like what I've been through these past 10 years shows that I have a determination factor of not giving up, of keeping hope in whatever it is that you want to accomplish in life that you can," Banks said last June, when asked what he can offer to teammates in a mental and emotional sense. "And I'm more than willing to be that person on any team that if someone is feeling down one day, or someone is feeling like giving up, or someone is feeling like they can't get to that next step in their life, I'm definitely there to talk to them and be that person of encouragement.

                                "At the same time, I feel like my situation is no different from anybody else's experiences. I always say, 'It's not what you go through, but how that experience affects you.'"

                                One can only hope that Wanetta Gibson gets what's coming to her, but is a more lasting and positive sense, it's good to see that Brian Banks has beaten the odds and seems to be getting what he truly deserves. He was unavailable for comment regarding the Gibson ruling, because he was too busy getting ready for training camp.
                                Grammar... The difference between feeling your nuts and feeling you're nuts.