Archive for March 9th, 2009


Mr. T Pities the WWE Hall of Fame

The WWE Hall of Fame came a-callin’ for Mr. T wanting to place him in their illustrious hall, but he wanted no part in the “honor.”

“WWE asked me to be in the Hall of Fame and I turned it down. You know why? They put Pete Rose in the wrestling Hall of Fame. This guy can’t even get into his own Hall of Fame. After they put Rose in they came and asked me and I said ‘You don’t insult me! You don’t put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame before me!’ I ain’t going to be a part of that. They put him in and he only did one WrestleMania, and he didn’t even wrestle.”

Mr. T started his wrestling career in 1985 as Hulk Hogan’s tag-team partner at the first WrestleMania. Later he became a special “WWF boxer” because of his character Clubber Lang from Rocky III. He boxed in several other wrestling matches and in 1987 served as a special referee enforcer. In 1994 Mr. T returned as a special referee for a Hulk Hogan-Ric Flair match, the last time he got in the ring as a wrestler was for an episode of WWF Raw in 2001.

[Pro Wrestling]


Wok This Way

17855Only the Germans could create a word like schadenfreude, and so it is little wonder that the country is atwitter with excitement for the 7th Annual Wok World Championship where various celebrities hurl themselves down a mile-long bobsled track sitting in metal woks. Able to reach speeds up to 60 mph, the one or 4-man teams use modified soup ladles on their feet to help steer the way. The path is fraught with danger regardless.

“In 2007 the singer from the German band Oomph! suffered a severe concussion, after which we decided to introduce weight limits of 130 kilogrammes (287 pounds) for the one-man woks,” event spokesman Michael Osterman explained, adding that participants also wear protective gear, similar to ice hockey equipment.

[The Local]


Neat, But Also Totally Lame

I don’t get the big deal about ice fishing. To me, it seems like just sitting around staring at a hole waiting for something to happen, then if a fish gets caught, you reel it in in a few moments, not so hard. Booooorrrrrrrriiiiiinnng. Even worse, you’re sitting out on some lake with nothing to do and no way to enjoy yourself. Unless of course you’re a man of luxury and (semi-)taste, and you have a fun ice house like this one to enjoy.

This still wouldn’t be enough to get me to go out and be bored for an entire day. Look at how little that TV is, there’s no way I could enjoy being in nature with such a small television. Plus, I bet there’s no wireless, how can you LIVE like that, if that even can be called “living.”

However, I do really really like the harpoon hanging by the stove, you know, just in case the Loch Ness monster happens to winter in Minnesota and tries to come in one of those tiny little holes.

[Sportsman’s Blog]


The Dread Pirate Arroyo

Ah Florida, fun in the sun, you go see spring training baseball in the afternoon and then head down to the marina and hang out on your sport yacht in the evening. Or at least, that’s what you WOULD do if you were Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo. After a grueling day of spring training, Bronson goes on-board his 48 foot yacht, the Nasty Hook to relax.

“Being out here at every night, it’s so peaceful. You sit out here and listen to the birds and have dinner as you wind down from the day. It’s a different feel than you would get living anywhere on land,” Arroyo remarked.

Complete with a wave-runner, auto-pilot capability, high-tech navigation and satellite equipment, granite counter tops, 2 bedrooms (one with a king-size bed), a modern kitchen and a silhouette of Arroyo’s unique pitching style, the Nasty Hook has everything a big-leaguer could want.

During spring training Arroyo eats, sleeps and “entertains” (see king-size bed) on his boat, which is captained by lifelong friend Tony Acosta who “makes this thing go and makes sure we always get back to port,” said Arroyo. Once the regular season begins, Acosta will take the boat up to Cincinnati so the party never needs to stop.

“When we get a chance during the regular season, we’ll get 35-40 people on the boat. We’ll run out on the Ohio River near Riverbend and just turn this thing into a club. Break out the lights and the smoke machines and they’ll be dancing on the top deck and below,” Arroyo says.

Unfortunately for Arroyo, this is the Reds’ last season in Florida for ST, next year they’re moving to Goodyear, Arizona which, being in the middle of the desert might be a little more of an issue for mooring the boat.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Arroyo says. “There’s not going to be a boat in the middle of the desert.”

Maybe Bronson can arrange a trade to the Pirates, they train in Bradenton, Florida and really, Bronson always deserved to be a pirate…

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March 2009