Daily Archives: May 1, 2011

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Iconic Films From The 1980s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Iconic Films From The 1980s’

I have been doing these ‘TopTen’ lists for a few weeks now and am really enjoying them.  Hopefully you are as well…

I am a movie guy.  During the offseason, I will try to crush two to three movies a week.  And thanks to the vault of films stashed in my NetFlix account, watching movies has never been easier.

But I only like certain movies – and what you will see below is that my taste in films during the 1980s was far from mature.  But hey, I was barely into my teens so cut me a little slack.

With that being said, you won’t find Terms of Endearment or Gandi or Chariots of Fire in my ‘Top Ten Iconic Films From The 1980s’.  What you will find are the films that I can still watch today that are guaranteed to make me react and recall the great memories I have of watching them during my youth.

And away we go…

Honorable Mention – ET, Top Gun, Footloose, Caddy Shack, Ghost Busters, Batman, Major League, Teen Wolf, and Rain Man.

10 – Revenge Of The Nerds – So many memorable parts.  And the laughs start from minute 1 and just keep going!

9 – Police Academy – Wow.  While the sequels got progressively worse, the original is outstanding.  The characters were so solid, and I cannot recall a single friend that wasn’t trying to sound like that guy who does all of the noises.  LOL!!

8 – Beverly Hills Cop –  Axel Foley was the man!  We all imitated his laugh too… And Bronson Pinchot stole the show!  Serge!!

7 – Stand By Me – Easily the best drama from my youth.  A very memorable story – all of us had friends like these guys when we were growing up.  Leeches!!

6 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Another classic with super-strong characters.  And a little cameo by Charlie Sheen too – Winning!  My favorite scene is when Ferris is programming his keyboard to cough.

5 – Breakfast Club – More classic lines than possibly any movie from that time.  They covered each stereotypical high school kid very well.  And Vice-Principal Bender was hilarious!!  I’m crackin’ skulls!!

4 – Back To The Future – Hello McFly!!!  I loved this film.  Classic characters.  Classic cards.  Classic scenes.  My favorite?  Has to be when Marty meets his future uncle as a baby and tells him to get used to the bars of his crib.  LOL every time!!

3 – The Karate Kid – The movie that inspired millions, including me, to take up karate.  Everyone wanted Daniel to win.  And with the help of Mr. Miyagi, and a gorgeous Elizabeth Shue, Daniel was the victor!

2 – Die Hard – I cannot recall another film prior that blended comedy and action so perfectly.  Bruce Willis was fantastic in this film – and it is one of the only film franchises whose sequels are not disappointments when compared to the original.  Yippee Ka Yeah!!!

1 – Coming To America – I have never enjoyed a comedic film more than this movie.  Eddie Murphy proved his talent during every scene of this film – and each was brilliant.  From Sexual Chocolate to working at McDowell’s to the barber shop – the laughs never stop!!

Wow, what a great trip down memory lane!!  I think I am going to go see what I have on DVD that I can watch tonight…

Stay tuned next Sunday night as I present to you me ‘Top Ten Wrestlers From The 1990s’.

Thanks for reading!!

Andre Dawson 2008 Upper Deck SP Legendary Memorabilia #12/35

Andre Dawson 2008 Upper Deck SP Legendary Memorabilia #12/35

Well, I already own this card numbered to 99.  And I also have one numbered to 75. 

So, when I came across this version of the same card, numbered to 35, I had to strike.

And as they say, the rest is PayPal history!!!

Tony Gwynn 1990 Topps

Tony Gwynn 1990 Topps

By the 1990 baseball season, Tony Gwynn had already established himself as the game’s best hitter.  Already a winner of 4 batting championships, and a 5-time All-Star Gwynn was baseball royalty!

As for the baseball card, I am not a big fan of the 1990 Topps design – actually it os one of my least favorite.  But they didn’t so too bad of a job with this one.  I just wish that we got to see a bit more of the action…

Is that Shea Stadium in the background?  I think so…

Happy Anniversary Rickey Henderson!!!

Happy Anniversary Rickey Henderson!!!

On this day in 1991 Rickey Henderson became the All-time leader in stolen bases.  As Rickey passed Lou Brock with steal #939 of his career, it was obvious to all watching live and on television that this was a baseball record for the ages.

Henderson’s talent is very rare as his body, specifically his legs, was able to withstand the punishment it takes to steal 939 bases.  Amazingly enough, Henderson was not even close to being done with running.  By the end of his 25-season major league career Henderson would finish with 1,406 stolen bases.

Personally, of all of the records in baseball today I think this one is the safest of them all.  Home runs records will be broken.  Hit streaks may not last.  But this record is truly amazing.  Players that steal 60-70 bases a year would have to have that kind of success for 20 straight years to challenge Rickey’s record.  If you look at the great base stealers in the game today, each of them hits a pinnacle and then a sharp and rapid decline.  This record is safe, and will not be challenged ever!!!

Congratulations Rickey.  Truly an original, and truly a baseball legend!!! 

“Home Run Derby” – Contest Players & Their Picks

“Home Run Derby” – Contest Players & Their Picks

Ok, the games start in just a few short hours and culminate with Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN.

Here are the players and their picks:

Player # of HRs
JT 17
McGee Fan 51 20
Axemanohio 21
Jeff 22
coReds24 23
Lost Collector 24
Nathan 25
carlsonjok 26
Jacob 27
Dhoff 28
cubsfan731 29
Hackenbush 30
Rhubard 31
Play Ath The Plate 32
The Dimwit 33
Gregory 35
Drew 36
Jason 41
Charley 43

Good luck to all of the participants – and remember the player that comes the closest to the total number of home runs hit, without going over, at the conclusion of Sunday’s action will win their choice of two of these cards:

Good Luck everyone; and thanks for playing!!!

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Dennis Martinez & Shelby Miller – April 29, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Dennis Martinez & Shelby Miller – April 29, 2011

Roger Dean Stadium
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29

Was easy because Shelby Miller, the only guy I really wanted, was charting pitches behind home plate.

Shelby Miller: 7/7 (11x14s and 8x10s) Really nice kid. Even tried to make small talk with me.
Dennis Martinez: 2/2 (8x10s) in blue Sharpie