Daily Archives: August 7, 2011

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorite Wrestling Tag Teams’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorite Wrestling Tag Teams’

It’s time to take it back to the squared-circle…

And this time around, we’ll be talking tag-team wrestling.  Some of my favorite wrestling memories from my youth come from tag team action, as there was a period in the 1980’s when the teams were more entertaining than the singles action.

As you can imagine, and if you know me or the blog, most of my favorites come from my youth.  Actually, more than 90% of them are teams from the 80’s and 90’s.  Today’s tag-team scene is just plain awful if you ask me.

So, let’s get right into it.  Ding!!

Honorable Mention:  Road Warriors, British Bulldogs, Killer Bees, The Rockers, Demolition, The Windham Brothers, Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff, and The Midnight Express.

10 – The Rock & Sock Connection.  Taking two of the sport’s biggest stars and teaming them together was probably not the best idea.  And to be honest, they were far from impressive as a single unit.  But, getting these two guys in the ring together with microphones in hand and you have a comedic journey worth watching.

9 – Harlem Heat.  Way before Booker T became a solid singles wrestler, he was a dominant tag teamer with his ‘brother’ Stevie Ray.  The guys worked great together in the ring, but had horrible mic skills.  The time Booker spent in the tag-team scene seems to have paid off as he became an A-list solo performer afterwards.

8 – The Mega Powers.  Teaming Hogan and Savage was probably good for ratings, but personally I love these guys as foes versus friends.  Yet you cannot deny the star power of ‘The Mega Powers’.

7 – Brutus Beefcake & Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine.  Two great wrestlers that performed very well together.  And their string of titles runs backs up that fact.  Before microphone skills were mandatory, these two guys were as solid as it got.

6 – Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff.  These two are the first ‘bad guys’ that I remember.  And I have a ton of memories of listening to and then trying to repeat the Russian national anthem.  Way before the NWO, it was Volkoff that was getting pounded with cups of beer when on the mic.

5 – Rock ‘N Roll Express.  A team designed to get the girls excited, I have to admit that I enjoyed watching this high-flying duo work in the NWA and WCW.  Set aside the bright colors, flashy ribbons, and Morton’s blond hair – these guys were great together in the ring.

4 – Steiner Brothers.  Way before Scott became ‘Pump’, the Steiners were a hell of a team.  Boasting the perfect blend of speed and power, these guys performed some amazing moves as a duo – and their suplexes were crazy!!

3 – The New Age Outlaws.  Known more for their antics than their wrasslin’ ability, Jesse James and Billy Gunn were solid compliments to DX.  The feuds were intense and their dominance in merchandise sales may never be seen again.

2 – Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard.  Simply stated, these guys kicked butt.  Everyone’s butts for that matter.  The protector’s of the Four Horsemen’s legacy, both guys had the ability to dominate their opponents without flash.  Their in-ring skills were top-notch and most of their opponents left the ring as injured losers of the match.

1 – The Hart Foundation.  Loved these guys as I recall watching them from the start through until Bret Hart became the star of the show as a singles wrestler.  Bret and Jim Neidhart were like a machine – perfect timing and never skipping a beat.  They beat teams bigger than them, faster than them, and stronger than them.  And they always made the crowd roar – whether good or bad!

Man, that was fun to do.  I really wish that today’s version of the sport allowed for teams to be built and not formed.  Way too often, former ‘main-event’ talent is forced to work together just to keep the guys active.  If the WWE spent more time on creating these teams with fresh talent, and then let several of them create their own storylines, I think that they could easily regenerate what used to be a very valuable and fun part of their talent rosters.

What do you think?  What is your favorite tag team of all-time?

Ron Santo 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – NICE!!!

Ron Santo 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – NICE!!!

Now this is a beautiful baseball card!!!

Check it out:

See, I didn’t steer you wrong…

Featuring a great picture of a young Ron Santo, this card has re-used the 1961 Topps design, and it looks brilliant!!  ’61 was Santo’s ‘official’ rookie baseball card, but he played in enough games in 1960 (95) to qualify and make it onto Topps’ All-Star rookie team.

Atta Boy Ronnie!!!  We miss you!!

Wade Boggs 1988 Donruss ‘Baseball’s Best’

Wade Boggs 1988 Donruss ‘Baseball’s Best’

If I was going to be asked the question, ‘Was Wade Boggs one of baseball’s best in 1998?’, my answer would undoubtedly be, ‘You bet your sweet bippy’!!!

My favorite stat from Boggs’ 1988 season?

128.

Boggs scored 128 runs in 1988 for the Red Sox.  For a guy that batted in the 3-hole for the club, scoring those kinds of runs is remarkable.  In fact, 110+ is usually reserved for the lead-off spot.  But Boggs was on base at a tremendous rate in ’88 (that rhymes) – his on-base percentage was a solid .476.  Unreal!!

Baseball’s best.  YES!!!!

Happy Birthday Bob Horner!!!

Happy Birthday Bob Horner!!!

Bob Horner turns 54 years old today.

“4 home runs in 1 game – 4 home runs in 1 game – 4 home runs in 1 game – 4 home runs in 1 game”

This feat alone mesmerized me.  I remember watching this game as a kid on WTBS back in 1986 as a 10-year old baseball fan.

But Bob Horner was on a path to baseball stardom well before this amazing 1-day accomplishment.  Drafted in 1978 by the Atlanta Braves, Horner went straight from an amazing college baseball career to the major leagues skipping what was normally a routine stop in the minor leagues.

With a .266 batting average while belting 23 home runs, Horner won the Rookie of the Year award in 1978.  In ’79 he followed up his rookie season by hitting .314 while crushing 33 homers.  Horner was on a path to become a dominant offensive threat and star of the Atlanta Braves.

Unfortunately, injuries cost Bob Horner quite a bit of playing time during the course of his career.  Having never played in more than 141 games in a single season while also playing in 4 seasons in which he played in less than 100 games, Horner lost several opportunities to utilize his offensive skills and help his team win.  After 10 major league seasons, Horner finished his career injured while settling with 218 home runs, a .277 batting average, and 1 lone appearance in the All-star game.

Not wanting to give up, Horner took his talents overseas in 1987 and signed on to play for the Yakult Swallows in Japan.  He performed well and hit 31 home runs in his debut season with the team.  Horner returned back to the states in hopes to sign with a major league club for the 1988 season but was released by the St. Louis Cardinals after severely injuring his shoulder.

On July 4, 2006 Bob Horner was elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Happy Birthday Mr. Horner!!!