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’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs’

A very entertaining and energy-filled conversation broke out in the breakroom at lunch the other day.  And it all started with a cell phone ring tone…

One of the girl’s eating with us got a call and our ears were filled with Michael Jackson while her phone rang.  The conversation among the rest of us quickly turned to MJ and soon after the question was asked, ‘What is your favorite Michael Jackson song?’

Well, there were seven of us in there, and six different songs were named as favorites.  But we all left the conversation with the conclusion that everyone has a favorite tune by Michael.

So, without further ado, here are my ‘Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs’.

Honorable Mention:  Say Say Say, Remember The Time, This Is It, Bad, Black or White, Working Day & Night, You Are Not Alone, Off The Wall, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, and Man In The Mirror.

10 – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

9 – Will You Be There

8 – Thriller

7 – Billie Jean

6 – The Way You Make Me Feel

5 – Another Part Of Me

4 – Dirty Diana

3 – Pretty Young Thing

2 – Beat It

1 – Smooth Criminal


WOW!!!  Great stuff from an iconic performer!

Next week, it is back to baseball…  I promise!

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Andrew Luck – January 3, 2011

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Andrew Luck – January 3, 2011

Orange Bowl
Miami Gardens, Fla.
Monday, January 3, 2011

I didn’t want to graph the game at all because I’m still feeling like crap and because I didn’t think Luck would be that accessible. But when I heard that Arod, Tiger, Elway, Bruce Smith and a bunch of other celebs were expected at the game, I figured I’d give it a shot. A co-worker gave me a free ticket so I really had nothing to lose (other than $30 to park …..$30 WOW).

I sat idle until the start of the fourth quarter. A friend had told me that Bruce Smith was drinking at in-stadium nightclub Liv. Must be a new place because I don’t recall it being there last year during Marlins’ games. Was able to talk my way into the club level but then was stuck outside Liv because I didn’t have the required $325 ticket. Smith had three ways to get out, with only one exit accessible to me. I knew exactly what he was wearing but I didn’t want to go all-in with one guy and also didn’t want to miss Tech and Stanford. So I left after 20 minutes and made my way toward the busses.

Some people at the game had told me that Elway, Smith, Plunkett and maybe others would be at a postgame bash at a nearby hotel. I had one Stanford mini left and really wanted to save it for Plunkett, hoping he would do the Heisman inscription. With that being the case, that left me with nothing for Luck. Another grapher had decided he was going to get Luck to sign his ticket stub, asking him to inscribe “MVP.” I thought that was a great idea but when I took one look at my stub, already bent up, I realized I needed to find someone to give me theirs. First person I asked said it wasn’t a problem. And it was a real stub too, glossy compared to the lame stub given to people who have free tickets.

So now I had something for Luck and Plunkett so I could focus on Tech. I just missed Lou Holtz, though a friend did get a picwith. I stayed on the Tech side and a few minutes later was able to snag Ryan Williams, who couldn’t have been nicer.

I had two Tech photos left and both were for Darren Evans, whom I never did see. No worries. From there I walked back over to the Stanford side. Lots of players were now walking over the barricades to talk to family near me. I didn’t recognize any nor did I need any. I still had my sights on Luck. Seemed like an eternity but he finally walked out, surrounded by security and coaches. Three Stanford busses were lined up one behind the other and Luck walked to the very first bus that was still accessible to the public. But before he got on, he stopped in the family section off to the left of the bus.

As he was making his way toward this section I was able to get his attention. I handed him the stub and he signed it in a rushed fashion. I asked for the “MVP” inscription but I don’t think he heard me, inscribing his number instead.

Andrew Luck: 1/1 (ticket stub from game)

He signed for probably 20 minutes but only for those people in the family section. One grapher gave his item to a security guard, who walked it over to Luck. Luck signed the item and gave it back to the security guard. I thought it was worth a shot so I did the same, and Luck signed my mini, gave it to the security guard, who then gave it to me. Mine was the last graph Luck signed before getting on the bus.

Andrew Luck: 1/1 (Stanford mini)

Everything to come would be a bonus so I made my way to another hotel, supposedly playing host to a postgame bash. I arrived there and saw most of the Tech team and that was it. I could’ve driven to another hotel but at this point it was 3 a.m. and I called it a night. Guess I’ll get Plunkett and Elway another time.

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Jim Harbaugh – December 8, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Jim Harbaugh – December 8, 2010

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, Fla.
Wednesday, Dec. 8

Got a tip about the Orange Bowl having its introductory press conference at the Hard Rock. I guess I should’ve been better prepared. I got one 8×10 of Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh walked by me at a little after 4 p.m. and signed an 8×10 of him under center while at the University of Michigan. It’s one of the best graphs I’ve seen all year. I had a photo printed for Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer but it came out too grainy so I didn’t even get it signed. I was the only grapher in attendance as Beamer stood literally five feet from me for more than 20 minutes. Not to fret as I will have many other chances to get both coaches on much better items.

Jim Harbaugh: 1/1 8×10 ..big, bold beautiful graph. Guy was dressed to the nines

It’s All About ‘The U’!!!!

As I sit here and watch the University of Miami battle Florida State in their opening game of the 2009 college football season, I feel nostalgic.

You see, right now it can get no better for either team.  They’re both undefeated, with a handful of games ahead of them.  Tonight they battle their in-state rivals and their biggest foes.  It gets no bigger or better that Miami vs Florida State.  My mind drifts to all of the close games decided by field goals(or less).  My mind drifts to all of those close contests over the years that have built this rivalry into what it is today.

I am a Canes fan.  A very proud Canes fan.  And while I don’t hate the Seminoles(not like I do the Gators or Buckeyes), I desperately want this team to do well and make ‘The U’ a football powerhouse again.

I miss the old days…. 

Give me Ed Reed and Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne and Bernie Kosar.  I’ll take Ken Dorsey and Bubba Franks and Ray Lewis and and Santana Moss and Jerome Brown.  Hurricane football is about passion, and it’s about dedication to the team.  I remember watching Michael Irvin and Vinny Testaverde and Clinton Portis and Devin Hester.  And since I am in a mood to do a ton of name dropping, don’t let me forget about Willis McGahee or Jeremy Shockey or Dan Morgan and Jim Kelly and Frank Gore.

I was born in Miami.  My heart pumps Orange and Green.  I am a Cane.  And I live for games like tonight!!!


Go Canes!!!

Remembering Michael Jackson.

I’m not trying to report this news days after the world was shocked and saddened by the death of Michael Jackson.

I, like many of you, have spent a lot more time in the last few days thinking about Michael and the incredible talents he shared with us.  I dug out my CD’s and have been glued to the constant stream of programming that has been airing about Michael since Thursday.  And while I became less of a fan of his work after his ‘Bad’ album, there is no denying the impact he has left on the music, pop, and dance industries.   He will always be remembered as an entertainer first, which is exactly how a ground breaking artist should be thought of!!!

It has taken a few days to dig out, and that is the reason this post is a few days late, but I have found a ticket stub from my very first concert.  As a 9-year old boy, my family went to the Orange Bowl in Miami to see Michael and the Jackson 5’s Victory tour.  My memories of the show are vague, but I do recall a sold out stadium of 60,000+ fans screaming for hours as the ‘King of Pop’ and his talented brothers entertained us for a few hours on that night.  I remember the screaming girls, the lights, and what stands out the most was the reaction of the crowd when Michael was alone on the stage performing ‘Billie Jean’ for all of us.

It was an amazing night, and even though I was very far away from the stage I had an awesome experience and it is one that I will never forget.

Here is the ticket from that amazing concert. jacksons

Rest in peace, Michael!!!

The King of Pop is 50 Years Old Today!!!

What is left to say about Michael Jackson that hasn’t already been said??  Probably nothing at all.

So I will just say ‘Happy Birthday Michael’. 

I remember seeing you in concert in 1984 when I was 9 years old.  I was in the last row of the upper deck at the Orange Bowl in Miami with my family.  I remember wearing my Silver glove to the show and staying out way past my bedtime.  At the time you were at the pinnacle of your career with the release of ‘Thriller’.

With everything that you have been through and supposedly put others through over the last 20 years, I will sit back and prefer to remember you this way and this was only…

Man I feel old!