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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Attending the 2015 National Championship Game

    Attending multiple Yankees World Series games from 1996 on.
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Comment 18 Oct 2016

 National Championship Game against Oregon at Cowboys stadium. Electric atmosphere and, of course, a great result.  So much joy at the end of that game.  I bumped into Oregon fans at the airport the next day and they did not look happy.   Also remember the couple, one decked out in purple from head to toe with TCU jersey, hat, etc and the other in Michigan stuff --- they just looked foolish. 

Comment 17 Oct 2016

My dad watched after the game to see what he would say but he was never on so you didn't miss anything.

I did see part of the Playoff Roundtable on sunday and May did explain why he thought OSU had a good win (i think it was in the context as to why he didnt have teams jump OSU).  He pointed out that it was a hostile environment, bye week for Wisc, etc.  I didnt see the who show, so not sure if he otherwise said anything negative about the Bucks. 

Comment 17 Oct 2016

Driving from NYC to Vermont for thanksgiving (leaving on Weds), but i will be driving back Friday afternoon specifically so that i can watch the game in peace on my 65" 4K TV at home.  Too many non-football fans at thanksgiving, chaos, a couple of UM grads and TVs that are not an acceptable size, so i feel your pain!  Proper sports bar seems like the way to go for you; good luck!

Comment 16 Oct 2016

The Bucks got punched in the mouth  . . . hard, but came back strong when it counted.  OSU was playing a tough team in a hostile environment coming off of a tough loss with an extra week to prepare.  They took their best shot and came out on top.  I couldn't be happier (though that first half was painful to watch!! 

Comment 24 Sep 2016

I hope that there is more of this - i like OSU as an underdog.

As an aside, the BTN continues to be a half-assed clownshow -- amateur hour.  And i would include Stanley Jackson in that group.  Most of their personalities are unwatchable. Only reason i ever watch the BTN is to see OSU play.  Robert Smith is a notable exception; I think he is first-rate. 

Here is an example of Stanley Jackson's idiocy (JT Barrett accounts for 7 TDs; 349 yards of total offense - Jackson: A- because he had a pick six; "he's lucky he had 7 TD - 5 TDs and its a B+"


Comment 20 Sep 2016

Here is a thread on an Oklahoma site about OSU fans. Interesting read. Starts off with a post describing OSU fans as "mouthy, obnoxious, confrontational and generally unpleasant." But the poster then asked for comments to see if the poor behavior was representative of the fan base or just some bad apples. Many good posts followed with reasonable analysis (e.g., any big fan base will have some bad apples, traveling fans are usually great, OSU fans were generally good).  I do cringe when i've seen some of the bad behavior by our fan base.  It was nice to see that most of the reports involved OSU fans who acted with class.


Comment 20 Sep 2016

1. Urban

2. Dantonio

3. Harbaugh

4. Lovie Smith

5. Ferentz

6. Fitz

7. Kevin Wilson

8. Chryst

9. Durkin

10. Ash

11. Riley

12. Claeys (i'll be honest - i had to look him up)

13. Franklin

14. Hazel

Comment 19 Sep 2016

I liked this exchange- - thought the response is an accurate appraisal of the disparity in talent between UM and OSU

These fellers in Ohio might be kinda good. Amazing what a team of 5 Star recruits can do


Like having a whole team made of Peppers, Evans, Rashan Gary, et al

And this one:

Ohio F**king State is a

Ohio F**king State is a machine.

Oh, and the Big 12 sucks.


And this:

Jesus. OSU is just gonna reload every year. Like 12 wins is a bad year for them. Unbelivable.

Osu plays with a speed and tenacity that I just don't see in our team yet. God I hate them so much

On the catch:

Jesus. Only an OSU player

Jesus. Only an OSU player would make that catch. I cannot f**king stand that god forsaken football program.

Well, you can dream - -

I hate OSU. I cannot wait for Michigan to be as good as they are. It is just crazy.

Comment 28 Jul 2016

Decided to do one today to see if anyone is still checking out this thread!

On July 28, 1979, the last great World Series of Rock show was held at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.  It featured the following lineup:

Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Journey, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and the Scorpions

For those of you who are not familiar with it, the World Series of Rock, which was staged by Belkin productions and sponsored by WMMS, ran from 1974 through 1980 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.  The first show in 1974 featured the Beach Boys, Joe Walsh, Lynyrd Skynyrd and REO Speedwagon. That season featured two other shows (keeping with the World Series theme, they were referred to as games). Game 2 was ELP, Climax Blues Band and the James Gang and Game 3 was CSNY, Santana, the Band and Jesse Collin Young.   

Four shows were held in 1975, featuring the Beach Boys and Chicago (game 1), the Rolling Stones and J. Geils (game 2), Yes, Joe Walsh and the Michael Stanley Band (game 3) and Rod Stewart and the Faces, Uriah Heep, Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult and Mahogany Rush (game 4). It rained heavily after game 4, which resulted in heavy damage to the field for the remainder of the Indians season. The crowds had been permitted to stand on the whole field, including the baseball diamond for those shows (see the photo below of the 1975 Stones concert).   

After the 1975 Browns season, the groundskeepers resurfaced the field.   In 1976, game 1 was scheduled with Aerosmith, Todd Rundgren, Jeff Beck w/ Jan Hammer and Derringer.  That concert, and the whole 1976 World Series season was cancelled because stadium officials would not permit any seating on the field.  The problem was resolved in 1977, when the groundskeepers developed a system to protect the filed with a plywood/carpeting covering.  My recollection is that they also roped off the baseball infield. 

A wide array of acts graced the stage over the next few years, including Pink Floyd (with no support acts, on the legendary Animals tour in 1977), Peter Frampton at the peak of his popularity in 1977,  the Stones again, with Kansas and Peter Tosh in 1978 and  ELO  in 1978, playing inside a giant spaceship with Journey and Foreigner opening the show.

The 1979 lineup was stacked with bands that were either on the ascent or at their peak (or close to it). The Scorpions, who had released Lovedrive,  were an unannounced band and this show would be their very first US appearance. Michael Schenker had, sadly, left the band prior to this tour. The titletrack "Lovedrive" had been on the radio and my recollection is that they were well received. I also recall that the Scorpions came on stage at about 9:00 AM. AC/DC was next.The Bon Scott led band had started to find success with Powerage the prior year and had released the strong live album - If you want blood, you got it.  Highway to Hell was on the horizon. I had seen them several times the prior year and was amazed that, as they had done at Vets several months earlier, Bon Scott put Angus on his shoulders and took  him into the crowd (Angus was still playing his guitar).  It was a very strong show:

 Thin Lizzy was next. They had released the amazing live album, Live and Dangerous the prior year and had just released Black Rose. A couple of weeks before the Cleveland show, Gary Moore abruptly left the band. Midge Ure from Ultravox replaced him for the rest of the tour, but they may have performed as a trio at the Cleveland show.  I will never understand why Thin Lizzy was not a bigger band in the US (I had seen them earlier in the year, opening for Nazareth at Fairgrounds coliseum -- the roles should have been reversed!).  

Journey was next.  Journey had started to make it big with Infinity and had released its follow-up - Evolution. It still included Greg Rolie, but Aynsley Dunbar had been replaced with Steve Smith.  Still a solid band at that time.

Nugent followed Journey.  He had  fired  Derek St Holmes and Rob Grange,  who had been with him for his first three solo albums, in 1978 and featured the new band on Weekend Warriors. He was still a top act, touring off of State of Shock, the follow up to Weekend Warriors.  It was a decent performance but probably the beginning of the end for him.  He would have a moderate hit the following year with Wango Tango, but he lost something when he got rid of St Holmes and Grange.  Nevertheless, he played Stranglehold and Stormtroopin, so couldnt have been all bad!

Aerosmith headlined the show (rumors were that Nugent and Aerosmith flipped coins when they co-headlined to see who would close it).was one of the biggest acts in the country and was touring off their Live Bootleg album. Niight in the Ruts was delayed and had not yet been released, but the show featured a couple of new songs from it. The show was great to my 14-year old ears, but it will be remembered as the last show of the Joe Perry version of the band for a number of years. There was apparently a fight backstage that involved Joe Perry 's wife throwing a glass of milk at Tom Hamilton's wife. Shortly thereafter,  Joe Perry quit the band.  Brad Whitford followed and ended up forming a band with the aforementioned Derek St Holmes. None of the tension or sloppiness was apparent to me and I enjoyed a great show (they were probably my favorite band that day).

There was something else that had happened that was also unknown to most of the crowd -- there had been violence at the show, including shootings and at least one or more fatalities. As was always the case, massive crowds gathered the night before and early in the morning to party and get good seats or crash the gate without tickets (entire show was general admission).  The crowds, the heat, drugs and alcohol, along with the presence of bikers and other gangs.There were five shootings, including a fatality, numerous stabbings, robberies and beatings. A 17-year old from Akron was attacked early in the morning and fended off an attempt to throw him over an overpass. 

The violence resulted in a cancellation of the remaining World Series of Rock concert for 1979 (Foreigner, Kansas, the Cars, the Tubes and David Johansen had been announced at the show as Game 2). Art Model annnounced that there would be no more World Series of Rock concerts at the stadium. The following December, festival seating was once again under scrutiny as 11 people died at the Who show at Riverfront. 
Notwithstanding the controversy, there was one more show in 1980 - Bob Seger, J Geils, Def Leppard and Eddie Money.  My recollection is that there was some reserved seating, but I did not attend and can't be sure. 

I used to own this shirt!!

Comment 22 Jul 2016

One of my all-time favorite Buckeye moments.  I love it after the catch when the camera goes to Lloyd and he sees the catch, looks up at the clock, and realizes he is screwed - the look on his face is priceless (you can just catch it at the very end of this video)

Comment 20 Jul 2016

This fine version of Space Truckin reminded me  of the following:  Did everyone but me know that Ritchie Blackmore re-formed Rainbow for a few festivals, which they played last month?!!  Looks like no former Purple or Rainbow members other than Ritchie, but its nice to see him playing rock music again. By the way, Ritchie seems to have more hair now than he did in 1973!

"Blackmore recently told Billboard.com about his plans to revisit RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE classics: "I'm now 70, so I just felt like playing some rock 'n' roll for a few days. We're going to do four or five dates" — most likely in England, Germany and Sweden — "of just playing the old rock stuff, PURPLE stuff and RAINBOW. I'm doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting; he's a cross between [Ronnie James] Dio meets Freddie Mercury. So this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I'm sure he'll become pretty famous because of his voice."

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ritchie-blackmore-reveals-touring-lineup-for-rock-shows/#lhClhsCL0w7FmplA.99

Here are some more updates:



Comment 19 Jul 2016

Thanks Whoa -- how did you did it every day?!! 

Sure, i can parachute in for an afternoon, but, once again, hats off to you for consistently churning out quality and interesting material!

Comment 19 Jul 2016

Ok - lets focus on Allen Collins! I had some time this afternoon so I decided to give it a shot.

Allen Collins was one of the original members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.  He was an incredible guitarist and co-wrote some of the band's greatest songs (Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps, Free Bird, On the Hunt, That Smell).

 He started playing guitar when he was 11 and was self taught. Collins, guitarist Gary Rossington and singer Ronnie Van Zant started playing together in 1964 (Collins was 13).  In 1970, one of the very first public performances of Free Bird occurred at Allen Collins' wedding reception.  The band's career took off in 1973, after being discovered by Al Kooper at a week-long run at an Atlanta club, which resulted in a record deal and Al Kooper producing the debut album, which featured Free Bird, Simple Man, Gimme Three Steps and Tuesday's Gone.  A warm-up slot for the Who's Quadrophenia tour followed (In the liner notes to the excellent live album, One More From the Road, Cameron Crowe talked about Pete Townshend stopping in mid-sentence to compliment the band (see Whoa's excellent write-up on Crowe in a recent TIMH)).

 Guitar World listed Collins' solo on Free Bird as the No. 3 greatest guitar solo of all time.  From Guitar World:

"On the studio version of "Free Bird," which appeared on Skynyrd’s debut album, Collins played the entire solo himself on his Gibson Explorer, with Rossington playing rhythm on his Les Paul (“Bernice”) and adding the slide fills on his SG."

“The whole long jam was Allen Collins himself,” Rossington says. “He was bad. He was super bad! He was bad-to-the-bone bad. When we put the solo together, we liked the sound of the two guitars, and I could’ve gone out and played it with him. But the way he was doin’ it, he was just so hot! He just did it once and did it again and it was done.”

Here is his isolated solo:

Collins was on the chartered plane that crashed with the rest of the band in 1977 during the Street Survivors tour, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, Guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie, who was a background vocalist, along with road manager Dean Kilpatrick.  Collins was seriously injured, suffering two broken vertebrae in his neck and severe damage to his right arm. 

After a long recovery, Collins and other former members of Skynyrd  joined Charlie Daniels at his annual Volunteer Jam in 1979, performing Call Me the Breeze and an instrumental version of Free Bird:

. In 1980, he formed the Rossington Collins band with Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington and former Skynyrd members Leon Wilkeson (Bass) and keyboardist Billy Powell.  Tragedy struck again (a common theme in Allen's short life) when his wife suddenly died of a hemorrhage following a miscarriage. While he continued with the band, Collins was never the same, turning to drugs and alcohol.  In 1983, Rossington and singer Dale Krantz left the group (Krantz and Rossington married in 1982 and are still together), Allen Collins continued with the Allen Collins Band, featuring most of the remaining members of the Rossington Collins band. It was their only album. Collins behavior became more erratic and the band broke up.  In 1986, while driving under the influence of alcohol, Collins was in a serious car accident, which killed his girlfriend and left him permanently paralyzed from the waist down.  He was also limited in the use of his upper body and arms; Allen Collins would never play guitar again. He pleaded no contest to DUI manslaughter.  Part of his plea bargain required him to participate in educating young people on the dangers of drunk driving, which he did in a video that was played to the crowd during the 1987 Lynyrd Skynyrd reunion tour (Collins served as the bands musical director for that tour). 

Allen Collins died in 1990 from chronic pneumonia that developed as a result of decreased lung capacity from his paralysis. Collins was asked once on a radio call-in show to name his favorite song.  He named Tuesday's Gone, which I've posted below. 

Comment 19 Jul 2016

Some good birthdays today:

Brian May

Allen Collins

Keith Godchaux (its labeled as '77 but its from Winterland '74  - released in '77 in the Grateful Dead movie)

Comment 18 Jul 2016

Thanks!  Here is a little more:

Setlist for Bruce from July 18

18-Jul-1973 New York,NY Max's Kansas City,USA

(Early show) - partial
01 New York City serenade
02 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
03 Spirit in the night
04 Does this bus stop at 82nd street?
05 Something you got
06 Zero and the blind Terry
07 Thundercrack

(likely also played Wild Billy's Circus Story and Growin UP)

Late show (partial)

01 Spirit in the night
02 New York City serenade
03 Route 66

Bob Marley and the Wailers

Bend Down Low
Lively Up Yourself
Slave Driver
Stop That Train
Stir It Up
Kinky Reggae
Get Up, Stand Up

Rude Boy

Its possible that this was the set for the late show (but is certainly a set from this run)

Bend Down Low
Lively Up Yourself
Slave Driver
400 Years
Stir It Up
Kinky Reggae
Don't Rock My Boat
Get Up, Stand Up
E: Put It On

Comment 18 Jul 2016

Here is a quick one:

Today in 1973, Bruce Springsteen played the first of six nights (12 shows - early and late shows each night) at Max's Kansas City in NYC, with Bob Marley and the Wailers as the opening band. A critic from the Village Voice reviewed the show (both Bruce and Marley) but it was rejected by the editor and not published because he was convinced that neither artist would make it! This was the Wailers' first tour of the US.

Audio from later in the week: