A-Rod: Before The Roids

arod draftToday Alex Rodriguez angrily walked out of his hearing against the MLB. Nobody really likes him, including fans of the team he is on. But there was, believe it or not, a time where ARod was one of the poster boys of the league. Back in 93 the Mariners took ARod first overall in the draft, everybody was hyped for the ARod era. Just look at that denim shirt and novelty tie. This was my fathers go to outfit back in the day. And how can you hate that?

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Jersey of the Week

burger king jerseyHockey jerseys in the 90s really were ridiculous. We have already looked at the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim jersey with a giant duck goalie bursting out of the ice. Now we have the LA Kings in what appears to be a jersey with an emblem of the Burger King. I really wish I knew who was designing these jerseys over in California. And I also wanna know how he convinced the greatest hockey player of all time to sport this abomination.

 

Dunk of the Decade

It was 13 years ago today…..plus one day ago, that Vince Carter destroyed the life of 7 foot 2 Frederic Weis. Seriously, this guy was no slouch. He was drafted by the Knicks in 1999 and he was booed horribly because Knicks fans wanted local boy Ron Artest. But he still had some promise. Flash forward to today and Weis was too traumatized to ever come to the NBA after getting manhandled by Vince Carter while Ron Artest is no longer Ron Artest and is now on finally on the Knicks. In the end I feel like the Knicks were the real losers.

Reading is POWER

scholastic-order-forms-1991Getting the Scholastic book order form was quite possibly the most impactful thing to happen to me during elementary school. Sure learning to write and do math was important, but right now my Calvin and Hobbes books are what I really value. These are memories that just cant be replicated in our age of the internet.

You knew when the teacher handed these out that would not be paying attention the rest of the day. I used to circle the books and computer games I wanted and take it home to my mother hoping she would let me get one. Heck, I’m pretty sure that it is only because of the thrill of ordering these books that led to me actually reading anything.

And then there was the day where your order finally came in. The teacher would have a big box and there was always a slight moment of panic when your name didn’t get called early on. I was always like “shit, if my mother forgot to pay for this I’m almost definitely going to make an ass out of myself and cry.” Luckily that never happened, and I always got my books. Which were almost always just comics. But hey, at least I was reading.

 

Picture of the Day

newt gingrich power rangersSo this is Newt Gingrich with the Power Rangers. At this point in the career of Newt he was Speaker of the House, which is about three steps away from presidency. I mean I know I would feel a lot safer if we employed the Power Rangers to protect us. With the benefit of hindsight it seems like Newt would be an obvious choice to be our Secretary of Defense. Hey Newt, what’s the plan for defending America. I don’t know, let’s get that racially stereotyped team of teenagers.

LEGO The Movie: Or Why Was This Not Done Sooner?

This is one of those things that should have happened a lot sooner. A Lego movie. These were my go to toy in the 90s. I had more Lego sets than any kid should, especially when it came to the Star Wars ones. Mega Blocks were trash, I knew the difference. And now we finally have a full feature film and it looks like the bomb. Or should I say the brick! HA. Sorry about that.

Jersey of the Week

Raptors old 90s jerseyThere was a time when the Toronto Raptors were cool. Actually it was still only Vince Cater that was cool, and I am fortunate to have this very same purple Carter jersey in my collection. As a kid though there is nothing more awesome than a uniform with a giant red dinosaur plastered on it. To make things even cooler the dino is also wearing a Raptors jersey. It’s so meta.