Monday, September 29, 2014

Friendly Encounters: Sugar Dunkerton and Trina Michaels

This is a weekly series featuring my friends meeting celebrities.

Sugar Dunkerton is one of the most entertaining wrestlers on the indy scene.  Sug has been a valuable member of the Resistance Pro roster as a singles wrestler and as part of the tag team Lock Up.
You can look at Sug's pants (if they don't hurt your eyes), his hair or his bright smile.  The man draws you into his circle.  He has charisma and flair.
Obviously Sug also has a way with the ladies.  He met Trina Michaels at a few indy wrestling shows in the Atlanta area.
I don't know if they ever worked together, but I bet they would make an interesting pair.  The only problem might be if she is jealous of his hair or clothes.  Gotta love Special D!
Trina Michaels and Sugar Dunkerton in Atlanta, GA-April 2011.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bear Down Sunday: Game 4 Green Bay Packers

The Chicago Bears are 2-1 and hosting the Green Bay Packers, who are 1-2.  Somehow the oddsmakers have the Bears as one point underdogs.  Of course, betting lines are skewed a bit because people often bet with the Bears more than other teams.  In any case, the Bears are not really the underdogs in this game.
On the other hand, it would be odd to see the Bears as favorites.  The Bears-Packers rivalry is legendary.  Unfortunately, in the last 25 years or so, the Packers have gotten the best of it big time.
In honor of this rivalry, I am featuring AliSn Chains, one of my favorite derby athletes from Windy City Rollers.  AliSin is as tough as she is beautiful and she is super nice.
AliSin is a big fan of the Packers and she does not apologize for it.  I applaud her passion.  Being a Packers fan in Chicago cannot be easy, but AliSin can take the heat.
As part of WCR, AliSin practices a couple nights a week and continually works at her craft.  This isn't the roller derby of years ago.  This is a legitimate sport and these women are tough, talented and athletic.  I have often said that I did not know what to expect on my first night of WCR action years ago, but I know I saw some great action and was pleasantly surprised.  I have been encouraging others to check out the WCR ever since.  
This game is for AliSin, although I still will be cheering for the Bears.  I just hope if she sees this, she doesn't give me an elbow smash.
AliSin Chains and me in Chicago, IL-September 2014.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Celebrity Jersey Cards #191 Bernie Mac & Joe Mantegna

This is a regular series which attempts to combine my lifelong passion for baseball cards with my semi-professional interest in celebrities.  I am in Milwaukee for the Cubs and Brewers series.

The late comedian Bernie Mac was born on the south side of Chicago.  Despite his Chicago ties, his Celebrity Jersey Card shows him with the Milwaukee Brewers.  This is a rare CJC in that it is an actual "action" shot.  Okay, so it really is a staged "action" shot, but it looks cool.  It comes from his movie "Mr. 3000."
Actor Joe Mantegna is also a Chicagoan and he always stays true to his roots.  He attends many Cubs games as just a fan.  He also has sung during the 7th inning stretch and thrown out a few first pitches, one of which landed him on a Celebrity Jersey Card.  I do subtract points for tucking in his jersey.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Windy City Rolling With Jackie Daniels

Last week, JohngysBeat.com attended the Black and Blue Gala, a fundraiser for the Windy City Rollers.  It was a blast!
We have attended several nights of action with the Windy City Rollers, but this was very different.  The women of WCR were not wearing their usual derby gear and helmets.  Instead, they were dressed elegantly and stylishly.  Because I usually see them wearing helmets, I didn't recognize many.  I admit I felt a bit silly not knowing them at first, but as the evening went on, I did start to figure out several of the ladies.  Of course, some of them helped me a bit by jogging my memory.
I interviewed Jackie Daniels of the Fury a couple times, yet I still didn't realize who she was at first.  With a little prompting, I did realize who she was.
Jackie has been with the Fury since 2010.  She is one of the toughest, most talented and most spirited members of the WCR.  
All of my interviews with the ladies of the WCR can be found at the JohngysBeat.com Windy City Rollers playlist on YouTube.  After watching the interviews, you can learn more about them at WindyCityRollers.com.  Best of all, you really should check out a night of derby action!
Jackie Daniels and me in Chicago, IL-September 2014.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

On the Beat at Resistance Pro's "Draw the Line"

The last Resistance Pro show was dedicated to United States veterans and they packed the house.  It was the usual great RPro event, plus the added bobus of giving back to the veterans for their service.
Speaking of the veterans, we got an interview with C Red, a veteran of the service.  He spoke on what this show means to him and the others.
We also spoke to Mickie Knuckles.  Knuckles left me with a unique and much-appreciated gift.
While Special Correspondent JayHawk Evans was interviewing Head Ref Robert King, they were interrupted by Robert's brother Justin.  They also were interrupted by "The Ego" Robert Anthony and Knuckles.  Lastly, all heck broke loose and the interview had to be continued in another room.
Finally, we talked to Warden Myers.  This interview was also interrupted.  Rival Manager C Red injected a little soul into the segment.
The next show is Friday night.  "Practice What You Prewch" promises to be another awesome night of entertainment.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cards That Never Were: 1975 St. Louis Cardinals Catchers

The 1975 Topps baseball card set was the first set I ever collected to completion.  For this reason and many others, I will always have a special place in my heart for this set.  Still, I think Topps had some omissions (some glaring, some just in my warped mind).  In either case, I am setting out to slowly fill in those gaps.
The 1974 St. Louis Cardinals used four catchers and found it fitting to make cards for two of them.  One of my all-time favorites Ted Simmons was their regular catcher, starting 139 games (plus an additional 11 at 1st base).  Simba should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but that is another issue.  Tim McCarver started 16, with an additional 4 at 1st base.
Marc Hill started 6 games in 19784, after starting one in 1973.  Hill went on to have a lengthy career, including holding the White Sox single season record with Carlton Fisk for most home runs by a catching duo (but that, too, is another issue).  If not for consecutive 100+ start seasons in 1977-1978, Hill would be a lock for the Backup Catcher Hall of Fame.
Hill actually appears on a 1975 Topps card, as part of a "1975 Rookie Catchers-Outfielders" card.  Unfortunately for Hill, he shares that card with HOFer Gary Carter (among others).  That makes it harder and more expensive for Hill to get his own card.  Topps did a decent job of airbrushing him into a Giants uniform after the October trade.  In summary, the card I created might not be necessary, but I like seeing players shown with every team during their career.
The fourth catcher for the 1975 Cards was Dick Billings.  You might recall that Billings had a Washington-Texas connection to Rick Stelmaszek, another old favorite.  Billings appeared at catcher in one game in 1974 and also batted in one game in 1975.
Was that one game deserving of a card in the 1975 set?  Well, he is a catcher and he was never pictured with the Cardinals otherwise.  Therefore, I deem him 1975 card worthy.
I am guessing that these pictures were taken in September of 1975 at Wrigley Field.  Ironically, Stelmaszek would have been with the Cubs at this time.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Evil David Letterman and Jay Leno?

Mike Preston is a comedian and the host of PsychoBabbleTV, an offbeat cable show.  Mike invited Johngy's Beat to the set of PsychobabbleTV and after a couple of scheduling snafus, Jack and I finally made it there.
Aside from PsychoBabbleTV, Preston and his crew do a lot of the same type of interviews as you see on JohngysBeat.com.  In reality, I would love to see Johngy's Beat become as awesome as Preston's stuff.  They get much better access and they do a lot with it.  They even spent a whole day with Lita Ford.  (I was just happy with my short interview with the legendary rocker).
We got there early and I was shocked to hear a very familiar voice.  It was the voice of David Letterman.  Well, actually, it was a close facsimile of Letterman's voice as done by Evil David Letterman.
Evil Dave has been a recurring caller/guest on Howard Stern's radio program.  I had no idea he was also a regular contributor to PsychoBabbleTV.
For the next two hours or so, we were treated to the filming of two episodes of PsychoBabbleTV.  The very funny Marge Tackes was co-host, while Preston assumed hosting duties from his non-traditional talk show desk.  Evil Dave, Ozzy and several more entertaining people joined the fun at various points.
I want to thank Preston for welcoming us to the set and for the night of fun.  I want to encourage everyone to check out PsychoBabbleTV.com.
Evil Dave and me in Mount Prospect, IL-September 2014.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friendly Encounters: Tawny Kitaen and Terence Muncy

This is a regular series about my friends who have met celebrities.

Artist and film-maker Terence Muncy is a bit too young to have remembered Tawny Kitaen throughout her entire career, but I am sure he is familiar with her work.  Who doesn't remember her for he roles in many great metal music videos.  Tawny is quite memorable.
At the Days of the Dead in Indy, Muncy got to meet the still-lovely Kitaen, who was one of the most popular celebrity guests at the show.  It is always fun for me to see celebrities like Muncy meeting other celebrities.  I have to applaud Muncy for his choice here, too.  Kitaen looked great and more importantly, she was very cool to all of the fans meeting her.
Once again, I applaud the folks at Days of the Dead.  They consistently provide great celebrity guests who actually want to be there and are not just collecting a pay check.  The difference makes it a much more pleasurable experience for the attendee.
Tawny Kitaen and Terence Muncy in Indianapolis, IN-June 2014.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bear Down Sunday (Coming Monday): Game 3 New York Jets

This post could have also been titled "Cards That Never Were."  Yesterday, in honor of tomorrow's Bears game, I showed my card creations for Al Woodall, former Jets backup quarterback.  Today, I am featuring the man ahead of him on the depth chart.
Broadway Joe Namath starred for the Jets from 1965-1976, before finishing his career with the Los Angeles Rams.  Namath had some issues with Topps using his likeness and therefore collectors were deprived of his cards for the last few years of his Hall of Fame career.  Steve at TheCowboysGuide.com has solved that problem by creating the missing Namath cards.
Steve's site, as the name would indicate, is very much dedicated to the Cowboys.  It isn;t exclusively Cowboys though, as he has created a bunch of non-Cowboys cards, such as the Namath ones below.
I stumbled upon Steve's site when I was looking for images for me to use to create Cowboys cards that I deemed were overlooked.  I first saw Steve's version of a 1975 Danny White card.  Topps first included White in their 1977 set.  A few hours later (no joke, I was on his site for hours), I saw so many cards that Steve created that I had wanted to make.  I no longer needed to do them, because his were masterful.  I'll be highlighting those Cowboys creations in the future.
Back to Namath, I love his five creations, especially the 1978 Rams card.  To be honest, each of his works of art is cool and really fits the card feel of that year.  I would have loved to have these cards as a young collector, instead of the retread Al Woodall in 1976.  At least now, I can see them and be sent back in time for a few minutes.
The other great thing about Steve's masterpieces is that he sells them.  You can actually buy these cards, unlike most of everyone else's virtual creations.  Steve's cards also come with the standard card back including stats etc.  These are all just about perfect.
If you are a card collector or a fan of Cards That Never Were, you really need to check out TheCowboysGuide.com.
The Jets of tomorrow will not have Namath at quarterback.  Geno Smith is their current quarterback and he already has more cards than Namath did (counting variations and multiple companies).  I am hoping Smith does not look like Namath tomorrow.  I am hoping he doesn't even look like Woodall.  I'm hoping for a J.J. Jones-type game.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cards That Never Were: Al Woodall 1972 & 1973

This is a recurring series where I create cards that were not produced, but should have been (at least in my mind).  I borrowed the concept from many other bloggers.

The Chicago Bears will face the New York Jets on Monday.  Today is a good time to show cards I created for former Jets quarterback Al Woodall, who played from 1969-1974.  Of course, Woodall was not the starter, because of a guy named Joe Namath.  Because of Namath's injuries, Woodall played in 31 games during his career.
Woodall received cards from Topps in 1974, 1975 and 1976.  The 1976 card was a questionable choice, as Woodall last played in 1974 (although they resued the picture from his 1974 card).
Namath had issues with Topps using his likeness and therefore did not have a Topps card after 1973.  In 1975, Namath started 13 games and J.J. Jones started one game for the Jets.  Jones was given a card in the 1976 set and so was Woodall.  Namath's stance created a problem and Topps did the best they could.  Maybe in the pre-internet easy info age, nobody really knew that Woodall was retired.  I can't imagine Topps doing this now.
Anyway, today is about giving Woodall his rightful cards from 1972 and 1973.  I did relax the logo rules from back then.  Logos were not shown and were airbrushed out.  I guess this violates the spirit of the cards for those years, but I like them better this way.  My creations come from my rules.