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Another sad day has taken place in the world of professional wrestling.

Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, considered the greatest manager in professional wrestling history passed away today at the age of 72. While the cause of death was not announced, Heenan suffered from various forms of cancer over the last fifteen years, most significantly in the throat area where his jaw was removed.

Like most wrestling managers, Heenan started off as a wrestler but it wasn’t long before he was managing and wrestling where he needed to. Despite the fact that Heenan was often on the losing end of most matches he performed in he was a very accomplished in-ring performer and many stated that Heenan was a better worker than most of the roster.

His first big exposure came in the American Wrestling Association where he was the heel manager of charges like the Blackjacks, Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel. It was in the AWA where he would be dubbed the “weasel” by his foes, a nickname that would stick and draw heat with the fans.

Heenan was poached by Vince McMahon in early 1984 and was paired with Big John Studd who was feuding with both Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. He would later acquire more clients such as “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Ken Patera, King Kong Bundy and Harley Race, all of which would challenge Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

Heenan was pure heat. If you were associated with the Brain, you were tops on the heel list. It was with Heenan where Andre the Giant turned heel and challenged (unsuccessfully) Hogan for the title at Wrestlemania III, a match that is still considered to be one of the most iconic bouts in history.

When he wasn’t managing, he was commentary gold as both an analyst (or broadcast journalist as he referred to himself) and as the co-host with his off screen best friend, Gorilla Monsoon on Prime Time Wrestling. The two’s banter made for great television and it arguably has not been replicated since.

In 1991, Heenan retired as a manager and would concentrate on broadcasting, a role he would hold until 1993 when he left the WWF to join WCW, which allowed him to be closer to his family. He was the main color commentator there for nearly seven years.

Heenan would make his first appearance in eight years when he called the Gimmick Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 17 and he would make sporadic appearances after, namely at the WWE Hall of Fame where he would become an inductee in 2004 and would induct Paul Orndorff (2005), The Blackjacks (2006) and Nick Bockwinkel (2007) in the years after.

As mentioned earlier, Heenan was already suffering from cancer but even until the end he was appearing at various wrestling conventions.

Rest in Peace Brain; this is one humanoid who will miss you.
We here at have always been fond of the fact that the Pro Football Hall of Fame has preliminary nominees; so much so that we incorporated that in both our Fictitious Athlete and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As such, we are pleased to bring to you the preliminary nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

All of the first year candidates will be underlined, and the returning Finalists will have an asterisk.

Let’s take a look shall we?


Randall Cunningham: PHI 1985-95, MIN 1997-99, DAL 2000 & BAL 2001. Ranked #45 on

Rich Gannon: MIN 1987-92, WAS 1993, KC 1995-98 & OAK 1993-04.

Donovan McNabb: PHI 1999-09, WAS 2010 & MIN 2011. Ranked #35 on

Steve McNair: HOU/TEN 1995-05 & BAL 2006-07. Ranked #87 on

Phil Simms: NYG 1979-93. Ranked #50 on

Running Backs:

Tiki Barber: NYG (1997-06). Ranked #80 on

Earnest Byner: CLE 1984-88, WAS 1989-93 & CLE/BAL 1996-97.

Roger Craig: SF 1983-90, LAR 1991 & MIN 1992-93. Ranked #11 on

Corey Dillon: CIN 1997-03 & NE 2004-08.

Eddie George: HOU/TEN 1996-03 & DAL 2004.

Edgerrin James: IND 1999-05, AZ 2006-08 & SEA 2009. Ranked #19 on

Lorenzo Neal: NO 1993-96, NYJ 1997, TB 1998, TEN 1999-00, CIN 2001-02, SD 2003-07 & BAL 2008.

Fred Taylor: JAX 1998-08 & NE 2009-10.

Herschel Walker: DAL 1986-89, MIN 1989-91, PHI 1992-94, NYG 1995 & DAL 1996-97. Ranked #40 on

Ricky Watters: SF 1991-94, PHI 1995-97 & SEA 1998-01. Ranked #49 on

Wide Receivers:

*Isaac Bruce: LAR/STL 1994-07 & SF 2008-09. Ranked #18 on

Donald Driver: GB 1999-12.

Henry Ellard: LAR 1983-93, WAS 1994-97, NE 1998 & WAS 1998. Ranked #91 on

Torry Holt: STL 1998-08, JAX 2009. Ranked #13 on

Chad Johnson: CIN 2001-10, NE 2011. Ranked #44 on

Randy Moss: MIN 1998-04, OAK 2005-06, NE 2007-10, TEN 2010 & SF 2012. Ranked #3 on

*Terrell Owens: SF 1996-03, PHI 2004-05, DAL 2006-08, BUF 2009 & CIN 2010. Ranked #8 on

Sterling Sharpe: GB 1988-94. Ranked #47 on

Jimmy Smith: DAL 1992-93 & JAX 1995-05. Ranked #96 on

Rod Smith: DEN 1995-07. Ranked #59 on

Steve Smith: NYG 2007-10, PHI 2011 & STL 2012.

John Taylor: SF 1987-95.

Hines Ward: PIT 1998-11. Ranked #31 on

Tight Ends:

Mark Bavaro: NYG 1985-90, CLE 1992 & PHI 1993-94.

Ben Coates: NE 1994-99 & BAL 2000. Ranked #79 on

Ferrell Edmunds: MIA 1988-92 & SEA 1993-94.

Jay Novacek: STL/PHX 1985-89 & DAL 1990-96. Ranked #89 on

Offensive Linemen:

Willie Anderson (T): CIN 1996-07 & BAL 2008.

Matt Birk (C): MIN 1998-08 & BAL 2009-12. Ranked #67 on

Tony Boselli (T): JAX 1995-01 & HOU 2002. Ranked #81 on

Lomas Brown (T): DET 1985-95, AZ 1996-98, CLE 1999, NYG 2000-01 & TB 2002.

Ruben Brown (G): BUF 1995-03 & CHI 2004-07.

Ray Donaldson (C): BAL/IND 1980-92, SEA 1993-94 & DAL 1995-96.

Alan Faneca (G): PIT 1998-07, NYJ 2008-09 & AZ 2010. Ranked #4 on

Bill Fralic (G/T): ATL 1985-92.

Jay Hilgenberg (C): CHI 1981-91, CLE 1992 & NO 1993. Ranked #71 on

Chris Hinton (G/T): BAL/IND 1983-93, ATL 1990-92 & MIN 1994-95. Ranked #104 on

Kent Hull (C): BUF 1986-96.

Steve Hutchinson (G): SEA 2001-05, MIN 2006-11 & TEN 2012. Ranked #36 on

*Joe Jacoby (T): WAS 1981-93. Ranked #52 on

Mike Kenn (T): ATL 1978-94. Ranked #99 on

*Kevin Mawae (C/G): SEA 1994-97, NYJ 1998-05 & TEN 2006-09. Ranked #22 on

Tom Nalen (C): DEN 1994-08.

Nate Newton (G): DAL 1986-98 & CAR 1999.

Bart Oates (C): NYG 1985-93 & SF 1994-95.

Jeff Saturday (C): IND 1999-11 & GB 2012. Ranked #76 on

Richmond Webb (T): MIA 1999-00 & CIN 2001-02.

Steve Wisniewski (G): LAR/OAK 1989-01. Ranked #27 on

Defensive Linemen:

La’Roi Glover (DT/NT): NO 1997-01, DAL 2002-05 & STL 2006-08.

Leonard Marshall (DE/DT): NYG 1983-92, NYJ 1993 & WAS 1994.

Keith Millard (DT/NT/DE): MIN 1985-91, SEA 1992, GB 1992 & PHI 1993.

Leslie O’Neal (DE): SD 1986-95, STL 1996-97 & KC 1998-99.

Michael Dean Perry (DT/DE): CLE 1989-94, DEN 1995-97 & KC 1997.

Simeon Rice (DE): AZ 1996-00, TB 2001-06, DEN 2007 & IND 2007.

Richard Seymour (DT): NE 2001-08 & OAK 2009-12. Ranked #48 on

Neil Smith (DE): KC 1988-96, DEN 1997-99 & SD 2000.

Greg Townsend (DE/NT/LB): LAR 1983-93, PHI 1994 & OAK 1997.

Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE): AZ 2001-04, TEN 2005-09 & DET 2010-12.

Bryant Young (DT): SF 1994-07


Carl Banks: NYG 1984-92, WAS 1993 & CLE 1994-95.

Cornelius Bennett: BUF 1987-95, ATL 1996-98 & IND 1999-00.

Tedy Bruschi: NE 1996-08.

Seth Joyner: PHI 1986-93, AZ 1994-96, GB 1997 & DEN 1998.

Ray Lewis: BAL 1996-12. Ranked #1 on

Greg Lloyd: PIT 1988-97 & CAR 1998. Ranked #88 on

Wilber Marshall: CHI 1984-87, WAS 1988-92, HOU 1993, AZ 1994 & NYJ 1995.

Clay Matthews: CLE 1978-93 & ATL 1994-96.

Willie McGinest: NE 1994-05 & CLE 2006-08.

Karl Mecklenburg: DEN 1983-94. Ranked #66 on

Sam Mills: NO 1986-94 & CAR 1995-97. Ranked #92 on

Joey Porter: PIT 199-06, MIA 2007-09 & AZ 2010-11. Ranked #98 on

Darryl Talley: BUF 1983-94, ATL 1995 & MIN 1996.

Zach Thomas: MIA 1996-2007 & DAL 2008.

Brian Urlacher: CHI 2000-12. Ranked #9 on

Defensive Backs:

Eric Allen (CB): PHI 1988-94, NO 1995-97 & OAK 1998-01. Ranked #42 on

Steve Atwater (S): DEN 1989-98 & NYJ 1999. Ranked #17 on

Ronde Barber (CB/S): TB 1997-12. Ranked #15 on

LeRoy Butler (S): GB 1990-01. Ranked #83 on

*Brian Dawkins (SS): PHI 1996-08 & DEN 2009-11. Ranked #8 on

Rodney Harrison (S): SD 1994-02 & NE 2003-08.

*Ty Law (CB): NE 1995-04, NYJ 2005, KC 2006-07, NYJ 2008 & DEN 2009. Ranked #30 on

Albert Lewis (CB): KC 1983-93 & LAR/OAK 1994-98.

*John Lynch (S): TB 1993-03 & DEN 2004-07. Ranked #34 on

Dennis Smith (S): DEN 1981-94.

Everson Walls (CB): DAL 1981-89, NYG 1990-92 & CLE 1992-93

Darren Woodson (S): DAL 1992-03..

Place Kickers/Punters:

Gary Anderson (K): PIT 1982-94, PHI 1995-96, SF 1997, MIN 1998-02 & TEN 2003-04

Sean Landeta (P): NYG 1985-93, LAR/STL 1993-96, TB 1997, GB 1998, PHI 1999-02, STL 2003-04, PHI 2005 & NYG 2006.

Nick Lowery (K): NE 1978, KC 1980-93 & NYJ 1994-96.

Special Teams:

Brian Mitchell (KR/PR): WAS 1990-99, PHI 2000-02 & NYG 2003.

Steve Tasker (ST): HOU 1985-86 & BUF 1986-97. Ranked #95 on


*Don Coryell: STL 1973-77 & SD 1978-86.

Bill Cowher: PIT 1992-06.

Tom Flores: OAK/LAR 1979-87 & SEA 1992-94.

Mike Holmgren: GB 1992-98 & SEA 1999-08.

Jimmy Johnson: DAL 1989-93 & MIA 1996-99.

Chuck Knox: LAR 1973-77, BUF 1978-82, SEA 1983-91 & LAR 1992-94.

Buddy Parker: DET 1951-56 & PIT 1957-64.

Richie Petitbon: WAS 1981-93.

Dan Reeves: DEN 1981-92, NYG 1993-96 & ATL 1997-03

Marty Schottenheimer: CLE 1984-89, KC 1989-98 & WAS 2001.

Clark Shaugnessy: LAR 1978-49 & CHI 1951--62

Dick Vermeil: PHI 1976-82, STL 1997-99 & KC 2001-05.

Please note that we don not rank coaches.

Mild surprise omissions at this stage include Quarterback Drew Bledsoe and Running Back, Shaun Alexander.

Perhaps the biggest head scratcher is that Steve Smith was chosen. We have to wonder if they thought they were voting for the recently retired Steve Smith Sr., who is eligible for Canton in 2022 and has over 14,000 Receiving Yards. This Steve Smith played five years and has 2,641 Receiving Yards.

We are guessing that Smith won’t make the next round.

Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile have already advanced as Senior Finalists. Bobby Beathard has been announced as the Contributor Finalist

We here at would like to congratulate those who made it this far and we will be eagerly anticipating those who will advance to the Semi-Finals.
Regular contributor Spheniscus has brought us something that we are very excited to share with all of you. It won’t be long before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces who their Finalist for the next class and our friend from Chicago by way of Boston has put together his top 40 acts in terms of their chances who enter eligibility this year.

25. Morphine

Morphine is the second band that I probably have ranked much too high, based on their actual chart accomplishments. But Morphine, another good Boston band having been formed in Cambridge, MA in 1989, was just so damn good. An unusual trio, Morphine was comprised of lead singer/bass player Mark Sandman, saxophonist Dana Colley, and drummer Jerome Deupree (who over the course of the band’s existence split time with Billy Conway, who originally filled in for an ill Deupree in 1991 and then became the principal drummer from 1993 through the end of the band’s existence). Their music is probably some sort of combination of jazz, blues, and rock, but there is no other band that sounds like Morphine.

A large reason for that was the ridiculous musicianship of Colley, who often played two saxes at once, and the unmatched inventiveness of Sandman, who mostly played a two string bass of his own devising that he played using a slide. He also created the tritar, which had two guitar strings and one bass string. His vocals are also distinct and evocative of George Thorogood or Ian Curtis of Joy Division. Kind of a back of the throat, mellow sound that allows the music to shine through.

In all, Morphine released only five albums. And they never really had anything close to a charting hit. They were in heavy rotation on college stations, but never really broke through to the mainstream. Part of the reason they never got beyond cult status was Sandman’s untimely death on stage in Palestrina, Italy in 1999. And while the remaining members carried on with various projects including three different Morphine tributes (Orchestra Morphine, Members of Morphine, and most recently Vapors of Morphine) and one awesomely named the Ever-Expanding Elastic Waste Band, they have never come close to actually hitting the mainstream.

So why are they this high? The Hall has a history of rewarding musicianship and uniqueness, even without a massive hit. Perhaps no band better signifies this than the Velvet Underground, who released five albums over seven years without sniffing a hit, but still managed to find their way into the Hall. Not that Morphine ever had the impact of Velvet Underground, but their likelihood of being a pet project of someone on the committee is high. They fit all of the criteria.

Even if they don’t make the Hall, they were unique and totally awesome as a band. And I should say in full disclosure that the Vapors of Morphine have a weekly gig at Atwood’s Tavern in Somerville, MA should you ever want to go see them. The same Atwood’s tavern owned by my buddies, The Brothers Magee (John, Patrick, and Ryan for those of you scoring at home). So you can go see the remaining members play incredible songs like this one. (I also recommend both “Buena” and “You Look Like Rain” for those of you discovering them for the first time. You will not be disappointed).

24. David Gray

If there is one thing that you will notice when it comes to solo artists and the Rock Hall it’s that if they aren’t superstars and are women they will be referred to as indie artists, and if they aren’t superstars and they are men? Well, then they become singer-songwriters. David Gray falls into that second category. Born in 1968 in Sale, Trafford, England David Gray has been incredibly prolific but only moderately successful in charting. He released his first single “Birds Without Wings” in 1992 and started touring in 1993 and has essentially been releasing music and touring ever since.

That is not to say that Gray has been entirely without hits. While his first three albums were largely ignored, his fourth album, 1998’s White Ladder exploded. It is still the number one selling album in the history of the country of Ireland, going an astonishing 27 times platinum there. It is estimated that one out of every four households in that country have a copy of White Ladder. It also went platinum in the U.S. and 10 times platinum in the U.K. But even that success was hard fought.

As I said, the album was released in 1998, but it took a re-release by Dave Matthews’ label ATO in 2000 for it to really find its footing. It finally hit the #1 spot in the U.K. in May of 2001, nearly two and a half years after its release. It had five singles that charted in the U.K. including “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”, “Sail Away”, “This Years Love”, “Please Forgive Me”, and “Babylon”. It was this last single “Babylon” that became his springboard to international acclaim and became only charting single in the U.S. topping out at #57 in 2000.

Since then he has continued to produce high quality music having put out a total of ten albums and securing 12 charting hits in the U.K. He is still touring, currently kicking off a new 21 city with Alison Krauss in Hershey, PA on Monday. But when it comes to the Hall, while the voters love their “singer-songwriters” (certainly much more than their “indie artists”), there are just way too many other “singer-songwriters” ahead of him to get much quick consideration. That said, he has made a career out of creating and performing consistently great music. Is there a possibility he gets in someday? Yes. But not much of one.

23. Blind Melon

Founded in Los Angeles by three Mississippians (guitarist Rogers Stevens, bassist Brad Smith, and drummer Glen Graham), a Pennsylvanian (guitarist Christopher Thorn), and a Hoosier (lead singer Shannon Hoon) Blind Melon used their quirky mash up of psychedelia and alternative rock to explode onto the music scene in the early 1990s. That run was far too brief mainly due to Hoon’s cocaine induced heart attack in New Orleans in October 1995. In reality, Blind Melon is a one hit wonder. But no one of my generation really feels like that way about the band do they?

Their first album, the eponymous Blind Melon was released 25 years ago this month. And while the first single released off this record, “Tones of Home” charted on both the Mainstream and Alternative Rock Charts, it was their second single “No Rain” that made them household names. While it only hit #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was #1 on both the Mainstream and Alt Rock charts. It also has one of the most distinctive music videos of the 1990s. If you are making a collage of images that define the 90s, that little girl in the bee costume has a prominent place on your poster board.

With the success of “No Rain” they spent much of 1993 and 1994 touring as the opening act for Lenny Kravitz and even the Rolling Stones on the “Voodoo Lounge” tour. They also performed at Woodstock ’94. And they spent a lot of time checking Hoon in and out of rehab. They moved to New Orleans to record their second album Soup, which was released in 1995. While the song “Galaxie” was a moderate success, the record failed to capture the magic of “No Rain”. And against the advice of Hoon’s rehab counselor they decided the album needed more support and went on tour, where Hoon ultimately would die.

The band has broken up and reformed various times since Hoon’s death. Even producing two new albums, 1996’s Nico, which really was a compilation of unreleased tracks that was to fund education for Hoon’s young daughter by the same name, and 2008’s For My Friends, with new lead singer Travis Warren (previously of Rain Fur Rent). But the death of Hoon in many ways was the end of Blind Melon’s success.

Still they end up much higher on the list than other more successful artists because they seem to be a much more successful and influential band than they actually were. And when it comes to the folks voting, perception is definitely reality. So while they certainly would be one of the least successful acts in the Hall were they ever elected, it certainly couldn’t be entirely ruled out. Plus, how cute is the bee girl?

  1. Cracker
With a population of right around 70,000, there are few small cities in the U.S. that with as many famous sons and daughters as Redlands, California. From USMNT all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan, to Super Bowl winning coach Brian Billick, to magician Harry Blackstone. But most importantly, two awesome alternative rock bands. First Camper Van Beethoven and their heirs, this years’ #22 band Cracker.

When Camper Van Beethoven’s eight year run ended in 1990, lead singer David Lowery went back home and started recording demos with his childhood friend, guitarist Johnny Hickman. Together the two Redlands buddies grabbed a third Redlands musician, bassist Davey Faragher, and a rotating list of drummers (seriously, they went through more than Spinal Tap) to release their first album Cracker in 1992. The first single of which, “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)”, hit #1 on the Modern Rock tracks and set the stage for their breakthrough sophomore album, 1993’s Kerosene Hat.

Kerosene Hat is an alternative rock masterpiece. First single “Low” hit #3 on the Modern Rock tracks and was their biggest crossover hit, “Get Off This” hit #6, and “Euro Trash Girl” hit #25. They contributed a song “Whole Lotta Trouble” to the Empire Records soundtrack (my favorite movie soundtrack of all-time) and a solid third album The Golden Age highlighted by the first single “I Hate My Generation”. Unfortunately, the refrain for Cracker and a bunch of these guitar driven bands of the early 90s, by the end of the decade music was dominated by pop starlets and boy bands and many good bands saw their record sales decline. Both The Golden Age and its 1998 follow-up Gentleman’s Blues saw declines over previous albums.

The band continued performing, but band members started heading off on their own side projects. Lowery started a Camper Van Beethoven revival in 1999. Farragher had previously moved on to first back John Hiatt and Elvis Costello. And the drummers, well they kept being replaced (although the seventh drummer Frank Funaro did stick around for nearly a decade). Eventually both Lowery and Hickman embarked on their own solo careers. That said, between 1998 and 2014 they did play enough together to release an additional five albums. Unfortunately, none of them made much of an impact on the music scene.

So Cracker is still performing and putting out music all of these years later, just with time for side projects built in (and lawsuits against Spotify for improperly streaming their music without a license). They are still an amazing alternative rock band, mixing punk, rock, psychedelia, and country among other genres. There are probably a lot of other alternative rock bands who will have to get in before they even get considered. But their career will be on the peripheries of the Rock Hall discussion for years to come. And that will be based on songs like this. Awesome, awesome songs like this. And all of us Crumbs (their fan base), all of us disgraced cosmonauts thank them for that.

21. Suede

By all rights, this is too low for the band that likely created the Britpop revolution of the early 90s. A movement that would bring us Oasis, Blur, Pulp, and Elastica among others. But despite being Brit music magazine coverboys before ever releasing an album, Suede has become largely overshadowed by the bands that came after them. And really that is a shame.

Founded in 1989 in London, Suede is a five piece alt rock outfit currently (and for most of their history) comprised of singer Brett Anderson, lead guitarist Richard Oakes, bassist Mat Osman, drummer Simon Gilbert, and keyboardist Neil Codling. Their discovery really occurred in January 1992, when their discovery by Nude records founder Saul Galpern saw them at a gig and approached them to sign with his label. By April of 1992, “Melody Maker” magazine had deemed them the “Best New Band in Britain”.

Their sound, which was such a contrast from the grunge scene that was taking over the music world, combined with the intrigue that surrounded the sexually ambiguous and largely androgynous style of lead singer Brett Anderson, quickly launched the band from being the next big thing to actually hitting the charts all over Europe. By 1993 their self-titled album would hit #1 in the UK and would eventually go platinum.

They only charted twice in the U.S., with 1992’s “Metal Mickey” and 1998’s “Everything will Flow”, but their influence on music in the 90’s is undeniable. Although the band went on hiatus from 2003-2010, they are back together and still touring and making music. I was unsure where they belonged in this list because they could be pretty much anywhere between 10 and 30. But they end up here. And it is probably lower than they deserve.

Anyway, here they are with my favorite of their songs: 1996’s “Beautiful Ones”. Enjoy.

The Toy Hall of Fame has announced the Finalists for the 2017 Class and as it typically is many childhood memories are flooding back!

The 12 Finalists are:


Magic 8 Ball

Wiffle Ball




Paper Airplanes

PEZ Dispensers

Play Food

Matchbox Cars

My Little Pony


This is a pretty eclectic group of toys isn’t it?

A national advisory committee picked the Finalists. The Class of 2017 will be announced on November 9.