YouTube Clip of the Day: Gheorghe Muresan Scores One for the Kids

What a great day for humanity.

For those of you that don’t remember, Gheorghe Muresan was a 7-foot-7 Romanian monster who took the league by storm when he started playing for the Washington Bullets (still sounds better than Wizards…Gilbert Arenas clearly likes the original name better…I’m not really worried that he’ll cast a spell on me, but I am worried that he will shoot me with bullets) in 1993.

As the tallest human to ever play in the NBA, Gheorghe’s game was shaky at best, largely due to the fact that he had trouble moving his gigantic body up and down the court. But still, he put up some relatively decent stats for a few years.

Off the court, however, Gheorghe was an absolute star. He turned in hilarious performances in several commercials and, of course, embraced his freakish appearance by starring in the 1998 Hollywood Blockbuster My Giant with Billy Crystal (I’m pretty sure Muresan was nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar that year…no wait…that was James Coburn).

Despite his performance in My Giant and this tremendously terpsichorean portrayal in this SportsCenter commercial, I have to say that Gheorghe’s best performance comes in the Snickers commercial below. I am forever in the debt of YouTube User patvilhauer for posting this and I can even forgive him/her for horribly butchering the spelling of “Murison.” Really? In the 20 minutes it takes to upload a 30-second clip to YouTube, you couldn’t have punched “Murison” into Google and realized that Charles Leslie Murison wasn’t featured in the video?

The “don’t look at me!” line at the end absolutely makes the ad. I can’t help but think back to high school, when this commercial prompted me and my buddies to say “…and score one for the kids” after any mediocre result after a maximum amount of effort. In fact, I’m bringing that back.

Ex: “I just spent three hours writing an article but I forgot to hit ‘save’ and I lost all my work when my computer died. And score one for the kids…”

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Man Crush of the Week: Blake Griffin

 

You can't get dunked on much worse than this.

One of the drawbacks of being out of the USA for six weeks was not being able to see the NBA. Understandably, when I got back to Toronto I went nuts watching every NBA game I could find on the Rogers Satellite Dish. Unfortunately I was treated mostly to Toronto Raptors action (the promos for games literally feature Sonny Weems and Ed Davis…catch the fever!). Luckily my fiancee’s parents have NBATV and I was lucky enough to see, for the first time, a little glimpse of Los Angeles Clippers rookie Blake Griffin.

I had heard he was doing well, but the first highlights I saw were of Griffin destroying the New York Knicks. As soon as I saw that Griffin was immediately catapulted into Man-Crush consideration.

The deal was sealed last week when I went home to L.A. for Thanksgiving and actually got to see the man play live on TV. Goodness.

I keep thinking back to something I heard when he was entering the draft. Jay Bilas said he heard someone describe Griffin as “a dumptruck on a trampoline.” I’m not usually a Jay Bilas fan, but that description is pretty perfect. Then again, I guess Jay didn’t come up with it so I can still hate him. Nice.

Anyway, it’s not just the dunks for me with Griffin (although if it were just the dunks that would probably be enough), it’s the fact that he’s actually good at basketball. Too often you see guys like that who are over-hyped, but Griffin is beyond legit. Plus he looks really good as a woman.

 

Don't act like you're not thinking about it.

And with the grown-out red hair he kind of reminds me of this guy from my childhood. So Blake Griffin easily wins this week’s MCOW and I’ll leave you with a nice treat to get you through your day at work:

Weekly SportsPod – Colin and Sow Talk About LeBron’s Return to Cleveland, Derek Jeter, and Europe vs. America

One of Cleveland's clever minds at work.

That’s right…I’m back. After a 41 day journey around Europe with my fiancee, I’m ready to get back into American Sport. The timing couldn’t have been better, as I got to “witness” LeBron‘s dismantling of the Cavs in his return. Who better to discuss it with than Ohio native and resident Josh Sowers, who has recently returned from Europe himself.

After LeBron, we discuss some baseball free agency, including Derek Jeter, the 2022 World Cup, and Sow and I each give our three biggest differences between Europe and America. I know Marc Sawyer our fan base has been eagerly anticipating our return, so enjoy.

Weekly SportsPod – Colin Talks to Sow About LeBron’s Return, Derek Jeter, and Europe vs. America

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Cleveland Fans Could Learn Something From Hockey Fans

Tonight’s the big night for LeBron, but apparently there’s some hockey player named Dany Heatley (yes one “N”, that’s all his mom could afford) who pulled a similar move and will be making his return tonight as well. Heatley’s actions seem worse than LeBron, because at least LeBron was a free agent. Heatley demanded a trade and eventually had his request granted when the Ottawa Senators traded him to the San Jose Sharks.

Hockey fans are apparently much more creative than basketball fans. All Cleveland fans could come up with was “The Lyin’ King”…lame. Meanwhile Senators fans came up with this gem:

That’s officially the most I’ve ever written about hockey. Maybe all this time in Canada is starting to have an effect on me. Tune in next week for a retrospective on the career of Mats Sundin.

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Newest Laker Steve Blake LOOOOOOOVES Johnny Rockets

Steve Blake is a scholar.

While Steve Blake may fit in perfectly with his new Los Angeles Lakers teammates on the court, off the court he may have some problems. You see, it seems as if Steve is beyond the video games and meaningless banter associated with the young folks of today’s NBA. Steve Blake is an intellectual.

I was lucky enough to come across one of Blake’s essay’s from the University of Maryland. While Blake is known for leading the Terps to a national championship in 2002, it seems we haven’t given him enough praise for his accomplishments in the classroom.

Take for example this essay, that Deadspin was kind enough to publish for our enjoyment. Click the link to see the whole essay, but essentially it is an edgy critique of one of our nation’s most prized establishments, Johnny Rockets.

Blake wisely begins his essay, entitled “Happy days at Johnny’s” as fiction, in an effort to draw the reader into a personal story about two young lovers going through a difficult time in their relationship. During an argument, the young lady wanders into a Johnny Rockets restaurant and her boyfriend follows her inside:

A young couple was walking down Main Street arguing with each other. The young lady got frustrated with her boyfriend and just walked away from him and went into a restaurant. He wanted to make up with her so he went in there after her…As they were sitting, they heard a song by Elvis being played throughout the whole restaurant. The couple looked at each other and smiled because they both really liked that song. The restaurant that this couple went to is in Florida and is called Johnny Rockets, a restaurant that brings people happiness.”

Quickly and unexpectedly, however, Blake abandons the two characters and begins his appraisal of the Johnny Rockets franchise, noting such things as:

  • The colors of the restaurant are red, white, and yellow.
  • There is also a straw holder that the waiter or waitress opens for you to get a straw as if you were a five-old kid.
  • By looking at Johnny Rockets you can tell it is resembling the 40s and 50s by the juke boxes.
  • With the friendly service of the waiters and waitresses and the singing and dancing they sometimes do makes this place just as fun as hanging out with your friends.
  • By having a restaurant like this, I think it shows how we haven’t forgotten about what has happened back in the 40’s and 50’s.

So far the essay may seem like a puff piece, like he was paid off by Johnny Rockets to write a positive review. But Blake is sure to show the drawbacks of the restaurant as well:

The only downfall of the restaurant is that you don’t get much food.

He even goes as far as to compare Johnny Rockets to its competitors:

The burgers are about the size of McDonalds but the taste of Johnny Rockets is much better. One thing I do like is that you get a good amount of a chocolate shake if you order one. The prices at Johnny Rockets are a little high compared to a McDonalds or Burger King but are average compared to a Fridays or Applebee’s.”

Finally, Blake concludes with the main argument of his essay. He tries to show why Johnny Rockets is just so special to him:

When I was younger, my mother would listen to oldies while I was in the car and I enjoyed listening to them then. So the only time I really get to hear oldies now is when I go to Johnny Rockets.”

Remember, this essay was written in the early 2000’s, before music downloading was rampant. So it is actually quite telling that visiting Johnny Rockets is the only way that Blake could listen to oldies and be reminded of his childhood and his mother.

It says on the Maryland website that Blake was a criminology and criminal justice major at Maryland. Well he needs to put his training to work because he has clearly been robbed of a Nobel Prize for Literature.

So if in the upcoming season Steve Blake hits a game winning shot and you’re hoping to find him out that night to congratulate him, look no further than the red, white, and chrome of Johnny Rockets. It will certainly bring you, your family, and Steve Blake happiness.

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