Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ernie "The Big Cat" Ladd, Dead at 68



Back when the world was young and the earth's crust was still forming (OK, circa 1972), I first discovered professional wrestling flickering onto my dad's 14 inch black and white TV on some obscure UHF station. With my 5 year old brother, I would watch the WWF matches out of Allentown, PA and we both loved Johnny Powers: http://slam.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingBios/powers_johnny.html and hated the heels Waldo Von Erich and Ernie "The Big Cat" Ladd.

Ladd was such a great performer that he really scared the bejesus out of a little 8 year old kid in upstate NY, and I often wondered how they ever let him play pro football when he was obviously such an awful bad-ass.
I only got to watch Ladd for 2 years before my mom made us stop watching wrestling (cuz bro got injured for about an hour -- we would return around 1977 and watch Greg Valentine and Ric Flair go at it on Channel 4), but it always mystified me as a kid why: 1) Ladd's injured thumb (from "an old football injury") never healed in the 2 years I watched, 2) Ladd treated the serious and chronic injury by just wrapping tape around the thumb; and 3) why if it hurt so much did he use it to jam it into his opponents' throats and choke out his opponents????
RIP, Big Cat..............

Monday, March 12, 2007

Charley Rosen -- No Fan of KG




Wow. I guess Charley won't be flying into MSP to have dinner with Kevin any time soon. And I thought that Shaq's 32 point performance was the key to the Heat victory!

A pretty good summary of Rosen's opinion: 1) KG is a puss; 2) KG pads his stats with meaningless technical free throws and stats garnered at the end of blowout games; 3) the main reason the Wolves lose is because KG won't fight Udonis Haslem for position; 4) KG would be better if he had a good player to carry the load as a star interior player like...........Nene (pictured -- a nene).........or Eddy Curry (also pictured).................

Friday, March 02, 2007