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The Donnybrook
Monday, July 31, 2006
Which Musical Artist Would You Hook Up To The Rejuvenation Machine?

Rick Rubin seems to have the magic touch when it comes to putting out successful albums with very prominent artists, and now he's even reaching back to the past to produce albums for some old school artists like Neil Diamond, Slayer, Johnny Cash (yes, I know he's dead), and Metallica (yes, they're old school at this point).

Let's for a moment assume that Rubin has got the magic touch and could bring back to prominence any one artist of your choosing.

Who would you bless with this "John Travolta in Pulp Fiction" opportunity?

Before this morning, I would've said Van Halen, but with the recent spate of shenanigans from Eddie and the boys, I'm inclined to just let them rot in oblivion.

Realistically, I'd love to see Bill Withers come back with a huge album and finally get some of the credit he deserves.

From where I'm sitting, people love Withers' tunes, but he never gets mentioned along other all-time great R&B artists like Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass...

UPDATE: Mrs. Donnybrook comes with a strong candidate for a career jumpstart: Carole King.

Asshole GOP Senator Rips On Firefighters That Came To His State To Help...

How much of a dick can a politician be? This much:
Republican Sen. Conrad Burns chastised a group of firefighters over the weekend for doing a “poor job” of squelching a 92,000-acre blaze near Billings, a state report shows.

Burns and the firefighters - members of the Augusta Hotshots from the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest in Virginia - were at the Billings Logan International Airport awaiting flights, according to Burns and U.S. Forest Service representatives.

Burns approached the firefighters and told them they had “done a poor job” and “should have listened to the ranchers,” according to a report prepared by Paula Rosenthal, a Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation employee who was sent to the airport to speak with the senator.
Democrat Jon Tester will be taking this asshole's job in November, thank God...

The Annual Inevitability Becomes A Reality...

About two weeks ago, I told my wife that the Phillies (still within striking distance of the NL Wild Card berth) were about to throw in the towel on the 2006 season by trading one or more of their best players.

Next thing you know...POOF!!!

Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, and David Bell are headed out of town.

So, what does the Phillies new general manager, Pat Gillick, have to say to the fans in Philadelphia that have seen their team make the playoffs ONCE in the last 23 years?
"It would probably be a stretch to think we're going to be there [as a contender] in 2007. It's going to be a little slower. I don't want to mislead anyone."
In other words, "Please be patient."

And now for my words: "Fuck you, Gillick."

You run a baseball team in the 5th largest city in the United States, with a brand new stadium, and some great young talent that missed the playoffs by ONE GAME last year, and still has a legitimate chance to make the playoffs this year, and you still threw in the towel, you chickenshit...

P.S. Check out PhilliesNation for more lucid information...

Friday, July 28, 2006
I Cannot Describe This One Effectively...

I can only say you might piss your pants laughing at it...

Now That's A Road Trip!!!

Who's coming with me on a trek of the major sports' Hall of Fames?

Keep in mind we'll be cutting numbers 8 through 10 out of the journey completely...

"There Are CHILDREN Watching This!!!"

TV reporters are so humorless and stupid.

This is Jodi Applegate from New York's Fox 5 News getting pranked by a couple of Jeff Spicoli sound-alikes that were supposed to be teaching viewers the most efficient way to steal bicycles in NYC.

Her reaction is hilarious. She even pulls off the high-and-mighty "children" comment at the head of this post.

God forbid a couple of stoners fake getting cut by an angle grinder. After all, the news NEVER shows real-life violence and death when kids might be watching...

Thursday, July 27, 2006
Is A New "Fletch" Finally On The Way???

According to Zach Braff (J.D. from "Scrubs"), it looks like "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence will be writing and directing "Fletch Won", a prequel to the classic Chevy Chase flick (singular, not plural because this never happened) that is easily among the top 5 comedies from the 80's.

As a bonus, it looks like Braff will be playing Irwin M. Fletcher himself...
"Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence is in place to adapt and direct "Fletch Won," a project that would likely reunite him with series star Zach Braff.

This would be the first feature film project for Lawrence. The Weinstein Company hopes to have "Fletch Won" in production by April 2007 when "Scrubs" goes on summer vacation.

Based on the book by Gregory McDonald, "Fletch Won" is a prequel to the first seven books in the mystery-comedy series and the movie would be treated as a prequel to Chevy Chase's two "Fletch" films from the '80s.
Lawrence is clearly a very talented director, and according to Braff, he's a huge "Fletch" fan.

Very good sign...

Thank God They're Doing Okay...

In these hard times we face around the country and across the globe, it's good to know that those who are less fortunate are thriving.

Exxon Mobil Corp. said Thursday it earned $10.36 billion in the second quarter, the second largest quarterly profit ever recorded by a publicly traded U.S. company.

The earnings figure was 36 percent above the profit it reported a year ago. High oil prices helped boost the company's revenue by 12 percent to a level just short of a quarterly record.

Exxon Mobil's report comes a day after another large U.S. oil company, ConocoPhillips, said it earned more than $5 billion in the quarter and at a time when many drivers in the U.S. are paying $3 for a gallon of gas — increasing the likelihood of further political backlash in Washington.

Blessed are the gas-makers, for they shall inherit the cayshe...

What Was Your Favorite Baseball Card?

You don't hear much about baseball cards anymore. A great series on ESPN.com's Page 2 got me thinking about them.

It seems like kids today (GEEZER ALERT!!! GEEZER ALERT!!!) are more interested in which new video games are coming out rather than when new sets of baseball cards are released.

When I was a kid, they were a religion.

I remember every Christmas for about 10 years, I would get the full Topps set of baseball cards for that year. I'd go through the set and painstakingly separate out all the Phillies players, which isn't terribly exciting when you're talking about the 1988 Phillies and you're desperately seeking Steve Jeltz and Bruce Ruffin. Yuck.

Still, what a great hobby that was. Even today, my cards are all neatly sealed in my grandmother's basement accruing in value. Nice.

I think the best card I had was the Paul Molitor/Alan Trammel rookie card from 1978.

I'm not sure if I still have it, but I do remember it being the most expensive card in my collection...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Prepare To Enter The Pit Of Ultimate Darkness...

I Feel Horribly Uncreative...

Somebody say something funny already!!!

Creepy Asshole Republican Senators From Oklahoma...

...and the creepy asshole things they say...
"Condoms and teenagers work about 50% of the time, if you count all of the studies up."
-Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), a doctor who should probably know that condoms are 97% effective.

"It kind of reminds . . . I could use the Third Reich, the big lie..."
-Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), speaking about people who believe global warming is a problem.

"...most scientists unfortunately, those that certainly are advocating for this(embryonic stem cell research), and many others feel very little moral compulsion."
-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-OK, in spirit)
Seems like a fun place to visit...

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Anyone Heard From Bob Saget Recently?

WARNING: You fans of his work as the eunuch father on "Full House" may not like what you're about to see...

Arlen Specter May Sue President Bush Over Signing Statements...

Feel free to start the countdown clock for the amount of time it takes Specter to back down and fall back in line.
A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush’s signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court.

“We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will...authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president’s acts declared unconstitutional,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor.

Specter’s announcement came the same day that an American Bar Association task force concluded that by attaching conditions to legislation, the president has sidestepped his constitutional duty to either sign a bill, veto it, or take no action.
I'd like to think that Specter is serious about reigning in President Bush's abuses of power, but his record up to now has been spotty at best...

Monday, July 24, 2006
Undeniable Proof That Baseball Players Aren't Really Athletes...

Bob Wickman of the Atlanta Braves.

You Can See Two Bands At Any Time In History...

Who would they be and where would you want to see them?

I'll go with Queen circa 1976 and Stevie Ray Vaughan circa 1990 playing to a sold-out crowd at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

An excellent topic brought to us by Mrs. Donnybrook...

Friday, July 21, 2006
Another Classic Music Video...

"Joey" by Concrete Blonde...

The Priorities Of The Republican Congress Laid Bare...

What they DON'T want to spend money on:
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to freeze funding for popular education programs such as Head Start and grants to schools for poor children and those with special needs.

Job training programs would face a slight cut, and health research funded by the National Institutes of Health would receive a less than 1 percent gain over current levels.
What they DO want to spend money on:
For the next five years, Congress is setting aside up to $100 million a year to promote marriage and $50 million a year to produce committed fathers. This year’s allotment goes out before Sept. 30.
Here's a quick summary of Republican priorities:
Please throw these bums out in 3 months...

North Carolina: Moving Boldly Into The 19th Century...

What a time to be alive.
A state judge has ruled that North Carolina's 201-year-old law barring unmarried couples from living together is unconstitutional.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued last year to overturn the rarely enforced law on behalf of a former sheriff's dispatcher who says she had to quit her job because she wouldn't marry her live-in boyfriend.

Deborah Hobbs, 41, says her boss, Sheriff Carson Smith of Pender County, near Wilmington, told her to get married, move out or find another job after he found out she and her boyfriend had been living together for three years. The couple did not want to get married, so Hobbs quit in 2004.
I think the biggest story here is what a bonafide asshole Sheriff Carson Smith is...

Thursday, July 20, 2006
Since I'm In A Sharing Mood...

Here's one of my favorite bad videos of all-time, "Lawyers In Love" by Jackson Browne.

Feel free to post some of your favorites, as well...

Obscure Celebrity Trivia...
What actor was on the boat with Natalie Wood and her husband Robert Wagner the night she drowned near Catalina Island in 1981?
No Google. No Wikipedia. No cheating of any kind.

I'll post the answer in a little while...

ANSWER: Christopher Walken

Thank You, Senator Harkin...

Watch this, but more importantly LISTEN to what he's saying about President Bush's first and only veto...

Why The Hell Is He Driving A 1995 Saturn???

Not to toot my own horn (LOL!), but I drive a 2000 Saturn, and I'm guessing my wage-earning capibility is slightly lower than his.
Actor Haley Joel Osment was hospitalized early Thursday after he apparently lost control of his car while heading to his Los Angeles-area home, authorities said.

Osment, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a boy who could see dead people in "The Sixth Sense," was driving a 1995 Saturn about 1 a.m. when the car collided with a brick pillar and flipped, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Greg Sisneros.

The 18-year-old actor was awake and talking following the crash, Sisneros said. He had been alone in the car and was taken to Huntington Hospital in nearby Pasadena.
Might be time for an upgrade, HJ. How about something really fancy like a 2001 Taurus?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006
So Now Bush Is For Timetables???

Now I'm really confused...

A Message For Every Conservative That's Ever Told Me To Shut Up About Dubya Because He Can't Run For A 3rd Term...

It's a short message, but I think it's an effective one:

He can still do damage to this country, and he can still use his office to set America back.
Bush is choosing to use the first veto of his administration to derail a stem cell expansion bill that has the overwhelming support of Americans and their representatives in Congress.


Because his personal philosophy supersedes what's best for the people he's sworn to serve.

And by all means, spare me your "culture of life" babble. I don't want to hear it, because it is disingenuous garbage that misses the real point of helping people with horrible afflictions...

UPDATE: Some interesting info on the promise of embryonic stem cell research...

2nd UPDATE: Click on the picture below to see the kind of deep-thinking President Bush has aligned himself with in vetoing H.R. 810. For those of you not in the know, that's Republican Senator Sam Brownback.

He's from outer space...

3rd UPDATE: Bush vetoes the bill, and does it in secrecy, no less. Way to show some sack, Mr. Prez...

An Interesting Graph For Political Geeks...Like Me...

Good Primary News Out Of Georgia...

First and foremost, the golden boy of the Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed, got his ass beaten in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor thanks to his connections to Republican uber-scumbag, Jack Abramoff.

It's good to know that even in a heavily conservative state like Georgia, a darling of the Religious Right isn't immune to the backlash of consorting with GOP crooks.

Also, in somewhat surprising news, it's good to see that nutcase Cynthia McKinney is now facing a run-off in the Democratic primary in Georgia's 4th district.

Her opponent is Hank Johnson, and he seems to have a good head on his shoulders, as opposed to McKinney, who is pretty much an embarassment to the Democratic Party...

UPDATE: Wanna guess which politician said the following about Ralph Reed?
"I am for Ralph Reed as strongly as I have ever been for anyone."
The answer can be found here...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Any Interest In Starting A Donnybrook Fantasy Football League?

I'm just trolling for interest here.

Obviously, most of us are already in other leagues, but I'm pretty sure if we did an online league with 10-12 teams, we could make it work.

This blog basically devolves into a fantasy football wasteland once September rolls around, anyway. We might as well celebrate it.

If you'd be up for joining another league, drop a line in the comment thread...


This Is Just Flat-Out Creepy...

Not really sure what to say here...

CrooksAndLiars has the video...

NFL Prediction Time

Figured I'd give this a shot even though camp has yet to start and 1,000 different things could happen that would impact these predicitions but I had some time on my hand and figured why not?

With parity so rampant in the league it makes it almost impossible to pick (and that's what makes it so great), especially when almost every year a team comes from out of the blue to make a Super Bowl run...see 98 Falcons, 99 Rams, 00 Ravens, 01 Patriots, 03 Panthers.

I looked at the week by week schedule and came up with this...

AFC East: 1. Patriots (13-3), 2. Dolphins (10-6), 3. Jets (6-10), 4. Bills (3-13)
AFC North: 1. Steelers (11-5), 2. Bengals (10-6), 3. Ravens (9-7)), 4. Browns (5-11)
AFC South: 1. Colts (11-5), 2. Jaguars (8-8), 3. Texans (6-10), 4. Titans (4-12)
AFC West: 1. Chiefs (12-4), 2. Broncos (12-4), 3. Chargers (9-7), 4. Raiders (6-10)

NFC East: 1. Cowboys (11-5), 2. Redskins (11-5), 3. Giants (9-7), 4. Eagles (7-9)
NFC North: 1. Bears (9-7), 2. Lions (7-9), 3. Vikings (7-9), 4. Packers (4-12)
NFC South: 1. Panthers (12-4), 2. Buccaneers (10-6), 3. Falcons (9-7), 4. Saints (6-10)
NFC West: 1. Seahawks (12-4), 2. Cardinals (7-9), 3. Rams (6-10), 4. 49ERS (5-11)

AFC Wildcards: No. 6 Bengals over No. 3 Steelers; No. 4 Colts over No. 5 Broncos
NFC Wildcards: No. 3 Cowboys over No. 6 Buccaneers; No. 5 Redskins over No. 4 Bears

AFC Divisional Playoffs: No. 1 Patriots over No. 6 Bengals; No. 4 Colts over No. 2 Chiefs
NFC Divisional Playoffs: No. 1 Panthers over No. 5 Redskins; No. 3 Cowboys over No. 2 Seahawks

AFC Championship: Patriots 24, Colts 10
NFC Championship: Panthers 27, Cowboys 24, OT

Super Bowl XLI: Patriots 23, Panthers 20

Couple of notes: Man, this is really hard. It's such a crapshoot. I think the AFC West and NFC East and South are brutally tough divisions. In the NFC South I think the Saints could give teams fits. I like the Chargers but I'm not high on Brees. If he was still there I might have them going to the title game. I think he's that good and that underrated. The Bengals prospects obviously are riding on Palmer's health but I think after a slow start they will make a run at the end. I think the Bears will take a step back as I think there is dissension in the ranks. I don't trust their offense but I still think they are the best team in a weak division although I think the Lions could be a sleeper and could win that division. It'll be interesting that's for sure because in the NFL the unpredictable is usually the norm.

Monday, July 17, 2006
Wanna See Something Really Scary?

Behold, the uniforms worn by the 1916 New York Giants.

FYI, I got this from the Baseball Hall of Fame's uniform database. It includes just about every uniform ever worn by a Major League team, as well as every visual disaster you can remember and some you probably can't.

For instance, the all-burgundy unis that the Phillies wore for a grand total of ONE game in 1979.

Check out UniWatchBlog if you actually care about this shit as much as I do...

UPDATE: Oops! I almost forgot the biggest baseball fashion faux pas of all time...

UFO Seen Over NYC???

Usually, we only hear about UFO's landing in Alabama and sticking probes up some hayseed's ass.

Are they getting more brazen?

Guess Who's Still Lookin' Like A Million Bucks...

You got it, the good Doctor himself...

In Honor Of The Triple-Digit Temperatures Sweeping The Country...

Tell me what you feel is the absolute worst way for a human being to die.

I think the worst way to die would be smothered to death by Dom DeLuise's buttcheeks.

How about you?

What Will We Tell The Children???

This post could've also been titled "What Would The Media's Reaction Have Been If Bill Clinton Did This? Part 123,258"...
Bush expressed his frustration with the United Nations and his disgust with the militant Islamic group and its backers in Syria as he talked to British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the closing lunch at the Group of Eight summit.

"See the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over," Bush told Blair as he chewed on a buttered roll.
President Pottymouth then went on to have an exchange that could've taken place in any 2nd grade classroom in America.
"You eight hours? Me too. Russia's a big country and you're a big country. Takes him eight hours to fly home. Not Coke, diet Coke. … Russia's big and so is China. Yo Blair, what're you doing? Are you leaving," Bush said.
But hey, at least he's one of us...

Friday, July 14, 2006
Think You Got What It Takes?

The way I see it, my wife and I make up 2/3rds of what could be considered a fantastic team for VH1's World Series Of Pop Culture.

I'm wondering if there's anyone in my readership that could possibly complete the circle, a la "The Craft". I'm not sure when their next round of tryouts would be, but I'm pretty serious about trying to get on this thing.

Test your skills on VH1's online Pop Culture Challenge, and let me know how things go...

P.S. If you haven't heard Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" yet, please do check it out...

Me, My Chick, And My Buddy Lewis Black...

Truly, Lewis Black is an amazing comedian and satirist, and he seems like a very sweet guy.

He put on a great show last night, and I'm really looking forward to reading his book, Nothing's Sacred. He's also got a few movies coming out this year that sound great.

Oh, and with any luck, he might be trolling this very page...but I doubt it...

Thursday, July 13, 2006
A Good First Step...

It's a small increase (just a dollar), but it's good to see North Carolina's Democratic-led legislature take the lead since the Republican-led U.S. Congress hasn't raised the federal minimum wage in about 10 years.

It's also good to see NC become the second southern state to have a minimum wage higher than the federal level...

Are Neo-Conservatives Natural Born Followers?

An interesting argument from John Dean.

Great quote here:
The lead researcher in this field told me, he said, "I look at the numbers of the United States and I see about 23% of the population who are pure right-wing authoritarian followers." They're not going to change. They're going to march over the cliff. The best thing to deal with them -- and they're growing, and they have a tremendous influence on Republican politics -- The best defense is understanding them, to realize what they are doing, how they're doing it and how they operate. Then it can be kept in perspective and they can be seen for what they are.
Food for thought...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Take The "Clerks" Quiz...

...but be forewarned, I just got a 91% and none of you is likely to beat that.

Don't forget, Clerks II comes out next weekend!!!

Your Favorite Celebrity Urban Legend?

There's a million of them out there, and we've all heard most of them.

My personal favorite is the one where Jon Bon Jovi (or Rod Stewart, depending on who told you) is taken to the hospital to have a gallon of his drummer's man juice pumped from his stomach.

Oh, the innocence of youth...

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Some Cool News For You "Office" Fans...

It looks like some of the cast from the British version of the show may be making appearances on the American version some time in the very near future...
A little bit of England will be visiting "The Office" next season.

Ben Silverman, the executive producer of the hit NBC comedy, says that there will be something of a cross-over episode of "The Office," with some of the cast from the U.K. edition making an appearance at the dreary factory in Scranton, Pa., where the U.S. version takes place.

"There's a lot of love between [the casts and crews] of the two versions of the show," Silverman told The Post, declining to reveal plot details of the upcoming episode so as not to spoil it for fans.

"Expect some cameos from the U.K. paper company," says Silverman.

It was not immediately clear if the British cast members will be reprising their roles from the original U.K. version of "The Office" or simply popping up in other roles.
Check out the article for more info...

It's Deja Vu All Over Again...

Tonight, we're gonna party like it's 2002...

Monday, July 10, 2006
Do They Want To Be Americans Or Not?

This photo, taken yesterday in the Bensonhurst section of New York City after Italy won an event called the "World Cup", demonstrates a huge problem with many immigrants in America.

Clearly, they are not interested in adopting our customs, flying our flag, learning our language (what the hell does "Italia" mean, anyway? Is that Spanish???), and supporting our beloved soccer team.

Why should we give them free access to our healthcare system, which is clearly the envy of the world? Why should we allow them to sponge off of our welfare system while contributing nothing to the system?

Indeed, their only goal seems to be claiming the American homeland as a sort of extension of their home nation.

Stand up, America, and start making more babies before it's too late and the Italy people have taken over our country!!!

"When the fuck did we get ice cream???"

A surprisingly poignant and funny movie...

Adam Carolla Hangs Up On The Dude...

Adam's not nearly as funny as he once seemed, but God bless him for this piece of radio gold.

Rick Santorum Thinks Some Of His Constituents Are Brain Dead...

Maybe not in a Terri Schiavo way, but definately in a Barney Fife kind of way...
Mr. Santorum has insisted that voters do not really know much about Mr. Casey, that some Pennsylvanians actually believe the Democratic candidate is his father, former Gov. Robert P. Casey, who died six years ago.

"This is a guy recruited by the Democrats because he has a good name," Mr. Santorum said, after shaking hands at a Fourth of July fireworks display in Radnor.

Mr. Casey, in an interview, noted that he had run three statewide general election campaigns in recent years and served as state auditor general and treasurer. Moreover, he said, it is "really insulting to the people of Pennsylvania" to suggest that some voters still think he is his father.
Keep digging that hole, Senator. The lobbyist job on the other side awaits you...

Friday, July 7, 2006
Dr. Masse's 25 Greatest NFL Quarterbacks
Because I’m bored I thought I would compile I list of Dr. Masse’s Top 25 NFL Quarterbacks of All-Time. Let me first say that it’s not easy comparing the quarterbacks of today with the ones pre 1980s and 90s before the West Coast offense came into vogue and drove up completion percentages. Also, it was a little easier winning championships back then since they played just the championship game and there were about 12 or 14 teams in the entire league. Let me also preface this by saying that these are just my opinions and everybody has their own opinion so please refrain from calling me an idiot or a moron if you disagree since everybody is entitled to their opinion and there numerous reasons why what one person think makes somebody the best only makes them in their eyes something like 10th best. But if somebody asked me to list my top 25 this is what I would put...
1. Joe Montana (40,551 yards, 273 Touchdowns, 139 Interceptions, 63.2 completion percentage, 20 rushing touchdowns, 8-time Pro Bowler): All the guy did was win. That’s what it’s all about. The bigger the game, the better Joe played. Not only does he have one of the greatest winning percentages in NFL history, but he also was 16-7 in the playoffs. He was 4-0 in the super bowl, threw 11 touchdowns in those games and NO interceptions in 122 pass attempts. That’s the stuff of legends. He was one of the masters of the fourth-quarter comeback and he orchestrated the greatest drive in Super Bowl history when he took the 49ERS 92 yards in the last 3 minutes to beat the Bengals 20-16 in Super Bowl XXIII. He threw five touchdowns a year later in Super Bowl XXIV and also completed a super bowl record 13 straight passes in that game. When he went to Kansas City in 1993 he led them to their first division title and AFC title game appearance since 1969. He’s among the highest-rated quarterbacks ever and in 1989 had a then record 112.4 rating. He also is among the top 10 all-time in yards and touchdowns while leading his team to a winning record in every year since after he was the full-time starter with the exception of the strike-shortened, nine-game 1982 season. From 1983 to 1990, Montana led the Niners to 10 or more wins every year, six division titles, 3 Super Bowls and four NFC title games.

2. Johnny Unitas (40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns, 253 interceptions, 54.6 completion percentage, 10-time Pro Bowler): Talk about winners. This guy is another quarterback that simply made his team better. As tough as nails and always cool under fire, Unitas led the Colts to three world championships during his career. He also was great because he doubled as offensive coordinator, calling all the plays out there. He still holds the record for most games in a row with a touchdown pass which is remarkable since the rules made it harder to pass in Johnny U’s day. In a way he revolutionized the passing game. He held on to long but when you talk about quarterback legends this guy is always near the top of the list.

3. Otto Graham (23,584 yards, 174 touchdowns, 135 interceptions, 5-time Pro Bowler): Graham split his nine years playing in the All-America Football Conference (4 years) and the NFL (six years). All he did in that time was lead the Browns to seven championships and make them the NFL’s Team of the 50s. Graham was 2-3 in title games in the NFL while he was 5-0 in the AAFC. He led the Browns to the championship in their first year in the NFL in 1950. During his career he never missed a game and compiled an astounding 105-17-4 record). Graham was one of the ultimate winners and I considered putting him at the top of the list but because Montana was 4-0 in title games and Graham was 2-3 in the NFL title game I went with Montana.

4. John Elway (51,475 yards, 300 touchdowns, 226 interceptions, 56.9 completion percentage, 33 rushing touchdowns, 9-time Pro Bowler): Maybe the most talented quarterback ever, Elway could beat you with his arms and his legs. Like Montana, he was a master of the fourth-quarter comeback and his 98-yard drive in Cleveland in the 86 title game is the stuff of legends. Elway may have had the best ending to a career, winning two super bowls in his last two seasons, while winning the MVP in his last game. However, that game was really the only time he played great in the Super Bowl. He had three bad performances in three super bowl losses and Terrell Davis carried Denver to their first super bowl while Elway threw for only 123 yards. Still, the fact that Elway took his team to the super bowl five times, alone tells you how good he was. He wasn’t the most accurate passer in the world and he sometimes hurt his team with interceptions but when the chips are down there’s not many quarterbacks in NFL history who are better than Elway.

5. Dan Marino (61,361 yards, 420 touchdowns, 252 interceptions, 59.4 completion percentage, 9-time Pro Bowler): Marino is the best passer ever but not the best quarterback ever. Granted, Marino didn’t play with the best teams but the AFC was pretty watered down from 1984 through 1994 and the Dolphins went to the title game just once during that time while missing the playoffs from 1986 through 1989. Marino’s Dolphins also lost two title games in 1985 and 1992 to wild card Patriots and Bills teams on their home field which takes some luster from Marino. Still, what he did in his career was remarkable. His yards and touchdowns records could last forever and he also is the only player to ever throw for over 5,000 yards. Peyton Manning eclipsed his 1984 record for 48 touchdown passes by one but unlike Manning, Marino didn’t dink and dunk for most of his touchdowns that year. He was a great pocket thrower and had he helped the Dolphins climb even the AFC mountain more than just one time he might have been regarded as the best ever at his position.

6. Brett Favre (53,615 yards, 396 touchdowns, 255 interceptions, 61.5 completion percentage, 8-time Pro Bowler): One of this generation’s most respected quarterbacks, Favre is second to only Marino in career touchdowns and yards. He has a good chance of breaking the touchdown record and an outside chance at getting the yards record. Favre also has a super bowl ring and took the Packers to two straight super bowls in 96 and 97, although he has never taken the Packers past the divisional playoffs since 97. Favre’s most impressive streak may be that he has never missed a start since becoming the Packers starter in 1992. He is one of the toughest quarterbacks to ever play and is beloved in Green Bay after reviving a floundering franchise. The knock on Favre, though, is that he has had a knack for making scattered-brained decisions over his career. As great as he is, Favre also has hurt the Packers with mistakes at times. Five times Favre has thrown 21 or more interceptions in a season. Granted, the Packers would have been lost without him, but that questionable decision making is what keeps him out of the Mount Rushmore of quarterbacks. Still, Favre seems to will the Packers to win sometimes and that says a lot about how good he has been.

7. Fran Tarkenton (47,003 yards, 342 touchdowns, 266 interceptions, 57 completion percentage, 9-time Pro Bowler, 3,674 rushing yards, 32 touchdowns): If only Tarkenton could have one of the three super bowls he played in history almost assuredly would look more fondly on him. However, he played poorly in those games and that takes away from what was an amazing career. Tarkenton was the greatest scrambling quarterback to ever play but also was a whiz as a passer, throwing for the third-most touchdowns in NFL history and the fifth-most yards. Tarkenton helped the Vikings become one of the NFC’s best teams in the 70s and had them in the super bowl hunt every year. With his ability to run and throw so well, Tarkenton always was tough to game plan for and that made the Vikings tough to beat any time he was on the field. Tarkenton took a pounding but played for 18 seasons.

8. Roger Staubach (22,700 yards, 153 touchdowns, 109 interceptions, 57 completion percentage, 20 rushing touchdowns, 6-time Pro Bowler): It would have been interesting to see what Staubach had done had he not had to go into the Navy following his 1965 draft selection and missed his first four seasons. Staubach was one of the great winners, leading the Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins and four NFC championship wins. Staubach also was a big-game player who did some of his best work under pressure and his comeback magic rivals that of Montana and Elway. Staubach’s career numbers appear modest since he only had eight full seasons as the starter but he was a winner and was the driving force behind Dallas’s success in the 70s. Had the Cowboys won and not lost two super bowls to the Steelers Staubach might have been talked about as one of the top three quarterbacks of all-time. Ironically, he had his best statistical year in his final campaign in 1979 reaching career highs in yards and touchdowns.

9. Norm Van Brocklin (23,611 yards, 173 touchdowns, 178 interceptions, 53.6 completion percentage, 9-time Pro Bowler): VanBrocklin was a born leader and like Favre had the ability to will his team to victory. He led the Rams to the 1951 title, throwing a game-winning 71-yard touchdown pass and he guided an underdog Eagles team to the 1960 championship while winning player of the year that season. VanBrocklin threw for a NFL record 554 yards in 1951. He threw a career-high 24 touchdown passes in 1960 and was the only quarterback to beat the Packers in the playoffs while Vince Lombardi was coach.

10. Bart Starr (24,718 yards, 152 touchdowns, 138 interceptions, 57.4 completion percentage, four-time Pro Bowler): Starr quarterbacked one of the greatest NFL dynasties and helped the Packers become the only team to ever win three straight world championships since they won the 1965 championship before winning the first two super bowls. He helped the Packers win five titles in seven years during the 60s and orchestrated one of NFL’s most memorable drives when he helped the Packers rally for a 21-17 NFL title win in the 1967 Ice Bowl.

11. Terry Bradshaw (27,989 yards, 212 touchdowns, 210 interceptions, 51.9 completion percentage, 3-time Pro Bowler): Bradshaw is kind of the polar opposite of Marino. His statistics do not wow you but he was 4-0 in the Super Bowl and often displayed a knack for making the clutch throw at the biggest time in the biggest games. Bradshaw could drive the Steelers batty with some of his mistakes but he was the kind of guy that they could lose with, but not win without. He was 10-3 in the playoffs and threw nine touchdowns in the super bowls, including four in a 35-31 win over Dallas in Super Bowl XIII. Bradshaw made the pro bowl just three times but while there may have been better passers few were better winners and leaders and that makes Bradshaw one of the all-time greats.

12. Dan Fouts (43,040 yards, 254 touchdowns, 242 interceptions, 58.8 completion percentage, 6-time Pro Bowler): The leader of Air Coryell, Fouts was the premier passer of the late 70s and early 80s. He made a run at 5,000 yards in 1980 and led the Chargers, a team with a suspect defense at best, to two straight AFC championship game appearances in 1980 and 81. He also led the Chargers to three straight division titles and had an all-time great performance in a 41-38 1981 Divisional Playoff win over the Dolphins. Fouts was like Marino in that he didn’t have the greatest teams around him but at the same time the Chargers had home field advantage in 1979 and 1980 and both times were upset by wild card teams on their home field, including the 79 Oilers who intercepted Fouts five times.

13. Bobby Layne (26,768 yards, 196 touchdowns, 243 interceptions, 49 completion percentage, 25 rushing touchdowns, 2-time All NFL): Here is a perfect example of someone who cannot be measured by statistics. Layne was a fierce competitor and the ultimate leader, fearlessly leading the Lions to three world championships during the 1950s. He also helped the Lions win four division championships during that decade. Layne had one of the great championship game-winning drives when he took the Lions 80 yards with less than four minutes remaining to help them rally past the Browns, 17-16 in the 1953 championship. Layne was beloved by his teammates and seemed to elevate the play of those around him, the hallmark of a legendary quarterback.

14. Len Dawson (28,711 yards, 239 touchdowns, 183 interceptions, 57.1 completion percentage, 7-time Pro Bowler): One of the AFL's best quarterbacks, Dawson also made a big impact in the NFL, leading the Chiefs to Super Bowl I and then winning MVP when the Chiefs upset the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Dawson led the Chiefs to three AFL titles, including a double overtime win in the 1963 title game. He was one of his era's most efficient passers and was a clam leader who helped make the Chiefs one of the most innovative offensive teams of the 60s.

15. Sid Luckman: Statistics don't tell the story with arguably the greatest quarterback of the 1940s. Football was more ground-oriented in those days but Luckman threw for 443 yards and seven touchdowns in a 1943 win over the Giants. He was the first successful T-Formation quarterback and led the Bears to four championships in his 12 seasons. The Bears were the team of the 40s and Luckman was a big reason why. He was the MVP in 1943 and was first or second team all league every year from 1940 through 1948.

16. Steve Young (33,124 yards, 232 touchdowns, 107 interceptions, 64.3 completion percentage, 43 rushing touchdowns, 4,239 rushing yards, 7-time Pro Bowler): Young had an amazing seven-year run after taking over for Montana. Young made the Pro Bowl every year from 1992 through 98, became the first player in league history to win four straight passing titles and retired as the league’s highest rated passer ever. Oh yeah, he also led the 49ERS to the 1994 world championship and threw a super bowl record six touchdowns in a 49-26 win over the Chargers. His 35 touchdowns in 94 helped Young have the highest rated season ever at that time. He also led the Niners to five division titles and four NFC title games. Young was one of the greatest running quarterbacks ever and had the ability to run people over as he showed when he broke seven tackles while scoring a game-winning 49-yard touchdown in a 1988 win over the Vikings.

17. Y.A. Title (28,339 yards, 212 touchdowns, 221 interceptions, 55.5 completion percentage, 7-time Pro Bowler): Title is one of those quarterbacks that did just about everything except win a championship. He came close, though, losing in three straight title games while with the Giants from 1961 through 63. In 1962 and 63 he threw for 69 touchdowns, including 36 in 62, which was quite astounding for that era. His 36-touchdown campaign came while playing in just 13 games. He won NFL MVP in both 1962 and 1963.

18. Sammy Baugh (21,866 yards, 187 touchdowns, 203 interceptions, 7-time All-NFL): Baugh helped revolutionize football, taking it from its more conservative approach to a more balanced game in his 16 seasons. To that degree, he has played a role in paving the way for the likes of the Montana’s and Elway’s. He was the NFL passing leader six times and in 1943 led the league in passing, punting and interceptions as he played both ways. Baugh helped the Redskins become a consistent winner and led them to the 1940 title game.

19. Bob Griese (25,092 yards, 192 touchdowns, 172 interceptions, 56.2 completion percentage, 8-time Pro Bowler): Quietly, this Hall of Famer put together a stellar career. His statistics were never eye-popping but he consistently won and was a calm and poised leader. Griese led the Dolphins to three straight super bowl appearances and championships in 1972 and 73. The Dolphins consistently won the rest of Griese's career although he never led them to a playoff win after Super Bowl VIII. Griese was the 1971 Player of the Year and threw just nine interceptions that season. During Griese's last 11 seasons, the Dolphins recorded winning records nine times.

20. Tom Brady (18,035 yards, 123 touchdowns, 66 interceptions, 61.9 completion percentage, 3-time Pro Bowler): I debated this one a lot since Brady has only been a starter for five seasons. However, what he has done in that time is amazing. Brady led the Patriots to three super bowls in his first four seasons, while winning the game's MVP twice. His ability to excel when the pressure is highest and to almost always find a way to lead the Patritos from behind in the fourth quarter convinces me he is Joe Montana's clone. Brady has defined what makes him great in the Super Bowls, twice leading game-winning drives against the Rams and the Panthers in the last two minutes. Amazingly, he also went 10-0 in the playoffs before finally losing his first playoff game last January. With the exception of 2004 when Corey Dillon was on the team, Brady never had a dominant running back and he has never had dominant receivers, yet he has led the Patriots to an astournding 68-21 record. And his stats are solid too as Brady has topped 23 touchdowns and 3,600 yards in his last four seasons. If Brady continues to do what he's done early in his career then in 10 or 15 years he probably will be the new greatest quarterback ever.

21. Troy Aikman (32,942 yards, 165 touchdowns, 141 interceptions, 61.2 completion percentage, 6-time Pro Bowler): I thought Aikman was a bit overrated during his day. He was a great quarterback not just the quarterbacking god that some seemed to think he was in the mid 90s. Aikman, though, was a true winner and was a guy who didn't make a lost of mistakes. He only threw more than 20 touchdowns once but he managed the game well and never seemed to hurt Dallas. He also had a great performance in his first super bowl, throwing four touchdown passes. Aikman was an astounding 10-2 in his first 12 playoff games but won just one playoff game in his last five years and none after 1996. He also was unable to elevate Dallas from mediocrity after Emmitt Smith started wearing down and Dallas's line started crumbling. He never seemed to have that magic moment when he brought Dallas back from a near hopeless situation, ala Montana, Elway and Favre but he was a consistent winner.

22. Warren Moon (49,325 yards, 291 touchdowns, 233 interceptions, 58.4 completion percentage, 22 rushing touchdowns, 9-time Pro Bowler): Only three quarterbacks have thrown for more yards than this soon to be Hall of Famer and only four have thrown for more touchdowns. Moon was a consistent gun slinger for 17 seasons and helped the Oilers go from doormats to perennial playoff contenders. However, Moon was never able to get the Oilers over the hump and never led them or the Vikings who he played for for three seasons to a conference title game. His postseason record was just 3-7 despite playing with some very talented teams. Moon ran the Run and Shoot offense from 1990 through 93 as well as any quarterback ever has. He topped 4,000 yards four times and 20 touchdowns seven times. In 1990 he made a run at 5,000 yards and may have gotten that had he not missed the last game. He finished with 4,689 yards and 33 touchdowns. If Moon had been able to get to a Super Bowl or win a Super Bowl he might be regarded as one of the game's 10 best ever. Before coming to the NFL, Moon established himself as a CFL legend and may be that league's best quarterback ever.

23. Sonny Jurgensen (32,224 yards, 255 touchdowns, 159 interceptions, 57.1 completion percentage, 5-time Pro Bowler): Jurgensen was one of the 1960s most prolific passers and put up some remarkable numbers in that era. He won three passing titles and exceeded 3,000 yards five times. Jurgensen also threw 20 or more touchdowns seven times and is 10th all time in touchdown passes. The knock against Jurgensen, though, is that he led the Eagles and Redskins to just one winning season from 1962 through 1970 when he was in his prime. He put up the numbers but the wins were harder to come by. However, Vince Lombardi called him the best quarterback he has seen and that is high praise considering he coached Bart Starr.

24. Jim Kelly (35,467 yards, 237 touchdowns, 175 interceptions, 60.1 completion percentage, 4-time Pro Bowler): Like Tarkenton, the only thing missing from Kelly's resume is a world championship. Kelly led the Bills to an unprecedented four straight super bowls but lost each time and struggled mightily in his last three appearances, throwing seven interceptions and just two touchdowns. He also was held without a touchdown pass in three of those games. Still, Kelly was the third quickest quarterback to reach 30,000 yards and surpassed 3,000 yards eight times. During his 11 seasons, Kelly also won nine playoff games. He was a tough and strong-armed quarterback who seemed to play the game fearlessly. Kelly spent his first two years in the USFL and threw for 83 touchdown passes.

25. George Blanda (26,920 yards, 236 touchdowns, 277 interceptions, 47.7 completion percentage, 4-time Pro Bowler): Amazingly, Blanda played for 26 seasons and was still playing well in his 40s. At age 43, Blanda had won of the league's best five week runs when he led the Raiders to four fourth-quarter wins and a tie with either game-winning touchdown passes or field goals. Later that year he became the oldest quarterback to play in a title game when the Raiders met the Colts in the first AFC championship. Blanda led the Oilers to the first two AFL titles in 1961 and 62 and was the 1961 AFL Player of the Year.

A Question For You Guys To Ponder Over The Weekend...

A valid question raised by the master, Ron Bennington.

How many 9-year-olds could you beat up?
For argument's sake, let's say they're coming at you one at a time every minute like in the Royal Rumble.

And don't discount the fact that you can use psycholgical warfare on the other kids you're not fighting. Telling a 9-year-old that his parents don't love him could have a very potent effect on his psyche.

Also, remember that American kids have gotten way softer over the years as soccer has gained popularity in the U.S.

I'll say I could take down about 350 9-year-olds before I even break a sweat.

What say you? Keep in mind that they started it...

At Least I Got To See Him...

A bad piece of news for you Journey fans.

Journey will have a new lead singer on its summer tour with Def Leppard while Steve Augeri recovers from a throat infection.

Jeff Scott Soto, who has performed with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, will step in for Augeri starting with a show Friday in Bristow, Va.

"Steve's been suffering with an acute throat condition since before we kicked off the tour with Def Leppard. We were hoping he'd be in well condition to handle the rigors of the road but unfortunately it appears to be a chronic condition requiring total voice rest," the band said in a statement Thursday.
There should be more info coming at Journey's website.

You can check out Jeff Scott Soto at his website, as well. He sang on two of Yngwie Malmsteen's solo albums, so I'm guessing he's got some pipes.

Apparently, he also lent his voice to the good bad movie "Rock Star". He's the "STAND UP AND SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUT!!!" guy.

It looks like he's ready for this gig, since his website features a video of him performing Journey's "Who's Crying Now" live...

And That's Why A Lot Of Democrats Don't Like Joe Lieberman...

"I am going to be positive tonight. I'm not going to indulge in negative personal attacks...I have great respect for Dick Cheney ... and I don't have anything negative to say about him."
Joe Lieberman made that comment at the outset of his only debate against Dick Cheney during the 2000 campaign.

He was far less cordial last night while debating a fellow Democrat, his primary challenger, Ned Lamont. As has become his trademark, Lieberman saved his harshest comments and criticisms for someone on his side of the aisle.

Joe even resorted to using Saint Ronnie's "There you go again" line against Lamont. That's a pretty unique way for a Democratic politician to solidify his standing among his party, don't you think?

As I've mentioned before, this is precisely what separates Lieberman from other "centrist" Democrats like Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Byron Dorgan, and Max Baucus. He has an almost pathological desire to badmouth his fellow Democrats, while rarely turning a critical eye against the Republicans across the aisle.

The four Democrats I mentioned rarely, if ever, do that.

On a personal level, you might've noticed that I haven't added Ned Lamont to my list of candidates on my front page. I'm not going to, either. At the end of the day, Lamont doesn't really impress me, and I'd honestly rather have Lieberman in the Senate than Lamont.

That being said, if Lamont wins the primary, I'll be more than happy to throw my support behind him, and not a petitioning Joe Lieberman.

I trust the Democrats in Connecticut to decide who they want as their candidate and to respect their decision.

I just wish Joe Lieberman felt the same way...

UPDATE: Steve Gilliard does an awesome job of deconstructing the claim that Democrats are "purging" pro-war candidates.

It's funny that I don't hear Republicans complaining that Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a GOP'er who is also facing a tough primary in Rhode Island, is being targeted by the "fringe" of the Republican party.

Chafee's primary opponent, Steve Laffey, even has the backing of the vaunted Club For Growth, which also tried to "purge" GOP Senator Arlen Specter in 2004...

Thursday, July 6, 2006
Is Plagiarism A Side Effect Of Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Maybe someday we'll find out.
Well, Ann Coulter may be "liberal" in one respect, anyway. The New York Post reported Sunday that author/columnist Coulter "cribbed liberally in her latest book" and also in several of her syndicated columns, according to a plagiarism expert.

John Barrie, creator of the iThenticate plagiarism-probing system, claimed he found at least three examples of what he called "textbook plagiarism" in the new Coulter book "Godless" after he ran its text through the program.

He also discovered verbatim copying in Coulter's weekly column, which is syndicated to more than 100 newspapers by Universal.

The headline in classic Post fashion: COPYCATTY COULTER PILFERS PROSE: PRO

Bloggers had been citing examples of alleged Coulter cribbing for months.
Hat tip to Dr. Masse...

Wednesday, July 5, 2006
A Firsthand Look At Katrina's Aftermath...

My buddy DrFrankLives has just completed a trip to New Orleans with his church. He's back now and he's sharing some amazing images and stories from his experience in the battered Crescent City.

Far too many Americans (myself included) are essentially divorced from what's going on along the Gulf Coast post-Katrina.

Do yourself a favor and go to Stinging Nettle to share a little bit of DFL's experience...

Ken Lay Dead At 64...

I'll admit it. I smiled when I saw this.

If anyone else wants to be honest and admit it, feel free...

Monday, July 3, 2006
42 Years Ago...

Wouldn't it be great if our government still passed such consequential legislation?

Sunday, July 2, 2006
The 2006 Donny Awards...

Coming soon...


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