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The 1970’s—The Greatest Decade (For Names) Ever

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 3, 2012

I loved the 1970’s. Obviously, not for anything economical or political. And certainly not for anything personal–my parents got divorced in 1978. I just liked the whole vibe of the 70’s. I was quite young so I didn’t really start appreciating it till I got older. I liked the music, I liked the way everyone dressed. I liked not feeling guilty for eating at McDonald’s. I liked how no one was allergic to anything…..

In fact, this pic from my past symbolizes everything good about the 70’s…

…..I loved the 70’s vernacular and still use it regularly today. I still like referring to another person as a *cat*…. Saying *Dig?* at the end of a sentence is the best way I’ve ever found to find out if the person you’re talking to is either in compliance and/or understands what you’re talking about. And I don’t just  say “old school” because it sounds cool. If I label something as such it’s because I honor and respect  it…….

But without question, my favorite thing about the 1970’s were the names of professional athletes. And I’m talking across ALL sports. In boxing you had guys like Ali, Frazier and Haggler. Is boxing still even a sport anymore? Football had guys named *Mean Joe Green* and *Otis Sistrunk*. In basketball you had *Jabbar*, *Dantley*, *Wilkes*—guys that just sounded like they were about to hand you your ass. How about *Purvis Short*? I mean really, Purvis? That sounds made up. I’ve never heard of anyone named Purvis before or after that cat. But he had the sweetest arching jump shot I’ve ever seen in my life. Sometimes I thought it was never gonna come down……Was there a better name in the history of the game than “World B. Free?”  Lloyd must have just shook his head laughing quieting to himself when he saw Artest change his name to “Metta World Peace”—dude just doesn’t get it.

One of the many things that San Dawg and I have eerily in common is a bizarre attraction to the Orioles in the 70’s. I was too young to even know what an *Oriole* was, I just thought it was a cool-ass name for a team. All the  Oriole’s from the 70’s had cool names: Boog Powell, Al Bumbry, Bobby Grich, Brooks Robinson, Doug DeCinces….

The A’s had some great baseball names in the 1970’s–Rollie Fingers, Vida Blue, Joe Rudi, Catfish Hunter, Sal Bando….

And everyone on the Pirates had a name (and a body)  that just exuded “I am going to kick your ass”– Bill Madlock, Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Jim Bibby, John Candelaria….

For me, baseball players in the 70’s just had bad ass names. And by owning all their baseball cards, I was a bad-ass-by-association.

If you want to know how cool the baseball names were in the ’70’s take this quiz: Ask yourself to name 5 of the coolest baseball names from the 1990’s. You have 10 seconds. Go…..

See what I mean? Hell, take the same quiz over the last 5 years in baseball….

Didn’t think of too many did you?

I’m bringing all of this up today because we are in the midst of something very cool that is happening in baseball right now. Just like it was in the 1970’s, the Orioles, the A’s and the Pirates are are suddenly relevant again. Not because of the great names of their players but because, for the first time in 30+ years, all 3 have a shot at the post season. Baltimore and Oakland are tied for the WC lead and actually have an outside shot to win their divisions (2 games and 3 games out, respectively). Pittsburgh’s hill is a little tougher to climb—they have no shot at catching the Reds but they’re only 1.5 games out  of the WC spot.

I never cared too much about the economics of baseball, the skewed playing field, etc. At least until this year. Teams are making moves that make no financial sense and, what’s even more important, no practical sense for the short term or long term direction of the franchise. Two years ago the Angels TRADED for the ridiculous Vernon Wells and 80 million still left on his deal. They gave up Napoli who was making 2.6 million and who went on to lead the Rangers to the World Series last year. Last off season, the Angels spent needlessly by signing, among others, Albert Pujols to an absurd deal. Why? They already had Trumbo and a returning Morales at 1st base. And while it can’t be argued that either is better than Pujols it was an disgusting  luxury to just go out and give a declining player 240 million dollars when you already had TWO outstanding hitters in place at first base. The Tigers did the same thing with Fielder. In 2011 they had signed Victor Martinez to a 4 year/50 million dollar deal. He was going to play 1st base this year before he blew out his knee. Problem? Nope, just go sign Fielder to a 10 year deal. V-Mart will be back ready to rock next year but they don’t need him. They’ll pay him 36 mil to ride the pine instead.  The Boston Red Sox have been doling out the dumbest deals in recent memory: 142 mil for Carl Crawford? 157 for A-Gone who’s never been on a team that’s won anything? They paid 50 million just for the right to negotiate with Dice K. They gave 80 million dollars to John Freaking Lackey. I mean, come on……

Now, some would argue that the teams handing out mega-stupid 10 year 200 million+ deals will regret them later. I don’t think so. They KNOW these deals are going to go bad at some point. They don’t care as long as they win now. But they aren’t winning now, are they?

The final straw for me was the Dodgers giving the clueless Red Sox a *get out of jail free* card by taking on all of their idiotic deals (and players) AND were stupid enough to give them prospects, too!

So finally in 2012 I started to appreciate the pure lunacy that influence baseball decisions on the teams with the highest payrolls. And it just isn’t right. It’s bad for the game if 80-90% of the teams start the season with no chance to win. Sound judgement and keen financial decisions SHOULD factor into how your team performs…..

But wait–this year isn’t JUST about stupid financial decisions by teams running without a budget.  There are low-payroll teams performing well. And watching what the O’s, A’s and Pirates have done this year has been phenomenal. It’s made me a lurking-fan of all three teams. With it being Labor Day I felt like it was a good time to honor teams that actually WORK to EARN results on the field. Teams that are just burning money and expecting to buy results are an embarrassment to the game.

Of course, you could also just root for Baltimore because of their cool-ass name. “Baltimore Orioles”– it just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?


Flap Author Note: I am writing for Dirt today, the order stays the same, no switches……



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  1. PawlieKokonuts said, on September 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I repeat: I love these guys. Somebody’s got to come up with a catchy Venezuelan connection, as they did for the Melkmaids/men. I believe, Pablo, Hector (Little Panda), and Marco are all from Venezuela. #ilovetheseguys

  2. James said, on September 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    The entire IF was in?! Wow, it was strange enough to see the ball skip past the drawn in 3rd baseman with 2 outs.

    • twinfan1 said, on September 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Actually, I’m not sure about the rest of the infield. But third base was weird enough. If Gibson thought a bunt was more dangerous than a grounder, strange decision.

      • Flavor said, on September 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        I can see why they’d be in if there were only one out but there were 2 outs, right? It makes zero sense why 3rd would be pulled in with 2 outs. No way Bochy would have ever had Scoots bunting with 2 outs, even in a surprise attack.
        And even if he DID bunt, Scoots isn’t THAT fast–just field the bunt and throw his ass out……..

      • unca_chuck said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm

        The rest of the IF was normal depth. Only 3rd was up. I think.

        Yeah, with 2 out, that’s curious. It’s not like they’d go suicide squeeze. That’s about the only thing I can think of.

  3. Flavor said, on September 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    just added a couple of cool news photo’s to the *bucket*– san dawg and Manny contributed.

  4. unca_chuck said, on September 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I don’t think I really said anything about the Scoots signing, but If anything it was, ehhhhh. Hopefully he’ll get some hits. Much like Nady. Youjust don’t know until they get here and thrive.

    • TedSpe said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      My initial reaction to the Scutaro signing was “Didn’t he play in Oakland?”

      Not very deep, I know

    • twinfan1 said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Nady was a longshot to be of much help and he still is, but Scutaro? Didn’t expect this much, but he’s just flat solid. Rbi’s, Scutaro and Pence-47…

      • Flavor said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

        Nady looked awful and late against Putz. Sanchez went face down ass up vs Putz—Putz methodically controlled the at bat and you just KNEW he wasn’t going to throw Hector a strike at the end–why should he? He knew he was going to swing…………

  5. unca_chuck said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Yeah, they just showed the replay and the rest of the infield was deep. Only 3rd was drawn in.

    • twinfan1 said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      For little reason and cost them the game.

      • Flavor said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

        It’s almost like Gibson might have forgotten how many outs there were. Is that possible?

  6. Nipper said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm


  7. Bozo said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    For my final post of the night, this is one tired ass clown here. I’d like to take a cue from an unca_chuck quote earlier “Shit, they looked like z’s when I typed them . . .” and rename Zito, Sito. I think I’ll just call him Sit for short.
    Question mark gentlemen, good night.

    • Flavor said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      have a good one my man, see you tomorrow.

    • blade3colorado said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Only because it’s Labor Day, you think you get to quit early clown? Get your big fat shoes on and get back to work. 🙂

      • twinfan1 said, on September 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        I thought the 8th was even more impressive than the winning rally because the kids keyed it against, IMO, a much tougher pitcher than Putz.

      • twinfan1 said, on September 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        I meant to reply to Snarkk

  8. paulinasia said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Love having meaningful September games. The afternoon shadows growing longer on the field, every win a cause for celebration, every win building for the hoped-for ultimate on-field celebration just a few weeks later… Would love to see more such celebrations in the next Dodgers series to take away the import of that last weekend of the regular season and relegate it to a meaningless trip to La-La-Land before the playoffs begin. And what a great time, September, for this team to start a rather new trend, the come-back win.

  9. snarkk said, on September 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I caught the last inning and half on the car radio. Good stuff. I figured they were done when they were down by 3 late. These comebacks are indicative of a playoff squad. This comeback was a top 5 significant game of the season. I’ll put this one along with the late comeback in Houston last week, but this was bigger, against a better opponent, and after blowing a 4 run early lead. And, doing it with, as usual, no homers. That is tough to do. If this team could get a homer even every other game, it would be huge. Great win. If LA were to go on to lose tonight to the Pads, the math starts looking a little dicey for LA, even at this early date…

  10. paulinasia said, on September 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Yeah, if the lead goes to 5-1/2, that’s starting to look good… but as I said yesterday, as long as LA still has 6 games against the Giants, the Dodgers will still be thinking it’s still somewhat “in their hands” to pull it out. Taking 2 of 3 against the Dogs next time would put a serious dent in their hopes. Right now I’m going to enjoy September and try not to think about the Nats…. 🙂

  11. paulinasia said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Looks like the Giants aren’t the only team getting good at late inning come-backs……..

    • Flavor said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      when you’re in front doing the same stuff it doesn’t really matter what happens behind you.

      • paulinasia said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        You are correct, sir….

      • PawlieKokonuts said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        that’s almost Satchel PAIGEan

      • TedSpe said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm

        Flavor, your comment reminds me of Raul Julia’s line from THE GUMBALL RALLY:

      • PawlieKokonuts said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        then again, a porn site might find it a handy slogan, albeit a tad long —

  12. Flavor said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Bummer Ethier bomb there to tie it but whatever, we’re playin’ with house money right now.
    I don’t think we’re gonna coast into a division title or anything but it’s all there for the taking if we just play well. The Dodgers have to ignite, they have to catch fire and reel off 5 or 6 in a row if the Giants are going to feel any of their heat.
    They’ve come back the last 2 nights with tonight’s game still in the balance.
    Until they start winning a bunch of games in a row I really don’t give a shit about whether they win one or lose one. We just need to keep doing what we’re doing to stay in the driver’s seat……..

  13. PawlieKokonuts said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    As I just Tweeted, hope the SD-LA game goes 39 innings and the Dodgers lose. #BeatLA

    • Flavor said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      and while I am above ever rooting for an injury to a player I am not below failing to lament it. So, you know, there’s that………

      • PawlieKokonuts said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        we’ll call that baseball reverse retro quasi schadenfreude [BRRQS]

      • paulinasia said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

        Can’t see it, who got hurt?

      • TedSpe said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

        Reverse retro quasi schadenfreude?
        Good Lord, pawlie. You left out gelatinas!
        Shame on you

  14. PawlieKokonuts said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    We keep winning, it doesn’t matter. True. But I hate that the Dodgers won again. Pisses me off. All the more reason for the Giants to win tomorrow. Just lowers the magic number.

  15. TedSpe said, on September 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    And just for the fuck of it:

    Like this would have happened in San Francisco. Oh, yeah

  16. unca_chuck said, on September 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Ted, I LOVE that movie. Gumball Rally was light years better than the rip-off Cannonball Run.

    You seen Death Race 2000? Vanishing Point? Cool thing about having a son is going through all the cool movies that he should see. Just got through with Reservoiur Dogs. Sorry I still can’t spell reservouir. He wasn’t crazy about Army of Darnkess, but we have to see Evil Dead Part 2/

    Gonna get Vanishing Point soon.

    • unca_chuck said, on September 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      And Gumball Rally if I can find it.

      • TedSpe said, on September 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        Yeah, chuck, love DEATH RACE 2000 and VANISHING POINT. The son didn’t like ARMY OF DARKNESS? Huh. Well, EVIL DEAD II is scarier but still silly. Did you see GRINDHOUSE? Great homage to VANISHING POINT.
        And I agree about THE GUMBALL RALLY. The Cannonball movies were okay for what they were and fun in that kind of Sinatra Clan kinda way but the gumball had a certain originilaty to it at the time

  17. unca_chuck said, on September 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    That Leyland shit is excellent. I hadn’t seen that in 15 years . . .

  18. TedSpe said, on September 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    To paraphrase Harry Carey, I would be remiss REMISS if I should neglect to mention..the Rev. Sun Myung Moon passed away the other day. At the good, long life of 92 years. Rev. Moon was very special to me.
    In 1997, he officiated a mass wedding ceremony at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. where he married hundreds and hundreds of couples.
    I was there. It was hectic. I felt my blood pressure going though the roof. But with quick rambling moves, 14 different bowties and a quick drying hankie..I managed to marry 25 different Korean chicks that day.
    When the Reverand eventually found out, I was discommunicated(?) from the Unification Church.
    However, on the positive side, I *was* runner up to Bill Clinton to fly into North Korea to get those arrested chicks out

  19. unca_chuck said, on September 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Fuck me, Freddie. My blog is going haywire again. I go away for a couple days and all hell breaks loose.

  20. unca_chuck said, on September 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I mean really. They are stating to make Dennis look positively rational . . .

    ANd it is good to have you back Dennis . . .

  21. snarkk said, on September 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Like I said yesterday, I never will believe a W is going to happen against the Dodgers in the Latrine until the last out actually happens. They survive like cockaroaches down there…

    • TedSpe said, on September 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      The Latrine??? So now we’re getting all French and shit?

  22. chipower9 said, on September 4, 2012 at 7:31 am


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