The Ebor Handicap

A comprehensive overview of the Ebor Handicap horse race, one of the feature races of the three-day long Ebor Festival which takes place annually at York Racecourse in August.

THE EBOR HANDICAP, sponsored by Totesport, is a Flat handicap for three-year-olds and upwards run over one mile and six furlongs at York racecourse in August. It is the centrepiece of the three-day Ebor festival.

Ebor Handicap History

 The Ebor Handicap, which derives its name from Eboracum, the Roman name for York, was first run in 1843 and was the brainchild of former clerk of the course John Orton. The race was initially run over a trip of two miles but was reduced by two furlongs after redevelopments by Orton to improve viewing. The race is the most valuable Flat handicap run in Europe.

York Racecourse – Home of the Ebor Handicap

York is the most popular racecourse in North England and only hosts Flat racing, on a horseshoe-shaped course called the Knavesmire. The largest meeting is the 3 day Ebor festival in August, featuring the Ebor handicap and major Group 1 races such as the Juddmonte International Stakes and the Nunthorpe Stakes.

Horse racing in York dates back to Roman times and records indicate that the origins of modern racing were in 1530, when the city authorities gave support to horse racing. In 1607 racing took place on the frozen River Ouse and the first extensive records of a race meeting are from 1709, held at Clifton Ings. In 1731 racing was moved to the Knavesmire, a mile South of the city centre, where today’s course is still located.

Ebor Handicap Betting

Whilst the race may not have gained much attention as a betting event by itself the fact that it is run as part of the three-day Ebor Festival has changed this significantly. The heavy betting on the big Group races run during the festival spills over into the other races of the festival and horse racing betting odds and specials are naturaly offered by the sponsor Totesport but also by all other major UK bookmakers and by selected international sportsbooks.

Ebor Handicap Facts

  • The longest-priced winner of the race was 100-1 shot Mudawin, who scored in 2006 for trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam, jockey John Egan and owners the Franconson Partners.
  • Flint Jack, who won the Ebor in 1922 and 1923, is the only horse to have been successful in the race more than once.
  • The Ebor was run at Pontefract racecourse in 1943 and 1944 after it had been cancelled from 1940 to 1942 following the outbreak of the Second World War. The race was suspended during the First World War.
  • The Newburgh Handicap at Newbury replaced the Ebor in 2008 after York racecourse was flooded. The race was won by subsequent Group 1 scorer All The Good.

2010 Ebor Handicap Video

Curse Ridge No. 11 at Ac Milan

AC Milan is one of the biggest clubs in Italy, maybe even the world. Until recently, AC Milan is the most successful club in the world because a successful team with the largest collection of international titles. In addition, in the domestic competition, AC Milan holds the title as Italy’s most successful club in Europe, with seven Champions League titles and other achievements were lined up in European and World level.

But in the reality behind the glorious and long history of Milan, there is a prevailing myth until now, that player number one jersey with 11 mostly unsuccessful play at this club, although the status of star players coming though. At least this myth increasingly crowded open for discussion since the beginning of the millennium. Here are the players.
1. Rivaldo
Rivaldo came to Milan with the World Cup star status in 2002. In Barcelona, Rivaldo is a superstar. Rivaldo’s move to Milan became big news. Rivaldo became the player with the highest salaries in the club at that time. But what was given Rivaldo? Throughout the season, in Serie A Rivaldo menceploskan only five goals. Inevitably, the purchase of a failure of Milan’s Rivaldo.

Although hardly a failure, Gilardino also can not be called successful. Gilardino failed to show sharp when the strengthening of Parma, who scored 24 goals during the second consecutive season. In Milan, Gilardino to be blunt. High expectations of the public will not pay off goal-tally. Even if the score, rarely Gilardino scored a decisive goal. Gilardino is not able to form the main pedestal assault Il Rossoneri

3. Borrielo
After hijrahnya Gilardino to Fiorentina, Boriello become the owner of this number. Boriello returned to Milan after spending the previous season on loan at Genoa. In Genoa Boriello very sharp and often decisive victory of Genoa. However, all is lost in Milan. Boriello very often struggled with injury after injury that continues to happen to him. After replacing the number to 22 at the beginning of 2009/10 season, only then can rediscover Boriello acuity and ferocity in front of goal.

4. Huntellar
Kaka’s departure to Real Madrid brought grief. Results pre-season tests confirmed that Milan really need new and young striker Filippo Inzaghi considering the age of an increasingly elderly. Come Huntelaar. High hopes resting on the shoulders of Huntelaar. Instead, it often becomes Huntelaar bench warmers Milan, because never scored a goal in 13 games early Italian league. Huntelaar could be said failed in his first season at Milan.

6. Jose Mari
Jose Mari, Spanish-born players played very well when uniformed Atletico Madrid. Milan was no doubt spend 10 million pounds of money to see his actions in front of goal. Instead, Jose Mari menceploskan only five goals from 52 appearances in Milan during the season 2000-2001. Lasted only one season in Milan, Jose Mari “repatriated” to Atletico Madrid for not sharp.

7. Crespo
Maybe a lot of questions about Hernan Crespo are not included in the list of players who are less fortunate at the top. This is not another because during one season playing in Milan in 2004/2005 season, the status of Milan’s Hernan Crespo was not due to a contract player, Crespo is still tied with Chelsea and coming to Milan on loan players. However, Crespo performance worthy thumbs up for playing all my heart in Milan. Crespo is the best performance in the Champions League, especially when removing Manchester United in the quarter-final and final against Liverpool at the party. Syangnya Milan then lost concentration and eventually defeated on penalties.

Steroids, Spitballs, and Greenies: a Baseball Hypocrisy

Most baseball experts and historians are drawing a hard line on players who have admitted to or have been accused of using steroids. They are calling these players cheaters and demand that they be banished from the Baseball Hall of Fame and have asterisks put next to their records. However, they choose to ignore other baseball greats who have admitted to cheating in other ways.

Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens and now Alex Rodriquez, head the list of prominent, professional baseball players who either confessed to or are accused of using steroids. It is safe to say, for every superstar that is discovered, there are hundreds of others, who used performance enhancing drugs, but just fell under the radar. It is also safe to say that more names will probably surface before it’s all said and done.

Bonds, MLB’s career and single season Homerun King, admitted to taking substances called The Clear and The Cream, even though he claimed he did not know they were steroids.

Jason Giambi, a perennial all-star power hitter, openly admitted to using steroids, claiming it was poor judgment. Andy Pettitte, one of the top left handed pitchers of the past ten years, took the same route, claiming it was a mistake.

Mark McGwire, the first to break Roger Maris’s single season record during the historical 1998 homerun chase, with Sammy Sosa, never openly admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. During a congressional hearing, he stuck by his statement of, “I do not want to talk about the past’, which for all intents and purposes could be taken as a silent confession.

Sammy Sosa denied it. Raphael Palmeiro did too, and then wound up testing positive a few months later.

Roger Clemens, perhaps the greatest pitcher in the history of the game is still denying it, even though there is a pile of evidence indicating otherwise.

Now we have Alex Rodriguez, one of the best players in the game today, who many have labeled as the next homerun king, has also admitted to using steroids during the 2001 through 2003 seasons. This came after someone leaked out the results of a supposedly confidential drug test that was conducted by Major League Baseball back in 2003.

Whether they admitted it or not, all of these players have now been branded as cheaters because they took performance-enhancing supplements. The consensus opinion among baseball experts, historians, and fans is that all of these players should be banned from the hall of fame and asterisks should be put next to all of their statistics in the record books. The bottom line to this thinking is they cheated. And there is no room for cheaters in baseball, especially in the Hall of Fame or the record books.


In 1991 Gaylord Perry accepted his induction into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. From 1962 through 1983, Gaylord piled up some of the most impressive pitching numbers in major league history including 314 wins and 3,534 strikeouts. He won the prestigious Cy Young Award for the league’s best pitcher twice, once each in the National and American Leagues, making him the first pitcher in history to accomplish this feat.

These impressive statistics put Gaylord among the all-time great pitchers, and without a doubt earned him a place amongst baseball’s immortals. However, if you ask any baseball historian or fan what Gaylord Perry was best known for most of them would undoubtedly refer to him being one of the greatest spitballers of all time. As a matter of fact, his incredible accomplishments on the mound are to this day an afterthought. His legend and legacy are that he was a cheater.

Famous baseball manager, Gene Mauch was quoted as saying, “He should be in the Hall of Fame with a tube of KY jelly attached to his plaque”.

An anonymous ex-teammate said upon Gaylord’s retirement, “The league will be a little drier (his retirement as it relates to his grease ball) now folks.”

The most compelling and damning evidence comes from Perry himself. After his retirement Gaylord openly admitted that he used substances such as grease to doctor the baseball throughout his entire career.

The baseball almanac references several quotes by Gaylord. “I’d always have it (grease) in at least two places, in case the umpires would ask me to wipe one off. I never wanted to be caught out there with anything though, it wouldn’t be professional.”

“Grease ball, grease ball, grease ball, that’s all I throw him”, admitted Perry when asked how he got batters out in tough spots. He even described faking the spitter for psychological advantage.

For almost one hundred years, the baseball rulebook has clearly stated that intentionally doctoring a baseball to alter its natural movement is illegal. This means that during his entire career Gaylord Perry purposely broke the rules by throwing a spitter. In short he is an admitted cheater. Yet, his bronze bust sits in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and there are no asterisks next to his statistics. His cheating antics, to a point, have even been glorified.

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, arguably the greatest third basemen in the history of baseball, dropped a bombshell a few years back, by coming clean on the use of amphetamines, during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Amphetamines, also known as Greenies, are another famous and widely used performance enhancing drug. They give athletes a jolt of energy, boosting their performance. In 2006, amphetamines were also banned from baseball specifically because they were included as a performance-enhancing drug.

During his career, Schmidt smacked 548 homeruns, drove in 1,595 runs, had a .527 Slugging Percentage and won several gold-glove awards. These accomplishments bought him a first class ticket to the Baseball Hall of Fame and deservedly so. Yet, in his book, Clearing the Bases, he claims amphetamines, “Have been around the game forever”. He further adds, “In my day, they were readily available in major league clubhouses.” He even states that some players got them legally via prescription then shared them with teammates. According to Schmidt, “Amphetamine use in baseball is both far more common and has been going on a lot longer than steroid abuse.”

Schmidt does not outright admit in his book that he used them, but during a telephone interview by the New York Times in 2006 he was quoted as saying, “A couple of times in my career, I bit on it.” He also admitted, “There were a few times in my career when I felt I needed help to get in there.”

During a drug trafficking trial back in 1985, names like Willie Stargell, Willie Mays, Dave Parker, Bill Madlock and Dale Berra were all mentioned as players who used greenies. If you took the approach that is currently being taken regarding the use of steroids, these players were all cheaters as well. The point here is that Amphetamines (Greenies) are performance-enhancing drugs, just like steroids. So, if taking steroids is cheating then so is taking amphetamines.

What we are dealing with is a complete hypocrisy. If we are going to punish players for cheating, even though they did not break an actual baseball rule, by banishing them from the Hall of Fame or putting asterisks next to their accomplishments, then we have to go back and kick Gaylord Perry and Mike Schmidt out of the Hall of Fame, along with countless others.

Most experts and historians admit that before steroids were banned from baseball, players who took them did not actually break a baseball rule. However, they are still crying foul labeling steroid users unethical because it degrades the integrity of baseball. This is blatantly a hypocritical stance, because these same experts voted Gaylord Perry, who cheated, and Mike Schmidt, who took amphetamines, into the Hall of Fame.

Gaylord Perry did not have proper ethics or the integrity of the game on his mind every time he went out and threw a spitball. His cheating can be categorized as more reprehensible because he broke an actual baseball rule. Anyone who takes amphetamines, just like steroids, is obviously looking to gain some kind of performance advantage. Yet, no one is calling for an investigation on the use of this drug and no one is calling Mike Schmidt, or the hundreds of others who took them, cheaters.

Throwing a doctored baseball is cheating. Taking amphetamines is cheating. Taking steroids is cheating. So what gives? Why are only steroid users vilified and admonished as cheaters?

On August 4th, 2005 during the Mike & Mike ESPN radio talk-show, Jason Stark, one of baseball’s top journalists became one of the first experts to jump into the fray with this specific point of view. When asked if he would still vote Rafael Palmeiro into the Hall of Fame, he replied, “Yes I would”. He explained his position by emphasizing, “Cheating is Cheating”, and if we condemn these players (Bonds, McGwire and Palmeiro) then we must revisit players like Gaylord Perry, who is one of many baseball heroes who blatantly broke the rules and yet went unpunished eventually gaining entry into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.”

When Stark was asked why he thought steroids seem to be more scrutinized than any other form of cheating in the past, he responded with a very simple explanation. He pointed out that homeruns are the most exciting and glorified accomplishments in baseball. Homerun records are the most recognized records in all of sports, and are held to a different and higher standard than other records. With this kind of notoriety brings microscopic analysis and extremely high expectations.

Quite frankly, this point of view can only be described as bush league. No statistic in baseball can be deemed more important than another. Be it strikeouts, homeruns, pitching victories or runs batted in, holding one to a higher regard is flat out wrong. If you are not willing to go back and punish other cheaters, regardless of what position they played or what statistics made them famous, then you cannot do it today, regardless of what type of cheating they were involved with. Steroids, versus spitters, versus greenies, if one is acceptable then so is the other.

In the end, any player with the proper numbers accumulated before steroids and greenies were banned from Major League Baseball, should take their rightful place among baseball’s immortals in the Hall of Fame, and no asterisk should appear next to their name in the record books. To separate them is hypocritical. So, until you are ready to dish out punishment to the likes of Gaylord Perry, Mike Schmidt and many others, players like Bonds, McGwire, Clemens or Rodriguez should be left alone letting their numbers dictate whether or not they should be in the Hall of Fame.

There are no hypocrisies in baseball.

20 Most Outstanding Performances of Modern Olympics Athletes

Remarkable performance of athletes in different Olympiads.

Olympic Games is a quadrennial sports events that originated in Greece. Modern Olympic Games which started in 1896 in Athens, Greece is subdivided into summer and winter sporting events which are held every four years. Until 1992, they were both held in the same year. Since then, they have been separated by a two year gap.
Each Olympiad is highlighted by the outstanding performance of an athlete in a certain event. Here’s a list of outstanding athletes from each Olympic Games from 1896 to 2004.

Michael Phelps

In the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece, swimmer Michael Phelps of the United States won 8 Olympic medals: a gold medal each in -100 meter butterfly, 200 meter butterfly, 200 meter individual medley, 400 meter individual medley, 4×200 meter freestyle relay, and 4×100 meter medley relay; and 2 bronze medals; one each in 200 meter freestyle and 4×100 meter freestyle relay.

Ian Thorpe

Nicknamed the “”Thorpedo” Ian Thorpe won 3 gold medals in swimming during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He won 5 gold Olympic medals all in all (3 in Sydney Olympics and 2 in Athens), the most won by an Australian.
Amy Van Dyken

Amy Van Dyken won 4 gold medals in swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics making her the first American woman to win 4 gold medals in one Olympic game.

Matt Biondi

At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Biondi became only the second swimmer (after American Mark Spitz at the 1972 games in Munich, West Germany) to earn seven medals in one Olympiad. He won five gold medals, including victories in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle races, in addition to one silver medal and one bronze medal.

Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis won 5 Olympic medals in the LA Olympiad of 1984; 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal in the track and field event. He won 10 Olympic medals including 9 golds, and 10 World Championships medals, of which 8 were gold, in a career that spanned from 1979 when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.

Eric Heiden

Eric Heiden of the United States of America won gold medals in all 5 men’s speed skating events, setting records in each in the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid, New York, USA.

Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Elena Comaneci is a Romanian gymnast who was winner of five Olympic gold medals during the 1976 Montreal Olympics. She was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. She is one of the best-known gymnasts in the world and, along with Olga Korbut, is credited with popularizing the sport around the world.

Mark Spitz

Mark Spitz, American swimmer was winner of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. At the 1972 games he won gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle races and the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly races, setting a world record in each race. He was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter freestyle, 4×200-meter freestyle, and 4×100-meter medley relay teams, each of which set a world record.
Bob Beamon

The outstanding event in the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games was African American Bob Beamon’s long jump of 29 ft, 2 ½ in (8.9 m), setting a world record that stood until 1991.

Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph became the first US woman to win 3 gold medals in track and fields. The powerful sprinter emerged from the 1960 Rome Olympics as “The Tennessee Tornado,” the fastest woman on earth

Larissa Latynina

Larissa Semyonovna Latynina was a Soviet gymnast who won 4 gold medals in the 1956 Melbourne Olympiad. She was the first female athlete to won nine Olympic gold medals. She still holds the record for being awarded the most Olympic medals at 18 (nine gold medals, five silver and four bronze).

Emil Zapotek

The most remarkable performance during the 1952 Helsinki Olympics was that of Emil Zapotec of Czechoslovakia who won 5,000 meter run, 10,000 meter run and marathon all in record times. He is regarded as one of the greatest runners of the 20th Century.

Fanny Blankers-Koen

The most outstanding athlete in the 1948 London Olympics was Fanny Bankers-Koen of the Netherlands, who won 4 gold medals in track and fields events. She accomplished this as a mother of two, during a time when many disregarded women’s athletics. Her background and performances earned her the nickname “the Flying Housewife.”
Jesse Owens

He won 4 gold medals and was the hero of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. He achieved international fame by winning four gold medals: one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump, and as part of the 4×100 meter relay team.

Mildred Didrikson

The outstanding performer of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics was the US athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson; she won 2 gold medals and a silver medal in track and field competition. She was named by the Guinness Book of Records, along with Lottie Dod, as the most versatile female athlete of all time. She achieved outstanding success in golf, basketball and track and field.

Sonja Henie

In the Winter Olympics of 1928, Sonja Henie of Norway won the first of her 3 successive championships in Olympic figure skating. Henie won more Olympic and World titles than any other ladies figure skater. She later entered show business, and at the height of her acting career she was one of the highest paid movie stars in Hollywood.

Paavo Nurmi and Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller

In the 1924 Paris Olympics, Paavo Nurmi of Finland, won 4 medals in the track and fields events and Johnny Weissmuller, a US swimmer won 3. Nurmi won a total of 12 medals in 3 successive Olympics (1920, 1924 and 1928), 9 gold medals and 3 silver medals. On the other hand, after the swimming career of Weissmuller, he became the sixth actor to portray Tarzan in films, a role he played in twelve motion pictures. Dozens of other actors have also played Tarzan, but Weissmuller is by far the best known. His character’s distinctive, ululating Tarzan yell is still often used in films.

Paavo Nurmi

The most impressive performance in the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games was by Finland with victories by Paavo Nurmi and his team mates in the long-distance running races.

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe was the Star of the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games. He won both the pentathlon and the decathlon. His medals were later taken from him, however, because he had previously participated in a semi-professional sport. The decision to disqualify him was reversed in 1992, nearly 30 years after his death. He is considered one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports. He also played American football and professional baseball and basketball.

Raymond Ewry

Raymond Ewry, an American athlete won 3 gold medals in the 1900 Paris Olympics, 3 gold medals in the 1904 St. Louis Olympics and 2 gold medals in the 1908 London Olympics in the track and field events. He had won a total of 8 medals, 3 in standing high jump, 3 in standing long jump, and 2 in standing triple jump.
The 2008 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Beijing, China. Watch out who will emerge as the outstanding athlete on this Olympiad.



Seven Hidden Wonders of the Sporting World: The Seven Most Spectacular and Hardest Sporting Events in the World

Seven of the toughest and most original sporting events on the planet ranging from driving to ultrarunning and biking.

There are many popular sports that everyone knows and loves, but there are also some very intriguing and exciting games that are relatively unknown. If you are interested in something out of the ordinary, or just have a curiosity about some of the uncommon sports of our time, take a look these spectacular but unknown sporting events.

  1. Marathon de Sables

    Although not a hugely competitive event, this does not make this race any easier. Covering 152 miles in six days, this event takes place in one of the most unforgiving environments in the world, the Sahara desert.

    With many of the proceeds going to help African suffers of the debilitating physical disease, Noma, the event has grown in popularity over the years and is already sold out for 2010, with many every day people taking up the challenge of finishing the grueling event.

  2. The Iditarod

    The “marathon” of the north, this sled-dog race is run over 1151 miles (1,853 km) in ten to seventeen days (depending on conditions every year) on a path from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska as a tribute to a famous 1925 serum delivery.

    Sled-dogging through Alaska’s great frontier and some of the most beautiful and most unforgiving places on earth, the Iditarod is a test of personal will, experience and dog handling ability. Dubbed “the last great race” the tempatures have been known to hit negative 100 farenheit with wind chill during the competition.

  3. Badwater Ultramarathon

    There is hard, and then there is Badwater. The Badwater ultramarathon race is held every year, at the hottest time of the year in one of the hottest places on the planet, Death Valley.

    The race is literally hell on earth with contestants having to run the entire 125miles on pavement and often finding themselves having to use only the painted lines of the road as their running surface to stop their shoes form melting and feet from burning.

  4. Primal Quest

    Officially the most intense adventure race on the planet, this ever moving event pits man against the elements and his opponents. Taking place over multiple days, trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, white water swimming and navigation are only some of the skills athletes need to rely on the finish this grueling test of endurance.

    The US based race has used the most treacherous and breathtaking parts of Montana, the San Juan Islands off of Washington State and Utah as sites for the race.

  5. Dakar Rally

    Open to both amateurs and professionals, it is the hardest and most intense driving event in the world. This race was actually cancelled in 2008 due to terrorist threats. Still, even without suicide bombers, this rally car event proves time and time again to be one of the toughest endurance tests in the world. Taking contestants through rugged sand dunes, mud holes, and rocks the race itself is often considered a success if one finishes.


    With a number of different classes to compete in the event sees anything from trucks to motorbikes making the trek. No stranger to criticism, the event has seen a fair number of people killed in crashes, including a 10 year old girl who was killed by one of the racer’s cars as he was crossing the finish line.

  6. Crocodile Trophy

    Not very well known but growing in its popularity, the Crocodile Trophy is what the Tour de France can only claim to be, the hardest cycling event on the planet.

    Taking place in the Australian outback the race exposes participants to harsh wind, extreme heat and terrain and a plethora of dangerous wildlife. Covering approximately 800miles over 10days, it is the most extreme stage bicycle race in the world.

  7. Hawaii Ironman World Championships

    Although it is not as “hidden” as it used to be, for how popular and far-reaching the event has become, the Hawaii Ironman World championships is still one of the most under covered and least publicized events in the world. Every year ten’s of thousands of people attempt to qualify for this 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike, and 26.1mile run through smaller Ironman events held throughout the world.

    At the race itself, the atmosphere itself is legendary with professional triathletes and amateurs lining up at the starting line together, each with a story of their own. The cross winds off the ocean and the marathon through the lengendary lava fields of Kona makes this most exciting, difficult and treasured one day endurance event in the world.

Where are They Now? Remembering the WWF Wrestlers From the 80s

Remembering the craziest, funniest, coolest, and cheesiest wrestlers of the 80’s. Here’s what they’re up to now.

Many of them will never be forgotten. Some of them will. They are the WWF wrestlers of the 80’s. Many of them transformed the wrestling federation into a dynamite entertainment spectacle. Many of them are remembered for their wrestling techniques, and many of them are remembered for their strange gimmicks, humorous catchphrases, or unforgettable sidekicks. Here’s a trip down memory lane to remember these old school wrestlers and to find out what they’re up to now.

Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan, born in 1953 as Terry Gene Bollea , has been in the wrestling spotlight since the beginning of the 80’s. He is a twelve-time world champion and in 2005 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

In the 1980’s, Hogan transformed the wrestling industry into a primetime sports entertainment spectacle for people of all ages and backgrounds. His grand entrances and theme songs such as “Eye of the Tiger”, grabbed the attention of people all around the world. He was portrayed as a real-life superhero in the eyes of his younger fans. Hogan was featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated, TV Guide, and People magazines, while also appearing on The Tonight Show and co-hosting Saturday Night Live.

Although his roots are still with wrestling, Hogan is focusing more on television roles. He now has his own reality show, called “Hogan Knows Best”, which focuses on his own family life. In addition, he now hosts the comeback series “American Gladiators”.

Other past acting gigs include roles on Rocky III, No Holds Barred, The A-Team, Walker, Texas Ranger, and others.

Andre the Giant

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Andre the Giant, born André René Roussimoff in 1946 in France,began wrestling professionally in his late teens. He made his WWF debut in 1973 and remained with the federation until 1991. He was the first to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He was one of the most famous professional wrestlers of the 70’s and 80’s and was loved by audiences and fans all over the world.

Andre was of course best known for his great size. He stood over 7 feet tall, and weighed over 300 pounds at the beginning of his career. By the end of his career he had reached a whopping 540 pounds. Andre also had an abnormally large wrist, at 13″, which is indicative of overall bone structure.

Supposedly he went 15 years without a loss by pinfall or submission before being pinned by Hulk Hogan in 1987 at WrestleMania III In 1986, André won a twenty-man battle royal that featured top NFL stars and wrestlers.

By the late 1980’s the disease that granted him his immense size started to take its toll on his body. André was in constant, near-crippling pain, and his heart struggled to pump blood throughout his massive body. When he was not in front of a camera, he was usually in a wheelchair. .André died in his sleep on January 27, 1993, in his Paris hotel room. He was in France to attend the funeral of his father. André’s body was cremated in accordance with his wishes and his ashes scattered at his ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina.

‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage

The’ Macho Man’ Randy Savage, born Randall Mario Poffo in 1952 in Columbus, Ohio, made his WWF debut n 1985. Savage became instantly known by wrestling fans for his distinctively deep, husky voice, colorful attire (often comprised of sunglasses and a bandanna, gaudy robes and/or a cowboy hat), and his catch phrase “Oooh, yeah!”For much of his tenure in the WWF, he was managed by his real life wife, “Miss Elizabeth” Hulette.

Macho Man was a two-time WWF champion and a four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

Savage later became known for his rivalry with Hulk Hogan, after accusing Hogan of sleeping in Elizabeth’s bed during a road trip. Savage and Elizabeth were divorced on September 18, 1992. Savage and Hogan reportedly have a strained relationship to this day.

In 2005, Savage reported he was unable to wrestle any longer due to health concerns.

He also reported that he will star in the next season of of VH1’s The Surreal Life along with Playboy Playmate Tina Marie Jordan and rock musician Peter Steele. VH1 has not released the official cast list yet.

In 2003, Savage released a hip hop album titled: Be a Man. The album features a tribute to wrestler and friend Curt Hennig and the title track which mocks former friend Hulk Hogan.

His former wife Elizabeth Hulette was found dead in the home of professional wrestler Lex Luger on May 1, 2003 from a drug overdose.

Jake’ the Snake’ Roberts

Jake “the Snake” Roberts was born Aurelian Smith, Jr. in 1955. His nickname comes from being thin and snake-like. He often would slide into and out of the ring on his belly under the bottom rope. By the time he reached the WWF in 1986, Roberts was bringing a huge, live Burmese Python, named Damien, to ringside in a canvas bag. After executing a DDT, Roberts would coil the constrictor around the opponent’s neck, and the snake would slither around on top of the fallen wrestler, sometimes appearing to strangle him.

Roberts made his initial WWF debut in 1986. He later left in 1992, but then returned again in 1996. He was always known for his dark charisma, his extensive use of psychology in his matches, and has been credited for inventing the DDT, though that has been challenged. He is also credited with training wrestlers and teaching wrestling psychology to famous wrestlers Steve Austin and the Undertaker.

Jake “the snake” is still involved with professional wrestling today. However, his long bout with alcoholism and drug abuse has caused him some troubles over the years. In December, 2007, the WWE placed him in a nine-week rehab program.

The Ultimate Warrior

The Ultimate Warrior (born Brian James Hellwig in 1959) was a WWF superstar from the mid-1980’s to early 1990’s and was known for entering the ring at full speed and violently shaking the ropes up and down with extreme energy. He was also known for the distinctive patters of face paint.

His tenure at the WWF was characterized by several feuds with the federation owner, Vince McMahon.

The Ultimate Warrior had three runs with the WWF. His WWF debut was in 1987 and continued until 1991. He left in 1991 over a pay dispute with owner, Vince McMahon. He then returned to the WWF, as Dingo Warrior, in 1992. Rumors began that Dingo Warrior was not the original Ultimate Warrior and that the original Ultimate Warrior had died. These rumors were shown on several occasions not to be true. The Ultimate Warrior left WWF, again, in late 1992 after yet another feud with the federation, this time over the legal rights to the name “Ultimate Warrior”. The WWF cited steroid use as the reason for firing the Ultimate Warrior from the WWF.

In 1996, he returned again. This time the WWF fired him for taking time off to grieve his father’s death. McMahon stated that the Ultimate Warrior didn’t have a close relationship with his father and hasn’t seen him in over ten years. Warrior claimed that the real reason why he was a no-show to the WWF events was a breach of contract by McMahon.

In 1993, Jim Hellwig legally changed his name to Warrior in order to retain the legal rights to use the name outside of the WWF. His children carry the Warrior name as their legal surname

In 1996, Warrior a comic book entitled ‎WARRIOR, featuring himself as the main character. The comics sold well in the first two months. The sales slowed and the book was taken out of circulation in early 1997.

After officially retiring from professional wrestling in 1999, Warrior began a new career as a conservative speaker and commentator, denouncing left-wing politics. Specifically, he has made comments against homosexuality, stating that “the human race would die out if everyone were a homosexual.”

Brett “Hitman” Hart

Bret Sergeant Hart, aka Brett “Hitman’ Heart, was born in Alberta, Canada, in 1957. Known for his fluid technical skills and agility and for his ability to create tense and entertaining matches, he is thought to be one of the most popular and gifted technical professional wrestlers of his generation.

>Hart was a seven-time world champion through his career in World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Federation. In 2006, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He was also placed in the top five best technical wrestlers of all time.

He made his first televised WWF debut in August 1984. In 1985, he partnered up with Jim Neidhart to build the tag team known as The Hart Foundation. The partnership lasted a few years but eventually split up.

Hart wrestled with most of WWF’s infamous wrestlers. Notable opponents include his brother, Owen Hart, and wrestling legend Stone Cold Steve Austin. Hart also had an on-air rival, “announcer” Vince McMahon, who at the time was being exposed as the owner of WWF.

Hart retired from professional wrestling in 2000.

On June 23, 2002, Hart suffered a major stroke after hitting his head in a bicycle accident. He suffered total paralysis on his left side, which required months of physical therapy. He has since recovered much of his mobility and is in good health.

In late 2007, Hart released an autobiography, titled Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling. The book is an honest look into the world of wrestling as he describes in detail the chronic abuse of drugs and alcohol he witnessed during his tenure. He also discusses his own infidelities and personal struggles. The book reached number one on the Globe & Mail bestseller list.

Ravishing Rick Rude

Ravishing Rick Rude, born Richard Erwin Rood in 1958, was known for his over-confidence and arrogance in the WWF. Before a match he would make a show of removing his robe while running down the males in the crowd. After a successful match he would kiss a girl from the audience. On one occasion, he tried to get Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ real-life wife, Cheryl, to comply, which upset Roberts. On another memorable occasion Rude came to the ring with a picture of Cheryl stenciled on the front of his tights. A furious Roberts charged the ring and stripped Rude naked (he appeared as naked to TV viewers but was in fact wearing a thong).

Rude departed from WWF in October 1990 to later enter the WCW (World Championship Wrestling). After injuring his back during a fight in 1994, Rude did not return to wrestling until 1997. He came back to the WWF as an “insurance policy” and assisted with several sneak attacks on The Undertaker. Rude was not signed to a full-time contract with WWF, he was performing on a “pay-per-appearance”. Later that year he departed to return to the WCW.

In 1999, Rude died at the age of 40 after suffering heart failure. An autopsy report showed he died from an overdose of “mixed medications.” At the time of his death, he was planning on opening a wrestling school in Rome, Georgia, where he and his family resided.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, born James Stuart Duggan in 1954, is best known for his gimmick as an American patriot with his favorite weapon, the 2×4.

Duggan was signed to the World Wrestling Federation, in 1987. He was the winner of the first Royal Rumble in 1988.

Although he did not win any major titles in the seven years, he was a consistent fan favorite with his patriotic gimmick. His character was mainly comical, as he rarely was in major contention for titles.

Duggan left the WWF and signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1994. During his employment with WCW, Duggan was diagnosed with kidney cancer. His real-life struggle with the disease was very public and his comeback to wrestling after fighting off the ailment was a triumphant.

Duggan is still wresting. He returned to the WWE in 2005.

The British Bulldogs

The British Bulldogs were the team of cousins Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid who joined the WWF in 1984. They are considered one of the top tag-teams of all time.

Their first and probably most well known feud was with the Hart Foundation. . In 1987, the British Bulldogs lost the titles to the Hart Foundation in a match that saw Dynamite Kid so debilitated that he was carried to the ring by Davey Boy Smith. They left the federation for a while. When they returned to the WWF, they had a real live bulldog, Matilda. They quit the federation in 1988 as a result of backstage altercations between Dynamite Kid and Jacques Rougeau.

After leaving the WWF, the Bulldogs returned to their old “home” in Stampede and also resumed touring with the AJPW (All Japan Pro Wrestling), but years of steroid abuse made them too large and Dynamite Kid’s back injury limited his movement. In 1990, Davey Boy Smith abruptly withdrew the Bulldogs from AJWP by returning to the WWF, fabricating a lie that Dynamite was in a serious car accident and couldn’t compete. Dynamite went on to form the British Bruisers with the AJWP but the years of steroid abuse, working a high-impact style and cocaine usage caught up with the Dynamite Kid.

In 2002, Davey Boy Smith died of a heart attack while vacationing in Invermere, B.C. Dynamite Kid is now confined to a wheelchair.

Baseball’s All-Time Greatest Teams

It isn’t an easy task choosing between them, but statistically these are the four best teams in baseball history. Enjoy this journey through the glorious past of baseball greats.

Ask baseball fans who the greatest team of all time is and the most common answer would probably be the 1927 Murders Row New York Yankees of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. But was that really the greatest baseball team of all time statistically? Were any other teams as good as or better than the 1927 Yankees? In order to try and answer that question I statistically analyzed all Major League baseball teams from 1901 until today.

What constitutes a great team? Obviously winning is a hallmark of a great team and so is dominating the opposition. So how did I quantify that statistically? I used five markers that teams must meet to be considered great.

  1. Winning Percentage – Great teams should win the vast majority of their games. I used .700 as the cutoff.
  2. Run Differential – The difference between how many runs scored minus how many runs given up per game on average. The higher the number the more dominating a team is. I used 1.80 as the cutoff.
  3. Total Number of Great Players – Great players being defined as Hall of Fame players or Hall of Fame caliber players. Hall of Fame caliber players are players who fall short of the Hall of Fame but had Hall of Fame caliber seasons and failed to make it due mainly to longevity issues. I used a combination of at least 6 players who are Hall of Fame players or Hall of Fame caliber players as the cutoff.
  4. Led League in Both Runs Scored and Fewest Runs Allowed – Teams should do both to be considered great and dominating. Some might argue that park effects play a great role in determining which teams lead the league in runs scored and runs allowed. That is true but great teams overcome all obstacles which is what makes them the greatest. (The Brooklyn Dodgers played in a bandbox in Ebbets Field yet led the National League in both categories in the 1955 season, while the Los Angeles Dodgers have played in the greatest pitchers park in baseball since Dodger Stadium was opened and they too led the National League in both categories in 1974 and 1978. None of the Dodger teams qualify on all categories though.)
  5. Winning the World Series (provided there was a World Series) – how can a team be considered great if they did not win the World Series if they played in it? The 1906 Chicago Cubs won 116 games and had a winning percentage of .763, the best ever for regular season since 1901, but lost the World Series to their cross-town rivals the Chicago White Sox.

Only Four Teams Meet All Five Markers (Players Stats For The Year In Parenthesis):

1902 Pittsburgh Pirates – 103-36 (.741), led league in runs scored with 775 while allowing the fewest runs at 440, which works out to 5.58 runs scored per game while allowing 3.17 runs per game for a 2.41 run differential. No World Series played in 1902.

Three Hall of Famers on the team in Honus Wagner (105 runs, 91 RBI’s, 42 SB’s, .330 avg) Fred Clarke (103 runs, 29 SB’s, .401 OBP) and Jack Chesbro (28-6, 2.17 ERA). Three more Hall of Fame caliber players in Jesse Tannehill (20-6, 1.95 ERA), Deacon Phillippe (20-9, 2.05) and Sam Leever (16-7, 2.39).

1927 New York Yankees – 110-44 (.714), led league in runs scored with 975 while allowing the fewest runs at 599, which works out to 6.33 runs scored per game while allowing 3.89 runs per game for a 2.44 run differential. Swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series.

Six Hall of Fame players on the team in Babe Ruth (158 runs, 60 HR’s, 164 RBI’s, 1.26 OPS), Lou Gehrig (149 runs, 49 HR’s, 175 RBI’s, 1.24 OPS), Tony Lazzeri (92 runs, 18 HR’s, 102 RBI’s, 22 SB’s, .865 OPS), Earle Combs (137 runs, .356 avg, .925 OPS), Waite Hoyt (22-7, 2.63 ERA) and Herb Pennock (19-8, 3.00 ERA). Another player, Urban Shocker (18-6, 2.84 ERA), was Hall of Fame caliber and would be in the Hall of Fame if not for his untimely illness and death in 1928 from heart disease and pneumonia. Bob Meusel (103 RBI’s, 24 SB’s, .337 avg, .903 OPS) was also a Hall of Fame caliber player.

1939 New York Yankees – 106-45 (.702), led league in runs scored with 967 while allowing the fewest runs at 556, which works out to 6.40 runs scored per game while allowing 3.68 runs per game for a 2.72 run differential. Swept the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series.

Five Hall of Fame players on the team but Lou Gehrig does not really count as the Iron Horse’s iron man streak of 2,130 consecutive games played came to an end just 8 games into the season due to Gehrig’s unfortunate illness with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. Which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease today.

The other four Hall of Famer’s on the team were Joe Dimaggio (108 runs, 30 HR’s, 126 RBI’s, .381 avg, 1.12 OPS), Bill Dickey (98 runs, 24 HR’s, 105 RBI’s, .916 OPS), Red Ruffing (21-7, 2.93 ERA) and Lefty Gomez (12-8, 3.41 ERA). Also on the team were Hall of Fame caliber players Joe Gordon (92 runs, 28 HR’s, 111 RBI’s, .876 OPS), Red Rolfe (139 runs, 80 RBI’s, .329 avg, .899 OPS) and Charlie Keller (87 runs, 83 RBI’s, .334 avg, .947 OPS).

1998 New York Yankees – 114-48 (.704), led league in runs scored with 965 while allowing the fewest runs at 656, which works out to 5.96 runs scored per game while allowing 4.05 runs per game for a run differential of 1.91. Swept the San Diego Padres in the World Series.

Two sure Hall of Famers on the team in Derek Jeter (127 runs, 19 HR’s, 84 RBI’s, 30 SB’s, .324 avg, .865 OPS) and Mariano Rivera (36 Saves, 1.91 ERA). The 1998 New York Yankees had a remarkable number of Hall of Fame caliber players in Jorge Posada (.825 OPS), Tino Martinez (92 runs, 28 HR’s, 123 RBI’s, .860 OPS) Chuck Knoblauch (117 runs, 31 SB’s), Bernie Williams (101 runs, 26 HR’s, 97 RBI’s, .339 avg, .997 OPS), Paul O’Neill (95 runs, 24 HR’s, 116 RBI’s, .317 avg, .882 OPS), Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez (12-4, 3.13), Andy Pettitte (16-11, 4.24 ERA), David Wells (18-4, 3.49 ERA) and David Cone (20-7, 3.55 ERA) all playing regularly (with Darryl Strawberry and Tim “Rock” Raines playing part-time).

How Do They Stack Up?

Winning Percentage:

  1. 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates – .741
  2. 1927 New York Yankees – .714
  3. 1998 New York Yankees – .704
  4. 1939 New York Yankees – .702

Run Differential:

  1. 1939 New York Yankees – 2.72
  2. 1927 New York Yankees – 2.44
  3. 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates – 2.41
  4. 1998 New York Yankees – 1.91

Number of Great Players:

  1. 1998 New York Yankees – 11
  2. 1927 New York Yankees – 8
  3. 1939 New York Yankees – 7
  4. 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates – 6

All four teams led their league in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed.

Except for the 1902 Pirates, the other three Yankee teams all won the World Series by sweeping their opponents. No World Series was played in 1902.

What do we end up with? The four greatest teams in Major League baseball history. Trying to separate them is difficult. What’s interesting to note is that 1902 Pirates had the best winning percentage of the four, the 1939 Yankees had the greatest run differential of the four, and the 1998 Yankees had the greatest number of Hall of Fame caliber players.

The 1927 Murders Row New York Yankees of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig did not lead in any of the categories but were second in each one.

WWE – Music for the Masses

WWE Music and the importance of it

Music is a way to communicate with people. It’s a way to get the audience pumped up. A wrestler’s theme song is an extension of their characters and a way for them to help connect to their audiences. The World Wrestling Entertainment uses a huge variety of music, and not just in their Superstars and Diva’s entrance music, but in a way to sell a Pay-Per-View, a way to pay tribute to some one special. I want to take a look at some of the contributers to the music in the WWE as well as some talents own mixes.

Jim Johnston is the musical genius behind hundreds of WWE superstars and diva’s entrance music. He’s been working in the WWE since the 1980’s and has composed themes for The Rock, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, and the theme to the 1988 movie No Holds Barred, starring Hulk Hogan. Johnston began his career working for MTV and VH-1 creating bumpers and commercial cues. He has admitted to suffering from stage fright as well as a fear of live audiences. Johnston is still pumping out some of the awesome theme songs for the superstars and divas, and producing the WWE’s many soundtracks for the fans.

Selective Discography For Jim Johnston

  • The Wrestling Album -1985
  • Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2 -1987
  • WWF Full Metal -1996
  • WWF Aggression -2000
  • WWF The Music Vol. 5 – 2001
  • WWF Forcible Entry -2002
  • WWE Anthology -2002
  • WWE Originals – 2004
  • WWE Theme Addicts: Vol. 6 – 2004
  • WWE Wreckless Intent -2006
 Another master of the wrestling themes is a man that everyone knows and loves. A man who not only worked as a manager of many successful staples in wrestling history, but he also started off in his own band, The Gentry’s. Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart has composed many of the 80’s superstars theme music. He worked on the Honky Tonk Man’s, Shawn Michaels, Bret Harts, Legion of Dooms, The Fabulous Rougeaus, Hulk Hogans and many more. The Gentry’s had a million selling record with “Keep On Dancing” from the 1960’s. Jimmy Hart was inducted in the 2005 WWE Hall of Fame.

Another one of the talented musicians in the wrestling family is RAW’s ring announcer, the lovely Lillian Garcia. She has recorded Torrie Wilson’s theme for the WWE Anthology album in 2002, and has also recorded a song for the WWE Originals album in 2004. She is often singing the American National anthems at the beginning of shows. I have actually even seen her sing the Canadian National Anthem at a RAW a few years back, and I have to say, she could have out done any other Canadian musician Her voice is full of power and emotion. After September 11th, Lillian sang an emotional rendition of the American National anthem at the September 13th edition of SmackDown. She is also currently working on her own album which will hopefully be released this year. Lillian has worked along side Latin recording artist Jon Secada, as well has co-wrote songs with writer Meridith Brooks. To check out more on Lillian check out her website;

Jeff Hardy has a unique sound all his own. After leaving the WWE in 2003 he worked with the band Burnside 6 and together formed the band Peroxwhy?gen alongside fellow wrestler Shannon Moore. A band with a unique sound, a mix of punk and electronica. While working in TNA, Jeff Hardy used his own music as his entrance theme called “Modest”. The song is an original mix, just like the wrestler himself. Peroxwhy?gen currently has their own myspace page.

Amy Dumas, formally known to the wrestling world as Lita, has her own musical project, a band called the Luchagors. You can check out this aspiring Punk band on myspace. They are currently working on their first CD. Good luck to Amy!

You can’t mention wrestling and music without mentioning Fozzy. Former WWE superstar, Chris Jericho is the front man of a heavy metal band. They have a total of 3 albums, the first one mostly covers, the second one a mixture of covers and their own music, and the third album is completely their music alone. I personally own all three Fozzy Cds and they are some of my favorites. Chris Jericho left the WWE to ncentrate on outside projects, including Fozzy, as well as acting. Chris Jericho and Fozzy have their own MySpace pages.

And what list would be complete without the current WWE Champion, John Cena. On May 10, 2005, the first CD of John Cena was released. “You Can’t See Me” debut on the Billboard Charts at Number 15, and at number 3 on the rap charts. The album released three singles, “Bad Bad Man”, “Right Now”, and “The Time Is Now”. Also the song “If It All Ends Tomorrow” was featured in Cena’s first ever movie, The Marine. Despite the fact that his talent in the ring suffers greatly, his musical ability shows greater promise.

Many well known names in music have contributed in the entrance and Pay-Per-View music. Artist like, Lil Kim, P.O.D., 3 Six Mafia, Boy Hits Car, Finger Eleven and Eighteen Vision all contribute to a long list of outstanding musicians. All songs are still written and composed by Jim Johnston.

Many bands have contributed multiple times. Saliva, Motorhead, Drowning Pool, are among the top contributers.

Saliva was first heard back in 2000 when they lent their song “Click Click Boom” for the WWE Pay-Per-View “Unforgiven”. Then they not onlygot to share their sond “Always” for the WrestleMania 18 theme with Drowning Pool, they also performed live at the event in Toronto. When the album, WWF Forcible Entry came out in 2002, Saliva lent their voices and musical talent to perform the new song for the Dudley Boyz, called “Get The Tables”. It didn’t stop there with entry themes as recently as 2006 when reckless Intent came out had them doing Batista’s entrance music, “I Walk Alone”. At “Unforgiven” in 2004, their song, “Survival of the Sickest” was the Pay-Per-View theme. This year at WrestleMania 23, Saliva has tag teamed once again with the WWE to promote their new album, “Blood Stained Love Story” with the song “Ladies and Gentlemen” as the theme song.

In February 2003, a brand new band was featured for the No Way Out Pay-Per-View in Montreal. Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life” was the first band the WWE promoted who had a female lead singer, Amy Lee. Shortly after this Pay-Per-View, Evanescence boomed all over the air waves, and quickly became one of the top selling bands of this era. Although they only lent that one song to the WWE, Evanescense was well worth the mention.

Another multiple-contributer band is Drowning Pool. With the use of the bands break-out song “Bodies” used for the theme to the 2000 Summer Slam Pay-Per-View in Raleigh, North Carolina, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley’s theme during the Invasion year, and now it is currently the new ECW opening song. Their song “Sinner” was the theme song to the December Pay-Per-View, Vengence. In 2002 on the Forcible Entry CD, Drowning Pool did a cover of Motorhead’s “The Game”, which was the theme song for Triple H. That same year at WrestleMania 18 they shared the stage with Saliva performing their song “Tear Away”. Two years later they contributed again at WrestleMania 20 with “Step Up”. Currently the band supplies the WWE with SmackDown’s opening theme song, “Rise Up”.

Thanks to Randy Orton, the band Mercy Drive made and impact in 2004 when they supplied the music “Away” for a tribute video for Orton after he won the World Championship in Toronto. The band is currently doing Orton’s theme song “Burn In My Light”.

You can’t talk about music of the WWE without mentioning this legendary band, Motorhead. At WreslteMania 17 in the Houston Astrodome, Motorhead performed Triple H’s theme, “The Game” live while Triple H walked to the ring. When Triple H recruited one legend, and two rookies to form the faction “Evolution”, there was no one better to perform the theme song “Line In The Sand” then Motorhead. That theme song is one of the best WWE theme songs in history. That ticking of the clock always indicated that Triple H, Ric Flair, Batista and Randy Orton were on their way to the ring to cause trouble. At WrestleMania 22 in Chicago, Triple H’s entrance became a questionable yet highly talked about part of 2006. He entered the event clad in a Conan The Barbarian type get up, complete with him perched on a throne. Motorhead supplied the new, kick ass theme song approperately titled “King Of Kings”.

Kid Rock has also supplied nuerous pieces of his music. The Undertaker used Rocks’ “American Bad Ass” in 2000 when he returned from a lengthy hiatus at Judgment Day. The music helped “Taker morph his image from the dead man to the biker bad ass that closely resembles the real Mark Calloway. Kid Rock”s song “Cocky” was the Pay-Per-View theme for The Royal Rumble in 2003. Stacy Keibler also used his cover of the ZZ Top classic, “Legs”. One of the best historical video packages that played tribute to the ever changing WWE was a series of emotionally charged momentes througout the years of the WWWF/WWF/WWE done to Kid Rock’s “Lonely Road Of Faith”.

There has just been so many incredible bands and artist who have contributed over the years. Rob Zombie contributed “Feels So Numb” for a Pay-Per-View and “Never Gonna Stop” for Edge’s theme song. Other bands who also deserve an honorable mention are:

  • Finger Eleven – Kane
  • Our Lady Peace – Chris Benoit/Jeff Hardy Tribute
  • Lil Kim – Trish Stratus
  • Naughty By Nature – Shane McMahon
  • KillSwitch Engage – CM Punk
  • Alterbridge – Edge
  • Marilyn Manson – The SmackDown theme/Tribute to the Brother’s of Destruction
  • The Union Underground – RAW Theme
  • Papa Roach – Current RAW Theme
  • Fozzy – No Way Out
  • ShineDown – WrestleMania
  • Peter Gabriel – WrestleMania
  • Limp Bizkit – Undertaker/WrestleMania
  • Creed – tribute videos
  • Garbage – Torrie Wilson
  • No Doubt – Diva’s Tropical Pleasure UPN Special
  • Sheryl Crow – Trish Stratus

Thanks to the World Wrestling Entertainment, my music tasts have broadened. I was introduced to so many awesome bands in the 21 years I have been a fan. It will forever keep changing. With the promotional tool that the WWE hs become, many up and coming artists could sky rocket to stardom with this incredible company behind them. The music that we hear each week on television or in person, gets our heart pumping and our excitement bursting to get out. So whether it’s the first few bars of Jeff Hardy’s music, or the “You Think You Know Me’ just before Edge bursts through the steam, you anticipate your favorite superstars. I guarantee you, the next time you are watching wrestling, (especially TNA) muted on your television, you will find that your heart doesn’t pound quite the same.

Jürgen Klinsmann “The Golden Bomber”

He was known as Golden Bomber, a very sharp German striker. What are his achievements as a player and after retired?

Jürgen Klinsmann usually called as Klinsi was born on July 30 1964 in Göppingen, Germany. With his blonde hair and scoring ability he was also known as “Golden Bomber”. He was one of the most succesful striker during the 90s. As a Germany national team player he won 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Klinsmann started to play football at the age of eight, he learned many positions in his youth, including goalkeeper. He started his professional career at the age of seventeen for Stuttgarter Kickers, which at the time was a second division club. In 1984 he joined the more prestigious Stuttgart club VfB Stuttgart, a perennial first division member.

Besides playing for German clubs VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, Klinsmann also played in many countries around Europe such as at AS Monaco (French Ligue 1), Internazionale and Sampdoria ( Italy Serie A), and Tottenham Hotspur in (England Premier Division). During this time he was under the tutelage of such coaches as Arsène Wenger and Giovanni Trapattoni, among others.

At Spurs he was known for his diving goal celebration, by “diving” onto the pitch on his front. Because of that, fans of other teams called him the “Submarine Commander” because of his alleged tendency to “Dive! Dive! Dive!” when challenged. This goal celebration is known in England as “doing a Klinsmann”. During his second season at Spurs, Klinsmann decided to retire from playing professional football in the summer of 1998 after the World Cup.

Under the pseudonym Jay Goppingen, Klinsmann returned to active play in 2003 for Orange County Blue Star in the American Premier Development League. The 39-year-old was able to score five goals in eight appearances, helping his team to reach the playoffs. The name is taken from the town of Göppingen, where Klinsmann was born.

As a club player Klinsmann already won Bundesliga Championship 1997, and UEFA Cup in 1991 (with Inter Milan) and 1996 (with Bayern Munich). He became German Footballer of the Year in 1994 and 1998 and English Footballer of the Year in 1995.

Klinsmann also had a good international career, seeing his first Germany duty in 1987 and in the end collecting 108 caps along with 47 international goals. He participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal; the 1988, 1992 and 1996 European Championships, reaching the final in 1992 and becoming champion in 1996. He was also take an important part of the German team in the World Cups 1990. He scored 3 goals in World Cup 1990 and brought Germany to became a champion. He also scored 5 goals in World Cup 1994, and 3 goals in World Cup1998. He was the first player ever to score at least 3 goals in each of three World Cups, later joined by Ronaldo of Brazil.

In March 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100, Pelé’s list of the 125 greatest living players announced as a part of FIFA’s centenary celebration.

 After retiring from active play, Klinsmann started his commercial career. He became the vice-president of a sports marketing consultancy based in the United States and was involved in Major League Soccer as part of the Los Angeles Galaxy team.

On 26 July 2004, he returned to Germany to replace his ex teammate Rudi Völler as a national coach. Together with his fellow German striker Oliver Bierhoff as team public relation, Klismann brought Germany to new era of football. He created a youth movement to breathe life into an aging squad on the heels of a disastrous showing at Euro 2004. In the run up to the 2006 World Cup, Klinsmann attracted criticism from German fans and the media following poor results, such as the 4-1 loss to Italy. A particular subject of criticism was that Klinsmann commuted to Germany from the United States, which was the target of a campaign by the “Bild” tabloid. It should be noted that Klinsmann had previously eliminated some privileges Bild traditionally had with the national team, such as receiving the team lineup the day before a match, and 24/7 exclusive access to the team. His largely offensive tactics have irritated some, who complain that he ignores defensive football. He announced a squad of young players for the 2006 World Cup, basing his selection policy on performance, not reputation.

Despite all of those critics, he managed the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup, a much better result than the general expectations, including those from own fans.

On 12th July 2006 Klinsmann officially announced that he would step down as Germany’s coach after two years in charge and been replaced by assistant coach Joachim Löw. Said Klinsmann, who is based in California, “My big wish is to go back to my family, to go back to leading a normal life with them.” He continued “After two years of putting in a lot of energy, I feel I lack the power and the strength to continue in the same way.”

Klinsmann’s family operates a bakery in Stuttgart’s Botnang district and consequently he is sometimes affectionately referred to as the “baker’s son from Botnang”. Klinsmann is in fact a trained baker. He is married to Chinese-American Debbie Chin, a former model. Klinsmann currently lives in Huntington Beach, California (closer reports say Newport Beach, California) with his wife and two children, Jonathan (b. 1997) and Leila (b. 2001).