Movember Matchup of the Day: Carl Weathers vs. Jesse Ventura

Today we go to a film that oozes with testosterone, muscles…and some fine mustache game. 

There are stories about about Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura sizing each other up on the set of Predator along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, trying to see whose biceps were bigger. 

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(Who would’ve thunk two governors would be elected from this movie?)

While neither made it out of the film alive, it’s finally time to settle the score between Apollo Creed and “The Body”! 

Whose stache is best for Movember?

Carl Weathers

Apollo stache

vs.

Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura

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Blackhawks Celebrity Fans vs. Hulk Hogan

After both teams shook hands and the lights went dim at the Honda Center following the Western Conference Finals Game 7, Anaheim Ducks Super Fan/Crazy Person Emilio Estevez went eerily quiet on Twitter. All week, Estevez took to social media to channel a drunk version of his 1992 character, Coach Gordon Bombay, from ‘The Mighty Ducks’ to troll Chicago Blackhawks and act super sensitive when the tables were turned on him (he blocked me). The day after, Estevez did what all celebrities do after acting a fool on Twitter…claimed he was hacked (sarcastically).

And now Emilio’s watch (and relevance) has ended.

Picking up the flag for Blackhawks antagonists, and ripping his tank top off in the process, is 12-time Champion of the World and apparent Tampa Bay Lightning die hard, Hulk Hogan.

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“Chicago’s in a whole bunch of trouble,” said Hogan at an ESPN Special Olympics event yesterday. He also noted that the Lightning are undefeated when his daughter, Brooke, sings the National Anthem…

As I type that last bit, I start to wonder if this is really just plea to the Lightning to have his daughter sing in the Stanley Cup Final, but Hulkamania is “Running Wild” in Tampa regardless. While I would be more than okay with Hogan planting a running leg drop on Chicago’s worst celebrity ever, Jim Belushi, I have a few high profile fans in mind that I’d love to throw in the ring with him…rocking the Indian Head sweater.

1. CM Punk

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The “Straight Edge Superstar”, former World Heavyweight/WWE Champion, and UFC Fighter is a longtime committed Blackhawks fan and favorite among “shoot the puck” contestants. In the wake of Tampa’s “No Blackhawks jerseys in certain sections” announcement, Punk took to Twitter to let the Lightning know he’s coming.

Since Hogan will be there, can we get an Intermission “Hardcore Rules” Match please?

2. Mr. T.

(Love the little shot at Belushi from Susannah Collins)

Coincidentally, both Mr. T and Hogan starred in Rocky III together as Clubber Lang and Thunderlips. They also tag teamed on Saturday Night Live and WrestleMania II

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but don’t be surprised to see the Lake Forest, IL resident lace’em up when the series makes it’s way back to the United Center. Anytime you’re asked to make a prediction on this series (or anything ever) the answer should be “PAIN!”

3. Michael Jordan

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Is there a bigger name synonymous with Chicago? That question was rhetorical…His uniform and the Bulls championship banners he earned hang in the same arena that the Blackhawks skate in, but even Michael Jordan is a fan of a team on the verge of “dynasty” status. A photo of Jordan wearing his Blackhawks jersey was making the rounds before Game 7 against the Ducks the other night, and articles sillier than this one did as well. You can bet #23 will be doing it again during the Stanley Cup Final.

You may remember Hollywood Hogan tag-teaming with Dennis Rodman for a WCW pay per view against Karl Malone and Diamond Dallas Page, but how about that MTV Celebrity Deathmatch when MJ took on Rodman (where Claymation Jordan said he was thinking about joining the NHL)?…You’re next, Claymation Hogan.

4. Vince Vaughn

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I was a little reluctant to post this, given Vince Vaughn’s recent comments that turned him into a polarizing political figure…but the guy has been at the games and was doing so when nobody was. Way more than Jim Belushi. And you get the feeling that his role in the upcoming season ofTrue Detective will make him appear to be someone you want on your side. He seemed to still be in character while lurking from his suite earlier in the Ducks series.

“Rule #76: No excuses. Play like a champion”, Vince.

5. Chicago Baseball

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One of my favorite things to see are teams in the same city supporting each other. Despite manager Joe Maddon claiming he’s Switzerland in this series (since he managed in Tampa Bay for so long), the Chicago Cubs are in full Blackhawks mode…I couldn’t let the White Sox go unrecognized though as players like Adam Eaton have been showing their love all season long.

If their schedules permit it, I’d love to see players from both clubs (as well as the Bears and Bulls) along the glass when the Blackhawks play at home. If Paul Pierce can do it, anybody can.

Honorable mention…

Charles Barkley Hawks

…Because he’s Charles Barkley.

Who are some other Chicago celebrities that you’d like to see wearing Blackhawks jerseys during the Stanley Cup Final? Let me know on Twitter @Mike_PiFF03.

#TBT Year in Review: 1992

In the year that Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was born…

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  • President George H.W. Bush threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister on live television.
  • The Cold War was formally declared over.
  • The Winter Olympics were held in Albertville, France. 
  • Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd President of the United States.
  • Atari was officially discontinued. 

And in the worlds of Movies, Music, and Sports…

Movies

Comedy

My Cousin Vinny, Encino Man, Sister Act, Home Alone 2, The Mighty Ducks, Honey I Blew Up the Kids, Beethoven, The Player, Singles, Captain Ron, Class Act, Mo’ Money, Revenge of the Nerds III, Boomerang, Toys, Housesitter, Mr. Baseball, White Men Can’t Jump, Ladybugs, The Muppet Christmas Carol AND…

Wayne’s World

Action/Thriller

Patriot Games, Basic Instinct, Under Siege, Alien 3, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Lethal Weapon 3, Raising Cain, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Batman Returns, Poison Ivy, Candy Man, Live Wire, Freejack, Rapid Fire, Bad Lieutenant, Passenger 57, AND…

Reservoir Dogs

Drama

Scent of a Woman, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Last of the Mohicans, A River Runs Through It, The Bodyguard, Juice, Lorenzo’s Oil, Far and Away, Malcolm X, The Crying Game, School Ties, Of Mice And Men, Stalin, Damage, Newsies, To Be The Best, Gladiator, Sinatra, Hoffa, Chaplin, Zebrahead, The Cutting Edge, Forever Young, AND…

A Few Good Men

The 65th Academy Awards

Best Actor

  • Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven
  • Stephen Rea, The Crying Game
  • Denzel Washington, Malcom X
  • Robert Downey Jr., Chaplin
  • Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman – Winner

Best Supporting Actor

  • Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game
  • Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men
  • Al Pacino, Glengarry Glen Ross
  • David Paymer, Mr. Saturday Night
  • Gene Hackman, Unforgiven – Winner 

Best Actress

  • Catherine Deneuve, Indochine
  • Mary McDonnell, Passion Fish
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, Love Field
  • Susan Sarandon, Lorenzo’s Oil
  • Emma Thompson, Howards End – Winner

Best Supporting Actress

  • Vanessa Redgrave, Howards End
  • Miranda Richardson, Damage
  • Judy Davis, Husbands and Wives
  • Joan Plowright, Enchanted April
  • Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny – Winner

Best Picture

  • The Crying Game
  • A Few Good Men
  • Howard’s End
  • Scent of a Woman
  • Unforgiven – Winner

Music

Rock Albums

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Hip Hop Albums

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Pop Albums

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Billboard Year-End Top 25 of 1992

1. “End of the Road” – Boyz II Men

2. “Baby Got Back” – Sir Mix-A-Lot

3. “Jump” – Kriss Kross

4. “Save the Best for Last” – Vanessa Williams

5. “Baby-Baby-Baby” – TLC

6. “Tears In Heaven” – Eric Clapton

7. “My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” – En Vogue

8. “Under the Bridge” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

9. “All 4 Love” – Color Me Badd

10. “Just Another Day” – John Secada

11. “To Be With You” – Mr. Big

12. “I Love Your Smile” – Shanice

13. “I’m Too Sexy” – Right Said Fred

14. “Black or White” – Michael Jackson

15. “Achy Breaky Heart” – Billy Ray Cyrus

16. “I’ll Be There” – Mariah Carey

17. “November Rain” – Guns N’ Roses

18. “Life is a Highway” – Tom Cochrane

19. “Remember the Time” – Michael Jackson

20. “Finally” – CeCe Peniston

21. “This Used To Be My Playground” – Madonna

22. “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” – Patty Smyth

23. “Can’t Let Go” – Mariah Carey

24. “Jump Around” – House of Pain

25. “Diamonds and Pearls” – Prince and the New Power Generation

Sports

Baseball

League Leaders

Batting

Average: Edgar Martinez (SEA) – .343

Hits: Kirby Puckett (MIN) – 210

Home Runs: Juan Gonzalez (TEX) – 43

RBI: Cecil Fielder (DET) – 124

OPS: Barry Bonds (PIT) – 1.080

Stolen Bases: Marquis Grissom (MON) – 78

Pitching

Wins: Kevin Brown (TEX) & Jack Morris (TOR) – 21

ERA: Bill Swift (SF) – 2.08

Strikeouts: David Cone (NYM & TOR) – 261

Complete Games: Jack McDowell (CHW) – 13

Shutouts: Roger Clemens (BOS), Tom Glavine (ATL) & David Cone – 5

Saves: Dennis Eckersley (OAK) – 51

MVP

AL – Dennis Eckersley (OAK)

NL – Barry Bonds (PIT)

CY Young

AL – Dennis Eckersley (OAK)

NL – Greg Maddux (CHC)

Rookie of the Year

AL – Pat Litasch (MIL)

NL – Eric Karros (LAD) 

World Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Atlanta Braves (4-2)

Basketball

NCAA

Final Four:

(1) Duke, (6) Michigan, (4) Cincinnati and (2) Indiana

National Championship:

(1) Duke over (6) Michigan 71-51

NBA

League Leaders:

Points Per Game: Michael Jordan (CHI) – 30.1

Rebounds Per Game: Dennis Rodman (DET) – 18.7

Assists Per Game: John Stockton (UTAH) – 13.7

All-NBA Team:

Clyde Drexler (POR)

Michael Jordan (CHI)

Karl Malone (UTAH)

Chris Mullin (GS)

Davis Robinson (SA)

MVP: Michael Jordan (CHI)

Rookie of the Year: Larry Johnson (CHA)

NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls over Portland Trailblazers (4-2)

Football

NCAA

Heisman Trophy

Charlie Ward (Florida State) & Gino Toretta (Miami)

National Champion

Alabama over Miami 34-13 in the Sugar Bowl 

NFL

League Leaders

Passing Yards: Dan Marino (MIA) – 4,116

Passing Touchdowns: Steve Young (SF) – 25

Passer Rating: Steve Young (SF) – 107.0

Rushing Yards: Emmitt Smith (DAL) – 1,713

Rushing Touchdowns: Emmitt Smith (DAL) – 18

Receiving Yards: Sterling Sharpe (GB) – 1,461

Receiving Touchdowns: Sterling Sharpe (GB) – 13

Receptions: Sterling Sharpe (GB) – 108

AP MVP: Steve Young (SF)

Super Bowl: Dallas Cowboys over Buffalo Bills 52-17

Hockey

League Leaders

Goals: Brett Hull (STL) – 70

Assists: Wayne Gretzky (LA) – 90

Points: Mario Lemieux (PIT) – 131

Hart Memorial Trophy: Mark Messier (NYR)

Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh over Chicago (4-0)

Did I miss anything? Let me know on Twitter @Mike_PiFF03.

Checkout past #TBT Years in Review 

2011

2006

1998

1989

1987

Movie Madness: The Dirty Thirty Two Winners

Welcome to the next round…

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…the Dirty Thirty Two.

[Update]: Voting has closed. The winners are below and have advanced to the Sweet 16. Voting will resume again Monday morning, March 30th on MichaelPiff.com

(4) Goodfellas

vs.

(5) Shawshank Redemption

(6) The Untouchables

vs.

(3) Jaws

(1) Animal House

vs.

(9) Wayne’s World

(7) Toy Story

vs.

(2) Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

(11) Almost Famous

vs.

(3) Pulp Fiction

(1) Die Hard

vs.

(8) Mission Impossible

(5) Blues Brothers

vs.

(4) Ghostbusters

(1) Star Wars

vs.

(9) Jurassic Park

(10) Good Will Hunting

vs.

(15) Rocky

(5) Tombstone

vs.

(4) Gladiator

(6) Blazing Saddles

vs.

(14) Office Space

(6) Field of Dreams

vs.

(3) Lord of the Rings

(1) The Godfather

vs.

(8) Forrest Gump

(10) The Matrix

vs.

(2) The Dark Knight

(7) Anchorman

vs.

(2) Caddyshack

(5) Guardians of the Galaxy

vs.

(4) The Avengers

AGAIN, VOTING WILL RESUME FOR THE SWEET 16 TOMORROW MORNING. THANKS FOR PLAYING.  

Movie Madness: Round of 64 Part II

Day 1 Voting Continued…

 

[Update] Voting has closed. Winners below.

(3) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

vs.

(14) Office Space

(8) Mission Impossible

vs.

(9) Kill Bill

(7) Toy Story

vs.

(10) The Lego Movie

(2) Citizen Kane

vs.

(15) Rocky

(4) Ghostbusters

vs.

(13) This Is Spinal Tap

(5) Tombstone

vs.

(12) Snatch

(6) Field of Dreams

vs.

(11) Ocean’s Eleven

(1) The Godfather

vs.

(16) The Departed

Voting will remain open until 11 PM CT. Share with your friends to vote for your favorites. You can also Tweet your votes to @Mike_PiFF03 with #MovieMadness. Vote for Part I matchups by clicking HERE!

The 2015 Movie Madness Bracket

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I understand not everybody is into basketball, or even sports for that matter. So for the past few years (with the help of some awesome people), I have released a TV Madness bracket for the masses to vote on. Dexter vs. The Wire, Friends vs. How I Met Your Mother, Breaking Bad vs. Mad Men, Game of Thrones vs. The Walking Dead…It was a good time. 

This year we’re switching things up and moving from the small screen to the silver screen. Movies from several genres and eras…there’s certainly something for everyone. We’ve also added 2 Play-In Games to expand the field to 68, much like the NCAA Tournament. Voting for the Play-In Games will start HERE tomorrow (3/25) morning. The REAL THING will begin 3/26 and voting will be open till 11 PM CST each day. 

Obviously everything is subjective with the seedings, but let’s take a closer look at each region for you to start making your picks!

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The De Niro/Brando Region

This is a very Drama filled region, and not the kind you get in Mean Girls. Most of these films have ranked high in the typical “all-time” lists, and are likely the ones that “Shawshank” you when they are played on AMC…

(For future reference, being “Shawshanked” happens when you catch a film on TV and no matter the point you tune into, or what time it is, you have to finish the film.)

(1) The Godfather
Matchup To Watch:

(3) Pulp Fiction vs. (14) Fight Club

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The Willis/Statham Region

Like Explosions? Gunfights? Epic oneliners?…What do you mean “No”? Get the hell out of here!  

(1) Die Hard
Matchup To Watch:

(8) Top Gun vs. (9) The Matrix

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The Belushi/Murray Region

This is the kind of “funny” Henry Hill was referring to when he pissed off Pesci in Goodfellas. Had to give John and Bill the region’s title considering they star in 4 of the above films. 

(1) Animal House

Matchup To Watch:

(7) Anchorman vs. (1) The Big Lebowski

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The Harrison Ford/Clooney Region

This region is a fun mix for fans of adventure, fantasy, and other miscellaneous awesomeness. Yes, I understand “Harrison Ford” is the only one to get his full name in a region…but when have you ever referred to him by just his first or last name? He also stars in the Top 2 seeds.

(1) Star Wars

Matchup to Watch:

(7) Toy Story vs. (10) The Lego movie

Check in tomorrow morning (3/25) as voting for the Play-In games will begin. Votes on Twitter directed to @Mike_PiFF03 with the hashtag #MovieMadness will also be counted. Feel free to fill out your own copy of the bracket and Tweet it to me to be shared.