I was recently asked, by our Executive Editor here at Campus Pressbox, Damien Bowman, to select ten people for the Baseball Hall of Fame off the 2016 ballot. I did. And here they are:
Ken Griffey, Jr.
I attempted not to choose any known “juicers”. No Bonds, McGwire, etc. I don’t know if I succeeded in this, but I did my best, IMHO. That is another discussion for another day, and I’m sure we’ll take it up on a podcast in the not-too-distant-future.
I attempt to be a purist. No DH, Astro Turf, et al. That’s probably, at least, a little disingenuous, but one has to try.
Our SEC 411 podcast, which we are about to record, is not going to contain much discussion on football, the SEC, or sports in general. I can’t wait to see where it goes.
The ten Hall of Famers prompted me to come up with a column which contains no SEC football or sports, except for the above mentioned HOF nominees.
We’re going to go with a “Top Ten Tuesday” (I know this posts on Wednesday but I wrote it on Tuesday. So there!) which will be lists of my top ten in areas that are, pretty much, pop culture. And this is not scientific, in any particular order, or what I consider to be, technically the best. It’s just my favorites… today.
So here we go!
Top Ten Movies
The Godfather Part Two
Inglorious Basterds (yes, I do LOVE Quentin Tarantino)
Apocalypse Now (and Francis Ford Coppolla, evidently)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Big Lebowski
Top Ten Country Songs
The Grand Tour – George Jones
I Don’t Wanna Play House – Tammy Wynette
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams
The Pilgrim Chapter 33 – Kris Kristofferson
Whiskey River – Willie Nelson
Merry Christmas From The Family – Robert Earl Keen
Yard Sale – Sammy Kershaw
Sea Of Heartbreak – Don Gibson
Since You’ve Gone – Ferlin Husky
(Tie) Holding Things Together – Merle Haggard &
He’s Got You – Patsy Cline
Top Ten Rock/Pop Songs
Powderfinger – Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Revolution – The Beatles
Babelogue>Rock N Roll Nigger – Patti Smith
Red Red Wine – Neil Diamond
Goin’ Out West – Gov’t Mule (originally done by Tom Waits)
See Me, Feel Me – The Who
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
Crimson And Clover – Tommy James and the Shondells or Joan Jett, take your pick.
Green River – CCR
I Love You Period – Dan Baird
Top Ten TV Shows (Network TV including PBS. And I haven’t watched many network shows in a long time. PBS, yes.)
The Andy Griffith Show
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Saturday Night Live
Top Ten Cable TV Shows
Friday Night Lights
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
The Walking Dead
Better Call Saul
Top Ten Premium Cable TV Shows
Game of Thrones
Masters of Sex
The Larry Sanders Show
Top Ten Rock/Pop Albums
Live At The Fillmore East – The Allman Brothers Band
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs – Derek & The Dominos
Are You Experienced? – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Europe ’72 – The Grateful Dead
Aqualung – Jethro Tull
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young
Chicago Transit Authority – Chicago
Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin
Revolver – The Beatles
Woodstock – Various Artists
Top Ten Jazz Albums
Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
Bitches Brew – Miles Davis
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
Giant Steps – John Coltrane
Bill Evans – Conversations With Myself
Duke Ellington – Money Jungle
Sonny Rollins – The Bridge
Charlie Parker – Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Charlie Parker
Thelonious Himself – Thelonious Monk
The Best Of – Django Reinhardt
Ok ok! This is typically an Auburn column, so I won’t leave you without Tiger news, or info, altogether.
Top Ten Auburn Games (I have attended)
Alabama 1989 – Tide’s first game ever played on The Plains. 30-20
Alabama 2013 – Kick Six. 34-28
Alabama 1972 – Punt Bama Punt. 17-16
Alabama 1982 – Bo Over The Top. 23-22
Florida 1993 – Number one ranked Gators go down in Jordan-Hare. 38-35
Oregon 2011 – 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 BCS National Championship Game. We’re number one! 22-19
Texas A&M 2013 – Dee Ford sacks Johnny Football on the final play of the game and we begin to feel it. The march to Pasadena! 45-41
Georgia 2013 – The Miracle at Jordan-Hare, 43-38
LSU 1997 – Dameyune Craig leads a last minute comeback in Death Valley. Just me and Luke made this trip to the Red Stick. Magical night. 31-27
Michigan 1984 – Sugar Bowl. Al Del Greco splits the uprights with a last second field goal. Auburn wins the National Championship according to the New York Times. They won it on the field as well. You will never convince me otherwise. 9-7
Hey claim ’em! It’s been done before! 😉
So there you have it! A Top Ten Tuesday! This should prompt the opportunity for some great discussion, so fire away!
I will probably do some more of this type of thing during bowl season and the off-season.
Also, many of us here at Campus Pressbox will be bringing you bowl previews. My first one will take a look at the Cure Bowl, which is to be played Saturday, 12/19, in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl. San Jose State vs. Georgia State. The Spartans and the Panthers!
And, naturally, I will preview the Birmingham Bowl.