Cars I used to think were badass

Here is a list of cars that I used to think were badass.

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT

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 1995 Toyota Supra

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1990 Nissan 300z

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1995 Mazda RX-7

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NFL Players That Wrestled

“I would have all of my Offensive Lineman wrestle if I could.”

– John Madden, Hall of Fame Football Coach


“One of the messages Denney hopes to relay to the Valley high school coaches and athletes is that wrestling is the perfect complement to football. While football is in its offseason, wrestling provides the perfect opportunity for the athletes to remain active, while working on their agility and conditioning, Denney said.

Shawhan can attest to Denney’s theory, also having an extensive gridiron background. Along with playing semi-pro football, Shawhan also has years of being an assistant football coach throughout the Rio Grande Valley (Mission High, Harlingen High, PSJA High, McAllen Memorial and McHi).

“In Texas, everyone knows that high school football is king,” Denney said. “I’m telling you, though, Texas is catching up in wrestling. And a lot of the football coaches are realizing how much wrestling can help their football team. And believe me, that’s the truth. I know it firsthand. You have to remember when I started out I was a football coach in high school, and I would go to the wrestling team and get everyone that could to sign up for my football team.

– By Wade Baker,The McAllen Monitor MCAllen, Texas.


“My football coach told me, ‘You better get in wrestling or I’ll beat you up,'”
— Tim Lee, Texas High School All-American

Lee said that wrestling helps him on the football field because he knows he has to stay low.

“In wrestling, you’ve got to have self-discipline and self-motivation. As a lineman, it’s the same thing … me vs. you. He brings that mentality to the football field.”

– Lee’s High School Football Coach, Tim Howard


“Some of Matt Roth’s intensity can also be attributed to his successful run as a state-champion wrestler in high school. Many coaches, scouts and wrestlers-turned-football-players will laud wrestling for the leverage and quick hands it provides for football. Roth credits wrestling for the never-say-die attitude it gave him.

“It’s the attitude. (Wrestling) helps you with your hips, your hands and your balance, but more than anything it helps you with your attitude,” he said. “A lot of these kids that are basketball players, we eat those kids up. It’s just our mentality – you’re going to get the job done and you’re going to punish them.”

Roth said his dream partner on the wrestling mat would be Ravens LB Ray Lewis, himself an accomplished high school wrestler.”

— By Chris Neubauer, Pro Football Weekly


Rodney Michael
Marques Harris - CO State Champ
Larry Turner
Andrew "Tyler" Lenda - District Champ
Matt Roth - IA State Champ
David Pollack
Tim Burrough - OK State Champ
Antoineo Harris - IL State Champ
Claude Harriott
Scott Wells - TN State Champ
Alex Lewis - District Champ
Rodney Leisle
Nick Newton
Sean Tufts
Brian Save
Kevin Atkins
Josh Minkins - District Runner-up
Tim Euhus
Andrew Tidwell-Neal - MN State Champ
Renaldo Works
Patrick "Bucky" Babcock - IL State Champ
Morgan Pears
Flozell Adams, DE, Dallas Cowboys
Tim Anderson - OH State Champ
Art Baker, RB, Buffalo Bills
Rhonde Barber, SS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tiki Barber, RB, New York Giants
Walter Barnes, DL, Washington Redskins - SEC Champ
Eric Bateman, OL, New York Jets
Harris Benton
Brad Benson, New York Giants - PA State Champ
Greg Boone, RB, Oakland Raiders
Ryan Binghom, Sand Diego Chargers - 2x State Champ
Jeff Bostic*, C, Washington Redskins - SC State Champ
Kevin Breedlove - SC State Finalist
Clinton "C.J." Brooks, Jr.
Zac Brown, LB, Tennesee Titans - 2x MD State Champ
Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins (#2 Pick)
Tedy Bruschi*, ILB, New England Patriots
Bob Bruenig*, LB, Dallas Cowboys
Phil Bryant, Philadelphia Eagles - 2x National Prep Champ
Luis Castillo, DT, San Diego Chargers (First Round Pick)
Ralph Cindrich, Houston Oilers - PA State Runner-Up
Jonathan Condo, LS, Dallas Cowboys - PA State Champ, Dapper Dan Champ
Tom Cousineau*, LB, Cleveland Browns  - 3rd State
Tom Covert*, OT, Chicago Bears
Benjamin Claxton - GA State Finalist
Chris Cooley, TE, Washington Redskins
Colin Cole, Seattle Seahawks
Jonathan Condo
Roger Craig*, RB, San Francisco 49'ers
Andrew Crummy - Cincinatti Bengals
Damien Covington, LB, Buffalo Bills
Curley Culp*, DL, Kansas City Chiefs - NCAA Champ
Larry Czonka**, RB, Miami Dolphins
Hall of Fame Running Back from the Miami Dolphins, Larry Czonka, pounded opponents on the wrestling mat as well as the gridiron.


Rob Davis, ST, Green Bay Packers
Dan Dierdorff**, OT, St. Louis Cardinals
Donnie Edwards, OLB, San Diego Chargers
Carl Edwards, San Diego Chargers - 3x MD State Champ
Rob Essink, Seattle Seahawks - NCAA DII Champ
Jim Everett, QB, New Orleans Saints
DeMarco Farr, St. Louis Rams
Patrick Flannery, OL, Houston Oilers
Ed Flanagan, C, Detroit Lions
Tony Fiametta - Carolina Panthers
Terrell Fletcher, RB, San Diego Chargers
Bill Fralic*, G,  Atlanta Falcons
Doug France*, LT, Los Angeles Rams - OH State Runner-Up
Antonio Garay, DL, Chicago Bears - State Champ
Frank Garcia, C, St. Louis Rams - 2x AZ State Champ
William George, Chicago Bears - 2x PA State Champ
Charlie Getty, RG, Kansas City Chiefs - 2x NCAA All-American
John Gilmore, TE, Chicago Bears
Kevin Glover*, C, Detroit Lions
Eric Ghiaciuc, C, Cincinatti Bengals - MI State Champ
La'Roi Glover*, DE, Dallas Cowboys
Mike Goff, G, Cincinnati Bengals
Bob Golic*, DT, Cleveland Browns - OH State Champ
Mike Golic, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
Darien Gordon, PR/CB, Denver Broncos
Scottie Graham, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Tim Green, DE, Atlanta Falcons
Kelly Gregg, NT, Baltimore Ravens, 3x KS State Champ
Morlon Greenwood, OLB, Miami Dolphins
Archie Griffin, HB, Cincinnati Bengals
Nick Griesen, LB, New York Giants
Randy Grossman, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
John Hannah**, G, New England Patriots
John Hartunian
Nick Hardwick - San Diego Chargers
Nick Harper, CB, Tennesee Titans
Carlton Haselrig*, Pittsburgh Steelers, 3x NCAA Champ
William Hayes, Tennesee Titans
Ron Heller, TE, Seattle Seahawks
Chad Hennings, DT, Dallas Cowboys - IA State Champ
Jay Hilgenberg*, C, Chicago Bears - IA State Runner-Up
Lincoln "Drew" Hodgdon, C, Houston Texans - CA State Champ
Orlando Huff, MLB, Seattle Seahawks
Joey Hildbold
Corey Hulsy, G, Oakland Raiders
John Jackson, T, Pittsburg Steelers
Bo Jackson*, RB, Oakland Raiders
Mario Johnson, DT, New England Patriot
Cody Johnson
Trevor Johnson
Dahanie Jones, LB, Cincinatti Bengals
Henry Jordan**, DT, Green Bay Packers
Dave Joyner, OL, Green Bay Packers
John Jurkovich*, DT, Cleveland Browns
Alex Karras, Detroit Lions
Patrick Kearney, DE, Atlanta Falcons
Tim Krumrie*, DL, Cincinnati Bengals - WI State Champ
Ernie Ladd, DL, Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Laskowski
Nick Lecky, C, - KS State Champ (in 2004 NFL Draft)
Jess Lewis, LB, Houston Oilers
Ray Lewis, Pro Bowl Linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, was a Florida 4A State Wrestling Champion at 189 lbs.


Ray Lewis*, Baltimore Ravens - 2x FL State Champ
Nick Leckey - TX State Champ
Ronnie Lott**, DB, San Francisco 49'ers
Kirk Lowdermilk*, OL, Minnesota Vikings
Sean Mahan, G, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Malczyk, LS, New York Giants
Alex Mack - Cleveland Browns
Joel Mackavicka, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Steve Martin, DT, Houston Texans
Mickey Marvin, RG, Oakland Raiders
Aaron Maybin, DE - Buffalo Bills - 4th State
Napolean McCallum, RB, Oakland Raiders
Randle McDaniel*, G, Minnesota Vikings
Mark McDonald, SS, Arizona Cardinals
Chris McIntosh, T, Seattle Seahawks
Bryant McKinnie, T. Minnesota Vikings
Future Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel was a wrestler before he was named to 12 NFL Pro Bowls.


Scott McKillop - San Francisco 49'ers
Gerald McRatha - Tennesee Titans
Greg Meisner, DL, Los Angeles Rams
Matt Millen*, LB, Oakland Raiders
Ronald Moore, RB, Cleveland Browns
James Mungro, HB, Indianapolis Colts
Jim Nance, FB, New England Patriots - NCAA Champ
Lorenzo Neal, FB, Tennessee Titans - NCAA Champ
Stephen Neal, OL, New England Patriots - NCAA Champ
Jeremy Newberry, C, San Francisco 49'ers
Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers - PA State Champ
Leo Nomellini*, T, San Francisco 49'ers - Big 10 Champ
Jonathan Ogden*, OT, Baltimore Ravens
Shane Olivea
Irv Pankey, Los Angeles Rams - 2x MD State Champ
Tony Pape, San Diego Chargers
Mike Patterson, DT, Philadelphia Eagles (First Round Pick)
David Patten, WR, New England Patriots
Brandon Pearce, Arizona Cardinals
Scott Peters, G, New York Giants
Bob Pickens, OL, Chicago Bears
Jim Plunkett*, QB, Oakland Raiders
Dave Porter, T, Green Bay Packers
Chris Pressley, Cincinatti Bengals
Mike Pyle, C, Chicago Bears - IA State Champ
Rocky Rasley, G, Detroit Lions
Mike Reid, Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Rhett, RB, Cleveland Browns - FL State Champ
Willie Roaf*, OT, New Orleans Saints
Erik Robertson, San Diego Chargers
Leon Robinson - GA State Runner-Up
Warren Sapp*, DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers - FL State Champ 
Kevin Sampson - NJ State Champ
Adam Seward, ILB, Carolina Panthers - NV State Champ
Mark Schlereth*, OL, Washington Redskins - Alaska State Champ
Cory Schlesinger, LB, Detroit Lions - NE State Champ
Steve Sefter, DT, Philadelphia Eagles, 2x PA State Champ & NCAA All-American
Tony Siragusa*, DT, Baltimore Ravens - NJ State Champ
Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp was a Florida State Champion wrestler in High School.


Fred Smerlas*, Buffalo Bills - MA State Champ
Bruce Smith**, DE, Washington Redskins 
Brad St. Louis, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Larod Stephens-Howling - Arizona Cardinals
Alex Stepanovich
Matt Suhey, RB, Chicago Bears
Bill Szott, OL, Washington Redskins - NJ State Champ
Dave Szott, Kansas City Chiefs - NJ State Champ
Terrance Taylor - Indianapolis Colts - State Champ
Woody Thompson, RB, Atlanta Falcons - PA State Champ
Jim Thorpe**, HB, New York Giants
Mike Trgovac, DC, Carolina Panthers - OH State Champ
Kyle Turley*, T, St. Louis Rams
Tai Tupai
Ryan Turnbull, RB, Cleveland Browns
Tommy Vardell, RB, San Francisco 49'ers
Adam Vinatieri*, K, New England Patriots
Gabe Watson, Arizona Cardinals
Gregory Walker - State Finalist
John Ward, OL, New York Jets - NCAA All-American
Fred Weary, C, Houston Texans - AL State Champ
Zachary Wilson
Charles White*, HB, Los Angeles Rams
Randy White*, DT, Dallas Cowboys 
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons - 2x SC State Champ (First Round Pick)
Cory Widmer, LB, New York Giants
Coy Wire, SS, Buffalo Bills - PA State Champ
Leo Wisniewski, NT, Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts - PA State Champ
Steve Wisniewski, G, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders - CA State Champ
Ricky Williams*, RB, Miami Dolphins
Coy Wire, LB, Buffalo Bills - PA State Runner-Up
Greg Wojochowski, St. Louis Rams

*Pro-Bowler
**Hall of Famer

6 E-mail Mistakes to Avoid

Most people are taught their manners at a young age, but some people seem to have neglected their e-mail manners.

1)  No Subject Line.

Most email programs will warn you before doing this.  Which means that you consciously decided to have no subject line even after you were reminded by your email program.  At least title it something!  “Hey I have a quick question”  or  “Concerns about Project A”.  This allows the reader to prioritize and later find your email in their inbox for future correspondence.

2) Incredibly Long E-mails.

There is nothing worse than opening an email and seeing a huge novel waiting there for you.  If you do have to write a lengthy e-mail, at least break it up under smaller two to three sentence paragraphs.

3) No Message Content.

Nothing makes a user feel more dumb than opening up an email and seeing no message, JUST a subject line.  Do you really feel your e-mail is so crucial that you have to put the whole thing in the subject line?  They will still open the email, so you are saving no time.

4) Not allowing time to respond.

You should be allowing at least 36 hours for a response to most emails, unless a shorter time frame has been established.  Follow up e-mails before a person has had a chance to read it can be annoying and send the wrong message.

5) Incoherent or Confusing E-mails.

Always re-read and spell check your e-mails.  Nothing wastes more time and causes more frustration than a misinterpreted e-mail.  If you re-read your e-mail and think there might be some confusion, re-word it immediately.

6) Misuse of Reply and Reply All.

Nothing breaks down the chain of communication more than when you have 10 people on an e-mail chain using reply all and that one person decides to just do “reply” with something that clearly should have been a reply-all.  Then some people don’t notice it and replies get lost.  Unless it’s a side bar comment to just one person, still reply all even if you don’t think everyone needs to hear it.

No Olympic Wrestling? Still don’t get it…

There are a lot of things that exist or happen in this world that can be infuriating and upsetting.

Even so, a large portion of these infuriating events, decisions or policies have even a small inkling of justification or reason behind them.

I’m afraid I can’t seem to locate even a tiny bit of justification for the decision a few months ago by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to drop wrestling as a sport for the 2020 Olympic games.  Even so, I tried really hard, and this is the best I could come up with.

Money

Money makes the world “go ’round” right?.  Even the most idealistically naive can seem to recognize this.  But let’s look at the most widely agreed sport that wrestling was chosen over, Modern Pentathlon.

Wrestling averaged 23 million viewers during the last Olympics while Modern Pentathlon averaged 12.5 million.  How it managed to muster up that much is beyond me, but to each his own.

Wrestling sold 113,851 tickets over the 6 day event.   An estimated 46,000 attended the Modern Pentathlon over 2 days.

Modern Pentathlon tickets went for £75, wrestling tickets went for £95.

Venue costs? Wrestling uses one venue and normally the same venue used by Table Tennis, Judo, Boxing, Taekwando Weightlifting and Fencing.  Modern Pentathlon requires 3 separate venues.  Not necessarily more cost, but not likely to be any less than the one re-used venue of wrestling.

Equipment

Wrestling requires 3 mats and 3 officials per mat.  A wrestling mat runs around $8,000.

Modern Pentathlon is different from most other equestrian sports where the rider does not use its own horse but instead chooses a horse based on random draw.  The horses are provided by the host country.  In Beijing, 25 horses were used.  A conservative cost estimate for a show jumping horse would be $25,000 per horse.  Not to mention many Pentathlon events have been accused of horse abuse.

So just the cost of the equestrian portion of Modern Pentathlon dwarfs the entire cost of running a wrestling tournament.  But we’ll add in the “new and improved” laser guns that are used in the shooting portion, which run $1500 a piece.

Something else?

So maybe money wasn’t the reasoning.  Even though the IOC has been quoted saying it used 39 criteria when making its decision including television ratings, ticket sales, global popularity and media coverage.

The IOC spokesman Mark Adams stated: “This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics, in the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It’s not a case of what’s wrong with wrestling, it is what’s right with the 25 core sports.”

Renew and renovate?  I am not even sure what that means.

So maybe the enemy isn’t Modern Pentathlon or any of those so called “lame” sports that get brought up when considering what to drop and keep in the Olympics.  After all, Modern Pentathlon is the only sport actually created exclusively for the Olympics.  It would nearly be dead if it was removed, where as wrestling could survive.

But what else could survive and perhaps might even be hindered by its inclusion in the Olympics.

Golf

The pinnacle of Wrestling is the Olympic Medal.  The pinnacle of Golf? The Masters.  The Pinnacle of Tennis? Wimbledon.

Would Tiger choose an Olympic title over the green jacket at Augusta?  Would Roger Federer choose a gold medal over that big plate thingy that they give you at Wimbledon?  The answer is no.  Not in a million years, no.

So why are we trying to shove more mainstream sports down the throats of television viewers, and just because it’s “familiar” to them.

To add to that, why even have soccer in the Olympics?  The pinnacle of that sport plays every 4 years already, it’s called THE WORLD CUP.

 

Happy Birthday!

I dislike birthdays.

It’s hard to really pinpoint why, but I believe it starts with the fact that everyone has them.  It seems like each year we feel an obligation to celebrate that a particular person is still breathing and is not yet six feet under.

Even as a kid I could never get into them.  Except for the cake part.  Cake is great!

On Facebook, you always get a convenient notification when it is someones birthday.  Even a suggestion to “write on their wall.”  (Or timeline, or whatever they call it now)

And of course, if Facebook tells you to do something, you should do it right? I mean, it’s pretty rude not to!

So in December of last year, I switched my birthday from February 28th to January 21st.   24 people wished me a Happy Birthday on the 21st.  A week later I switched my birthday to March 20th.

A few people posted a message on my ACTUAL birthday, February 28th.  That number was 6.

On March 20th (my 2nd fake birthday of the year), I received 25 Happy Birthday messages, 5 of which had wished me a Happy Birthday two months prior.

Results:

Fake Birthday #1: 24
Real Birthday: 6
Fake Birthday #2: 25

To be honest, I’m not sure what the point of this experiment was.  But those are the results.  I don’t mean to belittle anyone who wish people a Happy Birthday on Facebook and I also didn’t set out to upset anyone or make anyone feel stupid.

Side Note:  Facebook would only let me change my Birthday twice.  After that, they said they said I had to pick between those three dates.

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