Tuesday, May 02, 2006

‘Various Shit Volume 17’

The title of each blog is the music that I’m listening to for the day. I started the Various Shit series to compile various CD singles, MP3’s, and 12” singles in order to make more room in my collection.

Working for a radio station, I get my hands on a lot of CD singles and I just don’t have the space for them. So, that’s where my Various Shit series comes into play. But I do keep the singles in storage as backups. Burned CD’s do not last as long and besides, I’m not a fan of illegal downloads. I prefer the packaged version that you can purchase in stores. Hell, I’m not really into legal digital downloads. I want that total package and something tangible in my hands with little tidbits for my eyes to read.

Imagine my surprise this morning… I’m home and in bed when Deidre wakes me around 6:10 a.m. She said, “Eugene… We’re on the air right now. What’s the word used for what Netflix does to you?”

In an even deeper and raspier voice I said, “Throttling.”

“Okay, that’s what I thought,” Deidre said. “I’m sorry. Go back to sleep now.”

But of course I had to turn on my radio and see what the hell they were talking about. Then I got out of bed for about an hour until I was sleepy enough to go back to sleep.

I tried watching The Passenger and it just didn’t make my 20 minute test. I know it’s a Jack Nicholson picture, but I’m giving it the 1 star rating on Netflix. That means that I hated it. Sorry Brad, I gave it a shot.

Now to disappoint Kim, Charles, and any other professional wrestling fans out there reading this… For some reason, I like the five man WWE Tag Team Champions the Spirit Squad.

Don’t bother asking me why because even I don’t know myself.

When I first saw them, I hated them from the get-go. They wear green and white and act like a bunch of drunken frat boys. The gimmick; they’re a group of male cheerleaders. They bounce around with more energy than a nuclear submarine and are as annoying as a chainsaw at 6 a.m. on an easy Sunday morn.

Yes, they are the current tag team champions and any two members of the Spirit Squad can defend the titles. That to me is an interesting take on the whole thing.

I don’t know all their names, but I really like the fact that they are SO annoying. I just find it so stupid that it’s actually funny. They get into the ring and start cheering and celebrating. One of the Spirit Squad actually sits on his ass and uses his feet and legs to drag that ass across the ring like a dog scratching it’s ass.

What’s not to love about something that stupid?

Kim and Charles… I know that if you’re reading this… You’re probably planning and intervention right this moment.

And deep in my heart, I know that it’s a stupid gimmick and it sucks… But I’m drawn to the Spirit Squad’s simplicity and stupidity. Feel free to check them out at www.wwe.com

Hey! How about Robby Gordon finishing tenth at Talladega yesterday afternoon?

I feel like hitting the ABC Store and purchasing a fifth of Jim Beam Black, baby!


  1. Anonymous1:35 AM

    Woah, woah woah.. when starting out a sentence with "Now to disappoint.." I expect it to end with "I mark for John Cena/Edge/Rey Mysterio" or something like that. You can't say you are gonna disappoint me and then fail to bring the disappointment! Or maybe it comes in the fact that you think it is the norm to NOT like the Spirit Squad. So, for now, no intervention is necessary. If not for Kenny(!), Johnny(!), Mitch(!) Nicky(!) and Mikey(!) plus Carlito and Kurt Angle, I'd have stopped watching wresting long ago.

    Yes I know that being a male cheerleader is terrible, and I hated them when they first got there, but they grew on me and now they are one of the highlights of a show that usually proves to be 95% crap. I can't even tell one from the other, except Kenny because he actually had a solo match and seems to be the one being groomed for stardom. But I mark out for the five-as-champs angle, that is always good times. As the old saying goes, "If liking the Spirit Squad is wrong, I don't wanna be right!"

  2. Anonymous12:47 PM

    Kids know the YMCA dance b/c every skating rink in the country plays it and teaches them the letters.

  3. Kim... I was so worried that you would hate me for digging The Spirit Squad. I'm very happy to find out that isn't the case.

    CWF Wrestling manager Brad Stutts works here at the station and I confessed my strange attraction to The Spirit Squad... And he didn't judge or anything. He simply said that they were "Cute".

    Then he brained me with a steel folding chair.

  4. Anonymous4:15 AM

    Oh no! We here are pro-Spirit Squad all the way!

    Also, that Brad guy is everywhere. We saw him in a match at some bush league wrestling show once. (If I recall correctly, he was getting beat up by some girl manager. Later I ran into her at the sink in the bathroom. That was weird. You'd think there'd have been a toilet back in the back somewhere for the talent.) And then I could have sworn a few weeks later I saw him in the caf at UNCG. I tried to point out and explain to my friend, but she just looked at me like I was stupid.

    And finally... Robby and Vickers in the top 10? That's just crazy. I slept late and missed the race's start, by the time I woke up half of my teams were already out. What is worse, I had to see the 48 win again. Man, I hate that guy.

  5. Anonymous9:49 AM

    You have Marcia's feet on the blog and you worry about 5-Goon Cheerleaders? What is this world coming to... 'Gene, you're my hero anyway!

  6. Anonymous8:06 AM

    Man, who doesn't mark for the Spirit Squad? We had a thorough discussion about their rise to greatness at the Teeter just the other night. So do not fret, for you are not alone in your marking out of the Squad.