As a teenager from the 1970's I'm happy to report that despite disco, polyester pants, TV sitcoms all with brown & orange stage sets, and one very huge afro, not all was done in ridiculously poor taste. Ridiculous great taste came in the form of a "completely different" kind of comedy show from Great Britain on Sunday night television called "Monty Python's Flying Circus."Of course many of you are familiar with the program and the crazy genius of all the culprits involved; Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. For those of you who aren't, I think an introduction of the "Top Ten Monty Python's Flying Circus Skits ever," via video magic will bring you up to speed along with possibly peeing your pants. After you're done watching, try your chances in our Monty Python trivia contest at the end of this post for a chance to win a FREE Retro Brand Monty Python's Flying Circus teeshirt of your choice along with a 2014 Monty Python Wall Calendar!FREE to enter and FUN! Til then, without further adieu, here are your Top Ten Monty Python's Flying Circus Skits ever! Enjoy...
10. Argument Clinic
9. Famous Philosophers Soccer game
8. Upper Class Twit of the Year
7. Cheese Shop
6. The Lumberjack Song
5. Silly Olympics
4. Nudge-Nudge, Say no more....
3. Ministry of Silly Walks
2. The Spanish Inquisition
1. The Parrot Sketch
So there they are and hopefully you found them as hysterical as advertised. Indeed, there are hundreds of other skits by the group on par with our Top Ten list and I highly recommend you seek them out along with their classic movies like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "The Meaning of Life," and "The Life of Brian," to name a few.
Now as promised is your chance to win a FREE Monty Python Retro Brand tee shirt of your choice and a 2014 Monty Python Wall Calendar. Simply answer the trivia question below (it's a two parter) by leaving your answers in the comment section at the end of the post. We will hold a random drawing to determine the winner and make the announcement on Halloween next Thursday, 10/31/13. Good luck!
A member of the Monty Python cast starred in another British hit comedy series between 1975 and 1979 about what can and does go wrong while operating a hotel on the "English Riviera." Who was the cast member, and what was the name of the show?
College is ripe with tradition we love. When the dog days of summer start winding down, the anticipation of fall football starts to consume us. From the pre-season polls to the first tailgate, nothing can compare to the pomp and pageantry of College football in America.
Mascots and Marching bands aside, the best College Football tradition hands down is the rivalry. That one game on the calendar that's circled as the most critical must win for pride and bragging rights year in - year out. With the tradition of College Colors day on August 30th just 2 weeks away, Retro Brand is happy to keep the anticipation building with a look at our Top Ten College Football Rivalries of all time. Let the games begin....
10. Army - Navy Game: Army Black Knights vs. Navy Midshipmen - This is the one contest that pits the men who suit up to fight for our freedom in real battles against each other, and has been doing so since 1890. This is also one of those games which brings all Americans to the tube to watch - not just College football fans. The Upperclassmen from the Naval Academy have had the Upper hand lately winning 11 straight over their West Point counterparts going back to 2002.
9. Backyard Brawl: Pitt Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers- When your two schools are separated by a mere 70 miles, your liable to end up duking it out in your backyard. The Panthers of Pitt hold the all time series edge by 21 victories in the 104 times they've met since 1895. The Brawl happened to be the very first College Football game announced over radio in 1921 which was won by the Panthers.
8. Paul Bunyan's Axe: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Minnesota Gophers - When these two teams originally played for the first trophy in what is now the longest rivalry in College Football History (122 games with the Gophers ahead by just 4 games), the winning team was awarded a thick walnut board with an M or W in the center depending on which way the award was hung called a "Slab of Bacon." The bacon trophy went missing for about 50 years and a 6 foot axe handle with which the scores of each game were added every year took it's place and given the name "Paul Bunyan's Axe." Oh yeah, the bacon slab was found and lives on at Camp Randall Stadium in Wisconsin.
7. Civil War: Oregon Ducks vs. Oregon State Beavers - Makes perfect sense that theDucks and Beavers play for a Platypus Trophy (duck billed, beaver tailed ya know).Civil did not exactly apply to fans behavior after intense rioting between them back in 1910 had officials move the game to a neutral site. While the game eventually returned to the schools, civility between the fans is still hard to come by. The Ducks are winning the ongoing war 60-46-10.
6. Battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. USC Trojans - Legend has it this rivalry was drummed up at the behest of the wife of legendary Notre Dame Coach Knute Rockne. True or not, we're greatful for the perennial pairing. The 1977 game in which QB Joe Montana and the Irish broke out their emerald green jerseys for the first time and defeated USC enroute to the National title is one of many memorable moments. Each school had their own "decade of dominance," with the Irish winning 11 straight ('83-'95) and the Trojans taking 9 of 10 ('02 - '11).
5. Clean, Old Fashioned Hate: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets- Being a Georgia fan I'm happy to report the Dawgs have won 18 of the last 23 meetings. Being my wife is a Georgia Tech fan, I'm happy to report I will not be letting her know about this post.
4. Palmetto Bowl: Clemson Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks- Southern hospitality does not apply here. Deep seeded hatred towards one another is more like it. In fact the last game in which legendary coach Lou Holtz was on the field, a bench clearing brawl between the players was so bad that both bowl eligible teams voluntarily forfeited because of the unsportsmanship.To quote Retro Brand Gamecock fan Miles Cliatt "They had to call the game off for a couple years around the turn of the century due to fisticuffs. Hell, Clemson University was actually 'founded' to spite USC. Definitely in the top five." You've made the top five, Mr. Cliatt.
3. Red River Rivalry: Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners- Originally called the "Red River Shootout," the game is named after the river which separates part of the two states and began in 1900. The game is played on a neutral site at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Aside from the ten-gallon "Golden Hat" Trophy awarded to the winning team, the governor's of each state gamble for a substantial side of beef which has Longhorn mascot Bevo on edge heading into the 2013 season; The Sooners have won 3 straight...
2. Iron Bowl: Auburn Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide- Legendary Alabama Coach Bear Bryant wanted to call this game "The Brag Bowl." Having beaten the Tigers 9 straight at one point ('73 - '81) was probably good enough for him. Perhaps one of the most amazing games in the series took place just a few years ago in 2010 when Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton led Auburn back from a 24-0 deficit to win late in the 4th qtr. The victory secured an unbeaten season and catapulted War Eagle to the National Championship.
1. "The Game":Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - "Damn you, Bo, you'll never win a bigger game." These are the words Buckeye coach Woody Hayes said to Bo Schembechler several years after Michigan beat the 1969 Ohio State team who were on a 22 game winning streak that Hayes considered his all-time best. It also started the infamous "Ten-Year War" between the legendary coaches in which the battles for Big 10 supremacy and Rose Bowl berths have landed "The Game," at our #1 spot. The schools boast 18 National Championships, 83 Bowl appearances and 10 Heisman Trophy winners between the two. In 2006, both teams came in undefeated at 11-0 and ranked #1 & #2 in what was billed "The Game of The Century." The Buckeyes won that contest 42-39 holding off a 4th quarter Wolverine comeback. After 108 meetings, Michigan holds the series lead with a 58-44-6 record.
I'm quite sure there will be some disagreement with my picks, and I'll throw out a few honorable mentions like the Egg Bowl between Ole Miss & Mississippi State, the Bedlam game between Oklahoma & Oklahoma State, Yale-Harvard, Indiana-Purdue, and the Apple Cup between Washington & Washington State to name a very few. I know you got some, so lay 'em on me in the comments.
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You know those favorite movies of yours that seem to run on a continuous loop and come on weekly and despite the fact that you've seen them over a thousand times you simply can't look away and have to see them again? "Shawshank Redemption," anyone?
This coming Monday will mark the 30 year anniversary of the release of one of those very movies in "National Lampoon's Vacation." I can't imagine that sharing the Top 10 reasons to celebrate this American Roadtrip classic would be a spoiler alert for anyone (who hasn't seen it?) but a happy reminder of why you should see it again so here you go....
10. Christmas Vacation - Without the original, we'd never have this Classic Holiday Sequel (This was actually the "threequal" after "European Vacation")!! "Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f*****g Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white a** down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of a**holes this side of the nuthouse." Yes, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," has much in common with the original when it comes to family fun and f-bombs.
9. Holiday Road - The opening song Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham has the simplest of lyrics, but the melody and harmonies lock you in and give you immediate confidence that a wild ride lays ahead. The sequence of vintage postcards and old neon signsfrom Mt. Rushmore to Gator Land accompanying the song also put you in roadtrip vacation mode. Every time I hear that song today it takes me back to the movie and every family vacation roadtrip I've ever been on. Chances are it does for you too. Watch, listen, sing along....
8. The Wagon Queen Family Truckster - "You think you hate it now, but wait till you drive it." I can relate to the Griswold ride as my Pops had a 1971 Ford LTD wagon which was almost identical to the green beast that stereotypical sleazy used car salesman Eugene Levy stuck Clark and clan with. "The "St. Louis Strip" was the first of many priceless scenes for the doomed vehicle as Clark chatted up a local thug asking for directions (Clark: We're from out of town. Thug: No s***) when he ventured into the wrong part of the city for just a few minutes while hubcaps were ceremoniously removed pit-stop quick before his conversation was ever over.
7. The Bar scene - Not the one where Cousin Eddie offers Clark an opened beer he'd been guzzling while popping himself a fresh can, but the one in rustic Dodge City where Clark provokes the unimpressed bartender he believes is just an Old West actor ; "Hey Knucklehead, set us up with four Red eye's will ya? Hey, Yellowbelly! Hey tenderfoot, move your chicken wings, turkey! Hey, underpants!" The bartender proceeds to take out a double barreled shotgun and shoot Mr. Griswold...
6. The Motorcycle Cop (James Keach) - Seems as if the family dog "Dinky," was tied to the bumper by mistake before hitting the highway (kinda Mitt Romneyish) and the exchange between Clark and the Highway patrolman is classic; Clark: "Oh, you can't think I'd do this on purpose? Look... I tied him to the rear bumper while I was packing the car. It was very confusing. I must have forgot. I'm very sorry, I feel terrible. Cop: "How do you think that little dog feels?" Clark: Look, I told you I was sorry. It really was an accident. Cop (now sobbing a bit): Well, I guess I can buy that, sir. But it is a shame. I had a pooch like this when I was a kid. Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for a mile or so. Tough little mutt...
Apologies to the dog lovers out there, but keep in mind it was the pre-political correctness era in 1983 when this film was made and no animals were hurt during the filming of this motion picture.
5. Cousin Eddie - The role portrayed in the movie by Randy Quaid as the off-just-a-kilter relative may very well have been an accurate look into the real life future of the actor these days (He believes his life is in imminent danger from Hollywood "Whacker" people). One of the many excellent Eddie/Clarke exchanges in the film; Eddie: "Well, I didn't want to ask you, Clark, you know, but could you maybe spare a little extra cash? Clark: "Sure, Eddie, how much do you need (pulling out a few small bills from his wallet)? Eddie: About fifty-two thousand dollars.
4. Jenna from "30 Rock" - Yep, actress Jane Krakowski made her big screen film debut as the kissing Griswold cousin Vicki. Much like her character Jenna Maroney on Rock, cousin Vicki likes to experiment with all kinds of fellas as brought to light from this memorable exchange with little Audrey Griswold; Vicki: I'm going steady, and I French kiss. Audrey: So? Everybody does that. Vicki: Yeah, but Daddy says I'm the best at it.... Yikes.
3. John Candy - God, I miss that guy.. Anyway, Candy played the Wally World park security guard who became a hostage and uttered the words that drove Clark Griswold off the deep end when he said "Sorry folks, parks closed. The moose out front shoulda told ya." One of the classic lines of the film that I never fail to utter when I pull up to any place to find out it's closed... Don't you?
2. Christie Brinkley (I know gentlemen, she should be #1, but just put your hormones on hold for once in your life) - The hundreds of facial expressions Chevy Chase exhibited between his first encounter with the Supermodel driving by in her red Ferrari, to the skinny dipping scene at the hotel pool were all Oscar worthy. "This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy!!"
1. Best F*****g quote of the movie - "I think you're all f****d in the head! We're ten hours from the f*****g fun park and you want to bail out. Well I'll tell you something, this is no longer a vacation, it's a quest. It's a quest for fun. I'm gonna have fun and you're gonna have fun. We're all gonna have so much f*****g fun we'll need plastic surgery to remove our G-Damn smiles.You'll be whistling Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah out of your a******s! I gotta be crazy; I'm on a pilgrimage to see a moose! Praise Marty Moose! Holy s***! As far as family friendly vacations go, that's not the best language to be celebrating but the movie was rated R so I digress.
And there you have it. There could really be a "Top 40 or 50 reasons to celebrate," so in case you haven't seen this movie, or if you're going to see it for the millionth time, just turn on the "Shawshank"channel this Monday and you can enjoy it on a continuous loop all day long....
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The 1972 classic "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Crofts didn't exactly refer to beer as what made them feel fine, but it's a feeling I think you can reminisce about when you hear that summer song, and that's what this post is about.
Here's a short list of the seven best ways to chill this Summer. Easy, breezy, & beery activities to make you feel fine....
1. Fishing: "You know - it doesn't get any better then this.." I'd have to agree with the fellas from the classic Old Milwaukee ads of the 80's. Be it cracking open a cold one at the crack of dawn when you drop your line, or reeling in just one more on the lake when the summer sun goes down, it really doesn't get any better.
2. The Beach: Love the relaxing feeling of those breaks between riding waves and volleyball with a cold brew while the sun dries off the beads of sweat & surf. A big bonfire on the beach roasting marshmellows on old driftwood surrounded by your best buds drinking Buds is a beautiful thing.
Don't forget the cooler...
3. 4th of July Celebrations: Family, food, fireworks, and Foster's. Preferably the Foster's "oil can" sivuplay? Wait, this is an AMERICAN holiday - Get that Aussie beer and French talk outta here! I'll go for the gusto with a classic Schlitz if you please. On second thought, America is about freedom - freedom to drink whatever freakin' beer you want so bring on the Becks and Heineken too!
4. Texas Barbeque: Or Kansas City or Memphis or Nashville or North Carolina, but mainly any backyard USA. Yes, Ribs, Rubs, dogs and drafts make the classic American backyard barbecue a summery Heaven on Earth. Pass me a Lone Star, would you mind?
5. Easy Listening: Put on "Endless Summer" by the Beach Boys or "Summertime" by Kenny Chesney while rocking in your easy chair on the front porch, or getting tangled up in a hammock with your best girl or guy. Just be sure to put the beer down before you get in the hammock.
6. Baseball: Aroadtrip to Wrigley Field which includes the imbibing of an Old Style should be mandatory on every bucket list. Back in the day, the legendary Harry Caray would sip a Falstaffduring the 7th inning stretch when he was announcing for the Chicago White Sox. Minor league parks have always been perfect for getting up close & personal to the action and players, and the games and the grog are always cheap. From little league to the bigs, the American Pastime is a tradition worth drinking to. I'll drink to that...
With all the huge hits, slap shots, pummeling, and every day slashing that takes place in your average hockey game, it's no wonder heavy metal music has quite the following when it comes to NHL players.
I know this how? Our good friend and author of "The Merciless Book of Metal Lists," Howie Abrams, recently spoke with the CEO of Medal Blade Records, Brian Slagel, about his love of hockey and the NHL Players who love Heavy Metal (Slagel gave Metallica their big break in the biz among many others). The result of their conversation turned into a TOP TEN list of those players who are into it the most, and we're going to share it with you now...
10. Andrew Penner – Just-retired, former minor league star is a massive Metal fan. A player who really knows his stuff!
9. Jere Lehtinen – A former Dallas Stars player who is a big Metal fan.
8. Craig Ludwig – Another who played for the Dallas Stars (drafted by Minnesota North Stars) and is a good friend of Vinnie Paul’s (currently in Hellyeah & co-founder and drummer for Pantera). He knows his Metal. What’s going on in Dallas?
7. Tuukka Rask – The new number-one goalie playing in the Stanley Cup Finals right now for the Boston Bruins is also a big Metal head!
6. Ken Baumgartner – Played twelve seasons in the NHL starting with the LA Kings. He actually recorded a Metal single with us. It featured members of Armored Saint, Fates Warning, and Suicidal Tendencies.
5. Jaromir Jagr – I took him to meet Metallica when they were recording "Load." Huge Metal fan, nice guy, and hockey legend, and another playing for the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals!
4. Janne Niinimaa – Played over 700 games in eight seasons in the NHL starting with the Philadelphia Flyers. He once spent a week on tour with Cannibal Corpse.
3. Toni Lydman – Used to be teammates in Buffalo with the #1 Metal Fan on the list, but currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks. Big Metal fan. Goes to tons of shows in his native Finland in the off-season.
2. Mike McKenna – Another massive Metal fan and currently with the St. Louis Blues. Everything from underground to the “right” big bands. He rules!
1. Drew Stafford – This guy knows his Metal big-time! He may know more underground Metal bands than I do. Great guy and player for the Buffalo Sabres too.
There you have it. No Chicago Blackhawks player made the list? Wonder if that might give Jagr and Rask the edge when they head into Chicago for game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals this Saturday night. They'll need it, and we'll watching and listening.... to Heavy Metal!
You can find Howie Abrams' "The Merciless Book ofMetal Lists" here.
North Carolina freshman Michael Jordan draining a jumper with 17 seconds left in 1982. Lorenzo Charles buzzer beating dunk for Jim Valvano and N.C. State in 1983. Magic vs. Bird in the most watched College game ever in 1979. And of course Christian Laettner's fade away bomb that stunned Kentucky and pushed DUKE into the Final Four in 1991. The list can go on and on. All spectacular sports moments. All works of art.
Being a resident of Atlanta, it's hard not to notice the latest work of sports art around town as the 2013 Atlanta Final Four logo is unfurled everywhere. And a beautiful sight it is. Being a blogger for Retro Brand, it's hard not to use this occasion to notice our Final Four t-shirt collection and that is a beautiful sight too.
Alas, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", but here are what we believe are the Top Ten FINAL FOUR graphics ever.