It has been a long time between championships in Oakland, as we have to go back to 1975 to when the Warriors last claimed the NBA title. Coincidentally, that was the same year that yours truly moved to the Golden State and planted myself down on West Cliff Drive, until they downloaded me to Hermosa Beach in 1989.
I remember the lazy, hazy days of the 1980′s. I was living life on the edge of the continent, while spending my working hours on the radio doing ‘Sportstalk’, with my radio partner, the lovely Jerry Hoffman.
Right after we’d finish the show, I would hurry over to Jesse’s SportsPage, a bar with sawdust on the floor in Soquel, to check out a rookie named Michael Jordan. He was a phenom, as I watched this fantastic rookie from North Carolina tear up the NBA in his rookie year.
Now after one year of a diet of ginger ale and chips, I decided the bar scene wasn’t for me, so I invested in a 12 foot satellite dish, which I had installed in the driveway behind my rented house. I now had Michael Jordan coming into my home every night, and loved following him on the road trips. Unfortunately, in his second year, he broke his foot in Oakland and only played 18 games, but I wasn’t dismayed. The future looked very golden.
Now back in the 80′s, the NBA was tape delaying the playoffs, with games starting at 11:30 PM. There was a tremendous series going on between the Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle Supersonics, where the first three out of four games went to overtime. I did not want to miss the fifth game, so I decided to go down to Burdicks Appliance store and get myself a VCR.
I just wanted the basic model so I could record the game and watch it the next day. Well, I picked up a Magnavox recorder for the price of, if I’m not mistaken, of $1300. Yes, that is correct, sports fans. It was state of the art, as I was the first guy on the block with taping capabilities.
I continued this practice down in Hermosa Beach, compiling hours and hours of what I thought was the best comedy on TV. It was fresh and exciting, so inviting to me.
In my master closet today I have over 200 VHS tapes. They range from sitcoms, comedy movie classics, classic NBA games, musical concerts and numerous hours of edited Saturday Night Live from the Belushi-Ackroyd days. If I had to go into the comedy bunker, I would be entertained for weeks into months.
But then came the most provocative segment, with Cybil Shepard in the guest seat. Dave asked her about her time with the Elvis in Graceland, and here is the classic exchange.
Dave “Did you spend any time with him? Did you get a sense of what he was about?” Cybil, “I did get to Graceland for dinner.” Dave, “What did you have?” Cybil, “Chicken fried steak. He had a lot of it. He had a big appetite. But there was one thing he wouldn’t eat. Well,…” A long pause until Dave gets clued in while Cybil is laughing hysterically.
“In about 34 minutes David Letterman is going to air his last episode. In 1993, I took over his iconic late-night show. I was a complete unknown with no experience performing on TV. I was totally unprepared for that enormous job. I don’t think that could happen today. I don’t think the government would allow it. I was in way over my head, and with my hair that’s saying something.” – Conan O’Brien
“During a charity boxing match on Friday, Mitt Romney lasted two rounds against Evander Holyfield and raised a million dollars. It was just like Holyfield’s fight with Mike Tyson, except Romney chewed off his other ear talking about his 18 grandchildren.” – Jimmy Fallon “The government released hundreds of documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound. Among the items is a job application for al-Qaida. It’s like a regular job application except it asks questions like, “Where do you see yourself exploding in the next five years?” – Jimmy Kimmel
“Police arrested a man on Long Island yesterday after he stripped naked and threatened Costco customers with a machete. Luckily, Costco customers were able to subdue him with a 50-pack of paper towels. Former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson posed naked in the shower for a campaign aimed at saving water in drought-stricken California. And as a bonus, it also reminded people to recycle plastic.” – Seth Meyers
Some birthday wishes go out this week, starting today with my better half, my lovely bride Allison. I can say at this point in life she’s the happiest she’s ever been, and that takes into account putting up with me. She gets more beautiful every day, and I’m not saying that just because she lets me hold the TV remote in bed.
. She is healthy and doing wonderfully well. I don’t know how she will be celebrating, but rest assured, some form of chocolate will be involved.