Yesterday was, to quote The Miz, AWESOME! It was one of those days that as a wrasslin' fan I will never forget. The morning started off great as we had WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston and R Truth in studio…
Later on, I made the trek to the Key Arena for Monday Night Raw. It wasn't your ordinary Raw, it was their yearly awards show…the Slammys! This was my view for the night, I ain't complaining!
The entire night was all about Daniel Bryan…the northwest crowd was showing love all night to Aberdeen's own! Daniel wound up winning the Superstar Of The Year Award, and in his speech he gave a shout out to the Hawks. The crowd was hot for his match against Fandango!
Daniel wasn't the only guy that showed love to Seattle…Rey Mysterio gave some love to the Hawks and Marshawn Lynch as he came out with a Hawks jersey rocking a #24 jersey with "Mysterio" on the back!
Here are some of the other pix I took…It was an awesome night, and apparently my bald dome was spotted many times during the show!
On Friday, Pearl Jam played a sold out show at the Key Arena…and I have to say…I have seen PJ live 10-12 times in my life, and this one was without question the best I have ever seen them. This is saying a lot, as they are always great. The place was packed, and the boys had all of us in the palm of their collective hands…
They played a 37 song set, nearly 4 hours long…so many highlights…but here are some of the things that I HAVE to share. First off…the camaraderie between the members of the band is inspiring. These guys LOVE playing together, you can see it in the way they get caught up in a "moment" on stage together…the body language makes it very clear that being in Pearl Jam is still..well…fun. I loved seeing that, here is a great example of it, and thanks to my bud @ProperJam on Twitter for grabbing this moment…
As for the songs they played…so many awesome moments…the new songs sounded killer, I loved hearing "Lightning Bolt", "Sirens", "Mind Your Manners", "Getaway", "Future Days", "Let The Records" Play live. The older tracks…some of them put tears in my eyes, while all of them gave me goose bumps. The stand outs…at one point during the set they played the full cover of Mother Love Bone's "Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns"…I have seen them play "Crown Of Thorns", but never the "Chloe Dancer" intro…it was the best moment of the night. After they played that song, they launched into the two songs from "Singles" – "Breath" and "State Of Love And Trust", and then played my fave song off Ten – "Porch" –this led to an insane "light show" which I captured in my video blog below, and Eddie ended up about 20 feet above the crowd!
Eddie was enjoying a large bottle of wine that apparently Seattle Mariner Raul Ibanez gave him! Was Eddie tipsy? Yes for sure…but did it matter? Hell no!
Eddie was full of energy, very entertaining, and even shared some "Behind The Music" type stories before playing some of their songs. I learned that Even Flow was inspired by a homeless man in Pioneer Square, and "Garden" was written in Seward Park.
Today's video blog is all about Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam played an amazing 37 song set in Seattle of Friday night, that lasted nearly 4 hours. So here is a 4 hour show...condensed into a 10 minute video of some of the highlights!
Sad news yesterday, Former South African President Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday. He was 95. I always had a lot of respect for Nelson for how he acknowledged the importance of sports in communities, amongst many other things. I wish some local politicians would have watched this back when the Sonics were on the verge of leaving…
In case you don't have time to watch it…here is the text.
"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers."
I 100% agree with this…just look at the Hawks right now, this city has a great energy and overall excitement…I love striking up a conversation with stangers when I see them rocking hawks gear…which is saying a lot, since I am usually an introverted mess that doesn't talk to strangers!
Today's Video Blog is another Max Long Report! On Monday, the Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Hours before the game, our very own Max Long went down to Century Link Field to talk to tailgaters.
Here is the same Vlog if you are watching this on a phone...
Remember the other day we had Scoot from a New Orleans station WWL on? He tossed out a bet – that if the Saints win, I would have to wear a Saints shirt or jersey…and if the Hawks won, he would have to do the same…well…we know what happened, and props to Scoot for following through!
Last week, while a 23-year-old science teacher in Kentucky was teaching and had her back to the class . . . a 15-year-old student snuck up and LIT HER ON FIRE. Fortunately the other students put it out before she suffered any serious burns, and the kid who set her on fire was arrested. That my friends, is INSANE! What the hell is wrong with that kid…talk about a crazy thing to happen in a classroom. That of course, didn't stop me from doing Van Halen "Hot For Teacher" jokes! Which led to one texter to call me a "Effing Idiot" – It's amazing that it took him until now to realize that!
Based on this story we wound up talking about the crazy things we have seen in class…here were some of the texts we got:
A student threw a desk at the teacher
I personally cut a teachers desk in half with a chain saw. Oh and yes im a girl.
My hot teacher Boob fell out. Of her shirt. Triple d perky awesome. DOPE
It was after class but in the classroom where i had class. But i saw my principal nailing one of my teachers. Jesse in Bonney Lake
My freshman English teacher being escorted out in the middle of class by security for being drunk on the job
This kid was annoying the crap out of me so I warned him then stapled him to a wall six inches off the ground
I went to school in enumclaw, my 5th grade teacher got mad and threw a desk through a window. Chris in mount vernon
My jr high teacher got a chubby teaching us sex ed...and he was always pretty creepy to the pretty girls in class
saw a science teacher throw a eye wash station across the room at a student....trent from seattle
I was in Jr. High and a group of kids dropped acid. The kids marched up and down the halls in a line singing row row your boat while pretending they were in a canoe. Then they started the down ward spiral and they started to see little demons which freaked them out and that is how they got busted.
Pearl Jam played a show the other night in Spokane, and Eddie Vedder got to shave off a fan's dreadlocks in exchange for playing his song request. This guy's dreadlocks reached down to his waist, and he wanted the band to play "Brain of J", so that he could head bang to the song with his dreads one last time!
Is it weird for me to say that I would let Eddie shave my head if I had hair for that same opportunity?
Based on this…finish this sentence: "I wish video existed of the time I did ____." Or… "I am so glad I caught on video the time I did _____."
For me…I am sooooo glad that video exists of the time I passed out live on the air! It's a great story to share, but the fact I have video makes it even better! This was from the time I was on the Andy Savage show, and I got my eyebrow pierced…enjoy:
Here are some of the texts we got:
I wished i got on video that i kicked the football into a basketball hoop
Wish video was available when I did a friends mom at the lake so I would have proof!
Could have put Warren Miller out of business if I had a Go Pro when I was younger.
Im so glad i got me doing a 22 second keg stand on my wedding night... I was hammered
When I nailed my best friends mom. Destroyed tape next day
When Snoop Dogg passed me his blunt from the stage in the middle of "What's My Name"
Oh man what a game yesterday! HUGE HUGE HUGE win for the Seahawks yesterday on the national spotlight! Man I love this team…they looked like monsters yesterday taking down the Saints 34-7. It was supposed to be the battle of the 2 best teams in the NFC, but the battle switched to beat down quick! So many great moments happened during the game…from Russell Wilson's performance, to the Legion Of Boom, to Michael Bennett's awesome fumble return for a Touchdown, to Derrick Coleman's TD when he caught it after it bounced off a teammates helmet, to the 12th Man breaking the noise record, I could go on and on and on…but the ultimate highlight came from one of the officials…
He meant to say "Switching out balls", but due to the microphone hiccup (I think), it came out like he said "Stretching our balls" – now we know why the officials huddle up so many times during the game to "discuss a play" – waka waka!
Needless to say… Go Hawks!
The one Seattle athlete that needs to shut up is Taijuan Walker – Tai is a pitcher for the Mariners, who apparently is a Saints fan, and he had one of those moments when you regret hitting send on a tweet. Look, I have no issue with him being a Saints fan, but to bitch about a fellow Seattle star athlete is probably not the best way to endear him to the Seattle sports fans. When Richard Sherman tossed a Saints player down on the ground and got penalized for it…Taijuan tweeted that Sherman is a punk… after he tweeted it, he soon deleted the tweet due to the backlash he received.
Thankfully when I tried finding the tweet, I found that Aaron Levine of Q13 retweeted it, and while doing the search I found an old tweet from Taijuan…look at the difference a few months makes, especially when they are playing your favorite team!
Christmas came early for me! If you been keeping up on my blog, I have been talking about getting my goalie mask painted by the very talented David Leroux! Check out his mask art, as he does a lot of pro goalies masks, at www.dielairbrush.ca .
Well I got a message from him with the finished product…check it out, I am so pumped to wear this!
Over the weekend my wife and our friends Jenny & Tyler went to Zoo Lights in Tacoma. We haven't been there in a few years and it was a great time!
I love this set up…got me pumped for tonight's game!
I don't know why this picture cracks me up…but it does:
While there, we popped into the aquariam…how crazy is this guy? He's cleaning the tank…that has SHARKS in it!
Huge thanks to Faizon Love fior joining us in studio yesterday. Faizon is always hilarious, and one cool dude! You remember Faizon – he was Big Worm from Friday! Faizon is at the Parlor Live on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Go to www.ParlorLive.com for info and tickets.
Here is part one of our interview with Faizon!
Here is the same vlog if you are looking at this on your phone….
BJ shared a messed up story this morning. Tomorrow is Thankgiving, and we talked about how many people are more excited for left-overs as opposed to the actual meal…I get it, nothing beats a cold turkey sandwich…so damn good! So BJ apparently is not even having turkey dinner tomorrow…his family is having chicken.
Wrong effing bird BJ…a chicken? C’mon man...cook a turkey! One texter summed it up perfectly…
Cooking chicken on thanksgiving... terrorist
I got a couple other texts about Thanksgiving, check it out:
I get baked Turkey Thursday then Friday I get smoked Turkey an Mac An cheese. Two thanksgiving feast for me. I lost 7lb last week, An looking to gain it back this weekend lol
Cold turkey sandwiches! I cannot wait until Friday. Thanks for being with me today boys I have to work also. Jamie the driver
Speaking of Thanksgiving…it’s the perfect time to share this… a great video that Vicky B made about how to cook a turkey!
Everything that is going on off the field with the Hawks is rather troubling… 2 guys are now suspended (Thurmond & Browner) for violating the league’s drug policy. Both are non-PED violations, and I have no idea what is true and what isn’t so I won’t try and speculate here…at the end of the day it’s a bummer to lose 2 guys that are game-changers when out there.
All of this insanity has been rather interesting to follow on Twitter, as we now have a direct line to the thoughts and opinions of team mates and other players. The most interesting exchange on Twitter happened with a guy that we have had on the show a couple times, Doug Baldwin Jr., and a random guy named Jeff. I posted the exchange below, as I think it’s a great discussion between the two...it’s nice to see Twitter being used for something other than straight up trolling: