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Denny Crum passed today. Coached Louisville basketball to a couple national championships.
 

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Denny Crum passed today. Coached Louisville basketball to a couple national championships.

Don't forget his 5 out of 5 natty's as Wooden's assistant. After '71 he leaves UCLA and Pete Trgovich who he recruited to UCLA and takes over the Ville and goes back to the Final Four with Jim Price and Trgovich's HS teammate, Junior Bridgeman (stuck on the freshman team in the last year where they didn't allow Frosh to play varsity) Bridgeman led them back to the Final Four in '75... which was Wooden's last championship... and that only happened because Scott May broke his arm while IU was undefeated. Larry Legend choosing to be a garbage man that season didn't help Bobby either.

The '83 Semi game tween Ville and Houston is still the greatest college game I've ever seen. It was like a Marvel movie on the superheros and special effects were real.
 

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IIRC Crum liked to hold a rolled up game notes during a game. He was one of the best back then. RIP Denny.
 

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Brown was just an absolute beast when he played. He's one of the few guys from back in the day who'd be just as dominant now.
 

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Jim Brown, the legend
Started playing at 21 and retired early at 29. Put up 1500+ yards in his last season still. Probably could have played at least another 2-3 years minimum. He had 12,312 yards and still sits 11th all time, before they ever had a Super Bowl. Just another 3 years and he would have been behind only Emmett Smith and Walter Payton and those guys played 5-7 years longer.
 

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Dominant on the football and lacrosse fields. Loved watching old video of him running. RIP Jim.
 

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loved her music in the 80s as a teenager that she was putting out at the time but don't really know her stuff from the 70s though.
 

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I love turner but I honestly think that’s one of the worst popular covers ever
I prefer the original CCR version for sure, but I like the Turner version alright. I think it's better when it's slow. It does feel a little busy in the 2nd half.
 

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Ol Ike liked to use her as a punching bag. Was good to see her finally break his grip. Her popularity soared once that happened. RIP Tina
 

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She was big in Australia as Rugby League got her to do a big promotional campaign for the sport here using the song "Simply The Best". She sung at grand finals and such. RIP.
 

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Ray Stevenson, actor, passed away at age 58 a few days ago.

I was a history nerd as a young child. Somewhat alone in my interest as most of the boys my age weren't so fascinated in the depths of early civilizations and empires. Then Rome came along, and I didn't feel so alone anymore.

RIP Titus Pullo. Thirteen!
 

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Ray Stevenson, actor, passed away at age 58 a few days ago.

I was a history nerd as a young child. Somewhat alone in my interest as most of the boys my age weren't so fascinated in the depths of early civilizations and empires. Then Rome came along, and I didn't feel so alone anymore.

RIP Titus Pullo. Thirteen!
I read this as Ray Stevens for a second, comedy legend.
 

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Ray Stevenson, actor, passed away at age 58 a few days ago.

I was a history nerd as a young child. Somewhat alone in my interest as most of the boys my age weren't so fascinated in the depths of early civilizations and empires. Then Rome came along, and I didn't feel so alone anymore.

RIP Titus Pullo. Thirteen!
He was great in that and even fathered a child with Cleopatra. Just watched The Other Guys the other night and was happy to see him in it. Then the next day he passes. Sucks.
 

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The original Sheik was a legend in his own right. The Iron Sheik was a whole different animal. I remember seeing a documentary about him several years ago. It talked about his tough upbringing in Iran, learning to wrestle there and I believe he was a body guard for the last Shah (King) of Iran. I think he began looking for a better and safer life, wanting to return to his wrestling roots, so he moved to the US. He coached some US Olympic squads before Verne Gagne found him and trained him as a professional wrestler. He was in the same class as Ric Flair, and he would later teach Ricky Steamboat among others. He worked for a bunch of different promotions in the late 70s and early 80s before he was selected to be the interim champion that would drop the belt to Hulk Hogan and start Hulkamania. The guy that had the belt before Sheik was Bob Backlund, I want to say Backlund had beef with Hogan and didn't want to be the one that lost to him.

The cocaine scandal with Hacksaw Jim Duggan was huge, one of the first big kayfabe breaking moments in the coming decade that ended up confirming that pro wrestling was staged. It ended up in his release from the WWF, although he'd find his way back a few times after. He did have a high profile feud with Hogan again when he teamed up with Srgt. Slaughter as Slaughter played a turncoat during the Iraqi war. He cut some great promos during this time, although his promos were always great. He was mostly retired from wrestling in the late 90s, but he would go on to win a Gimmick Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 18 in 2001 and would wrestle sporadically until he was 67.

One of his daughters was tragically murdered by a boyfriend in 2003, which really left a mark on him for a long time. His drug use increased heavily, causing his wife to leave him for a bit as he went in and out of rehab before finally getting clean supposedly. If I remember from the documentary she was training to be a wrestler and follow in her father's footsteps. Sheik, of course, was a legend outside of the squared circle too. He achieved another cult following on Howard Stern interviews where he bashed Hulk Hogan and other wrestlers, and he'd later have his infamous Twitter account run by his managers where he would do more of the same and weigh in on pop culture. While he played a heel most of his life, the documentary painted him as a strong family man that loved the USA. We also have the Iron Sheik to thank for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's famous catchphrase "jabronni." Apparently that was a term he heard from Sheik use in the lockerrooms all the time back in the day, calling him "Uncle Sheiky" and he adopted it as his own.



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