First Tweets from the Hosts at 1310 The Ticket

Today’s is Twitter’s 8th birthday, and they launched #FirstTweet to celebrate. It’s a tool where you can go see the first tweet of any Twitter profile. Since I’m a goodstrong P1, I decided to use this tool to see the first Tweets of the hosts from the Dallas sports radio station, 1310 The Ticket. So this is my bit – I hope you enjoy it!

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My 2013 WWE Royal Rumble Predictions

WWF Royal Rumble 1991
WWF Royal Rumble 1991

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

The good Saint’s quotation has been used and twisted around over time to justify pretty much anything one might have a fondness for that has most folks shaking their collective heads. Whether it’s religion, vampire movies or in this case, pro wrestling, some get it. Others, not so much. There’s no use trying to convert someone to the other side. I personally like all the absurd reasons I shouldn’t be watching this stuff. I don’t care that it’s fake/predetermined, the dudes are cartoonishly large or that some of the gimmicks are corny. It’s the most basic form of escapist TV. Good vs Evil in the form of two dudes rolling around in spandex and baby oil. Ridiculous? Absolutely!

Here are my Royal Rumble “Predictions”:

WWF Royal Rumble Pinball Machine #WANT!
WWF Royal Rumble Pinball Machine #WANT!

WWE Tag Team Title Match

Team Hell No (Kane & Daniel Bryan) (c) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow)

Past booking history tells me that Team Rhodes Scholars wins this match to become tag champs. This the start of the road to Wrestlemania. Vince McMahon likes his baby faces or good guys (Kane and Bryan) to chase the titles during this time to help boost those buy rates for Wrestlemania 29. Additionally, it gives Sandow and Rhodes plenty of time to cement themselves as despicable heels that people want to see get beat up. Booking-wise it make perfect sense.

WWE World Title Match

Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Big Show

It’s an unwritten rule that you don’t do a major title change on free TV unless you’re WCW and you don’t mind hemorrhaging money. That said, Del Rio surprised even the smartest of fans when he won the title a few weeks ago on Smackdown. Most people felt it was done in order for heel Dolph Ziggler to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase on good guy Del Rio. The internet wrestling community, basement dwellers if there ever was such a group, was more than a little excited. The real story, not a storyline, is that Big Show’s contract had run out and they pulled the title off of him so he didn’t walk away from the company with it. Vince doesn’t want another Medusa situation where your champ shows up on a competitor’s show and dumps your title in a garbage can.

My feeling is ADR retains and Ziggles runs down post match to cash in his title shot, but I don’t think the match will actually happen. Dolph has been doing these false “cash ins” for a few months now and I don’t see it changing anytime soon. One big reason is that ADR is a huge star in Mexico and WWE sells a ton of merchandise there. With Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara on the shelf injured pulling the title off Del Rio this soon is unlikely.

WWE Championship Match

Punk/Rock Promos have been awesome!
Punk/Rock Promos have been awesome!

CM Punk (c) vs. The Rock

Punk has been champion for 400 some odd days now and his reign is probably over at the Rumble. That’s too bad, but the guy’s gotta lose at some point. He’s the longest reigning, defending champion of their modern era so when he drops the title it’s gotta be a big thing and what’s bigger than losing to The Rock? Probably nothing. Win or lose I think we get Punk vs Undertaker at WM29. I’d prefer a Taker WM unbeaten streak vs Punk’s title streak, but the tea leaves tell me we’re headed for a Cena vs Rock rematch at ‘Mania.

Royal Rumble Match

30 Man Battle Royal

Which brings us to the Royal Rumble match. Unlike last year, I think it’ll be a more serious affair. Less old guys returning. Fewer gimmicks. I don’t see any way super-Cena doesn’t come out the winner here. He spent most of last year getting beat and putting guys over. Now it’s retrenching time and that starts at the Rumble. He’ll pick up the win and get a title shot at WM vs The Rock or Punk. The only other guys I think have a shot to go over are Ryback or a returning Undertaker. I hope I’m wrong on all accounts and someone like Antonio Cesaro gets the shine. As with all other battle royal matches a feud or two will get the hotshot treatment in order to build the next PPV. The most likely candidates are Kofi Kingston and Wade Barrett or maybe something with Randy Orton provided he doesn’t fail another drug test or hurt himself picking up a fork.

Next time I discuss the similarities between musicians, comedians and wrestlers of the indie variety. We’re a lot alike.

Regards from Parts Unknown,


Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington Tested Positive for Cocaine

Texas Rangers Manager: Ron Washington
Texas Rangers Manager: Ron Washington

Wow. This story is too incredible to believe, but it’s entirely true. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Ron Washington, the manager of the Texas Rangers baseball team, tested positive for cocaine in July 2009 after the All-Star game). I know. It’s almost too inconceivable to believe. But it’s true. Even Ron Washington confirmed it:

“I did make a mistake and I regret that I did it,” Washington told by phone from Surprise, Ariz., on Tuesday night. “I am really embarrassed and I am really sorry.”

It turns out that he even went as far as to notify MLB of a possible positive test before the test came back. I think that was a great PR move. Stay ahead of the story. This type of story will turn into a media frenzy if the media is the first to discover the story. While the move to use cocaine was not smart, we can admit that it was respectable of him to own up to it before he got caught. Maybe this will be the new way athletes address such issues. But that’s a whole other story.

On a side note: The Rangers had extended his contract just a month earlier in June 2009. I’m not sure what is the bigger story: Ron Washington testing positive for cocaine or the Texas Rangers keeping him on as manager.

Well, if one thing is for sure, the Old School Brother may be a little more old school than we ever knew.

Signs from ESPN GameDay at TCU

If you live in the DFW area, you have probably heard of the sports radio station 1310 The Ticket. They have a ton of “bits” on that station, and apparently their listeners (aka P1s) love to take those bits to the ends of the Earth for everyone to experience. In this case, ESPN GameDay came to TCU on Saturday, and the P1s showed up for fun. While there were many signs at the event, here are some Ticket-related signs (Thanks to Maunder for posting these):

George 'Cannonball' Dunham - 1310 The Ticket Signs at ESPN GameDay TCU
George ‘Cannonball’ Dunham – 1310 The Ticket Signs at ESPN GameDay TCU
Corby 'The Snake' Davidson - 1310 The Ticket Signs ESPN GameDay TCU
Corby ‘The Snake’ Davidson – 1310 The Ticket Signs ESPN GameDay TCU
TCU Footballball - 1310 The Ticket Signs at ESPN GameDay TCU
TCU Footballball – 1310 The Ticket Signs at ESPN GameDay TCU

Funny? I think so. Other Ticket bits and drops that would have made good signs:

  • Pow!Pow!
  • Um Paul in…
  • Meh…
  • It’s fun to do bad things.
  • Oh! A phong is ringin’!
  • Put your butt in me.
  • Do you like this gig?
  • That wasn’t the question!
  • Wouldja?
  • I like steak.
  • Exactly…I mean…
  • Please kids, don’t jar.
  • Ever seen a guy with a fake head?
  • Great story. Tell it again!
  • Throw it in my butt.
  • Smoke wif cigurrettes.
  • Get your ass hung up on now, you idiot!
  • Never never no never no never no no never!
  • Is that blood?
  • Hot dog with doodoo as the weiner.
  • Hamburger with doodoo as the meat.
  • When you skart skalling bazzzzz….
  • What’s this guy’s deal?
  • Breaking News: We have just learned that Michael Jackson is dead at 50.
  • 8$D$ at Blockbuster 8$ Dar
  • Michael Trabtree?
  • It’s a fartform.
  • Thanks a lot, Bin Laden.
  • I think everything is going on a lot more than we think it is out there.
  • I’m sure everyone knows Im still hangin around Dallas.
  • Nip nip weiner.
  • Vaginal Slice Born Born.
  • We’re having fun here, no?
  • I’ve got a flask in my car if anyone wants to join me for an after hours drink.
  • Do you like websites?
  • I don’t want audio!
  • Baby arm to you, sir.
  • The anus is on them.
  • Did you hear? Fat Joe left Atlantic.
  • Why are you yelling? You’re a foot from me.
  • Are you gay? ARE YOU GAY?!
  • Where’s Grubes at?
  • Eeni-meeni-noy

I hope to see all of those at the next ESPN GameDay event!