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Nov 29

TGR’s Looker Of The Week

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 1:05 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Looker of the Week

Guten tag Lookers! We have reached that much anticipated time of the week when we crown our Looker of the Week. If you are new to the site, it is simple.  A ‘Looker’ can be anyone or anything. The TGR crew has mangled much of the English language, including the definition of the word ‘Looker’. We use it to describe just about anything or anyone we see in one form or another. Running backs who fumble on the one yard line in huge games are ‘Lookers’.  Politicians who elbow a sitting president in a pick-up game are ‘Lookers’. Countries who bomb neighboring countries for no apparent reason are ‘lookers’. Even deer who run into oncoming traffic on the interstate are ‘Lookers’.   Being labeled a ‘Looker’ is not always a bad thing. Pam Anderson was a ‘Looker’ in her day. My mom feels Conway Twitty was a ‘Looker’. So, if you find yourself pictured above in the coming weeks, the meaning of ‘Looker’ is purely in the eye of the beholder. In other words, don’t be so sensitive.

Baseball ended several weeks ago, but today we have a baseball related ‘Looker’. No, don’t worry; it doesn’t have anything to do with Derek Jeter or the damn Yankees. I am sure I am not the only one already fed up with that story.  One of the greatest traditions of baseball is the honorary first pitch. The first pitch is normally tossed out by a celebrity, former player, politician, or some other lucky person. There are many memorable first pitches that live on through the internet or YouTube. My personal favorite is the strike George W. Bush fired down the middle when baseball resumed playing after 9/11. It was before a game between the Mets and Braves and it was one of the most emotional moments I had ever seen on an athletic field in my life.

Today we honor a first pitch which was much less meaningful, but clearly no less memorable. Some of you might not know who Gary Dell’Abate is, but he has been a huge part of my life for many years. To many, Gary is known as “Baba Booey”.  He received that nickname while serving as the executive producer of The Howard Stern Show. Gary is a huge Mets fan and due to his fame, was asked to throw out the first pitch at a Mets game on May 9, 2009. You are probably asking yourself, why are you honoring him now for something so long ago.  I would ask you to be patient, I am getting to that. First, I will share with you the pitch that was felt around the  sporting world.  I will remind you; Gary coaches his kids baseball teams and hired a pitching coach to help him with the pitch before his big day so that he would not screw it up…

Pretty bad, right?  Howard Stern was given years of material by that pitch. It shows up every now and then when a list of the worst first pitches is made on sports shows or any media outlets. The pitch had lost some steam in the past year, but Gary recently wrote a book, “They Call Me Baba Booey”, where he dedicates an entire chapter to the pitch and the events surrounding it. The pitch is such a big moment in his life, Baba Booey put a picture of the pitch on the back cover. In the book, which I hope to get for Christmas, Gary describes how the pitch has affected him emotionally, it’s actually kinda sad.

On his ongoing book tour to promote his new book, Gary made a stop on Stern favorite, Jimmy Kimmel   Live. Jimmy is a big Stern listener and obviously knew how the pitch was discussed and mocked over the past year. Below is the result of Gary’s trip on Jimmy’s show.  It may be too painful for some viewers…

That last pitch actually smoked a girl in the head. As you may have guessed, Baba Booey and his inability to throw was the subject of conversation on the Stern show for several days. Gary was crushed and actually mad at Jimmy for putting him in that position. His anger only fueled the fire and constant criticism he received from Stern Show staffers.

Then there was last week, when Stern Show co-host, Robin Quivers, made an appearance on Kimmel to promote an appearance. As a dig and poke at Gary, Robin took a baseball glove out with her to talk to Jimmy. When Jimmy saw that Robin had a glove, he could not help but ask her to perform the same feat he had asked of Baba Booey.  Here is how it turned out…

All of those people who said you threw like a girl, they were wrong, it is way worse. That is why I am naming Gary Patrick Dell’Abate, also known as Baba Booey, our TGR Looker of the Week. Your autobiography, They Call Me Baba Booey, may have put you on the best-sellers list, but this should be held as your highest honor. Baba Booey! Baba Booey! Baba Booey!

Nov 8

TGR’s Looker of The Week

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 2:45 pm | Leave a Comment (36)
Category: Looker of the Week

In recent years, fantasy football has surpassed actual team loyalty in the Pedigo household. The fun and camaraderie I experience in playing fantasy football is unmatched by my fandom of a few professional football teams. As a young kid, I was introduced to John Elway and the Denver Broncos by family I have in Denver.  It took a decade or more and several heart breaking losses in the Super Bowl before that love came through for me. I have admittedly also been a regular ‘band wagon’ fan of the Cincinnati Bengals over the years. I felt the blow when Joe Montana broke the hearts of Bengal fans all over the world in 1989 as much as anyone else. Saying that, my favorite and undisputed NFL team since 1987 is the Dallas Cowboys. When the Cowboys entered my sports viewing realm, I had no idea that they were ever supposed to be good, because they weren’t. it wasn’t until jimmy, Troy, Emmitt, and Michael arrived that the Cowboys became the Cowboys for me. The Cowboys Super Bowl wins in my pre-teens were as much fun as I have ever had cheering for a professional team. Times have been tough in “Big D” since the early 90s, but I have hung in there with them, which makes this post that much more difficult.

Today, the Dallas Cowboys are receiving an award that I hoped they would never receive. They are joining the ranks of Rick Pitino, Tiger Woods, Patrick Tierney, Nate Lowe, and other various political celebrities. Due to there 45-7 loss last night to the Packers, due to their 1-7 record thus far in 2010, and due to their owner, Jerry Jones, running them into the ground, America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys are this week’s Looker of the Week!

The award is not being given to the team as much as it is their owner, Jerry Jones. Jerry Jones’ ego is not allowing the Cowboys to succeed. It is more important to Jerry Jones to have the biggest TV in the world hang from the ceiling of his stadium than it is to have a head coach that can lead his team. Jerry Jones ran jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells out of Dallas in order to hire wade Phillips. Wade may be a fine American, but he is closer to an assisted living facility than he is the Super Bowl. Jerry Jones looks like he is surprised at all times (due to massive plastic surgery), but could he be that surprised another team loaded with talent is failing him? It happens year after year in Dallas and it will not stop until the Joker, I mean Jerry Jones, sells the ’Boys to someone who does not want to be bigger than the team. In a year in which Dallas hosts the Super Bowl in Jerry Jones land, the Cowboys might not win as many games as they have past Super Bowls. I officially HATE Jerry Jones.

All is not lost Mr. Jerry Jones!  It is an honor to present you and your underachieving Cowboys this week’s Looker of the Week! I would immediately start holding your breath now to receive your t-shirt and your complementary stickers.  Die Jerry Jones!

Nov 1

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 4:35 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Looker of the Week

(courtesy of Dallas Morning News)

With Halloween and the election campaign season nearing its end, this week was full of a variety of Lookers. In my neighborhood alone, I saw a grown man dressed as a clown, another as Freddy Krueger, and a final one as what I perceived as a “werewolf of London.” As if the costumes weren’t creepy enough, the latter two were just walking around by themselves without any children of their own. Of course, I immediately questioned their motives (i.e., pedophiles anyone?) and steered my 3-year-old far away from them as possible.

On a much lighter note, there is the story of Liam Roybal, the 7-year-old kid who dressed up as Texas Rangers’ manager Ron Washington (see above photo). I encourage you to read the story about Liam in the Dallas Morning News. If that photo of him doesn’t put a smile on your face, I’ll kiss your ass. I mean, look at that smile!

A day before the general elections, I’m sure you agree with me in that I’m ready for the campaign season to be over! The number of TV ads and telephone calls have been crazy this year. Yet, there are always a few ads that I thoroughly enjoy due to their complete ludicrous nature. One was brought to me by fellow TGR contributor Rob Pedigo in which the ad claims a candidate “kicks children in the face.” Yep, you read that correctly. Watch the ad for yourself.

You may be asking yourself what all of this has to do with UK athletics? Well folks, with another disappointing loss from our beloved football team this past weekend and the fact that basketball has yet to take full precedent in the Bluegrass State, I find myself resorting to comedy in times like these. I encourage all of you to join me as we bask in our sorrows together. Until next week, my friends, stay elevated.