Beerguyrob

I was bored thinking of something to type up for tonight’s Open Thread, so I fell down a YouTube rabbit hole on Friday.

When the sidebar gave me something I didn’t know I needed to watch at that moment,

Which then led to at least something Saturday night related,

Because while looking up when the show actually appeared on TV, I’d forgotten what a 70’s gold mine the 1978-79 TV schedule was. Look upon Aaron Spelling’s works, ye mighty, and despair:

That is the 70s in a nutshell. You know the good stuff; let’s look at the filler:

  • Carter Country – ran from September 1977 to June 1979
    • It starred veteran TV actors Victor French & Kenneth Holliday.
    • The plot was about life in the fictional small town of Clinton Corners in Georgia, clearly another Benson-esque take on the Carter years.
  • The Bad News Bears – ran for three episodes
    • It starred Jack Warden as Buttermaker, and among the kids cast as players on the Bears was Corey Feldman.
  • Delta House – ran from January 18 to April 21, 1979
    • An attempt to make a TV version of “Animal House.
      • One of three “frat shows” that all debuted & died in 1979.
    • It starred John Vernon (Dean Wormer), Stephen Furst (Flounder), Bruce McGill (D-Day), and James Widdoes (Hoover) from the movie.
      • Playing “The Bombshell” was Michelle Pfeiffer in her first major on-screen role.
  • Apple Pie – ran for two episodes
    • It starred Rue McClanahan & Dabney Coleman, was created by Norman Lear, and directed by Peter Bonerz – the dentist from “The Bob Newhart Show”.
      • It had all the right parts, but died right out of the gate.
  • Billy – ran from from February 26 to April 28, 1979
    • It was based on a British stage play & TV show called “Billy Liar”, a Walter Mitty-type of character, whose daydreams fueled the episodes.
    • Notable for two reasons:
      • It replaced “Co-Ed Fever, the third of the “frat shows” to air in 1979. It only ran one episode, but did star a pre-Fall Guy Heather Thomas.
      • It starred Steve Guttenberg in his first TV starring role.
And we all know whom he thanks for that, don’t we?
  • The American Girls – ran from September 23 to November 11.
    • It was a show about two female investigative reporters travelling the US looking for stories.
    • It starred Priscilla Barnes, who was Terri from the last years of “Three’s Company”.
  • Sword of Justice – ran for 10 episodes, spread out over the 1978-79 season.
    • It was a Glen A. Larson joint, and got aired because because he had already created Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Quincy, M.E., and was about to create The Fall Guy, Magnum, P.I. and Knight Rider.
    • It starred Dack Rambo as a rich playboy by day and a troubleshooting mercenary at night.
      • He died of AIDS in 1994, after contracting the disease in 1991. He was one of the first Hollywood stars to publicly reveal his bisexuality.

Given the dogshit that airs on Saturday nights now, and the current dystopia we are living in, going back to 1979 has a measure of appeal.


Tonight’s … entertainment?:

  • IndyCar Racing:
    • Genesys 300 – 8:00PM | NBC / Sportsnet
      • From 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth
  • PBA Bowling:
    • Strike Derby – 7:00 PM | FOX
      • From Las Vegas
  • UFC 250: Nunes vs. Spencer: From Las Vegas
    • Prelims – 6:00PM | ESPN / TSN
  • Costa Rican Primera Division Soccer:    Hippo Gambling Alert!
    • Saprissa vs. Municipal Grecia – 9:55 PM | ESPN2
    • Opening Line: Saprissa -227
  • Korea Baseball Organization:
    • LG Twins at Kiwoom Heroes – 12:55 AM | ESPN / TSN3 (5:25AM replay)

All told, not a bad evening. Still, an evening of CHiPs, Love Boat & Fantasy Island sounds pretty goddamned amazing right about now.

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A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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Brick Meathook

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Brick Meathook

Majestique, Montreal
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Brick Meathook

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Brick Meathook

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Brick Meathook

This is a movie that needs to be made. I will watch the shit out of it.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Brick Meathook

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Brick Meathook

I’ll make a prediction right here and now:

When Queen Elizabeth II dies (which will be sometime soon), it will be the biggest media event of the 21st century to date and will dwarf everything, and it will go on for a month. It will also vaporize any other news story in the public consciousness, including social media, as if they never existed, because that’s how human nature works.

I’ll take money wagers on this, boys.

ballsofsteelandfury

Cosign

Brick Meathook

Thanks! (I think) . . . I’m not up that “gambling lingo” so I’m not sure if you’re betting with me or against me. Where is Hippo when I need him?

ballsofsteelandfury

I’m betting with you.

Brick Meathook

Ah, very good.

yeah right

If the math holds true and it has so far, we’re due for an insurrection every 28-30 years.
That means every other generation is fucking shit up.

Follow the 80’s lead!

yeah right

If you’re serious we’ve got a playbook.

Brick Meathook

Creperie bretonne Ty-Breiz, Montreal

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yeah right

VOTE MOTHERFUCKERS!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

“The Motherfucker party has most policies that I agree with.”

-Bill B., Mass.

yeah right

ThurberHerder

A different sound than “Laid” by James

yeah right

We had a protest directly in front of the dojo today and we have to come up with a better symbol than taking a knee.

I’m listening

yeah right

Only because of the way George Floyd died.

ballsofsteelandfury

Pooping a football?

– R. Moss

Brick Meathook

Is that a Tebow knee, a Kaepernick knee, or a cop knee?

WCS

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ballsofsteelandfury

Dave Thomas as Bob Hope is one of the funniest things ever.

Brick Meathook

Mr. Ayo

I’ve never found the Wendy’s franchise that funny.

Sharkbait

Thanks Hippo. Now I’ve fallen back into Hockey Manager.

King Hippo

I live to serve!

Brick Meathook

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Mr. Ayo

Takes me back a bit further

Brick Meathook

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herodotus450

The year: 45311. The Sun: a red dwarf, barely providing the earth with enough energy to support life. The last-ditch Generational Space Ship meant to preserve humanity on the way to Alpha Centauri: sabotaged by the Australi-Turks because they didn’t get enough seats. Hippo’s fake soccer team: 17-3, desperate to sign the new star player away from The 23rd Roman Empire FC.

Viva La Tabula Raza

I was 10 years old when this song came out. I actually bought the album. Don’t have it no more, though. There was a song on the album called FRED that sticks with me, kinda has a Oingo Boingo Only a Lad ring to it.

Sharkbait

herodotus450

A joke about school shootings, and about presidents using informal language. Wow, they couldnt have been more wrong.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Viva La Tabula Raza

I saw this when it came out. Also had the comic book.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Fronkenshteen

rockingdog

Found a funny:

Me sowing: Haha fuck yeah!!! Yes!!

Me reaping: Well this fucking sucks. What the fuck.

King Hippo

I really, really dug this one. Huzzah, good man/pup.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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rockingdog

delicious delivery sushi was delicious

King Hippo

Also, just ordered some salt and pepper venison jerky bars, and a fuckton of this badass V-8 black cherry energy drink (like Red Bull, but with vegetables and actual nutritional value). This is pretty much what I live on.

Stress and Pretend Man City also lead me to actually forgetting to eat (not just shower!), so I am finally losing my spare tire.

THANKS RONI!!!!!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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King Hippo

Hello, Imaginary Friends! 75k seat David Silva Community Stadium is officially Pretend open. I feel as if this is the true mark I will leave on this world.

It’s quite interesting going this deep into madness, but remaining sentient through it all.

Also, who can forget newborn HBO series “Life Goes On” and “First and Ten.” Fucking. Lots and lots of fucking.

Sharkbait

How is football manager? I’ve been considering picking it up

King Hippo

Only the birth of my chilluns and the Donks’ first Owl win can rival it. And with the former, that’s likely just social conditioning talking.

The first week I played, I skipped sleep every other night.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Viva La Tabula Raza

75k seat David Silva Community Stadium is officially Pretend open.

Great. I just finally caught the pretend virus. Thanks.

Senor Weaselo

Why are we not doing Hippo’s Bernard Gilkey Beat?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Fronkenshteen

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Fronkenshteen

Brick Meathook

Sharkbait

Hey, if we go back to 1979, we can gamble on all of the sports, and get enough money to buy an island in time for this shit sandwich of a year.

Also maybe warn NYC about 9/11

Fronkenshteen

Odds on the NY Islanders winning the next 4 Stanley Cups, please!!!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Senor Weaselo

And tell Thurman to not go flying in a couple months.

Unsurprised

I have a specific one in mind

Fronkenshteen

Fronkenshteen

ballsofsteelandfury

Point Break is on!!

I forgot how hot Lori Petty was.

Sharkbait

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scotchnaut

Another line that me and my buddy use is from Midnight Run and it’s code for a full-on sarcastic retort

Me: [picks a player way too early in fantasy draft]

Him: “Oh, we’re completely safe.”

Viva La Tabula Raza

For some reason, when you mentioned Midnight Run, I flashed to Midnight Express. I loved Midnight Run, especially the Danny Elfman soundtrack. Midnight Express-wise, Billy Hayes was arrested at Yesilkoy Airport in Istanbul trying to smuggle a bunch of hash out of Turkey about 3 months after I landed there in 1970, and he spent the majority of his incarceration in a prison in Bursa, about 50 miles from where I lived in Karamursel from mid-70 to mid-73. Never heard of him until his book and the movie came out. Figured out that I rode by his prison on the way to a ski weekend on Mount Uludag (which looms over Bursa) when I was in the 7th grade.

Viva La Tabula Raza

In memoriam. Today would have been my granddad’s 104th birthday. Easy date to remember, D-Day and all. He wasn’t allowed to enlist in WWII; as a tool-and-die maker at the Foxboro Company, he was considered essential in that position and couldn’t sign up as cannon fodder. He did make up for it by serving in Mansfield MA volunteer FD. I put him up from 1996-2010, and after a further year at my mom’s place, he spent the last three years of his life in a nursing home in Uvalde TX. He was a pretty dull person, to be honest, but still, yer granddad, right? He died in September 2014 at 98-1/4 years of age.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Viva La Tabula Raza

I thought Peter Bonerz was in The Monkees, but I guess I was thinking of Mickey Dolenz. Not a lot of z-ending last names out there, easy to get them confused at my advanced age. Fun Fact: Mickey Dolenz auditioned for the part finally won by Henry Winkler of the Fonz in Happy Days.

Gumbygirl

Tonight on Svengoolie: Bride of Frankenstein

Mr. Ayo

This is a great post, I think.

I can’t see straight so adjust your own perceptions accordingly,

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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ballsofsteelandfury

That Fantasy Island clip is fantastic!

It reminds me of a movie that John Candy and Eugene Levy made with Meg Ryan named Armed and Dangerous. Wonderful film!
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scotchnaut

Speaking of-A very old buddy of mine (we still compete vs. each other in a 22 year old fantasy football league) and I still reference the “they laughed at you in Buffalo” line whenever one of us makes any kind of self-aggrandizing statement.

Viva La Tabula Raza

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scotchnaut

Example:

Me: “Hey, how’s it going? The wife and kids are good?”

Him: “They’re all good. I finally got that promotion I was working toward the last time we talked!”

Me: [in a soft voice] “They laughed at you in Buffalo.”

Him: [laughing] “Goddamn it!”

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Viva La Tabula Raza

Viva La Tabula Raza

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