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The Wide World of Sports
The Wide World of Sports
Jim Meadows
Published by Swampy Meadows
The Wide World of Sports

BEVERLY HILLS (MI) –- Sampling the intro to the old ABC series “Wide World of Sports”:

“Spanning the blogosphere to bring you the constant variety of sport, this is “From the Swamp.” Let’s hit the links, shall we?

-- Here’s a link to a CMU Recruiting Hot Board from Jamal Richards’ We Fly High Ballers blog that indicates who the Chips are recruiting in Michigan and at the same time gives us an idea about who UD is watching:


The only guys listed that Cornell Mann hasn’t looked at are Devon Long, Colin Voss and Maurice Jones….and how much do you wanna bet that he actually has seen them play, too? Even tho UD isn’t mentioned here, the Flyers are one of many programs in on Ziegler. Lanier Brown had previously said he was hearing from Dayton. The Flyer staff has also looked at Kamieniecki and Marble. How do I know? Because the players told me so when I saw them play this winter.

-- Another great list from the WFHB blog: a breakout of who is playing for what Michigan-based AAU squad this summer:


-- Worst job in the NBA? I nominate those security guys who are parked right behind the bench, parallel to the floor. Great seats, close to the action, but you can’t watch the game because if you do, then you aren’t doing your job. That would suck.

-- Living in Detroit, I got to witness the ascension of the Detroit Pistons from NBA also-ran to the dominating “Bad Boys.” Chuck Daly, the guy pushing the buttons back then at the Palace passed away last week. Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe penned this fond remembrance of the guy that John Salley nicknamed “Daddy Rich”:


-- It’s not every day that a baseball team scores 12 runs before they record a single out, but the Red Sox did so last week:


-- Speaking of the Sawx, I hit the Boston Sports trifecta on Sunday night, as the Carmines took on the Tampa Bay Rays on ESPN; the Celts and Magic battled on TNT and Carolina and the Bruins traded checks on Versus. Best part of it was that all three of them actually won, the Sox and the C’s in rather dramatic fashion!

-- Chris Wright can develop a consistent jump shot in order to succeed at the next level. How do we know? Meet the new ‘big guy who added a jumper to his arsenal’ poster child: Glen “Big Baby” Davis:


When KG went down, the emergence of “Big Baby” and his ability to nail the J has allowed the C’s to continue winning.

-- Watch Pat Burrell’s reaction when the crowd at Fenway goes nuts after “Big Baby” hit the game winner for the Celtics:


-- There is no longer any doubt about it: Manny Ramirez is a total knucklehead:


-- Remember this name: Daniel Bard. The young man out of UNC has a legitimate 100 MPH fastball and just got called up to the majors:


-- Speaking of young hurlers, how about Zack Greinke of the KC Royals. He finally lost a game (1-0) but still threw well even in defeat:


-- And who is the next pitching phenom on the horizon? Yet another name to file away for not-so-distant future reference: Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State, who is in line to get a gazillion dollar contract thanks to his reptile Scott Boras:


-- Finally, this week’s best headlines on Fark.com:

Catholic Church weighs in on genetically modified foods. Lettuce pray

Sixty-six year-old sealer rescued after spending two nights alone on an ice floe. Plans on going clubbing to celebrate

Dentist office explodes in Ohio. With pic of the large cavity

Swine flu victim in LaGrange is still seriously ill after two weeks. Doctors would like to help her, but don't know a-how-how-how-how

Puppy eats alphabet magnets, poops next Dan Brown novel

The oldest rivalry in baseball heats up again, and of course we're talking about Amherst vs. Williams - a rivalry that goes back to 1859, or slightly before Jamie Moyer started pitching

Medical community applauds first double-hand transplant in U.S

Obama to give speech regarding Muslim relations. No, not HIS Muslim relations

Bernanke: Economy should grow again later in 2009, but if we experience expansion lasting more than four years, we should consult a doctor

Office supply manufacturer Bic erases 88 jobs, folds staple Kansas plant to clip costs, notes workers' dedication and tacks on severance.

That’s it “From the Swamp.”
You can email me at: swampy@udpride.com
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By DetroitFlyer on 05-14-2009, 03:19 PM
Wide World of Sports Theme Song

Do you remember the guitar riff that played when WWS came on? It is performed by my favorite group, one that should be in the rock and roll hall of fame, (especially its leader). I will NEVER visit the so called hall of fame until this group and its leader are enshrined.

Any guesses on the group and its leader?
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By Swampy Meadows on 05-16-2009, 09:28 AM

No clue...the theme music from WWS that I remember was done by an orchestra and I don't recall a guitar riff.

"The thrill of victory...and the agony of defeat."
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By DetroitFlyer on 05-16-2009, 11:36 AM
The Electric Light Orchestra

Not too bad Swampy! The Electric Light Orchestra led by Jeff Lynne. The song is called Fire on High! Other popular ELO songs over the years, (and there are many), include Mr. Blue Sky, Evil Women, Living Thing, (my all time favorite), Don't Bring Me Down, and the list goes on and on.... Jeff was also a member of the Traveling Wilburys and has produced for Tom Petty, George Harrison and even some of the Beatles later releases.

When I was a kid watching Wide World of Sports, I knew I liked the riff, but I really had no idea who the artist was performing the song. I became an ELO fan back around 1978 / 1979 time frame and then as I collected more and more of their music I figured it out....

Oh well, enough ELO trivia for today.

Originally Posted by Swampy Meadows View Post

No clue...the theme music from WWS that I remember was done by an orchestra and I don't recall a guitar riff.

"The thrill of victory...and the agony of defeat."
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