Rowdy Roddy Piper

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Born April 17, 1954

Rowdy Roddy Piper is my all time favorite professional wrestler. He was the best bad guy. He was the logical voice of reason… most of the time. He was completely unpredictable. I was an idiot and did not go to see him when he came to a fan show in Knoxville, TN. I missed meeting him, as he passed away a short time later.

Hot Rod – YOU WILL BE MISSED!

Piper Quotes

  • I came here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubble gum.
  • Just when you think you know the answers, I change the questions.
  • Sooner or later, everybody pays the piper.
  • I’m the reason Hulk Hogan lost his hair.
  • I don’t need to know how tough I am to know how tough I am.
  • My business, in the beginning, was very lawless and the more trouble I go into, the more the promoters liked me back then. I was on the front page for doing something wrong, the arena was full. Then, all of a sudden, everything changed somehow and they put rules in. You put rules in a gunfight? I’m not so good at following those rules. I don’t’ know what will happen at WrestleMania.

I’m so quick, I could spit int he wind, duck, and let it hit the old lady behind me.

-Rowdy Roddy Piper

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Tell Em Steve-Dave

tell em steve daveTell em Steve-Dave! That is the sign off to one of my favorite podcasts. The sign off to one of the downloads that I wait on each and every week. Hosted by Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan and Brian Quinn, this is potentially the best podcast on the SmodCo Network – sorry Kevin. If I could make a Venn Diagram – easily and not on either of the two pain in the ass sites I just looked at – the sweet spot of this podcast, the middle of that Venn diagram, lies somewhere in the middle of the three main hosts. That being said, you also have to take into account the supporting cast that they bring to play from time to time and the various forms that TESD take from week to week.

It seems stupid, and uneccessary to say but the hosts really are the selling point for this show. They are wonderful with each other. There is history at play between these three that cannot be faked. The way that the three of them interact with each other needs to be bottled and sold to the public – TESD Energy Drink. They are like a functioning government where each one of them is the check and balance to the other. Walt and BQ don’t have a problem calling Brian out on his shit. Bryan and BQ are able to give Walt a focus for his amazing and sometimes absurdly, funny creativity and Bry and Walt allow BQ to step out of his every day life with Impractical Jokers and do something completely different. But in the end, their friendship and history is really what makes the show work. I certainly still listen when one of the guys is missing but when they are all together it is podcast gold.

tell em steve daveAlong with the three hosts of Tell em Steve-Dave, the supporting cast that they are able to call on is remarkable, and strange, and unique… and … odd. I am going to miss a lot but here are my favorites:

  1. MIng Chen – Of Comic Book Men and I Sell Comics Fam
  2. Mike Zapcic – Also of I Sell Comics and Comic Book Men Fam
  3. Get Em Steve-Dave – current employee of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, former bottle dump diver and just all around interesting guy – in particular when he has managed to draw the ire of all three hosts at one time.
  4. Sunday Jeff – Damn I love Sunday Jeff and he can spit some mad lyrics… You need to listen to the show to get this one. I will eventually make the trip to Mecca – in this case the Stash – and I do want to meet Sunday Jeff.

TESD reinvents itself all the time. When the guys feel the need to do something new, it seems that Mr Flanagan is the one that the ball is tossed to. He will grabbed hold of a topic or an idea for a game and beat that idea into submission. The results are amazing. From Overdrive to any of the games they have added over the last 6 months, these guys keep it new and interesting. Overdrive episodes are my favorite, if I had to pick a type of show but they are followed very closely by the trial by fire-ANTS episodes. Those are long form, multiple episode pods and I love them.

tell em steve daveThere is no need to give TESD the 7 Days a Geek three episode challenge. If you give it a listen and make it through to the end of the show – you will end up adding this to your podcast playlist. From the hosts to the supporting cast and in particular, they way these guys keep changing the show, TESD one of my go-to podcasts.

PS – I listen for the ads and to the ads. They do some of the best ads on any podcast, anywhere. And most of the time the ones that involves Bryan’s niece or Walt’s girls make me roll a tear.

Post PS – TESD came before Impractical Jokers for me. I had caught a couple of episodes but I ended up on a business trip to Palm Springs and at night will I was working at the hotel I watched hours of IJ. Another great show and another reason to love this crew of people.

Tell Em Steve-Dave!

And I will be buying a Four-Color Demons patch soon – I will post pictures when it comes in.