Great Mustaches in Sports History

By Kyle Bauer

There have been many great mustaches throughout sports history in all sports, through the decades.

This new feature is going to highlight and celebrate though mustaches through time.

Today is another former Detroit athlete, James “Buddha” Edwards

Edwards was know for his mustache in the hey day of the Bad Boys. He was also known at times as a dominating seven-footer that provided excellent depth for the Pistons in their back to back championships.

Buddha went on to finish his career with the Bulls, winning a championship in 1996.

But his mustache just wasn’t the same.

Great Mustaches in Sports History

By Kyle Bauer

We here at the Real Deal on Sports, have an obsession with mustaches. Of course there is our good friend Dave Wannstadt or “Wannstache” as Matt Millen of all people has dubbed him. I myself have even dabbled in the mustache lore.

There have been many great mustaches throughout sports history in all sports, through the decades.

This new feature is going to highlight and celebrate though mustaches through time.

Today we will start off in a phase of obscurity. This NHL goalie and former Red Wing, once had a mustache, but shaved it off so early in his career, I was unaware that he even sported one. Tis a shame….

It dosent get much better than that.

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I have not been to Caesarland in years.

By Kyle Bauer

You could argue that with the Little Caesars Bowl, it was the quasi regional pizza chains re-coming out party. At one point the Perms (Mike Ilitch) Pizza house, had George Burns as a spokesman, and were renown for their funny commercials.

The chain fell on hard times in the late 90’s and closed over 3,000 stores and shuttered in several markets.  It was in the early 2000’s when they came up with the Hot ‘N Ready, saving the company and starting a pizza chain revolution.

With profits back up, The Perm swooped in and saved the Motor City Bowl, offering up sponsorship.

So I wondered, to an expanded national audience if The Perm would come at us with his high quality commercials, we’ve come to know and love. You know, the one you always see watching Red Wings games with the “last slice swiper”, the kid playing the Hot N Ready guitar, maybe the one with the Hot N Ready sign break dancers or my absolute favorite, the black and white one with the train conductor and the magical floating Little Caesars. I wish the Little Caesars by my house had a train conductor and floated. Maybe if it were magical, it wouldn’t be dirty all the time and they would actually have Hot N Ready’s prepared.

Little Caesars has by far the worst commercials. They used to have a reputation for having the best.

Finally the Perm got off his butt and gave us a new set of commercials, that look identical to ones Ford is using to push the F-150’s. Should of had Dennis Leary voice them. Obviously Ilitch went into “priotities vs. overhead mode” after the small collapse in the last 90’s. He slashed the budget from the commercials down to what weve seen this past decade. Now there seems to be more money in them, but they still sucked.

As for the game, it was good to see Marshall back in a bowl game in Detroit. Unfortunately it was a poorly played game across the board and each half was lopsided. True, it went down to the wire but the execution from both teams was horrendous.

What I care about more, was that North Carolina took their annual invite to the Meineke Car Care Bowl to go up against the ‘stache. Unfortunately, I’m back to questioning God again. With around 1:30 left, Pitt was attempting a 48 yard field goal, UNC jumped off-sides in a baffling choke job. Right as the evil ‘stache was up against the ropes, about to lose his third game in a row and lose another bowl game, he gets a break, and Pitt does just enough to in good field goal range and take the lead. UNC quarterback T.J. Yates then crapped himself when attempting to lead the comeback and the ‘stache prevailed.

Way to choke North Carolina. Now I’m going to have to hear about the ‘stache and how he got 10 wins and how Pitt is back. Theyll open up ranked in the top 10 next year because they barely beat an unranked team in a third-rate bowl game.

Today is a dark day for me. For Florida fans, it’s apocalyptic. Urban Meyer is stepping down for reasons that are health related. I am not sure why exactly this is being done. If you recall, after the SEC Championship he checked into a hospital for dehydration. Honestly at this point, I cannot fully trust Meyer and whether or not there is a grand ulterior motive. But I highly doubt that because this seems to be a medical issue, and why would you step down from a gig that is better than most NFL jobs? Hopefully this isn’t a cancer situation.

This means there will be a trickle down effect and another mid-major sub BCS program will have their coach harvested. I am looking at Kyle Whittingham of Utah to replace Meyer, similar to the Butch Jones-Brian Kelly carousel.

Finally, I suppose I will address Joe McKnight not playing in the Emerald Bowl due to an NCAA investigation. I’ll sum it up like this, if he wasnt under an investigation, he would had been injured. It doesnt matter.

Some early highlights from today’s episode

In case you missed Kyle’s epic Real Deal on Society against inflatable lawn ornaments, or you already want to hear it again….

Also Kyle pontificates on the Brut Sun Bowl and how it adds to the legend of Dave Wannstedt

More clips from today’s show will be coming in the next  few days. Keep checking the site!

Since nothing compelling happend in the NFL, heres a wrap on “Championship Saturday”

 

Are you there God?

It’s me, Kyle.

Thank you so very much for giving Cincinnati the will to come back and defeat the evil ‘stache. I know your angels were working hard to keep all just and right in the world.  Just when I was beginning to lose faith in all humanity, you saved me. When Pitt place-holder Andrew Janoco inexplicably dropped the snap, I looked up and knew you were there. When Tony Pike lofted up a pass with 39 seconds left, I pointed up towards your direction, in reverence and celebration.

Around the holiday season I want to see good prevail. The evil ‘stache would only use his victory to further harm those who get in his way. Some times I get angsty and insecure because every year the evil ‘stache looks as though he will finally find the glory that has long eluded him. Thankfully you always find a way to stifle him.

Now I only ask that you use your power to protect the strippers that may be sacrificed in the wake of his loss.

Also, I think I just had my first period. What do I do?!

Thank you God. 

Kyle  Bauer

In all seriousness, I couldnt be more happy that the evil ‘stache was defeated. It was favorite coach (Brian Kelly) vs. most despised coach (I think you guys have finally figured it’s Dave Wannstedt). To see Cincinnati to win, and the way they won, was a dream come true.

Speaking of despised coaches, Bo Pelini may be on that list now. The defensive improvement Pelini has made in Nebraska is remarkable. It might be the most noteworthy accomplishment in college football. I do respect him for this. What I do not respect him for, is the call he made late in the fourth quarter to give up a touchdown attempt and go for a field goal. Especially with only a two-point spraed and 1:42 left on the clock. It was a typical overly conservative, douchebag coaching move. With the best quarterback-receiver tandem in the country pacing the cage, you wear down that clock as much as you can. At least make a couple more honest attempts at forcing Texas to need a touchdown and burn another 30 seconds, maybe even more. The Nebraska passing game underneath was tending to rip off small chunks of yardage and was certainly more effective than their brutal running game. Of course, the black-shirts are back and I get why Pelini would put the game on their backs. Still he and Alex Henry, put the Huskers in a very bad position, one that I forseen Texas capitalizing on immeadiately.

I was very much hoping to see Nebraska win. I’m not necesarily a BCS opponent. Really, I wanted to see TCU play Alabama. While I enjoy watching Cincinnatis uptempo style, TCU plays a SEC style of football. Staunch defense comibined with a consistant, pounding, running and short passing game. They would be a good matchup to Alabama. Which I think Mark Ingrim is the best running back in the country, I think TCU’s defense might have a shot at netrualizing him.

Saying that, the Texas defense will bring it against Alabama. There is an intrigue to seeing a smaller program play an SEC powerhouse like Alabama, but Texas is a balanced team that offers a great match up.  There is no definitive answer to whether Texas or TCU is better. The Longhorns have shown many weakenesses this season. TCU has spent majority of the season beating up on San Dieago State.

The best two teams in the country will be playing eachother for the national championship.

This is all I got on the SEC Championship game…

(photo courtesy of inquisitr.com who provided the caption and 
apparently is the media outlet that has the balls to post this picture.)

Last night was another classic installment of (insert Big 10 team here) versus Hawaii. This game has been another Holiday tradition of mine, since Michigan took on the RAINBOW Wariors in their 1998 regular season finale.

Every year I sit down in my chair by the Christmas tree, pour my first glass of egg nog for the season, and stay up until 3am watching this game. Nothing feels better to me when Hawaii beats some Big 10 team “on vacation”. Unfortunately that didnt happen last night, as Wisconsin routed the Warriors. Even more unfortunate, I did not get to see the game. I was at a Christmas Party, at a house that did not get ESPN 2. I was depressed to say the least.

Heres looking forward to the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.

Also I have to mention Grand Valley State making it to the Division 2 championship game. Currently I am blogging from the GVSU campus and while I unable to attend the game yesterday, I will say that the pride is swelling and the booze is flowing.

Overall, it was a great “Championship Saturday.” The ‘stache and Tebow lost. It could had been better but I’ll take it.

Goodnight Jamario Moon

Read the final part of Kyle’s 3 part blog.

By Kyle Bauer

A 3 day man fest! Or rather fest for men! (the manisfestation)

Be ready for this one folks. It is a beast combing over some of todays big college football games, Black Friday, leftovers, decorating and of course Dave Wannstedt.

“That mustache and hair combination makes him look like he spends his afternoon in the strip club eating cheap steak and getting lap dances from Community College Freshmen. Once a month, he’ll spend an afternoon with his daughter because the divorce settlement forces him to. He picks her up in his Trans-Am, asks her how school is going, she is understandably mum.”

Real Deal on Sports Weekly Poll: Best Mustache

Kyle mounted a bit of a comeback at the end, but it was too little too late congratulations Dave Wannstedt.