Friday May 26
Written by Ben Pogany
  1. The Mannings (Archie, Peyton and Eli) In the world of sports, the quarterback is king. In the world of quarterbacks, the Mannings reign supreme.  When you're a #2 pick, and #3 in your own family in terms of draft selection, you know you're dealing with one hell of a gene pool.  Bear Bryant once called Archie the best college quarterback he'd ever seen, a patron saint at Ole Miss and an all-time Saint in Louisiana.  Not bad pops, but where's the ring?  Peyton and Eli are each Super Bowl MVPs, the former one of the top three or four players to every throw the pigskin.  Love 'em or hate' em, there's just no arguing with success.
  2. The Hulls (Bobby, Dennis and Brett) The Golden Jet, Silver Jet, and Golden Brett. Only 18 players in the history of the NHL have scored more than 600 goals over the span of a career.  Only 16 of those are not name Hull.  Bobby and his son Brett were hockey royalty in their days, with slapshot prowess that is nearly unparalleled to this day.  Silver Jet Dennis would never land a spot in the Hall like his brother and nephew, but 303 career goals and five All-Star nods ain't too shabby either.
  3. The Williams (Serena and Venus) Serena and Venus have amassed a ridiculous 48 combined Grand Slams, a number that would no doubt be even higher were they not having to constantly face off against one another (they have met in 8 Slam finals, including 4 straight). Both rising to the rank of #1 over the past decade, the Williams sisters are in a league of their own when it comes to women's tennis in the 21st century.
  4. The Gracies (Helio, Carlos, Royce, Rorion, Rickson, Rolls,....) The Gracies aren’t just a great sports family, they’re a certifiable dynasty.  Brothers Helio and Carlos are regarded to be the creators of modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and on top of imparting this revolutionary martial arts style to the world, their tutelage created a virtual army of fighting Gracies. Carlos’ offspring alone included 13 children who rose to the rank of black belt. Among Helio’s numerous sons were the acclaimed Rickson, Relson, Royler, Royce, and Rorion. Rorion co-founded UFC and Royce helped bring it to the masses, winning three out of the first four UFC tournaments to go down as one of the most influential and dominant fighters in MMA history. All in all over 60 Gracies have achieved prominence in the field of mixed martial arts.
  5. The Sutters (Brian, Daryl, Duane, Rich, Ron, Brent, Brandon, and Brett) The six Sutter brothers played over 5000 combined games and captured six Stanley Cups throughout the 70's and 80's. Brent's son Brandon and Daryl's son Brett are currently members of the Carolina Hurricanes.
  6. The Howes (Gordie, Mark, Marty, and Vic) Nicknamed Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe is of course regarded as one of the greatest hockey players to ever pick up a stick. However, his son Mark resides with him in the Hall, a prolific two-way defenseman who spent 16 years with the Whalers, Flyers, and Red Wings. Gordie's other son Marty and brother Vic also had significant careers in professional hockey.
  7. The Richards (Maurice and Henri) The first player to ever reach 500 goals, Maurice "Rocket" Richard was the heart of the Canadiens dynasty of the 40's and 50's, winning 8 Stanley Cups in that span. Henri "Pocket Rocket," 15 years Maurice's junior, would eventually join his brother in the Hall after 20 years of service to Montreal.
  8. The Dimaggios (Joe, Dom, and Vince) Joltin Joe's 56-game hit streak may be one of the most celebrated records in all of sports, but not many know that little brother Dom had a nifty little streak of his own, 34 games in 1949, which remains a Red Sox record. Along with Vince, the three brothers combined for 22 All-Star appearances over 34 years of service.
  9. The Waners (Paul and Lloyd) Nicknamed "Big and Little Poison," the Waner brothers patrolled the Pirates' outfield during much of the 20's and 30's. Paul would collect over 3,100 hits despite playing many of his games hungover. According to Casey Stengel, "he had to be a very graceful player, because he could slide without breaking the bottle on his hip." Both Waners would wind up in the Hall of Fame, boasting the most combined career hits by brothers with 5,611.
  10. The Espositos (Phil and Tony) A ten-time All-Star, Phil was one of the best centers to ever play the game, winning two Stanley Cups with the Bruins before retiring with 717 goals.  Tony was a long time Blackhawk who revolutionized the goalie position with his development of the butterfly style, joining his brother in the Hall of Fame in 1988.
  11. The Sharpes (Shannon and Sterling) Sterling was a 6-time All-Pro wideout who brought in 65 touchdowns before a neck injury cut his career short, only two years before his Packers won the title in '96.  Luckily for him, his brother Shannon bequeathed his first of three rings to his big bro.  Shannon would go on to appear in 8 Pro Bowls and become the era's greatest tight end outside of Tony Gonzalez
  12. The Matthews (Clay Sr, Bruce, Clay Jr, Clay III, Kevin, Jake and Casey) Stay with me here because running down the exploits of the Matthews clan is enough to make your head spin.  While Bruce might be the greatest offensive lineman of all-time, his brother Clay Jr was a four-time Pro-Bowler who played linebacker into his forties. Clay Jr's son Clay III is a defensive force for the Packers who has the potential to join his uncle in the Hall, while his other son Casey was an Oregon linebacker who you might remember forced a key fourth quarter fumble in the national championship game against Auburn and was just signed as an undrafted free agent by the Eagles. Bruce's son Jake is promising offensive tackle at Texas A&M and his other son Kevin is a young center for the Tennessee Titans. And of course there's Clay Sr, patriarch of the Matthews clan, who played four seasons for the Niners in the early fifties.
  13. The Barrys (Rick and sons Scooter, John, Brent, and Drew) NBA legend Rick Barry had four sons who all ascended to the ranks of professional basketball.
  14. The Klitschkos (Wladamir and Vitali) When it comes to the heavyweight division nowadays, there are the Klitschko brothers, and then there's everyone else.  The Ukranian man-beasts are positively unrivaled over the last generation, combining for a record of 104-5 with 88 knockouts.  Vitali is the current WBC heavyweight champion, while Wlad holds the WBA Super, IBF, WBO Super, and IBO crowns.
  15. The Alous/Rojas (Felipe, Matty, Jesus, Moises, Mel Rojas, and Mel Rojas Jr) Brothers Felipe, Matty, and Jesus combined to form the first and only all-brother outfield for the mid-60's Giants. A generation later, Felipe's son Moises would outdo them all en route to six All-Star appearances and two Silver Slugger awards. Even Felipe's nephew Mel had a solid decade-long pitching career that spanned the 1990's and Mel Jr is carrying the family into a third generation with his recent selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2010 draft.
  16. The Deans (Dizzy and Paul) In 1934, Dizzy famously proclaimed "Me an' Paul are gunna win 45 games." They would win 49, with Dizzy contributing a mind-boggling 30. That same year, the duo would go on to win two games apiece in the World Series for the Cardinals' "Gashouse Gang", combining for 28 strikeouts and a 1.43 ERA to overtake the Tigers in seven.  Sadly, both brothers had their careers cut short by injury, but though Dizzy had only four healthy years in the Show, his overwhelming dominance was enough to get a ticket to the Hall in 1953.
  17. The Millers (Reggie, Cheryl, and Darrell) We all know Reggie as one of the greatest pure shooters of the past generation, but sister Cheryl could give him a run for his money. A three-time Naismith college player of the year, she led her Trojans to two championships and owns just about every record in USC's books. When Reggie got his Hall of Fame bid in 2012, he joined his sister whose likeness has resided in Springfield for over fifteen years.  Even more, the third Miller child Darrell spent four years at catcher and outfield with the California Angels.
  18. The Mazzolas (Valentino, Sandro, and Ferruccio) Legends of Italian soccer, Valentino and his son Sandro were two of the most complete midfielders of the first half of the 20th Century. Between them, they would lead their respective teams to a combined 8 league-titles.
  19. The Browners (Ross, Jim, Joey, Keith, Keith Jr and Ross' son Max Starks) Joey was a 6-time Pro Bowl strong safety for the Vikings who was named to the 1980 All-Decade team. Brother Ross was a two-time All-American for Notre Dame who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and played 11 seasons in the NFL at defensive end. His son Max is currently a offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers who has contributed to their two recent Super Bowl victories. Keith had an four year stint in the NFL and his son Keith Jr is following in his father's footsteps at defensive end, currently with the Houston Texans.
  20. The Perrys (Gaylord, Jim, and Chris) Hall of Fame hurler Gaylord was said to have approached Vaseline about doing an endorsement due to his widely known habit of doctoring baseballs. In fact, Gene Tenace, long time catcher of the prolific pitcher, once remarked that at times he would have to walk the ball back to the mound as it was so greasy he couldn't even through it back. Still, a Hall bid was hard to deny, as Gaylord accumulated 314 wins and 3,534 strikeouts over his 22 year career. Brother Jim won a Cy Young and 215 games in his 17-year career while Jim's son Chris was a successful golfer on the PGA tour.
  21. The Bonds (Bobby and Barry) Only two players in MLB history have gone 30 and 30 five or more times. One is named Barry Bonds. The other is his father.
  22. The Niekros (Phil, Joe, and Lance) Masters at the art of the knuckleball, Phil and Joe's 539 combined wins makes for the most successful brother combination in baseball history. Joe's son Lance also spent limited time with the Giants as a first baseman.
  23. The Geoffrions (Howie Morenz, Bernie, Dan, and Blake) The first four-generation NHL family.  Patriarch Howie Morenz was a three-time league MVP, an original inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and named by the Canadian Press the best ice hocey player of the first half of the 20th century.  Morenz was the father-in-law of Boom Boom Geoffrion, an 11-time all-star credited by many as being the inventor or at the very least an early innovator of the slap shot. His son Dan played five seasons of professional hockey before siring Blake Geoffrion, who currently plays for the Canadiens, as well as Sebastian and Brice, both hockey players at Alabama Huntsville.
  24. The Barbers (Tiki and Ronde) Tiki was the football version of Nomar Garciaparra, a top notch player who for whatever reason prevented his team from winning a championship until immediately after his exit. However maligned, with 10,000+ rushing and 5000+ receiving yards (one of three in NFL history alongside Marcus Allen and Marshall Faulk), his place in the Giants pantheon is indisputable. Lining up on the other side of the ball was identical twin, Ronde, who accomplished quite the combo of his own as the only player in NFL history with 25+ sacks and 40 interceptions over a career.
  25. The Griffeys (George Kenneth Sr, Ken Jr, and Craig) Ken Sr was an integral member of Cincinnati Big Red Machine, hitting .336 in 1976 en route to their second title in as many years. Fourteen years later, he would sign with the Seattle Mariners, joining his son who had a year earlier been called up from the minors. On September 14th, 1990, the father-son tandem would hit back-to-back home runs in a moment right out of a Disney movie. Junior would of course blossom into one of the greatest, most exciting players of his era. Younger brother Craig even played in the Mariners farm system, but never made it to the big leagues.
  26. The Laudrups (Brian and Michael) Soccer siblings for the ages, Brian collected a record four Danish Footballer of the Year Awards from 1989-1997 while his brother piled up four straight La Liga championships with Barcelona en route to being named the greatest Danish player of all time by the Danish Football Association in 2006.
  27. The Alomars (Sandy, Roberto, and Sandy Jr.) Roberto just entered the Hall as one of the greatest second baseman of all-time.  A tough act to measure up to, Sandy Jr still held his own, winning Rookie of the Year and going to six All-Star games as a catcher. Their father Sandy Sr was a mediocre hitter best known for his defense at second base and subsequent coaching career. Sandy had the pleasure of coaching his two sons on the 1989 Padres.
  28. The Nevilles (Gary, Phil, Tracy and Neville) Yes, you read that right.  The Patriarch of the Neville clan is indeed named Neville Neville, and was a well known cricketer in the 1980's.  Gary and Phil played together on Man U for over a decade, winning 6 Premier League titles (Gary would win two more after Phil departed to captain Everton).  They concurrently compiled a combined 144 caps with the English national team.  Moreover, their sister Tracy was a long serving netball player for England, compiling 74 caps in her own right.
  29. The Spinks (Michael, Leon, Cory, Leon Calvin, and Darrell) Michael went undefeated in his first 31 professional fights to become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, and later the heavyweight champion with his defeat of Larry Holmes. Mike's only loss would be his final fight, a knockout by the surging Mike Tyson in 1988. He is enshrined in both the International and World Boxing Hall of Fames. His brother "Neon Leon" is best known for upsetting Muhammad Ali to become the WBC/WBA heavyweight champion of the world in 1978. Born just five days later, Leon's son Cory would go on to become the undisputed Welterweight Champion in 2003. Two other sons, Leon Calvin and Darrell, also had brief professional careers.
  30. The Bells (Gus, Buddy, David, Mike) A rare three-generation baseball family. Grandfather Gus was a four-time All-Star currently enshrined in the Reds' Hall of Fame, while his son Buddy racked up 2,514 hits and six Gold Gloves with the Rangers. Son David had a solid 11 year career at third base for six different teams while his brother Mike was the black sheep of the family, appearing on the 2007 Mitchell report despite only managing to hit a mere two career dingers in his less-than-illustrious 1-year professional career
  31. The Alis (Muhammad, Laila, Rudy, and Ibn) Muhammad is of course the greatest heavyweight of all time.  However, his daughter Laila is gunning to be the greatest female, boasting a 24-0 record with 21 knockouts. Muhammad's brother Rudy also found success as a professional heavyweight, as did Rudy's son Ibn.
  32. The Nessers (Al, Frank, Fred, John, Phil, Ray and Ted) The seven Nesser brothers composed the most famous football family in the country in the early 1900s, all playing for a Columbus Panhandles team that would eventually contribute to the formation of the modern day NFL. Legendary Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne once said of them, "Getting hit by a Nesser brother is like falling off a moving train."
  33. The Martinezes (Pedro and Ramon) A dominant force in his day, Pedro put up mesmerizing numbers during a time when steroid-use was wreaking havoc on ERAs everywhere. However, ever in the shadow of his younger brother, Ramon was one of the more underrated hurlers of the early 90's, eventually boasting a 135-88 career record with a 3.67 ERA.
  34. The McEnroes (John and Patrick) Brothers John and Patrick won a combined 192 tennis titles and each ascended to at least a top three doubles ranking.
  35. The Bryans (Dan and Mike) Together, the Bryan twins have won 11 Grand Slam tennis titles, spending over 200 weeks ranked at #1 to be named the doubles team of the decade for 2000-2009.
  36. The Fielders (Cecil and Prince) The Fielders are the only father-son combination to each hit 50 home runs in a season.
  37. The Johnsons (Jimmy, Rafer, and Jennifer) Rafer won Olympic gold as a decathlete at the 1960 Rome games. Brother Jimmy is a Pro Football Hall of Famer who played 16 seasons with the 49ers. Rafer's daughter Jennifer won silver at the 1999 Beach Volleyball World Championship in Marseille.
  38. The Maldinis (Cesare and Paolo) Renowned for their service to AC Milan, they are one of three father-son pairs to have each hoisted a European Cup/Champions League trophy.  In 1998, the Italian World Cup squad was both coached and captained by a Maldini.
  39. The Sislers (George, Dave and Dick) A titan in his day, "Gentleman George" Sisler hit a ridiculous .420 in 1922 en route to 2,812 career hits and a career .340 AVG. Despite a mediocre seven-year career, son Dick would go down in history for hitting a 10th-inning walk-off home run that would help win his Phillies their first pennant in 35 years. His younger brother Dave was once deemed "Yankee Killer" for going 5-0 against them in a 4-year stint as a reliever for the Boston Red Sox in the late fifties.
  40. The Delahantys (Ed, Jim, Joe, Frank, and Tom) Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty was known as one of the great power hitters of the late 1800's (of course this meant leading the league with 13 home runs, but still...) His four brothers also had stints in the majors.
  41. The Rivers (Doc, uncle Jim Brewer, cousins Ken Singleton and Byron Irvin, and children Austin, Jeremiah, and Callie) Before capturing banner #17 as coach of the Celtics, Doc played point alongside Dominique Wilkins, where he would average nearly 11 points and 6 assists a game. Jim and Byron served nine and three years respectively in the NBA, and Doc's cousin Ken Singleton spent the majority of his career playing right field for the Orioles, where he would go to three All-Star games and win a World Series in 1983. Doc's son Austin may prove to outdo them all, recently selected with the 10th pick by the New Orleans Hornets after a stellar career at Duke. Jeremiah played hoops for Georgetown while Callie is thought to be one of the best college volleyball players in the country.
  42. The Ripkens (Cal, Cal Jr, Billy) Cal Sr spent 36 years in the Orioles organization as manager, base coach, player, and scout.  Like Papa Alomar, he coached his two sons in 1987, the first father to ever do so.  Though Billy had a largely unremarkable career, Cal Jr's was about as remarkable as they come, starting an unfathomable 2,632 consecutive games and going to all but 2 All-Star games in his 21-year career.
  43. The Sedins (Henrik and Daniel) After Vancouver secured both the 2nd and 3rd overall picks in the 1999 NHL draft, they scooped up the Sedin duo, who would bring them five division titles over the past decade  The Swedish identical twins won gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics and are 1st and 4th in all-time points for the Canucks.
  44. The Mayweathers (Floyd Sr, Roger, Jeff, and Floyd Jr) Floyd Sr's two brothers each won professional featherweight titles, while he himself was a welterweight contender for much of the 70's and 80's. His training was of course integral to the development of the undefeated, eight-time world title winning prima donna Floyd Jr.
  45. The Chavezes (Julio Cesar, Julio Jr, and Omar) A prolific Mexican boxing family. Julio Cesar Chavez was a six-time world champion across three weight divisions over a 25 year career, widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters ever at his peak in the 1980’s. Julio retired holding the record for most title fight victories with 31 and the longest undefeated streak in boxing history at 13 years, accumulating an astounding 89 wins before taking his first loss in 1994. Julio planted the boxing seed in his two sons Omar and Julio Jr at an early age, ceremonially inviting them into the ring before each of his fights. Sure enough, both have followed in their father's footsteps with resounding success, undefeated in a combined 72 contests with Julio Jr currently holding the WBC Middleweight championship belt.
  46. The Van Arsdales (Dick and Tom) Identical twins Dick and Tom Van Arsdale had nearly as identical basketball careers. Both played hoops at Indiana, both played on the NBA All-Rookie team in 1966, both were 3-time All-Stars, and both retired in 1977 after 12 years in the league.
  47. The Bibbys (Henry, Mike, and Jim) Henry and his son Mike Bibby each had careers in the NBA while Henry's brother Jim won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.
  48. The Robinsons (Jackie and Mack) Though we all are well-versed in the illustrious career of Jackie Robinson, brother Mack had his own feat of courageousness, competing in the historic, racially-charged 1936 Berlin Olympics and capturing silver in the men's 200 meters by finishing .4 seconds behind Jesse Owens.
  49. The Uptons (BJ and Justin) Selected #1 and #2 respectively, Justin and big bro BJ are the highest drafted siblings in baseball history. Now teammates in Atlanta, the jury is still out on just how good these two will get.
  50. The Molinas (Bengie, Jose, and Yadier) The only three brothers in MLB history to each win a World Series.

Honorable Mentions:
The Haistons (Sam, Jerry, Johnny, Jerry Jr, and Scott) The Hairstons hold the modern day record with five family members to play at the major league level.
The Gasols (Pau & Marc)
The Longs (Howie, Chris, and Kyle)
The Halls (Gary Sr and Jr)

The Bryants (Joe and Kobe) Father of Kobe, Joe Bryant was selected in the first round of the 1975 draft, going on to score over 5,000 points in 8 seasons in the NBA and spend seven years dominating the hardwood in Italy.
The Niedermeyers (Rob and Scott and cousin Jason Strudwick)
The Boones (Ray, Bob, Aaron, and Bret) The first family to send three generations of players to the MLB All-Star game.
The Grieses (Bob and Brian) Bob was Hall of Fame Quarterback for the Miami Dolphins who won two Super Bowls including the legendary undefeated '72 season. Brian is a former Rose Bowl MVP, Super Bowl Champ, and 1-time Pro Bowler.
The Hamms (Paul and Morgan) Twins brothers who each medaled in Olympic gymnastics.
The Madduxes (Greg and Mike) Mike was a journeyman pitcher who played 15 years in the bigs, a career vastly overshadowed by the magnificence of brother Greg, an unparalleled control pitcher who at one point would capture four consecutive Cy Young awards during which he would post a mind-boggling 1.98 ERA.
The Charletons (Jack and Bobby)
The Tatupus (Mosi and Lofa) A former classmate of President Obama at Punahou high school, Mosi made a name for himself as a special teams wizard for the New England Patriots, where he was named to both the 1970s and 1980s Patriots All-Decade teams.  His son Lofa was a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Bretts (George, Ken, Bobby and John) Ken played 14 years for 10 different teams, and most notably remains to this day the youngest player to ever pitch in a World Series, coming into game 4 of the 1967 Fall Classic at 19 years and 3 weeks.  Brothers Bobby and John played minor league ball while George of course was a 13-time All-Star, first-ballot Hall of Fame third baseman who is one of four players in MLB history to finish with 3000 hits, 300 home runs, and a .300 average.
The Mahres (Steve and Phil)

Billie Jean Moffitt King and Randy Moffitt While tennis great Billie Jean is known as one of the pioneering female athletes of her time, few know that her younger brother Randy made a living as a Major League reliever, compiling 96 saves with the Giants, Astros, and Blue Jays.
The Williams (Dominique and Gerald)
The Golics (Mike and Bob) Both defensive tackles and Notre Dame alums, Mike spent nine mediocre years in the NFL while brother Bob was a three-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-American wrestler, and one-time RA on Saved By the Bell: The College Years.
The Jones (Thomas and Julius) Only brothers to each rush for 1000 yards in the same season (2006).
The Leiters (Al and Mark) Mark had a mediocre 11-year career in the MLB posting a 4.57 ERA and 65 wins. Al was a 3-time champion, two-time All-Star who won 162 games and struck out over 1900 batters over an 18 year career.
The Baers (Max and Buddy) Though most recall Max Baer as the man upset by Jimmy Braddock in the movie Cinderella Man, both he and his brother Buddy are listed in Ring Magazine's top 100 punchers of all time.
The Bryans (Bob and Mike)
The Grants (Horace and Harvey)
The Stottlemyres (Mel, Mel Jr, and Todd)
With 3,158 K's, the Stottlemyres have collected the most strikeouts of any father-son combination.
The Hernandezes (Livan and Orlando)
The Schofield/Werths (Dick, Ducky, Jayson, Dennis, and Kim) Whatever this family lacks in athletic dominance, they make up for in financial dominance, as Jayson hit paydirt in 2011 with one of the most ridiculously lucrative contracts in baseball history.  Dicky, Duck, and Dennis each retired with sub-.230 career averages (Jayson's grandfather, uncle, and stepfather respectively), but 45 years of combined MLB service within one family is pretty hard to ignore.  Jayson's mother Kim competed at the Olympic trials in long jump and the 100m.
The Gronkowskis (Rob, Chris, and Dan)
The Wards (Daryl and Gary)
Marat Safin and Dinara Safina
The Wilsons (Mookie and Preston)
The Szczerbiaks (Walt and Wally)
Walt won 3 Euroleague titles with Real Madrid
The Winslows (Kellen and Kellen II)
The Hasselbecks (Matt, Tim and Don)
The Staals (Eric, Marc, Jordan, and Jared)
The Laroches (Adam, Andy and Dave)
The Motas (Manny, Andy, and Jose)
The Aarons (Hank and Tommie)
The Aarons hold the distinction of having hit the most combined home runs by a pair of brothers.  Tommie chipped in with 13.
The Noahs (Yannick and Joakim)
Santonio Holmes and Fred Taylor (Cousins)
The O'Bannions (Charles and Fred)
The Giles (Brian and Marcus)
The Matthews (Gary and Gary Jr)
The Baileys (Champ and Boss)
Old and Young Tom Morris
The Vicks (Michael and Marcus, Aaron Brooks is a cousin)
The Simms (Chris and Phil)
The Drews (JD, Stephen and Tim)
The Giambis (Jason and Jeremy)
The Weavers (Jered and Jeff)
The Lopezes (Robin and Brook)
The Younts (Robin and Larry)
Larry is the only player to be credited with pitching a game without actually facing a batter.  Summoned to pitch in the 9th inning of a 4-1 game against the Braves in 1971, Larry took several warm up tosses before elbow pain forced him to exit.  He would never return to a major league mound.
Written by Ben Pogany

The following artists were not selected because they are the best musicians of their respective genres, though many are.  They were not selected because they were the very first to do what they did, though many were.  Rather, these twenty artists populate this list because they significantly and irrevocably reshaped the musical landscapes of which they were a part.  They brought their respective crafts from the fringe to the mainstream, virtually compelling the public to pay attention or be left behind.   

1) The Beatles- What is there to say?  There's everything before the Beatles, and then there's everything after.  They forever changed popular music and defined a generation.

2) Elvis
- Say what you will about the King, but the impact he had on popular music cannot be understated.  He brought black music to the white masses and gave birth to rock and rock in mainstream America.

3) Robert Johnson-The OG of the blues, the man who sold his soul to the devil so that the world could eventually come to know rock music.

4) James Brown- The hardest working man in show business is rightfully referred to as The Godfather of Soul.  While Elvis and the Stones may have been responsible for bringing black music to white people, James Brown brought white people to black music.

5) Bob Dylan- One of the first to inject poetry into his music, Dylan popularized folk music while poignantly speaking to the heart of the 60's generation struggling with an unpopular war and alienation from their parents.  Before Dylan, song lyrics largely consisted of simplistic, poppy love ballads.

6) Run DMC- Though not the first guys to ever rhyme into a microphone, Run DMC cemented hip hop as a legitimate art form and brought it to the masses with the help of Aerosmith, Mtv, and a generation of music listeners ready for the next big thing in music.

7) Little Richard- One of the seminal architects of Rock and Rock, Richard Wayne Penniman drew on gospel, rhythm & blues, funk, and boogie-woogie and combined it with an off-the-wall persona to create a show like no one had ever seen.

8) Chuck Berry- John Lennon once said "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry."  From "Maybelline" to "Johnny B. Goode", Berry, perhaps more than any other artist, put all the pieces together to truly give birth to rock and roll music.

9) The Velvet Underground- Drawing their name from a book about the secret sexual subculture of the early 1960's, Lou Reed and John Cale would go on to create the most seminal experimental/art rock band the country had yet seen.  Buried within their verses were the seeds of punk, alternative, and grunge rock.

10) Led Zeppelin- Though predicted to go down like the Hindenburg, Zep created and perfected the hard rock sound.  There are few today who didn't draw some influence from the dream team lineup of Page, Plant, Bonham and Paul Jones.

11) Nirvana- Almost overnight, hair metal was out, flannel shirts were in, and "commercial" rock would never be the same again.

12) Bob Marley- When you think reggae, you think Bob Marley, plain and simple.

13) Hank Williams- Though only gracing this earth for a brief twenty-nine years, Hank unquestionably cemented his status as the king of country music.  He even found time to bequeath to the world five famous offspring.  Are you ready for some football???

14) Charlie Parker- A living personification of the beatnik era, "Bird" was one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time.  He pioneered the fast tempos and harmonically structured improvisations of the Bebop sound.

15) Black Sabbath- The Godfathers of Heavy Metal, Ozzy and friends made dark music popular.

16) George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic- P-Funk doesn't play funk music, they are funk music.  George and the gang continue to dominate the airwaves, lending samples to everyone from Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre to Missy Eliot and Outkast.

17) Louis Armstrong
- Satchmo might not be the greatest jazz musician to ever pick up a trumpet, but he's arguably the most important, as the lovable pioneer legitimized the art form for mainstream (read: white) audiences.

18) The Sex Pistols- They crammed punk down mainstream England's throats by injecting a crude, rude, completely irreverent and downright shocking style into popular music.

19) NWA- NWA gave birth to gangsta rap with their raw, unyielding lyrics and all-star lineup that individually would go on to dominate West Coast rap for the next decade.

20) Kraftwerk- One of the most sampled groups of all time, Kraftwerk originated the electronic sound.  Coming out of Dusseldorf, Germany, founding members Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter pioneered several groundbreaking musical technologies and techniques, including the Minimoog, Synthanorma Sequencer, and the vocoder. Their use of looping and sampling would eventually be central to the rise of hip hop and techno.

1) Brazil
Current FIFA Ranking: 5
Hardware: 5 World Cups (11 semifinal appearances), 4 Confederations Cups, 8 Copa Americas
Top Club League: Brasileirão
2) Germany
Current FIFA Ranking: 1
Hardware: 4 World Cups (13 semifinal appearances), 3 Euro Cups, 1 Olympic gold medal (East Germany)
Top Club League: Bundesliga
3)  Italy
Current FIFA Ranking: 13
Hardware: 4 World Cups (8 semifinal appearances), 1 Euro Cup, 1 Olympic gold medal
Top Club League: Serie A
4)  Argentina
Current FIFA Ranking: 3
Hardware: 2 World Cups (5 semifinal appearances), 1 Confederations Cup, 14 Copa Americas, 2 Olympic gold medals
Top Club League: Argentine Primera División
5)  Spain
Current FIFA Ranking: 10
Hardware: 1 World Cup (2 semifinal appearances), 3 Euro Cups, 1 Olympic gold medal
Top Club League: La Liga
Greatest Players: Xavi, Andres IniestaEmilio ButraguenoTelmo ZarraLuis SuárezAmancioLászló KubalaFrancisco Gento, Iker Casillas, Ricardo ZamoraDavid Villa, Carlos Puyol
6)  France
Current FIFA Ranking: 9
Hardware: 1 World Cup (5 semifinal appearances), 2 Confederations Cups, 2 Euro Cups, 1 Olympic gold medal
Top Club League: Ligue 1
7) England
Current FIFA Ranking: 15
Hardware: 1 World Cup (2 semifinal appearances), 3 Olympic gold medals
Top Club League: Premier League
8)  Uruguay
Current FIFA Ranking: 8
Hardware: 2 World Cups (5 semifinal appearances), 15 Copa Americas, 2 Olympic gold medals
Top Club League: Primera División Uruguaya
9)  Netherlands
Current FIFA Ranking: 6
Hardware: 1 Euro Cup, 5 World Cup semifinal appearances
Top Club League: Eredivisie
Greatest Players: Johan Cruyff, Marco van BastenRuud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Dennis Bergkamp, Johan Neeskens, Ruud Krol, Arie Haan, Frank Rijkaard, Johnny Rep, Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, Frank de Boer, Wesley Sneijder
10)  Portugal
Current FIFA Ranking: 7
Hardware: 2 World Cup semifinal appearances, 2004 Euro Cup runner-up
Top Club League: Primiera Liga
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1) "No soup for you!"

2) "The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli..."

3) "Hellooo Newman..."

4) "I was in the pool!  I was in the pool!"

5) "Yada yada yada"

6) "These pretzels are making me thirsty!"

7) "Oh, noooo, I'm so sorry. It's the Moops. The correct answer is...the Moops."

8) "SERENITY NOW!!"

9) "Well the jerk store called, they're running outta you!"

10) "You dipped the chip. You took a bite, and you dipped again...That's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip! From now on, when you take a chip, just take one dip and end it."

11) "You are soooo good looking..."

12) "You put the balm on?! Who told you to put the balm on?! I didn't tell you to put the balm on! Why'd you put the balm on?!!"

13) "That is one magic loogie."

14) "I flew too close to the sun on wings of pastrami."

15) "Just remember, when you control the mail, you control... information."

16) "Who's gonna turn down a Junior Mint? It's chocolate, it's peppermint; it's delicious!"

17) "So, anyway, if you think about it, manure is not really that bad a word. I mean, it's 'newer', which is good, and a 'ma' in front of it, which is also good. Ma-newer, right?"

18) "I didn't know she had a pony. How was I to know she had a pony? Who figures an immigrant's going to have a pony? Do you know what the odds are on that? I mean, in all the pictures I saw of immigrants on boats coming into New York harbor, I never saw one of them sitting on a pony. Why would anybody come here if they had a pony? Who leaves a country packed with ponies to come to a non-pony country? It doesn't make sense.. am I wrong?"

19) "And you wanna be my latex salesman..."

20) "Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it."

21) "Unfortunately, I didn't have a partner. I got gonorrhea from a tractor."

22) "I'm disturbed, I'm depressed, I'm inadequate, I've got it all!"

23) "Believe it or not, George isn't at home. Please leave a message at the beep. I must be out or I'd pick up the phone. Where could I beee? Believe it or not, I'm not hoooommme."

24) "You don't understand.  A garage.  I can't even pull in there.  It's like going to a prostitute. Why should I pay, when if I apply myself, maybe I could get it for free?"

25) "Why do they call it Ovaltine? The mug is round. The jar is round. They should call it Roundtine. That's gold, Jerry! Gold!"
Written by Ben Pogany

Since 2008, there have been two kinds of people in the world: those who insist The Wire is the greatest television series ever, and those who insist that it's totally at the top of their Netflix queue but they just haven’t had the time to get around to it yet.  For over half a decade, TV’s Greatest Of All Time was safe.  Sure, The Sopranos and Mad Men were in the conversation, but that conversation usually ended once David Simon’s trump card was introduced.  Today, that conversation just got a whole lot dicier.  Breaking Bad has ended, and in doing so, has forced us to reopen the discussion anew.

A new contender has arisen from the multitudes, and like its predecessor, it is a modern masterpiece of moral compromise.  Hitting the airwaves just weeks before The Wire took its final bow, Breaking Bad set out on the unprecedented journey of taking a warm, relatable hero and slowly transforming him into a villain, forcing the audience to question where their allegiances lay all the way down to the series’ final moments.  The Wire had forced us to reexamine the typical good guy/bad guy roles in an entirely different manner, by gradually exposing everyone as imperfect players in a broken system.  Ultimate takeaway?  Under the right circumstances, everyone eventually breaks bad, no matter what side of the wire you happen to be on.

Two great shows, but there can only be one G.O.A.T.  Let the breakdown begin.

Series Arc: It's actually kind of remarkable how similarly the arcs of each of these series mirror one another when you really think about it.  Both shows submitted pilots that instantly announced that this was going to be vastly different from anything you’d ever seen on television before.  They then proceeded in the early going as more of a slow burn, so much so that you may even have been inclined to protest to a new initiate, “just keep watching.  Things eventually pick up.”  And do they ever.  Both series then experienced polarizing sophomore seasons (the season on the docks was a departure to be sure, but also very necessary to the overall scope of the show. In Breaking Bad, it was the business with the pink teddy bear and the season long lead-up to the plane crash.  Over the top perhaps, but also an important and meaningful step along Walt’s transformation.)  Season three in each show is right around when we realized that we were witnessing something truly special.  Between the Stringer/Avon showdown and the Los Pollos Hermanos operation being in full swing, season three is when you probably started proselytizing the merits of these shows to your friends with an almost religious zeal.  Many a Netflix/on-demand/DVD binge was had between seasons three and four, as countless people at first curious to see what all the buzz was about were now full on hooked and desperate to be caught up before the start of the new season.  For each, season four catapulted the series from great drama to high art; there was no longer any doubt that we were witnessing something historic.  And then there was season five....

Final Season: It's not so much that The Wire’s final season was bad, just not quite up to the unprecedented, almost impossibly high standard it had previously set for itself.  Breaking Bad did what perhaps no other show ever has been able to accomplish, get better and better the closer it got to the end.  Whichever side you ultimately come down on (or maybe you’re just more of a Good Wife kinda guy), it seems almost impossible to argue with the fact that if nothing else, Breaking Bad had the most riveting, astonishing, and altogether masterful final season in television history.  While The Wire was stumbling to the finish line with invented serial killers and numbskull reporters, Breaking Bad seemed to raise the bar to ever staggering heights with every successive episode.  (Although the high water mark for me has to be the antepenultimate "Ozymandias", which might be the most harrowing, devastatingly brilliant hour ever committed to the small screen.)  Time and time again, we have seen great shows reduced to impotent shells of their former selves by not knowing when to pack it in (Lost, Dexter, 24).  Breaking Bad stepped away exactly as any show could ever hope to, with us all wanting more.

The worst thing you can say about the finale is that it ended perhaps a little too neatly, or a little too predictably.  (Just imagine the mind-blowing shock had we never received those flash-forwards to puzzle over for so many months.  All in all, I say it was a worthwhile peak.)  While "Felina" might not quite belong alongside the pantheonic conclusions of say Six Feet Under or The Shield, it might also be that after having raised the bar so incredibly high in the preceding handful of episodes nothing short of Citizen Kane: ABQ could have possibly lived up to our expectations.  (Actually that probably would have sucked pretty bad.  You’re telling me Heisenberg was just the name of his childhood sled?!!)

Acting: Again, this is to say nothing ill of the magnificent ensemble of The Wire, but come on, Bryan Cranston?!!  His performance of Walter H. White these past six years is simply in a whole other league, only so much as glimpsed by James Gandolfini and perhaps, depending on how these final 14 shake out, Jon Hamm.  The degree of difficulty here cannot be overstated.  Cranston literally played four characters in one: Walter White, Heisenberg, Heisenberg pretending to be Walter White (think the scene when he’s subtly encouraging Jesse to dump Andrea), and Walter White pretending to be Heisenberg.  With all the other assets Breaking Bad had going for it, it seems wrong to suggest that it couldn’t have succeeded without Cranston’s performance, but can you really see anyone else pulling this off?  Not a chance.  Idris Elba’s Stringer and Dominic West’s McNulty are iconic, even transcendent characters, but I can’t say with the same conviction that they absolutely could not have been pulled off by anyone else.

Speaking on the rest of the casts, it's almost mind-boggling how ridiculously deep these benches of talent were.  Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks all got their Emmy nods or better.  As for The Wire, the fact that this series did not receive so much as one nomination throughout its run is the single greatest travesty in anything, ever.  Michael K. Williams’ Omar, Andre Royo’s Bubbles, Michael B. Jordan’s Wallace...just top notch up and down the line.

Significance/Importance: There’s a reason they teach a college course on The Wire at Harvard.  Even if you weren’t fully internalizing everything David Simon was serving up, you just knew that you were watching something important.  The Wire was social commentary at its most profound, a window into the all-too-overlooked world of poverty, drug addiction, urban dysfunction, and the twin engines of the streets and the government bureaucracy charged with policing it, each infected to its core by ambition, greed and corruptibility.  It was just about as real as any show has ever been; gritty and raw and unflinchingly honest. Breaking Bad, on the other hand, inhabited more of a hyper-reality, in which a healthy dose of suspension of disbelief was a required prerequisite.  I don’t mention this as a slight.  Heck, if you’re getting on Breaking Bad for not being realistic, you’re simply missing the point.  The world of Heisenberg was one of inflated reality, full of fantastical train heists and impossibly orchestrated prison murder sprees.  Its style is more Western than neo-realist.  The Wire was entertainment to be sure, but it was also a sociological treatise on our times.  While Breaking Bad no doubt had a lot to say about society, it was always first and foremost a show firmly committed to entertain.

Direction, Cinematography, and Music: As one of the last shows to still be shot on film, Breaking Bad often looked as impressive as anything being churned out of Hollywood.  Directors such as Michael Slovis, Rian Johnson and most notably Michelle MacLaren elevated the craft to a level heretofore unseen on the small screen.  The dazzling cook sequences, inventive camera work (think Roomba cam), awesome time-lapse shots, and magnificent landscape panoramas were truly things of beauty.  And then there’s Dave Porter’s scoring.  Whether it was the slow, trepidatious beat in "Crawl Space",  or the frenzied fury that accompanies Jessie’s attempted foray into arson, Porter was simply a virtuoso at taking an already tense situation and introducing just the right amount of sonic accompaniment to leave your heart positioned firmly in your throat. The Wire didn't suffer in these departments, it just was never really all that a part of the equation the way it was with its counterpart.  Reality didn’t need to be heightened by fancy camera work or scoring, and that’s perhaps the point.  Still, Bad wins this one running.

Comic Relief: It's amazing that two of the darkest, most brutal shows in recent memory could also be as hilarious as anything on television when they wanted to (or maybe you would have preferred it to just be like this).  Sustained tension needs to have built-in release points; to do otherwise would simply have been too punishing to audiences.  Of course, longtime comedian Bill Odenkirk was a revelation as Saul Goodman, and his cohort of fellow stand-ups Bill Burr (Kuby) and Lavell Crawford (Huell) were masters at diffusing the tension with some well placed laughs.  (see: Huell going all Scrooge McDuck on Walt’s bed of money)  Then there's the twin jesters Badger and Skinny Pete and that epic Star Trek script.  In The Wire, you have that classic scene with Bunk and McNulty communicating solely through the use of one four letter word in all its glory.  You had Rawls and Landsman excelling in verbal assholery, Clay Davis and his trademark other four letter word (although come to think of it, there had to have been six or seven i's in there), and hell even Stringer had his moments.  Which brings us to...

Epic Quotes: Man, so much to choose from.  Do you like Heisenberg's "Say my name" or Marlo's "My name is my name!"?  Jesse's "I’m the bad guy" or Omar's "I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It's all in the game though, right?" And then of course, we have the iconic “I am the one who knocks” monologue and the equally unforgettable "Where's Wallace at? Where the fuck is Wallace? Where's Wallace, String? STRING!"

The Verdict: When you get this far up on the totem pole, you almost want to stop and say ‘screw it, why can’t we just acknowledge that they were both great and be thankful that God saw fit to give us Vince Gilligan and David Simon and leave it at that'.  Cause that would just be a cop out, that’s why.  And frankly, if you haven’t noticed, ranking things is kind of what we do.  So at risk of offending one of my greatest loves, the show that up until very recently I touted as having an untouchable perch atop the TV pantheon, I have to admit that yes, indeed, a new GOAT has arisen.  Maybe in another decade, after some of the afterglow of its recent departure has dissipated, things will look differently.  Maybe an entirely new show will rise to overtake them both.  Maybe Boardwalk Empire or House of Cards will soon make that jump. Maybe Long Winter Sun will take---ummm, na maybe not.  For now, it's Breaking Bad, it's The Wire, and it's everybody else.
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Sometimes it's more than just a game.  Sport has the power to effect, and be effected by, the forces of history in ways that few other institutions can.  It can both incite and unite, change minds and inflame passions.  The following moments spilled over from the sports page to the front page, transcending the game to leave an indelible mark upon the course of history.

1)  Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, April 15, 1947----Dodgers owner Branch Rickey was looking for someone "with guts enough not to fight back." In that way, Jackie Robinson was the perfect person to break the color barrier: courageous, resilient, and perhaps most importantly, one hell of a ballplayer. America was fresh off victory in Europe, a society coming to terms with a changing identity and new, more prominent place in the world. For many, baseball seemed like the one constant to cling to, a haven existing outside of the changing times, symbolizing all that was right in American life. When a black man suddenly stepped up to the plate in one of America's most hallowed stadiums, in its biggest city, wearing the colors of one its most beloved teams, that haven seemed to be crumbling. Right away, Jackie became a lighting rod for vicious racially-motivated hostility, both from fans, opponents, and even some of his own teammates. Through it all, Jackie just continued to do what he knew best, play ball. His number 42 now adorns every major league stadium, retired to all players, a symbol of the shared impact he made not only on his sport, but on American life even to this day.

2)  Joe Louis vs Max Schmeling, June 22, 1938 ---- After beating Louis in 1936, German wunderkind Max Schmeling had ingratiated himself as Hitler's darling, a supposed paragon of Aryan superiority.  Two years later, Nazi fervor was at its peak and war was just over the horizon.  A rematch was scheduled that summer, taking on a world of meaning as a battle of both race and country in a preamble to the growing world conflict.  FDR himself chided "Joe, we need muscles like yours to beat Germany." The symbolism deepened as Schmeling's Nazi publicist announced that their prize money would go to build German tanks.  At Yankee Stadium, in front of over 70,000 spectators, the Brown Bomber resoundingly defeated Maximilian in just under 2 minutes to become a nationwide source of pride across racial lines.

3)  Massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympics, September 5, 1972 ----It was 4:30 AM on the night of September 5th, 1972, and the Israeli Olympic team were fast asleep in their apartments within Munich's Olympic Village after a night out. Suddenly, eight masked men burst in carrying assault rifles and grenades.  Despite putting up a fight, two Israelis were killed outright while nine others were taken hostage.  Claiming to represent the terrorist organization Black September, the kidnappers demanded the release and safe passage of over 200 predominately Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel.  Refusing to negotiate, the Israeli and German authorities instead pretended to provide the terrorists transport to Cairo, planning to ambush them during the plane boarding. However, the rescue attempt was badly botched, and when the dust settled, 11 Israelis, 1 German, and 5 of the terrorists lay dead.

4)  Magic Johnson Announces that he's HIV positive, November 7, 1991 ---- "Because of the...the HIV virus that I have attained, I will have to retire from the Lakers...today." AIDS had finally thrust itself into the public consciousness in a way we could no longer ignore.  Previously cast aside as a disease exclusive to homosexuals and junkies, America was now forced to accept that AIDS was everybody's problem.  If it could happen to Magic, an athlete just about as beloved as they came, then surely it could happen to anyone.

5)  The Rugby World Cup in South Africa, June 1995 ---- A year after Nelson Mandela had been elected president, effectively bringing an end to South African apartheid, the country was thrust onto the world stage as hosts of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.  In a country still bearing the scars of a divided populace, to non-whites the national Rugby team, the Springboks, represented oppression and prejudice.  Mandela recognized that if he could bring about a shared pride in the national team, it would go a long way towards uniting the country. Slowly, whites and blacks alike began to rally around the Springboks as they knocked off one team after the other to ultimately face New Zealand, a team considered to be nearly invincible, in the finals.  As Mandela sported the Springbok colors, captain François Pienaar propelled his team to an improbable victory, bringing South Africans of all races together in a scene that only months earlier had seemed unthinkable.

6)
Muhammad Ali refuses to serve in Vietnam War, April 28, 1967 ---- The most popular and recognizable sports figure of his era, Muhammad Ali put his reputation, and freedom, on the line when he refused to accept his induction into the armed forces.  Arguing that the Vietnam War conflicted with his Muslim beliefs, Ali famously remarked "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong ... They never called me nigger."  Upon his refusal, Ali was immediately arrested, stripped of his title, and made to forfeit his boxing license.  Two months later, a jury found him guilty of refusing induction, a crime that carried the possibility of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.  Through a series of appeals, the case made its way all the way up to the Supreme Court, where Ali was finally acquitted in Clay v. United States.
7) Colombian defender Andres Escobar scores an own goal in the 1994 World Cup, June 22, 1994 ---- "Our country's image was resting on our National team.  It was the banner we showed to the world,"  said Fernando Briito, Head of Intelligence for Colombian President Gaviria."  
Andres Escobar was the perfect centerpiece to that banner; handsome, innocent, and
beloved by all.
The 1994 World Cup was in many ways 
Colombia's coming out party, its national team arising from both relative obscurity internationally and drug-fueled chaos within.  Pablo Escobar had finally been taken down months earlier, and Colombia's people were desperate to create a national identity apart from its perception as the cocaine and crime capital of the world.
In an instant, the house of cards toppled.  Facing elimination against the United States, Andres slid to deflect a US cross only to have the ball wind up in the back of his own net, at once dashing Colombia's World Cup aspirations.  Just days later Andres was gunned down by his own countrymen, further cementing Colombia's seemingly inescapable image as a region ever tied to turmoil.  For more on this amazing story, check out the phenomenal documentary The Two Escobars by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

8)  Jack Johnson vs James Jeffries, July 4, 1910 ---- In the early 20th Century, Jack Johnson was the most well known African American on the planet, accumulating over 50 victories and capturing the World Heavyweight title in 1908 that had just a year earlier been off limits to blacks.  Racial outrage at this perceived injustice prompted a widespread call for a "Great White Hope" to take the title back for the white race.  One after the other fell to Johnson before the former undefeated heavyweight champion James Jeffries emerged from retirement, citing a feeling of obligation to "demonstrate that a white man is king of them all." So it was that on July 4, 1910, the match billed as "The Fight of the Century" took place in front of 20,000 people in Reno, Nevada.  Johnson pummeled Jeffries for 15 rounds before Jeffries' handlers called the fight, hoping to avoid the impending knockout that would further humiliate the supposed "Great White Hope." The outcome sparked riots across the country as black revelers clashed with angry whites, ultimately leading to 25 deaths.

9)  "Blood in the Water" match between Hungary and the USSR, December 6, 1956 ---- 1956 was drawing to a close, and while Hungarian athletes were off competing in the Melbourne summer games, back home their countrymen were still reeling from the devastating carnage of a failed revolution against the Soviet occupation.  When the Hungarian water polo team met the USSR in a hotly-contested semifinal match, it goes without saying that there was no love lost between the two bitter rivals.  Over the course of a brutally physical bout, the Hungarian nationals mounted a 4-0 lead.  Finally, the frenzy reached its breaking point when Soviet Valentin Prokopov struck Hungarian captain Ervin Zador, opening a bloody gash that immediately set off the Hungarian-dominated crowd into a near riot.  A victorious Hungary would go on beat Yugoslavia in the finals to win Olympic gold, restoring some semblance of dignity to an embattled nation.

10)  Pat Tillman leaves football to fight in Iraq, 2002 ---- A promising defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, Pat Tillman would forgo a $3.6 million contract to instead serve his country. He took part in the initial invasion of Iraq before being deployed to Afghanistan, where on April 22, 2004, he was killed by friendly fire.  What followed was a cover-up that rose to the highest ranks of the military, as authorities scrambled to protect public perception of the war effort by purporting that Pat had died heroically as a result of enemy fire. Congressional inquiries would later prove that superiors had warned witnesses not to divulge the true nature of his death, ultimately contributing further to the growing distrust of government and anti-war sentiment.

--------------Honorable Mentions--------------
----Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics, August 1936
----The Miracle On Ice, February 22, 1980
----Tommy Smith and John Carlos give black power salute atop Olympic medal stand, October 16, 1968
----Len Bias dies of cocaine overdose, June 19, 1986
----All-black Texas Western defeats all-white Kentucky (including a young Pat Riley) in the 1966 NCAA men's basketball final, March 19, 1966
----The Battle of the Sexes, Billie Jean King vs Bobbie Riggs, September 20, 1973

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After much deliberation, here are Definitive Dose's picks for the 100 most memorable, iconic, and downright quotable movie quotes of the past forty years....

  1. "Make him an offer he can't refuse."--The Godfather
  2. "May the force be with you"--Star Wars
  3. "Go ahead, make my day."--Sudden Impact
  4. "I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner."--Silence of the Lambs
  5. "The truth? You can't handle the truth!"--A Few Good Men
  6. "Bond. James Bond."--James Bond
  7. "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." --Forrest Gump
  8. "Heeeere's Johnny!"--The Shining
  9. "Say hello to my little friend!"--Scarface
  10. "If you have a milkshake and I have a milkshake and I have a straw and my straw reaches across the room and starts to drink your milkshake. I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!"--There Will Be Blood
  11. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."--Apocalypse Now
  12. "My precious."--Lord of the Rings
  13. "But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"--Dirty Harry
  14. "You talkin' to me?"--Taxi Driver
  15. "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"--Network
  16. "Yippee kay-ay motherfucker"--Die Hard
  17. "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."--Pulp Fiction
  18. "E.T.  Phone home" --E.T the Extra-Terrrestrial
  19. "Freeedooooom!!"--Braveheart
  20. "I see dead people." --The Sixth Sense
  21. "I'll be back." --Terminator
  22. "Houston, we have problem"--Apollo 13
  23. "Let me tell you this, the older you do get the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N."--Dazed and Confused
  24. What's in the box?!!"--Se7en
  25. "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer."--The Godfather II
  26. "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, poof. He's gone."--The Usual Suspects
  27. "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." --Wall Street
  28. "Show me the money!"--Jerry Maguire
  29. "Yes they deserve to die and I hope they burn in hell!!"--A Time to Kill
  30. "What's the most you ever lost on a coin toss?"--No Country For Old Men
  31. "Juuuuust a bit outside."--Major League
  32. "You're going to need a bigger boat" --Jaws
  33. "These go to eleven"--Spinal Tap
  34. "I have had it with these motherfuckin' snakes on this motherfuckin' plane!"--Snakes on a Plane
  35. "If you build it, he will come"--Field of Dreams
  36. "Yo, Adrian!"--Rocky
  37. "I guess it comes down to one choice really.  Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'"--The Shawshank Redemption
  38. "Are you not entertained?!!!!!" --Gladiator
  39. "Heineken?!! Fuck that shit.  Pabst Blue Ribbon!!--Blue Velvet
  40. "It's not your fault." --Good Will Hunting
  41. "Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads."--Back to the Future
  42. "Wax on.  Wax off."--The Karate Kid
  43. "I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?"
    Goodfellas
  44. "Attica! Attica! --Dog Day Afternoon
  45. "I'm the king of the world!"--Titanic
  46. "King Kong ain't got shit on me!"--Training Day
  47. "I wanted to see exotic Vietnam... the crown jewel of Southeast Asia. I wanted to meet interesting and stimulating people of an ancient culture... and kill them."--Full Metal Jacket
  48. "This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time."--Fight Club
  49. "When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?"--The Departed
  50. "He's not the Messiah.  He's a very naughty boy!"--Life of Brian
  51. "Warriooors. Come out and plaaaay"--Warriors
  52. "I feel the need--the need for speed."--Top Gun
  53. "Aaaallllrighty then"--Ace Ventura
  54. "Now. Where was I?"--Memento
  55. "I like them French fried potaters."--Sling Blade
  56. "Why so serious?"--The Dark Knight
  57. "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."--The Godfather III
  58. "I told that Kraut a fuckin thousand times, I don't roll on shabbos!!"--The Big Lebowski
  59. "There's no crying in baseball!" --A League of Their Own
  60. "Whoo-ah!"--Scent of a Woman
  61. "Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?"--Speed
  62. "I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal...people know me...I'm very important.  I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany."--Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  63. "Do you like scary movies?"--Scream
  64. "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."--Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  65. "We have an old saying in Delta House: don't get mad, get even."--Animal House
  66. "I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?"--Trainspotting
  67. "You have smoked yourself retarded"--Half Baked
  68. "I wish I knew how to quit you."  --Brokeback Mountain
  69. "I am serious.  And don't call me Shirley."  --Airplane!
  70. "It's good to be the king."--History of the World: Part 1
  71. "Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die! --The Princess Bride
  72. "Get in my belly."--Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  73. "I have no legs. I have no legs. I have no legs. I have no legs. May God bless you. I have no legs..."--Kids
  74. "That's right. I've killed women and children. I've killed just about everything that walks or crawled at one time or another. And I'm here to kill you, Little Bill, for what you did to Ned."--Unforgiven
  75. "I am a golden god!"--Almost Famous
  76. "One time at band camp..."--American Pie
  77. "Bring out your dead."--Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  78. "America. Fuck yea!"--Team America: World Police
  79. "Look what ya did ya little jerk!"--Home Alone
  80. "Excuse me while I whip this out."--Blazing Saddles
  81. "RU-DY! RU-DY! RU-DY!"--Rudy
  82. "Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this...and completely redeem yourself!"--Dumb and Dumber
  83. "I have nipples, Greg, could you milk me?"--Meet the Parents
  84. "Nobody puts baby in a corner."--Dirty Dancing
  85. "Cinderella story.  Outta nowhere.  A groundskeeper, now about to become the Master's champion.  It looks like a mirac...It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!"--Caddyshack
  86. "We're on a mission from God."--The Blues Brothers
  87. "Beatlejuice!  Beatlejuice!  Beatlejuice!"--Beatlejuice
  88. "We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can."--Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  89. "We came, we saw, we kicked it's ass."--Ghostbusters
  90. "You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football, and i will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let's go to work."--Remember the Titans
  91. "Free your mind, your ass will follow."--Platoon
  92. "Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."--Billy Madison
  93. "Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler."--Office Space
  94. "To infinity, and beyond."--Toy Story
  95. "Come out, come out, wherever you are!"--Cape Fear
  96. "I know it's pretty baby, but I didn't take it out for air."--Requiem For A Dream
  97. "If you're gonna spew, spew into this."--Wayne's World
  98. "He may have advanced dilusionary schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage.  But he is a very gentle person!"--Me, Myself, and Irene
  99. "Feel the rhythm!  Feel the rhyme!  Get on up, it's bobsled time! COOL RUNNINGS!"--Cool Runnings
  100. "Never underestimate the power of denial."--American Beauty

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