I was watching TV today and saw a commercial for a WCW program that included our favorite line in the same sense it's used for all the pay-per-views. This particular program?
To confirm what Big Poppa Pat and Victor S. said: Mr. T. and Erik Estrada also have commercials running here in the upstate of South Carolina.
"B.A." wants you to take out a high-interest car title loan, while "Ponch" wants you to sign up for third-party local phone service (for folks who can't get phone service directly from the phone company because they owe them too much $). It's sad that these economically disadvantaged stars (term used very loosely) are taking advantage of other economically disadvantaged people.
One last note on Mr. T. The reader who said the Mr. T commercials were generic was right. I live in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and he's on commercials for some title loan company down here, too.
These companies basically take your car title, give you some sort of loan (up to blue book value, I would assume) and charge you a fairly high interest rate on the loan. Some of them have been involved in money laundering (a famous sports agent, William "Tank" Black, was involved in one) and there has been speculation that the industry will be investigated by Congress. There may have been some Congressional hearings on it already, but I'm not certain.
All in all, a sad way for one of our nation's most beloved action heroes to end up. Pity the fool, indeed.
Another Mr. T Title Loan Ad sighting for you, Bill. Add Idaho Title Loans to your list. In fact, over the past year, I've seen two commercials featuring him.
In the first one, the only memorable part is when he says "Everyone has money problems now and then, even Mr. T." What an understatement.
The second one is hilarious. Mr. T is at a "rockin'" party and this guy is looking for money under the couch. Mr. T does his God-given duty and tells him to go to "Insert state name here" Title loans. The guy then says "Thanks Mr. T." The guy then finds a Cheeto under the couch and he's about to eat it when Mr. T saves his life again by saying "Don't eat dat, foo'!!"
Just thought I'd drop that by.
Along with Mister T doing commercials, there is a commercial for a place called "Money Mart" here in Kansas City which is a place that cashes checks. Anyway, they have Bob Geigel (sp?) as their spokesman and the commercial goes as follows:First Guy: "Hi, I'm blah-blah-blah here with wrestling great Bob Geigel and this is 'Great Moments in Wrestling'".That's what I remember. They say Money Mart about a thousand times in there, too. It makes me wonder what check Bob was cashing if he was doing this $#itty commercial. Maybe it was Social Security?
Cut to oooooold wrestling clip: Two wrestlers, one of whom is apparently Bob, are wrestling and one gets tossed out of the ring over the top rope. End clip.
Bob: "That was a great moment, but the greatest moment was when I cashed my check at Money Mart."
El Dandy! He did at one point offer to excite her loins, so maybe he did.
I'm in my first semester at GMU in a masters program. Early this semester, I noticed Mean Gene's burgers in the basement of Sub 1. That probably isn't new information to you, but what was new is that I saw in the campus paper that the grand opening was earlier this week and Mean Gene Okerlund was there from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. I can't believe I missed that.
By the way, I had my first burger there. It was precooked and sitting in a warming bin waiting. It could not have been colder. Pricing was about the same as any other fast food.
Unless I've simply missed it, I'm surprised there hasn't been any mention of Bret Hart's interview on Jim Rome's show on Fox Sports a couple weeks ago, a few days after Hart's retirement. The entire show was a one-on-one interview with Hart. There weren't a whole lot of revelations, but Hart did have a very interesting comment about the relationship between the wrestlers and the fans. He said in the "old days," the fans were considered "marks" and that the wrestlers were always the ones in the know, the ones who knew the inside joke. Hart said that today, it's the fans that are in the know and that the wrestlers have actually become the marks.
On an unrelated note, I visited Las Vegas for the first time ever this summer. I went to Excalibur and watched an Elizabethan performance. Then I strolled over a few feet and saw the Nitro Grill. The day I was there, there was a sign that Goldberg's appearance was canceled due to injury. I think they were going to substitute two of the Natural Born Thrillers. Yeah, that's a fair trade off.
Anyways, while surfing on the 'net one day, I came across this site called The Shooters, and there I found this interesting sound byte. It was a mix of Stevie Ray-isms set to a generic hip-hop sample. Since your site has everyone's now favorite commentator as a patron saint, I thought you might like to hear it. You can get it from this address:
It had to be in 1992 or 1993, because IRS had the tag team belt (his partner was Ted DiBiase) and Shawn Michaels had a belt, which they implied was the World Heavyweight Belt, but had to be the Intercontinental Belt, given that Money, Inc. were the tag team champions.
A funny note from the show is that one of the questions for the Good team to answer was "In what section of the newspaper would your friends and relatives be most surprised to see your name appear?" As a joke, Repo Man, on the Evil team, yelled out "The Sports Section!" The host said that when one side yells out an answer out of turn, they can't use it, but the other can. And, Crush did just that, and the Good team used that answer to get points.
And, this is kind of creepy, but worth noting, that even with the relatively short lifespan of professional wrestlers, all ten of them are still around; however, the host, Ray Combs, committed suicide. Weird.
And, in case you're curious, in the big money round, IRS went first and got 129, and Shawn Michaels brought them up to 200 with his first three answers to get $9,000 for the Boy Scouts.