MTV’s Rock N Jock

Rock N Jock
From Huffpost (From L to R: Rick Mahorn, Tiffany Thiessen, Vlade Divac)

Beginning in 1990, MTV held a charity softball game called Rock N’ Jock. Players included current MLB team members, MTV personalities, musicians, and actors. The event was expanded into Basketball in 1991 and Football in 1997.

 

ARCADE-STYLE PLAy

Rock N’ Jock sports could compare more to an arcade-style sports game as opposed to deep simulation. For example, in Rock N’ Jock softball, if a ball is hit in a highlighted spot in the field, it’s an automatic 5-run score. Also, any balls hit to a large wooden glove would be a long out. In 1994, a Magic 8 softball could be used a number of times within the game to have each run multiply to 8.

Starting in 1993’s Rock N’ Jock Basketball, the game had 10-point shots. And every last two minutes of each quarter would bring in the 25-point basket—hanging 25 feet from the floor. Oliver Miller was the first player in MTV’s Rock N’ Jock history to make the shot. His record was short-lived; immediately afterwards his game opponent Mark Jackson hit the 25-pointer and become the second record-holder.

 

Rock N’ Jock basketball wasn’t limited to just the game: there were also sketch comedy bits and comments from the players too. At the end of 1993’s Rock N’ Jock Basketball a hay fight between players, and also a few lucky spectators involved as well.

1994’s Rock N’ Jock softball featured Mike Piazza hitting a grand slam. However, he forgot to step on home plate in the end, rendering a 3-run homer with him getting the out.

Check out HuffPost pictures of Rock N Jock.

1993 Rock N’ Jock Roster

BRICKLAYERS

Dan Cortese (MTV Sports)

Steve Gorman (The Black Crows)

Mark Jackson (NBA, Clippers)

Dean Cain (Superman, Lois and Clark)

Duane Martin

Rick Mahorn (NBA, Pistons, 1989 NBA Champion)

David Charvet (Baywatch)

Jimmy Jackson

Stephen Baldwin (Bio-Dome)

Clifford Robinson (NBA, Trail Blazers, Went to North Korea with Dennis Rodman)

Tiffany Amber-Thiessen (Saved By The Bell)

Ed Lover (MTV Personalty)

 

VIOLATORS

Bill Bellamy (MTV Personalty)

Micheal Rapaport (Actor, True Romance)

Vlade Divac (NBA, Lakers, Olympics)

Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog)

Kay Gee (Naughty By Nature)

Dan Marjerle (NBA, Suns, 3x All-Star)

Paul Johannson (Beverly Hills 90210, later on One Tree Hill)

Oliver Miller (NBA, USBL, First person to make a 25-pointer)

Flavor Flav (Public Enemy)

Kareem-Abdul Jabbar (NBA, Lakers, 6x NBA Champion, Airplane, Diff’rent Strokes)

 

 

 

90s Readings: This Book Sucks

This Book Sucks Beavis and Butthead
Cover of This Book Sucks, uh huh-huh.
This book sucks, uh huh-huh

This Book Sucks was published in 1993 from a UK company called Boxtree Limited and it evolves around our friends Beavis and Butthead. As noted on the cover, Butthead wears a Skull shirt and for Beavis, Death Rock. Boxtree could not have the duo in their usual shirts due to copyright purposes.

The book illustrates the lives of Beavis and Butthead while in the fictional town of Highland. Also included is a photobook of the duo from when they were babies to all the way to their teenage years.

 

Activities for the reader

Minus all of the items of the duo’s history and life, the book presents activities the reader can do. They have a coloring book where you finish the other half of Tom Anderson’s home being vandalized with graffiti.

Another activity is Instant Band Names which features three columns of names to combine for use for your next band name. I would later discover a independent mail order store in PA called Satan’s Candy Basket. My guess is the person who ran the store got the idea from this book.

Also included are tattoos, mail Beavis and Butthead received, cooking recipes from the boys (notably wearing chef hats) and the Burger World menu heavily edited by the boys.

This Book Sucks Burger World Menu
Burger World Menu, pardon my mess on the left.

This Book Sucks also contains further references to some episodes. Such as the psychological profiles done by Dr. Floss from the episode “They’re coming to take me away, huh-huh.” Also added is a letter from Mr. Buzzcut about the numerous offenses the duo have committed while at Highland High, all in the year 1993.

Let’s not forget Stewart’s Journal.

This Book Sucks
Stewart’s Journal

I bought this book in 1997 from a swap meet in Grosse Pointe Park, MI for a couple of bucks.

This Book Sucks
Take a look at our butts

Here’s a posting about the book from MacyMarie.

There were two follow-ups to This Book Sucks, here’s a video from IntellivisionDude:

 

80s Readings: After The Bomb

 

After The Bomb
From Wikipedia
After The Bomb

Those who love role-playing books and games should know about Palladium Books. Started in 1981, the Detroit-based company put out a few books before hitting it big with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series as well as the Rifts series.

Mirage Studios actually created TMNT and held the copyrights, however, they made a deal with Palladium to create the TMNT RPG series, and the first book Palladium pushed out was the TMNT sourcebook.

Starting in 1986, Palladium released shorter supplement books to go along with characters created from the TMNT sourcebook. The first to be released was After The Bomb. That story begins after “The Big Death” of the late 21st century. “The Big Death” began with a war, then a plague and eventually ended with a nuclear winter, which caused some survivors to mutate into creatures.

Further Releases

You can play as a mutant animal going against the evil human empire or vice versa. After The Bomb takes place on the Eastern United States seaboard from Georgia to New England.

Due to overwhelming fan response, the second release, titled Road Hogs, took place on the western seaboard of the United States. Overall, the After The Bomb series included six books from 1986 to 1992, ending with Mutants in Orbit. I suppose they were able to advance after “The Big Death” and head to Mars.

From Wikipedia

Palladium Books is still around as of May 2017. They survived embezzlement & financial issues in the mid-2000s, and still has a loyal following.

RIP Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell
Jimmy Page’s tweet
RIP Chris Cornell

It’s sad to say that we lost one of 90s superstars Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave. He was also known for Temple of the Dog, the band had reformed and toured last year.  Cornell did a show with Soundgarden at the Fox Theater on May 17th and would return to his hotel room where he had supposedly committed suicide.

Here is a short video of his last show at the Fox Theater.

It’s hits close to home due to Detroit being my hometown and also, I was at the Joe Louis Arena at the same time as Soundgarden’s last performance with Chris Cornell, only I saw Tears for Fears and Hall and Oates. Today’s article was going to be all about that and the poor cellphone pics I would be uploading.

Another strange thing about the death of Chris, at my primary job on Wednesday night, I was thinking about the song Black Hole Sun and how goofy that video is. Was my brain trying to tell me something?

Not a good day for us folks who grew up on Grunge.

It sucks that I have to go to that Temple of the Dog page and re-edit the page to add that Chris Cornell died. Ugh…

RIP Chris Cornell

 

 

Know your 90s super groups?

90s super groups Damn Yankees
Damn Yankees
About Time!

Finally, we have our 90s super groups slideshow! Took a while for us, didn’t it? Our 90s slideshow can be found on Qwick.info, we have a link to it below.

The Slideshow

Intro Vid Change

We are keeping with the grunge again this week and therefore, we will have Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” Enjoy!

Bunny Day update, Intro Vid change and upcoming posts

We left “Rosanna” by Toto on here for two weeks, one week too many! So, we are going to the 90s for Grunge, Pearl Jam’s “Alive” will be the intro video of the week.

Our 90s super groups slideshow will be available at the end of the week. Unlike our 80s slideshow, we will be having it hosted on our sister site, Qwick.info.

Stay tuned and apologies for the lack of updates. Besides Web Development, I’m working two jobs!

 

Encarta 95

You don’t get it, Willy was a salesman.”
Encarta 95
MindMaze

Around the time AOL began its big move in 1995, another option for a whole encyclopedia on CD-Rom would be Encarta 95 for Windows 95. Encarta had lots of info, music and movies all stacked in a 650MB CD. If you were in school, Encarta would help with you projects.

Encarta wasn’t just limited to a boring encyclopedia, you can look up rock music and hear a sample of Soundgarden’s “Nothing to Say.” Nowadays, you can look that up on YouTube and get the song in it’s entirety. It also had a video of the 1993 World Series game winning home run by Joe Carter. According to this Reddit thread, they had a portion of Sea Shanties: Santy Anno. Encarta was an encyclopedia on steroids; you definitely would not need this:

Mindmaze

Another great addition to Encarta was the quiz game known as MindMaze. You walk around a castle and answer questions to continue on with your quest. I loved MindMaze and played that quite a lot in 95 when I was 13 years old. Learning was interesting for a sick-ass video gamer like me back in the day. Some folks with Encarta 97 played MindMaze here with three videos passing the 30-minute mark each. MindMaze wasn’t action-packed; all it offered was pictures of doors or folks you could click on for the questions or hints, with Classical or Irish Folk music to accompany you. A right answer would get a horn; a wrong answer will give you the sound of a bad piano chord.

If you reading this, I highly recommend MindMaze!

 

Where to find:

I bought an original copy of Encarta 95 at a Salvation Army back in 2012, but as of now in April 2017, I can’t find it! No worries though, you can download Encarta 95 here on Archive.org, but the bummer is that it won’t work on Windows 10! Shit…

Encarta 95 Windows 10 error message
Nope!

I do have a spare computer with Windows XP, I’ll have to install it on there, if this Archive.org copy works on Windows 7, please let me know.

There is WikiMaze here that is more like a welfare version of MindMaze, it just isn’t the same. I’ll be putting Encarta 95 on my Win XP computer.

New Intro Vid: Aerosmith

In honor of Steven Tyler’s 69th birthday, we will put up an 90s gem, “Cryin'” by Aerosmith. It presents Alicia Silverstone, whose career launched in the mid-90s. The video also has Stephen Dorff as Alicia’s ex and Josh Holloway from Lost as a thief.  The video won MTV’s Video of the Year in 1994. Enjoy!

Oddly, the preview on the vid here shows a screenshot of “Crazy.” Someone made a mistake there.

This was big on this day in 1993

Canadian reggae  artist Snow had “Informer” and Eric Clapton’s Unplugged went #1.

SNOW

Here’s an interesting fact about Snow’s “Informer,” Snow had recorded the song in mid-1992 just before he began serving a jail sentence. While in Jail, “Informer” was promoted through the Toronto music scene and quickly got into the radio around the world. Snow left jail and straight into touring afterwards. “Informer” was #1 in many countries. The song is about him being sent to jail for not ratting. Snow would get a second hit “Girl, I’ve Been Hurt,” which didn’t see the same success as “Informer.”

Snow would see further success in his native Canada and Japan. Sad times would hit Snow due to the death of his wife Tamei Edberg, he would later hold benefits for fighting cancer. Snow now releases songs through his website.

 

eric clapton

Eric Clapton would do his own version of MTV’s Unplugged in 1992, which saw “Layla” (originally done by Derek and the Dominoes) entering the charts. The album was #1 on this day in 1993, knocking The Bodyguard soundtrack off of the slot and staying there for three weeks. Only to be knocked out of #1  by The Bodyguard soundtrack in April. Even Eric Clapton couldn’t keep the late Whitney Houston down for long.

This also leads to our Intro Vid news, yes Eric Clapton’s “Layla” is a better song than “Informer,” however, I’m very sick of “Layla” due it being constantly played on radio (I like “Bell Bottom Blues”). This may anger a few people but Informer will be our Intro Vid of the week.

I’ll end it with a Snow parody by Jim Carrey:

Happy Birthday to the late Chris Squire

Chris Squire
From http://www.losanjealous.com

Unlike, being a day late with U2’s Pop 20 Year Anniversary, we also want to say happy birthday to late Chris Squire who is sadly no longer with us. Chris Squire was the bassist of Yes and played on every album (21 of them from 1969-2014) with the band. Chris Squire sadly passed away due to leukemia on June 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. He would be 69 years old today.

For tomorrow, we will have Yes’ “Love Will Find a Way” for next week’s intro vid.

Chris Squire’s website

Yes’ website