Robert Van Winkle almost made me tinkle

1/4/09                                       Nuggets vs Hornets 

Thumbnail image for DSCN5243.JPGThe whole theme for the basketball game tonight was “The 80’s”. So the first 5000 fans received what they call “80’s sunglasses”. You know, the ones you used to wear with your OP Shorts (Ocean Pacific) back in the day. If your too young google it.

Above is a shot of Hunter and I modeling them for you. Hunter is holding the T-Shirt I caught as they were tossing them out.

                       It’s a T-Shirt to plug Chauncey Billups for the All-Star Team.
DSCN5396.JPG See, I have finally found another use for my baseball snagging skills. I can adapt them for use in other sports. I love getting free crap at a game. I religiously save everything that I get from any sporting event. 

There was a pretty good size line to get inside, I’m not sure if it was the 80’s sunglasses or Vanilla Ice that was bringing in lines of this size in the snow…Probably the cheap sunglasses. 
DSCN5218.JPG                                    Ok, to give you some reference/history.

                    Below is Robbie Van Winkle’s original video of “Ice, Ice, Baby”.

            Don’t cheat now, you have to watch this one first. Come on,…just play along. 

                                                    It’s a blast from the past 🙂

 Now that you’ve seen the real one, you’ve got to see Jim Carey’s rendition of Vanilla Ice’s  “Ice Ice Baby”. Be careful you might need a diaper for this one.

Finally, here’s a much older and mature Vanilla Ice rockin the halftime show at the Nuggets/Hornets game last night.

 He started out with his version of “Play that funky music white boy” which was a flop for him back in the day, then he somewhat smoothly transitioned into his claim to fame “Ice, Ice, Baby.  

I could tear this guy apart. So many things about him are just wrong. But, it’s a new year and I going to look at it like the dude is just trying to support his wife and two kids.

 I’m sure to hear him tell it he’s just touring now as some sort of “healing process” that wanna be famous rappers go through,..whatever. I understand, everybody gotta make a living.

                  Here’s some video I shot of the Nuggets practicing before the game. 


This game had a few ups and downs. The Nuggets led by as much as 26 points but they got lazy and let the Hornets make up all of that distance by the 4th period.

At one point in the 4th, the Hornets surpassed the Nuggets and were ahead by 3 points.

Had the Nuggets lost this game, they would have set a record for being the most points up on a team and then losing the game. Not a record I wanted to witness.

                  The previous record was 23 points. Thankfully that didnt happen.

        Below is my picture show from the basketball game,…Enjoy

 First is Hunter’s autographed picture of the Denver Nuggets Cheerleaders. I do believe he enjoyed meeting all of them. 

Hunter Auto Cheer 1-3-08.jpg   A shot of FSN Analyst and play-by-play guy Scott Hastings (aka Sup), and Chris Marlowe.

Hastings and Marlowe 1-3-08.jpgHastings is an 11 year NBA veteran and was a member of the 1989 League Champion Detroit Pistons. Hastings finished his career as a Denver Nugget (1991-93). This guy is great, he signed an old skool picture that I found of him for me backstage last season after a game.

 I printed two of the pictures just in case he wanted one. When I offered, he said “sure, thanks”. Here’s the picture he autographed for me last year.
Hastings autograph.jpg 
Hastings nailing it 1-3-09.JPG             Here’s a shot of Sup nailing a three-pointer. The dude still got some game.

Scott and Al.jpgI’m going to email him this picture and see if he remembers me from last season. I’ll enclose a link to this entry and maybe he and Big Alfred Williams (former Denver Bronco, Superbowl years and his co-host on their talk radio program “Scott and Al, its off the hook”) would be willing to check out the Rockpile Rant. 

Even better, it would be cool if they could possibly give us some radio love as we head out in the Mobile Blogging Unit for Rockies spring training?

 I’ll let you know if they respond back to me.

Cool Note: Scott Hastings is believed to be the only person in existance to possess two Super Bowl rings and an NBA Championship ring.

              Thanks Mr. Hastings..Hope you liked the picture. Tell Al I said hey.

                  Here is Chauncey Billups. He has my vote for the All-Star team.
Chauncey 1-3-09.jpg                                                   Renaldo Balkman
Renaldo 1-3-09.jpg                                            K-Mart, Melo and Chucky AtkinsDSCN5284.JPG                                                       Nene and Melo 
DSCN5301.JPG                                                  Kleiza holding his balls
DSCN5306.JPG                                                    Some dunking skills
DSCN5309.JPG                                                                     more
DSCN5312.JPG                                                             and more
DSCN5314.JPG            Kleiza and Chauncey with Miss America in the Background..No really it is.
DSCN5321.JPG    She sang our National Anthem. She did pretty good, she only F’ed up in one spot. 
DSCN5326.JPG                              Here she is with her own Police Officer and George Karl
DSCN5330.JPG                                    A shot of coach Karl as she’s walking away.
DSCN5335.JPGThe game was about to start so we headed back to our “real seats” and this was our view.
DSCN5341.JPG                                         The score at the beginning of the 4th.

As I mentioned earlier the Nuggets had a huge lead for most of the night, but Hornet’s Chris Paul scored 30 points and had 11 assist.  David West also helped out with his 21 points. Both these dudes came up huge for the Hornets and by the last few minutes of the 4th  things were getting way too interesting for a game we had in the bag. 

In the end Carmello Anthony nailed the deciding shot. He did the same thing on Friday night with a three-pointer against Oklahoma City. The Nuggets zap the Hornets and win this one 105-100 bringing an end to the Hornets four-game winning streak.

RPR 1-3-09 Nuggets.jpg


Thanks for all of your input in the comments section of this blog.

I’m glad that you guys/gals feel comfortable enough with me to share your thoughts and feelings here at the Rant. I reall dig being able to discuss with people what I’ve written. 

To quote the late great Mitch Hedberg,  

“Alcoholism is a disease but it’s the only the disease you can get yelled at for having. Damnit Otto you’re an alcoholic. Damnit Otto you have lupus. One of these doesn’t sound right”.




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  1. raysrenegade

    I met the guy a few years ago, and in the beginning he was pretty cool and was signing like a maniac. Then after about 15 minutes he seemed to lose interest in the fans and just pissed them all off.

    Guess his 15 minutes of fame ran over a bit that night. He has always been the “white” M C Hammer to me. A guy who loves to dance, and might be able to sing too.

    Gotta love out old idols of music.

    Rays Renegade

  2. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    RAYSRENEGADE-I feel sorry for him sort of. “The White MC Hammer” that’s funny and fitting…Thanks.
    JULIA-The guys got to have a few fans, he’s making a living performing this crap…D

  3. juliasrants

    Part II – D — was that your laugh we heard during the Vanilla Ice video from the game. Kudos to you for not slamming the guy. Now, Miss America’s stockings on the other hand……that’s for a great blog as usual!


    • "D" The Rockpile Ranter

      JOEY-Thanks man, you don’t even want to know what the seats we were sitting in for warm-up really cost.
      JULIA-lol, you did listen to it all. It was me laughing, I was trying to hold it back but it slipped a little. I was also saying “Too old, too old”, when the was saying “Too cold, too cold…D

  4. rockieluv

    Hey D,
    Nice snag on the T-shirt. Free stuff always makes the game that much better.

    Great bit of trivia on Scott Hastings. That’s really amazing.

    I know a lot of people don’t care for VI but I always remember some of the crap I’ve listened to over the years(yep, it’s true, I owned a Bay City Rollers album and yep, I know, that really dates me) but at least he does his own music (I’m thinking Milli Vanilli here). So, even though he won’t go down as one of the greatest musicians ever he will go down as great comic relief.

    (By the way, is Miss America a witch? Seriously, add a tall cone shaped hat with a large brim…….Anyways, it was cool that she was at the game last night.)

  5. babypaul

    Hey D,
    Nice post. Mitch Hedberg is a trip. When I was still working in Baltimore, one of the guys in the office brought in a CD and we had it on repeat all day for about a month. Freaking hilarious. “You know, I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ’em later”. Good stuff.
    -Mark (Paul’s Dad)

  6. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    R-LUV-S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night, I remember that record from middle school, lol. Can’t say I was ever down with Milli Vanilli, but I do remember those two phonies. I agree with you, America needs clowns like Vanilla Ice, it helps lighten the daily load and makes us feel not so F’ed up ourselves.
    MARK-I’m glad/impressed to hear you like Mitch Hedberg. He is a trip. So simple yet so funny. Knowing you like Mitch tells me a little more about you dude..We’ll have to talk more :)…D

  7. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    I thought of using the word “Stinkle” in the title of this entry, but I didn’t think I could pull it off…D

  8. 07nlchamps

    I want to know why the blog that has got the most responses I remember seeing in a long time is about Vanilla Ice:) I had to add to the post count. D

  9. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    DAN-Your right, maybe I need to give up baseball blogging and start writing an entertainment blog. I think it has a little bit to do with people enjoying seeing someone more F’ed up then they are…D

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