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‘Epic or Fail’: Winter Sports Edition

December 7, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 56 Comments

‘Epic or Fail’: Winter Sports Edition

Happy Cyber Monday, everybody. I don’t know what
you’re doing here– you’re missing out
on all the big sales. It’s costing you money
to be here, actually. Cyber Monday doesn’t sound
like a day of shopping– it sounds like a day that
robots take over, like– It’s my robot. I don’t know. I do a better Columbo. Pardon me, ma’am. I don’t mean to bother you. I’m glad you’re here instead of
on your computer, because it’s time to play Epic or Fail. Grab your paddles. We’re all going to
watch something. We’re going to see if it’s going
to be a good thing that ends up or a bad thing. So– ready? Let’s see the first one. I just– I just don’t think– First of all, why? –he’s going fast enough. I just don’t. Why? Wow. There’s a lot of people that
are optimistic about it. And good for you. Good for you. Wow. I was just following tWitch. I should have gone on my own. I just thought he wasn’t
going fast enough. All right, let’s
see the next one. I don’t know– I agree with you. I think this one
is a Fail for sure. Yeah. Yeah– oh! Oh, boy. That’s an epic fail. It’s an epic fail. A big old fail. All right, let’s
see the next one. I’m going to go benefit
of the doubt, I am. You think Epic? I’mma give him the
benefit of the doubt. I just– I hope. I have high hopes. It’s on a frozen
lake, that is– right? I think it’s going to
chip into the water, and it’s going to
crack, and he sinks. That’s what I think. Yeah. You don’t take a heavy metal
thing and do that with ice. Oh my god. Who’s playing golf
in that weather? you’ve got to really love golf. All right, next one. Doesn’t look good ob the– He looks unsure. He looks unsure there. I’m going to say it
ends very poorly. That’s why I don’t ski. All right, let’s
see another one. Oh boy, he’s got it. OK, because look at his face. Look at his face. Yeah. That’s bad. Yeah. He even realizes
that was a bad idea– right then. That’s when he realized it. OK. Oh boy, he’s got it. Look. Oh, boy. Let’s see the next one. [INAUDIBLE] I think this is
going to be good. I think it’ll be good. Right? Yeah. I think yeah, for sure. Oh! [BUZZER] [INAUDIBLE] Maybe not. Maybe not. All right, last one. Are we going to end on a Fail? Really? I can’t imagine– I’m going to give him– maybe something good happens. I don’t know. OK. Oh! Wow. He made a unicycle! Yeah! Yes. That’s how you
play Epic or Fail.

Gates of Graceland – Unboxing Elvis’ Sports Equipment

Hi Tom Brown here with another edition of Gates of Graceland, coming to you this time from inside the Archives Studio and archives means Angie Marchese.
Hello Tom Brown.
Hello there Director of Archives Angie and We have our white gloves and that means we have stuff that we can actually touch But the interesting part of this one is – she loves to do this to me – I have no idea What’s in these boxes. She would never let me see them as we were setting up.
And so I’m sitting here along with you To see what surprises she has in store for us, so Angie take it away.
So we are talking about Elvis and sports, which is a great topic because Elvis loved all kinds of sports. Yeah, you know big sports fan, big football fan, a big supporter of local sports here in town He was actually a season ticket holder for the old world football league the Memphis Southmen/Grizzlies back in the day, so I decided to go digging through the archives And I thought I would pull out a couple of different sports related items. Okay, and you know we know the three TVs down in the in the TV room, those were not to watch the news. No. Those were to watch football games. Yeah, Elvis was loving sports. So in the first box we have – These are actually the boxes from the archive.
They are literally from the artifact building, yes.
With the the acid-free paper? Acid-free paper and the ID numbers everything. So the first thing that I have And you could tell they were well-worn –
Wow. a pair of Elvis’ cleats. And they are still muddy and filthy dirty – just you would leave these by the back door when you came in Graceland. Yeah, you wouldn’t wear these upstairs. You take these off by the back door. And apparently he liked Dr. Scholl’s. Dr. Scholl’s, yes, a little comfort.
Heel rest.
Comfort and speed, comfort and speed.
So here’s a pair of Elvis’s cleats I mean if you even look inside You could barely – you can probably feel it even better – if you put your hand inside you can feel that hole there at the toe. Oh my gosh.
I mean he wore these suckers out.
He really did. That is amazing. Mm-hmm.
And so these are just in the archives and you’ve kept them as is In archival condition as found.
As found. The reason why they’re in a box by themselves is because they are have all of this original Elvis dirt on them.
So would these have been worn in California where these worn around here at Graceland? They would have been worn around here at Graceland, Playing touch football in the backyard here or down at the park, the local park, and things like that. You know what’s interesting about it is Elvis with his guys They weren’t just heading out in the back and playing football. They had shoulder pads, helmets, cleats. I mean these are serious uniforms. These are serious guys. Not only did they have full uniforms, but They also had Handwritten football plays. Look at this.
So these are all written by Elvis. Of course Elvis is the quarterback. Of course he is. He is so serious about his football. Yes. I’m gonna These are my football reading glasses I have on. ‘The right blocking back has to make a good move to throw off the Linebackers. The flanker back has to move quick to get his block in.’ So these are what they would prep for before the game or for the game, like pregame.
Of touch football. Yeah, I have a feeling I know what Elvis’ touch football is like. Yeah, if you’re wearing pads that’s a tough game of touch football. ‘The flanker back has to move quick and make a good fake.’ Actually, these are very detailed little diagrams.
Look at this one – ‘This one sometimes can be bad -‘ Underline underline – ‘but they usually don’t run a pass play from this formation.’
Oh, so this is a this is an audible Calling it though at the line. Yeah Yeah, I mean yeah, so literally almost a complete handbook here.
But back in the day this was something that Elvis did to relax and so, to focus, I would think to focus, on things like this took his mind off –
everything else
– the serious Business of being Elvis. Yeah. This is just kind of the fun. This is the fun part of being Elvis. You know he had guys around him, so he always had a sports team ready to go. Yeah, what sport he wanted to play.
If it was football, if it was baseball, whatever it was, yeah. You’ve got people ready to go at your at your and command. You have a whole team, yeah. Now we actually have team photos in the archives as well so So we have Elvis’ handwritten football plays, His cleats and a team photo.
From what you know, if you were on the team playing against Elvis, was it like the Harlem Globetrotters kind of game, where it was a close game But then at the very end the Globetrotters always won? Or was this a game that if you beat Elvis You could be on a team that beat Elvis. You could be on a team that beat Elvis. Elvis was very competitive. Yeah And so he didn’t like to be beat, and they were supposed to be friendly games. But you know someone’s always keeping score. Yes and they got serious. This from the guys who used to get in the roller rink and spin around as fast as they could to ‘Whip It’ to see who would fly off the end at high speed high speed. That’s the fun part of roller skating, right? Okay, so we have a couple of more. We’ll go through some documents here first. That we have See this is why we have the white gloves because you don’t even have these in paper. These are literally just pulled out of the filing cabinet. So this is for York Arms Company Which was a sporting goods store here in Memphis where Elvis did a lot of shopping at. This one is actually for thirteen junior only pants It looks like red or blue and Then 13 shirts, there the Elvis Presley Sluggers. 13 royal blue caps on the front of the jersey it says EP. It costs one hundred and seventy-five dollars So this is one of the sporting teams he sponsored. And so those are the uniforms for a local team that he was sponsoring. The Elvis Presley Sluggers. He was very active in the community doing things like this. Yeah, and then we have a couple other. These are not football – These are not football-related receipts They are, again, from York Arms: 15 pairs of softball pants 15 jerseys six different numbers Sewn on jerseys or six-inch numbers sewn on jerseys, 15 pairs of socks, 15 caps, one mark? One glove yeah, I don’t–what mash? One glove. I don’t know what that is. I don’t know what that is, and one and one-fourth dozen softballs. Okay, three hundred and forty-three dollars. And I love this it’s Elvis Presley care of Vernon Presley so when Elvis would go off and make these orders He would call or whatever one of the guys would call. How many times did Vernon know a bill like this was coming in? Probably maybe a tenth of the time. I think Vernon was surprised a lot when he got bills in the mail.
I’m thinking, Maybe so, because all these little itemized things and it says care of Vernon Presley. Yeah, it’s like, here you go, Dad. Let him take care of it back in the office. Yeah. So now we’re gonna change sports now. We’re shopping at another sporting goods shop. This one’s in California on Wilshire Boulevard This is what I was telling you, this receipt has a James Bond connection. Can you figure out why? Let’s see, let’s see. And it’s signed by Elvis, so Elvis actually picked this up himself. Okay Having a hard time reading that right. It’s it’s a Walther PPK. It’s a pistol.
It’s a pistol – the gun of choice of James Bond.
A Walther PPK. James Bond, yes. This looks like maybe November of 72? Yep. Yep, the Walther PPK cost him four hundred and fifty dollars. And the best thing about receipts like this is this actually has the serial number on it, so if this gun doesn’t happen to be in our collection, we can actually match it to the original gun by serial number. And it looks like, did he did this in person? Because it looks like he signed for it.
He personally picked out those guns.
And again It was a charge so Vernon’s getting this bill later in the mail.
Yes he is. Yes, Elvis bought another pistol.
And now we’re back at York Arms. This is what would be fun about this receipt is that it’s for five cases of Skeets. Oh boy to be a neighbor in this neighborhood growing up. Signed by Joe Esposito. August 31st 1967 So you can you can really go into your archives and into the schedules and the calendars – so August 31st – Would this have been around Circle G time?It would have been around the Circle G time, so the guys were probably out at the ranch or here at Graceland.
I’m saying hopefully at the ranch But you never can tell you never can tell and somebody went skeet shooting. Yeah
Well Doug sold 20 bucks worth of skeet to Elvis Presley. Salesman Doug. And also a cleaning kit And the cleaning kit, two cleaning kits, yes. Safety first. So he sent Joe out to to get that.
Yes. And there’s an ammo tax of 15 cents. Never forget your ammo tax. York Arms. I’ll bet Elvis had a loving relationship with York Arms. Yeah, because actually we have receipts back on the collection back to the 50s with Elvis shopping at York Arms. Yeah, so if you had a if you had a gun shop or a sporting goods store, especially a car dealership in Memphis, nine times out of ten You would have seen Elvis. Eventually Elvis is coming through. Elvis is making it his way down the road. Well, we’re jumping sports again.
Okay, next.
His seventh degree black belt is for kenpo karate Now we know that Elvis started studying karate in the army in 1958 Yes, and continued to study at his entire life in 1974 he was awarded his seventh degree black belt from Kang Rhee and also from Ed Parker. I was going to say, On recommendation of Ed Parker. So he had a 7th degree in kenpo and in Taekwondo eventually earning the eighth degree of both.
This was not a celebrity black belt. This was this was an earned black belt. These guys don’t kid around even if you were celebrity They’re not gonna give you a degree like this if you don’t know what you’re doing. Exactly.
Yeah, so August 14th 1974 This was one of those things I bet he was so proud of because so it was an accomplishment and he was such a one of the first actors to really embrace karate and to embrace karate and martial arts in film. Yes, and he was very serious about it, very serious about the technique and the study of it. And this kenpo karate a symbol here. We’ve seen that on his guitars.
We saw it on the Aloha from Hawaii guitar. That’s right. Yeah, yes, and there’s also some patches that he had on some of his personal wardrobe. So it meant a lot to him. Absolutely amazing. It’s great you’ve taken care of all this. So, speaking of karate we’re gonna open up a box there.
Here we go. We’re going to the big boxes now, opening up the archival box direct from the archives of Graceland It’s one of his karate gis.
Oh my gosh. Look at this made in Korea. I don’t know how much I can take it out.
You can take it out. Look on the back. There’s a patch on the back. Mm-hmm. Yep, and there’s a patch on the front right here. Mm-hmm. You got a patch on the sleeves and There is the kenpo karate patch. There’s pictures of Elvis wearing this gi in the late 60s early 70s with Ed Parker. Yeah. And the form and flow that the gi gave him when he was Practicing karate and executing karate was something that he really wanted in his stage clothes. And this was the inspiration behind The first outfits that he wore in Vegas in 69, was the karate gi, the two-piece tunics. Yes, yes, this was the inspiration and I want to just show if we can turn This way to show The patch on the back, yeah. Absolutely amazing. And not laundered by you. Well worn well as you can see, yeah, because you can see all of the wearing along the sides Yeah, so yeah, well worn, well used. It’s amazing. Do you ever think about the fact that when Elvis was here, and he was using these, he was throwing them in the corner, using them?
I know.
Living life with them. Actually, I’ll let you put this one back in the box. I will lift it up.
Lay it carefully down.
Tell us about the boxes they’re in. They’re not on hangers.
They’re not on hangers. The boxes themselves are all acid-free boxes, the tissue is acid-free as well and we do a six-month inventory of all the wardrobe so we check the boxes to make sure that everything in the boxes is okay. But we also flip the wardrobe so if you have multiple things in a box you don’t have all the weight on one side of the box or the other the entire time. You flip it so you don’t have creases and weight and stuff like that and so it’s equally distributed. so every six months we’re up here in the artifact building flipping shirts and flipping wardrobe and double-checking to make sure there’s no issues and things like that and knock on wood everything’s been okay. store it away We don’t just put it away and forget about it. And these are some of the boxes that are seen now in the Archives Experience at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. These are the boxes that we use. We have one more box here, and I think we’re going back to football in this box. Oh, yes. This is actually Elvis’ personal –
Oh my god, this is like a very famous Top that we’ve seen in One of the photos with the group there. And again if you turn it around Elvis was lucky number 7. But you can see all the sweat stains From perspiration, yeah it actually cut actually stained the number. And I’m wondering was there shrinkage, or he was just this – This was his size, when he took that photo and when they were playing football. So people who talk about EPE that was the original EPE. Elvis Presley Enterprises and his team. And then – There you go, you’ve got the other piece there.
Pads and all. So we have the football pants that go with the jersey. Look at that. Yeah Pads and all. Just for a friendly touch game. Yes, yeah, you know just in case I fall on my knees or someone else’s. Oh my goodness.
So those are just a couple fun things I thought I’d pull out of the boxes and give you a chance to explore here in the archives. And surprise me, and surprise everybody else. It’s fantastic You never know what you’re gonna see when Angie brings out the archival boxes and you know that when you got the gloves There’s gonna be something good.
It’s gonna be something good.
Thank you so much for this. You’re welcome.
And I’m sure probably at some point in the future these items may be rotating through and on display. So you can see them in person. Thanks for joining us. We’ll be back real soon. You

Retired Numbers in Sports | JEOPARDY!

December 7, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 7 Comments

Retired Numbers in Sports | JEOPARDY!

– [Alex] Followed by,
Retired Numbers in Sports. – Sports, 200, please. – [Alex] “After they retired
Derek Jeter’s number 2 in 2017, “the only single-digit number
left for this team was 0.” Randy.
– What are, what is the Yankees?
– Yes. – Sports, 800, please. – [Alex] “To honor Jackie
Robinson, in 2014 UCLA “retired this number in every sport.” Katie.
– What is 42? – [Alex] You got it. – Sports, 400. – [Alex] “Every team in
the National Hockey League “has retired number 99, in
honor of this ‘Great One.'” Katie.
– Who is Wayne Gretzky? – Yes.
– Sports, 600. – [Alex] Answer, (sirens)
Daily Double, alrighty. (applause)
Took us a long time to find it. You can’t catch Jennifer in the lead, you can get close. – 3000. – [Alex] Three it is, here is the clue. “The Seattle Seahawks retired this number “to honor the extra player, the fans.” – What is one? – [Alex] No, it’s 12, the 12th
man, they refer to themselves as that. So you’re at a thousand, and here’s the thousand dollar clue. “In 2013 da Bears said
this coach’s number 89 “would be the last number
the Chicago NFL team “would ever retire.” Katie.
– Who is Ditka? – [Alex] Mike Ditka.


December 5, 2019 | Articles, Blog | No Comments


When I score a goal, my family give me a big hug every time. I’m the winner! I am the winner! My team, is a team, of legends! My mum says, just have fun… but I like to win. If I won the Olympics, I’d freak out, and tell my friends and tell my mum. When you slam dunk, it’s like… It feels like… I’m flying. It’s about the magic.


what’s up MNBeast was is crazy
week 14 picks was though some crazy week 14 NFL picks that’s right
Wow some crazy on NFL football games but I bet you and me and others want to know
a little bit more what we were gonna see with that Baltimore Ravens San Francisco 49ers game
right now we really don’t know who was a better team it was only three points
three points it wasn’t like 42 seven it wasn’t like a woo Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders game was it Heck no all right week NFL 14 picks riches riches
and picks woo and yes what I got itchy nuts this week that’s right
so Thursday night Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears itchy nuts will go with Chicago Bears
that’s right the Bears with the itchy nuts now should I put Ben on there
and be all hot and bothered woo Bengal I don’t think so
maybe maybe a little baby powder Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons I just don’t know I
just don’t know I’ll answer now after I saw Carolina lose Baltimore at
Buffalo Bills you know what I was going to tell you take the Buffalo Bills that’s
right those Buffalo Bills but I like the Baltimore Ravens but I do like the
Buffalo Bills which be easier tape which B do you take do you take the B for
Beast Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns what the hell do we got the ABCs going on the
Baltimore and Buffalo now we got the since they at Cleveland your you know
take Cleveland Browns take the bolts where our image if you like the
Baltimore Ravens take the Buffalo Bills if you like the Buffalo Bills who does
the beasts take take them both watch that Green bay Packers I
don’t care shut off watch that Green Bay Green Bay but you know what Washington Redskins
just won Detroit Lions vs. at Minnesota Vikings you know what
Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings whip some ass San Francisco at the New
Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints have nothing to lose they ain’t clinched
their division right why not give it to the San Francisco 49ers Miami Dolphins at the
New York Jets Miami at the Jets Miami at the Jets a two-game I don’t give a shit
go wipe your ass Indianapolis Colts at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
you know why I’m taking the Indianapolis Colts Denver Broncos I’d Houston Houston Texans
the LA Chargers at the Jacksonville Jaguars
I just don’t know Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders you know what did you hear John talked
about his Raiders our team no no what we’re doing no more our team known
Tennessee Titans they got their asses whipped by Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders
while they’re under 500 gonna be they’re gonna be and I want on the Raiders to do
a lot better this year can’t see yet New England you know why I’m going with the
Kansas City Chiefs they’re on fire not New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers at the
Arizona Cardinals I got Glee kunal over this paper is that
a bad side or am I gonna be winning all kinds of picks or do I need to clean
these picks up and give you different ones Pittsburgh at Arizona that’s right
take the Pittsburgh Steelers Seattle Seahawks at the Los Angeles Rams the Rams
the Rams did you say that playoffs you know Seattle Seahawks Monday night the
big Giants against those flying birds the Eagles Philadelphia eagles win you take the Eagles oh and I didn’t give
you a few picks do you want the other ones do you really want to know about
the stupid games all right I will tell you Miami
the Jets the Jets the Baltimore Ravens at the Buffalo Bills like I said I don’t
know I don’t know those are my crazy week 14 NFL picks Sunday crazy
pics oh I see by its you nuts woo I’m taking a deuce to us in my lace
take a bath you know we have like a double hallway you wanna see you I see
you want to see who I see maybe she watched tired by no

Game of Zones – S4E2: ‘A Changing of the Guards’

Well we’re all very excited to have you here But I must warn you, the Garpax has eyes EVERYWHERE Be careful what you say and let your game do the talking Have no doubt, I’m as healthy as ever AND I shoot threes now There’s no reason we can’t form a superteam Is that…is that Dwyane Wade?
—here in Chicago— Oh Seven Hells It is. It is you! Who is that? Someone you know? Mario Chalmers We used to play together in Miami Oh great, here we go Hello Rio Nooooo You’re on the Bulls now? Oh that’s so WEIRD We was on a superteam together “The Big Four!” ‘Member those days, Dwyane? …no? But I can’t blame you for leaving really Twilight-a your career… bad knees, bad shoulders… maybe you can scrape together one last playoff run with… sorry what’s your name? Jimmy Butler Oh You DO look a lot like Michael Jordan Well it’s all very exciting We must be going now, I’m afraid Oh. Alright, um, well, if you need a point guard or whatever… or whatever…
just, send me a raven, yeah? just, send me a raven, yeah? We have Rondo Oh well, you never know with him He’s a bit… (crazy whistle) You’ll definitely need a veteran backup, no? We have plenty of depth but we’ll keep you in mind Cause…you know, we could be a superteam again! Bye Rio! YOU CAN YELL AT ME ALL YOU LIKE I DON’T MIND! Alright, well… guess I’ll head to Cleveland Gadzooks! Come in, come in! I came to say hello and welcome you to Houston Ah! Why thank you! And you must be the new scouting apprentice! I’ve been expecting you Uh…I’m your starting shooting guard… James Harden? All Realm shooting guard? James… James… you say… one moment please!
Aha! James Harden! The point guard. Forgive me. Shooting guard– I’ve been studying your game… it’s marvelous. Brilliant really! Oh, that’s very kind of you to say… So you…have a lot of books, I see This whole shelf is… inbound plays? Ah yes… baseline, sideline… I also keep iso plays in there somewhere for no good reason really And this shelf here, all books on the art of the pass Wow! Over there, that’s tempo plays, pick and rolls… you name it! Feel free to borrow them as you please, by the way Wow I bet you need whole new library just for all defensive plays Hmm? Defense…like…you know when the other team has the ball? …And they try to…you know…score… on… us? Oh no no no. None of that here It’s a waste of energy and it’s no fun I say half the defense… double the offense!