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Retro Pro Football Helmet Design Collection

Back when I played football in highschool, if you missed the first week of practice for whatever reason, you'd end up with equiptment leftovers that had about enough chance of protecting you as wrapping yourself in a layer of bubble wrap. Actually - I'd probably take my chances with the bubble wrap in retrospect. Football helmets shouldn't bend should they? Hard to believe that players would wear things like the picture below to try and protect their melons while swarming each other for a ball. Even ancient galdiators that wiped their butts with leaves knew enough not to go into battle with a piece of leather strapped to their heads and opted for good old fashioned metal to get the job done. Of course with progess and modern times comes modern materials which ushers in a whole new era of advancements in equipment technology that culminates into the ultimate helmet for the masses. I'd never dream of facing any given Sunday without my trusty helmet. Click the zesty salsa ab…

Retro Video of The Day - 99 Red Balloons

If there is one thing I could never be accused of is that I am not topical and relevant. I could also never be accused of not liking Cool Ranch Doritos but that has nothing to do with this so I digress.

By now you've all seen and heard of the knucklehead, fame whoring family that have parents that would do anything to get on TV. No - not John & Kate..... no, not Hulk and Hulkette Hogan...... no, not the Lohans....... no, not the "insert useless reality star here". I'm talking about the Heene family that apparantly build giant weather balloons in their spare time when they aren't busy swapping wives on national TV. One of these babies launched yesterday with speculation that one of their soon to be Darwinism victim kids was on board. The kid's real name is Falcon so it kind of was inevitable that at one point in his life he'd try to fly - kind of obvious in retrospect.


The balloon eventually came down without the kid on board so a search was launched to…

R.I.P. Captain Lou Albano (1933 - 2009)

Growing up in the 80s, you knew exactly who Captain Lou Albano was. You either knew him as a goofy wrestling manager from the WWF or as Cyndi Lauper's dad in her video for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". Lou died Wednesday of natural causes in his home at the age of 76. Not something many modern wrestlers can claim.
Lou's wrestling career began in 1953 and only held a couple of tagteam titles in the early days under the mob riddled moniker of "The Scicilians" but he really made his mark and rose to prominance in the "sport" when he managed some well known wrestlers from the 80s including The Russian Bear - Ivan Kolaff, The British Bulldogs, Don Muraco, The Wild Samoans and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine to name a few.
He became forever etched in mainstream pop culture when he appeared in Cyndi Lauper's video as her rather disgruntled father. That ushered in the era of "Rock and Wrestling" which was responsible for making the WWF a…

You Know You're a Retro Gamer If............

There are some that remain in denial regarding their addiction to retro video games. Even though today's modern games are visually more stunning, more realistic in game play, have award winning soundtracks and possess the ability to suck your brain right out of your melon, there is something about the simple classic games from the golden age of video games that keep you coming back for more.

There are some that prefer the older games over the new ones due to their simplicity and the fact it takes them back and reminds them of simpler times when you fed quarters into a machine in a dingy, smokey arcade rather than save your quarters to finally drop $300 to $500 on gaming consoles. Who are these people? How can you spot them? Look for the following clues. In other words, you might be a retro arcade game junkie if you own..........

Space Invader Ice Cube Trays No regular ice cubes will do to keep your drinks cool when you're blasting away aliens coming at you or chasing down blue gh…

Retro Ad of the Day - Apple Macintosh

No matter what side of the fence you're on in the PC /Apple battle, one thing you have to admit is that both Apple and Microsoft have always been great marketing rivals with campaigns being fought in battles of epic proportions matched only by the cola wars between Coke and Pepsi and possibly Spud McKenzie for Budweiser and Alex from Strohs......but I digress.

Back in 1984 when Apple launched their new Macintosh during the Superbowl, they hit the ground running with a commercial that took advantage of the whole George Orwell "1984" Big Brother controls you, you need to break free shtick along with a dose of healthy female athlete running without a sports bra angle. Well played Apple........ well played.

The commercial served notice that they would be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come and the battle still wages on. Frankly I could care less and still do the PC thing and respect those that choose the Apple way of life. Wish I could say the same about Apple use…

Darth Vader - His Evil Has No Limits

There's evil and then there is unspeakable evil. This would spell serious couch time for Luke if Star Wars took this twisted turn on an alternate ending.

Retro Video of the Day - So Long

There are many songs (and groups for that matter) from the 80s that may have flew under the radar in North America while enjoying decent success in other countries. Fischer-Z was one of those groups and "So Long" was one of those songs.


Fischer-Z was formed in 1979 in Britain and released nine albums until their split in 2002. The founder and lead singer, John Watts went on to do some solo stuff but never reached the same level of success he did with Fischer-Z.

Though they had some hits in the U.K., Portugal, Belgium and Germany, their biggest success was in Australia with a couple of top 20 hits including the song "So Long". It was this success that has confused some to thinking they were actually an Australian band.

The video below for "So Long" featured some classic 80s video standards like bad lip syncing, misty atmospheric vibe, a cheap Humphrey Bogart look-a-like, and cheesy interpretation of the story line. Having said that - that's what made the…

The Way They Was (Part 2)

Continuing where we left off from Part 1, lets continue our look at how some celebrities looked when they were younger. In some cases you can see they've aged gracefully, others - not so much. You can also tell which have a team of plastic surgeons on their payrolls. I'll leave it up to you to determine which group each star falls into.
As I mentioned in my original post, if you invest thousands of dollars on cosmetic surgery, work out all day and have an army of personal trainers and private chefs cooking succulent, low carb meals - you better be tight abbed, ripped with buns of steel, a perfect complexion, perky breasts that can repel shrapnel and flowing, shiny hair that can cause rainbows to spontaneously appear when you walk into a room.............. just sayin'. Nicole Kidman What goes better with pasty white skin than red curly hair? How about a tan? She's obviously very pretty but get out in the sun once in a while - it won't kill you. It's not like it giv…