This is an idea stolen from my friend Tony.

There are a lot of over-rated things in this world and here’s what I think belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Overrated:

  1. Jim Morrison – First of all, The Doors aren’t all that great.  Second, have you read Jim Morrison’s poetry. It sucks.  I have no idea how or why people think The Doors are “The Shit”.   A way overrated band and a way overrated frontman.
  2. Joe Namath –  Take a guess at what his career stats are and I’m sure you will give him way too much credit.  For the record, they are 173 TD passes, 220 INTs and a completion percentage of 50.1.  Pretty shitty, huh?  Ok, he won a Super Bowl.  So did Trent Dilfer.
  3. Coffee – It’s my list and I can put whatever I want on here.  I just do not get the whole infatuation this country has with coffee, and to be more specific, Starbucks Coffee.  If you want to drop $4 on a cup of warm shitwater, be my guest.  Just don’t expect me to do it.
  4. Angelina Joile – Answer me this: what has she ever done?  I don’t think I have ever seen a movie with her in it.  She marginally hot (and that’s pushing it) and the thing I really know her for is being Jon Voight’s daughter – and I really know him for the whole “Jon Voight’s car’ thing on Seinfeld.

  1. Richard Pryor – stand-up comedy exists as it does today, because of Richard Pryor
  2. George Carlin – probably the smartest stand-up comedian of all time
  3. Jerry Seinfeld – the most successful (and richest) stand-up comedian of all-time
  4. Andy Kaufmann – blew everyone away by bringing a completely different kind of comedy to the mainstream.  The ultimate compliment: no one knew if he was serious.

Honorable Mention: Steve Martin, Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Lenny Bruce, Chris Rock, Rodney Dangerfield, Roseanne Barr and Kevin James (sorry, but I saw him in Vegas and laughed for a solid hour straight).

Although he’s not a relief pitcher, I just watched Aaron Cook get out of the biggest all-star game jam of all-time.  Mariano Rivera also got out of some tough jams tonight.  It got me thinking about the Mount Rushmore of Relief Pitchers.  Seems like this would be an easy one.  Or is it?

  1. Goose Gossage – For me, he invented the position (many will argue Wilhelm).  The handlebar mustache, the big leg kick and the heat.  That’s what Relief Pitchers should be about.
  2. Bruce Sutter – Bruce brought relief pitching into the 1980’s and really benefited from Whitey Herzog’s masterful bullpen management.  But the guy could bring it.  His split-finger fastball was downright nasty. And he closed out the 1982 World Series.  That’s a Winner!
  3. Dan Quisenberry – I actually wasn’t planning on “Quiz” making this list, but this guy won the Rolaids Fireman of the Year five times, including four in a row from ’82 to ’85.  No one else has won more than four.  Plus he had the submarine delivery.  You don’t see that anymore.
  4. Rollie Fingers – Great name, great ‘stache and he has the stats to back it up: 341 saves and an ERA under 3!

Honorable Mentions: Hoyt Wilhelm, Bill Campbell, Lee Smith, Gene Garber (just because Pete Rose hates him), Jeff Reardon, Dennis Eckersley

This is one of those subjects that is already well documented in terms of the greatest of all-time.  But The Mount Rushmore Of… is more about influence than prowess.  Here’s my list:

  1. Jimi Hendrix – He’s been #1 on every list I’ve ever looked at including the Rolling Stone Top 100 Guitarists of All-time.
  2. B.B. King – The Blues is all about the guitar and if anyone owns the Blues, it’s B. B. King.  Personally, he’s my favorite artist on this list and let’s face it, B.B. King has probably, single-handedly kept the Blues alive in the last 20 years.
  3. Chuck Berry – First off, he the invented Rock ‘n Roll guitar sound.  Second, he’s from St. Louis.  Third, when he got in the restaurant business, he put peep holes in the wall of the women’s restroom.
  4. The final choice comes down to Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, or Jimmy Page and I go with Page.  I give Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin most of the credit for re-defining Rock music in the late 60’s and 70’s and influencing the music that followed for the next 20-25 years.  I like the Rolling Stones more, but I think Led Zep is more influential and Jimmy Page’s guitar had a lot to do with that.

Honorable Mentions: Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, Bo Diddley

My good friend and fellow blogger, Stan Hieronymus was nice enough to promote this blog and add his thoughts on the Mount Rushmore Of Beer.  Stan is way more of a beer historian than I am so I can’t question his judgment on who should be on this list.  But I can add some links and my own little spin to it.

  1. Michael Jackson – No, not the one who’s best friends with Emmanuel Lewis and the kid from Home Alone.  I’m talking about the one who was best friends with beer.  Michael is commonly known as the best beer writer and critic of all-time.  It can also be said that he did more to promote the global craft brewing industry than anyone else.  His least favorite beer was Corona and that right there is almost enough to get your sculpture on this mountain.
  2. Charlie Papazian – Charlie’s passion is homebrewing and he has parlayed his hobby into several books, magazine articles and of course, the Brewers Association, which he founded in 1977. 31 years later, the Brewer’s Association is still going strong and Charlie is still the man with the plan.
  3. Fritz Maytag – Not too many people have their occupation listed on Wikipedia as “Brewing Magnate” – but Fritz Maytag does.  Many credit Fritz for inventing modern-day Craft Beer in 1965 when he bought the struggling Anchor Steam Brewery and changing the recipe and brewing process to brew good beer.
  4. Two headed monster of Jim Koch/Ken Grossman – The only thing these two guys did was build the two biggest US Craft Breweries from the ground up, that’s all.  Unless you have been in hiding for the last 10 years, or are one of those weirdos that doesn’t own a TV, you’ve probably seen Jim Koch pushing his Samuel Adams Boston Lager.  I actually met Jim at the National Beer Wholesalers Convention this past year, and he’s actually a really nice guy.  Plus, he had heard of me.
  5. Unless you’re a beer geek, you probably have no idea who Ken Grossman is.  Ken started a little brewery in Chico, CA back in 1980 called Sierra Nevada.  Sierra Nevada sells about a bazillion cases of beer a year and they do it the complete opposite way of Sam Adams.  No TV, no ads…in fact I don’t know how they do it.  I guess just good beer.

Honorable Mentions: George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre (since they own the brewery I work for),

Since this is a blog, I thought we might pay tribute to the people that got us here with a Mount Rushmore of the Modern Day Internet.  And I’m not talking about the early-day internet because apparently, no one really knows WHO invented this damn thing.

  1. A siamese, two-headed twin of Larry Page and Sergey Brin: They’re the two nerds that invented Google. You might have heard of it.  And I say “nerds” with the utmost respect – especially since the best thing I’ve ever invented is a blog about Turkey Sandwiches.
  2. Jimmy Wales – He invented Wikipedia and admit it, you use this for everything, including cheating on board games and solving Final Jeopardy.
  3. Craig Newmark – Yup, you guessed.  He’s Craig of Craigslist fame.  If one person could be brought on charges for killing the newspaper industry, it’s probably this guy.
  4. Gary Kremen – Who?  Gary Kremen was the first person to register  And since Porn innovates a lot of internet technology – Gary got my vote.

Honorable Mentions: Robert Scoble (blogger), Steve Jobs (Apple), Meg Whitman (eBay), Jeff Bezoz (Amazon),Matt Mullenweg (WordPress)

Information for this post taken from PC World’s 50 Most Important People on the Web

You didn’t expect this one did you?  Fine, I’ll admit it: I like County Music – but let me be clear: the bubble-gum pop stuff that dominates the radio airwaves IS NOT Country Music.  But you knew that.

  1. Hank Williams – He defined a style that is still revered today, recorded 10 songs that reached the top of the charts and did it all before the age of 30.  Yes, Hank died when he was 29.
  2. Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash was and still is the most iconic figure in Country Music.  The punk scene commonly refers to him as “the first punk”  which is interesting since he grew up in more of a gospel setting.  Of course the bio-pic re-energized interest in the man in black and brought a whole new group of fans into the fold.  But even if that movie is never filmed, Johnny Cash still gets his sculpture on the mountain.
  3. Dolly Pardon – I gotta pay some respect to the ladies of Country Music and for me the conversation starts with Dolly Pardon.  CMT did a list of the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music and Dolly was 4th on this list.  But Dolly did for Country Music what Will Smith did rap/hip-hop by going to the big and small screens and taking her genre to the mainstream.
  4. Buck Owens – Yes, Buck created the Bakersfield sound, and that’s really important to this conversation.  But the man also created an co-hosted Hee-Haw.  Seriously, the show was on TV for 24 years.  Think about how many Country Music musicians that show influenced.  Yeah, a lot.

Honorable Mentions: Patsy Cline, Bob Wills, Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson