#340 - Charlie Chaplin Can't Save You - "Big" Bill Tilden
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by James Pietragallo, Jimmie Whisman
1w ago
This week, we check out of the greatest tennis players who has ever lived. He's a hall of famer, and a lot of his records still stand, today. He was also a real character, writing Broadway plays, starring in silent films, and hanging out with the biggest celebrities of his day, including Charlie Chaplin. He also led a life of secrecy from the general public, hiding his true life from the outside world. He is eventually arrested for a terrible crime, and when you think it can't get any worse, he does it again. And again. His tale has a pathetic ending, from one of the most prolific people of hi ..read more
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#338 - One Tough Broad - Evelyn Stevens
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by James Pietragallo, Jimmie Whisman
3w ago
This week, we look into a very different corner of the world, ladies wrestling! The old school women wrestlers were a tough lot. They could perform in the ring, then go clear out a West Texas bar with their fists! This particular woman was one of the very few to claim a legit win over the Fabulous Moolah! She was also married to a famous wrestler, and dated another, before ending up married to gym owner/bodybuilding trainer, and going down a rocky road. Neighbors watched them fighting, in the snow, and heard them fighting, in the house. This all leads to crazy showdown, that is reminiscent of ..read more
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#337 - Jonestown... Or Idi Amin?? - John Brisker
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by James Pietragallo, Jimmie Whisman
1M ago
This week, we look at a man who never met a fight that he didn't like. He fought his way from the projects, to college, where he did a strange combination of extracurricular activities. He was the most feared man in the ABA, regularly punching out both opponents & teammates. His time in the NBA was cut short by his violent nature, so he went to Uganda to hang out with the dictator, Idi Amin... and was never heard from again. Or, did he die in Jonestown, with his aunt? Or, is he still alive somewhere, hiding from his problems? Introduce yourself using your fists, turn basketball into a con ..read more
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#336 - Violent, Nasty & Possibly Misunderstood - Ty Cobb
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by James Pietragallo, Jimmie Whisman
1M ago
This week, we go back in time to check out one of the most celebrated & controversial athletes of all time. He held just about every hitting record possible, when he retired, but this story is all about the craziness that surrounded him. His father & mother had about the grossest relationship ever, which ended violently. Ty was a violent guy, alcoholic, and one of the fiercest competitors to ever play any sport. He also got arrested for some crazy things. But is everything we've ever heard about Ty actually true? Or, was a lot of it the imagination of an author, looking to sell books ..read more
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#335 - Crack, Sacks & Sex - The Infamousness of Lawrence Taylor
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by James Pietragallo, Jimmie Whisman
1M ago
This week, we finally look at one of the most requested athletes we've ever had. He is as legendary an NFL player as there is, changing the entire way the game is coached & played. He even headlined Wrestlemania. He also LOVED cocaine, crack, and prostitutes. Obviously, this leads to nothing but trouble with wives, the NFL, and most of all, police. The l;ast 40 years of his life have been nothing but glory, or drama. No middle ground, here. A simply wild & crazy life! Change the way a game is played, be the most feared player in the league, get arrested for everything from crack to be ..read more
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#334 - Better Than Hitler - Maxim "Mad Max" Novoselov
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by James Pietragallo, Jimmie Whisman
1M ago
This week, we wade into seriously crazy waters with a Russian MMA fighter, who has killed multiple people, in brutal & extreme ways. Not only participating in death matches, but also in his business life. He trains with axes, hatchets, and bears, and even taught other prisoners how to do so, during one of his frequent stays. He is as much of a mystery as he is anything else, with his shadowy businesses, and crime underground past. One of the wildest people that we've ever covered! Fight in death matches, at the edge of a quarry, lock people in a room & burn them alive, then brutalize ..read more
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#333 - Groping Your Way To The Top - The Handsiness of Christian Peter
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by James Pietragallo, Jimmie Whisman
2M ago
This week, we look at a man who seemed made to play in the NFL. Huge, aggressive & reckless are some of the words that come to mind when thinking of him. Also, drunk, arrogant, and active with his hands. He was arrested at least 8 times just during his college career, while taking responsibility for some things, and none, for other things. His brother, Jason, also led a wild life & NFL career, with a crazy book about his own addiction to crack & heroin! This is one interesting pair of brothers!! Gain the "freshman 50", fondle every woman within arm's reach, and blame it all on the ..read more
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#330 - All You Need Is Love... And Heroin - The Unenlightenedness of Reggie Harding
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by James Pietragallo, Jimmie Whisman
2M ago
This week, we look at the first high school basketball player to be drafted by the NBA. The problem was, by that time, he was already accumulating a criminal record that would far surpass anything he would ever do on the basketball court. He was accused of awful things, including an allegedly doing one of those awful things to a future member of The Supremes. He never learned his lesson. Kept drinking, shooting heroin, and finally robbing drug dealers to make a living. This all ends as badly as you might think, but the story isn't over, because his son (a junior) has done even worse things ..read more
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#329 - Drugs, Death Penalties & Shipping Fees - The Innovativeness of Reginald Spiers
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by James Pietragallo, Jimmie Whisman
3M ago
This week, we check out one of the weirdest, craziest stories, ever! He was an Australian javelin thrower, but there isn't much sports to talk about here. Why? Because this guy did so much more. Including putting himself into a wooden box, and shipping himself COD from London, all the way to Australia. From there, he got deep into drug smuggling, with some pretty ingenious ideas. Only problem is, he keeps getting caught. Including being caught with heroin in Sri Lanka, and being sentenced to death! Did he survive to smuggle another day?? Throw things for international acclaim, ship yourself 1 ..read more
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#328 - Gangs, Guns, Patriots & Prison - The Truculentness of Aaron Hernandez
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by James Pietragallo, Jimmie Whisman
3M ago
This week, we look at one of the violent, aggressive, and disturbing individuals, to ever enter the NFL. And that's saying something. From his early, and ongoing gang ties, to the fact that he was pretty sure he could get away with anything. He almost did get away with anything, until the bullets started flying. His best friend accused him of shooting this friend in the eye, and he was tried for 3 different murders! His prison life was just as crazy, with fights, attacks, and eventually ending it all, in a horrific way, and leaving a few notes behind! Be too crazy for football, shoot your bes ..read more
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