JSC Radio Ep. 66: #RetroReview – 1998 Royal Rumble


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What’s good people! After a month of delays, it’s that time again.

As you recall, back in November, Episode 56 was the last #RetroReview, which took a look back at the infamous 1997 Survivor Series. Nothing like looking at something you were into as a teenager as a 38-year-old! Also, as you know, there will be a quarterly show like this that reviews one of the classic “Big 4” WWF/WWE Pay-Per-Views: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series (plus, later this year, there will be a review for the 20th Anniversary of the 1998 King of the Ring).

Previously Episode 28 looked at Ric Flair’s incredible win in the 1992 Royal Rumble and Episode 36 looked at my all-time favorite WrestleMania matches, and since Episode 48 looked at SummerSlam 1997, I had to go back 20 years for the next Retro Review: the 1998 Royal Rumble, the first major pay-per-view following the Montreal Screwjob.

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The man with the garbage can on his head would be the biggest movie star on Earth 10 years later.

By January 1998, pro wrestling was still reeling from the fallout from Montreal. WCW was in the midst of completely botching the acquisition of Bret Hart, waiting more than a month to formally debut him on Nitro and eventually having him be apart of the completely messed-up finish to the Hulk Hogan-Sting match at Starrcade. Meanwhile, the WWF was navigating the residual PR nightmare. Vince McMahon was reluctantly embracing his dark side — which would eventually lead to him becoming “Mr. McMahon,” one of the all-time great heels — while ushering in the “Attitude Era.” At the same time, the company was trying to execute original plan that ran into a wild detour: Getting Stone Cold Steve Austin the World Title by WrestleMania 14. That’s what brings us to that night in San Jose, where the path to Austin officially being crowned “The Man” officially took off.

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudApple PodcastsStitcher Radio, and Google Play! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

A New Episode drops every week — usually on Thursday or Friday (even though today is Saturday).  Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 66: #RetroReview – 1998 Royal Rumble

JSC Radio Ep. 56: #RetroReview – Survivor Series 1997


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What’s good people! 

As you recall, back in August, Episode 48 was the first official #RetroReviewwhich took a look back at SummerSlam 1997. Nothing like looking at something you were into as a teenager as a 37-year-old! Also, as you know, there will be a quarterly show like this that reviews one of the classic “Big 4” WWF/WWE Pay-Per-Views: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series.

After Episode 28 looked at Ric Flair’s incredible win in the 1992 Royal Rumble and Episode 36 looked at my all-time favorite WrestleMania matches, it was time to go all in and review a full PPV. And since I looked at SummerSlam 1997, I had to go back 20 years for the next Retro Review and this one was a monumental one: Survivor Series 1997. Yep. THAT one. And, yes, I will talk all about…you know what.

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudApple PodcastsStitcher Radio, and Google Play! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

A New Episode drops every week — usually on Thursday or Friday (even though today is Saturday).  Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 56: #RetroReview – Survivor Series 1997

JSC Radio Ep. 48: #RetroReview – SummerSlam 1997


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What’s good people! After last week’s rather heavy episode, it was time to shake things up and change the vibe. As y’all know, this show doesn’t have a set format, per se. But this is definitely a big Pro Wrestling (not “Sports Entertainment”) Spot here at House JSC. And I decided a few weeks ago to try something different.

Episode 48 is the first official #RetroReview, which will be a quarterly show that reviews one of the classic “Big 4” WWF/WWE Pay-Per-Views: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series. After Episode 28 looked at Ric Flair’s incredible win in the 1992 Royal Rumble and Episode 36 looked at my all-time favorite WrestleMania matches, it was time to go all in and review a full PPV, and no better place to start than going back 20 years to SummerSlam 1997, when things were definitely changing in the World Wrestling Federation and in the business in general.

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudApple PodcastsStitcher Radio, and Google Play! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

A New Episode drops every week — usually on Thursday or Friday.  Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 48: #RetroReview – SummerSlam 1997

JSC Radio Ep. 40: This is Sparta


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  Hey Now! What’s good, People! The People’s Podcast is back this week after my sinuses and allergies robbed me of my voice. It’s time for another milestone. Episode 40 — FORTY — is here, and it is the first episode solely dedicated to my beloved Alma Mater: Michigan State University.  

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudiTunesStitcher Radio, and Google Play! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

Going forward, expect there to be an update every week when a new show drops — usually, but not always — every Thursday.  Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 40: This is Sparta

[Updated] Father Knows Best: Why Dad STILL Deserves His Day…


♣ The Toughest Jobs are often the most Thankless…

“Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded … that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and the men who constantly push us toward it.”

— President Barack Obama

DETROIT (JSC) — On Father’s Day 2010, I wrote what became one of my most controversial blogs ever. It was written due in large part to my irritation and disgust at how Father’s Day was being overrun by bitterness from single mothers demanding special “recognition” on Father’s Day as well as their incessant whining about “deadbeat dads” and constantly diminishing of the role of fathers, MEN, in their kid’s lives. When I wrote that blog (which you will see in its updated entirety below the page break), I expectedly got a lot of angry blowback from “offended” single moms who tried in vain to insist that they are on equal footing as fathers and that I’m just “sexist” and “angry” and blah, blah, blah…basically trying to do what they always do to men who dare to defend themselves: Shout them down. Since then, there has been much more noise made by not only Fathers, but married women and other single mothers over stopping this disrespect of Father’s Day. I’ve even had a few single and formerly single moms admit to me off record that I was right. While I have no kids of my own, I’m a man who is grateful to have my dad around. That blog was as much about defending his honor as anything else. I will not “agree to disagree” about this. Fathers are as important (and in a lot of cases, MORE important) than Mothers. A few things have changed since 2010, but the message will not. Thanks again and Let’s Go. Continue reading [Updated] Father Knows Best: Why Dad STILL Deserves His Day…

Father Knows Best: Why Dad Deserves His Day…(JSC, 6/20/2010)


This was originally posted on June 20, 2010, ie last Father’s Day. It was written as a tribute to my dad (and all other MEN who either are fathers or play that role), but it was also a very pointed message toward Single Mothers who almost arrogantly insist that they be “honored” or “recognized” on Father’s Day, as well as insinuate that they can do both roles. Speaking as a man who had a Father in his home, you can’t. The year that has passed has only strengthened my stance on this matter, BTW. Here you go.

♣ The Toughest Jobs are often the most Thankless…♣ “There’s so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I’ve got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father — and how come that’s not as newsworthy?” — Will Smith (No Relation…sadly) SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — It’s a warm and quiet early summer evening on the northwest side of Detroit. It’s the rare quiet and peaceful neighborhood in the c … Read More

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Father Knows Best: Why Dad Deserves His Day…(JSC, 6/20/2010)


This was originally posted on June 20, 2010, ie last Father’s Day. It was written as a tribute to my dad (and all other MEN who either are fathers or play that role), but it was also a very pointed message toward Single Mothers who almost arrogantly insist that they be “honored” or “recognized” on Father’s Day, as well as insinuate that they can do both roles. Speaking as a man who had a Father in his home, you can’t. The year that has passed has only strengthened my stance on this matter, BTW. Here you go.

♣ The Toughest Jobs are often the most Thankless…♣ "There's so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I've got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father — and how come that's not as newsworthy?" — Will Smith (No Relation…sadly) SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — It's a warm and quiet early summer evening on the northwest side of Detroit. It's the rare quiet and peaceful neighborhood in the c … Read More

via Jay Scott Confidential