Sunday, August 9, 2020

GSNHOF Nominee - Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson is a dude who needs absolutely no introduction.  World champion, ten time all star, five time Cy Young award winner, Johnson was absolutely one of the most beastly pitchers of the modern era.  And as if there was any doubt, he was named on 97.3% of ballots in 2015 and made the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first try.  Johnson was clearly an all time great on the mound.

Something I overlooked for most of his career, however, was his all time great name.  I mean, Randy Johnson.  When I hear randy I think Austin Powers, and when I hear Johnson...more immaturity.  Put them together, and that's a chuckle worthy name.  

Johnson, however, gets a little more credit for his classic nickname - The Big Unit.

Now it's easy to continue down that lane of immaturity and continue the gigglefest, but the true story behind his nickname, which I just read today, is actually even funnier to me.  Allow me to share from Wikipedia:

"During batting practice in 1988, the 6'10" Johnson, then with the Montreal Expos, collided head-first with outfielder Tim Raines, prompting his teammate to exclaim, 'You're a big unit!'[63] The nickname stuck."

Such a goofy story, and I like that it led to the creation of one of the most iconic nicknames of the 1990's.  It's crazy how a name as long lasting as that can come from one simple moment.  Go figure.

So Randy Johnson was incredibly successful in his first time on a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot - will he be as successful on Ballot Nine of the GSNHOF?  I can't wait to find out!

To see the best sports names of all time, visit the Truly Great Names page.
To see some good sports names that were voted out, visit the Good Names page.
To see the current voting ballot, visit the Ballot page.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

What would you guys do in this situation?

So I grabbed some more Dedunos from Ebay the other day.

Four base cards:

And four chrome cards:

The problem is, there were supposed to be 6 chrome cards.  The seller posted this on top of the shipment:

This being Ebay, land of the feedback...what would you guys do in this situation?  I messaged him to ask what later might entail, and haven't heard back.  I hate to neg or neutral a guy or open a case or anything, especially over $2, but I have no way of knowing when later might be...or if later might ever be.  So I figured I'd ask the card community their thoughts.

My personal preference for now is wait to see if the dude responds and don't leave any feedback yet.  Hopefully later will be sooner than later.

On the bright side, I now have exactly 69 Dedunos.  Which is nice.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Reader Casey - Wanna email me so we can talk Seneca cards?

I have a few dupes I can send your way...just email me at gsnhof at gmail and we can chat!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Who gets your cards when you die?

So I'm a K-1 teacher who's going back to teaching in a few weeks.  I know there's a whole bunch of different opinions about how that will all go, but one of the biggest things I heard is that it's a good idea to create a will for myself. It''s a good thing to have as an adult who owns things regardless, but the uncertainty of the world kind of...sped up the process for me.

Today I was emailing back and forth with the lawyer who will be putting together my will (And my wife's), and had a pretty easy job with most of the questions.  The only one that really gave me pause was who would get my assets.  Of course my wife will get my house/car/etc.  But what about my collections?   Who gets my VHS?  Who gets my video games?

Where does my Seneca Wallace Collection go if I die?

I'm still undecided on where my cards will go, but I'm figuring it out.  Asking these questions though, and pondering them, made me wonder if ya'll knew where your cards would go if you died.  I know some of you have kids, which maybe makes it a little easier.  But maybe those kids don't collect, or don't follow that sport, or who knows what else.  I guess I'm just deep in my thoughts today.  So feel free to comment below if you want to go there with me.

As an additional note, I have some cards on COMC that are doubles that I definitely don't want to take with me, so I lowered them to stupid low prices as of this posting.  Feel free to check out my selling page to see if there's anything you want for your collection or if there's anything you'd like to buy to flip.  The site is a little static for now with the way everything is, but flipping can be a lot of fun on COMC, as I used to blog about all the time!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

GSNHOF Nominee - Cynnamon Burns and Curry Burns (No relation)

The GSNHOF is finally back!  

I'm posting a twofer for today's comeback post.  Today's nominees include former volleyball player for American University of Washington D.C. - Cynnamon Burns and former NFL safety Curry Burns

Cynnamon Burns has a name that I wanted to post here for years, but just never got around to.  It took so long, in fact, that she finished college, got married, and is now technically Cynnamon Allen.  She's now maybe doing attorney stuff while coaching volleyball for her hometown squad, which feels like a pretty sweet outcome to me.  Well paying job and working for the organization that made you great at the sport you loved - that's pretty hard to beat.

As for her athletic career, it's actually kind of hard to find notes about Cynnamon's volleyball prowess, but I did find this one game where American beat Navy and she led American with 16 digs.  Which is good I guess?  I don't really know a lot about volleyball.

Curry Burns turned a great collegiate career at the University of Louisville into a 7th round draft selection by the Texans in 2003.  I'll actually have to check if he's one of the unnamed players in Madden 04, as I don't remember him being in the game otherwise.  He's probably most famous for being a half brother of Elvis Dumervil, but I'll mention his NFL career in the next paragraph because it's a few seasons long, which is pretty damn good!

Curry's rookie year resulted in one game played, the final game of the year, where he recorded a special teams tackle against the Colts.  The next year he was a New York Giant, and actually saw two starts at free safety in a weird safety mix that included Gibril Wilson, Terry Cousin, and Frank Walker.  That led to career highs for Curry with 23 tackles, an interception, a pass defended, and five special teams tackled.  Again, pretty damn good!

The Giants let him go though, but the Washington Football Team signed him as a practice squad player and he hung around there all of 2005.  He must've done something right, as he saw two games played in 2006 with Washington where he recorded the last tackle of his NFL career.  However, after the Bills released the magnificent Troy Vincent, Washington was interested, and Curry was an unfortunate roster casualty as a result.  Vincent immediately made an impact with a blocked kick in the waning moments of the "Hand of God" game and Curry sadly never saw action in a regular season game again.  His NFL career was still four years longer than mine though, so I'm impressed!

Welcome back to the GSNHOF process, and I wish the best of luck to both Cynnamon and Curry Burns in their quest to be remembered as one of the best sports names of all time.

To see the best sports names of all time, visit the Truly Great Names page.
To see some good sports names that were voted out, visit the Good Names page.To see the current voting ballot, visit the Ballot page.