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Vertically Striped Radio is a show hosted by Craig Dodge, known as socnorb777 on the Dameshek message boards. The title of the show is based on the old Denver Broncos vertically striped socks as well as Dodge's blog. Vertically Striped Radio is a weekly show broadcast Saturday afternoons 5:30 PM EST, 2:30 PM PST. Dodge is regularly joined by fellow Dameshek forum members FaceVentura and The Whale as well as The Ed. The show is Denver sports-centric but ranges over a variety of different topics in sports and news in general as well. The show debuted May 23, 2009.

In January 2011, Vertically Striped Radio joined forces with The No Name Show to form the Fake Radio Network. Elevation Radio has since joined the two shows on the network.


Show Date/Listen/Download Show Information
May 23, 2009 The maiden voyage of the USS Vertically Striped Radio. We talked a little NBA playoffs, the Whale dropped in, and The Ed called in before his barbeque and gave me a little Nuggets trivia. Not bad for the first time out!
May 30, 2009 VSR disects the collapse of the Nuggets as well as look forward to the NHL Finals with Face Ventura, plus we break out a Magnificent 7 of the worst things in sports.
June 6, 2009 Bruce finally makes his first appearance on the show, at least until his cell phone dies. After that, we discuss Twitter, Scumbag Donald Sterling, and other items in the world of sports. Bruce gets back late in the show in time to discuss the Broncos Fan Fair and Super Hero powers.
June 13, 2009 We discussed dogs getting high, the glory that is the NHL Champs NOT being Detroit, and a lot of NBA Finals talk. We also broke down into ridiculous scientfic detail the likability of the Magic vs. the Lakers (Final tally Magic positive likability of 11 vs Lakers negative likability of -8) (Go Magic!!) Plus Bruce made it a whole show!
June 20, 2009 Episode 5 of Vertically Striped Radio, Joe of the Dave Dameshek Message Boards joins us to chat up the NBA Draft. News of the weird, a homeless guy freaks me out downtown, the Rockies are on a roll, and the Broncos are not. I break it all down, plus give a twitter update. Bruce meant to call in, but lost track of time and didn't call me until 15 minutes after the show ended. I think I may need to update his status to part-time show host.
June 27, 2009 Better late than never, Bruce showed up ten minutes into the show and helped me break down which teams would be best served by returning to classic uniforms. (Or in the case of the Hurricanes, classic uniforms AND towns.) We also took some time to talk about the deaths of such luminaries as Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon, and Farrah Fawcett and discussed which three deaths would be the most momentous in today's world. My vote is for Obama, Mohommad Ali, and the Dalai Lama. We also took a little time enjoying the antics of Montana Tech football coach Bob Green. This week's music recommendation was Gary Jules' "Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets."
July 4, 2009 We had quite the show, Craig took calls from The Ed, The Whale, and a guy in Springfield, Illinois none too pleased with holidays. The Onion provided a bit of reporting, and Craig discussed AirAsia's new Oakland Raiders plane. The highlight of the show was when The Vertically Striped Academy of Arts, Sciences, and other Neato Stuff unveiled the nominees for the 1st annual "Sockie" awards for such important categories as: Best Holiday, Sports Team of the Year, Best Color, Best Radio Show, and Best Picture (that I have actually seen this year.) Best Dameshek Amalgamated Messageboard Network radio show is actually a "People's Choice" with the voting on for anyone who is interested in casting their vote. Quite a fun show, I recommend it as highly as the host of a show can recommend someone listening to his own show.
July 11, 2009 The "Sockie" awards were presented on this show, plus The Ed was on hand to make his acceptance speech on behalf of "The Ed Show." We also honored the great Joe Sakic, and The Whale called in and offered his always welcome insights as Ed, the Whale and Craig broke down the Magnificent 7 reasons why the 80's are vastly overrated. The Vertically Striped Music recommendation of the week was "Evil Urges" by the band My Morning Jacket.
July 18, 2009 Craig gave his top 10 and bottom 6 of his NFL power rankings from, he also had a story about Michael Jackson and butter, mercifully The Whale called in at the 40 minute mark to help Craig with the Magnificent 7 - Weird Things about Sports. Craig told a little bit about the Evil Mustang statue out at Denver International Airport while being harrassed by his drama queen daughter (he loves her, but REALLY!) because she wanted to paint. VSR signed off with the Vertically Striped Music Recommendation of the week: "Boxer" by The National.
July 25, 2009 We welcomed the newest member of Vertically Striped Radio to the fold, MJ Amory, who joined me in pulling out the crystal ball and making calls on NFC Over/Unders along with breaking down the movie "Network" and all sorts of other great stuff. MJ is pretty knowledgeable for a kid who wasn't born until the 90's, although he makes me feel very old, but I'll get over it. (Maybe) MJ is a very solid addition for the program, and thanks to his contributions, I feel like we rose to the middling levels of radio competence that Vertically Striped Radio is becoming known for. This was a very fun show, hope you enjoy.
August 1, 2009 Craig flew solo most of the show. I broke down some talk about ushers, the Dameshek Code of Fan Conduct, and discussed my desire to get banned in Alabama. I think I may declare war on that state, if that's possible. Major Minority called in to start the show, and left me overly confused regarding a simple issue, as he didn't raise his hand to talk until about 12 minutes remaining in the show. We critiqued the names of everyone's fantasy football teams on the message board league. I finished by recommending "Neon Bible" by Arcade Fire. It was an okay show, as long as you don't mind listening to me monologue for an hour. I enjoyed it, but then I like the sound of my own voice.
August 8, 2009 This episode was the Vertically Striped Radio fantasy football spectacular! If you need a good name for your fantasy football team, you need to listen to this show. I give a slew of great names to choose from, plus I call my shot by breaking down my fantasy football draft strategy in shocking detail and dare the Shek Republic League to beat me. We have the usual music recommendation and goofy news.
August 15, 2009 Note: There is a brief break in the action halfway through this episode, but that was due to BlogTalk being Blogtalk, we do get back to doing our thing a few minutes later, so stick around! After being out the past two weeks on vacation in Europe, MJ made his triumphant return to VSR. Taking a page from Dave Dameshek, MJ and Craig did the first ever Vertically Striped Potpourri show. Basically, we were both getting back from vacations, so we discussed all the crazy stuff we did and saw in Europe and the Rocky Mountains respectively. We finally got around to starting our AFC over/unders only blogtalk had a bit of a hiccup, so we only got through half of them. We'll eventually finish them next week, but this week we got through the AFC West and North.
August 22, 2009 Craig and MJ finally finished up the AFC Over-Under predictions, we talked a bit (a very small bit)with our friend Aaron of the No Name Show about preseason game #2 for the Broncos in Seattle, and we had our debut report from our Raiders correspondent Andy Petersen. If you like the NFL, this show is the show for you. We finished up with the Vertically Striped Music recommendation from Craig of "Easy" by Cowboy Mouth and the Vertically Striped Book Club with MJ recommended "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell. Good times!
August 29, 2009 This show was dominated by our Magnificent 7 list of underrated movies. In addition to that, we also helped to decide that MJ's NHL team is the New York Rangers, and we also spoke a little bit about the Dumpster fire that is the Denver Broncos. Brandon Marshall is a human train wreck at this point, you can't look away no matter how badly you want to. The BlogTalk switchboard gave out on us before we were able to do our music recommendation, so we ended the show somewhat abruptly at the end, but it was a fun show to do, and I'm proud of the new Muppet Show intro, even if MJ is too young to know what the Muppet Show is.
September 5, 2009 Craig and MJ break down the world of sports and other goofiness. We shared our greatest and worst moments as sports fans, and we had a discussion about ESPN and how much power should they exert. The Ed called in and talked a little constitutional law and accused Craig of being overly policitally correct and ruining America. He also gave Craig an assignment to create more music videos and even got Craig a little riled up about little leagues that don't keep score. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was Echo Echo by Carbon Leaf.
September 12, 2009 On the day before the NFL season gets going and before Craig flies out to Seattle for a vacation, Vertically Striped Radio was without MJ, as he had a lunch date with his parents. We pressed on with just Craig, and it was at times brutal. Fortunately, The Ed called in as did Face Ventura right as Craig was about to bag it. The draft order was set for next Saturday's "Fantasy

Comedy Draft." Somehow MJ got the first overall pick. It wasn't always pretty, but somehow we got through. Next week should be much better. Many thanks to Face and Ed for making it bearable.

September 19, 2009 Today was the monumental Fantasy Comedy Draft on Vertically Striped Radio, that's right, we had 7 guys on the phone all at the same time, and we were drafting funny people to make up fantasy teams of funny people to compete in a contest where votes determine the winner. You say, "What a waste of time." I say, "Visionary new way to select the President of the United States." Either way, I think the audio was mostly entertaining, it involved the seven of us picking our comedians, the Ed singing songs, MJ drafting himself (Oh yes, he did!), and a bunch of other randomness including the seven of us "autodrafting" for the one guy who signed up to play and then didn't show up. I don't know if it was a commercial success, but I enjoyed myself greatly, which is really all I was going for with this crazy business. If you're interested, the teams are listed at for your perusal, just paste this link into your browser... and then you can vote on which is the strongest team on the website. Voting is open until 10-11-09.
October 3, 2009 Battling the Swine flu, Craig bravely fought through the pain to share tales of the past week. Including going from #1 on the Ed's Bad side to #1 on the Good side, attending the Rockies game where they clinched a playoff spot, and contracting the H1N1 virus. I was joined by The Whale and Face Ventura who helped carry conversation that ranged from the Fantasy Comedy Draft, to the Broncos, to the Baseball playoffs, to my wicked awesome Wiffleball career. The final matchup in the Fantasy Comedy tournament was announced, as it will be Fusilli Larry vs. my team Stand Up and Deliver in a matchup that I can't imagine that I win. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was Heart Attack Time Machine by Waterdeep.
October 10, 2009 Craig was prepping for a big sports day in Denver, with the Broncos getting ready for the Patriots, and the Rockies getting ready to host the Phillies in the divisional baseball playoffs. To honor the Broncos wearing their Vertically Striped Socks, Craig did a Magnificent Seven list of the 7 Ugliest uniforms in the NFL. The Ed, Face Ventura and the Whale all jumped in to say hi, and they all helped with the list. Ed pretty much said I have no style, as he disagreed with me putting the Texans All-Red uniforms, the Dolphins Orange jerseys and the Seahawks Green uniforms on the list. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was "Notes from Elsewhere" by Peter Mulvey.
October 17, 2009 Episode 21 was a beauty! We unveiled the Magnificent 7 top Vertically Striped approved Beer list in honor of the Beer thread on because let's face, Beer rules. The Ed dropped in and gave his medicine for college football

. We were going to ask him about the lady that cooks his food, but BlogTalk freaked out and hung up on everyone...keep listening when that happens, as we get back on in a minute or two. Just BlogTalk being BlogTalk. I also dropped a little knowledge on the audience that I picked up this week about a dark time in the history of Colorado known as the Ludlow Massacre. (It's a pretty nutty story, hard to believe it happened in the United States.) Of course, We talked a bit about our Denver Broncos, MJ was on hand to give his take on the Broncos as well as their so ugly they're beautiful retro uniforms. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was Modest Mouse's "We were dead before the ship even sank."

October 22, 2009 My guest was former University of Colorado Buffalo and San Francisco 49er

George Visger. George played on the defensive line for the University of Colorado football team in the late 70’s and went on to briefly play with the San Francisco 49ers, his career was cut short due to traumatic brain injuries, and he has battled through this disability to become a successful businessman and motivational speaker. George has had 9 brain surgeries due to his football injuries, and has recently spoken with Dr. Omalu a renowned brain scientist who has been in the news due to his research into the connection between playing NFL football and brain trauma with Alzheimer like symptoms. Dr. Omalu has asked George to sit on his board. George joined us to talk about his playing days as well as his injuries, his ongoing recovery and overcoming difficulties to find success in life. We also discussed the physical and moral implications of brain injuries to football players. I was very pleased to speak with George, and it was a fascinating interview.

October 24, 2009 Quite a show on today's program. Face Ventura showed up early and was quickly joined by The Ed who was checking in from Vegas with MJ Martin who was in town for Super Deluxe Baby Fights 1. Then we were joined a bit later on by Jerry Fairish and The Whale. We did talk a bit about baseball, the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys, but our biggest, longest and most interesting conversation had to do with breakfast cereals. We are all big fans of Boo Berry. It was a fun show, although I forgot to thank The Ed for showing up at the end of it, so Thanks The Ed! The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was "Has Been" by William Shatner. Yes, William Shatner.
October 31, 2009 Halloween found Craig in a frazzled mood as his dogs and children were restless, never the less, he pressed on and spoke with The Ed, Face Ventura and The Whale...all of whom will not put ketchup on their dogs, so that's a plus. We discussed adults wearing costumes, the appropriate things to put on your hot dogs, Ed's lack of discipline in gambling, the World Series, is the confluence of women and sports a good thing, and even a tiny bit of hockey. Plus we were able to hear how well developed Craig's two year old's lungs are, Luke was happy to yell for us. Happy Halloween to all, and thanks for listening! The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was "Whatever and Ever Amen" by Ben Folds Five.
November 7, 2009 Two words: Dave Dameshek.
November 14, 2009 Trace Smith of the Southeast Sports Beat dropped by Vertically Striped Radio

to drop some knowledge about the North Carolina sports scene and to give a little advice about how I should have the Sports Guy sign my Book of Basketball this week at his Denver book signing. He was a delight and even hung around to be a contestant in the first ever edition of "Best of 13" against Face Ventura. The topic for "Best of 13" was "D-League team or Minor league hockey team?" Face hung in nobly, but Trace had too much knowledge of the NBA D-League to be denied. Jerry Fairish called in to formally announce that he is not Security Guy Irv, although Major Minority produced some compelling audio evidence. I believe Jerry, as though Jerry does seem like a nice guy, I'm not sure he's as "nice" as he'd have to be to truly play SGI. In true conspiracy segment style, we'll leave it up to you to decide. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation this week was "Cease to Begin" by Band of Horses.

November 21, 2009 Fun show, we talked a ton about the Redskins for some reason, and then discussed how Ireland got screwed by the refs against France which turned into a philosophical discussion about questioning authority. Weird first half hour, to be sure. Then Face Ventura, Steve from Alabama, and The Whale and I broke down the four outlandish movie pitches that were submitted on the message board. We had some great ideas, and I think movie executives would be foolish to avoid our ideas. Finally, I reviewed the movie, "The Men Who Stare at Goats" which I gave a 7 out of 10. I shared a bit about meeting the sports guy and having him sign my copy of his book. Finally, the Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was the self titled album by Jars of Clay from 1995, one of my favorite albums of all time.
November 28, 2009 We had some fun crazy people in the news, including a drunk guy ramming a hot dog stand and a woman who saw Jesus in her Iron. Aaron Young of the No Name Show dropped in to tell us about a man who lived as a zoo exhibit in the World's Fair around 100 years ago, and Face Ventura helped me co-pilot the show as we did a fantastic version of the Magnificent 7 - Top Seven Football Coach Freakouts at Press Conferences. Face also tried to defend the honor of Thanksgiving turkey, as my family celebrated the holiday with BBBQ Brisket, and I've got to say I haven't had any complaints about the decision here locally. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was "Rock Spectacle" a live album from the Barenaked Ladies, and another one of my all time faves from the mid-nineties.
December 5, 2009 The show started oddly, as my kids were dropped off at my house by the grandparents two minutes before the show I broke out a segment from the NPR show "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me." My mom thought my show was over, and she graciously took my kids to Disney on Ice, so she gets a pass. Once the show got back underway, we had a solid effort. I had several guests from the message board, including Major Minority, Face Ventura, and The Whale. We discussed apologizing as an epidemic which naturally led to a good conversation about Tiger Woods. After discussing how we needed to "Leave Tiger Woods alone" complete with my wonderful singing pipes being broadcast for all to hear, we did a Contender-Pretender segment on NFL teams. We finished off by taking a page from the LCS Hockey Show and talking a little bit of hockey. Actually, it was almost exclusively Florida Panthers hockey, which is not exactly a scintillating topic, but it was a fun conversation and it allowed me to plug the Dan Lebotard show. The BlogTalk switchboard gave out on me and didn't allow me to play any more clips, so the Vertically Striped Music recommendation will have to wait until next week.
December 12, 2009 This episode was dominated by the Ed who has announced that he is quitting the message board because of people talking bad about him. He also talked about finding the mysterious Ted Willer. While this was far from the best effort out of Vertically Striped Radio it's maybe worth listening to this one for the Ed, and for the fantastic rap song from sports figures freaking out at various press events. I also played a phone call that I made to the Nestle Crunch hotline, which you can call and enjoy if you like by dialing 1-800-295-0051. Thanks to The Ed, The Whale, and Face Ventura for helping me through this Winter Doldrums edition of Vertically Striped Radio. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" by Phoenix. Let me close by saying, "Don't quit, The Ed."
December 19, 2009 Twas the show before Christmas... Yeah, I'm not going to make the show recap a corny Christmas poem. The Ed dropped in to say hello to the show and spread his knowledge about sports in general as well as give some updates on the Convention and give us a preview of the 2010 edition of the Ed Times...which will apparently have a self-ignition switch so that it will start reading itself. That Ed is always innovating! Face Ventura and The Whale, my two most loyal callers, chimed in to help me discuss my Magnificent 7 list which was a recap of Seven signs that our world is going to the dogs as seen from a hockey game at the Pepsi Center. We also had some good conversations about a wide variety of sports related topics and I shared my hope to win the semi-Final of the fantasy league against Jerry Fairish so that I can change his avatar. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was "In Rainbows" by Radiohead, and the song I played was "Jigsaw Falling into Place."
December 26, 2009 It was the Christmas spectacular edition of VSR. Face Ventura came on and threatened to never come back if I played Feliz Navidad again. The Ed dialed in from pump 12 where he had gotten $20 worth of gas to promote the Super Deluxe Baby Fights and explain why if you're an American you must cheer for Floyd Mayweather. We did a magnificent 7 list of Seven great Christmas songs and I discussed why Santa and I are not on friendly terms. Rather than doing a music recommendation, I played us out with the Weird Al Christmas classic..."The Night Santa went Crazy".
January 2, 2010 Vertically Striped Radio began 2010 by reminiscing about 2009. The Whale and Face Ventura helped me with a Magnificent 7 list of the Seven biggest stories in Sports, the Seven biggest stories in the News, and the Seven biggest stories for the Shek Republic on We also went back to the summer of 2008 for a great moment in the history of Blog Talk Radio to hear Mike Dell of the LCS Hockey Show expound about how there was no way the Red Wings would get back to the Stanley Cup Finals...which of course, they did. Finally, we had the Vertically Striped Music Recommendation of The Avett Brothers album "I and Love and You." which is an album I have become obsessed with this week. Flat out great music.
January 9, 2010 Episode 33 was the Vertically Striped Party Line. Face Ventura and The Whale both hopped in and helped us discuss the first round of the playoffs in the NFL. I then had to clear the air by admitting that I wore a Yankee hat back when I was a freshman in college. The photographic evidence had surfaced on Facebook this week, and I needed to clear the air and apologize. I'm not sure I'll ever get over the shame...I'm day to day. Jerry Fairish, big Yankee fan but otherwise a good guy, called in and challenged me to a bet involving our avatars on I took the Cowboys in their game against the Eagles. I will have to keep the photo of me in a Yankee hat for a month as my avatar if I lose. Jerry will need to post a photo of him in a hard hat climbing a ladder if he loses. Needless to say, I'm STRONGLY cheering for the Cowboys! The Ed called in towards the end of the show to share his thoughts to fix football...because it's apparently in trouble. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was "New Wave" by Against Me!
January 16, 2010 MJ Amory made his triumphant return to VSR on this show, and said what's up and regaled us with stories of being cursed at while cheering for the Broncos in Philly. Face Ventura also showed up to share despite being very nervous about the Cowboys-Vikings game on Sunday. The Ed dialed in on two different occasions and broke news that The Dave is being courted by radio stations in both Atlanta, Georgia and Boise, Idaho along with reprimanding Craig for not thinking the Saints-Cardinals blowout was a good game...and apparently Craig is like a Canadian Football Field...Yeah, I have no idea either. We also discussed the American Kennel Club's list of Top 10 pop culture dogs, and vowed to right the wrong of The Baja Men's "Who let the dogs out" being in the top 10 by creating our own better list of top 10 dogs over at Finally, the Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was Sufjan Stevens' "Illinoise." I played "Casimir Polaski Day" to close.
January 23, 2010 It was the eve of Conference Final Sunday in the NFL. My 2 year old son, Luke, made his debut on VSR and picked the Vikings and Saints to win this weekend. He's lived through TWO Super Bowls, so he's very good. Face Ventura and The Ed both called in to also weigh in on the games. Face and I agreed on one thing above all, we don't want Brett Favre to go to the Super Bowl. We also reconstructed the terrible Top 10 Pop Culture dogs list from the American Kennel Club, and made improvements so vast that the list grew from 10 to 20. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was Sky Blue Sky by Wilco.
January 24, 2010 Ed needed a place to crow about his Colts making the Super Bowl, and the LCS boys weren't available.
January 30, 2010 Craig was joined by Face Ventura and The Whale as we discussed a ton of NFL topics ranging from Brett Favre and the epic NFC Championship game, to the Super Bowl, to the Rooney Rule. We discussed racism, and ironically, I neglected to put Ed on the air. I saw him on the line, but got interrupted and never got back to him. Sorry, Ed. I didn't mean to neglect you. We also talked a bit about the NHL 94 tournament that is going to be battled between members of the message board community. We talked over rules, and I talked a little bit of smack regarding how I would win the whole thing. I finished with the Vertically Striped Music recommendation which was the song "Kids" by MGMT.
February 6, 2010 Super Bowl eve found Vertically Striped Radio in fine form. We spent some time yapping with Trace Smith of the Southeast Sports Beat who talked some Super Bowl and college basketball with us for awhile, then the Ed called in and Trace and Craig tried to keep up with the excited Colts fan. Then Face Ventura called in as we hashed out the final details of the NHL 94 tournament which is scheduled to start this evening and run through the next few weeks. Then we had a banner edition of Great moments in the history of Blog Talk Radio as we lived a moment from 2007 on the LCS show in which the LCS boys recreated a visit from the Ed to Dave Dameshek's sports contraption. Then VSR finished up with a quick music recommendation of the self titled album from 2005 by Apollo Sunshine. All in all, a fun, if Ed dominated, edition of the show.
February 13, 2010 The Olympics are starting, and to celebrate...we barely talked about the Olympics. Face Ventura and The Whale called in to help me crown the Super Bowl Commercial Champion, we remembered the career of Casey Kasem and played our very own long distance dedication, a song from Fourthand26's girl to him for his birthday/Valentine's Day. The Ed called in to promote this evening's Super Baby Fights, he described how little he cares for the movie Avatar, and he explained why he thinks that men can't really have real relationships with women. (We agreed to disagree on that one.) We finished up actually talking a little winter Olympics and also giving an update (and talking a little smack) about the NHL 94 tournament over at The music recommendation this week was "No Room" by The Samples.
February 20, 2010 Since we were halfway through the Olympics, Craig, Face Ventura and The Whale decided to chat up the noteworthy events from Vancouver...and Craig had to share his distaste for "Men's" figure skating. We talked a bit about how it is better psychologically to win Bronze than it is to win Silver, or at least so say the scientists. We learned how the "Song of the Count" from Sesame Street could be, um, enhanced? (For Comedy purposes, at least.) Craig shared his painfully awkward Magnificent 7 list, finally. And Face Ventura made sure that everyone knew he expects to win the whole NHL 94 tournament now that we have made it to the elimination round. The Ed called in at the end of the show to talk a bit about his trip to Lubbock Texas where he had seen his beloved Red Raiders fall to the Texas Longhorns

earlier in the day, and how he and Texas Tech coach Pat Knight were going to be having dinner with Under Armor big wigs that evening. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was "Rhythm of the Pridelands" Music Inspired by Disney's Lion King. Which doesn't sound nearly as cool until you listen to it, it's some good stuff.

February 25, 2010 HARTFORD! QUEBEC! It's the NHL 94 Finals on Vertically Striped Radio. Mike Dell and Face Ventura face off for the Cup.
February 27, 2010 Episode 40 was strong. The Ed was at the peak of his powers as he talked about his upcoming elective surgery and called in to the show to scare us with both his big tough man voice and his woman voice. He even said, "I pity the fool" at my request, which was glorious. In addition to Ed, Face Ventura and the Whale helped me go through the Magnificent Seven greatest calls in sports announcer history. Number 6 was a personal favorite, even though it probably didn't belong on this list. I also played "Doug on Demand" a phone call with my best friend Doug Newton who tends to disparage the show, but the call had some good stories about his job as a dispatcher on the Colorado State Patrol as well as his admission to getting a tattoo of a lego man. Doug really likes legos. We also talked a little bit about Olympic hockey and curling, and I played a song to help enlighten people to the rules of hockey courtesy the Mike O'Meara show. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was the self-title album from "The Trampolines" which released in 2005.
March 6, 2010 Talk about going in odd directions with a show. This one went completely off the tracks, but somehow it worked. How odd was it? Face Ventura, The Whale and I had a major in depth discussion about Admiral Ackbar. No, seriously. We did. This show marked the debut of The Whale's intro music. We also discussed NFL Free Agency and the evils of sports bigamy. Plus Craig got all hot under the collar about Americans rooting for Canada in the Olympic Hockey Gold Medal Game. The Ed showed up and shared a little about the District Attorney's investigation into his activities, along with the message board fights and we even got to hear him shooting hoops. Although he tried to convince me that he made a shot that sounded an awful lot like a brick. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was the whimsical "The Beginning Stages Of" by The Polyphonic Spree. Despite my best intentions, there is the slightest chance that this show might actually be entertaining. Of course, your results may very.
March 13, 2010 This week, VSR introduced a new segment, "The Week in Wankery" where we ticket deserving people for being wankers. The Whale called in from a brew pub to give us a review on the beer he was having, we also had a Magnificent 7 list of seven rules that need to be changed in the NFL along with some random hockey and NHL 94 discussion, plus Craig was getting distraught as he couldn't find the Big 12 Championship basketball game anywhere on TV, despite living in the midst of Big 12 country. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was Alexi Murdoch's song "Orange Sky."
March 20, 2010 Elevation Radio's ( own John Klein called in to chat about basketball and Survivor on the show this week. Face Ventura and the Whale also joined in the fun as we talked, among other things, about how most of our brackets were in shreds after 2 and a half days of Madness. Episode 2 of Doug on Demand had Doug screaming "NO!!!" to news of Brady Quinn becoming a Denver Bronco along with him confessing that he would like a Colorado Rapids license plate. VSR debuted the full version of "Anything for Lunch" the parody of Meat Loaf's "I Would do Anything for Love (but I won't do that)" Plus, an unlikely person gets ticketed for being a Wanker on "The Week in Wankery" We ran out of time, so the Music Recommendation got pushed to next week. Although, how can you go wrong with, "Anything for Lunch"?
March 28, 2010 In keeping with the recent form, I promised to deliver the, "Who can you make fun of now?" segment, and then promptly went the whole show without actually telling you. Although I did get in a story about how the Green Bay Packers saved a man's life. We also did a Magnificent 7 list of the Seven greatest teams that no longer exist. The Ed called in and shared with us his list of teams that no longer exist including the Washington Watermelons and Houston Afros...I'm pretty sure those teams never existed, but it was fun to hear Ed expound upon mythical teams. Ed also called in to show us how he can change his voice to be deep and scary when he does prank calls. Pretty intimidating to get a call from that version of the Ed. Luke Dodge did his best to steal the show, refusing to take a nap, and causing all sorts of commotion during the show. You'll be happy to know that he is just fine, in case you were worried, he just needed a few band-aids on his fingers. Nothing too major to worry about, despite the sudden and overly dramatic end to the show.
April 3, 2010 Final Four weekend, and we had to get our favorite prognosticator's picks for the NCAA Championship. For the record, Luke took Michigan State to beat West Virginia in the Final. Face Ventura and The Whale helped me FINALLY break out the "People it is okay to make fun of" segment. The Ed called in right at the end of the segment, and he was on his game. We discussed his April Fools joke on the message board, the NCAA tourney,, and other assorted topics including the Ed's take on bigomy. The Ed was in fine form, to be sure. He even shared some of his favorite recipes including Chocolate and String Cheese. The Ed is clearly a culinary expert. The show ended with a Vertically Striped Music Recommendation with a story. The song was Frank, AB from the album "Hometowns" by Rural Alberta Advantage, so I told a little bit about the story of the Frank of the largest Landslides in the history of North America...which is also the event on which the song is based.
April 10, 2010 Craig soldiered on despite going to bed too late, having a cold, and helping a buddy move for two hours right before the show. It helped that Face Ventura was around for most of the show picking up slack. The show was a little uneven this week, although we had a good episode of "The Week in Wankery" and we had our first visit ever from Josh Semrow, aka Fourthand26 from the messageboard, Josh was making his DAMN debut, and let us know a little about his life of playing 4 square and buying Pokemon games. The Ed called in after waking up from a nap and shared a bit of wisdom along with breaking down the stats from his fantasy baseball league this week. Apparently he is doing okay in WHIP...whatever that means. Ed also let us know that there are six different flavors of Klondike Bar, although he didn't tell us what he would do for a Klondike bar. He also sang a song about a town in Arizona for some reason. We also had a brief cameo from Major Minority. The music recommendation was the song "Sovay" from Andrew Bird from the album "Weather Systems." It's a little mellow, but not too shabby.
April 17, 2010 On the opening weekend of the NHL and NBA playoffs, VSR celebrated by barely talking sports at all. Face Ventura hung around almost the entire show, as he helped promote the World Premiere of Slammed! We played a rousing round of “Dumbest Congressional Representative Challenge" with Florida going up against Georgia. Then, we spent a large amount of the show playing Eighty Percent Trivia...the game where close does count. We had six contestants test their wits against 5 categories of trivia: Super Bowl, Stuff a Preschooler Would Know, Name that Movie, Beer, and of course...Monkeys! (As it usually does in many instances, it all came down to Monkeys!) We closed the show by allowing Face Ventura and #1 Sploser to discuss their Tool Manifesto regarding the Tool song "46 and 2." I gave the reigns of the Vertically Striped Music Recommendation over to my non-cohost, who decided to run with Tool. It was a pretty fun show, today. Sadly, only we had only one winner of 80% trivia, so the very first Vertically Striped Radio autographed pennant is on it's way to New Mexico for Face.
April 24, 2010 A depressed Craig was coming to grips with the fact that the Broncos drafted Tim Tebow. Vertically Striped Radio's official position is that Tebow is a good kid, but not a talented quarterback. Craig was starting to get used to the idea that the Broncos drafted Tebow, but he needed some time to vent about the stupidity of it. In addition to some talk about the NFL draft, we also did a musical rematch of the 2003 National League Championship series matching up Eddie Vedder's pro-Cubs song, "Someday We'll Go All the Way!" with Creed's Scott Stapp singing the goofy Pro-Florida anthem "Marlins will Soar" We also broke down the Magnificent 7: Seven Greatest TV Theme Songs (With Lyrics), an old show favorite came in at number 1. The Week in Wankery took aim at Domino's Pizza, Comcast, and most importantly Josh McDaniels. All in all a decent show despite my kids interrupting regularly. The Vertically Striped Music Recommendation was the album "The Sun and The Moon" by The Bravery.
May 1, 2010 It was the Three Amigos edition of Vertically Striped Radio. Face and the Whale jumped in to listen in on a dueling set of Amigo songs in addition to helping us break down the Top 7 Television theme songs without lyrics. We talked a bit of sports, as Craig's brother-in-law Marat called in to ask Craig how he feels about Tim Tebow and we discussed a bit about the Dez Bryant-Jeff Ireland situation where Ireland has been accused of asking Bryant if his mother is a prostitute. Finally, and perhaps the best segment of the show, Larry from the LCS show dropped in to help us discuss the El Guapo conspiracy. The truth is out there, people! We finished with a music recommendation that was somewhat of a dare...Don't even think that I didn't recommend "Africa" by Toto, because I totally did. Fun show, today!
May 3, 2010 Face Ventura is holding a press conference to unveil his decision on which team in the English Premiership he will support. His final 2 teams that were in the running were Manchester United and Arsenal, and he let a video game determine who he would cheer for. If he picked Manchester United, he deserves all the scorn that he shall receive. Arsenal is acceptable. Find out the final decision live!