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Doin 50th Birthday Celebrations!

Dominique Wilkins was born on January 12th 1960, in Paris, France. This marks his 50th birthday today, and Doin Work would like to pay tribute to one of our generations most dominant players. For the record, I don’t count anyone that is younger than me, 28 or played before I was aware of what I was watching late-80’s. My “generation” may grow or shrink depending what kind of mood I’m in, but that’s what it is for now.

It’s good to see that Wilkins is active with the Hawks organization that he made such a great impact on. He has been instrumental in helping them out with player and management moves. He has helped bring some excitement to the franchise and pushed all the right buttons through drafting, and being patient with the young players. It’s good to see a franchise letting their young guys mature together, something I’m not accustomed to with the Warriors. They’ve also made solid veteran pickups along the way as well. Joe Johnson and Josh Smith did their best Nique impression last night as they beat the Celtics in a terribly officiated game.

Alas, Wilkins didn’t get the nichkname The Human Highlight Film for nothing. He’s kind of an rfp, but he is far from forgotten so we’ll call him a rp of the day. Unfortunately for him, he played his peak years in the Jordan era, and averaged 30+ a year in four separate seasons only capturing one scoring title. He was a seven time all-star, and led the Hawks to four straight 50 win seasons. He may have been around at the wrong time, and having to duel with Bird’s Celtics and then Jordan’s Bulls maybe made us belittle some of his accolades too much. He gave them both a run for their money every time they faced off, but he never could win a championship in the end. It’s tough to knock him for that, since if anyone deserved one, he did. He has far surpassed MJ on success sitting in the executive suite. I can’t see the Bobcats being where the Hawks are anytime in the next five years. Nique is still giving back, by throwing a 50th birthday celebration and donating some proceeds to Diabetes Foundation, since he too, suffers from diabetes. I enjoyed every game I could catch of his growing up, and a trip through youtube to watch his highlights, is never one I’m opposed to making. Anyways, here’s one solid highlight reel of one of the ten best dunkers we may ever see in the NBA, enjoy.


Rex, A Man With His Own Agenda

Rex Hudler

As birthdays come and go, they seem to get less and less exciting. Today is my birthday, and thankfully I’m a couple years removed from those drink till you blackout birthdays. The one good thing about birthdays is that you are always right, and nobody argues with the bday person. I thought this would be the best possible time to blast my favorite announcer Rex Hudler.

If you don’t know who Rex Hudler is, you should probably thank god that you haven’t! He was a utility player that played for six major league teams over 13 seasons including the Angels for 3 of those seasons. Anyways, he never was a star, and his stats and bio aren’t the point of this post. If you were looking for info on him you should look on Wiki. He is currently the Angels color man, and is the worst announcer I’ve had to listen to. He might even be worse than this guy.

I don’t think I have ever had as much pure hatred for any other announcer in any sport. Sure guys like Joe Buck and Bill Walton annoy the crap out of me, but Hudler takes the cake. I think he somehow found a way around saying anything positive about the opposing team. I don’t mind homers, and even Jim Barnett the Warriors announcer gets pretty ridiculous with his rants, but at least he gives the other team credit when credit’s due. If you could just listen to his half of a broadcast without the play by play guy you’d think the Angels were playing against themselves. He just gives no insight to anyone except his Angels, and unless you like them it’s pretty hard to listen to. When I first moved to SoCal, I didn’t like the Angels or the rally monkey, but I didn’t hate them the way I do now. Thanks Rex for making me realize how lame your team is, and killing any chance of me ever rooting for the Angels on any level!