There are many things in life that are certainties. Death is most assuredly the one people dread the most. When you are a kid though, those certainties, and the aforementioned "D" word seem so far fetched, you pay no attention to them. In fact, kids see past this with an innocence we only wish we all had in our later years, and see the true nature of a legend. When I was a child, there were two people I saw as invincible, and never to be taken away. One was my dad, the other, Macho Man Randy Savage.
The 80s for wrestling fans was a time of great polarity over which of the three big wrestlers did you become a major fan of. There was of course Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, or Macho Man. I chose Macho Man, for many of the same reasons I think to this day, I still choose to remember him. He was way more entertaining in his interviews, about 80% of the reason anyone watches wrestling, had a really nice looking woman on his arm, and even when he turned heel (wrestling gibe for 'bad guy') he was still likable. In fact, before Stone Cold Steve Austin basically perfected the anti-hero in the mid to late 90s, Macho Man had already started the fans down the road of cheering for the heels. He was memorable and charismatic, and much more dynamic to watch then any of his co-wrestlers. Who can forget as Savage would get to the top rope, raise his hands to the sky, the streamers running down his suit moving in the stadium air conditioning, then him propelling himself off to land his finishing move on the unprepared opponent on the ground? I never will.
Randy Savage is and will forever be an icon. A person who pioneered many things for a corporation in an industry that likes to quickly forget you, and move on to the next thing. While there have been many since him, Macho Man was a man, and a legend. As of today though, for kids just now starting to get into wrestling, he will also become a myth as he was taken way too soon.
Randall Mario Poffo (Randy "Macho Man" Savage) dead at age 58.
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With the NHL playoffs nearing (pronounced ‘time to start thinking about your playoff pool already’) I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some potential playoff marvels for 2011 - those players who are not necessarily super-heroes, but do possess the potential to lead their teams deep into the playoffs.