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We have satellite TV at the house, which means we’ve got a gob of channels with nothing to watch…probably a lot like you.  So we find ourselves at the Food Network all the time.  And most of the time, I’m ok with it.  I like food.  My wife’s a great cook.  So watching people cook food is sort of entertaining.

Don’t get me wrong…not all of the shows are fun to watch.  Some of the hosts are ultra-annoying…just impossible for me to watch without yelling back at the TV.  I won’t mention any names because, if you know me personally, you know who they are.

But several of the shows are really interesting.  Dinner Impossible is a really fun show, where a chef (Robert Irvine) has to cook these massive meals for 500 people using only an Easy-Bake oven,  5 loaves, and 2 fishes.  Back when the original Iron Chef (the Japanese version) was on, we watched it religiously.  Even though I wouldn’t eat 90% of the dishes, it was a great show, mainly because it was so fast-paced, the Chefs had great names (Chen Kenichi, Hiroyuki Sakai, etc.), and there was that goofy female judge that was there all the time.  And I simply can’t not watch Jamie at Home.  That show is completely captivating…absolutely terrific.  We’d get up, any time day or night, to watch it.

But my favorite “Foodie” is Alton Brown.  His main show, Good Eats, is a triumph.  It’s the perfect blend of humor, fun, science, gadgetry, and good food.  It’s like a 30-minute variety show.  Sometimes he’s at the frying pan store, trading barbs with W while teaching us about the proper saute pan.  Other times he’s been kidnapped by a more-than-slightly “eccentric” woman and has to cook for her.  There are the goofy props, the nutritional anthropologist, the hysterical oversized Swiss Miss lady with the yellow braided hair, the Catholic nun that slapped his hand with the ruler (hilarious!), the lawyer types that make him state the obvious food safety stuff, and his nephew.

And his cheesecake recipe rules!!

And then a couple years back, Alton got the idea to go on the road.  There were two years of Feasting on Asphalt, where he took to his motorcycle with a film crew and traveled across the country, stopping and eating at various places.  Both series were masterful.  Alton Brown, who was born on July 30, 1962, is a trained chef, but he cut his teeth in TV production and cinematography, so he knows how to work the camera as well as the burner.  Of all the “specialty” productions I’ve seen, those two series just might be my favorites.

There are a good number of shows on Food Network that I couldn’t care less about.  Alton Brown’s are not among them.

Oh, and kitchens should only have one uni-tasker.

Happy Birthday, Alton Brown!!

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My basketball career spanned 2 years, one on the junior high team and another for the sophomore team.  I was an average player, but not a starter.  Back issues forced me to decide between baseball and basketball (baseball won easily), so I’m always able to say that health issues held me back (which is true) while simultaneously downplaying my basketball mediocrity (which is also true).

I had some bright moments, like when I scored 8 (or maybe 10) points in a blowout game against a smaller school.  But that was about the extent of my highlight reel.

Even so, it’s still hard to believe that on March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored more points in the first quarter of his game against the New York Knicks than I did in my 2-years of basketball.  But the entire 1961-62 season was pretty special for the 7′-1″ center.  In a season when he led every meaningful offensive and defensive category (except maybe free-throw percentage), averaging more than 50 points and 25 rebounds per game, there were bound to be some incredible evenings of basketball.

But this night was special even by Chamberlain standards, as he scored 100 points…the only triple-digit scoring effort in professional basketball history.  He was triple-teamed, quadruple-teamed, and surrounded by all 5 opposing players.  As the century mark approached, the Knicks even began fouling the other players in an effort to keep Chamberlain’s huge hands off the ball.  But it was a night of destiny, and Wilt’s 99th and 100th points went through the hoop in the game’s final minute.

And then a bunch of fans stormed the court and the game was actually never finished.  But basketball history had been made.  In the annals of NBA basketball, the 70-point planteau has only been reached 10 times.  Six of those belong to Wilt Chamberlain.  In early 2006, the record-writers got out their pens in anticipation as Kobe Bryant approached the record for the LA Lakers, but then fell short with a mere 81 points.

Someday, someone might break Wilt’s one-game scoring record.  But I don’t know who would do it.  The “man-among-boys” scenario that Wilt enjoyed is less prevalent in the game today than it was in the 1960s.  Still, there are some players that are capable of putting up huge numbers when they get hot.  But if it does happen, at least we’ll have a video record.  Wilt’s 100-point night was not televised, so no video exists.

Recommended Reading: Wilt 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era

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