September 23, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 10 comments

It was eight years ago today that DEVO threw out the first pitch at a Tampa : Bay Rays game. That was the moment that the universe peaked.

posted by NoMich at 07:50 AM on September 23

What are all those people in the seats for?

I mean .... real, live, people used to go to baseball games?

posted by tommytrump at 09:46 AM on September 23

I want to see Jokic throw out a first pitch...from shallow center field.

Then want to see Josh Allen throw one in from the warning track.

posted by beaverboard at 10:28 AM on September 23

Forgive this question from an old fart whose music listening is limited to the Symphony Channel on Sirius XM, but who or what is DEVO? Whatever the answer, by first pitch standards, that was a good one.

posted by Howard_T at 12:44 PM on September 23

DEVO is an art rock band from Akron, OH that started out in the early 1970s and is still an ongoing project. They relied heavily on humorous social satire, electronic instruments like synths and electronic drums, and were a huge influence on all new wave and alternative rock bands that came after them. They scored some minor hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s and even reaching the top 10(?) on the charts with a song named Whip It. That song's video was played night and day on MTV.

The name is short for de-evolution which is a concept that says that we human beings have reached the apex of our social evolutionary process and we have begun the process of social de-evolution. The murders of several Kent State students by the National Guard served to put an exclamation point on that concept for the band.

posted by NoMich at 01:18 PM on September 23

The Akron progression: Goodyear - Firestone - Goodrich > Devo > LeBron

British royal family: "Where can we get hats like those for next year's Grand Prix?"

posted by beaverboard at 02:19 PM on September 23

Is anyone else semi-shocked to learn that Mothersbaugh is a lefty?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:28 PM on September 23

tahoe: that was actually Jerry Casale with that Bob Feller-esque delivery.

posted by NoMich at 02:37 PM on September 23

song named Whip It

Hey, I actually have heard that one. It was probably when I was working with Marine Corps aviation in Japan, and Armed Forces Radio was blaring away in the shop all day. I tried my best to ignore it, but I couldn't get away unscathed. Anyway, thanks for the answers. I am better educated from your efforts.

posted by Howard_T at 12:43 PM on September 24

that was actually Jerry Casale with that Bob Feller-esque delivery.

Ah, thanks. Please don't tell anyone about my mistake; I've got everything riding on my knowledge of 1980's rock n' roll trivia.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:12 PM on September 24

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