Chat with Page 2's DJ Gallo
Gallo made a case that 1994 was the last of the good old days.
Gallo is the founder and sole writer of the award-winning sports satire site SportsPickle.com. He is also a regular contributor to ESPN The Magazine and has written for The Onion. His first book -- "SportsPickle Presents: The View from the Upper Deck" -- is in stores now.
Send in your questions now and join DJ for all the answers on Friday at 4 p.m. ET.
DJ Gallo (4:03 PM)
Well, hello, dear ones. I am appearing today to promote Page 2's excellent Memorable Sports Years package. (Go, read, enjoy.) So feel free to ask questions about that or nominate your own most memorable years. Of course, I will also be answering other questions. And extra points if your memorable years involved hobos, turtlenecks or turtleneck-wearing hobos.
ahh, yes. A DJ Gallo chat at 4pm on a Friday. Thanks for helping me waste away the last hour at work man.
DJ Gallo (4:04 PM)
It's 1:00 pm on the West Coast, Mike. I'm sick of your East Coast bias.
Pranto (Jugaville, Maine)
1908 was a great year for Cubs fans.
DJ Gallo (4:05 PM)
Agreed. I'm sure there were also some great horse racing and bare-knuckle boxing happenings in 1908. It was also a great year for the whooping cough-offs, if I recall correctly. So 1908 deserves consideration.
Mike (Pittsburgh, PA)
Does it get any better than NHLPA 93 for Sega Genesis? I think not. What was your favorite sports video game in 1994?
DJ Gallo (4:08 PM)
I don't think I had one. 1994 was at the beginning of the new era of video games where games got more realistic and less fun. It was post-Tecmo Bowl. Tragically, Bo Jackson's video game career had ended. (It had also ended in non-video game form, but that's less tragic, as far as I'm concerned.)
Fearitself, do you ever find that...oh hey DJ, they gave you the main page, and not a Pro Video Gamer?
DJ Gallo (4:09 PM)
I am an amateur video gamer. I play under the handle Nothingtofearbut.
Will ManRam fit in in La La Land?
DJ Gallo (4:10 PM)
Well, I guy named ManRam would probably fit better in the Valley. They film all of those movies there.
Mark (Actionville, Florida)
Did you hear abou the sex tape involving bill bellichek...no lie....and no its not with tom brady.
DJ Gallo (4:11 PM)
I did. Did you hear about the sports satire writer who plucked his eyes out, flushed them down the toilet and then blew up the nearest sewage treatment plant, just as a precaution?
John (Albuquerque, NM)
The Yankees would like to nominate Theo Epstein and Ned Colleti for executive of the year as a result of the Manny Ramirez trade.
DJ Gallo (4:12 PM)
Perhaps when Theo Epstein did his little Favre-ian "I'm quitting. Wait, not I'm not thing" a few years ago, he was bought off by the Yankees during his time away and is working as a double agent.
Jason (New York)
What about 1992? Lemieux wins a cup, The Dream Team, Seaver into the Hall, looks pretty good, what do you think about 1992?
DJ Gallo (4:14 PM)
I TOTALLY agree, especially in light of the Tom Seaver induction. For instance, I think 2008 will be remembered as the greatest year ever because Goose Gossage got inducted into the Hall.
Paranoid Red Sox Fan
GASP! You're right...
2008 was clearly the best sports year, because its the only one where I remember most of the events that happened.
DJ Gallo (4:17 PM)
See, that was sort of my problem. I didn't want to argue for any of the years I couldn't remember. And most of the years I remember have been tainted by steroids. I pine for the good old days when players were all hopped up on coke and greenies.
Jeff (Fort Worth, TX)
DJ. Tom Brady has total control of the supermodel-dating GQ cover beard. If Brett Favre retires, who will inherit the gunslinger everyman beard?
DJ Gallo (4:19 PM)
That falls to Kurt Warner. It is what God wishes.
Have you seen the Bran-Jelina baby pics to see if they resemble you?
DJ Gallo (4:20 PM)
Are you saying I was conceived by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and that these children could be my siblings?
Erik (Papillion, NE)
Am I the only one that wants to see Brett Favre come back just so that Brian Urlacher, Tommie Harris, etc could sack him, get up, and find a pile of dust where Favre used to be?
DJ Gallo (4:21 PM)
I think so. If he comes back, I don't want the Bears to injure him. I want him to stay in the game to wage an epic interception-off with Rex Grossman.
Because we are all stoned, can you give us a shout out at 4:20? Danke.
Kevin (Saskatoon, SK)
'92 also had the riots, which were fun
DJ Gallo (4:23 PM)
They do know how to riot in Saskatoon. I remember just the other day, a friend of mine said: "You know, I could go for a good riot." And I said: "Well, you know where we have to go then?" And we both yelled out at the same time: "SASKATOON!"
Did you hear about that movie theater that accidentally mixed The Dark Knight title with Hancock for a rather unfortunate title on its billboard out front?
DJ Gallo (4:24 PM)
Han Knight? Hancock The Dark? The Hancock Knight?
Is Rush Hour the movie and the 08-09 Houston Rockets an example of life imitating art?
DJ Gallo (4:25 PM)
On the bright side, Jesse Jackson does not want to rip off Ron Artest's The Dark Hancock.
Ron (Clarks Summit, PA)
107 A.D. was the best sports year ever. The Roman Colosseum hosted contests involving 11,000 animals and 10,000 gladiators over the course of 123 days. Folks in Sicily were blacked out, though, since Mediterranean Cabliovisionio did not offer the Gladiator Network (and DirecTV would not be invented for another 1883 years).
Michelle Wie (Reno, NV)
Whoops, I am +5 now. I guess I wont make the cut.
DJ Gallo (4:27 PM)
Stop sending in questions to SportsNation and start looking for that ball you hit into the woods!
Chad (Savannah, GA)
10,000 B.C. was the best sports year ever. I mean Dinosaurs fighting Egyptians must have been a site to see.
DJ Gallo (4:28 PM)
Good point. It DID win an Espy that year.
Yao Ming looks nothing like Chris Tucker.
Ben (Charlotte via Columbus)
Do you take interns at Sportspickle? I can work for a good 30 minutes a day and spend the other 7 and a half hours surfing the net.
DJ Gallo (4:30 PM)
No. That kind of work ethic would make me look bad. And what's with this "(Charlotte via Columbus)." Are you ashamed of Charlotte or something? Or are you saying you were too big for Columbus and had to move onto Charlotte? Either way, I don't care for your tone.
Jeff (Fort Worth, TX)
Who was the most ridiculous choice to play an athlete in a sports movie?
DJ Gallo (4:32 PM)
I'm going to go with Joaqin Phoenix in "Signs" playing a record-setting minor league home run hitter. Not only is he about 5-7 and 135 pounds. But he has some sort of chest deformity.
Let Chad in Savannah know that dinosaurs and humans never roamed the earth at the same time. The Flintstones is NOT a documentary.
DJ Gallo (4:34 PM)
Perhaps, but they did now a think or two about fuel-saving vehicles back in Flintstones tims.
1980, The Miracle and all 4 Philly teams make it to the finals, even though only one of them managed to pull off a win. To bad I was 5.
DJ Gallo (4:35 PM)
So Philadelphia held a parade for the Philadelphia Soul yesterday. Defend yourself.
Carl Everett (Crazyland)
Dinosaurs and humans never roamed the earth together because dinosaurs never existed.
Skittles New York
Hey big fan how have you been?
DJ Gallo (4:36 PM)
Good. You're still looking sugary and delicious with your multi-colored self.
How long until we see a photo of Manny partying in LA without underwear on and exposing himself to the world?
DJ Gallo (4:38 PM)
You seem a bit too excited about this possibility. I hope your blinds are drawn, at least.
I'd like to nominate 2009 as the best sports year, just so I can be ahead of the curve and shun all the bandwagon 2009 fans when the time comes.
DJ Gallo (4:40 PM)
That's the way, Chris. How about that 2009 Masters? Four rounds!
Rat ( )
Is Jason Marquis really this bad?
DJ Gallo (4:41 PM)
Yes. And I think we can all definitely declare the winner of the 2008 trade deadline: The Pittsburgh Pirates!!! Karstens pitches 6 scoreless innings and LaRoche and Moss go 1-for-7. Wooooooooooooooooo!!!
Living in Titletown rules. I still can't get a job, but man, being in Titletown...
DJ Gallo (4:42 PM)
The reason you have time to play so many rec sports and win all of those title is because you don't have jobs. Titletown-ness requires sacrifice.
Casey Hampton (Pittsburgh, PA)
Skittles are in New York? Charter me a plane...they are starving me over here!!!
why does ESPN hate Green Bay all of a sudden? Is it because of how they treated Favre initally? Because it sucks to be that town right now.
DJ Gallo (4:44 PM)
ESPN hates Green Bay all of a sudden? Ah, man ... I never get CC'd on these company memos. Or maybe I just don't notice them, since I'm always waiting for the next text/call/fax from Mr. Brett Favre.
Pranto (Jugaville, Maine)
Why does ESPN love the east coast? Some questions can never be answered.
DJ Gallo (4:45 PM)
I don't know. But, personally, I'm sick of all of those stories about Maine.
john (philly sports fan)
the soul doesnt count..... i wouldnt go 2 that parade... Sorry BonJOvi keep ur hair bouncing and ill keep waiting for a real philadelphia sports title
DJ Gallo (4:46 PM)
Didn't you have an indoor lacrosse title a few years ago? Woooooo! Woooooo! If Philadelphia was a city of 45,000, it would be a sports utopia.
The Talented Mr. Hobo
The year 2000 was the best year for hobos worldwide. It was the year a Hobo became president.
DJ Gallo (4:47 PM)
Show some respect. It's Hobo in Chief.
Pranto (Jugaville, Maine)
We shouldn't bring politics into this ESPN chat.
DJ Gallo (4:48 PM)
Politics? There are no politics involved when it comes to hobos. Hobos reach across the aisle. Primarily to pickpocket or grab some food.
DJ Gallo Fan Club
We want DJ!!! We want DJ!!! We want DJ!!!
DJ Gallo (4:49 PM)
I'll be upstairs for dinner in a few minutes, mom.
nick (albuquerque, nm)
I have yet to be posted on this chat, i will now commit ritualistic suicide. the blood is on your hands, mr. gallo!
DJ Gallo (4:50 PM)
Relax, Nick. Relax. No need to commit ritualistic suicide. It's not worth that. Regular suicide will suffice.
Do you have to be witty, sarcastic or juvenile to get your questions answered here?
DJ Gallo (4:51 PM)
No. Just inquisitive and judgmental.
Saying the Soul are the city's (Philly's) first champion since '83 is almost as bad as saying the last Philly championship was technically in '85 with 'Nova winning the NCAA...
DJ Gallo (4:52 PM)
Some Philadelphians claim they won a title with Smarty Jones because the horse was boarded at a farm 45 miles west of the city. Seriously. I would argue with them and tell them they are stupid, but I don't care to have beer bottles broken on my face. I'm too pretty for that.
I wish my name was Jigga and I was from Brooklyn
Olympics Fan (USA)
We've all seen the Olympic Trials on NBC. What American Gladiator is most likely to win gold in the Olympics this year?
DJ Gallo (4:53 PM)
That huge one who looks like the St. Pauli girl on steroids. If the cannonball is a diving event, she would totally win.
How far will the U.S.A basketball team go this year
DJ Gallo (4:56 PM)
They will go all the way to Beijing. (That's why I get the big bucks, folks!) No, they'll win a medal. I don't know which color. I'm not as bold to predict gold like LeBron James. (As sad as it is, it is now bold to predict the USA to win gold in basketball. It wasn't like that back in 1994, folks -- the greatest year EVA!!! (And we come full circle. More big bucks for me!))
Chad (Savannah, GA)
The U.S.A. basketball team has travelled as far as China. I don't know how much further they could go. Maybe India.
DJ Gallo (4:57 PM)
Stop trying to steal my job by making obvious jokes, Chad!
I'm thinking they go all the way to Beijing.
DJ Gallo (4:57 PM)
You, too, Gallo! You're a hack!
What are the odds that the Bengals will win the Super Bowl this year?
DJ Gallo (4:59 PM)
About the same odds that you are robbed by a member of the Cincinnati Bengals this year. So, pretty good.
Whats ESPN'S next big series like Titletown or the Ultimate Highlight? Something along the lines of Vote for America's Most Pathetic Sports City?
DJ Gallo (5:00 PM)
I'll pass that idea along. I like it. There's no reason to be all elitist and only highlight the best cities. I know I would watch Craptown, USA.
Titletown was the biggest waste of time in ESPN history.
DJ Gallo (5:01 PM)
Someone's bitter that the town of Everywhere sucks at sports!!!
Whoa whoa, titletown was top notch compared to Who's Now
DJ Gallo (5:03 PM)
Okay, okay ... enough with the ESPN bashing. I enjoyed Who's Now. I actually hoped for What's Now, When's Now, Why's Now, Where's Now and How's Now.
How's Now (stillwater)
Tyler (Los Angeles)
How long will it take until the Cyborg surgery that Ryan Dempster got in the off season is as widely accepted as Tommy John surgery? There is no other way to explain his season other than he got a robotic arm and a CPU in his brain. I wish Jeff Kent would realize that he's declining and just go ahead and get the Ryan Dempster surgery already.
DJ Gallo (5:05 PM)
Semi-related, did you see there's a Terminator 3 coming out? What the Craptown, USA?
Abbott and Costello just rolled over in their graves...
DJ Gallo (5:06 PM)
Oh. My. God. They're alive?! Quick! Someone dig them up!
I want Favre to come play in the CFL...our QB's are a 'younger suck' but Brett can bring that 'aged suck' that I crave.
DJ Gallo (5:07 PM)
Just think how far he could gunsling with that bigger field.
Ders already a T3 yo. T4 comin soon do
DJ Gallo (5:08 PM)
What he said.
If you could pick one city to have losing sports teams for the rest of eternity, which city would you pick?
DJ Gallo (5:09 PM)
Well, Boston is more than deserving. But it would also be quite enjoyable to watch Philadelphia never, ever, ever win a championship. But I'm going to go with Des Moines, Iowa. I just don't care for their cocky attitude.
DJ Gallo (5:11 PM)
Okay, my dears, I'm heading out of SportsNation. Enjoy your weekend (if you are on the East Coast). If you are the West Coast ... GET BACK TO WORK!!! Our struggling economy is relying on you for the next three hours!!!