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Congratulations to Jason and to John Northey who have won the prizes in our Batter's Box Personal Stories Of Brushes With Third-Rate Celebrity Contest.

The grand prize went to Jason for his harrowing and hilarious re-creation of an alleyway encounter with Mickey Rooney. John's excellent story of his meeting with Rob Ducey, Canadian Hero, was the randomly selected story (selected by at 4:02 this afternoon). Jason wins an Ichiro! Suzuki T-shirt, while John wins two 1-hour "Playcards" for Playdium, branded with that awesome Fighting Jay logo.

It was agony trying to decide between some of the truly excellent stories on offer. Jason's entry even gave me pause - as Mickey Rooney was once a mega-star - but since by the time of Jason's encounter Rooney had been reduced to appearing in a travellnig musical of The Wizard of Oz, I felt entitled to award him the Grand Prize.

There were some excellent stories in the thread. S.K.'s "I'm Bram" story might have triumphed but for the fact that it did not happen to him personally; Nolan's brilliant tale of heckling Diana Krall (and a fast escape from her hired goons) would also have been a strong contender, but Ms. Krall is (alas) a second-rate celebrity.

Honorable mentions, aside from S.K. and Nolan, must go to Ron for his tale of Dustin "Screech" Diamond; John Northey's detention of Rob Ducey at Mickey D's; Paul D's indelible image of a haggard and haggling Mike Bullard (this one almost, almost won... it got the most sudden laugh of the contest from me); his equally hilarious portrait of a child's encounter with Mr. Dressup; Coach's humanizing rehabilitation of Big Stein and justifiable suspicion of Ken Finkleman; Magpie's tale of greed, power, pinball, and Burton Cummings; Mrs. Gideon's overacting with Keanu Reeves; EastCoastAl and the maganimous Freddy Fender; and Mike D's recollection of The Passion of Luke Duke. Winners all. Not in any literal sense, of course; but in a metaphorical sense that does not carry with it any implication of any material award whatsoever.

And Repoz, as he so often does, wins the Most Exotic award.

Jason and John should contact me at, or respond to my e-mails already sent their way, to claim their awards.

Once again, thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to our winners!
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_sweat - Monday, October 18 2004 @ 05:04 PM EDT (#25673) #
I've got one to add, as it just happened last week. I was working at my video store(small place, usually just one staff member) and i was minding my won business, watching the Great Outdoors on the TV, when in walks Dan Akroyd. He buys a movie and heads out the door. Neither of us mentioned my taste in movies. I thought it was a little funny.
_Mark J - Monday, October 18 2004 @ 05:13 PM EDT (#25674) #
sweat: You in Kingston? I am possibly the only person to have lived in Kingston for four years and not have a Dan Aykroyd story :(
Named For Hank - Monday, October 18 2004 @ 05:23 PM EDT (#25675) #
Sweat, don't leave us hanging -- what movie did Akroyd buy?
_Kieran - Monday, October 18 2004 @ 08:11 PM EDT (#25676) #
I went to university in Kingston and had multiple Aykroyd sightings. Most were at his namesake bar that he owned for a period in the mid 90s.
_miVulgar - Monday, October 18 2004 @ 09:21 PM EDT (#25677) #
This was my winner. Personally, I just think people are too disturbed to dwell on it...

Me Grimlock once saw Buck Martinez naked. It was in the locker room of the Royal Woodbine Golf Club. He had a muscular ass. How could me Grimlock not look... it was Buck Martinez!

_Grimlock - Monday, October 18 2004 @ 11:06 PM EDT (#25678) #
Thanks miVulgar!

Let me just add that his buttocks were sublime. Must have been the years and years of squatting.

Me Grimlock, the People's Champion!
Craig B - Monday, October 18 2004 @ 11:47 PM EDT (#25679) #
Yup, Grimlock's assessment of the posterior fundament of Buck Martinez was a definite highlight as well. I meant to put that one in my honorable mention list, actually!
Pistol - Monday, October 18 2004 @ 11:58 PM EDT (#25680) #
Honorable mentions, aside from S.K. and Nolan, must go to Ron for his tale of Dustin "Screech" Diamond

It's a shame that Screech can only merit honorable mention.
_A - Tuesday, October 19 2004 @ 02:01 AM EDT (#25681) #
If only there were a Cabal to pick the sure winners...
_Repoz - Tuesday, October 19 2004 @ 02:38 AM EDT (#25682) #
Gee...Thanks, The Most Exotic award!...and I didn't even get around to my dancing with Jim Jarmusch story...or my KO of Richard Benjamin...or my...
_John Northey - Tuesday, October 19 2004 @ 08:07 AM EDT (#25683) #
Well, I'm glad to have been a random winner (woohoo)! Ah, the days of working at Mickey D's. We also had a CFL star there once serving burgers as part of a promotion (I think it was McHappy Days or something). I forget his name now, but he apparently was big then. When I went down for my lunch break (we had a lunch room, fancy McD's) he was down there on his. I just ignored him, figuring he could use the break. At first he was happy to be left alone, then started looking at me while I read the paper, wondering why I hadn't asked for an autograph. Finally some of the girls working there came down and he lit up as they asked for his autograph and oogled him. I never did get an autograph, or ever wanted one. Funny how 3rd rate celebraties start to expect to be bugged then get depressed when they aren't.
_Paul D - Tuesday, October 19 2004 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#25684) #
This was fun Craig, thanks!

If only Bullard had been drunk, then maybe I could have moved into that coveted first spot!
_Ron - Wednesday, October 20 2004 @ 12:40 AM EDT (#25685) #
Crap Screech didn't get the job done:(
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