We rank 'em. You react. That's how the Daily List rolls.
11/09/2007 02:08:00 PM
Five Stadiums That Need to Die
Giants Stadium is full of charm, huh?
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
Sometimes it's bad design, sometimes it's just plain age, but at some point, most stadiums must go. City officials in Miami this week asked for permission to demolish the Orange Bowl Stadium. The former home of five Super Bowls, with the University of Miami moving their home games to Dolphin Stadium, the Orange Bowl no longer has a full-time tenant. Besides, the Orange Bowl is now 70 years old, which in stadium years is like being 140 years old. As the Orange Bowl bites the dust, here are five more stadiums or arenas that need to be retired.
1. Giants Stadium: It's actually not that elderly, having been built in the mid-'70s, but it has a few things working against it. For one, it's in the middle of nowhere, and there's no subway stop anywhere nearby. It also juggles the Jets, Giants and New York Red Bulls, so the field is often marked up with random graphics.
2. Izod Center: Since we're in Jersey already, let's look across Route 3 to the Brendan Byrne Ar...er, the Continental Airlines Ar...er, the Izod Center! This place has changed names more than Diddy, but the interior remains the same drab home for the Nets. My friend Russ once compared being inside the Izod Center to being inside a refrigerator. No wonder the Nets are heading for Brooklyn.
3. The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: Yes, it's named after our former Vice President, but even they he had a term limit. The Metrodome's been around for 25 years now, and it's managed to remain outdated and completely unpleasing to the eye for the entire time. Also, too much plastic, from the ceiling to the right field wall.
4. The Alamodome: This indoor arena used to be the home of the San Antonio Spurs, who played home games with a huge curtain closing off the stands. But now the Alamodome has no regular tenants, other than the Alamo Bowl each winter. Admittedly, it's hard to advocate the demolition of an arena that once hosted the Royal Rumble.
5. The Maracana: It used to hold nearly 225,000 people, but this stadium in Brazil now tops out attendance around 95,000. It's the biggest stadium I've ever been in, and while recent renovations have reportedly spruced the place up, it's tough to erase the memory of structural problems caused by fan urine.
What stadium or arena would you like to see replaced? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
The Fabulous Moolah was taking a beating in the ring right up until a few years ago.
By Jimmy Traina, SI.com
The Fabulous Moolahpassed away at the age of 84 last Friday. We thought we'd honor the legendary grappler -- who was still mixing it up in the ring until the last few years -- by discussing our all-time favorite ladies in professional wrestling.
5. Wendi Richter: She beat Moolah for the title in the early '80s and was a big part of the "Rock-and-Wrestling" era that featured Cyndi Lauper getting involved with the WWF.
4. Chyna: She's become a sad tabloid/reality show joke these days, but when she first started in the WWE, wrestling hadn't quite seen anything like her. She was actually an intriguing "character" for long period of time.
3. Miss Elizabeth: Randy "Macho Man" Savage's manager came onto the scene in the mid '80s and barely spoke. It didn't matter. She instantly became a fan favorite and was the local point of several storylines.
2. Trish Stratus: Who doesn't love a little Stratusfaction? Straus is probably the best "wrestler" among the WWE divas who are more known for their looks that their in-ring ability.
1. Stacey Keibler: She started in WCW as Miss Handcock and later brought her act to the WWE where just the act of her getting into the ring made fans very very happy.
Here's our list, let's see yours.
UPDATE: Tues., 3:18 p.m.: A lot of you seem to be upset that this list is a mix of wrestlers and managers/valets. I've listed my five favorite females who have been apart of wrestling. If you want to list your favorite female wrestlers, go for it. If you just want to stick to managers, that's cool, too. If you want to combine them, like I did, that's OK, also.