The Starting Five

March Madness 2010

With the brackets set, March Madness has officially arrived. And with three weeks of buzzer beaters, ridiculously deep three point shots, and back door cuts, there is much excitement that lies ahead. If the field could be extended by one more team, allowing a Phishy qualifier, here’s who I’m throwing out there as the team’s starting five.


PG: “2001”

Returning to its roots this year, “Also Sprach,” as teammates like to call him, has once again began to resemble a point guard, looking to pass before shooting. Having come up through the ranks as a table-setter, always assisting the teams’s bigger stars, “Sprach” went through a four-year revolution of offensive-minded playing, often completely dominating games with extensive dance grooves. But with a stacked offensive squad this year, “Sprach” has ran the offense to a tee, once again deferring to larger jams at the tune of 8.5 assists per game.

SG: “Ghost”

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

Boasting the best outside jump shot of the starting five, this versatile scorer can get the ball to the hoop in just about any way possible. Be it chunky grooves or blistering solos, “Ghost” rarely falls short in clutch situations, while often the go-to-guy when the game is on the line. Enjoying a symbiotic relationship with renewed pass-first point guard, “2001,” “Ghost” thrived this year almost every time he stepped onto the hardwood.

SF: “Tweezer”

“Tweezer” is a small forward like LeBron James is a small forward – huge. Filling the stat sheet in every category, “Tweezer’s” versatility enables him to play any position at anytime with ease. The most gifted athlete on the team, this freak of nature boasts liquid moves to the goal, an ability to run the offense all by himself, and a tendency to take over close games with subconscious rhythm. “Tweezer” will surely draw double and triple teams starting in round one, making “Ghost’s” outside shooting all the more crucial, but when all and said and done, “T-Dog” will get his.

PF: “Carini”

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

“Carini’s” hard-nosed style and menacing presence has made him the face of the team’s defense for years. A la Dennis Rodman or Ben Wallace, any points are gravy from this low-post intimidator. Averaging 10 rebounds and 4 blocks per contest, this monster inhales anything in his path, crashing the power chords, cymbals, and offensive boards with the same notable passion.

C: “YEM”

Holding down the middle since the late-’80s, “You Enjoy Myself” has become a legend in its own time. This ageless wonder continues to play out his glory years with as much delicacy and spunk as his early days. The cornerstone of the teams offensive and defensive schemes, Phish wouldn’t be where they are today without “YEM’s” two-way contributions. Known for going on scoring runs like James Brown on his worst night, and playing stopper with vocal jams when the team needs a hold, this veteran always comes through in one way or another. Boasting meticulous footwork in the post, when “YEM” finally springs free, his explosiveness and flow to the basket can be staggering.

6th Man: “Antelope”

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

You thought Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson brought the heat off the bench for the Bad Boys of Motown? Well, “Antelope’s” energy coming off the bench rivals anything any NBA scout has ever seen. Literally running circles around the court and generally appearing out of control, his take-no-prisoner style has disrupted many an offense when he subs into the game. Look for his chaotic contributions throughout the tournament, as his unique defensive style is sure to make more than a couple highlight reels.


Jam of the Day:

David Bowie” 7.25.93 II

This is a particularly ripping version from Waterloo ’93, including a sublime quote of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.”




7.17.1993 Filene Center @ Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA < Torrent asap

7.17.1993 Filene Center @ Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA < Megaupload

Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA

Keeping the musical theme of the day going with some more Summer ’93.

I: The Landlady, Runaway Jim, Sample in a Jar, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Stash, Reba, Chalk Dust Torture, The Horse > Silent in the Morning

II: 2001 > Tweezer, The Squirming Coil, It’s Ice, Sparkle, Big Ball Jam, Mike’s Song > Leprechaun > Weekapaug Groove, Faht, Rift, Good Times Bad Times

E: Amazing Grace, Daniel Saw the Stone, Tweezer Reprise

Source: Schoeps mk4 > kc5 > cmc5 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Panasonic SV255 (@ 48 kHz)


970 Responses to “The Starting Five”

  1. Marshall Says:

    @ TIII – underdogs baby, underdogs. If we get behind a few points, I’ve got First Tube just sitting on the bench waiting to come in.

  2. Stir it with a Ladle Says:

    6/17-18 – Hartford (this one confirmed today by blockbuster)
    6/19-20 – SPAC
    6/24-25 – Camden
    6/26-27 – Merriweather
    8/18-19 – Jones Beach

  3. Marshall Says:

    If you don’t have ten minutes then skip ahead to the 4:00 minute mark in the video (which is actually about 7 or 8 minutes into the song).

  4. Marshall Says:

    It could get played on “Headbangers Ball” no problems.

  5. Willowed Says:

    Great write up Miner:

    “but when all and said and done, “T-Dog” will get his.”

    This was hillarious!

  6. jdub Says:

    Thanks for posting that Laddle.

  7. Stir it with a Ladle Says:

    not a problem Jdub, anyone hearing anything about DC?

  8. kenny powers Says:


    5:54 is priceless!!!

  9. jdub Says:

    Where did you reserve saratoga hotel Willowed

  10. Marshall Says:

    Thank you KP – I was feeling quite alone there for a bit.

  11. verno329 Says:

    @Marshall that Prague video is what renewed my interest in Phish after about a 2 year period of not listening to Phish at all. I watched that Ghost and seeing Trey bounce around that stage I found the feeling I forgot. I went from listening to zero Phish to non-stop Phish in one day. That video is the reason why.

  12. kenny powers Says:

    Marsahall – never alone! i would give a left nut for a DVD of that whole show.

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    If those dates are right, looks like I’ll be doing a tour of the east coast as my summer vacation in August. I really hope they save 5 or 6 dates for middle to late august

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @willowed- i called the Springs Motel last night to try and switch reservation fro the following weekend. they immediately told me they were all booked. Nothing to do with Phish, but some crazy car show that weekend. I don’t know what to do now. Curses!

  15. Willowed Says:

    Ok so this new rumored date for Spac thru a little kink in my plans. I have a reservation for 6/11 and 6/12 at the Spring Motel. So I just jumped on the good ole internet and covered my ass for 6/19 and 6/20.
    The Spring Motel has no rooms available but this hotel does. 139.00 a night which is really cheap!

  16. Willowed Says:

    see my note palmer and jdub. jump on it. I called this a.m.

  17. Willowed Says:

    518.584.6160 phone number

  18. llamalee Says:

    jdub, i’m in for the tournament bracket

  19. Willowed Says:

    This hotel is 2.24 miles from the venue

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    dang. these new dates would cause some issues for me. Is it bad form to go on phish tour when your whole family is meeting up from all over the country at the same time? I mean, I’ve already got the time off…

    might have to see if I can figure out a Phamily night at Camden or something like that. I don’t think either of my brothers have seen Phish since hiatus so that could be a pretty fun night…

  21. Stupendous Says:


    hope everybody had a good weekend.

    “i would give a left nut for a DVD of that whole show.”
    Damn KP – what would u do for a show in your backyard? 🙂

  22. Little Buddy Says:

    Just booked at Courtyard Marriott for 19th and 20th. 1.6 mi from SPAC. Kind of taxed though (approx $200/night).

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @willowed…Thanks buddy! all set at the new hotel. the girl i spoke to confirmed those dates for the Phish shows. She said they just got an e-mail about it and its on their calendars. Game On!

  24. Willowed Says:

    Nice work Little buddy. I will be slumming at the downtowner. It actually looks ok though!

  25. Willowed Says:

    Nice Palmer!! Very nice. It looks like we have a new place to burn down.
    I kid I kid

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