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. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Gavins yep that’s it. Then F8. Maybe just spoiled because GD was a west coast band, but damn. Thinking about MSG though in the fall. And Jimmy cliff, holy crap. You were right, so humble, then just lights the place up. A treasure.

  2. butter Says:

    first 3 shows = 1000miles !

  3. kayatosh Says:

    I nominate jimmy cliff’s outfit for induction into the R&R hall of fame.

  4. flarrdogg Says:

    GD and Butter- Good point- I guess it was only 3 out here this past summer and then fest 8 taboot. I’ll quit my bitching and ready my sights on the Greek. Selfishly, I was hoping there would be a 2-3 nighter at the Gorge. Love that place and they always bring it.

  5. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

  6. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    I wish they’d come back to the Paramount Theater in Seattle…

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    for sure i’d like the west to get some more love (add some AZ and some OR) especially at the gorge…hopefully this board will provide some ticket help for the Greeks. that should be a stellar time.

  8. Luther Justice Says:

    Now we’re talkin’ – ABBA!

  9. flarrdogg Says:

    Luther- My mom still lives in Hudson (12 minutes from Blossom) and I’ve already started pricing flights. Ohio bb meetup? BTB, Silly Willy, …

  10. kayatosh Says:

    two night’s in camden? really? two? wasn’t this the band that was going to play cool spots ticket sales be damned?

  11. Luther Justice Says:

    I used to couple skate to their tunes back in the day.

  12. butter Says:

    first 4 shows = 1000 miles is what i meant

  13. Luther Justice Says:


  14. kayatosh Says:

    g’night yall.

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    so much fun speculation on not firm dates…love it…but really now…the Blossom is gonna be the SHIT…and i don’t think i can get there. sleeper show is that commute challenged canandaigua?

  16. Luther Justice Says:

    The only bad thing about Blossom is the Sheriff’s Dept. does security. They’re usually pretty mellow though. When they try undercover it’s laughable. Bald guys with brand new tye dyes and fanny packs. Just the kind of guy you want to sell to.

  17. garretc Says:

    Hmm, lack of west coast dates most likely means trying to work out some kind of east coast tour for myself… Damn!

    If anyone is thinking of trying to put together any runs of a week or so and feels like bringing along a random college kid from CA, you know where to find me! It would be much appreciated…

  18. flarrdogg Says:

    canandaigua- Never heard of it, but the place looks cool. Just checked out the site. Good news is that even if Phish rumors turn out to false, REO Speedwagon is playing Aug 22. Consolation prize.

  19. gavinsdad Says:

    WTF with this portsmouth, VA spot? 6500 capacity??

  20. Prince Nabby Says:

    Hey Y’all! I guess my Black Board sabbatical is over 🙂 Caught Trey twice this tour, both times on the rail, and both times terrific, Charlotte in particular. Took my gf to see Mike in Baltimore, again, walked right up to the front, and we had a blast. And now, my lovely gf, who has seen Phish only five times ever, tells me that she wants to go on tour with me this summer and is going to arrange her research schedule so that we can hit a whole bunch of shows. Friends, it does not get any better than when you win the love of your life over to The Phish from Vermont 🙂

  21. Luther Justice Says:

    I hear it’s the original Speedwagon line-up. Right on!

  22. Luther Justice Says:

    I think I might have couple skated to I Can’t Fight This Feeling too.

  23. Foul_Domain Says:

    Radom question:

    If ou had to choose, would you rather be deaf or blind? This was the topic of conversation with a group of friends recenly and I found each of the answers and justifications to be very interesting.

    For me, blind, no question. I feel that I have seen more beauty than I might deserve, but I cant imagine not hearing music. I would imagine that most music fans would choose the same, but that was not the case among most of my friends, surprisingly.


    (I dont know why, but this topic fascinates me).

  24. joe Says:

    “Bald guys with brand new tye dyes and fanny packs. Just the kind of guy you want to sell to.”

    now I know why I can never score on the lot.

  25. Luther Justice Says:

    llfa @ Joe

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