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. joe Says:

    and safe

  2. Henry Says:

    AintNoTele ,

    Was that a response to my question?

  3. joe Says:

    ok, shift coming to an end in a few. Have a good night. Have fun piecing together tour dates tomorrow. Did the hall of fame ceremony end and did the do the group jam thing?

  4. gavinsdad Says:

    word punkmug…a prime weekend opening there..unless the idea is band back to NYC/NE to chill then bust JB and RCMH?

  5. Luther Justice Says:

    No group jam yet Joe. It’s not been too exciting.

  6. garretc Says:

    There certainly are some kind folks on here, which is why I’m trying at all!

  7. AintNoTele Says:

    Henry: Last year I picked up my hotel 2 weeks before the show, 10 min drive, $120…but I never pull that kind of shenanigans unless its a spur of the moment thing (which it was thanks to Mr Leo Weaver). But we stayed in a office park area with 3 hotels right next to eachother, not sure if the place sold out.

  8. punkmug Says:

    @gavins. I’m hoping for an AV date since it would be on my way back to MN. Wonder if there are any away Cubs game in that window? Hmmm..

  9. Prince Nabby Says:

    I’m thinking of tent camping this time around, since hotels constitute the lion’s share of my expenses on tour, and I figure I’ll get more bang for my buck this way. Has anyone else done this before? Any suggestions or hints from tour vets with tents?

  10. AintNoTele Says:

    That 6500 number might be right…sure didnt seem that small

  11. punkmug Says:

    Yeah, Cubs play away on the 15th and 16th. …Things that make you go hmm?

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    I’ve been trying to read back.

    How did the rock hall performance go tonight? most comments looked positive….

    also, no Alpine on the tour dates???

  13. garretc Says:

    Yeah Silly, that’s what it’s looking like… Kind of a bummer for you, I’m sure…

    That being said, those aren’t official official just yet, so hold out hope!

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    @aintno: they could come hard outta the gate leg 1…rip that VA show to bits…TAB in AL late may…back up north to woodshed with the phish for a couple weeks…then hit the road. 4th show in….WHAM.

  15. garretc Says:

    Wow, looking back on those capacity numbers gavinsdad posted, and the 3 night Greek run = DC capacity for one night… So 48,000 people will get to see Phish at DC, and 24,000 people will get to see Phish on the entire west coast…


  16. gavinsdad Says:

    ok shit…work tomorrow. must focus. have my annual review with my boss…lotsa nervous energy as evidenced by my mmmmmany posts…hope things work out for everyone…not seeing that real midwest love…wondering if that’s the stuff that’s missing from the leg 2 dates…

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    nite people.

  18. AintNoTele Says:

    @gavinspadre: my buddy has a connect for the hangout fest that might be able to score tix and some kind of passes so I’m definitely gonna check that out. Trey on the beach sounds like something fierce, then save some cash…like you said>WHAM. I’m ready, maybe not my bank account, but I’m ready

  19. Henry Says:

    Been to Portsmouth a few times and its really small. A great venue though.


    are there hotels with cab services to MPP? My friends and I are looking to take a train from Richmond, Va to Baltimore or DC and then cab to hotel near the venue and I’m wondering if you know of any that might have shuttles or something.

  20. AintNoTele Says:

    adios good sir

  21. SillyWilly Says:


    yeah, I hope thats not the entire list, but if so i can easily see Toyota Park, Deer Creek, and Blossom.

    My roommate’s gf lives in DC, so I might make Merriweather, and Ive got friends in ATL so I might make those.

    I really hope Alpine’s not out yet, though, because its my backyard.

  22. AintNoTele Says:

    Henry: I have no idea my man, I ended up with a ticket, skipped work, and went to the show. All I know is DONT take the Baltimore parkway or whatever the other major highway is in to the show if you are coming from the south. Traffic is out of control. Us south carolina boys dont know about that kind of stuff, took us forever to get there

  23. garretc Says:

    @Silly, well, in that case, I take back my sympathy!


  24. SillyWilly Says:


    im saving my money so maybe i can make those Greek shows.

  25. garretc Says:

    Nice Silly! Yeah, the Greek is a solid solid venue… I myself am saving my karma so I can actually get tickets… It’s a hometown show and all, so I’m stoked for that one!

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