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. AintNoTele Says:

    I’m praying for the gorge to creep back in around 8/3, all I want is to spend my birthday out in WA

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    yeah, aintnotele, i hope we get a surprise on a few of those dates…still a workable summer, but three or four more would be christmas

  3. AintNoTele Says:

    I’m out on that note. Hopefully Christmas comes early tomorrow and everyones wishes will come true!

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    good night, tele!

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    im actually out, too….

    tomorrow might be rough…have to get all my work done so I can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on wednesday.

  6. garretc Says:

    Night Silly and Tele. May tour dates make you happy tomorrow!

  7. garretc Says:

    Anybody left?

  8. ChefBradford Says:

    I’m somewhat around, garret

  9. garretc Says:

    Right on Chef! Somewhat is more than not at all…

    Don’t know if you already weighed in or not, but how’re those summer dates Miner put up looking for you?

  10. ChefBradford Says:

    The ATL shows are my primary focus, for sure, as they’re by far the closest (and potential Leg 1 finales, and July 4th). Ideally, I’d make the 4 show Southern run, just depends on finances

    How is it looking for you? I know these dates don’t do much for your neck of the woods

    Still hoping for some southern dates in the Fall, as well. I’ve never seen the band indoors

  11. garretc Says:

    Yeah, I figured you’d dig those Southern shows! Too bad they’re just sticking in the Southwest…

    Initially I was pretty bummed about the lack of West coast shows, but it may very well be a blessing in disguise, cause I don’t think I’d have the ability to go on a West coast tour (Have to go solo, no car, etc.), but with all these East coast shows I just may be able to hitch my way on to tour with someone else, if I’m lucky… But yeah, some Fall dates would be real cool too!

  12. ChefBradford Says:

    Good luck to ya, bud. I’ve never been on tour in any way at all. Outside of two festivals (IT/Coventry), I’ve never done more than one show at a time. Two nights in Atlanta would be awesome, but 4, or even 3 shows would be fantastic for me.

    It all comes down to the dollars

  13. garretc Says:

    “It all comes down to the dollars”

    IT, eh? So you were there for the Tower Jam?

  14. ChefBradford Says:

    arrrgh….no, I wasn’t

    long story, but no, I missed the f-ing Tower Jam

  15. garretc Says:


    Oh man… Rough!

    Well hey, you at least had an entire festivals worth of Phish besides that! Which I’m sure doesn’t make it much better…

    Sorry for inadvertently rubbing it in for ya…

  16. ChefBradford Says:

    No worries, man. I know there are thousands and thousands of folks who have seen Phish. I’m just glad, and feel lucky to have seen them even once, ya know?

    Besides, I was there for the IT Ghost. That is a feeling/memory that will never fade!

  17. jdub Says:

    Long day/night of work for this tired boy. How’s it going late nighters?

    Very excited about these possible dates, curious to see how leg 2 fills in.

  18. ChefBradford Says:

    Let’s see, it’s almost one here, so it’s what, almost 10 for you?

  19. jdub Says:

    How ’bout the 46 days Chef. A few times I had to check myself to be sure I hadn’t missed a song in there.

  20. ChefBradford Says:

    well at least you’re off now, jdub. It seems to be me and garrett here tonight

    how are things?

    I just got in Mad Men Season 1 Disc 1, giving it a shot

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    Ah yes. I definitely caught the 46 Days. Def the longest jam I’ve experienced in person. Parts of it I loved, parts of it kind of glazed me over. I haven’t re-listened enough to have an opinion on it.

    I probably should, though

  22. jdub Says:

    Things are busy busy. Had to finish some kitchen cabinetry for an installation tomorrow, 16 hrs in a shop isn’t good for anything. Need some BB and headphone music to unwind my mind a bit.

    That ATL 4th of July duo should be a hot one.

  23. garretc Says:

    I definitely need to spin some of the festivals! I think the only one I’ve listened to all of is Lemonwheel (And F8, of course). Other than those and the Tower Jam I haven’t heard any festival Phish…

    Well, I did listen to the Clifford Ball a lot when I only had a handful of cassette tapes, but, that being the nadir of my Phish obsession I wasn’t really able to give it my full attention…

  24. garretc Says:

    welcome to the party jdub!

  25. jdub Says:

    Likewise about the 46 days. But that Ghost is for sure a keeper.

    I’ll give my late night pitch for a charity tournament pool with the buy in money going to Miner. Winner gets an island run DVD possibly.

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