May 22, 2014
Chris Cheeks, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Lionel Bacon, Martin Henlan
#TBT, er something. Are we doing it right? Is this thing on?
Today’s fabulous throwback video comes via Mike Voyack, who must’ve unearthed this gem of a highlight reel from Mike Pollio’s secret vault inside the bowels of the Richmond Coliseum. Short shorts! Whitney Houston! The frustrating dearth of lower third graphics! It’s terrific. If you can’t get excited about basketball highlights woven through the masterpiece of musical tapestry that is the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ “Tuff Enuff”, then there’s not much I can do for you.
As much as I enjoy needling the 80s elements that haven’t necessarily held up over time, it should not be overlooked what this team had to endure. Midway through the season, junior Mike Brown (not to be confused with Michael Brown, who starred at VCU from 1982-86) collapsed during a practice at Franklin Street and died. He was later found to have a previously undetected heart ailment. When the Rams finally returned to the court a week later, they won three straight.
Led by dynamic players like Chris Cheeks (23.8 ppg), Lionel Bacon (14.8 ppg) and Martin Henlan (9.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg), the Rams finished 13-15.
October 3, 2013
Bill Zepplin, Chico Swinton, Chris Cheeks, Don Franco, Garland Ragler, Greg Ringo, Horace Scruggs, Hunter Hoggatt, L.F. Likcholitov, Lionel Bacon, Penny Elliott, Rolando Lamb, Sonny Smith, Tubby Smith
Former Ram Rolando Lamb had a game as good as his name
This list is entirely subjective to my whims, so feel free to disagree and leave your nominations or stories (Johnnie Story?) in the comment box below. But basically, if you’re named after a Beatle, game show host or have a name that sounds like that of a traveling circus host, you’re on my list.
Not exactly spelled like Led Zeppelin, but close enough for me. Wisconsin native who averaged 2.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 1973-74.
You don’t go by ‘Penny’ if you don’t want to be noticed. He may have had a great name, but what Penny Elliott needed was a buffet. Stood 6-foot-9, but weighed just 200 pounds. Played for the Rams from 1977-80 and averaged 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds as a junior.
I can only hope that VCU effectively leveraged Monty Hall and “Let’s Make a Deal” references during Knight’s Rams’ career from 1979-82. He ranks ninth in school history with 1,549 points.
Another good one from the late 70s. Part of a pipeline of Louisville, Ky. players for the Rams. Played sparingly on the Rams’ first NCAA squad in 1979-80.