Posts Tagged ‘Nils Lofgren’

32 years ago: Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, and Washington Bullets win NBA championship

June 8, 2010

It happened 32 years ago today.  Before the Redskins won their first Super Bowl, and before Maryland and Georgetown won national championships in college basketball, the Washington Bullets gave D.C. its first championship in 36 years when they won the NBA title in 1978.

Before the blue and bronze of the Washington Wizards, there was the red, white, and blue of the Washington Bullets. Local musician Nils Lofgren wrote a hit song, “Bullets Fever,” that was played day and night during the spring of 1978 on Washington radio stations. The name Bullets was synonymous with winning, as they made the playoffs 18 times in 20 seasons.

The Bullets were a successful team in the 1970s, with winning records in nine of 10 seasons. They won more than 50 games four times, including 60 wins in 1974-75. They made it to the NBA finals four times.

For the rest of my article on examiner.com, click here.

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Former Washington Bullet Kevin Grevey on the ’78 NBA title season, Kentucky, and the Wizards

May 13, 2010

Kevin Grevey of the Washington Bullets shoots over former Kentucky teammate Rick Robey of the Boston Celtics.

Before the Redskins won their first Super Bowl, and before Maryland and Georgetown won national championships in college basketball, the Washington Bullets gave D.C. its first championship in 36 years when they won the NBA title in 1978.

Before the blue and bronze of the Washington Wizards, there was the red, white, and blue of the Washington Bullets. Local musician Nils Lofgren wrote a hit song, “Bullets Fever,”  that was played over and over during the spring of 1978 on Washington radio stations. The name Bullets was synonymous with winning, as they made the playoffs 18 times in 20 seasons in the ’70s and ’80s.

For the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

Bullets Fever, Happens to Me Every Year, Bullets Fever, and this Year’s the One…

January 17, 2010

Somehow I started thinking about Nils Lofgren’s classic song “Bullets Fever,” which told the story of the Washington Bullets 1978 NBA championship.  I remember writing down all the words in pencil at the time, and I kept it for years and years.  I found it recently but it was all moldy so I had to throw it out.  (Poor Nils.  30 years in the E Street band playing alongside Bruce Springsteen and some of the songs he’s most known for are “Bullets Fever and the classic “Jhoon Rhee” commercial – jhoon-rhee-nobody-bothers-me-nobody-bothers-me-either.  Of course Nils is known as one of the best musicians in the band).

That year, 1978, was the first year I was a sports fan.  The Bullets won the NBA title.  Still waiting to get back there.  I’ve written in previous blogs that the Wizards should go back to their old name of the Bullets.  Of course, after the Gilbert Arenas fiasco, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

About 15 years ago I was working as a traffic reporter.  There was this one station that wanted a female reporter to sing a different song every day before the traffic report. Actually, now I remember – it was WTEM, the sportsradio station and the show was the Tony Kornheiser show. I filled in for her one day and sang Bullets Fever.  That was the first and last time I sang on the radio.

Anyway, here are the words.  You can find the tune somewhere on the internet.  (Sorry, I can’t figure out how to space the text properly in WordPress.)

Bullets Fever!  Happens to me every year

Bullets Fever.  And this year’s the one

Bullets Fever. Got the Doctor and the Iceman

Bullets Fever.  Seattle was stunned

You’ve gotta be a fan from old DC

To know what the Bullets mean to me

To see them get up and go all the way

For me Bullets Fever is here to stay

Bullets Fever!  Happens to me every year

Bullets Fever.  And this year’s the one

Bullets Fever. Got the Doctor and the Iceman

Bullets Fever.  Seattle was stunned

C.J. and Larry, Greg, Joe and Mitch

Ran the Bomb Squad into a ditch

C.J. Tom and Larry are fast as light

Kevin, Bobby and Elvin they shoot out of sight

Aint it beautiful how Bobby D plays so great

With the Big E!

(inaudible) …we blew the Sonics out

Now all the world knows what our team’s about

Bullets Fever!  Happens to me every year

Bullets Fever.  And this year’s the one

Bullets Fever. Got the Doctor and the Iceman

Bullets Fever.  Seattle was stunned

With all his heart Wes fought the west

Now every Bullet wears a champion’s ring

They’ve got our town screaming and stompin’

They turn it into a family thing

Come on coach Motta

King of basketball chess

Come on now fans support them every test

Bullets Fever!  Happens to me every year

Bullets Fever.  And this year’s the one

Bullets Fever. Beat the best in the world

Bullets Fever.  Now we’re number one!

Bullets Fever.  Come on Bobby D

Bullets Fever.  Put in a swish for me

Bullets Fever.  Let’s see that turnaround, Mr. Hayes

Bullets Fever.  See your play is amazing

Bullets Fever.  Hey Dick and Bernie, we’re pulling for you

Bullets Fever.  Dreams come true

Number one, number one…

Jhoon Rhee: “Nobody Bothers Me! Nobody Bothers Me Either!”

December 23, 2009

One of the greatest commercials of all time was the Jhoon Rhee “Nobody Bothers Me” commercial of the late 70s and early 80s. Anybody who grew up in the Washington, DC area during this time probably still has the words memorized.  Nils Lofgren did the song (Nils, of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band fame, also did “Bullets Fever,” another local classic).  The commercial (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7PEMGuA6tw) was one of those commercials that was just played all the time.

Legend has it that the cameraman or producer suggested that Tae Kwan Do Grand Master Jhoon Rhee’s son and daughter do the ending to the commercial, they did, and the rest is history.  I got to meet Jimmy Rhee, Jhoon Rhee’s other son who was not in the commercial earlier this year.  We discussed strategies for kids with autism and ADHD.  Rhee’s website is http://www.smartcoach.us/.  He does coaching based programs for kids with ADD.

Back to the commercial – there was just something about it.  It was great but it was also cheesy.  It was definitely a part of the history of Washingon, D.C. 30 years ago.

When you take Jhoon Rhee self-defense, then you too can say

“Nobody bothers me.  Nobody bothers me.”

Call USA-1000.  Jhoon Rhee means might for right!

“Nobody bothers me.”

“Nobody bothers me either!”