It feels like 1,000 people have left the room. Just last week I wrote about him ("The List") and now he has passed on. I am talking about, of course, the great Captain Lou Albano who died yesterday.
He has gone and joined my other two favorites, the Grand Wizard and Freddie Blassie, in that Great Steel Cage Match in the sky.
Captain Lou was awesome. His monologues straight into the camera to the viewer at home during the 70's were a thing of beauty.
Back then, I thought a wrestling manager was the coolest job. While the wrestlers (wink, wink) fought, the managers just talked a lot of s**t, hung out at ringside during matches (which often entailed hitting an opponent when the ref wasn't looking), and picked up a nice paycheck.
Who can forget the Grand Wizard, with that headset borrowed from Johnny Carson's Carnac, and those sunglasses, telling the world the virtues of Superstar Billy Graham's bearhug?
Or the Hollywood fashion plate calling everyone in sight a "pencil neck geek" and hitting guys with his cane?
Captain Lou joins them both.
Wouldn't it be awesome if a Battle Royale broke out during the funeral?
How great would it be if George "The Animal" Steele gave the eulogy?