This one was tough. After all, a montage without Mr. Miyagi or Apollo Creed isn’t really a montage now, is it. So what direction do we go in? Bros helping bros a la Kevin Bacon and Chris Penn in Footloose?
Young duderinos and duderinas finding common ground in The Breakfast Club?
Or …wingman helping wingman… two men, one a volatile young Turk, the other a moustachioed maestro of moderation, brought together as the yin and yang of a coherent and steady whole for which cold war Russia and Kelly McGillis had no answer. As you can imagine we had to go with Top Gun and the sweaty montage man-wich set to Kenny Loggins “Playing with the Boys”. Below we offer up not only the film version but also the official video which features an epic 6-way chest bump at the 1:00 minute mark as well as the most righteous display of dolphin shorts I’ve seen since Richard Simmons mud-wrestled Kristy McNichol back in ’84.
So the Battle of the Montage is officially Loggins (Top Gun) vs. Esposito (Karate Kid) vs. Conti (Rocky III disco version). We’ll open the polls for your votes tomorrow!
Danny LaRusso was just a kid from Jersey trying to make his way in the rough and tumble world of high school soccer on the mean streets of the San Gabriel Valley in 1984. Odds are high that Daniel never would have made it out of Reseda alive were it not for the guidance and mentorship of his moustachioed sensei, one Mr. Keisuke Miyagi. Part of the beauty in the teacher-student relationship between Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san is that Danny wasn’t quick to recognize the value of Mr. Miyagi’s wisdom. That is a crucial component of the Movember movement. To uncover the wealth of knowledge that is right in front of us and to appreciate the many mentors and teachers that surround us in our daily life, i.e., to find the treasure beneath the stache. Because once we can tap into that knowledge, we gain power and once we gain that power, there is little that can stop us from becoming
….such that nothing’s ever gonna keep us down.
In the following video, take note that the awesome guardians of knowledge – Mr. Miyagi, the referees – they all have righteous mo’s. Their stache is strong. They represent good.
But also notice who does NOT have a moustache.
The evil John Kreese.
Why? Because he’s a dick.
Finally because this song is so inspirational, we’ve included the lyrics below. Hai!
Try to be best
Because you’re only a man
And a man’s got to learn to take it
Try to believe
Though the going gets rough
That you got to hang tough to make it
Last year’s competition for the official Dr. Bob theme song was so successful that we’ve decided to do it again, only this year we’re changing things up a little. Last year’s contestants were three videos representing the genre of moustachioed early 80s funk pop. The competition was fierce with entries from DeBarge, Cameo, and Earth Wind & Fire.
This year we’re focusing more on the intersection of music with healthy living. Hence the 2013 theme song – to be announced and performed live by the Splendido Allstars at the Dr. Bob afterparty – will be chosen from among the best training montages in cinema history.
And Challenger #1 is…..? Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now” from ROCKY III.
Did Rocky have a moustache? No. But who did…? That’s right, Apollo Freaking Creed! One thing Movember teaches us is the importance of our friends and mentors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in coping with the challenges of any illness. And without the wisdom and guidance of Apollo Creed and his righteous facial hair, Rocky Balboa would have been little more than Clubber Lang’s lunch meat.
And just because it is one of our favorite moments ever in the Rocky franchise, we’re adding the version from Rocky II where he gets chased by a horde of little Philly hood rats.
Like the wing of our moustache, we will fly!
With help from Morten Sorensen of Kur Organic Superfoods, the 2013 Dr. Bob Open is proud to unveil this year’s commemorative t-shirt design. Because this is what we do.
“High Fives & Saving Lives”
The Dr. Bob Open
– Be healthy my friends
Raffle stuff! Local businesses from across Venice have been extremely generous by sharing with us the products of their blood, sweat, and tears so that The Dr. Bob Open can balance its awareness campaign for charities like Movember and The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center with a little bit of fundraising for these benevolent institutions.
At the Dr. Bob After-Party at Arbor, we celebrate our local businesses by raffling off some of their goods. Support our community of sponsors and stay tuned to learn about the people behind the product.
Lightning Bolt (Venice) XL long sleeve tee; L tee; two M tees; 32 trunks; M boner in sweatpant shorts; 32 cords; hat; stickers; patches. …what else do you want???? Thanks LEAH & TOM!
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But who IS the Dr. Bob. This is a question that I take for granted but it makes sense that for many of you it remains unanswered. Robert “Bob” Benjamin Sloves was an obstetrician and gynecologist in the South Bay of Los Angeles for upwards of 40 years. Acknowledged as one of the leaders in his field and one of the Top 10 Ob/Gyn’s in Los Angeles, he committed his life to women’s health, women’s rights, and to bringing little chicas and little hombrecitos into this world.
He also had a pimp-ass moustache.
So for decades, the first thing that tens of thousands of neonates saw as they waved goodbye to their private heated pool and boogied down the chunnel of love from whence they were conceived were the gentle eyes of Dr. Bob and a warm smile framed by his unmistakable and iconic moustache. A fixture of the South Bay, Dr. Bob was a good and incredibly generous man…
…and he was my dad.
So to tip my hat to the old man, to let him know that we’re still thinking about him, and to support an organization committed to awareness, prevention and treatment of the maladies that claimed his life, I partnered with a group of warm-hearted and beautiful souls to put on this event in his honor. With the help of Brian Jones, Shaun Tucker, Ben Nicholson, and a charitable strikeforce of good people that I can only describe as the functional equivalent of a philanthropic Seal Team 6 (I would list there names but I am legally estopped due to considerations of national security), we created The Dr. Bob Open.
So I hope that brings you a little closer to the man behind the event and that you’ll join us on September 29th to toast Dr. Bob and celebrate Movember’s commitment to changing the face of men’s health.
Here’s to you Pops!
Max Neal Sloves
Tournament Co-Director and Official SOB (son of Bob)
With little more than a week left before the 3rd Annual Dr. Bob Open, we unveil this year’s design for the annual BoMo tee. Known for its classy design and cozy feel, wearing the BoMo tee has been likened to wrapping yourself in a warm burrito of moustache love. Wear the BoMo across your chest and you’ll not only look good and feel good, you’ll honor Dr. Bob, celebrate Movember, and promote men’s health. That’s getting a helluva lot done just by putting on a shirt.