The 2013 Top 10 Man Crush List is finally here and this year’s list is better than ever. So many candidates try and woo me throughout the year for my praise and attention on this prestigious list but only a select few have the distinct privilege of making it. This year we’ve added a new category for honorable mention. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and let me know what you think: @BruceRWilson
Honorable Mention #3: Marcus Lattimore – One of my favorite Gamecock players of all time, the standout running back from South Carolina broke several school records over the past few seasons and fought his way back from numerous career ending injuries to get picked by San Francisco in the 2013 NFL Draft. Marcus is a role model for many young athletes and a great spokesperson for the University of South Carolina.
Honorable Mention #2: Brian Vickers – Here is a friend that came back from life-threatening injuries only to lose his job when Red Bull Racing closed its doors. Not willing to give up Brian continued to fill in for drivers on the Sprint Cup schedule and also race on the Nationwide circuit (a series he won at age 20). He made a strong case for a full time car by winning this past Sunday at New Hampshire.
Honorable Mention #1: Christian Bale – It started with an amazing performance in American Psycho and then he took us to the edge as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter. For three powerful movies Bale was Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. As we approach the one year anniversary of the film’s release, the Colorado Theatre Shooting, and the death of my father all on the same day, I salute the man who could arguably be the best Batman ever.
The 2013 Top 10 Man Crush List:
#10: Vince McMahon (Last Year: #8) – What more can be said about Mr. McMahon? Behind the scenes he has grown the WWE to a global entertainment icon and in front of the camera the 67-year-old continues to be one of the greatest and most outrageous characters in the history of wrestling. So many viewers each week tune into Monday Night Raw, the longest running weekly episodic show in the history of TV. Every wrestler works hard to make it into the business however a lot of them owe their popularity to Vince and his various creative teams.
#9: Alexander Skarsgard (Last Year: #10) – Although ‘Billith’ is the main attraction on HBOs True blood, Alexander is still a Viking hottie (yes I said it). The big rumor is he is slated to play Tarzan on the big screen. Who can forget his role in the music video for Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi”? It also doesn’t hurt that his dad is a famous actor.
#8: Channing Tatum (Last Year: Unranked) – Tatum was named People magazine’s annual Sexiest Man Alive this past November after starring if the film Magic Mike, a movie based loosely off of his own experiences as a male stripper before he became a famous actor. There is no disputing his appeal. The young actor played Duke in the both GI Joe movies and was the lead in the big screen adaptation of 21 Jump Street. His newest movie White House Down has brought in $63 million dollars.
#7: Jadeveon Clowney (Last Year: Unranked) – Clowney was viewed by many as the #1 recruit in the nation coming out of high school in local Rock Hill, SC. When he chose South Carolina over Alabama, Florida State, and LSU, he instantly helped an already improving Gamecock team. Jadeveon has not disappointed by disrupting offenses and frustration opposing SEC quarterbacks for two years. His hit in the Outback Bowl against Michigan running back Vincent Smith was the top play on many sportscasts for months and will be replayed numerous times this season. Many look at Clowney as a favorite for the Heisman trophy and the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
#6: Darius Rucker (Last Year: #7) – Even though he still performs a few yearly shows with Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius is a bonafide country music star. He was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry last year and has a new album he is currently touring, True Believers. The big hit off of the album is a cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s Wagon Wheel.
#5: Chris Hemsworth (Last Year: #4) – The man who played Thor in both the Avengers and his own feature film is a flat out hunk. He will reprise his role as the God of Thunder with that great accent in the sequel Thor: The Dark World set to release this November. The 29-year-old has a long career in front of him. I’m also jealous of the fact that Jane Foster loves him and not me.
#4: Jack Bauer (Last Year: #5) – The man, the myth, the legend…. Is coming back. Earlier this year FOX announced it would renew the fan favorite show 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland as counter-terrorist special agent Jack Bauer. Another the world is excited, we were also a bit bummed by the announcement that the show would only be 12 episodes. It’s ok because we need Jack Bauer.
#3 Joshua Jackson (Last Year: #1) – Jackson will need to star in some good films, be on a new TV hit, or make some good news or he will be in danger of falling off of the list completely. Last year’s #1 ranking was a surprise to many, but he has fallen to #3, (only this high out of personal respect for when I met him) and let’s face it, Fringe has gotten so weird over the past couple of seasons it’s almost unwatchable. We need a Pacey Witter, a Charlie Conway, or a Blaine Tuttle soon!
#2 CM Punk (Last Year: #2) – CM Punk continued to amaze fans and became the longest reigning WWE Champion in more than 25 years with a reign of 434 consecutive days. The Best in the World battled all challengers and carried many of them to their best matches. In 2013 he lost the title to an undeserving challenger *, lost a spectacular match at WrestleMania 29 to allow The Streak to live, and took time off to enjoy time with his friends and his passions: The Chicago Cubs and the Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks. The Second City Saint is now back and better than ever.
#1 Justin Timberlake (Last Year: #3) – JT has reclaimed his spot on top of this Man Crush list after the release of The 20/20 Experience. The album futures hit songs Suit & Tie and Mirrors. Timberlake also appeared on Jay-Zs new album and is releasing another album The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 this fall. The musician is touring with Jay-Z and has also starred in Trouble With The Curve and hosted Saturday Night Live numerous times. He has won 6 Grammy Awards and 4 Emmy Awards. Most importantly he dated my love Britney Spears.
Falling out of this years list: Jeremy Piven (#9) and Michael Roth (#6). Also receiving votes: Henry Cavill.
As Always I welcome your thoughts on Twitter @BruceRwilson and in email BruceRwilson3@gmail.com
-Bruce Wilson is the owner of Superior Car Service in Charlotte, North Carolina. He not only writes on this personal blog but also writes for WFNZ 610 AM The Fan on CBS Radio. In his free time he likes to buy, sell, and trade sports cards. Follow him on Twitter @BruceRWilson.
Ok so maybe the title is *slightly* misleading… And my definition of physical altercation *could* be a stretch…. But hear me out.
It was Thursday, March 28th and I was doing a few pick ups on the last day I was to work before vacation. It was about 12:45pm and I had just dropped off at the airport. Driving around any airport is dangerous, not because people aren’t being safe but it seems like most people forget how to drive and follow signs when they pull onto airport property. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is a relatively easy airport to navigate, however there is one in particular tricky spot that gets hundreds of unsuspecting drivers every day. The departures and drop off area is upstairs while the arrivals and pick up area is downstairs. After you leave either area the lanes merge into one lane. People coming off of the top deck have the right of way as their lane continues on while the traffic coming out from the bottom deck have to yield as their lane ends via the merge.
Now I see idiot drivers all of the time and most of the time I just shake my head and go on with my life. Sometimes I laugh at the misfortune of other drivers and often those laughs come at the expense of the vehicles coming out of the bottom deck at the airport. What happened on March 28th was no laughing matter.
A Suburban was coming out from underneath the deck and heading towards the area where his lane ends. I was in the left lane after leaving the top deck and clearly had the right of way. Much to my dismay the driver of the Suburban ignored his yield sign and merged into my lane forcing me to cross over into another lane or be hit. I of course chose to not damage my car as I haven’t been in an accident in 15 years (*knock on wood*) and went into the new lane coming in from the left before it was merged. Luckily for me there was no vehicle there or it could’ve been a different accident.
I quickly became mad and blew my horn. The Suburban responded with the same. Knowing I was right I felt like it was justified for me to continue laying into my horn, roll my passenger window down, and yell several expletives. (*Authors note to kids reading this: This is NOT how you should behave!*)
Not to be outdone the driver of the Suburban rolled his window down, gave me the middle finger salute, and then very dangerously swerved his SUV into my lane. I was forced to slam on the brakes to avoid yet another accident, which would’ve again been his fault.
Now I’m pissed. This piece of crap has not only nearly wrecked my car twice but doesn’t want to hear my side of the story. I resumed my honking of my horn and was hoping to get into the lane next to him at the upcoming stop light so I could give him a piece of my mind. Unfortunately for me he got into the left turn lane, the same direction I needed to go.
Now a normal person would’ve let the situation die down and move on with their life. I however decided to not act normally and again began laying into my horn. Then came an action that sent my blood boiling like nothing since a fight in middle school. The driver of the Suburban in front of me head up his right hand that I could see through the back of his SUV and made a motion like a gun and pretended to shoot.
As they say “oh hell no!”
You’ve all read news stories of drivers getting arrested for road rage altercations or even worse death. Everything I knew of right and wrong went out the window and I escalated the situation further…. Yes I did the dumbest thing any driver involved in a road rage incident can do: I got out of the car.
Yes that’s right, you read it correctly. I got out of the car. Not only had this mother-f*$ker nearly wrecked my car twice, not only had he gave me the finger, but this piece of crap was now pretending to be hard/rough/thug like/gangsta?!?! Absolutely not acceptable. This is Charlotte, NC not south central Compton and I’m not going to have any of your gun like hand gestures or wanna-be gang symbols. -I- run this company and own these streets, not you.
So yes, I slammed the car in park, threw off my seat belt, and pushed the door open. As I approached the driver side door it opened and out pops LL Cool J. Maybe I am going to die. Maybe LL Cool J brought some of the ghetto to my turf and obviously LL Cool J doesn’t take sh*t from anyone!
Ok it really wasn’t the famous rapper, actor, and award show host, but this dude was black, very muscular, looked just like LL, and I thought he was going to lick his lips like LL.
This guy gets out of his SUV yelling “you gonna step to my car?!?”
I of course said “Damn right cause you can’t f*$king drive and need to know it!”
There. I said it. I informed him of his bad driving. I have accomplished my goal. Now I better get back in my car and leave before LL Cool J kills me.
This guy, more mad than ever, gets closer to me and puts his pointer finger on my forehead.
Wait. This piece of trash just put his finger on me trying to intimidate me? Man, I may be a short, out of shape, white guy, but I don’t react too kindly to anyone putting their hands on me.
I slapped his hand away from my face as hard as I possibly could. He opened his eyes a little wider and was either shocked that I did anything or, worse, I made him angrier.
Prepared to fight at the intersection of RC Josh Birmingham Parkway and Old Dowd Road, I stepped back to brace myself to get my ass beat, when he suddenly got into his Suburban and drove off.
Feeling like I just beat Mike Tyson in 1990 in Tokyo, I jumped back in my car, sped down the road, heartbeat racing, adrenaline flowing, and yet relieved I didn’t die and become the story of a CBS news piece.
Morals of this story: 1. Don’t mess with LL Cool J. 2. Don’t succumb to road rage. 3. I still can’t believe I didn’t pee in my pants when I saw the size of this dude.
–Bruce Wilson is the owner of Superior Car Service and not only blogs here but also for www.WFNZ.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BruceRwilson
We’ve all been there, sitting at a stoplight, singing along to the radio when a car pulls up next to you and you think “Why would you do that to your car?”
Here is a list of things I think people should NOT do to their cars (in no order):
1. The oversized after market spoiler – I used to have a 1994 Nissan Altima. I think it was the first year Nissan made the car and it had a small manufacturer-placed spoiler. I hated it. It made it hard to wash the trunk and every time I looked in the rear view mirror I saw a strip of what was behind me between the spoiler and the trunk. What is worse is the car owner that puts the oversized spoiler on it. Am I the only one that thinks this doesn’t look cool? Are you trying to make your car fly? It looks like a giant wing or something.
2. Stick figure people on the trunk window – This is one of the dumbest fads that are popular with families and SUVs. I can stand sitting in the school pick-up/drop-off lane behind a giant Suburban that has a stick figure dad holding a fishing pole, a stick figure mom holding shopping bags, a stick figure son holding a baseball and bat, a stick figure daughter holding pom-poms, and a stick figure dog. Call it dumb, call it stupid, call it whatever you want. It is a waste of time and money. I look at my kids more than just athletes and cheerleaders. I look at my wife as someone who does more that just shop. I don’t need to advertise on my SUV how many people are in my family and what are activities are. The same applies for kids that play sports. Do I really need to know your kid plays for or cheerleads for the McAdenville Dolphins or the Union Road Jaguars? NO! If your kid plays quarterback for the Carolina Panthers are you going to put a sticker on your car that says “Panthers #2 Jimmy”? NO!
3. Paying tribute to a lost loved one – People do all kinds of things to remember their lost loved ones. I’ve seen tattoos, paintings, pictures, poems, newspaper articles, Facebook pages, etc. Most of them I am fine with but the one that I don’t understand is the giant sticker on the trunk. What, when you bought that ’04 Toyota Corolla it reminded you of your grandmother? You bought that ’97 Ford F-150 in memory of your uncle? If I die before my wife does someone please tell her not to put ‘In Memory of Bruce Wilson’ on the back of her Mercedes R-350.
4. Any type of human or animal parts on the vehicle – This one is a big one and includes eyelashes over the headlights, furry tails hanging from the trunk, giant rubber or metal balls/ballsack hanging from the tow hitch, eyeballs on the front bumper, and all of the Christmas decorations like antlers, elf ears, a red nose, etc. Your car is a machine. It takes you to and from your destination. It does not have a heart beat, it does not talk, and it is not a person or animal. Please don’t treat it like one.
If you want to give your car a name, go ahead, we all loved Eleanor in Gone in 60 Seconds, but just remember: NONE of the vehicles in that movie had a ridiculous spoiler, stick figure stickers, decorative body parts, or said ‘In Memory of Nicolas Cage’.
I have two things to celebrate: the 4 Year Anniversary of Superior Car Service and hitting 100 followers on Twitter. Well the SCS anniversary was actually in June but I forgot, so the best car service around is going to sponsor a give-away that involves Twitter. It is easy to enter and EVERY ONE WINS!
Here’s how to enter:
Step 1: Follow me on Twitter: @BruceRWilson
Step 2: Tweet the following message: Follow @BruceRWilson, tell him your favorite NFL team. He will send you a card for free. My favorite team is the ______________. #NFLcardgiveaway (*Authors Note: You have to fill in the blank with your actual favorite team. Sorry to actually have to say this, but you would be amazed at how many people actually hit the underscore button*).
Step 3: Email your name and address and Twitter user ID (so I can verify you’re following me) to BruceRWilson3@gmail.com . If you saw a Step 2 tweet and followed because of that person, please include their Twitter user ID so they can be eligible for a bonus.
That’s it. It’s that simple. I am giving away hundreds, maybe thousands of real cards from my personal collection. I have cards from the late ‘70s all the way through 2012. I have brands ranging from Topps, Fleer, Upper Deck, Press Pass, Score, Skybox, and more.
This is a first come first served kind of contest. I will try to pick from Rookies and Semi-stars/Unlisted stars first, then commons… so ACT FAST.
Thanks for participating in this FREE/EVERYONE WINS contest. Please read the fine print below because it contains 2 bonuses!
Thanks to Superior Car Service for sponsoring this promotion. Please give them a call anytime you need chauffuered transportation in the Charlotte and Carolinas area.
Terms and conditions: Contest starts 9am EDT on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Entrants must follow all 3 steps outlined above to be eligible. Entrants must remain a follower of @BruceRWilson through November 13, 2012. Cards will be mailed out after that date. The packaging and shipping method of the cards will be at the discretion of the contest providers. We cannot be held responsible for damaged or lost cards. This is a free contest so seriously, don’t complain. Bonus #1: entrants who include their favorite player on their favorite team in their Step 3 email have an extra chance to receive a card of that particular player. Bonus #2: The top 10 Twitter followers that are referenced in Step 3 emails will receive a bonus card for EACH entrant they refer that is eligible for the contest.
–Bruce Wilson is the owner of Superior Car Service a transportation and chauffuer service and also blogs for 610 AM The Fan Sports Radio on WFNZ.com. He is currently working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @BruceRWilson
In 1995 an alternative rock station came on the air in Charlotte, NC. 106.5 WEND played hit songs from Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, and many more. Late that summer the management team at the station, led by Jack Daniel, created a new all day music festival at (what was then known as) Blockbuster Amphitheatre and dubbed it ‘The End of Summer Weenie Roast’. Lawn tickets to the event were only $10.65 and it was a steal of a deal to see up and coming acts like: 7Mary3, Jewel, Buffalo Tom, and The Innocence Mission. All of us that braved the cold rain that day were treated to a great show and word quickly spread detailing how much fun those in attendance had. 106.5 decided to make it an annual event and the festival grew to include more bands and a side stage. In the following years great bands like Faith No More, Everclear, Cowboy Mouth, Bush, Stabbing Westward, Gravity Kills, the Nixons, K’s Choice, Creed, Cake, Luscious Jackson, Moby, Fuel, Papa Roach, and many more graced the stage at Blockbuster (which became Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre between 2000 & 2001). After the 2005 Weenie Roast the station decided to end the annual event.
This summer Jack Daniel and the crew at 106.5 decided to bring back the Weenie Roast and they brought it back with a vengence. On Sunday Verizon was rocked by a lineup that included: The Offspring, Garbage, Flogging Molly, Coheed & Cambria, Switchfoot, Our Lady Peace, Eve 6, and Anberlin. Now I got together with some close friends on Saturday night, celebrating a few birthdays, for dinner and bowling, so I was in no shape Sunday to get there early, but I was able to catch the last three acts and this is what I thought:
We arrived just as C & C was ending their set and the crowd was only about 2/3rds full. Luckily we read the fine print and saw we could bring in beach chairs (so long as the seat is no higher than 9″ off of the ground) and a clear gallon-size bag of food. This helped us get comfortable on the lawn and saved a lot of money on food. You’re also allowed to bring in 1 sealed bottle of “water” per person. We found a great spot, about 4 people back from the seats, and set up shop for the night. After spreading out a big blanket, we kicked off our shoes, drank some “water” and enjoyed the nice weather and people watching. The dudes from Skratch ‘N Sniff (a syndicated radio show out of Sandy Eggo on Saturday nights that blends together all styles of music) were playing in between bands giving the audience something to jam to.
After the set change Celtic punk band Flogging Molly took the stage. I was not very educated on their music but their energy and happy tunes forced everyone to their feet to dance for 40+ minutes. During the next set change it was already clear that we made a wise decision to come to the show despite the threat of bad weather. The evening was perfect and the music was great.
Next up was a super popular band from the 90’s and one of my favorite lead vocalists: Garbage! Lead singer Shirley Manson (who I loved in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) belted out hit songs such as: I Think I’m Paranoid, I’m Only Happy When It Rains, Stupid Girl, Push It, and the newer Blood For Poppies. The highlight of the set for me was #1 Crush. Manson absolutely seduced the entire crowd with her voice during the song and brought everyone who saw ‘Romeo + Juliet’ right back to 1996. I would definetly see them again!
Going into the show I was not excited to see The Offspring but boy am I glad I went. Dexter Holland and the boys from Orange County play a high energy setlist that was like a greatest hits album, including early years tracks: Gotta Get Away, Self Esteem, and Come Out And Play. They rocked out versions of Pretty Fly For A White Guy, Why Don’t You Get A Job, and the newer Days Go By. If you have never seen them play, go check them out.
Overall I would give the concert an A+ because even though I didn’t get to see acts like Our Lady Peace, the weather, fun, and great music made it worth. So everyone reading this, hit up @1065TheEnd on Twitter and tell them you will purchase tickets to the Weenie Roast 2013 and to bring some more kick ass bands!
–Bruce Wilson is the owner of Superior Car Service a transportation and chauffuer service and also blogs for 610 AM The Fan Sports Radio on WFNZ.com. Follow him on Twitter @BruceRWilson just like @garbage does!
The 2012 Democratic National Convention was held here in Charlotte, North Carolina last week and has been regarded widely as a success. With notable speakers like Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Joe Biden, democratic delegates nominated incumbent president Barack Obama as their candidate for this November’s election. There were numerous parties, various celebrities, lots of meetings, and important meals. Regardless of yours (or my) political affiliation, the city of Charlotte did the best it could and here is a small snippet of what I feel was the good, bad, and ugly of this event.
Good: The estimated 35,000+ delegates and visitors that came to Charlotte brought money, a lot of money. City officials estimate the event generated $150 million for Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Myself (and Superior Car Service ) were among those who benefited the most, much like restaurants, hotels, transportation services, and clubs. Almost every hotel room in a 50 mile radius was occupied, restaurants were busy serving meals to crowded tables, clubs and bars were hosting celebrity sponsored events, and people needed transportation to each event. *Special thanks to Uber.com for giving us a platform to perform*. The 2012 DNC helped my business reach a new record for a one week total!
Bad: The traffic was a nightmare and would be in the ugly category if it not for one other aspect. There were multiple problems with the traffic congestion and it starts with the number of streets that were blocked off in downtown Charlotte (yes, after 19 years I still refuse to call it ‘uptwon’). There were numerous major arteries of downtown Charlotte that were blocked, re-opened, blocked again with security check points, and others that were blocked for no reason. What made some of the road closures worse were the police working them. NONE, I repeat NONE, knew how to direct any around the road blocks so motorists could get where they were going. In fact some were downright mean about it. They also didn’t know how to direct traffic thru intersections. Did the city of Charlotte think a cop from Virginia or Atlanta would know how often to let the traffic on College Street go as opposed to the traffic on Stonewall at one of the cities busiest intersections? Obviously not as people sat for ridiculous amounts of time at many intersections, often being late to events. I used DNC printed maps and the City of Charlotte website (which featured a changing map) to help navigate the city and it was still difficult. Another decision that impacted the traffic was the use of buses for the delegates in hotels outside of downtown. Obviously the DNC has to provide transportation for them and I hear they did a decent job, but they blocked certain roads just for the buses and the police gave special treatment to the buses at the intersections. Next time a large event (Final Four, CIAA, Super Bowl, RNC, etc) is held in Charlotte someone in the transportation industry needs to be in charge of road closures and traffic flow. I will offer myself up, you know, for a small fee.
Ugly: I believe in the freedom of speech and think anyone should be allowed to say anything they want, until it grossly offends another persons rights. Therefore I am for people protesting, camping, singing, holding signs, using megaphones, and such. What I am against is protestors blocking city streets. Example, Tuesday the 4th there were about a dozen protestors that decided to sit down in the center of the intersection of 5th and College. Not only is this a busy intersection, but it is very close to the Time Warner Cable Arena where the convention was being held. This caused multiple problems. Tryon Street (another busy street in downtown) was closed the entire day pushing a lot of traffic on to an already busy College St. The protest caught the attention of a dozen media members (is it really news? I guess that is a whole ‘nother conversation) and thus caught the attention of the police who decided they would enclose the protest, you know “to keep the peace”. The result was hundreds of cars stuck on College Street, not allowed to turn on to any side roads (they were all blocked) and not allowed to go thru the intersection. Why not arrest them? Why not force them to move? Since when do protestors have the right to block an entire intersection thus causing me, and hundreds of others, to be late for our own business? Isn’t the unplanned blockage of the intersection a safety hazard? There were multiple “marches” and “rallys” that delayed us and others numerous times during the week. Charlotte received $50 million in federal money for convention security. Obviously none of it was spent on training its police force.
I can’t tell you who to vote for. I can’t tell you how fast Paul Ryan can run a marathon. I can’t tell you how many grandkids Mitt Romney has or how much he made on his taxes. I haven’t seen Barack Obamas birth certificate. I can’t tell you how disappointed convention goers were when they realized there were going to be no balloon dropping after Obamas acceptance speech. I can tell you what I saw and my thoughts and I can urge each and every one of you out there to please not only register to vote, but get off your butt on November 6th and do it. Anyone who doesn’t vote shouldn’t be able to complain about ANY outcome.
— Bruce Wilson is the owner of Superior Car Service, a chauffeur and transportation service. He also blogs for CBS radio on WFNZ.com for the sports talk radio station 610 AM WFNZ The Fan. You can follow him on Twitter @BruceRWilson —
Last year I introduced the Top 10 Man Crush List to huge success. Justin Timberlake took the top spot beating out atheletes, actors, other musicians, and clients of mine. This years list is even better. It’s a little younger and potentially hotter (I’ll let you be the judge of that). Look and see what new faces made the list and who held on to their spots while others dropped out! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BruceRWilson
So Without further adieu, I present to you, the 2012 Top 10 Man Crush List:
#10 Alexander Skarsgard (Last Year: Unranked) – The 35-year-old actor from Sweden was recently featured on the big screen in this years hit ‘Battleship’ but he is mostly known for his role on the HBO series ‘True Blood’. As the intriguing vampire Eric Northman he melts hearts each week with his on and off again relationship with Sookie Stackhouse and on and off again friendship with Bill Compton. I have not read the Sookie Stackhouse books but I have a feeling this show will be around for a while with its popularity.
#9 Jeremy Piven (Last Year: Unranked) – Another new comer to our list, Piven, from my hometown of Chicago, has held many roles from Spy Kids, Cars, Runaway Jury, Old School, Black Hawk Down, all the way back to Say Anything and Lucas. His most famous role is my favorite: Ari Gold on HBO’s Entourage. The foul mouth agent of Vinny Chase and husband and father was great to watch, hilarious, and a character everyone could love. Lots of demand and rumors of a spinoff starring Jeremy and/or a potential Entourage movie are floating around.
#8 Vince McMahon (Last Year: #9) – It’s hard not for me to love Vince. He grew up in the wrestling business and took his dads company and turned it into an entertainment icon. The WWE recently held its annual WrestleMania and this years event, #28, featured John Cena vs. The Rock, a great match. Vince’s on-screen character returned on this past episode of Monday Night Raw (the longest running weekly episodic show in the history of TV) and with any luck will be around for a long time.
#7 Darius Rucker (Last Year: Unranked) – The former frontman for South Carolina’s own Hootie and the Blowfish is now a country music star. His last album, Charleston SC 1966, is one of my favorite records from start to finish. I had the chance to see Rucker in concert this past October and he puts on a great show.
#6 Michael Roth (Last Year: Unranked) – The current senior pitcher for the South Carolina Gamecocks is attempting to lead his club to their 3rd straight College World Series. The left-hander was recently drafted by the LA Angels in the 2012 MLB draft and will no doubt be a big league ball player one day. Arguably the greatest pitcher to ever play for South Carolina. Go Cocks!
#5 Jack Bauer (Last Year: #3) – The character Jack Bauer has been away from television sets for a while now and the actor Keifer Sutherland has started a new role on FOXs ‘Touch’. I still hold hope that one day there will be a ’24’ movie or a return of the series. “Tell me where the bomb is!”
#4 Chris Hemsworth (Last Year: Unranked) – The hunky actor caught his big break last year as the God of Thunder, ‘Thor’. The mythical character from Asgard brought in a total of $449 million dollars and was another piece of the Marvel puzzle known as the ‘Avengers’. Hemsworth brought the Thor character back to life in the recent release of the ‘Avengers‘ (the fastest film to gross $1 billion worldwide) and also starred in ‘Cabin in the Woods’ and ‘Snow White & The Huntsman’.
#3 Justin Timberlake (Last Year: #1) – JT will forever have a place in my heart (damn that sounded gay) thanks to his ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ album (named the top album of the 2000’s decade by many publications and organizations). That album along with his collaborations with Timbaland, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and others have continued a career that started with ‘Nsync. I say its time for a new album JT! He has won 6 Grammy awards and 4 Emmy awards. His character in ‘Bad Teacher’ was hilarious. One more year on the Man Crush List and he’ll be eligible for the Man Crush Hall of Fame.
#2 CM Punk (Last Year: Unranked) – Another fellow Chicagoan, I’ve always been a big fan of CM Punk. I have some of his old ROH stuff on VHS (yes I said VHS) courtesy of my buddy Fritz and even though he was good then, he has somehow figured out a way to get better. CM Punk lives a straight edge lifestyle and (although I drink) I respect that very much. He loves the business and helps promote himself and the company in the media. Punk skyrocketed up this list after last summers shoot interview on Monday Night Raw against Vince McMahon, the entire family, and the WWE. His bold microphone skills are only topped by his in-ring capability. CM Punk claims to be the ‘Best In The World’ and he lives up to that moniker every night. A five time WWE world champion and recipient of many other accolades, CM Punk will drop a pipe bomb and then kick you in your face! Oh and if you see him in public and he has his headphones on, please don’t bother him.
And this years new #1 on the Top 10 Man Crush List: Joshua Jackson (Last Year: Unranked) – It was a travesty that Joshua was not included on the list last year and several people were fired over it. Needless to say he has taken this years top spot and lets take a look at how. We could pretty much start and end with his role of Charlie Conway in ‘The Mighty Ducks‘ but for the readers sake we will continue. One of his best known roles was on ‘Dawson’s Creek’ as Pacey Witter. It was during filming of a late season episode that I got to meet Jackson and have a good conversation with him from the airport to his hotel. Very down to Earth and nice guy. I spoke with him the next day during the filming as I was an extra in one of the scenes! He also introduced me to Sarah Shahi (who is gorgeous) so that helps. Some of Joshua’s best work was in ‘The Skulls’, ‘Cruel Intentions’ as a gay drug dealer, a cameo in ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, and ‘Scream 2′, His most recent big time role is on FOXs ‘Fringe‘ as Peter Bishop. I truly feel his character is the best on the show. Jackson is a young, attractive, smart, good actor and should have a long career ahead of him.
Also receiving votes: Alshon Jeffery, Josh Hamilton, & Marcus Lattimore
Dropped from the rankings: Pete Samprass (#2), Slash (#4), Terrence Stamp (#5), Alshon Jeffery & Marcus Lattimore (#6), Harold Baines (#7), Luis Miranda (#8), and Brian Vickers (#10).
Thanks for reading, feel free to let me know who would be in your man crush list, and why you like or don’t like mine. Plus be on the look out for the inaugural 2012 Top 10 Woman Crush List in the near future. You leave your comments below or email them to BruceRWilson3@gmail.com and please follow me on Twitter @BruceRWilson