42 minutes | Aug 16, 2020

Super 70s Sports Spectacular

Now that he's finally back at the helm, the genius behind America's greatest Twitter feed, Super 70s Sports, joins a Very Special Episode of Puttin' Up Numbers to talk (what else?) all things 70s. Ricky Cobb might not be a household name like Joe Namath, Howard Cosell or Evel Knievel but if your birthday falls anywhere from around 1960 to the mid-1970s, Ricky has established himself as a legend. Thanks to his super popular and super funny Twitter account, Super 70's Sports is a must follow for anyone who appreciates great humor, Oscar Gamble’s Afro and cigarette ads that appear to spotlight serial killers. Oh, and if you’re easily offended by some off-color language, follow someone else. Ricky talks as if you’re sitting with him at a bar and you’re already a couple of pitchers in. Our GuestRicky Cobb is a college professor by day and a Tweeting machine by night (and mornings, afternoons or basically whenever he can). When you’re the father of five daughters plus two stepdaughters it’s important to find some quiet time for yourself. Ricky has turned that quiet time into a fledgling media empire that now has him positioned to do everything from stand-up comedy to big-time production deals. With more than 375,000 followers and counting, Super ‘70s Sports captures an era of sports – and plenty of other stuff – that guys like us just can’t get enough of. 1:30 – “Introductions are in order.”Ricky tells us that unlike our childhood heroes, he’s got the athletic talent of a neighborhood dad. Hey, just like us!2:15 – “Looking for an outlet.”Describing the origin story behind one of the most popular Twitter feeds this side of Elon Musk, Ricky says that his love for comedy merged perfectly with his love of sports and the era of sports he grew up cheering for. And he says he’s actually amazed to be talking to us clowns, which is the nicest thing any guest has ever said to us. Hand me a tissue.4:09 -“The balancing act.”Ricky’s Twitter magic takes a ton of blood, sweat and tears. “I created a beast and that beast must be fed to the tune of a couple of dozen posts a day.” That type of pace makes the balancing act with family and the day job a world-class chore.7:06 - “The guys who produced the Evel Knievel commercial took all sort of liberties with physics.” Yes. Yes they did. Although this toy never landed on its wheels, the promotional spot on our TVs every Saturday morning showed him pulling off the perfect jump each and every time. Pathetic to play with the emotions of a 9-year-old.10:44 – “Wow. Rob and Chad Lowe retweeted me.”Ricky’s “Welcome to the NFL” moment came first when Dale Murphy – yes, that Dale Murphy – followed him and then the brothers Lowe retweeted him. That’s big time indeed.21:11 – “I just purchased the 1976 Topps football card set.”Affording the set that includes the vaunted Walter Payton Rookie Card really proves you’ve got game. Ricky grew up studying baseball and football cards like he was studying for a final exam. And if you spend more than 10 minutes following Super ‘70s Sports you’re highly likely to see some of those sports cards. And why so many of those football cards included station wagons parked in the background is anyone’s guess.32:51 – “Kelly Leak is the greatest Little League slugger in the history of our national pastime.”Ricky settles it. Kelly Leak, the chain-smoking, motorcycle riding and baseball smashing center fielder of Chico Bail Bonds’ Bears sits atop Mount Olympus among other 1970s era sports comedy superstardom. Leak’s #3 edged the likes of Reggie Dunlap, Paul Crewe, Nick Nolte and the legendary Bingo Long.Our thanks to the inimitable Ricky Cobb. Pick up some sweet 70s gear at the Super 70s Sports Store: https://www.super70ssportsstore.com
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