This article is part of our Rebound & Rant series.
It's a long fantasy season; sometimes you gotta stop and laugh. You don't need me to tell you to pick up Tomas Satoransky, do you? No, but we can add some nice late-season levity.
When the Celtics start to disappoint and my bourbon glass is almost empty, it's time for @Super70sSports, the hilarious and proudly inappropriate ode to 1970s sports feed run by Chicago-based sociology professor Ricky Cobb. The 46-year-old Cobb has the wit of Richard Pryor, the delivery of a three-drinks-in Pat Summerall and the sports knowledge of a crusty Bob Ryan. No twitter feed uses the terms "badassery" and "gonads" better than @Super70sSports.
This is our second time chatting with Mr. Cobb. Click here to see our first interview.
RotoWire: Lots of interesting chatter recently from LeBron James saying he's the GOAT. As an aficionado of the game in the 70's and 80's, who's your NBA GOAT? Where does LeBron rank amongst your favorites?
Ricky Cobb of @Super70sSports: Oh, man, LeBron James is one of my favorite players, there's never been anyone else quite like him. To be great, you have to BELIEVE you're great. So good for him that he feels that way. But Michael Jordan is the best player ever. He had an assassin's heart and I've always believed champions need some a-hole in their game. 'Bron is a nice guy.
Here's Michael Jordan playing ping pong while Larry Bird gets drunk on the floor. pic.twitter.com/BwoFfCoAyy— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) February 23, 2018
Name your Top Five All-NBA Facial Hair team? I'll confess, I'm partial to Artis Gilmore.
@Super70sSports: Gilmore is a wise choice. I met that cat at a bar last year and he looks like he could still ball. Let's round out that top five with the ABA's Willie Wise, Pete Maravich (look it up), Mike Gminski and, of course, the captain of the squad, James Harden.
The NBA was better when bearded guys tried hook shots over dudes with male pattern baldness. Don't tell me otherwise pic.twitter.com/hEpfE0GSkt— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) August 4, 2018
NBA Commish Adam Silver has made it clear the Association is okey-dokey with gambling. Name your All-NBA "The Hangover" Las Vegas road-trip squad.
@Super70sSports: Hey, the ABA is your The Hangover league! Gotta ride with Marvin "Bad News" Barnes and the Spirits of St. Louis. They didn't need Vegas, either. Every road trip was an adventure with that crew.
The Spirits of St. Louis saw your team photo and are not impressed. pic.twitter.com/lGAbkwOG6S— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) November 19, 2017
Is it just me, or do you also miss the days of the dominant big man? There's something about James Harden iso-plays that makes me yearn for a Jabbar hook shot or an Olajuwon dream shake. Who is your favorite, historic NBA big man?
@Super70sSports: People always talk Wilt vs. Russell. The correct answer is Kareem. As far as a personal favorite NBA big man? Bill Walton, janky foot and all. Major bonus points for being crazy.
Bill Walton smoked so much weed in 1979 that he wore these goggles for an entire month because he thought he was from the future. pic.twitter.com/ACsgn4d70X— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) February 26, 2018
I'm in New England and get to enjoy Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn broadcasting Celtics games. I think they are in year 31 together. Heinsohn was known to fire up some cancer sticks. If you could go back in time, who would you like to have a post-game smoke with?
@Super70sSports: Indiana Pacers coach Slick Leonard, no question.
Always coach with the beer and lung dart in the same hand in case you have to gesture. pic.twitter.com/QH5sPnSdI0— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) March 28, 2018
What's the number one thing that was better about basketball in the 70's relative to today's game?
@Super70sSports: The uniforms. Seems that every team today has 25 uniform variations and 80% of them either suck or don't make any sense.
The only Cavaliers uniform I'll ever accept as legitimate. pic.twitter.com/BFuYAaZgNc— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) December 10, 2018
Thank you, Ricky!!! I can't help adding two more tweets...
Harry Caray informs Ted Williams it's beer thirty. pic.twitter.com/XiAOPRINLX— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) January 20, 2019
Playing streetball with Dr. J sounds awesome until he goes nuclear on your ass. pic.twitter.com/Uifz6GUqLW— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) July 4, 2017
By the way, here's a recent gem from Gorman and Heinsohn:
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) April 18, 2018