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(Baltimore Sun)   Colts legend Artie Donovan dies   (baltimoresun.com) divider line 30
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2013-08-04 10:53:18 PM
89.  Pretty good for a pro football player who ate and drank with wild abandon.
 
2013-08-04 11:09:33 PM
Hey, how much does this guy weigh?
 
2013-08-04 11:51:21 PM
I thought he would be 100 at this point. Entertaining guy.
 
2013-08-05 12:16:26 AM
I raise a hotdog in his honor.
 
2013-08-05 12:16:33 AM
He was one of a kind. Rest in peace.
 
2013-08-05 12:17:13 AM
My dad would never shut up about Art Donovan and Gino Marchetti.  He had a soft spot for sports legends that let him buy them dinner.

/NTTAWWT
 
2013-08-05 12:30:10 AM
Good Night, Fatso.
 
2013-08-05 12:37:12 AM
My dad was at an event at Art's country club yesterday (retirement lunch for church pastor). He went into the bar and saw Art's son (Bartending) standing under a painting of Sr and said it was like a mirror... he asked the son how Sr was doing, son shook his head and said "Not good".  Guess it was even worse than that :(

/goodnight, funny defensive-tackle-man.
 
2013-08-05 12:38:01 AM
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2013-08-05 12:44:17 AM
Art's shtick got old fast on Letterman, especially his "these guys today would never last a minute with us.  We played real football...blah blah blah.
 
2013-08-05 12:46:47 AM
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RIP Donovan
 
2013-08-05 01:12:08 AM
 
2013-08-05 01:36:41 AM

MizzouGuy: Art's shtick got old fast on Letterman, especially his "these guys today would never last a minute with us.  We played real football...blah blah blah.


I was gonna blast you for that, but I read some of your greens listed in your profile and I just can't.
 
2013-08-05 01:39:25 AM

MizzouGuy: Art's shtick got old fast on Letterman, especially his "these guys today would never last a minute with us.  We played real football...blah blah blah.


Yeah, most things that currently generate "roughing the passer" flags were fine, horsecollars, clotheslines, and head-to-head shots were perfectly legal, as were hard hits on defenseless receivers. Offensive linemen couldn't extend their arms in the course of blocking. Most of what gets called as PI today was called "good coverage". If you replaced the 220 lb. 5.5/40 guys of 1955 with the 265 lb. 4.5/40 steroid beasts of today playing their positions, and let the modern players play under those old rules, they'd probably manage to inflict lethal injuries on at least one person every game. Nonetheless, I'm sure Art had a measurable amount of brain damage from football, as do most people who played regularly beyond high school. Look at it this way. Your line of bullshiat, whatever it is, is best represented as a tape loop. This is why, after being married to someone for around 3-5 years, you are going to come to the realization that you've now heard everything they are ever going to have to say. The person you've married is merely running a neurochemical tape loop, as are we all. The smarter, and  more broadly experienced, and better educated you are, the longer that loop tends to be.  When your brain starts to go, that tape starts getting more and more bits edited out, 'til you find yourself on Letterman uttering inanities and boring people to tears. Or something like that.
 
2013-08-05 07:38:34 AM
Helpful hint to future journalists: When it's time to use one, take "advanceobit" out of the URL.
 
2013-08-05 07:42:13 AM
I have a soft spot for Donovans (it's my mom's maiden name), and this one is no exception.  Farewell, crazy old timey-football guy.
 
2013-08-05 08:16:28 AM
Loved his ESPN commercials
 
2013-08-05 09:02:36 AM
I was lucky enough to host him and spend a few hours partying with him.  A very nice, funny man.

Rest in peace sir.
 
2013-08-05 10:09:32 AM
"If my wife don't send me off with a case of Schlitz in the coffin, I'm gonna haunt her."

RIP Funny Football Guy
 
2013-08-05 10:14:21 AM

MizzouGuy: Art's shtick got old fast on Letterman, especially his "these guys today would never last a minute with us.  We played real football...blah blah blah.


On the other hand, anybody like Donovan who was at Luzon and Iwo Jima in his pre-NFL years would look at any era of football and think it a stroll in the park.
 
2013-08-05 11:28:55 AM

Gulper Eel: MizzouGuy: Art's shtick got old fast on Letterman, especially his "these guys today would never last a minute with us.  We played real football...blah blah blah.

On the other hand, anybody like Donovan who was at Luzon and Iwo Jima in his pre-NFL years would look at any era of football and think it a stroll in the park.


Warren Spahn played briefly for the Braves, impressing nobody, before World War II. He came back from the Battle of the Bulge and became one of the greatest pitchers ever. He once said "I felt like, wow what a great way to make a living. If I goof up, there's going to be a relief pitcher coming in there. Nobody's going to shoot me."
 
2013-08-05 12:11:27 PM
For those who want to see him on Letterman vs. just read about it here:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQUIFFA2Lgw">http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=YQUIFFA2Lgw
 
2013-08-05 01:09:00 PM
A couple of his quotes


"He runs like a camel. A really pissed off camel."

-Baltimore Colt defensive tackle Art "Fatso" Donovan on quarterback Johnny Unita's running ability

"The best way to die is to sit under a tree, eats lots of bologna and salami, drink a case of beer and blow up."

-Art Donovan on life
 
2013-08-05 01:43:28 PM
CSB time -

My old man and I used to love sitting around and watching the old NFL Films specials where they covered the old days with guys like Donovan and I fell in love with the guy instantly, how can you not. A few years later(this is like '92 or '93) we were on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and who do we see just sitting on a bench in downtown, none other than Fatso himself. I was going nuts but my dad kept saying, "Leave him be, the guy is on vacation" but I couldn't resist. I was probably 12 or 13 at the time, not like the guy was going to tell me to get farked or something. I walked up to him and said something along the lines of "Excuse me, Mr. Donovan I just wanted to say that my dad and I are huge fans. I just wanted to say hello and shake your hand." He was totally stunned that some random kid recognized him in the middle of downtown Puerto Vallarta. He stood up, shook my hand and says, "How does a kid your age know about an old man like me?"
I explained to him how my dad and I watched NFL films and I loved old school football and how guys today are pansies and so on. He asked if I played football which I did so we talked about that and he gave me some sage advice. He asked where I was from, told him Chicago so we talked about the Bears and some other random stuff. Probably talked for about 5 minutes until his wife came out of one of the shops. She walks up and he starts going off about how I recognized him and that I was a big fan and now she's talking me up. All in all the guy was as nice as could be and just a big old softy. My only regret was not getting a picture with him, well that and not being old enough to ask him to grab a beer. They sure as hell don't make 'em like that anymore.

/CSB and such
//RIP Fatso, you made my day many years ago
 
2013-08-05 02:34:10 PM
Last year, my sister had her wedding reception at his place in Maryland.  We were all partying away, and Art just stops by the bar and has a drink, talks to lots of folks there.  Really cool dude, a legend for sure.
 
2013-08-05 03:51:16 PM

Twitch Boy: Hey, how much does this guy weigh?


Came for this.
 
2013-08-05 04:20:01 PM

Twitch Boy: Hey, how much does this guy weigh?


I dunno, but it's dropping fast.
 
2013-08-05 04:55:45 PM

KellyKellyKelly: Twitch Boy: Hey, how much does this guy weigh?

Came for this.


same here.
 
2013-08-05 05:09:23 PM

KellyKellyKelly: Twitch Boy: Hey, how much does this guy weigh?

Came for this.


Just went through and watched the best of Art Donovan at King of the Ring '94.  And by "Best Of", I mean a 12 minute video of questions from a very confused individual with a live microphone.
 
2013-08-06 01:44:31 AM

The_Y2P_Problem: KellyKellyKelly: Twitch Boy: Hey, how much does this guy weigh?

Came for this.

Just went through and watched the best of Art Donovan at King of the Ring '94.  And by "Best Of", I mean a 12 minute video of questions from a very confused individual with a live microphone.


I got the VHS tape of KOTR '94 as a gift and only watched it once.  It was just too painful.  Someone at WWE should have been fired for that.
 
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