For those loyal readers of Rumors and Rants, you know two things about me.
One, I love sports.
And two, anything that has to do with “Teen Wolf” is gold to me (except “Teen Wolf Too”).
I’m not kidding. Before intramural basketball games in college, I would listen to Mark Safan’s “Win In The End,” just to get that little extra pep in my step. The song plays during one of Celluloid’s Greatest Moments of All-Time. I’m still not sure if it worked for me. I’m pretty positive my averages of 1.2 points, 2.4 airballs, 3.4 last-second duckouts on charge attempts and 8.9 floor burns wouldn’t have been any higher regardless.
Maybe you remember an old R&R classic post regarding overlooked actresses in sports films.
So, now that I’ve laid out my “Teen Wolf” credentials, let me divulge that Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Greg White is my new favorite player in the NFL.
White had his name legally changed to Stylez G, White. It rolls off the tongue doesn’t it. Styyyylez. It’s so much better than Chad Ocho Cinco.
Better than how cool the name sounds, is the reason why White picked such a new colorful name.
According to BucsReport.com, White picked the name because he’s a big fan of, you guessed it, “Teen Wolf.”
“That was his best friend’s name. I always liked that name. It’s not that I don’t like Greg White.”
As BucsReport.com points out, Scott Howard’s best friend in the movie was Rupert “Stiles” Stilinski. White took some obvious liberties with the name making sure “Stylez” was almost correctly spelled (ala Fabolous).
White told The Tampa Tribune, “You can always remember Stylez White. Greg White, nobody knows Greg White.”
Who is Greg White, er Stylez G, White? He led the vaunted Buccanners defense in sacks last season with eight. I remember reading a heart-warming piece in The Miami Herald last year when I was home for the holidays about White’s road back to NFL success, which included record-breaking performances in Arena Football League (currently in purgatory).
Strangely enough, more has been written about an auxiliary character from a 1985 comedy than White (and in my mind, rightly so). For more information on the original Stiles click here. This has to be some film school student’s dissertation on Stiles’ role in “Teen Wolf.”
Here’s a taste:
One man cuts through the lugubrious dreamworld of “Teen Wolf,” like a rainbow across a murky sky. Jerry Levine as Stiles, the Beacontown High class clown, best guy-friend to the hero, and the designated comic relief of comedy film, creates a character of strange dimension and a key pivot-point for the psychodrama locked inside “Teen Wolf.”
Epically beautiful. Just when you’re about to lose faith in humanity something like this comes across your desk. Just in time for the holidays, a lifesaver thrown your way.