Ranking Stuff

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked the question: “Tom, what’s your 11th favorite football team? Your 6th favorite superhero? In your opinion, the 92nd best movie of all time??”

Folks ask these questions because they know, I’m a list person. I keep a running tally of all things. Sitcoms? Yes, M*A*S*H was the best, but The Fresh Prince ranks a solid 7th. Greatest American Presidents? I’ll give you Abe Lincoln – who can argue with that one – but anyone who doesn’t think that Lyndon Johnson deserves his top ten ranking is in for a fight and I’m gonna win.

Yes, I rank all things. And it isn’t easy. Rankings can change, as new information comes to light or as personal moods or levels of growth change. I can tell you, for example, that I wasn’t a huge fan of Bill Clinton as the President of the United States at the time of his run, but he looks better in the rear view than he looked at the time. I can tell you that I’ve hated the New England Patriots many times – notably this past February – but generally they make my top five list. I can even tell you that there are probably great sitcoms that deserve to be on my list that aren’t, because I’ve never seen them (30 Rock, Scrubs, The Office, Arrested Development)*. I could probably rank in order many things I’ve never seen.

In fact, according to Flickchart, the greatest movie I’ve never seen is Alien. I’ve seen and enjoyed all the sequels but I’ve never seen the original. Ashamedly, that list also includes Casablanca, Dr Strangelove, Taxi Driver, Chinatown, and Apocalypse Now. Wasn’t Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now? For my money he was the greatest fictional president of all time.

Regardless, I’m not here to opine for hours (although you know I could), I’m here to answer your questions. So, in that light, here are a few of my favorite things:


In order: Rams, Patriots, Chargers, Broncos, Steelers, Saints, Chiefs, Panthers, Bears, Packers, Ravens, Giants, Colts, Eagles, Vikings, Bengals, Lions, Browns, Redskins, Falcons, Dolphins, Cardinals, Jaguars, Titans, Texans, Bucs, Bills, Jets, Raiders, Seahawks, Niners, Cowboys.

So, if you’re wondering who I’m rooting for in any particular game, consult the chart. If the Eagles play the Bears, I’m rooting for the Bears. Vikings and Raiders? Vikings. If the Seahawks and Niners play each other I’m rooting for an asteroid.

Incidentally, my 11th favorite football team is the Baltimore Ravens.


As far as superheroes go, my two all-time favorites are Captain Mar-Vell and Adam Warlock. Who and who? I know you know of one Captain Marvel from one slightly disappointing recent Marvel Comics film, but that’s not the one I’m talking about. I’m not talking about the other Captain Marvel, either, the one that yells “Shazam!” and doesn’t own the rights to his own name. I’m talking about “the most cosmic superhero of all time!” who died of cancer in 1982. Thanos’ real arch-foe. And Adam Warlock? Well, he started as HIM and became the savior of Counter-Earth and a soul-sucking vampire and, also, Thanos’ real arch-foe, too. Both, by the way, were characters revamped by Jim Starlin, who also created Thanos. See a pattern?

So, in order, my 10 favorite superheroes are Captain Mar-Vell, Adam Warlock, Yellowjacket, The Hulk, Silver Surfer, Nova, Thor, Vision, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and The Thing. Thusly, my 6th favorite superhero is Richard Rider, the man called Nova.


Very briefly, the 92th best movie of all time, according to my Flickchart, is The Shawshank Redemption. Great flick.

But Seriously Folks

I honestly started today’s entry with one thing in mind: rank the candidates for President of the United States, in order, as of this moment in time. Look, it only took me 625 words to get to the point, so get off my case. So, in my opinion (in order), the ten best next possible presidents of the United States are as follows:

  1. Mayor Pete
  2. Kamala Harris
  3. Elizabeth Warren
  4. Andrew Yang
  5. Julian Castro
  6. Bernie Sanders
  7. Cory Booker
  8. Beto
  9. Anyone else currently running not named Donald Trump or Joe Biden.
  10. Joe Biden

As always, I reserve the right to change the order on any of the aforementioned lists except the Rams one. Now go have a great Sunday, folks. Shazam!

*Italics for show titles purposely not used, because.

44 thoughts on “Ranking Stuff

  1. Even though I’m a pretty big fan of Stanley Kubrick films, I never saw Dr. Strangelove until about a year or two ago. I’m glad I waited. It has never been more timely — hilariously and terrifyingly so in equal measure. Your ranking of the Dem candidates is damn near identical to what mine would be.

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  2. Much respect to you Tom, I thought I was the only one (in the entire country) that ranks Lyndon Johnson in the top ten of presidents. I’m not just saying that because I’m from Texas. But his contributions to this country have pretty much gone unrecognized. Also, I’m glad that you ranked the Steelers within your top 10, much more respect to you my friend. But, I’m just a tad disappointed to not find Deadpool ranked in your superhero list at all 🤔.
    Your film rankings are very interesting as well, Shawshank Redemption, a classic in my mind, I just saw it again yesterday. But Dr. Strangelove, that is a masterpiece!

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    1. Yes, Dr Strangelove is one I have somehow managed to miss! So important, too, all things considered. Shawshank Redemption is a GREAT movie, I just like 91 other movies better. 😁

      Deadpool is a hilarious movie (one I enjoy more than SR, by the way) but the comic book character has always been “meh” to me. In fact, I’ve never bought any of his books. 🤣 I should have pointed out that I’m ranking comic book superheroes in that list, which is far different than movie superheroes (in which Tony Stark/Iron Man/Downey Jr is the all-time #1).

      Thank you for the respect and response. Go Steelers!

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  3. You remember this?

    So, rather than a top X, what I did was to take ALL my chosen items and rank them into 10 buckets. If it’s in a bucket, it’s on the list. Making the list is the hard part. But once there, at what spot does it fit, which ones do you read/watch/visit/eat, in which order?

    Ranking is all good and well, but it falls short of a complete solution. At least its way better than rating – which blows.

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    1. It had been a while but, yes, as I started to read I remembered! Mayor Pete and Kamala Harris are Alpha-level candidates, and the Patriots and Chargers are Beta-level teams. 😉


  4. Wow. You got skills Brother Tom. You had me at Mash, lost me at never having seen the original Alien… list of presidents? I get all nauseated when there is talk politics.(TOO SOON, SANDERS SAGA… again.) Football today, baseball tomorrow, when and where is the Olympics? I must tell you, I love lists! I especially love lists that I can do! Like watching Alien but Aliens was better! 😊💫 cool skill.

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    1. Aliens was great! I especially loved Bill Paxton in that one! Hey, maybe I should do a list of best Bill Paxton roles (in honor of his passing in 2017)! Gonna be hard to beat his role as Chet in Weird Science!!

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  5. Your lists are much better than my lists. Mine involve work that has to be done, or grocery supplies. The thing is, I don’t know that I could come up with a top 10 anything…especially when it comes to music. And that’s where I’d begin…but I’d never be able to complete the list because I’d keep changing my mind. I didn’t notice music as a category in your lists. Same problem as me or it just didn’t come up? Mona

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    1. I have those mundane lists, too! And just like the others they are constantly changing. My to-do list gets rewritten entirely at least once a week!

      I sat down and composed partial “favorite Billy Joel songs” list on Sunday, so I have lists for those, too! So, in this write up, as you said, it just didn’t come up. Been a list person all my life. It’s a sickness but if I had to rank sicknesses, it would be the best kind! 😁

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    1. Fascinating! Not only the Captain Canuck part (I’m a Nelvana of the Northern Lights fan, myself) but also the fact that, north of the border, you don’t see anyone in the field that can beat Trump. That’s disturbing. This is a hella divided country and I fear for its future. Is Canada ready to step up as the leader of the free world and beacon of hopeful democracy?


  6. Something I like to point out is that “rank” is also an adjective, but still it’s fun to make these sorts of lists. It can also be helpful. And while I won’t argue with most of your choices and have to give you enormous props for including the egregiously underrated Namor in your list why doesn’t Spider-Man crack the top ten? Heck, Spider-Man is in the top ten on my list of the best spiders–he’s number eight, just below Phidippus audax and right above Nephila clavipes.
    Also if you ever get around to seeing Dr. Strangelove I think you’ll enjoy it immensely, although these days it might hit a little too close to home.

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    1. I get asked that question all the time: Why isn’t Spider-Man in Tom’s Top Ten? The answer may be related to overexposure though that doesn’t seem affect the Hulk, eh? Also, notably, Iron Man doesn’t make my top ten comic book superheroes (although he’s my #1 movie superhero) and no DC character cracks the list. I’m quite certain both Peter Parker and Tony Stark come into the next ten on the list, and probably Superman, too. But, then again, maybe not.* I haven’t downloaded or bought a single Spider-Man comic since I was young and probably haven’t read anything Superman since, maybe, Red Son. I don’t know, these lists are amorphous and arbitrary and, really, off the cuff half the time. It really is just rank subjectivity, jack. 😉

      *I would make a distinction between my list of “favorite” superheroes and a list of “greatest superheroes of all time.” In the former, yeah, I love Mar-Vell. In the latter it is, hands down, Superman.

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  7. I would have a hard time nailing down most of these lists. Football? Patriots and Packers and Cowboys last, like your list.
    Movies? NFW is Shawshank, the greatest movie ever about the triumph of the human spirit and Karmic justice EVER number 92.
    Presidential candidates? I would rank every one of them beyond 100. Just a terrible group, remember… My opinion brother.
    My list of favorite bloggers… Tom is way up there

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    1. Thank you, Billy! I’ve been absentee again so sorry. I have one queued up and ready to post after a few grammar corrections, links, and a title pic, and it’s all about democracy and our one chance to rescue it in 2020. You’ll enjoy it. 😉

      As for the rest, it really is hard to rank. As you probably guessed a lot of it was made up on the fly and most of it was tongue-in-cheek. Totally with you on the Cowboys, though. For me it’s because of Jerry Jones and Ezekiel Elliot’s ridiculous midriff shirts…

      As I mentioned to someone else, I’ve only seen Shawshank once, and remember it to be pretty good and kind of a one-off movie (you know, once you get the surprise ending it’s kind of over). HOWEVER, I am willing to admit I’m probably wrong about that since I know so many who rated #1 and watch it over and over. Someday I’ll get around to seeing it again and, who knows, it may just fly up the charts.

      The candidates? My order of preference has already altered and will continue to do so as this thing progresses, but I stand by my assertion previous: this is the best list running we’ve seen in a while. Could be even better if a guy like Kasich (or maybe even Romney) could jump in as a primary challenger to the buffoon. We shall see. But your opinion is always welcome and valued! To democracy! 🍻

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