Posted June 20, 2013 10:28 AM
Updated June 20, 2013 12:16 PM

RIP, James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini :: Bob Riha Jr/Getty Images

If you’ve come to Hot Clicks today for sports stuff, here’s what you need to know:

* NBC’s Austin, Texas affiliate missed the Blackhawks’ game-winning overtime goal against the Bruins last night … because they accidentally cut to a network promo.

* Joe Torre‘s daughter saved a one-year-old boy who had fallen out of a second-story window.

* One NFL writer got into a Twitter fight with Urkel while another NFL reporter got into a Twitter fight with a mascot.

If you came here for a Lovely Lady of the  Day, you can check out these brand news pics of SI Swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen on GQ.com.

With that out of the way, we can now pay tribute to James Gandolifini, who passed away yesterday at 51. I’m not qualified to sit here and properly sum up Gandolfini’s career and legacy. For that, I strongly suggest you read what his co-workers have said about him, Alan Sepinwall‘s column, this piece from Slate.com and/or this remembrance from GQ.

The only perspective I can give you is this: The Sopranos is my all-time favorite television show. Tony Soprano is my all-time favorite television character, and no actor has done a better job portraying a character than James Gandolfini. If you want to say other actors have been just as good, that’s fine. Nobody, though, was better. Here is a little trip down memory lane. WARNING: ALL VIDEOS CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE AND MOST HAVE VIOLENCE.

The Sunday dinners were a staple of The Sopranos. Many times they ended up being the best scenes in an episode because you had several characters together and things ended up heated, which anyone who has Sunday family dinners can understand.

Food played an enormous role in Tony’s life. Yes, he loved his cold cuts and ziti, but he had varied tastes.

He loved his cereal, but could also make it fly across the room when Janice pissed him off.

He became obsessed with sushi.

He fantasized about Lo Mein.

He liked his orange juice with SOME pulp.

The biggest staple in Tony’s diet, though, might have been ice cream. Normally, he had the bowl propped on his chest with his feet up while he watched television.

Perhaps the best compliment we can give James Gandolfini is that despite …

Killing Ralphie.

Killing Tony Blundetto.

And killing Big Pussy.

We loved him anyway. And we especially loved his relationship with Carmela. Sure, they had some tense therapy sessions.

And there was the temporary breakup, which produced the greatest scene in the show’s history.

But we always loved hearing him say “Carm” and wanted them together despite their highly dysfunctional relationship.

To figure out how Gandolfini was able to pull that off, watch him out on Inside the Actor’s Studio.

Or to see him with his cast members outside of an episode of The Sopranos, check out this David Letterman Top 10 List.

Of course, we can only the end the tribute with one video.

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9 comments
ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

I'm a longtime hot clicks fan and i loved this one. Great tribute to Gandolfini!

bkbroiler8
bkbroiler8

I must say that this was a really lame Hot Clicks.  Jimmy should have just created a shrine page to Gandolfini and linked to it.   Poor showing.  

Bahia
Bahia

It was really an American masterpiece, The Sopranos.  If it was a book, it would be a great American literary work of its time, along the line of Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, and Hunter Thompson.  Because it was also performance art, Gandolfini had a great deal to do with its critical and popular success.

Gamma1099
Gamma1099

I was a casual Sopranos fan.  After the disgrace of the final episode, I vowed never to watch a moment of this garbage ever again.

Scottakruh
Scottakruh

The show got progressively worse after the first year, but even at its worst it was better than every other show on the air.

joshua33nelson
joshua33nelson

I must be the only person around who could care less about this actor.

bkbroiler8
bkbroiler8

I gotta say this as well: I like Gandolfini, but Tony Soprano was one of the most disgusting people on TV.  He eats like a hog at a trough. 

Bahia
Bahia

@bkbroiler8   I like the Sopranos, but I too was really interested in catching the LLOD and maybe something from the Bruins Blackhawk game last night.