Friday, Feb 17, 2017

Briefly.

 Pitchers and catchers report!

 It’s February. Celebrate American Heart Month!

 If you didn’t see PGA legend Gary Player on the treadmill recently, here you go. The guy is 81! (the guy on the treadmill next to him is priceless) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11a-tFxOyaY

 Trivia: How many victories in Major tournaments did Gary Player have during his PGA career?

 So MLB is experimenting in the lowest level of the minor leagues by automatically putting a runner on 2nd base in extra innings. What an absolute joke!

 The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled defenseman Jake Dotchin from Syracuse (AHL). I just find it kinda funny that Tampa’s minor league hockey affiliate is in Syracuse, or as we used to call it “Siberacuse”.

 On February 1st, 2005 Yogi Berra filed a lawsuit with the New York supreme court against Turner Broadcaster System due to a ‘Sex in the City’ ad which used the Hall of Famer’s name as a possible answer concerning the definition of yogasm. The choices included a) a type of yo-yo trick, b) sex with Yogi Berra and c) what Samatha has with a guy from yoga class.

 Two thoughts are keeping me warm nowadays, the Pats SB win and the first Sox exhibition game on February 25th.

 In an Erie Otters Hockey Club game, an offense player lost his stick in the opposing end, while a defenseman did the same. Because the offensive player’s players stick was closer to him, the defenseman picked it up and starting playing. The offensive player then went over, picked up the defenseman’s stick and immediately scored a goal.

 This week’s sign of the apocalypse – Harvard computer science students were ripped for only including two genders in their new dating app.

 The New England Revolution traded Bobby Shuttleworth to Minnesota for Femi Hollinger-Janzen.

 If you thought Burger King wasn’t a romantic enough destination for a Valentine’s Day date, they were willing to sweeten the deal with a couple of beers and a sex toy. In a deal offered only in Israel, and only after 6pm this past Tuesday, the chain was selling an “Adults Meal” that came with two Whoppers and two packs of fries, as well as beers and the “adult toy”. The toys allegedly included a satin mask and a feather duster. Conversely, Valentine’s Day was banned this year in Pakistan.

 Last week I mentioned Jae Crowder’s quest to become just the 8th player to join the 180-club. Kwami Leonard is actually closer right now at 48.7% (FG %), 39.5% (3’s) 89.9 (FT %).

 Congratulations to the Crimson Tide of Harvard for their 1st Beanpot win since 1993. Teddy Donato notched one goal in the 6-3 final over BU, getting one for coach Dad. Is it me or does everyone automatically root for Northeastern and Harvard every year?

 Have you seen Bruins GM Don Sweeney lately? That dude could use some sleep!

 2017 World Press Photo of the year, the off-duty Turkish policeman standing over Russia’s ambassador whom he had just fatally shot. If you don’t recall the picture, look it up. Pretty disturbing.

 Earlier this week the Warriors’ Draymond Green had a first-ever triple-double where he did not score 10 or more points. His line – 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals (only 4 points).

 Monopoly maker Hasbro is asking fans of the classic board game to help choose eight tokens for a new Token Madness version of the 82-year old game to be released this fall, with options form hashtag to smiley face emoji. When it first produced in 1935, Monopoly had six game pieces: the top hat, thimble, shoe, battleship, cannon and iron; pieces like the horse and rider, purse and lantern were added later but ultimately retired. The current roster of eight pieces includes the Scottie dog, shoe, battleship, race car, thimble, wheelbarrow, top hat and cat – which fans voted in as a replacement for the iron in 2013. Of the 56 new options available they span from the modern (computer, private jet, monster truck) to the retro (typewriter, gramophone) and also include a bread loaf, bathtub, T. rex, penguin, rubber duck, campfire, trumpet, surfboard, rollerskate and bunny slipper. Fans had until Jan 31 to vote. As of just today, the thimble is OUT (one of the original six) and Scottie dog, battleship, car, hat, wheelbarrow, cat and boot will remain. The others will be announced on Mar 31.

 Trivia answer: 9 – Masters (’61, ’74, ’78), U.S. Open (’65), Open Championship (British Open – ’59, ’68, ’74) and PGA Championship (’62, ’72)

 R.I.P. Masaya Nakamura, founder of Namco, January 30, 2017. Widely known as the Father of Pac-Man for his role in bringing the arcade classic – created by designer Toru Iwatani in 1980 – to Japan and to the US via a licensing deal with Midway.

R.I.P. Legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau

 “My eyes are blind but I can see
The snowflakes glisten on the tree
The sun no longer sets me free
I feel the snowflakes freezing me”

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