Friday Oct 21, 2016

Thursday night football – brilliant! (but that game last night blew!)

I haven’t come close to getting over the Sox.

Did you see Adrian Gonzales get thrown out at the plate the other night? He still insists he was safe. Regardless, social media is all over him because of his lack of speed. A couple good ones I heard on ESPN radio: “Gonzales is so slow, he actually looks faster on slow-motion replay.” And – “Adrian Gonzales is so slow, he was rounding third during Vin Scully’s first broadcast.”

Not only is Bill Lee running for Governor or Vermont, the ballot reads – BILL “SPACEMAN” LEE – Liberty Union. But did you know, in 1988 Lee ran for president … on the Canadian Rhinoceros Party’s ticket, best known for promising to repeal the law of gravity.

From the unbelievable dept, a Texas youth football team’s season ended early after backlash grew over the team’s decision to take a knee during the National Anthem. The Bay Area Football League reportedly chose to end the Beaumont Bulls’ season after determining they did not have enough players to compete. The team—comprised of 11 and 12-year-old boys—followed in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick, staging a protest during its Sept. 10 game. It was said that head coach Rah-Rah Barber singled out and pressured players who chose not to kneel. Upset players and parents stopped showing up to practices and games, dropping the number of players on the team from more than 20 to 15.

The Bruins look good but really, was Tuukka too tired to play in game #2?

Edie Simms – a 102-year-old St. Louis woman, was taken into custody by local police, but it was only so she could cross off “getting arrested” from her bucket list. True story.

In case you didn’t hear, Bob Dylan – Noble prize recipient, in literature. After taking nearly a week to acknowledge the award, Dylan then removed reference to his winning the award from his web site. Huh?

Can’t get enough of Big Papi? These are excerpts from an article I read. Great stuff! David Ortiz’s fame has been built on some of the most important hits in the history of the Boston Red Sox, one of the most storied franchises in professional sports in the United States. But saving lives is one of the most important and least recognized aspects in the career of the star from the Dominican Republic, who is affectionately known as “Big Papi.” His numbers and accomplishments have taken a back seat in the player’s order of priorities since February 2005, when he decided to create the David Ortiz Children’s Fund with the sole purpose of saving children with heart problems. “I want to be remembered not as someone who just looked after himself, but as someone who tried to do his bit to make a difference,” Ortiz told ESPNDeportes.com. “There’s no hit, achievement, title or award that can compare with the enormous satisfaction of giving a child their smile back.” Since it was founded, the David Ortiz Children’s Fund has raised nearly $3 million and funded heart surgery for hundreds of children from the Dominican Republic and the New England area. The majority of these children come from families without resources or access to the medical services needed to save their lives. Last year, in which 70 children underwent surgery, a Dominican hospital named its pediatric department after Ortiz, and the newspaper Diario Libre named him Man of the Year. During the final weekend of this year’s regular season in Boston, the Red Sox presented him with a number of gifts, including donating $1 million to his fund. “God has given me much more than I deserve and the most logical way of thanking him is by helping others. Acting as a channel to help save lives and bring joy to children and their families,” Ortiz said. “There can be no greater happiness.”

For my fellow sleep apnea sufferers… Mike Napoli partly credits his recent success to November 2014 surgery at Mass General to address his sleep apnea. He says it not only helped to maximize his power but also bettered his life. For those of thinking you should get the same surgery, said Napoli: “It was an 8 1⁄2 hour surgery, I was in the ICU for 2 1⁄2 days. I couldn’t work out for three months.” BTW, I love his pizza!

Tim Tebow, now just doing it all, was credited with comforting a fan who was having a seizure during a game Tebow was playing in. He went over to the guy, prayed and talked college football with him. He stayed with him for 15-20 minutes. Nice.

Yesterday I “celebrated” 30 years with John Hancock/Wellpoint/Anthem. Now I’m OK with my age, my kids’ ages, how long I’ve been married… but 30 years at the same company? That hurts.

Speaking of insurance, today’s sign of the apocalypse: MetLife has rebranded itself and in doing so dropped Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The insurance firm is “opting for a more simple identity” with the tagline “MetLife. Navigating life together”.

I’m not rooting for the Cubs and not rooting for Tito. Not rooting for anyone. What’s wrong with that?

Speaking of the Bruins, what a great goal scored by Bergeron last night off a great feed from Marchard. You gotta look it up.

That’s all I got. Good night everybody!

“Leaves are falling all around,
It’s time I was on my way.
Thanks to you I’m much obliged
For such a pleasant stay.”

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