Friday, May 5, 2017

Briefly.

Trivia question #1: Who ran the fastest Kentucky Derby? Kingman, Genuine Risk, Secretariat, American Pharoah, Seattle Slew

Trivia question #2: What is the entry fee for the Kentucky Derby?

I came across a reference to a first baseman as a “first sacker.”

I hear Nordstrom is coming out with underwear with skid marks. They’ll sell for $100 a pair.

This is wrong on countless levels. 32-year old Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna from Hyderabad, India was arrested for allegedly staging an elaborate hoax about an airport hijack plot. According to a statement, he emailed Mumbai police claiming to be a woman who overheard six men at a hotel plotting to hijack planes in the cities of Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai the next day. But Krishna ended up admitting he made it all up after police tracked him down by tracing the IP address on the computer the email was sent off from. Krishna staged the hoax after his online girlfriend proposed a holiday to Mumbai but he couldn’t afford it and was afraid she wouldn’t “speak” to him again if he said no. He created a fake airline ticket, emailed it to his girlfriend, then tipped off police about the phony terror plot from an internet caf�. His thought was that if the airport cancelled the flight it wouldn’t be his fault! Krishna was arrested on four charges, including impersonation and providing false information. He could face five years in jail and a fine. Oh, and he is married and has a child.

I very rarely watch America’s Funniest Home Videos but had it on last Sunday. Difficult to get through three in a row without crackin’ up.

“And down the stretch they come!”

I watched Sports Center the other morning and saw that the NHL playoffs are still going on. My apologies to my puckhead friends.

For those in the area, remember that big, unwelcomed snowstorm we had in March?? No, neither do I.

Paul Pierce. I was never his biggest fan but, he did help bring another banner to Boston. Good for him.

The Baltimore Orioles. What happened with Adam Jones is wrong and isn’t going away any time soon. Can we agree that everything to do with Manny Machado is completely unrelated? Buck Showalter might tell you differently but those are two separate things going on there. While not to downplay the inexcusable Adam Jones issue, I want to talk about Machado. Did he deserve to be thrown at, yes. Both times. First, for spiking Pedroia and second as follow up to Mookie getting plunked. If you want to tell me that is wrong, then explain the justification for Mookie getting thrown at.

Deshaun Watson, Clemson, saw his dream come true last Thursday night when he was the first-round pick of the Houston Texans. It was a long, difficult road to that point for Watson. His mother had her tongue surgically removed as she battled cancer when Watson was a teenager, beating all odds to be there for her son on draft night. Shortly after Watson was drafted, he was handed a letter from his mom. He read it and almost instantly broke down, overwhelmed with emotion. An excerpt from the letter: “I watched you play your first flag football game all the way to the last college game. To be here at the NFL draft and see you walk across the stage is a dream come true. I’m so proud of the man and the person you became.” Very touching story indeed. And there I was thinking he was crying because he got drafted by the Texans!

I asked the “entry fee” for the Kentucky Derby. There are other fees, but what is the “entry fee”?

The Red Sox can’t hit. Go figure. And please, don’t bother telling me it has something to do with Big Papi. He ain’t walking through that door…

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Complaints to Japanese game publisher Bandai Namco have landed their mark, and the studio is removing a boxing kangaroo named Roger Jr. from its upcoming fighting game,Tekken 7. It’s unclear whether it was PETA that lodged any complaints but executive producer Katsuhiro Harada says sensitivities towards kangaroos prompted the developers to omit Roger Jr.

My pick, State of Honor. DYK, the Kentucky Derby is the longest continuous held sporting event in the United States, first run in 1875.

The Celtics have become “must-watch basketball.”

Trivia answer #1: Secretariat (1:59.40 in 1973)

Trivia answer #2: $25,000. DTK, there is an additional “starting fee” of $25,000 as well as a minimum $500 “jockey mount fee” to starters that finish beyond third place.

“I know I dreamed you a sin and a lie

I have my freedom but I don’t have much time

Faith has been broken, tears must be cried

Let’s do some living after we die

Wild horse couldn’t drag me away

Wild, wild horses, we’ll ride them someday”

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