Friday, September 1, 2017

Briefly.

This year’s class inducted into the new (last year) PawSox Hall of Fame included Pudge Fisk, Mo Vaughn and Joe Morgan. In case you had no idea, like me, last year’s inaugural class included Wade Boggs, Jim Rice and former owner Ben Mondor,. 

What the…! A health professional in California reported cases where eclipse-viewers sought medical treatment because they put sunscreen on their eyeballs to watch last week’s solar eclipse. I’m speechless. 

Trivia #1: Where was Curt Schilling born: Massachusetts, Hawaii, Texas, Rhode Island, Alaska, Iowa or California?

This past week Chris Sale became the fastest pitcher to reach 1,500 strikeouts. Think about that! The pervious top 4 were, not in order, Nolan Ryan, Kerry Wood, Pedro and Randy Johnson. 

Trivia #2: Earlier this season, Clayton Kershaw was mentioned in the record books. What did he do? Third fasted to 100 wins, third fastest to 2,000 strikeouts, third best ERA for pitchers with at least 1,500 innings, third fasted with in the 50 yard dash?

Conor McGregor lost the fight. Period. Done. I don’t care if he fought better than Mayweather’s previous three opponents or that he supposedly “quieted his doubters.” He lost. The circus has left town. 

The Massachusetts Port Authority says more than 20,000 cars each day enter Logan Airport to pick-up and leave friends or relatives for their flights. They have since agreed to do a study ti impose a fee on those drivers, part of a deal with environmentalists seeking to curb congestion and air pollution amid a surge in airline traffic. – Some might call this a sign of the apocalypse??? 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: A University of Tampa sociology professor has been fired after tweeting that Hurricane Harvey was “instant karma” for Texas voting republican. 

Speaking of the hurricane, jeez! What a catastrophe. 

So Detroit’s Matthew Stafford is now the highest paid player in the NFL. He does have all the numbers to back it up, well, all the numbers expect winning games. 

Japan won the Little League World Series defeating Lufkin, TX 12-2. As if the hurt of the loss wasn’t enough, Lufkin lies about 100 miles northeast of Houston. Japan has now won the Little League World Series 11 times, 5 times in last 8 years. In case you weren’t paying attention, Japan had allowed only one run in the entire tournament heading into Sunday’s game only to see themselves down 2-0 after three batters and two homeruns by Lufkin. From there, well… 

DYK: Little League has a Challenger Division for youth with physical and mental challenges. Champ Pederson, who was born with Down’s Syndrome, was enshrined as a member of the 2017 Little League Hall of Excellence class before the title game. He’s the first player from the Challenger Division to get that honor. Very nice.  

If you played a drinking game and had to drink every time Jonny “do you have my ‘h’” Gomes said, “…at the end of the day…”, you wouldn’t last 4 innings. 

R.I.P. Difficult week for college basketball as the sport lost both Rollie Massimino and Judd Heathcoate, two iconic coaches. 

Some say here’s to the end of summer. I say, here’s to the beginning of fall as the baseball playoffs shape up, college, pro and high school football start up and apple picking season begins. Huh?

Trivia #1 answer: Alaska

Trivia #2 answer: Third fastest to 2,000 strikeouts 

Quote of the week: “I wasn’t particularly close to my Dad before he died… which was lucky, because he trod on a land mine.” – Olaf Falafel 

“Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good

Now, cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good

When the levee breaks, mama you got to move

 

All last night sat on the levee and moaned

All last night sat on the levee and moaned

Thinkin’ about my baby and my happy home.”

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