Friday, September 29, 2017

Briefly. 

Trivia #1: What pitcher became the oldest to win his 20th game of the season for the first time in his career? It was in the final major league game he played of his 18-year career? He was 39 years old at the time.

Trivia #2: What number did Ty Cobb wear? 

I read a list of the “Best Foods at Every NFL Stadium.” Standing out to me was the Cardiac Cards Dog (at University of Phoenix Stadium) – an all-beef hot dog wrapped in a burger with maple peppered bacon topped with pico de gallo & roasted poblano queso. Best sounding drink? The Ole Smoky Bloody Mary at the Titans Nissan Stadium. A Bloody Mary loaded with carrots, hickory smoked sea salt, hot chicken, celery, feta stuffed olives, bacon, okra, asparagus, cheddar cheese stick, pickled tomatoes and habanero pickles. 

Many think it’s overkill but I love Thursday night football, pro and college. 

If you don’t like what’s going on then either do something about it or get out. 

Who will win more playoff games, the Red Sox or the Patriots? 

I imagine Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens is coming into this season with a woody. 

Taxachusetts? Not so much. According to the Census Bureau, which regularly releases details on taxes collected by state and local governments, Massachusetts taxes are pretty average and second to New Hampshire as the lowest rate in New England. For every dollar people earned in MA, about 10.4 cents went to state and local taxes – in line with the national average of 10.3 cents. There are 18 states with higher overall tax rates including what some might call Taxawii and Tax York. Said numbers are from 2015, though at least MA hasn’t pursued any recent tax changes. 

The best thing about this time of year? Candy corn. Especially the ones with the chocolate bottom. 

The Houston Texans’ rookie QB, 22-year old Deshaun Watson, donated his first NFL game check ($27,000) to help three women from Houston who work in  the team’s cafeteria. A man humble beyond his years. 

Tom Brady. Noting the obvious here but I liken these days akin to the days of Pedro and Larry Bird. If you’re not taking the time to watch the Pats, you are missing one of the greatest players of all time. 

The past few days have been too hot and too muggy. This morning it’s too cold. If some people weren’t complaining, they wouldn’t utter one word. 

Need a hint to the trivia? He was a Yankee. 

There is finally a “ray of hope” that one day CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), the mysterious brain disease ravaging the NFL, may be treated. Boston University researchers have found a biomarker that may be detected while a patient is still alive. Previously, CTE could only be confirmed in a post-mortem brain exam. More study is needed, but the hope is that the results could lead to early detection that could help millions of athletes across many sports. 

Speaking of CTE-related behavior, rapper B.o.B. has started a GoFundMe page to prove that the earth is flat. He hopes to raise $200,000 to launch satellites into space to “find the curve” of the earth.

“Ice cold Buuuuuuud Lite here!” The best running commercial today.

R.I.P. Hugh Hefner. He’s in a better place now. Well, maybe not. 

Trivia answer #1: Mike Mussina

Trivia answer #2: Ty Cobb wore a uniform with no number 

Stand. 

“You’re my blue sky,

You’re my sunny day.

Lord you know it makes me high

When you turn your love my way,

Turn your love my way, yeah.”

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