Friday, October 20, 2017

Briefly.

So the US Men’s National Soccer Team lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago meaning that the US won’t qualify for the world cup for the first time since 1986. The quotes say it all regarding what the USA Today says is “…the lowest point in its( the US) sporting history.” SI wrote, “the most surreal and embarrassing loss in US soccer history.” The Daly News, “It took 90-plus minutes for United States soccer to regress 30 years.” 

Trivia: In the movie “The Natural”, what number did Roy Hobbs wear, and why did he wear that number?

Useless headline: Celtics complete undefeated preseason. 

You know how it smells outside after a rainstorm? There’s a word for that. Petrichor. It’s the name of an oil that is released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall. 

Though only 4-2, the Patriots have won 11 straight road games, one shy of the team record. 

Few things in life are more aggravating than trying to peel a hard-boiled egg that is not cooperating. 

Quote of the week, from John Gruden on Jacoby Brissett comparing Indianapolis’ offense to the Patriots’ offense: “The only thing similar to the Patriots’ offense for Jacoby Brissett is when he says, “ready, break!”

How about those BC Eagles knocking off Louisville. Stunning! 

Sad story. The bodies of a guy (21) and his girlfriend (20) were found in Joshua Tree National Park, CA. The couple was reported missing on July 28, after they failed to check out of their accommodations near the park. Temperatures topped 100 degrees in the park in late July and it was unclear whether the couple had water and supplies with them. The two bodies, found in rugged terrain near a popular trail, were locked in an embrace. 

For the second season in a row (a couple of weeks ago), both Oakland Raider quarterback Derek Carr and Tennessee quarterback Marcus Marriota were injured on the same day. What does that mean? Nothing really. Just a weird coincidence. 

Whenever someone says, “I don’t believe in coincidences”, I say, “Oh my God, me neither!” 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Nose hair extensions are the latest bizarre beauty trend. (Google up some pictures of these. Disgusting!) 

So I turned on the news yesterday at 5AM and channel 7 has “breaking” sports news. Gordon Hayward’s agent says Hayward is “likely out for the season.” BREAKING NEWS?!?! Are you shitting me? Anyone who saw it happen or saw one of the 16 million replays had that figured out. Even if there was question the “breaking” news said he is “likely” out for the season. Gimme a break! 

“Break”, get it! 

Useless information, supposed to fire my imagination. This just in, Santa Claus (St. Nick himself) has been found buried beneath an ancient church in southern Turkey. 

Last week in the NFL New Orleans, Houston and Tennessee (Monday Night) were the only favorites to beat the point spread. It was also the first week since 1973 where two teams that were 13 or more point underdogs won their games outright (Miami over Atlanta and the Giants over Denver). The New Orleans/Detroit game saw 5 defensive/special teams scores. 

The Pawtucket Red Sox will begin their 2018 home season with a weekend series against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. DYK, the 2018 season will also mark the 77th year of McCoy Stadium, which opened in 1942, by far (46 years) the oldest ballpark in the International League and it is the oldest ballpark (by 17 years) in all of AAA baseball. I haven’t been to McCoy Stadium since the 2nd leg of my brother John’s tri-state stag party, circa 1996. Nice place, I think… 

Trivia answer #1: Robert Redford grew up a Ted Williams and Red Sox fan and hence, Roy Hobbs wore #9. 

“Because I’m still in love with you

I want to see you dance again

Because I’m still in love with you

On this harvest moon.”

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