Friday, December 8, 2017

Briefly.

Trivia #1: Who threw the most interceptions during the 2016-2017 NFL season? Philip Rivers, Blake Bortles, Ryan Tannehill, Ryan Ritzpatrick, Derek Carr, Jay Cutler.

Trivia #2: Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese was the first NFL football player to wear what in a game in 1977?

Trivia #3 (why not?): There was a M*A*S*H episode where everyone in camp is excited about the upcoming Army-Navy game. When Father Mulcahy walks into Henry’s office for the radio party, what university’s pennant is he holding? Army, Navy, Notre Dame, Xavier, Loyola, Rutgers 

My son told me he liked the band – Phish. I said I had heard that they stink, especially their older songs… 

I don’t know about you but I had new Arizona St. head football coach Herm Edwards as older than 63.

According to the 2016 Survey of American Physicians, 49% of physicians experience feelings of burn-out and 49% would not recommend medicine as a career to their children. 

Would you agree that, when you step out of your home, a good neighbor will smile and wave while a great neighbor will turn and go back into his/her home? 

On Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 2013 the Yankees signed free agent Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year deal valued at around $153 million. Today many Yankee followers consider it the worst signing in franchise history. 

What a week for upsets in college hoops! Washington was a 17 dog and won by 9 over #2 Kansas, Loyola-Chicago -20 won by 6 over #5 Florida, and Ball St. -17.5 beat #9 ND by 3. 

Dwight Gooden donned a Santa Claus suit this past Tuesday night in the spirit of Christmas. Well, not really. Gooden was allegedly paid $500 for wearing the suit and appearing at the Vivid Cabaret in Midtown Manhattan, a gentlemen’s club. Said Dwight: “It’s Christmastime, and I got a lot of presents to buy. I got seven kids, four grandkids, with another on the way any minute now, and two ex-wives. So every dollar counts.” 

It’s Jimmy V week in college hoops. Cancer sux. Make a donation. 

Last year, Marketwatch.com listed analysts’ favorite stocks (large-cap) for 2017. Now it’s noted that 12 months isn’t necessarily a long time to hold a stock but, nonetheless, 11 of the 18 S&P stocks underperformed the S&P 500 which rose 20% over the 12 months. 18 suffered declines in general and six dropped by double digits. Two of those six dropped more than 50%. The lesson, if you are going to buy stocks, plan for the long term. Lesson #2, experts – ya, right! 

As of Wednesday, the Celtics’ rookie Jason Tatum was shooting a league-best 51.3% from 3-point range. He is on pace for the 8th best in NBA history. 

Tiger Woods is back and getting all the attention. Twice last Saturday during the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, host Terry Gannon said Woods had “unfortunately” fallen out of contention. No one else was nearly as unfortunate. 

The world’s oldest restaurant, Stiftskeller, has been operating in Salzburg, Austria since 803. It continues to serve patrons in the same building it has for more than a millennium: St. Peter’s Abbey. 

Trivia #1 answer: Philip Rivers

Trivia #2 answer: Glasses

Trivia #3 answer: Notre Dame. As he walked in he said “How about one for the Gipper!” 

“My eyes are blind but I can see

The snowflakes glistened on the tree

The sun no longer sets me free

I feel there’s no place freezing me.”

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