Friday, December 22, 2017

Briefly. 

What a glorious day today is. For the next 6 months starting today, each day gets a little longer. 

Trivia #1: What team holds the longest active streak in North America’s four major professional sports for years not reaching the playoffs.

Trivia #2: What two Patriot players are the only two with 200+ yards receiving in a single game: Julian Edelman & Wes Welker, Terry Glenn & Wes Welker, Julian Edelman & Stanley Morgan, Irving Fryar & Stanley Morgan, Gronk & Wes Welker, Russ Francis & Terry Glenn 

Hey Mike Tomlin, nice use of the play review timeout. Stand on the sideline, look at the big screen and watch the reply for the entire timeout. 

In case you missed it, John Gruden was honored at the Bucs/Falcons game this past Monday night. Former coach Gruden was welcomed to the Tampa Bay’s “Ring of Honor.” To put that in perspective, Gruden joins another former Buccaneers’ coach, John McKay. McKay first “guided” the Bucs to an 0-14 record his first season (1976) and went on to lose his first 26 games (not a typo). He finished with a 44-88-1 record with Tampa. Great company in “The Ring.” 

When Cincinnati Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis took over the team, the franchise had a total of 5 playoff wins. 15 years later Lewis is stepping down and the franchise has a total of 5 playoff wins. 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Palm Springs, CA, says it will remove a row of trees dividing a neighborhood and a golf course after residents complained that the trees evoked feelings of “segregation” and “discrimination.” The trees were planted in the 1960’s. 

Say what you want about the Sox offseason moves, or lack thereof, but the team just got better with the news that Evan Longoria is moving out of the AL East.

Papa John founder John Schnatter is stepping down from his CEO position and being replaced by Steve Ritchie. Papa Steve?? 

I work in healthcare. Diagnosis code (ICD10): V0600XA = PEDESTRIAN ON FOOT INJURED IN COLLISION WITH OTHER NONMOTOR VEHICLE IN NONTRAFFIC ACCIDENT, INITIAL ENCOUNTER. Translation? Grandma got run over by a reindeer. 

In the spirit of giving, Texas Rangers’ pitcher Cole Hamels, and his wife, Heidi, are donating their Missouri mansion and 100 acres of land to a charity that provided camps for children with special needs and chronic illnesses, and their siblings. The massive 32,000-square foot home, worth an estimated $10 million, will be donated to Camp Barnabas in Table Rock Lake. Nice. 

Christmas quote of the week: “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. My mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.” – Shirley Temple. 

Do you know how much weight you are going to gain on over the holidays? Correct! Who gives a shit? 

Residents in a wealthy area of Bristol in England have installed anti-bird spikes, or pigeon spikes, on trees to protect their cars from bird poop. Said one twitter response, “Now Clifton residents are trying to ban birds from trees!” You should see the spikes! Not some 1-2 inch spikes spaced a few inches apart. These things are 4-6 inches long bundled up across nearly all of the branches. Incredible! 

“Oh my!” – R.I.P. Dick Enberg (82) – Enberg retired from his TV job with the San Diego Padres in 2016. Over six decades Enberg called UCLA basketball, Super Bowls, the Olympics, Final Fours, Angels baseball and Rams football. 

Trivia #1 answer: The Buffalo Bills (17)

Trivia #2 answer: Terry Glenn & Wes Welker 

Merry Christmas to all of you and yours! Remember: 

“You can’t always get what you want
but if you try sometimes
you get what you need.”

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