Friday, January 4, 2019

Briefly. 

Trivia #1: What schools played in the first College Football Playoff National Championship game (2014) and who won?

Trivia #2: Where did the first international McDonald’s open? – Japan, United Kingdom, China, Mexico, Canada?

The LA Chargers were 12-4 and won their division. The Pats were 11-5 and won theirs. Not only do the Chargers not have a first round bye like the Pats, but they have to travel across the country for this weekend’s game. Too bad, huh? 

A video circulating around the internet has social media users divided over whether “Sesame Street” character Grover dropped the F-bomb. The video appears to show the blue puppet telling Rosita, “Yes, that sounds like a f—–g excellent idea!” I tell you, I watched it and don’t think there is any question he said it.

Eagle’s quarterback Nick Foles had a $1 million incentive if Philadelphia goes to the playoffs AND he plays in 33 percent of the team’s plays. He bruised his ribs during last Sunday’s game and fell short, playing in 32 percent. I bet those ribs really hurt now! 

There are signs outside all of the conference rooms where I work. The signs either read “vacant” or “in use.” That’s not right. It is either “vacant” and “no vacancy”, or “in use” and “not in use.” You can’t mix them.

In case you missed it… Buffalo Bills’ defensive tackle Kyle Williams ended his 13-year career, all with Buffalo, last Sunday. As a sendoff, the team called his number and he caught a 9-yard pass towards the end of the game. Very cool. 

A baby born in Massachusetts in 2016 can expect to live 80 years and eight months, three months longer than one born the previous year. State health officials attributed the increase to years of health promotion efforts, such as anti-smoking campaigns and near-universal health, but the increase would be even higher without the 2,154 opioid-related deaths in 2016. 

Former Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis is on the MLB HOF ballot. Really? Though he was in the top 10 in the AL MVP voting twice, he has a career batting average of .281, only 150 homeruns and 1,053 hits. Known for getting on base (career .382), he stole 26 bases in 10 years! 

Headline that made me laugh out loud: “Jimmy John’s delivery driver found hiding stash of weed in sandwich” 

The Red Sox signed pitcher Carson Smith to a minor league contract. I’m rooting for his arm this year, not for him. I hope he can help the Sox but I care much less about him this season. 

Here is why LeBron James will never be the greatest of all time. Because he says he is. Any decent person downplays any such talk and respects others he/she is compared with. Blowhard. 

R.I.P. – Former Purdue student Tyler Trent (20) on Tuesday from a rare bone cancer. Millions of people learned of Tyler’s story when he was profiled on College GameDay the morning of Purdue’s game against then undefeated Ohio St. last October 20. Tyler predicted victory for the two-touchdown underdog Boilermakers and Purdue went on to win in a landslide. In the two months that followed, he won the Disney Spirit Award and the Sagamore of the Wabash award, the highest civilian award given to Indiana citizens. Four days before his death he attended the Music City Bowl in Nashville after he and his family were flown there by Colts owner Jim Irsay. The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment has raised more than $100,000 and a bobblehead in the likeness of Tyler helped raise money for The V foundation. Touching. 

Trivia #1 answer: What schools played in the first College Football Playoff National Championship game (2014) and who won? Ohio St. beat Oregon 42-20

Trivia #2 answer: Where did the first international McDonald’s open? – Japan, United Kingdom, China, Mexico, Canada? – Canada (1967) 

January 4. Not a bad year, so far! 

“It’s the time of the season
When love runs high
In this time, give it to me easy
And let me try with pleasured hands

(To take you in the sun to) Promised lands
(To show you every one)

It’s the time of the season for loving”

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