Friday, February 22, 2019

Briefly. 

February. It’s the shortest month but often seems like the longest. (especially to us northern folks) 

Trivia #1: In 1975, the Red Sox’ Jim Rice finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting and third in the MVP voting. The Sox’ Fred Lynn won both. Who came in second in the MVP voting?

Trivia #2: How did  the “Teddy Bear” get its name?

Trivia #3: Who was the only president to be a bachelor his whole life? Grover Cleveland, James Polk, Calvin Coolidge, James Buchanan, Richard Sprague? 

Where have all the “Bobs” gone in MLB? Over the last 20 years, there have been only five Bobs to debut in the big leagues, and none since 2008. Of the more than 19,400 players in MLB history, 561 (2.9%) have had the given name Robert, and more than half of those have officially gone by ‘Bob.’ It appears that sometime during the 1970’s, Robs began appearing. There are dozens and dozens Robs, Robbys and Bobbys currently in the minors but no Bobs (zero) to be found. 

Throw-in trivia: Who was the first Major Leaguer to go by the name ‘Rob?’ 

Great Celtics game last night, tough loss. Hey Kyrie, tuck in your shirt! God, I hate that!

Did you see Duke’s Zion Williamson go down on Wednesday night? Mild knee sprain but what was strange was that his foot blew right through the bottom of his sneaker. What a black eye for Nike! (Nike stock didn’t take the hit people thought it would dropping a mere 1% yesterday on a day where the Dow lost .5%) 

If a thin layer of ice covered the pavement and the pavement was painted red, would it be black ice or red ice? 

Alex Chu, a freshman lacrosse player from Wheaton College, is six feet tall, 265 lbs. and has a head circumference of above 25 inches. His problem? There is no helmet that fits him so he can’t play. Ya, I know a few guys like that. 

Two backcountry skiers were killed in an avalanche last Saturday in Colorado in an area known as “Death Pass.” The Colorado Avalanche Information Center had issued a special avalanche advisory on Twitter for parts of the region due to “several powerful storms” impacting Colorado through the weekend. In the past decade, the agency has said that February has been the most dangerous month for avalanches in the state. OK, backcountry skiers are a rare breed, I get it but “avalanche advisory”, “most dangerous month” and “Death Pass?” Ya, I ain’t going. 

Trivia #1 hint: He played for the Kansas City Royals.

Throw-in trivia hint: The left-hander debuted in 1965 

Northeastern, so? The Sox start today. 

The locals here know of a hockey rink in Lawrence, in the heart of the Merrimack Valley, called the ‘Valley Forum.’ I was thinking, what a great name for the hockey rink. 

In a related story. 60 Minutes. What a lazy name for a television program. That guy should have been fired. 

While I do like the yellow first down line in football, I think the red streak tracking a golf ball is even better. 

I saw a list of the 25 greatest voices in rock ‘n roll history. The Who’s Roger Daltry was not listed. I immediately dismissed the entire list. 

The new football league, the AAF, airs on the NFL Network. Go figure! 

Trivia #1 answer: In 1975, the Red Sox’ Jim Rice finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting and third in the MVP voting. The Sox’ Fred Lynn won both. Who came in second in the MVP voting? – Kansas City’s John Mayberry

Trivia #2 answer: How did  the “Teddy Bear” get its name? Theodore Roosevelt in 1903

Trivia #3 answer: Who was the only president to be a bachelor his whole life? Grover Cleveland, James Polk, Calvin Coolidge, James Buchanan, Richard Sprague? – James Buchanan

Throw-in trivia answer: Who was the first Major Leaguer to go by the name ‘Rob?’ – Richard Frank “Rob” Gardner 

“So I’m sailing for tomorrow my dreams are a dyin’
And my love is anchor tied to you with a silver chain
I have my ship and all her flags are a flyin’
She is all I have left and music is her name”

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