Friday, March 29, 2019

Briefly. 

In case you didn’t hear (I heard 17 times), the Red Sox lost their opener last year and then followed that by going 17-1. 

Major League Baseball is about to become the first of the four major North American professional sports leagues to not have a player who debuted in the 20th century. Think about that one. 

Trivia #1: Hard core here. There were two such players, MLB players who debuted in the 20thcentury, who played in 2018. Name them.

Trivia #2: Hard core #2. The NFL, NBA and NHL each have player(s) today who debuted in the 20th century (NFL – 1, NBA – 2, NHL – 4) Name them. (you get one point per correct answer)

Trivia #3: What was the original brand name for Pepsi? Pepson, Brad’s Drink, Dr. Pepsi, Cola Black, Pepsir 

Play ball!

A sign of the times. The 2015 MLB Pirates were the first team to make the playoffs without a complete game pitched, followed by the 2016 Blue Jays. That’s it. Except for 2018 when the Dodgers, Brewers and Rockies all did it! 

I guess I’m not surprised at the magnitude of the college admissions scandal. Starting to get bothersome with all the daily news. 

Lest we forget how good a hitter he was, Jim “Ed” Rice has the most total bases in one season (406) for the Red Sox, as well as the 3rd most and tied for 5th most. 

Headline that couldn’t have less meaning to me: Conor MacGregor Announces His Retirement. 

As for the Sox schedule, I neglected to note that their June 29-30 games vs. the yankees will be played in London, “home” games for the Sox. 

Broken crayons still color. 

It is very difficult to repeat as champs in baseball, and the Red Sox will. Not 108 wins, more like 101. They will lead the majors in runs scored and I just hope the pitching holds up. Very likeable team. 

SaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahWeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet 16! 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Kliff Kingsbury (39), head coach of the NFL Arizona Cardinals, is introducing “cell phone breaks” to his players during meetings. (I have a better idea. Why not have the players check their cell phones at the door, attend the meeting, and then pick up the phones on the way out???) 

The new heart health guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association say that, for older adults at low-risk of heart attack/disease, the risk of bleeding that comes with daily low-dose aspirin is now thought to outweigh any heart benefit. Don’t you hate when they do that? 

“Box-out on a foul shot.” No matter how many times you say that to a young basketball player, you need to say it the next time, and the time after that… UCF. Missed foul shot, offensive rebound, lost the biggest game in school history and what would have been one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history. Box-out! (can you tell I don’t have Duke in my final 4?) 

Wow! As in Wow Airline. The Icelandic carrier became the latest airline to cease operations yesterday, abruptly announcing its closure just hours after saying it had suspended flights to raise funds. 

I refuse to click on the link: “Kobe names ‘the three’ greatest basketball players of all time.” 

Baseball metric overload: Houston Astros’ catchers have saved 77 runs with “catcher framing” since 2014. Who can argue? How can you argue?? 

Trivia #1 answer: Hard core here. There were two such players, MLB players who debuted in the 20th century, who played in 2018. Name them. – Adrian Beltre and Bartolo Colon. (Ichiro Suzuki debuted in 2001, in case you’re wondering)

Trivia #2 answer: Hard core #2. The NFL, NBA and NHL each have player(s) today who debuted in the 20th century (NFL – 1, NBA – 2, NHL – 4) Name them. (you get one point per correct answer) – NFL – Adam Vinatieri, NBA – Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki, NHL – Joe Thorton, Patrick Marleau, Zdeno Chara and Matt Cullen.

Trivia #3 answer: What was the original brand name for Pepsi? Pepson, Brad’s Drink, Dr. Pepsi, Cola Black, Pepsir – Dr. Pepsi 

“Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,
I don’t care if I never get back”

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