Friday, August 16, 2019

Briefly. 

Trivia #1: Who were the first and last performers at Woodstock (50 years ago this week)?

Trivia #1 Bonus: Why did the first performer play longer than expected, over three hours?

Trivia #2: Who were the first two teams to qualify for the MLB Wild Card and how did they fair? 

Happy National Rum Day! 

New York Jets’ kicker, 28-year old Chandler Catanzaro, retired the day after missing two extra-point attempts after the team’s preseason opener. He quit. 

Don’t give up, don’t ever give up. Unless of course you’re down 7 1/2 games in the Wild Card race, it’s mid-August and you have a grueling 8-game, west coast road trip on the horizon. 

Due to rising costs, dirty deeds will no longer be done dirt cheap. 

Mike Yastrzemski passed his Dad with his 12th homerun (now has 13) as a rookie. He did it in 244 at-bats. In Yaz’s rookie year, he had 583 at-bats. 

Yes, the MLB 2020 schedule is out and the Red Sox begin play, with many other teams, on March 26! The home opener is April 2. Why so early? MLB wants the World Series over before the 2020 Presidential election on Nov 3. 

Tim Tebow update. Tebow batted .273 with six homers and 36 RBI in Double A ball in 2018. This season he was batting just .163 with four homeruns and 19 RBI before cutting his hand in the outfield(?) and ending his season with the Triple A Mets. Tebow turned 32 on Wednesday and instead of gifts asked for donations with a goal of raising $150,000 to provide 150 life-changing surgeries at the Tebow CURE Hospital for children in the Philippines. The Tebow CURE Hospital has had over 17,000 patients and performed more than 3,300 surgeries. Nice. 

In Patriots news… please. Just skip the next three weeks and let’s get going! 

Sportsmanship, you’re doing it wrong. Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown were in step with each other for much of the World Triathlon Olympic qualification event in Tokyo yesterday, and so as the British athletes crossed the finish line before anyone else, they grabbed hands. That move ended up getting them both disqualified as the International Triathlon Union has a rule stating that athletes may not “finish in a contrived tie situation where no effort to separate the finish times have been made.” DOH! 

People worry about what kind of planet we’re leaving for our kids. Might want to consider what type of kids we’re leaving for our planet?

Antonio Brown. Shut-up and play football. 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Puerto Rico’s doubles bowling team was stripped of its gold medal at the Pan American Games last weekend after one of its players failed a doping test. 

People often ask me (never), what happened to Blake Swihart? Blake had parted ways with the Red Sox earlier this year only to be acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks who announced they have designated him for assignment. Bye-bye, Blake. He appeared in just 31 games with Arizona batting .136 and hitting 3 homeruns. He never caught a single inning and instead mostly played in the outfield. Nice tat’s though! 

Trivia #1 answer: Who were the first and last performers at Woodstock (50 years ago this week)? First – Richie Havens, Last – Jimi Hendrix

Trivia #1 Bonus answer: Why did the first performer play longer than expected, over three hours? Richie Havens played so long because the other performers had such trouble getting there.

Trivia #2: Who were the first two teams to qualify for the MLB Wild Card and how did they fair? – The yankees and Rockies in 1995. Both were knocked out in the first round 

“I gotta roll, can’t stand still,
Got a flamin’ heart, can’t get my fill.
Eyes that shine, burnin’ red
Dreams of you, all through my head.”

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