Friday, September 6, 2019

Briefly. 

You don’t need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. 

Trivia #1: Eli Manning has a chance this season to pass his brother Peyton in career what (offensive category)?

Trivia #2: The NFL Rams started in what city?

Trivia #3: Who is the only player to play on a college football national champion, Super Bowl winner and win the Heisman and Super Bowl MVP?

Bonus trivia: The New England Patriots need three wins to reach 116 since the start of 2010 and break the record for most wins in a decade. Who holds the record now? 

What a riveting opening game last night in the NFL. 10-3. If you’re a Chicago Bears fan you can be thrilled, again, with your defense. On the other side of the ball, you are stuck with Mitch Trubisky who “led” his team to three points, at home, against the Packers. 

Headline of the week: “Bears cement status as NFC North front-runners with big win over Packers” – some stiff on cbssportsline. I guess I’ll stop reading his week 1 predictions right there.

How ironic is it that Brian Hoyer is backing up Jacoby Brissett in Indianapolis and both signed huge contracts? Now, if they can ever figure out how to beat the Patriots.

Who was the genius who came up with the Liberty Mutual jingle? Liberty, Liberty, Liiiiiiberty… Liiiiiberty! – Really? 

The Red Sox/Twins game was delayed this past Wednesday night (yes, I was watching) and NESN ran a piece on Andrew Benintendi. He went to Madeira High School in Ohio and batted over .500 in all four seasons. To this day he holds the state record for runs scored (199), second place is at 172. He went to college at Arkansas and was SEC Player of the Year as a sophomore. The Sox drafted him 7th overall that year. World Series champ, blah, blah, blah. Pretty good story. 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: The pastor at St. Edwards Catholic School in Nashville has banned Harry Potter books from the school library after reportedly consulting with “exorcists” who were concerned that students reading the books were at “risk conjuring evil spirits.” 

I saw a headline on ESPN: “25 things we’re watching in final 25 days of MLB season”. Well I can think of two – college and pro football. 

Rafael Nadal hit a shot around the net for a point in one of his US Open matches this past weekend. (Yes, there is a tennis tournament in progress) He reached out of bounds and hit a shot that would have hit the net had it been high enough, but instead he was lunging out of bounds and hit it back into play. I didn’t know you could do that. 

If you’re shipping Styrofoam, what do you pack it in? 

NFL schedule head-scratchers. The Oakland Raiders host the Broncos and Chiefs in weeks one and two, then they go 49 days without playing in Oakland traveling to Minnesota, Indianapolis, London, Bye Week, Green Bay and Houston. The (very) warm-weather Miami Dolphins have three home games in September and in December travel three of their last four games to New York twice (Jets & Giants) and Gillette. There are four games scheduled to be played in London. The not-ready-for-primetime Dolphins and Redskins have 14, 1pm EST games while the Bills have 14 plus a TBD which could bring it to 15. Conversely, the Rams have three 1pm EST games. 

Great nickname. The Cleveland Browns recently signed undrafted free agent punter Jamie Gillan. Gillan hails from Scotland and is lovingly nicknamed “The Scottish Hammer.” 

R.I.P. – Anyone who died in Dorian’s path. Glad for friends down south who weathered the storm. Hope the damage was minimal. Hundreds, possibly thousands missing in the Bahamas. 

Speaking of Dorian,  the Rolling Stones completed their “No Filter” tour on Friday in Miami. The show was first supposed to be in April but was postponed due to Mick Jagger’s surgery. It was then rescheduled for last Saturday but was moved to Friday because of the storm. The show was delayed an hour due to downpours. It then stopped raining for the entire show until their first encore – “Gimme Shelter”. As Jagger sung the opening line “I was born in a crossfire hurricane”, it started to downpour again. Can’t make that up. 

Trivia #1 answer: Eli Manning has a chance this season to pass his brother Peyton in what (offensive category)? – Interceptions. He is currently No. 14 all-time with 239 and needs just 13 to pass Peyton for No. 9 all-time.

Trivia #2 answer: The NFL Rams started in what city? – Cleveland (1937)

Trivia #3 answer: Who is the only player to play on a college football national champion, Super Bowl winner and win the Heisman and Super Bowl MVP? – Marcus Allen (USC in 1978, Heisman in 1981, Super Bowl champ and MVP 1983)

Bonus trivia answer: The New England Patriots need three wins to reach 116 since the start of 2010 and break the record for most wins in a decade. Who holds the record now? – The Indianapolis Colts (115, 2000-2009) 

“Hans plays with Lotte, Lotte plays with Jane
Jane plays with Willi, Willi is happy again
Suki plays with Leo, Sacha plays with Britt
Adolf builds a bonfire, Enrico plays with it”
 

-Peter Gabriel

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