Friday, November 15, 2019

Briefly. (not today) 

Trivia #1: Venice, Italy is made up of how many islands – 11, 23, 68, 118, 279?

Trivia #2: In 2000, the Red Sox’ Pedro Martinez became the first AL pitcher to unanimously win the CY Young Award in consecutive years. What two NL pitchers have won it unanimously in consecutive years?

Trivia #3: What U.S. state has the biggest difference in temperature between its all-time low temperature and all-time high?

Trivia #4: What is the nickname of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff?

Trivia #5 (5?): So Mike Trout won the AL MVP, again, his third. Yes he deserved it. Of the following, which one did not win three MVPs in his career? Barry Bonds, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmy Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt. 

Big Friday night – Go B’s, Go C’s!!!! 

Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro plans to declare a state of emergency amid major flooding caused by the second highest tide on record. St. Mark’s Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years. Brugnaro stated, “Now the government must listen … these are the effects of climate change… the costs will be high.” Climate change? It flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years, not for the sixth time in 6 years! 

Speaking of climate change, on this past Tuesday and Wednesday, record low temperatures were recorded in cities from Minnesota to Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana including and not limited to Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Illinois. Along the way snow blanketed more than 30% of the U.S… It’s freakin’ November! 

Adam Vinatieri, still kicking 50+ yard game-winners. Adam Vinatieri, still missing 40+ yard game-winners. Adam Vinatieri, still missing extra points. 

Quote for the week: “I just came from the place (New England) with the most defenses in the league, so any other defense is pretty much easy to learn.” – Dallas Cowboys’ Michael Bennett 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Disney’s new streaming service warns fans that they may encounter “outdated cultural depictions” while watching some of its older content. 

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: Chris Sale’s Agent Reveals Red Sox Pitcher’s Arm “Feels Really Good” (ya, talk to me in September) 

I read that Dustin Pedroia is planning on returning. Don’t get me wrong, Pedroia is one of my all-time favorite Red Sox players, but it is time to move on. 

On the other hand, sell the house for Mookie Betts. 

And speaking of coming back, I hope Gronk doesn’t. Yes, it is likely he can help the team, possibly help a lot, but what does that really say about Gronk and team sports in general? I mean, going forward, what player wouldn’t announce his retirement and not have to go through training camp and the early season games, just to come back and play out the season and potentially the playoffs? Most can certainly afford it.

Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. 

Not for nothing but it was just great to see that Evansville hoops, and coach Walter McCarty – former Celtic, take down Kentucky. 

The 1972 Dolphins celebrated with yet another champagne toast now that their undefeated-season record will stand for at least another year. 

Speaking of the Miami Dolphins, they have the longest winning streak (2) of any team in the AFC East. 

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and thought to yourself; “this person should be in concussion protocol” 

Interesting stat: The New Orleans Saints failed to score a touchdown for the third game this season. They had two such games from 2006-2018. 

Please NHL, ditch the shootout and let ‘em play all night. But then, I repeat myself. 

Gordon Hayward. That poor guy has no luck. 

Nobody, and I mean nobody, chews gum like Seattle Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll. 

Trivia #1 answer: Venice, Italy is made up of how many islands – 11, 23, 68, 118, 279? – 118

Trivia #2 answer: In 2000, the Red Sox’ Pedro Martinez became the first AL pitcher to unanimously win the CY Young Award in consecutive years. What two NL pitchers have won it unanimously in consecutive years? – Sandy Koufax and Greg Maddux

Trivia #3: What U.S. state has the biggest difference in temperature between its all-time low temperature and all-time high? – Minnesota (low of -70, high of 117 – a difference of 187 degrees!)

Trivia #4: What is the nickname of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff? – The Golden Lions

Trivia #5 (5?): So Mike Trout won the AL MVP, again, his third. Yes he deserved it. Of the following, which one did not win three MVPs in his career? Barry Bonds, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmy Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt. – Willie Mays 

“Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit?
Heard about Pittsburgh, P.A.?
You outta know not to stand by the window
Somebody see you up there
I got some groceries, some peanut butter
To last a couple of days
But I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones
Ain’t got no records to play

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco
This ain’t no fooling around”
 

-The Talking Heads

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