Friday, January 17, 2020

 

Briefly.

“And the meek shall inherit the earth.” 

Trivia #1: Name the three rock bands that have the most consecutive gold or platinum albums. Bonus if you get them in order.

Trivia #2: Who is Iago?

Trivia #3: What is the PGA record for highest score on a par-4? Bonus, who holds the record?

Trivia #4: Who was drafted in the 7th round of the 1977 NBA draft? – Tony Dorsett, Bruce Jenner, Lee Trevino, Larry Bird, Don Hasselbeck, Mike Marcoux 

“Well I get home at five o’clock and I take myself out a nice, cold beer.” 

Motivation, you’re doing it wrong (or are you?) – LSU football coach Ed Orgeron suffered a cut on his head after punching himself in the face trying to get his Tigers pumped up during practice. 

Back to Australia… The Victorian government’s advice as Australia’s wildfires raged on was to “minimize the time spent in smoky conditions” and “avoid exercise” – both tough to do if you’re competing outdoors in the Australian Open. But that’s what players were forced to contend with Monday during the tennis tourney at Melbourne Park. Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic had to quit her qualifier after smoke sent her to her knees in a coughing fit (had never had breathing issues in the past), Aussie player Bernard Tomic had to call a medical timeout and use an inhaler and an exhibition match with Russia’s Maria Sharapova was called off. 

“Run like the wind as excitement shivers up and down my spine” 

Funniest thing I read all week: FlightPath – the first unbreakable golf tee scientifically proven to drive your balls straighter and farther. (a golf tee, ya right)

I am bothered by the sign stealing scandal in so many ways. Sox fans, stop feeling bad for Alex Cora. He’s a cheater. If he never came to the Sox and stayed with Houston you would be all over him. And ban him from the game for life, I say. Pete Rose beat me to the punch but sign stealing is worse than gambling. Knowing what pitch is coming is a tremendous advantage and certainly can directly affect a game. Ask yourself this: If the same scandal arose back when Rose got caught cheating would there be a similar penalty? Conversely, if gambling came up for the first time last week would the person(s) involved have been banned for life? Let’s have a beer and discuss further, shall we? 

“We only stop for the best” 

If you can’t laugh at yourself call me, I will. 

I hate NHL shootouts. The Bruins are now 0-7 in shootouts this season. If you haven’t seen Brad Marchand’s final attempt on Monday night, look it up. 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: A deaf man has reportedly filed a lawsuit against a popular adult video website (Pornhub) for alleged rights violations because he says it doesn’t provide closed captioning on its videos. 

Hmmm. Difficult one. Go Titans???? 

“I will choose a path that’s clear, I will choose freewill” 

Hat’s off to local law enforcement. On my way home from work this past Wednesday, I heard an Amber Alert on the radio. An 11-year old girl, who was walking home from school, was seen being forced into a car in Springfield, MA. I got home and saw the same alert on TV and then got the same alert on my phone! Alas, the car was spotted on the Mass Turnpike by several people and the girl was rescued, unharmed, while the dirtbag who abducted her was taken into custody. Amber Alert, a system that works! 

Today is the official start of, “I’ll pay you back when I get my taxes” season. 

“You can be the captain, I will draw the chart, sailing into destiny, closer to the heart” 

Good problem to have – the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium ran out of fireworks last Sunday because the team scored so many touchdowns. They typically fire them off after each score. 

“Live for yourself… there’s no one else more worth living for” 

Quote for the week: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

R.I.P. Neil Peart (67) – Drummer and lyricist for the rock band “Rush”, after a battle with brain cancer, who also authored numerous books. Said Peart: “I set out to never betray the values that a 16-year old had, to never sell out, to never bow to the man. A compromise is what I can never accept.” DYK – Neil Peart’s hero was the Who’s Keith Moon.

R.I.P. Grace Rett (20) – Poor kid. Grace, a College of the Holy Cross rower, was killed in a team van crash in FL on Wednesday, the day after her 20th birthday. From Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, she set a world record for her age group for longest continual indoor row, logging 237.55 miles on an erg machine in 62 hours and 3 seconds. Poor kid. 

Trivia #1 answer: Name the three rock bands that have the most consecutive gold or platinum albums. Bonus if you get them in order. – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Rush – (disclaimer: I did see different lists out there but this was at least one of them so I’m going with it)

Trivia #2 answer: Who is Iago? – “Who is Iago?” was the answer to the final Jeopardy question correctly given by Ken Jennings propelling him to the title of “The Greatest of All Time.” The question? “He has 272 speeches, the most by a non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy.”

Trivia #3 answer: What is the PGA record for highest score on a par-4? Bonus, who holds the record? – 16, held by Kevin Na on the ninth hole at the Valero Texas Open in 2011.

Trivia #4: Who was drafted in the 7th round of the 1977 NBA draft? – Tony Dorsett, Bruce Jenner, Lee Trevino, Larry Bird, Don Hasselbeck – Bruce Jenner 

“You can tell me that I got no class
Look around, you’ll see who’s laughing last
Don’t give me speeches ‘cause they’re oh so droll
Leave me alone, let me rock and roll”
 

– Rush (but you already knew that, didn’t you?)

One thought on “Friday, January 17, 2020

  1. A couple more lyrics for you…

    When I heard that he was gone, I felt a shadow cross my heart.

    Suddenly you were gone from all the lives you left your mark upon.

    And I believe that your list is correct about the consecutive albums.

    And… he had lots of drum heroes. Organized & produced a two volume set called “Burning for Buddy” about Buddy Rich. Goy everyone from the Ed Shaughnessy from Carson’s old Tonight Show band to guys from every genre of music.

    The day that the announcement came out was the first for a very good Rush tribute band paying in NH (Lotus Land). Had 11 friends go that night and 20 more go the next. I couldn’t go because I had to work. (boo!). Both sets of friends said that the mood was kind of melancholy but that the sows were fantastic.

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