Friday, February 7, 2020

Briefly. 

Trivia #1: Who were the last three non-quarterback MVPs in Super Bowl history? Bonus if you get them in order – Deion Branch, Von Miller, Santonio Holmes, Julian Edelman, Dexter Jackson, Hines Ward, Malcolm Smith

Trivia #2: Who was born Issur Danielovitch? 

Yes, Patrick Mahommes led an epic comeback on way to the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory last Sunday. Still, the MVP of the game, had the worst statistical game ever for an MVP quarterback. The league was too chicken to give the honor to Damien Williams, the real MVP. 

Smuggling drugs, you’re doing it wrong. Two men were arrested on the Florida Panhandle and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and GHB, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities found 75 grams of methamphetamine, 1.36 kilograms of date-rape drug GHB, 1 gram of cocaine, 3.6 grams of fentanyl, 15 MDMA tablets and drug paraphernalia. The men were in a car traveling 95 mph and all drugs and paraphernalia were in a bag labeled “Bag Full of Drugs.” 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Dramatic video is out there of a junior varsity basketball coach at a high school in New Jersey being assaulted by members of his own team after getting off the bus following a game. Are you kidding me? Imagine what would have happened back in the day? Heck, our own fathers would have kicked the crap out of us, regardless of whatever reason we gave. 

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna will be memorialized on February 24, 2/24, commemorating his #24 and the number his daughter wore, #2. 

Speaking of basketball, the number of NBA players who miss games due to “injury” is laughable against that statistic in the NHL. 

The XFL kicks off (again) tomorrow with their eight teams facing off against one another. They will play a 10-game schedule, assuming the league lasts that long. 

I see you have graph paper, you must be plotting something. 

Big names move on at the NBA trade deadline: Andre Drummond, Andrew Wiggins, D’Angelo Russell, Andre Iguodala and finally, Haverhill’s own Noah Vonleh. Some guys are just career journeymen and guarantee this is not Vonleh’s last stop. Since being drafted 9th overall in 2014, Noah has played in Charlotte, Portland (two separate stints), Chicago, New York, Minnesota and now Denver. 

Mookie Betts, gonna miss ya. Of course with any trade there are two schools of thought. I’m with the “pay him” school. Regardless of what you argue about the financial gains and potential for the Red Sox future, they are a less team today and just traded away one of the best players in baseball… in years. BTW, I will still be in attendance on Opening Day. 

Now I was a big Jerry Rice fan growing up but really, Jerry. No one wants to hear you whine about the officiating during the Super Bowl. Especially when you complain that your former team got screwed. 

The NHL is whacky. Thanks to the OT column in the standings, as of yesterday 25 of the 31 NHL teams W/L records are .500 or better! Huh? 

Shake-up the B’s top line??? I think the talk of breaking up Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand have finally ceased. Thankfully. 

Love him or hate him Adam Sandler, who of course grew up in Manchester, NH, has reached a deal with Netflix to make four new movies. 

R.I.P. Joe Vandever Sr. (96) – One of the last Navajo code talkers who transmitted top secret messages during World War II using Native American languages.

R.I.P. Kirk Douglas (103) – actor extraordinaire. Douglas never won an Academy Award but was nominated three times and had a lengthy, noteworthy career. 

Trivia #1 answer: Who were the last three non-quarterback MVPs in Super Bowl history? Bonus if you get them in order – Deion Branch, Von Miller, Santonio Holmes, Julian Edelman, Dexter Jackson, Hines Ward, Malcolm Smith – Julian Edelman – Patriots (LIII), Von Miller – Denver (L), Malcolm Smith – Seattle (XLVIII)

Trivia #2 answer: Who was born Issur Danielovitch? – Kirk Douglas 

“I walked forty-seven miles of barbed wire, I got a cobra snake for a necktie
A brand new house on the road side, and it’s made out of rattlesnake hide
Got a brand new chimney put on top, and it’s made outta human skull
Come on take a little walk with me baby, and tell me who do you love?”
 

– George Thorogood and the Destroyers

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