Friday, February 21, 2020

Briefly. 

Trivia #1: Who has never been a member at Augusta National? – Warren Buffet, Roger Goodell, Lou Holtz, David Stern, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Gates, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lynn Swann

Trivia #2: Who was the first Celtic inducted into the NBA Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame? 

For the third time in eight days – and second time in 24 hours – Chinese public health officials made changes Friday to their criteria for counting coronavirus cases, once again sowing confusion over the widely fluctuating figures. A handful of Chinese prisons reported nearly 500 new cases, a significant portion of more than 1,100 new cases reported in mainland China on Friday – and a marked increase after several days of declines. 

While the Bruins and Celtics are more than likely to be in the playoffs, you have to like/love the Bruins chances. The Celtics are just probably two years away. The Bruins, of course needing Tuukka/Halak to stay hot, have as a good a chance as any team in the NHL. 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Fred Lee tweeted that his brother and his partner named their daughters SaTiva and Indica – two types of cannabis plant. 

John Henry you prick. Don’t insult our intelligence and try to tell us that the Mookie deal wasn’t driven by finances. 

Huey Lewis, of Hampton Beach Casino Fame, has Meniere’s disease, an inner-ear disorder related to dizziness and hearing loss. He actually lost most of the hearing in his right ear in the mid-80’s, but was able to carry on. Now he says, “I can’t hear the notes.” 

Headline of the week: “Let’s Call Them the Houston Asterisks*” 

How drunk, hungover, desperate do you need to be to purchase a sausage breakfast biscuit at a gas station? 

It’s been 40 years since the ‘Miracle on Ice.’ If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, do so – this weekend! New York has earmarked over $100 million toward Lake Placid in the last couple of years for new facilities and improving existing ones. Governor Andrew Coumo touts the investment as ways to promote tourism, economic growth and job creation. Said Coumo, “It’s a shame that the state and a lot of places in this country don’t understand how beautiful this gem is because it is internationally special.” 

I dabble now and again in philanthropic causes and this is one of the best lines I’ve seen related to such – “You must be strong enough to engage with those of goodwill with whom you passionately disagree.” 

Bye-bye Brock Holt. Another one of my favorites. He signed with the Brewers for a pedestrian amount of $3.25M. Really? I’m still going to Opening Day but I may go into the ballpark solely to ‘boo’ John Henry. 

Add Chaka Khan’s Sunday night rendition of the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star game as one of the worst ever. 

R.I.P. Tony Fernandez (57) – Tony played 17 season in MLB and was on the 1993 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays team. He finished with 2,276 career hits, a .288 batting average and four Gold Gloves. DYK, I played whiffleball with Fernandez in a 1995 fundraising exhibition.

Trivia #1: Who has never been a member at Augusta National? – Warren Buffet, Roger Goodell, Lou Holtz, David Stern, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Gates, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lynn Swann – David Stern

Trivia #2: Who was the first Celtic inducted into the NBA Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame? – “Easy” Ed Macauley 

“DC, San Antone and the Liberty Town, Boston and Baton Rouge
Tulsa, Austin, Oklahoma City, Seattle, San Francisco, too
Everywhere there’s music, real live music, bands with a million styles
But it’s still that same old rock and roll music
That really really drives ‘em wild”
 

– Huey Lewis & The News

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