Friday, February 28, 2020

Briefly. (kinda) 

Trivia #1: Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens won his 243rd game last week moving into 5th place for all-time wins as Celtics’ coach. Name the four ahead of him, bonus if you get them in order.

Trivia #2: Of the more than 350 items listed going up for sale Saturday morning at David Ortiz’s “all-star estate sale”, as dubbed by Exceptional Estate Sales of Sudbury. – Designer ladies clothing, Wally lunchbox, an Ortiz Bruins Jersey, Red Sox toaster, personalized wine bottle signed by Rick Porcello, 2002 HP All-in-One Printer, a pasta maker, Elliptical machine, statue of a frog playing a ukulele.

Trivia #3: What year was the first Mardi Gras celebration? – 1814, 1827, 1851, 1888, 1901, 1920

Trivia #4: What happens in the NFL just once every 14.31 games?

Trivia #5: Which of the following is not true of Kobe Bryant: He spoke fluent Italian, He was named CA High School Player of the Year, The Lakers were his favorite team growing up, He was named after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, He was an 18-time NBA All-Star, He was born in Philadelphia? 

The NBA’s Dwayne Wade – now retired has approximately $120M and still worries about money. His parents split when he was young, Mom was on drugs, Dad was an alcoholic, he moved out at 16. Out of Marquette he was the #5 overall pick with the Heat, a 3-time NBA champ. Seems like a pretty humble guy. 

I don’t get out much and this may be old but I love Jay Bilas’ line the other night after a ridiculously long three – “…he’s got logo-range.” 

What a nice tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Monday.

On Monday night, after speaking at Kobe/G’s celebration, Oregon girls’ basketball phenom Sabrina Ionescu became the first NCAA player ever (not girls, the first player!) to amass 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career. 

Not sure why this took so long but MLB appointed 58-year old Kerwin Danley as its first African American umpire crew chief. DYK: Danley played college ball at San Diego State and was a first-team All-America outfielder in 1983 when he batted .399. His teammates included Colorado manager Bud Black and Tony Gwynn, his roommate. In a neat coincidence, Danley was the first base umpire when Gwynn got his 3,000th hit. 

Revenge, you’re doing it right! A 26-year old woman once dumped by her fiancé for being “too fat”, got the ultimate revenge by being crowned Britain’s most beautiful woman. She went from 247 pounds to 131 in two years to help her bag the crown. 

Not only has Celtic’s Jason Tatum come into his own this season but I think he’s getting better each game. What a show! 

“Hey Ed, how’s Tim Tebow?” – asked no one, ever. Tebow’s first hit in the young spring season, after the first four games, was a homerun and his first dinger since July 5 in Triple-A. He said he had had “some communication” with the XFL about joining the upstart football league but decided to stick to the diamond. In four season with the Mets (all in the minors), Tebow has “hit” .222 with 18 homeruns and a .631 OPS. 

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Five men sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan claiming fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB’s rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs. The five said they participated in Draft Kings fantasy baseball contests. 

Great Celtics/Lakers game last Sunday. Not quite like in the eighties, but top notch. 

Quote for the week: “I’m the one who has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” – Jimi Hendrix 

R.I.P. – (Jeannette) Ja’Net Dubois (75) – Ja’Net was an American actress, singer-songwriter and dancer. She was best known as Willona Woods, the neighborhood gossip maven and good friend of the Evans family on the sitcom Good Times. She also co-wrote the theme song for the show “Movin’ on Up” for The Jeffersons. 

Trivia #1 answer: Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens won his 243rd game last week moving into 5th place for all-time wins as Celtics’ coach. Name the four ahead of him, bonus if you get them in order. – K.C. Jones (308), Doc Rivers (416), Tommy Heinsohn (427), Red Auerbach (795)

Trivia #2 answer: Name the item that was NOT in list of items at David Ortiz’s “all-star estate sale”, as dubbed by Exceptional Estate Sales of Sudbury. – Designer ladies clothing, Wally lunchbox, an Ortiz Bruins Jersey, Red Sox toaster, personalized wine bottle signed by Rick Porcello, 2002 HP All-in-One Printer, a pasta maker, Elliptical machine, statue of a frog playing a ukulele. – There was no Elliptical machine (as the writer of the article noted, the 2002 printer should bring in at least $1!)

Trivia #3 answer: What year was the first Mardi Gras celebration? – 1814, 1827, 1851, 1888, 1901, 1920 – It was February 27, 1827

Trivia #4 answer: What happens in the NFL just once every 14.31 games? – A safety

Trivia #5: Which of the following is not true of Kobe Bryant: He spoke fluent Italian, He was named CA High School Player of the Year, The Lakers were his favorite team growing up, He was named after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, He was an 18-time NBA All-Star, He was born in Philadelphia – A little tricky, he was PA High School Player of the Year, not CA 

Have a righteous day! 

Great tune to be in your head for a Friday! (for you youngsters out there, YouTube ‘Movin on Up’) 

“Fish don’t fry in the kitchen,

Beans don’t burn on the grill.

Took a whole lot of tryin’,

Just to get up that hill.

Now we’re up in the big leagues,

Getting’ our turn at bat.

As long as we live, it’s you and me baby

There ain’t nothin wrong with that.

 

Well we’re movin on up,

To the east side.

To a deluxe apartment in the sky.

Movin on up

To the east side.

We finally got a piece of the pie.”

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