Friday, September 4, 2020

Briefly.

Trivia #1: Top 5 snowiest cities based on 30-year average monthly totals, population greater than 50,000, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association – Buffalo NY), Syracuse (NY), Rochester (NY), Flagstaff (AZ), Duluth (MN)

Trivia #2: in 2006, the Cleveland Indians’ Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a grand slam on the first pitch he ever saw as a major leaguer. Who is the only other player to do so?

Trivia #3: On Wednesday night, the Atlanta Braves’ Adam Duvall became just the second National Leaguer to homer three times in one game at Fenway Park. Who is the other?  

Trivia #4: Roberto Clemente is the career MLB leader in what category?

Trivia #5: (why not?) Who is Scott McGuiness?

In a truly disasterous season, some good news from Sox’ camp. Rookie Bobby Dalbec homered last weekend in his first major league at bat. He is the 128th player to make such a splash. DYK: An astonishing 25 players who hit a homerun in their first big league at bat never hit another homerun?!

Be the reason someone smiles today.

BTW, Bobby Dalbec has since had one hit, a single, walked once and struck out 10 times in 15 at bats. DOH!

As mentioned in last week’s post, some NFL teams are not allowing fans in their stadiums while others are. The Miami Dolphins announced they will allow a limited number of fans at their Opener. Fans will be required to wear a mask in their socially distant cluster; there will be more points of entry with mobile touchless entry, timed stadium entry, cashless payments at food kiosks, parking and retail and no tailgating. Gee whiz, sounds like fun… not!

Stop the madness!!! Boston bars/restaurants that have closed as a result of the pandemic – Fours, Legal Seafood, Lir, The Pour House, McGreevy’s and countless others. What a shame.

What an ending last Sunday in the second leg, of three, of the PGA Championship. First, Dustin Johnson hits a bending, 40-foot putt on 18 to force extra holes with John Rahm. On the second playoff hole, Rahm hits a ridiculous, 60-foot bending putt to win it. Tune in this afternoon and this weekend for the finale tournament at East Lake in Hotlanta.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: In Argentina, a college professor died on Wednesday after she struggled to breathe and collapsed during a virtual zoom lecture following a weeks-long battle with the coronavirus.

Rory McIlroy, who said he would leave the PGA Championship this weekend if his wife went into labor with their first child, announced that the baby was delivered on Monday, daughter Poppy Kennedy McIlroy. Poppy

Jason (Halloween) social distancing and wearing a mask since 1978.

While beating the PGA to death here… this weekend’s Championship features the games’ top 30 players based on a point system. Talk about pressure, two players were out of the mix before last weekend’s tournament and managed to play their way in – Joaquin Niemann (before ranked 31/ after ranked 18) and Mackenzie Hughes (36,28) while two others played their way out –  Adam Long (27/31), Kevin Streelman (28/32). $15M up for grabs, that’s gotta hurt!

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination – The Farmer’s Almanac released its extended forecast for the 2020-2021 season, which shows this upcoming winter could be brutally cold and snowy for much of the country. Ha! “Could be” – nice disclaimer

The Bruins lost.

Stop complaining. At least you’re not living in an NHL bubble.

Hmmm. Look at that last comment. Is it ‘an’ or ‘a’? If you say National Hockey League, it’s ‘a’. But saying NHL makes it ‘an’, or does it?… Sounds like something to stew on tonight over a scotch.

I watched Top Gun the other night… again. Dammit, Goose died again!

Quote for the week: “There’s two O’s in ‘Goose’”

The Celtics lost and lead the Raptors 2-1. Tough loss, so I hear.

She better not burn my toast! A Texas man allegedly shot and killed his wife and their two teenage sons because, says he, he was tired of their “yelling.”

Thankfully, now that the Bruins lost, football is right around the corner. I’m looking forward to it!

DYK: There are more airplanes under water than there are submarines in the sky?

R.I.P. John Thompson (78) – Former men’s basketball coach at Georgetown University, he won a championship in 1984 and was a catalyst in creating the greatest conference (my opinion) in college basketball at the time, the Big East.

R.I.P. Tom ‘Tom Terrific’ Seaver (75) – The HOF pitcher won 311 games with four different teams, most with the Mets. He is forever Tom Terrific with Mets’ fans for helping take the last place Mets to a World Series title after his third season.

DYK: Seaver died from complications of Lewy Body Dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, it was determined that Robin Williams suffered from the same disease. There is a new documentary on Williams’ that is now out on Netflix that I plan to watch very soon.

Trivia #1 answer: Top 5 snowiest cities based on 30-year average monthly totals, population greater than 50,000, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association – Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Flagstaff (AZ), Duluth (MN) – Buffalo (114.7 inches)

Trivia #2 answer: in 2006, Cleveland’s Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a grand slam on the first pitch he ever saw as a major leaguer. Who is the only other player to do so? – The Red Sox’ Daniel Nava in 2010 (I really hope the three guys sitting next to me at that game got this answer!)

Trivia #3 answer: On Wednesday night, the Atlanta Braves’ Adam Duvall became just the second National Leaguer to homer three times in one game at Fenway Park. Who is the other?  – The Braves’ Marcell Ozuna who did it the night before…

Trivia #4 answer: Roberto Clemente is the career MLB leader in what category? – Assists by a right fielder

Trivia #5: (why not?) Who is Scott McGuiness? – Scott was Scottie Scheffler’s caddie who collapsed with an ankle injury during the TPC Boston tournament a couple of weeks ago. Classic scene showing Scheffler putting out on the 9th hole with his caddie down on the ground in the background being tended to.

“I’ve got so much honey the bees envy me
I’ve got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees

Well, I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ‘bout my girl (my girl)”

– The Temptations

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