Friday, September 25, 2020

Briefly.

WordPress tracks hits to my blog and where they originate. I routinely have 2-3 hits from Baidu, an internet company in China. Hmmm.

Trivia #1: Who was the only player named at two positions to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team in 1994?

Trivia #2: How many different venues have hosted an NFL game? – 79, 127, 160, 188, 209, 246

Trivia #3: B.B. King. What does “B.B.” stand for?

Trivia #4: Since 1970, which team is the only one to make the Stanley Cup Final in five consecutive years? – Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Charlestown Chiefs

LeBron, 2nd in MVP voting, again, is bitching about it. ‘Nuf said.

Not to sound insensitive but the worst part about all of these NFL injuries is that we can kiss ‘good-bye’ to any thought of future, shortened preseasons.

The Red Sox lost their final “home” game last night to the Orioles. Thankfully, their season ends this weekend.

I have found myself on a steady diet of alcohol, vitamin D and an occasional steak tip.

Quote for the week: “Do I think I’m the best quarterback in the NFL? I believe so, without a doubt.” – Seattle’s Russell Wilson on the “Dan Patrick Show” – Sounds a little like “Hey, don’t you know about me!?”

Quote for the week, part deux: “You flatter me by giving me this award, but I can tell you here and now that I accept it for Brian Piccolo. … I love Brian Piccolo and I’d like all of you to love him, too. Tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.” – Gail Sayers during his acceptance speech for the George S. Halas Award for courage in 1969. I have to admit I got a little misty-eyed reading/writing this.

The hypocrisy continues, now in the NFL. The NFL has hit Denver’s Vic Fangio, Seattle’s Pete Carroll and San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan with $100,000 fines and their teams with $250,000 fines for not wearing masks last Sunday. In all, the league issued $1.05 million in fines. Now maybe I don’t know the definition of “wearing a mask” but I saw FAR more violations in various other games on Sunday.

Did you see Danny Lee’s 6-putt on the 18th at the US Open? After missing a 4-footer for par, he missed the return putt and frustration set in. He then withdrew from the tournament, citing a wrist injury. Wrist injury?! I’m sorry but that’s hysterical!

NFL quarterbacks are running wild! Cam Newton, Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott, Josh Allen, to name a few. If this season’s pace continues, quarterbacks will score 48 more rushing touchdowns than they ever have in a season and they’ll finish with over 1,400 more rushing yards. I tell you, wild!

“Stop the pain”, you’re doing it wrong. A Los Angeles Chargers team doctor punctured quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s lung just before kickoff last Sunday while trying to administer a pain-killing injection to the quarterback’s cracked robs.

DYK, Tyrod Taylor is one of six NFL QB’s to register 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in consecutive seasons? I didn’t.

Don’t think “end of summer”, think “beginning of fall.”

Everything that has a beginning, has an end.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback Carson Wentz was booed last Sunday due to his continuing poor play. As there were no fans allowed at Philly’s home field, Lincoln Financial Field, Wentz was digitally booed. (that’s gotta hurt!)

This week’s sign of the apocalypse, part deux: (I do try to keep politics out of this but…) FOX Super Bet 6, a free-to-play app that typically focuses on sporting events, will allow users to win prizes by making accurate predictions about the first presidential debate on Tuesday, September 29th in Cleveland. A $25,000 prize pool is guaranteed with 6 questions, including – Will Trump use the term “Sleeping Joe” during the debate? and will Biden say the word “malarkey” more than he mentions former President Barack Obama?

On Monday Night Countdown this past week the panelists, as they always do, make their game predictions. All of the men confidently predicted the Saints would beat the Raiders. Suzy Kolber however, commented on the karma of opening a new stadium (Allegiant Stadium) and chose the Raiders, much to the others dismay. Karma.

Say what you will, the NHL Bubble works!

In feel-good news, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ “Day On Fund”, established in 2018, is supporting Bezos’ first tuition-free preschool for underserved children. On Oct. 19 the doors open for Bezos Academy in Des Moines, WA and is the first of many free preschools that Bezos plans to open.

People often ask me, not in this lifetime, what ever happened to NFL quarterback Blake Bortles? With the injury to Denver Broncos’ quarterback Drew Lock, Bortles was signed to a one-year deal as backup to new starter Jeff “don’t call me ‘Whitey’” Driskel.

People also routinely ask me about Deion Sanders. Last week, Prime Time was named head football coach at Jackson State. During his first week on the job, Mississippi State freshman cornerback Javorrius Selmon announced he was transferring to Jackson State to play for “Coach Prime.”

Florida prosecutors said Monday that they won’t appeal a court’s decision blocking video that allegedly shows New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft paying for massage parlor sex. The charges have since been dropped. Let me tell you there are some days I miss my father more than others. He’d be shaking his head over this duck-n-dodge by Krafty Bob.

R.I.P. Gail Sayers (77) – Considered one of the greatest running backs in the history of the NFL, Sayers played primarily only five seasons, all with the Chicago Bears (he played sparingly in 70’ and ’71) and finished with 4,956 yards, 39 touchdowns, 30 yards per kick return and six touchdowns, 14.5 yards per punt return and two touchdowns. He averaged more than 5 yards per carry for his career and led the NFL in rushing twice, including 1969 one season after tearing his ACL and MCL in his right knee. He was a member of the 1964 All-America team at Kansas and, at age 34, was the youngest player ever inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. (OK, who’s not making time to watch Brian’s Song in the near future?)

Trivia #1 answer: Who was the only player named at two positions to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team in 1994? – Gail Sayers (halfback and kick returner)

Trivia #2 answer: How many different venues have hosted an NFL game? – 79, 127, 160, 188, 209, 246 – this past Monday, Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium became the 188th different venue to host an NFL game.

Trivia #3 answer: B.B. King. What does “B.B.” stand for? – Blues Boy – As a singer and disc jockey in Memphis, he was given the nickname “Beale Street Blues Buy”, later shortened to “Blues Boy” and finally to B.B.

Trivia #4: Since 1970, which team is the only one to make the Stanley Cup Final in five consecutive years? – Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Charlestown Chiefs – The New York Islanders (won the Cup in ’80, ’81, ’82, ’83 then lost in ’84) – BTW, the Charlestown Chiefs is the minor league hockey team from the movie “Slapshot”

The NHL season could end this weekend. I’ll leave you with this:

“Hit somebody! was what the crowd roared
When Buddy the goon came over the boards
“Coach”, he’d say, “I wanna score goals”
The coach said, “Buddy, remember your role
The fast guys get paid, they shoot, they score
Protect them, Buddy, that’s what you’re here for”

– Warren Zevon

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