Friday, December 11, 2020

Briefly.

Somewhere, someone is showering with a mask on. I know it.

Trivia #1: What is another name for the William V. Campbell Trophy?

Trivia #2: Remember Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford from Leave It to Beaver? What was Mr. Rutherford’s first name?

Trivia #3: In 1947, Chuck Yeager, piloting the Bell X-1, broke the sound barrier reaching a speed of??? 500 mph, 600 mph, 700 mph, 800 mph, 850 mph, 900 mph

Headline of the day: 20% of Americans have gotten hurt while setting up Christmas trees in 2020 (only 9% last year)

Major League Baseball and its owners gave yet another virtual kick to the nuts of baseball fans, and teams/players, across America. MLB eliminated highly sought-after affiliations with 43 franchises at the developmental level – about a quarter of its sprawling minor league system – as each major legue team will be allowed only four minor league affiliates.

Good news: Retied Air Force colonel John Hobson (93) of Xenia, Ohio, has been whittling walking sticks to sell to his community for $3 apiece. All money earned is donated to a local food bank.

I think fines in professional sports should be based upon a percentage of salary rather than a flat number. A $25,000 fine for one player is much different for that of another.

Quote for the week: “Say not, I have found the truth, but rather I have found a truth” – Kahlil Gibran

Trivia #1 hint: The award is given by the National Football Foundation to a college football player.

Super foods. You know: Dark, leafy greens, Berries, Green tea, Nuts, etc. If one or more of these are included in a bacon and sausage sandwich, do they have the same positive health benefits?

The NHL is eyeing a January 13 return. (2021 in case you’re wondering)

Tom Brady and Ben Rothlisberger are in quite the battle. Brady sits in second place all-time for the number of times he’s been sacked in his career (516), creeping up on the all-time leader Brett Favre (525). Big Ben is currently fourth at 513.

Speaking of the Celtics… Tristan Thompson is out with a hamstring injury. You can blame me.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: According to Next Gen Stats, the most improbable completion so far this season in the NFL was a 20-yard completion by Joe Flacco to Jamison Crowder. The pass had a 6.2% completion probability.

Useless headline of the week: Adults reveal what scares them now, but didn’t bother them as children, and some answers may surprise you (ain’t surprising me if I don’t read the article)

If you ever get locked out of your house, talk to your lock calmly because communication is key.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Some restaurants are partnering with nearby hotels to offer suites for use of small group dining. Brilliant!

R.I.P. Chuck Yeager (97) US Air Force officer and test pilot, known as “the fastest man alive.” Yeager broke the sound barrier when he tested the X-1 in October 1947. Also, Yeager reportedly flew 64 missions in WWII and shot down 13 German planes.

Trivia #1 answer: What is another name for the William V. Campbell Trophy? – Formerly the Vincent DePaul Draddy Trophy, it is otherwise considered by many as being the “Academic Heisman”

Trivia #2 answer: Remember Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford from Leave It to Beaver? What was Mr. Rutherford’s first name? – Fred Rutherford

Trivia #3: In 1947, Chuck Yeager, piloting the Bell X-1, broke the sound barrier reaching a speed of??? 500 mph, 600 mph, 700 mph, 800 mph, 850 mph, 900 mph – 700 mph

Be careful out there.

“Prepare yourself you know it’s a must
Gotta have a friend in Jesus
So you know that when you die
He’s gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
Gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
That’s where your gonna go when you die
When they die and they lay you to rest
You’re gonna go to the place that’s the best”

– Norman Greenbaum

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