Friday, January 8, 2021

Briefly. (I’m just trying to give you a brief diversion from the shitshow(s))

Be the reason someone smiles today… or the reason they drink. Whatever works.

Trivia #1: Michael Phelps has 23 gold medals, more than most countries. Where does he rank in total gold medals against the world? – 11th, 29th, 32nd, 38th, 44th, 50th, 61st

Trivia #2: Tom Brady is just the second player in NFL history to go to the playoffs in 12 consecutive seasons. Who is the other?

Trivia #3: How many planets in our solar system are not named after a god or goddess?

Trivia #4: In what season year did the NFL wildcard weekend include both a Saturday and Sunday game at the Meadowlands? Bonus: what teams played in each game?

People often ask; “Ed, what can you tell me about Fan Controlled Football?” – Well, two-time WNBA champion Renee Montgomery is the first female Team Owner in FCF is beyond excited to join the Beasts.

Good news: A Somerset, MA police officer responded to a call at the local Stop & Shop of a woman shoplifting. She was at the self check-put line and skipping the scanner putting items directly into her bags. She was with her two young children. The officer, who has two kids of his own, learned that the woman had no job and was stealing food for their holiday dinner. He said she was stealing nothing but food, no personal items (health, beauty items or anything of the like) so instead of arresting her he bought her a $250 gift card.

We all wondered about the lack of home field advantage in the NFL this season, didn’t we(?), what with no fans allowed at most games. Visiting teams had a collective 128-127-1 mark for the 2020 season. Over the prior 50 seasons home teams had a .575 winning percentage.

In other news… the seven dwarfs have been advised that they can only meet in groups of six. One of them isn’t Happy.

On January 4, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service removed grey wolves from the endangered species list leaving the management of wolf populations to state authorities. The next day Wisconsin announced it will be hosting its first wolf hunting season since 2014.

I watched a replay of the greatest comeback in football history the other night. You know, in “The Longest Yard” when the prisoners came from three touchdowns back in the 4th quarter to beat the guards.

This is the time of the year when we must succumb to watching ESPN’s Sports Center’s “Top 10” each day and each day we watch dunks. Dunks! Mostly men, college and professional, guys who are often more than 7-feet tall throwing the basketball into a hoop ten feet high. Here’s a suggestion: why not have a “Kids’ Top 10” and let them watch the seemingly entertaining dunks and give us sports fans some actual top 10 “plays”?

You translate. A South Carolina man hospitalized with coronavirus for two months says his wife’s voice helped him out of a coma. Now, was that a sooth, loving, encouraging voice or a loud, screeching voice telling him to get better so he can get home and finish the dishes?

Article I’ll skip: “Why Kurt Cobain’s ‘90’s cardigan is trending”

Useless headline of the week: “Ball brothers, Lonza, LaMelo set to square off in NBA matchup” – Really, other thn family, does anyone give a shit?

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Need I say? I mean, WTF!

This week’s sign of the apocalypse part deux: Dozens of cases and one death among Kaiser Permanente employees in San Jose have been linked to an inflatable costume worn by a staffer on Christmas.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse part trois (now there’s a new one!): The NHL sold the naming rights of its four divisions for the first time in its history. The league announced Tuesday that its teams will play in Scotia NHL North Division, Honda NHL West Division, Discover NHL Central Division and the MassMutual NHL East Division.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: Todd McShay put out his mock 2021 NFL draft

Quote for the week: “Sometimes there just aren’t enough rocks” – Forrest Gump

I have to admit it’s surreal to see Tom Brady in the playoffs with a team other than the Patriots. Go Redskins!

I am forever disappointed that chef Bobby Flay didn’t name his daughter “Sue”.

Trivia #1 answer: Michael Phelps has 23 gold medals, more than most countries. Where does he rank in total gold medals against the world? – 11th, 29th, 32nd, 38th, 44th, 50th, 61st – 38th

Trivia #2 answer: Tom Brady is just the second player in NFL history to go to the playoffs in 12 consecutive seasons. Who is the other? – Current Tennessee Titans kicker Steve Gostkowski

Trivia #3 answer: How many planets in our solar system are not named after a god or goddess? – One – Earth

Trivia #4 answer: In what year did the NFL wildcard weekend include both a Saturday and Sunday game at the Meadowlands? Bonus: what teams played in each game? – 1985 – The Jets lost to New England 26-14 on Saturday and on Sunday the Giants beat San Francisco 17-3.

Be careful out there.

“In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
There’s a land that’s fair and bright
Where the handouts grow on bushes
And you sleep out every night

Where the boxcars are all empty
And the sun shines every day
And the birds and the bees
And the cigarette trees


The lemonade springs
Where the bluebird sings
In the Big Rock Candy Mountain”

– Harry McClintock

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