Friday, January 15, 2020

Briefly.

My editor says tht I repeatedly make typoes. What a bunch if crap.

If you put the vaccine in beer and opened up the pubs, the whole country would be vaccinated by next Thursday. Hey, I’m just trying to help.

Trivia #1: Which quarterback is the oldest amongst this weekend’s AFC playoff quarterbacks? Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen

Trivia #2: What percentage of Libya is desert? – 60%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 95%, 99%

Trivia #3: While many U.S. presidents have been featured in Sports Illustrated, only four have graced the cover. Who are they? Bonus: Who is the only one to make the cover twice?

Trivia #4: Who is Bianca Smith?

People often ask; “Ed, what can you tell me about Fan Controlled Football?” – So I signed up. You pick your team, one of four, and answer questions about the league. The latest was how playoffs will work. You answer questions about format, seedings, etc. and it returns the percentages of fans’ selections. I came in a tad late so I missed the selection of team uniforms. Interesting to say the least.

Good news: Dr. Anne Hampton recently jumped at a chance to join a medical team that was to inoculate residents at The Steppes care home in Gloustershire where her father was a resident. She hadn’t been able to see her father in the past 10 months due to lockdown until she gave him his vaccine shot on January 1.

On Sunday, Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) takes on Baker Mayfield (Cleveland) in what we hope is an epic rematch. The two last met in 2016 when Mayfield (Oklahoma) came out on top of Mahomes (Texas Tech) 66-59. The two combined for 1,279 passing yards while Mahomes was 52 of 88 for 819 yards and Mayfield threw for 545 yards and seven touchdowns.

Headlines…

Oxymoron headline of the week?: “‘Survivor’ contestant Angie Jakusz dead at 40”

What a way to be remembered: “Tim Lester, former NFL fullback who blocked for Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, dies from COVID-19 complications”

Useless headline of the week: “Trinity Rodman, daughter of former NBA star Dennis Rodman, taken No. 2 in NWSL Draft”

In other useless news, the Rockets finally rid themselves of James Harden. Harden joins Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn forming the new ‘Big Three’ in the NBA. The three will earn a combined $112 million this season. A very interesting mix of characters indeed.

Nice to see professional golf back. Tell me, does any player look more uptight than Bryson Dechambeau? Man, lighten up!

Let me explain. If you open a new loaf of bread and take the first slice, you are not taking the ‘end’, you are taking the ‘beginning’.

The Bruins are undefeated having beat the Devils in a shootout last night. Go B’s!

Speaking of hockey… Now I ain’t no Nostradamus or anything but I’m guessing a whole lot fewer fans will be struck by errant pucks this season than in past seasons.

After the Kansas City/Cleveland game on Sunday the weekend wraps up with Tom Brady and Tampa vs. Drew Brees and New Orleans. So much theater for this one. I won’t be disappointed if Tampa wins, and I would then root for them to win it all, but I will be rooting for the Saints.

The line  on last Saturday’s Bucs/Redskins game had the Bucs favored by 8. 8, an odd number for a spread?? Final – Bucs 31, Redskins 23. The bookies win again!

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Local city Lawrence has suspended all high school sports at Lawrence High School due to the pandemic and local infection rates while private high school Central Catholic, also located in Lawrence, is forging ahead with their sports programs.

The Green Bay Packers Jared Valdheer missed out on a chance to make NFL history. Last weekend, Valdheer was called up from the Colts practice squad and played in the Colts’ loss to the Bills. Because he was technically a practice squad player, he was able to sign with another team, the Packers, and would have been the first player to ever play for two different teams in the same playoff season. Instead he tested positive for COVID-19. DOH!

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: The most popular dog names in 2020 were ‘Cooper’ (male) and ‘Luna’ (female)

The cryptocurrency bitcoin is stored in digital “wallets.” Stefan Thomas has 7,002 bitcoin valued at about $260 million. The problem for Stefan is that the digital keys to his digital wallet are stored on his IronKey, an external thumb size storage device, and he has forgotten his password. IronKey gives you 10 attempts to get your password correct before the content is lost forever. Stefan has tried 8 times and has little hope in himself that he will remember his password.

You know it’s cold outside when you go outside… and it’s cold.

Quote for the week:

R.I.P. Tommy Lasorda (93) – Lasorda won two World Series as Dodgers manager in 1981 and 1988 while compiling a 1,599-1,439 managerial record and two NL Manager of the Year awards (1983, 1988). DYK, in 1948 while with the Schenectady Blue Jays, Lasorda struck out 25 in a 15-inning game setting a then professional record. In his first start in the majors for the Dodgers he lasted one inning after tying a major league record with three wild pitches in the inning being spiked while covering home plate. He was sent down and never pitched for the Dodgers again.

R.I.P. – Jeff ‘Vandy’ Richardson (58) – I had only seen Jeff once since high school and really never knew him very well, but his death hit home. Way to young. He was a real good guy and his passing brought back memories of growing up in the old neighborhood where you could safely go where ever you wanted as a kid and drink from the garden hose… without having to take off your mask.

R.I.P. – Siegfried Fischbacher (81) – Of the famed ‘Siegfried and Roy’ magic act. His partner Roy Horn died just 8 months ago.

Trivia #1 answer: Which quarterback is the oldest amongst this weekend’s AFC playoff quarterbacks? Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen – Baker Mayfield (25)

Trivia #2 answer: What percentage of Libya is desert? – 60%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 95%, 99% – Libya is 99% desert

Trivia #3 answer: While many U.S. presidents have been featured in Sports Illustrated, only four have graced the cover. Who are they? Bonus: Who is the only one to make the cover twice? – Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan (twice)

Trivia #4 answer: Who is Bianca Smith? – Bianca was recently hired by the Red Sox making her the first black female coach in professional baseball

Be careful out there.

“Take a bottle
Shake it up
Break the bubble
Break it up

Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C’mon, fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
I can’t get enough

I’m hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet”
– Def Leppard

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