Friday, March 19, 2021

Briefly.

Words cannot express how limited my vocabulary is.

Trivia #1: When was the last time both the Notre Dame men’s and women’s basketball teams failed to qualify for the NCAA basketball tournament?

Trivia #2: When was the last time both the Duke University men’s and women’s basketball teams failed to qualify for the NCAA basketball tournament?

Trivia #3: After last night’s 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, David Krejci moved into 8th place all-time in points (702) for the Boston Bruins. Which two players are not in the top five? – Brad Marchand, Rick Middleton, Ray Bourque, Bobby Orr, Patrice Bergeron, Phil Esposito

Trivia #4: Why are their two play-in games amongst 11th seeded teams in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament?

Trivia #5: When was the last time the Duke men’s basketball team did not win 20+ games in a season? (they were 13-11 this year) – ’95-’96, -’01-’02, ’11-’12, ’87-’88, ’99-’00, ’78-‘79

So much for Michigan State’s men’s coach Tom Izzo leading the Spartans to the Final Four in my bracket!!! – Good thing the deadline is today at noon for entry.

Nearly 99% of NCAA men’s basketball games were played this past season. That’s pretty remarkable given the COVID-19 protocols.

The f*ckin’ Catalina Wine Mixer.

The last team left out of the men’s basketball tournament, Louisville, is on stand-by in case a team needs to drop due to COVID-19 protocols. Now, the chair of the tournament selection committee was Mitch Barnhart who happens to be the athletic director at Kentucky. Kentucky don’t like Louisville, go figure.

Good news: Traci Carter has done more than lead the University of Hartford to their first NCAA men’s basketball tournament appearance. Carter, a 24-year old graduate transfer, started The Anchors Camp after his brother was slain last summer in their hometown of Philadelphia. City kids travel to a farm near tiny Madison, New York, where they participate in traditional camp activities but also tour Colgate University to learn basic skills such as plumbing, electrical work, or how to cut hair.

Quote for the week: “Part of me wishes he was here so I could rub it in his face a little bit more.” – Justin Thomas referring to Tiger Woods last Sunday after Thomas had won the Players Championship.

Well that was quick! Last week we reported that Alex Ovechkin had scored his 715th goal to move within two goals of Phil Esposito for 6th all-time. Ovechkin now has 718.

The effort was there… I guess. Anastasia Hanson, 56, of California, started a GoFundMe page to pay off the mortgage on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s $14.6 million California estate. After raising a measly $110, ($5 from her!) the page was shut down.

Tom Brady has given out what allegedly is his cell number. He said that sharing his number will be a tool to allow him to communicate more directly with fans and followers. Rule number one, “no texting on game days.” It is unclear whether a text to the number is actually delivered to Brady’s personal cell hone. I have not, and will not, text him, but for you – (415) 612-1737.

The “’Old ball-n-chain?” A Ukraine couple (28 and 33 years old) handcuffed themselves together on Valentine’s Day as a pledge to strengthen their on-again, off-again relationship. They have pledged to be handcuffed to each other for three months. Amongst other daily activities that takes getting used to, the couple say they take turns using the bathroom, their hand stretched inside.

So this is the time for “Legal Tampering” in the NFL. Gotta love that term!

Call me a homer, I am, but I have to laugh at the critics who think the New England Patriots will suck this season because teams that spend wildly on free agents typically don’t fair well. Now that’s sound reasoning!

Article I’ll skip: “Reason for A-Rod/J-Lo split revealed”

Nice resume, Mr. Hendrix. But, are you experienced?

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: A Fargo, North Dakota, man says he’s been receiving threatening letters from his condo association over complaints that his American flag is making too much noise on windy days.

R.I.P. Dick Hoyt (80) – Dick, of Sturbridge, MA, was a legend since the early 80’s pushing his son in his wheelchair through Boston Marathons, Hawaii’s Ironman Triathlon as well as running/biking across the country as part of a fundraiser. His son, Rick, suffered from cerebral palsy and is now in his 50’s. Dick once pushed Rick in under three hours in the Boston Marathon!

Trivia #1 answer: When was the last time both the Notre Dame men’s and women’s basketball teams failed to qualify for the NCAA basketball tournament? – 1995

Trivia #2 answer: When was the last time both the Duke University men’s and women’s basketball teams failed to qualify for the NCAA basketball tournament? – Never happened

Trivia #3 answer : After last night’s 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, David Krejci moved into 8th place all-time in points for the Boston Bruins. Which two players is not in the top five? – Brad Marchand, Rick Middleton, Ray Bourque, Bobby Orr, Patrice Bergeron, Phil Esposito – Brad Marchand and Bobby Orr

Trivia #4 answer: Why are their two play-in games amongst 11th seeded teams in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament? – The four teams that play in the 11-seed play-in games are the last four “at-large” teams that qualify for the tournament, as opposed to the last four teams overall. Those four teams play in the 16-seed play-in games.

Trivia #5 answer: When was the last time the Duke Men’s basketball team did not win 20+ games in a season? (they were 13-11 this year) – ’95-’96, -’01-’02, ’11-’12, ’87-’88, ’99-’00, ’78-’79 – The answer is 1995-1996 (18-13)

Be careful out there and enjoy the games.

“Gimme the ball
I’ll go one-on-one against the world, left-handed
I could stuff it from center court with my toes
I could jump on top of the backboard,
Take off a quarter, leave fifteen cents change, I could,
I could dribble behind my back
I got more moves than Ex-Lax, I’m bad
I could dribble with my tongue
Here I go down the court, try to stop me
You can’t stop me ‘cause I got a Basketball Jones
Here I come, that’s my hook shot with my eyebrow
Yeah, I could dunk it with my nose
I’m, I’m bad as King Kong,
Gimme the ball. I’m hot, I’m hot as… I’m hot as… uh, uh, uh, uh, uh

Basketball Jones, I got a Basketball Jones, I got a Basketball Jones, Basketball Jones”

– Cheech and Chong (featuring Tyrone Shoelaces)

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