Friday, July 23, 2021

Briefly.

I was happily watching the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra when the guy on the triangle disappeared.

Trivia #1: Which MLB pitcher is NOT in the top 10 all-time list for throwing wild pitches? – Nolan Ryan, Tim Keefe, Tony Mulane, Phil Niekro, Jack Morris
Trivia #2: Which is NOT an Olympic sport (in this year’s games) – Badminton, Canoe Slalom, Taekwondo, Handball, 3×3 Basketball, Marathon Swimming, Judo
Trivia #3: According to a June 14 article by the website ‘T3’, which golf ball is NOT in the top 5 according to preference? – TaylorMade Tour Response, Titleist Pro V1, Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls, Wilson Staff Model R, TaylorMade TP5X, Srixon Z-Star
Trivia #4: Who plays lead guitar in the song ‘Spirit in the Sky’? – Eric Clapton, Norman Greenbaum, Steven Stills, Bob Dylan, Hank Marvin, Dick Dale
Trivia #5: (Wow, five!) – Order these cities for the next five Olympic games – LA, Beijing, Brisbane, Milan Cortina, Paris

So… who’s watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics tonight?

Last night was the Red Sox’ 30th comeback win (out of 59) in a bizarre, yet great, 10-inning victory over the yanks. In case you missed it, like I did, yankees’ pitcher Brooks Kriske uncorked four wild pitches in the 10th – the most by one pitcher in an extra inning and tied for the most in any inning.

It’s well known that I need to get out more often and here’s an example. Wally Funk is a chick. Go figure!

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: A top Texas official said Thursday he is considering banning Ben & Jerry’s statewide after the Vermont-based company announced it will no longer sell ice cream in “Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

For the first time since Jan. 19, 2019, the “take-a-knee” US Women’s Soccer team lost a game dropping their opening Olympic game to Sweden 3-0. The first time they have been shut out since June 27, 2017. Too bad.

Did you know they won’t be making yardsticks any longer?

In their last two games against Toronto, in Buffalo, the Red Sox had back-to-back games with 5 or more homeruns in consecutive road games for the first time in their history.

The World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday that it intervened to stop several Russian athletes from competing in the Tokyo Games because they are under suspicion of doping. Shocking… not!

Good News: Though its approval is somewhat controversial, Biogen’s medication Adulhelm (Aducanumab) was approved by the FDA for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. Although there are medications out there to slow down the progression of the disease, Adulhelm is an actual treatment. The controversy lies with the premature and expedited approval of the drug. Let’s hope it works against this terrible disease.
Good News, part deux: The late Globe Writer, Nick Cafardo, who past away outside the Red Sox clubhouse in FL in 2019, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Great tribute!

They say “don’t try this at home” so I’m coming over to your house to try it.

R.I.P. Greg Knapp (58) – Knapp coached football at Sacramento State for 9 years and then coached in the NFL for 24 years. He was struck by a car while riding his bike. Damn, 58!

Trivia #1 answer: Which MLB pitcher is NOT in the top 10 all-time list for throwing wild pitches? – Nolan Ryan, Tim Keefe, Tony Mulane, Phil Niekro, Jack Morris – Jack Morris (13th on the list). DYK: Tony Mulane (343) is #1 in front of #2 Nolan Ryan (277)
Trivia #2 answer: Which is NOT an Olympic sport (in this year’s games) – Badminton, Canoe Slalom, Taekwondo, Handball, 3×3 Basketball, Marathon Swimming, Judo – Badminton
Trivia #3 answer: According to a June 14 article by the website ‘T3’, which golf ball is NOT in the top 5 according to preference? – TaylorMade Tour Response, Titleist Pro V1, Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls, Wilson Staff Model R, TaylorMade TP5X, Srixon Z-Star – The top 5 are listed in order 1-5 with the Srixon Z-Star not making the list (#12)
Trivia #4 answer: Who plays lead guitar in the song ‘Spirit in the Sky’? – Eric Clapton, Norman Greenbaum, Steven Stills, Bob Dylan, Hank Marvin, Dick Dale – Norman Greenbaum
Trivia #5 answer: (Wow, five!) – Order these cities for the next five Olympic games – LA, Beijing, Brisbane, Milan Cortina, Paris – Beijing (2022 – winter), Paris (2024 – summer), Milan Cortina (2026 – winter), LA (2028 – summer), Brisbane (2032 – summer)

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 you’re gonna go when you die
When you die and they lay you to rest
You’re gonna go to the place that’s the best”

– Norman Greenbaum

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