Friday, August 20, 2021

Briefly. (Welcome back!)

I told my Dad I ran out of alcohol and didn’t have any money to buy any for the weekend… so he gave me the bottle of vodka from the cupboard that I stole and replaced with water when I was 16… Life really does come back and bite you in the ass.

Trivia #1: What four MLB players have knocked in 708 or more runs over a five-season span?
Trivia #2: How many pitching appearances did Babe Ruth make in his 15 seasons with the Yankees? – 5, 21, 45, 60, 77, 101
Trivia #3: In what year was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s (CCR) first album released? – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969,1970. Bonus: In what year was their final album released? (new production, not compilation)

After seven decades Kowloon, Boston’s iconic restaurant very recognizable to anyone who drove north on route 1 from Boston, will be closing its doors. It is reported that the closing is not COVID-19 related but rather of family members choosing not to continue the closely-held business.

Not closing, you’re doing it wrong. In researching the details of Kowloon’s closing I came across an article from this past January 8. The article began: “Everyone can take a deep breath: Kowloon has not been sold and it is not for sale.  It’s also not closing – at least not anytime soon.”

I watched a bit of the Patriots/Eagles last night. I like the Pats, what else is new, and think they will do OK. Can they make the playoffs and win a playoff game, I think so. Beyond that, I think not. I’ll tell you this though, I really don’t care who is under center, I just want them to win. If Cam Newton isn’t the answer, sit him down. Is Mac ain’t the answer either, sit his ass down too.

Speaking of the Red Sox… this past Tuesday and Wednesday was the worst two-day stretch for the team in a long, long time. The team seems to have given up and that is a shame. Let’s see if they look/play any differently going forward.

DYK: CCR’s compilation album “Chronicle the 20 Greatest Hits”, originally released in 1976 (trivia hint), is still on the Billboard 200 and reached the 500-weeks mark in December 2020. It has been awarded 10x platinum, meaning it has sold over 10 million copies. Rolling Stone ranked them 82nd on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. (as for the 500-weeks thing, I know, the math doesn’t add up but… I read it on the internet)

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Zaki Anwari, a national youth team soccer player from Afghanistan, died after he fell off a USAF Boeing C-17 on Monday. Anwari, who was 19 years old, was reportedly trying to hold on to the outside part of the American military aircraft. The whole thing is sickening.
This week’s sign of the apocalypse, part deux: United Airlines is telling their flight attendants not to duct tape unruly passengers.

Shohei Ohtani update: The Angels’ “Do All” is 8-1 with a 2.79 ERA and this past week hit his MLB-leading 40th homer.

Headline of the week (coupled with “Article I won’t read): “Prince Harry, Meaghan Markle found leaving royal life much “harder” than expected” – Oh, cry a river…

I went to Mc Donald’s yesterday and ate a Kids’ Meal. It was good but his Mom was furious.

Being controversial, well kind of… Detroit Tigers’ broadcaster, HOF pitcher Jack Morris, when asked how to pitch the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, responded by saying: “Be very, very careful” in a mimicking accent. Ohtani later commented saying: “I did see the footage and I heard it. Personally, I’m not offended and didn’t take anything personally. He is a Hall of Famer. He has a big influence in the baseball world. It’s kind of a tough sport.”

Speaking of burgers… if you go to a baseball park and eat a plant-based hot dog, I do not know you.

People often ask me, possibly never again, “Ed, what is up with Tim Tebow?” Tim Tebow, the NFL quarterback-turned-tight end, was recently cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars, ending his comeback attempt. Subsequently, Tebow partnered with Clean Juice to become the company’s national brand ambassador. (you can’t make this shit up)

Trivia #1 answer: What four MLB players have knocked in 708 or more runs over a five-season span? – Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Jimmy Foxx and Hank Wilson.
Trivia #2 answer: How many pitching appearances did Babe Ruth make in his 15 seasons with the Yankees? – 5, 21, 45, 60, 77, 101 – He made five appearances and was 5-0.
Trivia #3: In what year was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s (CCR) first album released? – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969,1970. Bonus: In what year was their final album released? (new production, not compilation) – 1968, bonus: 1972

Be careful out there. (It’s a jungle!)

“Well, you wake up in the mornin’, you hear the work bell ring
And they march you to the table to see the same old thing
Ain’t no food on the table, and no pork in the pan
But you better not complain, boy, you get in trouble with the man

Let the Midnight Special shine the light on me
Let the Midnight Special shine the light on me
Let the Midnight Special shine the light on me
Let the Midnight Special shine a everlovin’ light on me”

– Creedence Clearwater Revival

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