Friday, January 7, 2022

Briefly. (hey, I’m on holiday!)

May all your troubles last as long as your New Years’ resolutions.

Trivia #1: Since 1950, which school has won the most NCAA football National Championships? – UCLA, Maryland, Michigan, Arkansas, BYU.

Number of the Week: 5.7 – That’s “minus” 5.7 – The temperature (Fahrenheit) at the start of this year’s NHL Winter Classic, held on New Year’s Day in Minneapolis.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Just when you it was over, more NHL games get canceled. DOH!

Goodbye to Pittsburgh Steeler Ben Roethlisberger, who all but announced his retirement recently. I don’t like the fact that he announced it before his last home game, thereby asking for recognition that night on Monday Night Football, but at least he didn’t pull the “Victory Tour” by announcing it at the beginning of the season like many athletes. Our beloved David Ortiz comes to mind.

Did you catch the halftime show during the Rose Bowl? The Ohio State band did a pretty good “Rush” medley.

Message to Antonio Brown – “See ya!”

Saving $2.75 – you’re doing it wrong. A 28-year-old man in Queens tried to evade the New York subway fare by attempting to jump a turnstile. Apparently, he fell to the floor, hit his head and broke his neck.

The Celtics’ Robert Williams III is the 1st player in NBA history with a triple-double that included ≥ 4 blocks, FG% = 1.000 – (min 5 FGA). He finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 blocks, 5-5 in field goals and two steals.

If I had a dollar for every time algebra has helped me, I’d have n dollars.

R.I.P. Betty White (99) – Her television career spanned 7 decades and included 7 Emmys and a lifetime achievement Emmy. She was the first woman nominated for an Emmy. Betty White created two of the most memorable characters in sitcom history, Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tylor Moore Show” and Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.” Betty also hosted Saturday Night Live at the age of 88!
R.I.P. Dan Reeves (77) – Reeves appeared in 9 Super Bowls – Two as a player (including a Cowboys’ win in Super Bowl VI), assistant coach in three and head coach in four more.
R.I.P. Sam Jones (88) – 10-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics. Jones had his #24 raised to the Boston Garden rafters, was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame and was named to the NBA’s 25th, 50th and 75th anniversary teams.

In a related story, Keith Richards is still alive.

Babe Ruth hit 552 homeruns AFTER Betty White was born. Chew on that one.

Trivia #1 answer: Since 1950, which school has won the most NCAA football National Championships? – UCLA, Arizona, Michigan, Arkansas – They have all won one title – (UCLA 1954, Maryland 1953, Michigan 1997, Arkansas 1964, BYU 1984)

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

“Take a little walk on the edge of town
and go across the tracks
Where the viaduct looms
like a bird of doom
As it shifts and cracks
where secrets lie in the border fires,
in hummingbird wires
Hey man, you know you’re never coming back
Past the square, past the bridge,
past the mills, past the stacks
On a gathering storm
comes a tall handsome man
in a dusty black coat
with a red right hand”

– Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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