Friday, December 23, 2022

Briefly. (not)

This is my favorite time of year… because all the mosquitos are dead.

Trivia #1: What college bowl games make up the ‘New Year’s Six?’ No need to name the sponsors.
Trivia #2: The word “Hanukkah” means which of these in Hebrew? – Festival, Dedication, Fest, Light, Holiday
Trivia #3: Franco Harris played 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and his final season with what team? Bonus: What number did he wear with each team?

On this day: December 23, 1972, the “Immaculate Reception turned a 7-6 defeat to the Oakland Raiders into a 13-7 victory for the Pittsburgh Steelers. (The Steelers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the game tomorrow despite Franco Harris’ death on Wednesday.

You can’t spell “families” without “lies.”

We’re you watching the Bills/Dolphins last Saturday night? Just before the winning field goal, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen took a knee. Now, I realize it’s only a couple of yards but he made the kick longer instead of just falling forward. Then, and this cracked me up, the players immediately cleared the snow for the final kick. However, rather than just clear the spot of the hold, they cleared a full path from the line of scrimmage to the spot of the kick, which of course is useless.

Speaking of Buffalo… I have to admit I was a little jealous at the end of that game. Before the kick, there was a timeout. The home team was getting ready to win the game in OT with a short kick, the snow was falling, Christmas tunes were blaring and the crowd was sucking it all in. A good place and time to be there, I think.

“…I don’t know, if they’ll be snow, but have a cup of cheer…” Sound reasoning in my book!

The New England Patriots’ offense has converted just 3 of their last 39 attempts (7.7%) on 3rd and 6 or more yards. The league average is 26.5%. Now, go ahead and blame Mac Jones, blame the set of receivers/tight ends, blame Matt Patricia, blame Belichick. The fact is, they are all to blame.

We are not even going to get into the “Las Vegas Lateral.”

Well, the World Cup is over. Congratulations to the team that won. I did watch some of the final. There were actually some goals scored, though it still ended in a shootout. Call me a traditionalist but you gotta play to sudden-death for the title.

Stellantis is urging people to stop driving Dodge Magnum wagons, Dodge Challenger and Charger muscle cars and Chrysler 300 sedans from the 2005 through 2010 model years. Since 2009, the exploding air bags have killed at least 33 people worldwide, including 24 in the United States. (If you are driving one of those vehicles, you may have other problems too)

The Pittsburgh Steelers were 26-71-3 before Franco Harris came to town and 74-25-1 in the 100 games he was there.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Earlier this month, in Dedham, Massachusetts Library Director Amber Maroney banned Christmas trees because they made people feel “uncomfortable.” Last week, the Satanic Temple of Illinois installed a holiday display of its own next to a Nativity scene and Menorah in Springfield, to commemorate its “satanic values.” Moving up the Eastern Seaboard to South Carolina, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Leslie Reese, 42, after allegedly breaking into several churches and taking Christmas ornaments, candles, and a cross. In Taylor, Texas, a city of about 15,00 people and located about 30 miles northeast of Austin, the annual Christmas Parade was separated into two after a group of local churches booted an LGBT group from the original event because they featured drag queens. Merry Christmas, everyone!

This week’s sign of the apocalypse, part deux: Several media outlets and talking heads have encouraged parents to rethink having children because human beings – even small ones like kids – risk polluting the world and causing global climate destruction.

A crash between two tractor-trailers in Virginia last Friday resulted in tens of thousands of pounds of meatballs rolling down the highway.

“Philadelphia is peaking at just the right time.” – NFL analyst Daryl Johnston, before last weekend’s Philly/Bears game. Dude, “peaking at the right time?” The playoffs don’t start for another month!

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: 12 games in the NFL last weekend were decided by one score, tied for the most ever in one weekend. – Useless

Feed the fish, you’re doing it wrong. “AquaDom”, the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium holding 264,000 gallons of water and 1,500 fish, burst last week in the Radisson Blu hotel in Berlin, Germany.

The Celtics finally came crashing down a bit, losing three straight. The Bruins? Not so much as they are still rolling!

Article I’ll skip: Who are among Red Sox most valuable trade chips? (Trade?? Are you kidding me!)

“Mr. Irrelevant”, the last pick each year in the NFL draft, whenever he actually does something worth noting, he gets a lot of play. Doesn’t that give him relevance and make the pick before him “Mr. Irrelevant?” I mean, you never hear about that guy.

R.I.P. Franco Harris (72) – HOF running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 4x Super Bowl Champion (MVP in Super Bowl IX), NFL Rookie of the year in 1972, 9x Pro Bowl, amongst other accolades. His number is set to be retired by Pittsburgh tomorrow on the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception. Referred to as a “great, humble person” by many, he was named the NFL Man of the Year in 1976. DYK: The Immaculate Reception won that divisional matchup with the Raiders in 1972 and was the Steelers’ first-ever playoff win.

Trivia #1 answer: What college bowl games make up the ‘New Year’s Six?’ No need to name the sponsors. – Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl
Trivia #2: The word “Hanukkah” means which of these in Hebrew? – Festival, Dedication, Fest, Light, Holiday – Dedication
Trivia #3: Franco Harris played 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and his final season with what team? Bonus: What number did he wear with each team? – Franco wore #32 with the Steelers and #34 in his final season with the Seattle Seahawks

This Christmas, I’m going to donate a bunch of stuff to Goodwill, but first I’m going to drive around with it in my trunk for a few months.

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

Owning less is great. Wanting less is even better.

Merry Christmas to all!


“The first thing at Christmas that’s such a pain to me…”

– Bob Rivers

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