And Jesus came upon me. He sat next to me on the couch, put one arm over my shoulder and took my phone with the other hand. He grinned as he scrolled through my phone showing me the memes I had stored, all the while explaining to me why I can’t go to heaven.
Trivia #1: Who was Simka Gravas?
Trivia #2: Only four players in NLB history have stolen second, third and home in the same inning, more than once in their career. Which of the following did not, name two? – Honus Wagner, Max Carey, Jackie Tavaner, Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Rod Carew
Trivia #3: Who is the only player to play quarterback in the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl and Grey Cup?
Trivia #4: Who is the last switch-hitter to win the American League MVP?
How are y’alls summer bodies coming along? Mine’s looking like I have a great personality.
On this day: May 12, 1812, the Waltz was introduced into English ballrooms; some observers consider it disgusting and immoral. (some things never change, eh)
May 12, 1997, chess-playing computer Deep Blue, developed by IBM, defeats Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5.
Also, on this day, in 1893, Henri Desgrange established world’s first bicycle world record, travelling 35.325 km (21.95 miles) an hour. My question, if it was the first world record, he could have been going three (3) miles per hour, correct???
Oh boy, how long is this going to last? Chris Sale hit 99 mph on his fastball the other night.
Through April 19, the Red Sox Masataka Yoshida had played 13 career games, securing a paltry .167/.310/.250 batting line (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) with one home run, adding up to a .560 OPS. But since April 20, Yoshida has turned a corner. He has a hit in all 16 games (this was through this past Monday) he has played since then, and his 28 hits and 48 total bases over that span are both most in MLB. He has a remarkably efficient .438/.479/.750 line with five homers since April 20 (1.229 OPS), leading all players with at least 40 plate appearances in both batting average and OPS. (he’s 0-9 since Monday, DOH!)
A bus carrying 60 passengers was making the hour-long journey from Jinotega to San Sebastián de Yalí in Nicaragua on Monday when the vehicle skidded off the road and plunged 165 feet down a ravine. While all passengers survived the initial terrifying drop, the bus landed in a coffee plantation field that was home to a number of disturbed – and angry – killer Africanized bees. Six people ultimately died from the killer bees’ stings and 14 others were hospitalized after the incident. (Imagine the screaming… Terrible!)
DYK: Horses sleep standing up and don’t worry about falling because of a system of tendons and ligaments that allow them to lock the major joints in their legs. (I’m here to educate)
This week’s sign of the apocalypse: A second school district from Michigan has banned students from carrying backpacks on school premises after a third-grade student was found with a loaded gun. It was the fourth such incident already this year in which a student was found with a handgun.
You’ve heard people say, “He’s got a boatload of money, or “She’s got a boatload of this or a boatload of that.” What if it’s a small boat?
Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: TB12 facility on Boylston Street in Boston abruptly closes after 3-plus years.
Article I’ll skip: Robert De Niro joins Mick Jagger, Clint Eastwood, and Richard Gere becoming dads again after 65
Trivia #3 hint: If you were paying attention, you’d know he died this past week.
Trivia #4 hint: Kind of a trick question. If you were paying attention, you’d know he died this past week.
The New England Patriots open at home against two playoff teams, the Eagles and Dolphins, before traveling to the revamped Jets and Dallas. That is very possibly an 0-4 start. I hear the over/under is 7.5 wins. I’ll unfortunately take the under. There schedule is tied for the 3rd hardest in the NFL, based on last years’ records.
The New York Giants play 7 of their first 10 games on the road, which is a first in NFL history since the league added bye weeks in 1990. The league has never forced a team to play on the road in seven of the first 10 weeks, let alone seven of their first 10 games.
They said it: “We know that when you have a bad actor, and all they have is a single-shot rifle as opposed to an AR-15, they can’t kill as many people, and the AR-15 is nothing compared to what we are going to see from artificial intelligence, from the disruptive uses of these tools. Most of those people are responsible, most of those people will not try to disrupt, to destroy, but a lot of them will.” Ian Bremmer, founder and president of political risk research firm Eurasia Group.
Good news: You may have seen that the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency ended yesterday, May 11, 2023. This means that many hospital policies made during the pandemic are changing. Now don’t get me wrong, it ended long ago. Nonetheless, Halleluiah!!!!
More good news: Every high school senior graduating in the state of Georgia this year, 120,000 students, has received a book titled “‘The Talk’ (about money), A Young Adult’s Guide to the ONE DECISION That Changes Everything.” – Now it appears that the crux of the book regards decisions on how to handle income from their first “Real” job. I’m hoping there’s some mention of college expenses, maybe like; “Hey, think about student debt and know that Big Brother ain’t paying anymore.”
In Bruins’ news, the Celtics live another day.
R.I.P. Denny Crum (86) – Coached Louisville men’s basketball from 1971-2001 and to the 1980 and 1986 NCAA Championships. Admirably labeled “Cool Hand Luke” by former commentator Al McGuire, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1994.
R.I.P. Vida Blue (73) – Left-hander for the Oakland A’s, in 1971 went 24-8 with a 1.82 E.R.A.
that season, spinning 24 complete games and eight shutouts and working 312 innings, the most in nearly 60 years by a pitcher in his first full season. He won the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award and the Cy Young. Blue lost his first start that season and then won eight in a row, all complete games. From June 1 through July 21, he averaged more than nine innings in a stretch of 11 starts (twice he went 11 innings).
Trivia #1 answer: Who was Simka Gravas? – Simka was the wife of Latka Gravas in the hit show “Taxi” which ran from 1978 to 1982.
Trivia #2 answer: Only four players in NLB history have stolen second, third and home in the same inning, more than once in their career. Which of the following did not, name two? – Honus Wagner, Max Carey, Jackie Tavaner, Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Rod Carew – Pete Rose, Rod Carew (each did it once, Rose did it 43 years ago today)
Trivia #3 answer: Who is the only player to play quarterback in the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl and Grey Cup? – Joe Kapp
Trivia #4 answer: Who is the last switch-hitter to win the American League MVP? – Vida Blue
I was offered sex the other day with a Victoria Secret model. In exchange, I was supposed advertise some kind of bathroom cleaner on my Facebook page. Of course, I declined because I am a person of high moral standards and strong willpower. Just as strong as Ajax, the incredibly strong bathroom cleaner, now available in lemon scent and vanilla.
Be careful out there. (It’s a jungle!)
Happy National Limerick Day! (There once was a man from Nantucket…)
“Some people think they’re gonna die someday
I got news, ya never got to go”
– “Terrible” Ted Nugent
Great/Classic tune, if you have 10+ minutes