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Friday, January 14, 2022

Briefly.

I wonder how many WTFs today will bring.

Trivia #1: With which sports team did the “tomahawk chop” originate? – Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs, Florida State Seminoles, Winnacunnet Warriors
Trivia #2: What does NVRQT stand for and bonus: What is its significance?
Trivia #3: Who was born Veronica Yvette Bennett?
Trivia #4: During the decade of the 1980’s, there was one year where the Meadowlands crew had to work overtime, as the Jets played there on Saturday and the Giants played there the next day, on Sunday. What year was it?
Trivia #5: What is the plural of ‘attorney general’, bonus: Why?

Man, it’s a good thing I make an effort to avoid commenting on political subjects/topics. I’d be here all day with a 20-page blog.

Speaking of avoiding politics, can we just drop a couple big ones on North Korea and get it over with?

Happy Wildcard Weekend (NFL) everyone! This season we get two games on Saturday, three on Sunday and a first-ever Monday Night game. Oh, the glory…

Speaking of which, this is Rams’ quarterback Matthew Stafford’s moment. Having never won a playoff game having played his entire career with the always-struggling Detroit Lions. Now, can he win with a team with some studs on both sides of the ball? His legacy either starts or ends on Monday night vs. the Cardinals.     

Article I’ll skip: Britney Spears slams her family, younger sister Jamie Lynn

So apparently the story is that Gronk needed n-number of catches and n-number of yards last Sunday to meet some big incentives in his contract. QB Tom Brady argued with his coaches to get back into the game that was all but over. He fed Gronk and got him his bonuses (both worth $500,000).

Quote for the week: “Gronk can have his dinner with all his tight ends, I’m going out with the O-linemen. Sorry Gronk, I’m going to miss you. Just make sure you don’t stay out too late.” – Tom Brady after learning he wasn’t invited to Gronk’s dinner.
Quote for the week, part deux: “Soon, I’m going to meet somebody around my own age, and she’s going to be smart and beautiful, and I’m going to date her daughter.” – Bob Saget

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Student lender Naviant has announced that it has canceled over $1.7 billion in student loans as part of an agreement to settle ongoing litigation with various state attorneys general.

Can you coach football? Well, there are plenty of openings in the NFL. Take your shot!

You think Big Brother has been watching? Well, yesterday SpaceX successfully launched the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket sending 105 more satellites into orbit.

Jon Lester announced his retirement. Three-time World Series Champion (Cubbies and twice with the Red Sox), 200 wins, 2488 strikeouts, threw over 200 innings 8 ties, threw a no-hitter and survived cancer. Always a big-game pitcher come playoff time, going out on his own terms. Good for him!

You know its winter in New England when there is a “warmer sea breeze” and the water temperature is 46 degrees.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: Former New England Patriot Julian Edelman allegedly bet $100K that the Patriots would meet Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl.

Why do eggs come in flimsy Styrofoam cartons and batteries come in a package you can only open with a chainsaw?

R.I.P. Bob Saget (65) – Stand-up comedian, actor and television host.
R.I.P. Ronnie Spector (78) – Along with her sister and cousin, formed the Ronettes in 1957 and sang lead for the group on a string of hits in the early-to-mid 1960’s.
R.I.P. Mrs. Arch (80-something) – Joanne Archambault, local mother and matriarch, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, legend. She loved her family to the fullest, lived life to its fullest. An all-timer.   

Trivia #1 answer: With which sports team did the “tomahawk chop” originate? – Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs, Florida State Seminoles, Winnacunnet Warriors – The nod goes to the Florida State Seminoles. The school’s band invented the tune in the 1980’s.
Trivia #2 answer: What does NVRQT stand for and bonus: What is its significance? – NVRQT stands for “never quit” and the NVRQT Campaign, run by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation,
helps to raise awareness and funds for children’s cancer research with the help of Chicago Cubs pitcher, Jon Lester (launched by Lester and his wife in 2012)
Trivia #3 answer: Trivia #3: Who was born Veronica Yvette Bennett? – Ronnie Spector
Trivia #4 answer: During the decade of the 1980’s, there was one year where the Meadowlands crew had to work overtime, as the Jets played there on Saturday and the Giants played there the next day, on Sunday. What year was it? – 1985
Trivia #5 answer: What is the plural of ‘attorney general’, bonus: Why? – The plural is ‘attorneys general’ because the word ‘general’ is an adjective and the plural goes to the noun. Hey, I’m here to educate

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

“The night we met I knew I needed you so
And if I had the chance I’d never let you go
So won’t you say you love me
I’ll make you so proud of me
We’ll make ‘em turn their heads every place we go

So won’t you, please
(Be my, be my baby) Be my little baby
(My one and only baby) Say you’ll be my darlin’
(Be my, be my baby) Be my baby now
Wha-oh-oh-oh”

– The Ronettes

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

Friday, December 31, 2021

Briefly.

I only do what the voices in my wife’s head tell her to tell me do.

Trivia #1: Which new year did Dick Clark first host his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special for? – 1975, 1969, 1973, 1978, 1812
Trivia #2: The Cleveland Indians are changing their name in 2022 to the Cleveland what? – Guardians, Chiefs, Cavaliers, Batters, Baseball Team, Matadors, Pansies
Trivia #3: Which sports made their Olympic debut in 2020? – (Judo, Parkour, Snowboarding and Wind Surfing), (Karate, Sport Climbing, Skateboarding and Surfing), (Aikido, Ice Climbing, Bodyboarding and Kitesurfing), (Sumo, Bungee Jumping, Kiteboarding and Surf Kayaking), (Chess, Naked Twister, Pole Dancing and Knuckle Cracking)
Trivia #4: What is Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney’s full name? – Christopher William, William Christopher, Matthew Joseph, Joseph Matthew, Kade Clemens, Richard David, David Richard, Horatio Bartholomew
Trivia #5: The earliest recorded New Year’s celebration dates back about 4,000 years. What was the civilization that took note of its festivities? – Greece, Egypt, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Japan

My New Year’s resolution? I’m just trying to do “something” better than last year. If I do one thing better – winner, winner! Good luck to all of you.

They said it: “Boom!” – John Madden

The Boston Celtics stink.

The Boston Bruins haven’t played in so long I forgot how they were doing.

The New England Patriots regressed so much last weekend that I worry for the next two games. Really.

How many of you are going to a New Year’s celebration where masks are required? See ya!

Denny’s. Helping people poop since 1953.

A local “dense fog” advisory just came up on my phone. How about a “dense people” advisory?

Have you seen that GMC commercial where the guy and girl are out in the snow in the middle of nowhere? He whistles and a puppy comes running, her Christmas gift. She then whistles and a GMC truck comes plowing through the snow, his Christmas gift. Have you ever seen two more fake whistles in your life??

Have you ever noticed in any workout commercial on television that the participants are always smiling? Bullshit! Go to the gym and look for one! Just one!

Quote for the week: “What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” – Anne Frank

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Almost every headline you see nowadays fits this category, but the winner today is: Eva Warner (cute kid… NOT!) The transgender Antifa rioter was arrested THREE times during the Antifa riots in August, 2020, had her federal case dropped after completing 30 hours of community service. Never(!) has there been a bigger insult to those who perform community service on a regular basis. Many live their lives performing community service almost daily and this thug, formerly named ‘Joshua’, gets recognized and pardoned by a judge for 30 f*n hours. Blasphemy.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: ‘Aaron’ Rodgers says he won’t drag out decision on his future

DYK: There have been more non-hurricane extreme floods in the 2010s than in the prior three decades? (Useless trivia to impress your friends. You’re welcome)

They say the best way is just to live one day at a time. If you try to live seven days at a time, the week will be over before you know it.

NFL: These guys who line up offside. Idiots, I say.

R.I.P. Desmond Tutu (90) – In 1984, received the Nobel Peace Prize “not only as a gesture of support to him and to the South African Council of Churches of which he was a leader, but also to all individuals and groups in South Africa who, with their concern for human dignity, fraternity and democracy, incite the admiration of the world.”
R.I.P. John Madden (85) – Professional football player, Hall of Fame NFL coach, broadcaster, eSports pioneer. On Christmas Day, Madden watched his documentary on Fox with his family. The next day he celebrated his 62nd wedding anniversary with his wife, Virginia. The day after that, he was gone. I’ve heard more great stories about him the past few days. Seemed like a real genuine, good guy.

Trivia #1 answer: Which new year did Dick Clark first host his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special for? – 1975, 1969, 1973, 1978, 1812 – 1969
Trivia #2 answer: The Cleveland Indians are changing their name in 2022 to the Cleveland what? – Guardians, Chiefs, Cavaliers, Batters, Baseball Team, Matadors, Pansies – The Guardians
Trivia #3 answer: Which sports made their Olympic debut in 2020? – (Judo, Parkour, Snowboarding and Wind Surfing), (Karate, Sport Climbing, Skateboarding and Surfing), (Aikido, Ice Climbing, Bodyboarding and Kitesurfing), (Sumo, Bungee Jumping, Kiteboarding and Surf Kayaking), (Chess, Naked Twister, Pole Dancing and Knuckle Cracking) – Karate, Sport Climbing, Skateboarding and Surfing
Trivia #4 answer: What is Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney’s full name? – Christopher William, William Christopher, Matthew Joseph, Joseph Matthew, Kade Clemens, Richard David, David Richard, Horatio Bartholomew – William Christopher “Dabo” Swinney
Trivia #5 answer: The earliest recorded New Year’s celebration dates back about 4,000 years. What was the civilization that took note of its festivities? – Greece, Egypt, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Japan – Babylon

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

I hope you all have a safe, healthy, f*n awesome 2022!

“Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.”

I love you guys.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Briefly.

For Christmas, I got you $25 worth of lottery tickets. I went ahead and scratched them off for you. You won $2! Here’s the $2.

Trivia #1: In the movie “Christmas Vacation”, what is Clark’s boss’ name? Bonus: What is his boss’ wife’s name?
Trivia #2: What is the nickname of the University of Delaware?
Trivia #3: What is the name of the song that begins with: “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…?”
Trivia #4: “Throckmorton” is what? – The last name of an offensive lineman with the Saints, a town in Texas, a county in Texas, a slang term used humorously by medical students and residents, all of the above.

Can you tell? Can you feel it? The days are getting longer!

You want to stay on the “nice” list? Delete your browser history.

They said it: “I don’t know how many times I’ve said; ‘I’m not sure I’m going to get a chance to see Tom Brady again’.” – Chris Collinsworth during last Sunday night’s Tampa/New Orleans game

The NHL Players Association voted to allow players to play in the Beijing Olympics next year. NOT! Due to the number of games cancelled due to that COVID-thing, games will be made up while the Olympic games are being played. DOH!

Good news: Tuesday’s Pens game against the New Jersey Devils and Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers were among the 32 games put on hold this week alone following a surge of COVID cases that saw nine teams shut down. With no guests to fill the stands, the Penguins took the opportunity to donate food at PPG Paints Arena to a local charity, 412 Food Rescue, that works to deliver food to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity.

Hey Bing, it’s been “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” for about four weeks now. Give the song a rest.

Quote for the week: “The chief danger in life is that you take many precautions.” – Alfred Adler

Quote for the week, part deux: “You can’t spell families without lies.” – Robert Duvall in Four Christmases.

I am interested in watching the John Madden special, but Christmas day at 2pm? Not likely.

Don’t forget, tonight the moon will be visible from the Earth. The last time this happened was last night.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: The Washington Football Team is still called the Washington Football Team.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse, part deux: At least a dozen students were arrested last Thursday/Friday in connection to threat rumors on TikTok and other social media apps went viral. Students across the country made unverified threats to schools on social media apps including TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram, prompting schools and others local officials to take action. – What’s with kids these days??

This week’s sign of the apocalypse, part trois(?): Hawaii and Texas A&M have pulled out of their respective college football bowl games. Ya, the COVID-thing. You have to feel bad for the kids. On the flip side, Rutgers was chosen to take the Aggies place in The Gator Bowl. Now those kids must be pretty stoked!

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: “Shaq ballooned to 415 pounds during pandemic.” That’s a big man! His goal is to get back to 325 by March.

It’s called a joke. We used to tell them before people became offended by everything.

You find it offensive. I find it funny… That’s why I’m happier than you.

Trivia #1 answer: In the movie “Christmas Vacation”, what is Clark’s boss’s name? Bonus: What is his boss’ wife’s name? – Frank Shirley – Bonus: Helen
Trivia #2 answer: What is the nickname of the University of Delaware? – The Fightin’ Blue Hens
Trivia #3 answer: What is the name of the song that begins with; “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…?” – The Christmas Song
Trivia #4 answer: “Throckmorton” is what? – The last name of an offensive lineman with the Saints, a town in Texas, a county in Texas, a slang term used humorously by medical students and residents, all of the above. – All of the above. In terms of the “slang term used humorously by medical students and residents”,
Throckmorton sign, also known as John Thomas sign, refers to when the penis points in the direction of unilateral disease, typically of the pelvis or hip. Hey, I’m just trying to educate here!

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

Merry Christmas to you all!

“Joy to the world! The Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy”

– Isaac Watts (the carol’s lyrics are based on a Christian interpretation of Psalm 98, Psalm 96 (verses 11 and 12), and chapter 3 of the Book of Genesis (verses 17 and 18)

“Jeremiah was a bull frog
Was a good friend of mine
I never understood a single word he said
But I helped him drink his wine
And he always had some mighty fine wine

Singin’
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me”

– Three Dog Night

Friday, December 17, 2021

Briefly.

Do you remember, before the internet, that it was thought that the cause of collective stupidity was the lack of access to information? Well… it wasn’t that.

Trivia #1: How think is the ice on a hockey arena supposed to be? – ½ inch, ¾ inches, 1 inch, 1 ¼ inches, 1 ½ inches
Trivia #2: What is the name of the game which is played like ice hockey only there are 11 team members to a side and a small ball is used instead of a puck?
Trivia #3: Where is the 2022 Miss America from? – Massachusetts, Montana, Alaska, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona

Today is a good day to have a good day.

Have you watched movie “The Polar Express?” Those kids go through the entire movie in their pajamas but don’t seem cold. I don’t get it.

They said it: Carlos Santana is hanging up his guitar for at least the rest of the year while he recovers from an “unscheduled heart procedure.” Said the 74-year-old; “… I need to replenish and catch up with my health so that when I play for you, I play the way I’m used to and give you 150%. I wouldn’t show up if I couldn’t do that.”

My heart goes out, literally, to all those affected by the tornadoes, etc. in the Midwest this past week. Incredible numbers, stories, etc. Too many to mention.

A decades-old photo that reportedly belong to a family from Kentucky has been found over 150 miles away in Indiana after a swarm of tornados carved through the region on Friday night.

It’s December 17th and Patriots’ starting QB has thrown 3 passes in December.

Get your relatives speaking to one another again by sending a heartfelt Christmas card with a picture of your family with an extra child nobody knows.

Now I realize many people have passed this past year, (too) many people have been affected by storms and many other things, etc., but in the world of sports, few people have had a worse year than Urban Meyer. My heart goes out. Prick.

Article I won’t read: “Steph Curry sets 3-point record” – I’m sure the article mentions a bunch of 3-pointers attempted. Ahhh, the NBA.

The U.S. Navy on Wednesday released dramatic photos from a demonstration of a high-energy laser weapon system that “successfully engaged” a floating target during a test in the Gulf of Aden. The laser was test-fired from the USS Portland, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, which previously used the laser in May 2020 to destroy a drone, which was considered a first-of-its-kind test of such a weapon.

In perhaps the biggest run turn of national signing day events in the past 20 years, Travis Hunter – the nation’s #1 football recruit (according to 247 Sports) – will no longer attend Florida State instead flipping his commitment to Jackson State University. Jackson State boasts the Southwestern Athletic Conference coach of the year, Deion Sanders and won the SWAC championship for the first time since 2007. Deion’s son, quarterback Shedeur Sanders, was named SWAC freshman of the year.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: The U.S Air Force announced Monday that 27 active-duty airmen were administratively discharged for refusing to roll up their sleeves for a COVID-19 jab and vowed to continue to refuse the jab. The airmen all served for fewer than six years and did not serve long enough to qualify for a hearing before their discharge. Reportedly, 97% of active-duty members have complied with the orders handed down by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in August.

Speaking of the armed forces… did you happen to catch the Army/Navy game this past Saturday? On display at MetLife stadium was the Veterans and Athletes United (VAU) Global War on Terror Memorial Flag. The memorial is 28 x 6 and made of close to 7,000 dog tags of fallen service members from the Global War on Terror. Nice

Lance is a pretty uncommon name, but in medieval times, people were named Lance a lot.

R.I.P. Demaryius Thomas (33) – Five straight Pro Bowls with the Denver Broncos plus a Super Bowl ring. Off the field Thomas did extensive work with the Broncos Boys & Girls Club, hospital visits and ran his annual football camp.
R.I.P. Edward Shames (99) – World War II veteran who was the last surviving officer of “Easy Company” (506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division), which inspired the HBO miniseries and book “Band of Brothers.”
R.I.P. Michael Nesmith (78) – Monkees, wool hat

Trivia #1 answer: How think is the ice on a hockey arena supposed to be? – ½ inch, ¾ inches, 1 inch, 1 ¼ inches, 1 ½ inches – ¾ inches
Trivia #2 answer: What is the name of the game which is played like ice hockey only there are 11 team members to a side and a small ball is used instead of a puck? – Bandy
Trivia #3 answer: Where is the 2022 Miss America from? – Massachusetts, Montana, Alaska, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona – She is from Alaska

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

“Is that you
Your eyes slowly fading?
Is that you
Your mind full of tears?
Is that you
Searching for a good time?
Is that you
Waitin’ for all these years?

And I hope you’re feelin’ better
Yes I hope you’re feelin’ good
Yes I hope you’re feeling better”

– Santana

“We go wherever we want to
Do what we like to do
We don’t have time to get restless
There’s always something new
Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we’re too busy singing
To put anybody down”

– Monkees

FRiday, December 10, 2021

Briefly.

Don’t you hate it when people accuse you of lolly gagging when you’re quite clearly dilly dallying?

Trivia #1: In baseball, why is a strikeout known as a ‘K’ and not an ‘S’?
Trivia #2: In 2014, the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame was created. Fictitious athletes such as Crash Davis (Bull Durham), Bobby Boucher (Waterboy) and Forrest Gump have all been enshrined. Who was the inaugural inductee?
Trivia #3: What NFL kicker in NOT in the top 5 in career field goals made? – John Carney, Morton Anderson, Adam Vinatieri, Matt Stover, Gary Anderson, Jason Hanson
Trivia #4: Who is the only driver in history to have won the Indy 500 and also have a sibling and a child win the same race?

On November 22 Nolan Sprengeler, a Minnesota angler, broke a decades-old record when he reeled in a 55-pound muskellunge “muskie” during a fishing trip to Millie Lacs Lake.

Good news: Two Ohio siblings have donated more than 50,000 toys over the past six years to one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the country through their annual toy drive. The siblings have taken advantage of their schools’ expansive network of students and staff to get volunteers and donations. The Ohio Virtual Academy, an online public school for K-12 students, serves more than 18,000 kids from across the state.

The Patriots started the season 2-4. No team has ever played in a Super Bowl that started the season < .500 through 6 games. Just sayin’

Quote for the week: “A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” – Helen Keller

They said it: “I’ve have never seen snow.” – Mac Jones in 2015
They said it, part deux: “They don’t build them like you anymore.” – ESPN’s Chris Berman referring to the generation of men who fought during WWII.

DYK: Purdue men’s basketball is ranked #1 in the country? Did you also know they got beat last night on a last second bomb versus unranked Rutgers? DOH!

I heard a commercial on the radio for some ED treatment. The advertisement stated; “If you don’t see results in the office, then your visit is free!” Think about that for a minute.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: A driver wearing a clown mask rammed a Vegas airport fence, called himself the ‘chosen one’, and requested an Area 51 flight. – The chosen one, eh? Wearing a clown mask???

About a month ago, the Washington Redskins released their veteran kicker, Dustin Hopkins, and signed unproven Chris Blewitt who hadn’t kicked since 2016 then with the University of Pittsburgh. How did Chris make out? You guessed it; he blew it! He did make two field goals and two extra points but also had three kicks blocked resulting from low kicks, before being released himself.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: Article: Christmas car decorations: What you need to know to be stylish and safe

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is flirting with his first losing record with the team. Thy currently stand at 6-6-1. My heart goes out…

R.I.P. Bob Dole (98) – Former state representative, U.S. representative and U.S. senator from small town, Kansas who was seriously wounded in Italy during WWII trying to rescue a fellow American. As Tom Brokaw said; “Bob Dole epitomized the World War II generation. When the WW II Memorial was built and became a popular site for WW II veterans around the country, they often encountered Dole, who visited regularly as a volunteer greeter. He was always on duty.”
R.I.P. Al Under (82) – Four-time Indy 500 winner and three-time Indy Car Champion

Trivia #1 answer: In baseball, why is a strikeout known as a ‘K’ and not an ‘S’? – Because ‘S’ was already taken to stand for a “sacrifice.”
Trivia #2: In 2014, the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame was created. Fictitious athletes such as Crash Davis (Bull Durham), Bobby Boucher (Waterboy) and Forrest Gump have all been enshrined. Who was the inaugural inductee? – Rocky Balboa
Trivia #3: What NFL kicker in NOT in the top 5 in career field goals made? – John Carney, Morton Anderson, Adam Vinatieri, Matt Stover, Gary Anderson, Jason Hanson – Matt Stover
Trivia #4: Who is the only driver in history to have won the Indy 500 and also have a sibling and a child win the same race? – Al Unser (you all know I’m a big fan of that “turn left” thing that some call a sport)

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

“Where do we go from here?
Which is the way that’s clear?

Still looking for that blue jean baby queen
Prettiest girl I’ve ever seen.
See’em shake on the movie screen.
Jimmy Dean.

Rock on, rock on,
Rock on, rock on”

– Toni Basil

Friday, December 3, 2021

Briefly.

Hey, another few hundred thousand views per week and I can make some money with this blog! Don’t be afraid to “like” or share it with others.

I was in the liquor store yesterday and the clerk wished me a Merry Christmas as if she wasn’t going to see me 11 more times before then.

Trivia #1: Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson reached 2,000 career receiving yards a couple of weeks ago, in just his 24th game. He is the second-fastest player reach 2,000 receiving yards in the Super Bowl era, behind what receiver?
Trivia #2: Which of the following bands did NOT cover the song “Good Lovin’”? – Eddie Money, The Who, Captain Cardiac and The Coronaries, The Grateful Dead, The Raveonettes, Paul Revere and The Raiders. Bonus: What band sung the original?
Trivia #3: Who currently leads the NHL in points scored?

It is now OK for you to hang your Christmas decorations.

Good news/Bad news: In August, college basketball announcer Dick Vitale announced that he had had multiple surgeries for melanoma. Last month, Vitale announced that he has lymphoma (unrelated to the melanoma) and would undergo six months of chemotherapy. After several weeks away from the game, this past Tuesday night Vitale, emotional and in tears, returned to the broadcast booth for ESPN’s coverage of the Gonzaga and UCLA.

Speaking of Tuesday… (well, I was), this past Tuesday, November 30 marked the 50-year anniversary of the movie classic “Brian’s Song”. Starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams, the film is often cited as one of the greatest television films ever made, as well as one of the greatest sports films. So I watched it the following night (cost me $3.95 or something) and I cried… again.

Thought for the week: Be remembered for how you lived, not how you died. – As George Halas said of Brian Piccolo at the end of the flick.

Patriots’ quarterback Mac Jones: Has the most wins by a rookie QB in Patriots history; Is the first rookie QB in NFL history, with >= 80% completion percentage in two straight games (minimum 20 attempts) against both Cleveland and Atlanta.

One more for Mac: He leads the NFL in most games with 65%+ completion percentage this season – 10 games. Trailing him with 8 such games are Tom Brady, Joe Burrow, Kirk Cousins, Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott. Not bad, rookie!

They Said It: “Oh, but I’m special!” – Gronk, looking as goofy as ever, in the USAA commercials.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Now, I understand that all of the recently signed baseball contracts are absurd but… 37-year old Max Scherzer was signed by the Mets to a 3-year, $130M contract. Scherzer had back and shoulder issues his recent medical reports and missed time this past season with groin and biceps injuries. I’ll sure he’ll earn every penny!

Shohei Ohtani unanimously won the MLB AL MVP. He batted .257 with 46 homers and 100 RBI, and went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 pitching starts with 156 strikeouts and 44 walks in 130 1/3 innings. Ruth-ian to say the least!

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: Shohei Otani’s exit velocity at the plate was 93.6 mph, sixth among qualified batters.

That’s it for baseball for a while. Sometimes you need a break from the bullshit.

I may have/did go down this path a few weeks ago but the Montreal Canadians have played 25 games this season. The New York Islanders have played 18.

Why doesn’t this happen to me?! 61 pubgoers/concertgoers were stranded in the Tan Hill Pub, the highest (elevation) pub in England, to see the band “Noasis”, an “Oasis” tribute band. Powerful storm “Arwen” unleashed destructive winds, dumped heavy snowfall and left three dead in its path. After three days trapped with the band the spectators jokingly renamed the band “Snowasis”. – Stuck in a pub for three days. I can hear it now; “But honey, they wouldn’t let me leave!”

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that adult subjects followed for a decade who took at least 7,000 steps per day had approximately 50 to 70 percent lower risk of mortality. Just sayin’.

It’s “Jimmy V Week” again, 15th annual. Jim’s former wife, Pam Valvano Strasser, wrote recently of Jimmy and Dick Vitale and how great friends they were. The article ended: “The mission that Jim, Dick and the V Foundation set out for – victory over cancer – is still as important as ever. If you are able, please support cancer research by visiting V.org/donate.”

Sorry, but your password must contain at least 8 characters, an upper and lower case letter, a symbol or number, a hieroglyph, a haiku, a musical note, the feather of a hawk and a drop of unicorn blood.

R.I.P. Man, busy week for us locals, especially ones my age-ish. I’ll just send out a general “R.I.P.” to the several people I knew who recently passed away.

Trivia #1 answer: Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson reached 2,000 career receiving yards a couple of weeks ago, in just his 24th game. He is the second-fastest player reach 2,000 receiving yards in the Super Bowl era, behind what receiver? – Odell Beckham (21 games)
Trivia #2 answer: Which of the following band did NOT cover the song “Good Lovin’”? – Eddie Money, The Who, Captain Cardiac and The Coronaries, The Grateful Dead, The Raveonettes, Paul Revere and The Raiders. Bonus: What band sung the original? – The Raveonettes. Bonus: The song was written by Rudy Clark and first released in 1965 by “Lemme B. Good” (soon after made famous by The Rascals)
Trivia #3 answer: Who currently leads the NHL in points scored? – Leon Draisaiti of the Edmonton Oilers.

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

“I was feeling so bad
I asked my family doctor just what I had
I said, “Doctor” (Doctor)
“Mr. M.D.” (Doctor)
“Now can you tell me what’s ailing me?” (Doctor)

He said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Yes, indeed, all I, I really need

(Good love) Now gimme that good, good lovin’
(Good love) All I need is love
(Good love) Good lovin’, baby
(Good love)”

– Lemme B. Good

Friday, November 19, 2021

Briefly. (very)

Walmart is giving out free turkeys to anyone who can outrun security.

Trivia #1: Through 23 weeks, Justin Herbert of the LA Chargers had 56 touchdowns (combined passing and rushing), the third most by a quarterback in his first 25 games since the merger. What two quarterbacks are ahead of him?
Trivia #2: New Orleans RB Alvin Kamara is now tied for the most receptions (358) by a running back in his first five seasons in NFL history. Who is he tied with?
Trivia #3: Archie Comics’ “Hometown, U.S.A” and Riverdale High were inspired by what real life town and high school in the 1930’s?

After last season many said: “Well, I guess it was Tom Brady all along and not Belichick.” Well, how the tides have changed.

Speaking of the Patriots… is anyone more jealous of Matthew Stafford being traded to the Rams than Matty Ryan? I actually felt bad for him last night playing for that pathetic team/coach.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination:

They Said It: “…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863, in his Gettysburg Address

Life is uncertain, don’t sip!

I can’t bring myself to watch an NBA game.

Remember Benny Hill? If you don’t, google him and clips of his show.

I haven’t shared this public service message in a while but I have found that the best way to google something is on gooogle.com.

Good news: John Spencer Jr., an African American Vietnam War veteran, was awarded a Purple Heart, Infantryman Badge and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Badge after the UNC School of Law’s Military and Veterans Law Clinic fought to restore his veteran’s status after it was unfairly taken from him five decades ago, according to the UNC School of Law. He was given a less than honorable discharge after taking shrapnel to the neck and battling racism and discrimination from his own command.

Article I’ll skip: ‘MLB GM Meetings wrap up amid labor uncertainty’ AND ‘A Breakdown of Taylor Swift’s Dating History’

Blasphemy! The Fenway Sports Group looks to be buying the Pittsburgh Penguins.

R.I.P. Paul F. Moran Jr. (83) – formerly of Bradford/Haverhill MA, Paul earned his PGA card in 1962 and played on the tour with the likes of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He once held the “Triple Crown of New England” (holding three titles simultaneously) including the Massachusetts Open, the New England PGA Championship and the New England Open. Paul was my aunt’s brother.

Some of my friends exercise every day, meanwhile I’m watching a show I don’t like because the remote fell on the floor.

Trivia #1 answer: Through 23 weeks, Justin Herbert of the LA Chargers had 56 touchdowns (combined passing and rushing), the third most by a quarterback in his first 25 games since the merger. What two quarterbacks are ahead of him? – Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes
Trivia #2 answer: New Orleans RB Alvin Kamara is now tied for the most receptions (358) by a running back in his first five seasons in NFL history. Who is second? – Roger Craig
Trivia #3 answer: Archie Comics’ “Hometown, U.S.A” and Riverdale High were inspired by what real life town and high school in the 1930’s? – Haverhill, MA and Haverhill High School

Good luck to the Winnacunnet Warriors in tomorrow’s NH DI Football Championship!

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

“Sugar, ah honey, honey
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you
Honey, ah sugar sugar
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you”

– The Archies

Friday, November 12, 2021

Briefly.

Fitness instructor: Have you ever done a marathon? Me: You mean on Netflix?

Trivia #1: What NFL team has the longest active winning streak? Bonus: How long is the streak?
Trivia #2: Led Zeppelin’s first four albums were titled Led Zeppelin I thru IV. What was their next album titled?
Trivia #3: What team has the best winning percentage on Monday Night Football?
Trivia #4: What three rookie quarterbacks, since the NFL merger, have five-plus wins, 10-plus passing touchdowns and 2,000-plus passing yards in their first nine career games?

A belated (Veterans’ Day yesterday) thanks to our veterans. DYK: One percent of our population serves in our armed forces. If we cannot give our best to this one percent, who are we?

I am embarrassed and did not mean any disrespect last week while not acknowledging the death of Jerry Remy. See below.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination:

They Said It: “Back in April, I praised Aaron Rodgers’s guest hosting stint on ‘Jeopardy!’ After watching him spew dangerous and debunked information about COVID-19 vaccines on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’, I’m grateful he didn’t get the full-time gig. The only show he should host is one in which the answers can be anything you want them to be, facts be damned.” – Chad Finn, boston.com
They Said It, part deux: “Cancer is a horrific disease, one that is all too prevalent these days. If you must endure something so grueling, there is no greater strength to help you though than that of Red Sox Nation. Dedicated and loyal to the end.” – Jerry Remy

The Patriots’ J.C. Jackson has as many or more interceptions than 8 NFL teams since the start of the 2020 season.

There’s plenty of room at the Hotel California.

Article I’ll skip: Paris Hilton marries… (what/whom ever)

Gonzaga is the consensus #1 men’s college basketball team heading into the coming season.

Good news: Eleven families adopted 15 children during a Halloween-themed legal proceeding in the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, FL on October 29th. Unlike other adoption ceremonies that typically require a suit and tie and other forms of professional attire, costumes were allowed in court for the children.

You’ve likely seen the bumper sticker – ‘13.1’, right? Does that mean “Hey, I ran a half marathon!” or “Hey, I can’t run an entire marathon!”?

Believe it or not, I am looking forward to holiday movies on AMC.

Back to honoring veterans – Robert Patrick “Rocky” Bleier was nicknamed as an infant. He was a junior on the national championship Notre Dame football team in 1966, a captain his senior year and selected in the 16th round of the NFL/AFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. After his rookie season he was drafted and volunteered for duty in South Vietnam and shipped out in May, 1969 assigned to Company C, 4th Battalion (Light), 31st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade. While on patrol in Hiep Duc, he was wounded in the left thigh by an enemy rifle bullet when his platoon was ambushed in a rice paddy. While he was down, he took shrapnel in his right leg and lost part of his right foot. As he recovered in Tokyo, told he would never play football again, he received a postcard from Steelers’ owner Art Rooney, “Rock, the team’s not doing well. We need you.” He went on to play 10 more years winning 4 Super Bowls. Thanks, Rocky!

Aaron Rodgers is a dink.

Article I’ll skip: Any article from here on in regarding Aaron Rodgers.

I miss Don Orsillo, but not sure he’d be the same without Jerry Remy. If you haven’t watched clips of past broadcasts with the pair, you have missed out. Do it now.

Triscuits are what I imagine the inside of a scarecrow tastes like.

You know, you can thank a veteran today too.

R.I.P. Jerry Remy (68) – The Remdawg, former Red Sox and longtime, beloved, Red Sox broadcaster, was in his 7th(!) battle with lung cancer since his initial diagnosis in 2008. He was once elected President of Red Sox Nation in 2007.

Trivia #1 answer: What NFL team has the longest active winning streak? Bonus: How long is the streak? – The Tennessee Titans (5)
Trivia #2 answer: Led Zeppelin’s first four albums were titled Led Zeppelin I thru IV. What was their next album titled? – Houses Of The Holy
Trivia #3 answer: What team has the best winning percentage on Monday Night Football? – The Seattle Seahawks (.718)
Trivia #4 answer: What three rookie quarterbacks, since the NFL merger, have five-plus wins, 10-plus passing touchdowns and 2,000-plus passing yards in their first nine career games? – Andrew Luck, Dak Prescott and Mac Jones

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

This past Monday was the 50th anniversary of the release of Zeppelin IV.

“Dance in the dark of night
Sing to the morning light
The apples turn to brown and black
The tyrant’s face is red

Oh war is the common cry
Pick up your swords and fly
The sky is filled with good and bad
That mortals never know

Oh, well, the night is long, the beads of time pass slow
Tired eyes on the sunrise, waiting for the eastern glow”

– Led Zeppelin

Friday, November 5, 2021

Briefly.

I might wake up early and go running. I also might wake up early and win the lottery. The odds are about the same.

Trivia #1: What is the nickname for University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM)?
Trivia #2: What is the term for scoring 6 goals in a game of lacrosse?
Trivia #3: When Chargers’ quarterback Justin Herbert recorded his 11th career game with 300-plus yards passing, he tied what two players for the most such games in their first two NFL seasons?

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: “Search for life on other worlds tops astronomy to-do list”
Useless information supposed to fire my imagination, part deux: For the week leading into Halloween, Krispy Kreme temporarily changed its name to Krispy Skreme. Really.

The most useless play in professional sports? How about the NFL kickoff? Touchback after touchback. Useless. Let the receiving team just start first-and-ten from their 25-yard line. What about onside kicks, you say? OK, but the receiving team can’t recover inside of ten yards? Not just the kicking team, but both teams.

Article I’ll skip: ‘Jurassic World’ star’s post praising wife slammed by fans

Always entertaining, I think, when NFL Sunday falls on Halloween.

Good news: After 18 surgeries and a below-the-knee amputation, U.S. Army veteran Stephanie Vazquez was gifted a customized all-terrain wheelchair from Freedom Alliance, a national military support organization. The organization has been dedicated to helping veterans regain their mobility and independence with all-terrain wheelchairs for the last six years.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Whitney Rose, a mom of two from Utah, reported that her 3-year-old son’s hearing aids appeared to have been “softened” (edited out) out of his school photo.

“No gas? No squidgy!”

Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves. I know but hey, at least Houston didn’t win!

Potatoes make French fries, chips and vodka. It’s like the other vegetables aren’t even trying.

I know, I know, you don’t want to get the vaccine. Neither did Aaron Rodgers. How’d that work out?

Headline of the week: Iowa teacher’s body found under tarp at park, two students charged in killing. – Now, I didn’t like some of my teachers back in my day but…
Headline of the week, part deux: Airbnb reports $843M profit as revenue soars – as I type from my Airbnb this morning…

Back to baseball… I hate the “oven mitt” worn by some baserunners to help avoid injured fingers when sliding into a base. Back in the day… that kid/guy would be ridden all day (season) long.

Another great Chris Berman nickname: The Chuba Missle Crisis, named for Carolina running back Chuba Hubbard

I just need to see a few more campaign ads and then I think I’ll be ready to make my final decision. Said no one ever.

Trivia #1 answer: What is the nickname for University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM)? – Warhawks
Trivia #2 answer: What is the term for scoring 6 goals in a game of lacrosse? – A “sock-trick”
Trivia #3 answer: When Chargers’ quarterback Justin Herbert recorded his 11th career game with 300-plus yards passing, he tied what two players for the most such games in their first two NFL seasons? – Patrick Mahomes and Dan Marino

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

“As we sat on the front porch of that old grey house where I was born and raised
Stared out at the dusty fields where daddy always worked hard every day
I think it kind of hurt him when I said “Daddy there’s a lot that I don’t know
But don’t you ever dream about a life where corn don’t grow”

– Waylon Jennings