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Friday, February 3, 2023

Briefly.

It’s so cold, people are starting to wear two pairs of pajamas to Walmart.

Trivia #1: Who is Julius Russell?
Trivia #2: Super Bowl LVII will be played on Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The stadium previously hosted Super Bowls XLII and XLIX. What teams won each of those Super Bowls? Bonus: Who did they beat?
Trivia #3: Before becoming a broadcaster, Billy Packer was the head men’s basketball coach at what school? Bonus: Where did he attend college where he was All-ACC in 1961-62?

I’d lay my head on the railroad tracks and wait for the Double “E”…

On this day: February 3, 1887, the U.S. Congress creates the Electoral Count Act to avoid disputed national elections. (Now, isn’t that funny!)

Wanna get away: Joseph Ossai, after his late hit on Patrick Mahomes late in the game last Sunday.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Money matters – @CircaSports announced the opening line for the Super Bowl at Kansas City -2.5. 21 minutes later, due to the influx of opening bets, the line shifted to Philadelphia -2.5. That’s crazy!

A 66-year-old woman at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center was mistakenly pronounced dead and taken to a funeral home only to wake up when she “Gasped for air.”

They said it: “I told him he can find another place to play. … I’m not paying a kid a bunch of NIL money before he earns it.” – I’m not a fan of Nick Saban, well maybe now I am. He said this referring to a player who requested $800,000 in NIL money before signing on to Alabama. (He also told another to take a hike when he requested $500,000)

Are you ready for the Kelce Bowl? Jason, a center for Philadelphia and his brother, Travis, tight end for Kansas City. Jason is two years older though they didn’t play together in high school because Travis couldn’t play in his sophomore year. Trivia here: Why couldn’t Travis play that year? – He flunked French, he torn his ACL/MCL, he had the measles, he got in trouble with the law. Answer below.

No airbag needed: A 25-year-old Ugandan human rights activist and her husband were on vacation in Utah just months after their wedding. On the edge of Arches National Park, a metal gate that was normally secured with a lock was left untethered. As Nakajjigo and her husband were leaving the park, gusting wind flung the gate around rapidly. The force was enough to slice through the passenger side door of their car, decapitating Nakajjigo as her husband sat in the driver’s seat.

Global warming my ass!

It’s Beanpot season!

I’ve said this before but I don’t see Tom Brady as a good television analyst. I guess we’ll see soon enough as he begins his stint on Fox next season. That is of course if he doesn’t change his mind on retirement.

They should announce a sequel to the movie Groundhog Day (Groundhog Day II) and then rerelease the original.

Stop complaining. Organizations from Jackson, Mississippi are asking for help from other states as the water crisis dries up resources. It’s been over five months since the Pearl River crested and Jackson’s water system failed. Now, crews are working to replace the entire pipe system, but families and businesses are prepared to go without water periodically for up to 10 years!

Warren Zevon has finally been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I’ll report back in May concerning the outcome.

It’s so cold, Richard Simmons is wearing shorts that come nearly to the half-thigh region.

Article I’ll skip: LeBron James, NBA world react to horrific Tyre Nichols video AND Fungal illness that mimics COVID could spread across US, experts warn

R.I.P. Billy Packer (82) – The voice of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for more than 30 years.
Cindy Williams (75) – First starred in the movie “American Graffiti”, the sitcom “Happy Days” and later her most famous role as “Shirley” in “Laverne & Shirley.”
Bobby Hull (84) – He scored a wicked lot of goals

Trivia #1 answer: Who is Julius Russell? – Julius “Nipsey” Russell, was an American actor, comedian, poet, and dancer best known for his appearances as a panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, including Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth, and Pyramid
Trivia #2 answer: Super Bowl LVII will be played on Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The stadium previously hosted Super Bowls XLII and XLIX. What teams won each of those Super Bowls? Bonus: Who did they beat? – XLII -The Giants beat the Patriots 17-14, XLIX – The Patriots beat the Seahawks 28-24.
Trivia #3 answer: Before becoming a broadcaster, Billy Packer was the head men’s basketball coach at what school? Bonus: Where did he attend college where he was All-ACC in 1961-62? – He coached at Lehigh and attended Wake Forest.
Bonus Trivia: Why couldn’t Travis Kelce play football during his sophomore year in high school? – He flunked French, he torn his ACL/MCL, he had the measles, he got in trouble with the law. – He couldn’t play because he flunked French.

Fun fact: Alcohol increases the size of the “Send” button by 89%.

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

Happy National Bubble Gum Day!

In tribute:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJzF8_df1R8

“There were Swedes to the left of him
Russians to the right
A Czech at the blue line looking for a fight
Brains over brawn – that might work for you
But what’s a Canadian farm boy to do
What else can a farm boy from Canada do
But what’s a Canadian farm boy to do
What else can a farm boy from Canada do”

– Warren Zevon

Friday, January 27, 2023

Briefly.

If 4 out of 5 people suffer from diarrhea… does that mean that one enjoys it?

Trivia #1: What 4 teams have never appeared in a Super Bowl?

On this day: January 27, 1591, as part of the Berwick witch trials, Scottish schoolmaster Dr. John Fian is burned for witchcraft at Castle Hill,  by order of King James VI.

I’m beginning to think that the Bruins are for real but the Celtics are not.

I went 3 for 4 in my NFL picks and are still alive for Philadelphia to beat Kansas City in Super Bowl LVII

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: I honestly don’t know where to start. This world is going to shit. I guess I’ll pick one: Renovations on Splash Mountain, which many fans consider a Disney staple, began on Monday. Disney announced in June 2020 that it was planning to reimagine the ride after growing complaints due to its associations with the 1946 film Song of the South, namely a Change.org petition with over 21,000 signatures stating that the ride is “steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes.”
This week’s sign of the apocalypse, part deux: DMT, a hallucinogenic drug and schedule I substance, could be legal if a bill is passed in New Hampshire. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee heard from several people who said they were ministers of a nontraditional church, who claim the drug allows people to find God and should be legal for spiritual reasons.

After the Cowboys collapse last weekend, Dak Prescott threw his helmet in disgust. It was intercepted.

Good news: The FDA last Friday approved the use of Alzheimer’s drug lecanemab, the first drug clearly shown to slow the progress of the debilitating disease.

So, I was channel surfing the other night and came upon a WWE match. There was actually a commercial break in the middle of a match! WTF!

Don’t allow a job to stress you out because your job will be posted online before your obituary.

With 16:30 left in the second half of Loyola-Chicago-Duquesne game the other night, with the ball down near the right baseline, an Uber Eats delivery man waltzed onto the court looking for someone to claim the McDonald’s he was holding. 

The NFL dodged a bullet with Cincinnati beating Buffalo thereby avoiding the AFC Championship being played at a neutral site, Atlanta, due to the Damar Hamlin incident.

Have you seen professional “Slap Fighting?” Google it. Holy shit!

Speaking of which, I recommend google.com as the best website to google stuff on the internet.

Article I’ll skip: Here’s who Americans want to see in Super Bowl LVII matchup

Trivia #1 answer: What 4 teams have never appeared in a Super Bowl? – Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars

Fun fact: Alcohol increases the size of the “Send” button by 89%.

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

Happy World Breast Pumping Day!

“They’re dancin’ on the ceilin’
they’re dancin’ on the floor
People everywhere comin’ through the door
They knew there’s a party goin’ on
Do the dancin’ romance all night long
C’mon baby, I’ll keep you satisfied
All you gotta do is move
Every time you feel that groove
Ain’t nothing but a house party”

Friday, January 20, 2023

Briefly. (kinda)

People say “I would never…” then here they come nevering like they never nevered before.

Trivia #1: What does WIPO stand for?
Trivia #2: What team(s) did Chris Ford coach in the NBA?
Trivia #3: Who won the 1981 championships in the NHL, NBA, MLB and the NFL (Super Bowl played in 1981)?

On this day: January 20, 1930 – The first radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger.”
Also on this day in 1982, Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne allegedly bites the head off a bat onstage in Des Moines, Iowa.

Go away, Brian Walshe. Walshe is the psycho, A-hole, moron who, along with being accused of assaulting and beating his wife with the intent to murder her, Brian Walshe is charged with moving her body or remains. I say moron because he made a number of disturbing searches Google searches including “10 ways to dispose of a dead body if you really need to” and “how to stop a body from decomposing”.

I can’t believe I didn’t make picks for last weekend’s Wildcard Weekend in the NFL, but that was last week. Next weekend’s games will be Philly/Dallas, Cincinnati/Kansas City and Philadelphia will beat Kansas City in Super Bowl LVII

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: “Not all students who menstruate are female.” – Said DFL Rep. Sandra Feist said during a hearing to consider a bill that would provide menstrual products in all school bathrooms, including boys’ bathrooms.

Let’s talk “beatdowns.” Dallas Cowboys kicker, Brett Maher, missed 4 of 5 extra points last Monday Night. The final score was 31-14 and the over/under was 45.5 points. 77% of bets were on the over. Also, there was a prop on Maher for more than 2.5 extra points in the game. He had only missed three extra points all season.

Article I’ll skip: Celebrity captains for All-Star game announced

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tom Brady fired offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

For just the second time, since the merger, all 8 quarterbacks in the divisional round of the playoffs are <= 30 years old. (the only other year was 2004) I think that’s good for the NFL.

They said it: “I’ve always said that I picked up the guitar as a shortcut to sex and after my first joint I was sure that if everyone smoked dope there’d be an end to war” – David Crosby in his 1988 autobiography.

If Tom Brady started playing in the NFL when he was 35 years old, he would still be 9th all-time in touchdown passes in the regular/postseason. Wowza!

Speaking of Tom Brady (again), it’s time to step away.

The Bruins and Celtics? Well, old news but they are still the best in the NHL and NBA, respectively. Both were victorious again last night.

Several teams have tried to contact recently fired Arizona Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury about vacant coaching positions. I say “tried?” Yes, as Kingsbury bought a one-way ticket to Thailand and is unavailable. Really.

R.I.P. Chris Ford (74) – Drafted by the Detroit Pistons, Ford spent most of his career with the Boston Celtics, winning a championship in 1981. In 1979, he made the first three-pointer in NBA history. He later compiled a 222-188 record as Celtics head coach.
R.I.P. – David Crosby (81) – Legendary singer/song-writer, he was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN & Young years later), Crosby was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with each band.

Trivia #1 answer: What does WIPO stand for? World Intellectual Property Organization. The Global Design Database is a library that acts as protection for the designs of various products.
Trivia #2 answer: What team(s) did Chris Ford coach in the NBA? – Somewhat of a trick question as he coached the Celtics, Bucks and Clippers, and was an interim head coach of the 76ers.
Trivia #3 answer: Who won the 1981 championships in the NHL, NBA, MLB and the NFL (Super Bowl played in 1981)? New York Islanders (NHL), Boston Celtics (NBA), Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

Have you ever met someone and immediately thought to yourself, “this guy drank the water at Camp Lejeune!”?

Be careful out there. (It’s a jungle!)(Happy 60th, Iceman!)

Happy National Disc Jockey Day!

“Take my hand, my child of love, come steps inside my tears
Swim the magic ocean I’ve been crying all these years
With our love we’ll ride away into eternal skies
A symptom of the universe, a love that never dies

Yeah”

– Black Sabbath

That’s right, bonus Friday!

“Wooden ships on the water very free and easy
Easy, the way it’s supposed to be
Silver people on the shoreline let us be
Talkin’ ‘bout very free and easy”

– Crosby, Stills & Nash

Friday, January 13, 2023

Briefly. (sorry, minimal spell/grammar checking)

A 72-hour hold in a psych unit it beginning to intrigue me as a potential vacation opportunity.

Another year, another day, another personal record for consecutive days alive! Here’s to me (and anyone reading this)!

Trivia #1: In 1983, the American Medical Association (AMA) urged a ban on boxing noting what?
Trivia #2: Who won the 1979 championships in the NHL, NBA, MLB and the NFL (Super Bowl played in 1979)?

On this day: January 14, 1610, Galileo Galilie discovers Callisto, the 4th satellite of Jupiter

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: The University of Southern California’s School of Social Work will no longer use the word “field” because it “may have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign.”

Pass the sunscreen? Since its inception in the 1960s, pickleball has been a popular paddle sport enjoyed by people of all ages. While the game is typically played with players wearing clothes, there is a growing trend of people playing pickleball naked. That’s right, there is such a thing as nude pickleball. The idea of playing pickleball nude might sound a bit odd, but it’s actually not that unusual. There are a number of nudist resorts around the country that offer pickleball as one of the activities available to guests.

After a rare 3-0 defeat to the Seattle Kraken’s, the Bruins still boast the best win percentage in the NHL. And, the Celtics still have the best record in the NBA.

Father Time wins again, remains undefeated! Bessie Hendricks, the oldest person in the United States, died on Tuesday at the age of 115 at the Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, Iowa.

Trevor, what’s the Story?

Dude’s Threads, a rather unique clothing line, proudly advertises that 17% of the shirts they sell are purchased from the toilet. Now, I’m sure that cannot be measured but it’s still funny.

Article I’ll skip: “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner reveals why he was not at Golden Globes

Article I will read: Chocolate is as healthy as fruit.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: See above, “On this day…”

Taking advantage of “free.” The Miami Heat set an NBA record on Tuesday night going 40-for-40 from the charity stripe.

The 13-4, NFC #3 seeded Minnesota Vikings actually let up more points this past season than they scored (427 to 424)!

Good luck to all in tonight’s lottery.

I don’t know, can Rafael Devers hit with no one, potentially, in front of him or behind him?

Good news: VantageScore, is removing medical debt being from consumer credit reports. I think that’s fair.

R.I.P. Charles White (64) – A two-time All-American and Los Angeles native, White won a national title in 1978 before claiming the Heisman the following season, when he captained the USC Trojans and led the nation in yards rushing. White led the Trojans in rushing in each of his final three seasons. He also won the Walter Camp, Maxwell and Pop Warner awards after his senior season.
R.I.P. Jeff Beck (78) – After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis. Legendary guitarist with The Yardbirds and an extensive solo career with The Jeff Beck Group and others. Personally, in the top five guitarists all-time, if not ten ten.

Keeping personal, circa 1979, I purchased Charles Whites’ game jersey. In 1980/’81(?), I purchased Jeff Beck’s “Blow by Blow” album (cassette tape). Two of my legends died on the same day.

Trivia #1 answer: In 1983, the American Medical Association (AMA) urged a ban on boxing noting what? – Muhammed Ali’s deteriorating health condition
Trivia #2 answer: Who won the 1979 championships in the NHL, NBA, MLB and the NFL (Super Bowl played in 1979)? – NHL (Montreal Canadiens), NBA (Washington Bullets), MLB (Pittsburgh Pirates), NFL (Pittsburgh Steelers)

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

Nothing makes me more productive than the last minute.

Happy National Blame Someone Else Day!

“Sick at heart and lonely,
Deep in dark despair.
Thinking one thought only
Where is she tell me where.
And if she says to you
She don’t love me
Just give her me message
Tell her of my plea

And I know if she had me back again
well I would never make her sad.
I’ve gotta heart full of soul.”

p- The Yardbirds

Bonus tune!

Friday, January 6, 2023

Briefly. (very)

Duct tape. It can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound.

Trivia #1: In 1955, what player shattered the 72-hole scoring record on the PGA tour at the Texas Open with a 4-round total of 257? – Gene Littler, Mike Souchak, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Frank Beard, Ben Hogan, Dane Hubbard
Trivia #2: Madden Football debuted in 1988 with John Madden himself on the cover. Madden was the face of the game until 2001. Who was the first NFL player on the cover of Madden Football? – Eddie George, Duante Culpepper, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Peyton Manning, Mark Comeau
Trivia #3: The Sargasso Sea is a region in which ocean?

On this day: On January 6, 1975, “Wheel of Fortune” debuted on NBC-TV.

Guy #1: I need help with a crossword puzzle. The clue is “overworked mailman.”
Guy #2: How many letters?
Guy #1: I’m guessing too many.

Three days after hosting a clinic in Brighton, MA for kids, Boston Celtic and Haverhill native Noah Vonleh was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for a second-round draft pick.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is offering customers who buy mattresses ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 or so will get double their money back if TCU beats Georgia in the FBS Championship on Monday night. To help cover his potential losses, McIngvale bet $1.5M on the TCU moneyline +370 on DraftKings. He also placed other bets including a $1M point-spread bet on TCU +13.

Article I’ll skip: 24 Celebrities Who Married Their Mistresses

I’m not much of a prayer myself but we are all at least thinking of Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin. While you’re at it, also pray for former NFL running back, and 4-year player out of U of Arkansas, Peyton Hillis who is in critical condition after saving his children from drowning in the ocean in Florida. Hillis was the cover player for Madden 12.

BTW, the NFL has decided to cancel Monday night’s game.

BIG weekend in the NFL as multiple teams vie for the playoffs.

R.I.P. Barbara Walters (93) – The trailblazing television news broadcaster and longtime ABC News anchor and correspondent who shattered the glass ceiling and became a dominant force in an industry once dominated by men. Walters joined ABC News in 1976, becoming the first female anchor on an evening news program. Three years later, she became a co-host of “20/20,” and in 1997, she launched “The View.”

Trivia #1 answer: In 1955, what player shattered the 72-hole scoring record on the PGA tour at the Texas Open with a 4-round total of 257? – Gene Littler, Mike Souchak, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Frank Beard, Ben Hogan, Dane Hubbard – Mike Souchak
Trivia #2 answer: Madden Football debuted in 1988 with John Madden himself on the cover. Madden was the face of the game until 2001. Who was the first NFL player on the cover of Madden Football? – Eddie George, Duante Culpepper, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Peyton Manning, Mark Comeau – Eddie George
Trivia #3 answer: The Sargasso Sea is a region in which ocean? – The Atlantic Ocean

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

Nothing makes me more productive than the last minute.

“I wish that I could fly
Into the sky
So very high
Just like a dragonfly

I’d fly above the trees
Over the seas in all degrees
To anywhere I please”

– Lenny Kravitz

Friday, December 30, 2022

Briefly.

Life is not a fairy tale. If you lose a shoe at midnight, you’re drunk.

Trivia #1: 4.3 births and two deaths are expected worldwide every second, two seconds, three seconds, five seconds or 10 seconds?
Trivia #2: Most wins in regular/post season in NFL history – Don Shula (347), Bill Belichick (328), George Halas (324) and who is fourth with 285?
Trivia #3: Who is Edson Arantes do Nascimento?

On this day: December 30, 1968, Frank Sinatra first records “My Way” with lyrics written by Paul Anka and based on the French song “Comme d’habitude.”

Once again, my resolve for 2023 is to have no resolve.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Buffalo, NY usually averages around 95 inches of snow a year and has already reported 101 inches with two months of meteorological winter left to go. Despite warnings of the pending storm, many residents were out and about on the Friday before Christmas amidst power outages, zero visibilities and the threat of hyperthermia. More than three dozen people have died.

They said it: “I’m sorry, guys. I know it’s been many hours, but we can’t find our flight attendants. We called headquarters and no one knows where they are.” – A Southwest gate agent to people waiting for a flight from Oakland to Denver.

The Bruins still have the best points % in the NHL and the Celtics still have the NBA’s best record. Incredible.

Trivia question #2 is a trick question.

Hey Josh McDaniels, do you really think Derek Carr is the problem?

Shocking? I think not! For the past 75 years, Christmas Day has been an NBA tradition. But the NFL scheduled a triple-header on the holiday and dominated the ratings on Sunday.

I wish every day was Christmas.

Article I’ll skip: Kim Kardashian on her faith in God, praying every night with her children. (what interests people is so far beyond my comprehension)

R.I.P. Pele` (82) – Soccer superstar and Brazilian “national treasure.” At age 17, “The King” was carried off the field after two goals in the World Cup final. Pele` went on to play 1,260 minutes over four World Cups with three championships. He retired in 1974 and returned a year later with the New York Cosmos for a then astounding $7 million over two-plus years. He was a wealthy businessman and an ambassador for UNESCO and the United Nations.

Whatever you do in 2023 and beyond, do it your way.

Trivia #1 answer: 4.3 births and two deaths are expected worldwide every second, two seconds, three seconds, five seconds or 10 seconds? – Every one second. The world population is expected to be 7.9 billion people on New Year’s Day 2023.
Trivia #2: Most wins in regular/post season in NFL history – Don Shula (347), Bill Belichick (328), George Halas (324) and who is fourth with 285? – Tom Brady
Trivia #3: Who is Edson Arantes do Nascimento? – Pele`

Don’t piss of old people. The older we get the less “life in prison” is a deterrent.

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

May your 2023 be the best eva!

“I did it my way.”

– Frank Sinatra

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

Friday, December 16, 2022

Briefly.

I opened up a can of worms. They just sit there, the worms. Hardly the chaos that’s been advertised.

Trivia #1: In 1912, the first postage stamp featuring an airplane was issued. What was the cost? – 6 cents, 11 cents, 17 cents, 20 cents, 25 cents, 29 cents, 32 cents
Trivia #2: Before the Rams moved west to Los Angeles in 1945, where were they based? – Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Cincinnati, Baltimore
Trivia #3: In what league do the Orix Buffaloes play?

Now do you believe in Rock and Roll?

On this day: December 16, 1971, Don Maclean’s 8+ minute version of “American Pie” was released.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: Thomas Loden, 58, was condemned to die by lethal injection for the 2000 rape and slaying of a 16-year-old girl. His last meal included two bone-in fried pork chops, fried okra, a baked sweet potato with butter, Pillsbury Grands biscuits with butter and molasses, peach cobbler with French vanilla ice cream and Lipton sweet tea.

The Celtics and Bruins still lead the NBA and NHL respectively in the standings. As for the Patriots, the NFL decided that the teacher/student matchup, Belichick/McDaniels, was not good enough theater to keep the game at its Sunday Night, primetime schedule. Instead, the game will air at 4pm-ish.

Speaking of football, not only does the college bowl season begin today, but three NFL games are on the slate for tomorrow. Life is good!

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: I went through physical therapy earlier this year and recently received an email from the facility. Bear with me: Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S. A mix of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, it’s getting people of all ages on their feet. To help prevent pickleball injuries, our sports medicine experts at blah-blah-blah offer tips to keep you in the action. (“To help prevent pickleball injuries…”, puh-lease!)

In the movie Polar Express, why don’t the kids ever get cold? I mean, they’re in their pajamas the entire film??

They said it: “I haven’t been to bed before midnight since the sixth grade.” – Recently deceased, former football coach Mike Leach.

“Go away! Scoot!” – You’re doing it wrong. A state trooper in Alaska died Tuesday afternoon when he was fatally attacked by a muskox after trying to scare a group of them away from his dog kennel by his home.

Article I’ll skip: Why so much of our wisdom about the 3 Wise Men of the Christmas story is actually incorrect

Trivia #1 answer: In 1912, the first postage stamp featuring an airplane was issued. What was the cost? – 6 cents, 11 cents, 17 cents, 20 cents, 25 cents, 29 cents, 32 cents – It cost 20 cents
Trivia #2: Before the Rams moved west to Los Angeles in 1945, where were they based? – Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Cincinnati, Baltimore – Cleveland
Trivia #3: In what league do the Orix Buffaloes play? – They play in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League. Masataka Yoshida, recently signed by the Red Sox, led the Buffaloes their first title in 26 years last year.

I’m gonna be real pissed if I get my shit together and the world ends.

R.I.P. Mike Leach (61) – From complications from a heart condition. He was the Mississippi State head football coach and former head coach at Washington State and Texas Tech. Said Mississippi State University president Mark Keenum, His innovative ‘Air Raid’ offense changed the game. Mike’s keen intellect and unvarnished candor made him one of the nation’s true coaching legends. His passing brings great sadness to our university, to the Southeastern Conference, and to all who loved college football.”

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

Happy National Underdog Day!

“And the three men I admire most
The father, son and the holy ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died”

– Don Maclean

Friday, December 9, 2022

Briefly.

Becky: “Hey, this candle smells like Fireball!” Betty: “Becky, us non-alcoholics call that scent cinnamon.”

Trivia #1: What professional wrestler was from the Isle of Malta? “…from the Iiiiiisle of Mallllllltaaaaaa!”
Trivia #2: DraftKings has three main offices. Where are they? – London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Boston, Paris, Malta, Lowell
Trivia #3: The USGA legalized steel shaft golf clubs in what year? – 1912, 1921, 1926, 1934, 1940, 1951
Trivia #4: What form of cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide? – Lung, prostate, breast, bladder, colon, melanoma (skin)

I got a girl named Daisy, she almost drive me crazy.

Wow, what a game last night on TNF! Baker Mayfield, signed by the Rams earlier in the week and given his playbook during his Tuesday night flight to L.A., led the Rams to a miraculous comeback win over the Raiders 17-16.

I hope some kids took note when Patrice Bergeron waited outside the locker room the other night after the game to speak with former coach Bruce Cassidy. The latter is now coach of the Las Vegas Knights and his team had just ended the Bruins’ record home winning streak. A class act, that Bergeron.

On this day: December 9, 1851, the first Young Men’s Christian Association in North America is set up in Montreal

Why do we let ourselves get caught up in players’ contracts? Trust me, the San Dingo Padres are not thinking about the year 2033 when signing Bogaerts to that ridiculous 11-year contract. The Padres are thinking about 2023 and going for it all. Paid too much? It really doesn’t matter, they got him.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Nigeria will soon be restricting ATM withdrawals to just $45 per day as part of a push to move the country toward a cashless economy.

Well, you have to give Deion Sanders credit. He turned around the football program at Jackson State very quickly and earned the head job at Colorado. If you saw Sanders on 60 Minutes a couple/few months ago, he spoke about what he was doing was for the kids and his personal progression was not his goal. Hmmm. He seemed to move on at the first chance he got.

Viktor Bout, the ‘Merchant of Death’, serving 25 years for conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiracy to deliver anti-aircraft missiles and aiding a terrorist organization. Britney Griner, carrying cannabis products through a Moscow airport. Even trade? I/We could go on all day.

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” Yes, it’s “Jimmy V” week again and I’ve twice re-watched one of the greatest motivational, inspiring speeches of all-time. The V Foundation awards 100% of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses. This places the V Foundation among the top 2% of all charities evaluated.

Well, I watched two of the three USMNT’s World Cup games and thought I might have developed an eye for national soccer. Nope. Haven’t watched a second since the U.S. was eliminated.

Just a general observation. There are two non-alcohol sections at Gillette Stadium, both are on the visitor’s side of the field. I find that mildly interesting/funny.

The Celtics still boast the best record in the NBA while the Bruins have the best points % in the NHL.

Meet the Ass family: Smart, Wise, Lazy, Kiss, Dumb, Jack and Big.

Avoiding the awkward, to say the least. Former Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield left Louisville to take the then-vacant head coaching job at Cincinnati. Louisville and Cincinnati square off in less than two weeks in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl. Satterfield has opted not to be on the Cincinnati sideline while former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch will lead Louisville.

Article I’ll skip: 10 tips to wrapping your holiday gifts

What trooper! Casper, a Georgia sheepdog, is recovering from injuries after fighting off a pack of coyotes, killing eight of them, while protecting his flock. Casper disappeared for two days before returning to his farm with multiple injuries.

Trivia #1 answer: What professional wrestler was from the Isle of Malta? “…from the Iiiiiisle of Mallllllltaaaaaa!”– Baron Mikel Scicluna
Trivia #2 answer: DraftKings has three main offices. Where are they? – London, Los Angeles, Malta, Dubai, Boston, Paris, Lowell – Boston, London, Malta
Trivia #3 answer: The USGA legalized steel shaft golf clubs in what year? – 1912, 1921, 1926, 1934, 1940, 1951 – 1926
Trivia #4 answer: What form of cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide? – Lung, prostate, breast, bladder, colon, melanoma (skin) – Lung – An estimated 236,740 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2022 in the U.S. Lung cancer kills almost 3 times as many men as prostate cancer and almost 3 times as many women as breast cancer.

Every time I try to eat healthy along comes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Summer, Friday or Tuesday and it ruins it for me.

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

Happy National Lost and Found Day!

“Gonna tell Aunt Mary ‘bout Uncle John
He claims he has the music
But he has a lot of fun
Oh baby
Yes baby
Wooh baby
Havin’ me some fun tonight, yeah”

– Little Richard

Friday, December 2, 2022

Briefly. (not really, I’ve been slacking)

Girls mature faster than guys because men don’t usually develop breasts until their mid-40’s.

Trivia #1: The first Thanksgiving parade was held in what city? – Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Richmond, Raleigh, Baltimore
Trivia #2: How many gallons does a 10-gallon hat hold?
Trivia #3: Which Celtic is one of only five NBA players to lead his team in all five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals) for a season? – Kevin McHale, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Paul Pierce
Trivia #4: Regarding the prior question, which player is NOT one of the five? – Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett, Moses Malone, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo
Trivia #5: Which Boston Bruin has the franchise record for penalty minutes in a single season? – Terry O’Reilly, Chis Nilan, Jay Miller, Shawn Thornton, Wayne Cashman, John Wensink
Trivia #6: What is the nickname for Limestone University?
Trivia #7: Gaylord Perry played for 8 different teams during his 22-year career. Which team did he NOT play for? – Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves
Trivia #8: Who is Christine Perfect?
Eight trivia questions. A record, I believe.

Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise.

I mean really, is Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” not one of the greatest albums of all time?

On this day: December 2, 1988, ESPN airs its 10,000th edition of ‘Sports Center’, making it the most televised cable program in history.

I also came across this useless tidbit: On December 2nd, 1964, Ringo Starr had his tonsils removed. Really.

What a month November was for Boston sports fans. Celtics (13-2, .867), Bruins (12-2, .857), Patriots (2-1, .667). Having said that, the Celtics and Bruins are 24-1 at the Garden, the loss being the Celtics… in OT. Wowza!

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Mac Jones is the #4 selling jersey in the NFL.

Boy, that Jeff Saturday euphoria didn’t last long, eh?

One night last weekend, the Atlanta Hawks’ center Clint Capela was ruled out of a game because of dental pain. So, this guy making millions of dollars a year couldn’t play because he had a toothache?

It’s not over when you lose, it’s over when you quit.

A deer being interviewed by a newsman: “I think we have a pretty good chance this season. The average hunter is getting older and millennials think meat comes from stores.”

What a nice tribute to John Madden on Thanksgiving Day, I thought.

The boat used as the S.S. Minnow in Gilligan’s Island was a 1964 Wheeler with a cruising speed of 12 knots, which means they couldn’t have traveled more than 41.5 miles. Now I’m starting to doubt the show was even real.

Article I’ll skip: Hollywood families fight back against parenting police attacking them on social media

Don’t look now but, after 23 drives against the Patriots, the Bills finally punted.

R.I.P. Christine McVie (79) – Keyboardist and singer for the pop rock band ‘Fleetwood Mac’. She could be thought of as the band’s first woman (joining in 1970 shortly after marrying bassist John McVie) and the band’s second woman (having willing ceded the spotlight to Stevie Nicks, who joined in 1975 and quickly became a superstar). She was a glory-agnostic musician’s musician, content to entertain the public from behind the buffer of the electric piano.
R.I.P. Gaylord Perry (84) – Two-time Cy Young Award winner, Baseball Hall-of-Famer and five-time all-star. Gaylord was an infamous greaseball artist using Vaseline to alter his pitches. He founded the baseball program at Limestone College/University in his hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina and was its coach for the first three years.

Trivia #1 answer: The first Thanksgiving parade was held in what city? – Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Richmond, Raleigh, Baltimore – Philadelphia (see above)
Trivia #2: How many gallons does a 10-gallon hat hold? – ¾ of a gallon
Trivia #3 answer: Which Celtic is one of only five NBA players to lead his team in all five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals) for a season? – Kevin McHale, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Paul Pierce – Dave Cowens, 1977-78 (18.6 points, 14 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.3 steals)
Trivia #4 answer: Regarding the prior question, which player is NOT one of the five? – Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett, Moses Malone, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo – Moses Malone
Trivia #5: Which Boston Bruin has the franchise record for penalty minutes in a single season? – Terry O’Reilly, Chis Nilan, Jay Miller, Shawn Thornton, Wayne Cashman, John Wensink – Jay Miller, 1987-88 (304 penalty minutes)
Trivia #6 answer: What is the nickname for Limestone University? – The Saints
Trivia #7 answer: Gaylord Perry played for 8 different teams during his 22-year career. Which team did he NOT play for? – Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves – He did not play for the Twins
Trivia #8 answer: Who is Christine Perfect? – Christine Perfect is Christine McVie’s birthname

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

You can walk around Walmart and eat grapes and nobody bothers you, but as soon as you eat a rotisserie chicken, here comes security!

Happy National Bartender Day! (Go ahead, get out and show your support!)

“If you wake up and don’t want to smile
If it takes just a little while
Open your eyes and look at the day
You’ll see things in a different way

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here
It’ll be here better than before
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone”

– Fleetwood Mac