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Friday, August 5, 2022

Briefly.

Why does my wife always wait until I’m at the opposite end of the house before asking me to ‘Merm frner mernferr brnerfer!’?

Trivia #1: Who is the only player in the Patriots era with 40 sacks, 40 QB hits and 40 tackles for a loss? – Richard Seymour, Teddy Bruschi, Rob Ninkovich, Ted Johnson, Mike Vrabel, Jamie Collins
Trivia #2: NBA/Celtics great Bill Russell won 11 NBA titles. He is tied with whom for the most championships in a major sport?
Trivia #3: What does MSWA stand for?
Trivia #4: With a win on July 31, last week, the Red Sox avoided being just the 3rd team in MLB history to go a full calendar month without a victory for a starting pitcher. What two teams have accomplished this feat?

Go away, Phil Mickelson.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: Bryson DeChambeau admits to losing touch with Tiger Woods after joining LIV golf

Article I’ll skip: How A-list Hollywood celebrities build relationships after romance

They said it: “This is just weird.” – Christian Vasquez to Kevin Plawecki as he went to bat for the first time against his former Red Sox teammates.

They said it, part deux: “A Black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. What a marvelous moment for baseball.” – Vin Scully when Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to break Babe Ruth’s record in 1974, against the Dodgers.

They said it, part trois (hey, I’m on a roll) – “Don’t be sad because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Vin Scully during his final broadcast in 2016.

Tim Daniel, of Granby, Colorado, caught a 7.84-pound brook trout in Monarch Lake back in May breaking a 75-year-old state record.

I guess the Red Sox finally had enough of JBJ’s .200-.230 batting average. (.228 career)

People used to ask me, “Ed, what is going on with Noah Vonleh?” – Noah just signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Celtics and will vie for a roster spot. Haverhill MA’s Vonleh spent the previous year in China playing for the Shanghai Sharks.

Your directional first, THEN your brakes! It’s not all that complicated.

The Las Vegas Raiders beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-11 last night. That’s right, football!

And this is why I will never live in the south year-round.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: I honestly don’t know where to start…

R.I.P. Bill Russell – The ultimate champion. 2 time CA High School State Champion at McClymonds HS in Oakland, 2 time NCAA Champion at University of San Francisco, 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist, 11 time NBA Champion, 5 time NBA MVP, 12 time All Star, first black coach in any major sport, 1975 Hall of Fame Inductee as a Player, 2019 HOF inductee as a coach, 1980 – Voted “Greatest NBA Player of All Time” by the Basketball Writers Association, 21-0 in Game 7’s, 21,620 rebounds (22.5 per game average for his entire career), Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner
R.I.P. Vin Scully (94) – Iconic, legendary voice of the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers for 67 years. Scully was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that year and had the stadium’s press box named for him in 2001. The street leading to Dodger Stadium’s main gate was named in his honor in 2016. That same year, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Trivia #1 answer: Who is the only player in the Patriots era with 40 sacks, 40 QB hits and 40 tackles for a loss? – Richard Seymour, Teddy Bruschi, Rob Ninkovich, Ted Johnson, Mike Vrabel, Jamie Collins – Rob Ninkovich
Trivia #2 answer: NBA/Celtics great Bill Russell won 11 NBA titles. He is tied with whom for the most championships in a major sport? – Henri “Rocket” Richard
Trivia #3 answer: What does MSWA stand for? – The Massachusetts Sports Wagering Act
Trivia #4 answer: With a win on July 31, last week, the Red Sox avoided being just the 3rd team in MLB history to go a full calendar month without a victory for a starting pitcher. What two teams have accomplished this feat? – The 1996 Detroit Tigers and the 2022 Pittsburgh Pirates

Do Transformers have car insurance or life insurance?

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

Happy National Underwear Day! (And, Happy International Beer Day!)

“When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this
When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this
When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch
Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this”

– Van Morrison

Friday, July 29, 2022

Briefly. (Not after last week!)

I’m kinda glad dinosaurs are extinct because I’m pretty sure I’d try to ride one after a few drinks.

And there it is, another personal record for consecutive days alive!

Trivia #1: Who was the main antagonist of the cartoon Underdog?
Trivia #2: Who is Elisjsha Dickens?
Trivia #3: What is the PGA record for most career aces? – 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 – Bonus: Who holds the record?

I’ve expressed my disgust in the past of how bills come out of the ATM facing different directions, but the other day my bills were not only facing different directions, some of the corners were folded! Pisses me off!

Speaking of being pissed off… it amazes me how one can walk through the woods at a particular pace and a mosquito buzzes in your ear at the same pace. Argh! Hey, did you ever sleep out in a tent as a kid and there was always that one mosquito??? Drove you nuts, didn’t it?

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: The Red Sox’ Alex Verdugo has played more games in left field this season than anyone in MLB.

Great stuff about Big Papi and his HOF induction last Sunday. As was voiced on the radio Sunday afternoon, shame on the Red Sox and MLB for scheduling a Sox home game in the afternoon during his induction.

Article I’ll skip: ‘Scariest Celebrity Shark Encounters’ or… ‘Meghan Markle denies she lied to Oprah amid lawsuit’

They said it: “Paulie might have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn’t have to move for anybody.” – Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) speaking of Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino) in the movie Goodfellas.

BIG 3-run jack by Xander Bogaerts last night! Ya gotta keep him!

Republicans shut out the Democrats 10-0 yesterday in the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park in D.C.

I don’t care how old or oft-injured Julio Jones is, he is just another weapon for Tom Brady. And look at the Pats…

Damn, it’s been hot lately, huh? I do feel for people without AC or at least some sort of temporary relief.

Today’s music ain’t got the same soul, I like that old-time rock ‘n roll.

Speaking of the Patriots, what is wrong with our Boston Red Sox? They had a nice run back in June but both pitching and hitting have been at issue all season. Injuries are now playing a part but they are just not that good. I think you have to give Cora a pass this season. I hope he’s not the scapegoat.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: The Red Sox are behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East standings.

Maybe because I haven’t watched a lot of ESPN lately (or any TV for that matter), but I haven’t seen Chris Berman in a while.

Are you playing Mega Millions tonight? DYK: The odds of being struck by lightning are 20,000 higher than hitting the jackpot. Chew on that for a minute.

It’s raining in Vegas!

R.I.P. Mickey Rooney Jr. (77) – Eldest son of Mickey Rooney, was an original Mouseketeer. He, his brother and another were thrown off the show before the end of the first season.
R.I.P. Paul Sorvino (83) – American actor, opera singer, businessman, writer and sculptor, starred in Martin Scorses’s Goodfellas, the series Law & Order and other roles.
R.I.P. Tony Dow (77) – Known as big brother Wally Cleaver to all, said his daughter-in-law, “I’ve never heard Tony say a bad or negative thing about anyone.”
R.I.P. – Charles Johnson (50) – 1994 first-round pick by the Steelers, later Super Bowl XXXVI champ with the Patriots. The wide receiver was found dead in a hotel and the cause of death was not revealed.

Trivia #1 answer: Who was the main antagonist of the cartoon Underdog? – Simon Bar Sinister
Trivia #2 answer: Who is Elisjsha Dickens? – The 22-year-old, legally armed gunman who, by all accounts, saved dozens of lives by taking down a gunman at a shopping mall in Greenwood, Indiana who had opened fired on innocent people. Too bad we haven’t heard more about this hero.
Trivia #3 answer: What is the PGA record for most career aces? – 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 – Bonus: Who holds the record? – 10 – Hal Sutton and Robert Allenby

People are so judgmental. I can tell just by looking at them.

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

Happy National Waterpark Day!

“Oh war, I despise
‘Cause it means destruction of innocent lives
War means tears to thousands of mothers’ eyes
When their sons go off to fight and lose their lives

I said, war, huh, good God, y’all
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, say it again”

– Edwin Starr

Friday, July 15, 2022

Briefly. (Vacation, ya know?)

Welcome back to Plastic Surgery Anonymous. I see a lot of new faces today!

Trivia #1: Which players are not in the top 4 of tennis Grand Slam title wins? – Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Jimmy Connors
Trivia #2: What year did the sitcom “F Troop” go off the air? – 1959, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970
Trivia #3: What do the following golfers all have in common? – Ted Ray, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Henry Cotton, Tom Weiskopf, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy

Article I’ll skip: Ivana Trump’s love life: A look back at her romances over the years

“The Shift” – In baseball, what’s wrong with it? These guys are professionals. If you can’t hit the ball the other way, shame on you. Get out.

They said it: “He’s a tremendous driver of the golf ball.” – Paige Mackenzie, Golf Channel – Puh-lease! OK, he can hit the f*n golf ball, just say it!

Now, about my not getting out often. DYK: Deandre Ayton just signed a 4-year, $133M contract with the Phoenix Suns after Phoenix matched the same offer made by the Indiana Pacers? I never heard of the guy.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Mermaiding, the artistic swimming activity in which people wear mermaid fins and tails, is growing in popularity around the world.

River keeps on flowing, never worried ‘bout where it’s going.

R.I.P. Larry Storch (99) – Comedian, actor whose acting career lasted six decades. Navy veteran. Cpl. Randolph Adarn, appeared in all 65 episodes of the sitcom, F-Troop. He appeared in, amongst others, All in the Family, Trapper John, M.D., Married with Children.

Say perhaps to drugs.

Trivia #1 answer: Which players are not in the top 4 of tennis Grand Slam title wins? – Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic – Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors
Trivia #2 answer: What year did the sitcom “F Troop” go off the air? – 1959, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970 – 1967
Trivia #3: What do the following golfers all have in common? – Ted Ray, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Henry Cotton, Tom Weiskopf, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy – They were all wire-to-wire winners of the Open Championship

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

Happy National Gummi Worm Day!

“It was the third of September
That day I’ll always remember,
Yes, I will
‘Cause that was the day that my daddy died
I never got the chance to see him
Never heard nothin’ but bad things about him
Mama, I’m depending on you
To tell me the truth
Mama just hung her head and said, “Son,..

Papa was a rolling stone.
Where he laid his hat was his home.
And when he died, all he left us was alone.
Papa was a rolling stone.
Where he laid his hat was his home.
And when he died, all he left us was alone.”

– The Temptations

Friday, July 8, 2022

Briefly. (maybe next week)

Gas prices are so high the mailman is working from home. He called me yesterday to read my bills to me.

So, when I was doing that ‘work thing’, I got these posts out pretty early in the morning. Now, I find myself racing to do the same. Hence, numerous typos and erroneous factoids. I’ve got to clean it up so, if the posts aren’t as early as in the past…

Having said that, from last week’s post, 7% of high school athletes go on to play in college, only 1-2% play for D1 schools. And for you locals, Uncle Billy O’Brien did not play for the Amesbury Maples (I should have done the math), but his father did.

Trivia #1: Who is Scooby Wright?
Trivia #2: Who I Miki Suto?
Trivia #3: Over this past weekend, what was 5th on the list of
most popular bets for online customers behind baseball, tennis (Wimbledon), basketball and soccer?
Trivia #4: Baker Mayfield is 4th for the Cleveland Browns in all-time passing yardage. Who are the first three? – Vinny Testaverde, Bernie Kosar, Otto Graham, Brian Hoyer, Tim Couch, Brian Sipe, Frank Ryan

Article I’ll skip: Aaron Rodgers gets first ‘deep and meaningful’ tattoo with astronomical elements

They said it: “The Pac-12 without USC and UCLA is like the American League of baseball without the Yankees and the Red Sox” – Bob Hertzel of The Times (West Virginia)

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: If you did put a little action on this year’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and you took Joey Chestnut’s over at 74.5 (he ate 63), help is on the way. Some sportsbooks are issuing refunds to ‘over’ bettors due to a protester who rushed the stage and was subsequently roughed up by Chestnut. The assumption here is that the interaction, albeit brief, potentially impacted the results.

The Sox are in the midst of 14 games vs Tampa Bay and the yankees, leading up to the all-star break. The Red Sox play 40% of their remaining games against the AL East. Wow!

This week’s sign of the apocalypse, part deux: Megan Hess ran the Sunset Mesa funeral home and a human body parts business called Donor Services from the same building in Colorado. She admitted in federal court on Tuesday to defrauding at least a dozen families who wished for their loved ones to be cremated. Court records show her body dealer firm harvested heads, spines, legs and arms, and then sold them – mostly for surgical and educational purposes.

The Browns’ Baker Mayfield has been shipped to the Panthers. Who do the Panthers open the season against? You guessed it, the Browns.

I’m going to miss the Baker Mayfield commercials.

Let it be.

Just a little politics… The Justice Department is suing Arizona over a law that is slated to take effect next year that would require voters to provide proof of American citizenship to cast ballots in federal elections. Said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; “Arizona has passed a law that turns the clock back on progress by imposing unlawful and unnecessary requirements that would block eligible voters…” Help me out here, why is requiring proof of American citizenship an “unnecessary requirement?”

I don’t care how many times you’ve been there, imagine playing your way into the Wimbledon semi-final only to pull out with an abdominal tear? Rafael Nadal, you’re bummin’.

Guy #1: I’m addicted to buying old Beatles records.
Guys #2: Sounds like you need help.
Guy #1: No, I already have that one.

The USFL has an interesting alternative to the onside kick. The team that scored can, instead of kicking off, choose to try to convert a fourth-and-12 from their own 33-yard-line. If they convert, they keep the ball. If they don’t, the other team gets the ball at the spot of the play. I like it!

R.I.P. James Caan (82) – One of the signature stars of 1970’s Hollywood starring as Santino “Sonny” Corleone in The Godfather. The American actor/director starred in numerous films during a career that lasted from 1963-2021. DYK: During the peak years of his stardom, this actor had rejected a series of starring roles in movies that went on to become big hits for other actors. Some of these films were ‘The French Connection’, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, and ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.’

R.I.P. Bradford Freeman (97) – The last of the “Band of Brothers”, East Company, 101st Airborne. He jumped into Normandy on D-Day at age 19 and participated in every major battle with his unit. He was portrayed in the mini-series as James Farmer.

Trivia #1 answer: Who is Scooby Wright? – Linebacker for the Birmingham Stallions who had a late pick-six to ensure the Stallions victory over the Philadelphia Stars in the USFL Championship game.
Trivia #2 answer: Who I Miki Suto? – The female winner of
Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. She ate 40 dogs for the win.
Trivia #3 answer: Over this past weekend, what was 5th on the list of most popular bets for online customers behind baseball, tennis (Wimbledon), basketball and soccer? – Bets on Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest
Trivia #4 answer: Baker Mayfield is 4th for the Cleveland Browns in all-time passing yardage. Who are the first three? – Vinny Testaverde, Bernie Kosar, Otto Graham, Brian Hoyer, Tim Couch, Brian Sipe, Frank Ryan – Brian Sipe, Otto Graham and Bernie Kosar are 1 thru 3.

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

Happy National Day!

Responding to a request, I am providing a link to the song below and will do this weekly. I hope you enjoy.

“Hello there, my old friend
Not so long ago it was til the end
We played outside in the pouring rain
On our way up the road we started over again

You’re living our dream oh you on top
My mind is aching, Lord it won’t stop
That’s how it happens living life by the drop”

– Stevie Ray Vaughn

Friday, July 1, 2022

Briefly.

I put the sexy in dyslexic!

Come on folks, don’t be shy. Call me out when justified. Last week I asked a trivia question without providing the answer. Either you’re not reading or you don’t care. Regardless, I’ve asked the question again below (#1) while actually providing the answer below. You’re welcome.

Trivia #1: Which is the oldest amateur hockey team in the US, starting in 1924? – Newburyport Clippers, Exeter Sextet, Amesbury Maples, Rhode Island Scarlets, Concord Crusaders
Trivia #2: Since 1950, the average bear market has taken about how many months to mark its low? – 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14
Trivia #3: What percent of high school athletes go on to play sports at Division 1 schools? – 4%, 7%, 9%, 10%, 12%, 16%
Trivia #4: In what year did the 4th of July become a national holiday? – 1776, 1777, 1870, 1876, 1901, 1945

If I could stick my hand in my heart, I’d spill it all over the stage.

Article I’ll skip: Howard Stern chooses his potential presidential running mate

The Celtics got off to a terrible start this past season and went on to the NBA Finals. The Red Sox got off to a terrible start this season and are playing much better after posting their best-ever month of June. I’m just sayin’.

Why do you pay more when going through a highway toll based on how many axels the vehicle has. That makes no sense to me.

I’m pretty sure I comment on this every summer but so far there have been 8 incidents in the U.S. where children have died after being left in vehicles in the heat for extensive time. Recently a father shot himself after realizing he left his 18-month-old in his car. So terrible.

Don Blair, athletic director at local Northern Essex Community College (literally less than a mile from me), received the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Cushman and Wakefield Athletic Director of the Year Award at their annual convention in Las Vegas. What an honor!

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: A bust of President Abraham Lincoln and a plaque of the Gettysburg Address have been removed from a Cornell University library because “someone complained.”

I’m in big trouble if people find out I don’t really have Tourette’s.

The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Worried about the stock market as of late? The average bear market takes about 19 months to get back all of its losses, but shallower bears—those when the S&P 500 falls less than 25%— bounce back faster. Stocks have recently recovered much more quickly, at only four and five months to recover losses from the last three bear markets.

Trivia #1 answer: Which is the oldest amateur hockey team in the US, starting in 1924? – Newburyport Clippers, Exeter Sextet, Amesbury Maples, Rhode Island Scarlets, Concord Crusaders – The Amesbury Maples (For you locals, kudos to the late/great Uncle Billy O’Brien, who played for the Maples)
Trivia #2 answer: Since 1950, the average bear market has taken about how many months to mark its low? – 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14 – 11 months
Trivia #3 answer: What percent of high school athletes go on to play sports at Division 1 schools? – 4%, 7%, 9%, 10%, 12%, 16% – 7 percent. (Kudos to my wife who was the captain of her college volleyball team!)
Trivia #4 answer: In what year did the 4th of July become a national holiday? – 1776, 1777, 1870, 1876, 1901, 1945 – 1870

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

Happy National Take Your Dog to Work Day!

And of course, Happy 4th of July!

“Living in America
Eye to eye, station to station
Living in America
Hand to hand, across the nation
Living in America
Got to have a celebration”

– James Brown

Friday, June 24, 2022

Briefly.

Elvis Costello and Abba are touring together this summer but they haven’t figured out who the headliner will be. So, watch for Abba and Costello to find out who’s on first.

Trivia #1: Which is the oldest amateur hockey team in the US, starting in 1924? – Newburyport Clippers, Exeter Sextet, Amesbury Maples, Rhode Island Scarlets, Concord Crusaders
Trivia #2: What teams competed in the 2001 Super Bowl and who won?
Trivia #3: What team has lost the most Stanley Cup Finals series?

Trivia #4: Who is KaVontae Turpin?

The Red Sox have had their best winning percentage in the month of June in team history (16-4, .800)

I went to the liquor store the other day, shocking I know, and was given my receipt upon payment. Several comments on the receipt. First, it was about two feet long. Second, the bottom 2/3 pertained to the 6-step return policy. 6 steps to return an item?! Lastly, who in the history of mankind, has returned booze?

Tune in tonight as the Colorado Avalanche try to close out the Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Article I’ll skip: THE WAIT IS OVER: Arch Manning reveals where he will play college football – OR – Tom Hanks shares why he loves crashing wedding photos

Shohei Ohtani excites me, well established. On Tuesday he hit two homeruns and had a career-high 8 RBI. The next night he struck out a career-high 13 batters. He retired 23 of the final 24 batters he faced. Stud!

Ohtani’s all-world teammate, Mike Trout, also just became the first player in MLB history to hit four game-winning homeruns in a single series. The Angels are 34-38 – DOH!

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: The PGA vs LIV. Rocking the world of golf as nothing before. I don’t blame anyone, I just think it sucks for the fans. Or does it???

They said it: “Golf is the only sport where you can destroy private property while intoxicated without getting arrested.” – ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Jay Bilas

So, Gronk is retiring again. DYK: While playing together as Patriots, during the regular season, vs the AFC, he and Tom Brady were 44-1. That’s crazy stupid.

I’ll tell you want I need. I need more cowbell!

In his first 403 games, Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero hit 87 homeruns. Through his first 403 games, his son Vlad Jr. hit 87 homeruns.

R.I.P. Tony “Goose” Siragusa (55) – Former defensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, where he won a Super Bowl in 2001. After his retirement from football, Siragusa became a sideline reporter for Fox Sports and appeared in the Sopranos.

Trivia #1 answer: Which is the oldest amateur hockey team in the US, starting in 1924? – Newburyport Clippers, Exeter Sextet, Amesbury Maples, Rhode Island Scarlets, Concord Crusaders
Trivia #2 answer: What teams competed in the 2001 Super Bowl and who won? – Baltimore defeated the NY Giants
Trivia #3 answer: What team has lost the most Stanley Cup Finals series? – The Boston Bruins (14)

Trivia #4 answer: Who is KaVo Tae Turpin? – The USFL’s New Jersey Generals’ season MVP wide receiver.

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

We all have the power to change at least one thing a day… please make it your underwear

Happy National Take Your Dog to Work Day!

And a big Happy Birthday to my wife, Kathy! She’s the greatest!

“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 feelin’ better”

– Santana

Friday, June 17, 2022

Briefly.

I just got 30 minutes of cardio trying to pick up an ice cube from the kitchen floor.

Trivia #1: What does “LIV” (the newly formed Saudi-backed golf league) stand for?
Trivia #2: The first U.S. Open (golf) was played when, how many holes and how many days?

It was Black Thursday in New England yesterday (Sox/Celtics). Oh well.

OK, one final time (until next season). I hate the NBA game. While I’m at it, I hate the “Euro Step/Move” and even hate the reference to it. (I know, a lot of hate there. Let me be)

What happens on the mile, stays on the mile.

Charles Schwartzel won the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational and took home a whopping $4.75 million!

My heart goes out to the residents of Odessa, TX who had either no water this past week or very low water pressure. As a result, a “boil water advisory” was put into place. Did I mention that the temperatures there were as high as 105 degrees in Odessa?

Sticking to the heat, a 67-old man was found dead in 123-degree heat in Death Valley. A note found on his car a couple miles away read “out of gas.” Sad

Article I’ll skip: Why ‘Bachelorette’ star left life in California for the Lone Star state. (can’t say I’ve ever watched that program)
Article I’ll skip, part deux: Ozzy Osbourne gives update on his health after ‘major’ surgery. (Now, if you know me, you know I am a big Ozzy/Black Sabbath fan. Still, I don’t need an update on Ozzy’s health)

In case you didn’t hear, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was called out on a rule he didn’t know. You can’t bring a position player in to pitch unless your team is down by 5 or more runs. What? So, one of the greatest players of his time, Shohei Otani of the Angels, can’t be brought in to close out a critical 1-run playoff game? Silly rule. (Editor’s note: The Angels suck and likely won’t make the playoffs, but… you get my point)

Trivia #2 hint: You ain’t getting’ no stinkin’ hint!

The Giants, Yankees, Rangers, Knicks, Mets and Jets have gone 3,785 days, or 10 years/131 days without a championship. It is New York’s largest championship drought in the last 100 years.

Gas prices are so high I saw Sammy Haggar driving 55.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks, CA will not let you adopt a pet if you are a pro-gun supporter.
This week’s sign of the apocalypse, part deux: NYC cancels swim classes amid lifeguard shortage nationwide.

Headline of the week: 5 Teens Injured in Gunfire at Park After Anti-Gun Violence Rally

R.I.P. Shelby Scott (86) – Former WBZ-TV news anchor, Shelby was half of the nation’s first all-female anchor team with Gail Harris in 1977. She became legendary for storm coverage, prompting the Boston Globe to jokingly measure snowfall in “Shelbys” instead of feet.

How am I supposed to know how to act my age? I’ve never been this old before.

Trivia #1 answer: What does “LIV” (the newly formed Saudi-backed golf league) stand for? – It is the Roman numeral ‘54’ which is how many holes each golfer will play in LIV tournaments, as opposed to the standard 72 holes in PGA tournaments.
Trivia #2 answer: The first U.S. Open (golf) was played when, how many holes and how many days? – October 4, 1895, 36 holes played in one day.

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

Happy National Eat Your Vegetables Day!

“Go down, Miss Moses, there’s nothin’ you can say
It’s just old Luke and Luke’s waitin’ on the Judgment Day
“Well, Luke, my friend, what about young Anna Lee?”
He said, “Do me a favor, son, won’t you stay and keep Anna Lee company?”

Take a load off Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Fanny
And (and, and) you put the load right on me
(You put the load right on me)”

– The Band

Friday, June 10, 2022

Briefly.

Don’t run with bagpipes. You could put an eye out or worse yet, get kilt.

Trivia #1: What is an informal term for when someone changes what one is saying during speech because one is not sure of what to say or because one is trying to avoid saying something?
Trivia #2: In the last 25 years, one NBA player has shot >= 60% from the field (>= 50 attempts) and >=60% from the three-point range (>=25 attempts) in a single season. Who is that player? Hint: He’s playing in the NBA Finals.
Trivia #3: The last place finisher of an LIV golf event wins a minimum of how much money? – Zero, $50, $1,000, $50,000, $120,000, $250,000, $500,000
Trivia #4: What is another name for the Root Beer Float (root beer and vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Article I’ll skip: NBA commissioner Adam Silver says league lost ‘hundreds of millions’ of dollars after fallout with China. (My heart goes out…)

It’s June, 2022 and Pete Rose still is not in the MLB Hall of Fame and Warren Zevon still is not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Speaking of which, Judas Priest in being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Judas Priest but over Warren Zevon? Please!

Quote for the week: “I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.” – Groucho Marx

Golf’s U.S. Open is really shaping up to be an interesting event. The likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia and several other golfers, who are jumping over to the LIV Saudi Arabia golf league, are being allowed to play. How awkward is that going to be out on the course?

A Texas woman gave birth to identical twin daughters this past March. What’s the big deal, you ask? Gabby was born on March 7 at 24 weeks and four days, while Bella was born on March 10 at 25 weeks. Hmmm.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish changed the lyrics of their fight song from “… while her loyal sons are marching onward to victory…” to “… while her loyal sons and daughters march on to victory…” Give me a break! Was there any discussion of changing the reference of “HER loyal sons and daughters” to “HIS loyal sons and daughters?”

Romeo Crennel has retired after nearly 50 years coaching in the NFL. As an assistant, his teams won 5 of the 6 Super Bowls (two with the Giants, three with the Patriots). In 2020 he was awarded the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach. His most recent title, in 2021, was Senior Advisor for Football Performance with the Texans.

In unrelated news, the Boston Bruins fired coach Bruce Cassidy after his teams posted the third most wins in the NHL over the course of his tenure.

The Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi. Apparently, he had been their manager for the past three seasons. Also, the Angels fired manager Joe Madden and, as of Thursday, are now 0 for their last 13. Ouch!

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: A 7-day weather forecast in New England

Can you even believe the Celtics can go up 3-1 with the win tonight?

DYK: The last time Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Robert Williams III all played together and lost back-to-back games was January 5-6. The Celtics are 29-6 since January 8th with those five in the lineup. Defense!

A couple of weeks ago it was an elephant that was being considered a human being. Now, a California court has ruled that a bumblebee is a fish, under California law. WTF is going on!

Trivia #1 answer: What is an informal term for when someone changes what one is saying during speech because one is not sure of what to say or because one is trying to avoid saying something? – Hemming and hawing
Trivia #2 answer: In the last 25 years, one NBA player has shot >= 60% from the field (>= 50 attempts) and >=60% from the three-point range (>=25 attempts) in a single season. Who is that player? Hint: He’s playing in the NBA Finals. – Jaylen Brown
Trivia #3 answer: The last place finisher of an LIV golf event wins a minimum of how much money? – Zero, $50, $1,000, $50,000, $120,000, $250,000, $500,000 – The last place finisher is guaranteed a minimum of $120,000.
Trivia #4 answer: What is another name for the Root Beer Float (root beer and vanilla or chocolate ice cream? – A Black Cow

The idea is to die young as late as possible.

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

Happy National Black Cow Day!

And Happy 26th Annual Charlie Penta Memorial Golf Day, as 324 golfers and countless volunteers and supporters spend the day remembering Charlie and enjoying golf, good food, awards ceremony and raffle, and of course comradery with friends young and old. All of this in honor of Charlie and in support of Haverhill High School Athletics. Here’s to Charlie! (Class of ’81, baby!)

“So you children of the world
Listen to what I say
If you want a better place to live in
Spread the word today
Show the world that love is still alive
You must be brave
Or you children of today are
Children of the Grave, yeah!”

– Black Sabbath

Friday, June 3, 2022

Briefly.

At this point, if I get picked up by aliens, I’m just gonna go ahead and consider it a rescue mission instead of an abduction.

Trivia #1: In the original “Top Gun” movie, Maverick and Goose are sent to Flight Weapons School (Top Gun) because the top pilot in their class quit. What was that pilot’s call sign?
Trivia #2: You likely have seen the black and white American flag flying somewhere in your travels. Some of the flags are nothing but black and white while others might have a single blue stripe in the middle, some have a single red stripe. What do those stripes represent?
Trivia #3: Who is Hanson Crockett Gregory?
Trivia #4: How many first-round draft picks are on the Celtics/Warriors playoff rosters, combined?

The Boston Celtics may not shoot like they did last night again in the Finals, but they did last night and ran away from Golden State. HUGE win on the road!

Damn, I do hate the NBA game. Yes, I said it again. How a coach teaches a young kid to kick it out to the three-point line from directly under the hoop is beyond me.

Article I’ll skip: Depp-Heard battle becomes social media trial of the century. (Hmmm, not here)

Atta boy: A 2018 Rutgers University graduate with a degree in psychology and biology, came out of school with $70,000 in student loans. Rather than sit around waiting/hoping for a government bailout, he started his own used book business and has since paid off all of his loans. My point? The goal of a college education is to learn something, work hard and become somebody. These kids took a risk by going to school and taking loans. Don’t bail them out because we feel bad for them.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: A woman who visited Walt Disney World Resort says she was “dress-coded” by theme park staff and was told to “leave or get a shirt.” (Editor’s note: While the shirt was somewhat revealing the Disney character ‘Ariel’ wears a seashell bra)

A close second to a sign of the apocalypse: PGA golfer Hideki Matsuyama was disqualified midway through yesterday’s opening round of the Memorial Tournament after painted lines were discovered on the face of his three wood. Hey, a rule is a rule, I guess.

Apparently, the new Saudi government sponsored golf league, LIV, is about to get under way. The league is paying Dustin Johnson about $125M to participate. Who doesn’t say “money talks?”

LA’s highest-paid ocean lifeguard raked in a total of $510,283 in total compensation last year, nearly half of which – $246,060 – was from overtime pay.

Speaking of salaries, NHL referees earn $27,000 per playoff round worked, regardless of the number of games. During the regular season, they earn $,4000-$5,000 per game.

Hitting the lottery, you’re doing it wrong: A North Carolina man, who won a $10 million lottery prize in 2017, will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder of his former 23-year-old girlfriend.

Yesterday in MLB, the 2nd Annual Lou Gehrig Day was observed. ALS, the rare and truly dreadful disease, affects about 5.2 people per 100,000 in the U.S. 

Quote for the week: “Good offense beats good defense any day of the week.” – Mark Jackson during last night’s NBA Finals Game 1. (What?)

Love, reign o’er me.

Trivia #1 answer: In the original “Top Gun” movie, Maverick and Goose are sent to Flight Weapons Training because the top pilot in their class quit. What was that pilot’s call sign? – Cougar
Trivia #2 answer: You likely have seen the black and white American flag flying somewhere in your travels. Some of the flags are nothing but black and white while others might have a single blue stripe in the middle, some have a single red stripe. What do those stripes represent? – Blue – in support of law enforcement; red – in support of firefighters. Not what you thought??
Trivia #3 answer: Who is Hanson Crockett Gregory? – The Maine mariner credited with inventing the donut.
Trivia #4 answer: How many first-round draft picks are on the Celtics/Warriors playoff rosters, combined? – 20 – Celtics (10), Warriors (10)

We never ran out of baby formula until men started getting pregnant.

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

Happy National Donut Day!

“Give me word,
Give me a sign.
Show me where to look,
Tell me what will I find?
What will I find?

Lay me on the ground,
Or fly me in the sky.
Show me where to look,
Tell me what will I find
What will I find?

Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down”

– Collective Soul