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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

Friday, May 27, 2022

Briefly.

Beer… because you can’t drink bacon.

Trivia #1: Which of the following is slang for marijuana? – Mary Jane, Bobby Sue, Ella Mae, Rosie Dee, Dick Hurtz
Trivia #2: Of the four major professional sports, in the past 15 years in each league, Boston sports teams are in the top five in total playoff wins. Where does each of the four teams rank (1-5) in their sport?
Trivia #3: A group of penguins in the water is called a “raft.” A group of penguins on land is called what?
Trivia #4: Tomorrow, the Division III women’s lacrosse team from Gettysburg College will take on Middlebury in the semi-finals of the DIII tournament. What is Gettysburg’s nickname?
Trivia #5: The Red Sox’ Trevor Story has 32 RBI this month with 6 games to go. Who holds the Red Sox record with RBI in one month (41)?

The Celtics are really something. Tonight, they are 9-point favorites over the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and the Heat are the #1 seed. If Smart and Williams play, I don’t see any reason why they don’t win/cover. The Heat just look D-U-N.

Did you enjoy Tiger Wood’s collapse in the Open Championship last week, or did you feel bad for him and his injured leg? I can’t say I enjoyed it in any way, but I certainly didn’t feel bad for him.

Article I’ll skip: Colin Kaepernick impresses during workout with Raiders

Back to Tom Brady… Fox must be out of their collective minds signing Brady to a 10-year, $327M contract to commentate on NFL games when he retires. I don’t get it. Brady is far from articulate in his interviews. I really don’t think he is a fit for the job, but who am I? I’m not rooting for him to fail, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he sucks at it.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: All these shootings, I’m speechless. I’m really not speechless here but there isn’t enough space…)

This week, for the first time this season, each Red Sox regular starting outfielder is hitting .200 or better at the same time. Hard to believe.

Miami Heat starters combined for 18 points on Monday night.

In the past 60 years, the Red Sox’ Trevor Story is just the 6th player in MLB, in a 5-game stretch, with 6 or more HRs and 17 or more RBI. Editor’s note: That was before last night – 1 HR and 4 RBI

Keeping on the Sox, over his past 22 games, JD Martinez is batting .446. That’s an awfully long stretch to be hitting at a clip like that. One would have to assume, in this day of babying athletes, that he is due for a day off. You know, to cool him down.

Quote for the week: “Man, I did love this game. I’d have played for food money… I used to love traveling on the trains from town to town. The hotels… brass spittoons in the lobbies, brass beds in the rooms. It was the crowd, rising to their feet when the ball was hit deep. Shoot, I’d play for nothing!” – Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) in the movie “Field of Dreams”

R.I.P. Ray Liotta (67) – Legendary actor known for his career-defining performance in the crime classic “Goodfellas” (Henry Hill), the critically acclaimed film “Field of Dreams” (Shoeless Joe Jackson) and many other film and television roles.

Trivia #1 answer: Which of the following is slang for marijuana? – Mary Jane, Bobby Sue, Ella Mae, Rosie Dee, Dick Hurtz – Mary Jane
Trivia #2 answer: Of the four major professional sports, in the past 15 years in each league, Boston sports teams are in the top five in total playoff wins. Where does each of the four teams rank (1-5) in their sport? – Patriots 1st – (18), Celtics 1st – (105), Red Sox 2nd – (46) and Bruins 2nd – (93)
Trivia #3 answer: A group of penguins in the water is called a “raft.” A group of penguins on land is called what? – A “waddle”
Trivia #4 answer: Tomorrow, the Division III women’s lacrosse team will take on Middlebury in the semi-finals of the DIII tournament. What is Gettysburg’s nickname? – The Bullets
Trivia #5: The Red Sox’ Trevor Story has 32 RBI this month with 5 to go. Who holds the Red Sox record with RBI in one month (41)? – Ted Williams

From monkey to human: 10 million years. From human to monkey: 10 beers

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

Happy National Road Trip Day!

And, of course, Happy Memorial Day. Fly/Salute an American flag, thank a veteran, be grateful

“Well, I don’t know, but I’ve been told
You never slow down, you never grow old
I’m tired of screwin’ up, tired of going down
Tired of myself, tired of this town

Oh, my my, oh, hell yes
Honey, put on that party dress
Buy me a drink, sing me a song
Take me as I come ‘cause I can’t stay long

Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain
I feel summer creepin’ in and I’m tired of this town again

– Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Friday, May 20, 2022

Briefly. (a relative term, indeed)

I don’t always carry all the groceries in one arm, but when I do, my keys are in the wrong pocket.

Trivia #1: DYK: There is a PGA stat called “Smash Factor?” – What does Smash Factor measure?
Trivia #2: Who threw the most recent no-hitter for the Red Sox?
Trivia #3: In 1970, Gino Cappelletti retired from the NFL as the league’s all-time leading scorer. Where does Gino fall now on that same list today? – Answer correct if within 5
Trivia #4: What former MLB player, now commentator, owns the Loma Brewery in Los Gatos, CA?
Trivia #5: How many years go by between the time the bottom ring of the Stanley Cup is filled with names and the top ring is removed?

The United States Air Force conducted the successful launch of a hypersonic weapon off the coast of California, which flew at five times the speed of sound. Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Program Executive Officer for Weapons, celebrated the “major accomplishment” after a B-52H Stratofortress released an AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) at Edwards Air Force Base, in California, last Saturday. Cool!

Article I’ll skip: Amber Heard faces perjury claims in Australia COVID-19 dog incident

Trivia #2 hint: It was in 2008

In shocking news… the Red Sox Nick Pivetta through a 9-inning, complete game this past Wednesday night, only the 3rd in the majors this season. Actually, when Pivetta got the first out in the 8th inning, he was the first Red Sox starter to retire a batter in the 8th inning this season!

Speaking of the Red Sox, well I was, the previous night Sox starter Nate Eovaldi through just 5 pitches in getting the Astros 1-2-3 in the 1st inning. Speaking of the number 5, he then let up 5 homeruns in the 2nd inning! DYK: One fan sitting in the monster seats caught two of those homeruns.

5 – The Sox’ Trevor Story scored 5 times last night!

When I’m tired and thinking cold, I hide in my music, forget the day…

Speaking of the Pirates, they beat the Reds last week 1-0 becoming just the sixth team since 1901 to win a game without a hit.

I ran out of gas the other day, called my insurance company and they totaled my truck!

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: Camillo Villegas is ranked 1st in the PGA in smash factor.

Speaking of hockey, last Saturday and Sunday there were five(!) game 7’s. That’s pretty cool. The Bruins losing their game seven (3-2), that was not cool.

As for the Celtics, well they won their game seven last Sunday in crushing style (109-81). Now, not for nothing, but the Bucks’ Kris Middleton not playing in that series was comparable to Jim Rice not playing for the Sox in the 1975 playoffs. Just sayin’.

Now on to last night – B-L-O-W-O-U-T! Editor’s note: Another reason I don’t like the pro game. Scrub time. Now I understand, and have been there, scrub is nothing but throwing it up there with the hopes of getting in the box score. Nowadays, it’s a 3-point, brick tossing contest. Ugly and useless to watch.

The NBA, puh-lease. How does a guy like Marcus Smart not play one night, “sprained foot”, and then play as if he’s 100% the next game? Hockey players, they are not.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: 51-year-old Happy the elephant has lived at the Bronx Zoo for 45 years. Advocates at the Nonhuman Rights Project are arguing that Happy is an autonomous, cognitively complex elephant worthy of the right reserved in law for “a person.” That question, whether Happy can be considered a person, was before New York’s highest court this past week.

Let’s flip that around: “Not right now, honey. Today, I’m identifying as an elephant!”

R.I.P. Gino “The Duke” Cappelletti (89) – My bad for not mentioning this last Friday. Cappelletti spent 51 years with the Patriots franchise as an all-star player, assistant coach and broadcaster. A legend in these parts.

Trivia #1 answer: DYK: There is a PGA stat called “Smash Factor?” – What does Smash Factor measure? – Ball speed divided by club speed or… the amount of energy transferred from the club head to the golf ball.
Trivia #2 answer: Who threw the most recent no-hitter for the Red Sox? – John Lester
Trivia #3 answer: In 1970, Gino Cappelletti retired from the NFL as the league’s all-time leading scorer. Where does Gino fall now on that same list today? – Correct answer if within 5 – He is currently tied for 51st with Dan Bailey
Trivia #4 answer: What former MLB player, now commentator, owns the Loma Brewery in Los Gatos, CA? –  The former “Greek God of Walks”, Kevin Youkalis
Trivia #5 answer: How many years go by between the time the bottom ring of the Stanley Cup is filled with names and the top ring is removed? – Every 13 years the top ring of the Stanley Cup (currently displaying championship teams from 1953-45 – 1964-65) is removed and retired to be displayed in the vault of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Quote for the week: “The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results” – James Dean

From monkey to human: 10 million years. From human to monkey:  10 beers

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

Happy Rescue Dog Day!

“When you can’t find the light
That guides you through a cloudy day
When the stars ain’t shining bright
You feel like you’ve lost your way
When the candle light of home
Burns so very far away
Well, you gotta let your soul shine
Just like my daddy used to say

He used to say soulshine
It’s better than sunshine
It’s better than moonshine
Damn sure better than rain
Hey now people, don’t mind
We all get this way sometime
Got to let your soul shine, shine till the break of day”

– The Allman Brothers Band