Rest in peace.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Rest in peace.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Earlier this month, the National Hockey League held its annual draft, four months later than normal due to the pandemic. The Arizona Coyotes wasted a 4th round draft pick on Mitchell Miller. I say wasted because earlier this week, the Coyotes renounced their draft rights to Miller after the backlash over the selection.
D'Antoni was hired by the Nets to serve as an assistant under Nash for next season, this after D'Antoni had been fired by the Knicks several years back, one in a series of coaches who could not co-exist with man-child owner James Dolan. Major boss move by Nets management, and if the Nash/D'Antoni combination leads Brooklyn to the playoffs next season, it's going to make Dolan look worse than usual. Karma, y'all.
What's next? Luring Ken Harrelson out of retirement?
In all honesty, Nebraska didn't feel like a perfect fit to begin with, moving from the Big 12 to chase the money, getting little in the way of success in return. I think school suits are looking to move out of the Big 10, and either move back to the Big 12 or to another league, and that may be true.
Here's a trailer for the 2020 edition:
Thursday, October 29, 2020
From season 4 of The Andy Griffith Show:
The Darling family (Denver Pyle, Maggie Peterson, & the Dillard brothers) are back, along with Charlene's husband, Dud (Bob Denver, who took over the role from Hoke Howell). This clip, I believe, closes the show, as we're hearing "Boil Them Cabbage Down". As usual, Andy sits in on guitar, and this time, sings, along with Charlene & Dud. Dud, Andy, & Barney (Don Knotts) take turns doing some do-si-do with Charlene.
The former Mayor of New York and Attorney General has debased himself repeatedly the last couple of years with interviews on various networks. He comes across now as the beloved grandfather who now has to be sent to a retirement home because his mental functions are shorting out.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The five year shell game could very well end in six days. Or it might not. And that's scary.
The wrestler released his 2nd EP in 3 years on iTunes and Spotify on Monday. "Universal Truth" soared to the top of the sales charts on both online platforms before the day was over. The capper to the EP is a cover of the gospel standard, "Amazing Grace", the arrangement of which will recall the Animals' classic, "The House of The Rising Sun", back in the 60's.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
America's Oldest Baby wants coronavirus coverage declared a violation of election law. It's official. He's nuts.
Sorry, Mr. President, but a global health crisis is, in fact, much more important to the American public than a 70-something man-child with self-esteem issues who can't go a day without being the center of attention. He embarrassed himself on national television yet again as his now-infamous interview with Lesley Stahl aired last night on 60 Minutes (if you missed it, it's available On Demand on cable, and streaming on CBS All Access), which he himself leaked on Facebook three days prior in a petty tantrum. He can't deal with the tough questions that America wants answered because, well, let's face it. He may, for all we know, be emotionally disturbed to the point where his mental capacity has lapsed to that of a child, and that the scrutiny that goes with the office of President is actually too much for him to bear, despite his faux tough guy posturing.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have waited 32 years to win another World Series. This morning, they're on the verge of doing just that.
As Clayton Kershaw continues to exorcise the postseason demons of his past, the Dodgers now have a 3-2 lead in games over the Tampa Bay Rays following a 4-2 win on Sunday night, memorable only because Tampa's Manuel Margot, a former San Diego Padre whom Kershaw has faced many times before, was caught trying to steal home.
Now, the Deviants and Cowboys are tied for 2nd in the NFC Least at 2-5 behind Philadelphia. Barring a late winning streak, the division winner is assured of the #4 seed in the conference come playoff time. As you can see above, Dalton was helped off the field, and went through the concussion protocol. Status for the next game is questionable at the moment.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
It's gotten to the point where this filthy rich Barbie & Ken decided to file a lawsuit. What a surprise. Expect to see that thrown out right before election day.
Later Friday, as the defiant President held another rally at a senior citizen community in Florida, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow took issue with Trump and his literally unhealthy obsession with adulation in the face of the pandemic.
Friday, October 23, 2020
That same approach is being taken with the new Sweep, which launched last weekend, back on ABC, with actress Leslie Jones ("Ghostbusters", ex-Saturday Night Live) as host. We'll review the 2020 version another day.
I'd read before last night's debate that President Trump was being "heavily coached" by his advisors. Good thing, but they still could not convince him to deal in something he's allergic to. Truth.
At Belmont University in Nashville, Trump and Joe Biden were engaged in a more traditional civil discourse, moderated by NBC's Kristen Welker. Unfortunately, Trump still pushed the same debunked lies about Biden and his son, and misrepresented facts on other topics, including COVID-19.
To that end, MSNBC's Brian Williams & Ari Melber break down some of those misstatements:
Thursday, October 22, 2020
The truth hurts, doesn't it? Of course, it does. Trump has piled on lie after lie after lie to conceal the truth about just about everything, because he's afraid people will see him as weak. Unfortunately, that horse left the barn a while ago.
That's because a debate is meant to be a civil discourse between the candidates, and since you won't adhere to the rules, your street corner pitbull mentality has to be, well, neutered. You purposely humiliated Chris Wallace, and you can't stand it when a female journalist calls you out, which Ms. Welker is likely to do tonight.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Predictably, Cube wasn't having it, and let Stupid-E know about it on Twitter, though I doubt Eric would understand. He probably thinks that between Ice Cube & 50 Cent, and the mentally-challenged Kanye West (bi-polar disorder), the rap community would try to encourage African-Americans to support his father. Don't be so sure about that.
In fact, last week, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, a vocal critic of President Trump, debunked America's Oldest Baby's claim that the majority of African-Americans would vote for him over Joe Biden (which is why Cube is working with Dumb Donald I, because he's opposed to Biden's tax plan). President Trump will say anything to get his base behind him, but 99% of his claims are in fact as phony as the spray tan he wears 24/7/365/52.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Since Sunday, I've gone back & forth on this series. The popular trend the last few years is for long title droughts to end. Tampa has waited 12 years to get back to the big dance, while the Dodgers squandered recent opportunities, and they will argue that, yes, they were screwed by Houston and perhaps Boston in 2017-18. Problem is, the Rays are hungrier and younger. Big difference.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spotted Green Bay an early 10 point lead, then shut out the Packers the rest of the way in a 38-10 rout. Meanwhile, Denver used 6 Brandon McManus field goals to beat New England, 18-12. The Patriots (2-3) got QB Cam Newton back, but their kicking game was missing in action. Newton scored both touchdowns for the Pats (1 rushing, 1 passing), but also threw two interceptions as New England suffered its 2nd straight loss. Tampa Bay (4-2) is staying within shouting distance of NFC South leader New Orleans, which was idle this week.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Lassie was near the end of its 5th season when producer Jack Wrather decided to try something noble, and that was having America's most famous dog meet the Masked Rider of The Plains----The Lone Ranger!
Apparently, there was a promotion tied to the latter series, by this point in syndication after production ended two years earlier. To that end, Clayton Moore reprises as the Ranger to promote "Peace Patrol".
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Wednesday night will not tell us anything we don't already know, and the debate the next night will be more of the same bluster and lying from Trump.
Friday, October 16, 2020
According to media accounts, Trump's town hall was predictable hot garbage, as he insisted on perpetuating lie after lie, even though most of his lies have been debunked many times over, proving once again that Trump has the attention span of a dead gnat, and the reactionary skills of a toddler.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
On the cover of today's editions, the Post editors are whining about censorship. Whatever happened to responsible journalism? Occasionally, I buy the Post, and jump right to the sports section. For now, they're standing by their "story", which is nothing more than a tall tale. Given how the Trump administration never lets facts get in the way of the stories they're trying to spin, we should not be surprised that a newspaper that traces its lineage to the colonial era (founded by Alexander Hamilton, they used to boast proudly) would join the GOP hyperbole machine.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Released at the end of 1964, "Hurt so Bad" became the 2nd straight top 10 hit for Little Anthony & The Imperials off their "Goin' Out of my Head" LP.
This performance is from The Ed Sullivan Show:
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
As for the Giants, well, at least they played their hearts out, unlike the Jests, who spoiled Joe Flacco's 1st start by turning in another snoozer in a loss to Arizona. There are online commentators calling for Adam "Hard" Gase to be the next coach to be fired. If that happens, he would be the 3rd in 2 weeks, after Atlanta sacked Dan Quinn following Sunday's loss to Carolina, leaving the Falcons also at 0-5.
If I'm Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer, I'd start hearing footsteps. Yep, the Vikings are also 0-5 after losing to Seattle.
To that end, the oddsmakers may have proven their stupidity again, leading to yesterday's game, installing the Raiders as a near-two-touchdown underdog against the Super Bowl champs. Vegas ended up winning the game, 40-24, tightening the AFC West race.
We touched on the fact that Yankee Hall of Famer Whitey Ford had passed away following the Bombers' game 4 win Thursday, only to be eliminated from the playoffs the next night vs. Tampa Bay. Ford, 93, nicknamed "The Chairman of The Board", not so much because of his dominance on the mound, but rather, because the Yankees' detractors in the 50's & 60's likened rooting for the team to rooting for General Motors, for example, played his entire career in New York. As noted on Saturday, the Yankees hastily stitched Ford's #16 on the sleeves of their uniforms prior to Friday's game, but those heavy hearts couldn't jump start their leaden bats.
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Tom Kennedy (born James Narz) began as an announcer for Betty White's sitcom, Date With The Angels (brother Jack Narz had the same gig on White's previous series, Life With Elizabeth) and ex-Dragnet co-star Ben Alexander's lone game, About Faces, whose producer, Ralph Edwards, later signed Kennedy to host Name That Tune when that series was revived in the 70's.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Comes complete with a teaser for the next episode:
Ah, the cruelty of no days off in the baseball post-season of 2020. At least in the American League.
Tampa Bay, fresh from eliminating the Yankees in an exhausting 5 game series, are right back at it tomorrow against Houston on the ALCS, with the Astros having just 2 days rest after eliminating AL West champion Oakland in four games. The idea, of course, is to ensure they finish the season on time, meaning right before Halloween, which is three weeks out.
However, the NLCS doesn't start until Monday, enabling the East & West champions, Atlanta & Los Angeles, respectively, to have enough time to rest and reset.
ALCS: Tampa Bay vs. Houston:
The Rays have momentum carrying over from Friday night, having slain the mighty Yankees. They're young, they're hungry, and they're looking for their 1st World Series berth since Joe Maddon took them to the Fall Classic 12 years ago, only to lose to Philadelphia. Current skipper Kevin Cash was left off the postseason roster with the Yankees the next year, when the Bombers unseated the Phillies, but he has a ring nonetheless.
With a limited number of fans in the bleachers for the LCS, Houston will experience what they've been expecting all season, universal resentment after it got out that they had cheated their way to the 2017 title. However, the offensive core (i.e. Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa) is still there, even if the pitching isn't what it used to be.
I have felt all along that the window was closing for Houston, and it finally gets slammed shut. Then again......!
The Pick: Tampa Bay in 6.
NLCS: Atlanta vs. Los Angeles:
Are the Dodgers prepared to break the hearts of their fan base yet again? 32 years after their last title, and Dave Roberts' club is still the class of the NL West. They made one really necessary move in the offseason, getting Mookie Betts & David Price, with the latter opting out of this season, from Boston for Alex Verdugo. The emergence of Dustin May as a starter made Hyun-Jin Ryu expendable, and he was shipped off to Toronto. Clayton Kershaw is the #2 starter for the postseason, which takes some pressure off him, given his track record of postseason flops.
Do I really have to say it? Atlanta's pitching is their strength once again. Mike Soroka went down with an injury in July against the Mets, but Max Fried and newbies Kyle Wright & Ian Anderson have picked up the slack. Now, however, they need a 4th and/or 5th starter, because they won't sweep away the Dodgers like they did Cincinnati & Miami, nuh-uh, and asking Fried & Anderson in particular to go on short rest is not going to work. Bear in mind, too, that ex-Brave John Smoltz will likely be in the booth for Fox calling the games, looking down approvingly at the new generation. To be fair, former Dodger ace Orel Hershiser is part of the team's broadcast unit, too, but, eh...! This will be fun to watch.
The Pick: Atlanta in 5.
Of course, I could be wrong.
Friday, October 9, 2020
So, today, the organizers decided to scrub next week's debate, with Biden holding a town hall instead, while Trump continues to embarrass himself by booking rallies and risking more innocent lives.
For all the times that Trump has claimed Biden was not all there, it has been the opposite. It is as Robert Burns wrote years ago, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray, and in Trump's case, he has only himself to blame.