Sunday, November 8, 2020

A little of this and a little of that

 There is a morbid history involving the Giants and Washington quarterbacks.

The most famous case, of course, was in the mid-80's, when, on Monday Night Football, Joe Theismann suffered a broken leg after being sacked by Lawrence Taylor. The injury ended Theismann's playing career, and sent him to the broadcast booth.

Today, current Washington QB Kyle Allen had his ankle broken, so they're reporting, when he was tackled by New York's Gibril Peppers, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness. However, the Giants completed the season sweep with a 23-20 win. Alex Smith, who had lost his starting job earlier in the season, is now the starter by default, with Dwayne Haskins stuck carrying a clipboard due to poor performance. For the Giants, it washes away the sour taste of 4th quarter chokes vs. Tampa Bay & Philadelphia the last two weeks.
I've often quoted George Santayana in this space when citing the irresponsibility and stupidity of some folks.

It would certainly fit at Notre Dame right about now.

After the Irish upset Clemson in double overtime, fans stormed the field, ignorant of the fact that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Most, if not all, of the fans are students, likely drunk by the time the game ended, and just as ignorant of the fact that there was a recent spike in coronavirus cases on campus right before the game!!!

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High", this ain't.

We'll be hearing about new cases before long.
I can imagine that, despite the fact that ABC & NBC promoted the fact that their primetime games (Clemson-Notre Dame, Stanford-Oregon) would be interrupted for speeches by President-elect Joe Biden & Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, with the games moving to cable (ESPNews & USA Network), local fans were reaching for their phones to whine to the affiliates if they were still among the few that don't have cable. More fool you, then.
I don't know about you, but maybe Biden should call for the opening of deprogramming centers for Republicans?

I mean, claiming Trump is a cult leader makes him worse than Scientology, doesn't it?
Syndicated programs like Jeopardy! usually tape weeks, if not months, in advance. We're barely into the new season, and now the long running quiz game will be looking for a new host.

Earlier this morning, Alex Trebek, 80, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Trebek, originally from Canada, made his American TV debut in 1973 with the short-lived Wizard of Odds, which was probably doomed by Alan Thicke's cheesy theme song. Merrill Heatter saw something he liked, and hired Trebek for 2 tours each of High Rollers & Battlestars between 1974-83. He also helmed Goodson-Todman's Double Dare (not to be confused with the later Nickelodeon series), and was the 3rd & final host of To Tell The Truth's ill-fated NBC run, concurrent with Classic Concentration, the two airing concurrently with Jeopardy! during 1991. The revival of Jeopardy! began in 1984, and thus had just started season 37.

While production was suspended due to COVID-19, Sony and CBS reached into the vaults and pulled up reruns from 1984, then had Trebek record new opens, like this one:

So who collects Trebek's Colonial Life policy? Just kidding. Someone will pick up that baton, too.

Rest in peace.

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