Thursday, August 19, 2021

A little of this and a little of that

 GOPer governors such as Greg "Shakedown" Abbott in Texas, and, of course, Ron DeStupid in Florida, don't want mask mandates in schools in their states, risking thousands of innocent lives by leaving students and teachers vulnerable to the COVID Delta variant.

The Department of Education, under President Biden, may have something to say about that.

Photo courtesy Yahoo!.

Biden has instructed the Department of Education to use oversight, warning Abbott, DeStupid, Doug "Acey" Ducey (Arizona), as well as governors in Utah, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Iowa, & South Carolina not to interfere with local education departments' efforts to protect students, parents, and faculty.

Well, you knew this was going to happen. Biden has accused the GOPers of banning mask mandates for political gain. In DeStupid's case, this is obvious as the day is long.

Stay tuned.
The Jests signed lineman Carl Lawson to a contract earlier this year. Now, he won't play a down, ruled out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon suffered on Wednesday.

It's only the preseason, so it's not the cream of the Jest. Yet.
It was one thing when Wendy's signed ex-NBA star Reggie Miller to do commercials earlier this year as part of their promotion during the NCAA tournament.

Now, they're replicating the ad campaign with former NFL star Reggie Bush.

The Bush ads were playing ad nauseum during ESPN's coverage of the Little League World Series today, and will do so throughout the tournament. And, yeah, it is nauseating.
Topps has produced baseball cards since 1952. Their current contract will expire after the 2025 season, and it's not being renewed.

Fanatics, a fast rising apparel and memorabilia company, will produce their first cards in 2026. Topps lost their deal with the NFL after the 2015 season, and dropped hockey & basketball years earlier. The break with MLB will potentially leave Topps with just WWE & UFC cards, if those contracts hold beyond 2025.
A local law firm known for its creative, imaginative ad campaigns, now is dabbling in......trivia?

Martin, Harding, & Mazzotti, an Albany based firm, has moved its main office into a new building, and to mark the occasion, have partnered with radio station WROW, to sponsor a trivia contest on the the firm's website, leading to a tournament taking place next month with a $10,000 first prize.

Well, Paul Harding, one of the partners, looks telegenic enough to land a gig hosting a localized version of Jeopardy!.....!
Staying on the hometown tip, the Uncle Sam Atrium will soon be saying good-bye, displacing state workers and what few shops remain in the 45 year old complex, now owned by David Bryce, a Troy High & RPI graduate, who intends to demolish the Atrium, leaving CVS Pharmacy, which is housed in an adjacent building with a long closed entrance in the Atrium, as the only retailer left from the mall's inception.

Bryce also owns the Uncle Sam Parking Garage, which was shut down for the 2nd time in as many years earlier this month due to structural issues. The Atrium is now roped off on at least the 3rd street side, but, in speaking with Bryce earlier today, I was given no indication when demolition will start.
Pet peeve of the year: Ever since changing computer recorded voices on their buses, CDTA is taking some heat for how some streets and names are pronounced.

For example, in Troy, RPI is pronounced "R-pee". Tibbets Avenue becomes "Teebits". Hoosick Street or Hoosick Road becomes "Ho-hosick". Latham is pronounced "Lat-am". You get the idea. 

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