Category Archives: Sports

Football Player and Film Star Alex Karras Dead at 77…

Former football great Alex Karras, died yesterday at age 77 after battling kidney failure, cancer and dementia. He was able to successfully transition from a career as a pro athelete to a successful career as an actor and Hollywood personality.

He appeared in a series of guest shots on such series as “Daniel Boone” and “Love, American Style,” but it was when his appearance as the lumbering bad guy Mongo in Mel Brooks‘ “Blazing Saddles” that his star really took off.

He capitalized on his engaging personality with a run as a panelist on “Match Game ’75,” which was memorable for his run-in with Transylvanian female wrestler Lola Kiss.


Musical Theatre Fans… Here’s the best political parody I’ve heard so far this year…

If you’re a Les Mis fan like me, you’ll love this piece, “One Term More”, based on “One Day More.”

Here are the lyrics if you want to sing along:

One Term More!
A time to celebrate democracy,
Repeal Republican hypocrisy.
This man who would unseat Barack’s
A bleak choice at the ballot box.
One Term More!
A G.O.P. perdition-bound,
All sense of right & wrong eroded.
One Term More!
With laws that let ‘em stand their ground,
Republicans are locked & loaded.

Contraception’s now a sin,
Screwing G.M. in the clutch.
Incivility’s a virtue,
Homophobic. Out of touch.
Filibusters. Budget scrums.
Ultrasounds & speculums.
To the Dark Side they’ve succumbed.

Soon Election Day will dawn,
We were meant to hold this seat!
At the ballot box of freedom,
Unemployment’s in retreat!
Now the battle lines are drawn,
And Detroit’s back on its feet!
Will you take your place with me!

The time is NOW the vote is NEAR!
One Term More!
One more day to re-election,
And until the music stops,
We will fight to save the jobs of
Teachers, firemen & cops!
One Term More!
One more day to resolution,
We’ll defeat those fetid nuts,
We are fed up with pernicious
Talk of prostitutes & sluts!

Watch ‘em throwing up,
Minting malcontent,
Drinkin’ all that tea’s
Made them incontinent!

Dissembling persists,
Divisiveness prevails,
Calling colleagues Communists
Is OFF the rails!

Listen to them spew,
“Femi-Nazi” rage,
Misogynistic rants
From the Jurassic Age!

To Obama’s second inning,
He’ll drive home another run!
Norma Rae let sisters sing,
Rosa Parks let freedom ring!
For Obama’s just beginning,
Yes! The West Wing WILL be won!

AND we’ll get the Dream Act DONE!

My place is here, I vote with you!
One Term More!
Emboldened by Star-Spangled myth,
We want a JEDI…NOT a SITH!!!

Petty partisan obstruction’s
Why we’ve gridlock on the Hill!
One Term More!
Healthcare is a right,
Medicare’s a must,
Don’t let rogue Republicans
Betray that trust!

Speaking of betrayal,
Bullied by his peers,
Tackled to the ground,
Screams turned into tears.

Hunting down the queer,
Cutting off his hair,
SPIKED the ball, yet… “Can’t
Recall” if he was there???

It’s his character we question!

Mom, apple pie & Chevrolet,
Don’t let ‘em down Election Day!

That’s when we will determine
What our God in Heaven has in store!


(One More Time!)



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Goodbye to Smokin’ Joe…

Frazier vs. Ali

Former heavyweight champ Smokin’ Joe Frazier has died at age 67.

Known primarily for his highly publicized fights with Muhammed Ali, Frazier died from complications of liver cancer.

Frazier won 32 fights, 27 by knockouts,  and lost four times — twice to Ali in furious bouts and twice to George Foreman. He also recorded one draw.According to author Norman Mailer, Frazier had “the rugged decent life-worked face of a man who had labored in the pits all his life.” He was big and ugly, but a hard and committed fighter in an age when the Heavyweight Championship was much more important than it is today.

Frazier maintained his adverse relationship with Ali long after they were no longer in the ring. Recently he changed his view of Ali:

“I said a lot of things in the heat of the moment that I shouldn’t have said. Called him names I shouldn’t have called him. I apologize for that. I’m sorry. It was all meant to promote the fight.”


And I end today’s posts with a laugh…

I tripped over this Bizarro cartoon today and it struck me as really funny…and not political at all. Enjoy:

Or maybe it’s just me.

UCONN WINS 53 – 41 over Butler…



…and this is Jim Calhoun’s 3d win since 1999.

Let’s hear it for the Huskies!

NCAA Final Today…


And now for the last post of the evening…My Wife Knows Everything vs. The Wife Doesn’t Know…

…perhaps you saw this on a news program. It’s from a race last Sunday at Monmouth Park:

… and, of course, MY wife knows everything, too. And she always wins!

George Steinbrenner Dead at 80

George Steinbrenner, the longtime owner of the New York Yankees and one of the most colorful and controversial figures in U.S. sports, died in Florida of a heart attack on Tuesday at age 80.

Steinbrenner was loved by Yankees fans, feared by his players and managers and hated by his rivals. He resurrected the most successful franchise in U.S. sports from a period of decline when it was owned by CBS, returning it to glory in the 1970s.

Famous for spending huge amounts of money on players and managers, Steinbrenner was twice suspended from baseball — once for making illegal contributions to President Richard Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign and then for hiring a private investigator to dig up information on one of his players.

With his health failing, Steinbrenner had handed over daily operations of the club to his sons Hal and Hank, who became co-chairmen in May 2008. Hal Steinbrenner assumed control of the Yankees later that year.

The team Steinbrenner bought for $10 million in 1973 is now worth $1.6 billion, nearly twice as much as any other team in baseball, Forbes magazine estimated.

(info from Reuters)

US Moves Ahead in World Cup!

Who would have thunk it?
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U.S. wins, advances to World Cup’s second round
The United States has advanced to the second round of the 2010 World Cup with a dramatic 1-0 victory over Algeria.
Landon Donovan scored off a rebound in the first minute of stoppage time to put the Americans into the round of 16.
With England’s 1-0 victory over Slovenia just minutes earlier, the U.S. would have been eliminated from the tournament with a loss or a tie.
The U.S., which won Group C, will play Saturday against the second-place finisher of Group D. That group includes Germany, Ghana, Serbia and Australia.
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For the folks who heard us talk about the USA in the World Cup on Friday’s radio show…

The United States and England played to a 1-1 draw in their first World Cup Match. Who would have thunk it?!

And this shows me that the World may just be headed in the right direction…

…it is one plus out of many minuses, but it got my hopes up today… I picked this up in Salon:

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Japanese female pitcher joins men’s team in U.S.

18-year-old Eri Yoshida, the first woman to play pro baseball in Japan, will join the Chico Outlaws this Spring

A female knuckleball pitcher from Japan will be playing for a minor league team in the United States.

Eri Yoshida, an 18-year-old pitcher who played pro ball in Japan last year, signed with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League. The team said she will report to spring training next month.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to pitch for the Chico Outlaws,” Yoshida said. “This is a dream come true for me and I hope I can contribute to the team and help them win and also to continue to improve as a pro baseball player.”

Yoshida will be the first female to pitch for a pro team in the United States since Ila Borders retired more than 10 years ago, the team said.

The 5-foot, 114-pound Yoshida became Japan’s first female pro baseball player last year when she pitched for the Kobe Cruise 9 in the Kansai Independent League.

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