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Today in Black History – February 13

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Henry Highland Garnet, activist, Presbyterian minister, diplomat, abolitionist, died in Monrovia Liberia, on this date in 1882.  In 1843, Garnet called for a slave revolt and general slave strike at the National Black Convention in Buffalo, NY.

Andrew “Rube” Foster organized the National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (Negro League), the first Black baseball league, on this date in 1920.

The Renaissance, the first Black professional basketball team, was organized on this date in 1923.

Joeph L. Searles, III began training as a floor partner with Neuberger, Loeb and Co. on this date in 1970.  Searles was the first Black person on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Today in Black History – 02/17/19

Today is the 83rd birthday of James Nathaniel Brown.  Better known simply as Jim Brown, the most dominant NFL running back of his era, and possibly of all time.  He’s also been a successful actor, color analyst for NFL games, and a vocal civil rights advocate.  I’ll always remember him as Robert Jefferson, in “The Dirty Dozen”, one of my favorite movies of all time.  Super cast, and a super pre-politically correct World War II story, of redemption and heroism.  Happy Birthday, Jim!  You will always be one bad-ass mutha!  Be well and do good, friends.   —   YUR

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Extraordinary number of Archive queries today!?!?

English: Retired Jersey #20

English: Retired Jersey #20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner (Photo credit: slgckgc)

Rest in Peace, Ralph Kiner!  A super player and a great broadcaster.  You passed along your great knowledge of the game of Baseball, to millions of “kids” like me!  Pirates and Mets fans everywhere are mourning your passing.  You will be missed, and always fondly remembered.   —   YUR

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Women’s Finals of the French Open

Aggie Women's Tennis - 52

Aggie Women’s Tennis – 52 (Photo credit: StuSeeger)

Who are you guys rooting for in this Sportastic Clash of the Flesh?

(Great tennis is a given!)

(Tribute?) Jumble Spoiler – 11/17/12

Ralph Wilson signage display past glories

Ralph Wilson signage display past glories (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Back office scene at Ralph Wilson Stadium.


Clue/Question:  Buffalo’s NFL team hired an accountant to do this.


Ralph Wilson Stadium of Buffalo Bills team (NA...

Ralph Wilson Stadium of Buffalo Bills team (NASA World Wind 1.3.5) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(NOW WE’RE TALKIN’!  TALKIN’ PROUD!!!  LOL!  Dem’s mah boys!  Hey, Wimpy!  Are you digging this?  Thanks, Hoyt and Knurek.  Whether or not this was for Wimpy and me, I appreciate my boys getting a SHOUT out.  We looked fairly crummy beating the Dolphins on Thursday night.  But, considering how good we looked, in getting robbed by the officials, just four days earlier, I’ll take it.

No new clue words, today.  But as it turns out, yesterday’s “prong” IS a new clue word.  So ralis95 has a little updating to do to the clue word database.  The clue word jumbling was fine, but I got all the words immediately this morning.  Same with the answer letter layout.  To my credit, I didn’t even notice the cartoon was about the Bills, until I had completed the clue words.  Made me laugh out loud.  lol, for you kids.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Wimpy (Photo credit: roboppy)

PS.  The NASA shot is for ralis95’s sake!  Guess who the other one’s for?!   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 03/23/12

Wayne Gretzky, New York Rangers.

Wayne Gretzky, New York Rangers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Flashback to when The Great One played Lord Stanley’s game.


Clue/Question:  Breaking NHL records was this to Wayne Gretzky.


(The answer letter layout was stellar, today!  I think this Hoyt kid has finally gotten the hang of things!  The only clue word jumble that I take issue with is for the word “engine”.  I always phonetically sound out the jumbled words, so NNGIEE was just too easy for me.  EEGNNI would have caused me to think a little longer and harder.  Our friend ralis95 can add “accuse” to the clue word database.  We’ve had another Ice Hockey themed Jumble, starring Wayne Gretzky, some time over the last four years.  I don’t think this is exactly a re-run, but I’d be surprised if the earlier one did NOT have the word goal in it.  Today is the 18th anniversary of Gretzky breaking Gordie Howe’s record, by scoring his 802nd career NHL goal.  He broke the record as a L.A. Kings player, but finished his playing career in a Rangers jersey.  It’s always someone’s birthday, but in the world of sports today is Jason Kidd, Mark Buerhle and Maurice Jones-Drew’s birthday.  Happy 90th birthday to Marty Allen.  I didn’t realize he was still with us.  Today is also – sadly – the one year death anniversary of Elizabeth Taylor.  Lindsay Lohan is supposed to be playing her in a biopic on the Lifetime Network.  Could be interesting.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/10/12

Corrigan beside his jerry-built aircraft

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Visual Description:  “Wrong Way” Corrigan strikes again!


Clue/Question:  When the marathon runner missed the right turn, he ended up . . .


(I like it!  Not mega-tough, but there’s an element of challenge to it.  All the clue words were jumbled well.  I only had trouble getting “taller”, and as it turns out, it is new to the ralis95 clue word database!  For future reference, Mr. Hoyt, it looks like both SHORT and SHORTS have never been used, as per the above referenced.  The answer letter layout gave nothing away.  The cartoon is simple, but very demonstrative.  Today’s was no sterotypical, but it was A-Okay in my book.

I once worked with a Mary Corrigan, and occasionally we would call her “Wrong Way”.  She didn’t mind.  Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan had only sons, so I don’t think there was any relation.  However, after seeing the photo on Wikipedia, used here, I wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility.  Many believe that his story about going the wrong way was just a story, because he had earlier been denied permission to fly to Ireland.  I wonder if ol’ Mare is still with us?  She was a sweetheart.  A gruff exterior hid a real heart of gold.  A true daughter of Ireland!  She always looked out for me.  Life was very good in those days.  Sigh.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

San Francisco GIANTS World Series CHAMPS!

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A hearty congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, and all of their loyal fans, for winning the 2010 World Series!  They did it decisively, beating the Texas Rangers 3 to 1, to take the series in only 5 games.  For a team that was in first place for only 30 some games throughout the entire season, and didn’t clinch the division until the final day of the regular season, they surprised all the experts and odds-makers, to the delight of all the fans of the underdog!

And, they did it with 4 players that they picked up during the course of last and this season.  Castoff from other teams, Aubrey Huff and Edgar Renteria (Tigers), Cody Ross (Marlins), and Freddy Sanchez (Pirates), they all made significant contributions to the Giants winning their first World Series in 56 years, and their first since leaving New York and heading west.  Ross ended up being the NLCS MVP and Renteria was named Series MVP.  Not bad for a rag-tag bunch.

But, what carried them, into the playoffs and all the way through the World Series, was their stellar rotation of homegrown pitchers.  Buoyed by the brilliant pitching of 2 time NL Cy Young Award winner, Tim Lincecum, the Giants made winning this World Series look like child’s play.  Lincecum was undefeated in postseason play this year.  And a lot of the credit has to go to Brian Wilson.  No, not the enigmatic song writer from the Beach Boys!  I’m talking about the bearded wonder, San Fran’s dominant closer, who made it fun to be a Giants fan again.  Watching so many fans sporting fake black beards, and carrying “Fear The Beard” signs was the stuff that makes for great baseball memories.

Throw in the very impressive play of rookie catcher, Buster Posey – a great baseball name – and the masterful managing of Bruce Bochy, and you got a series that you kind of hoped might go seven games.  But, all good things must come to an end.  In the end, the Rangers’ youth and inexperience really showed, but they made great strides this year and they have nothing to be ashamed of.  They’ll be back.  I feel confident of that.  Good going, Giants!  You deserve it.


PS.  I’d like to offer my apologies for the shoddy coverage of my local newspaper, The Journal News.  They saw fit to feature high school tennis and soccer stories on the front page of their Sports (read Yankee) Page, along with more griping about Sunday’s Jets loss to the Packers, and just about every other banal local sports tidbit.  They did work in one small picture of Lincecum holding the trophy, in the lower right hand corner of the page, but that was it.  And then, when they were covered, the World Series Champion Giants got to share the page (Page 3) with Suffern High School boys volleyball, more girls’ high school tennis, and a gripping story about the – who else? – Yankees, addressing their offseason plans.  I guess the Championship of America’s Pastime only really matters when it involves pinstripes. Do the Steinbrenners own The Journal News?  Just joking.  Pathetic display of homerism.  Real sports fan notice these things.

New York Newpapers’ Shame


Roy Halladay

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A truly remarkable – once in a lifetime – event happened yesterday, in the world of Major League Baseball Playoffs.  Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter.  It has only happened one other time in the history of post-season play.  And that was 54 years ago, when Don Larsen pitched his perfect game, in the World Series, against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

So, you might think that this would would garner all the fanfare and hoopla that this momentous occasion should receive.  Well, apparently NOT in many of the New York area newspapers.  In the New York Daily News, The Journal News (Westchester and Rockland) and The Record (Northern New Jersey) they think the game one victory of the New York Yankees over the Minnesota Twins deserves the bigger headline, and the bigger photo.

Now, I can see being a “Homer”.  I like to root, root, root for the home team as much as the next guy.  But, there is a time and place to set aside such childishness, and to give the proper acclaim to the greater achievement.  These New York area newspapers did their readers a great disservice by stroking the local egos, in favor of true baseball history.  They should be ashamed of themselves.

The Yankees have won 27 World Series titles.  11 of them coming just in the last 54 years.  I have no way of knowing how many individual playoff games they’ve won, but I figure it has to be, at the very least, 350 games.  Maybe more.  They have figuratively owned the Twins, in both the regular season, and in the playoffs, for years.  Was their winning game one, last night, with their 21 game winning ace, C.C. Sabathia, really that big of a deal?  Really???  Isn’t THE most storied team in all of baseball kind of expected to win?

I realize that there are many question marks regarding the balance of their rotation, and they might not get another chance to celebrate, as they are so accustomed to do, but couldn’t these newspapers have shown some journalistic integrity?  I’m not a Phillies fan.  Not by a long shot.  But, I am a baseball fan.  And, I appreciate when a player accomplishes something rare and special.  Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter in a playoff game.  It was nearly a perfect game.  He walked only one man, and that came on a full count, in the 5th inning.  He also pitched a no-hitter during the regular season, back on May the 29th.  And, that one was a perfect game.  So, Halladay is the first pitcher to throw a regular season AND a post season no-hitter, in the same year.  This is legendary.  This deserves better coverage than what the majority of the New York area newspapers gave it.  What a shame.

Surprisingly, there was a New York newspaper who gave Roy Halladay his due.  And, that was The New York Post!  They celebrated this wondrous, historical moment on both their back page – where you expect sports headlines and photos – AND on their front page.  This is how it should be.  Congratulations to The New York Post.  You guys got it right!

You other guys ought to be ashamed.


Happy Birthday, Jerry Houser!

OK!  Maybe NOT the greatest actor in the world, but the guy has certainly carved out a niche for himself in the voice-over industry.  Plus, he was in one of THE greatest sports movies of ALL time:  “Slap Shot”!  (Dave “Killer” Carlson)

He somehow had an early shot, as a toddler, in an episode of “I Married Joan”.  Then had a normal childhood until the age of 18-19 when he landed the role of Oscy in “Summer of ’42”.  After that he’s had very steady work in both the movies and especially in television.  Lacking in leading man looks, he has been *gifted* with a fairly high-pitched voice, which allows him to sound, very convincingly, like the perpetual teenager.  He has also been the voice of one of the Keebler Elves (not Ernie) since 1980.  AND, the lucky stiff got to marry the girl of my  (and millions of other guys) dreams, Marcia Brady!  Not too shabby!

Here’s to you, bro!

Additional birthday wishes go out to Stan Shaw (“The Boys in Company C”) and Eric Laneuville (“The Omega Man”).  Both of these guys ARE very good actors, and have had very steady careers.  They both had some recurring roles on one of my favorite television shows “Hill Street Blues”.  Eric is actually enjoying a second career, and is in great demand, as a television director.

And, how about Chris Cross of Ultravox!?!?  (“Reap the Wild Wind” and “The Voice”)

All these cats are 58 years old today!  I wonder what was going on around Thanksgiving 1951???


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