Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Red Sox best pitcher so far is... ?

Yes, I do know this is the comedian
Steven Wright from Burlington, MA,
not the Red Sox pitcher.
Steven Wright (pictured) has a 1.40 ERA through three starts.  He's the 31-year-old journeyman knuckleballer who isn't even supposed to be in the rotation.

The other four guys, Rick Porcello (4.66), Clay Buchholz (6.33), David Price (7.06) and Joe Kelly (9.35) have allowed a total of 51 earned runs in 71 innings, a combined ERA of 6.46 through 14 outings.  One pitcher on his own would never even make it to a 14th start with an ERA like that.  If you're looking for a silver lining, the quartet has struck out 84 batters in those 71 innings, so there is hope.

Henry Owens takes the mound Sunday in place of the injured Kelly (right shoulder impingement, whatever that is), maybe the kid will turn things around.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "7" by Prince and The New Power Generation

For whatever reason, Prince's music is virtually non-existent on the internet.  Here's a link to watch the video for 7 off his 1992 Love Symbol Album.

I'd actually forgotten all about that song until just now when I did some research to try to pick out my favorite of his, and I think that may be it.

Since I couldn't embed 7 from the random Portuguese website that was the only place I could even find it, here's the video for Get Off instead:

It was added to YouTube yesterday, so don't be surprised if it's already been taken down--just like this spectacular tweet from Prince three weeks ago, which said "SHHH! THE WARRIORS/CELTICS GAME IS ON!"

Thursday, April 21, 2016

It's insane how bad Andre Drummond is at free-throw shooting

Pistons center Andre Drummond connected on 35.5 percent of his free throws this season, the lowest percentage in NBA history among qualified candidates.  On Wednesday in Cleveland, Drummond made four of 16 foul shots.

Amazingly, this wasn't even his most embarrassing trip to the line that night:

On another occasion, Drummond's first of two attempts hit the backboard before caroming off the front rim, while his second was an air-ball short and to the left.

I assumed the 4-for-16 showing would be the worst of all time in playoffs, but it's not--Wilt Chamberlain once went 2-of-17 from the charity stripe in a postseason game.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The one and only zero-calorie skinny margarita

I get frustrated when people come into my bar and order skinny margaritas.  They don't exist.  Booze has calories, a lot of calories.  Worrying about a bit of juice or sugar in your alcoholic drink is like ordering a bacon cheeseburger without the cheese.

Here is the one and only true skinny margarita:

Polar seltzer should probably put me on their payroll.  Oh, by the way, here's another public service announcement: Club soda, soda water and seltzer are all the same thing--just water and bubbles.  Tonic is different, that has sugar.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Today is National Blah Blah Blah Day

It's National Blah Blah Blah Day!  How awesome is that!  Are you excited?  Woo hoo!  Now you have the opportunity to eat/drink/use/play much more blah blah blah than you would on a regular-old boring day!  In doing so, it's also extremely important that you spend lots of money at establishments that sell/serve/provide blah blah blah and are adverting that today is, in fact, National Blah Blah Blah Day.

Don't worry about partaking in any "whatevers" today though, because you'll want to save that for tomorrow's National Whatever Day.

This blog was inspired by the following tweet (as well as many, many other tweets and Facebook posts of a similar nature that I see virtually every day of the year), as well as the fact that the bar I work in puts up a sign for National Margarita Day roughly once a month.

OK, this is a little scary.  In an effort to find a picture to use with this post, I googled National Blah Blah Blah Day and came across a site that actually claims it's a real thing, and that it happened this past Sunday.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Obama on his proudest moment as President: "Watching Boston respond" after marathon bombing

This video clip is from the MLB preseason game in Cuba last month, but I saved it for today:

The President should be equally as proud of the speech he gave in Boston three days after the bombing.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Grandpa Kevin Garnett can't find any good clippers, baby Damian Lillard agrees

I'm so-so on these State Farm "Meet the Hoopers" commercials, but this one definitely made me laugh--particularly baby Damian Lillard with the "No good clipper!" line, which is perfectly timed as the Clippers and Lillard's Trail Blazers square off in Game 1 of their first round series as I write this.

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