by John Walters
RESPECT (Just A Little Bit)
Hey nineteeen, that’s ‘retha Franklin/You don’t remember the Queen of Soul…
Detroit’s own Aretha Franklin, vocal giant, passes at the age of 76. Among her hits: “Chain Of Fools” “Think” “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like), “I Say A Little Prayer” and of course, “Respect.”
2. Who Stole The Mets?!?
On Monday, a season-high five home runs in an 8-5 win against the Yankees. On Wednesday, a then season-high 16 runs against the Orioles. Yesterday afternoon, a franchise-record 24 runs (on 25 hits) against the Phillies.
The Mets have 66 hits in their past four games. Is this the same team that surrendered 25 runs to the Nats on July 31st? Or the one who in May scored 2 or fewer runs in 13 games? The headline: “Famine Or Feast In Flushing.”
Worth noting: The Mets being the Mets, they did beat the Phils 24-4 but then lost the nightcap of the doubleheader, 9-6. Two games, 30 runs, one day, one win, one loss.
3. Sam Or Teddy
Rookie Sam Darnold started in a preseason game for the New York Jets last night. He was 8-11 with no touchdowns and one pick. Teddy Bridgewater, late of Minnesota and missing a season with injury, relieved and went 10-15 with a TD pass and a pick.
Will there be a divided locker room in Florham Park? Too early to tell, but the Jets did trade away the store to take Darnold at No. 3. Sooner or later, he’ll be their Namath. Or at least that’s what they’re banking on.
4. Free Medical School!!!
No, it’s not a joke. Thanks to gifts from donors, including a $100 million donation from Home Depot founder Kenneth Langone, New York University Medical School is offering its students FREE TUITION, effective immediately (man, are those students who signed up for that four-year military scholarship gonna be chapped).
Tuition at NYU was $55,000 per year, not covering room and board, but in an announcement during first-year orientation yesterday, the school announced that it would be FREE. I mean, can you imagine hearing that if you were a student?!?
Personal side note: A good friend of ours attended NYU med school and in the middle of his final year dropped out to join the world of private equity. He’s barely over 30 years old now and doing very, very well. Part of the reason NYU is doing this is because it’s seen too many smart young people pursue other fields (private equity, finance, etc.) that are more lucrative without having to start out in a $250,000 hole (and that’s excluding undergrad loans).
p.s. Think about how many applications NYU is going to receive this fall.
5. The Last Blockbuster
There already were more than enough good reasons to visit lovely Bend, Oregon (we suggest the mountain biking), but did you know it is also home to the last Blockbuster store on earth? For most of us, our last view of a Blockbuster was when Kim Wexler went on a relaxathon binge after her auto accident at the end of Season 3 of Better Call Saul. But that was supposed to be a clever homage to the year 2003. Turns out one can still go and rent the DVD of Jurassic Park, if that’s your thing.
I Say A Little Prayer
What a voice.
If you missed Ken Burns’ exhaustive and illuminating 10-part documentary on the Vietnam conflict when it originally aired on PBS last September, now you can see it all here. It’s a modern history lesson that may not go well with the “America First” crowd. For example, did you know that Ho Chi Minh quoted Thomas Jefferson when he declared independence for his country from the country that had occupied it, France, for a century?