by John Walters
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Right now in New Zealand its September 11th… This is the New Zealand Herald on September 11 2018.
The world is watching in dismay….and they see it, and say it, like it is pic.twitter.com/NlXQuSu69I
— Alison Greene (@GrassrootsSpeak) September 11, 2018
Yes, it was funny when Sam Darnold‘s first NFL pass, nay, his first NFL snap, resulted in a pick-six (We know that guy!), but the USC product and No. 3 overall pick rolled from that point, going 16 for 20 and leading the Jets-Jets-Jets! to a 48-17 beatdown of Detroit (looks like another long season for our good pal, Rothstein, and on the first day of the New Year, no less).
Not 100 percent confirmed but told Jets Canyon of Heroes parade will be Wednesday or Thursday.
— Jason Gay (@jasongay) September 11, 2018
Darnold is the youngest starting quarterback to open a season for his club in NFL history. The last NFL quarterback to win his debut by 31 points or more? Tom Brady. Speaking of the Patriots, don’t compare Matt Patricia to Charlie Weis. Yes, there’s the Belichick protege, slightly (!) rotund, moving-to-Midwest factors, but Charlie Weis won his head coaching debut by 31 points.
p.s. Not that anyone’s counting, but it’s only been 50 years since both the Jets and Knicks were good at the same time.
2. Selfie-Assisted Suicide (A Never-ending Drama)
This is not the first such story we’ve run (remember the Grand Canyon incident, that cliff in Australia overlooking the ocean, that waterfall in British Columbia, etc?) and it won’t be the last. A few days ago 18 year-old Tomer Frankfurter, a tourist from Jerusalem, plunged to his death while attempting to take a selfie at Nevada Fall, which is roughly a 600-foot drop.
There are multiple warning signs near the site, plus the big giveaway that the word “Fall” is in the name.
The MH staff walked right past this spot 13 months ago, and on the way out we did so at about 2 a.m. (thanks, Geoff! :)) and from above, as you can see, it all looks kind of tame and inviting. One thing if you ever visit: The sound of the water crashing over the side is extremely vivid and humbling. It hits you more than the visual does.
We read that more people now die worldwide from selfie-borne incidents than from shark attacks. Not that anyone in the U.S. dies from shark attacks, but that’s another story for another post.
3. Ramona Vs. Martina*
*Before you accuse the judges of pitting one woman against another in order to be divisive, please note that they are just pointing out that two intelligent, accomplished females happen to be disagreeing. We report; you decide.
The Serena (or, “Serene, Uh”) meltdown was only minutes old on Saturday afternoon when ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne sent out this Stand Down, Men message into the Twittersphere:
Anyone saying Serena was out of control with the ump has no concept of how passionate and competitive sports can be at this level. She’s out there playing her guts out, not going for an afternoon tea.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) September 8, 2018
I think I get it: If you never played the game, keep your trap shut. This warning comes from a person who played softball at Stanford and was a three-time Academic All-American. Okay, good for her (the MH staff rowed for three years at Notre Dame and was a freshman coach their fourth, not that any of this matters). We just found it odd that someone who’s paid six figures by ESPN to write about and comment on, chiefly, the NBA, is lecturing us about staying in our lane when it comes to opining on a sports moment unless you’ve been there.
Then, two days later, a person by the name of Martina Navratilova (18 Grand Slam championships, arguably one of the top three female tennis players of all time) went and penned an Op-Ed in The New York Times (she even signed her name to it!) and basically made all the same points we were making.
Our point: Don’t shush! an audience based on the fact that they never played the game. Or if you’re going to do that, stop depositing checks from ESPN for being a sports blabber.
4. Clay Travis: Week 2
After going 10-4 in Week 1 (but initially reporting it as 10-2), Clay went 4-8 in Week 2. We’ll never mock anyone for having a bad week against the spread, etc. We just want to see if Clay reports his record accurately. It’s Tuesday and still no report from Clay, as opposed to last week when he reported his 10-2 (sic) record on Sunday, the very next day.
Also, before each set of weekly picks, Clay is bold-facing his VIP offer (only $99 annually) that, among other things, allows you to see his picks on Monday or Tuesday (before the lines move) as opposed to later in the week when the hoi polloi have access to them for free. Of course, if his picks finish underwater for the year, is there a money-back guarantee? I don’t think so.
5. Tucker Carlson’s Rant
Three Latin words, which he can find on any coin: E Pluribus Unum: From many, one.
But we can say more: The guy who created Apple was the son of a Syrian immigrant. The guy who created Tesla (don’t laugh) is a South African immigrant. The guy who alerted FDR to very powerful bombs that Hitler was having his scientists build was a German Jew (Einstein) immigrant who helped launch the Manhattan Project. I’ve just tackled three continents with three people who helped change the U.S. for the better.
Diversity in ideas? Yes. Diversity in free speech? Certainly. It’s just funny that the guy ramming this anti-diversity message down our throats works at a network where every male on air is white and every female on-air is a cookie-cutter Barbie knock-off.
More Than A Feeling
A monster, I mean a Category-5 with lasting effects, hit from a band that no one had ever heard of. A defining song both of the 1970s and of classic rock.
In September of 1976 Boston released this song that the band’s leader, Tom Scholz, an MIT grad, had been working on in his basement for two years. Unforgettable guitar riffs, both picking and jamming, as well as Brad Delp‘s magical vocals.
Considering that Boston and Aerosmith (and even The Cars) broke out at roughly the same time from the same city, it was a great time to be a music fan in Beantown. If you’re wondering, because we got the lyric wrong for decades, the line after “More than a feeling” is “When I hear that old song they used to play…”
10 p.m. TCM
Nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, and marking the first time black actors from the same film were nominated for Best Actor (Paul Winfield) and Best Actress (Cicely Tyson). From 1972. I believe I saw this and Old Yeller (on The Wonderful World of Disney) in the same year and that’s too many dog-related tears for a 5 year-old to have to deal with.