IT’S ALL HAPPENING! Wednesday, March 26


 1. Terror Firma

Mudslide in the state of Washington kills at least 24, but as many as 100 or more people in rural Snohomish County may have perished. The area has received more than twice the average amount of rain (15 inches, as opposed to 7 1/2) this month, and that most likely triggered it.

2. Jimmy Fallon’s Funhouse

In his first month as host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon has turned the venerable franchise into Pee Wee’s Playhouse. And that’s not a bad thing. He’s never going to do the hard-hitting interview, but that boyish sense of adventure and enthusiasm is serving the 40 year-old well. Here he is enticing Billy Joel into a terrific two-man doo-wop rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

3. “Tell Sloan I said, ‘What broke?”

So Kevin Connolly, whom you may know better as Eric or “E” from Entourage, was filming a scene for the movie version of the popular HBO show in which he catches a post-route thrown by Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. You know, the guy who quarterbacked the Super Bowl-winning team. Well, it didn’t go so well as Connolly suffered a fracture in two places in his lower left leg when he tripped over a sprinkler. But he did catch the ball.

Afterward everyone hugged it out.

4. “Nobody said it was easy…”

So you probably won’t hear Chris Martin and the boys play “Green Eyes” live any time soon. The lead singer of Coldplay and his wife of 10 years, Gwyneth Paltrow, have announced that they are separating a “conscious uncoupling” (befoe it was simply an “odd coupling?”).Oddly enough, Paltrow appeared on “Glee” last night and sang “Party All The Time” in a sudsy disco. Give a hand to Jason McIntyre, who tweeted out this “60 Minutes” piece on C9ldplay which portrays Martin as an irrefutably likeable bloke. And I’ve always loved this.

5. Area 51

Henry scored a team-high 22 off the bench.

The ‘bockers and their new team president, Iron Phil Jackson, invaded Staples Centers last night for a date with a Loss Angeles Laker team that will finish with its worst record since fleeing the Twin Cities in 1960. El ‘bockers desperately needed a win, as they were three games in the Loss column out of the eighth spot in the East.

What happened? They were outscored 36-20 in the second quarter and 51-31 in the third –yes, they allowed 87 points in one half in a non-All Star Game– in a 126-97 beat down. The 51 points were the most the Lakers had ever scored in a quarter (think about that: they scored 51 not with Elgin Baylor or Jerry West or Wilt or Magic or Kareem or Kobe or Shaq, but with Xavier Henry and Swaggy P and Chris Kaman–in fact, their “All-Star”, Pau Gasol, did not even suit up) and the 33-point lead was their largest of the season.

The New York Knicks, 2013-14: R.I.P. City


Bench-clearing shove-a-thon in Florida-Florida State baseball game (hey, isn’t Jameis Winston on one of those teams???) after one player takes supreme umbrage at another player running to first base.


Navy freshman slotback Will McKamey, a 5-9 rusher who did not see action last fall, dies after falling into a coma after practice on Saturday. McKamey had suffered a serious head injury during a game in high school.


This is the photo that comes up when you Google-search “Clemson court storm Belmont.”

Did Clemson students ironically storm their court after defeating mid-major Belmont in the NIT?

Shaq, doing first-half highlights of the Knicks-Lakers, admonishes the ‘bockers for their lack of focus, then refers to Raymond Felton as Felton Spencer.


The Hall

Charter Inductees: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner

1937:  Tris Speaker, CF; Cy Young, P ; 1938: Grover Cleveland Alexander, P; Eddie Collins, 2B 1939:Nap Lajoie, 2B; Joe Jackson, LF; 1940: Billy Hamilton, OF; Cap Anson, 1B; 1941: Wee Willie Keeler, RF; George Sisler, 1B; 1942: Rogers Hornsby, 2B; Pie Traynor, 3B; 1943: Mickey Cochrane, C; Frankie Frisch, 2B 1944: Ed Walsh, P; Old Hoss Radbourn, P 1945: Lou Gehrig, 1B; Kid Nichols, P 1946: Ed Delahanty, LF; Lefty O’Doul 1947: Pud Galvin, P; John McGraw, INF 1948: Carl Hubbell, P; Addie Joss, P 1949: Harry Heilman, OF/1B; Monte Ward, P/SS 1950: Cool Papa Bell, CF; Jimmie Foxx, 1B 1951: Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, P; Josh Gibson, C 1952: Paul Waner, RF; Charlie Gehringer, 2B 1953: Mel Ott, RF; Hank Greenberg, 1B 1954: Eddie Plank, P; Dan Brouthers, 1B 1955: “Wahoo” Sam Crawford, OF; John Clarkson, P 1956: Chief Bender, P; Bill Dickey, C 1957: Sam Rice, RF; Joe DiMaggio, CF 1958: Bill Terry, 1B; Heinie Manush, LF 1959: Dizzy Dean, P; Tim Keefe, P 

1960: Gabby Hartnett, C; Mickey Welch, P 1961: Bob Feller, P; Ducky Medwick, LF 1962: Luke Appling, SS; Jesse Burkett, LF 1963 Jackie Robinson, 2B; Zack Wheat, LF 1964: Jake Beckley, 1B; Rube Waddell, P 1965: Ralph Kiner, 1B; Lefty Grove, P 1966: Ted Williams, LF; Smoky Joe Wood, P/OF 1967: Roy Campanella, C; Max Carey, OF 1968: Goose Goslin, LF; Rabbit Maranville, SS 1969: Stan Musial, 1B/OF 1970: Ferris Fain, 1B; Earle Combs, CF 1971: Warren Spahn, P; Yogi Berra, C 1972 Satchel Paige, P; Sandy Koufax, P 1973: Robin Roberts, P; Whitey Ford, P 1974: Mickey Mantle, CF; Eddie Mathews, 3B 1975: Lefty Gomez, P; Hack Wilson, CF 1976: Jack Pfiester, P; Johnny Mize, 1B 1977: Ernie Banks, SS; Mickey Welch, P 1978: Roberto Clemente, RF; Chuck Klein, RF 1979: Willie Mays, CF; Luis Aparicio,  SS 1980: Al Kaline, RF; Enos Slaughter, RF 1981: Bob Gibson, P; Harmon Killebrew, 1B 1982: Hank Aaron, RF; Frank Robinson, OF


Brooks Robinson, 3B; 1955-1977, Orioles

“The Human Vacuum Cleaner” was, as the pseudonym suggests, a Hoover at the hot corner. THE gold standard for playing the toughest defensive position in baseball, Robinson won 16 consecutive Gold Gloves, the most of any non-pitcher in baseball history. Was an American League MVP in 1964, an All-Star Game MVP in 1966 and a World Series MVP in 1970. Robinson collected 2,848 hits in his 23 seasons and played on two World Series winners.

Juan Marichal, P; 1960-1975, Giants

The Dominican Republic native won more games (191) in the decade of the 1960s than any other pitcher and likely made the most enemies doing so, as he was known to aim pitches directly at a batter’s helmet. Marichal went 25-8 in 1963 and 26-9 in 1968. A 10-time All-Star famed for his uber-high leg kick, Marichal finished with a 243-142 record and a 2.89 E.R.A.


3 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING! Wednesday, March 26

  1. The JW Hall of Fame has been a good feature. Every so often there are some interesting nuggets. For one, there have been a few inductees who aren’t in Cooperstown. John seems to be recognizing quality of player and not emphasizing length of career (a good thing). It makes me wonder, does that get someone like Don Mattingly in? Are those 6 great years in the 80s before back problems took hold enough?

    Then there’s yesterday’s crediting of Hank Aaron with the all time HR record, effectively ignoring Barry Bonds’ place in history. What will that men for the JW Hall when it gets to the steriod era?

  2. The biggest natural tragedy of the month, by a … large margin.

    And terror firma? That’s the kind of vaguely inappropriate subhed that makes me adore you, from one grown man to another. #snohomish

    — Here’s the funny thing about Fallon: I’m consistently not watching live, nor on DVR, even though I’m recording. But I’m also clicking everytime I see a song/bit on social media. I think that’s considered a modern success.

  3. Totally agree with G.A. about “Terror Firma”. In fact, I printed out & showed a co-worker for an example of why I read this site. The co-worker huffs “that mudslide is not funny!”. I sighed. Guess types of humour are like perfume – you either love it & want to splash it all over or you think it stinks to high heaven.

    I hope you never stop this site, jdubs ’cause I don’t want to ever get outta the pool. I’m SPLASHING here!

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