by John Walters
To infinity and beyond… The world’s wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos, is off to space. Bezos, whose net worth is approaching infinity ($186 billion), will be a passenger next month on the maiden voyage of his own Blue Origin space tourism rocket. The flight will hit apogee at 62 miles above the Earth’s surface—your 747 passenger jet goes between 7 and 8 miles high (hence the song). Or, as you know it, the thermosphere.
If you’re wondering, Bezos is virtually uninsurable. You have to admire the moxie, but this is a great case study as to A) If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it? and B) All the money in the world will not buy you more time.
Look Who’s Back
Today our favorite business show, CNBC’s “Squawk On The Street,” returned to their set at the New York Stock Exchange for the first time since mid-March, 2020. Host Carl Quintanilla, David “The Brain” Faber and Jim “Mad Money” Cramer are reunited on-set for the first time in nearly 15 months.
Seven Up-Side Down
Over the weekend gymnast Simone Biles won her 7th U.S. Gymnastics title. What is there to say that looking at the above video wouldn’t say better?
The U.S.A. defeated Mexico in the CONCACAF championship in extra time, in Denver. Christian Pulisic, who only eight days earlier was on the pitch in Portugal for Chelsea as it won the Champions League final, scored the winning goal on a penalty kick. Then backup keeper Ethan Horvath made the save of his life to secure it.
*The judges will also accept “Pant-demic”
Twitter was giddy over the weekend when it looked as if Donald Trump was wearing his slacks backwards during his appearance at a GOP rally in Greenville, N.C. Something about it doesn’t matter where the fly is if you’re wearing diapers. Some folks in digital media pored over the video footage as if it was the Zapruder-film and the verdict is appears to be that even though Trump’s political goals are to move this country backwards, his pants were in fact on forward.
Also, have you ever noticed how Trump’s arms hang sort of limp at his side often? As if his elbows don’t work. What is that?
In her adopted native country of the Netherlands, Ethiopian-born distance runner Sifan Hassan shattered the women’s world record for the 10,000 meters with the time above. Hassan’s 10-K feat bettered the existing world record, set at the 2016 Rio Olympics by Ethiopian Almaz Ayana, by more than 10 seconds.
Two notes: 1) In the past 10 months, the men’s and women’s world records in both the 5,000 and 10,000 (four records in all) and 2) Hassan, a refugee who fled Ethiopia at age 16, now owns the world record in the 5,000, 10,000 and mile, and 3) the men’s WR for the 10,000 is 26:11.
The Early Eighties Super Bowl We All Wanted
That’s Alabama’s Montana Fouts (no relation to either), who on Friday night pitched only the fifth perfect game in the history of the Women’s College Softball World Series. Fouts struck out 14 UCLA hitters as the Tide defeated the Bruins, 6-0. This was the first WCSWS perfect game in more than 20 years.
And to top it off, Fouts pitched this gem on her 21st birthday.
Montana Fouts. But yeah, we’d have loved to see the San Francisco 49ers versus the San Diego Chargers in a Super Bowl in the 1980s. Dan Fouts slingin’ it to Kellen Winslow, Wes Chandler and Charlie Joiner versos Joe Montana tossin’ it to Dwight Clark and Jerry Rice. Too bad those Chargers never got there.
Whaddaya Think, Skipper?
…. won with his Suns pick last Thursday night. He’s now 12-7 and at $920.
We’ll wait to see who he picks today.
UPDATE: About two hours ago The Kid texted and said he was taking Vietnam minus-260 versus Indonesia in an Asian World Cup qualifier. The Kid actually had intel on ‘nam (if only Gen. Westmoreland had had it… too soon?).
So risking $260 to win $100 with Vietnam. Beware the quagmire.