The Daily Dose/August 10, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
Let’s dive right in, shall we:
Here We Go Again
The NFL is back playing games and some of its players are back protesting racial inequality in this country during the national anthem. Some stayed in the locker room, some held up a fist and one player stood on the sideline with his back to the field.
The NFL came up with a policy in the offseason but later withdrew it. As they should have, because the more rules they establish the more action they will be obliged to take when players violate those rules. The easiest, and the most difficult, solution to the problem is to stop playing the national anthem before games, though the NFL does appear to be seriously considering that.
Today At The Site
Sparrow is completely out of sorts on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. He slept like crap, couldn’t be bothered to mow the lawn and he has hot dogs for dinner, despite a commitment not have them for dinner. He does manage a moderately funny line while on the phone with The Wife, but Sparrow can’t even be bothered to offer it for Line of the Year consideration.
Thomas Laird, an American writer, has The Thought for the Day. It is about the Dalai Lama, and comes from a book based on extensive conversation Laird had with His Holiness.
On This Date
In 1977 – David Berkowitz, a 24-year-old post office worker, is arrested in Yonkers, New York for a series of killings History refers to as the Son of Sam murders. Berkowitz would plead guilty to six murders and during his confession, he claimed he killed because a neighbor’s dog was demanding the blood of pretty, young girls. Now 65, Berkowitz remains in custody, serving the first of six life sentences.
In 1981 – Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies singles in the 8th inning against the St Louis Cardinals, the 3,631st hit of his career, breaking the National League record that had been held by Stan Musial. The record still stands and Rose would later break Ty Cobb’s all-time major league record and would retire with 4,256 career hits.
In 1974 – Roberta Flack becomes the first female solo act to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in three consecutive years when Feel Like Makin’ Love reaches the top. It also went to #1 in Canada and topped Billboard’s Soul and Easy Listening charts as well. Flack had also hit #1 in 1973 with Killing Me Softly with His Song and in 1972 with The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight by Elton John spent 14 weeks at #1, the biggest song by a foreign act on Billboard’s Hot 100. Puerto Ricans Luis Fonzi and Daddy Yankee did spend an all-time record 16 weeks at #1 with Despacito, however, Puerto Ricans are American citizens and we do not consider them foreign acts.
What other song has spent 16 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100? – Answer next time!
Backstairs at the Monte Carlo: A Vegas Memoir!: Clock in with the graveyard crew at the Monte Carlo Security Department on the glamorous Las Vegas Strip. You’ll meet drunks, reprobates and scoundrels, and those are just the officers! The funniest Vegas memoir ever! Promise!
The Regular Guys: Meet Lenny and Larry, two comedians who team up more or less out of desperation and become the biggest in show business. As funny as you would expect from Gaylon, and poignant, too.