The Daily Dose/August 6, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
Lot’s of great stuff for you today, treasured readers. Here’s what’s on tap today:
We are a bit more than two (2) weeks away from the debut of The Bottom Ten and the NFL Bottom Ten for 2018. For the uninitiated, these columns rank the worst college and professional teams. The inspiration came from the Bottom Ten columns by Steve Harvey we read in the Los Angeles Times growing up.
All your old favorites will be back, including the Continental Cup – issued to the team with the longest all-division losing streak in NATO – and the Sgt Bilko Trophy, symbolic of service academy lousiness and perhaps your Bottom Ten pollsters will be smart enough to come up with some new favorites, too.
The 2018 Bottom Ten will begin with the Preseason Q&A on Tuesday, August 22 with the Week 1 polls moving the following week.
Today At The Site
Today on The Diary of a Nobody Sparrow, a bit more nosy than usual, reports that his neighbor Jerry is asking $359,000 for the house he put on the market last week. Also, Sparrow whines about having to relieve Aubrey at Aisle 5 at the retailer, because her register is always a fiasco. Plus the Sleep Log is updated.
Will Durant has some thoughts on Martin Luther on The Thought for the Day. They are from The Reformation volume of his Story of Civilization concern Luther’s ability to completely focus on the purpose, as he saw it, for his life. The commentary talks about how we should have that focus, too.
On This Date
In 1890 – Convicted murderer William Kemmler is the first person executed in an electric chair, at the New York State Prison in Auburn. Kemmler had been convicted the previous year of murdering his common-law wife and reports indicate Kemmler went to his death calmly.
In 1952 – Satchel Paige of the St Louis Browns, more or less 46-years-old, defeats the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in 12 innings to become the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a shutout. He would break this record the following month when he shuts out the Chicago White Sox.
In 1949 – Perry Como is at #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for the second week with Some Enchanted Evening, from the movie South Pacific. The song would spend five weeks at #1 and Como’s version was the second of six versions to hit the Billboard charts, with the last being by Jay and the Americans in 1965.
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
American Ralph Boston has broken the world record in the men’s long jump six times, the most any athlete.
When was the electric chair last used to execute someone in the United States? – 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.