The Daily Dose/August 4, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
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News Notes And Comment
The cesspool that is the NCAA got even more cesspoolier this week – as if that’s possible – with Ohio State head football coach Urban Myer being given a paid vacation while the school investigates whether he knew about allegations one of his assistant coaches beat his wife. At first, Myer said no, he didn’t, but he was just kidding, and later announced he really did.
We’ve said this before: the NCAA should just go away. Yeah, you put on a decent national championship tournament in a variety of sports, except major division football, of course, but your programs are breeding grounds and hiding places for cheaters, child molesters and wife beaters.
Today At The Site
Sparrow For Congress has a busy day online, posting stuff to a variety of sites on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. Also, Sparrow annoys a customer at the retailer and he gives Susan another ride home as the $20 she paid him to do so starts to run out, and a guest unclogs his own toilet at the hotel.
This will surprise you, but Gore Vidal as The Thought for the Day, although this time it is not from Creation, but his fine novel Washington, DC. Today’s quote is about ambition, with some commentary from yours truly about whether or not ambition serves us humans well.
On This Date
In 1327 – England’s King Edward III, king for only seven months, is almost captured by the Scots in the Battle of Stanhope Park in northern England during the First War of Scottish Independence. Though the battle resulted in a Scottish victory, the Scots broke camp and headed home a couple of days later. Edward III, however, was so intent on Scottish independence he obliged the Scots to fight another war of independence in 1332.
In 1987 – Don Sutton (317 wins) of the California Angels and Steve Carlton (328 wins) of the Minnesota Twins are the starting pitchers in what turns out to be a 12-3 Angels win. Their combined total of 645 wins is the highest combined total of wins for pitchers starting the same major league game.
In 1958 – The Billboard Hot 100 debuts, with Poor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson at #1 for the first of two weeks. To date the Hot 100 has had 1,077 #1 songs, with the longest stay at #1 being 16 weeks, by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men with One Sweet Day (1995) and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber with Despacito (2017). The Twist by Chubby Checker remains the only song to go to #1 in two separate chart runs (1960, 1962).
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The USS Blueback was the last diesel submarine warship in the United States Navy, decommissioned in 1990.
Two songs have spent ten weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 without hitting #1. Name them. – 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.