The Daily Dose/Monday, September 10, 2018

The Daily Dose/September 10, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
The NFL, almost in spite of itself, might be winning the Great National Anthem Protest battle against black players who have had the nerve to protest racial injustice in this country. Through Sunday, only two players, both on the Miami Dolphins, knelt for the anthem during the season’s first week. Some held fists up and a couple went into the tunnel and one wandered around aimlessly before taking a seat on the bench, but protests were rather muted for Week 1.

Barring everybody kneeling or taking crap at midfield during the Monday night games we may – or we may not – be witnessing the beginning of the end. Now, this issue will never go away as long as President Trump has a Twitter account, but the NFL may be winning this battle, just like they win all their other battles. Except for the one against declining youth and high school football participation. They can’t win this battle, and we are still not entirely sure there will be a Super 75.

Today at the Site
Sparrow actually has to tell a lady on the phone that no, the retailer does not sell whatever froo-froo wine she was looking for on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. And a customer wants to know if Sparrow can identify an item on a receipt, but Sparrow cannot recognize either the vague description or the barcode number.

Chesty Puller, one of the more legendary men the Marine Corps has produced, has The Thought for the Day, a quote about being surrounded by the enemy really isn’t so bad after all.

On This Date
In 1776 – Captain Nathan Hale of the Continental Army’s 19th Regiment, volunteers for spy duty for General George Washington. The American Army is in New York City and Washington needs information on British troop locations and movements. Hale proves useful but is captured on September 21 and hanged the following day. His body was never found and there is no evidence he ever said he regretted only having one life to give for his country.

In 1964 – Abebe Bikila becomes the first athlete from sub-Saharan Africa to win an Olympic gold medal, winning the marathon at the Rome Summer Games. His time was a world record 2 hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds. In 1968 in Mexico City, Bikila became the first athlete to successfully defend his Olympic marathon title.

In 1977 – Crystal Gayle is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart, then known as the Hot Country Singles chart, with Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. The song spent three weeks at #1 and was the third of Gayle’s 16 #1 songs on the country chart. It was also her biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100, spending three weeks at #2.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the most pardons of any US president, 3,687.

Today’s Stumper
What is the current world record for the men’s marathon? – Answer next time!

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