The Daily Dose/Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Daily Dose/September 25, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
Twice in the past two weeks Clay Matthews, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, has received penalties for roughing the passer, calls which have left a lot of people wondering why they just don’t put dresses on NFL quarterbacks and forbid all contact whatsoever with them.

Don’t blame the players or the officials. The players are merely playing the game the way they are accustomed to and the officials are merely enforcing existing rules. For years, the NFL has been trying to protect their quarterbacks and these new rules – designed to prevent defenders from slamming quarterbacks to the ground and falling on them with their full weight – continue that attempt.

But these new rules are not in step with how the players play the game and even some quarterbacks are scratching their heads over this one, wondering why penalties are being called on hits they’ve been taking their entire career.

We spent many years officiating high school football and we were curious and we were wondering what the deal was, too, so we went and looked at the hits and we didn’t think there was anything wrong with either one. They would not have drawn a flag in a game I was officiating and job one for any high school official in any sport is the safety of the players.

We’ve talked here about whether or not the NFL will be around for a Super Bowl 75. They may not. Between more and more kids no longer playing football and rules like this that detract from the quality of the game, they may not.

Today at the Site
Today on The Diary of a Nobody, Sparrow’s sleep management plan didn’t work, the fancy pants hotel emailed and requested an interview and Sparrow has a Line of the Year Candidate at the retailer.

…but the falsies, of course, have had me learning to talk again and Ss are still problematic so needless to say there was no way I could say Swisher Sweets without requiring everyone in the tri-county area to towel off.

The race for the ESPNCup – symbolic of Bottom Ten supremacy – continues on The Bottom Ten/NCAA Week 5 as UTEP retains its lock on the #1 spot, while Nebraska snags the runner-up spot and Rice rounds out the medal stand. As a side note, this Bottom Ten is one of the funniest ever, and we liked it so much we put it in the Hall of Fame.

5. Air Force (1-2; lost to Utah State 42-32)
Mitigating Factors: Falcons early favorites for Sgt Bilko Trophy – symbolic of service academy lousiness – with only win in opener to I-AA school…  Falcons hampered by pregame White House directive requiring linebackers to cop feels of Utah State cheerleaders, resulting in NCAA record 43 delay of game penalties…Air Force poised for B-10 greatness losing despite forcing two (2) turnovers, rushing for 321 yards. 
FunFact: While games against Army, Navy, will be key to B-10 success, Falcons must also soar through Mountain West Conference play and cannot get caught looking ahead to 10/19 showdown at Nevada-Loss Vegas. 
Next Loss: Nevada

The Thought for the Day is a repeat from January of this year, a quote from Walt Disney about the impossible.

On This Date
In  1237 – Kings Henry III of England and Alexander II of Scotland signed the Treaty of York, establishing the boundary between the two countries. With some minor exceptions, the boundary remains as detailed in the treaty.

In 1965 – Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants hits his 50th home run of the season in a 7-5 win over the Milwaukee Braves. At 34, Mays is the oldest person to hit 50 home runs in a season, ten years after he became the youngest. Mays would finish the season with 52 home runs, a career high. Both records have since been eclipsed. See Trivia feature below.

In 1982 – Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band is at #1 for the second of two non-consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100. The song also went to #1 in Switzerland, Austria, Sweeden, Australia and Canada and wa Billboard’s 9th biggest song of 1982 and 44th of the decade. It was Miller’s third and final #1 song, and first since Rock’n Me in 1976.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
There wasn’t a Trivia feature last time, silly. 

Today’s Stumper
Who holds the current major league records for being the youngest and oldest to hit 50 home runs in a season? – Answer next time!

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