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Chris Lynch's slanted view on sports, politics and entertainment. Please send thoughts or comments to chris.lynch@gmail.com



Updated: 2017-09-19T18:55:23.042-04:00

 



Talk Like a Pirate Day

2017-09-19T15:17:05.729-04:00

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day mateys!

You really don't hear the phrase "shiver me timbers" anymore - not even on Talk Like a Pirate Day. The phrase probably gained its original popularity via the character Long John Silver in Treasure Island.  I understand the phrase "well blow me down" is still popular in certain circles - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Many people have heard of Talk Like a Pirate Day but did you know that April 23rd is Talk Like Shakespeare Day?

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Linky Links

2017-09-19T10:30:53.399-04:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Interesting - do probiotics really work?

- Cool - Traffic with Jerry Garcia do Dear Mister Fantasy (1994)

- The magic of the book - Herman Hesse on why we read and always will (long read)

- How to properly do box jumps (need to add these to my exercise routine)

- The Dyatlov incident - some freaky X-Files type true shit

- Heh heh - agreed 100%

- NASA Cassini scientists pick their favorite photos from the mission

- This guy might be my spirit animal

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NFL Sunday - Week Two

2017-09-17T11:27:19.902-04:00


What I've learned over the years of doing this blog is if I post my picks there's a much greater chance that I'll lose. If I don't post them - there's a much greater chance that I win.  Kind of like Schrodinger's Cat (Lynch's Bets?). I keep asking myself why bother?

I went 0-2 last week but both games easily could have gone the other way. Cie la vie.

Today I like the Pats -6.5 (I bought the extra 1/2 point) and the Vikings +7. Bradford being a game time decision makes a dent in my confidence in my Minnesota pick but I'm taking them anyway (just for less money).

It should be noted that I was weary about taking Pittsburgh last week because everyone seemed to be picking them. The same seems true for the Pats and Vikings today and it does honestly concern me. I keep thinking of how everyone was picking BC to cover against Notre Dame yesterday and Wyoming to cover against Oregon. Both BC and Wyoming got smoked.

They say if 80% of the bets are on one side then the smart money will be among the 20%. Luckily only 60% seem to be taking New England today.

Good luck.

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When We Was Fab - George Harrison

2017-09-17T11:00:32.015-04:00

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Hard to believe this song is now 30-years old. You really don't hear it often enough.

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Through the Looking Glass

2017-09-16T13:19:44.295-04:00


"I'm outraged a white man would say the word Boobs on CNN."
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Top 5 - Harry Dean Stanton Roles

2017-09-16T10:01:18.394-04:00

The iconic Harry Dean Stanton has passed away at age 91. And I felt compelled to write something about him. Some have described him as "legendary" but that just doesn't seem to fit. I mean Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson are legendary Hollywood actors. Harry Dean obviously wasn't in their class but there was clearly something about him. Anyway - here's what I consider my Top 5 favorite Harry Dean Stanton roles.

1. Repo Man - Bud
2. Escape from New York - Brain
3. Kelly's Heroes - Willard (as Dean Stanton)
4. Alien - Brett
5. Red Dawn - Mr. Eckert

Missing from the list is what many consider his masterpiece Paris, Texas. I haven't seen that movie and have no desire to do so (not sure what that says about my taste in movies but so be it). Also not on the list is The Green Mile because even though I've seen that movie a few times - I forgot Stanton was in it.

Stanton was a cool guy and obviously well-liked by his peers. When he made a cameo in The Avengers I remember thinking "cool - that's Harry Dean Stanton". It was like unexpectedly running into a favorite uncle. The thing is - as cool as Stanton was he wasn't the memorable scene stealer like a Christopher Walken or Dennis Hopper. Heck even in the movie Repo Man it's Tracy Walter as Miller who had the more memorable role.

This is in no way a knock on the memory of Mr. Stanton. It's just that it seems to over glorify his memory seems phony and diminishing in some way. There's nothing wrong with remembering him as he was - an iconic character actor who was a man of character.

And what better tribute could an actor ask for if when people see him on the screen they remember him by thinking "that guy was cool."

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Linky Links

2017-09-15T10:13:24.470-04:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Cool? Gross? A sneeze captured at 1,000 frames per second

- Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy - the man who smashed the Appalachian Trail speed record. Impressive! BTW - FKT is "fastest known time" (had to look that up)

- The wisdom of Charlie Munger. You should bookmark this link and read it once a week - guaranteed to improve your existence!

- How can you not root for Marcus Mariota? As an aside - Oregon is just 1-9 as a double-digit favorite since Mariota left for the NFL. Oregon is a 14-point favorite vs Wyoming on Saturday.

- This is a problem

- The historic Cassini space probe "died" this morning. Here's an interesting article on the team whose job was to "kill" it.

- Heh heh

- Who knew? Louis CK has a new movie I Love You Daddy that could be considered a Woody Allen bio-pic


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Just Saying

2017-09-13T06:49:10.103-04:00

I'm pretty sure Iron Man could beat all three dragons from Game of Thrones single-handedly. Pretty positive about it.

Also pretty sure that even if Iron Man somehow fell under the control of the Night King - he wouldn't be that dangerous. Part of what makes Iron Man great is Tony Stark's brilliance and I'm guessing zombie Tony Stark would be pretty stupid. Like Wolf Blitzer on Jeopardy-level stupid.

Just saying.

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Just Because

2017-09-13T06:49:37.522-04:00

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Some things shouldn't be lost to the memory hole of the Internet. Besides - what better way to start a Tuesday?

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9/11

2017-09-11T00:30:36.185-04:00


The Twin Towers on the evening of September 10, 2001.

The next morning the world changed and hasn't been the same since.

Never forget.

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NFL Sunday - Week One

2017-09-10T11:21:32.117-04:00


JJ Watt has now raised over $31 million for disaster and flood relief for the City of Houston and other surrounding affected areas. $31 million! How can you not be rooting for him and the Houston Texans as they take on the Jaguars today? I'm not going to bet on the Texans because I don't want worrying about covering the 5 points soil my rooting experience.

Speaking of the $31 million Watt has raised (and he's not done yet) for Hurricane Harvey relief - compare that to the roughly $50 million raised during the celebrity telethon for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Some of the biggest Hollywood names and musical stars were able to raise a combined $50 million while JJ Watt by himself has raised $31 million and counting. Incredible!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Kayne West's comment during that celebrity telethon that "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and the media's letting that slide without any sort of condemnation is one of the reasons we have Trump as President today. If in the media's mind everyone's a racist then eventually in the public's mind nobody is.

Today I like Atlanta giving 6.5 vs the Bears. Yes I know the game is in Chicago and on grass but Mike Glennon is starting at QB for the Bears.

I also like Pittsburgh giving 9 vs the Browns. Yes that's a lot of points but the Steelers are motivated by a lot of things (the rivalry, the Browns starting a rookie QB and Joe Hayden getting cut by the Browns and signing with Pittsburgh). Another factor is New England's loss is also a wake-up call to Pittsburgh not to be complacent. That's a message I'm sure Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has made loud and clear. The only thing that bothers me is everyone seems to be picking the Steelers today.

Speaking of the Pats - yes the loss was a tremendous let-down and yes the team looked flat and unprepared. And yes I wasn't a fan of Mark Wahlberg pre-game presentation. But even more disgusting is the sports talk radio that the loss was sure to generate. Like puss to an uncleaned wound.

The Pats will be fine and I'll be sure to avoid the puss that calls itself Boston sports talk radio.

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Top 5 Schoolhouse Rock Songs

2017-09-09T00:30:06.380-04:00

Here's what I consider the top 5 Schoolhouse Rock Songs

1. I'm Just a Bill
2. Conjunction Junction
3. My Hero, Zero
4. No More Kings
5. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here

Just a random list for a Saturday morning.

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Wasting Beer

2017-09-08T00:30:30.563-04:00

I love beer and I make no bones about it. As old Ben Franklin put it, "Beer is proof that God loves us." That's why I don't understand people who would waste beer.Let me tell a story that illustrates where I'm coming from.When I went to college one of the first side-jobs I took was working at a package store (that's what we call liquor stores in New England). My job was to stock cases and handle kegs - incoming and outgoing. On my first day someone brought back a keg and I tried to refuse it - because it wasn't empty! How could you return a keg if it still had beer in it? In my mind that was just wrong on so many levels. That was the day I learned that not everyone shared my beliefs about wasting beer.One of the biggest ways beer gets wasted is when you are at a bar or a party and you put your beer down - you go to pick your beer back up but suddenly there's more than one. Which one is yours? You don't want to grab someone else's beer - so you just go get another while your old beer sits there wasted. That doesn't happen to me because when I open a can of beer (or a can of anything else for that matter) I automatically turn the tab to the left. More than one can sitting on the table? Mine's the one with the tab turned to the side. [If it's a bottle then it's always in front of me or in my hand.]What got me thinking is that it is almost October and that means Oktoberfest. Hmmmm... Oktoberfest.[...]



Warren Zevon

2017-09-07T00:30:25.945-04:00

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Linky Links

2017-09-06T06:41:55.562-04:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Incredible the difference a week makes. Even though the waters may have receded the damage caused will take months to fix.

- Interesting - scientists discover new form of black hole at heart of Milky Way

- Heh heh - we've all been there Hulkster. And we've also made this vow (only to later break it)

- Footprints suggest mankind may be much older than previously thought

- Insane workout!

- I really do wish Isaiah Thomas full health and nothing but the best. I hope Cleveland loves him as much as Celtics fans

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Labor Day Flotsam and Jetsam

2017-09-04T09:36:40.475-04:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations on this beautiful Labor Day!

If it was widely known in the NFL that QB Jacoby Brissett was available from the Patriots then Jacksonville should have made the best offer for him. Brissett immediately would be the best QB on their roster... Heh heh this is true!...  If Lonzo Ball doesn't license AC/DC's song Big Balls and alter the lyrics to Big Ballers - he's missing a huge marketing opportunity... Heh heh... It should be noted that if Cleveland called off the trade with the Celtics and Kyrie Irving refused to report to training camp then the Cavaliers would have had ZERO leverage moving forward. They would have had to accepted a deal worth less than half what Boston was offering... Metabolic Cascades of Dysfunction would be a good name for a fantasy football team. It's also a fancy way to say "concussions"... A rant from the past - how the teacher's unions have ruined Labor Day...

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Heineken

2017-09-04T00:30:38.747-04:00

If I had a brewery that competed against Heineken - I would have a commercial of two skunks drinking Heineken saying things like Heineken is their favorite beer and how you don't even have to leave it out in the sun for hours to get it to the way skunks like their beer.

As you can tell - not a fan of Heineken.

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Linky Links

2017-09-03T11:56:47.162-04:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- If this is a financial parable - what's the moral of the tale?

- Welcome home Astro Peggy! Home being the planet Earth of course.

- Speaking of space - why NASA's Curiosity Rover is prohibited from collecting water on Mars

- And speaking of Mars - why our immune system could keep us from reaching Mars

- Have a feeling these Barstool Sports' Goodell Clown Nose T-shirts are about to become big, big sellers in Dallas

- Heh heh

- Another tale of Houston bringing out the best in people

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Les McCann and Eddie Harris - Compared to What

2017-09-03T00:30:21.443-04:00

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Love this song!

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Marvel - Battle Royal

2017-09-02T11:04:49.290-04:00

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Awesome! Hi I'm Chris and I'm a fanboy geek. Hi Chris.

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Cavaliers and Celtics Trade Official

2017-09-02T10:43:59.887-04:00


The deal that's sending Kyrie Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Nets 2018 first round pick and now Miami's 2020 second round pick is finally official. All that delay and anxiety for a lousy second round pick. Cleveland gets a "sweetener" but comes off much worse in the end.

The extra second round pick probably doesn't mean anything to Danny Ainge (another asset he basically picked up for nothing) but I bet he's pissed that Cleveland pulled this move when he thought the deal was agreed upon and announced to the public. It will probably be a long time before Ainge calls Cleveland about another deal. That's probably true for a number of NBA GM's. Even when they think they have a deal the opposite GM is probably going to ask for confirmation that owner Dan Gilbert has publicly signed off on the deal. The deal with Boston netted Cleveland an extra second round pick but the way they did it is probably going to cost them much more than that in future deals. The Cavaliers are going to have to pay a Dan Gilbert jerk tax going forward for the foreseeable future.

That might be unfair to say but I think it is true. Sure Cleveland could have had legitimate concerns about Isaiah's hip moving forward but the way they handled the situation insinuated that Danny Ainge and Boston were less than forthright about the severity of Isaiah's injury. The way Cleveland handled this has painted Isaiah Thomas as damaged goods which isn't exactly going to be helpful when it comes time to try and re-sign him after this season. The way the Cavaliers acted will make people think Dan Gilbert is an interfering ass who's not worth the aggravation.

That's the perception right now and in life often perception is the reality. And the reality is that the Cavaliers are worse off today than they were a week ago and they have nobody to blame but themselves. All for a lousy extra second round pick.

No wonder LeBron is in such a hurry to bolt for Los Angeles.

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The Kardashian Conundrum

2017-09-02T00:30:12.451-04:00

"The amount I care about the Kardashians cannot be measured in Planck lengths." - Chris Lynch

The above statement causes a conundrum. Those who like the Kardashians probably think, "Cool he's mentioning the Kardashians but is planking still a thing?"

Meanwhile, those who understand Planck lengths have probably never heard about the Kardashians.

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Houston

2017-09-01T10:31:12.162-04:00

The devastation in Houston is heartbreaking. Everyone is trying to do what they can to help and it is bringing out the best in many Americans. But the recovery and healing will take years and years.

I have a simple suggestion for how the Republican Party can put their best foot forward in trying to assist with that healing - announce that the 2020 Republican National Convention will be held in Houston. Do it now! It would be an act that would have more real impact to the local economy than any individual gift or pledge.

The Democratic Party could do the same. That could be a great act of bipartisanship. Or they could beat the Republicans to the punch and take all the glory. My guess is it would be a tough sell for the Democrats though since they haven't had a National Convention in Texas since 1928.

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