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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: 2016-09-25T10:19:41.757-04:00

 



Flotsam and Jetsam

2016-09-25T10:19:41.941-04:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I'll start the rumor right now - after the NFL season Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels will be named the new head coach of USC. Makes lots of sense... Chuck Yeager not a fan of Pappy Boyington... For the good of the country - Gary Johnson should allow Belichick/Brady2016 to replace Johnson/Weld2016 on the November ballot... As a reminder - these two guys are responsible for trying to stop the Arizona Cardinals today... Rocky Balboa's first name is Robert - who knew?... In the golf game of life - the year 2016 is a Mulligan... Am I a bad person for laughing at this?...

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Venezuela, Socialism, and Democratic Politics

2016-09-25T00:30:10.860-04:00

Things are so bad in Venezuela that they are forced to buy oil from the US. Reading that article reminded me of this commercial.

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Joe Kennedy's grandfather (and namesake) was one of the great capitalists of the past century and because of that all the Kennedy's are worth millions. The confluence of events makes me rethink my position on estate taxes - would Joe Kennedy think socialism was so great if he was forced to make his own way instead of being born with a net worth in the high 7 or 8 figures?

I still think the estate tax is bad because every parent should be able to leave the results of a life of hard work to their kids. But damn the Kennedy's... well just damn the Kennedy's.

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Linky Links

2016-09-24T09:01:01.801-04:00

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

- Great Vin Scully interview from a couple of years ago.

- This made me smile

- Heh heh

- Oh the irony!

- The Economist on junk science

- Interesting - is being too busy a sign of an unhappy person? Good advice to slow down and concentrate on one thing at a time.

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Thank You KG

2016-09-24T08:51:03.939-04:00


Kevin Garnett has announced his retirement. In 21 seasons he was an All-Star 15 times but it was his 5 seasons and one championship in Boston for which I'll be forever grateful to the Big Ticket.

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Where's Stampy?

2016-09-22T08:27:29.160-04:00


A man mistook the eloquence of Marcus Aurelius as the "elephants of Marcus Aurelius."

Wisdom was dispensed but the man did not hear because he was expecting a circus.

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2016-09-21T08:53:15.910-04:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Republicans having to root for Donald Trump must be like Chicago Bears fans having to root for Jay Cutler... Kudos to Bob Cousy and Holy Cross... So is that DirecTV commercial implying that Lionel Ritchie and Peyton Manning are gay lovers? Why else would Ritchie be in Mannings' home first thing in the morning with Peyton's wife nowhere to be found... And yet Johnny Pesky is not in the Hall of Fame... Suzy Kolber's Mancave would be a good name for a fantasy football team... The truth is the truth...  When Scott Boras is trying to sign a new client - how long do you think it takes him to casually mention that he got JD Drew $94 million in career earnings?... Debunking the Aquatic Ape Theory... July was National Beer Month and August was National Anal Sex Month (seriously). They should combine those two and make September National Regrets Month... Interesting - why Obama won't pardon Snowden...

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Linky Links

2016-09-19T10:04:24.775-04:00

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

- Interesting profile of Doug Stanhope.

- Awesome (in the literal sense) - 22 of the finalists for 2016 weather photo of the year

- The University of New Hampshire should be ashamed of itself

- Eric McErlain returns to writing on hockey. Hooray!

- Heh heh - Tom Selleck's Mustache

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Niall Ferguson: The 6 Killer Apps of Prosperity

2016-09-19T00:30:15.443-04:00

Very interesting talk by economist/historian Niall Ferguson on the 6 killer apps of prosperity. He lists certain "apps" as the driving force explaining Western domination in the last century and also how these "apps" are why "rest-ern" civilizations are catching or passing Western nations today. The West's killer apps are:

1. Competition
2. The Scientific Revolution
3. Property Rights
4. Modern Medicine
5. The Consumer Society
6. The Work Ethic

I can also highly recommend Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money.



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Red Sox Magic Number

2016-09-18T09:47:01.074-04:00


With most of the sportsworld attention focused on the NFL today - just a reminder the Red Sox Magic Number to win the AL East is now just 12.

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In a Gadda Da Vida

2016-09-17T08:44:13.587-04:00

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You don't hear this classic enough. When I hear this song I normally think of Bart Simpson tricking the church organist into playing it under the guise of "In a Garden of Eden". Or I think of the climatic sequence in the movie Manhunter.

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The Kardashian Conundrum

2016-09-17T08:34:39.294-04:00

"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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Clancy Brown - That Guy Hall of Famer

2016-09-14T00:30:21.305-04:00

Bill Simmons (the artist previously known as the Boston Sportsguy) came up with the idea of "that guy" - you know the actor you would see on TV or in a movie and you would know some of his roles but not his name. Well Clancy Brown is a "That Guy" Hall of Famer. Be honest - did you ever hear of Clancy Brown? Some of you may have said yes but I bet the vast majority said "Clancy who?" Take a look at some of his roles and I'd bet that even if you don't know his name (ergo the "that guy" appellation) you can picture him in your head. - Viking Lofgren - Bad Boys - The Kurgan - Highlander - Captain Byron Hadley - The Shawshank Redemption - the voice of Mr. Krab - SpongeBob SquarePants Clancy's had many, many more roles but I think you can see my point. Clancy Brown - That Guy Hall of Famer.[...]



Linky Links

2016-09-13T12:56:38.747-04:00

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

- Can this be a real thing? Genius fake commercial.

- Johnny Cash passed 13-years ago yesterday.

- Good for the Eagles of Death Metal

- Is Gary Johnson the fittest Presidential candidate of all-time?

- Heh heh

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Hillary Clinton and the Elephant Man

2016-09-13T10:40:17.024-04:00

John Merrick : There's something I've been meaning to ask you for some time now.
Dr. Frederick Treves : What's that?
John Merrick : Can you cure me?
Dr. Frederick Treves : No. We can care for you, but we can't cure you


Hillary Clinton: There's something I've been meaning to ask you for some time now. 
Huma Abedin: What's that? 
Hillary Clinton: Can you get me elected? 
Huma Abedin: No. We can care for you, but we can't get you elected. 

John Merrick : I am not an animal. I am a human being. I am a man. 

Hillary Clinton: I am not a criminal. I'm not Donald Trump. I am a woman! 

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To Love Somebody - Bee Gees

2016-09-13T00:30:09.617-04:00

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Such a great song. I can't hear this song enough.

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2016-09-12T09:59:04.210-04:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

How about them Patriots!... Awesome - 15 of National Geographic's Photos of the Year... Where's Frank Sinatra when you need him? The Chairman of the Board wouldn't put up with this election... Originally I thought New England should go with the "missing man" formation on the first offensive play from scrimmage and take the penalty for Tom Brady but everyone doing their job was the right way to go... Heh heh... "Kale Smoothie" should be a euphemism for diarrhea...  I would pay good money to see a re-make of the movie Barfly if it had Jay Cutler playing the Mickey Rourke role... Not 100% sure that new movie Collateral Beauty isn't supposed to be a comedy... Has anyone written about How to Talk to Girls Wearing AirPods yet?...

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Trump 2016 - No Sorry 1999

2016-09-12T00:30:28.462-04:00


An actual Doonesbury strip from 1999. Now I have to go back and see if Doonesbury made a Super Bowl prediction for this year too.

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9/11

2016-09-11T00:30:20.841-04:00


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Linky Links

2016-09-10T14:41:12.663-04:00

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

- Jake Tapper makes a good point.

- How can you not like Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics?

- Best photobomb ever!

- If it's only for one night in October - why the hell isn't that one night Halloween?

- Worth another read - Anthony Bourdain's Life Advice

- This still blows my mind - half of Earth's water might be older than the Sun

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Heineken

2016-09-10T01:00:20.428-04:00

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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Les McCann and Eddie Harris - Compared to What

2016-09-09T09:57:47.096-04:00

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Was first introduced to this song 2-years ago and I just can't get enough of it.

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Ted Williams

2016-09-09T09:36:34.934-04:00

It has now been 75-years since that magical 1941 season when Ted Williams finished with a .406 batting average becoming perhaps the last man in history to ever reach .400 for a season. It should be recalled that Williams didn't even win the MVP that season with voters instead preferring Joe DiMaggio and his 56-game hitting streak.

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Wasting Beer

2016-09-09T09:36:47.438-04:00

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.]Anyway - I love beer.[...]