Happy Friday #1.9 Overwhelming Underdogs

Not Yogi Bear, Yogi Berra!
Not Yogi Bear, Yogi Berra!

Friday does seem like the end of the week, but for most people you still gotta wait until that final work-day whistle blows (work-day whistles are still a thing, right?). Yogi Berra even said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” So while we wait out those last few hours until the foreman yanks on that bird and you can slide down the Brontosaurus* tail, let’s cruise the net and look at some of this week’s happenings. Now you’ve come to a fork in the road, so take it!

*May not actually be a Brontosaurus. I don’t know dinosaurs as well as I would like, and it’s a cartoon.

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The Muppets made their return to television this week and you know I was watching! I thought it was great and because I have read as much as I could about Jim Henson, I know that despite what one group might say, it is exactly what Henson imagined and created. But I’m not here to repost the ramblings of a bunch of self-righteous nut jobs. What I think is worth reposting is a look back at a couple of Muppet television shows that didn’t quite work. First is The Jim Henson Hour. This show only aired a few times and I was super young. I didn’t have a concept of exactly how television worked, but I remember being happy when I saw Muppets, then confused when this show was no longer on and no one seemed to know what the hell I was talking about. Being a child was rough. I was much older when Muppets Tonight aired and again I was thrilled. I thought the idea and the revamp was a fresh approach, but I also I was still too young and didn’t pick up on the things that weren’t working, as pointed out above. This new show appears to have the heart of the Muppets while being a fresh take on familiar friends. It gets my stamp of approval, if only for Fozzie’s bear entendre joke.

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I use approximately three spell checkers (and one spell chess) for every article I publish on here, and even then I still make mistakes. My poor spelling skills have always led me away from playing Scrabble. I also used to avoid Twister because I was a big, uncoordinated, unbendable mess. But that changed, and according to this history of Scrabble, I don’t necessarily need to be able to spell to play. There’s also some other interesting facts about the popular game. My favorite, and the one that reminds me that I will never grow up, is Scrabble was created by Alfred Mosher Butts. I literally giggle every time I read his name.

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Remember in The Sandlot when Benny Rodriguez knocks the stuffing out of the ball? Pretty sweet, right? I’ve never seen that happen other than in that movie. I have seen plenty of bats break, but that isn’t that cool. On par with the destroyed ball is a hockey puck being split in half by the post. This video of a minor league game is a bit older, but 1 inch thick vulcanized rubber being split in two is awesome no matter how old.

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Before a trip to Chicago, we made a plan to go to a Cubs game. In preparation for this we all received an email informing us the bar had been sent. This email contained video of a woman at a Cubs game catching a ball in her beer. She then proceeded to chug her beer like a champion. We never had the option of catching a ball, but Brian did ask some chick if her mom was aware she applied her makeup with a shotgun. In my book Brian leapt over that set bar and is the new champion. Not everyone can be so lucky as to have such a decorated woman sitting near them. So they have to settle for making great catches.

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One of my main focuses for the past year has been to not look back in anger. I’ve been doing my best to accept what life throws at me and embrace the fact that everything that has happened has led me to where I am. Good or bad, it has been my journey. Bradford Pearson has a similar idea and his past was much more frightening than mine. I’ll warn you this is a bit of a heavier read for a Happy Friday, but I was captivated and want to share the story. It also serves as a reminder that we are all capable of change and there’s nothing we can’t overcome. Oh, and something about forgiveness or something.

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How many times have you been reading an interview with an actor and think, “I wish he would describe something as looking like a fried taint?” Well, you are in luck! Ryan “Character Actor in a Leading Man’s Body” Reynolds does just that. But what is it he’s describing that way? You’ll have to read it to find out. And I know the last time Ryan Reynolds made an appearance on Happy Friday you had to jump through hoops of fake links, but I won’t play that this time, probably.

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Do you guys remember that episode of Boy Meets World when Feeny goes on a trip and entrusts Corey to watch his house. Corey is doing a fine job then Shawn convinces him Feeny’s place would be ideal for a B n’ B and they could make some quick cash. Corey goes along with this plan and it seems to be going fine until, uh oh, Feeny returns earlier than expected and the boys are busted! Apparently some dude in San Francisco did not remember this episode as he was hired to house-sit and then went ahead and listed said house on Airbnb. The homeowners were away at Burning Man, just like Feeny in that episode!

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This weekend is the Great American Beer Festival. To honor such an event I give you a beer themed tattoo.

I want to meet this person.
I want to meet this person.

I have a few questions, are those things in the front supposed to be slices of pizza? Is that can labeled, “PIZZA,” a pizza flavored beer or just a can of pizza? Are either of those a thing? Don’t drink and ink, kids.

 

 

heh heh, Butts.

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