Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 17, 2015


  • During Troy Aikman’s playing days, I remember an interview in which he complained how each game used new footballs.  The league used new footballs becaused they looked nice and shiny, but because they were new, they were hard to grip and Aikman wished the league allowed the use of footballs that have been broken in.  This was a big deal to Aikman because he’s one of those that threw the ball without his fingers on the laces. Yesterday in Peter King’s MMQB, he wrote about how Aaron Rodgers used the exact same practice ball in the fifth and eighth game of the season and that was obvious because of the numbers written on the ball from crew officials due to new league rules because of Inflategate.  I’m curious as to when the league started to allow the use of older broken in footballs.
  • Speaking of throwing a football, I was a huge Joe Montana fan back in the day, but it wasn’t until a few years ago I learned he throws the ball much differently than I.  When I release the ball, my index finger is pointed at the target and my thumb stays up, not towards the ground.  But Montana states to get more power behind the ball, the release should end with the thumb towards the ground.
  • ‘Better Call Saul’ returns on February 15, 2016.
  • For the first time in a long time, I watched both ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Late Show’.  Trevor Noah had and poignant and commentary, with just a small dash of humor, about the Paris tragedy.  Colbert showed opened with the house band playing the French national anthem, the show open, and then the start of the show with him behind the desk.  He also provided a poignant commentary,  but one that was more upbeat and with more humor and then became a bit of a journalist with his first guest in the show open, a retired colonel and Medal of Honor recipient that’s a current military analyst from NBC.  But I’ll be honest, I would have preferred to hear what Stewart and Letterman would have said, they spoke so well from the heart when the world seemed like it was spinning out of control.  Colbert then brought out his first guest, Bill Maher, and there was some witty, combative, and sometimes terse banter between the two.  As one would expect, Maher has no filter and is verbally harsh about religion, but Cobert being a devout Catholic, wasn’t taking any of Maher’s jabs and held firm in his faith and stood his ground with grace and humor.  No blood was shed, but that exchange was quite interesting, and it all seemed to start when Colbert brought up Pascal’s Wager.
  • If the rumors of Charlie Sheen having HIV are true, no one can really be surprised by that, can they?  The man has a history of womanizing and addiction and no one has ever thought of him as being safe and responsible.
  • Bangkok half-marathon becomes world’s longest after wrong U-turnRunners express anger and organiser remorse after 13-mile event extended to almost 17 miles because of race officials’ course error
  • Dixie Chicks announce first American headlining tour in a decade
  • Waffle House wows food critic Anthony Bourdain
  • I finally got to watch ‘Fargo’ on the night that it actually airs, which was last night, and I’m just amazed at how great of a show it is.  It absolutely solid, holds my interest more that ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Game of Thrones’, and I had no idea Jean Smart was capable of that great of acting.
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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 17, 2015

  1. RPM says:

    Season 1 of Fargo was extremely good. Everything S2 of True Detective got wrong, Fargo gets right and ramps it up ten fold. I've never been more impressed with the performances of Jean Smart, Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Jeffrey Donovan. Patrick Wilson simply steals every scene he's in.

    To get that many superlative performances from that many actors in one show is simply unheard of. The writing, direction and cinematography is off the chart greatness. Each and every episode is better than the one before.

    As much as I love Better Call Saul, if Fargo doesn't sweep the Emmys there is no justice.

    That was one of the best episodes of Anthony Bourdain I've ever watched. I had no idea Bill Murray lived in Charleston.

  2. Ben W. says:

    I can't echo the compliments for Fargo loudly enough. I agree completely with both you and RPM. Fantastic show, and I'm still kicking myself for not watching season 1. Once I get a little free time to binge watch, maybe over the holidays, I think it may be time for a free trial of Hulu…

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