Bag of Randomness for Labor Day 2016


  • Most celebrities support some sort cause to fight a disease because of a personal affliction or a close friend or family member has suffered. It’s my understanding  Jerry Lewis’ has no connection to muscular dystrophy and only decided to get involved because it broke his heart seeing children suffer. That’s pretty admirable, especially when you consider the number of decades he committed himself.
  • Remember those childhood days of just having basic cable, something like just a total of five channels, and one of those channels was “wasted” on a telethon?
  • Lewis is now 90-years-old and has a new movie coming out this month in which he’s the lead role, The trailer is below, it also stars the underrated Kevin Pollak and Kerry Bishé from one of my favorite shows, A&E’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire’. Lewis also had a supporting role in a Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood movie that was released back in April

  • That earthquake that hit Oklahoma was felt all the way in Houston. Lots of folks felt it around here, we felt nothing.
  • The Build Team From Mythbusters Are Coming Back With A Netflix Show
  • Emergency response triggered at Ohio school after forty students eat one of the world’s hottest peppers
  • George Carlin recorded a special on September 10, 2001, titled “I Kinda Like it When a Lotta People Die”. It’s finally about to be released.
  • Troy Aikman is still in good shape. this is from a recent run on the Katy Trail:
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  • BBQ stuff:
    • Pecan Lodge had a record day on Saturday, per their Instagram:
      • “Yesterday was the single busiest day in the history of the restaurant. We served over 4,000 people. That’s over 360 people an hour- a customer every 10 seconds, non-stop from the time we opened at 11am until we closed at 10pm.”
    • Cattleack Barbeque, which is only open on Thursdays and Fridays, is about to give Saturdays a try starting in October.
    • Texas A&M researchers say beef brisket has health benefits
      • Brisket has a high level of oleic acid which regulates cholesterol levels, according to Dr. Stephen Smith, a professor in the animal science department at Texas A&M.Oleic acid is an omega-9 fatty acid which helps reduce the risk of heart disease by raising your levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as “good” cholesterol. Oleic acid also has the added benefit of lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL), known as “bad” cholesterol.
  • Collge football this and that:
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      I say it every year. The enthusiasm and passion for college football is great, but the games are too dang long with all the time stoppage.
    • A lot of great upsets in the first week of college football, which was fantastic. And when someone questions why any school would start off their season with a tough or admirable opponent, I just want to treat them like Major Payne. The whole point of sport is challenge and competition.
    • I don’t follow college football closely, and this may be a common thing, but the Longhorn players really seem to ardently love their coach. Or maybe they just enjoy picking him up and tossing him in the air.
    • In Strong’s post-game press conference, he stated he called Buechele’s mother to tell her that her son would be starting.
    • Stolen from Bob Sturm – Sooners, Bruins, and Irish all tried to mess w Texas in Texas. 0-3.
      • He probably should have added Northwestern State.
    • There’s been a lot of talk of the University of Houston becoming a member of the Big XII and with their win over Oklahoma, it’s almost certain. I was surprised at the ratings of that game. Of course, it was going to be a big draw in Houston, but I was surprised it pulled in a 12.8 share. That game was almost the biggest in DFW on Saturday with a 7.3.
      • I only caught part of the game, but it noted that something like 88% of their roster is from the Houston area.
    • When Navy’s quarterback went down, freshman QB Malcolm Perry was pulled from the stands to get dressed
    • Nebraska honored its late punter, Sam Foltz, who was killed in a car crash in July
      • On a 4th-and-4 early in the game, the team came out with 10 men, in punt formation, without a punter. Players on both sides, as well as fans, clapped and cheered to remember the legacy of Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who was also killed in the crash.
      • Low – Sam Foltz’s family targeted by burglars during Nebraska game
    • I think if Mike Leach never left Texas Tech, they would have one at least three Big XII titles and one national championship. He had something special there.
    • Whataburger tweeting Notre Dame humor
    • I was looking at college football scores on and felt sorry for all the schools, more than expected, that didn’t even have their own logo next to their school.
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    • When Tyrone Swoopes entered the game for the Longhorns last night, the play-by-play man mistook the chants of “Swoopes” or “Swoop” for boos.
      • Swoopes wears the number “18”. So does a player on defense. Two teammates with the same jersey number, even if they are on opposite sides of the ball, is unstable.
    • I know there’s a new Bevo and he’s only a year old, but I’m not used to seeing a Bevo with such short horns.
    • Torii Hunter Jr.’s hit (which I thought should have been a penalty) was hard to watch. The announcers seemed timid to say anything about it, but I was certain there was blood dripping from his head as he layed on the ground with medical staff checking on him.
    • Almost all sports fans are aware that the new quarterback for the Longhorns, Shane Buechele, is the son of Texas Rangers player and now bench coach Steve Buechele. But here are a few things I didn’t know about him:
      • He’s the product of a failed vasectomy and the youngest of five.
      • His siblings either Sooners are big Sooner fans. His sisters took a picture with Charlie Strong at their house with the horns down hand gesture.
      • His father and John Elway were roommates in college.
      • That article made Steve Buechele sound like a hyperactive person, but that contrasted with his post game interview.
  • Back in the days, a high school male would have to choose to either be in the band or play football, but now he can do both. But it always throws me when I see a football player with his pads off participating in the band during halftime.
  • High school football picture of the week:

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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Labor Day 2016

  1. Guy says:

    As a former band parent, I like when you see football players and cheerleaders marching in the halftime show. I don't know where these kids have the time to handle the practice schedules for both activities, though. They are dedicating HOURS and HOURS of time a day from August to December.

  2. John Mackovic says:

    – I didn't feel the earthquake here in Plano
    – I agree, college games are just too long. In a couple weeks, the Longhorns will play against Cal at 9:30 PM, there's no way I'm staying up to 1:00 – 1:30 AM to finish watching that game.
    – There's a lot of jersey number reuse in college football. I believe schools can give out 85 scholarships.
    – I am not fan of UH (a.k.a. "Cougar High"), and I don't support their entry into the BigXII.
    – Yes I hated telethon days wasting a channel on a day I had off of school. No cable at my house either, so it was just the four channels.

  3. Ben W. says:

    I was stunned at the amount of money Jerry Lewis said the telethon raised – well over $2 billion. He was also quick to point out that money was all accounted for, which I took to mean that he was clarifying that it was actually collected, not just pledged. That's impressive.

    I never cared for Jerry Lewis's acting/movies. They just never "clicked" with me. I guess I'm not French enough.

    The Nebraska tribute was immensely moving. But I have to wonder if that's because it had never been done before (or at least I've never seen it done).

    • Geeding says:

      Regarding that Nebraska moment, I should have mentioned this tidbit but didn’t find out until the next day. The opposing coach declined the penalty. I guess he was almost ‘forced’ to, but I still found it touching.

  4. ALEC says:

    Leave to eat lunch at noon (Cowboy games starting time), eat at our favorite restaurant, go to HEB (grocery store), walk every aisle (I know I'm old), drive back home, unload groceries, let dog out, sit down to watch the Cowboys, who just started the third quarter!. I mean who can sit for four and a half hours?, I mean my body starts going numb after sitting thirty minutes, Yes, I'm old…

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