Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

  • “Bono” the Havanese has won the toy group at the Westminster Dog Show. The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba and the breed has never won Best In Show but gets a chance to tonight at Madison Square Garden. DogGeedingII is a Havanese and was a gift from DaughterGeeding’s godmother. I can’t help but root for Bono tonight.
  • Like everyone else, we watched the documentary Abbducted in Plain Sight airing on Netflix and our jaws dropped at everything like everyone else. After a third of the way in you can’t believe you hit peak craziness only to find there’s much more to go.
  • “At some point in every story, I wanted my reader to think, ‘I didn’t know that.’ If I accomplished that, I succeeded as a writer that day.”
    • That’s from Rick Gosselin’s last column as a regular columnist for the Dallas Morning News. That about sums what I try to do with this blog.
  • Things I did not know about Joe Namath (from yesterday’s Peter King article):
    • He threw 47 more interceptions than touchdowns.
    • He Namath was the first man ever to throw for 4,000 yards in a season—he did it in 1967, in a 14-game season, and no quarterback did it again till after the league moved to a 16-game season 11 years later.
  • Red Cashion is dead. NFL fans of the Nineties should easily remember the NFL referee for his charismatic first down calls. He seemed to ref a lot of Cowboys games and was so popular John Madden had him do voice work for his video game.
  • The Houston Chronicle and The San Antonio Express-News are running a three-piece investigation series on sexual misconduct in the Southern Baptist churches, examining federal and state court databases, prison records and official documents from more than 20 states and by searching sex offender registries nationwide. The last past comes out today.
  • Marina Amaral is a digital colorist living in Brazil. She restores and colorizes black and white photographs and a good follow on Twitter. This photo she does of Abraham Lincoln is a bit haunting and too lifelike.

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8 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

  1. AndreaJN says:

    Well of course you have to root for “Bono”!

  2. Peggy says:

    I am so excited. I love these dogs and we (my 4 Havanese and me) were all happy to see Bono win the toy group. Go, Bono, Go!! I just had to give Keith the heads up, 1. he has one of our pups and 2. Bono!!!

  3. Bryan B. says:

    Between your mention and the many other mentions of Abducted in Plain Sight, I’m going to have to sit down and watch it. Some of the reviews I’ve seen have suggested that it is the peak of true crime hype.

    I will miss Rick Gosselin’s appearances on The Ticket around draft time. I will especially miss Fake Goose and Fake Norm on The Ticket.

    I’ve only read the first part of the series on the Southern Baptist church and I’m finding it fascinating. The convention throwing up their hands and saying they couldn’t intervene in autonomous local churches is a different animal from the Catholic church denying/hiding the problem, but it still amazes me nonetheless. As we saw with Penn State and gymnastics, organizations throwing out the baby with the bath water in the name of protecting their public image is hardly isolated to religious denominations.

    • Anonymous says:

      If I recall correctly from his segment the other day, the Goose will still call in to the Ticket as before. The only thing missing going forward will be his written column for DMN. Otherwise, it’s business as usual in all his other endeavors.

      I really loved watching an NFL game when Red Cashion was officiating. He was probably the first standout ref because of his first down call drawl

  4. Ben W. says:

    That Lincoln colorization is mesmerizing. And a quick trip through her Twitter feed has some similarly entrancing finds. Her books are now on my Amazon wish list – thanks for sharing!

    • Bryan B. says:

      I went and scrolled through it too. The colorized photo of Lewis Powell, a Lincoln assassination co-conspirator, is fascinating, but, much like Josiah Bartlett, I am a sucker for Lincolnaia.

      • Geeding says:

        “I’m not going to ask what was the line of dialogue that made the audience laugh that John Wilkes Booth used as cover to enter the Presidential box. I’m not going to ask about the broken lock to the box, the snapping shin bone, ‘Sic Semper Tyrannis’, Major Rathbone and Clara Harris…or the exact time Lincoln drew his final breath”

        “Oh, I know that one…7:22:55…”

        “And the final heartbeat?”

        “He had to open his mouth…”

        “Every year, Josh…always the first one!”

  5. Bryan B. says:

    Well done! I was trying to remember who used the term “Lincolnalia” in that episode and I was for sure it was Josh. Went back and looked and it was actually CJ at the press briefing early on.

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