The First Thanksgiving Football Game
In 1934, the Detroit Lions, in an attempt to break out of the shadow of the powerhouse Detroit Tigers Baseball Club in the sports section of the newspapers, tried a risky little gimmick–play on Thanksgiving. Over 26,000 tickets were sold in a contest against the powerhouse Chicago Bears–it’s estimated that an additional 25,000 tickets could have been sold if the stadium was larger. The Lions were also a powerful team, not giving up a touchdown until the 8th game of the season, and came into the game with a 10-1 record. But the Bears were even more successful with an 11-0 record. The game itself was a classic, and the Bears eventually won the contest 19-16. And thus began the tradition of the Detroit Lions getting their butts kicked pretty much every Thanksgiving Day. Now you know, my friends.
Have a happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your families, friends, turkeys, and football!
How Turkey Became a Thanksgiving Staple
Well, Thanksgiving is upon us, and thoughts turn to turkey. But why turkey? At the first Thanksgiving, many other foods were eaten, but turkey is the “big time” prize at the dinner table. So I did some investigation, and found some things out…
Queen Elizabeth of 16th century England was enjoying some roast goose during some English festival–I’m sure it was barely edible because as my friend and fantastic
British Comic (who just appeared on the Tonight Show,by the way) reminds us, when it comes to fine cuisine, “There’s a reason why no one goes out for British”. Anyway, when she heard that the Spanish Armada had been destroyed while foolishly trying to attack merry old England, the queen demanded a second goose to celebrate. So, the goose is the favorite in England during holidays, but over in the colonies, turkeys were much more available, and apparently, good enough for the very busy (and starving) Pilgrims. So there’s no “Big Turkey” conspiracy here, unfortunately. Or at least that’s what they want us to believe…
Here’s some little
know turkey facts…
· When turkeys reach adulthood, they can have almost 4000 feathers. (I thought I’ve had bad jobs-.but turkey feather counter? Sheesh!)
· The color of a wild turkey’s head and neck area can change blue when mating. (hmm.., kinda like when humans aren’t mating)
· The skin that hangs over a turkey’s beak is called a snood. (no rhinoplasty available for turkeys,apparently)
· Male turkeys are “toms”; females are called “hens.” (I already knew that)
· Wild turkeys can run up to 55 miles an hour (but not faster then a bullet, so big deal)
Bowling Concepts and Mike Motz a winning combination.
Susan Babcock, owner of Bowling Concepts, announced recent sponsorship of Mike Motz, a stand-up comedian and actor based out of New York City. Motz has been doing stand-up for five years, performing in such legendry clubs as Caroline’s on Broadway. He’s been a long-time fan of Bowling Concepts, which has been in business for over a decade.
“Our partnership just made a lot of sense,” says Babcock. “Mike wears our shirts exclusively when he’s on stage, and one day we started talking about how we could support each other more. Having him as our ‘spokescomic’ works great for our mostly male audience. Mike loves creating humorous videos. Think parodies on cult favorites like The Big Lebowski, King Pin, and The Sopranos.”
Motz adds, “I’m excited to add some fun to the Bowling Concepts website and social media efforts. It’s a great way to enhance the shopping experience for their customers while at the same time promoting myself and my comedy. Besides, I love the products! The classic look and style of Bowling Concepts shirts ensures that I stand out from the rest of the comedy pack.”
Welcome Aboard Mike!!!!!
OK City not OK with Lingerie Football League Expansion.
What are they thinking in Oklahoma City? The Lingerie Football League, everyone’s favorite Super Bowl Halftime diversion, is being blocked from expanding into Oklahoma City. Pretty crazy, huh? Beautiful women playing football in lingerie and they say no!?!? Listen, I’ve been to Oklahoma City–between the “near beer” and fast food joints every 15 feet, you can use a Lingerie Football League expansion team, OK OKC?
San Francisco gets down to business
Things must be very much under control in San Francisco–the city’s “rulers” are so bored they’ve taken on the menace
of children’s toys inside of Happy Meals. Whew! Good thing that burning issue has been put to rest….let’s see, what’s the next big problem that San Francisco’s geniuses can fix….oh, here we go! ”San Francisco proposes ballot
measure to outlaw circumcision”— there you go!
What was I saying?
A US study out Thursday suggests that people spend about half of their time thinking
about being somewhere else, or doing something other than what they are doing,
and this perpetual act of mind-wandering makes them unhappy. I’m thinking there
could be some truth to this, but my mind keeps wandering to thoughts of pizza
and the Lingerie Football League, which makes me happy. I guess those unhappy
wanderers are just wandering in the wrong places…
Looks like we have some “con”troversy over the skies of LA and NYC. Over the last week two CBS News crews have filmed what look to be missiles being launched over LA and NYC. After a brief time of “con”fusion, “experts” were trotted out to assure us all that these “Con”trails were simply water vapor from passing airliners and the angles the footage was taken from at simply gave an optical illusion that they “looked” like missiles. Not to worry everyone, they were just average, ordinary contrails from passing jet airliners. Hmm… wouldn’t these sightings be an almost daily occurrence if this was true? I’m not much of a conspiracy theory guy, but between this lame explanation, and the Pentagon’s initial response that they “had no idea” what these trails were from, I’m getting the feeling we’re all getting conned about this topic.
So Happy to have his new Charlie Sheen Rockibilly he just broke
out in song. Great song about an awsome shirt!!!!!
The Perils of Parallel Parking
Almost every morning when I look out of my office window on 128th street in Harlem, there’s a traffic jam being caused by a guy I like to call “The Parking Helper”. This “older gentleman”, to put it nicely, seems to love to help people parallel park here on 128th street. Problem is, he’s a horrible coach. Like comically bad. Watching people taking four, five, six tries to park because they’re actually listening to this guy is funny for me, since I’m not stuck in traffic behind them. The Parking Helper tries to get people into spaces where’s there’s no possible chance of them fitting. He tells them to “cut the wheel”–always the wrong way. It’s a disaster, like a sketch out of “Chappelle’s Show”. Although the Parking Helper’s heart is in the right place, he’s clearly DRUNK (or worse)…and the people still listen to him. It’s scary to think what kind of mayhem he could cause if he was wearing a uniform or had a badge or something…
World Series Wrap-Up
Well, I took the Giants in 7, and they only needed 5. The Ranger’s bats were silent for the whole series, and their sluggers didn’t slug. With the way the Giant’s pitching was rolling, the only Ranger that could’ve turned the tide was Chuck Norris…and he doesn’t play Baseball.