12/29/2010

item 1 >>> Talking about cars with diagonal head-lamps yesterday, here’s one from England, a 1964 Jensen C-V8. You know, up here on the St. Lawrence River where I now hide out, folks have a diplomatic way of putting it: “Well, that’s different.” Ain’t it tho…

item 2 >>> Not for nothing, but where in the Bay State could you buy an Edsel anyway? I’m glad you asked…there are some marvelous Edselania websites out there, not the least of which is edsel.net/dealer_locator.html, which dots them all on a map of the USA and everything, mama mia!  According to them, up our way you could have tried Thomas J. Fay, 85 Rantoul St., Beverly…Smith’s Edsel Sales, 455-461 River St., Haverhill…Clark Edsel Sales, 130 Valley St., Lawrence…Jack’s Edsel Sales, 1351-1385 Middlesex, Lowell…and Parkway Motor Sales, 600 Revere Beach Parkway, Revere. Other locations they list were in Arlington, Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Dorchester, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Hingham, Malden, New Bedford, Northampton, Norwood, Quincy, Springfield, Taunton, Waltham, Wellesley, Willimansett (Chicopee), and Worcester.

item 3 >>> Nosireebobcattail, I’m not the type to let that go by…who or what is a “Rantoul”? Pressed for a guess, I suppose I would have said a burg in Waziristan, but no…it’s a person, of course. Robert Rantoul Jr. is a favorite son of Beverly, born there in 1805. Schooled at Andover Academy and Harvard, practiced law in Salem, served in the Massachusetts Legislature, and several other public offices, including being elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the unexpired term of Daniel Webster, who had resigned be become Secretary of State under William Henry Harrison. Rantoul’s term lasted from Feb.1 to March 4, 1851. And Rantoul, Illinois is named after him, in honor of his being on the founding board of directors of the Illinois Central Railroad, altho he died only about a year and a half later.

item 4 >>> I’m always glad to find connections between the North Shore where I’m from, and the North Country where I live now, Upper Upstate NY. I noted that along with Rantoul, another member of the Illinois Central Railroad’s first board of directors was Gouverneur Morris, founding father of our nation, and after whom 2 communities in St. Lawrence County are named, Gouverneur and Morristown. Of course, this was in 1851, so he would of been the grand old man of the group…except that he died in 1816. Who we have here is Gouverneur Morris Jr., born 3 years before his father’s death. Sorry, never mind…

item 5 >>> The Official NFL Record Books needs a serious revision. Sure, it’s got all the basic records, but it’s dry as can be, with the bulk of the really interesting records nowhere to be found. The Elias Sports Bureau and other groups come up with those…like Tom Brady’s 319 pass attempts without an INT breaking Bernie Kosar’s record. Of course, they also come up with such nonsense as “The first QB in NFL history to throw for at least 3 TDs and rush for at least 50 yards with a broken nose,” but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater please. And Sunday’s game makes 10 straight games without a pick for Brady, which is very likely a record too. But none of this is in the record book…the best they have is Lowest Pct., Passes Had Intercepted, Season (Qualifiers), and even that’s cockeyed because of what they consider a “qualifier”…14 pass attempts per game scheduled, which seems a little low, don’t you think? Here’s what they list:  (1) .41 Damon Huard KC 2006 1/244….(2) .66 Joe Ferguson Buff 1976 1/151…(3) .90 Steve DeBerg KC 1990 4/444. Now with one game to go, Brady stands at 4/476 so really it’s apples-to-oranges until you get to Steve DeBerg at #3. Suffice to say that Tom Terrific is now at .84, and an even 500 attempts with no further picks will give him an .80, which would seem like a more logical record than those first 2, no offense to Huard and Ferguson.

item 6 >>> You might also notice that the Pats have scored 30 or more points in 11 games this season, and are working on 8 straight. I can’t even find the Elias version of that on the net, so I went back to my own research. I used to keep all sorts of football and baseball stats, but got out of the habit somewhere along the line…actually, I can tell you exactly where along the line for this one…last update was 1995. Ouch! But I got the books, don’t mind doing it “by hand,” and here’s what I’ve come up with, pending corrections from the Big Boys Who Get Paid to Do This Stuff…The record I have for most 30+ games in a season is 12 by the 1999 St. Louis Rams and the 2007 Patriots…this Sunday would be the 2010 Pats’ 11th. Consecutive games? That gets trickier…

item 7 >>> See, I’m Old School, and for me, a “season” does not include the post-season. Today, that rule is broken with no rhyme or reason, but with plenty of abandon, in various sports. You had that confusion a few years back with the Patriots consecutive win streak…did that include post-season games or not? And have you heard that Doc Halladay is the only pitcher to throw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season? Well, actually he didn’t…the no-hitter was in the post-season, let’s keep things straight. At the same time, my Old School brain says that consecutive game streaks carry over into the next season, while today there is a fetish for dividing it into “one season” and “multiple seasons.” Thus, while I couldn’t find it in the news, you might: both the 2000 Rams and the 2007 Pats scored 30+ in 8 straight games in one season, so the Pats stand to break that. But over multiple seasons, the REAL record is 14 by the 1999-2000 Rams, with the 2006-2007 Pats second at 9. Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it…see you in 2011…or not, dammit…

item 8 >>> While we’re on football, the media is saying last night’s game was the first NFL Tuesday game since 1946, and the 23rd overall. Again, can’t find confirmation of that number on the net, and doing it the hard way, FROM A BOOK, I only get 17 Tuesday games, so yesterday’s would have been the 18th. But that last one was indeed on Oct. 1, 1946, the NY Giants beating the Boston Yanks 17-0. (The Boston Whats again? Yes, Yanks…complete story on tomorrow’s DFHC) The game had been scheduled for Monday, but heavy rains (just rain??) in Boston caused the delay. Said Giants coach Steve Owen: “It would have been a bad night for football anyway, especially for any customers.” So the thinking was the same then as it is today: consideration for the fans. Interesting. For the record, that Tuesday’s attendance was 16,500, a bit under their season average of 20,000. One puzzle: the New York Times account said the game was played at Braves Field in Boston…standard reference books, and even Uncle Wikki, claim the Yanks played at Fenway Park…again, more on this tomorrow.

item 9 >>> And since I can’t find a history of the NFL schedule by days of the week, guess I’ll have to put it together myself. Anybody remember Friday Night games? And Wednesday games? Yup, there have been some, none recently obviously. Watch this space.

item 10 >>> But here’s another sign of the football times…those cockamamie Thursday night games you can’t get because your cable system won’t carry the NFL Network. Remember what happened when New England was going for 16-0 on a Thursday in 2007? Now consider this synopsis of another NFL Network offering: NFL Replay offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, 75-minute, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before. Doesn’t that sound suspiciously like football games, I mean what actually happens on the field, being turned into a reality series? I give up…

Wicked Ballsy

In the public’s mind, Charles Schulz’ Peanuts empire was a one-man operation. In reality of course, that would have been impossible…there are only so many hours in the day! In some cases, he even had other cartoonists drawing for him…see today’s Poutine-on-a-Stick at my other blog. And here’s an article about another of his helpers who paid a visit to the North Shore.

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