is what we’ll call this bunch of free Thoughts, my first posting since 17 straight days of thinking about the Winter Olympics.
**Hope you enjoyed “Hockey Day in America” which apparently was celebrated today (March 2) but without anyone in the United States getting the word. This is modeled on “Hockey Day in Canada” which is a huge deal, but remember, that’s Canada. Mardi Gras is this week. Maybe that was the problem, scheduling two massive festivals so close to each other. The Hockey Day people will have to pay more attention to that in years to come.
**Philadelphia Inquirer headline” “Eagles Give Peters Record Deal.” What songs do you think the big left tackle will sing on his first … do they have albums anymore? The Eagles should be signing football players, not pop stars.
**Geico strikes again. Great commercial spots on the oldest trick in the book (Lookest thou over there; Madest thou look) and Pinocchio’s growing nose as he tries his wooden head at being a motivational speaker. But a big strikeout on that cheesesteak shuffle, with Pat’s and Gino’s in the background. Am I the only one who’s fed up with all the cheesesteak jokes anytime a football, basketball, hockey, baseball, any event is broadcast nationally from Philadelphia. You guys don’t even know that if you want the best cheesesteaks and hoagies you have to drive to the White House in Atlantic City, do you?
**Well now we know why Russia spent so many billions of dollars on Sochi. Needed a jumping-off point for its invasion of Ukraine. Good thing those Ukrainian biathletes got in some practice shooting at Russian targets.
**Saw that Michael Martinez is with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bad news. Ruben Amaro will now have NO idea whom to call up when there’s an injury on the Phillies. Martinez was always a good recall whenever a pitcher went down.
**While the imbecile men’s basketball coach at the University fo Cincinnati was chasing and screaming at a referee during yesterday’s game, an assistant tried to pull him away and got pushed pretty hard by Mr. Cincinnati (we’ll go without names, OK?). And the boneheaded TV color commentator actually said, “As an assistant coach, your job is to get your head coach out of that situation.” Oh, is that why there’s 10 or 12 of them on a bench.
**Yeah congrats to the great Mr. Hinkie, general manager of the 76ers. He did a great job of ripping a bad team apart, making them a true laughing stock. And anyone who thinks this is a great plan is clueless. But what do I know, maybe just one of those 26 second-round draft picks will start two games for the 76ers during his career. If you wanted to be historically bad, why not unload players before the season so you could go hard after that 9-73 record.
So the 76ers are currently 15-44, the Delaware 87ers are 11-27, meaning the 163ers organization is a combined 26-71, a .268 winning percentage.
OK, maybe next week we’ll get back to some Soccer and Shakespeare. Happy Snow Day.