1) Vasco da Gama thinks out loud, “Hmm, maybe I too can make a comeback too… are Isabella and Ferdinand still around?”
Rickey Henderson is mulling a comeback. Who’s next? Wade Boggs? Archie Cianfrocco? Pascual Perez? Henderson might been overheard saying, “I got fed up of stealing bases at my local park. Damn kids can’t throw for shit.” It has been reported that in the past few nights, neighbors “caught” Henderson running around the bases high-fiving himself at 3 am.
2) Giovanni Caboto reports, “Ok, so I got confused between the New World and India. Get over it. But I did discover the A1GP…”
The A1GP is the World Cup of Motorsport where nations compete for auto racing supremacy. The interesting aspect of the A1GP is that no team has a financial or technological advantage thus leveling the playing field. Twenty-two countries, including auto-racing powerhouses India and Pakistan, took part in the recently concluded 2006-07 season. Incidentally, the two border enemies entered thinking it was a race to see who could build a nuclear bomb faster. Um, in any event Germany won this year’s edition, followed by New Zealand.
3) Jacques Cartier pulls no punches: “Man, I’ve seen better fights between my crew and Indians than this one…”
Ok. It wasn’t that bad but we did expect more from the fight between Oscar De la Hoya Floyd Mayweather. No? Both boxers went in with a specific strategy and stuck to their Swiss army knives. When it comes to close decisions De la Hoya is as lucky as a kid who gets to cut his father’s toenails.
4) Sir Francis Drake’s history tidbit: “When someone offers you a shoe, take it.”
I’ve often wondered how the Magnificent Magyars from Hungary were not able to take the 1954 World Cup. I read all sorts of stories about the game but nothing gave me a thorough sense as to what happened. The Hungarians weren’t just better. They were superior. They dominated not just the European continent but also the entire world. They were it. Until I saw the following on a program. It might have been Dog the Bounty Hunter. I can't remember.
Anyway, it turns out the Germans wore a new type of soccer shoe by Adi Dassler (the founder of Adidas) that allowed them to gain better traction on a wet field. In the “D’Oh” category, the Hungarian soccer federation declined the offer by the German company to supply the Hungarians with the shoe. Imagine that? Done in by a shoe. Reminds me of the famous 1977 Grey Cup (aka The Ice Bowl and Staples Game) where the Montreal Alouettes – perennial bridesmaids to the Edmonton Eskimos – managed to slaughter the Esks 41-6 on a freezing, icy conditions in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium? Turns out they stapled their shoes to gain grip on the slippery turf - not exactly scientific but ingenious nonetheless.