This happened a couple of weeks ago, but I’m just getting to it now. Still, it’s one of the great fan heartbreaks of all time. It’s a fan reaction to an obvious penalty in a Seahawks vs. Falcons game. Here’s the action:
And here’s the reaction:
I kind of admire this kid because I used to have passion like that. But then I got old and realized, it’s just a game.
My interest in this year’s NFL season blew up with Teddy Bridgewater’s leg before the year began.
This is from the 2012 Olympics in London. But the really funny part is swimmer Ryan Lochte plays an Olympian who’s mugged and robbed in a foreign country. Now where have we heard that before?
Ryan Lochte, the 12-time Olympic medal winner who claimed to have been robbed here last weekend by men identifying themselves as police officers, issued an apology on Friday “for my behavior” in an episode that has cast a pall over the Games.
The apology came as testimony emerged from other American swimmers challenging Mr. Lochte’s initial version of events. In sworn statements to investigators, the other swimmers described Mr. Lochte, 32, as drunk and unruly, saying he had damaged property at a gas station and later misrepresented what happened.
And speaking of the opening credits:
So why are we thinking about “Do the Right Thing“?
Because Radio Raheem died this week.
Bill Nunn, a versatile actor best known for playing the role of Radio Raheem, the boombox-toting neighborhood philosopher killed by police officers in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” died on Saturday in Pittsburgh. He was 63.
His death was announced on social media by Mr. Lee. His wife, Donna, told The Associated Press that Mr. Nunn had cancer.
What I didn’t realize was that we’ve seen Bill Nunn in a lot of things. He was in the Spider-Man movies, appeared in “Sister Act” and was a regular character actor on television.
Also, here’s something interesting to consider. Radio Raheem’s death by cop in “Do the Right Thing” happened decades ago. Very little has changed, but there has been an interesting reaction to similar circumstances today:
And this is why Colin Kaepernick is taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Because brutality that was the climax of a movie in 1989 that had pundits like Joe Klein saying that the movie was dangerous because it would make blacks want to riot (that’s right Joe, I haven’t forgotten that piece of editorial diarrhea) still happens today and doesn’t appear like it’s going to stop anytime soon.
Spike Lee was criticized for making it the focus of attention in 1989. Colin Kaepernick is criticized for making it the focus of attention in 2016.
Another great graphic from Compound Interest:
So a gold medal is a silver medal with gold plating? And more surprising, the bronze medal is really brass.
Brass versus Bronze comparison chart
||Higher malleability than zinc or copper. Low melting point (900 c); flows when melted. Combinations of iron, aluminum, silicon & manganese make brass corrosion resistant. Susceptible to stress cracking when exposed to ammonia. Not as hard as steel.
||Hard and brittle. Melts at 950 centigrade but depends on amount of tin present. Bronze resists corrosion (especially seawater corrosion) and metal fatigue more than steel and is also a better conductor of heat and electricity than most steels.
||Brass is any alloy of copper and zinc.
||Bronze is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive, but sometimes with other elements such as phosphorus, manganese, aluminum, or silicon.
||Muted yellow, somewhat similar to gold, but duller.
||Decorative; Low-friction applications (locks, gears, doorknobs, ammunition, valves); Plumbing/electronics; Musical instruments for acoustic properties; Zippers & uses where it’s important to negate spark(fittings & tools around explosive gas).
||Used in boat and ship fittings, propellers and submerged bearings because of resistance to salt water corrosion. Widely used for cast bronze sculpture; Bearings, clips, electrical connectors and springs; For top-quality bells and cymbals.
||Brass was first known to exist in about 500 BC.
||Bronze dates to about 3500 BC.
Want to know why a lot of Russians are missing from this year’s Olympic Games. Here’s a chart from Compound Interest (click on the chart to see it on steroids):
And here, specifically, is what the Russians used (via C&EN):
This is a major moment is sports, but the way NBC played it, you would have missed it (I did, and I watched most of last night’s coverage). Here’s why:
With her victory in the 100-meter freestyle, she became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.
The 20-year-old Manuel upset world-record holder Cate Campbell of Australia and tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada at the Rio Games on Thursday night.
And why has it taken so long for a black woman to win an Olympic swimming medal? Time for a history lesson (click on image below):
We’re hearing all these stories about how Prince, the musician, was a great athlete. These stories are kind of old, and we didn’t believe them, but everyone swears they were true.
Like Prince and basketball:
Samuel L. Jackson says it’s true:
And Prince and ping pong:
Susan Sarandon says it’s true:
And I didn’t know Prince hung out with Michael Jackson and tormented him:
I would love to have been a fly on the wall for the Prince/Michael Jackson ping-pong match.
But there was respect. Prince wouldn’t have covered this song if he disrespected Michael.