Wednesday, January 14, 2015


This was a trick question. All three cities named fielded teams called the Braves. The Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee and than on to Atlanta. But only one man played for the Braves in all three cities. Bob the Golpher guessed Hank Aaron, but...

I have to be kind of particular here, but that's what makes trivia questions fun...and tricky. It's true, Aaron was signed by the Boston Braves, but his first major league game as a Brave came in 1954, after the Braves moved to Milwaukee.

The correct answer is Eddie Matthews. So no $20 prize, Bob, and I'm afraid the $100 handling charge is non-refundable.

I did receive an e-mail from Rich of Greenville, S.C., who had the right answer, so Rich, your $20 prize will be sent as soon as the handling charge is received.

Other thoughts:
Things mostly went according to plan during the NFL playoffs this weekend except the Denver Broncos were upset by the Indianapolis Colts. So those of you who bet on backed the wrong horse.

The Yanks signed another player yesterday. A right-handed pitcher they bought from Colorado, Chris Martin. He's only pitched 16 innings in the majors with a 6.89 ERA. He's only 25 years old and, as Casey Stengel would say, "In three years, he's got a chance to be 28."

The Syracuse Orange won again last night, beating Wake Forest in overtime, a game that was closer than it should have been. I can't see the Orange going very far with only two and a half men. Christmas is a force inside, Cooney can zip them in from outside but you never know what you're going to get from Gbinije. Point guard Kaleb Joseph looks completely over-matched. With McCullough out, there was an article in the local paper that Chinonso Obokoh would be playing a big part in replacing him. Last night, he never got off the bench, so it appears his part is handing towels to the players when then come off the floor.

This is why college football is so much fun - unless you're a betting man. Oregon beat the pants off powerhouse Alabama only to have Ohio St. embarrass them in the championship game. I'll stick with the pros where all you have to know is who the highest bidder for the refs is.

 The big story on Twitter during the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game: one of the referees supposedly looked like comedian Bob Newhart. Actually, I thought he looked an awful lot like my nephew, Joe Zimmer. It must be a part-time job. He's also a dean at St. Bonaventure.

"Brooklyn Nets officials are denying a Bloomberg report that Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhoro no longer wants to own the team. So it’s merely coincidence, then, that they’re suddenly calling themselves the Nyets."  -- Dwight Perry
"Jason Garrett signed a new five year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The deal was based on Garrett’s loyalty, success on the field, and ability to tolerate Jerry Jones."  -- Janice Hough
"Ex-Miami fullback Rob Konrad swam nine miles to shore after falling out of his fishing boat off the South Florida coast: “So much for him being a former Dolphin."  -- Jim Barach
" Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera lost his home to a blaze that started in a chimney. Meanwhile, Bears coach Marc Trestman lost his job for not lighting a fire under Jay Cutler."  -- RJ Currie
"There's a slight tear in Aaron Rodgers' calf muscle. Inside, I believe doctors found one of Ndamukong Suh's cleats."  -- Brad Dickson
"L.A. Police have recovered a duplicate statue of O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy that was stolen from USC’s Heritage Hall 20 years ago.But O.J. says that won’t deter his quest to find the real trophy."  -- Dwight Perry
" Ohio State beat Oregon handily, despite a steady stream of turnovers.  Good thing the National championship trophy has been changed from crystal to metal, in case the Buckeyes drop it."  -- Janice Hough
"Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Chris Christie is part of the team's mojo. In a few short months, Christie has gone from likely presidential candidate to rally monkey."  -- Brad Dickson
(I couldn't tell the difference - CP)



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