Flashback: “Sanford And Son Theme (The Streetbeater)” by Quincy Jones

Not a chart hit for Quincy Jones, but this 1973 recording is one of the better-known TV themes of its era.


Demons Begone

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It’s been 10 days since I switched phone and Internet providers – and the oddest thing has happened in the days after the switch. The calls from those Asian scammers have gone completely – cross my fingers, and knock on wood.

And no, I don’t want them back – they were an annoyance to deal with every day.

The new providers give me a “Nomorobo” feature free of charge, so I take advantage of that – and the opportunity they give you to get rid of third-party calls. I take advantage of both – and though the phone might ring once before the Nomorobo swats the calls away, let’s just say I’m pleased with the results.

It wasn’t like I was going to see with my old company regardless – the new company offered a much quicker Internet at a much more affordable price. The ability not to deal with the scammers has proven to be an added bonus.

Borders And Godfathers

The news will no doubt breathlessly report the coming deadline after which there could be another partial financial government shutdown – provided a deal to fund a wall at the border isn’t reached.

Funny how current events and old movies can often correlate with each other. Over the weekend, I watched the first two Godfather movies over the weekend – and was reminded of the Senator Geary character played so brilliantly by G.D. Spradlin, who in my opinion was one of the more underrated artists of our time. If G.D. was in a movie with that authoritarian/villain role he was good at – you knew that movie was going to be a bit better.

Geary initially derided Michael Corleone, but when the Senator gets caught at a brothel with a dead woman the Senator didn’t murder but would no doubt have to explain – he is forced to change his tune quickly and starts doing the bidding of the mobster, publicly praising him at a Senate hearing.

As for the present day, the story is well known and public record that several politicians were for a border wall before they were (currently) against it. So, some event is pushing the move against the wall – namely, the current President (Donald Trump) being for it.

In my world view, the country is being held hostage – not by President Trump (as any Democrat would no doubt allege and will again soon), but by professional jealousy. The left and probably some on the Republican side as well – don’t want the President to pull off what other Presidents have tried and neglected to do. So, they throw every obstacle conceivable out there as a firewall to prevent it from happening.

Personally, I think POTUS should declare the national emergency if we get to February 15th and there is another shutdown looming. It will no doubt throw a challenge to the courts, but with all the noise the Dems are making about how a challenge would be successful in overturning the President’s decree – could they be bluffing?

The Shiny New Toy

I remember sitting down to watch NBC on February 3, 2001, to watch this new thing called the XFL, Vince McMahon, who I had known for being the voice of WWF (later the WWE) wrestling, had some ideas on how to make professional football greater, teaming up with TV guru Dick Ebersol.

A little over eighteen years later, it’s another Saturday night of wonder and mysteries abound. This time, another new thing called the AAF is getting started – with seemingly boundless comparisons between this league and the 2001 XFL venture. By the way, a new XFL gets started next year – so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that two spring pro football leagues could wind up going head to head if the AAF survives the first year of its existence. Charlie Ebersol, Dick’s son, runs the league – and the NFL and CFL provide the players that need development.

Much like the 2001 XFL, there are innovative rules. Kicking will only be done via punts and field goals – extra points can only be two-point conversions, and there will be no kickoffs. In lieu of an onside kick, the kicking team scrimmages from their own 28-yard line and has one play to achieve 12 yards, a de facto 4th and 12 situation.

Overtime will be limited to one possession for each team in the original “Kansas tiebreaker” format some state high school governing bodies have, such as Florida. Each team gets the ball from ten yards out – and if the game remains tied, the game goes into the books as a tie game, though I imagine they’d play recurring overtimes in a playoff game where a winner was needed.

Eight teams play in the league in two four-team divisions over ten games, with four teams proceeding to the playoffs – exactly the format the 2001 XFL had.

I hope the league does well, though I wonder once baseball starts up again in late March if it will hold my interest. There’s a market for spring football – but I can’t envision both the AAF and the 2020 XFL going one simultaneously.

What’s In A (Prank) Name?

This is not going to be a post for virgin ears, so forgive me in advance – that being said, I love a good prank name!

The scene above is from Porky’s, where the gang led by Edward “Pee Wee” Morris (because he was diminutive in more than the obvious way) plays a prank on Wendy Williams, played by Kaki Hunter. Pee Wee pages for somebody named Mike Hunt, and Wendy eventually figures out the joke. Say that name quick a few times, and I think you’ll get the joke of it all.

Over the years, I’ve heard a few such names, like:

  • Al Kaholic
  • Ben Dover
  • Hugh Jazz
  • Jack Mehoffer
  • Mike Hawk
  • Dick Hertz
  • Anita Dick
  • Jenna Tallia
  • and, Ollie Toobogger

Nope, Bob Wehadababyeetsaboy didn’t make the cut. Sorry.

Super After Thoughts

Well, another Super Bowl game is in the can – and it was another unique albeit not all that artistic of an affair. The Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3 to claim a sixth NFL championship for Tom Brady to close out the 2010’s decade of Super Bowls.

It’s a shame that a lot of fans don’t appreciate Brady for what he’s done – and I wonder if there will ever be a quarterback who plays in the NFL to do what he has. I get why people hate him, for sure – but I was telling friends when the game ended that I thought the Patriots and what they’ve done the past two decades stands alone as one of the great achievements in American sports.

The Yankees won five straight titles from 1949 to 1953 – but back in a time before MLB had a draft that could equally distribute prospects out to every team, which they didn’t have until 1965. The Celtics won a string of NBA championships in the 1960’s – but there were only a few NBA teams most of that time. UCLA won the men’s college basketball title for a slew of years, back when only conference champions played in the NCAA tournament most of that stretch. Put any of those teams in the social media era of today, and yeah – I could get why they would hate on them.

Tom Brady deserves his due, and no matter what he does the rest of the way in his career, he’s the most renowned championship winning QB of all time. Maybe there’s someone out there right now who can win seven Super Bowls in the future, and maybe there isn’t. Until then, Brady deserves the mantle.