RIP NY Jets legend Don Maynard, 86. Drafted by the Giants out of the University of Texas El Paso (then Texas Western) in the twelfth round in 1958, the team made the mistake of cutting him a year later. He then played one season in Canada. He signed with the then Titans in 1960, and flourished when Joe Namath joined the team in 1965. He is the Jets’ all-time leader in receptions (627), receiving yards (11,732), receiving touchdowns (88) and games at receiver (172). He was first team All-AFL twice and played in four AFL all-star games. In the 1968 AFL Championship Game he caught six passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He had no catches in Super Bowl III, as he was hampered by a pulled hamstring. He was the first WR to amass 10,000 yards. He played one year with the Cardinals in ’72, and another in the World Football League with the Houston Texans in ’74. Awesome, sir. Thank you.
RIP TV legend Bob Saget, 65, who passed away in Orlando, where the night before he’d done a show on his I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour. Born in Philadelphia, he was successful doing stand up, then moved into TV, where he was wildly popular, a constant presence from the early ‘80’s on. There are 64 titles under his name in the category of Actor, twelve Director, eleven Producer and seven Writer. He starred in 192 episodes alone of Full House, and did the voice-over in 206 of How I Met Your Mother. He did 193 episodes of America’s Funniest Home Videos. In an interesting bit of trivia, he was the winning bachelor on The Dating Game in 1979. This morning, talk radio host Mark Simone said Saget and his Full House co-star John Stamos were wild men. He did not elaborate. Well done, sir. Thank you.
From a foxnews.com article by Bradford Betz, edited by yours truly: UK workers found the skeleton of an ichthyosaur — known colloquially as a “sea dragon” — in the Rutland Water Nature Reserve near Leicester. It’s 32 feet long.
The Dolphins have fired head coach Brian Flores, who was 24–25 in three seasons. I sense candidates will be climbing over each other to try and get that job. The team seems on the verge of a breakout.
Right now the floating book shop is locked in a pattern of every other day. Fortunately, I was able to secure one of the parking spaces I’d hope to get on Bay Parkway, across the street from Chase at 85th Street. There was enough sunshine to sustain me for two-and-a-half hours, then the shade crept in. My thanks to Carol, who bought Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan, Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo, and The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Not having seen me since I was banned from setting up in front of the bank, she was very happy I was there. A voracious reader, she appreciates being able to buy books at a great price.
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