It’s Wednesday, so let’s start today with a joke (all credit to Twitter user @caitfitzsimmons for telling this joke on Tuesday, making me snort with laughter:)
A sobbing Mrs Murphy approaches Father O’Grady after mass.
Mrs Murphy: Oh, Father, I’ve awful news. My husband passed away last night. Father O’Grady: Oh, Mary, that’s terrible. Did he have any last requests?
Mrs Murphy: He did, Father. He said, “Please, Mary, put down that damn gun”.
And away we go…
OK, so first up today, I always enjoy when a husband and wife athlete team get involved in competition, the man acts like a bit of a jerk, and the woman completely shows him up.
That’s what this first story is about.
Meet Noah Vaughan, a former minor league baseball prospect in the Oakland A’s system. He and his wife, Riley Sartain-Vaughan, a former infielder at Texas A & M, have been, like millions of athletes worldwide, trying to stay sane and in shape during the pandemic. They like to play games in their driveway, where he pitches to her and she pitches to him, with a very-hard-to-hit-far softball.
The other day Noah crushed a rise ball delivered by Riley. As he watched the ball soar into the Fort Worth, Texas, sky, Vaughan punctuated his shot with an outrageous bat flip. (Turns out he wasn’t rounding the bases after hitting it, he was running to go get the ball, which landed in a neighbor’s yard.)
Typical male behavior, showing off and being obnoxious after an athletic feat.
But a few minutes later, Noah was pitching overhand and Riley got him back, big-time.
The “oh God” from him is just fantastic, and is still funny on the 20th viewing.
Love it when women damage the frail male sports ego.
**Next up, I saw this in Peter King’s always outstanding “Football Morning in America” column Monday and I loved it so much.
A college football player from the University of Utah named Julian Blackmon was picked in the NFL Draft on Saturday by the Indianapolis Colts. It was the culmination of a lifetime dream, of course, but also something he “predicted” back in elementary school.
Check out this letter Blackmon wrote in fourth grade for a school assignment. I love everything about it, especially the importance of getting good grades. And the ending is fabulous.
How could you NOT root for this kid after reading that letter?
And finally today, an actress/comedian named Hannah Alligood did a wonderful tribute/update video this week, on the classic old Jerry Lewis comedy bit called “The Invisible Typewriter,” from an old 1963 Lewis film, “Who’s Minding the Store?”
I’d never heard of Alligood before this, but this is so perfect I feel like watching other things she’s done.
So, so good.