Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday morning quarterbacking

Yes, I know--it's now Monday afternoon, but there is still time left in the day for a bit of second-guessing and re-capping from the weekend.

- Let's hear it for the old dudes. Mark Martin, at 50 the oldest driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, won the 38th victory of his career at Michigan Speedway yesterday by outlasting Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle, both of whom ran out of fuel on the last lap. It was a fun ending.

- Eddie Murphy now appears to have two consecutive bombs on his hands. After "Meet Dave" disappointed last year, his new film, "Imagine That" opened this past weekend with a paltry $5.7 million in ticket sales.

- Say what you want about Phil Jackson, but the dude can coach. Yes, I know he had Jordan and Pippen and Shaq and Kobe on his championship teams. But, he also had guys like Bill Cartwright, Steve Kerr, and Luke Walton on his squads--not bad players but guys who Jackson coached to understand their role. His 10 championships is an NBA record--and winning 10 championships in anything is impressive.

- No, the term "Blue Monday" does not refer to the depression many feel when they have to go back to work. The term "Blue Monday" started because the first day of the work week used to be set aside for doing the laundry. Bluing was used to keep white clothes from becoming gray and dingy. From that product, the term "Blue Monday" emerged. See, you can learn interesting stuff from this space!

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