Archive for September, 2016


pardon the photo –
my associate used a tablet, rather than a real camera.

Winner: Judy

Judy celebrated her birthday with a win and a cake. Now we will have to see if she can threepeat next week.

Tonight we learned that when you cross breed a horse and a donkey you get a very strange result. Call it a Hinny. We also learned about another strange coupling. Queen Victoria married her first cousin Prince Albert. Who knew!

Good Question: Who was James Armistead?

Choices: a.U.S.Senator from NYS   b.winner of the first decathlon  c.Elizabeth Taylor’s 14th husband  d.a slave and a spy


Answer: a slave and a spy

This is a guy we should know more about. He almost single-handedly won the American revolution for us.

James Armistead Lafayette (December 10, 1760 – August 9, 1830) was an African American slave who served the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War as a double agent. He served under the Marquis de Lafayette, reporting on the activities first of Benedict Arnold – after he had gone over to the British – and then Lord Cornwallis during the run-up to the Battle of Yorktown. He also fed false information to them.

After getting the consent of his master, Armistead volunteered in 1781 to join the army under Lafayette, who utilized him as a spy. Posing as a runaway slave, he joined the camp of Brigadier General Benedict Arnold, the turncoat who was leading some British forces in the area. Pretending to be a spy for the British, Armistead gained Arnold’s confidence to the extent that Arnold used him to guide British troops through local roads. “The ex-slave, who later renamed himself James Armistead Lafayette in the general’s honor, served as a double agent against the British under the avowedly antislavery Lafayette.” [1]

After Arnold departed north in the spring of 1781, James went to the camp of Lord Charles Cornwallis and repeated his successful pose there. He moved frequently between British camps, where the officers would speak openly about their strategies in front of him. Armistead documented this information in written reports, which he then delivered to other American spies. In this way he relayed much information about the British plans for troop deployment and about their arms. The intelligence reports from his espionage were instrumental in helping to defeat the British during the Battle of Yorktown.

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Winner: Judy

Judy had gone through a rough patch recently. Heck, one night she was even beaten by 10 O’clock Bill. Not tonight. She had a dominating win, leading from start to finish with Mary,Mary and Droppn’ far behind.

Mistress Daphne was on injured reserve after showing her granddaughters how NOT to do a head stand, so she changed sides tonight and became a player. MikeP handled the game and did his usual admirable job, although he was chastised by Mistress D every time he showed some kindness to the players.

A bunch of good questions tonight. Did you remember that McDonald’s was founded in 1940, or that Billy Joel’s debut album was named Cold Spring Harbor?

Good Question!: Billed as “The Drama in the Bahamas” who did Muhammad Ali lose to in his very last fight in 1981?

Choices: a. Holmes   b. Spinks    c. Norton   d. Berbick


Answer: Trevor Berbick

You lose to Trevor Berbick, I guess it’s time to retire.

Day when time finally beat Ali

A professional career which had begun with a victory over Tunney Hunsaker on Oct 29, 1960, would end 21 years later with a loss to Berbick.

The end of Ali’s ring career was almost one of obscurity. On June 27, 1979, he had announced his retirement after holding the heavyweight title for a third time. But his retirement was short-lived. Ali returned to face Larry Holmes on Oct 2, 1980, for the World Boxing Council version of the world heavyweight title, aiming to become the first man to win the heavyweight title four times. Ali lost by a technical knockout in the 11th round, with his trainer Angelo Dundee refusing to let him come out for the final round.

It was revealed after the fight that Ali had been examined at the Mayo Clinic, and the results were shocking. He had admitted to tingling in his hands, and slurring of his speech. With the conclusiveness of Ali’s loss to Holmes, and the great man’s worrying medical condition, it seemed incredible that he fought again.


Top 10 Muhammad Ali Best Knockouts:


Yet Ali refused to concede that his skills were in decline.
On Dec 11, 1981, Ali, almost 40, met Berbick, then 27, and an aspiring contender in the heavyweight division. In the United States, given Ali’s obvious decline, several boxing venues refused to host the bout. Ali had not knocked anyone out for five years, and fight fans were nervous about another ring return for him.

In contrast to the big fights in Ali’s early career, which attracted enormous attention, this match-up took place almost without fanfare, in Nassau. Billed as “The Drama in Bahama”, it was a poor fight during which Ali took further punishment.

On recordings of a disturbing televised pre-fight dressing-room interview, Ali looks listless, lacking his trademark witticisms and sharp tongue. He sounds as if he is talking with cotton wool in his mouth. He went on to absorb heavy punches from Berbick over 10 rounds, before losing a unanimous points decision.


Muhammad Ali – Amazing Speed:

“We All Grow Old”

Ali’s words in the post-fight interview 35 years ago seem haunting now. “Father Time has finally caught up with me and I’m gonna retire. And I don’t think I’m gonna wake up next week and change my mind. I came out all right for an old man. We all lose sometimes. We all grow old.”


10 of Muhammad Ali’s best quotes

1. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.

2. “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.”

3. “I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”

4. “I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”

5. “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

6. “He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!”

7. “I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.”

8. “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”

9. “I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.”

10. “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”

10+. “Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”

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Winner: The Driver

His high altitude training in Ecuador paid off and The Driver dominated tonight’s game. Of course, it also could have been those cocoa leaves he was chewing on. Trailing behind were Rhys and Pluto, but it really was no contest.

Due to technical difficulties this week’s post will be much abbreviated.

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Winners: 10 O’Clock Bill and Tall Paul

Anytime 10 O’Clock Bill wins you know their needs to be an investigation. He was joined on the winner’s podium tonight by first timer Tall Paul.

Mistress Daphne returned from her journey to the mountains and jungles of Ecuador chewing cocoa leaves and was a very much more mellow moderator. Keep chewing those leaves Daphne. She and the Driver brought back a native chocolate liqueur that was enjoyed by everyone, especially Rosebud, who kept asking for more.

Tonight we learned that Stalin’s second wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, may have been his daughter, the result of an early illicit romance in Georgia. Poor lady committed suicide. Too bad she didn’t take Stalin out, instead.

Good Question!:
Gennaro Lombardi opened the first pizzeria in NYCity in what year?

Choices: a. 1788   b. 1825   c. 1895   d. 1921



Answer: 1895

The Pie That Conquered America – The First Pizzeria in the United States

Prior to the 1890’s, there were no pizzas available in the United States except those made at home. The early home-made pizzas were mainly the territory of Italian immigrants in New York. Millions of Italians had moved to the U.S. and they brought their beloved pizzas with them. Turn of the century New York City was the center of a growing Italian population and pizzas were well-known as a favorite food, but they were unavailable commercially until Gennaro Lombardi entered the picture as the father of American pizza.

Gennaro Lombardi first opened a grocery store in New York City in 1897. Even though Lombardi’s’ was only a grocery store, it quickly became a popular lunch hangout after Gennaro began selling tomato and cheese pies to take out. Gennaro’s early pizzas were conveniently wrapped in plain paper and became a favorite of workers who ate them right on their jobsites without the need for a table or utensils. The popularity of the take-out pies soon prompted Gennaro to apply for a formal New York City mercantile restaurant license and his little grocery store became the first commercial pizzeria in the United States in the year 1905.

Lombardi’s pizzas were (and still are) baked in giant coal-fired ovens. Unlike the small, home-made pizzas, Gennaro’s commercial pizzas were huge creations with diameters of up to 20-inches. Since most (normal) workers could never consume a whole Lombardi’s pie at a single sitting, Gennaro came up with the idea of offering to sell his pizzas by the slice. At the time, a whole Lombardi’s pizza cost only a nickel, and two cents was enough for nearly half a pie. The triple combination of quality, price and convenience firmly established Lombardi’s early pizzeria as America’s first and ultimate pizza place. (For all things pizza check out pizza.com)


Best Pizza in NYCity (courtesy of nycity123.com)

The best pizza in New York City, and therefore the best pizza in America, can be found in a small two block radius in Greenwich Village.

And yeah, I know there are a few good pizza places in Bklyn. too, but I like these:

Kesté Pizza & Vino  / 271 Bleecker St.

Joe’s Pizza / 7 Carmine St (by the Slice!)

Bleecker Street Pizza / 69 7th Ave South @ the corner of Bleecker St. (Slices!)

John’s of Bleecker Street / 278 Bleecker St.


Here’s how you make pizza @ home:


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