R.I.P. - Yogi Berra

From the Open Thread to here, a tribute to one of America’s finest, a genuine hero (more on that later), as written by Tom Verducci, one of the (if not the) finest writers on baseball. I know you’re already making ’em double-over in laughter up above, Yogi!

Shortly after George H. W. Bush won […]

Friday Open Thread

24 Oct 1971, Detroit, Michigan, USA — Original caption: Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Chuck Hughes lies on the field at Tiger Stadium, October 24, as the Chicago Bears’ Dick Butkus (#51) and two officials await assistance in the closing minutes of the Lions-Bears game. Hughes died within the hour at Ford Hospital of an […]

R.I.P. -- Rowdy Roddy Piper

Not that I was much of a wrasslin’ fan in Hot Rod’s heyday (or now), but always found him more entertaining than his cohorts. 61 is gone way too soon these days, too. Prayers and condolences to his loved ones, family and friends.


R.I.P. -- Ken Stabler

Former University of Alabama and Oakland Raider quarterback Ken “The Snake” Stabler has died at age 69. From Yahoo Sports:

Longtime Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler died Thursday in Gulfport, Miss., according to WPMI. He was 69 years old. His death was confirmed by Fox WBRC, via a University of Alabama spokesman, and through […]

R.I.P. — James Horner

James Horner, the famed composer of iconic scores for films such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Abyss, Glory, Braveheart and Titanic has died in a plane crash. He was 61. From Billboard:

His death was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner’s film music page as his assistant. […]

Bo Diddley - In Memoriam

Entertainer supreme (to experience him re-stringing a guitar because of a mid-song string breaking ranks high on a long list of amazing concert memories) and rock & soul pioneer, the world lost the incomparable Bo Diddley seven years ago this week. Continue to RIP, axe-god, and long live his tunes and self-referential beat.


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Hancock’s Corps Assaulting the Works at the “Bloody Angle” by William T. Trego (1887)

On this date in 1863 the Union’s assault on “The Bloody Angle” during the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse resulted in over 17,000 casualties and is considered by many the most intense day of fighting in the Civil War.

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Bad and Ass

This week’s exhibit of badassery to make you feel completely inadequate — and entirely grateful — comes courtesy of the Texas National Guard. I present to you Roy Benavidez, who was presented the Medal of Honor by President Ronald Reagan in 1981… the TNG’s facebook page continues:

Roy Benavidez was born in Lindenau near […]