The Hanging Shad’s ‘Apropos of Nothing’

Odds and ends that have been gnawing at me, tormenting me, mocking me:

1. Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee will light their hair on fire Friday at noon! Well, it’s really not that much of a stretch. Cruz is a crazy man and Huckabee is a fool. They’ll do anything to get noticed as they vie for spot in the first debate. On the flip side, I hope Donald Trump is front and center at the debate and unleashes some quintessential Trump just for the entertainment value. He’s the best thing to hit the Democrats since Watergate. And please, Mr. Trump, do not light your hair on fire. We’ve got enough problems out west.

Texas US Sen. Ted Cruz (L) and Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
Texas US Sen. Ted Cruz (L) and Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

2. I am very concerned about the epidemic of toenail fungus in this country. I blame Obama.

toenail fungus

3. Democrat Luke Bronin will be good for Hartford. New leadership is needed if the considerable problems facing the city are to be addressed. Of course, Bronin is white, male, supposedly “privileged” (he grew up in Greenwich) and has never run for office before. This disqualifies him for the job of mayor according to more-often-than-not, over-the-top blogger Jonathan Pelto.

Hartford courant and WNPR radio host Colin McEnroe calls Pelto’s criticism “unfair” and “silly.” So what’s new?

Bronin is brilliant, has governmental credentials and has a vision for Hartford. Pelto apparently would like the see the city continue to sink faster than the Andrea Doria as long as there is a minority at the captain’s wheel. Silly, indeed.

4. I’m not proud of it, but I once paid $160 for two tickets in the very last row of the bleachers at Fenway to see Pedro pitch against the Yankees. Now that the Dominican Dominator is in the Hall of Fame, I’m glad I did.


5. Ok, so Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone. There is a story that he does so routinely every four months. And even if he doesn’t, there is the distinct possibility that the guy simply doesn’t want what’s on his cell phone mysteriously leaked to the news media. He is an intensely private family man. He is also married to a supermodel. Use your imagination.

6. Olympics 2024, we hardly knew ye. It would have been great to have the Olympics here but the truth is, the city is not geographically laid out for the games. The street are old cow paths and because Samuel Adams led his horse down a certain route, that became a major thoroughfare. The “T” can’t even get people to work on time and we’re going to rely on it to move athletes around Greater Boston?

Boston 2024

I’ll take the history and the fact that it’s the greatest sports city on the planet over the Olympics any day. Just hold them in Los Angeles. No one will know the difference. Besides, we still have the casinos to look forward to.