The Hanging Shad’s ‘Apropos of Nothing’

Here are some short thoughts about, well, anything:

1. That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more. The parade of Trump surrogates who keep telling us Donald Trump is talking about the media when he talks about a “rigged” or “fixed” election need to stop. Trump has clearly said he is also talking about the polling places being corrupt. Sorry, Rudy Giuliani, Kellyanne Conway and various other. Who should I believe—these folks or my lyin’ ears and eyes?

2. Oops, he did it again. In a presidential year filled with “firsts” (and I mean that in the worst possible way), Donald Trump did it again Thursday night. He managed to get booed and jeered at the Al Smith Charity Dinner in Manhattan, an event held for the benefit of Catholic Charities. Check out the face of the guy to Trump’s left:

3. STFU! Republican incumbent Senators Richard Burr (NC), Ron Johnson (WIS), Marco Rubio (FLA) and Pat Toomey (PA) are all buggin’ every time Trump opens his mouth. They are each—to varying degrees—connected to Trump. Each has condemned some or many things Trump has said but are still voting for him. Time to clean house…or Senate.

4. Goat or Yard Goat? I’m still not sure who I am rooting for to win the World Series. It’s hard not to get behind the Indians with Terry Francona at the helm and their decidedly underdog status going in. The Cubs, on the other hand, have waited an awfully long time to win (this is assuming they get by the Dodgers). The Curse of the Goat is tough to beat.


In a related question, which will happen first—the Cubs beat the Goat or the Yard Goats actually get to play a game at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford?

5. The best to ever laced them up. Bobby Orr and Milt Schmidt met at center ice for the ceremonial puck drop at the Bruins home opener Thursday night. It was 50 years ago this week that Orr made his Bruins debut. Hockey has never been the same.


I’ve played hockey every winter since I was five until injuries forced my retirement. It’s a no-brainer to me that Orr is the greatest hockey player to ever play the game. For the record, he is followed (in this order) by Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.

6. Their silence is deafening. How in the world are House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silent about Trump’s stated lack of the commitment to the election results if he loses? Disgracefull.

7. Can we retire the phrase “double down?”