November 10, 2011

Say It Ain't So! [Joe Frazier, Joe Paterno, Lindsay Lohan, Notre Dame Football, Duggar Family]

Lots of craziness lately, so I figured I'd stuff them all into one post and just keep each short and sweet.

RIP Joe Frazier
His professional boxing career began right after he won the USA's only gold boxing medal in the 1964 Olympics. He dominated most matches, eventually becoming the official world heavyweight champion in 1970. Perhaps his most famous bout was against Muhammad Ali (pictured above), which he won to retain his title. Frazier lost his 29-0 win streak and the championship belt to George Foreman in 1973. He had a couple comeback attempts, most famously the "Thrilla in Manila" against Ali, but Frazier never regained his former glory or the title. Diagnosed with liver cancer in September of this year, he passed away on November 7th. RIP, Smokin' Joe.

RIP Joe Paterno's Coaching Career
Due his assistant coach being charged in an alleged child sex scandal, the legendary coach of the Penn State football program was fired effective immediately. He holds the record for most wins by a collegiate coach (409), but his failure to report knowledge of the sex scandal to legal authorities appears to have been deemed by the Penn State Board of Trustees as too large too overlook. While I loved him as an icon and coach, I have to agree with them. Farewell, JoePa, and best of luck in retirement.

Lindsay Lohan Continues Streak of Terrible Decisions
It's official. Her career is in freefall. The latest is that she's posing fully nude for Playboy. After her theft of a necklace from a jewelry store, she now has to work at county morgue for 12 days, and is required to attend 18 psychotherapy sessions along with her 53 days of community service [source]. Though unlikely, I hope even the paparazzi will start to pity her and leave her to fight her demons in peace.

Notre Dame Football Fashion Faux Pas
The Notre Dame football program has a proud heritage of excellence. They inspired the movie Rudy, for goodness' sake! When they already have great helmets/logos (solid gold helmets, the interlocking "N" and "D", and the boxing Irishman), it's just lame to use these shamrock helmets [source]. They must be hoping their next opponent's uglier helmets (poor Maryland) will be more distracting than theirs.

Duggar Family Resumes Energizer Bunny Impersonation
They just keep going and going and going and going. 20 kids? Really?!? I'm just flabbergasted by these guys. These guys aren't LDS/Mormon, just in case you were curious (I clearly was). They're conservative Baptists. I've never watched their show, but I've got to imagine it's a madhouse. Are any of you, my friends and readers, from a large family? Maybe 10+ kids? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Duggars.


  1. And they thought Mormons had big families. I think she is obsessed with having babies! I've never seen the show either but I can see children being forgotten all over the place!

  2. Okay - you have to watch an episode of this show. They have the most organized home and family ever. Seriously. You would think it would be utter chaos, but it's the exact opposite. It's like a well-oiled machine. Each older child is responsible for a younger child, everyone has chores, they all play a musical instrument, they are homeschooled. It's amazing. They have definitely figured out how to make it work for them.