Thursday, April 08, 2010

The Hot Club

As Foot Joy pointed out, had North Carolina beaten Dayton, the Tar Heels would have won successive basketball championships. Last year, NC won the NCAAs. This year would have been the NIT. That prompted Foot Joy to pose the question to readers, who was the only team to win the NCAA and the NIT in the same season? (Answer below)

OK so let’s give Bags credit for knowing that the UConn Huskies had played the URI Rams in the Yankee Conference (see E-Mail).

Alexander the Great, like many people in Rhode Island, had to pump out his basement and contact FEMA about assistance. On Friday, as Alex was describing his efforts, especially FEMA, he suddenly whipped out a fema, that is, a RI femur bone. I asked him how he knew it wasn’t a tibia. Alex had the answer – the femur has a trochanteric end.

According to Pucky, 5 Angels is back from his gig in St. Bart’s at the Baz Bar. 5 Angels and his buddy George (the Foreverly Brothers) played there for about a week. And Jimmy Buffett sat in one night.

The Herbster said that his girlfriend called him up and wanted to know if he wanted to go to Good Friday services. The Herbalogist told her he was already at Good Friday services- he was at the Hot Club.

Rumor has it that Troy Brown is a part owner of the Narragansett beer company.

Contraire thought that the Waterfront Festival ended because of the noise made by the bikers. I said that the local condo owners complained about the noise from the music and crowd, but that it wasn’t really the bikers. Contraire refused to believe me even when I pointed out that the bikers were banned from parking in the Hot Club parking lot and there were Waterfront Festivals after that. Beau and Big Kenny confirmed this but Contraire would not give in. That’s why he’s Mr. Contraire.

The high score on the basketball machine was 64. I met Rory who beat the mark with a 74 and then beat that with a 78. Rory is not a basketball player, he’s a musician. After I had congratulated Rory for beating the record, the Wise Man told me that they re-set the machine every day.

CCNY is the only team to win the NCAA and the NIT championships in the same season (1950). A check of my ESPN Sports Almanac shows that CCNY beat Bradley 71-68 for the NCAA crown and also beat Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Hot Club

On St. Patrick’s Day, the HC was quiet when I got there around 2 PM. I said it would pick up when the pub crawlers came in. Adam told me that pub crawls had been outlawed in RI. The response from Pal Al and I was: “What no pub crawl? I’m leaving.”

So when two groups of college students came in about 4:30 on a pub crawl, I grilled Adam on this ‘illegality’. He muttered something about non-enforcement of the law.

The film crew for Body of Evidence, a TV pilot, has been shooting in La Prov. The day before St. Pat’s, they were filming at the Hot Club and on Captain Tom McGinn’s boat. No wonder I got strange looks when I walked thru a scene across from the Turk’s Head Building on the way to the Hot Club on St. Patrick’s Day. Hope the pilot gets picked up.

Alexander the Great said that I got it wrong about the Leo Sayer song that had a section that was lifted by Sting. The Sayer song was (I Love You) More Than I Can Say.

Greta recently had a baby girl, Gianna, according to CJ. We wish Greta and her family the best of health.

We were speculating whether UConn had ever played URI in basketball. We were hoping that UConn would beat Virginia Tech in the NIT so that the Huskies would have to play the Rams at URI. We figured that had never happened. Bags thought that UConn and URI might have been in the Yankee Conference together. Foot Joy didn’t think so. The Wise Man and I weren’t so sure either. Bags wanted credit if it did occur.

Frequent Flyer was scanning the Hot Club one recent Friday. I asked him what he was doing. “I’m counting cougars”, said FF.

Told Wise that David Letterman said Tiger Woods may not win a green jacket at The Masters but his wife Elin will win a green jacket – made out of Tiger’s money. Online a Twitterer said that Tiger has added Flo the Progressive insurance lady to his harem.

And I mentioned that in talking about Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer suggested that “You guys should be able to take shots at him.” I envisioned Tiger on a golf course with his fellow pros whacking balls at Woods.

The Hot Club (HC) as the Hotel California (HC): Patti Quimby recently returned to visit.

The Wise Man has company in having problems with MLB opening the season on Easter Sunday night. Jackie MacMullan, a traditionalist, said on WEEI that she does not lik