The Rundown

NYC Marathon 2021: Albert Korir takes men's race, Peres Jepchirchir wins women's race - ABC7 New York

One of the very best days of a New York City year happened again last Sunday with the 50th running of the New York City Marathon. Like most fans, I was really bummed that we lost this event to the pandemic last year, and as if we needed a reminder, this year’s race was limited to 33,000 runners for the very same reason.

As for the particulars, Albert Korir nabbed the top spot for the men’s side while Peres Jepchirchir placed first among the women. Marcel Hug won the prize in wheelchair and Roderick Sewell II won handcycle.

If you didn’t get a chance to tune in, do yourself a favor and check some of it out on YouTube. You’ll get the panoramic city tour AND a sporting event.

That’s called value added.

Henry Ruggs III crash victim was 'just about to get' her US citizenship

The Henry Ruggs saga is indicative of a different kind of privilege: The one afforded millionaire athletes who flout rules and laws out of a misbegotten sense of entitlement. Listen, there are plenty of non-athletes who are young and rich who behave just as recklessly as Ruggs did last week when he rammed into a Toyota Rav while doing 156 mph on a residential street. The difference is, athletes are gifted a podium, and so, before 23 year-old Tina Tintor was even laid to rest, other athletes such as Kadarius Toney were tweeting all manner of incivility about how Ruggs was a victim too. No, he was not. He was well aware of the repercussions of his actions long before he got behind the wheel of his Corvette. And unlike the majority of the population, Ruggs was afforded round the clock chauffeur service as per the league CBA that grants it to all members. He chose instead to drive as if he was attempting to qualify for the Indy 500, with a loaded gun in his vehicle. So spare me the narrative that Ruggs kept his nose out of trouble when it’s tragically obvious he just hadn’t met up with it yet.

For the past 26 years, Take-a-Kid-Fishing Day has brought the local community together.

Eddie Morgan is a fisherman who tells the kind of tales you can really believe in. Morgan is the owner of Harbor Docks- a marina and seafood restaurant which has become a Destin, Florida institution. And while that reputation was earned with superb fare and excellent service, it’s what the family business does for the community at large that has made them larger than the biggest fish known to Hemingway.

27 years ago, Eddie’s father started something called “Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day” in which hundreds of local children between the ages of 7-13 were taken on a fishing trip on the first weekend of November. And all this time later, the tradition has continued. They head out bright and early to a fishing hole dubbed “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” aboard 50 charter boats, and then they get to casting.

“The fishing industry is what makes our area so special. And people growing up in our area should know what that is and appreciate it,” Morgan says. “A lot of these kids have never been fishing before. So if they go, they go fishing and they love it. And we give them a fishing rod when they leave so they can do it on their own.”

Now that’s a nice catch.

My favorite quote of the week comes from Falcon’s Swiss Army Knife Cordarelle Paterson who was asked why he plays so many positions. “If my mom could go out there and work three jobs, I can go out there and play three positions,”.

9 Year Old Saves Halloween For Neighborhood Kids | WCOS | The Morning Rush

Dylan Suiter of Vandalia, Ohio has a sweet bead on all things philanthropy, like . . for reals. Whilst out trick or treating last weekend, Suiter came upon a house with (Egads!) an empty candy bowl on the front porch. But for this quick thinking kid, that was no thing. He just donated some candy from his own bag so that his compadres wouldn’t be going without.

The random act of sweetness went viral and now Dylan is getting noticed by a ton of peeps, including Ryan Reynolds; the star of “Free Guy”, because yes, that’s who Dylan’s costume was based on. So he’s got the neighborhood vote, he’s got the Tik Tok Army, he’s even got some Hollywood love being thrown his way . . and don’t forget the American Dental Association.

Can we lower the minimum age for President?

A makeshift memorial outside NRG Stadium.

The tragedy that took place at NRG Park in Houston this week fits the description of insanity to a frightful degree. Because Travis Scott, the rapper who headlined the evening’s festivities, is known for stirring up trouble at the venues he plays. And Astroworld was no different, as officials reported fights and unruly behavior throughout the afternoon and evening.

When Scott took the stage at a little after 9 p.m., things began taking a turn for the worse as concert goers began rushing closer to the stage. A stampede of human carnage ensued, during which time the concert continued. So as human beings were being crushed, the music still played. And this morning we’re looking at nine casualties and myriad questions. The one thing we know for certain is that a tragedy could have been prevented.

The other thing we know for certain is that it wasn’t.

Micro-Review of “The Harder They Fall”- Imagine Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee had a baby. A quick-draw action packed two hours worth of Yee! Meeting Haw! 

Curtis baby premature

Last week we celebrated Margaret Dilullo’s 107 years and today we celebrate 16 month old Curtis Means making a different kind of history. This handsome young man set the Guinness world record for being the most premature infant to survive when he was born 19 weeks before his due date. Sadly, his twin-sister C’Asya did not make it. But Curtis somehow pulled through with a weight of 14.8 ounces at birth.

In case you were wondering, Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban has already put in a call.

And Imma wrap up today’s episode with a heartfelt thank you to veterans everywhere. Veteran’s Day was yesterday and as per usual, I took a moment to thank my pal, Big Papi, for his service. It’s the only time the two of us are ever really serious about anything, but hey, it still counts.

And it always will.

 

 

 

 

 

48 thoughts on “The Rundown

    • Cool kid, huh?

      Curtis Means is on Saban’s radar . . .

      It’s really fun for me, because I don’t think I would ever run in one. But to see how consistent they are from mile marker 3 through 11, through 22 . . . wow.

      Where WERE these Dolphins all year?

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  1. B,

    So glad you managed to find enough stories to share with us this week 😉

    Marathon runners are another breed. I can’t even run five miles, never mind 26. So glad they were able to hold it this year.

    I am completely disgusted with Ruggs. And even more so Toney defending him. I can only hope that Tina Tintor didn’t see anything coming and didn’t suffer for a second. Nor her dog. There is no excuse for what he did. None.

    What a lovely idea, did Eddie Morgan’s father have. And wonderful that he took up the mantle to continue providing youths with the fishing experience. I’m sure more than one fisherman is born each and every time.

    Love Cordarelle’s quite! And kudos to him for acknowledging his mom like that.

    Random act of Sweetness! What a great kid is Dylan Suiter! And to get Ryan Reynolds to notice? That is a bonus beyond words!

    I cannot, for the life of me, understand how the tragedy at NRG Park managed to take place. How can Travis Scott feed this? Nine casualties. For what?

    I loved The Harder They Fall! So glad I suggested it 😉

    Wow. And this little Curtis Means is okay? While I think it is amazing that doctors today can perform miracles, I always worry about some repercussions. i shall send out positive vibes to this little fellow and his mother. I’m hoping they don’t need them.

    I hadn’t heard “Ragged Old Flag” in eons – beautiful reminder.

    A beauty of a post, once again!

    Q

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    • Q

      I should have started earlier than last night, truth be told. But I had some ideas so there is that.

      As I was telling Frank, I am most impressed by the consistency. From the first couple miles to the last to the last, to keep up that pace, wow.

      Ruggs had never found trouble, but the idea that last week was the first time he went looking for it? Nope. And Toney, what a jerk to say something so disrespectful.

      Most of the kids go out for the first time. And fifty charter boats? These peeps are dedicated.

      I love that quote. Says it all.

      Like I said, Ohio being the battleground state, this kid might be able to carry it!

      This is far from Scott’s first go-round with trouble of this sort. And somehow, the venue and the city thought booking the event was a good idea why?

      A winnah!

      Yeah, the little fella is doing really well from all accounts. And some day, who knows, maybe he really WILL play for the Crimson Tide.

      I thought it fit.

      Gracias mucho!

      B

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      • Well… it is what it is 😉 And you did rather well.

        I am blown away by anyone who completes it. From the first to the last, I raise my hat.

        I don’t even care if it was the first time he went looking for it. It was a first time too many (let’s pretend it was, though we know it wasn’t). Toney is showing his immaturity.

        That is dedication plus!

        Oops… Quote, not quite 😉 It’s great!

        This kid is definitely going places.

        I admit it troubles me greatly. He’s the musical version of Trump. Instigate trouble.

        It was!

        I am definitely rooting for the little fella.

        It did. Perfectly.

        You know it!

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        • It woiked.

          They are different. I’m not going to join the different, but it’s impressive nonetheless.

          The narrative is he never got in trouble. His lawyer will try and drive that point him with the jury, and depending on the pool, it could work. Toney’s just a schmuck.

          No kidding.

          Both!

          On the ticket for 2024 would actually not be a bad thing.

          He is. The venue and the city are going to have to answer as to why they would invite someone like this.

          Yaya!

          Me too.

          ‘Precccciate it!

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          • It did.

            They are. Ahhh. but you can do half the different 😉

            This is when I hate lawyers most. Let’s hope the pool is not so willing to let it slide. He is.

            For shizzle!

            Would he be old enough? I think we might have to add another four…

            I sure hope to hell they do.

            We all are.

            MWAH!

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          • They- meaning lawyers- are only doing the job they are asked to do. It’s a really dirty fucking business when you KNOW the defendant is dead to rights and yet we have to wonder if he or she will get off, but that’s the system. And there isn’t a system I would rather have, as painful and unfair as it can be at times.

            35 is currently the youngest you can be to run for President. Not that we have ever really had any issues with that since our Presidents are usually elected with one foot in the grave.

            MUAH!

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          • Of course they are. I can’t imagine it’s easy knowing your client it guilty but having the obligation to give him/her the best defense possible. Must keep them up at nights. Until they become blasé about it.

            Which is still pretty young. Other than a handful, you’re right, so many had one foot in the grave!

            MWAH!

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          • I wonder that myself. Do all of them become blase? Or do certain of them struggle with it? Or do they understand it’s a responsibility they owe? Hard stuff.

            Seriously. The last two guys haven’t been the ideal, that’s for sure.

            MUAH!

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          • I like to think they don’t all become blase. It probably does make their life easier if they don’t care anymore. Very hard stuff.

            No, they have not. You guys need some younger and more with it, candidates.

            MWAH!

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          • It’s impossible to think about for me. I can’t imagine what they go through.

            Hah! We have those here? If you find out where they’re hiding, please let me know. I’m pretty sure I can win a sizeable cash prize.

            MUAH!

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          • I can’t either. I should ask my cousin. He’s a criminal lawyer… but then again, he is nuts – one of those who says Covid isn’t real… 🙄

            I dunno. They must be hiding… Sissies.

            MWAH!

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  2. A(nother) great roundup. I know I shouldn’t be surprised that various athletes or musicians can get away with murder, but I always am. {head shaking in disgust} especially with the common and good hearted folk like Dylan Suiter and Eddie Morgan do extraordinary things. And all the best in the world for Master Curtis Means. A long, beautiful and happy life to the little tyke! Have a great weekend, Marc.

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    • There seems to be a different set of rules for celebrities and athletes. Let’s hope Ruggs is made to pay for this horrible crime, because it WAS a crime.

      Dylan Suiter may have landed himself a cameo in a Ryan Reynolds movie, I gotta think. And Eddie Morgan has the patience and soul of a saint. Fifty charter boats full of kids? Wow.

      Curtis Means . . your 2037 starting wide receiver for the Crimson Tide . . .

      You too Monika, thank you.

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  3. Excellent Pilgrim. All great stories except for the Ruggs mess. He is a murderer for sure. The kid gets my vote. Nobody does that. We had someone here who emptied the bowl into his sack and was on his way. Dumbass. Little Chris looks great. So glad he made it. Travis Scott is another one who should be shunned. So irresponsible. Thanks again for the great stories.

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  4. I did not hear about this Ruggs guy (whoever the hell he is), but throw the book at him!

    The concert story reminded me of The Who in Cincinnati when I was living in Ohio. Sometimes it’s a real wonder this doesn’t happen more often.

    “Random Acts of sweetness” is a perfect story!

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    • I agree completely Eilene. And I can already see the narrative that is being constructed by the defense. He was a good teammate, good in the clubhouse, never got in trouble . . .

      Well, loaded gun in his car. What in the hell was he toting around a gun for? And not for nothing, but not getting in trouble is a non-starter for me. So what?

      And yeah . . never getting in trouble is NOT the same thing as just not having been caught.

      It’s something I have always wondered about as well. I’ve only been up close at a handful of concerts, and being the worst case scenario personality that I am, I had fire exits, getaways and strategies for getting out of the thicket of people quickly. But it’s scary shit.

      I love that kid! And we have plenty of those kids that don’t get talked about. It’s time to start talking up the current and future generations. This one has made enough of a mess of things.

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  5. Cheers to the technology that can help
    Premise and Means is a sweet looking boy!
    And I am
    So sad abiut the Travis Scott stampede and on the news they said it had been 40 years since this happened at a who concert (think it was 79)
    And this is why we have assigned seating and not general admission – right?
    Also – did you hear that a police officer was stuck with a needle when trying to arrest some one
    There was some funky crap going on there

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    • Hear Hear!

      And he’s doing well. Here’s to a day when maybe, just maybe Nick Saban is recruiting him to come play for the Tide.

      Unfortunately, the crowds at a Scott concert are known for crazy behavior so I don’t think assigned seating would have helped in this instance.

      No I did not. I’m not surprised though.

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      • Yes – I heard that they were encouraged to rush the stage and in one the songs he wrote it mentioned getting nosebleeds
        Well looks like safety protocols will be out in place and sadly sometimes it takes stuff like this to happens for measures to be put in place

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