The Rundown

Soccer players compete on a field during a snowstorm.

The above image comes courtesy of The Atlantic, and no . . this isn’t the North Pole League. It’s from a game played in Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England recently, between Manchester City and West Ham United. And what really muttons my chops is that I won’t step foot outside for a run when the ground resembles Tony Montana’s coffee table, but these guys? Ain’t no thing at all.

Promising Young Woman': Film Review - Variety

Movie Review Of The Week- I’ll start by saying, this isn’t a micro-review, this is a legitimate spill, because Promising Young Woman didn’t give me a choice in the matter. It offers up the kind of social commentary that smacks you in the face. It’s teaching without the preaching. Its stylistically entrancing with a substance that makes you feel as if you just read one hell of a book. The characters possess a biting dynamism, the dialogue provides a snarky heft and the music is ironically subversive.

Carey Mulligan plays a broken young woman whose path has been forever altered by a crime that went unpunished. Her life thus becomes a call to high heeled vengeance, and she gets to kicking early. Her character may dress like Britney, but she does her business like Bronson.

You might question her methods, but you cannot fault her given the madness of a world where rape culture is a matter of course and “He said” trumps “She said”, even in a Me Too world. I found myself rooting for her, praying for her and most of all, mourning the realities this brilliant script brings to the fore. From start to finish, it’s the kind of movie that will have you thinking long after the credits roll.

It also happens to be the best movie I saw this year.

Former Yankee outfielder Clint Frazier is taking potshots at his former team? He should be thankful the Cubs picked him up, considering he’s a lifetime .239 hitter with little power. After being given bucco chances to be the answer in the outfield, the Yanks cut him loose after he hit a paltry .186 last season. If Clint really wants to find someone to blame, he should look in the mirror. 

Mike Moffitt and Gladys Hankerson finally met in person after 20 years of friendship sparked by Hankerson dialing the wrong phone number.

For anyone who’s ever dialed a wrong number, this story is for you.

Twenty years ago, Gladys Hankerson of Delray Florida put in a phone call to her sister in Maryland. Welp, her fingers took the wrong walk and she reached a man by the name of Mike Moffitt, who lives in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. And while that may have just been that, it turned into something else entirely.

Before too long, Gladys had ‘misdialed’ the number again . . and then she kept right on doing it until a friendship was formed between the two. They stayed in touch, checking in on each other and sharing stories about their families and their lives. And then over the Thanksgiving holiday, these phone friends met for the first time; more than twenty years after their first misdirected hello.

“There are incredible people in this world that are a wrong number phone call away.” Says Gladys. Trust her on this one.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh to donate any bonus he earns to athletic department employees hit by COVID-19 cuts -

A gold and maize shout out to Michigan Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh. His team exorcised a pantry full of demons over the last few weeks; first by knocking off their bitter rival Ohio State Buckeyes, who had lorded over his team for the past decade. They doubled down by crushing the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big 10 title game to clinch the conference championship and secure a berth in the college football playoffs.

But he’s not here for any of that, impressive as it was. Nope, coach Harbaugh makes this week’s episode for what he did off the field. He’s taking the $500,000 bonus he was due for winning the conference crown and he’s distributing it to the Michigan staffers who were forced to take reduced wages during the pandemic.

Chalk up another win for Michigan’s favorite son.

Live stream: Bob Dole lies in state at U.S. Capitol

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole passed away this week at the age of 98. A man who devoted his life to the service of his country was remembered fondly by both sides of the aisle. A WWII hero and Senate majority leader, he lost to Bill Clinton in the 1996 Presidential election. But the loss cannot tarnish all the many accomplishments that defined his life.

“He was a giant of our history,” Said President Biden.

Jussie Smollett Denies He Staged Hate Attack - Variety

Actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct yesterday stemming from a false report he filed with the Chicago PD in January of 2019. In the report, he claimed that he had been attacked by two white men; an accusation that ended up being a hoax.

It’s doubtful Smollett will serve any time in spite of the conviction, considering no one was hurt in the staged attack, but the damage has already been done. As I touched on in a Heroes post in February of that year, Smollett’s stunt was condemnable. Why call race into play when there is already enough real life shit to deal with? Shameful.

Meet Georgia's Youngest Certified Farmer -

The lovely Dale has hit one out of the park with the story of little Kendall Rae, who made history by becoming the youngest certified farmer in the state of Georgia. And by young, I mean six years young.

When most girls her age are playing with Barbies, she was attaining her business entity at the state and federal level. She joined a variety of farming organizations and she can now apply for grants and purchase land. Her great-grandmother Laura “Kate” Williams left quite an impression on the young lady; not only teaching her granddaughter how to grow her own food, but impressing upon her the value of such a thing.

Young Kendall began her journey with a monthly gardening club; bringing families together to help her harvest, plant and produce subscription food boxes. She has also helped raise more than $85,000 for young farmers through her speaking engagements. And she hopes to raise $10,000 for an outdoor agricultural science lab. But when asked what’s most important to her? She wants to “make new friends, make new things and inspire other kids.”

Henry Ward Beecher believed that children were the hands we use to take hold of heaven itself. And yanno, I think the old boy was onto something because in an age where adults behave like children, it takes a six year old to show us our better angels.

Personally, I think that’s just peach.

39 thoughts on “The Rundown

  1. B,

    Ya gotta love the game to keep on keeping on while a blizzard is falling! Now I’m wondering why I wimped out on my run both yesterday and today! Oh yeah… it isn’t any kind of grass faux or real that is under my blanket…

    Thank you for not spoiling Promising Young Woman as it’s on my to-watch tonight 😉 Though what you have written only serves to further enhance my desire to watch it. Too bad you already watched it, eh? 😉

    Poor baby is Clint Frazier.

    Remind me to tell you about the wrong number I received and kept on receiving. This story is absolutely wonderful. It takes that whole chance encounter in a café to a whole ‘nother level!

    Wow to Jim Harbaugh. No. Wow is not enough but what a fabulous, unheard of thing to do! He gets my vote. For anything!

    98 is a most respective age to say good-bye to this lifetime. 98 and having accomplished what he did means he gets a one-way ticket to the happy after life. RIP Mr. Dole.

    Smollett is beyond shameful. Talk about taking the black cause back many steps. The irony is not lost on the number of times a white man falsified against a black man.

    How wonderful is Kendall Rae? To enjoy gardening is one thing, to join farming organizations and apply for grants? What kid even knows what that is? Speaking engagements… Show me a regular six-year-old who can even hold a conversation for more than five minutes!

    Beecher knew of what he spoke.

    Oh! Collective Soul. I absolutely LOVE Collective Soul…


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    • Q

      That’s how I am. If there is sufficient enough snow on the ground, I’ll usually take a hard pass these days. I ain’t against running on snow, which I dig for the crunch. But it’s what lies beneath.

      Is this more of that sarcasm you peeps are so famous for?

      Clint is a big baby.

      And okay. Yeah, this was a neat little story. She was evidently comforted by the voice on the other end of the line, so she kept right on dialing the wrong number until it became the right one.

      Three cheers for Coach Khaki!

      He sure deserves it. I was thinking about how divisive politics has become these days. Who’s going to get the same kind of send off from both sides of the aisle in twenty years?

      Right. I initially felt for him, to some extent. I wondered what would compel a young man with a bright future to do such a thing? But then he doubled and tripled down on the lie, and was arrogant about it. Nope.

      Kendall is the future, and thank God. Because she’s an adult, even at six years of age. We are going to have to kick some of these so called grown ups off the adult table.

      He sure did.

      Me twice!


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  2. Great rundown today, Pilgrim. Your stories were a breath of fresh air today. I look back at all the rush to judgment statements made regarding the Smollett case, and I think many people should hang their heads in shame. Why folks don’t just mind their own business is beyond me. Loved the Kendall Rae story. She is going places for sure. Harbaugh is the real deal. Thanks again, Marc

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  3. I had a thought (I know, I know. That’s a rare thing.) after Bob Dole died and the bipartisan praises started coming in … is there any current political figure for whom such bipartisanship will be demonstrated upon their passing? I can’t think of any in our current scorched-earth, no-holds-barred political climate.

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  4. A half-mil bonus? Shameful that Michigan shorts the pay of hardworking staff to shower that kind of dough on a coach. That’s just how I see it. I know, I know, football brings in bucks, but still…

    Kendall is a real winner, though. Oh my!

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    • I totally agree Eilene. To think that in most, if not all states, the highest paid employee is the head football coach at the university . . well, when we wonder what in the hell is wrong with our priorities? We might just start there.

      Kendall! The future’s so bright . . she’s gotta wear shades!

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  5. The opening pic in the Runamok is soccer (football in Europe) …right?
    Is Canada still in FIFA contention. It was nuts here about that. Now it seems quiet.
    Sounds like I’ll watch “Promising Young Woman”.
    The Sorry Wrong Number story is SWEET!
    Jim Harbaugh did a good thing! Had he not, he would have been Jim Hairball!

    RIP Bob Dole!

    Go away j. smallette

    I have a feeling we will be hearing more of/from Kendall Rae!

    Pretty great line-up today!

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    • Yes it is. Futbol . . .

      You must see it. It is such a brilliant film in my opinion.

      I loved that wrong number story, and how she kept ‘misdialing’ the number until they eventually became a habit.

      You so cheeky!

      Yes, little Kendall has a very bright future ahead of her.

      Muchas gracias Resa

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  6. Yet a(nother) amazing batch of fabulous, Marc! And that smile of little Kendall Rae says it all with an exclamation point. Blessings and good fortune to her and those connected to her. We need more like her (and all the other terrific human examples in this week’s rundown). Pox on the Clint Frazier’s of the world. The whole “blame others for your inadequacies” rap is becoming far an all too common refrain within our culture. People need to own what they do and stop trying to pin their own shortcomings on others.

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  7. Your Beecher quote unleashed a flurry of remembrance, his Pilgrim Church still going strong in Brooklyn Heights where there’s a special stained glass window of Lincoln since he spoke there.

    He was supposed give his famed Cooper Union speech there..Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it….but at the last minute his promoter, if you will, switched venues thinking Cooper would pack the house, which it did winning him the presidential nomination…that rube from Illinois, rube, a Hicks term.

    As for Mr. Dole. Wow, 98, now that’s a good run, like the play, Old Calcutta that ran for, 5, 959 performances. RIP Bobby. Morning Marco…nice piece. 🙂

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