Thursday Inspiration — Game Over

0F7F2818-EB64-4289-9A3F-750CD9F29E4EYesterday’s Thursday Inspiration theme from Paula Light, “game,” was very timely, in that yesterday was the day we learned that in the United States it’s game over. Most major professional and college sporting events in America have been cancelled or indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The NCAA has canceled college basketball’s March Madness tournament. Major League Baseball (MLB) has canceled the rest of spring training and will delay the start of the regular season by at least two weeks. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has suspended professional basketball for at least 30 days.

The National Hockey League (NHL) has put its season on hold, as has Major League Soccer (MLS) and the PGA. Professional tennis has suspended matches through April 20th, and even though NASCAR IndyCar races will still be held, there will be no fans attending.

The economic and social impact of these cancellations and suspensions is going to be enormous. NBA officials are anticipating potentially “losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars across the sport.” And that’s just one sport.

The NCAA March Madness men’s basketball tournament is 15-day, 14-city event that, between media, marketing, broadcasting, ticket sales, gambling, and the rest, generates billions of dollars.

It’s hard to say whether or not these suspensions and cancellations of major sports in America would have happened regardless of the bungled actions of the Trump administration in dealing with this global pandemic, so I’m not going to point the finger of blame at our total incompetent and unfit president. But he certainly hasn’t done anything to help the situation and our country is going to pay a very high price.

SoCS — Too Much Television

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has given us the word “television.” She asks us to “talk about your favorite show, past, present, or future, or about the apparatus itself.”

I admit it. I watch too much television. But since Trump was elected president in 2016, my viewing habits have changed. I used to watch TV dramas, situation comedies, and, of course, movies, sports, and, occasionally, the news.

Not any more, though. Now I watch cable news most of the time. Sometimes CNN, but mostly MSNBC. And never, ever, ever Fox News.9ae85bb2-61d4-4c27-87bc-d2f52ebeea42 My wife and I, when the news is so damn aggravating that we need a break, will watch HGTV shows, like “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and “Love It or List It.” But at night, it’s Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell.

I think, however, for my own mental health, I need to go back to watching dramas, sitcoms, movies, and sports. Because if I don’t stop watching so much political news, one of these days I’m going get so angry that I might throw the remote control device at my TV and break the screen.eb68267c-5c9b-446a-9f17-7e45fd42596e

Rory’s Friday Questions

856D667F-1861-4E8E-BC2C-04A2E298A688Rory, a Guy Called Bloke, is at it again. He’s asking more questions and it’s Friday, so why the hell not?


Before 2005, who was the last English captain to win the Ashes?

Um, what are “The Ashes”? Does it have anything to do with Arthur Ashe?

In which Year was the FA Cup Final described as the Matthews’ Final”

Um, what is the FA Cup Final?

With which sport do you connect William Webb Ellis?

Um, who is William Webb Ellis?

Which race did Red Rum win three times?

Um, the Race for the Red Rum?

What was boxer Muhammad Ali’s former name?

Ooh, ooh, I know this. Cassius Clay.DD00C927-49CF-49B1-89AF-04DB3B753779

How many Olympic gold medals did Sir Steve Redgrave win?

Um, Sir Steve Redgrave? Is he related to Vanessa Redgrave?

Who captained England in the 1966 World Cup Final?

Captain Morgan?759258B7-379A-48B0-BA96-8028EB3D9980

At which weight in boxing was John L Sullivam the world champion?

I don’t know what weight class John L. Sullivam was in, but John L. Sullivan was in the heavyweight class.

In which sport was Rachel Heyhoe-Flint a star?

Wasn’t she the one on “Friends” who dated Ross?

Which year were the Olympics last held in London?

1215. Oh no, that was the date of the Magna Carta. Sorry.


What is the capital of Australia?

Um, New Zealand?

Which three countries have a land border with European Spain?

Portugal, France, and …. Wait, is this a trick question?

What is the major chain of mountains in South America called?

The Andes.

In which continent is Equatorial Guinea?


What is the former name of Sri Lanka?


Wellington is the capital city of which country?

New Zealand, which, as I established earlier, is the capital of Australia. Amiright, or what?

In feet, to the nearest 1000 feet, what is the height of Mount Everest?


Into which ocean does the River Congo flow?


Antarctica is a continent. True or false?

You bet your bippy it is.

Of which country is Ulam Bator the capital?

Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia.


Who was the female star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Audrey Hepburn.B2CC6830-2FA1-413F-9B73-C96EDC1849BB

Who played the male lead opposite Vivien Leigh in “Gone with the Wind”?

Clark Gable.4A056D3D-6F19-44E6-A4A7-0C976392B20E

Who received an Oscar as best supporting actor in “From Here to Eternity”?

Frank Sinatra.

Which film actor did Elizabeth Taylor marry twice?

Richard Burton.

Name the two main actors in the “Rainman.”

Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise.

What kind of animal was Alex in Madagascar?

I have no idea. A giraffe?

Who starred opposite Humphery Bogart in “The African Queen”?

Katherine Hepburn.89DDB21A-0B17-4ED2-9DBA-D36B3DC80237

Who played the female lead opposite Hugh Grant in “Four Weddings and a Funeral”?

Julia Roberts, maybe?

 Who played Henry V on film nearly fifty years after Olivier?

Hmm. Would that have been Kenneth Branagh?

Which American singer played in the 80’s remake of “The Jazz Singer”?

Neil Diamond, I think.

Happy Thirteenth Anniversary

No, it’s not my thirteenth wedding anniversary. I’ve been married for way more than 13 years. But it was exactly thirteen years ago today, on October 10, 2005, when I published my very first post on my very first blog.

It was on Blogger or Blogspot, which may be the same thing (I think my URL had a “” domain name), but it (or they) are now part of the Google family, which they weren’t at the time I started that blog.

Anyway, I named my first blog “They Took an X-Ray of My Head and Found Nothing.” It was based on something Dizzy Dean, a professional baseball pitcher in the 1930s, said. In game four of the 1934 World Series, Dean attempted to break up a double play on a ground ball. The second baseman’s throw ended up hitting Dean in the head, knocking him unconscious. Dean’s x-ray at the hospital came back negative, and Dean was quoted as saying, “The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing.”

But I digress. The tagline of my blog was “All the news, views, and commentary that I think are important…to me, anyway, because, after all, it’s all about me!” Hmm. Not much has changed in 13 years, has it?

My first post was a whiny lament about how the second basement for the Boston Red Sox made an error that cost the Red Sox the game. And it was a playoff game, too! I used to blog about sports a lot back then because politics at the time was, you know, boring. Oh how I wish that were still the case.

My “X-Ray” blog was up and running for more than three years, until December 6, 2008. It was replaced a month later, on January 6, 2009, with my second blog, which only lasted until June 9, 2009. For my third blog, which I started a month later, on July 6, 2009, I moved it from Blogger to TypePad. Then, in July of 2013, I started blog number four on WordPress.

For personal reasons, in mid-April of 2015, I took a two-year hiatus from blogging. Until May of 2017, when I started this blog, blog number five (hence, “Fivedotoh”). I realized that I couldn’t stay quiet with Donald Trump as POTUS and with all of the chaos he was creating and the damage he was doing.

I also decided that, in order to maintain my own mental health, I would dabble in flash fiction to serve as a distraction from the insanity in Washington.

And here we are, thirteen years later. So happy thirteenth blogging anniversary to me. Thank you for sharing this auspicious anniversary with me.

B is for Baseball

img_0943Great news! The 2018 Major League Baseball season started this past Thursday. And I’m stoked.

Yes, I know. Some of you might suggest that, when it comes to baseball, B should be for boring. A lot of people seem to find watching baseball to be a yawner. Of course, many of these same people love watching golf. Go figure.

Sure, baseball isn’t as brutal as football. It’s not as fast-paced as basketball. It’s not as violent as hockey.

But it’s not at all boring if you take the time to really understand the game. Instead, baseball is a nuanced game. It’s a game of strategy. It’s a game of finesse.

Baseball is high drama — there’s drama with every at bat, with every pitch, every hit, every steal, every play in the field.

What can be more thrilling than a pitcher’s duel? How about a walk-off, game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth? Is there anything more exciting than an inside the park home run or a runner stealing home?

When should the manager pull the pitcher off the mound? Call for a pinch hitter? Put in a pinch runner? Call for a squeeze play or a steal?

It’s been a long winter and I’m so ready for baseball season to commence. So B is for baseball and B is for boom chuckalucka.

I’ll be back tomorrow for my C-post.