Monthly Archives: May 2019

We’ll Make Your Day Today, Clint

On this day back in 1930, actor/director Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco.

Whoa. Ladies and gentlemen, just as a reminder, it’s 2019.

Celebrating a towering 89 years, Mr. Eastwood is still regarded as one of the toughest tough guys around. His films, ranging from westerns ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ to starring as a hardass cop in ‘Dirty Harry’ to a Secret Service agent in ‘In the Line of Fire’ to dramatizing the World War II battles on Iwo Jima in ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ to telling the real and deeply gritty ‘American Sniper’ to shining a behind-the-scenes light on ‘Sully’ — and dozens more movies in between — have left a definitive mark on Hollywood cinema that have and will continue to stand the test of time.

But just as important as the aforementioned serious films is Clint Eastwood’s sense of humor. And as famed comedic “roastmaster extraordinaire” Don Rickles showcased in a video clip below from many moons ago, ‘Dirty Harry’ is quite content for comedians to make his day.

Happy 89th Birthday, Clint Eastwood! 

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A Robbery Happening in Munich

So, this is what Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry (Robbery) do for fun at the Bayern Munich training grounds now that they’re not playing for the club anymore…

I have no words, except the ones I just wrote to tell you that I have no words.

While I’m at it, thank you Arjen Robben + Franck Ribéry for making the perfect soccer superhero at Bayern Munich for the past decade who went by the name Robbery and was faster than any defender(s) on the pitch, more powerful than any team’s motive to stop them and could lift the ball into the uppermost corner of the goal.

P.S. Bayern Munich is the coolest soccer club in the world. I think it’s pretty obvious why ladies and gentlemen. 

Cover the News? Dana Carvey IS Gonna Do It

Sitting on the couch and talking to Howard Stern can bring out surprising anecdotes and laugh-out-loud (or LOL for Millennials) laughter from his guests. That’s the shock jock’s gift. And Howard’s recent guest was SNL great Dana Carvey.

Things got very funny. Although, that wasn’t a surprise given the hilarious guest.

Dana Carvey is not only a brilliant celebrity impressionist and comedian, but he has an old school, Jay Leno-like approach to addressing the biggest, most serious news stories of the day with sharp yet good-natured punchlines. That’s it. Well, it’s not quite that simple, considering the immense talent it took to create unforgettable characters like Church Lady as well as impersonating the late former President George H.W. Bush.

So what are the Beatles — specifically one with us and one no longer with us — up to these days when it comes to understanding top news stories? Dana’s got an entertaining take on that.

But how would Garth from ‘Wayne’s World’ explain the news?

You know what, we’re not worthy.

The Flying Dutchman Is Departing From Munich

Arjen Robben, the 35-year-old Dutch soccer legend, played his final game for Bayern Munich this past Saturday in the DFB Cup (German Cup) that saw the Bundesliga champions deliver a dominating 3-nil win against RB Leipzig that led to Bayern Munich hoisting that golden trophy.

Ending a 10-year career in Bavaria, Robben showcased his skills throughout the past decade throughout Germany, as well as before then with teams in Spain, England, and Holland. Of course, there are just a few highlights out there of when he’d start on the right side of the pitch and then cut inside to his favorable left foot for either a rocket of a shot back post.

Just a few.

Quick Stat: Arjen Robben scored 99 goals in the Bundesliga and nearly earned his 100th on a couple of occasions in his final league match a week and a half ago.

I could go on and on and on…and on about the properly rated and interestingly underrated talent of Arjen Robben in the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. For starters, with help from “Robbery” partner in crime Franck Ribéry, Robben helped define Bayern Munich for the past decade.

Here’s “Robbery” in action against Manchester United in a 2010 Champions League match in Old Trafford.

And then there’s the 2012/2013 season in which Bayern Munich won the amazing treble (Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League) with help from, guess who?

But now it’s time to say a Bavarian goodbye to Mr. Wembley (or The Flying Dutchman) as we wait for him to announce his future plans, which will either be retirement or one final tour of playing with a not-yet-determined club. I actually got to see Arjen Robben play in the Allianz Arena for a Champions League game against Atlético Madrid back in late 2016. Bayern Munich won 1-nil on a Robert Lewandowski goal in, let’s say, chilly weather. I believe the thermometer read 20-degrees.

Regardless of having to wear a couple extra layers, which was no big deal at all for the awesome prize of seeing Arjen Robben and Bayern Munich battle (and defeat!) Atlético Madrid in a Champions League match inside the stunning Allianz Arena in Munich. The entire experience was amazingly unforgettable.

Returning back to the Bavarian goodbye, Bayern Munich produced a fitting farewell with words of gratitude from the star winger.

Until next season, Arjen Robben?