Thursday Ramblings

What’s a more decent show to watch as a little kid than Sesame Street? This is the 40th year for the popular children’s program and several Web sites and media outlets (including Decent Community) have been dedicating time to take a look back at Burt & Ernie, Big Bird and the man himself, Snuffaluffagus. Check out this interactive look at the decent muppets from Sesame Street, a handy way to take a trip down memory lane and come across some of the decency you might have forgotten. … The staff at Electronic Arts that works on the annual Madden football game spends countless hours rating every player and every team to try to get them as close to real life as possible. That’s why the San Francisco 49ers are a 75 as a team and the Patriots last year were a 90. Not exact, but close enough. I find it a little odd that both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees have exact 97 ratings in the upcoming MLB 2010 video game. Sorry to say it but the Yankees are better than the Red Sox, only because New York has a better offense. The meat of Boston’s order (Youk, Victor and Papi) just isn’t as strong as A-Rod, Teixeira and Granderson, who hit 30 homers in Tiger Stadium last year is a sure bet to hit 40 this year in the Bronx. …  Three links for your reading enjoyment this Thursday: 1) High school pledges to turn up the lights and blast Burt Bacharach at dances if teens start grinding; 2) 79-year-old survives for four days on a deserted island after his boat sinks; and 3) Take a glance through 30 of the dumbest inventions, including a device that lets you smoke a full pack of butts at the same time and the baby cage, a dog cage intended to house a baby dangling stories above a busy street. … Happy 36th birthday to Biggest Loser fitness trainer Jillian Michaels. Did you know Michaels, who decided to become a trainer after overcoming her overweightness as a teenager, will be starring in her own Biggest Loser spinoff series “Losing it with Jillian” on NBC next year? … Happy 42nd birthday to former teen star Molly Ringwold. Did you know that Ringwold, who is ranked No. 1 on VHI’s list of 100 Greatest Teen Stars, saw her career decline after turning down leading roles in Pretty Woman and Ghost? … Happy 53rd birthday to the very decent Vanna White. Did you know that Vanna’s first television appearance wasn’t on Wheel of Fortune, but rather as a contestant on The Price is Right in 1980? She was selected to “Come on Down” but never won the chance to get on stage. … Finally, a public service message from the most decent slow-pitch softball team out there, the Isotopes. The team is seeking players for the upcoming season. Games are in the New Bedford area on weekday evenings in the summer. Players must be somewhat athletic and like to chill and drink beers. Send an e-mail to and someone from the team will get back to you.


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