For what a patch of spiked sand around third looks like
50 years after
Only a turning wind may remember

… Nelson Algren, “Ballet for Opening Day”

Brooks is the kind of player who exhausts the dictionary’s capacity of superlatives. He was an iron man who played nearly 3,000 major league games. He is generally considered the greatest fielder ever to man the hot corner. He won an MVP, and 16 Gold Gloves. He was selected for 18 all-star games. He is a Baltimore legend who never played for another MLB team.

He was reputed to be as good a person as he was a fielder. Like Stan Musial, Brooks was the kind of guy about whom nobody ever said an unkind word.


I’m not going to go into them, because they will be done to death this week as she promotes her book.

I just want to make a note on a picture accompanying a Cassidy story.

One site says: “Congressman Jim Jordan is 6’3″. This makes him one of the taller members of Congress.” Yeah … maybe not.

Here is Jordan next to Cassidy Hutchinson (5’7″, so probably 5’10” in heels), Kevin McCarthy (5’10”) and Mark Meadows (6’0″).

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There are some perspective issues in that photo, but it’s clear that Jordan is much smaller than Meadows.

Matt Gaetz is reliably measured at 6’2″ according to his arrest record, but if Jim Jordan is 6’3″, then I’m guessing that Gates may actually be seven feet tall (see below). I guess that could be. He does have the forehead of Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster, who was about seven feel tall in those built-up shoes.

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Jordan’s real height? Well, he wrestled at 134 in college, so I’d say 5’7″ or 5’8″ is a decent guess.

Blue is the Warmest Color was released in 2013 and both actresses received support in the nude scene of the year balloting. Neither had a chance to win because that was the year of Rosario Dawson in Trance, but both made the final list. Adele Exarchapolous placed higher than Lea Seydoux, thanks to being eight years younger and offering close-ups of her naughty bits, but both performers went all-in for this film. Their lovemaking was vigorous and convincing.

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It seems hard to believe, but Lea is closing in on the big 4-0. She turned 38 this past summer.

Hey, man, I’m afraid of flying. I just can’t get on the plane without my therapy llama. One exception. My shrink says that, in a pinch, I could use an alpaca.

Kidding almost aside, I just know I’m going to end up in a middle seat between a fat guy and his therapy llama.

Oh, sorry. Political incorrectness alert. Not a fat guy, or a lard-ass, but a Crisco-American.

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There is a large gallery of these.

The former Eastenders star is about to turn 50, and looks every bit of that and then some. She has partied hard. By her own admission, she snorted what must have been a record amount of cocaine, leaving her with an eroded nasal septum. Having a deformed nose and outsized implants gives her an unusual look, to say the least.

Here is what she looked like in happier days:

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