Jessica Parker Kennedy in Black Sails [S01E08]

I miss my pirates! The final season of Black Sails was a disappointment. They rushed through plot developments that were probably originally intended to stretch over several seasons. And I didn’t like the fact that the screenwriters seemed to wimp out from the cold reality of the previous seasons and allowed some of the characters to come to mawkish, unrealistic endings. Oh, but that second-last season! The last 2-3 episodes of that penultimate season were some of the best television I’ve ever seen.

(And of course there were the nude scenes with Jessica Parker Kennedy, Hannah New and others.)

Elizabeth Warren announced the result of a DNA test that showed she has Native American ancestry.

The press has magnified the significance of this finding. The test showed that she seemed to have one Native American ancestor eight generations ago! That would about about the time of the Revolutionary War. It may have been as far back as ten generations, which takes us back to the very founding of San Antonio and New Orleans. If she could just get it back maybe three more generations, she might be a descendant of the REAL Pocahontas!

Exaggeration aside, Trump did say, “I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian … we’ll see what she does.”

Warren tweeted Monday morning that Trump could “send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.”

Trump said Monday that he “didn’t say” he would pay Warren $1 million for showing her test results. “I didn’t say that. You better read it again.”

Trump is correct in not paying up. The test doesn’t “show she’s an Indian,” and that’s exactly what he said he would pay for.

In fairness, the National Review had this take:

Earlier today, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren released DNA test results that confirmed that she misled employers, students, and the public about her Native American heritage for years. Bizarrely, all too many members of the media treated the results as vindicating her. Down is up. Black is white. The imperatives of the resistance apparently dictate propping up a liar — as long as she might be able to beat President Trump in 2020.

Here are the facts. For an extended period of time — at a key point in her professional life — Warren identified herself as a Native-American woman. She listed herself as Native-American on a key legal directory reviewed by deans and hiring committees. Former employers — such as the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School — listed Warren as a minority faculty member. Harvard Law School even trumpeted her as the school’s first tenured “woman of color.”

Warren contributed to a Native-American recipe book called — I kid you not — “Pow Wow Chow.” She has told people that her parents eloped because her father’s parents said he couldn’t marry her mother “because she is part Cherokee and part Delaware.”

Of course the National Review is a publication with a conservative slant, but all opinions aside, they went on to point out an important scientific fact: Warren is no more Native American than the average North American of European descent.

 In 2014, the New York Times reported on the results of a massive DNA study and found that “European-Americans had genomes that were on average 98.6 percent European, .19 percent African, and .18 Native American.”

That’s pretty much the same percentage as Warren. If she had a Native American ancestor eight generations ago, then she is 1/256th Native American. That’s .39%. But her ancestor may be as remote as 10 generations, which is .10%. In other words, she’s just about exactly as Native American as the average white European-American.

The Rams stayed undefeated. The Chiefs almost did, but finally succumbed to the powerful Pats.

Highlights:

Adam Thielen of the Vikings has amassed at least 100 receiving yards in each of his first six games. That has not happened since 1961, and has never happened in the Super Bowl era. In fact, Thielen already had the “Super Bowl Era” record last week, because nobody else in that time-frame has ever gone past four! Thielen needs one more to tie the all-time record set by Charley Hennigan, who began the 1961 season with seven consecutive 100-yard receiving games.

That’s a pretty cool thing because Thielen has played his entire football life in Minnesota. He played his high school ball in a small town near the North Dakota border, and played his college ball for a D-II team in the state university system.

Todd Gurley II of the Rams rushed for 208 yards.

The biggest development:

UCF did not rise despite losses by four higher-ranked teams, but their American Conference now has three teams in the top 22, and a fourth (Houston) in the running. Of course that will change when they start playing each other. They’re all up there now because the big three are all undefeated, and Houston has but a single loss. (Houston is the only one that plays a tough non-conference opponent – Texas Tech – and that accounted for their loss.)

The game was won by the Red Sox middle relievers, who pitched 3 1/3 innings of no hit ball. The unlikely winning pitcher was Matt Barnes, who bailed David Price out of trouble in the fifth, the retired the Astros 1-2-3 in the sixth. He never allowed a ball out of the infield.

What a baseball world we live in, where the starter and closer are ineffective, but the middle guys pick them up.

Some great local traditions that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

First rule of Texas: you don’t watch Willie while drinking some wimpy thing like a Coors Light, unless you check you dick at the door.

A REAL Texan drinks Lone Star, and don’t let ’em catch you sipping it out of a glass or a freakin’ can. That shit is for chicks and foreign exchange students from places like Estonia and Michigan.  It’s Lone Star in a long neck bottle for real men, bubba.

The rankings will get scrambled this week:

Georgia, which came into the weekend ranked second in the country, got absolutely curb-stomped by LSU in Baton Rouge, 36-16. Georgia was scoreless in the first half.

#6 West Virginia, #7 Washington, #15 Wisconsin and #16 Miami lost road games (Wisconsin got crushed), while #8 Penn State lost at home.

With four higher-ranked teams losing, one wonders how high #10 UCF can climb.