If you could invite anyone alive today to dinner, who would you invite?
Began thinking about this while re-reading "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. The Mad Hatter and the March Hare would keep any tea party hopping. Also, I recently was part of a dinner party with more than a dozen friends from high school and, yes, we were all still alive and some of us were still pretty lively.
Anyway, that's our theme. You are having a small dinner party and anyone you ask will be there. Who makes your list? (Send your answers to email@example.com and we may repeat the best next Sunday.)
Here are some of the parties I plan on throwing:
Party One: Tim Tebow, Jason Collins, Danica Patrick and me. (This party fascinates me because the celebrities all seem to be better known for personal reasons instead of their athletic accomplishments. And I am curious why Tebow currently is not talking about anything to the media.)
Party Two: William Shatner, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and me. (I would totally geek out. And imagine the food fight that could break out at any moment.)
Party Three: Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong, Tonya Harding and me. (Who thinks he or she was the star of the biggest sports scandal, not counting O.J. Simpson, who might not be available. And even if he was available, he's not invited.)
Party Four: Serena Williams, Abby Wambach, Danica Patrick and me. (What? You say Danica was already at one of my dinners? Sue me. And in case Ms. Williams doesn't show, let's invite Maria Sharapova, too.)
I would love to be part of any of those parties. How about you?
The meal? Lobster bisque, soft-shell crab, a big porterhouse and eclairs for everyone.
Will Orb see Triple-Crown glory?
You may not care, but I sure hope so. It has been so long since Affirmed got it done in 1978, forcing Alydar (second in all three races) into the role of the all-time great runner up (unless you give it to the Buffalo Bills who lost four consecutive Super Bowls). Yes, I gave you Orb in the Kentucky Derby, so am I picking him again to win next Saturday's Preakness?
Let's put him with Departing, Governor Charlie and, as a longshot, Titletown Five as we try to beat Normandy Invasion again.
Whom do you really trust?
This could have been another list except those young whippersnappers at "Readers' Digest" beat us to the punch. They listed 100 people and Tom Hanks was selected most trustworthy, followed by Sandra Bullock. A bunch of folks (mostly New York-based columnists) that we don't know were at the bottom. From sports, Tony Dungy was highest at No. 21, followed by Peyton Manning at No. 27, Tebow at No. 40, Muhammad Ali at No. 41, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at No. 54, Phil Mickelson at No. 55, Eli Manning at No. 58, and Michael Strahan at No. 91.
President Obama was No. 65. Make of that what you will.
Trio of great links for you
These three items have just two things in common -- they are outstanding and thought-provoking. They deserve your attention.
No. 1: "Prison Rodeo," written for Yahoo! Sports by Eric Adelson. It is an amazing account of the rodeo held by the inmates at Louisiana's Angola Prison, where few ever get out. Held twice a year, the rodeo draws 12,000 at a time to walk in the shadows of this grim place as a chosen few inmates are allowed to live a different kind of life for four days each year. A great story that you can read here.
No. 2: You think the SEC clearly is the greatest football league. And you are wrong, according to Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops and (blasphemy!) David Climer, columnist for The Tennessean. Climer points out that the SEC's top six teams last season were 30-0 against the weakest eight -- so what happened to that "any given Saturday" nonsense? See if you agree by checking it out here.
No. 3: And now for something a little different and found at a different source: the London Mail. They show us a sampling of the thousands of photos about New York City that were recently made public. The shots are historical and brilliant. Warning: At least two are also gruesome visuals of what gangsters did to each other, so adults should decide if they are too graphic before allowing any youngsters to look. Discover the photos here.
These are the notes, folks
Great news for Yankee fans: Alex Rodriguez was hitting off a tee this week at the minor-league camp in Tampa. Even greater news: He only struck out twice. Bazinga.
With all its revenue, the SEC had nine members among the 23 of 228 Division I public schools that made money last season. So what's the excuse of the five that did not -- Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas and the two "Missisips?" It can hardly be that they were spending more in order to win more.
Our Larry the Cable Guy and friends are building an Alabama amusement park called "Blue Collar Country." Insert your own jokes here.
Manti Te'o's imaginary girlfriend made Maxim's top 100 list of women in a bikini even though they had nothing to show but the bikini. How did that make Ms. 101 feel?
Jerry knows he can't do any sports so he talks about them Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon on The Beat of Sports, hosted by Marc Daniels on 740theGame radio. He also will write about sports or whatever to answer emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great Sunday, especially every mom who's reading this.