Daily Dirt: Sometimes it’s not easy to live down a stupid remark


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Daily Dirt for January 9, 2022

I wonder if there was a third Mapp brother? Keep reading, you’ll wonder, too … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 181 of the Daily Dirt.

1. When you or I say something stupid — which, according to my wife, is quite often — rarely does it affect us forever. U.S. Presidents, however, are a different matter.

When a president stumbles through an ill-timed remark or is guilty of a malaprop at the worst possible moment, that kind of error will follow him not only through his entire presidency, but likely for the rest of their life.’Here are a few gaffes that the presidents in question have never been able to live down:

Gold medal: “When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.” — Richard Nixon.

Silver medal: ‘My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.” — Harry Truman.

Bronze medal: “If Abraham Lincoln was alive today, he’d be turning over in his grave,” — Gerald Ford.

2. Here’s five more of those favorite sports names I’ve been sharing this week:

Have-A-Look Dube, A Zimbabwe soccer player for the highly touted Njube Sundowns.

Danny Invincible, a former rugby player in Australia who now coaches in Thailand.

Ben Gay, who played one year as a running back for the Cleveland Browns.

Majestic Mapp, former guard at Virginia.

Scientific Mapp, former guard at Florida A&M. (Yeah, the Mapps are brothers.)

3. Tom Fortnelli of CBS picked his three worst and three best bowl games from the recent month-long college footballpalooza.

The worst:— Pinstripe Bowl: Maryland 54, Virginia Tech 10. This game figured to be one of — if not THE — worst, and it lived up to that claim.— Orange Bowl: Georgia 34, Michigan 11. This was doubly embarrassing because it was one of the two College Football Playoff semifinals.— Lending Tree Bowl: Liberty 56, Eastern Michigan 20. Nothing says “bowl-game fever” like a Liberty-Eastern Michigan matchup.The best:— Cure Bowl: Coastal Carolina 47, Northern Illinois 41: The lead changed hands in this entertaining contest. Neither team led by more than one score at any point in the game.,— Music City Bowl: Purdue 48, Tennessee 45. Consider this statistic: 1,239 combined yards of offense. — Rose Bowl: Ohio State 48, Utah 45. I have to agree with Fortnelli, who said, “It was a game I didn’t want to see end”.

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