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Brady, B.B., Angel Fish and More

Man, this thing with Tom Brady is starting to get even more ridiculous. Consider all the manpower that has gone into making the charges against New England’s storied quarterback and then issuing a punishment. Now we’re at the stage where the Patriots are firing back. Word on the street: The Warren Commission is reconvening for a reunion tour to sort this one out.

Great to see James Shields kicking butt in San Diego. All the former Rays ace does is pitch 200 innings every season. Funny thing was, the teams that considered signing him as a free agent this past off season loved the fact that he’d been such a horse throughout his career, but they were skeptical about him being able to continuing doing so. Now he’s looking like a steal for Padres. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Keep mowing them down, Juego!

Has gracing the cover of EA Sports’ Madden NFL video game supplanted the dreaded Sports Illustrated cover curse? This year’s cover boy, Odell Beckham doesn’t want to hear it. He told the New York Daily News: “I don’t really believe in curses much. A curse is something somebody wishes upon you.”

From the “You Can’t Make Up This Shit” category: A retired pinball machine repairman living in Virginia got arrested while attempting to thwart an attempt by police officers to seize his pet camel.

Finally an answer. According to a recent study, zebra fish produce a natural sunscreen that offers protection from ultra violet rays. Haven’t you always wondered why you’ve never seen a zebra fish sitting in the waiting room at your dermatologist’s office.

Need a Blue Bell ice cream fix? Better bring your checkbook. An advertisement on Craigslist.com offers a pint of “Krazy Kookie Dough” for $10,000 in cash. Of course, the price isn’t as bad the possible repercussions if you decide to eat it. In April, Blue Bell put out a nationwide recall of all its products due a possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Sad to see that blues legend B.B. King has died. I’m prompted to remember the final lines to “The Thrill is Gone”, the song for which he is most remembered: “Now that it’s all over, all I can do is wish you well.”

Vaya con dios, B.B.

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