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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rick Hendrick's Big Purchase

If you didn't know already, I'm huge NASCAR fan.  Like, so huge that I can't bear to watch from all the stress.  Yeah, that's what it is.  That's the reason I don't watch NASCAR.

Regardless of my sports-viewing, there are plenty of Ricks that do pay attention to NASCAR.  Take for example, Rick Hendrick (fun fact: his real name is Joseph Riddick Hendrick.  I almost like that better.  Riddick!), owner of Hendrick Motorsports.   He is a retired racecar driver himself, and father of Ricky Hendrick, a driver who died in a plane crash in 2004.

Apparently, there's a thing called the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction (Trying saying that three times fast) that recently happened.  This year was the 12th edition of this auction, and Rick was in a good mood.  He dropped a cool one million on the first 2015 Corvette Z06 Stingray.  That seems like a lot of money to me, but probably not to Rick.  He did the same thing last year for the 2014 Corvette coupe.

One additional note is that the money is going to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, so it's money for a good cause.

If you want to listen to an auctioneer, watch this:

If you want to watch people talk about the car, watch this:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Profiles in Rickery: Rickets

Rickets is a medical condition that involves the softening of bones.  It is most seen in children in developing nations, and is due to a deficiency in vitamin D or calcium

And now you know.  If you want to see some pictures of kids with rickets, check out the GIS.

Interestingly enough, it appears that rickets is now on the rise in developed nations, in part because kids now spend so much time inside playing video games and whatnot instead of playing outside, and also in part because everyone lathers up with sunscreen so much.  Most of the recent articles I found were about the UK, so either they are struggling with it more, or the US just isn't talking about it as much.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Branch Rickey

In honor of it being baseball season, and not in honor of it being April Fools Day:

Branch Rickey was a Major League Baseball executive who was responsible for breaking the color barrier in MLB with the signing of Jackie Robinson.  He also drafted Roberto Clemente, created the modern farm system for the minor leagues and introduced the batting helmet.  What a guy!

Mr Rickey is in the Baseball Hall of Fame (obviously).  He was born in 1881 and died in 1965.

This article on him from is worth a read.   This short documentary on his life is a lot longer than I normally post, but that's what you have to do sometimes

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ricardo Rodriguez

Jesus Rodriguez is a wrestler of Mexican heritage who has gone by the names Chimaera, Jesse Long, El Local, and Ricardo Rodriguez.  That last one was the best decision of his life, if only because it earned him a spot on Rick Show.  He made his debut in 2006 working some independent promotions.  Ricardo worked in WWE as the ring announcer for Alberto Del Rio from 2010 to early 2013, with their fair share of hijinks (unheard of for professional wrestling!).

The finishing move for Ricardo Rodriguez is the corkscrew moonsault, per Wikipedia.

What I'm personally most excited about is that when I searched for him on YouTube, the first video was of him wrestling the son Rick Show profile Ricky Steamboat, Richie Steamboat.