The 1964 Heisman Trophy was won by John Huarte, quarterback of Notre Dame. Brian Piccolo, the subject of Brian’s Song, finished 10th in the balloting, despite having led the nation in both rushing and scoring.
Piccolo, however, finished ahead of both Joe Namath (11th) and Gale Sayers (12th) in the Heisman vote.
Joe Theismann’s last name was pronounced Theez-man until college. Notre Dame personnel started pronouncing it as Thighz-man to rhyme with Heisman as a way of promoting him for the Heisman Trophy. It didn’t work.
On November 18th, 1985, Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered a severe compound fracture of both the tibia and fibula in his right leg, during a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants, when he was sacked by Giants linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson. The injury ended Theismann’s career.
Exactly 33 years later, on November 18th, 2018, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a nearly identical injury during a game against the Houston Texans, when he was sacked by Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt; Theismann was in attendance at that game. Though Smith’s leg injury, and a subsequent infection, were so severe that doctors nearly had to amputate his leg, after a lengthy rehabilitation, Smith returned to play again for Washington in 2020, before announcing his retirement after that season.
Super Bowl XVII saw Joe Theismann’s Washington Redskins defeat the Miami Dolphins 27-17. The Dolphins’ starting quarterback was David Woodley of LSU. After an NFL career that ended by the time he was 30, Woodley increasingly drank, causing several health problems. At 33 in 1991-1992, Woodley received a liver transplant. At 44, Woodley died from complications due to kidney and liver failure.
At the time, Woodley was the youngest Super Bowl starting quarterback to die. Since Woodley’s passing, only Super Bowl XXXIV starter Steve McNair, murdered in 2009 at age 36 by his own mistress, has died at a younger age.
Steve McNair died in an apparent murder-suicide at the hand of his mistress. He died intestate, that is, without a will. Per Wiki, “On October 15, 2010, it was reported that McNair’s widow went to a Nashville judge and asked that at least a portion of the assets be unfrozen for his children’s care and expenses until the estate matters were resolved in court. The judge agreed and each of the four children received $500,000.”
Versatile is a Canadian agricultural-equipment manufacturing company, founded in 1966 in Ottawa. The company was the first to produce four-wheel drive tractors that articulated (bent) in the middle of the machine. At one point Versatile had over 70% of the 4WD tractor market.
The first factory that Ford Motor Company built outside of America was in County Cork, where owner Henry Ford’s ancestors were from. It was in Ballinascarty, County Cork, where the Ford family emigrated from in 1832 after living in Cork for over 300 years. Henry Ford & Son Ltd, the subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., was founded in 1917 in Cork, County Cork, IRL. The Ballinascarty factory took two years to build, and the first tractor rolled off the production line on July 3, 1919.
Today in Ballinascarty there is a Model T Monument.
And also a Henry Ford Tavern.
The two are only 40 yards apart.
Currently, there are 26 county level, 3 city level and 2 city-and-county governance entities in Ireland. Unlike in the U.S., it is customary to put the word “county” before the name of the county, not after, as in “County Cork.”
“Erin go Bragh”, or Éirinn go Brách in Gaelic, is used to express allegiance to Ireland. It is most often translated as “Ireland Forever.” The word “Erin” is an old Irish word for “Ireland.” The second part of the phrase, “go bragh,” means “til the end of time.” So Erin go bragh in Gaelic translates more literally to “Ireland to the end of time.”
The Royal Navy’s dreadnought HMS Erin, built and named at a time when the United Kingdom ruled all of Ireland, is today’s featured Wiki article. Intended for the navy of the Ottoman Empire, she was seized on orders of then-First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill at the outbreak of World War I. She ended up in service for only eight years. For more: HMS Erin - Wikipedia
Christy Moore is an Irish folksinger and songwriter, who was a founder of several notable Irish bands: Planxty and Moving Hearts. Moore’s songs are known for both a focus on drinking, as well as having leftist and Irish Republican content. In 2007, Moore was named as Ireland’s greatest living musician by RTE (the Irish national broadcasting network).
In the Scaled Agile Framework, or SAFe, an RTE is a professional position called the Release Train Engineer. SAFe provides a framework to apply agile methodologies for software development at the enterprise level, for large companies with hundreds of development engineers (or DEs). A ‘release train’ is a concept equivalent to a large software product having any number of DEs. A large company (or enterprise) typically will have multiple products (release trains), and every time an updated version of the software is released to customers it can be thought of as that product’s train leaving the station. The RTE for that product is a manager who provides coordination between executive management above and the team(s) of DEs working on that product below.
Agile software development was popularized in the 2001 Manifesto for Agile Software Development, or Agile Manifesto. The Agile Manifesto, published at agilemanifesto.org, says,
“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.”
In 1967, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a decision of the Registrar of Trade Marks who had refused to register “Smoothies” for a candy, because it would be confusing with “Smarties”, produced by a different company.
The Supreme Court of the United States does not permit televised broadcasts of oral arguments before it, although audio recordings are made. It is a perennial issue and will probably come up once more in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings for President Joe Biden’s nominee to the court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.