The Super Bowl Sunday/Feast of St. Blaise Week That Was

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Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and you know what that means: only 12 days until pitchers and catchers report for spring training. Spring training’s a lot different now than it was when I was growing up. Back then, ballplayers needed the time to get back in baseball shape because they had been working real jobs all winter. Now, players get paid so much that they don’t need to work in factories and meat-packing plants from October to February. It’s also the feast of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, patron saint of the throat. On his feast, people get their throats blessed to protect them against diseases of the throat and choking on things like fish bones. It’s hokey, but I do it, anyway.

Anyway, here’s the summary for the week.

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The theme for last week’s Song Lyric Sunday was “no,” so I rolled out JJ Cale’s “No Time,” which is nothing like The Guess Who’s.

For Freebie Week, I continued my series of looking at the #40 songs on the WLS survey and following their progress. This week, it was the #40’s from 1962.

Saxophonist Kim Waters was the featured artist.

Those of you who live north of the Mason-Dixon line had a frigid cold blast this past week. My one-liner had to do with how cold it was.

I wrote about being found by a fairly close relative (a cousin once removed) on my father’s mother’s side of the family and talked about how it rekindled my interest in tracing my family’s history.

We visited Springbok Radio in Johannesburg, South Africa and checked out their Top 10 from February 1, 1974. About half the songs were by South African artists and half of the remainder were songs that didn’t do well here in the US (or were never released as singles here).

The prompt was “affirm,” and I talked about positive affirmations and how people who don’t take oaths promise to tell the truth in court.

This was also the last week of Just Jot It January, at least through Thursday.

  • Sunday’s prompt, “cathartic,” reminded me that the word was once used as a synonym for “laxative.”
  • I wrote about the TV show Perry Mason on Monday, when the word was “testify.”
  • Tuesday’s word, “dirty,” reminded me of a sketch The Conception Corporation, a comedy group, did back in 1970 about a telephone service known as “Dial A Dirty Joke,” and reminisced a little about the funny stuff that came out in the ’70’s.
  • Finally, on Thursday we were asked to nominate our best blog post of the month, which for me the one I had published earlier that day.

Looking forward to next January. Actually, I was thinking, maybe we could do Just Jot It July…?

It’ll be pretty much status quo around here as I recover from January, prepare for April, and carve out time for researching my family tree. If I run across anything really amazing, I’ll be sure to post about it.

Hey, I learned how to alphabetize the list!

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And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

9 thoughts on “The Super Bowl Sunday/Feast of St. Blaise Week That Was

  1. Hi John – well that was a good summary … I enjoyed the People’s ad – something I never watched (if we had it) in the UK … Interesting to read more about St Blaise from your descriptive notes, and I checked re some English connections – always so much to learn. Cheers Hilary


    1. “People” is pretty much fluff, about two steps up from “The National Enquirer,” which my mother-in-law (who never missed an issue) called a “scandal sheet.” The editors of People were a little more careful about libel and slander…


  2. OMG I wished you would have posted this yesterday. I love this feast day. It’s been a long time, but I always had my throat blessed !!! The husband said we should go to Mass last night, but I was just being lazy. I wish I would have known it was the feast day of St. Blaise. I would have made the effort 😦 I went to Catholic school so I did a lot of things like this. Don’t have a dog in the race for Super Bowl Sunday but me and the husband are going to watch and I’m going to make my Cream Cheese Football for snacking. I’m looking for the prompt for Song Lyric Sunday. Any idea who has it ??? Have a great Sunday..


    1. Jim Adams ( is doing the SLS prompt while Helen is laid up. Today’s is “ocean/sea/lake/bay” (not necessarily in that order).


    1. Check the Giants website for the report date for pitchers and catchers: it might be earlier or later. The rest of the team usually reports a week later and exhibition games start around March 1. The season starts early this year, around March 29. I can’t wait.

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