Monday, December 24, 2018

The Richest Man In Town

The surest way to get TigerBlog to tear up is invite him over, click HERE and to fast-forward to the 7:00 mark.

Never fails.

If you don't want to go through all that, then the link takes you to the last scene of the Christmas classic "It's A Wonderful Life."

The line that always, 100 percent of the time, brings a tear to TB's eyes is Harry Bailey's toast to his brother. TB could watch it in early July on a day far removed from Christmas and still it'll have the same effect.

Want to see some more of TB's favorite Christmas clips? Then watch one of these:

* the end scene from "A Christmas Story"

* bonus scene from the same movie

* Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" in "Meet Me In St. Louis"

* Charlie Brown makes a bold purchase

* the Grinch's heart grows

* this one is more serious (go to the 20:00 mark)

* this one is the greatest ever version of any Christmas song ever performed 

* this one is second

* this one is really cute

There are hundreds of other Christmas clips TigerBlog could leave for you. And you also have your favorites that are different from his.

Princeton Athletics has shut down for a week around the Christmas holiday, something it does for nothing else all year other than first semester exams.

The last events before Christmas all went well for the Tigers. The wrestling team defeated Rider 23-21 Thursday night, ending a 14-match losing streak to the neighboring Broncs. This came after Princeton had beaten Lehigh earlier this year, ending an 18-match losing streak to the Mountain Hawks.

There are still home dates against nationally ranked North Carolina and Oklahoma State in Dillon Gym after the new year, as well as a trip to the Midlands tournament at Northwestern Dec. 29 and 30th. Looking way ahead, though, there's also the opportunity for another long losing streak to end, when Princeton heads to Cornell Feb. 9 for a huge one.

Both basketball teams won Friday road games.

The women defeated a Hartford team that had gone overtime with 22nd-ranked Michigan State in its previous game and more than doubled it up, winning 75-38. Princeton played 11 players in the game, and all 11 scored.

The Tigers have now won six straight, getting to 7-7 overall prior to a trip this weekend to New Hampshire.

Princeton is also 5-0 since Bella Alarie returned from injury. The reigning Ivy League Player of the Year was once again dominant in the win over Hartford, with 24 points, 11 rebounds, five blocked shots and two assists - all in just 22 minutes.

Her average numbers so far through five games: 19.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.8 blocks. The 4.8 blocks, by the way, might be the most impressive number.

The men defeated Lafayette 81-79, with five players in double figures, led by Devin Cannady's 22. With that performance, Cannady moved past the 1,400-point mark for his career, and he is now in seventh place all time at Princeton with 1,405.

Cannady was 8 for 9 from the foul line, which is news, since he's only missed two all year. He ranks ninth in Division I (first in the Ivy League) at 93.8 percent, and he is third in Division I in three-pointers made per game with 4.33.

TigerBlog presumes he might lead Division I in total number of feet on made three-pointers per game, which, he'll admit, is not actually a stat. Still, Cannady's range is insane.

By the way, next up for Princeton is a game Saturday at Arizona State. That's the same Arizona State that defeated No. 1 Kansas two days ago.

And those were your last Princeton results for a week.

The reason, of course, is Christmas. Enjoy the links TB left for you. They're among his favorites.

The holiday means different things to different people, depending on your perspective.

Whatever it is to you, TigerBlog hopes you have a great one. A merry one, for that matter.

1 comment:

George Clark said...

Both Cannady misses occurred, and we're caused by in my opinion, hard fouls that required the attention of the trainer. At Lafayette he needed help to get back to the bench but never considered taking himself out of the game.