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The historic consecutive games thing, it’s really Cincinnati’s jam.

For instance, did you know that in baseball, the longest streak of World Series game victories in National League history belongs to the Cincinnati Reds? From Game 7 in 1975 through their World Series sweep in 1990, the Reds have nine wins in a row.

And speaking of the Reds, there’s Pete Rose and his National League record 44-game hitting streak in 1978. But the most impressive two-game streak in all of baseball history has to belong to the Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer, who threw no-hitters in consecutive starts in 1938.

And now, the most impressive two-game streak in NFL history belongs to the Cincinnati Bengals.

What quarterback Joe Burrow did on Sunday in a 34-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs did more than clinch the 2021 AFC North title and keep the Bengals alive for the top seed in the AFC.

What the second-year man from LSU did on Sunday, with considerable help from his LSU wide receiver teammate Ja’Marr Chase, was something that no quarterback in NFL history had ever done before.

Wink-Wink: Burrow did something in two games no quarterback had ever done before

Joe Burrow's historic performance earned the Bengals the AFC North title
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It’s been about 10 days now, and somewhere Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale is fully aware of the monster he inadvertently awakened, and he is horrified. What seemed like an innocuous comment is now haunting not just the Ravens and the rest of the AFC North teams, but all of football as well.

Lesson learned: Don’t poke Joe Burrow.

When asked before their Week 16 game against the Bengals how their strategy against Burrow and Chase might be similar to what the Ravens faced with Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, Martindale threw some serious shade on the young Bengals QB.

“We’re going down the wrong street,” Martindale said of the question. “Like I said last week, Davante Adams, he’s one of the top two receivers in the league, and he’s not No. 2, and Aaron Rodgers is a Hall of Fame quarterback, and I don’t think we’re ready to buy a gold jacket for Joe [Burrow].

Hey, Wink, get out your needles and thread, champ.

Against the Ravens, Burrow put on a show worthy of nearby Canton, throwing for 525 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Yes, Burrow said, he was aware of the comments.

They must have still been ringing in Burrow’s ears on Sunday against the Chiefs. After the Bengals fell behind 21-7, Burrow went right back to historic work, finishing with 446 yards and another four touchdowns, again without an interception.

And with that, a historic NFL first: No quarterback in league history had ever gone back-to-back games with 400 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

In the process, Burrow set the Bengals’ single-season record for passing yards with 4,611 and touchdown passes with 34.

“I’m seeing the field really well, Burrow said in the early 2022 leader for understatement of the year. “We were able to get ball out quickly and get the ball in our playmakers’ hands.”

The Bengals needed every yard and every touchdown from Burrow and Chase Sunday

While Burrow was setting his records and Chase was setting his own rookie record for yards in a game with 266, the Bengals three times rallied from 14-point deficits against the AFC West champions before finally winning the game on 20-yard field goal by fellow rookie Evan McPherson with no time left.

With that, the Bengals had their first division title since 2015 and are now poised to try to win the franchise’s first postseason game since 1991.

“I said it in the preseason. We were talking about playoffs, and I said that if we were going to go to the playoffs, the easiest way to do that was to win the division,” Burrow said. “Everyone kind of laughed at us a little bit, but we knew what kind of team we had and the kind of guys in the locker room we had. We knew we could go out and do it.”

What Week 18 opportunities await the Bengals in their regular-season finale

The victory not only clinched the AFC South title, it brought the Bengals (10-6) within a game of the Chiefs (11-5) and the Tennessee Titans (11-5) for best record in the AFC. If the Bengals defeat the Browns in Week 18, while the Chiefs lose to the Broncos and the Titans lose to the Texans, the Bengals would leap from their current No. 3 position to the top seed, by virtue of better conference record between the three teams.

Regardless, the Bengals are assured at least one home playoff game in their bid to reach their first Super Bowl since the 1988 season. And Burrow, who won the national championship with LSU back in 2019, is playing the best football of his life at the perfect time.

“We had expectations for him, and so far he’s exceeded those expectations,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “And of course, he’s got championships on his brain — he’s not just a guy winning big regular-season games. I know that’s why he’s here — he’s always playing for championships. He’s playing for championships in high school, he played for championships in college, and his expectation has always been to compete for championships here.

“And it’s not going to be easy — we’ve got a lot to work to do — we’re not even close yet to doing all these great things. Certainly, a big step in the right direction today, and there’s no question that Joe is at the forefront of leadership on this team, and this team jumps on his back, and he’ll carry us as far as we let him.”

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Comedian and Big Bang Theory and Elf actor Bob Newhart dies aged 94

Bob Newhart, the deadpan accountant-turned-comedian who became one of the most popular TV stars of his time after striking gold with a classic comedy album, has died at 94.

Jerry Digney, Newhart’s publicist, says the actor died Thursday in Los Angeles after a series of short illnesses.

Newhart, best remembered now as the star of two hit television shows of the 1970s and 1980s that bore his name, launched his career as a standup comic in the late 1950s.

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He gained nationwide fame when his routine was captured on vinyl in 1960 as The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, which went on to win a Grammy Award as album of the year.

While other comedians of the time, including Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Alan King, and Mike Nichols and Elaine May, frequently got laughs with their aggressive attacks on modern mores, Newhart was an anomaly.

His outlook was modern, but he rarely raised his voice above a hesitant, almost stammering delivery. His only prop was a telephone, used to pretend to hold a conversation with someone on the other end of the line.

In one memorable skit, he portrayed a Madison Avenue image-maker trying to instruct Abraham Lincoln on how to improve the Gettysburg Address: “Say 87 years ago instead of fourscore and seven,” he advised.

Another favourite was “Merchandising the Wright Brothers,” in which he tried to persuade the aviation pioneers to start an airline, although he acknowledged the distance of their maiden flight could limit them.

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“Well, see, that’s going to hurt our time to the Coast if we’ve got to land every 105 feet.”

Newhart was initially wary of signing on to a weekly TV series, fearing it would overexpose his material. Nevertheless, he accepted an attractive offer from NBC, and The Bob Newhart Show premiered on October 11, 1961.

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Despite Emmy and Peabody awards, the half-hour variety show was cancelled after one season, a source for jokes by Newhart for decades after.

He waited 10 years before undertaking another Bob Newhart Show in 1972. This one was a situation comedy with Newhart playing a Chicago psychologist living in a penthouse with his schoolteacher wife, Suzanne Pleshette. Their neighbours and his patients, notably Bill Daily as an airline navigator, were a wacky, neurotic bunch who provided an ideal counterpoint to Newhart’s deadpan commentary.

The series, one of the most acclaimed of the 1970s, ran through 1978.

Four years later, the comedian launched another show, simply called Newhart. This time he was a successful New York writer who decides to reopen a long-closed Vermont inn. Again Newhart was the calm, reasonable man surrounded by a group of eccentric locals. Again the show was a huge hit, lasting eight seasons on CBS.

It bowed out in memorable style in 1990 with Newhart – in his old Chicago psychologist character – waking up in bed with Pleshette, cringing as he tells her about the strange dream he had: “I was an innkeeper in this crazy little town in Vermont. … The handyman kept missing the point of things, and then there were these three woodsmen, but only one of them talked!”

The stunt parodied a Dallas episode where a key character was killed off, then revived when the death was revealed to have been in a dream.

Bob Newhart

Two later series were comparative duds: Bob, in 1992-1993, and George & Leo, 1997-1998. Though nominated several times, he never won an Emmy for his sitcom work. “I guess they think I’m not acting. That it’s just Bob being Bob,” he sighed.

Over the years, Newhart also appeared in several movies, usually in comedic roles. Among them: Catch 22, In and Out, Legally Blonde 2 and Elf, as the diminutive dad of adopted full-size son Will Ferrell.

More recent work included Horrible Bosses and the TV series The Librarians, The Big Bang Theory — which won him his only Emmy — and Young Sheldon.

Newhart married Virginia Quinn, known to friends as Ginny, in 1964, and remained with her until her death in 2023. They had four children: Robert, Timothy, Jennifer and Courtney.

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Newhart was a frequent guest of Johnny Carson’s and liked to tease the thrice-divorced Tonight host that at least some comedians enjoyed long-term marriages. He was especially close with fellow comedian and family man Don Rickles, whose raucous insult humour clashed memorably with Newhart’s droll understatement.

“We’re apples and oranges. I’m a Jew, he’s a Catholic. He’s low-key, I’m a yeller,” Rickles told Variety in 2012. A decade later, Judd Apatow would pay tribute to their friendship in the short documentary Bob and Don: A Love Story.

A master of the gently sarcastic remark, Newhart got into comedy after he became bored with his $5-an-hour accounting job in Chicago. To pass the time, he and a friend, Ed Gallagher, began making funny phone calls to each other. Eventually, they decided to record them as comedy routines and sell them to radio stations.

Their efforts failed, but the records came to the attention of Warner Bros., which signed Newhart to a record contract and booked him into a Houston club in February 1960.

“A terrified 30-year-old man walked out on the stage and played his first nightclub,” he recalled in 2003.

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Six of his routines were recorded during his two-week date, and the album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, was released on April Fools’ Day 1960. It sold 750,000 copies and was followed by The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! At one point the albums ranked No. 1 and 2 on the sales charts. The New York Times in 1960 said he was “the first comedian in history to come to prominence through a recording.”

In addition to winning Grammy’s album of the year for his debut, Newhart won as best new artist of 1960, and the sequel The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! won as best comedy spoken word album.

Newhart was booked for several appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and at nightclubs, concert halls and college campuses across the country. He hated the clubs, however, because of the heckling drunks they attracted.

“Every time I have to step out of a scene and put one of those birds in his place, it kills the routine,” he said in 1960.

In 2004, he received another Emmy nomination, this time as guest actor in a drama series, for a role in E.R. Another honor came his way in 2007, when the Library of Congress announced it had added The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart to its registry of historically significant sound recordings.

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Newhart made the bestseller lists in 2006 with his memoir, I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This! He was nominated for another Grammy for best spoken word album (a category that includes audio books) for his reading of the book.

“I’ve always likened what I do to the man who is convinced that he is the last sane man on Earth … the Paul Revere of psychotics running through the town and yelling `This is crazy.′ But no one pays attention to him,” Newhart wrote.

Born George Robert Newhart in Chicago to a German-Irish family, he was called Bob to avoid confusion with his father, who was also named George.

At St. Ignatius High School and Loyola University in Chicago, he amused fellow students with imitations of James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Durante and other stars. After receiving a degree in commerce, Newhart served two years in the Army. Returning to Chicago after his military service, he entered law school at Loyola, but flunked out. He eventually landed a job as an accountant for the state unemployment department. Bored with the work, he spent his free hours acting at a stock company in suburban Oak Park, an experience that led to the phone bits.

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“I wasn’t part of some comic cabal,” Newhart wrote in his memoir. “Mike (Nichols) and Elaine (May), Shelley (Berman), Lenny Bruce, Johnny Winters, Mort Sahl — we didn’t all get together and say, ‘Let’s change comedy and slow it down.’ It was just our way of finding humour. The college kids would hear mother-in-law jokes and say, ‘What the hell is a mother-in-law?’ What we did reflected our lives and related to theirs.”

Newhart continued appearing on television occasionally after his fourth sitcom ended and vowed in 2003 that he would work as long as he could.

“It’s been so much, 43 years of my life; (to quit) would be like something was missing,” he said.

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‘How do you cope?’ Actor Samuel Johnson recalls Heath Ledger confided in him about struggles with fame

Aussie actor Samuel Johnson has candidly reflected on his friendship with the late Heath Ledger. 

On KIIS FM’s Drive Show with Will & Woody last night, Johnson opened up about how The Dark Knight star’s level of fame and impacted the star. 

“I know you were very good friends with Heath Ledger … what was it like walking down the street with him?” the radio hosts asked.

“It’s pretty intense. I did walk down the street with him. I remember in half a block … it was about three-quarters of a block, there were four girls that fainted,” Johnson replied.

Watch the video above.

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“They literally just dropped when they saw him. I couldn’t believe it. Not one, not two, not three, four, inside a block.

“I’ve never seen I’ve never seen anything like it. It was phenomenal.”

The Molly star revealed he once asked Ledger, “How do you cope?”

“He just looked at me with a world of sadness in his eyes and said, ‘I don’t.'”

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Ledger had risen to fame in films including Candy, Brokeback Mountain, 10 Things I Hate About You and his acclaimed role in The Dark Night.

The star was recognised posthumously at the 2009 Oscars for his performance as the Joker, for which he won the best supporting actor category.

Ledger died on January 22, 2008, from an accidental overdose. He was 28.

Johnson also reminisced about the start of his career on the iconic soap Home and Away, sharing the transition from his days as an ordinary teenager to becoming famous. 

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Samuel Johnson attends the Sunday Herald Sun Snaparazzi Spring racing Party at Riva on October 23, 2009

Johnson revealed how it felt to become acquainted with Australian stars Isla Fisher, Kate Ritchie, and Melissa George. 

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“It kind of hit me like a truck,” the Secret Life of Us star said.

“I went to school the next day, and all of a sudden all the girls were sitting with a space next to them. They were all patting the chairs, saying, ‘Sit next to me’ all of a sudden. So, overnight my life changed.”

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Moon Landing Anniversary / Astronaut Rock Star Awards

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On Saturday, July 20th – the 55th anniversary of the 1st moon landing – multi-platinum selling band O.A.R. will be honoring Astronaut Jack D. Fischer & “Odie,” the 1st private lunar lander on the Moon earlier this year, with an award.

  • O.A.R. will be presenting the Astronaut Rock Star Award to Astronaut Fischer at their Leader Bank Pavilion Boston show.
  • Women-owned + led uniphi space agency will also honor the band with their own award that same day.
  • Astronaut Jack D. Fischer will be presenting awards to the upcoming aerospace generation – STEM/STEAM high school student Yuridia Sanchez & 18-year-old STEMflights aviation scholar Sophia Crowder.
  • He will also be honoring The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, celebrating 40 years – which 1st American in space Alan Shepard helped found.

The Astronaut Rock Star Awards honor the intersection of space exploration, STEM/STEAM education, and the enduring connection between Astronauts and music, taking inspiration from Earth & Space collaborations of artists like Eddie Vedder, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Post Malone, Coldplay, Garth Brooks, Kraftwerk, BLKBOK, Peter Gabriel, and exemplified by the iconic Voyager Golden Record, the Chandra X-Ray “Sonification” Project & beyond.

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