Wikipedia’s entry on Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Star the Fire” lists and gives a summary of every lyrical reference.
* Joe McCarthy, the U.S. Senator, gains national attention and begins his anti-communist crusade with his Lincoln Day speech.
* Richard Nixon is first elected to the United States Senate.
* Studebaker, a popular car company, is beginning its financial downfall.
* Television is becoming widespread (in black and white format) and becomes the most popular means of advertising.
* North Korea, South Korea engage in warfare as North Korea attacks on June 25, beginning the Korean War.
* Marilyn Monroe soars in popularity with five new movies including The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve, and attempts suicide after death of lover Johnny Hyde. Monroe would later (1954) be married for a brief time to Joe DiMaggio (the rhyme in the previous verse).
“Nowadays, you don’t see too many spreads over 16 or 17 points,” said Sean Van Patten, an oddsmaker at Sports Consultants in Las Vegas. “That’s because most teams take their starters out in the fourth quarter of a lopsided game. The Patriots don’t. I call this phenomenon The [Bill] Belichick Factor.”
By continuing to pour it on the fourth quarter, Belichick is throwing Vegas out of whack. And making bookies run for cover.
It all started Sunday night after Belichick walked across the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium to shake hands with Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron, an awkward moment captured on national TV after the Patriots annihilated the Bills 56-10.
“The line for the Patriots-Eagles game was immediately set at 17 points — and the big bettors, the sports syndicate guys, jumped on it, bet it hard,” said Brandon Lang, whose life was depicted by Matthew McConaughey in the movie “Two for the Money” and is regarded as the nation’s leading sports handicapper.
According to bookies and oddsmakers, all the big money took the Patriots and gave the points. Why? Because Belichick has been running up the score.