Archive for November 2018

Not quite marching in

November 30, 2018

 

Well. If you’re going to have the whole team have a collective off night, better now than in the postseason.  On a brighter note for Saints fans the last time Cowboys broke their long winning streak it worked out okay – in 2009.

But hey, IMHO, the Cowboys still suck.  And if that hit on Kamara wasn’t targeting, then maybe NFL should get rid of the rule.

 

And didn’t we all have the Toronto Raptor and L.A. Clippers leading their respective conferences on November 30… Followed by the Milwaukee Bucks and  Denver Nuggets. #LiarsDice

Look, Richard Sherman has had a great career. But now he says about his former QB Wilson “I don’t really have a relationship with Russell . We were teammates.”

Sherman also has no relationship with his former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. Not that we need an NFL “kumbaya”  but at some point, yeah, it’s not you it’s me.

 

Jim Acosta reported today that source close to White House called former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen a ‘rat’ adding, ‘inmates hate rats.”

On the other hand, rats multiply around garbage.

Trump said this morning Michael Cohen is a “weak person.” Gosh, almost as the man who throws EVERYONE under the bus is shocked when people don’t stay loyal to him.

 

Not sure if Michael Cohen has ever been to Russia. But guessing it’s off his future travel list. Along possibly with having tea in London?

Anyone think until today that Trump knew who Senator Tim Scott was?

 

Trump says that he misses New York. How long until they try to build a wall around Manhattan?

Trump canceled meeting with Putin today. Maybe Donald doesn’t want to face his boss after leaving his former lawyer alive to testify against him?

Russia news agency said “Kremlin regrets US Pres. Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a meeting with Russian Pres Vladimir Putin in Argentina and said Moscow is ready for contact with Trump.” In other words, your boss wants to see you in his office.

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How much are we bid?

November 29, 2018

Tampa Bay Buccaneers are giving two additional free tickets for season ticket-holders for this weekend’s game against the Carolina Panthers.  What’s next, paying them to bring additional fans to games?

 

 

Washington coach Jay Gruden, saying there is no guarantee Reuben Foster will play for Redskins “We hold our standards very high…”
And he said it with a straight face.

Aldon Smith has agreed to a plea deal from his latest domestic violence arrest. The plea includes 90 days in jail and three years probation.  The SF Chronicle says Smith will be permitted to serve the sentence at an inpatient alcohol and drug treatment center.

So how long will it take before the Redskins sign him too?

Ivanka Trump says “there no equivalency” between her use of personal email for government business and Hillary Clinton’s. Right, it’s the IOKIYT rule – “It’s OK If You’re Trump.:

Apparently the Salvation Army, which for all its good works has been strongly anti-LGBT, and bans non-celibate gays from serving as officers, is warning members not to discuss their anti-LGBT rights views in public during the Christmas bell-ringing season.

Uh, has the Army considered instead possibly rethinking their views?

 

 

As Donald Trump continues off the rails with rant about “the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems.. “viciously telling witnesses to lie,” your reminder that Robert Mueller is a decorated veteran and a REPUBLICAN/

Ann Coulter “Trump will be the last Republican president.” Because “Every day, more and more immigrants turn 18 and start voting, canceling out all of your votes.”
Uh, how about not blaming immigrants and blaming evolution?

Apparently now NRA’s television division is laying off employees. So, disgruntled and angry people with guns… what could go wrong?

 

Margaret Atwood says she is writing a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Meanwhile GOP is working on the nonfiction version.

A little less winning…

November 28, 2018

Mike Krzyzewski after Duke’s first loss of the season. “Let’s not get spoiled.”
And fans of other college basketball teams thinking – uh, a few decades late for that.

-Washington Redskins claimed Reuben Foster off waivers from the 49ers. Did they do it so the Patriots wouldn’t grab him first?

Jameis Winston has settled with Uber driver who said he groped her in 2016. Maybe now the Tampa Bay QB can stick to grabbing crab legs

United delay message ” We want you to know your flight is departing late because your crew arrived later than scheduled and has not had sufficient off-duty/rest time required by federal law. We value your time and we’re sorry for the inconvenience.”

Well, come on, pilots needed rest is science. When is Trump going to try to change THIS law.

 

So now Trump is taking on GM. What happens when Ford follows suit and closes plants? Will he take back those lovely tax cuts he gave them?

Let’s be real. If there were a tape of Putin and Trump talking and Vlad saying “I will give you emails to help you defeat Clinton if you do everything I say to benefit Russia once you are elected” MAGAers would say it was a good thing because Putin saved us from Hillary.

Can we all imagine what Trump supporters would do if an immigrant neighbor put red trees like Melania Trump’s on their lawn as holiday decorations?

Trump on denying his own administration’s climate change report “A lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we are not necessarily such believers.”
Well, the first and last six words are right.
Seriously? John Bolton says he has not listened to the audio of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, because he “doesn’t speak Arabic.”
Uh, but we all scream in the same language.
Trump is threatening to cut GM subsidies. So what’s he going to do when Ford closes plants next?

Misplaced sympathy?

November 26, 2018

49ers GM John Lynch on Reuben Foster’s release – It “doesn’t mean we don’t love him. We all do. We care about the kid, care about his future.”
For some reason, crickets about the young woman he’s repeatedly been assaulting. And we wonder why young men get the idea domestic violence is okay.

Good news bad news for Golden State fans.  Good news – Warriors came back from 18 down to win tonight. Bad news, they needed to do it against the Orlando Magic.

 

 

Wait, the Washington Wizards have won 2 in a row, and 3 of their last 4?    Hope this isn’t a sign of the apocalypse.

Now Trump is ranting about CNN and their global coverage. “Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!”
Maybe he should resign and start his own network with Sean Hannity?

You know optics on teargassing children are bad when the Fox News headline is basically “Well, Obama used pepper spray on migrants…”

Fortunately for Trump, who doesn’t care about bad things that happen in blue states, the pain from GM plant closures will mostly be felt in Ohio and Michigan….

 

Utah GOP rep Mia Love, in her concession speech on Trump’ post-election criticism of her “…this gave me a clear vision of his world as it is. No real relationships, just convenient transactions.”
Uh, what was Love’s first clue?

Okay, after thousands of emails starting from “Pre-Black Friday” through “Black Friday” through “Black Friday Weekend” through “Cyber Monday,” how long until we start hearing about ‘Extended Cyber Monday?”

 

 

So now apparently Ted Cruz is trending because he has a beard.
Big deal. How many beards has Lindsey Graham had?

 

Federal prosecutors now allege Paul Manafort has “breached” his plea agreement with Justice Department by lying to the FBI and Mueller’s office.
And we thought Martha Stewart was stupid for lying to FBI over a little stock sale.

 

A slow Blue Wave can still be a Blue Tsunami ”

From AP – The AP is retracting its call in the race for California’s 21st Congressional District. The AP had declared Republican David Valadao the winner. However, Democrat T.J. Cox has taken the lead in the vote count. No new call will be made until the results are certified.”

If Cox wins it’s the 40th seat flipped.

Did the dog eat their receipt too?

November 25, 2018

MLB says they have asked for their $5,000 donation back to Mississippi Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith, claiming “The contribution was made in connection with an event that M.L.B. lobbyists were asked to attend.”
Jeez, and MLB thinks some of players’ steroids excuses are bad.

 

The Calgary Stampeders. who had the CFL’s best regular season record, won this year’s Grey Cup today over Ottawa, 27-16.
Yeah, I know people often joke about the college champion, but wonder how many NFL teams the Stampeders actually COULD beat.

Just pointing out that the Cleveland Browns have as many wins- plus a tie – as the Raiders and 49ers put together.

49ers release Reuben Foster after his latest DV arrest last night. Of course, considering that the LB was already on two years’ probation since June stemming from his last arrest, guessing he was going to be unavailable anyway.

Phillip Rivers tied an NFL record set by Ryan Tannehill with 25 straight completed passes Sunday. But does Rivers’ share of the record have an asterisk because it was against the Arizona Cardinals?

 

 

So first it’s romaine lettuce, how long until we have a live-action sequel to Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle?”

Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming” is now #1 on NY Times bestseller list.
I’m sure if he finds out Donald Trump will have an appropriately dignified and congratulatory response.

Senator Joni Ernst, asked about Friday’s climate change report said that climate “ebbs and flows”. Right. Because she has so much experience with tides in Iowa?

As Donald Trump is now referring to himself as “President T” can we almost cue Professor Harold Hill – “with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Pee.. (And where is that tape anyway?”)

If it’s all a question of wages, and immigrants taking jobs that Americans really want to do, how come Donald Trump insisted he needed to hire over 70 temporary foreign workers, mostly from Haiti, at Mar-A-Lago?

Surely if ANYONE could have afforded to pay a living wage.

 

Since it is public record with the H2-B visa requests – ie hiring immigrants because you can’t find Americans, I’m sure Donald Trump doesn’t mind the world knowing at Mar-A-Lago for 2018, he was offering the princely wage of $13.31 per hour – down three cents from 2017. Can’t imagine why US citizens wouldn’t jump at that in pricey South Florida….

If Trump had a golf course in San Diego and some of his employees were included in the 90,000 cross-border commuters from Mexico, does anyone think he wouldn’t find another way to deal with the migrants than closing the border.

Seriously as a nation can we at least agree on a few things? Like “Teargassing children is wrong.”

If you say you’d do ANYTHING for your children, but are condemning mothers who want to help their children escape horrors in Central and Latin America, you just might be a hypocrite.

Not thanking them for the music.

November 24, 2018

Are there any two schools with more obnoxious fight songs than Notre Dame and USC?

 

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, considered a leading candidate to coach at Louisville his alma-mater – “I’m the coach at Purdue. This is where I want to be and I like it here.”
Translation, nobody has offered me enough to leave, yet.

 

Canada’s Grey Cup between Ottawa and Calgary will be played tomorrow in Edmonton, with game time temperature starting in the high 20s Fahrenheit. Hope both teams can adjust to the balmy weather.

 

 

Fortunately, it appears that while 40 people were injured when one of the University of Washington buses overturned on the way to the Apple Bowl game against WSU, none of the injuries were serious.
If it were the Stanford band, they’d have redone their whole halftime show – to “Highway to Hell,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Dead Man’s Curve”, etc..

But seriously well played, WSU.  Even though the Cougars lost the game, their band learns Husky fight song to play during Apple Cup since the UW band decided not to have their uninjured member play.

 

 

Give Stanford Football credit.   Even though it’s a disappointing season, the team was bowl eligible even before today’s win at UCLA and next week’s big game at Cal.   And unlike most Power Five schools the Cardinal has enough cojones to schedule UCF next year.

 

Drew Brees’s 4 TD passes Thursday included three to new targets Tommylee Lewis, Dan Arnold and Keith Kirkwood. – his 11th, 12th and 13th different TD receivers which tied an NFL record.
So mad scientist Payton clearly must be working on trying to draw up a TD pass play to a 14th player.

I’m so old that I remember when didn’t last a week.

So on Black Friday could other countries buy off Donald Trump at a discount?

 

Trump administration just asked the Supreme Court to take up Trump’s proposed military transgender ban.    Because this is the most important challenge facing the armed services…. said no military leader ever.

Beyond turkey day

November 22, 2018

Okay, in the grand scheme of things, sports may not be that significant. But feeling really thankful right now to be able to watch Drew Brees and the 2018 New Orleans Saints

 

From ESPN “The Saints winning streak continued as they stayed in contention for home field in the NFC.”

Uh, no slam dunk, as neither New Orleans or Los Angeles Rams guaranteed to win out  but “in contention”  translates more – Saints have home field unless they lose.

Meanwhile NFL rules say SOMEONE has to win the NFC East, right?

 

Kyrie Irving apologized on Twitter for his comments when a reporter wished him a happy Thanksgiving after Celtics lost to the Knicks last night, and his response was “F*ck Thanksgiving.”

Let’s hope no one puts a mike in front of Irving if the Celtics lose to the 76ers on Christmas.

So how long until Donald Trump gives himself a Purple Heart for being brave enough to address the troops on Thanksgiving via teleconference?

 

When asked what he was thankful for today, Donald Trump responded, “for having a great family and for having made a tremendous difference in this country. I’ve made a tremendous difference in the country. This country is so much stronger now than it was when I took office that you wouldn’t believe it.”

Once again, time to update the DSM to give the man his own page.

 

And a quick serious note at the end here. Thankful for all my friends and family this Thanksgiving.  And readers if I haven’t met you yet.  And that we still live in a free enough country to disagree!