Archive for March 2019

Belated madness.

March 31, 2019

While all #1 seeds made it to Sweet Sixteen, the only #1 seed left in NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament is Virginia, the #1 seed who was the first two be bounced by a #16 seed last year. Just like we all predicted.

Blue Devil players look devastated after loss to MSU today. Well, and to be fair, playing at Duke probably has been some of best months of their lives.

Chicago Cubs bullpen has an ERA over 10.00 in first three games. SF Giants have scored five runs in four games. Almost a shame Cubs don’t play Giants soon… in the “something”s gotta give” category.

At least we DO know SF Giants are not going to go 0-162.

Andrew Luck married his longtime girlfriend this weekend in Prague. Congratulations to both of them. But as a mom can I hope he trimmed his beard for the ceremony and pictures?

Not that I can program it but thinking a million-dollar app might be one that on the last calendar day of ANY quarter automatically blocks all political fundraising emails.

Rolling Stones have postponed US tour due to health problems involving Mick Jagger. What, doctors are afraid his fans might break something jumping up and down at this point?

As a travel agent can’t wait for Monday now when clients ask me which is my favorite Mexican country?

Trump says closing the border is “going to be a profit-making operation.”. Right. Like Mexico was going to pay for the wall.

 

But who was going to pay?  North Mexico? South Mexico? East Mexico or West Mexico?   This is SO confusing.

Kellyanne Conway on Fox News this am, trashing Joe Biden, “I think (he) has a big problem here because he calls it affection and handshakes, his party calls it completely inappropriate…”
Some statements don’t even need a punchline.

 

Is Joe Biden my 1st choice for 2020? No. Am I against sexual harassment?. Yes. Do I believe Biden has cheated on either his of his wives or ever deliberately sexually harassed anyone. Also no.

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March 29, 2019

The Giants Score A Run! The Giants Score A Run!

And SF Giants after 2 games do have 1/3 as many home runs at Paul Goldschmidt did in one night.

I love Renel Brooks-Moon, but she is NOT as NBC Sports Bay Area tonight said “the first woman baseball PA announcer.” Sherry Davis was that. #SFGiants

 

Anyone else beginning to think God has Duke in His or Her March Madness brackets?

That moment when you say “Who’d have imagined that Auburn could beat UNC. And then you remember filling out that cat bracket.

Warriors forward Jordan Bell got suspended one game for “charging a candle to assistant coach Mike Brown’s hotel bill.” He has apologized and said it was intended to be “funny.”
Two thoughts – 1. To earn a suspension, it must have been a heck of a fancy candle 2. Good thing Bell is better at basketball than he is at comedy.

Greg Schiano just resigned from Patriots, saying he wants to spend more time on his “faith and family.” So let’s see a revelation from Penn State or Ohio State days? Or who has “something new and different” in the pool?

Yet another tourist fell while trying to take a picture and getting too close to the rim of the Grand Canyon.
Maybe they should change the warning signs to something saying “Darwin Awards available here.”

Crowds at Trump’s Michigan rally last night joined in a chant of “AOC sucks.”  Melania’s “Be Best” campaign is working SO well.

Trump says he’s going to close Southern border next week unless Mexico stops ALL illegal immigration. So how’s that “Space Wall” going to work with airplanes?

It’s such an “national emergency” that Trump says “it’s likely he’ll be closing the Southern border next week.  But first he needed to start his golf weekend early this afternoon.

So what happens when someone explains to Trump what “does not exonerate him” means?

Donald Trump in Michigan tonight, on wind power “If it doesn’t blow, you can forget about television for that night. I know a lot about wind.” Wind? No. Hot air. Definitely.

From my funny friend Alex Kaseberg, on actor Jussie Smollett’s big week: “He had his 16 charges of staging a hate crime dropped. And today he was accepted to UCLA on a women’s soccer scholarship.”

Opening daze

March 28, 2019

Three of the nicest words in the English language “Baseball is back!” Happy Opening Day.

 

So SF Giants did get shut out on Opening Day in San Diego. On a brighter note, they didn’t get no-hit. #smallmercies

Meanwhile Bryce Harper went 0-3 in his Phillies debut. So maybe Giants fans can console themselves – signing him wouldn’t have helped?

Meanwhile Dodgers hit eight home runs in their opening day game.  Begging the question, by the time Los Angeles comes to AT&T Park on April 29, will SF have hit 8 home runs by then?

 

Texas Tech 24. Michigan 16 at halftime. Did NCAA not tell us preseason was starting early for football?

Seriously though, four teams tonight scored under 60 points and one of those teams actually won. Thinking not only are these one-and-dones not going to class, they’re not learning to shoot a basketball either.

Trump says no man has been better for Puerto Rico than he has. He could be right. Having no US president during hurricane couldn’t have been worse.

Winning $768 million Powerball ticket sold in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Wonder what winner will do with money, after moving out of New Berlin, Wisconsin?

On a brighter note Donald Trump did say now Special Olympics WILL be funded by his administration. How long until he blames Democrats and takes credit for saving it.

Trump is as ready with a replacement for Obamacare as he is ready to release his tax returns.

 

Jared Kushner today talking to Senate Intelligence Committee. This might be the first time “Jared Kushner” and “Intelligence” have been used in the same sentence.

Too early to predict if Cory Booker will be Democratic nominee in 2020 – but how nice to hear positive adult town hall last night with policy ideas instead of another bullying Trump  ranting rally.

Mueller’s report is more than 300 pages. Which means judging it on Barr’s four-page letter is like judging Harry Potter by the jacket blurb…written by Voldemort.

Play ball

March 27, 2019

All the craziness in the US won’t go away this morning. On the other hand, it will be Opening Day. So all will be righter with the world.

We all know real reason that Trump won’t throw out first pitch for Nationals Thursday. Game will be televised & we’d all see he wouldn’t be able to get baseball to home plate.

As we approach MLB Opening Day, odds for  Baltimore Orioles to win World Series range from 1,000 to 2,000 to 1. “So you are saying there’s a chance.

AAF is threatening to fold.
And millions of Americans are going “The what?”

 

Betsy DeVos is slamming media claiming they “spun up falsehoods and fully misrepresented the facts” about her cuts, but then said she DOES favor eliminating Special Olympics funding because it enjoys “robust support from private donations.”
Some wondered why Trump appointed Betsy, now thinking if she were younger and prettier he would have married her.

And who’d a thunk we’d miss “thousand points of light?”

Cory Booker –  “I would rather hang out with a nice atheist than a mean Christian any day of the week.”

My sense is Jesus would agree.

A President who can’t resist retweeting even the least respected sources when they praise him would have already released entire Mueller report if it exonerated him. Period.

Wait a minute, Mike Pence talking today how “the first woman and the next man on the moon will be American.” Uh, wait, and how would they be able to go into the Lunar module and for a moon walk together without chaperones. Does Mother know?

How will we really know when Trump figures out how badly he miscalculated on getting rid of the ACA? There’ll be another caravan.

Just a bit of a different reaction from Lin Manuel to Pete’s husband than to VP Pence.

Saints be praised.

March 27, 2019

For at least the 2019 season, pass interference — both offensive and defensive — will be reviewable.

And as a friend says, wanna bet the first call goes against New Orleans?

Though, seriously, as much as sports is serious, this from ESPN “NFL’s internal analysis also examined the impact of pass interference fouls that were later graded to be incorrect by the league’s officiating department. Between 2016 and 2018, 10.5 percent of incorrect calls were for defensive pass interference. But 24 of those plays ranked among the top 50 in impact on win probability. In other words, 10.5 percent of all incorrect calls represented nearly 50 percent of the incorrect calls that most hindered (or helped) a team’s chances to win.”

NFL coaches voted 32-0 to expand replay coverage to allow some non-calls to be reviewed.
Heck, even Sean McVay figures next time it might happen to his Rams.

 

And in the owners vote, only Cincinnati voted against it. Because the Bengals can’t imagine getting close enough to another Super Bowl for it to matter?

Four tweets from Trump this morning about Washington Capitals and captain Alex Ovechkin’s Stanley Cup Championship visit to White House. Well to be fair, this is only the second time a team in the Oval Office has been led by a Russian.

Pablo Sandoval’s last AB for SF Giants better not be that silly strikeout in pouring rain. Just saying.

 

SF Giants are not sold out for Opening Day next Friday. Who’d a thunk fans wouldn’t pay sky-high “dynamic pricing” for tickets to watch that traditional rivalry between the Giants and… Tampa Bay Rays?

 

 

Robert Kraft is pleading not guilty for soliciting prostitution, and wants a jury trial. He does realize that, even without upcoming NFL rule change, that DOES mean video review?

Betsy DeVos, defending her proposed $18 million cuts to Special Olympics “We had to make some difficult decisions.”
Well, yeah, $18 million per, Government Accountability Office, WILL pay for about five Trump Mar-A-Lago golf weekends.

 

Mike Pence has announced goal of putting a man on the moon by 2024. Building that bridge to the 20th century?

 

“Be calm. Take a deep breath. Don’t become like them. (The GOP.) We have to handle this handle this professionally, officially, patriotically, strategically.
Let’s just get the goods.”
Nancy Pelosi to Democratic caucus this am.   You Go Girl..

Meanwhile seems pretty clear, Trump will publicly claim he wants things released, but privately tell Barr & GOP “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome report?”#ReleaseTheFullMuellerReport

Moving on?

March 25, 2019

NFL will forgo usual opening-night matchup in which Super Bowl winner hosts Thursday Night Football, and instead open with Packers-Bears.
Is this league’s way of admitting Saints were robbed?

Gronkowski’s agent said today Rob “is still a very young man. It wouldn’t shock me if he has a change of heart” on retirement.
“The first time is the hardest” responded Brett Favre.

 

Rainy sixth inning of a 1-0 Spring Training. Monday night game between SF Giants and Oakland As….. And everyone left in the stands should get a free baseball or something. All ten of them.

NY Mets, after finishing Florida Spring Training, chose to have final preseason workouts in Syracuse, where they have new Triple-A affiliate. Noah Syndergaard & others were not amused; thinking it would be much easier on team to return to New York City before Thurs. opener in DC against Nationals.
It’s below freezing in Syracuse, team plane is delayed several hours, and won’t arrive until midnight.
This could be most Mets way to start a season ever.

 

 

Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors have both donated about 100,000 cans of drinking water to flooded communities in Iowa and Nebraska. Good for them. But Must. Not. Make. Bud. Light. And. Coors. Light. Jokes.

Yale has rescinded admission of a student whose family paid $1.2 million to get her in. Wonder if they get their money back.

Gosh, Fox News website even finds room for poisonous baby toads story in Florida but isn’t covering Trump administration now trying to strike down ALL the Affordable Care Act. Guess it’s not like Republicans have pre-existing conditions?

Let’s be VERY clear here. GOP and Trump administration are trying to outlaw abortion as early as 6 weeks, before a woman might know she is pregnant, as well as in cases where the fetus has no chance to survive more than a few days.
But as to pre-natal care, or ICU costs for a severely-disabled dying baby, well, then we’re on our own.
Once again, pro-life my ass.

Your reminder, nobody claimed Richard Nixon burglarized Watergate himself; the House voted to impeach for obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress.

So a President, a lawyer and a porn star walk into a bar. And the porn star is the only one who isn’t a punch line.

Talking about the Mueller Report when we’ve only seen the Barr Letter is like reviewing a movie when you’ve only seen the trailer!

MLK -“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” I believe that, but can it shorten up a little now?

Round and round the rim we go…

March 24, 2019

Never been so bummed NOT to have my bracket busted  – with Duke UCF game.

Those last shots UCF came so close to going in, have to wonder if God had Duke in his/her bracket.

LeBron James had his 8th triple-double of the season tonight, and said, “I know we’re out the playoff race, but if I’m on the court I’m going to play how I play, and I play to win. So, I will never cheat the game. There’s such a thing called ‘game gods.’ And they’re watching no matter what you’re doing, and it’s our obligation to go out and be a professional, and that’s what I’m about.”

If the “game gods” are “watching no matter what you’re doing” presume they were also watching when James tried to dump most of his team and get Anthony Davis?

 

Noah Syndergaard is criticizing NY’s contract talks with Jacob deGrom and complaining that team will stop in Syracuse after Spring Training, instead of New York City, to workout before Opening Day.
So season hasn’t started yet and already Mets are in midseason form.

Jim Jordan speaking for GOP this morning because, hey, if you’ll turn a blind eye to sexual abuse of young men, you’ll have no problem ignoring obstruction of justice.

Dr.Dre brags “My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time! And I’m sure the $70 MILLION donation Dre made six years ago had nothing to do with it.

And why would anyone doubt Mueller Report interpretation of the AG that Trump installed because Jeff Sessions wasn’t enough of a toady.

Trump fundraising email already. “the Mueller Report proves what I have been saying since Day One: NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION — COMPLETE EXONERATION.”
Fine, go ahead, release the report.

Trump is apparently thrilled with Barr’s statement on Mueller report. Quick, can someone ask Donald publicly while he’s in a good mood about releasing ENTIRE report to make him look even better?

 

 

While we wait for the release of actual Mueller report instead of the Barr letter, why aren’t people focusing on fact that even Barr doesn’t deny that the report confirms that Russia was actively interfering in our election on Trump’s behalf?

Mueller did not leak. Mueller report WILL leak. Period.