Archive for April 2019

Playing the game.

April 30, 2019

One way not to make referees the story of Buck Celtics series – have no game closer than 20 points.


And who knew the more civil Rockets-Warriors game of the two so far would be the game where Curry dislocated his finger, and Harden got his eye lacerated by Draymond Green?

And no ejections tonight,  but  NBA “officials have ejected 12 players from games this postseason, equaling a record set in 1994 and 2003.” And it’s only the 2nd round. When is the league going to start selling referee jerseys?

Donald Trump hosted NASCAR champion Joey Logano at the White House today. Just guessing he didn’t serve Joey cold hamburgers.

Meanwhile, the women’s basketball National Champions Baylor Lady Bears also visited the White House, and DID get served cold fast food, burgers and fries and pizza..  Apparently she laughingly responded “Okay, Donnie. Coooool.”

The Lady Bears were the first women’s team to visit the White House. Guessing they may also be the last.

Not sure about my bucket list, but Caracas, Venezuela, which was a great cruise shore excursion over a decade ago, probably tops my list of “Places I Have Been Where I Have No Interest Now in Going Back.”

On June 3, SFO just announced they will relocate ALL domestic terminal pickups for Uber, Lyft, and Wingz to top level of the domestic hourly parking garage.
And no doubt this change will go as smoothly as everything does these days in terms of flying.

So as first guilty pleas come in for College Admissions Scandal have to wonder, how much did their parents pay to get Jared, Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric into college?

Another horrible thing about latest campus shooting at UNCC, we all know it will be crickets from Donald Trump unless it turns out killer is an immigrant.

Your reminder that on top of everything else,  Senator Susan Collins voted to confirm Attorney General Barr.

Look, I’ll . But there’s still something a little sad that with 20 interesting and diverse Democratic candidates running in 2020, poll leaders are white men who are almost 80.

Also, anyone who doesn’t already think Trump should rot in hell for his “executing babies” lie, should take a few minutes to read this.  Seriously.

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/rich-hill-mlb-dodgers

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Silent whistles?

April 30, 2019

Two NBA playoff games tonight and in neither was officiating the headline.  No worries though for those who tune in to watch ref – the Warriors Rockets tip off again tomorrow.

 

NBA fined Chris Paul $35,000 for “aggressively confronting and recklessly making contact with a game official” in Rockets Warriors game 1, but did not suspend him. Well, di$cipline i$ one thing, rating$ are another.

 

The Raptors got FIVE points from non-starters tonight in a 94-89 loss to the 76ers.    Maybe it would have helped more to have should have sold spaces on their bench to noisy fans.

As everyone “grades” the 2019 NFL draft, your reminder that only was Tom Brady famously a 6th round pick, but also Joe Montana drafted in 3rd round and Drew Brees  in the 2nd.

On Monday Chase sent out (and deleted) a tweet with “hypothetical conversation between a bank customer and the bank. The customer asks, “Why is my balance so low?” and the bank account replies: “Make coffee at home … eat the food that’s already in the fridge … you don’t need a cab, it’s only three blocks.”
What’s Tuesday, the banking company will suggest how customers eat cake?

Donald Trump, along with Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka  filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in hopes to keep the banks from responding to congressional subpoenas.

Right, the most “transparent” President and Presidential family ever.

Former US-North Korea envoy said he signed agreement to pay $2 million for Otto Warmbier and believed Trump had approved the deal. Will Donald’s defense be that everyone knows he doesn’t pay his bills?

Rod Rosenstein in his resignation letter thanked Trump “for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations.”   So for his next gig is Rosenstein  auditioning his deadpan style  for Saturday Night Live?

The wannabe domestic terrorist apprehended in Los Angeles is an American Army veteran who appears to have hated a whole lot of people. But seriously, isn’t Americans hating a whole lot of other people Trump’s main goal?

 

Putting them on the line?

April 28, 2019

Only one game into  Warriors-Rockets series, and already major controversy over foul calls and non-calls.

The NFL is going “hey, our refs were only the main story in ONE game.”

But so really,  Klay Thompson appears to have done the unthinkable with many NBA fans – made James Harden a somewhat sympathetic figure?

Sebastian Janikowski says he’s retiring from the NFL at the age of 41. “So young?” responded Adam Vinatieri.

Five minutes to go in third period and San Jose was down 3 to 1 to Colorado Avalanche.  The Sharks did end up losing – 4-3.    Moral of story, never turn Sharks games off early in the NHL Playoffs.

Yesterday White Sox Tigers game was snowed out. Today four Chicago pitchers combined to strike out 20 Detroit hitters. Maybe yesterday’s weather froze Tigers’ bats?

San Antonio Spurs had a great run this year though fans wished team had a mature and consistent leader. Which is sadly what millions of people also now wish about the USA.

 

Donald Trump congratulated Nick Bosa, who was drafted #2 in NFL draft by SF 49ers.   I  missed his #1 pick Kyler Murray.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s said country must not become a “gay tourism paradise” & that tourists were more than welcome to “come here and have sex with a woman.” Going to be really interesting if Pete Buttigieg ends up on Dem ticket.

At least several people murdered by gunfire today in Tennessee and in Baltimore. But to Donald Trump the only deaths that count are those he can blame on undocumented immigrants.

And was that 19-yr-old killer in Poway one of Trump’s “many fine people on both sides” until he wasn’t?

So a real question, does Donald Trump make up most of his public lies on the fly? Or does he plan them in advance holed up watching Fox News.

And why does any network still believe there’s a chance in hell of getting a truthful statement out of Kellyanne Conway?

Trump attacking Democrats while rambling on immigration “it’s just a system that Congress can fix.” Gosh, if only the GOP had a chance to be in charge of both the House and Senate for a couple years…

Your reminder that Trump had time this weekend for a tweet barrage including touting his own fake poll numbers & today congratulated a football player he’s probably never watched, but still didn’t wish his own wife “Happy Birthday.”

I have not watched and have no plans to watch Game of Thrones. But  gather a lot of people now would vote this  Arya gal for President.

The Giants score a run

April 26, 2019

The Giants score a run. In the first inning. After 25 games.

But they did it after 2 first inning runs by the Yankees. So the streak of never having a first inning LEAD continues.

 

So which are more likely to be completely wrong?
Opinions in April 2019 on who will be will be Democratic Presidential Candidate in 2020?
Or opinions in April 2019 on which teams in 2019 “won” the NFL draft?

Well, maybe it’s not as head-scratching as electing Trump – but the team with the most NBA merchandise sold this year was… the Lakers?!

Meanwhile, Warriors finally prevailed over Clippers in six.    This year’s fans  are happy. Have to wonder, would next year’s season ticket holders at Chase be upset that they didn’t get a chance to see, or re-sell, game seven?

 

So NBA playoff first round game 6 between Warriors and Clippers, and Saturday’s game  game 7 between Spurs and Nuggets both scheduled to  tip off at 10pm EASTERN time. Even MLB is going “Wow, way to think of the young fans.”

Winter storm “Xyler?” Uh, it’s almost May. And winter storms aren’t supposed to get so close to running out of alphabet names.

Trump today praised Robert E. Lee as a great general. How long until he praises one of George Washington’s once favorite generals, Benedict Arnold?

So which of Trump’s generals would like to come forward and say yes, he DID tell Donald that Robert E. Lee was his favorite general?

Seriously does anyone think Trump ever read a single book on Civil War History?

 

If you didn’t already know Fox News was pure evil this headline – “Driver who injured 8 in California crash targeted victims based on race, religion, cops say.”
The bearded dark-haired suspect pictured in the story is a Christian American reportedly on his way to Bible Study who told police who went after people he thought were Muslim.

The tiniest violins?

April 25, 2019

Warriors fans feeling embarrassed that their team has been forced by Clippers into a playoff game 6. Fans of Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals are saying “Hold our tear-filled beer.”

 

Let’s be real, as much hype as there is on NFL Draft, while sometimes early picks turn out to be a really big deal, other times there’s as much correlation between promise & delivery as there is with Presidential debates.

RIP John Havlicek, 79. Not that I grew up a Celtics fan, preferred Wilt Chamberlain as a kid, but I never thought of John Havlicek as old.

 

NFL admits an incorrect call against Saints, NHL now  apparently apologized an saidr penalty call against Golden Knights was wrong. Can’t wait to see how refs are going to change the NBA playoffs.

Reports now that Magic Johnson quit the Lakers after he was accidentally copied into an email chain where co-owner Jeannie Buss and GM Rob Pelinka were criticizing him.  Once again, two of the most dangerous words in the English language “reply all.

 

QB Dwayne Haskins, after he dropped to 15th in NFL Draft before Washington nabbed him -“the league done messed up.”
Well, if he wants to see really “messed up,” the Redskins should be a perfect fit.

Am I the only person with no interest in anything Avengers not involving Diana Rigg as Emma Peel?

Many Democrats don’t think Joe Biden can win because of his “handsy” history with women and his penchant for verbal gaffes. Right, how could a man like that ever be elected President?

 

WSJ reporting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says Trump’s proposal to vastly expand offshore oil and gas drilling has been sidelined indefinitely after a recent court decision that blocks Arctic drilling.
Can’t wait for Trump to attack judge as a crazy blue-state liberal. And even more can’t wait for a reaction from the judge’s Senator- Lisa Murkowski.  (Alaska)

Lara Trump on Fox said “Merkel’s decision to allow refugees into the country… was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany.” Gosh, and who could think of anything else that might be worse?

The picks are in?

April 24, 2019

Since we all know Donald Trump cannot STAND not to be center of attention even for a moment, scary to think what he might do tomorrow to steal headlines from NFL draft.

Oh Canada.  11 runs in 2 games, and 2 wins in a row in Toronto.   SF Giants fans are wondering if the team can start playing some home games in Vancouver…

How many NBA teams can be down 10 going to the 4th quarter and most viewers were still shocked that  they didn’t  win easily?  #Warriors #Clippers

But okay, who thought  Blazers would be done with the Jazz faster than than Golden State would be done with the Clippers?

Franklin Graham thinks Pete Buttigieg should repent for being gay.

There’s a good chance that God thinks Franklin Graham should repent for being Franklin Graham.

Trump this morning “If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court.” So who’s going to be the one to tell him that’s not how it works?

 

Post-ABC poll found 75 % of white evangelicals described “the federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants” as a positive thing. And a Pew Research Center poll found nearly 7 in 10 white evangelicals saying the U.S. has no responsibility to house refugees.

Wonder how many of those same people make sure they never hire illegal housekeepers, gardeners, day laborers, babysitters… And make sure all their produce is picked and restaurant meals are prepared and served by American citizens?

Another great quote from Stephen Moore,  Trump’s remaining federal reserve board nominee.  “You don’t want to live in Cincinnati or Cleveland or these armpits of America.”

So maybe Donald can take Moore with him to his next rally in Ohio.

 

Donald Trump will reportedly not be allowed to stay at Buckingham Palace during his upcoming June state visit on London.   Oops, guess no one should tell him that during HIS visit, Barack Obama stayed in the Palace. (and the Queen hugged Michelle.)

Iced?

April 24, 2019

Wonder how many fans will deny leaving SAP Center in San Jose in the third period before the Sharks’ miracle game seven comeback?    Of course, they will face no argument from the fans across the country  who turned off their TVs.

But really, 4 goals in less than 5 minutes!?!  Casual hockey fans are confused, did someone take puck last night out of the humidor or something?

Meanwhile, a small miracle has occurred. SF Giants put up 3 runs in one inning. The second inning though, not the first.  (And they hung on to win 7-6)  At this point first inning runs would require notifying the Pope.

 

Josh Gordon,  serving yet another suspension for substance-abuse issues, has signed for the 2019 season with the New England Patriots.  It’s all part of NFL’s “17 strikes and you’re out” policy.

 

The Wisconsin man who won the $768 million Powerball jackpot said today he ‘felt lucky’ buying ticket. Of course, statistically you’re luckier if you DON’T buy tickets..

Trump demanded this morning that the NY Times get on its knees to apologize.
It would be really tacky to make a joke about missing Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.

Not content with skipping the White House Correspondents’ dinner for the past two years, Trump has ordered administration officials to boycott the event. Wonder if Alec Baldwin can attend in President Snowflake’s place.

 

In years to come, as adult children struggle with decision on whether to force their parents into assisted living, one question doctors may ask “How is he or she on a scale of one to Trump?

Donald Trump has been invited by the Queen of England for a state visit. Maybe she wanted to show her people there are worse things than Brexit.

The President of the United States, in the midst of a what he declared a National Emergency, spent time today in Oval Office with founder of Twitter and complained about his number of followers.
Are we great yet?

 

The real reason Donald Trump was cranky today? He has 59 million followers. Someone just told him a guy named Barack Obama has 106 million.

While we’re at it, has anyone told Trump that Ellen DeGeneres also has about 10 million more followers than he does?