Archive for December 2019

Half an upset?

December 7, 2019

Whole lot of fans of two-loss teams right now thinking Badgers had them stay up late and got there College Football Playoff hopes up for nothing. 

(21-7 Wisconsin over Ohio State at halftime,   34-21 Ohio State win.)

Your reminder that the 10-2 Oregon Ducks have no chance for the playoffs. (And I’m not an Oregon fan.) . Had they only, instead of opening against Auburn, done like Alabama and scheduled a powerhouse like Western Carolina.
Here’s a thought, how about if every team that gets into CFB Playoffs is required to schedule a new non-conference top 25 opponent within next 2-3 years. Yes, I’m talking to you SEC and ACC.
Not that the Tigers, 13-0 aren’t a good team.  Clemson, 13-0, had an easier path to the playoffs this year than any team not named the Dallas Cowboys.
Every time I see a Michael Bloomberg ad my first thought is of all the other useful thingss he could be doing  politically for the country with that money.
(state and local elections, voter registration, election security…)
You think you have a tough job, how’d you like to be writers at Saturday Night  who  spent  the  week   trying  to top Trump’s  “10-15  flushes” line.
Given Trump’s fixation on toilets anyone but me curious to hear what it’s like being the White House plumber?
If Trump were really losing money as President, he’d be having Fox and Friends doing regular nightly segments on his tax returns. Period.
Trump on Rudy’s Giuliani’s latest trip to the Ukraine, “He says he has a lot of good information…I hear he has found plenty.” What like, Obama’s birth certificate?
Maybe it’s just me but in the “if you see something say something” category I’d put mass shooting videos at a dinner party.
As White House reiterates Trump’s refusal to testify or anything else in impeachment hearings,  wonder what GOP would have done if instead of testifying for 11 hours Hillary Clinton refused “to participate in that sham hearing” on Benghazi?

And the winner isn’t….

December 6, 2019

Congrats to Oregon for winning the Pac 12 Championship. Wonder how many bouquets  the Ducks will get from Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama, Baylor and any other team with fantasies of making CFB Playoffs.

Lane Kiffin reportedly about to become Old Miss football coach.  This would be Lane’s fifth head coaching job.  He is 44.

So what’s the record number of head coaching jobs?  Asking for a cynical friend.

Jerry Jones to radio hosts this morning who asked if the organization was embarrassed over Cowboys’ loss to the Bears. “Hey, get your damn act together.” Uh, maybe in Dallas it’s not radio guys who need to get their act together.

Just how bad is NFC East? The 3-9 Redskins could still win the division.

Adam Vinatieri may not kick for Colts again due to a knee injury. On a brighter note for Indy at least Adam’s medical bills should be covered by Medicare.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Knicks firing coach Fizdale “It’s ridiculous to think you’re gonna bring a young guy in and after being there a minute and a half, you expect him to fix everything that’s been wrong there for a long time. That’s pretty unfair. .. So, it’s the old analogy: he got thrown under the bus.”

To be fair, NY Knicks are really rivaling Trump for clogging the road under their buses.

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WTAF? Nikki Haley just said that the Charleston mass shooter “hijacked” the Confederate flag,, what people in South Carolina viewed as a symbol of “service, and sacrifice and heritage.” Uh, Nikki, maybe for starters not the 27% of people in South Carolina who are black?

 

My mother had dementia the last years of her life. I heard regularly from people at her assisted living home that she was flushing toilet a lot. Mostly because she tried to flush her adult diapers. “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times.” #toiletgate

Southwest flight attendant told woman wearing a hijab who switched seats to sit with her family, that she was making passengers “uncomfortable” and threatened to have her escorted off plane Presidential hate speech has consequences. #shameonSouthwest #ShameonTrump

Per CNN “A member of the Saudi military training at US Naval Air Station in Pensacola is the suspected shooter in today’s incident.” How long until Jared says his good pal MBS assures us it was a rogue operator and not a terrorist?

Evenly matched?

December 5, 2019

6-6 Cowboys, atop the NFC East tonight play the 6-6 Bears, who still have a chance for the playoffs. Can we call this the Mediocrity Bowl? 

Johnny Manziel’s model wife Bre Tiesi has filed for divorce and is demanding spousal support after just 379 days of marriage.

Is she alleging she did give him the best year of her life?

 

First Trump and Kim Jong Un “fell in love.” Now they’re calling each other Rocket Man and Dotard again. It’s almost like one of Donald’s marriages. 

Republican witness, Prof. Jonathan Turley, testifies: “A crime hasn’t occurred if the criminal doesn’t admit it.”

How many defense attorneys are going “why didn’t I think of that?”

Trump made comments about his daughter being fat, but sure let’s have GOP outrage because a law Professor used Barron’s name in a sentence.

Melania tweeted “A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.” Did she tell Donald he should be ashamed of attacking Greta Thunberg?

I suppose I get it that a teenager might be embarrassed to have his name spoken in public for any reason. But on a 1-10 scale compared to knowing his father cheated on three wives and his mom did soft-core porn?

So when will John Barron weigh in on the Barron Trump fake outrage?

And must be getting old. I’ve forgotten all that GOP outrage over jokes about a young Chelsea Clinton.

Trump says in Senate, GOP “will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is.” Uh, Donald, why won’t you let any of YOUR people testify.

Breaking news. Old white man endorses other old white man. #JohnKerry #JoeBiden

From #WSJ “Trump considering a significant expansion of U.S. military footprint in Middle East to counter Iran, including dozens more ships, other military hardware & as many as 14,000 additional troops, U.S. officials said.” Wait, you mean Donald lied about bringing troops home?

Comings and goings.

December 4, 2019

Zach Wheeler leaves Mets and signs with the Phillies. Would have been entertaining to have him play Carlos Beltran, the guy he was traded for…

 

Ron Rivera was fired as Panthers coach so will miss the rest of the season. Making him at this point maybe luckier than Carolina season ticket holders.

Eli Manning will probably start Monday night for NY Giants since rookie QB Daniel Jones has a “moderate high ankle sprain.  And who knows, maybe if he does well, Eli could lead the 2-10 team to catch the 3-9 Redskins for 3rd place in the NFC East.

Kamala Harris’s campaign was running out of money.

Well clearly if she were serious about becoming President she would have married a billionaire who could have funded that campaign.

The way we KNOW there is no clear front-runner for Democratic Presidential nomination – no one who has dropped out has endorsed anyone else.

 

Well, who’d have guessed that Trump, the guy on his third marriage, who’s cheated on every one of those wives, wouldn’t be able to sustain a bromance with Macron.

Lindsey Graham says he’s “1,000% confident” that Russia, not Ukraine, meddled in the 2016 election. Graham also said that censuring Trump might have have “bipartisan support.”
Too soon to start the pool on when Donald will throw Lindsey under the bus?

North Korea “The dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the US.
“It is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select to get.”
But wait, wait, I thought Trump and Kim Jong Un were “in love.

 

Donald is partly right. They aren’t laughing at us. They are laughing at potUS.

 

Think the only way we can get Gym Jordan to stop protecting Trump is if we tell him Donald was a wrestler in college.

Rolling out the tanks?

December 3, 2019

SF Giants nontender Kevin Pillar, who led team in HR, RBI, SB, etc, started almost every game, and won Willie Mac award as most inspirational player.
For first time I wondered tonight, Giants have a lot of us who bought charter seats when ballpark opened, have the rights to those seats for life pretty cheaply in retrospect. Wonder if they are hoping fans give up and they can resell at higher prices when team is decent and fun again?

On a brighter note for SF Giants season ticket holders with the team apparently embracing tanking in 2020. At least potential local single-game ticket buyers won’t have spent their yearly sports budget on Warriors tickets.

Snow was falling so hard during #Packers #Giants game that MetLife staff had to shovel the yard-lines during breaks. No wonder Green Bay won big. Aaron Rodgers and company must have thought it was a home game.

NBC can thank the Atlanta Falcons for no one turning off Sunday night football with Patriots down 21-3 late in the 3rd quarter. 

 

Joe Sestak on Sunday dropped out of the 2020 Democratic Presidential race. Okay, forget supporters, how many people knew he was running?

(repeat same tweet almost for Steve Bullock.)

 

Something else about Michael Bloomberg. He said he wasn’t running. Now he says he thinks he has to run. The other candidates haven’t changed….is he saying he made a major mistake in evaluating them? And if so, how do we expect him to evaluate our foreign allies & enemies.

Trump seems so obsessed with Lisa Page you’d almost think he hit on her and she turned him down.

Trump’s lawyer Cipollone told Judiciary Committee they do “not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing.” And accused Nadler of “no doubt purposely” scheduling hearing while Trump will be in London for NATO. Thinking if Donald actually would show up House would find a day and time.

So she’s had to deal with her second son’s major public f*ck up and now she has to host another event for Donald Trump. Sometimes it s*cks to be Queen.


GOP Rep Ben Cline compared Trump to Luke Skywalker “May the Farce be With You?”

 

Tucker Carlson tonight “I think we should probably take the side of Russia if we have to choose between Russia and Ukraine.” Well, duh, Ukraine isn’t paying him.

Outsiders.

December 1, 2019

Sweet.  Alabama will be Home for College Football playoffs.

And how long until Nick Saban argues for THREE SEC teams in those playoffs.

Amy Klobuchar is a  BIG Minnesota football fan. On a brighter note at least she won’t have to antagonize any West Coast Democrats by pulling for Golden Gophers in Rose Bowl.    (Thanks, Wisconsin.)

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is whining, again, that his team is being unfairly held to a different standard in the playoffs. And that standard has cost the Tigers so many potential national championships. Uh, wait, never mind.

 

A crazy college football thought, what if any team that received a bid into CFB Playoff  was REQUIRED as a condition of the bid to schedule a nonconference game as soon as possible with a power opponent?

 

 

 

Less than half of Americans eligible to vote voted in 2016.  So maybe if we gave the winning candidate “the final rose” would more people make the effort?

 

Meanwhile 53% of Republicans say Trump is a better President than Lincoln.  Of course have to wonder, how many of that 53% think Lincoln was a Democrat?

Trump and GOP solution to ACA is like fixing a leaky roof by tearing down the house.

Trump and USDA under Sonny Perdu wants to tighten work rules for SNAP program, claiming it will restore “the dignity of work.”   Right, because so many Americans say they WOULD go get good jobs, but they don’t want to give up their luxurious life with a little over $100 a person a month average in food stamps.

 

Another US shooting, tonight in New Orleans, with (so far at time of writing) 11 victims but no fatalities.  So just how long is it again until we can talk about gun control?

And when we talk about the MOST important US challenge, and we face so many challenges, climate change, healthcare, income inequality, education…. If we don’t have election security NONE of them will be addressed.