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Personal fouls?

October 20, 2020

At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, students have been issued a stay-at-home order, but it will not affect varsity sports, including and especially football. (Michigan, which broke their single day COVID record yesterday, opens their college football season this weekend by traveling to Minnesota, where they broke the case record last Friday.)


The President of “the Washington Football Team, Jason Wright, said there’s a “Pretty good chance” the team has no official name in 2021.

Well, that’s okay. In 2020 Washington got the Redskins name off their football team. And soon they’ll have the Trump name off the White House.

Riddle me this. “What’s the difference between the election and Trump’s healthcare plan?

The election is actually coming in two weeks.

Going to keep saying this….. the media now would “both sides” a Möbius strip.

Dr. Fauci quoting “the Godfather” is one of those rare glorious 2020 moments: In brushing off latest Trump attack Fauci says only cares about addressing the virus “That other stuff, it’s like in ‘The Godfather’: Nothing personal, strictly business as far as I’m concerned.”

Melania Trump says she canceled her first campaign appearance in months with Donald because she has a “lingering cough”, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today.” Lingering effects of COVID-19 might last longer than that marriage after Nov. 3.

Trump ad-libbed at his rally that if Joe Biden is elected, he will be too boring for people to even care about government. Who’s with me on dreaming of ‘boring?”

Rachel Maddow sadly points out that 31 state are in the “red zone” for COVID-19. Two states that aren’t…. New York and California. Maybe THAT’s why Trump just attacked them.

Okay, who had “Trump picking fights with 60 Minutes AND Dr. Fauci” two weeks before the election on their 2020 batshit bingo card?

So you think Donald Trump has already called Bill Barr to demand DOJ stop that 60 Minutes interview from airing?

Well, as much time as Trump is now spending talking about Hunter Biden and China, your reminder that Donald is a walking talking illustration of Freud’s theory of projection.


World serious?

October 20, 2020

So as World Series starts Tuesday night, thanks to Fox not showing the playoffs on until game seven of the NLCS, and no Tampa Bay games that I can remember all year, can anyone name a Tampa Bay Ray?

(And no, Evan Longoria doesn’t count. He’s now on the Giants)

Two Michigan State football players were arrested for alleged misdemeanor assault in September, and one also had a misdemeanor “drunk-and-disorderly” charge. Yeah, can’t imagine why any of these young men might engage in risky behavior during a pandemic.

If you were watching Monday Night Football and were unaware, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is one of Donald Trump’s biggest NFL supporters.Who knew karma might be a football fan?Carry on.

As bad as the COVID-19 death tolls might be, remember after 9-11 when we had no idea how many first-responders and others in NY would end up with fatal illnesses years later? Not that Donald would take responsibility for those deaths either.

Apparently stung by reports Joe Biden is raising more $$$ than him, Trump today said “I’d be greatest fundraiser in history- all I’d have to do is call up every Wall Street firm & major company in U.S…. but if I do that I’m totally compromised.”

Besides Vlad would be jealous.

As Trump campaigns in Arizona thinking not only did Cindy McCain endorse Joe Biden, even Barry Goldwater would probably have endorsed Joe Biden.

Now Fox News is gleefully headlining the story about Jeffrey Toobin and his zoom dick call. Stupid indeed not to be more careful on a video call. But I’d rather have a man touching himself at work than doing the same to female coworkers. #RogerAiles

Lost in tales from the swamp: Donald Trump, after Orange County fundraiser flew BACK to Las Vegas rather than staying in California, just so he could bill taxpayers for his entourage staying 2nd night at his Vegas hotel. Grifters gonna grift.

Rachel Maddow with the gold standard of advice on polls, “if you do care strongly about what’s going to happen” with election “Prognosticate less, speculate less, vote and volunteer and donate more. Do the things you can do.” Pass it on. And do what you can.

Worse and worser?

October 19, 2020

In a year where nothing feels normal, suppose there is some comforting consistency in realizing that the 2020 NY Jets ALWAYS suck.

(Marc Ragovin – I’m not saying NY Jets coach Adam Gase is desperate, but he just proposed injecting all the players with hydroxychloroquine”.)

Meanwhile, on the other hand, in their sixth game of the year, the NY Giants won their first game of the season. And they are only now one game in the win column out of first place in the NFC East.

So while they’re working on their analytics in the offseason perhaps the Atlanta Braves could find time for baserunning drills?

Late-career Aaron Rodgers did a serious late-career Brett Favre impersonation today.

Non-political/sports post. Made hard-boiled eggs with great Anthony Bourdain recipe where you put eggs in water, bring water to a boil, immediately remove from heat, cover pot & let it sit 10 minutes before putting eggs in ice water (or adding ice to the water.)

Can confirm a watched pot DOES boil. But too damn slowly.

Carry on.

NY Times reports “Some midlevel aides on (Trump) campaign have begun inquiring about employment on Capitol Hill after election, apparently under assumption that there will not be a second Trump administration for them to serve in.” Well, Starbucks is probably hiring.

So I realize this was several outrages ago. But whatever happened to all those dismantled and discarded mail sorting machines?

Trump today referred to the Paris Climate Accord and “Prime Minister Macron.” Emmanuel Macron is PRESIDENT of France. Maybe Donald thinks Macron is also Prime Minister of Paris?

Too little too late…. but if GOP Senators really want to distance themselves from Trump, a nice start would be to say they don’t think they can vote before the election to confirm his sham SCOTUS pick.

Republican Party really needs a John McCain right now. At least Cindy McCain has more cojones than all the GOP in the Senate.

For example, GOP Senator John Cornyn said his relationship with Trump is “like women who think they’re going to change their spouse & that doesn’t usually work out very well.”

But as Amy Klobuchar said last week “enough is enough.”

Hey, GOP cowards, in a bad marriage, divorce IS an option.

In Trump’s America, 2 sitting governors are subjects of kidnapping plots. Most respected man in US regarding COVID-19, Dr. Fauci, has been getting death threats. Donald won’t denounce any of it. We’re better than this. But to prove it we need to #VOTE

On Fox News, Pete Buttigieg said Donald Trump is a “destabilizing force” and “president who is incapable” of handling COVID-19 pandemic. Pete, you had me at “a president who is incapable.

Does Donald Trump realize every time he deliberately mispronounces Kamala’s name – (it’s comma-la) he not only isn’t helping his own cause, he’s making women angry, even those who aren’t big Harris fans?

Headline in conservative UK Daily Mail “Generous Trump puts wad of cash into collection box at mask-free church service in Vegas before California fundraiser.” “Generous?” Donald just had an expensive stay at his own hotel paid for by taxpayers & he gives $100 or so to a church?

Trump had Mike Love’s band, which licensed the Beach Boys name, for a fundraiser. Despite Brian Wilson objecting.

So sharing lyrics 15 days from Nov 3.

“You know it seems the more we talk about it.

It only makes it worse to live without it

But let’s talk about it Wouldn’t it be nice?

President Joe Biden WILL be so nice.

In the lead.

October 18, 2020

SI.Com headline “Nick Saban Adds to His Legacy With Victories Over No. 3 Georgia, and COVID-19 in Same Week

So as bettors look at the odds for CFB Playoff winner, does Las Vegas have an option to bet on COVID-19?

Florida football coach Dan Mullen just he has tested positive for COVID-19. Today’s game against LSU had already been postponed. But last week Dan Mullen called for 90,000 fans in the stadium.

I guess mean b*tch karma was listening.

(Assist to Florida Governor Ron De Santis.)

Baseball digression. Watching NLCS and ALCS where managers regularly change pitchers who are doing well because of pitch counts and analytics makes me grateful again that I got to be an SF Giants fan during Bruce Bochy and Madison Bumgarner era.

Random pandemic thought: After several months cooking still can be interesting and fun some of the time – but there is absolutely positively nothing interesting and fun about laundry.

Now that Donald Trump is talking about leaving the country if he loses, dare we hope he will pack up and slink out of town like the Baltimore Colts in the middle of the night?

As Trump talks about leaving the country, suppose it hasn’t occurred to him that Putin is as kind to those who are no longer useful to him as Donald himself has been to former staff and supporters.

Trump on National Guard attacking protesters in Minneapolis “When you’re watching everybody getting pushed around, there’s something very beautiful about it.” Let’s be honest – Donald would have approved of National Guard doing to protesters what Chauvin did to George Floyd.

Quote obtained by @MollyBeck of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel before Trump rally. “This entire pandemic is a hoax,” said Brandon Rice of Eau Claire. Is someone keeping a file of these quotes to use at people’s memorial services?

ICYMI – Donald Trump’s next hate rally is tomorrow in Carson City, Nevada. The reason… so Donald can bill taxpayers one more time for an expensive stay for himself and entourage at money losing Trump Las Vegas hotel.

Dammit, Minnesota, you better vote for me,” Trump told his supporters in Muskegon.” Muskegon is in Michigan.


Against the odds….

October 17, 2020

I know stopping Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS confirmation is a long shot. But what odds could you have gotten with the best in AL Rays up three games to 0 on the below .500 Astros on ALCS getting to game seven?

RBG wouldn’t give up.

Neither should we.

As SF Giants fan, was disappointed when Will Smith turned down an offer from Giants to sign with the Braves. A little less disappointed when Smith in relief melted down against the Dodgers Friday night.

University of Florida already had their football game tomorrow against LSU canceled, now SEC has postponed Oct 24 game against Missouri, as per ESPN Gators had “at least 21 players & coaches test positive for COVID-19.” I missed Governor Ron De Santis tweet taking credit.

SEC commissioner today said conference schools could be penalized up to $1 million for not following COVID-19 in-game protocols – $1 million. A drop in the bucket of the football budget. Although for academic departments that would be real money.

Looks like Joe Biden fans did to NBC ratings last night what Saints fans did to Super Bowl ratings after New Orleans got shafted in 2019.

Trump attacks Biden for mixing up “two Crime Bills,” saying Joe “didn’t have a clue.” Meanwhile Donald can’t remember COVID test, claims he doesn’t know who Q-Anon is & retweets satirical site “Babylon Bee” as fact…. Trump couldn’t BUY a clue, especially being $400 in debt.

GOP Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is reportedly considering a 2024 Presidential run, said he “voted for Ronald Reagan” because he couldn’t support Trump or Biden. So Hogan thinks Americans would choose him as President because he can make the really tough choices?

In Florida, Trump unveiled plan to distribute vaccine to nursing homes, telling seniors “The light at the end of the tunnel is near.” Except there IS no COVID-19 vaccine & US cases are rising. So the light at the end of the tunnel is the light from an oncoming train.

But on a more optimistic note, Trump at a rally today, on what could happen if he loses to Biden – “Maybe I’ll have to leave the country. I don’t know.”

One word – promise?

Open note to media which clearly has become addicted to the Trump daily train wrecks. Perhaps someone could come up with a “Keeping up with the Trumps” reality show starting in 2021? Assuming it could be aired from prison.

The NY Post story that Biden got upset about is the equivalent of “Rudy Giuliani told me you were beating your wife, when did you stop?

Joe Biden once this week pronounced Harris’s name Camel-a instead of Comma-La. Meanwhile GOP Sen. David Perdue says “Kah-ma-la, or Kah-mah-la, or Kamala-mala-mala — I don’t know, whatever.” Fox News headline. “GOP senator, Biden both botch name – guess who media slams?”

You might see headlines California GOP removed illegal ballot drop boxes. Well, GOP says they have removed boxes labeled “official” but will continue to use dozens of other boxes without labels. On Trump claims of voter fraud, once again Freud NAILS projection. #BidenCoalition

Ivanka Trump went to a Graeter’s Ice Cream in Ohio, “where she waited in line…behind at least 2 other people” to order “cookies’n cream” cone She waited about 1% as long as some people do to vote. Oh yeah, and she didn’t even think to order one of Graeter’s amazing flavored chocolate chip ice creams? Not sure which is worse.

As these hate rallies get more deranged, how long until Trump calls for the impeachment of President Hillary Clinton?

“Getting rid of Obamacare is why they’re rushing to get this nominee through the Supreme Court.” Joe Biden is right. And it would be bad enough if GOP had a lesser plan to replace it. Trump and the GOP have NO plan.

Lastly, I’m not voting for Joe Biden because he’s an expert on everything. I’m voting for Joe Biden because he’ll LISTEN to the experts on everything.

Late innings.

October 15, 2020

Apparently before he went to bat in the bottom of the ninth in a time game, the Astros’ Carlos Correa told Houston manager Dusty Baker “walk-off.” And then he hit a game-winning home run. ESPN then reported “he and Baker enjoyed an extended embrace, during which Correa admitted that he said, “I f—ing told you.”

Great story. Except Dusty is 71 years old. Not thinking he should be hugging ANYBODY.

Can SF Giants take credit for Braves’ performance in the postseason so far now that Atlanta has picked up San Francisco’s former clubhouse ambassador of fun – Kung Fu Panda.

Am I allowed as an SF Giants fan to say I am almost beginning to feel sorry for Clayton Kershaw?

CNN reports “The Trump administration has rejected California’s request for a disaster declaration for six destructive wildfires, including a massive central California wildfire that has become the single largest in state history.”

Can Trump just run for President of the Confederacy and be done with it?

“I believe we’re rounding the corner,” Trump said of COVID tonight in Miami. Today’s COVID totals, over 64,000 new cases, the most since July, and again over 1,000 deaths. So maybe, rounding the corner – but the wrong way and straight into oncoming traffic.

Some Fox News headlines don’t even need punchlines: “Ingraham: Bidens family’s ‘get-rich-quick schemes’ should be disqualifying.”

Justin Trudeau just said the American-Canadian border will be closed indefinitely until U.S. gets coronavirus under control.

Are we tired of winning yet?

Trump on election: “We’re leading in N. Carolina. Poll just came out. Think we’re leading everywhere where people are intelligent, actually.”

Uh, recent Pew Research Poll had Biden up 10%. Up 20% w/ college graduates & 40%(!) among those w/ post graduate degrees.

Ted Cruz complained today about Democrats still making speeches trying to block Amy Coney Barrett. This is same Ted Cruz who read “Green Eggs & Ham” for over 5 hours on Senate Floor to try to block Obamacare. Cruz really needs to be part of the minority party.

Amy Klobuchar is all of us listening to Ted Cruz.

So now, instead of COVID relief, besides ramming through SCOTUS judges, GOP led Judiciary Committee will be voting on subpoenas NEXT WEEK to subpoena Jack Dorsey over Twitter blocking a questionable NY Post story. This is not normal. Or right We need to Flip The Senate

It does take a special kind of stable genius to refuse to do a virtual debate, demand an equal time Town Hall with NBC when Joe Biden accepts an invitation for a Town Hall with ABC… and then start complaining about your Town Hall as soon as you get your demand accepted.

Sometimes I love living in California – Got this email today, after registering for ballot tracking with the country “Hello Janice Hough, This is a message from County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters. Your ballot for the 2020 General Election was received and will be counted. Thank you for voting!”

Sign sign, everywhere a sign.

October 14, 2020

Today Florida Gators coach Dan Mullins apologized for yesterday’s statement where he wanted 90,000 fans in attendance this weekend in Gainesville against LSU, and said he really wasn’t trying to demand increased attendance.

“I certainly apologize if I offended people.”

Later today the Gators had to cancel the game due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Does mean bitch Karma count as a person?

Also today, coach Nick Saban and the Alabama athletic director tested positive for COVID-19 We are about nine days away from the proposed start of Big-10 football.

NFL has canceled this year’s Pro Bowl. Gosh, I’ll really miss playing in a meaningless game in Las Vegas during a pandemic said absolutely no one in the league.

Who knew Braves pitchers might have an harder time getting outs from Dodgers in the first inning than Democratic senators had getting answers out of Amy Coney Barrett in SCOTUS hearings?

(Dodgers scored 11 runs in the first.)

Senator Ben Sasse gets Coney Barrett to agree it’d be “inappropriate” for “cheating” Houston Astros to get umpire to change rules just for them in elimination game. Except GOP did cheat Merrick Garland, IS now losing & trying to change SCOTUS confirmation rules just for their team.

“I want to start out again by reminding people at home that this isn’t normal.” Amy Klobuchar at SCOTUS hearings. Evergreen statement in Trump world.


Questions Barrett wouldn’t answer. Is voter intimidation a crime? (Klobuchar) Is it wrong to separate children from their parents? (Booker) Is climate change real? (Harris)

Question she does answer – Who does the laundry in your house? (Kennedy)

So what is Amy Coney Barrett going to tell her children tonight if they ask her about why she thinks it’s okay to take other children from THEIR mother?

Cory Booker references the discussion Barrett had with Klobuchar, asking if Barrett has ever waited 5 hours to vote, or even 1 hour. And actually answered, she has not. Heck, Barrett probably waits longer at Starbucks than she does to vote.

Not that it matters in the end, but again, RBG died Sept 18. Trump said Sept 22 he was getting close to a decision, but Barrett said in her Senate questionnaire Donald offered & she accepted job the day they met – Sept 21. Why didn’t someone ask Barrett which of them was lying?

So I assume reporters are keeping video clips of Trump supporters at these rallies saying things like “If I die, I die,” or “I might as well get it and get it over with.” They can be played at some of these folks’ memorial services.

Anyone who has ever had a child knows you cannot give into tantrums. Ever. Velveeta Voldemort threw a tantrum because debate commission wouldn’t allow him to risk Joe Biden’s life, again. And NBC told him “It’s okay Donnie, you can have your own uninterrupted hour.”

Apparently Maddow asked Harris “Are you as mad as everybody else is that NBC is doing a town hall with President Trump tomorrow instead of the debate at the same time that Vice President Biden’s going to be on ABC?” Kamala should have asked Rachel if SHE was mad.

Any way we can get a list of the sponsors who are buying ad time for NBC’s tantrum town hall with Donald Trump? I’d be more than happy to share it. Guessing a lot of us would be.

Down for the count?

October 14, 2020

Well, at least Dodgers fans can’t blame tonight’s loss on Kershaw.

In the #smallmercies category, SF Giants barely missing the playoffs does mean while I can multitask I don’t have to decide between obsessed with politics and the MLB postseason on days like this.

Meanwhile, former SF Giants relief pitcher Mark Melancon, now with Atlanta Braves, came in tonight in 9th, after Braves had already blown 3 runs of five run lead, and after an error, gave up a triple that was nearly a home run to cut the lead to 1 but got out of it to preserve an 8-7 Atlanta win.

Guess Melancon, a good guy who never did that well with SF, did at least bring part of Giants baseball to Atlanta – Torture.

ESPN reports that four days before the Gators were scheduled to play LSU, and coach Dan Mullen said he wanted 90,000 people in the stands in Gainesville, Florida has had to pause football operations, after 19 positive tests.

Gosh, if only God could send them a sign.

These senators who insist they are safe to be in Senate hearing room without masks for SCOTUS hearings, less that two weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19, are NOT considered to be virus free.

In fact, based on their timing and admitted positive tests Oct 1-2, none of them would be allowed to spend a weekend in Massachusetts looking at fall foliage.

Marsha Blackburn gushes with praise for Amy Coney Barrett putting up with over 11 hours of questioning.Somehow I missed her and others giving the same praise to Hillary Clinton.

Mike Lee, who actually was diagnosed with COVID-19, about 11 days ago, is pontificating, loudly, without a mask, sending countless respiratory droplets into the air of the Senate chamber. Once again, four words, Pro Life My Ass.

Merrick Garland has two children. Not that Judge Garland got a chance for a hearing, but why do I think if he had, that praising Merrick for his parenting might not have been part of GOP line of questioning?

If GOP were as convinced that Amy Coney Barrett were as impartial as they are trying to convince Americans that she is, they wouldn’t be moving heaven & earth to try to confirm her before the election. Period.

Also, to me, it’s not whether we believe Barrett or not. Not whether she wouldn’t have been OK pick for conservative President. But by GOP’s OWN precedent of 2016, this nomination is illegitimate. Period. I’d feel differently if she were joining a court w/ Merrick Garland.

Rachel Maddow reports 97% (not a typo) of the 850,000 eligible voters in Travis County Texas, where Austin is located, have registered to vote this year. Maybe Trump shouldn’t have messed with Texas.

Donald Trump today to suburban women “Will you please like me?” Wow. Might be the first time Donald has asked any women for consent.

Amy Klobuchar just got Amy Coney Barrett to say publicly that she doesn’t believe Roe v. Wade is a super precedent.

But maybe even more surprising, Klobuchar gave Barrett a softball question on voter intimidation being illegal. Which I’m guessing was to lead into a tougher question. But sometimes in baseball and politics, the “waste” pitch turns out to be the one where you get that big strikeout.

(As in, how hard is it to say “voter intimidation is illegal?)

Air time…

October 13, 2020

Vanderbilt-Missouri game is 1st SEC football game postponed by COVID-19, because Vandy won’t have enough scholarship players due to positive tests/contact tracing. Vanderbilt considered Ivy League school of SEC, so were players being stupid, or more honest about tests?

As a height-challenged person, 5’3″, I’ve been a fan of Jose Altuve. But he was implicated in Astros sign-stealing scandal. And if the baseball gods were trying to send a message…well, zero errors in the regular season and three in the postseason, one that led to three unearned runs, well, the message might look a lot like that.

Drew Brees started out with a really tough start, with about 32 yards in the middle of 2nd quarter, and Saints down 20-3 points. Then New Orleans came back and won for the 2nd time out of 48 with Brees at QB when they were down 17 points or more.

But both amusing and painful that when asked, Drew too remembered the “Minnesota Miracle,’ where Saints also came back 17 point points to have the lead with a few seconds left.” (I have other words I’ve used and would use. other than “miracle.)

We often joke that that a player is so old he could almost be his opponent’s father. Tonight 19 years between Drew Brees & Justin Hebert. (And note to Tom Brady, Justin Hebert, 21 years younger than you, already knows this is how it’s done after a close tough loss…)

Civic lesson after Trump speech in Florida – “I’m just about best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico. You better vote for me, Puerto Rico. Residents of Puerto Rico do not have voting representation in the US Congress & are not entitled to electoral votes for president.

Kayleigh McEnany sent out a press release of a letter from Sean Conley saying the “President has tested negative on consecutive days.” It didn’t say “which” consecutive days.

Or even which month.

“They say I’m immune. I feel so powerful. I’ll watch into that audience, I’ll walk in there, kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women.” President P*ssy Grabber at his finest.

Trump tweets “Republicans should be strongly focused on completing a wonderful stimulus package for the American People!

First can we fire idiot in White House who tweeted this? “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election.”

So what is it with GOP and tests? Brett Kavanaugh wouldn’t take a lie detector test. Now Senate Judiciary Committee won’t take COVID-19 tests. The only reason to be afraid of tests is when you’re afraid of the results.

In 2018 if two Democratic Senators out of Bill Nelson, Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp, or Joe Donnelly had held onto their seats, we would not have this SCOTUS farce today. Your reminder how important it is we get it right this time.

I’m happy to concede that Amy Coney Barrett has a nice big family and that she has a happy marriage. THAT IS NOT THE POINT! This is a SCOTUS hearing, not a proposed remake of “Jon and Kate plus eight.”

It’s not that Amy Coney Barrett has been publicly against abortion & ACA in the past. Or even that she instantly accepted Donald Trump’s offer of SCOTUS nomination on Sept 21, less than 72 hours after RBG died. But she has lied about all three. That matters. Truth matters.

(Seriously. Amy Coney Barrett says being on SCOTUS “not a position I sought out & I thought carefully before accepting. Uh, Barrett already said Donald offered her position on Sep 21 & she accepted same day. So she’s starting out being as honest as Kayleigh McEnany)

Perfectly awful.

October 12, 2020

Bad news for the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos – due to positive COVID-19 cases, their Sunday game was postponed.

Worse news for the 0-5 Atlanta Falcons, their Sunday game wasn’t.

As a Saints fan, have to ask, why couldn’t the Minnesota Vikings have played the end of the last two playoff games against New Orleans like they did against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football?

For that matter, why couldn’t the Seahawks, who scored an improbable TD at the end, have done that last season when with first and goal at the 1 against the 49ers, a TD would have given the Saints a bye?

Although is there a more schizophrenic team in the NFL in 2020 than the Raiders?

Congrats to the LA Lakers for winning an NBA Championship and surviving the bubble. Good timing too. By winning in game 6 they can get out of Orlando just before Donald Trump flies in tomorrow.

Dodgers fans will be able to watch and listen to NLCS games parked in their cars outside Dodger Stadium.With pre-pandemic traffic wasn’t that almost the way Dodgers fans had to listen at least to the first and last three innings anyway?

Since they have so much faith in Dear Leader, will Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, along with Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio meet Donald in Sanford tomorrow to shake his hand?

Donald Trump won’t release the date of his last negative COVID-19 test before he was diagnosed, won’t say now if he’s actually been tested since he was diagnosed, and he wants Joe Biden to debate him in person in 4 days? Two words. Yeah. Right.

All of this talk about her emails again. So will the Senate Judiciary Committee consider taking a break in their efforts to confirm Barrett so they can impeach President Clinton?

Trump reportedly will skip inaugural ceremony if Biden wins the Presidency. But will Donald leave Joe a note in the resolute desk….angrily scrawled in Sharpie?

If Trump went full Jim Jones and told his supporters actually to drink the Kool-Aid anyone but me increasingly thinking they’d go along with it?

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz on Meet the Press suggested testing Senate Judiciary Committee members for COVID 19 before Barrett’s confirmation hearings is just a “procedural game” & Democratic delay tactic. Wonder what Herman Cain thinks?

All eyes on Kamala Harris as the Senate confirmation hearings start tomorrow. But remember, Harris got Kavanaugh upset in his hearings, Amy Klobuchar got him to APOLOGIZE.

Maybe we as Democrats don’t focus enough on good things President Biden & a Democratic Senate will do. And there will be good things. But as great as your remodeling plans may be, when house is on fire, your first focus is putting the fire out.

No game…

October 11, 2020

Since NLDS series were both sweeps, no MLB baseball today, a foreshadowing of winter. Those gaps in postseason always remind me of A. Bartlett Giamatti. “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.”

I miss the days when sports were our regular biggest “heartbreak.”

Florida football coach Dan Mullen now wants a full stadium for the Gators game next week in Gainesville against LSU. 90,000 fans.

If Mullen gets his wish can we call it the COVID bowl?

After Mississippi State lost 24-2 (not a typo) to Kentucky, coach Mike Leach said “We’re going to have to check some of our group and figure out who really wants to play here, because any malcontents, we’re going to have to purge a couple of those.”

Watching COVID-19 cases spike in South, and considering that next week’s opponent, Texas A & M, just knocked off #4 Florida, guessing the number who “really want to play here” now, might make filling a roster difficult.

Georgia WR George Pickens got an unsportsmanlike penalty today for squirting water from a bottle on Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano. And college athletes are the young men we expect to be grownup enough to take precautions against spreading COVID?

Reports that people attending Trump’s Evita balcony impersonation today at the White House got reimbursed for travel and hotel costs. The real question – will they get reimbursed for their future medical costs?

Profiles in smarmy cowardice: John Bolton attacking Donald Trump on CNN as “dangerous,” but adds that he’s not endorsing Joe Biden, he’s going to “write in the name of another Republican.” And this man supposedly was making really tough decisions on behalf of our country?

If there’s any truth at all hidden in Trump doctor’s statement that Donald is no longer contagious, it’s that White House is admitting Trump was infected far earlier than admitted and hadn’t been tested- probably for a while, before his debate with Joe Biden.

Ever considered visiting Massachusetts for fall foliage? This year you can’t do it without a proof of valid & recent COVID-19 test. Of course, without such a test you could come to DC as Senator to confirm SCOTUS judge or be a President & travel for big unmasked rallies.

Negative COVID-19 tests required to get on some planes, travel to many countries, even travel w/o quarantine to some states. Negative test also required to play college or professional sports. But GOP doesn’t think negative test is required to show up for Senate SCOTUS hearings?

Now a report that George W. Bush will endorse Joe Biden. So what nasty nickname will Donald come up with for W?

Colin Jost on SNL talking about Donald Trump being one of the only people to have have a near death experience and learn nothing from it. Colin Jost clearly knows nothing about Steve Scalise.

As the media tries to “both sides” with this court packing question, why don’t they go after Mitch McConnell who actually HAS been court packing since Obama was President?

Donald’s balcony speech was supposed to be 30 minutes. It lasted less than 20. Most of Trump’s speeches go long. Challenge even a MAGA supporter to come up with a plausible excuse why if he were healthy Donald would give up free airtime.

So when mothers have to put their children to bed hungry because there’s no COVID relief bill, GOP expects they can just comfort the kids with a bedtime story about a new SCOTUS judge? If you already didn’t KNOW we need to Flip the Senate.

Over the fence and out.

October 10, 2020

Okay, was never a Yankees fan and especially not an Aroldis Chapman fan. But if you need another reason to be happy about the Rays winning – Imagine how happy FOX will be about losing even the possibility of Yankees in World Series…. #Ratings

Mike Brousseau, who hit the game-winning home run off Chapman, was buzzed by a 101 MPH Aroldis threw near his head on on Sept 1. Mike said “it’s not about revenge.”

The best revenge includes saying it wasn’t about revenge.

NY Jets players & coaches sent home this morning after a presumptive positive player test for COVID-19, but it turned out to be false positive.

I suppose I shouldn’t make a joke about well, who really thought Jets players could catch anything?

Second Presidential debate originally scheduled for Miami next week has been canceled. So how many flies had to cancel vacation travel plans to Florida?

If Trump has found the cure to COVID-19 why hasn’t he given it to Chris Christie so his friend can get well and out of the hospital?

Headline that “Nine people who attended Trump rally in Minnesota contracted coronavirus.” Uh, after “Minnesota” and before “contracted” insert “admitted.”

Remember, Dear Leader said “if you don’t have a test, you don’t have a case.”

Meanwhile Trump is hosting a White House event Saturday.

I didn’t know the Masque of the Red Death had a sequel.

I like Senators and Presidents who aren’t afraid of taking COVID-19 tests.

Rumors are flying that Lindsey Graham has COVID-19. Lindsey got his debate canceled tonight when Jaime Harrison simply asked him to take a rapid test before going on stage, and Graham refused.

A wise journalist friend once responded when asked why a politician was repeatedly dodging a question – “Because he must feel the truth is more damaging than any speculation.”

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sent good wishes and prayers last week to Trump when he was in the hospital. Now Donald, who never acknowledged those kind words, is back to the insults. Build Back Better isn’t just for our economy. It’s for our nation’s soul.

Hard count?

October 9, 2020

So who had “Tom Brady losing track of downs at the end of the game” on their 2020 batsh*t bingo card?

Although he clearly held up 4 fingers for what would have been “5th down,” Tom Brady denies he lost track of downs on Tampa Bay’s last possession Thursday night against Bears. Wonder if just to be sure, Sean Payton buys a pocket counting device before MNF for Drew Brees?

As Miami Marlins were embarrassingly swept out of the NLDS, only good news for team might be that with all their postseason games in afternoon, many sports fans probably won’t even realize they were playing.

I know it’s not currently cool to root for the Astros after the cheating scandal. But if anyone in baseball deserves a ring, it’s Dusty Baker. Life is complicated.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ruled Harris County w/ 4.7 million can have ONE ballot drop box. To put this in perspective, Palo Alto, California, where I live, has a population of 66,000, & FOUR ballot drop boxes. And Santa Clara County, population 1.9 million has about 90 drop boxes.

Trump thinks a doctor’s note will make it okay for Joe Biden to debate him in person. The same doctor who says Donald is 6’3″ and 244 lbs? Two words. Yeah. Right.

Open note to GOP Senators who might be having 2nd thoughts about Trump / McConnell’s efforts to ram through SCOTUS pick: Hearings should have been no sooner than after election BEFORE WH COVID-19 outbreak. But if you want to use health over conscience as an excuse, fine by me.

Lindsay Graham apparently doesn’t want to take a COVID-19 test before debating Jaime Harrison tomorrow night. Bad enough that Graham plays golf with Trump, now he’s emulating Dear Leader in playing with people’s lives.

Fox News asks Donald Trump Thursday “Do you feel contagious?’ This is like cops pulling people over who are weaving all over the road and asking “Do you feel drunk?”

Trump also told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo “I’ll be tested very soon.” As soon as he releases his beautiful health plan?

So the suspects who allegedly wanted to kidnap Michigan Governor Whitman met in… a hidden basement? The only way it would be more perfect is if it were the basement of a pizza parlor.

Let’s see, attacking Gov. of Michigan after plot was revealed to try to kidnap & maybe kill her, then blaming Gold Star families for his COVID-19. So Donald Trump now plans to win without votes of either women or military?

You know who wouldn’t condemn a plot to kidnap and potentially kill a rival? Vladimir Putin.’

So let me get this straight. Since next Presidential Debate has been turned to a virtual format, Donald Trump won’t do it because it’s a “joke.”

But Donald has no problem having Senators question his SCOTUS nominee in a virtual format for a lifetime appointment?

Reports are that vulnerable Senate Republicans are now trying to hold onto their seats by distancing themselves from Trump. Too late. To paraphrase Colin Powell, it’s time to apply Pottery Barn rule of democracy – You break it, you own it.

Fly on the wall?

October 8, 2020

Side note. Good night for Yankees to have most Americans watching VP debate instead of ALDS game against Rays.

Rough night for Fox. Pence at best had a draw in debate which won’t move the needle much in the election. And worse the Yankees are now one game from elimination. #Ratings.

Once again why does ANYONE care what Rick Santorum thinks? (ICYMI, he lost his Senate re-election bid by 18 points.)

Really love the GOP theory that Hillary conspired with Russia to lose the election so Democrats could smear Donald Trump. Are they all delusional on steroids?

Look who cracked the top 10 in COVID-19 case increases for the past week – District of Columbia + 47%

I missed the Trump tweet taking credit.

Three GOP Senators w/ COVID-19, several others in quarantine. Mitch McConnell on DC now “I do think there have been risky behaviors, but not in the Senate.” Fixed it for him “but not on the Democratic side of the Senate.” Which is soon to be the majority side.

Legendary former Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden, 90, has COVID. Also, FSU said university president John Thrasher, who attended Oct 3 football game against Jacksonville State, has tested positive. I missed Governor Ron DeSantis tweet taking credit.

Susan Collins complained Sara Gideon is “trying to convince the people of Maine that somehow I am no longer the same person.” Well, maybe because since Trump got into office, Collins IS no longer the same person.

Same Trump campaign that figured they could get suburban women’s votes by “threatening” them with visits by Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker probably figureed that having a man interrupt & talk down to his female opponent was a good VP debate strategy.

“I will not sit here and be lectured by the Vice President.” Kamala Harris.

How much will we all be glad not to be lectured any more by this Vice President?

But so a week from now will anyone remember anything from #VPDebate except the fly?

Great idea, the fly swatter, already sold out. Hey, maybe unlike Trump signature the fly swatters could be sold on Ebay for big $$$. (How jealous would that make Donald?)

In all seriousness, we know COVID-19 is airborne. The fly had no trouble getting around the plexiglass. Kamala Harris needs to be tested again, regularly, and probably distanced for a while from Joe Biden.

And now VP Pence plans to hold in-person campaign event at Central Florida’s Villages, largest 55 & over community in US, largely white, and traditionally conservative. In a state expected to be close, is it really good idea to try to kill off your supporters?

US death toll now over 211,000, as Trump now calls COVID-19 a “blessing from God.” You know, I remember when we thought only primitive societies believed in the myth of human sacrifice.

Channel surfing

October 7, 2020

When you hear anyone in MLB or baseball complaining about a lack of national interest in the game, reminder that not only are the Divisional Series only on TBS, FS1 and MLB Network, but also, even in the midst of a pandemic where so many Americans are looking for escapist entertainment, even the League Championship Series will be only on TBS.

The World Series will be on Fox. When no doubt if it’s not Dodgers – Yankees they will be complaints that fans don’t really know either team.

LSU is going to stop temperature checks for fans entering the football stadium this weekend, AND start selling alcohol.

What could possibly go wrong?

Meanwhile, wishing Bobby well. But will even this story convince some in Florida to take COVID-19 seriously? “Bobby Bowden, 90, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday as he undergoes treatment for COVID-19.”

Mike Pence team finally agreed to plexiglass dividers for Oct. 7 VP debate with Kamala Harris, saying they don’t “think it’s needed,” but “if she’s more comfortable, then that’s fine”

On brand, from birth control to COVID-19, GOP always seems to be against using protection.

There is right now more drug testing necessary to be a long snapper in the NFL than to be President of the United States.

Tuesday night the NY Times endorsed Joe Biden. For those who originally had another 1st choice, remember that the women that NY Times originally endorsed, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, are both valued Biden surrogates who will play important roles in Joe’s administration.

Now Ivanka has fled to work at home. But you know who can’t work at home? The White House residence staff. Those who make Donald’s bed, cook his food, and bring him his Diet Coke. Trump is the most ANTI Life President ever.

Thoroughly disliked Ronald Reagan, but Patti Davis tells story on to Anderson Cooper, on after he was shot, her dad said he’d never forget looking out of window of car speeding to hospital, seeing people lying in pools of blood from bullets meant for him. Can anyone imagine Donald saying that?

I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I’ll govern as an American president…I’ll work as hard for those who don’t support me as those who do.” Joe Biden gave a great speech at Gettysburg Tuesday. All networks should have given the same time replaying that speech tonight as they did to Donald’s helicopter prime-time sunset charade last night.

Think they did?

Donald Trump on the Titanic would be telling fellow passengers not to let a little ice dominate them, while he bullied his way past women & children into one of the few remaining lifeboats.

Remember the worst drunk tweet or text you ever sent? Then read POTUS tweets Tuesday night in the midst of roid rage. And give yourself a pass.

Seriously. We wonder how Trump keeps supporters? Took one for the team to watch local Fox affiliate KTVU, which I watched for decades in Northern Californi before they became more “Fox.” Headlines were “New support for stimulus” & “Pres. signaled new support for stand alone stimulus bills.”

As opposed to “Crazy man on steroids contradicts himself in tweet storm.”

If your elderly parent had been discharged from hospital and was ranting, in person or on Twitter, like Donald Trump is doing Tuesday night, you’d be calling the doctor in a panic to re-admit them and check their meds.

Joe Biden – “I think if he still has covid we shouldn’t have a debate.” Again, 1 of 2 things is true. Either Trump had COVID back on Sept 29 & risked Joe’s health in 1st debate – OR if Donald really just tested positive on Oct 2 then he’ll still be contagious Oct 15. Which is it?

The way we were.

October 6, 2020

As a New Orleans Saints fan I’m really looking forward to returning to times when we can just ignore politics and enjoy simple things like the Atlanta Falcons being 0-4.

All postseason MLB Games will be played at a hotel of four stadiums: The AL will be playing all their games at Dodgers Stadium and Petco Park.

On day one, 27 runs in two games between As-Astros and Yankees-Rays. And all four teams have to be thinking “Wait, aren’t these supposed to be pitchers’ parks.

Trevor Noah tonight talking about all the COVID-19 cases after Donald’s Rose Garden party and later receptions for Amy Coney Barrett – “That’s not karma, that’s consequences.” Can’t it be both?

But if Karma were a big cat lying in wait for this administration, she probably couldn’t pick a better time to pounce than during an event where they were dancing on the not-yet-dug grave of one of the most beloved women in America.

Remember back when Amy Klobuchar’s husband had COVID-19? He left hospital after five days, but she & her daughter still couldn’t be with him in person for over a week because he was potentially contagious. But Trump has no problem risking health of countless people at the White House.

At least with Donald Trump leaving Walter Reed presume his loud cult members will disperse from in front of the hospital and the real heroes being treated there can get some sleep.

So when White House staffers including housekeeping and kitchen workers get too sick to come to work, will Trump call them “suckers” and “losers?”

Millions of Americans have voted by mail every election for decades & GOP now saying vote by mail is illegitimate way to elect someone.

Only 150 Senate hearings have been done partially remotely during pandemic & GOP now remote hearings are as legitimate way to fill lifetime SCOTUS appointment?

So one of two things is true. Either Trump had COVID much of last week & risked the health of Joe Biden & others during debate, or he was first positive on Thursday when Donald admitted getting tested in which case he will be contagious during NEXT week’s debate? Which is it?

This White House is turning into a COVID remake of Agatha’s Christie’s “And then there were none.”

So Donald Trump didn’t risk infecting enough people the first time, he RETURNED to White House balcony, unmasked, to reshoot his photo-op entrance. Like a Bridezilla demanding to redo her wedding pictures.

Was Donald Trump looking to recreate Eva Peron’s famous balcony scene tonight? And if so has anyone told him that Evita died not long after it?

Joe Biden, who doesn’t have COVID-19, wears mask to protect people around him. Donald Trump, who has COVID-19 & is still contagious, demands to return to White House to infect people around him. “Siri, what’s the difference between a leader and a despot?”

Low blows.

October 5, 2020

You think you’re not performing at your best these days? Four weeks into the season, the Philadelphia, Washington, Dallas & NY Giants NFL teams have a combined THREE wins between the four of them.

Again, such a small point in the grand scheme of things…but since truth does still matter, why is NBC continually showing pretty pictures of San Francisco…. when the 49ers play 45 miles south in Santa Clara?

Yikes. Now Claudia Conway has COVID-19. So guessing Kellyanne was as careful and considerate with her own family as the Trump White House has been with our country.

Some pundits are wondering if Donald Trump’s getting COVID-19 will get him to take the virus seriously.

You know who didn’t need to get sick to take the virus seriously? Joe Biden.

A recent ABC News-Ipsos poll found 72% say Trump has not taken the risk of contracting COVID-19 seriously enough. Which means 28% STILL think Donald has done everything right?

Btw, besides his video and insane photo op, Donald did find time to tweet a favorable poll from the Express. The Express is a right-wing United Kingdom tabloid famous for years for publishing Princess Diana murder conspiracy theories.

Washington Post reports that Trump “probably cannot see (his MAGA supporters) from his window, given the trees, but perhaps he hears them. They are very loud.” And how about the wounded soldiers and veterans recovering at Walter Reed who just want to sleep?

If Mitch McConnell were already MINORITY leader, not only would we not have this dangerous rush to ram through RBG’s replacement but also Senate would have passed COVID-19 relief package for those who desperately need it. Along with hundreds of other bills.

So how many agents are now at risk and/or may have to quarantine? Anyone who joins the Secret Service knows you might have to take a bullet to protect the President. But the job title shouldn’t include needing to protect yourself FROM the President.

Thousands of people couldn’t get as close to their loved ones dying in hospitals as Donald Trump got today to supporters he doesn’t even know.

So much attention to Donalds little joy ride today. But when is someone in media going to point out that the guy in the slow-moving Black Chevy Suburban is already responsible for a lot more deaths than the guy in the White Bronco.

Girls rule

October 4, 2020

Because we need moments like this. Especially us girls.

As Virginia faced #1 Clemson tonight in college football, 7 players and 1 coach were out due to COVID-19 testing. I’m so old I remember when it was a weak nonconference opponent being paid to play a top college team that they referred to as a “body-bag game.”

I love sports. But NFL players are well-paid adults making choices. College students are unpaid and not really adults Anyone but me having a really really hard time with the thought of watching college football?

Lakers-Heat game 3 Sunday. So is anyone watching the last two games in the NBA Season?

Just saw a clip of Russell Wilson saying after the Seahawks win over the Cowboys ‘There’s Nothing Really That Can Get To Me’ Uh, maybe he should talk to Cam Newton?

Remember when we used to make jokes about the stories coming out of North Korea about Dear Leader’s health?

Your reminder, Donald Trump’s doctors say he is 6’3″ and 244 pounds.

I suppose it would be really churlish to come up with a t-shirt saying “I went to a Trump event and all I got was a lousy case of COVID.”

Never have quite understood Chris Christie’s loyalty to Trump as much as Donald has humiliated him over the years. Hoping that loyalty ends up only costing Christie his pride.

As an American, hoping the President recovers. But to anyone asking how a near-death experience might affect Donald Trump – I give you Steve Scalise.

How do you make “substantial progress” against something that is “99% harmless?”

So how long until Trump’s doctors say they would release his medical records at Walter Reed except that they are under ‘routine audit?”

So many different contradictory stories coming out about Donald’s condition, including from Mark Meadows. But in this last one – “He is up and about and asking for documents to review.” Uh, does anyone think even a healthy Trump reviews documents?

Remember watching debate noticing that Donald wasn’t interrupting so much last 1/2 hour & sounded increasingly tired. Told my husband, “maybe the Adderall wore off.” Now wondering, did Trump “accidentally” arrive too late for pre-debate COVID-19 testing.

Dr. Fauci would have told Trump not to have that Rose Garden ceremony. Just saying.

If ghoulish White House celebration party to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg before she was even buried turns out to be most devastating Super Spreader event, please don’t call it tragic. Because tragedy involves a hero with a fatal flaw. And there were NO heroes at that party.

Senators Thom Tillis and Mike Lee say they will isolate for 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19 Uh, CDC guidelines say 14(!) days. And ignoring CDC guidelines has served Trump and his GOP cronies so well so far….


October 3, 2020

Damn, Bob Gibson. I really fell in love with baseball as a kid in the 1968 World Series when Mickey Lolich outdueled him. But the older I got, the more special I realized Gibson was. Wonder who Bob’s going to hit in the ribs in a softball game tomorrow in heaven. RIP.

My favorite Bob Gibson story. Gibson was a very fierce competitor, and if you showed him up, or even hit a home run off him, his reputation was that you might be hit by a pitch the next time up. Someone once asked him, well after he retired, if he really threw at people’s heads.Bob’s response “Nah, heads move around too much. I always went for the ribs.”

Well, at least Cubs picked a day to be humiliatingly swept out of the first round of the MLB playoffs by the Marlins without almost anyone noticing.

If you’re feeling tired, imagine how many finished skits writers at SNL have already probably had to redo or completely throw out in last couple days?

When a Supreme Court Judge died about a month before the 1864 election, Abraham Lincoln waited until after the election to nominate a new Justice. Thinking with hindsight after what looks to have been a Superspreader RoseGarden event, an increasing number of Republicans are positively in favor of that choice.

Senators Mike Lee and Thom Tillis have tested positive for COVID-19.

Apparently at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday the Senator closest to Mike Lee was Ted Cruz. I do not think I should say anything about this.

So did Scott Atlas told Donald Trump this was a great opportunity to test herd immunity in the West Wing?

Increasingly looking like the only lives Trump really saved were those of the people he fired.

“The President will be admitted as a Coronavirus patient.” It was two weeks ago tonight that RBG died. This last month has been the longest year ever.

CNN’s Dana Bash pointed out that Donald Trump was airlifted from the same White House lawn where he gave his RNC acceptance speech.

Irony, your regular table is ready.

Biden didn’t stay in his basement for 2 months because he was a coward. Joe Biden stayed in his basement for 2 months because Joe was decent & brave enough to accept Trump’s attacks on him, instead of risking lives.

That’s leadership. That’s our next President.

Prayer for 2020:

Now I lay me down to sleep.

Pray the Lord my soul to keep

If I die before I wake.

Pray the Lord to track my absentee ballot.


October 2, 2020

Anderson Cooper is live now on CNN. Having a five month baby probably at least has him in the habit of being up at 3am.

Scary thought. So how close did potential super spreader COVIDiot Donald Trump get to Joe Biden Tuesday night?

Fully expect that Joe Biden as soon as he hears, will tweet serious well wishes to Donald and Melania Trump. It is who Joe is.

Have to ask, would this have happened if Trump listened more to Dr. Fauci than to Dr. Atlas?

She’s relatively young and presumably in a low-risk group. But how many people who have met with Trump this week have also met with Amy Coney Barrett? Another reason to shut this charade of a SCOTUS nomination process down.

Just realized, Donald was so rattled tonight in his tweet he didn’t call it the “China Virus.”

Oddly enough Donald Trump was heading to Florida tomorrow, where Governor Ron DeSantis has opened all bars and restaurant, and eliminated mask mandates.

And then Donald was going to Wisconsin Saturday, which has already become one of the biggest COVID-19 hotspots.

So for those states, small mercies.

How quickly things change. Earlier Thursday this was the big news: Even after a GOP state legislator got COVID-19 in late May, Republicans in Pennsylvania have been fighting Gov. Tom Wolf on masks. And now, PA House voting session cancelled because another GOP State Rep. tested positive this morning.

And it was about 12 hours before I wrote this that we were all worked about because Kayleigh McEnany referred to Rhodes College in Memphis graduate Amy Coney Barrett as a “Rhodes” scholar?

I miss slow news days.