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May 17, 2017

Tony Dungy compared Colin Kaepernick’s situation to what happened with Michael Vick after his release from prison, and Joe Mixon’s draft day fall.
Right, because kneeling on the sideline is as egregious to NFL coaches as killing dogs and hitting women? #WTF?

 

The way Lebron & Cavs are playing no one from Cleveland needed even to try to trip Isaiah Thomas.

Lonzo Ball may refuse to work out for the Celtics, so set is he on playing for the Lakers. Even though the difference on a guaranteed rookie contract between the 1st and 2nd pick is over $2 million. Guess dad will have to up the price of those shoes.

Mark Cuban says he would “love it” if LaVar Ball appeared on “Shark Tank.” Many Americans at this point would be equally happy if Lavar went into a shark tank. A real one.

There’s a report that Moses Malone Jr. is suing James Harden, alleging that the Rockets’ star paid people to assault and rob Malone because he was upset about a Facebook post.
Crazy.  But reminds us of those not-so-distant days when the most insane stories were on the entertainment and sports pages?

LaVar Ball said today now that if Nike, Under Armour or Adidas want to make a deal w/ him and his Big Baller Brand now,he has raised the asking price to $3 billion. You almost wonder if the guy is trying to prove he has enough ego to work in the Trump administration.

John McCain was asked if he is ruling out any chance of impeachment. And he answered, apparently with a smile “The thought has not crossed my mind.”
Would have loved to see McCain asked if he likes Presidents who don’t get impeached.

Trump leaves Friday, along w/ much of his inner circle, for his 1st foreign trip. Any way while he’s gone we can change White House locks?

Google is launching “Google for Jobs,” a search feature for job seekers that will pull together job postings from all over the internet. Maybe they can beta-test it for staffers now in the White House?

So at this point Melania’s got to be wondering if she can get her deposit back on Barron’s DC area private school for 2017-18.

John Kasich on Trump – “I hate to say I told you so …” Au contraire, I am pretty sure the Ohio governor LOVES to say “I told you so.”

 

Amazing to think that Mike Pence, who wasn’t even favored to win re-election in Indiana, could end up President of the US.  What a country.

Trump has the ability to fire new special prosecutor #RobertMueller Too soon to start a pool on when he will?

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Putin “I have transcript of talks between Trump & Russia foreign ministers.” Doesn’t Vlad have transcripts of all WH talks?

 

Many turned on Obama quickly when he couldn’t accomplish everything they wanted. And Trump supporters still back him. #WTF?

This is NOT my joke, a friend found it on Reddit by “Raevix.” But worth sharing: In answer to the question “Why will Congress never impeach Trump?”
“Republicans always insist on carrying a baby to full term.”

Are we confused yet?

May 17, 2017

Trump says he has an “absolute right” to release the information his spokespeople say he didn’t release.

 

DC residents of mixed minds on Turkish president #Erdoğan‘s thugs beating up protestors outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington.   Half were appalled. Half want them signed by Redskins.

American Airlines is changing their upgrade priority to give more weight, not just to your frequent flier status, but to how much you have actually spent in the last 12 months, followed by how much you spent on the flight you are trying to upgrade.
In other words, the less you need a free upgrade, the more likely you are to get one.

Really? On a Bigelow teabag packet -“Tea is a gluten-free beverage.” What’s next, the same message on a bottle of water?

Now Ann Coulter may be turning against Trump. Who knew Coulter had cojones? Oh wait, never mind.

 

This just in, taking notes has been banned in the White House. #ComeyMemo

I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go, he’s a good guy.” If President does it it’s not meddling. #WTF?

Gavin Newsom’s ex-wife in talks to become WH press sec. And we thought Trump’s relationship w/ Marla Maples was awkward.

Trump doesn’t want White House leakers.  He must be thrilled Kimberly Guilfoyle talking about being Press Sec. while Spicer still has job.

Talking about becoming  Press Secretary while Sean Spicer still has the job is like a  mistress talking about her potential wedding to married man. Hmm, maybe I see the attraction.

So as Trump heads to Jerusalem, appears info he had an “absolute right” to leak came from Israel. And you think visiting in-laws is awkward.

And with the Donald Trump road show commencing this weekend Mideast and Europe get their first ringside view of the USA’s biggest circus.

 

So NY Times reporting that President told Comey he “should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information.” Can’t imagine how some people consider Trump a wannabe authoritarian dictator.

Don’t look now, but there are already two teams in MLB with worse records than the SF Giants.  San Francisco is on a 5 game win streak, only 7 games away from .500.

 

As a Spurs fan even before game 2, I get it, the Warriors have more firepower and were deserved favorites to win this series.
But for all those talk radio and other types slamming the Spurs for collapsing in game 1 and then whining… right. I am sure if Golden State had already lost Curry and then suddenly lost Durant for the game on a controversial play involving a Spurs reserve, I am sure they would have played through it and shaken off the incident as “just basketball.”

(for what it’s worth, I think Tom Tolbert, who is a Warriors fan, has it right. The play wasn’t dirty but it was reckless.  If someone does that foot move and no one gets hurt call it a foul, maybe a flagrant 1.  If someone gets hurt, Flagrant 2 and ejection.  That way he thinks players will figure out more careful footwork.)

Flying the flag

May 15, 2017

Lots of fans in blue in bleachers tonight at #ATTPark. Can’t be real #Dodgers fans though, they were there in first inning. SFGiants

The Dodgers fan group actually brought a large LA banner they’ve been displaying out in center-field. Seems to have inspired Giants offense.

Don’t recognize this 2017 SF Giants team lately. Many of them including Bochy have been actually smiling.

#A‘s put out an upper-deck seat deal $19.99 for all games in a MONTH.    If #SFGiants hadn’t started playing better they might’ve have had to pay more.

Lane Kiffin offered a scholarship to Kaden Martin, son of USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin. Kaden is 13 years old. Shocking. Nick Saban didn’t get to him first?

Some controversy this morning because Kris Jenner posted a Mother’s Day picture of her entire family but included her late husband Robert and air-brushed or deleted Bruce-Caitlyn out. Ah for the days that the Kardashians were the most outrageous regular stories on social media.

Next year @Cavs will have a Goodyear logo on their uniform. So over-under on when #NBA uniforms will start looking like #NASCAR?

Can argue whether or not the  Zaza play that took out Leonard was dirty, and whther or not if Spurs would win even 1 more game regardless, but to hear that Warriors would have made up that  23 point mid-third quarter deficit even with  Kawhi in the game?  WTF?

Have to figure a lot of folks hope @Spurs win at least a couple games vs @Warriors just to hear Popovich keep talking about Trump.

Some complaining that ABC canceled TimAllen’s comedy “Last Man Standing” not because of the show’s ratings drop last season, but because Tim Allen is a Republican.
Uh, does ANYONE in this country seriously think the networks these days would cancel ANY show with good ratings? #followthemoney

“At long last have you left no sense of decency? Guess we know the answer to that question for some in GOP:
Idaho Sen. James Risch, defending Trump on alleged leak of highly classified information to Russia :”The minute the President speaks about it to someone, he has the ability to declassify anything at any time without any process.”

The latest Trump-Russia story on leaking intelligence almost makes the Valerie Plame story seem quaint.

Hackers reportedly are claiming access to an unreleased Disney movie and are promising to release it in sections if they don’t get paid ransom. Might have been more lucrative had they first hacked “King Arthur – Legend of the Sword” and tried to get Warner Bros to pay them to destroy it.

At what point does FBI or U.S. intelligence set a canary trap for Trump?

Right about now figure Trump really has to be tempted to shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue. He’s gotten away with everything else.

When do GOP’s in House decide “enough is enough” & respond to latest Trump-Russia story by opening new investigation into Hillary’s emails?

Baby steps and mis-steps?

May 15, 2017

 

With a win today, SF Giants have climbed out of NLWest cellar. #smallmercies #onegameatatime

So who picked Zaza Pachulia to be the Warriors MVP in game 1?

Happy I guess for Warriors fan friends. But calling it gritty comeback vs Spurs does miss point by a foot. Or rather an ankle.

Just guessing if Zaza had any plans to tour the Alamo on vacation he might want to wait a little while.

 

Lebron was a Hillary supporter, Steve Kerr has made it clear he isn’t fond of our President.  And then there was Popovich today pre-game, asked if he ever gets distracted from the game by concern for the world ”

“Absolutely.  It’s interesting that you would ask that, because usually things happen in the world and you go to work and you’ve got your family and you’ve got your friends and you do what you do, but to this day, I feel like there’s a cloud, a pall over the whole country in a paranoid, surreal sort of way.

“It has nothing to do with the Democrats losing the election,   It’s got to do with the way one individual conducts himself. And that’s embarrassing, it’s dangerous to our institutions and what we all stand for and what we expect the country to be. But for this individual, he’s in a game show, and everything that happens begins and ends with him, not our people and our country. Every time he talks about those things, that’s just a ruse. That’s just disingenuous, cynical and fake.”

Thinking with last playoff teams standing, likely to be a very good chance NBA champions’ visit to White House not happening this year

No tweets from @realDonaldTrump on #SNL last night. For #MothersDay did Ivanka tell her kids to grab & hide grandad’s cellphone?

GOP might want #MerrickGarland as #FBIDirector? #WTF? Presume just so they can slam Russia investigation as a Democratic witch hunt.

(though other friends point out this also takes Garland off his lifetime appointment on the court of appeals.)

Does it really matter if @realDonaldTrump taped conversations. “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying ears?”

 

Paul Ryan posted a “Happy Mother’s Day” message, with a picture of his mom and saying ” To all moms who do whatever it takes”    He might have added  ‘And because moms have superpowers, I’m going to see how they make it work without healthcare for maternity and pre-existing conditions.

Hold on a second

May 13, 2017

NBA admits they should have given the Celtics an additional second down 1 point to the Wizards in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. This is important, could have made a major difference in determining which team gets blown out by Cavs in conference finals.

NASCAR made driver Carl Long to strip of the logo “Veedverks” Colorado-based marijuana vaping company from his car, saying it violated rules. Either that or it offended all the beer sponsors?

So, early days, but we COULD have a Nashville-Ottawa Stanley Cup final. Well that ought to do wonders for U.S.  NHL ratings

Most amazing thing about SF Giants Reds 17-inning marathon. It didn’t somehow end with Billy Hamilton stealing home.

10 years from last night’s 17 inning marathon will 30,000 of 300 fans left at #ATTPark say they stayed for Posey’s walkoff blast? @SFGiants

I miss FLOTUS Michelle Obama “You have to stop and think, ‘Why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you, and why is that a partisan issue.”

GOP National Committee Spring Meeting is at the Hotel Del Coronado. They do realize that San Diego is kind of a “sanctuary city?”

“With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil – in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan – the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased,”

Nice job by Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer  Wait… #WTF?

Trump tells Liberty University grads to “embrace” criticism. Says man who can’t even contain himself after a little late night satire.

Trump today at Liberty University “Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy.” Right, the same man who was going to fix Obamacare, destroy ISIS and build a wall in the first month.

 

Hardest thing for those on @NBCSNL this year. Hoping as it approaches 1130pm that Trump doesn’t do something requiring complete rewrite.

North Korea test-fired missile. Why? Who knows. But Kim Jong Un has to be feeling pressure to keep that “Craziest World Leader Alive” title.

Is it too soon to start a pool on date Trump will fire whoever he appoints as new FBI director?

NY Daily News editorial “President descends” – “leader of the free word is acting like a cornered dog.” #FailingDailyNews tweets in 3.2.1…

Just one or two little rough spots.

May 12, 2017

The SFGiants have had a great 2017 season so far, #WithFewExceptions

Las Vegas sportsbooks aren’t expecting too much drama in the NBA Western Conference Finals. $100 bet on the Warriors to win the series would win $6.25. $100 bet on the Spurs would win $900. Christians had better odds against Lions.

Meanwhile Wizards and Celtics are fighting awfully hard for the right to be blown out by the Cavs.

At this point the best hope for serious NBA semi-final drama would be if Cavs and Warriors players somehow got into a Las Vegas brawl resulting in injuries before their series’ started.

Apparently a policeman was writing “open-container” tickets for fans getting off the train tonight and heading to AT&T Park. Shouldn’t there be a waiver because alcohol is the only way to get through some of these SF Giants games?

Josh Gordon’s appeal for reinstatement to the NFL after multiple marijuana issues has been denied.   Now if he’d only hit a woman while in a steroid-induced rage after being caught with a DUI, he’d be back by midseason.

Anyone else thinking they liked #HouseofCards better when it was just Netflix series? And when Frank Underwood didn’t look like an upgrade.

So if there are #WhiteHouse tapes I am sure it is Obama’s fault.

Trump calls Comey a “showboat.” Don’t know if pots or kettles are laughing harder.

 

Give Trump credit for accomplishing something huge. Who else could have made Comey a bipartisan sympathetic figure?

Now President of the United States is opening threatening the former head of the FBI he just fired. What could possibly go wrong?

Am sure FBI employees have no problem with Trump threatening their former director.

#WithfewExceptions, Lincoln enjoyed his time at the theater and JFK had a nice visit to Dallas.

#Withfewexceptions Nixon was not a crook.

 

Trump complains Spicer’s “press conferences are like the biggest thing on daytime television.” He’s worried about Sean beating his ratings?

Spurred on?

May 11, 2017

James Harden blames #Spurs #Rockets game 6 on “rhythm.” Funny, most people who use that excuse are Catholic parents.

So will Spurs hold Kawhi out against the Warriors Monday to increase their chance of domination? @NBA

But hey, without Kawhi and Tony Parker didn’t everyone have @Spurs winning going away on road in game 6?

 

All of the @ESPN layoffs and Stephen A. Smith still has a job?

 

Popovich just coached guys many NBA fans never heard or thought had retired to blowout gm 6 win over #Rockets USA 2020 Olympics Dream Team motto has to be “No Excuses.”

“Bad 0-2 pitches” would be a great name for an SF Giants garage band.

 

 

How long until Trump and Lavar Ball get into a social media war over each other stealing the spotlight?

Trump told @TheEconomist he invented phrase “priming the pump.” Wow. Next he’ll to try to steal credit for inventing internet from Al Gore.

Jimmy Kimmel: “When we said Trump should act more presidential, we didn’t mean Nixon.”

 

Reports are that the White House apparently didn’t realize that a Russian photographer actually worked for TASS, the largest Russian news agency. But Hillary’s emails…..

 

So biggest question at @nbcsnl this week – who’s gonna play Sarah Huckabee Sanders?

Whatever their faults “a foolish consistency” is not the “hobgoblin” of this Trump administration. #ComeyFiring #contradictions

Washington Post reports Deputy AGl Rod Rosenstein threatened to resign in protest over Trump’s White House saying he was the behind the decision to fire Comey.
Didn’t we see the prequel to this movie in the 70s?

 

Then after saying a memo was the reason to fire Comey, Trump in an interview “In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”

And we think coaches wish their players would shut up.