Sunday, April 30, 2017

Getting an NFL fix

The NFL draft is done, and it's still a few months until the first exhibition game.
Fortunately, someone is filling Youtube with the "This Week in Pro Football" show from the late 60s and early 70s.
I found this one from 1973, which includes a Baltimore Colts victory over New Orleans that I saw from the upper deck of Memorial Stadium with my dad.

Da smart thoughts

DaTech Guy rattles off some interesting quick hits today, like:
Would it be so hard for Samantha Bee et/al to just admit that there is a good living playing to liberals panicked over Trump and she intends to make it?
If the Bill O’Reilly case doesn’t prove that Mike Pence is the smartest man in Washington I don’t know what is.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Words they don't want to read

The New York Times introduced a new columnist Friday - Bret Stephens.
Many disapprove.
What could Stephens write to upset them?
Let me put it another way. Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong. Demanding abrupt and expensive changes in public policy raises fair questions about ideological intentions. Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts.
That will do it.

Facebook quote of the week

Pray for me. My son is driving home from practice!

Saturday song

Remember when we were fab?

Friday, April 28, 2017

100 days without Hillary

Althouse echoes Instapundit in touting the best thing about Trump's first 100 days - it's not Hillary's 100 days.

Weekend watchdog

Two weeks ago, the NFL announced the preseason schedule.
Last week, the regular season schedule came out.
This weekend, you'll find out some of the players you'll be cheering on your team this season.
ESPN and NFL network continue the NFL draft - visiting Philadelphia this year - Friday at 7 p.m. The action moves to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ESPN has the final four rounds starting at noon Saturday.
Then on Sunday, Mel Kiper Jr. can rest.
The NBA closes out its first round playoff series this weekend.The Wizards try to win their series Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, then ESPN shows Celtics-Bulls at 8 p.m. with Clippers against Jazz in the nightcap.
Sunday's games depend on Friday's results, featuring either Game 7 or a conference semifinal starting.
It's time for the conference semifinals in the NHL playoff chase. The Western Conference has its second game of the series Friday, with the Predators visiting the Blues at 8 p.m. followed by Oilers-Ducks.
NBC has the Senators against Rangers Saturday at 3 p.m., with the Capitals hosting the Penguins at 8 p.m. The Predators face the Blues Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC, then it's Game 3 between the Ducks and Oilers at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles tangle with the Yankees on MASN, with games Friday night then Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Nationals host the Mets on MASN2 for the weekend.
The Cubs visit Fenway Park Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday night on ESPN. FoxSports1 also has Angels-Rangers Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
On the college diamond, TCU takes on Texas Tech Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour heads to New Orleans Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Richmond hosts NASCAR this weekend, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 2 p.m. after the Xfinity race Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the Russian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There's practice Friday at 8 a.m.
The IndyCar circuit visit Phoenix Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network offers Hull City battling Southampton Saturday at 9:55 a.m. and Arsenal meets Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 11:25 a.m.
D.C. United takes on Atlanta Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Comcast has the ACC women's lacrosse tournament championship Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Penn Relays are on NBC Sports network Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Drake Relays follow Saturday at 3 p.m.
It's rugby on NBC Sports network Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with Bath meeting Gloucester.
Missouri meets LSU in college softball on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m. Top-ranked Florida takes on Tennessee on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Graphic thinking

Somebody at NBC Sports network earned a gold star today for this graphic.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dilfer's going to need those dimes

ESPN's universe of sports commentators got much smaller today.
It all comes down to money.
The simple truth of the matter is this -- ESPN spent way too much on sports rights just as its cable and satellite subscriptions began to collapse. On track for $8 billion in programming costs in 2017, ESPN will rack up its 15 millionth lost subscriber since 2011.
Some fan favorites were let go, like former Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer.
He'll need another place to talk about "Dilfer's Dimes," those well thrown balls during NFL season.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

These are the days of our lives

Scott Adams gives his perspective on President Trump reaching the 100 day mark of his administration.
Everyone observing politics seems to agree on two things about a president’s first 100 days in office:
1. 100 days is a meaningless, arbitrary marker for a president’s performance that is likely to be more misleading than useful.
2. Let’s treat it like it is important! Reeeeeeee!

Monday, April 24, 2017

New job for O'Reilly

Althouse commenters have a great idea for Bill O'Reilly's next gig.
Fire Spicer and hire O'Reilly. It would be the most fun ever.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

No life of party

Do you support abortion rights?
Great, Democrats have room for you in their party.
Do you question abortion rights?
Forget about it.
Will they learn to regret that decision?
If the Democrats want to weed out every single candidate across the nation who opposes abortion they will be driven further into the wilderness than they are now. Pro-abortion speeches sell really well in the coastal cities where Democrats hold large majorities and raise most of their money, but there’s an awfully large swath of the country in between where that’s not going to win you an election. I get that Perez needs to appease his base during the tumultuous transition they’re currently going through, but if he’s actually interested in doing the job he fought so hard for he needs to start delivering some wins. And you don’t do that by letting the most extreme wing of your party write all of the rules.

Looking forward to the next 2800 days

The Trump presidency reaches 100 days this week.
The media, like Chuck Todd, wonder if Trump has done anything.
Trump voters have been impressed.
Trump’s supporters are unfazed that a new health-care law is not in place (yet), thrilled with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, weary of the constant accusations of his ties to Russia, supportive of his strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its people and dismayed that House Republicans and Democrats are unwilling to compromise. To them, the president remains disruptive, unconventional, defiant and willing to change his mind — appealing attributes to his supporters, but not so to the press.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A plan for O'Reilly

Don Surber has some ideas for Bill O'Reilly's next act.
Be as independent as you can be. If you are working for someone, max contributions to a 401-k, IRA, whatever, for that fateful day when either you tell them to shove it, or they shove you out.
I see where O'Reilly got a nice settlement. Good for him. Maybe he can do Sirius. Put up a studio. Get a screen caller, techs, research assistant and work from anywhere in the world.
They can knock us down, but we rise up stronger, better, and happier.

Saturday song

Just a reminder, it's a wonderful world.
Oh, yeah.

Facebook quote of the week

I was pulled over by a State Trooper today. It turned out ok: I let him off with a warning.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Fresh off their Easter break, NASCAR drivers are planning another big contest at a small track.
Fox has coverage of the Food City 500 Sunday at 2 p.m. after the Xfinity Series goes on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
Kyle Larson has the points lead early in the season, but only one win compared to two by Brad Keslowski.
The NBA postseason continues Friday as the Bulls battle the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m. and Houston travels to Oklahoma City at 9:30 p.m. The night closes on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. with the Clippers taking on the Jazz.
There's four games on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. on TNT with Bucks-Raptors. The Wizards visit the Hawks at 5:30 p.m. on TNT and Comcast, then action moves to ESPN for Spurs against Grizzlies at 8 p.m. and Trail Blazers clashing with the Warriors in the nightcap.
ABC has a pair of contests Sunday afternoon, with Pacers-Cavaliers at 1 p.m. and the Thunder meeting the Rockets at 3:30 p.m. TNT takes over at 6:30 p.m. with the Bulls battling the Celtics followed by Clippers against Jazz.
The chase for the Stanley Cup continues Friday as Comcast has the Capitals' return home for Game 5 Friday at 7 p.m., with national coverage on NBC Sports network. USA carries Bruins-Senators at 7:30 p.m.
NBC has Game 5 between the Wild and Blues Saturday at 3 p.m., with Rangers- Canadiens at 8 p.m. The Oilers meet the Sharks on NBC Sports network at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the Bruins battle the Senators at 3 p.m. on NBC and it's Game 6 between the Capitals and Senators at 7 p.m. on Comcast and NBC Sports network.
The Orioles host the Red Sox Friday and Saturday on MASN2, moving to MASN Sunday afternoon.
The Nationals meet the Mets on MASN Friday and Saturday. Saturday's game is also on FoxSports1, and Sunday's series finale will be on ESPN at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Florida faces South Carolina Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
CBS offers the PGA tour stop in Texas Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Burnley battles Manchester United Sunday at 9:10 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool-Crystal Palace.
Foxsports1 has the FA Cup semifinal matching Manchester City and Arsenal Sunday at 10 a.m.
Orlando City meets New York City in MLS action Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, then the Galaxy take on Seattle Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports network offers the Indy Car Alabama Grand Prix Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
It's spring football time at Notre Dame, with NBC Sports network covering the Blue-Gold game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ESPN has the Alabama contest Saturday at 3 p.m.
There's three college softball games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. with Baylor-Oklahoma. Arizona tangles with Oregon at 5 p.m. followed by Texas A&M against Georgia. Action continues Sunday at 1 p.m. with Baylor facing Oklahoma before another matchup between Oregon and Arizona at 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The losing will continue

Don Surber tries to help the Democratic party.
It's doubtful they will listen.
The Democratic Party will never recover from November until they admit they were wrong, and come up with their own plan on how to make America great again.
In short, Democrats will not win again until they grow up.
There is no entitlement to win. The party that offers the best to the most people wins. So far, all Democrats have to offer is girly melodrama about The Resistance and pink knitted hats given a naughty name.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Missed it by that much

Democrats had high hopes in Tuesday's special election in Georgia.
They thought they had a candidate who could get over 50 percent in the crowded field.
They would show the world the anti-Trump tide was on the rise.
Didn't happen.
Their candidate won the most votes, but not 50 percent.
About the same percentage Hillary Clinton got in the district last fall.
So there's a runoff, where Republicans can get together behind the second-place finisher.
There was plenty of talk how a Democratic win would weaken President Trump.
Does he emerge stronger after tweeting about the race in the past few days?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A day for good election news

A book on the Hillary Clinton campaign came out tonight.
Along with Andrew Sullivan's take on the last election.
And so I find myself wondering at odd times of the day and night: Why is Trump in the White House? And then I remember. Hillary Clinton put him there.

Monday, April 17, 2017

We have not yet begun to fight

Saturday's protests against President Trump's failure to release his tax returns went up a notch at Berkeley Saturday.
One side has pushed the violence this year.
That side can dial it back, or face wrath.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

God loves life

Happy Easter.
I've been looking through some pictures of my oldest, who will be 20 this summer.
There's many pictures of a happy baby and toddler, enjoying life and learning what's in the world around him.
Swinging on a swing.
Playing on the floor.
Eating food and making a mess.
God's gift to us is bringing new life into the world.
God loves giving us life, and wants us to share in his enjoyment.
Love life.
Because that's what God does.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday Easter song

Keith Green shares his heart in "The Easter Song."


When she was born, they partied like it was 1899

The world's oldest person passed away Saturday at age 117.
She appears to have been the last living person born prior to 1900.
At her birth, her family partied like it was 1899.

Facebook quote of the week

It's a special kind of affection you feel for your kids when they still count as tax deductions.

Saturday song

Before you tire of winning, catch Hot Chocolate's song.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Weekend watchdog

The Washington Capitals earned the most points this NHL season.
The Washington Wizards won their first division championship since the Carter administration.
Will either survive until June?
The NHL playoffs began Wednesday, and the NBA tips off this weekend with 16 teams in each league vying for the title.
The Capitals continue their quest with Game 2 Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and NBC Sports network.
It's Game 2 between the Rangers and Canadiens Friday at 7 p.m. on USA. The Wild take on the Blues Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Sharks-Oilers in the nightcap.
NBC brings two games Saturday. The Bruins battle Ottawa at 3 p.m. and there's a primetime meeting between the Predators and Blackhawks.
The Flames face the Ducks to close out the night on NBC Sports network.
The Wild and Blues meet in Game 3 of their series Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. CNBC offers Penguins-Blue Jackets at 6 p.m. with NBC Sports network showing Canadiens against Rangers at 7 p.m. and Oilers clashing with the Sharks at 10 p.m.
NBA action begins Saturday at 3 p.m. on ABC with the Cavaliers hosting the Pacers. ESPN takes over with three more contests, as the Bucks face the Raptors at 5:30 p.m. followed by Grizzlies-Spurs and Jazz against the Clippers.
The Wizards tangle with the Hawks at 1 p.m. on TNT and Comcast. ABC brings the Warriors' contest with the Trail Blazers at 3:30 p.m., then it's back to TNT for Bulls-Celtics at 6:30 p.m. and the Thunder meet the Rockets at 9 p.m.
The Orioles continue their visit to Toronto Friday on MASN2, with coverage on MASN Saturday and Sunday.
The Nationals host the Phillies Friday at 4 p.m. on MASN, with games Saturday and Sunday on MASN2.
The Indians host the Tigers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and the weekend concludes with the Cardinals' visit to Yankee Stadium Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, it's Oklahoma State-Kansas Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. Florida faces Vanderbilt Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour visits Hilton Head Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN offers MLS soccer between Philadelphia and New York City FC Friday at 7 p.m. and Orlando City hosts the Galaxy Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on AFC Bournemouth Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then Crystal Palace clashes with Leicester City. West Bromwich Albion meets Liverpool Sunday at 8:25 a.m. followed by Manchester United-Chelsea.
It's Manchester City against Southampton Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
The NCAA women's gymnastics championships will be Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN after the semifinals Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
There's rugby between the Harlequins and Exeter Friday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Leicester faces Newcastle Saturday at 2 p.m.
Missouri meets Alabama in college softball Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

It's a blast

Today's big news was the big blast in Afghanistan.
Got your attention, bad guys?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Be glad she lost

There's a book coming out about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
It will make you appreciate the outcome.
Her aides took the browbeating — one of several she delivered in person and on the phone that day — in silence. They had a lot of their own thoughts on what went wrong, some of which echoed Hillary’s assessment: her message was off for Michigan, and she had refused to go hard against trade; Mook had pinched pennies and failed to put organizers on the ground; the polling and analytics were a touch too rosy, meaning the campaign didn’t know Bernie was ahead; she had set up an ambiguous decisionmaking structure on the campaign; and she’d focused too heavily on black and brown voters at the expense of competing for the whites who had formed her base in 2008. The list went on and on. 
The underlying truth — the one that many didn’t want to admit to themselves — was the person ultimately responsible for these decisions, the one whose name was on the ticket, hadn’t corrected these problems, all of which had been brought to her attention before primary day. She’d stuck with the plan, and it had cost her.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

United we stand

Does anybody not have an opinion on United Airlines and the passenger taken off the plane against his will?
How many more days will we be talking about it?
I can't blame it on the media, when I and 98% of the internet-using public seized on this story yesterday. Few wanted the guy being dragged off the plane to be dragged through the mud, but when you make something a story, you get spin-off stories. The latter is kind of an unavoidable consequence of the former.
It does seem to me this new story, while not exactly what I wanted to read about the victim here, is in fact news. (Or at least what passes for "news" in the current clickbait age.)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Key to sibling mayhem

Happy National Siblings Day.
My brother notes an Allstate calendar that can bring mayhem to the day.
It suggests sending a note to your siblings, saying
"Happy Siblings Day, signed Mom's favorite."

Sunday, April 9, 2017

They'll keep losing until they learn

As long as Democrats blame the Russians for the loss in the last election, will they have a chance in 2020?
If they keep re-running the Russian angle, they miss where the electorate will be next time around.
President Trump will be keeping his finger on the pulse of the country until then.

Celebration 108 years in the making

The Chicago Cubs have their home opener Monday.
The first home game since winning the World Series.
Think there will be some excitement?

Doing things Obama wouldn't do

How do you feel about the missiles fired at Syria by President Trump?
President Obama never made you think about the scenario.
He left you thinking why didn't he fire missiles.
Or do something in Syria.
Doing things left undone by Obama.
That's Trump's mission.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Rickles and Reagan

With the passing of Don Rickles, I've been enjoying different highlight of him on YouTube.
He had a nice set in 1985 prior to the second inaugural of President Reagan.

Facebook quote of the week

I don't have anything to worry about and that worries me.

Saturday song

Finding a song to post each Saturday morning is a hard habit to break.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Today's Russian lesson

What does Gorsuch mean in Russian?
"You lose, Democrats."

Weekend watchdog

It's the weekend of the year to watch golf.
The honorary starters have done their work, and a new crop of contenders seek their green jacket this weekend at Augusta National.
ESPN has second round action Friday at 3 p.m. CBS takes over the weekend, with coverage starting Saturday at 3 p.m. and the final round Sunday at 2 p.m.
Rainy weather hit the course Monday and forced cancellation of the par-3 contest Wednesday. But the weather looks good for a weekend of watching and awaiting the green jacket presentation.
The Nationals visit Philadelphia for the weekend. Friday afternoon's contest will be on MASN, with games Saturday and Sunday on MASN2.
The Orioles close out the first week of the season with the Yankees in town, with Friday's game on MASN2 and contests Saturday and Sunday on MASN. FoxSports1 also carries Saturday's game.
The Marlins meet the Mets Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, Oklahoma takes on Texas Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. Vanderbilt faces South Carolina Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
The Spurs battle the Clippers on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards' contest with the Knicks Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the meeting with the Heat Saturday at 7 p.m.
It's Frozen Four weekend, with the championship game Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Capitals close the regular season against the Panthers Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast after playing the Bruins Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Lightning and Canadiens Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NASCAR visits Texas for the weekend, with the Monster Series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network brings the Chinese Grand Prix Sunday at 1:30 a.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 3 a.m.
The Grand Prix of Long Beach takes to the streets Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There's practice Friday at 5 p.m.
For a different kind of horsepower, NBC Sports network has the Wood Memorial Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Watford Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then it's Manchester City meeting Hull City. Sunderland battles Manchester United Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Everton takes on Leicester City.
NBC brings Chelsea's clash with Bournemouth Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The United States faces Russia in an international friendly Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN in men's soccer.
Orlando meets the Red Bulls Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN followed by Sporting KC against Colorado on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
ESPN offers the Florida State spring football game Saturday at 3 p.m.
Villanova faces Denver in college lacrosse Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It's LSU-Alabama in college softball Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by UCLA against Oregon.
NBC Sports network has rugby between Sale and Worcester Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Over there plus 100

Legal Insurrection notes the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I.
Right before America joined, the Allies began to fall apart. Russia faced a revolution in February 1917 that forced Tsar Nicholas II to abdicate and saw the rise of the Communists. British and French forces could not fill in the holes left by the fallen soldiers. The Allies needed the Americans. The U.S. government established the Selective Service Act in 1917, which brought in 2.8 million men and 10,000 arrived in Europe every day. So while the Allies replaced their losses, the Germans could not:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It won't be the same

The Masters opens Thursday morning with the honorary starters taking to the first tee box.
Arnold Palmer won't be there with them.
But he will surely be remembered as the crowd gathers again.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Trump goes "Meep meep"

Don Surber sees President Trump escaping yet another attempted media trap.
Once again he said something that was just enough off for the media to jump on it thinking this time -- finally this time -- we have got him trapped. There is no escape.
But there was an escape, and he made it. Just as the Road Runner passes through the tunnel Wile E. Coyote painted on the boulder, so President Trump sails through another media storm.
A month later, there is no doubt anywhere that the Obama administration spied on Citizen Trump.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Rice is cooked

How did news of Donald Trump and Russians get out into the media?
It appears Susan Rice helped push out the narrative.
White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
The pattern of Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like "U.S. Person One."

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Opening Day wish

MASN manager Buck Showalter has his thoughts on the first game of the season looming Monday.
“I just want the weather to be good, the beer to be cold, the baseball to be good and everybody have a great time and the Orioles win and they want to come back,” Showalter said.

Give them a pizza your mind

34 million.
That's how many possible pizza combinations Domino's figures it can offer to its customers.
How do you make a sign for the caloric amounts on those combinations and meet the government requirements?

He's legit so quit

Andrew McCarthy reminds us how Democrats' views changed once the ballots were cast.
What happened here is very simple: Russia was unimportant to Democrats, was avoided by Democrats, until they needed to rationalize a stunning defeat.