Happy Monday to you all. No one at Clutter Headquarters got much sleep last night, thanks to lingering excitement from the Patriots game, so our apologies if today's Clutter seems more rambling than usual. Let's see what happens, though, so help yourself to a medium (or even a large) DD, and let's get going.
You may not have recognized many of their defensive players (including my new cousin Sterling Moore), and you might not have known what a "Gronk" was before this year, but ladies and gentlemen, I give you your new AFC champion New England Patriots! It wasn't a pretty win. Tom Brady had what must have been his worst playoff game ever, with no touchdown passes, two interceptions, and a number of throws that missed badly. His first words after the game were, "I sucked pretty bad today," and that would normally indicate that Patriots lost badly, but thanks to other players stepping up, particularly defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, and a botched Ravens field goal kick by Billy Cundiff at the end of the game, the Patriots held on to win 23-20. Whether it's by skill or luck, all that matters is that the team found a way to win the game.
I have to give Wilfork credit for playing the game of his life, grabbing Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, and some of the Ravens running backs several times with one hand and not letting them get away. The man clearly has the strongest hands on the planet.
A true beast of a man. (pic via nbcsports.com)
It felt like a sucker-punch to the gut when tight end Rob Gronkowski's ankle bent at an unnatural angle in the third quarter. However, Gronk continued to demonstrate that he's more machine than man, by returning to the game shortly after that. He says he'll be good to go for the Super Bowl, and I've never been happier there's a two week break until then.
Oh, and who are we playing in two weeks? That's right, the 2007 Super Bowl rematch is here, as Eli Manning and the New York Giants knocked out the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in overtime. So now we have two weeks of suffering through the stories of, "Can the Patriots avenge their 2007 loss, or will Eli Manning truly become an elite quarterback by winning more Super Bowls than his big brother, in the house that Peyton built?" If that's the price to pay, so be it. It's on, like Donkey Kong, boys and girls.
See you in two weeks, Eli. (pic via bigdumbanimal.com)
Very sorry to hear that Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) will be retiring from Congress this week. We're just a year removed from her shooting, and it's still a miracle that she survived. Hopefully this won't be the final chapter of her life in politics, but whatever she does next, I wish her continued progress in her recovery, and all of the happiness possible.
How much of a complete disaster will it be for the GOP if Newt Gingrich wins the Florida primary? The polls certainly look good for him right now. No wonder Mittens has flip-flopped once again and now decided to release his tax returns tomorrow.
While his opponents take turns throwing mud at each other, President Obama is focused on something important today: Celebrating the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.
I hope the students who had to jump out of their building while it was on fire are okay. I was walking by that street about five hours after the fire was put out. There were police cars all over the place, so I knew something was up, but didn't realize that's what it was.
Disgraced former-Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died yesterday due to lung cancer. The news broke while I was watching several NFL preview shows, and there seemed to be some confusion over what Paterno's legacy is. Let's keep it simple. Paterno's legacy is that he enabled years of child abuse to take place under his watch. That's it.
Shame, shame, shame on me. A very happy belated 78th birthday to actor Tom Baker who played the 4th version of The Doctor on Doctor Who. Baker was the Doctor I grew up with as a kid. He was awesome, and it was easy for me to relate to him as we both had a good sense of humor and more curls than a guy really ever should have (this was a particularly big deal for me when I was younger.) I wore an outstanding copy of his outfit for a Halloween contest when I was in 6th grade. I nailed the look, but the problem was that none of the judges had any idea who I was supposed to be, and I was deprived of my rightful prize. Bastards.
Happy birthday! (pic via scifinow.co.uk)
The ads for Kiefer Sutherland's new show, Touch make it seem like it's about Jack Bauer's autistic son saving the world. Does each season take place over the course of a day again? Can Kim Bauer take a day off from Happy Endings to help the family out? How will this work?
I hope actor Tracy Morgan is okay after being hospitalized at the Sundance Festival.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. The New England Patriots are certainly lucky to have Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick, but they really are a team above all else. Whether they're stars or not, everyone focuses on doing their job, and doing whatever they need to in order to help the team win. The names change year over year, but the spirit remains the same. That's how they got this far, and that's why they're going to take out the Giants in two weeks. If Myra Kraft is watching over this year's squad, she must be very proud. So on that note, let's have the team take us out with what might be our first, "Picture of the Day."
(pic via vladimirjones.com)
It was great to see you as always, my friends. Thanks for coming by, I hope we weren't totally incoherent. BDH, Little Buddha and I are off to get more coffee. You're welcome to join us, otherwise, we'll see you back here again for more fun and randomness soon. Have a great week, and this Clutter is now cleared.