Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all! Now that it's right around the corner, we're getting ready for the big game on Sunday. BDH and Little Buddha have their jerseys, they've read up on the teams, and now they're focusing on the most important part of all: what to eat. Something tells me we're not going with a vegetarian diet here. However, before that feast happens, we've got headlines to sort and coffee to enjoy. The guys made you a fresh pot, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been officially cleared to play in the Super Bowl after suffering a concussion two weeks ago during the AFC Championship game. One had to wonder if Gronk can really go "all out" on Sunday, but just getting him on the field is a significant advantage for the Pats.
Today is Groundhog Day, and everything will be fine as long as Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow. We understand this has been a pretty straightforward winter in New England, but we're still ready for spring to arrive, so none of that "six more weeks" nonsense, buddy, okay?
(Update: Phil saw his shadow. Damn it! You had one job to do, man.)
Six more weeks? (pic via entertaiment.ie)
Donald Trump didn't hesitate to lie about his State of the Union ratings. Being dishonest comes as naturally to him as breathing, so you can understand why his legal team would be falling over themselves to not let him talk to Robert Mueller under oath. The over/under for his first instance of perjury in that meeting is down to 3.5 minutes. Take the under.
Former FBI Director James Comey seems to be throwing some shade at Trump and company on Twitter.
Rick Gates' lawyers want to quit his case. Does that mean Paul Manafort's co-defendant is now going to cooperate with Mueller's investigation?
Good for the New Hampshire decision-makers who voted against the Northern Pass project. It seemed clear that the 192 miles of transmission lines would have damaged the beautiful landscape of the state. Plus, it's nice to see that utility companies can't just steamroll the public every single time they want to.
We're sorry to hear that Fidel Castro's son committed suicide on Thursday. Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart, who was a nuclear scientist had reportedly been battling depression for a long time. He was 68 years old. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Amazon had a happy holiday season, with sales up 38% for the quarter. The company's stock shot up 6% in after-hours trading on the news, so why don't we just tack on another couple of billion to Jeff Bezos' net worth, which is currently about $125.5 billion.
A quick word of advice from the Clutter investment team: Whatever your financial goals are this year, please don't make any bets about the future direction of the stock market that are based on the Super Bowl. Yes, it's fun to hear that the market often goes up when the NFC team wins, and it goes down when the AFC team wins, but one doesn't make the other happen. If you want to place a bet, go to a casino. If you want a sound investing strategy, consider a diverse portfolio of low-cost index funds.
Deep breath, Marvel fans: Stan Lee says he's feeling "great" after spending the night in the hospital.
Rose McGowan came out swinging against Alyssa Milano and the #MeToo movement, claiming they're the face of a publicity campaign put out by the Creative Artists Agency.
Hey Star Wars fans, keep an eye out for the Han Solo movie trailer, which is rumored to be dropping on Sunday during the Super Bowl. Still trying to picture what a Star Wars movie directed by Ron Howard looks like, so hopefully we'll get an answer soon.
Interesting to hear that Robert Wagner is now considered a "person of interest" in the 1981 death of his former wife Natalie Wood. We remember when that incident happened, and it never sounded like the police knew the full story of what went on that night. Whatever the outcome of this investigation, we hope that Wood's loved ones are able to finally get some closure.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Sunday's halftime entertainment star Justin Timberlake close things out for us with, "Can't Stop the Feeling," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. You're welcome to come back later this afternoon if you want to help BDH and Little Buddha figure out our grocery list for the big game. They always have a hard time figure out what kind of chips they want. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good and we'll meet up again for more fun and caffeine soon. Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.