Monday Clutter: Mike Pence, Les Moonves, New iPhones, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Anthony Bourdain, No Doubt, and more
Welcome back! How are you? We hope you all had a good weekend. It's still a little unseasonably chilly around here, but temperatures are supposed to go back to a more normal range tomorrow. There's also some rain in the forecast this afternoon and evening, so we'll see if I need to water the garden. BDH and Little Buddha say the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter.
Here's another reminder that Hurricane Florence is on her way to the East Coast, so be prepared. We want you all here with us at the end of the week!
Vice President Mike Pence says he hasn't been part of any conversations involving the 25th Amendment and the removal of Donald Trump from the White House. Pence has allies who can take care of that for him.
We've been talking for a while about Democrats taking over the House after the midterms in November, but is Senate control also on the table?
Les Moonves is out at CBS after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, and the network and parent company National Amusements have also agreed to stop fighting about a potential merger of CBS and Viacom for at least two years. It was reported that Moonves was looking at a severance package of $100 million, but now the amount will be determined after the result of an investigation into the accusations against him. Given the way the CBS board has appeared to protect Moonves up to this point, that number is likely to end up higher than it should, with the appropriate amount being $0.
The new iPhones are expected to be revealed on Wednesday. We'll be paying a little bit of attention to Apple's event, since these are the phones we're likely to buy somewhere around 2023.
A new campaign in the United Kingdom is encouraging people between 45 and 65 to introduce a regular day off from drinking into their lives. It makes sense, since we know alcohol consumption can lead to a variety of health problems from liver disease, high blood pressure, and poor sleep, among other things.
Is Alzheimer's caused by a germ? Apparently the answer isn't clear, so what would that mean for treating the disease if that turns out to be the case?
The Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 6-5 last night for their 98th win of the year, thanks to a walk-off RBI single from Mitch Moreland. The Sox were up 5-1 after five innings, but Houston tied the game with a four-run top of the 6th inning, and that's where things remained until Moreland came through to end the game. Boston is now 8 1/2 games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East. The magic number for the Red Sox to clinch a playoff spot is now one, and their magic number to win the division is 12. All we ask for every year is meaningful September baseball games, and this team is delivering. The Red Sox have today off, and then Chris Sale is supposed to start tomorrow against the Toronto Blue Jays, but we'll have to see about the weather.
The names keep changing, but the results stay the same, as the New England Patriots beat the Houston Texans 27-20 yesterday. Tom Brady looked like he hadn't missed a beat, throwing for 277 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Gronk scored a touchdown, but he also lost a fumble, which was a little surreal to watch. Of course, it's the first one he's lost in six years, and the first one he's ever lost at home, so we'll give him a break.
Phillip Dorsett was the most pleasant surprise from this perspective, as he had seven catches for 66 yards and a touchdown and looked like a completely different player from last season. Having a full year under his belt to adjust to New England seems to have paid off. New England's defense looked legit, and dare we say, there was just a touch of a pass rush? Oh, that would have been nice in the Super Bowl. In any case, it was a solid start, and now the Patriots are off to face the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road in rematch of last season's AFC championship game next Sunday.
The good news is that the Cleveland Browns won't go 0-16 again this year, because the Browns tied the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-21 yesterday. However, 0-15-1 is still a possibility. Hey, you've got to start somewhere. Side note: Between this performance and the ongoing controversy over running back Le'Veon Bell's contract, we wouldn't be crushed if Pittsburgh got off to a rocky start this season.
Oh dear, Jimmy Garoppolo had his first loss as a NFL starter, as the Minnesota Vikings beat the San Francisco 49ers 24-16 yesterday.
Congratulations to the late Anthony Bourdain for winning six Emmys for his Parts Unknown show last night. It's just a shame that he couldn't have been there to pick up his awards himself.
Cheers. (pic via atimes.com)
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's No Doubt to close things out with, "It's My Life," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Getting to hang out with you and enjoy some coffee for a bit is a terrific way to start the week. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.