Welcome back! I'm sorry we missed each other yesterday. How's your week going? I'm still adjusting to the fact that it's already December and that BDH and Little Buddha have started their Christmas shopping. I wonder how much that will cost me. However, it's not about the cost, it's about having a happy holiday season. Speaking of being happy, help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
Okay, I clearly didn't expect Sunday's Patriots - Texans contest to be close, but that's why they play the games. It wasn't pretty, but Tom Brady and crew came out on top 34-31, and that's all that matters. The Pats once again got off to a slow start, trailing 17-7 after the first half. However, they one again showed their mental toughness to stage the comeback, and that may just be enough to get them to the final game in this year's NFL. It doesn't have to be pretty, it just has to be effective.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to New Jersey Nets star (sigh) Paul Pierce, who will be out for the next two to four weeks with a broken hand. Of course, given the fact that the Nets are 5-12, with no signs of improving anytime soon, Pierce may not be in such a rush to come back.
RIP Dick Dodd. The former lead singer of the Standells, famous in this area for their hit song, "Dirty Water," died on Friday of cancer. He was 68.
Can you imagine telling your kids about the time that Pope Francis threw you out of a bar? Is that a sin?
Coolest bouncer ever? (pic via telegraph.co.uk)
The commercials for caffeine energy drinks always sound to me like their product is one step removed from speed. "Drink from this tiny bottle and you'll be ready to go all day?" Come on, that's more than having a cup of coffee, that's some Breaking Mad material there. No thanks, just give me a medium DD, and maybe a large if I'm living on the edge. I want to be able to sleep at some point/not die.
Scott Kazmir is the latest example of the saying in baseball that no one enjoys career security like a left-handed pitcher. Kazmir just signed a two-year deal for $22 million with the Oakland A's. I know professional sports salaries are like Monopoly money, but that's not chump change. What has Kazmir done to earn this deal? Let's review his recent history:
Kazmir enjoyed a career renaissance with the Cleveland Indians last season, going 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA and making 29 starts, after pitching just 1 2/3 innings in the majors the previous two seasons combined. He had a fairly high 1.32 WHIP but struck out 162 batters in 158 innings.
Okay, so to review, he was one game over .500 this season with a mediocre ERA, after basically missing all of the past two years. That translates into an annual salary of $11 million? I wonder if it's too late for me to learn how to throw lefty. I clearly don't have to be good at it.
Not surprised at all that the upcoming movie Fast & Furious 7 will continue filming despite actor Paul Walker's death in a car crash last weekend. Hollywood stops for no man, and with this franchise having made over a billion dollars globally, there was no chance that Walker's death would halt production. My guess is that they'll re-write the script to kill off his character and say they tried to do it in a way that would "honor their friend, Paul Walker." What's your guess?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. It's hard to imagine leaving Fenway Park and not hearing "Dirty Water" after a Boston Red Sox win, so in honor of Dick Dodd, let's have the Standells close things out with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon. (Also, please drop me a line if you have any suggestions about Christmas presents for BDH and Little Buddha!) Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.