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Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  It's great to see you, as always.  How are you?  How's your week going?  Any big plans for the weekend yet?  BDH and Little Buddha have the coffee ready to go, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little Thursday Clutter.

The reign of the Boston Bruins has come to an end as the defending Stanley Cup champions were eliminated from the playoffs by the Washington Capitals last night, falling 2-1 in overtime.  It's certainly disappointing, but cheers to the Bruins for a great run.  This team is built for long-term success, and we'll see them right back in the championship hunt next season.

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Let's do this again some time.  (pic via bleacherreport.com)

At the same time the Bruins season was ending, the Boston Red Sox were doing their best to surrender a 7-1 lead against the Minnesota Twins.  however, try as hard as they might, Boston was able to hold on to beat Minnesota 7-6.  The sweep of the Twins pulls Boston to within three games of a .500 record (7-10), but they still have many pitching issues to resolve. Up next, it's Felix Dubront (one of the few highlights of the Boston pitching staff so far) against the 10-8 Chicago White Sox.

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We need this many relievers.  (pic via clnsradio.com)

The 2012 Dice-K Rehab Tour continues with the next stop being the AA-level Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday.

You know what sentence I never like to hear in sports? That a player I like is visiting Dr. James Andrews.  I don't know if that's ever turned out well.  I associate Andrews with athletes having surgery that will keep them out of action for 6-8 months, so hearing that Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is going to have Dr. Andrews look at his sore left elbow, doesn't fill me with warm fuzzies.  Now, don't get me wrong, Dr. Andrews is clearly good at what he does, so whatever the story is, I hope he can get Crawford healthy.  I just hope there's still a chance that we'll see Carl Crawford on the field this year.

Rupert Murdoch admits that his former tabloid, The News of the World, is guilty of the phone hacking accusations that it faces, and that there was a cover-up, but he denies responsibility for any of it.

He's been out of office for some time now, but former President Bill Clinton is still "a rock star" on the campaign trail.

Newt Gingrich is finally checking out of the presidential race next week.  It will be interesting to see if this campaign achieved what I think was its real goal, which is to raise Newt's speaking fees.  He better hope so, because Newt owes a lot of money now.

The new issue of GQ has a fascinating look at Mitt Romney's top aide, Eric Fehrnstrom.  The line of the night is this:

The best political operatives are the ones who provide their clients with a tangible quality the candidate himself lacks.  If Karl Rove was Bush's brain, then Fehrnstrom is Romney's balls.

My number of shares of Coke stock is apparently about to double, yet I don't feel any richer.

I can certainly relate to this author's annoyance at the over-use of exclamation points in emails. I'm as guilty of it as the next person.  My problem is that there's something about emails that seems to make them particularly susceptible to being interpreted as curt/abrupt/irritated if the writer doesn't make it painfully clear that wasn't their intent, hence, the exaggerated excitement.  I don't know if it's something inherent in the medium, or if it's just turned into a self-perpetuating custom at this point that we all expect to see that enthusiasm, and we wonder what's wrong when we don't.  What do you think, Clutterheads?

So, I guess the NFL is having a player draft tonight or something?  Has anyone heard anything about this?  It doesn't seem like it's been mentioned very much.  Is it a big deal?  Who's in it, anyway?  I wonder who the first pick will be.  I'll bet it's some nose tackle.  BDH and Little Buddha tell me that they think the first pick is a cornerback.  Sure, we'll go with that.  Anyway, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has his final set of draft predictions right here for you. 

Quentin Tarantino's new movie stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio?  Works for me.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We haven't had any Eddie Izzard around here in a while,  so why don't we close things out with his take on religion for today's, "Clip of the Day."  Yeah, that sounds like a good plan:

 

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you as always.  Don't worry about your coffee mugs, just leave them right where they are.  Enjoy the rest of your day, and we'll see you all again for more fun and randomness soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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