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Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  Happy Friday to you all.  What's the plan for the weekend?  It's another gloomy looking morning outside the windows of Clutter Headquarters, but Friday is Friday, and that's all that matters.  BDH and Little Buddha just finished making the coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's wrap up the week with a little Clutter.

As the Boston Red Sox prepare for a weekend series with the New York Yankees, is Nick Cafardo right that it's time to blow up the roster?  I would keep Big Papi, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Jarrod Saltalmacchia,  but everyone else would be on the table.  I think they have to get rid of Josh Beckett above all else, but I'd have an open mind about almost any other deal if I was general manager Ben Cherington.  Players shouldn't be dumped for a bag of grapefruits, but all reasonable offers should be considered, because this team is just a mess.

You know, I found myself struggling with some crankiness after finishing yesterday's Clutter.  The weather looked gloomy, the Red Sox are a mess, and it just felt like one of those days that didn't have a good chance of going well.  Then Mitt Romney picked a fight with England.  Romney is overseas to try to show off his diplomatic skills, and instead, he ends up criticizing England's preparedness for the Olympics.  His day couldn't have gone worse if the Democratic National Committee wrote his talking points. 

How do you get into a fight with England?  Pundits don't even mention England when talking about a candidate's foreign policy capabilities.  It's just assumed they'd get along with England's leaders.  That's a lay-up.  You have to go out of your way to mess that up, and that's exactly what Mittens did.  So, let's review again.  Romney stands for nothing, won't reveal details about almost anything he would do as president, won't be honest about his finances, repeatedly refers to the defunct Soviet Union, and can't even handle the single easiest relationship the United States has with any other country on the planet.  However, he still has great hair going for him.

Mittens also claims he's not going to watch his wife's horse compete in whatever Olympic event horses compete in.  So, is he either A) Not a supportive husband, or B) Just blatantly lying to try to distract "regular" voters from the fact that his family owns an Olympic horse?

Honestly, do you think he'd be a better candidate if any of his Republican primary opponents had run competent campaigns?

It appears no one is "liking" Facebook's first earnings report as a public company.

I asked BDH and Little Buddha if they would rather live right in downtown Boston if it meant living in a 330-45o square foot condo.  They both looked at me, smiled, and said, "No thank you."

By the way, happy belated birthday to Jenny Dell.  The NESN announcer turned 25 years old yesterday.

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Happy Birthday, Jenny!  (pic via

(Former?) Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas took a break from his hockey hiatus yesterday to express his support for the president of Chick-Fil-A's opposition to same-sex marriage.

The NCAA levied some significant punishments on Penn State with the fines, bowl bans, scholarship losses, and the like, but should they have gone with a 4-year ban of the football program instead?

I'm glad for a variety of reasons that I'm not a Dallas Cowboys fan, but high on the list is the idea that the team would sign quarterback Tony Romo to a long-term high-dollar contract extension.  Is there a more overrated quarterback in the NFL?  A more overrated player?

Not to jump too far into the future (though we are talking about Doctor Who here), but this little article makes it sound like Matt Smith might still be playing The Doctor in 2014, and that's just awesome.

(Seriously, who gets into a fight with England?  Okay, I'll stop now.)

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  I was just listening to this song, and now I'm starting to wonder if it should be the ending for every Clutter, or should we continue to shake things up?  Let me know your thoughts after you watch Robert Plant and Jimmy Page perform 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 let me know if you want to come over to watch the Red Sox play the Yankees, because we'll need more snacks and beer if you're joining us.  Until next time, that is in fact today's Clutter, and we are definitely outta here.


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