Welcome back, come on in. How was your weekend? If you don't mind, I'm going to ask you to keep your voices down. I don't know why, but my week is starting off with serious headache. It's like having a hangover without getting to enjoy the drinking part first. Or, maybe it's just a delayed reaction to yesterday's Red Sox game. In any case, we're not going to let that stop us from sorting through some randomness. BDH and Little Buddha tell me the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little Monday Clutter (quietly.)
Jon Lester's woes continue, as the big lefty was shelled for 11 runs over four innings yesterday. The Boston offense showed some life, but it wasn't enough, as the Red Sox lost 15-7 to the Toronto Blue Jays. It was so bad, I don't have the heart to boo Lester anymore. He looked as lost on the mound as Daniel Bard did before he was sent back to the minors. This seems like a good time to give him some imaginary injury, throw him on the disabled list, and let Franklin Morales return from the bullpen to fill in while they figure out how to set Lester straight. My only question is, who's going to help him? After reading Nick Cafardo's baseball notes column in yesterday's Boston Globe, pitching coach Bob McClure comes across as the most passive individual on the planet, which doesn't really inspire confidence.
What a nightmare. (pic via masslive.com)
In any case, the Sox are about to hit a brutal stretch that that starts tonight when Felix Doubront takes the mound against the Texas Rangers, who will then be followed by the Yankees, and then the Detroit Tigers. Any moves the Sox make before the July 31st trading deadline could be significantly shaped by the way the next nine games play out. I think the Sox would benefit by trading Josh Beckett under almost any set of circumstances, but I still hope there's a chance for a rebound by Lester.
The NCAA announced its penalties against Penn State and its football program. They include a 4-year bowl ban, $60 million in fines, a loss of 10 scholarships, and a vacating of all wins from 1998-2011. The football program will continue, though. What do you think, Clutterheads? Is this an appropriate punishment?
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg again challenged President Obama and Mitt Romney to step up on gun control, in the wake of the Aurora shootings. It's unclear what it would take for gun control to become a priority in Washington at this point. Hell, Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head, and there still wasn't any response from Congress. The NRA is calling the shots with little to no resistance at the moment.
Huma Abedin has been placed under police protection because Rep. Michele Bachmann is an unhinged loony. Abedin, the deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, apparently received a threat after Bachmann accused her of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, with no evidence whatsoever to back that up.
I like a good motivational speech as much as the next guy, but there's no way you'd get me to walk over hot coals.
Correction: Yesterday's Clutter said that Barry Larkin was the only player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. Of course, the late Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo was also inducted into the Hall. Clutter apologizes for the error.
Congratulations to Steven Moffat and the rest of the Sherlock crew for their 13 Emmy nominations. Well-deserved.
I enjoyed last night's Episodes, as the characters learned they have to tweak their show and move Matt LeBlanc to a supporting role. This is not deep television, but it feels like a well-written version of Entourage.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. This headache appears to be setting up shop for now. I was going to try to power through it and wrap things up with some Iron Maiden, but then BDH and Little Buddha found this clip of some puppies playing, and I think we all know how this story ends. Here you go with today's, "Clip of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, and feel free to come back again soon. Clutter Headquarters is always open to visitors. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.
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