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Thursday Clutter: Deflategate, Boston Red Sox, Death Penalty, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Yesterday ended up being remarkably productive, given that I felt like a zombie all day.  I guess sleep is overrated.  Right.  It's interesting how much being exhausted can resemble being drunk.  It's a struggle to work through simple situations, and you've got to be careful about what you say to others.  There's your deep thought for the day, kids.  Anyway, BDH and Little Buddha say the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter!

So Ted Wells had four months to investigate "Deflategate," and the best his newly-released report could come up with is that "it is more probable than not" that New England Patriots staff intentionally tweaked the air pressure before the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts, and Tom Brady probably knew about it.  That's it.  That's all we've got.  Of all of the things that do or should bother me about the NFL, air pressure is at the bottom of the list. 

Seriously, we've got labor issues, health concerns, problems grasping the seriousness of domestic violence, the fact that the league is filled with players who were passed through school systems without the slightest concern about their actual education so that they could play a violent game to amuse the masses, and you want me to care about whether the Patriots let some air out of some footballs? In a cutthroat league where every team is looking to push the boundaries of the rules or cut corners to win?  Sorry, I can't do it.  A grand total of nothing was accomplished by this entire mess, except that we generally stopped talking about the more important stuff for a while.

Oh, and as a bonus, now Tom Brady will be playing with a chip on his shoulder for the 2015-2016 season.  Which of his opponents thinks that's going to work out well for them?

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Still one of the all-time greats.  (pic via concordmonitor.com)

The Boston Red Sox continue to struggle, losing 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays last night.  Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson got off to a good start, but he ended up not being able to get through the 5th inning, which is a recurring problem for Boston pitchers.  The Red Sox offense also continues to struggle, as they went 1-12 with runners in scoring position.  The Sox have tonight off, and then they start a 10-game road trip tomorrow when Wade Miley takes the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays.

I know BDH, Little Buddha and I have posted stories about prisoners training guide dogs before, but we'll keep doing it as long as these clips continue to be amazing.  Plus, these pooches are just straight up adorable, and you can never have too much of that!

Will the supposed Obama takeover of the southwest impact the 2016 presidential elections?  Nah, it should be done before then.

Opposition to capital punishment is coming from an unexpected source: A drug company whose products are used in the process.

Condolences to the family and friends of former  U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Texas) who died yesterday at age 92.  Wright's forced resignation on ethics charges in 1989 was likely the start of the hyper-partisanship and nastiness that permeates today's Congress.

Congratulations to the nearly 17 million people who have gained health insurance under Obamacare since the law went into effect.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned investors yesterday that that stocks are getting pretty pricey.  The current S&P 500 price-to-earnings ratio is 21, as compared to a historical median of 14.58.  However, we're nowhere near the craziness of the last bubble when it was an astounding 123.73 in 2009.  Nevertheless, people should still be making their automatic retirement investments with every paycheck.  The path to long-term financial health is through years of letting compounding interest work its magic.

In case you had any questions about it, a new study indicates that a healthy diet may help your long-term memory.  That makes sense, since diet quality seems to impact just about all other parts of life. 

If you're a fan of actress Natalie Portman, check out this interview which covers a wide range of topics.

You might have thought that you didn't need to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger do a career montage with Late, Late Show host James Corden, but you'd be wrong:

 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Eric Clapton take us out with this performance of, "Pretending," live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, for 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, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon.  Until next time, they're BDH and Little Buddha, I'm me, this is Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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