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Saturday Clutter: DuckTales, Risky Behavior, Amy Schumer, iPhones, and more

Friday Clutter: Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Facebook, Craig Sager, Bob Dylan, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  I know, cold!   I had to move the plants away from the windows for now for their own good.  That was some crazy wind last night.  Of course I had some difficulty getting to sleep because I was worried about the Clutter Tree, but he seems fine, as always.  Thankfully, the heat is working, so feel free to warm yourselves up.  I had BDH and Little Buddha put on their sweatshirts just to be safe.  No need to risk them catching a chill.  They tell me that the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.

The Red Sox lost another longtime member of their bullpen, as reliever Junichi Tazawa is expected to sign a two-year/$12 million deal with the Miami Marlins. Good for Taz.  He gave the Red Sox everything he had for seven years, and he deserves a big payday.  Tazawa has struggled for the last two years, and our suspicion is that he's simply out of gas after being overused, but maybe moving over to the National League will allow him a good run with the Marlins. 

The New England Patriots claimed wide receiver Michael Floyd off waivers yesterday. Floyd, who becomes a free agent at the end of the year, was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this week after being arrested for driving under the influence.  That sort of poor judgment raises all sorts of red flags here, but the Patriots apparently think he's worth the risk for the final few games of the year, and they are thin at the position, so...guess we'll see how that goes.

We figured there was no harm in checking out this spoiler-free review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special.  How could that possibly go wrong?  Nothing, as it turns out.  There have been a number of comments sprinkled throughout the Internet from various sources that the story is a treat, and this reviewer seems to feel the same way.  We have a different level of expectations for the Christmas specials than the regular episodes.  All we really want for Christmas is to hang out with the Doctor for about an hour and have some fun.  Sounds like our wish is going to be granted!

We were just sitting here minding our own business when we came across this Doctor Who: 10 Things You May Not Know about "The Unicorn and the Wasp" article.  That's a David Tennant era story from 2008.  We're looking at the cast picture, and suddenly realized that Felicity Jones was in the episode!  Apparently our fondness for the Rogue One actress goes back further than we realized.  Oh, we love surprises like that around here.

President Obama says there will be repercussions for Russia's suspected interference in last month's election. It sounds like it will most likely be some sort of economic sanctions.  Meanwhile, President-elect Trump continues to deny any knowledge of Russia's involvement, and he also continues to blatantly lie when he says no one brought up this subject before the election.  At this rate, he's on track to be the most dishonest president this country's ever had by the end of his first day in office.

Can Democrats take some pages from the Tea Party playbook to stop Donald Trump?

Facebook announced their new plan for combating "fake news" sites. Long story short, it appears to rely heavily on their users flagging questionable stories for them.  Our immediate question is what happens if there are organized campaigns to attack legitimate news sites, which seems pretty likely at some point.  We recognize this is a serious problem, and we don't know what the right approach is.  What this story also reminds us is how risky it is to have Facebook be such a dominant news platform.  Now, having said that, don't forget to like the Clutter Facebook page, and tell your friends to do the same.  Hey, if you can't beat them, join them.  Besides, we stand by our stories.  The news is legit, it's the commentary you should probably take with a grain of salt now and again.

Denzel Washington's new movie, Fences, sounds amazing.  Anyone want to take a trip to the theater with us?

Man, 2016 has been mean.  Our condolences to out to the family, friends, and fans of Craig Sager, who died yesterday after a long battle with leukemia. We primarily remember him as the guy whose outfits messed up our TV's color scheme, but the longtime NBA reporter always seemed to know what he was talking about,  and he was clearly well-respected.  He also showed great courage during this fight.  Sager was 65 years old.

Craig Sager December 16 2016Craig Sager in a typically colorful suit.  (pic via nba.com)

Brock Lesnar has been suspended for a year by the Nevada Athletic Commission after failing two drug tests around the time of his last UFC fight.  He was also fined $250,000 for the violations.  We're curious to see what comes next for the UFC/WWE star.  His WWE contract reportedly expires early next year, and it didn't sound like he was likely to renew it, but now that he can't fight for at least a year, will that change his thinking? 

We caught about five minutes of the show Jeopardy last night and had no idea that the woman who is currently winning died from cancer on December 5.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Can't remember how we got here, but we stumbled onto this clip of Bob Dylan and The Band from The Last Waltz, and it's awesome.  Let's have them close things out with a kick-ass rendition of Dylan's classic, "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Not bad for a Nobel Prize winner, right?

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  It's going to be freaking cold out there today, so make sure you bundle up, stay warm, and be safe so we can do this all over again soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.


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