Welcome back! Come on in have a seat. How's your week going? I'm still adjusting to how cold and dark it's getting in the morning. How many days until spring? This is just not my most favorite time of the year. However, regardless of the season, BDH and Little Buddha are always here to hang out and distract me from the weather, and you can't beat that. You also can't beat that they make great coffee. They've got a fresh pot ready for all of you, so help yourselves to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
Last night's season opener couldn't have gone worse for the Boston Celtics. They lost 102-99 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but more importantly Gordon Hayward broke his left ankle just minutes into the game and may be gone for the season. It was a gruesome moment that left players from both teams visibly shaken. It's impressive that the Celtics players hung in there to make this a close game. It's way too early to know what the future holds this year, but that resiliency may serve them well as they figure out how to move on without their injured teammate.
It was an awful night for Gordon Hayward and the Celtics. (pic via reuters.com)
Eduardo Rodriguez and Hanley Ramirez both underwent surgeries on Tuesday. Rodriguez had a ligament reconstruction in his right knee, and Ramirez had an arthroscopy on his left shoulder. The pitcher is expected to be out of action for six months, and the feeling here is that 2018 could be make-or-break for him. There's no doubt that Rodriguez has great potential, but this knee is a recurring issue which has limited his efforts. Will he finally be able to get it to a point of long-term stability? Guess we'll have to wait and see. As far as Ramirez goes, he's expected to be ready for the start of next year, and perhaps getting this procedure will help the DH regain some of the pop he lost in his bat this year. There's also the fact that 2018 is the last year of his contract, so a healthy and motivated Hanley could be someone to watch.
We shouldn't ask Donald Trump to speak to military widows. His recent tone-deaf comments to a solider's wife are yet another reminder that being a fundamentally decent human being really isn't Trump's thing. What must it be like to be unable to provide a basic level of comfort to another person?
Twitter released yet another set of rules around abusive/inappropriate tweets yesterday, but as Donald Trump continues to prove on a daily basis, these won't go far enough. Twitter would be vulnerable against a competitor who can figure out how to keep trolls from infesting their site. Someone must be working on that, right?
Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Patty Murray (D-Wash) worked out a bipartisan deal on health insurance subsidies. Trump originally approved the deal, and then Republicans started yelling at him, so he folded like a house of cards. For all of the bluster, he still bails when people stand up to him, just like your stereotypical bully.
An appeals court overturned a $72 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a case where the company's talc products were linked to ovarian cancer. Courts don't like holding companies accountable for their actions. Seems to give them a case of the willies or something. The verdict still leaves the company with more than 5,500 similar lawsuits to face.
Let's take a quick moment for the heartwarming clip of a dog being reunited with his owners after they thought they lost him in the wildfires.
The New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 6-4 last night to tie up the ALCS at two games apiece. Houston, we have a problem. Goes by the name Judge. Aaron Judge.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have The Fray close things out with, "How to Save a Life," 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 meet back here again for more shenanigans soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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