Welcome back! Come on in, make yourself at home. How are you? I just realized that I'll probably have to skip coffee for a few days after my gum surgery later this week. That's not going to be pretty. BDH and Little Buddha are brainstorming what else I might be able to have while I recover, but so far, the only option is water at room temperature. Sweet. Oh well, it will be good to get this over with, and besides, that's still a few days away. For now, we've got a fresh pot of coffee ready to go, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter.
The New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 35--17 yesterday in a straight-forward win. Tom Brady threw for 227 yards and four touchdowns (including two to Rob Gronkowski), Dion Lewis had the first 100 yard rushing game of his career, and the game never felt all that close, although the Dolphins were only down by 11 at the half. The Dolphins had another TD in the second half, but the Patriots added two more of their own, and the New England defense turned up the heat on Miami QB Matt Moore and ended up sacking Moore seven times on the day. The biggest problem was that six Patriots players left the game because of injuries, so we'll have to see how serious those turn out to be. The 9-2 Patriots will move on to the Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday before having a rematch in Miami with the Dolphins the following week. They've got the Pittsburgh Steelers after that, and that game will be this team's toughest challenge of the season.
Gronk scores one of his two touchdowns on Sunday. (pic via miamiherald.com)
He's not exactly a beam of warmth and happiness anyway, but Bill Belichick's response when a female reporter asked him if he ever considered pulling Tom Brady early yesterday was particularly obnoxious. Brady was drilled by the Dolphins defense eight times on Sunday, and while everyone probably could have guessed the answer to the question before it was asked, it was asked, it was still a legitimate query. Just because you can be an ass doesn't mean you have to be an ass.
Free agent pitcher Doug Fister is reportedly signing a contract with the Texas Rangers. Fister did a nice job filling in for the Red Sox for a stretch last season, and we wish him the best of luck moving forward. Presumably Steven Wright will be fully recovered from his knee surgery to return to Boston's starting rotation in 2018.
It seemed pretty clear that the Republican tax plan was going to be bad for the poor, but it turns out, it's even worse than expected.
Expectations are high for Cyber Monday today. Speaking of online shopping, we know a great little store you should check out. It's got the perfect gifts for Clutterheads, and you won't find friendlier owners anywhere on the Internet!
Bad news on the media front as Time Inc. has been sold for $1.84 billion to a group that's backed by the Koch brothers. The initial claims are that the right-wing brothers will not be involved in the publisher's operations. Pretty sure that's the same thing they said when Rupert Murdoch bought The Wall Street Journal.
Some people use light boxes to help them deal with seasonal affective disorder, and now there are indications that the boxes may be able to also help individuals who are dealing with bipolar depression. However, there are all sorts of warnings that come with this news, so if you're considering this, read the article and talk to your doctor first.
It's official: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married next year. This is probably the only time you'll hear about this, because it's not the kind of thing tabloid magazines cover ad nauseam, so we're happy to give you the scoop!
It looks like House of Cards will resume production of its final season soon. The show had been on a hiatus following the multiple sexual assault allegations made by former-star Kevin Spacey. Should we start taking bets on how Frank Underwood is written off? Our guess is that Claire Underwood is responsible for it, one way or another. What's your hunch?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's kick off the week with some Violent Femmes and, "Blister in the Sun," 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 fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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