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Hi everyone!

Well, the calendar says it's December 31, so I guess we're done with the year, huh?  Part of me thinks 2017 flew by in a few seconds, and part of me feels like Donald Trump has been ruining this country for decades.  BDH and Little Buddha aren't sure where 2017 went either, but they know they loved hanging out with you for another year!  Bet you can't guess what they made you to show their appreciation:  That's right, coffee!  There's a fresh pot ready to go, so help yourself to a fresh cup, and let's check out the final Clutter of the year!

Speaking of time racing by, the New England Patriots play the New York Jets today for their final regular season game.  A win secures home-field advantage for the Patriots throughout the playoffs, and barring injuries to Tom Brady, and the entire rest of the offense, we expect them to take home the victory today.  The Jets have nothing to play for, it's going to be about 400 degrees below zero on the field, and everyone wants to go home to celebrate NYE.  As long as the Patriots don't throw up on themselves, this should be a straight-forward win, and then they can enjoy having next week off.

Tom Brady December 31 2017

It's time to finish 2017 on a strong note.  (pic via nj.com)

Having said that, perhaps we've been listening to too much sports talk radio this week, but the discussion seems to be growing about whether or not we're near the end of the New England dynasty, as there are a lot of questions to be answered about personnel this off-season.  We'd like to say that's a bunch of doom and gloom, but our own gut instinct is that the optimistic answer is that there's two more years left.  Whenever the clock strikes 12, it will be sad, but all we can do is tip our caps to everyone involved over the last 16 years, because this has been an amazing run.

Ezra Klein has a devastating critique of how mentally unfit Donald Trump is for the presidency. 

So sorry to hear about the death of Erica Garner, following a recent heart attack, on Saturday.  The daughter of Eric Garner, a man killed by a New York policeman's chokehold in 2014, she was a social and political activist.  Erica Garner was only 27 years old, another life taken far too early and caused by the stress of being an African-American in this country.  Our condolences to her family and friends.

We missed this story as it was unfolding, but it seems 2017 was a terrible year for Marvel Comics.  If this is the kind of thing that interests you, make sure you check out our review of Slugfest, the book that came out earlier this year that explored the history of the feud between Marvel and DC Comics.  

Tonight's plans have yet to be confirmed, but there's a good chance they involve some pizza and watching the Twilight Zone marathon on Syfy for a while.

Okay kids, that's it for now.  We've got one official New Year's Eve tune at Clutter Headquarters, so breakout the keyboard:  Here's Europe with, "The Final Countdown," for today's, "Song of the Day."

 

We dug that tune when it came out in 1986, but we'll also admit to being surprised that it continues to age so well.  It just goes to show that life doesn't always play out the way you expect.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone, both today and throughout 2017.  We say it every time, but honestly, hanging out with all of you is always a highlight of the day.  It means a lot to us, and we hope you know how much we appreciate your time.

On behalf of the entire crew, have a wonderful rest of your day/year, have fun/be safe tonight, and here's to more fun and randomness to come in 2018!  For now, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and for the last time in 2017, we are outta here.

 

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