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Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  Yesterday's neck pain worked itself out, so I'm moving much more easily this morning.  However, I had a little difficulty getting to sleep last night after yesterday's football games, so we might need to go a little heavy on the coffee today.  Fortunately, BDH and Little Buddha say we've got plenty.  They've got a fresh pot ready to go, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter!

Hand problem?  What hand problem?  Tom Brady and company took care of business once again on Sunday, as the New England Patriots beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC Championship Game.  That's right, the Brady - Belichick combination is off to their eighth Super Bowl.  Things did not get off to a great start.  The Pats scored the first points of the game with a field goal, but Jacksonville came ready to play.  Their defense is legit, but the Patriots did not seem prepared for Jacksonville's offense in the first half of the game.  Jaguars players were often wide open, and New England defenders were not tackling well at all.  Adding to the concern was the fact that Rob Gronkowski was knocked out of the game with a concussion, and there's no way you can convince us it was an accidental helmet-to-helmet hit by Jaguars safety Barry Church.  The score was 14-10 Jacksonville going into halftime, but it felt like a larger gap.

However, no one makes adjustments like the New England Patriots.  The New England defense tightened up in the second half, allowing just two Jacksonville field goals.  (We have to give a shout-out to Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who redefined his entire season with this play.)  That still left the score 20-10 going into the fourth quarter, but New England fans have been here many times before, and once again, TB12 stepped up with two touchdown passes to Danny "playoffs" Amendola and once again demonstrated why he is the greatest quarterback of all time.   It was an(other) amazing game, as well as a terrific send-off for Patriots coaches Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, who are heading off to coach the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions respectively.   We remember at the beginning of the year when the Patriots defensive players looked like they'd never been on the field together before, and now here they are off to the Super Bowl. What an amazing season.  What an amazing run.

Tom Brady Danny Amendola January 22 2018Tom Brady and Danny Amendola celebrate.  (pic via cleveland.com)

We predicted yesterday morning that the Philadelphia Eagles would beat the Minnesota Vikings in a tight game.  Well, that was half-right.  The Eagles crushed the Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship Game, and it didn't seem that close.  There was no way the Vikings were going to avoid a let-down after their amazing win against the New Orleans Saints last week, especially since they were on the road.  Oh, and there was also the fact that Eagles quarterback Nick Foles played out of his mind, going 26 of 33 for 352 yards and three touchdowns.  The win sets up a rematch of the 2004-2005 Super Bowl.  You might remember that the Patriots won that one, and it says here that they do it again in two weeks.  We're not taking the Eagles lightly, but we'll take Tom Brady and Bill Belichick against everyone every single time.

Let's see, what else is going on in the world...

The Senate will vote at noon today about whether or not to re-open the federal government for three weeks.  A solution for DACA remains a sticking point, policy-wise.  What's hanging over the entire situation is the fact that neither side can trust that "great deal-maker" Donald Trump to do anything productive to resolve this impasse.

A new "generic" poll gives Democrats a 12-point-lead over Republicans in this year's mid-term elections.  The gap is largely fueled by women, and who here thinks Republicans have any idea how to win women over before November, or even any interest in doing it?  Expect the GOP to continue their "war on voting" at all costs, because when turnout is high, Republicans lose.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her support for the #MeToo movement over the weekend, which should surprise exactly no one.  Make sure you click on that link for a number of further examples of why Justice Ginsburg is such a badass.

Pope Francis recently made it clear that despite any appearances to the contrary, when it comes to child sexual abuse, nothing changes in the church.

The global wealth gap continues, as a report claims that the top 1% of the population took home 82% of the wealth created in 2017.

Amazon is opening their first check0ut-free supermarket in Seattle today.  A series of cameras and sensors will track what each customer buys and will charge their credit card accordingly. Technology is amazing, but how many jobs will be lost, assuming this experiment is both successful and the way of the future?

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale says he's got a new training approach to try to keep him stronger towards the end of the season this year.  Sale was dominant for most of the 2017 season, but he clearly ran out of gas in the final weeks and heading into the playoffs, so hopefully this new workout program will pay off.

Great to hear that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is expected to be filming the final season of Veep this August after her recent battle with breast cancer.  Here's hoping for many more years of humor from the talented actress.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  The Patriots are off to another Super Bowl, and all we can do is tip our caps in appreciation.  Here's a little tribute to the team with AC/DC's , "For Those About to Rock," for today's, "Song of the Day."

 

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It's always a treat to hang out with you.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll meet up again for more fun soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we may or may not be about to rock, but we are outta here.

 

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