Monday Clutter: James Comey, Ayanna Pressley, Planet Fitness, Sports Gambling, New England Patriots, Tom Cruise, Conan O'Brien, Les Miserables, and more
Welcome back, and a happy Monday to you all! It looks like things will get off to a quiet start for our crew this week, because I appear to be losing my voice. Thankfully, BDH and Little Buddha have outstanding hearing, so we'll be able to get by with light whispering if needed. The guys did some research on the Internet, and they've instructed me to drink plenty of liquids, starting with today's coffee. They've got a fresh pot ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.
Former FBI Director James Comey will appear before the House Judiciary Committee in a private session after all after previously fighting a subpoena. In exchange, the committee will release a transcript of his testimony re: Hillary Clinton's email servers and the 2016 presidential election, which Comey can make public. We assume Donald Trump will have something rational and coherent to say about this on Twitter at some point in the near future.
The odds are high that something will once again derail Donald Trump's second attempt at an infrastructure bill, but we are perpetually dumbfounded that this is always such a contentious issue. Even the mega-rich who own the GOP would do better if this country's roads, railroads, and energy systems were repaired/upgraded. This country is falling apart, and this inability to handle a basic responsibility of governing remains a damning indictment of Republican incompetence.
Clutter Headquarters is in Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley's district, and we're pleased (although not surprised in the least) to see Pressley is already making her mark in Washington. As a former aide to John Kerry and a current Boston City Councilor, she brings years of political experience to the table that has enabled her to hit the ground running, and she is just getting started.
Ayanna Pressley is already in action. (pic via bangordailynews.com)
The TV ads for Planet Fitness gyms stress that they're open to everyone, not just hardcore weightlifters. We've been to one of their locations a few times over the years, and it seemed in line with the ad. However, a former Planet Fitness employee is suing the company, alleging that the corporate environment resembles a frat house.
Unless the Boston Red Sox use some portion of their likely future gambling revenues to lower ticket prices, we've got no interest in being anywhere near this scene. The legalization of sports gambling across the country is going to lead to a lot of problems for a lot of individuals and families, and we're sorry to see that wave coming.
We were expecting the New England Patriots - Minnesota Vikings game to be a bit of a nail-biter. However, the team once again took care of business at home on Sunday, as the Patriots beat the Vikings 24-10 in a solid win. It was a great day for the New England defense in particular, as they kept Kirk Cousins to 201 passing yards, and they picked him off twice. It seemed like the game might be a blowout at the start, as Tom Brady and the New England offense carved up the Minnesota defense for a touchdown on the first drive. Minnesota adjusted, and the Pats offense left some points on the board, but they continued grinding away as the defense shut down the Vikings. Cheers to fullback James Develin, who had four catches for five yards, but two of them were for touchdowns. Whatever it takes. The Patriots improve to 9-3 on the season, and next up, they head to Miami to face the Dolphins next Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers pulled the plug on a disastrous season and fired longtime head coach Mike McCarthy yesterday after a 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals yesterday. The 4-7-1 Packers have been out of sorts all year, and McCarthy's relationship with Aaron Rodgers deteriorated as the season's progressed. It seems a little odd the Packers didn't wait until the end of the season to make the move, given how long McCarthy's been with the team, and they're certainly not going anywhere in 2018. However, in today's NFL, top quarterbacks trump coaches 99% of the time, so McCarthy is out. Joe Philbin was named interim head coach, but the pressure will increase for Rodgers to improve quickly now that he can't blame McCarthy.
Can you guess who Conan O'Brien said was the worst guest he's ever interviewed? We never would have gotten this one right, but maybe some hardcore fans of his show can figure it out.
Does anyone have a hard time believing the Church of Scientology reportedly auditioned Tom Cruise's girlfriends? Anyone?
PBS just released the first trailer for their upcoming version of Les Miserables, and we see Olivia Colman in there, so sign us up. The premiere date hasn't been announced yet, but check this out:
Whether it's released in theaters or on Netflix, we're looking forward to seeing Martin Scorsese's next movie, The Irishman, a crime drama starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel.
There's also a decent chance we'll at least take a peak at the Motley Crue biopic when it comes out on Netflix. The Dirt is expected to be released on March 22, 2019.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We've always loved, "At the End of the Day," from the Les Miserables soundtrack. It's a scathing indictment of class and gender inequality that cuts as sharply now as it did when the musical began in 1985, and it's 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 up with you again for more coffee soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.