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Wednesday Clutter: Speaker Pelosi, Alex Jones, Wall Street, David Ortiz, Antonio Brown, Doctor Who, Eddie Van Halen, and more

Hi folks,

Welcome back!  How are you?  Sorry we couldn't connect yesterday.  It was the anniversary of Mom Clutter's death, and I needed some downtime.  Still went to the bookstore, but there was nothing new for BDH and Little Buddha.  They just finished their Lucifer books, so I was disappointed to come up empty, but they said not to worry about it.  They're okay with taking a short reading break, and they are still supposed to get something in the mail this month, so hopefully that will arrive soon. 

In the meantime, the guys say we're about to start another cold spell, so they want to make sure you all bundle up before you go outside today. These two are always looking out for others.  They also made you coffee, because that's just how they roll.  There's a fresh pot on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that she's running for re-election, but she did not say whether or not she'd seek another term the leader of the House Democrats.  We have all of the respect in the world for Speaker Pelosi.  She's navigated some remarkable wins as the leader of the House, and she's repeatedly demonstrated a strong backbone than many of her male counterparts over the years.  However, House Democrats need a generational change of leadership to provide a new perspective on how to address the problems facing this country.  We wish Speaker Pelosi the best in her quest for another term in office, but hopefully next year will see the launch of a new era.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said he testified in front of the January 6 House select committee and pleaded the 5th "almost 100 times."  Our bet is that the actual number is higher.  Jones claimed he did it so often because he wanted to be honest about everything, but didn't want the committee to twist his words.  Translation:  The man is looking at a high legal exposure for his role in the assault on the U.S. government and doesn't want to be held accountable for it.

The 400 million free N95 masks the Biden administration promised last week are starting to arrive in pharmacies and grocery stores.  Looks like we'll be adding a trip to CVS to the to-do list.

Stocks continue to struggle in 2022:  The S&P 500 fell 1.22% yesterday, as investors still worry about rising interest rates, strong inflation, and now the possibility of war in Ukraine.  We asked the Clutter team if their perspective has changed yet.  They point out that while the downturn isn't fun, the S&P 500 still hasn't even reached a correction.  (That's defined as a 10% drop from the 52-week high.)  The index is down 8.6% for the year and is still in the top half of its 52-week range.  The team points out that the market is overdue for a correction more than anything, and the staff still thinks everything is expensive anyway.  They remain comfortable with the long-term picture, and they want to watch TV with BDH and Little Buddha in the meantime.

As the publishers of the Big Papi News Desk back in the day, it gives us great pleasure to say congratulations to David Ortiz on being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday!  The Boston Red Sox legend was the sole inductee by the baseball writers, (that doesn't include the group previously chosen by the era committees), and he received 77.9% of the votes cast this year.  The threshold is 75%, and we remain adamant that he should have been unanimous, but we'll let that go for now.  Ortiz is not only one of the biggest stars in Boston Red Sox history, he's one of the biggest names in the history of the city.  He defined clutch hitting, was a constant threat at the plate (541 home runs, 632 doubles, and a .286 batting average), and he was an amazing ambassador for the sport. 

David Ortiz helped transform what it means to be a Red Sox fan by being part of part of three World Champion teams.  No longer would we have to worry about seeing a World Series in during our lifetimes.  Of course, he forever earned the love of New England with his "This is our fucking city!" speech after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.  It was our good luck and great fortune to be able to watch him play for 16 amazing seasons.  Boston will forever be his city, and now he'll be rightly included with the other greats of the sport in the Hall of Fame this summer.  The Red Sox have had many great players over the years, with many more to come in the future, but there will always only be one Big Papi.

David Ortiz January 26 2022An icon.  (pic via cnn.com)

In other news, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly considered the favorites to sign highly-touted Japanese free agent outfielder Seiya Suzuki once the lockout finally ends (whenever that happens.)  The Sox could use a little more pop in their lineup, and Suzuki hit .317 with 38 home runs and 88 RBI last year, so he seems to fit the bill.  This sounds exciting if it's correct, but we will want to hear more about the terms of the contract.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is leaving after 16 years with the team.  Payton, who still has three years on his contract, said he simply wants to try something new, although he might come back to coaching at a later point.  Perhaps he decided being the coach isn't as much fun without Drew Brees as his quarterback.

Former wide receiver Antonio Brown now says he's considering filing a defamation lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.   Brown argues that the team painted him as mentally unstable, and that could affect his future career prospects.  Here's the thing:  It could well be that every accusation he's making against the organization is true.  NFL teams aren't exactly the paragons of virtue.  However, any legal challenge would bring up the player's long history of problems with multiple teams, and presumably his own legal issues.  His credibility is nil.  If he does actually go through with this, it's easy to see the Bucs paying him off with a confidential settlement to make him finally go away for good.

There's a crazy rumor circulating about the identity of the 14th Doctor on Doctor Who.  The idea is that Clutter favorite/ 10th Doctor David Tennant would return for a handful of episodes as a new character in 2023, before the 15th Doctor begins in 2024.  It would be a fantastic way to ramp up a new level of interest in the Time Lord, and there is precedent in the lead actors playing other roles on the show (see 6th Doctor Colin Baker and 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi.)  However, our money says returning showrunner Russell T. Davies won't want to start his second era in charge with a nostalgia trip.  Of course, current Doctor Jodie Whittaker still has two more episodes left before she regenerates this fall, so there's plenty of time for this, and any other rumors, to keep people entertained until then.

Assuming this doesn't happen on TV, there's still always the potential for another Big Finish audio adventure down the road.

Hey Office fans - Jim and Michael are reuniting!  Steve Carrell has joined the cast of John Krasinski's new movie, If, which comes out in November 2023.

We want to wish a happy birthday to the late Eddie Van Halen, who would have turned 67 years old today.  It still feels surreal that he's not here to make more new music, but we remain so appreciative for the years of happiness he brought us over the course of his career.

Singer Damon Blur somehow seems to think he's the victim after being shredded for criticizing Taylor Swift's songwriting.  One of these two is a major force in music, and the other one seems to feel he needed to do something drastic to try to stay relevant. 

Ted Nugent apparently keeps himself busy by posting fake articles about the pandemic.  Guess the guitarist has either run out of musical ideas, or no one wants to pay to listen to him anymore.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Eddie Van Halen and company close things out for us with, "Unchained" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  There are no new "One Chicago" shows tonight, but BDH and Little Buddha say you're still welcome to come back later if you want to see what else is on TV.  Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, stay warm, and we'll catch up with you again soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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