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It has been decades since I attended a sporting event, or even watched more than a few minutes of one on TV. Yet I retain interest. Not long ago, I saw an anthology of trick plays in baseball, and besides being charmed by their cleverness, I wondered if these used to be so common that […]

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Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! Grab a stool as Jim and Greg dissect good, bad, and crazy martinis today. First, while Greg laments another Ohio State win over Michigan, they love the powerful pro-life story involving OSU’s star running back. They also slam Michael Bloomberg for saying taxes on poor people are good because then […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. ‘Ford v Ferrari’: High-Octane Awesome!

 

Go see it! You won’t be disappointed. Just watch your speed departing the theater parking lot.

My only complaint: while at a Thanksgiving get-together, I mentioned that I loved this movie, some car snob, know-it-all kept talking about how it wasn’t the “real” story. Then we all had to hear the real story. Jerk.

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Thanksgiving weekend is one of the best times to watch college football. Throw the polls out the window – when rivals play, anything can happen! I’m in the StadCave, the big TV fired up for Clemson vs. USC, Michigan vs. Ohio State, and Georgia vs. Georgia Tech. Then there’s a new round of games 3:30-4:00, […]

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The Buffalo Bills made a rare Thanksgiving appearance today, playing the Cowboys in Dallas. Before the game CBS aired a segment with former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, I guess to show all the things he’s thankful for despite some setbacks in life. So in the course of this we got to see: More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Does He Want to Play?

 

Last Saturday the NFL set up a tryout for Colin Kaepernick. Recently, a few teams had shown interest in him but were afraid to bring him in for a workout. In the past, Kaepernick had sued the league, a suit that was eventually settled. Teams feared that if they brought him in for a tryout and did not sign him, he would turn around and call them racists and maybe try to sue again. So, the NFL set up a workout and invited all teams to send representatives. This way they could evaluate the QB without being singled out and possibly face a bad public relations situation.

Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016. His play then was not great, but not terrible. Today, he may not be one of the top 32 quarterbacks in America, but he likely is one of the top 64. In other words, he could at least be a back up in the NFL. I believe the most important part of this workout was not going to be his throwing or running, but the interview. His protests, not his play, are why he is out of the league. No doubt some owners would be willing to help with the causes he stands for off the field, but they want to know how he will represent their franchises on the field and in press conferences.

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I’ve been following Notre Dame football for a long time. At one time ND had about three games that were televised during the football season so I would listen to the other seven games on the radio. The season is now a 12 game season, and then the additional bowl game. ND has a national […]

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The Oklahoma Sooner football team barely survived a bad first half to win over undefeated Baylor University 34-31. They were down by 25 points in the second quarter due to two turnovers and really bad defense by OU. Jalen Hurts lost two fumbles and had two interceptions during the game but his face never showed […]

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It’s a no-filter Friday on the Three Martini Lunch. Jim and Greg start by reacting to the Roger Stone convictions before even starting their martinis. Then they shake their heads as President Trump goes on a Twitter rant against former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovonovitch while she’s testifying on Capitol Hill and Adam Schiff […]

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Is there any Democrat who won’t run for president at some point this year? Today, Jim and Greg dissect the eleventh hour campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and the message he’s sending to the other Dems in the race by launching a campaign now. They also sigh as they realize the impeachment process […]

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Jim is back! Join us for the Tuesday edition of the Three Martini Lunch as he and Greg get a kick out of candidates like Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar playing the race and gender cards against Democratic primary voters to explain why their campaigns are struggling. They also roll their eyes at reports that […]

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All good martinis yesterday, and none today. But we have three doozies for you. First, Jim and Greg discuss the new Project Veritas expose, clearly showing reporter/anchor Amy Robach blasting her bosses off air for refusing to air her story exposing Jeffrey Epstein and his powerful connections for the past three years. They blast ABC […]

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After a surprisingly brief venting about how bad their football teams are, Jim and Greg serve up three good martinis. They welcome New York Times polling showing Warren as the weakest major Democratic candidate against President Trump and an NYT editorial blasting Warren for falsely claiming that only billionaires would see higher taxes in her […]

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College Basketball is back! The regular season starts this week. In honor of that happy fact, I thought I would post something I wrote toward the end of the last season,which for whatever reason, I never posted. It is admittedly a little dated, but I think the main point stands. If you belong to one of the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Diaz Doesn’t Dope

 

Nate DiazThis is not a political story, in the party-politics sense at least. It is a story about protecting your reputation in the face of bureaucracy, modern corporate calculations, and the 24/7 cable sports and social media environment. The protagonist is one of two brothers who have fought professionally for practically their whole lives, and who are now reaching the age cruel to combat sports practitioners. In considering the latest tale of Nate Diaz, brother of Nick, we might find generally applicable lessons. In that sense, maybe you could take it as a parable for the politics of our day.

Nate Diaz officially weighs in at a very long and lean 170 pounds in the UFC. He has won 22 of his 33 professional fights. He fought his way into the UFC, out of other lower-level promotions, by winning the Ultimate Fighter 5 tournament. He is known as a working-class brawler from the rough part of town in Stockton, California, yet his victories break down 5 knockouts/ 12 submissions/ 4 decisions. That is, he is more likely to win choking or manipulating an arm until his opponent taps out, surrendering to avoid serious damage. At the same time, that mixture of wins and losses points away from ever being a fair-haired boy in the organization.

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Another day with two good martinis! Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate U.S. forces killing another top ISIS official who may have been the successor to al-Baghdadi. They’re also pleasantly surprised to see Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema frustrating party leaders for taking a moderate approach on several issues and opposing an end to […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they appreciate a more stable southern border thanks to Mexico holding up its end of the bargain on border security. They also shudder at the news that Justin Trudeau will continue as Prime Minister of Canada, even though Conservative Party candidates won more votes nationwide. And they enjoy watching Democratic […]

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David French joins us for a drink today in place of Jim, who will be back on Friday. Today, David and Greg discuss the courage of Enes Kanter, a Turkish player for the Boston Celtics. In the wake of widespread NBA cowardice on China, Kanter continues to defy the repressive Turkish government even though it […]

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