Join Jim and Greg as they mark ten years of the 3 Martini Lunch! First they discuss two stories so bad and crazy they’re actually good. They discuss how the Democrats are planning to pack the Supreme Court and act like they had no choice because the GOP Senate filled a seat on the court just before an election. They also hammer New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for saying the CDC and FDA cannot be trusted to tell the public if a coronavirus vaccine is safe. And they reflect back on a number of highlights from the 3 Martini Lunch over the past decade.

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Doc Emrick is a legend as the voice of hockey. He could call a pond hockey match and make you believe you were watching the final game of the Stanley Cup. He has been the voice of hockey for 47 years. Hockey is a working man’s sport. There is a work ethic in hockey that […]

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An unsung sport, NCAA Fencing does not capture the headlines. A Notre Dame grad who is now in medical school has excelled in the sport. She is the first American female to be ranked number one in the world. Lee Kiefer is deadly with a foil, so deadly, she became the number one female fencer in […]

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College football is was my biggest sports addiction. Twice in two weeks, I’ve turned off a college football game. I never thought it would happen, but I did for two reasons: Fighting “social injustice” and COVID. Last weekend, I was watching football when one of those conference ads came on. I believe it was the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Fragile Legs of the National Football League

 

Ask a sports reporter about the future of the NFL (such as the way Peter Robinson asked Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal on this week’s Ricochet Podcast) and one usually gets a recitation of the latest Nielsen ratings. Yes, football dominates today’s airwaves. But that is like complimenting a paint job on an old home where the timbers in the basement are a rotting mess of leaking water and a banquet for termites. The old place has charm – but for how long?

If you don’t like the building metaphor and wish to stick with sports, the National Football League is a thoroughbred racehorse, beautiful, sleek, and very powerful and yet dependent on very fragile legs that are sometimes asked to bear up to ten times the pressure of the horse’s weight. A slight bump, an entanglement with another animal, a sharper than anticipated turn and it collapses into a fall that is over 80% fatal.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Sen. Dianne Feinstein – the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee – saying she opposes ending the legislative filibuster. Without killing the filibuster, Democrats would be unable to add seats to the Supreme Court, but is Feinstein sincere or is she just worried about touting court packing before the election? They also brace for a violent day or more in Louisville as officials announce whether police officers will face charges for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in March. And they unload on media outlets for not only beginning to attack possible Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett but for getting the story spectacularly wrong.

Join Jim and Greg as they reflect on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as well as President Trump’s reaction to the news. They also wade into the battle over whether Trump and Senate Republicans ought to press forward with a confirmation process before Election Day and counter Democrats’ insistence that doing so would somehow be unconstitutional. And they respond to the absurd overreactions of people like Barack Obama and Reza Aslan to the prospect of a new justice this year.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud the normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain and indications that Saudi Arabia may soon follow suit. They also discuss the premeditated shootings of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on Saturday and why Joe Biden condemns the shooting but not the people blocking the ambulances from reaching the hospitals and chanting that they hoped the deputies died. And Jim explains why the wildfires in the western U.S. are exposing the extreme policies of some Democrats and environmental activists.

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Not wanting to steal a perfectly good conversation, I have one follow-up: @kedavis observed that women often use a dismissive “huh” when they hear something they don’t like. That made me start thinking what other phrases were more prevalent on the distaff side, or which men tended to misunderstand. Preview Open

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. NFL Honors Woman’s Abuser, Disdain Murdered Police

 

arm in arm cowboysThe NFL has joined the rest of corporate America in siding with the Marxist left. The NFL is choosing to make heroes out of villains, while making heroes into villains. You can see it by what is and is not written on their helmets. Consider 2016 in Dallas and 2020 in New Orleans.

In 2016, Barack Obama’s poisoning of Americans against each other culminated in the murder of five Dallas police officers and the wounding of nine other police officers by a hate-fueled man who wanted to kill white people, especially police, during a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas. President Obama knew he had to do damage control before the election, so he showed up for a memorial service. Yet, he just could not help himself, blaming the police and America and defending Black Lives Matter and the whole systemic racism narrative.

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The sports season, that is. Now, I caveat this post with the admission that I don’t care a lick about sports. I’m not interested in any football, baseball, basketball, or anything like that. I don’t follow any teams. I do not, so to speak, have a dog in this fight. My proposal is this: How […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer numbers in Florida showing Hispanic voters leaning toward President Trump and the GOP much more than four years ago. They also roll their eyes at the media’s fluffy coverage of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and Jim explains just how light Biden’s campaign schedule is compared to previous nominees. And in another stellar moment for “The Atlantic,” columnist Jemele Hill publicly to vows to lie about country singer Travis Tritt because he blocked her on Twitter.

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The Notre Dame football program has joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2020 season. They will be eligible to play for the ACC championship. Covid-19 turned the college football season upside-down. ND has played as an Independent so the decision to join the ACC is something new for ND. The ACC and ND had […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Rest in Peace, Tom Terrific

 

I just heard the sad news that Tom Seaver died today at 75 from complications of Lewy Body Dementia and COVID. I know that there are many on Ricochet of my age who grew up in New York when Tom Seaver and the ’69 Mets performed the improbable and won the World Series. Even in Catholic school we were allowed to watch the World Series on TV. He was a gentleman, an electrifying player, “The Franchise” and a very handsome man. My preteen cousins and I adored him. When I was in my thirties and living in California, Tom Seaver came to my University during a promotional tour for a museum exhibit on baseball. A colleague called me and said we had to go see him because he was going to throw batting practice to some lucky fans. We played hooky from work and went to the ball field and put our names into the lottery. I nearly fainted when my name was called and tried to get my friend to go instead. But he said no, so I went up to the batters box-the first woman called. He had been lobbing pitches to the previous hitters but I guess he thought it would be funny to throw a fastball to a woman. After some flirty banter, he threw a fastball over the plate. Unbeknownst to him only a few weeks before I had gone to the batting cages with my brothers and for the first time selected fastballs instead of softball throws. So I had figured out you had to start swinging as soon as the ball was released. I missed but he said “Nice swing”. He threw another and I hit a foul ball. I started to walk away and he said “You’re not done yet”. He threw another and I hit a single to right field! I was so thrilled! I went back to the lab to tell everyone, but no one had heard of Tom Seaver. So I went out to the payphone and called everyone I knew in NY until I got hold of one of my relatives. I still tell everyone that I hit a single off of Tom Seaver!

As was all of New York, I was heartbroken to learn that he was suffering from dementia. And now he is gone and I know all who remembered those heady days of New York baseball are mourning with me. Rest in Peace, Tom Seaver.

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There are no rules in a riot. After close to a hundred nights of mindless violence, police overtime, stress, and taking both verbal and physical abuse one PPB officer played a little catch-up. Please call me for jury duty when the Woke Multnomah County DA decides to prosecute this officer. Preview Open

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Join Jim and Greg as they discuss how the RNC was smart to move away from wall-to-wall speeches politicians and showcase how policies are working in the lives of American citizens and how socialist and communist policies have devastated other nations. They also point out that Joe Biden’s belated plea for peaceful protesting fell on deaf ears as rioters ravaged Minneapolis over the false rumor that a murder suspect had been killed by police. And they wonder what the next step will be after NBA players refuse to play in playoff games over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin

Join Jim and Greg as they lament the Big Ten Conference reportedly cancelling the 2020 college football season and that puts every other conference on the brink as well. They also unload on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as rioters vandalize and loot along the city’s Magnificent Mile and attack and injure more than a dozen police officers. And they discuss former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown publicly urging former mistress Kamala Harris to decline the opportunity to be Joe Biden’s running mate.

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I was really looking forward to football season this year, especially college football. Now I’m not so sure, wondering which schools will allow social justice messaging to be including in the pregame activities, or with kneeling for the Anthem. However, it seems some of the players aren’t looking forward to it either: https://www.foxnews.com/sports/lsu-players-difficulties-new-face-shields-helmets Preview Open

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the sanity of Attorney General Bill Barr in the face of congressional Democrats who refuse to acknowledge the violence and destruction in the streets, much less do anything about it. They also enjoy hearing how Sen. Kamala Harris may have damaged her chance of being Joe Biden’s running mate. And they get a kick out of the tone-deaf rich people complaining to the New York Times about having to ride out the pandemic at their summer homes in the Hamptons.