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As near as I can recall, I achieved sports-consciousness in the ambit of Chicago back in the ’60s, so had accepted the truism that ‘winning isn’t everything’ but with a different corollary than that attributed to Lombardy, just ‘Winning Isn’t.’ The things to celebrate were instances of excellence: Kessinger-Beckert-Banks, for example. Never mind the adverse […]

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Confessions of a Befuddled Sports Observer

 

Fortunately, I missed blow-by-blow accounts of House Republicans’ self-destruction, though leftist gloating continues to linger in the air like a bad smell, regardless of efforts to squeegee politics out of one’s life for a long weekend. Instead, I traveled to a nearby State in the Midwest to attend several sports events that highlighted my granddaughters’ skills in soccer and swimming. At this point, it is perhaps advisable to disguise true identities here, for their sakes as well as mine. All I’ll say about the State in question is that it consists of a pair of peninsulas, one of which looks like a mitten and hosts one of the most wretched cities in the country, laid waste by several generations of Democrats at the helm, producing wreckage pretty much equivalent to what B-29s did to Tokyo in 1945.

Okay, I exaggerated, so let’s talk about the soccer teams. Let’s call one the Sesame Street Hushpuppies and the other, an Amish team known as the Fighting Pacifists. But don’t let these names mislead you; they certainly know how to play soccer. It’s just the game itself that remains a puzzle to me.

For instance, at unpredictable times for incomprehensible reasons, a referee would blow a whistle, whereupon all the players would reformat and start over again. I asked someone what the problem was, and he lifted his umbrella and said that one team was “off-sides.” After he explained what that meant, I was incredulous, because being “off-sides” struck me as the whole point of the game. That is, if you wanted to score goals, which didn’t take place during the first half. Not that they didn’t try, with efforts that involved kicking, running, bouncing the ball off your head, tumbling, and in this rainy weather, lots of slipping and sliding. In fact, the smoothest maneuver I’d ever seen—which I think was intentional—involved one of the players hydroplaning feet first across the slick grass and undercutting a pair of opposing players at the ankles, propelling them both out of bounds and out of the way. No whistle sounded. I asked another grandparent if this was legal; he just shrugged.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the latest revelations surrounding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and breathe a sigh of relief that he’s already gone.  They also lament FBI Director James Comey’s admission that there is no longer any such thing as “absolute privacy” anymore.  And they discuss Pres. Trump’s decision to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be U.S. Ambassador to Russia.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to Howard Dean saying pro-life people have no home in the Democratic Party.  They also wince as Republicans are divided about how to overhaul Obamacare and leaders suggest any opposition to the current bill is tantamount to supporting Obamacare.  And they discuss how ESPN’s political agenda had led to a subscriptions free fall and the need to eliminate $100 million in on-air personnel.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the FBI for arresting a man in connection to threats made against Jewish Community Centers and other institutions, and the suspect might surprise you.  They also get a kick out of Colin Kaepernick suddenly ending his national protests now that he needs a job.  And they unload on Rep. Cedric Richmond for his horrible comments about KellyAnne Conway and for stating that Trump is not his president.

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Just mailin’ this one in. Just readin’ stuff off the Internet. Well, from books too; atlases even; I gotta add some value! But I have no plans to visit Liberia. The closest I might ever get is Guinea-Bissau, but even that is unlikely. This year at least, my travel plans are all family-oriented, though history […]

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With the Oscars over I thought I’d recommend a documentary film that was not involved, but that some Ricochet members might find interesting – Senna. After compiling and editing countless hours of video and audio the film was released in 2011. The affection for Ayrton Senna and the desire to have something in his memory drove […]

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and David French of National Review applaud the Trump administration for rescinding Pres. Obama’s demand that all public schools embrace transgender accommodation and leaving the issue to states or local school districts.  They also slam the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for ruling that any gun can be banned if it’s “useful for military service.”  And David vents about the one of the worst trades in NBA history.

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Did anyone see this? I don’t know whose idiot idea this was but if they institute this in the majors I am done with baseball! I don’t want to speed up the game! That’s why I love baseball. No clock. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/report-mlb-testing-a-new-radical-extra-inning-rule-in-rookie-ball-to-shorten-games/ Preview Open

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 7, 2017 it’s the Belichick, Brady and Trump edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by our newest sponsor (we are excited) The Great Courses Plus. They have over 8,000 video lectures on a wide assortment of topics. Learn something new today! And we are brought to you by ZipRecruiter.com. Find the right candidates for the jobs you have to offer, fast!

Well, sorry to the rest of the country, but up here in Boston there is one thing on our minds. The Pats have won again! The Duck Boats will soon be rolling! It’s a victory so exciting that we can’t remember when we have…er,…felt this good…before??? Ooohhhh yeah! Last November it was! Did you watch the game? Any Patriots haters out there?

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have all bad news, starting with a federal judge putting a hold on Pres. Trump’s immigration order without citing any law or constitutional provision and Trump’s subsequent tweets attacking the judicial system.  We also blast Trump for his moral equivalence in dismissing Vladimir Putin as a killer by saying America’s done a lot of bad things too.  And we discuss and debate whether the slower GOP strategy on Obamacare and tax reform is responsible leadership or letting a golden opportunity slip away.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer French security for shooting a would-be terrorist outside the Louvre.  They also discuss Kellyanne Conway’s “Bowling Green Massacre” moment, her decision to slam the media when correcting her mistake, and the media for focusing more on her mistake than her point that refugees in the U.S. were trying to kill Americans.  They unload on former Labor Secretary Robert Reich for suggesting, without any facts, that the Berkeley rioters were conservatives.  And they offer their Superbowl predictions and preferences.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss President Trump’s firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to defend his executive order.  They also groan as former President Obama injects himself into politics just 10 days after leaving office.  And they defend Tom Brady against the SJW sports media demanding Brady explain where he supports and opposes Trump.

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In a hastily called press conference this morning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league will determine after today’s second Conference Championship Game which statistical category will be used to determine the opponents for Super Bowl LI. Almost immediately Peter King from Sports Illustrated shouted out from the back the room, “Isn’t it supposed […]

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