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  1. I just binged watch the hell out of HBO's Succession and loved it. It's a story about a billionaire media mogul (think Rupert Murdoch) and the politics of his family as they angle to replace him after his retirement. Normally I wouldn't be too into a show about billionaires. Typically they features a bunch of Type A, cunning white men who have "earned" their money. Not Succession, it's a dark comedy portrayal of white privileged at its highest levels. It shows that, if you have enough money (which skews white) it doesn't matter how stupid, how drug addicted, how much of a criminal you are the system won't let you fail. It also does a great job of showing how they take it for granted. You keep wanting them to get their comeuppance, but the show makes it clear that the difference between success and "failure" for these people is the difference between having billions of dollars and tens of millions.
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    NFL Thread

    Reminds me of one of my favorite bad weather games. It was twenty seconds away from going into overtime 0-0. ETA I watched Saints/Bears Sunday and they showed an aerial shot of the city covered by a low cloud layer where only the tallest skyscrapers were visible. That reminded me of another great weather game. The Fog Bowl. I still remember I sideline shot of a player coming out of the fog, running past the camera and disappearing into the fog.
  3. xaxat

    MLB Thread

    I know McCann's got history and won a ring with the team, but they really should have given the game one first pitch to the best athlete on the face of the planet.
  4. He did. And you could tell that Joe realized it when he tried to joke his way out of the interview and Coons did not say a single word.
  5. One thing they use the bunker for is to avoid interviews that require them to engage in conversation at a level more sophisticated than DC cocktail party chatter. They hand it over to Willie, Lemire or the panel in DC/NY and disappear. Today, during the interview with David Shulkin, Mika managed to misstate the name of his new book and then they were gone until the close. Joe and Mika to Senator Coons: Hunter Biden. . . Hunter Biden. . . Hunter Biden. . . Coons: It was a mistake in judgement, but there is no comparison to the outright corruption occurring in this administration. Joe and Mika: No, there's no comparison at all, but Hunter Biden. . . Hunter Biden. . . Hunter Biden.
  6. You know how sometimes you are walking down a crowded sidewalk and someone is headed right at you and it becomes a game of chicken? I did that with Newt Gingrich back in the nineties. We both blinked.
  7. I forgot to mention another annoyance from this (last?) week. Joe had a speech about how this Congress was the most diverse ever. You can thank the Democrats for that Joe. It's not a bipartisan effort.
  8. xaxat

    MLB Thread

    Wow, MLB is going to take over operations of the minor leagues. And it looks like a lot of teams will be shut down. I think it's going to get pretty Darwinian as cities and towns fight to keep, or steal, franchises.
  9. Yesterday I wrote that I gave Joe and Mika a pass on how they handled their discussion of Elijah Cummings death. Today, Mika cited an article she wrote about their relationship while promoting her KYV site. I was wrong.
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    MLB Thread

    Fox had a pre-game segment showing a graffiti artist spray painting a truck with a Bronx Bombers theme with the Manhattan skyline in the background. I'm pretty sure it was filmed in Queens, home of the Mets.
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    MLB Thread

    It's good to see Big Papi active again.
  12. xaxat

    NFL Thread

    So I guess Michael Irvin is saying the Cowboys should sign Antonio Brown. Please let this happen.
  13. I'm going to give Joe and Mika a pass. It sounds like Cummings was a genuine friend and I can see it being difficult separating their memories of their personal relationship from discussion about his public career. Barnicle really annoyed me when he went on a long winded soliloquy about how the sons and daughters of the heartland, states like Ohio and Michigan, serving in the military would be put in harms way be Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria. Members of my extended family have served in every branch of the military except the Marines. None of them were from the "heartland". Members of our military come from all states and territories of the United States and they share the challenges of service equally. I am so tired of this fixation with the Midwest as somehow representing "true" America.
  14. Yeah, but I'm guessing you don't have a cable TV show where you have spent years with Mike Barnicle publicly professing your lifelong love of the Red Sox. 😉
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