by John Walters

Starting Five

Mother Of All Comebacks*

*The judges will also accept “Zaza Goodbye”

Down by 25 with just under 8 minutes left in the 3rd quarter of Game 1 on Mother’s Day, the Golden State Warriors mount an incredible comeback thanks mainly to Zaza Pachulia.

What did Zaza do? He inadvertently stepped under the foot of Spur star Kawhi Leonard on a three-point attempt, causing a twisted ankle (if you’ve had that happen to you, you know how painful it is). I don’t think he did it on purpose, but it changed the game and it altered the series.

The Spurs led 78-55 when Leonard went out. By the end of the quarter, they only led by 9. Also, they would shoot 0-7 from beyond the arc after Leonard, who scored 26 points in a little more than one half, departed.

Stephen Curry finished with 40 for the Dubs, who are now 46-4 in games that Steve Kerr does NOT coach in the past two years. The Dubs move to 9-0 on the postseason.

No. 2, Derek Jeter, No. 2

Listen to Derek Jeter’s speech as the Yankees retire his number, during which he admits he just happened to be standing along the first base line in Oakland that day in 2001 because he thought he spotted Neve Campbell behind the visitors dugout…and reveals that he always harbored a secret ambition to be traded to the San Diego Padres.

And if you truly cannot get enough…


3. Black-to-Black Miss USAs From D.C.

For the second year in a row, an African-American government employee representing the District of Columbia wins the Miss USA pageant. Kara McCullough, a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, succeeds Deshauna Barber, a logistics commander in the U.S. Army.

McCullough did not catch viewers eyes as much as she did their ears when asked if healthcare is a right or a privilege. She answered that it is a privilege and that the goal should be to get more people working so that they can have access to health care. And with that she was invited over to the South Lawn for a beer party.

4. Trump and Spicey: Lame

The Spicey-Trump kiss on SNL was aimed not so much at making Americans laugh (the sketch wasn’t funny and the set-up—that Spicer would travel to New York City to find his boss—had no basis in reality) as it was to infuriate the president and Flyover America. Neither Trump skit (this and the cold open) was very funny and each had the lead actor flubbing his/her lines.

Per usual this season, the show’s highlight were the Colin Jost-Michael Che jokes on “Weekend Update.” Amazon Silver Echo, with the “Uh Huh” mode, was the funniest bit on the show.

5. I’m Sure Those Off-Shore Nuclear Bomb Tests In No Way Played A Role In This

Look at the dude in the background for comparison’s sake

In Indonesia, the remains of a massive sea creature of unknown provenance (but thought to be a squid) wash up on a beach.

Music 101 

Long Train Running

Were the Doobie Brothers one of, if not THE, first American jam bands? The pre-Michael McDonald Doobs were a truly original, of-the-Seventies outfits with legendary hits: this song appears on The Captain and Me directly in front of “China Grove”: that’s quite a two-fer.

Remote Patrol

Better Call Saul

10 p.m. AMC

What is the fallout of Chuck and Jimmy’s “You can’t handle the truth!” moment last week? We had not a whiff of Mike Ehrmentraut or Gus Fring last week, so expect to see much more of them tonight?

6 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. I wasn’t able to watch the Supervillains-Spurs game but heard of the score somewhere in the early part of the 3rd Q. I was surprised, excited & most of all, HOPEFUL! By the time I got home & found out the final result….well crap.

    I also didn’t watch that pageant but heard who won on this morning’s local DC news. Besides the health question, she apparently also does not call herself a “feminist”. Guess she’d also have poo-pooed civil rights & that pesky Brown vs Board of Education decision. A SCIENTIST? Did she deny climate change too? I’d hope she’d trip on her dress & FALL FLAT ON HER FACE in the next pageant but hell, she’s already done that in this one.

  2. NVDA is a 10-bagger for me as of today! I was also going to comment that NVDA had NOT gone up by 31% this year but then I realize you are using 1/3/17 as the start date & I’m using 12/30/16 (final trading day of 2016) as the start date. NVDA is only my 9th best performer this year, even if I use your 31%. 🙂

  3. Susie B,

    If you have > 10 stocks, you basically have a mutual fund. Just sayin’… Besides, who am I to quibble with your stock-picking prowess? Still, I’m pretty fired up that MH’s lone pick should finish the year at least 50% up (I’m hoping for 100% up).

    • I have more than 40! I’ve also never put in as much in one stock as you did in NVDA. I like to “diversify”. Sometimes to my detriment (IF I had put all my original starting money in AMZN back in Nov 2008 instead of diversifying into 4 stocks, I wouldn’t be able to retire yet, but my portfolio would now be more than double. Alas.

      As for my stock picking “prowess”, one of my new stocks last year was Under Armour… On the other hand, I also invested in SWKS – up 65% since I bought. Whoo-hoo!

      And yeah, I’ll hope NVDA finishes at least 50% up too! 🙂 🙂

      • Susie B! Trim that portfolio! Lean and mean, baby. Roll the dice a little. We’re never going to get you to become MH’s angel investor if you keep diversifying that much.

  4. Speaking of squid stories, I encountered a Loch Ness-sized monster underwater while snorkeling in in the remotest reaches of Matabungkay, Philippines many moons ago. The gargantuan squid was at least the size of our catamaran. This new Indonesian discovery is undoubtedly a long-lost relative.

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