by John Walters

Starting Five

Flynn de Siecle

General Mike Flynn plea hearing at 10:30 a.m. Ooooooooh! Flynn is expected to plead guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, and we can go out on a short limb and assume he traded information in order to save both himself and his namesake son more jail time. Be on the lookout, Trump son and son-in-law.

2. Tiger’s Making A Comeback

In his latest return to golf, Tiger Woods, 41, shoots a 69 in Round 1 of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. It’s his first tournament in 10 months and his first round in the 60s in more than two years.

3. To Leach His Own

Is Mike Leach coming to your ci-taaaaaaay, Knoxville? I don’t know if that will work, but it sure will be fun. A note: Leach has shone in precincts such as Lubbock and Pullman that are remote and where anything above .500 makes you a coaching god. The scrutiny and the expectations will be much, much higher with the Vols.

If you’re keeping track of the coaches Tennessee has reportedly targeted and whiffed on: Jeff Brohm, Dave Doeren, Kim Jong-Un and of course, the Schiano Man.

Update: Tennessee has fired AD John Currie and at this point I gotta be honest: I just don’t care what’s going on at Tennessee.

4. RIP, Gomer Pyle

Talented singer and gifted comic bumpkin actor Jim Nabors passes away. You may know him as the guy who informally began the Indy 500 each year by singing “Back Home Again In Indiana,” but we older folk remember him as the smiling, ineffably happy, golly gee mechanic on The Andy Griffith Show whose idiosyncratic charm landed his character its own sitcom, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. Nabors was 87 so his death is not a surprahs, suprahs, surprahs.

Note: Gomer was more of a goober than Goober (George Lindsey), who passed away in 2012 and was actually a former college football player at Northern Alabama.

5. The Aggies & The Ecstasy?

Tomorrow New Mexico State hosts South Alabama in Las Cruces with an opportunity to end the longest bowl drought—57 years—in college football. The most newsworthy bowling event in this southern New Mexico desert town since 1960 involved a mass shooting at a bowling alley in 1990 that left four dead. A documentary, titled Nightmare in Las Cruces, was made about it. The two killers have never been found or identified.

Music 101

Incense and Peppermints

Meet the Strawberry Alarm Clock, a peak psychedelia band from 1967. This tune from the L.A.-based band went to No. 1 for one week in 1967, which is no small accomplishment considering the bands they were up against at the time: Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Association, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees.

Remote Patrol

Pac-12 Championship Game

Stanford vs. USC

8 p.m. ESPN

DT Harrison Phillips is a true stud

Can Bryce Love still win the Heisman? No. Can USC still get to the college football playoff? Highly unlikely. Is this going to be an entertaining rematch? Uh-huh. The Trojans won in the second week of the season.

One thought on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. jdubs – I wrote 2 days ago how happy I was you “unloaded 80% of your TULIPS” (that’s the amount you tweeted earlier in the day)! And yes, I’m very impressed you then sold it ALL (at least for now) & made a ton of money! Whoo-hoo! Even if you do have to pay the short-term capital gains tax rate. 😉 Will you wait till early next year to buy in again? Or not till after the IMPEACHMENT of The Sociopath & imprisonment of all his henchmen? When the markets will severely “correct” if not crash.

    We will ALL now need as much money as possible for future retirement & health care since the GOP-NAZI taxconjob looks like it’s being forced thru & its real Trojan Horse agenda of course is to eradicate Medicare & Social Security. It is a bigger abomination than Trump! Our country is being systematically DESTROYED by those intent on creating a true “elite class” society – Elysium come to life!

    As for Matt Laurer & all the other male scum-bags “exposed” – I don’t think I totally expressed what I meant yesterday. 1st, the media reports I’d read by then were jumbled (was it Rio or Sochi – I saw “reports” of BOTH…) & extremely sparse on actual evidence & didn’t even reveal the accusers (unlike with all the Hollywood cases). If we truly do want to “destroy the culture that allowed male predatory behavior”, the outing of a few offenders is NOT enough. No matter how supposedly high up. You MUST destroy the power STRUCTURE that allowed, facilitated & protected this behavior all these centuries. Also, Laurer did not “cop” to everything, he specifically stated there were some untrue allegations (& he’s asking for $30 MILLION today?)

    With these accusers being unnamed, the power is taken away from their alleged “truth” AND NBC is PROTECTED! How does that change ANYTHING?

    Over the past couple months, I’ve seen various gleeful reports about how the “culture is being changed”, regarding sexual harassment/assault. Know what it’s reminding ME of? 10-13 years ago I started learning about the extent of PEDs in sports. I read quite a lot between the years 2006-2009 & was flabbergasted at how naïve I’d been. Then various “big name” athletes started being named, culminating with Lance Armstrong & we are were all led to believe (especially by the media) that ooh boy, they’ve learned the errors of their ways & they are all (well almost) now squeaky clean! HAH! Many are doping almost as much if not more than before, just with more sophisticated drugs & methods. Rule # 1 – NO person or entity will willingly give up power (or let the culture be changed in which they are the top) unless it is FORCED UPON THEM. The protection of the entities (companies, churches, schools) that allowed/facilitated this behavior guarantees NOTHING will change overall.

    Also – no RP heads up yesterday about ‘Charlie Brown’s Christmas’? I almost missed it!

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