by John Walters

Starting Five

Mueller Gets His Manafort

In the People vs. Donald Trump (and Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Michael Flynn, Steve Mnuchin, Corey Lewandowski, Roger Stone, Sean Spicer, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Jared Kushner, Donny, Jr., et al), the first domino falls: this morning special prosecutor Robert Mueller is expected to indict former campaign manager Manafort, a Georgetown law alum whose reputation for honesty and candor is….not impeccable.

See below…


Manafort has already surrendered. The fun part will be to see whether Manafort trades testimony for immunity.

It’s just another Mueller Monday

I wish it were Conway

What will Trump say

I-wish-I’d-never-run day….

2. Houston Marathon

Adam Bregman’s two-out single scored pinch-runner Fisher…

Let’s get the numbers out of the way first: 10 innings, 25 runs, 7 home runs (by 7 different players), 14 pitchers, and 5 hours and 17 minutes (more than twice as long as Game 1). Game 5 in Houston was an undeniable classic. Still, there have been 22 home runs (a “new” record, Leigh Torbin!) in this Fall Classic through five games. This entire World Series is corked. Or juiced. Or both.

In a game started by Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel, the Astros win 13-12. Houston rebounded from a 4-0 deficit in the fourth, while Los Angeles rebounded from a 12-9 deficit in the 9th.

But it was the bizarre moments that’ll make Game 5 live on (and admittedly, we missed much of the first half of the game): Joc Pederson‘s pausing to watch what might have been a triple but was instead a double; Charlie Taylor believing his 3rd base coach was saying “No, no” when we viewers could hear him say, “Gotta go!”; George Springer‘s rocket blast of a home run that seemed to literally explode as it landed; and an unidentified fans stealing Yasiel Puig‘s home run from the woman who caught it and tossing it back into left field.

Great stuff. Please let this go seven.

3. The NBA in October Is Drunk

Tim Hardaway, Jr., scored a season-high 24 for NYK

The Cavs are 3-4 after their third straight defeat, all to teams that are .500 or below (Brooklyn, New Orleans and New York). Golden State lost to Detroit last night and the Dubs are just 4-3. The Dubs lost their third game of the season last year on December 1 and lost their third game of the season two years ago on January 13.

By the way, MH NBA experts thought it was a terrible move for Cleveland to trade Kyrie Irving. Even an unhappy Kyrie is going to perform. Now you have a lesser team whose players likely feel strongly that LeBron has one foot out the door and is headed to L.A. Yes, it’s very early but the Cavs do not look special.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks of Porzingis and Kanter are a fun and very tall watch. They beat Cleveland by 19 in Cleveland last night. It was their first victory against the Cavs, who look extremely mortal, after 10 straight losses.

Meanwhile, the top 3 scorers in the NBA in its first fortnight are Giannis Antetokounmpo (34.7) DeMarcus Cousins and Kristaps Porzingis.

4. J.T. Was Just Terrific

This was supposed to be Penn State’s official “We’re Back!” game and, after one play, a 97-yard kickoff return, it appeared to be Saquon Barkley’s Heisman showcase. And for three quarters it was.

But then Ohio State, which is simply harder to kill for good than Jon Snow, roared back on the strength of 16 consecutive J.T. Barrett completions and a furious defensive line led by Nick Bosa, who on one play sacked both Barkley and Trace McSorley.

The Big Ten in one photo….

Results: Ohio State wins a 39-38 thriller. Penn State is now on the outside looking in for the playoff. Barkley, who finished with 44 rushing yards, suddenly looks catchable in the Heisman race (Go visit And Ohio State, which has made two of the first three CFB Playoffs and would have made all three if Urban Meyer had just handed off the damn ball to Ezekiel Elliott versus Michigan State in 2015, is alive and well. I think you’ll see the Buckeyes in the playoff, a la the 2014 season.

The MH Domin-Eight: Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State.

5. Spacey Balls

Spacey’s come on? “There’s only us/There’s only this/Forget regret/Or life is yours to miss…”

Anthony Rapp (Rent, Dazed and Confused) accuses Kevin Spacey (LA Confidential, Se7en, The Usual Suspects, House of Cards) of attempting to seduce him when Rapp was 14 in 1986. Spacey apologizes, comes out of the closet (sorry, Mr. Weinstein, THAT was the worst-kept secret in Hollywood).

So this was not “off the record, on the QT, and very hush hush.”

Music 101

Walk On Water

Look at what Jordan Catalano became! Andrea Chase, find that boy! This is Jared Leto and his band, 30 Seconds To Mars, performing their 2017 hit at the VMAs last month. Yes, it’s the song you recognize from ESPN’s college football game promos.

Remote Patrol

The Babadook


Give yourself a baseball break—you deserve one if like us you stayed up until Adam Bregman’s walk-off hit last night—and tune in to this 2014 Aussie horror flick. The acting here by the two leads—the mom, played by Essie Davis, and her son, Samuel, played by Noah Wiseman—is ridiculously sharp and haunting.

7 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. For those keeping note at home, I picked Penn State, TCU, NC State and Florida (about that….) to win on Saturday.

    Because CFB is CFB, I still like Indiana, NC State and Virginia Tech this weekend. The last of which isn’t an upset, really.

    • When you say “picked”, you don’t mean you wagered actual money? Like your rent or car payment? Hope not! I bet on sports all thru college for “pocket change”. I would have LOVED knowing someone like you then. 🙂

      • I didn’t bet any money on those games! I’m waiting for MH’s version of Cousin Sal. JW, you have to have a cousin somewhere in the Bronx.

        I do occasionally bet on sports. In fact, I had Pistons +1025 on the money line versus the Warriors last night. And Detroit actually won! I only had $1 on the game, but it will do for me.

        To be a successful sports better (for me, that is just making enough money I could then invest in either books or index funds), I feel like you must impose some rules. A few of mine include:

        – Never bet more than half the money I have in one day
        – I allow myself a three month investment window. If I lose the amount I put in at the start of the window before the next window opens, I have to wait. It forces me to use money management discipline.

        Right now, I’m trying to see how far I can go on very little money. You see a lot of people bet $500 or something to win $510, but that is far too risky for me. Instead, I do $10 games.

        Once you start putting money on games, it no longer becomes as fun to watch. At that point, it is a business and irrational fandom becomes obsolete. There is a fine psychological balance you have to walk if you venture down that path.

        To make everything come full circle, sports betting is actually how I was introduced to bitcoins.

        I bought a scratch off ticket when I turned 18. I won $10. At that moment, I told myself I’m out of the lottery game (up $10, baby!). Gambling (poker, blackjack, sports), for me, is an easy way to continue learning math. Numbers are cool. And I’m all for skin in the game.

        • I stopped betting on sports (mostly) 30 years ago, but from the ages of 10-22, I cleaned up! I started betting on sports with my Dad & Aunt (latter was PE teacher & coach for almost 50 years) when I was 10. Strictly win-lose (i.e. no points, etc). My 1st non-family sports bet was the Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs ‘match’ – I won $20 off a guy at school, which was HUUUGE back then! Trying to find willing stooges, I mean “betting partners” back then was tough as once you beat them, the guys would NEVER bet with me (gasp, a GIRL!) again & I NEVER LOST. College was easier & my betting gains kept me well-stocked with Tab & Zero Bars (all-night cramming food of geeeeniuses 😉 ) . I only lost 3 times throughout college, ALL on the damn Super Bowl!

          I have never been in a casino, except on a cruise ship (where I watched others play Roulette but did not partake myself). I have NO interest in that kind of gambling, including poker (which I find more stultifying than watching someone shoot pool). For the past 30 years, my “gambling” appetite has been satiated with stock investing (either mutual funds or individual stocks, but I don’t dabble with options – WAY too risky for me).

          Oh, but I do play the lottery. By SUBSCRIPTION, thus I limit myself on what I spend each year. I’ve been playing this one ticket (same numbers) for 23 YEARS & have NEVER even won as much as I’ve spent. It’s truly pathetic. And yet I’m convinced MY numbers will hit ANY DAY NOW so MUST keep playing. 😉 Last year, I decided to play one Mega Million ticket by subscription too & matched 4 out of 6 numbers one time! The pot at the time was over $300 million, so what do you think I won? A measly $250 but it was more than I’d ever won in a year! They’ve changed the game now, so if you match that many balls again & the Megaplier# is 5 as it was then, you’d win $1000. Just my LUCK! 😉 🙂

  2. Speaking of money, are you going to cash out on your NVDA jdubs now that you’ve doubled or let it, er, “ride”? I have no plans to sell my NVDA (now a 16-bagger for me!) but was wondering what you plan with your Scrooge McDuck cash.

    Also, how many indictments will have to come down & on whom (son-in-law? sons?) before the market crashes? Or will it take imminent impeachment?

    Hey, did you see the photo of that female cyclist passing the POTUS motorcade & giving him the finger as she went by? POSTER worthy! 🙂

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