by John Walters*
*Yesterday’s COVID-19 death total was 2,597, the second-highest single-day death total since the pandemic began. There was a time when if that many Americans died in a single day from a single event we’d declare a “War on Terror.”
Want to see the worst moment of Kirk Herbstreit’s career? Here it is:
Herbie goes full “people are saying” on this one. Here are all the ways it was wrong:
- Herbie is a former Ohio State team captain and quarterback. He already must fight the “biased against Michigan” narrative daily and now he’s just given that camp nightmare fuel for the remainder of his career.
- He correlates the idea that Michigan could opt out of The Game with anonymous hearsay. Have the Wolverines opted out of a game yet? No.
- He fails to disclose—though most savvy viewers are aware—that in terms of his second point, what he’s “hearing from coaches,” that he’s basically being a mouth piece for Clemson’s Dabo Swinney… who just happens to coach two of his three sons.
- He’s throwing out a serious allegation—that some coaches are cowards—and basing it on hearsay from anonymous “coaches” (how many and how widespread?) who all have their own agendas, too. It’s like talking to the parents of the kids who didn’t make the high school soccer team and asking them to assess the character of the parents of the kids who did make the team.
- Bottom line, this is a serious allegation: that teams are using the pandemic to get out of playing games. Unless you have some evidence, might not wanna throw that Molotov cocktail into the discussion.
Herbstreit did take to Twitter to apologize immediately after the broadcast (not that this will change a single Michigan fan’s mind). It’s been, at best, an interesting season for him. It feels as if he may want to opt out for a weekend.
Rage Against The Vaccine
This is simply amazing. That’s charlatan preacher Kenneth Copeland accompanied by some delicious death-metal licks.
Rage Against The Obscene
There are plenty of monument bases in Georgia with no statues atop them due to Civil War and Confederate “statesmen” having been toppled by common sense. So maybe someone might want to sculpt one of this gentleman, Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s Voting System Implementation Manager.
Sterling, on his Twitter feed, identifies as a conservative, by the way.
Finally, someone with a pair stands up to the Tantrump.
Pardon My Tyke
From this morning’s New York Times:
President Trump has discussed with advisers whether to grant pre-emptive pardons to his children, to his son-in-law and to his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, and talked with Mr. Giuliani about pardoning him as recently as last week, according to two people briefed on the matter.
The ol’ pre-emptive pardon! There’s a lot of pre-emptive active in this morning’s MH, no?
Perhaps Tiffany should wear it as a badge of honor that she was not included on the list. Nothing says “I’m Guilty!” quite like President Trump attempting to pardon you.
Beat Your Palau Shares…
With an emphasis on Sustainability, Community and Diversity, Lonely Planet has released its Best In Travel in 2021. Which, alas, is not simply a list of places to (wishful thinking, particularly in a pandemic) to go. A few places it did name, though:
–the islands of Palau
–Youngstown, Ohio (not really but wouldn’t that be funny?)