Tweet-Life People (Whoa-Oh-Ohhhhh!)

by John Walters

Tom After Tom*

*The judges will also accept “The Bucs Don’t Stop Here” or “Back To The Pewter”

In the first NFC Championship Game between two Bay teams (with “Bay” in the names, as opposed to San Francisco Bay), Tampa prevails over Green, 31-26.

Yes, 43 year-old Tom Brady threw three interceptions, but the Bucs won. He’s headed to his 10th Super Bowl to be played in his team’s home stadium (for the first time in Super Bowl history).

The Quiet Superstar

We fans always overlooked Henry Aaron, who died over the weekend at age 86, somewhat. Willie Mays was the “Say Hey” Kid. Mickey Mantle was baseball. Sandy Koufax was the brilliant comet, the brightest star in the game who did not stay too long. Bob Gibson? The ultimate intimidator.

When I was growing up and becoming obsessed with baseball, I did notice that while Henry Aaron never seemed to be painted with those same brushstrokes of legend, it was he who was the game’s all-time leader in both home runs and RBI. And those were, and remain, pretty significant baseball metrics.

He remains the game’s all-time leader in RBI (2,297….Albert Pujols is 197 away) and as far as we’re concerned, in HR, too (715). I met him when I was eight or nine at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, N.J., when my parents took me for an autograph signing. If there’s a photo (or autograph) anywhere, I have no idea where it is. Stupid me.

Look Who’s Talking Now

In the past four days White House coronavirus experts Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx (the latter of whom is retiring) have vented about how deceitful the former administration was. This is news to no one whose TV does not have Fox News or OAN or NewsMax on its Last Channel button.

I’m not sure why anyone would be hailing either of them for these sudden fits of candor. Why didn’t either of them have the temerity to speak up when 45 was in charge? And what would have happened had he won the election?

Let’s remember something: either of them could have resigned and come clean with the American public. Neither of them did. They were accomplices, even if they like to think of themselves as conscientious objectors.

Dublin Down

In Abu Dhabi, capitol of the United Arab Emirates, American Dustin Poirier gives a lesson in drilling to Irishman Conor McGregor in UFC 257. McGregor, probably the most renowned—and infamous—MMA fighter of the past decade, was dropped late in the 2nd round.

Poirier, a bayou native, weakened the swift Dublin native with leg kicks to the calf, then dropped him with a flurry of punches. McGregor, 32, may be eyeing retirement soon. He has now lost three of his last six bouts after having won 15 in a row between 2011-2015.

GameStop The Insanity

When the history of the crazy, insane year in the stock market is written (commencing around March 12, 2020, the morning after Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with COVID-19, and America began to take the coronavirus seriously), a special chapter will need to be written about the latest phenomenon, the SHORT SQUEEZE.

Look at what has happened to these three stocks in just the past two days:

GME (GameStop): From $45 to $102

BBBY (Bed, Bath & Beyond): From $26 to $42

AMC (theatres): From $2.80 to $4.60

We don’t understand all of it, but apparently a few analysts downgraded these stocks and then the finance equivalent of the capitol-storming horde together and decided to pour gobs of cash into these equities. So that the hedge funds that (foolishly) chose to short these stocks are now being pulled by the short hairs. And so they’re buying in to save themselves from utter calamity (covering your shorts by purchasing shares to offset the losses).

This is why we never short. And perhaps we’ve explained this poorly. But when you have companies that are already way overvalued as stock shooting up 50% to 100% in one day, well, stay away. Blood in the water.

2 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. In Birx’ case, yes, she was a pathetic nod-her-head with every inane utterance the Sociopath babbled & anyone paying attention realized she SOLD HER SOUL & REPUTATION to keep her job, She knew she was PART of the NAZI plan to carelessly (or intentionally) LET HALF A MILLION AMERICANS DIE of a virus that COULD have been handled with less than a quarter of those deaths & SAID NOTHING. She SAYS she ‘fought back’ internally & maybe that’s true.

    In Fauci’s case, his worst offense is that back in Feb-Apr of last year, he told the public not to bother buying & wearing masks. Was he instructed to do so by the WH? I still don’t know. However, I truly believe that he if had not kept his job & thus did important work behind the scenes (even if just giving moral support to fellow scientists to “hang on”) that American COVID deaths would be closer to 1 million right now. So his biggest “role” was to NOT publicly call Trump & his NAZI collaborators “ignorant/evil asses” & wait till a new administration took over. I guess we’ll never know what he would have done IF the Sociopath & that corrupt murderous “administration” stayed in power.

    The entire market is making me light-headed & that is NOT a good thing. Last Thursday, I sold/moved another 5-6% of my 4 largest 401-k funds to cash/bond fund. I had been planning it since the LAST move back in the summer but kept delaying this move as the markets seemed intent on going up, Up, UP. If my 401-k increases another 7%, I will move another 5%. I didn’t cry this time but it did make me a bit nauseous. I keep telling myself that it’s “insurance” & I’ll be relieved when the big “correction/crash” comes.

    Meanwhile, over on my stock account, as of today my oldest dog stock (BB) that had been deep in the red as of 12/31/20 & had been mostly been in the red for the past, ahem, 7-9 years is 55% in the GREEN! And unlike the stocks you mention above, this doesn’t seem to be a short squeeze! BB (then known as RIMM) was the 4th stock I bought & it wasn’t always a dog! Nope, within the 1st year it had tripled but ms. smartypants thought that was just the beginning & of course, did not sell. In the 2nd or 3rd year, it dropped more than 35% in one day. Ah, memories.I bought MORE when it was at its nadir because I believed in the turn-around that the company said was coming (they changed focus & got out of the smartphone market). Didn’t quite think the “turnaround” would take 8-9 YEARS but hey, better late than never. 🙂

    • Two theories.

      1. Regarding Birx. Yes she shoulders some of the blame but what happens if she and/or Fauci quit or get fired? We saw for 4 years that people were replaced with lackeys and yes people rather than those that would challenge him. Fauci became a “star” and they kept trying to hide him. Didn’t Birx roll her eyes at the Hydrochloroquine? I think Birx should have stepped up more but she saw what happened to Fauci. I’d rather he suck it up and hold the line rather than another Jared coming in.

      2. The Fauci mask thing had to do with millions of Americans running out in February to buy masks and the supply was dwindling so that the people who needed them had no access. The demand was greater than the supply.

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