Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Today is my buddy Jimi’s birthday… or is it? As long as I’ve known him, he said his birthday is easy to remember because it’s the day before taxes are due. So, since the tax deadline got moved back to July 15, I’m going to say his birthday is this year is July 14.

My goodness, that was a suspenseful Better Call Saul last night. It’s been a while since I’ve experienced that much suspense, the kind in which you really have no idea what’s going to happen you just kinda wish something would happen so you can stop stressing about the scene and start possibly grieving a character’s death. That Rhea Seehorn really delivered.

I’m willing to argue Anthony Mackie is the most handsome man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

WWE to resume live TV tapings after being deemed ‘essential business’ by Florida governor’s office

A Tufts University professor pondered what this pandemic would be like under a Hillary Clinton administration. Ignoring the idea if she would have done better or worse or agreeing or debating political differences, it’s fun to read some of the things he came up with.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that President Clinton had been “hysterical” to urge governors to quarantine the cities of Seattle, San Francisco and New Rochelle, N.Y. 
  • At the same time, Republicans also criticized the Clinton administration for not taking a more hawkish approach toward China, where the coronavirus outbreak originated. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, blasted Clinton’s refusal to sanction China over a lack of transparency. He also urged the House to launch a third round of impeachment hearings.
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) continued to insist to Vice President Tim Kaine that any aid package had to be revenue-neutral, arguing that Medicaid benefits would need to be trimmed to compensate small businesses in the affected areas. He also urged Kaine to zero out emission standards for U.S.-based airlines, which have suffered tremendously from the reduction in international travel.
  • McCarthy also railed against Fed Chair Janet L. Yellen’s emergency swap lines to Europe, saying, “I don’t see why we should be debasing our currency to aid European socialism.”
  • Nonetheless, coronavirus czar Ron Klain’s intrusions into interstate commerce have raised concerns. A lawsuit pending before the Supreme Court will determine whether Clinton had the authority to restrict domestic flights and car traffic on the western seaboard.
  • House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) demurred on whether he would support a third impeachment effort, suggesting that the 2020 rematch with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would supersede any impeachment effort. 
  • Trump also mocked a public service announcement by former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush advocating that those in the affected quarantine zones wear masks when they go outside.

The last one got me thinking. Any other president than President Trump would have asked the former presidents to make some sort of PSA about washing hands, that we’re all in this together, thanking those in the front lines, and to stay vigilant with social distancing. I would also think any other president would lean on the counsel of former President Carter and the Carter Center with all their work on almost eradicating the Guinea worm.  Granted, I agree that’s not an apples to apples comparison.

I watched the end of Avengers Endgame last night and I’m left wondering whatever happened to Tony Stark’s body. Is he buried in a secret location? Was he cremated? All we’re left with are some floating flowers and an old arc reactor.

Terry Bradshaw doesn’t think Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time.

“It’s hard to say. He may be the best quarterback we’ve had in the last 30 years. Is he better than [Roger] Staubach? No. Is he better than Dan Fouts? No. Dan Marino? No.

I agree with Bradshaw. I may agree Brady is the greatest quarterback of this era, but not of all time. The rules have been changed so much to protect the quarterback and increase the passing game it’s not a just comparison. And I’ll be honest, if I was a GM or coach having to build a new team in this last era, I’d probably pick Manning over Brady. Brady’s great, but he also benefitted from a great coach, and I always thought Dungy held the Colts back.

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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, April 14, 2020

  1. Ben W. says:

    Rhea Seehorn absolutely KILLED it in last night’s episode. The final 10 minutes were TV perfection. I don’t say this lightly, but Better Call Saul has entered into that same territory that Breaking Bad was in during its last two seasons. Every episode feels very…heavy…with importance for those characters. It’s not “heavy” in the sense of being slow and plodding, but rather everything the characters do, every decision they make, seems to have a weight to it, because you know there’s no light at the end of this tunnel. It’s just so superbly acted and written, we still have one full season left and I’m already going to miss it.

    • Bryan B. says:

      I was a later arriver on Breaking Bad and now Better Call Saul. I started BCS last week and I will finish season 1 tonight. I kept hearing that it was a low burn and that you need to give it time, but I’m feel exactly the opposite. I’m ready to say that I enjoy it more than Breaking Bad.

  2. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Keith, I have always admired your intellect and keen analysis, but even more so today.

    Tony Dungy! The Colts could have been so much more without him as coach, even though they got a Superbowl win (I know that sentence sounds crazy). Seemed to me that he was always in the right place, at the right time, with the right collection of coaches and players. And very little of it due to his own efforts. Sorry if that is harsh, but I feel Dungy has coasted too long on a reputation built on his days as a player.

    And Bud Grant never got his full and due credit as a great head coach. I guess life ain’t fair.

    • Geeding says:

      I always thought the Colts with Manning at QB should have at least gone to two Super Bowls. Dungy was great knows his stuff and is certainly a leader of him, but his lack of bite held him back. Without bite, he’s a HOF coach, but with a bit more bite he would have one heck of a legacy. And one could have bite and upheld Christian values, Landry did it. I can’t change him going into the Hall of Fame. I thought he got in on the fast track and now sure how that happened. I also have a belief different than the HOF selectors. I think someone should be eligible based upon their body of work, their sole contribution as “only” a player or “only” a coach shouldn’t matter, but their entire contribution to the sport should be taken into consideration. On those merits, I’d be cool with Dungy getting in, I just didn’t think he should get in only on his coaching career. My standard would have gotten Dick LeBeau in a sooner than he did. Though, I’m not sure it would have helped Bud Grant and his limited time in the NFL, but if you combine it with his CFL playing days it might.

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