Father Time

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
23 April 2017

I. Super Arms

If only I had a dollar for every article or on/air piece over the last four years about the great young pitchers in the New York Mets organization. Meanwhile, in light of the continuing nagging injury issues they are facing, is it time to say “if only they had kept Bartolo Colon for another year?”

My dude C-Squared likes to remind his friends that Father Time is undefeated. As I think about Colon, Jamie Moyer, and Vince Carter, I would say that perhaps he has three losses…or at the very least, three draws.

II. Bye, Billo

When the news broke about the FOX “News” payouts to the accusers of the now-departed or dismissed or fired Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump was quick to come to his defense, saying he didn’t think he did anything wrong. I guess that wouldn’t be all that surprising, considering the fact that Trump has said that one can grab women by their private parts.

Since Bill O’Reilly was forced to step down as a result of multiple allegations, would Donald Trump step down if we heard more from his accusers? No, but we can dream.

III. Say What?

LaVar Ball has said his son Lonzo’s UCLA team was unable to win because they had three whites playing alongside Lonzo. Of course, it has been widely chronicled that he has also claimed Lonzo is better than Steph Curry.

I would submit that if the three whites Lonzo had played with were three who played in that Memphis-San Antonio thriller Saturday night, namely Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili – even the Ginobili that suited up that night – UCLA would have won the championship.

IV. For More MMA Training?

Grayson Allen has decided to return to Duke for his senior year, and I hope he can use that year to address certain issues that seem to emerge periodically. When he’s not tripping folks, he’s a nice player.

In a perfect world, I wish others would choose an extra year as well. Not pointing at you, De’Aaron Fox, but I’m just saying.

V. Big Chief Triangle

As a player Phil Jackson won two championship rings, and as a coach, he’s won eleven. As a GM, not so much as an appearance in a playoff game. And as a professor of economics, he seems not to have a promising future.

Not that Phil is applying for an economics professorship, but it certainly seems like he needs to brush up on the basic concepts. Obviously the price for a commodity will be high when the supply is low and demand is high. Conversely, if there is little demand for a commodity, the price a seller can get for it will not be too high. So what does this have to do with Phil Jackson?

Phil made some comments about Carmelo Anthony’s future, indicating that things had not really worked with him in NY, and therefore it may be time for him to chase a championship elsewhere. In other words, he basically devalued the person he so clearly wants to trade. That cannot help his bargaining position with potential trade partners. Of course, Carmelo’s alleged marital issues might make him want to waive his no-trade clause in order to get out of town – but then again, maybe not. Still, Phil ought to have known better than to diss a player he wants to move.

VI. PG13

On the one hand, the fact that the Indiana Pacers were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers by the lowest point differential in a four-game series would seem to say to Larry Bird and company that they are close to where they need to be. On the other hand, my sense is that they might like to find players that can mesh with Lance Stephenson, and try to move Paul George before he walks.

George for Anthony straight up?

VII. No Confidence

I so wish we could call a pop-up election like British Prime Minister Theresa May just did. Then we could register a vote of “no confidence” in this government and they would step off.

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More March Madness Musings

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
26 March 2017

I. Fake News

FOX News may be the real king of “fake news,” but U. of Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox is the real thing, as UCLA found out the other night during his 39 point performance against them. They might be asking, “why us,” given that his teammate Monk rang them up for 40-something in their earlier game against Kentucky.

Despite his advanced game, Fox has the skinniest legs I’ve ever seen on a basketball player at that level. Were I advising him in this era of “one and done,” I would suggest he do one more year with Coach Cal while he bulks up a bit.

II. He May Get There…

UCLA’s Lonzo Ball is an excellent player, and has already declared that he will forego his remaining eligibility and go into the NBA draft this June. That said, I don’t think we need to wait that long to determine that he is not the equal of Stephen Curry, at least right now, despite what his dad says.

III. Now I Can Die In Peace

…read the sign held by a die-hard New York Rangers fan upon their Stanley Cup victory in 1994, after a span of some 46 years without drinking from the Cup. It’s been half that number of years since that one.

IV. Quarterbacks Matter

If I get Colin Kaepernick’s phone number, I may just pass it on to anyone who works at Met Life Stadium. Either of the full time occupants of that building could use his services, whether as a backup (Giants) or a starter (Jets). Winning will make anyone with an issue forget about his taking a knee during the National Anthem.

Actually I wish they wouldn’t forget. The discussion he wishes to engender needs to occur.

V. For The Love of Money

If Brock Lesnar couldn’t just walk into UFC from WWE and run roughshod over the competition, what would make you think Conor McGregor can succeed against dominant champion Floyd Mayweather? What would make McGregor take his first boxing match against a champion?

Oh, yeah. $

VI. Pro-Life?

The President’s proposed budget – cutting school lunch, Sesame Street and seniors’ meals – shows once again that to many so strongly anti-abortion conservatives, “pro-life” ends after the womb.

VII. Mr. Twitter

Lucky the guy who went to NYC to stab blacks wasn’t a Mexican or a Muslim, or Donald Trump would have been tweeting about him and the incident.

March Madness

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
16 March 2017

If you don’t want to participate in our collective love of March Madness, here’s what’s going to happen:

And in the other March Madness, it’s hard to believe the Donald thought there would be a good outcome as a result of lying about President Obama. He certainly is not the sharpest knife in the drawer – especially in comparison to his predecessor.

The President Who Cried Wolf

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams

27 February 2017

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During the last few weeks I have been led to think about the fable entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” the story of a boy whose lies about an impending wolf attack on his flock of sheep led to a lack of response from the community when an actual wolf came on the scene. Shocked that no one responded to his cries for help, the boy questioned the elders, only to find that it took but two false claims of the presence of a wolf to damage his credibility…which brings us back to the present day and the President’s culture of #alternativefacts.

I. “An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”

Donald Trump peddled this lie for years.

II. “I guess it was the biggest electoral college victory since Ronald Reagan.”

No, not nearly.

1. 1988 Bush(GH) 426 Dukakis 111

2. 1996 Clinton/Gore 379 Dole 179
3. 1992 Clinton/Gore 370 Bush 168

4. 2008 Obama/Biden 365 McCain/Palin 176

5. 2012 Obama/Biden 332 Romney/Ryan 206

6. 2016 Trump/Pence 306 Clinton/Kaine 232

III. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide…”

Which he did not…

“I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Which they did not.

IV. “But God looked down and He said, ‘We’re not going to let it rain on your speech.'”

Wrong god. It rained.

V. “They will reimburse us for the cost of the wall.”

Not according to the Mexican president.

VI. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden…”

Nothing happened that night.

VII. The Media is the enemy of the people.

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…

-from the first Amendment to the Constitution.

Like the boy in the fable, President Trump runs the considerable risk of encountering a crisis and not being believed when he is actually telling the truth. That’s what is really sad.

Fact Check 1

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The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
17 February 2017

President Trump said he had the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan. This is why people question his credibility.

1984 Reagan 525 Mondale 12
1980 Reagan 489 Carter 49

1. 1988 Bush(GH) 426 Dukakis 111
2. 1996 Clinton/Gore 379 Dole 179
3. 1992 Clinton/Gore 370 Bush 168

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4. 2008 Obama/Biden 365 McCain/Palin 176
5. 2012 Obama/Biden 332 Romney/Ryan 206
6. 2016 Trump/Pence 306 Clinton/Kaine 232
7. 2004 Bush(GW) 286 Kerry 252
8. 2000 Bush(GW) 271 Gore 267

He had nowhere near the biggest win.
#alternativefacts

Send In The Clowns

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
13 February 2017

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I. FYI…

Whenever you hear Donald Trump say “Believe me” you can be almost certain he has just said something that is absolutely not to be believed.

II. Super Bowl Shuffle

When the Chicago Cubs visited the White House days before President Obama left office, someone commented that as a result of the forthcoming change in administration, they might be the last team to visit for a while. But now that the New England Patriots are once again Super Bowl champs – with the owner, head coach and star QB being friends of President Trump – that will not be the case. However, a growing number of Patriots will be skipping the event because they do not want to share the stage with him. I understand their sentiments.

Still I’m reminded of a time when I had lost my college ID, but soon found an old ID of a friend that had just graduated. Not wanting to pay whatever the fee was for replacement, I decided that it was just as easy to use his ID to flash to get into the gym. Gordon and I really didn’t resemble each other, but he was an African-American and so was I, so I figured that would be close enough – and as it turns out, I was never denied entry.

So while I understand why those that choose to skip the White House trip are doing so, I almost want to borrow one of their IDs so I could find a way to ask the President why he discriminated against Blacks seeking to rent apartments, why he hasn’t apologized for slandering the Central Park 5, and of course the birther stuff.

III. Brady as GOAT

Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback, or maybe even the greatest football player, of all time? That was definitely a great performance on Sunday, but it certainly shouldn’t be based solely on the five Super Bowl rings; if it is, does that mean that Robert Horry and Steve Kerr are among the top 10 or 15 basketball players of all time? Steve and “Big Shot Bob” hit tons of clutch shots for the various teams they won titles with, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that would rate them top 15.

Additionally, players in other sports who are great offensive players must also play on the defensive side, unless they are the DH in baseball. As a result, analysis of their greatness includes more than just their offensive prowess. But in football, players play on one side of the ball, which means that their success is totally dependent upon an entire group of other people. Tom Brady would not be in a position to win five Super Bowls and be called the greatest if the Patriots’ defense and special team units are not on point. So for me, definitively calling someone the greatest football player ever becomes extremely hard to prove.

IV. Pass The Hat

Aside from the fact that it was ludicrous for Kellyanne Conway, White House advisor, to urge people to enrich the family of the billionaire occupant of the White House, wasn’t that against the basic principles of the free market economic system that Republicans champion? Didn’t basic supply and demand, and sales performance, lead to the removal of Ivanka Trump’s line?

V. Send In The Clowns

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus is closing this year…and who would have believed it? That circus is among the things – like the Super Bowl, the World Series, and your class with the bad professor – that you figured would never end.

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I guess since Ringling Bros.’ longtime spring home, Madison Square Garden, will miss them dearly, the Knicks are trying to fill in the gap with the ejection and roughing up and “lifetime ban” of Knicks legend Charles Oakley, as well as the wind-swinging and subtle trashing of current star

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Carmelo Anthony. If you were a free agent, would you be rushing to sign with them?

VI. Court

The President tweeted SEE YOU IN COURT after the appeals court did not seek to reinstate the travel ban. Does he not realize that federal judges are from the court system? Maybe not…which might explain why he referred to the judge from Washington as a “so-called” judge.

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If he has no respect for the judiciary, he needs to find a new job…maybe in construction management, since I figure the President will cut the construction costs for his wall by using undocumented Mexicans to build it.

VII. And Tomorrow…

In the midst of so much bad news, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Help!

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
3 February 2017

I. Hurry!

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Will someone please call Commissioner Gordon and tell him to turn on the Barack signal? It’s an emergency! Make sure he tells him we need his wife.

II. Again?

It certainly seems ironic that the African-American hosts of the Today show’s 9:00am hour – Al Roker and the now departed Tamron Hall – are being bumped in favor of Megyn Kelly, who insisted (while on FOX news) that Jesus

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and Santa Claus were white.

When I got married my morning news show of choice was Good Morning America, but I soon found that my bride was a Today show person. Being the “aim to please” husband that I am, I moved to Today. Now I think it’s time for me to take another little break from Today like the one I took when Ann Curry was jerked around.

III. I Hope Not

Is it too late for President Trump to borrow Dr. Khan’s copy of the constitution?

IV. Skeptical

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If you happen to be on the fence in terms of religion, a bunch of your friendly neighborhood conservative “evangelicals” might very well be pushing you away. They have spent decades urging believers to be involved in the political process, saying that God needed to be in the houses of government. Then when Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims, mocks the disabled, and speaks of “bad hombres” in Mexico and grabbing women’s private parts, they support him. What is it about President Trump – who solicits prayer for Celebrity Apprentice ratings at the National Prayer Breakfast – that reminds them of “love thy neighbor?”

And now this week Pastor Darrell Scott States on national TV that he was contacted by gang bangers to be a conduit to the Trump administration, only to walk that back hours later. What should make me believe you from your pulpit, Pastor Scott, when you didn’t speak truthfully on TV?

V. G.O.A.T.

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When people speak of the history of the New York Yankees and the 27 championships they have won, they often characterize the Yankees as the greatest franchise of all time, by virtue of their standard of excellence over such a long time.

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So now is Serena Williams the greatest female tennis player ever?

VI. Royal Rumble

It occurs to me that the political parties in Congress are like the participants in a professional wrestling match. The Democrats are like the wrestler that wants to shake hands before the match, and follow the rules. The Republicans are like the “heel” that kicks his opponent in his privates while the ref has his head turned, and then denies doing anything wrong once confronted. After a while one has to fight fire with fire.

VII. Irony

How will it feel to be Roger Goodell if you have to hand the Super Bowl MVP trophy to the same Tom Brady you suspended for the first four games of the season?