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News Roundup – Cuba, Katie, New Jersey Water

President Obama is in Cuba. Yep, Cuba. I think that this is a good thing. Not talking with Cuba really has done nothing to destabilize its government in over 50 years. Let’s try to bring them into the 21st century.

Kate Couric bought a $12 million condo in New York. Look, I’m happy for her, but $12 million for 4000 sq ft? Couldn’t she have spent a million dollars and gotten something really nice in Virginia? Maybe fly back and forth? I’m just askin’.

What has happened in Flint, Michigan is a tragedy. This type of travesty should never happen in the United States. Ever. It looks as if other folks have water issues, like New Jersey. 80 carcinogens were found in New Jersey’s water supply. That’s not good.

A terror suspect has been found. Salah Abdeslam was captured in Belgium. He was wanted in the Paris attacks.

Clinton folks are going to paint Trump as unfit for the presidency. I think that this strategy is too weak. Trump needs to be painted as dangerous, undisciplined and crazy.

Another violent outburst at a Trump rally.

NCAA – Sweet 16!!!

Congratulations to Jason Day for winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Days sinks a putt on the 72nd hole for the win. It was a gutsy performance.

The Greatness of Basketball (Update)

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I don’t watch as much basketball as I used to in college. In college, if basketball was on TV I was watching. Well, things have changed. I’m older. I no longer have the delusion that I could really play with many of the great college and professional basketball players.

The greatness of basketball is that it is really all about managing chaos. Five-on-five is chaos and confusion. I don’t care how great the play that is drawn up on the sideline – most of these plays will break down. Then what? Basketball is about limiting turnovers. This means that you and four teammates need to be on the same page.

Basketball is about crisp outlet passes. It is about speedy athletes fulling the lanes with the hope that an easy bucket is coming their way. It is equally about the defense hustling back to stop the ball and prevent those guys from fulling those lanes.

If you are a basketball fan this is the best time of year. The NBA is finally playing meaningful games. The NCAA’s March Madness is now in full swing. Louisville verses Kentucky. It doesn’t get any better than that!!!

Update: Most of the time when you have a game like Kentucky and Louisville, it never lives up to the hype. Ladies and gentlemen, this was basketball at its best. Both teams played very, very well. It was one of the most enjoyable games that I have seen in a long, long time. Oh, BTW, there were several other really great games on the same night. The UConn – Iowa State game was fantastic also. GREAT basketball.

Update II: Let’s remember that March Madness is also all about money. I’m not talking about a little bit money, a ┬ámillion dollars or so. I’m talking about BIG money. Billions of dollars. The one thing that I find very depressing is that everyone is making money except the players. The NCAA is making money. The networks are making money. The coaches are making money. The players ain’t. The vast majority of the players who are entertaining you and me aren’t going to be moving on to the NBA. For the most part, this is it. They move on and become average Americans. (And don’t get me started on the video games in which the NCAA have won the right to use the likenesses of the players without any compensation. That’s just crazy.)

Grab bag – Sunday Night

  • Celtics are playing great basketball. They are on the boards and they are making their shots. Kobe is shooting lights out, but the rest of the team seems to be in wonderland. It is midway through the 3rd quarter.
  • Something smells rotten in the SC elections.
  • Barbara Bush, daughter of the former president, thinks that healthcare is a right. Hey, she has her own thoughts. I’m proud of her. (I wonder if Liz Cheney will put her in a headlock until she says insurance companies are good.)
  • Boehner is changing his tune on whether or not BP should pay for the spill.
  • Rand Paul isn’t Board Certified. That’s interesting.