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The Spectacle Blog
On Memorial Day, the Philadelphia Phillies were no-hit by Dodgers hurler Josh Beckett.
On Labor Day, the Phillies were on the right side of a no-hitter as Cole Hamels and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combined on a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. Phillies manager pinch hit for Hamels in the seventh inning after Hamels threw 108 pitches in 100 degree heat.
The combined no-hitter is the fourth of the 2014 season. Beckett, Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum have tossed the other three no-nos. It's the first combined no-hitter since 2012 when Seattle Mariners pitcher Kevin Millwood and four relievers no-hit the Dodgers.
Today was a good day for the Phillies in a season where there hasn't been a lot of them. The Phillies are in last place in the NL East, 15 games back of the Washington Nationals.
After less than two years at the helm of the Houston Astros, Bo Porter has been fired as the team's manager.
Although the Astros were 59-79 under Porter this season, it was an improvement over 2013 when the Astros had only 51 wins.
Unfortunately for Porter, he did not get along with Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and team owner Jim Crane backed Luhnow.
Porter has been replaced on an interim basis by Astros minor league instructor Tom Lawless. Baseball fans will remember Lawless as a light hitting infielder who took Frank Viola deep in the 1987 World Series with a bat flip to boot. Lawless only hit two other HRs in a near decade long career. Can Lawless make the case to be Porter's full-time replacement?
The Oakland A's have acquired DH-1B Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanborn.
The A's desperately need offense. They haven't been the same since they dealt Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox and have lost 14 of their last 20 including a four game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels who now have a five game lead in the AL West.
So Homer Simpson and Mike Tyson challenged Donald Trump to take the ice bucket challenge.
Now, in typical Trump style, The Donald has taken the challenge.
Yes, you read that right. Take a look right here and you will see Donald Trump get dumped on — hair and all — by Miss Universe and Miss USA.
But not before challenging… yes… President Obama.
That’s right. Sitting there atop Trump Tower, hair combed and looking Trumpish, The Donald gets soaked with ice and a couple bottles of Trump Ice Natural Spring Water.
But not before challenging the President of the United States to man up and take the ALS ice bucket challenge himself.
Over to you, Mr. President.
I am on vacation in my home and native land. Currently I am in Toronto and tomorrow I will travel to Ottawa where my grandmother will be celebrating her 95th birthday later this week.
The biggest story in Canada right now is the merger between Burger King and Tim Horton's with BK picking up stakes and moving its headquarters to Oakville, Ontario which is about 20 miles from Toronto. For those unfamiliar with Tim Horton's, it is to Canada what Dunkin Donuts is to this country, especially in Massachusetts. Indeed, when Canadian troops were in Afghanistan, a Tim Horton's opened in Kandahar province before closing in 2011 when Canadian troops began their withdrawal.
Over the years, I have seen fit to criticize New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica on numerous occasions be it his criticisms of the Tea Party, opposition to Obamacare, Sarah Palin, and a backhanded compliment to former President George H.W. Bush.
But today I am in 100% agreement with him. Lupica is plain teed off at President Obama for playing golf after making his statement about the beheading of James Foley by ISIS. It's not as devastating as Matthew Continetti's takedown at the Washington Free Beacon, but coming from a liberal like Lupica it will leave a mark:
Earlier this week, ISIS beheads American photojournalist James Foley.
ISIS has threatened to kill journalist Stephen Joel Sotloff.
Hamas is threatening to execute more "collaborators".
So what's the difference between ISIS & Hamas?
Hamas has the support of the Obama Administration.
A grand jury has convened to determine what charges, if any, will be brought against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown earlier this month.
Over at The New Republic, Yishai Schwartz argues that a conviction against Wilson is impossible because of Missouri's self defense laws:
No comment from me. Just watch.