The Spectacle Blog
When Daniel Bryan sent out a tweet yesterday afternoon indicating he was going to retire from professional wrestling, I thought it might be a work. Over the years, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) have had other "retirement announcements" only for there to be a swerve to set up a match. In fact, I retweeted Bryan's tweet with the message, "I sincerely hope there is a swerve & Daniel Bryan wrestles in ONE MORE MATCH @ WrestleMania 32."
But it was not to be. Daniel Bryan announced his retirement during the closing segment of WWE RAW which took place in Seattle (he is native of Aberdeen, Washington).
We are just hours away from the end of America's first-in-the-nation primary and you can feel the excitment in the air as we all ponder the pressing questions: will voters rescue Marco Rubio from his media narrative? Can Jeb Bush pave his way through to next Tuesday with Chris Christie fat jokes? Are there enough out-of-touch-with-reality New Englanders willing to put yet another nail into the Clinton campaign's coffin?
So many questions, so few people who care about the answers. But at least as far as the last question is concerned, well, maybe things are looking better for ol' Hillary than can reasonbly be expected. Thanks to an enterprising Hillary supporter pictured on the Jumbotron at her final New Hampshire rally, the Clinton campaign - which is rumored to be "restructuring" in response to her devastating loss in Iowa - may have a very workable new slogan: #SettleforHillary.
Recently, MoveOn.org issued a petition demanding that MSNBC suspend Chris Matthews "because of his constant shilling for Hillary Clinton."
MoveOn.org, which supports Bernie Sanders, might have a legitimate beef. Matthews wife, Kathleen, is running for Congress in Maryland and as The Daily Caller revealed this morning, many of her top donors are Hillary Clinton's top donors.
It is worth remembering that MSNBC suspended Keith Olbermann for donations he made to three Democratic candidates in the 2010 mid-term elections.
Matthews has a blatant conflict of interest. Surely, he has a vested interest in the outcome of Hillary vs. Bernie.
President Obama will be in office for another 346 days. But David Brooks misses him already:
Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss, and that I suspect we will all miss a bit, regardless of who replaces him.
I wonder why the Obama White House didn't see fit to hire Brooks. Perhaps he is more useful to them as a New York Times conservative.
As much as I loathe Donald Trump, I loathe Barack Obama even more and would not miss him for a nanosecond. After all, if it weren't for Obama's deference to our enemies and disdain for America and her Allies, there would be no chance that Trump would be a viable presidential candidate.
You know Hillary Clinton's campaign is in trouble when Bill Clinton says Bernie Sanders' supporters are being "sexist" and "profane".
Under normal circumstances, Bill Clinton could be called upon as an expert witness on sexist and profane behavior. But these are not normal circumstances. When it comes to Hillary, nothing is normal.
If the Clintons have their way not only are Bernie's supporters a bunch of sexist hounds, but they would also have us believe that Bernie is not only a tool of the NRA, but a reincarnation of Charlton Heston.
At least according to Madeleine Albright.
Last week, there was a Hill story about an organized pressure campaign on Elizabeth Warren, designed to shame her into openly supporting Hillary Clinton rather than the person who fits better with her New England socialist lifestyle, Bernie Sanders. This week, there's word that Clinton surrogate Madeleine Albreight has damned Bernie's feminist legions to Hell for their gender apostasy, openly declaring that they'll be chewed alive by Satan himself in the 11th circle if they don't wise up and get on the Clinton bus.
“Just remember, there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” Albright — who was the first-ever female secretary of state — told the audience.
It has to be awfully exhausting to be a social justice warrior these days - at least, emotionally exhausting.
Last night, as the rest of America was casually enjoying a night of fun and football, perhaps over mounts of Bud Lite and other assorted carbohydrates, a team of SJWs, charged with "exposing" the biased nature of Superbowl commercials, took to Twitter under the hashtag, #notbuyingit, critiquing ever commercial as it aired for its relative commitment to social justice principles and/or the progressive platform, whichever you happen to think rules the day. Among the complaints? A missive from NARAL, accusing Doritos of adopting the "antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses" when they aired a commercial depicting an unborn baby chasing a nacho chip right out of the womb.
Those who watched the post-game press conferences after Super Bowl 50 got to see young Cam Newton working on his free-style pout. Great athlete, but outside the lines he’s often 26 going on 14. OK, most of the questions were dumb. But they always are, and this is part of the game. After facing Denver’s D on the field, facing reporters in the press room should be a lot easier, if not edifying. Even after a heart-breaking loss.
There are plenty of NFL years left for the multi-talented Cam. Almost certainly he will one day be where Peyton Manning stood after this Super Bowl. Maybe by that time he will have learned how to act like a grownup.
The Denver Broncos have upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win Super Bowl L. It marks their first Super Bowl title since 1998, when John Elway rode off into the sunset.
Well, it looks like Peyton Manning will follow Elway's lead and retire.
Manning was not much of a factor in the game. This game belonged to the Broncos' defense which sacked Panthers' QB Cam Newton seven times. Two and a half of those sacks belonged to Broncos' linebacker Von Miller who was named Super Bowl L MVP.
As for Manning, he opted to make no announcement tonight. He said he would kiss his wife and kids and drink a lot of Bud. If he does retire, the Broncos have Brock Osweiler waiting in the wings and may have a seamless transition.
While it was a disappointing night for Newton and the Panthers, I believe they will be back, perhaps even next year.
But tonight belongs to the Denver Broncos. Congratulations!