The Spectacle Blog

Home Field Advantage Never Had It So Good

By on 8.12.15 | 11:33AM

One of the things that I love about baseball is that you see something new everyday and last night was no exception.

For the first time in MLB history, every game was won by the home team; fifteen games in all.

These included the 9th consecutive win for the Toronto Blue Jays to bring them within a half game of the New York Yankees in the AL East (who lost in 16 innings to the Cleveland Indians). There were also extra-inning triumphs by the Miami Marlins and the Seattle Mariners, shutout victories by the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers while the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks scored in double digits. The other teams to enjoy home field advantage last night were the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, and the San Francisco Giants.

We might never see this again. Or we could see it happen again tonight. That is the beauty of baseball.

New Poll Has Sanders Leading Hillary in NH Amid Revelations of Top Secret E-Mails

By on 8.12.15 | 11:27AM

According to a Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll, Bernie Sanders has taken a lead among Democrats in New Hampshire. The poll, which was conducted between August 7 & 10, has Sanders at 44% to 37% for the former Secretary of State. The margin of error is +/- 4.7%.

The argument could be made that the poll is an aberration. After all, Hillary is still leading by a substantial margin in all other polls and this poll had a relatively small sample size - 442 likely Democratic Primary voters to be exact. Sanders is also not an unknown quantity in New Hampshire as he represents the neighboring Vermont.

Hillary Clinton Compliments Megyn Kelly, Hits Marco Rubio (Who Hits Back)

By on 8.11.15 | 12:50PM

Hillary Clinton is very disappointed in her old friend Donald Trump. 

Apparently, Hillary found Donald Trump's commentary about Megyn Kelly's "blood" utterly dehumanizing and patently offensive. According to Hillary, Megyn Kelly is smart and impressive and any criticism of Kelly is undeserved, outrageous and "pick your adjective." Although, she says, every other Republican Presidential candidate — lumping Carly Fiorina in with the men, apparently — is just as bad, because they all hate women and want to oppress them. Or something.

“I said it was outrageous, I stand by that,” Clinton said of Trump’s words. “I think more people should say the same.”

Is Rick Perry Already Finished?

By on 8.11.15 | 11:09AM

So, obviously, closing the door on a single state doesn't a total collapse make. But pulling staff out of a key first primary state, this far out of the first round - it means something is, at least, seriously wrong. 

Rick Perry did not fare particularly well in last week's debates, though he had been working on lowering expectations earlier in the week. And now, as other Texans have emerged as front runners - specifically Ted Cruz, who also seems to be the heir apparent to The Donald's grassroots fortune, once Trump tires of this game - much of Perry's funding has dried up, and as a result, he's having to focus what few resources he has on states other than South Carolina

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign team in South Carolina is no longer being paid by his presidential campaign, National Journal has learned.

"Pay is only one reason people do this," Katon Dawson, Perry's South Carolina state director, said in an interview. "We'll be able to live off the land for a while."

Michael Moore’s Michigan Mansion Up for Sale for $5.2 Million

By on 8.10.15 | 4:04PM

America's foremost crusader for the "middle class," Michael Moore, lost his multi-million dollar Michigan mansion in his last divorce, and now the house is on the market for a cool $5.2 million

The house, which Moore bought with his producer and then-wife Kathleen Glynn, purchased the property just a few short years ago for $290,000, but put in extensive repairs and remodels (some of which, according to Mike's divorce papers, went way beyond what he was expecting). Now, if you'd like to see what the life of a liberal power player is really like, in the lap of luxury in one of Michigan's most exclusive lake front areas, you - yes you - can own a piece of Moore-morabilia.

Hillary Wants Debt-Free College (Just Like Bernie!)

By on 8.10.15 | 1:42PM

Bernie Sanders is racking up rallies on the West Coast this week, kicking off his Pacific jaunt with a rally for 20,000 Bernie-maniacs in Portland. Even though Bernie's speech was ultimately to a very friendly audience of Portland artisan craftspeople and alternative bookstore owners, it had to be enough to put Hillary Clinton on notice that she's again being challenged by an upstart young whippersnapper with great grassroots potential. 

I kid, obviously. About the whippersnapper part. Bernie tried to nationalize fire when his cave-mate discovered it. 

At any rate, today Hillary Clinton is offering everyone a free college education, because desperate times call for desperate measures. She might be able to afford to lose Portland, but she can't possibly be expected to lose all the youth she's energizing with her pantsuits and her snapchats and her hip language. 

Fox News Might Be Looking for a Trump Peace Treaty

By on 8.10.15 | 1:15PM

Donald Trump is much quieter today, after having seemingly cycled through every personal insult he could muster over the weekend.

Either he's finally run out of ideas, or the wheels are in motion behind the scenes to ensure that Trump's criticism of Fox News is limited to what he can pull together in 140 characters. For Fox News, at least, the latter is preferable. And rumor has it that Fox is looking to rectify (or at least calm) Trump's troubles by airing a one-on-one live interview in prime time this evening, where Trump can answer all those tough questions he couldn't handle in a debate format. 

Donald Trump and the Fox News Channel are in talks about Trump possibly appearing on Fox on Monday night, according to a source with knowledge of the talks.

Trump has been lambasting Fox for days, ever since he was challenged in last week's GOP debate. He has complained that the Fox moderators were unfair to him during the debate.

Fareed Zakaria’s Loaded Question to Obama About Netanyahu

By on 8.9.15 | 6:11PM

Take a look at this question Fareed Zakaria posed to President Obama in an interview which will air tonight on CNN:

ZAKARIA: Prime Minister Netanyahu has injected himself forcefully into this debate on American foreign policy...

OBAMA: Right.

ZAKARIA: - in Washington.

OBAMA: Right.

ZAKARIA: Can you recall a time when a foreign head of government has done that? Is it appropriate for a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American debate?

OBAMA: You know, I'll let you ask Prime Minister Netanyahu that question if he gives you an interview. I don't recall a similar example.

Look at Zakaria's question. He begins by asserting that Netanyahu "has injected himself forcefully into this debate on American foreign policy" before asking if it appropriate for Netanyahu "to inject himself into an American debate."

Frank Gifford, R.I.P.

By on 8.9.15 | 5:11PM

Legendary NFL player and broadcaster Frank Gifford died suddenly today of natural causes. He was a week shy of his 85th birthday.

Gifford was a college football standout at USC (following a stint at Bakersfield Junior College) where he was named an All-American. In 1952, Gifford made his debut with the New York Giants and would play his entire 12-year career there playing on both offense and defense. He would make the Pro Bowl on eight occasions at three different positions - running back, defensive back and wide receiver. Gifford was named the NFL's MVP in 1956 which was the year the Giants beat the Chicago Bears for the NFL championship. His career was nearly ended when he sustained a severe head injury after being tackled by Chuck Bedarnik in a 1960 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. But Gifford came back after missing a year of action and played three more seasons before retiring in 1965. Gifford was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.