“When Trump says he knows everything, he knows nothing,” Windsor Mann tweeted.
“When Trump says he knows nothing, he knows something. And that something is bad.”
Honestly, I’ve been recovering from a bad case of Trump fatigue over the holidays as Nancy Pelosi employed her “four-corners” strategy to pressure Moscow Mitch to allow witnesses and set rules for a fair trial before sending over the articles of impeachment to the Senate. This triggered a storm of protest and hundreds of tweets from an enraged President – even to the point where he photo-shopped pictures of Nancy and Chuck dressed in Muslim attire with a caption calling them “terrorists.” Now that’s something you would expect from mentally deranged person having a bad hair day. But coming from the President of the United States. Really!
But my blood is rolling again – triggered by the inevitable retaliation by Iran to General Soleimani's killing with rocket attacks against our bases in Iraq (injuring, as Jack noted, 11 American servicemen and dangerously escalating tensions in the most explosive region of the world), Lev Parnas’ confessions and back-up evidence dump on The Rachael Maddow Show and the beginning of Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. Rachael will get a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Lev Parnas story.
I almost feel sorry for Old Bone Spurs. Look at the bags under his eyes, which seem to have a blue tinge when the lighting and camera angle is just right. He looks like a guy who has been sucker punched by the truth too many times. Stumbling, bumbling and bouncing off the walls at Mar-a-Largo and in the White House. Early signs of CTE or advanced dementia? Or is it just more of the same – a President who is brain dead, morally bankrupt and bat-shit crazy.
Now on to sports and the weather. Glen and Nori, I’m rooting for the Chiefs and the 49ers to win on Sunday and move on to the Super Bowl. KC’s Patrick Mahomes is best and most exciting QB to come along in more than a decade. Go Chiefs!
On a weather-related hockey story, my son, Nick, flew to Edmonton on Wednesday to recruit players at the biggest AAA Bantam tournament in Canada, arriving in the early evening with temperatures at minus 31. By Friday morning the temps had risen to -15 – a warming trend. By the middle of the coming week the forecast is for a high of +30 degrees, a swing of about 60 degrees. Something is going on. Nick coached for two years in Alaska and, according to his text, he’s never been so cold.
This tourney attracts coaches, agents, scouts and general managers from NHL teams and major junior teams in Canada as well as college coaches from the U.S. A big part of being a sports agent is developing relationships with coaches, general managers and scouts for teams at all levels in the states and Canada, including Major Junior teams in Canada, which is a developmental league for the NHL with players running in age from about 16 to 21. They are professionals and paid to play, with the top NHL draft picks earning hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
Here’s where the story gets interesting. Many of the scouts, general managers and coaches mingle together at these tournaments, which run all day and through the evening usually at several different rinks. Nick runs into and goes out for drinks on Thursday night with Merrick Sutter, who is the assistant GM for the Red Deer Rebels (gotta love these names of towns in Canada) – a major junior team in the Western Canadian Hockey League (WHL). Merrick is the oldest son of Brent Sutter, who played 18 seasons in the NHL with the New York Islanders where he won the Stanley Cup twice during the dynasty years of the 1980s and Chicago Blackhawks. He was the Islanders’ first pick (17th overall) in the 1980 draft.
After his playing career ended 1998, Brent purchased the Red Deer Rebels where he coached and served as general manager, a position he still holds today. He left the Red Deer Rebels for five years to coach the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames (2007/2012). He also coached four Canadian Junior World Cup teams.
It’s worth noting that Dale Hunter, an all-star player with the Washington Caps who also coached the Caps for one season, also owns and manages with his brother the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, a major junior team located close to where they grew up. These major junior teams play in arenas with up to 14,000 seats, and generally sell out for each game, making the teams money-making machines. Dale and his brother also coached and managed the Canadian Junior Team this year, winning the World Cup over the Christmas holidays by beating Russia in the finals, with Sweden coming in third. Watched a couple of those games on ESPN; fast-paced and exciting hockey featuring many NHL stars of the future.
Besides being an all-star player with more than 1,000 games under his belt and 74 points in playoff games, Brent Sutter also came from the most famous hockey family in Canada. Growing up in a farming family in Viking, Alberta, he was one of seven sons, six of whom went on to careers in the National Hockey League (NHL). Collectively, the six Sutter brothers played more than 5,000 NHL games and won six Stanley Cups. The seventh brother stayed home to take care of the family farm and ironically was considered the most talented among the brothers, according to interviews with several Brent brothers over the years. After the 2012 season with the Calgary Flames, Brent returned home to manage and coach the Red Deer Rebels.
Brent has two sons, Merrick who went out drinking with Nick the other night and played professionally in the AHL for a couple of seasons before joining his dad and the Red Deer staff as assistant general manager, and his youngest son, Brandon, who is still playing for the Vancouver Canucks with a $3.5 million a year contract. That’s probably more than his dad made during his entire 18-year all-star NHL career.
That’s it for now, and I apologize for boring most of you who could probably care less about my son’s adventures and Canadian hockey. But my guess is that at least Glen and Nori will find it amusing.
Back to impeachment, here’s my starting lineup for witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial: John Bolton, Mike “Ribeye” Pompeo, Mick “Get Over It” Mulvaney, Bill “Beefsteak” Barr, Mike Pence, Lev Parnas and a few veterans from the House hearings, including “everyone is in the loop” Songland. With each passing day, it looks more and more like Attorney General Barr is the enforcer of President Trump’s coverup. Let’s get these guys to testify under oath and see how tough they really are.
And a warning for the Js. Don't count on Senator Susan Collins for anything. She's just testing the political winds in Maine where she faces a tough reelection. And don't forget recent history. She played the same game on "preexisting conditions" preceding the vote to kill Obama Care, and ultimately voted on the wrong side of history.