The Rockets took care of business on Monday night, throttling the 76ers 115-88. James Harden had another big game, scoring 23 in the first quarter alone.
This team is more fun to watch than recent groups. They shoot 3s, they move the ball, they get up and down the floor. When they play defense, they can hang in there with just about any team. Still, they lack consistency, and Harden turns the ball over at an alarming rate. But so far, to sort of quote Bob McNair, “I think they’re doin’ fine.” The news might get better, as Patrick Beverly could return this week.
Regardless, all is positive on the Rockets front in the early going.
Beasts of the east: It wasn’t as sexy as the Patriots-Seahawks game, but at least it was close Monday night. And the Giants emerged with a 21-20 win over the Bengals. The AFC West is the best division in football, but you can make a case for the NFC East as No. 2. The last-place Eagles at 5-4 would be tied for the division lead in the AFC North or NFC North. On that note, the AFC South is no longer the garbage can of the league. The Jaguars are 2-7, but the other three are at or near .500 and you could make a pretty good case the division is better than both North divisions and maybe the NFC South right now. Should be an interesting second half of the season.
The devil vs. Satan: Always fun when two of my least favorite media people start twitter wars. Not a fan of Bill Simmons and my opinions on Cris Collinsworth are a matter of public record. But Collinsworth wins this one.
A day early for shame bells, but…Really, you see people like this and you wonder how we survive as a society. I always say 95 percent of the people are awesome, and 5 percent are terrible creatures who get 95 percent of the attention. I am beginning to wonder if I am way low on that 5 percent number. People are so caught up in going viral they do really dumb things. We have three instances here, each about as stupid as you can get.
First, we start off with a wannabe weatherman. This genius got tons of Facebook traffic by starting a forest fire. Then he got arrested.
In the video below, one of the worst moms in the world wanted to make an example of her kid for voting for Trump in a mock vote at school. She, too, went viral. And now she is being investigated and CPS is involved. Dumb. But hey, at least you got views on youtube lady!
And finally…Yes, another viral post. All this woman had to do was call Michelle Obama an “ape in heels.” And she is a county official. And the city’s mayor agreed with her. This is why West Virginia should never be allowed to have the Internet. Oh, and Pamela? Maybe change your profile picture. Would be nice to see a human being instead of an orangutan in crocs. (Guessing you can’t afford heels).
I love the Internet and how far we have come as a society. But with everything, it has its negatives. The desire to become news by posting a video or controversial take is one of those side effects. Youtube has made stars out of a lot of people, so I get the attraction. But some of this stuff makes me worry about the future of humanity. These people have always existed, but now they have a stage. The good news is they are finding out there are repercussions for being dumb.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
— Albert Einstein