Old Glory and false flags

Another Tuesday, another show … let’s get to it!

  • Flag burning? Really, Donald? Let’s forget that it’s already been declared free speech under the First Amendment (and we’ve seen how familiar Trump is with the Constitution). And let’s also forget this was not an issue in the campaign.

Instead, let’s call it what it really is: A diversionary tactic from a) Monday’s ridiculous and unsubstantiated allegations about illegal voters costing Trump the popular vote, and b) another round of Cabinet appointments destined to generate controversy.

Trump already has a chief of staff in Republican party chairman Reince Priebus. I’m starting to think he needs a nanny on staff as well, that one person who won’t let him tweet until he finishes all his vegetables, cleans his room, takes out the trash, walks the dog AND cleans the cat’s litter box.

Otherwise, it’s another play to his base that may still be pissed that charges won’t be filed against Hillary Clinton, Obamacare may survive in some form or same-sex marriages will remain legal. Or, if you’ll pardon the expression, a false flag.

  • The tweetstorms may play to the base, create a few laughs and provide something new for the cable gabfests, but consider this: In seven or so weeks, he’s going to be president.
  • Coaching vacancies make strange bedfellows, so it’s not surprising to hear former Fresno State football coach Pat Hill may have thrown his hat into the ring for the vacancy at San Jose State.

Some Bulldog supporters seem aghast that Hill would consider taking the gig with the school’s rival, but are these not the same supporters that ran Hill out of town a few years ago, only to wish he’d return before favorite son Jeff Tedford emerged as a candidate and eventually got the job.

Perhaps Hill just wants to get back on the sidelines after a few years in the broadcast booth. Or maybe it really is all about the Benjamins. But playing the loyalty card seems a bit far-fetched.

It’s happened before, perhaps never more famously than in baseball, when Leo Durocher moved across town from the Brooklyn Dodgers to New York Giants in mid season. Bo Schembechler was an assistant coach at Ohio State for several years before becoming head coach at Michigan. And Rick Pitino coached both Kentucky and Louisville sandwiched around a four-year stint with the Boston Celtics.

  • Hill would add a little star power to San Jose not seen since Dick Tomey took the helm. Otherwise, this seems like most other openings in the Mountain West, one for an assistant coach looking to have his own team with an eye on a Power 5 job, ala Mike MacIntyre, who left the Spartans for Colorado, which has a berth in Friday’s Pac-12 championship game.
  • Rumors the Red Sox and Giants were discussing a deal that would return Pablo Sandoval to San Francisco were shot down quickly last week. Not only did it not make baseball sense, but there wasn’t enough time to prepare Bay area restaurants for the return of the Panda, who, apparently, will have to be satisfied by joining Cliff and Norm for the Feeding Frenzy special at the Hungry Heifer.

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