Hey, whaddaya know, I made it home to sleep in my own bed on a school night for a change.  Too bad it never seems to last.  Oh well, it could be worse. I could be a player on the Nashville Predators.  They probably didn’t sleep too well last night after getting throttled by the J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets last night at home in the determining game of their Campbell Conference Semifinal.  The Jets will take on Army/Vegas in a conference final that will be so fast we may need the old Fox puck tracker system to watch.  My prediction: Vegas in 7. Meanwhile, in the Wales Conference, the finals kick off tonight in what will likely be a much slower, much more physical affair.  The Capitals finally took down their nemesis, so I’m curious to see how they do in a round of the playoffs that probably feels unfamiliar to most of the guys on the team.  My pick: Tampa Bay in 6.

You can play 18 holes in the morning. And then catch that business meeting in the afternoon…because you missed the cut by 10, not because of your shirt.

At the Players Championship this week, there’s a slew of players at -6, a bunch within 3 of the lead and one guy (hello, Phil) played in what appeared to be a dress shirt gone wrong. Seriously, that was awful.

Across the pond, we’re down to the nub in the EPL, as all but a couple things are decided.  Swansea need a miracle to stay up and Chelsea need a lot of help to get into the UCL #4 slot.  Sunday will be boring for results, but I bet there are a lot of goals and a lot of fun, albeit meaningless, games to watch.

You want birthdays?  I’ll give you birthdays.  Today’s belongs to composer/songwriter Irving Berlin, weird bastard/artist Salvador Dali, hilarious/underrated comedian Phil Silvers, racist/racist Louis Farrakhan, hurler Milt Pappas, and “alt-right” “leader” Richard Spencer. Also happening on this date: The Third Crusade kicked off when 100,000 crusaders left Regensburg under HRE Frederick Barbarossa, Christopher Columbus began his last voyage, Benjamin Franklin opened the Pennsylvania Hospital, J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded, Walter Hagen won the British Open, Faulkner’s “Go Down, Moses” is published, Asshole Eichmann was captured, And perhaps most importantly of all, Monty Python was formed 49 years ago to the day.

Hoo-boy. For a weak set of birthdays, this date had a lot going for it historically.  But enough of that. Let’s get to…the links!

Welcome to Starbucks.

Starbucks changes their business model and will transform all of their locations to “coffee” shop/heroin den/sex room/hobo lodging.  It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off.

Further evidence that the world is turning upside down, Bahrain issues a declaration that says Israel has a right to defend herself. Let’s see how CNN decides to cover that!

A man wearing a man’s Jacket.

Julian Assange’s “exile” is starting to look more like a prison sentence every day. Let’s hope Wikileaks are able to continue exposing government corruption. God knows the mainstream media dips hits aren’t doing anything positive on that front.

A mass shooting has left seven dead…in Australia. You know, the place where they don’t have any more violence since they all but banned firearms.  So much for that retarded theory.

Wait a damn minute.  You mean to tell me that two Chicago Police officers that have been charged with stealing cash and drugs have a long history of misconduct complaints that the department did jack shit with?  Why, I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell ya, to hear that they didn’t already get these guys off the force.  (::SMDH at why anyone would live in that Corruptocracy::)

Well, this is going to be an interesting case. Feel free to discuss in the comments (for the few of you that will click on the link).

^^This^^ is not a real thing.

In other Texas school news, Katy ISD has decided to offer financial support to defend its superintendent against accusations of bullying…from when he was in middle and high school. It also will defend him against claims that he permits cyberbullying of current students.  You know, because a public school should be telling kids that aren’t allowed to exert their 1A rights rather than telling kids if they don’t want to get “bullied” on the internet, they merely need to turn their devices off.

If you think I’m happy I was able to do the links at least once this week, you got that right.

Have a great Friday and a better weekend, friends.