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Our lone-wolf President goes on a dangerous Tweetstorm, by himself again. A very cool video about how tennis balls are made. And Duke and Carolina play another classic (the wrong blue won)

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This is how it’s going to be, because this is all he knows how to do.

Once again over the weekend, our President was bored on a Saturday morning, alone at his WASP castle in Florida, frustrated by poor poll numbers and the deepening quicksand of his administration’s ties to Ivan Drago’s homeland.

His normal “babysitters” Ivanka and her husband Jared, aren’t available on Saturdays because they’re Jewish and observe the Sabbath and don’t use electronic devices for 24 hours, and so Donald Trump’s most nutty utterances usually happen on Saturdays. (As a commenter on Twitter pointed out, the man needs a Shabbat babysitter. Clearly someone in America can help out here)

And so this giant baby of a man throws out an entirely fact-free and ridiculous assertion that the former President single-handedly ordered the Justice Dept. to wiretap the phones at Trump Tower last year.

It’s tempting, really tempting, to listen to the narrative many have advised over the past several months, that we shouldn’t react to every insane utterance, every madman theory that he throws out. That we’re just giving him what he wants, to be talked about and get people stirred up.

But I can’t ignore it. Because this man was a sideshow clown for most of the past 30 years, and now he’s the actual President of the actual United States, and he has an incredible amount of power. Never before has America entrusted so high an office to such an unqualified, mentally deranged person. And that’s what he is.

He doesn’t know how to lead, how to govern, any of that.

He just knows how to be the Boy who Cried Wolf: He gets a bunch of matches and a bunch of sticks and tries to light a fire, and when that doesn’t work he just throws so much mud at the wall and hoping that even a fraction of it sticks.

Sunday afternoon, the director of the FBI asked the Dept. of Justice to make a public statement saying the President of the U.S. lied to Americans. THIS. IS. NOT. NORMAL.

And we can’t ignore it, we can’t stop reacting to it, because the danger is real, as long as a madman sits in the Oval Office.

God save us all.

**Next up today, I love the website Mental Floss so much because they’re always teaching me things or showing me videos of how things work. I’ve played tennis for 35 of my 41 years on Earth and I’d truly never thought about how a tennis ball gets made. But thanks to this remarkable short video by a guy named Benedict Redgrave from the inside of a Wilson tennis ball factory, we get to see the process up close from start to finish.

Two things immediately jumped out at me: 1, I can’t believe how much “human hands” still do a lot of the work, and 2, I would watch 45 more minutes of this. Really fantastic stuff here.

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**Finally today, Saturday night was another classic installment in the greatest rivalry in American sports, Duke-North Carolina. It was a thrilling game featuring incredible shot-making, terrific defensive plays, and so, so much intensity.

The wrong shade of blue won (at least I think it’s the wrong shade of blue), but Duke played tremendously. I’m thrilled Amile Jefferson and Grayson Allen look healthy-ish, that Luke Kennard plays for the Blue Devils and is awesome, and that I get to see the whole ACC Tournament up-close this week as it comes to Brooklyn (I have no Earthly idea why they moved it here for two years but I’m thrilled I get to see it and make some freelance coin at the same time).

Anyway, Duke-Carolina was awesome, the Heels deserved to win, but also awesome is this fan video a Duke student named Jackson Steger made. It’s a tribute to the late Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah,” set to Duke-Carolina highlights, and I thought it was just about perfect.

The most powerful and stunning commercial of the year. I take in Duke basketball at MSG and am really excited. And Corden and Kendrick make more TV magic

It takes so much. It takes so much to really shock people anymore, especially with a short public service commercial intended to help change minds on an issue that seems so intractable.

This is the most powerful ad I’ve seen in a long, long time. I don’t want to tell you what it’s about, because I don’t want to blunt the force of it.

Just please take a few minutes and watch until the end. Just an amazing, amazing ad.

It was put out by a group called Sandy Hook Promise, and its devastating message will hopefully sink in. The students who are being ignored are the ones who need our help the most.

**Next up today, you people should know by now that I love, love, love me some Anna Kendrick (definitely on my Ross Gellar-approved “laminated” list of celebrities my wife will let me be with should, you know, the opportunity arise), and I do love some James Corden and Billy Eichner, so there was no way I’d miss this little musical number they did on Corden’s show last week.

Really funny and great.

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**Finally today, I went to Madison Square Garden Tuesday night to watch my beloved Duke men’s basketball team play Florida. I saw the Duke-Kansas game at MSG a few weeks ago, but the Blue Devils were very shorthanded in that one, three of the stud freshmen who are supposed to lead Duke back to the Final Four were all hurt. (Gotta say, though, that the atmosphere at MSG that night, with Duke-Kansas and Kentucky-Michigan St. playing a doubleheader, was the best environment for hoops I’ve ever seen at MSG. Crowd was nuts.)

Tuesday night Duke finally had most of its freshmen playing, and … man, was I impressed. Florida is a legit Top 20 team, and Duke had to play really well to beat them, by 10, 74-64.

It was only the second college game for superstar freshman Jayson Tatum, and man oh man was he great. He started slow but came on strong in the second half, scoring 16 points. Guy is 6-9, can shoot, dribble, rebound and score in traffic. He dominated stretches of the game, and he’s not even in game shape yet. He’s going to be so much fun to watch this season.

This Duke team, with the freshmen like Tatum, Marques Bolden and hopefully Harry Giles healthy, could be all kinds of scary. I know everyone reading this probably hates Duke, but as a Duke fan I”m extremely excited for the rest of the year.

Could be national title No. 6 for Coach K.

India stops public urination, loudly. An MTV “response” to why they don’t show videos. And Duke beating Kentucky never gets old

You’ve got to hand it to a country that acknowledges a problem, and comes up with a unique way to deal with it.

India, like every other nation, had a problem with public urination. Hey, nobody wants to see someone else doing their No. 1 business in public (which is why when I pee outside, it’s always in the woods. Safer that way. Not that I pee outside often. OK let’s move on.)

The western Indian state of Rajasthan has come up with a great new idea to stop public urination, which apparently had become a big problem there. They’ve enlisted volunteers, “armed with drums and whistles,” to shame people who are going to the bathroom in public.

Four to five people will “shout, beat drums or blow a whistle” if they see anyone urinating or defecating in the open, an official told the BBC. Repeat offenders may even be asked to pay a fine, he said.

It’s not as outright ridiculous as it sounds; mearly half of India’s 1.2 billion people have no toilet at home and they defecate in the open. But apparently in Rajasthan, 80 percent of people do have bathrooms at home, so the state is trying to stop random public peeing.

I think it’s a great, if potentially quite noisy, idea.
And hey, how’d you like to be a volunteer doing that job and putting it on a resume?

**Maybe you’re like me, and fondly remember when MTV showed music videos instead of the ridiculous reality-show crap that now passes for programming at the network.

No more music, way more “16 and Pregnant.”  It’s sad but this is how MTV decided to go a few years ago, and they’re not turning back.

Still, I found this parody pretty hilarious, as a “fan” asks MTV why it stopped playing videos…

**Finally, the first huge games of the college basketball season were Tuesday night, with Michigan State squeaking by Kansas (man I love how hard those Izzo teams play; every year his kids just bang and bang), but of course for me the main attraction was Duke-Kentucky. Always great to see Duke beat the Evil Empire of Calipari, though to be fair, I’ve hated Kentucky long before college basketball’s biggest slimeball showed up in Lexington.

And sure, ESPN did me proud by showing this shot a few times, but really, I was very pleased with how Duke played in the 75-68 win, considering it’s only the second game of the year.

Mason Plumlee, wow did he look like a more confident player than last year. And he’s making his free throws, which may be one of the Biblical signs of the end of the world.
I also loved Duke’s defense Tuesday; man they are going to be so much better on D this year; the length of Rasheed Sulaimon, Amile Jefferson, etc. just make them a lot tougher.

Kentucky, though they’re not as good as last year… they’ve got some serious athletes. Nerlens Noel and his terrific fade haircut, Alex Poythress, the Wildcats are going to be good.

Love college hoops. So glad it’s back. And Duke vs. Kentucky is a hell of a November game to whet our appetite for what’s to come.