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Howard is always good for an original slogan, and no slogan is better than his very own “I’m Gooey for Yooey.” This was a saying that he conceived of in 2013 (or maybe he conceived it in 2012 and by the time its nine months of gestation were completed, it was 2013, you think cheekily), to celebrate the year that unhittable Red Sox closer Koji Uehara had. 2013 was a year known for its lackluster sloganeering, so if it weren’t for Howard and “I’m Gooey for Yooey,” we would have all lived through that year without a single world-class slogan being published. Basically, the world owes Howard a huge debt of gratitude.

But like all of slogans, “I’m Gooey for Yooey” was a darling of critics and cult fans of slogans, but failed to catch on with the shallow public and the Japanese media. So now, with the passage of time revealing just how awesome the slogan was, Howard has decided reprise it for the 2016 playoffs.

I’ve contacted all my Japanese media friends and have asked them to cover game 3 of the ALDS, just in case Koji is brought in in relief.

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Fish Story

I don’t often travel to far flung northern locales to watch two NFL teams I don’t care about do the helmet-to-helmet thing, but a friend had frequent flier miles and extra tickets to see the Packers, so I found myself in Green Bay, Wisconsin over the weekend. The last time I was within 500 miles of Green Bay was back in the 1990s, when I was on the losing end of a relationship and slunk out to Minnesota to lick my wounds in a cabin by a lake.

I was the guest of Howard, a friend who’d grown up a city boy in Brookline but married into a family of outdoorsy Minnesotans who spent summers on a lake up north. Northern Minnesota is full of fish, and my buddy Howard had been given rigorous training in the baiting of hooks (“get ‘em right through the sucker”) and the finding of crappie holes. He was now going to impart this same wisdom on me. We got a bunch of leeches for bait and out we went.

Out on the lake in a boat, Howard tried to cast his line out but lost his grip on his rod (no euphemism here) and flung it into the frigid waters of Pimushe Lake. It was gone, forever lost in the murky depths below. One might have expected "H," as we call him, to crack open another beer and enjoy the day, but this was his father-in-law’s prized rod and reel, probably an irreplaceable heirloom, loaned to him by a man who possessed many guns. H immediately stripped down to this skivvies and jumped into the leech-infested waters to find the rod and reel on the muddy lake bottom.

We quickly determined that finding the prized rod would require draining the lake. The only option was to drive to the nearby “big town” of Blackduck, where Howard would drop $50 on a new rod and reel to present to his father-in-law. Only later would we learn that the man had lent us $10 rods and reels, knowing we urbanites were too inept to be trusted with anything more valuable.

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Trumpian Tweetage Haiku Continuum



It's unlimited
Presidential harrassment
Dems are going nuts!


Isn't it nice when
Countries help rebuild neighbors?
Thanks to Saudi A!


The Harvey Weinstein Story
Look at their license?


Republican Congressmen
Two wins now in doubt.


Dems love Sessions now
Same thing: lyin' James Comey
Saint-like. Really sick.


Russia: "nothing to
do with meddling." Why isn't
Hillary looked at?


The Special Counsel
I’ve done nothing wrong



The phony witch hunt

The soon to be released book
Looks like a big hit


Fake News Media

Together with the witch hunt:

My best poll numbers


“Caravans” coming

Must go nuclear option.



We don’t have a wall

Not going to have a country



Trade Wars are good and

Easy to win. They get cute?

Don't trade; we win big!


Gun-adept coaches

Weapons-talented teachers

Instantly Shooting


Promote the Fake Book

Mentally Deranged Author

False Information


Now that collusion

With Russia: a total hoax



Kim Jong Un, I too

Have a nuclear button.

And my button works.



Tax cut/Reform bill

Massive Alaska Drilling

Incredible Year



United Nations

Sanctions on North Korea

World wants Peace, not Death



False Accusations.

Women I don't know. FAKE NEWS!

Collusion. Russia.


Army Navy Game





He's bad on Crime, Life, Border.




Time Magazine Called

Prob'ly "Person of the Year"

I took a pass. Thanks!


The Christmas Story

Mother, Father, Baby Son

Jesus Christ. Bahrain.


Matt Lauer just fired

When will top executives

Be fired for Fake News? 

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