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Tigers, Redbirds, Trump, Porn, and Co-Yo

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What a week it was. The football Tigers beat UCLA using a combination of great offense, timely defense, and good ol' Mid-South heat and humidity. Those California dudes never knew what hit 'em.

And the Memphis Redbirds won the Pacific Coast League championship, beating out all the other teams on the Pacific Coast, including the Nashville Sounds, El Paso Chihuahuas, Omaha Storm Chasers, and the fearsome New Orleans Baby Cakes.

To sum it up: Memphis 2, "Pacific Coast" 0.

It was a week where I found myself agreeing with Donald Trump, at least for a few hours. After a Wednesday night meeting with Democratic Congressional leaders, "Cryin' Chuck" Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Trump began his Thursday morning by tweeting: "Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated, and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!" Followed by: "They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own — brought in by parents at young age."

The paleo wing of the GOP went nuts. Ann Coulter tweeted, "Who doesn't want to impeach Trump?" Sean Hannity blamed it all on Mitch McConnell for "forcing" his hero to "work with Democrats."

Trump had seemingly done a complete flip-flop on DACA overnight. My guess is that Pelosi shook Trump's hand and said, "Oh my, it's so BIG!!" and Trump agreed to everything she asked, including a deal to save the Dreamers and turn the border wall into a cheery Tex-Mex restaurant.

Sadly, the "deal" only lasted a few hours, and Trump quickly deleted his tweets.

So it goes with this guy. Save DACA. Eliminate DACA. Build the wall, and the Mexicans will pay for it. The wall's already being built, and we'll bill Mexico later. Wall? What wall? Trump is a presidential pinball, caroming from one "decision" to another, depending on the last player who flips him.

So what else happened? Oh yeah, Ted Cruz got caught watching porn, or better said, "liking" a porn video with his Twitter account. The New Yorker's Andy Borowitz tweeted: "Porn Industry Irrevocably Damaged by Association with Ted Cruz." Cruz blamed it on his staff, of course. His staff. Huh-huh.

The Emmys happened. Alec Baldwin won an award for his Saturday Night Live impression of Trump. Kate McKinnon won for her SNL impression of Hillary Clinton. And America wept, thinking either of these two comedians would probably make a better president than what we've got. Then Sean Spicer got up and reprised his acting gig from the actual White House, and the already fuzzy line between reality and comedy was blurred beyond recognition.

What else? Oh yeah, Trump supporters held the "Mother of All Rallies" in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. About 800 people showed up. Which, as someone pointed out on Twitter, is what happens when you name your march after Mike Pence's wife. The MOAR crowd was outnumbered by a marching contingent of Juggalos, who are fans of the band, Insane Clown Posse. Write your own Trump joke. You can't make this stuff up. Though I kind of wish you could.

Back in Memphis, 130,000 people attended the Cooper-Young Festival. I heard a record 37,000 windchimes were sold. I also heard we're supposed to call Cooper-Young "Co-Yo" now. And I got this from a beardy guy drinking a craft beer, so it must be true.

Overton Park Conservancy director Tina Sullivan went to the Co-Yo Fest and tweeted: "Highlight of this year's CY Fest was the elderly gentleman asking my opinion on public nudity & saying he might organize a Naked Bike Ride."

First, I'd like to say that I'm not that "elderly." And second, I think we should do it around the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue as it's being taken down.

And in a final somber note to a weird week, British writer Kathy Lette wrote: "Sad news. I've just heard that the bloke who invented predictive text has pissed away. His funfair is next monkey."

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