Tuesday’s Hot Clicks: Supreme Court Nominee Thinks Dez Bryant Didn’t Catch It

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But he did catch it

Half the country was already bound to despise President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, no matter who it was. Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s take on the Dez Bryant non-catch is proof of that.

Speaking at Marquette Law School in Milwaukee in 2015, Kavanaugh used the example of the controversial Bryant play three months earlier to make a point about the roles of the three branches of government.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., circuit, said separation of powers controversies between the executive, legislative and judicial branches could be made smoother when "the rules of the road are set before time."

And, to make his point, he brought up the NFL playoff game where the Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys after officials overruled receiver Dez Bryant's catch.

"It's better when the rules governing a catch are set forth before Dez Bryant falls to the ground," Kavanaugh said. "Because the rule said, that was it. If we can do it in the NFL, we can do it here as well."

Essentially, Kavanaugh is saying that the play wasn’t a catch because the rules dictating what a catch is had been decided upon before the referee went under the hood. (At least I think that’s what he’s saying. There’s a reason I’m a sportswriter and not a lawyer.) Since the NFL has since changed its definition of a catch, does Kavanaugh now believe that Bryant caught it? I guess we’ll have to wait until his confirmation hearing.

A new twist on an old classic

Everyone knows that you have to chug your beer if you catch a baseball in it, but what if you just pick up the bouncing ball with your hand? This guy at last night’s Marlins game didn’t catch Starlin Castro’s game-tying home run on the fly, though he did end up with the ball. He then must have dunked the ball in the beer before chugging it because, sure, why not?

A true miracle

The rescue mission to free the 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave is finally complete after three days. All 13 people are out of the cave and safe.

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