Its time to take a look at another great NY Giant, Phil Simms. From his wiki, Phillip Martin Simms
(born November 3, 1954) is a former American football quarterback
who spent his entire 14-year professional career playing for the New York Giants
of the National Football League
(NFL). He is currently a television sportscaster
for the CBS
network. After playing college football
at Morehead State University
, Simms was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants
of the National Football League
(NFL) with the number seven selection overall in the 1979 NFL Draft
. Simms was named Most Valuable Player
(MVP) of Super Bowl XXI
, after he led the Giants to a 39–20 victory over the Denver Broncos
and set the record for highest completion percentage in a Super Bowl, completing 22 of 25 passes (88%).
He also was named to the Pro Bowl
for his performances in the 1985 and 1993 seasons.
He finished his career with 33,462 passing yards and has since gone on to be a career broadcaster of NFL games—first as an analyst for ESPN
, then as a in-game color commentator with NBC
, and currently with CBS. He is the father of former NFL quarterback, assistant coach, and current college football analyst Chris Simms
, as well as NFL quarterback Matt Simms
Simms was born in Springfield, Kentucky
, on his grandfather's farm, a place now called Maple Hill Manor in Washington County
, where he attended St. Dominic's Elementary. While in elementary school
, his family moved to Louisville
and he went to St. Rita Catholic grade school. Simms was the quarterback of the Trojans of Southern High School
) in Louisville and graduated in 1974. He chose to attend Division II Morehead State
of the Ohio Valley Conference
in nearby Morehead
, where he joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity
The Morehead State Eagles
ran a ball-control offense,
and Simms' numbers were unspectacular—in his senior season he completed 92 of 173 passes for a 53.2% completion percentage
and had six touchdown
passes, 11 interceptions
, and 1,229 yards.
The Ohio Valley moved up to the new Division I-AA
, but the Eagles went 2–6–1; they failed to make the postseason during his college career.
Simms finished with 409 completions in 835 attempts for a 48.9% completion percentage.
He also totalled 32 touchdowns, 45 interceptions, and a school-record 5,545 yards.
Before the 1979 NFL Draft
, new San Francisco 49ers
head coach Bill Walsh
) flew to Morehead State with assistant coach Sam Wyche
to work out Simms.
Walsh was so impressed that he planned to draft Simms in the third round, preferring him over the quarterback they ultimately took, Joe Montana
of Notre Dame
But the New York Giants
decided to make Simms their first round
pick (seventh overall) to the surprise of many.
As Simms acknowledged, "most people have never heard of me."
When Simms's name was announced by Commissioner Pete Rozelle
in front of the audience at the draft in New York, his selection was booed loudly by the Giants fans in attendance.
(He was the second quarterback taken; Jack Thompson
) of Washington State
went to Cincinnati
with the third overall pick.) Simms was not happy being a Giant either, "All I was thinking was which teams I would rather play for—the Green Bay Packers
, the Kansas City Chiefs
, San Diego
, San Francisco..."
Nonetheless, he became popular with his teammates who jokingly dubbed him "Prince Valiant
" in his rookie training camp.
Simms won his first five starts of his rookie year in 1979
he was 6–4 as a starter, threw for 1,743 yards and 13 touchdown passes, and was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.
He was runner-up for Rookie of the Year
, behind future teammate Ottis Anderson
Simms' next four years were marred by injuries and inconsistent play. He finished the 1980 season
with 15 touchdowns and 19 interceptions
, while completing a subpar 48.0% of his passes for 2,321 yards.
In 1981, Simms threw for 2,031 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions on 54.4% completion percentage
before suffering a separated shoulder in a November 15 loss to the Washington Redskins
With Simms out, the Giants went on a run led by Scott Brunner
and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Simms suffered a torn knee ligament in a preseason game against the New York Jets
, preventing him from playing the entire 1982 season
Following the season, Ray Perkins
resigned as head coach to take over the same position at the University of Alabama
, and was replaced by the team's defensive coordinator Bill Parcells
. In the coming years this change would prove crucial to the Giants and Simms.
One of Parcells first decisions as coach was to replace Simms as the starting quarterback with Brunner.
Simms asked to be traded after the benching, but his request was ignored.
During the sixth game of the Giants' 1983 Season
, Simms came in to replace the struggling Brunner against the Philadelphia Eagles
. On his second drive, Simms suffered a season-ending injury when the thumb on his throwing hand hit a player's helmet on his follow-through. The injury was reported as a dislocation, but according to the book, Simms to McConkey
, written by Phil McConkey
, Simms, and Dick Schaap
, the injury was much more severe, with the thumb literally hanging off after impact, and the bone sticking out through the skin.
During his first few years on the team, Giants fans were merciless in their treatment of Simms, who they felt was a disappointment. He commented that his wife "had to sit up in the stands and listen to them cuss me."
However, in 1984, after many seasons plagued by injuries and up-and-down play, Simms finally emerged as a team offensive leader. During his 1983 injury, offensive coordinator Ron Erhardt
talked Simms into watching more game film, something he had not regularly done in college or the pros. He gained a better understanding of NFL defenses, his team's formations, and pass protection schemes, and improved his ability to audible
) at the line of scrimmage. He also changed his strength training regimen in an attempt to make his body more resistant to injury.
He passed for 4,044 yards (second most in the National Football Conference
(NFC), 22 touchdown passes, and led the Giants to a playoff berth.
He was voted to the Pro Bowl and named Pro Bowl MVP
as he led the NFC to a comeback win over the American Football Conference
(AFC) by throwing three touchdowns. In 1985, he passed for 3,829 yards, 22 touchdowns,
and led the Giants to 10 victories, the most for a Giants team since 1963
In a game against the Cincinnati Bengals
during the 1985 season
, Simms passed for 513 yards—the fifth most passing yards in a single game in NFL history.
In 1986, he passed for 3,487 yards and 21 touchdown passes during a season in which the Giants won 14 games
. In week 11, he completed a desperate fourth-and-17 pass to Bobby Johnson late in the game to set up Raul Allegre
's game-winning field goal, which gave the Giants a 22–20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings
Simms later commented:
On January 25, 1987, the Giants met the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. In the biggest game of his life, Simms had one of the finest performances in Super Bowl history.
He completed 22 of 25 passes (with 2 of his 3 incompletions being drops by receivers) for 268 yards, setting Super Bowl records for consecutive completions (10),
and passer rating
In addition, he threw 3 touchdown passes and his passer rating set an NFL postseason record.
"This might be the best game a quarterback has ever played", Giants coach Bill Parcells
Two of the most famous plays from the game were the flea flicker
) to McConkey, and the touchdown pass caught by McConkey off of the fingertips of Giants tight end
, Mark Bavaro
The Giants defeated the Broncos 39-20, and Simms was named MVP
of Super Bowl XXI. He is credited for being the first to use the phrase "I'm going to Disney World!
" following a championship victory.
Simms performed well in the strike-shortened 1987 NFL season
, finishing with the second highest quarterback rating
in the NFC.
He threw for 2,230 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions.
He passed for 3,359 yard, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions while completing 54.9% of his passes in the 1988 season.
The Giants rebounded from a 6–9 record in 1987 to finish 10–6
but fell just short of the playoffs due to the NFL tie-breaker system
. In 1989, the Giants started 8–1 and finished 12–4, Simms passed for 3,061 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions on 56.3% completion percentage.
He performed consistently most of the season except for a two-game stretch against the Eagles and 49ers where he produced seven turnovers
), six of which resulted in points for the opposition.
He also struggled in the Giants playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams
, and the Giants lost 19–13. In 1990
, Simms was having one of his finest seasons, leading the NFC with the highest quarterback rating
and the Giants to an 11–3 record
. But his season was cut short due to a broken foot suffered in the fifteenth game against the Giants' eventual Super Bowl XXV
opponent, the Buffalo Bills
. The Giants went on to defeat the Bills 20–19 in the Super Bowl with Jeff Hostetler
filling in at quarterback.
After the Giants' Super Bowl victory, Parcells resigned and was replaced by the team's running backs coach Ray Handley
One of Handley's first decisions was to select Jeff Hostetler as the team's starting quarterback following his performance in Super Bowl XXV.
Simms saw only spot action in two games prior to Week 13, when Hostetler broke his back in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
. Simms finished the game and reclaimed the starting job, but won only once in his remaining four starts as the Giants failed to return to the playoffs at 8-8. Simms was named starter for the 1992 season after beating out Hostetler, whom Handley still thought highly of as a quarterback in the preseason. However, Simms suffered a severe arm injury in a Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Raiders
and missed the remainder of the season. In those two seasons Simms amassed only a combined 1,905 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions while completing 59.3% of his passes.
The Giants finished the 1992 season at 6-10, which led to the termination of the unpopular Handley and the hiring of former Denver Broncos coach Dan Reeves
. As part of an overall house cleaning, Reeves released Hostetler and named Simms his starting quarterback.
He started all 16 games in 1993, being one of only seven quarterbacks to do so, and led the Giants to a resurgent 11–5 season including a victory over the Minnesota Vikings
in the playoffs.
However, Simms underwent shoulder surgery after the 1993 NFL Season
to repair a torn labrum
. The surgery was successful, and team doctor Russell F. Warren's prognosis for recovery was excellent, and Simms was expected to be ready in time for training camp.
However, later during that offseason, Simms was released by the Giants, and subsequently decided to retire. Upon his release, co-owner Wellington Mara
called it "a day of overwhelming sadness.".
Phil Simms considered playing for the Browns in 1995, but eventually decided to stay retired.
In his 14 seasons with the Giants, Simms completed 2,576 out of 4,647 passes for 33,462 yards and 199 touchdowns.
His career passing yardage total ranks him at thirty first in NFL history.
He added 349 carries for 1,252 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground.
He set team records for most passes completed and attempted in one game (40 and 62, respectively), season (286, 533) and career (2,576, 4,647), most career touchdown passes (199) and most 300-yard games in a career (21).
Simms still owns some of the New York Giants passing records, although Eli Manning
, who is in his thirteenth year with the Giants as of the 2016 season, has started to surpass some of them: season passes (359 completed, 589 attempted), career completed passes (2,679), career touchdowns (216), career 300-yard games (26). Sports Illustrated
considered Simms to be the "Most Underrated Quarterback" in NFL history in their August 27, 2001 issue entitled, "The Most Overrated and Underrated".
On September 4, 1995, Simms' jersey was retired in a halftime ceremony of a game versus the Dallas Cowboys. During an emotional speech, Simms stated that he wanted to don his jersey one final time, and throw "one more pass" to teammate Lawrence Taylor
Simms later commented, "[a]ll of a sudden it kind of hit me, I've put Lawrence in a really tough spot; national TV, he's got dress shoes and a sports jacket on, and he's had a few beers and he's going to run down the field and I'm going to throw him a pass."
Simms then motioned for Taylor to run a longer pattern, and after 30–40 yards, threw him the pass. Taylor later stated that the situation made him more nervous than any play of his career, "I'm saying to myself (as the pass is being thrown), 'If I drop this pass, I got to run my black ass all the way to Upper Saddle River because there ain't no way I'm going to be able to stay in that stadium'."
Taylor caught the pass however, and the capacity crowd in attendance cheered in approval.
Since he has been retired for more than five years, Simms is eligible for selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
; he has yet to be inducted, however.
After his retirement as a player in 1994, Simms first joined ESPN then went on to join NBC's lead broadcast crew
, teaming with Dick Enberg
and Paul Maguire
on that network's coverage of Super Bowl XXX
and Super Bowl XXXII
. Simms also announced Weightlifting at the 1996 Summer Olympics
and served as a sideline reporter on the NBA on NBC
for NBC Sports
In 1998, he moved to CBS with the AFC package, teaming first with Greg Gumbel
(through the end of the 2003 season
) and later with Jim Nantz
on the CBS's lead broadcast team
. He also worked with Armen Keteyian
, Bonnie Bernstein
and Lesley Visser
. He hosts Inside the NFL
on Showtime (another CBS holding) with James Brown and Cris Collinsworth. He has appeared on CBS Daytime since joining CBS, with a 2007 appearance as himself on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns
, and in February 2010 an appearance on The Price Is Right
) (with Nantz) to present a Super Bowl XLIV
showcase. In the same month, he appeared as himself (again with Nantz) on the How I Met Your Mother
episode "Rabbit or Duck
". Simms is part of the commentary team, along with his broadcast partner Jim Nantz, in the Madden NFL 13, 25, 15, and 16
As of the 2015–16 NFL season, Simms has been a commentator for the CBS and NFL Network
broadcasts of Thursday Night Football
. He was replaced by Tony Romo
for the 2017-18 NFL season and moved to The NFL Today
for that season.
On November 13, 2014, Simms appeared uncredited on the "Just a Regular Irregular" episode of the CBS
TV series Elementary
). Simms' cameo was as a character named "Phillip" who had, like Simms himself, spent 15 years as a professional football player, but was a consultant to Sherlock Holmes
in the art of knife throwing
Simms and his wife, Diana, live in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
. They have three children: Chris
, Deirdre and Matthew
) (current free agent quarterback in the NFL). His son-in-law is former NFL linebacker Brian Toal
, who was schoolmates with Matt.
Simms is fond of New Jersey, remarking in 1987; "I wasn't overjoyed about coming to New York. When I thought of New York, I thought of New York City
. But out here, it's just like anywhere else."
Simms is a relative of former Vanderbilt quarterback Oliver "Doc" Kuhn
and former Kentucky quarterback John Simms "Shipwreck" Kelly
In 2011, Simms was inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.
PHIL SIMMS MUSEUM
Springfield, Kentucky is the birthplace of football legend Phil Simms. They have set up an exhibit which honors his life and career as a professional football player and CBS sports commentator. #3 top SB performances A Giant Among Men Tribute Video
Cheers to you Phil Simms!
ONE DEAD in London terror attack -- INSIDE Trump’s tech meeting -- JARED back to Israel -- DEMS to try to weaponize Trump's ‘mean’ comment -- BRITTANY BRAMELL to TSA -- KEVIN SHERIDAN engaged -- B’DAY: Jeff Mason
by [email protected]
(Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
Good Monday morning. THE PRESIDENT is at the White House today, where he’ll meet with the president of Panama and then with a number of tech leaders. (Scroll down a bit if you’d like to see who from the administration and business is expected to attend.)
TERROR IN LONDON -- THE SUN -- “LONDON MOSQUE TERROR: Finsbury Park Mosque terrorist screaming ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’ drives van into worshippers killing one and injuring ten,” by Ben Leo, Gemma Mullin, Neal Baker and Lauren Fruen: “ONE person has been killed and ten injured in a suspected terrorist attack after a hired van ploughed into Muslim worshippers leaving a mosque after late-night Ramadan prayers. The attacker – a 48-year-old white man – ran down pedestrians before being pinned down by hero bystanders and arrested by police.
“Scotland Yard has confirmed one man was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are in the process of informing his next of kin. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, this morning said: ‘This is being treated as a terrorist attack. ‘The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene, sadly, he has died. ‘Any causative link between his death and the attack will form part of our investigation. It is too early to state if his death was as a result of the attack.’ The attacker struck outside the Muslim Welfare House, close to Finsbury Park mosque, in north London as the area was busy with worshippers who had been attending Ramadan night prayers.” http://bit.ly/2sJEoPt
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WE ARE STILL AT WAR -- “As U.S. Adds Troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s Strategy Remains Undefined,” by NYT’s Mark Landler and Michael Gordon: “When President Trump made his first major decision on the war in Afghanistan, he did not announce it in a nationally televised address from the White House or a speech at West Point.
“Instead, the Pentagon issued a news release late one afternoon last week confirming that the president had given the defense secretary, Jim Mattis, the authority to send several thousand additional troops to a war that, in its 16th year, engages about 8,800 American troops. Mr. Trump, who writes avidly on Twitter about war and peace in other parts of the world, said nothing about the announcement. But its effect was unmistakable: He had outsourced the decision on how to proceed militarily in Afghanistan to the Pentagon, a startling break with how former President Barack Obama and many of his predecessors handled the anguished task of sending Americans into foreign conflicts.
“The White House played down the Pentagon’s vaguely worded statement, which referred only to setting ‘troop levels’ as a stopgap measure -- a tacit admission of the administration’s internal conflicts over what to do about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.” http://nyti.ms/2sriOvO
-- WAPO: “Afghan war faces flurry of setbacks as new U.S. military policy nears,” by Pamela Constable and Sayed Salahuddin in Islamabad: “[C]omplicating the picture are questions about how to deal with neighboring Pakistan and balance separate fights against Afghan and foreign-based insurgents. In the latest attack Sunday morning, Taliban fighters stormed a police base in southeastern Paktia province after detonating a suicide car bomb outside. At least five members of security forces and several civilians were killed, officials said. The attack came one day after an Afghan army commando shot and wounded seven U.S. troops inside an army base in northern Balkh province.” http://wapo.st/2rGZlu9
SYRIA -- “U.S. aircraft shoots down a Syrian government jet over northern Syria, Pentagon says,” by WaPo’s Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Kareem Fahim: http://wapo.st/2sOe4Do
-- “Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels,” by WSJ’s Rory Jones, Noam Raydan and Suha Ma’ayeh: “Israel has been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces. The Israeli army is in regular communication with rebel groups and its assistance includes undisclosed payments to commanders that help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons, according to interviews with about half a dozen Syrian fighters. Israel has established a military unit that oversees the support in Syria—a country that it has been in a state of war with for decades—and set aside a specific budget for the aid.” http://on.wsj.com/2rH5ZQQ
INSIDE THE WEST WING: PLAYING FAVORITES -- “Trump demands face time with favored Cabinet heads,” by Tara Palmeri and Andrew Restuccia: “Every president has regular contact with key Cabinet members, but Trump, who remains deeply mistrustful of career agency officials, has turned the White House into a hangout for his chosen department heads. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with the president at least 34 times since he was confirmed in February, according to a POLITICO analysis of Trump’s interactions since taking office. ...
“Senior aides say Trump demands facetime with his appointees in part because he doesn’t trust bureaucrats who do the day-to-day work of the federal government. The president shuns them as tools of what he often refers to as the ‘deep state,’ and blames them for the frequent, unflattering news stories coming from his White House, according to two White House aides. But for Trump’s Cabinet members, proximity is a plus. Being physically present at the White House ensures that they have a say in policymaking — and serves as an indication of status with the president.” http://politi.co/2sh7lR2
LEGAL SHUFFLE -- “Kushner Is Said to Be Reconsidering His Legal Team,” by NYT’s Ben Protess Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Sharon LaFraniere: “Representatives of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, have quietly contacted high-powered criminal lawyers about potentially representing him in the wide-ranging investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election, according to three people briefed on the matter.
“Some of Mr. Kushner’s allies have raised questions about the link between his current lawyer, Jamie S. Gorelick, and Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, according to one of the people who spoke on condition of anonymity. Before the Justice Department named him to the special counsel post, Mr. Mueller was a law partner with Ms. Gorelick at the Washington firm of WilmerHale. ...
“‘After the appointment of our former partner Robert Mueller as special counsel, we advised Mr. Kushner to obtain the independent advice of a lawyer with appropriate experience as to whether he should continue with us as his counsel,’ the statement from Ms. Gorelick said. …
“Among the lawyers contacted, one person said, was Abbe D. Lowell, a prominent trial lawyer whose previous clients include Jack Abramoff, the powerful Republican lobbyist, in a corruption scandal that shook Washington in 2005. Mr. Lowell is currently defending Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, against federal corruption charges. Mr. Lowell declined to comment.” http://nyti.ms/2ruJPNX
KUSHNER’S NEXT BIG TASK -- “Trump aides Kushner and Greenblatt to visit Israel, Palestinians this week,” by Reuters’ Steve Holland: “U.S. President Donald Trump is sending two top aides to Jerusalem and Ramallah this week to discuss potential next steps in his bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a White House official said on Sunday. Going on the trip will be White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law and husband of his daughter Ivanka Trump, and Jason Greenblatt, a top national security aide. Greenblatt will arrive in the region on Monday and Kushner on Wednesday.
“The talks follow Trump’s discussions last month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Behind-the-scenes conversations have been taking place since the Trump trip, the White House official said. … Kushner and Greenblatt will have meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah to hear directly from the Israeli and Palestinian leadership ‘about their priorities and potential next steps,’ the official said.” http://reut.rs/2tiT30O
DEM’S GEORGIA CATCH 22 -- “Democrats sweat the details in Georgia special election,” by Gabe Debenedetti in Sandy Springs, Georgia: “Democrats are closer than they ever could have imagined to winning a House seat in the Republican suburbs of Atlanta, and dealing a resounding blow to Donald Trump. But they’re also gripped by anxiety about what happens if they fall short Tuesday. A loss in Georgia’s special election here could leave the party demoralized, with little to show for all the furious organizing, fundraising and spending in a handful of congressional special elections in the early months of the Trump administration. As a result, Democrats are now straining to throw everything they have at Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District to push Jon Ossoff over the top against Republican Karen Handel, aiming to prove they can win the suburban districts that may pave the way to a House majority in 2018.” http://politi.co/2srqj5S
THE NEW DEM TALKING POINTS -- “Democrats use Trump ‘mean’ comment to tar GOP,” by Josh Dawsey and Seung Min Kim: “Democrats are seeking to capitalize on President Donald Trump calling the Republican health care bill ‘mean’ ahead of the Senate's vote to repeal Obamacare, seeing it as a pivotal moment in an issue that could drive the 2018 midterm elections. The comments from Trump, made privately to senators last week, were largely overshadowed by a mass shooting at a Congressional baseball practice and new developments in the special counsel’s investigation into Trump and his associates.
“But a senior Democratic aide said the party plans to revive the ‘mean’ comment part of floor speeches, press conferences and social media, and consultants said they craved the image of Trump celebrating in the Rose Garden with House members over a ‘mean’ bill that hurt poor Americans. ‘We will be weaving mean into the broader attack in a prominent way,’ the aide said.” http://politi.co/2sGAnKv
-- It’s important to note: There are just nine legislative days left before Congress breaks for the July 4 recess. Senate Republicans have still not released an Obamacare repeal bill for public review. It is crunch time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to find a path forward for a health care bill that can pass before the break. ALSO, WE HEAR that House Republicans aren’t going to necessarily take up whatever the Senate passes. They do plan a vote on something, but it’s not yet clear what the House will be able to stomach.
HAPPENING TODAY -- The much-discussed tech summit organized by President Donald Trump’s Office of American Innovation is bringing together Trump administration heavy hitters with a slew of tech bigwigs.
-- WHITE HOUSE ATTENDEES: Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Chris Liddell, Reed Cordish, Gary Cohn, Dina Powell, Stephen Miller, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Tom Bossert.
-- AGENCY ATTENDEES: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Homeland Secretary Ret. Gen. John Kelly, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
-- CEOS: Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard; Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon; Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov; Safra Catz, Co-Chief Executive of Oracle; Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; John Doerr, Chairman of Kleiner Perkins; Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware; Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai; Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP; Steven Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm; Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe; Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM; Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet; Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture; and Peter Thiel, Founders Fund.
-- “White House meetings add to tech’s awkward dance with Trump,” by Steven Overly: “Amazon, Google, Facebook and Lyft have all hired lobbyists with connections to Trump or his Cabinet members, as they seek to influence the administration on everything from taxes to immigration.” http://politi.co/2ruMXsV
THE JUICE …
-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: DNC CHAIR TOM PEREZ is endorsing Puerto Rico statehood. Perez, who has two siblings born in Puerto Rico, said in a statement provided to Playbook that he believes Puerto Ricans should have the same rights as those on the mainland and that his personal view is that statehood is the best method to provide full representation in government and equal rights.
-- STOPTERRORNOW.ORG is dropping $100,000 for a USA Today ad as part of its campaign to push Trump and Congress to put political and economic pressure on Qatar. The full-page ad is an open-letter from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. It also includes digital ads on the USA Today website. The adhttp://politi.co/2sOdIfN
-- BRITTANY BRAMELL has left Uber, and is starting today at TSA as the assistant administrator of public affairs.
A BI-PARTISAN KUMBAYA MOMENT -- “Israel trip calms some D.C. tensions,” by Daniel Lippman: “A number of former top Trump campaign officials and prominent Democrats say that their trip last week to Israel helped them dial down the bitter partisanship of current-day Washington. Trump campaign alumni Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, former Obama White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton, and Paul Begala were among the participants in the seven-day trip that ended Saturday. … The trip was sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation and organized by AIPAC political director Rob Bassin; other trip-goers included Juleanna Glover, Corry Bliss, Trey Nix, Brad Todd and Jef Pollack.” With a pic of the full group in front of the Knessethttp://politi.co/2sOcEJ4
WEST COAST WATCH -- “These Democrats feel guilty for sitting out the 2016 elections, and they aren’t waiting to register voters for the midterms,” by L.A. Times’ Javier Panzer: http://lat.ms/2rH3Y7i
MEDIAWATCH: HADAS GOLD -- “Fox’s Bolling talks of a future Senate run”: “Fox News anchor Eric Bolling may have just signed a new multi-year contract, but he’s also eyeing a possible career change: A future run for Senate. For now, Bolling is secure in his job as co-host of the new show ‘The Fox News Specialists.’ But In a recent telephone interview from Fox News headquarters in New York City, Bolling said that ‘when the lights go down on the TV career’ he wants to make a primary challenge against a sitting Republican senator in the South.
“‘A lot of Republicans run as conservatives only to be elected, and we find out they’re not conservative at all,” said Bolling, who considers himself one of President Donald Trump’s longest and most loyal supporters. Bolling, who grew up in Chicago and went to college in Florida, declined to specify which state in the South he’d run, which senator he would challenge or even when it would happen (it could be ‘never’ or when his current contract runs out in three years, he said). He also denied he’s taking any concrete actions to run, including speaking with consultants -- ‘no, no, friends’ he said when asked if he’s had conversations about planning a campaign.” http://politi.co/2sO3yMf
-- JACK SHAFER on “Megyn Kelly Pantses Alex Jones”:http://politi.co/2sFCQ8i
SPOTTED: HHS Secretary Tom Price on the Sunday afternoon ATL-DCA flight. Flying coach with two security agents.
ENGAGED -- Kevin Sheridan, founder of the Sheridan Media Group and a Romney/Ryan and RNC alum, got engaged to Erika Gutierrez, founder of epgPR.com and daughter of former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. They met at an event in 2015, and were reintroduced at the Jefferson through friends a year later. He proposed at their new home Saturday evening. Pic http://bit.ly/2rM6tAH
WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Ari Schaffer, research analyst in the White House communications shop and an America Rising alum, married Marissa Schwartz, a senior analyst at The Advisory Board Company, on Sunday at the Rockleigh Country Club in New Jersey. The two met at Kesher Israel Synagogue in Georgetown. Picshttp://bit.ly/2sGzT79
--Alessandro Ago (Alex), son of D.C. publicist Janet Donovan and Amb. Pietro Ago, married Emma Bernstein at the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, CA. Ago is director of programming and special projects at USC while Bernstein is assistant to the president at Imagine Entertainment. “In keeping with their cinematic interests, they created a movie poster in honor of their wedding.” Pichttp://bit.ly/2sJzphx
... The posterhttp://bit.ly/2sNUOpy
BUSH ALUMNI -- Glynda Becker, director of federal relations at Washington State University and a Bush administration alum, married Tom Fenter in an outdoor ceremony at the Suncadia resort located outside of Seattle. The couple was introduced by former Bush alumnae Susan McColley Benhoff when she invited her brother last minute to join the group at Outer Banks for their annual Memorial Day Weekend beach trip. Picshttp://bit.ly/2sO9pRy
SPOTTED: Susan McColley Benhoff and Kevin Benhoff, Suhail Khan, Warren and Emily Tryon, Mike and Rhonda Gallagher, Connie and Gary Partoyan, Kelle Strickland and Chad Adams, Rob McKenna.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jeff Mason, WH correspondent for Reuters and president of the WHCA. How he’s celebrating: “I’m spending the day in Bonn, Germany, where I’m accepting the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award on behalf of the White House Correspondents’ Association. It’s an honor to be here to discuss the work of the WHCA and extra special to me personally because I was born in Germany -- my folks were stationed here with the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s. I’m celebrating with my twin bro, Brian, (happy birthday, dear brother!) and with close family friends from the village we lived in as kids.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A:http://politi.co/2rMsdfP
BIRTHDAYS: David DiMartino, a Boston native and Bruins fan, now at Blue Engine Message and Media (h/t Erik Smith) … former SEC chairwoman Mary Schapiro ... WaPo’s Anne Gearan ... Marcus Brauchli, co-founder and managing partner of North Base Media, the pride of Boulder, and a WSJ and WaPo alum, is 56 (h/t Ben Chang) ... Politico’s Alex Isenstadt, the pride of Piedmont, Calif. (h/t Tim Burger) ... Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is 72 ... Salman Rushdie is 7-0 ... actor Paul Dano is 33 (h/t Nadia Szold) ... David Lat, founder and managing editor of Above the Law, is 42 ... Lara Spencer of “Good Morning America” and the pride of Garden City ... Politico’s Tim Starks ... Slate contributor Seth Stevenson, author of “Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World” ... Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) is 38 ... Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) is 63 ... Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is 6-0 ... Slate’s Isaac Chotiner, a Houston Rockets fan and TNR alum ... former Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) is 46 ...
... CBS News producers Louise Dufresne and Christina Ruffini (h/ts Caitlin Conant) ... Tariq Smith, proud NC State Wolfpack alum (h/t Andrew Bates) ... Cragg Hines ... Mary Dalrymple of Eagle Hill Consulting and a Booz Allen alum ... Earl Whipple ... Mike Naple is 34 ... Jenna Sakwa, Speaker Ryan’s new director of media affairs. She celebrated with colleagues on the speaker’s balcony on Friday, with family in NYC this weekend, and will BBQ with friends on Monday (h/t Ryan press team) ... Michelle Ringuette … Liz Richards ... Samantha Finke … Darren Bearson … Sean Kevelighan … Hilary Richards ... Michael Akin, president of DC-based strat comms and engagement firm LINK Strategic Partners (h/t wife Wendi) ... Jennifer Fedor ... Raytheon’s Aimee Strudwick Gilroy … Marilyn Miller (h/t Teresa Vilmain) ... former Bush 43 White House and DHS alum Tom Hoare (h/t Ed Cash) ... Michael Robbins … Ruth Elliott ... Sean Kevelighan ... Bonnie Goldstein ... Matt McKillop is 33 ... Leslea Byrd ... CRC Public Relations is 28 … Liz Richards … Paula Abdul is 55 ... actress Zoe Saldana is 39 ... Macklemore (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) is 34 ... actor Atticus Shaffer is 18 (h/ts AP)