The Daily Word in gay heroes, concussed athletes and Queen Elizabeth
X-Men hero is revealed to be gay.
Happy Birthday to Queen Elizabeth!
The difference between life and death is 2 degrees Celcius.
NFL is going to lose big with $1 billion payout to concussed players.
Inmates are artists, too.
Kids’ cancer camp in NM is struggling to stay open.
The Big Game Is All Set
Enjoying everything that goes into a Super Bowl Sunday
The Daily Word In Space Camp, Fake Babies and Becoming President
It’s Wednesday! How are you? Have you been getting enough sleep and drinking enough water? Don’t get too worried about all the stuff you worry about, because it will all work out. Probably. Just take a deep breath, read these mostly uplifting stories, and remember that you are important and people love you.
The fake baby in American Sniper was snubbed at the Golden Globes. RUDE.
People who care about sports are freaking out about the deflated footballs used during the Patriots game.
Eight of the 43 presidents of the United States never went to college! TAKE THAT, DAD!
Your daily proof that dogs are real life angels.
TLC has created a Kickstarter to help finance a new album.
The highest paid Youtube star is a mysterious woman who clearly loves nail art and opens Disney toys.
The Daily Word in birth, marriage, abortion, volcanos and Coffee Day.
A shooting at a Miami club injured 15 people.
There’s a Clinton granddaughter now.
George Clooney got married to a lawyer lady.
Stevie Nicks and Don Henley had a pregnant together, it’s now revealed.
At least 36 people were killed when a Japanese volcano erupted.
There’s political unrest in Hong Kong.
The Raiders’ coach has not been fired yet.
Today is Coffee Day.
Here’s how to purge your Gmail account in five easy steps.
It’s raining feces.
Not so fast, Pluto, you may not be a planet afterall…
A judge refused to issue an injuction against Uber and Lyft operating in NM.
APD Officer Keith Sandy made a weird remark two hours before shooting James Boyd.
There was a body in the road at 118th Street.
What’s happening today in Albuquerque?
Happy birthday, Gene Autry.
2014 NFL Playoffs Begin with a Bang
The Daily Word in Utah gorings, SNAP cuts and a lost Van Gogh
Are you sure that's an original Van Gogh? Where's my magnifying glass?
Russia calls on Syria to turn over its chemical weapons and place them under international control.
The new iPhones might have a fingerprint scanner? What will they think of next? An eye-laser identification system?
A man died over the weekend after falling from an elevated walkway at San Francisco's Candlestick Park during an NFL game.
A man in Utah was airlifted to the hospital after being gored by his buffalo. According to news reports, this is the third animal goring to happen in Utah in less than a month.
Amanda Hobbs, 24, died this morning due to injuries received from a triple shooting that happened in Valencia County on Saturday. Her father, Wesley Hobbs, 54, died after being shot twice in the head, and her mother, Patricia Hobbs, was also shot but is now out of the hospital. Police have yet to pinpoint suspects or a motive for the shooting.
A candlelight vigil was held on Sunday evening to honor fallen firefighter, Token Adams, who went missing on Aug. 30 in Jemez Springs Park. His body was found a week later, and officials specified that he died after crashing his ATV.
Some New Mexicans are going to have to make arrangements when the SNAP (food stamps) program loses some of its benefits within the next two months.
Move over Ancient Egypt; it looks like a modern Eurasian has the market cornered on mummification.
The Daily Word in Black Friday, Black Widow and Giant Tortoise.
Nerves still high in Israel, despite cease-fire.
Tragedy strikes the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Scientist believe they can bring a particular species of giant tortoise back from extinction.
World famous pool player “Black Widow” sues Albuquerque company over endorsment deal.
Chickenpox outbreak in Indiana is apparently the largest in US history.
Family of Hector Camacho wrestles with life support decision.
Bernalillo County commissioners gain international attention over upcoming vote to amend animal ordinance.
Yesterday in the NFL: The Texans won, the Cowboys lost and the Patriots embarrassed the Jets.
Black Friday in a nutshell: an incredibly overwhelming nutshell.
I hope you had a better Thanksgiving than this cat had.
The Daily Word in cheese-smuggling, early voting, cliff diving
Returning NFL referees received with cheers and a standing ovation.
Are you as excited as I am about Balloon Fiesta?
Early voting kick-starts Presidential election in Iowa.
Canadian police officer arrested and charged with cheese-smuggling.
Apple chief executive apologizes for new maps app.
Lawn at Pete Domenici Courthouse is getting a face-lift.
Bank of America shells out 2.43 billion in settlement with Merrill Lynch.
Alaskan woman walks off cliff while texting.
Starry Night recreated with Hubble photos of other starry nights.
Celebrities hanging out with other celebrities and being awesome.
And here’s a cat video to brighten your day.
NFL Replacement Refs Causing Chaos
At the start of NFL 2012 season, the regular crew of referees have not been in charge of officiating the games. The NFL Referees Association and the National Football League are having trouble agreeing on money (what else is new?), but early on it didn't seem like a particularly big deal. When quarterback Joe Flacco came out with strongly worded comments condemning the NFL for using replacement refs instead of hammering out a deal with the old guard, the news was largely met with silence, if not outright scorn. Flacco was just upset, said the contrarians, because his team lost.
However, Steve Young went even further last Monday night, claiming that the NFL knows there is nothing that can happen that will diminish America's desire for football: "The bottom line is they [the NFL] don't care."
Eagles' running back LeShean McCoy even claims that a replacement referee told him outright that he needed McCoy to do well for his own fantasy league.
None of this is good press for the NFL, which have seen Young's comments played out publicly. If they stand ground, they run the risk of confirming what he said. If they rush out of the gates in an attempt to show concern for both player safety and the integrity of the game, they risk appearing weak with the locked-out refs.
The turning point might have been the Ravens' loss in Philadelphia, which prompted those comments from Baltimore quarterback Flacco.
This turning point, however, does not mean that this matter has passed the point of no return. The upcoming choices the NFL makes in regards to the money they will or won't pay their old refs will be reflected one way or another in future games. And if we reach a point where it seems the replacement refs actually do decide a game, that point will have arrived, and Young's words will have their veracity tested.
The Daily Word in sexual pupils, cartel drones and photos from Mars
Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page used to be the singer for a white power rock group called “End Apathy.”
Two men are charged after robbing a pizzeria and saying it was part of a reality TV show.
Measuring pupil dilation may indicate sexual orientation.
Drug cartels are using drones to spot unpatrolled areas of the border.
A New Mexican Selena Gomez gets banned from Facebook for sharing the same name as the celeb.
A man sets his house on fire after microwaving his socks and underwear.
The NFL is set to use its first female referee in light of the current referee lockout.
A gay marriage opponent accidentally sets a fire outside the General Mills headquarters in Minnesota.
Daniel Day Lewis makes a creepily convincing Abe Lincoln.
Santa Fe unveils two electric vehicle charging stations.
Olive oil helps save a squirrel’s life after being stuck in a manhole cover.
The Curiosity has sent its first full-color photograph from Mars.
James Holmes’ psychiatrist may have warned police weeks before the Aurora shooting.
Junior Seau Found Dead
News broke on Wednesday that football legend Junior Seau had been found dead. He was shot to death, according to the preliminary reports, but word started leaking pretty quickly that it looked like a case of suicide. This can still be termed a shooting death, sure, but there's a lot more impact to the word suicide.
In the days before this awful event occurred, the NFL had been aflutter with news of the Saints bounty program. Sports Illustrated was even linking to this article with the header "The Final Shoe Drops." It's incredible to think that a sport that is literally predicated upon players hitting one another could find itself so aghast at the existence of this bounty program.
The connecting factor between these two stories, of course, is the commissioner of the National Football League: Roger Goodell. Charged with protecting the sport that Americans cherish, and preserving its place at the top of the nation's sporting pyramid, Goodell has done more than a passable job. Football is constantly surpassing its old records: more money made, more games shown, bigger audience for the Super Bowl; the list goes on.
However, there's no denying that while Goodell has shown genuine concern about the concussion issue, that very issue is much larger than we previously understood. Take, for example, the case of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who shot himself to death last year. In his autopsy, it was concluded that Duerson was the victim of a neurodegenerative ailment symptomatic of concussions.
Junior Seau, by all accounts, was a highly successful, positive-thinking role model, celebrated in his community, by his team, and even by a large portion of the country, especially in his playing days. His intensity may have put some people off, sure, but practically everyone who was living in Southern California in the early and mid-90s was rooting for him. He doesn’t seem like a suicide risk at first glance, but the connection between getting your brain addled on a regular basis and coming down with serious depression afterwards seems like it's becoming more and more clear with every incident the sports-loving public suffers through. The saga of Barret Robbins and the litany of lawsuits concerning concussions seem to suggest we as an audience (and participants!) are reaching the breaking point.
It should be abundantly clear that I am not a medical expert, nor has it been confirmed that Seau actually killed himself. And plenty of people suffer through concussions and go on to lead rich, full, successful lives.
Despite the above disclaimers, though, if Roger Goodell's duty is to serve as the vanguard of the National Football League, there have got to be some common sense steps taken before the damning proof has been served. Americans love football and want to continue to, but as concussions and health care of ex-players are increasingly presented in the news, plenty of NIMBY mothers and fathers are going to extend those cares beyond their backyards and onto their children. Everybody wants to raise the next successful quarterback. But what if the risk is too high?
Bombs Over Bay-Bay
The Broncos’ budding wideout talks game time, overtime and Tebow time
Manning might be Brady's kryptonite
The Giants beat the Patriots again, and all of a sudden, we've got a new meme. The idea that Tom Brady is incapable of beating Eli Manning gained some serious traction on Sunday night, as the New York G-Men beat New England's favorite son for the second time in the biggest game of them all.
While a big story at the water cooler today might revolve around the half time show and the maybe-controversy of Madonna's guest M.I.A. flipping the bird, there was plenty of football to comment on, too. The game, while sloppy in many places, proceeded at a pace that was far from predicted. The 38 total points fell pretty easily under the Vegas-based line of 53, and probably surprised many people who were expecting an offensive slugfest.
With two points scored in the first six minutes of play, the Giants seized control of the game quickly, thanks to an unusual safety. Brady had attempted a pass from his own end zone, which was ruled intentional grounding, resulting in the two points and a return of possession to the Giants.
Just five and a half minutes later, the Giants cashed in on that drive, making the score 9-0. The Patriots were seemingly on the ropes. However, New England started the second quarter by chipping in a field goal after five minutes. They proceeded to make two strong defensive stands, sandwiched by an anemic offensive set of three-and-out, but followed up that weakness by going 99 yards in just under 4 minutes—a performance that netted them a touchdown and the lead to go into halftime.
After the halftime controversy that wasn't—although it's probably a good thing Heather Wilson isn't our Representative here in New Mexico anymore—the big surprises started coming. The slow start might have been expected, given Super Bowl-sized nerves, but surely no one counted on 19 points in the first half being repeated in the second.
The Patriots grabbed a lead, seemingly confident even as the Giants first kicked one field goal and then another, to pull within two points. But the fourth quarter opened with Brady throwing it deep, only to be intercepted. The following drive by the Giants, while resulting in no points, killed enough clock that things were getting to an end point, no matter what. With that same two-point lead, the Patriots were in a delicate position.
That perilous footing proved to be disastrous when, following a null Patriots set, Eli Manning orchestrated a big drive, sparked by a dazzling 38-yard Mario Manningham sideline catch. The Giants milked the clock and got deep enough field position that Patriots coach Bill Belichick gambled on allowing the touchdown to go through, leaving Brady and co. just under one minute to put together a game-winning drive.
But it wasn't to be. Patriot receivers had ket drops as the game dwindled, and Brady's final Hail Mary pass was batted up in the end zone, falling just out of reach of a diving Rob Gronkowski. It resulted in a 21-17 G-Men win.
Belichick and Brady are now 3-2 in Super Bowls together, and Manning is 2-0. No one can deny the Patriots their place as a dynasty, but it appears there is a new force to be reckoned with at the top of the heap.
The Daily Word in a deadly cold snap, a toddler-bitten snake, a glitterbombed writer
Mother of a 13-month-old Israeli toddler says her son chewed the head off a snake.
Topless protesters detained at World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
5 teenage hikers are safe after search and rescue team led them down Sandias.
The speech Nixon had planned in case the Apollo 11 mission failed and the astronauts died on the moon makes me feel all warm and patriotic inside.
Gay columnist Dan Savage gets glitterbombed in Vancouver.
Tractor brewing gets cited for refilling patrons' growlers.
This milk is totally spoiled.
Bus-sized asteroid has a “near miss” after flying by Earth at a distance of (only!) 37,000 miles.
Starbucks aims to open 50 new locations in India this year.
Heavy snow fall and plummeting temperatures have caused 28 counted deaths across east Europe.
NFL conference championships coming up
So, it'll be San Francisco versus the New York Giants and New England versus Baltimore. All for the right to go to the biggest game of the year. No more upstart Broncos, no more defending-champ Packers. No more surprise Texans, and no more record-breaking Saints.
Obviously, the majority of the public wants to see a rematch of Super Bowl XLII with the Patriots facing the Giants. It's not that simple, though.
In order to get past the 49ers, the Giants will have to overcome the underdog story of the year. With Alex Smith (he of the No. 1 pick who has disappointed in almost every one of his six previous seasons in the NFL) gunning, the 49ers have impressed upon nearly everyone by now the fact that they are a serious team. By beating the New Orleans Saints in dramatic—if not overwhelming—
The Giants, on the other hand, rolled over the Green Bay Packers in such demonstrative fashion that their offense, which was well-heralded previously, may become secondary to a defensive unit that sacked opposing quarterback Aaron Rodgers four times. The Giants also had their way on offense, with Eli Manning picking apart the Packers' defense in way that was rather embarrassing.
In the AFC, the New England Patriots put an end to the miracle story of Tim Tebow's Broncos. The team-that-could just ran into a buzz saw and was clearly outmatched. Tebow outlived expectations this year and should be proud of the wins he (and the Broncos defense) managed this season, as well as making it to the playoffs, but the Patriots offense hung 45 points on the vaunted Broncos defense.
New England looks to continue its performance next weekend against the Baltimore Ravens, whose defense is miles ahead of the Broncos. The only hitch in the Ravens' game plan could be found in their regular season record: Of the four games they lost, all were away from home. Next week they'll play at Gillette Stadium, where New England is a tidy 7-1. That sole loss, by the way? It came to the New York Giants.
Both games will be televised on Sunday, with Baltimore and New England at 1 PM on CBS, and New York playing in San Francisco at 4:30 p.m. on Fox.