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V.24 No.7 | 2/12/2015
That crazy, crazy catch
That crazy, crazy catch

sports

Patriots Over Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX

Will all our questions ever be answered?

Michael Sanchez recaps the game, the heartache and the weirdness of another year of sportsball.
V.24 No.5 | 1/29/2015
The controversial and entertaining Richard Sherman at a recent press conference
The controversial and entertaining Richard Sherman at a recent press conference

sports

The Big Game Is All Set

Enjoying everything that goes into a Super Bowl Sunday

With the big game almost upon us, Michael Sanchez recaps and plans ahead.
V.23 No.52 | 12/25/2014
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Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Dec. 25, 2014

Test your 505 news IQ with the Weekly Alibi pop quiz.
V.23 No.48 | 11/27/2014

Idiot Box

Watch, Eat, Repeat

Thanksgiving Around the Dial

What is there to watch on TV this Thanksgiving? Let’s take a trip around the dial.
V.23 No.41 | 10/9/2014

sports

A Funny Lady Tackles a National Obsession

Susan Cooper's great compromise

Albuquerque author Susan Cooper wanted a funny, informative book about football. She discovered she’d have to write it herself.
V.23 No.40 | 10/2/2014

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Oct. 2, 2014

From APD to UNM, test your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news with the Alibi pop quiz, Crib Notes.
V.23 No.37 | 9/11/2014

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Sept. 11, 2014

From UNM athletics to t-shirts that didn’t jibe with TEDxABQ, test your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news with the Alibi pop quiz.
V.23 No.32 |

news

The Daily Word in cruel hierarchies, BrBa autopsy and sentinel wells

The Daily Word

An alleged robber was really just scratching himself.

Our mayor is doing something about chronic poverty and homelessness.

Regular safety inspections at WIPP went undone because the agency in charge of those sorts of issues didn’t know if it had the authority to inspect a Department of Energy site.

The local board of education wants to meet in closed session about superintendent Winston Brooks but they keep postponing the matter.

In the cruel hierarchy of college football, UNM walk-on and Roswell native David Anaya gets a break.

In the southeast part of town, a "smiling man" was accused of automobile theft.

Starting today, scientists will begin drilling “sentinel" wells in the Trumbull Village neighborhood near Kirtland Air Force Base.

Here’s a new LA Times article about the autopsy of some teevee show called "Breaking Bad."

Warning fellow Scots about the dangers of police militarization using Albuquerque as an example, a resident of Dundee writes, “Get the guns back in the boot of the armed response team cars where they belong.”

A 26-inch catfish was caught at Tingley Beach using shrimp as bait.

V.23 No.24 |

news

The Daily Word in APD protest, Kit Carson Park and Mr. Clean

The Daily Word

This morning, Metro Court Judge Christina Jaramillo overturned some of David Correia’s conditions of release. The tenured UNM professor and activist will now be allowed to attend City Council meetings.

Yesterday, Mr. Clean visited the Isotopes at home.

During Wednesday’s picketing of APD Chief Gordon Eden, employees of Hotel Albuquerque confronted protesters.

Sandia National Laboratories and the City of Albuquerque are partners, yo.

Maloney’s is closing.

Diego Sanchez, a UFC fighter, took home $140,000 after his recent Albuquerque appearance.

A rare, native New Mexican jumping mouse is now on the endangered species list.

In Taos, "Kit Carson Park" is no more.

The NM Class-A Six Man High School Football All Star game was recently played in Burque.

A 24-hour Denny’s will soon open in Edgewood.

V.23 No.6 | 2/6/2014

news

The Daily Word in the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day and Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Daily Word

The Seahawks won the Super Bowl.

Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter.

Rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Dylan Farrow accuses Woody Allen of sexual abuse.

A fisherman survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific.

How do they make that yellow first down line on the football field?

J. K. Rowling says Hermione should have hooked up with Harry.

Look at these Star Wars football helmets.

City Council will consider changes to APD oversight.

Bridget Romero is on the loose.

Will it finally rain today?

Happy birthday Morgan Fairchild.

V.23 No.4 | 1/23/2014
The play that sealed the game for Seattle over San Francisco
Image via ESPN.com
The play that sealed the game for Seattle over San Francisco

sports

Super Bowl XLVIII Set

Broncos and Seahawks win division championship games

The final four teams in the National Football League have been whittled down to two. The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will meet on Sunday, Feb. 2 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014
Game-winning touchdown thrown by Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton
NBC via ESPN
Game-winning touchdown thrown by Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton

sports

2014 NFL Playoffs Begin with a Bang

A weekend full of winning visitors, almost all of the games coming down to the wire and some spectacular performances.
V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013

news

The Daily Word in talking business, short football games and KHAAAAAN!

The Daily Word

How to talk business.

How Adam Levine talks business.

How Jaden Smith talks business.

NFL games contain only 11 minutes of football.

Learn about aluminum.

Bjork explains TV.

Here’s the latest in bicycle technology.

Remember your teddy bear?

Watch Van Damme’s Volvo commercial.

Who are you calling psycho?

Why did Groupon die? For one, they didn’t have a newspaper.

John Lennon got detention. A lot.

Mmmm, delicious stale bread.

The weather is still the news in New Mexico.

Happy birthday Ricardo Montalban.

V.22 No.40 | 10/3/2013
Via LoboTV

sports

Lobos Drop High-Scoring Game Against UNLV

Despite rushing 400 yards in first half

On Saturday, the University of New Mexico Lobos started hot. The cherry-and-silver squad scored 21 points in the first quarter, running up 217 yards in the first twelve minutes alone. However, the energy couldn’t be sustained. The Rebels of UNLV came out with almost as much steam, and the Lobos ultimately fell 56-42, scoring consecutively less per quarter in a game that had seemed an almost-certain win at many points early in the evening.

While the Lobo offense hummed in the first quarter, UNLV came right back at UNM in the second quarter. The Lobos registered another 14 points, UNLV another 21, and come halftime, the score was knotted at 35-35. The running game maintained their domination of the offense, especially for the Lobos, who gained another 183 yards. The two teams combined at half for 749 yards, but the tied score wouldn't remain that way for long.

The Rebels started to utilize the passing game and took advantage of a Lobo fumble, holding the previously unfettered running game to a mere 97 more yards in the entire second half. Two consecutive touchdowns by UNLV in the span of a mere three minutes seemed to break the Lobos’ willpower to mount any kind of comeback.

With the loss, the Lobos drop to 1-3 for the year. Coach Bob Davie said, post-game, that the first half was unbelievable but admitted that the end result depended on being able to stop the other team. Lobos' offense has proven their capabilities, especially in the first half of Saturday's action, but the defense of the cherry-and-silver needs to continue to work in order to right UNM's year.

Looking past the sting of the defeat, the night also brought about a school record of three players each rushing for more than 100 yards: Kasey Carrier, Carlos Wiggins and quarterback Cole Gautsche each accomplished the feat.

V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012
The late, great Junior Seau
The late, great Junior Seau

sports

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?

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