The Daily Word 02.07.11: Packers, Huffington Post, Darth Vader and escape from handcuffs.
The Packers beat the Steelers in Superbowl XLV.
The Black Eyed Peas were terrible at half time. It seemed like even they were wondering what they were doing out there.
Children’s author Brian Jaques died at 71.
Shannon Tavarez died at age 11. She played Nala in The Lion King on Broadway.
35 animals froze to death in a Mexican zoo.
Shrinking brains might be making us smarter.
NASA’s 360-degree photo of the sun reveals it is spherical.
Can you escape from handcuffs?
Learn about Guilllermo del Toro’s monsters.
In New York, there is a cool place run by a cool guy. Does Albuquerque have any places like that?
Astorga can get the death penalty.
A woman tasted a semen-tainted yogurt sample at Sunflower Market.
The Immigrant Day of Action march is today.
Alexis has some more local stories over at DCF.
Happy birthday, Chris Rock.
The Daily Word 1.25.11: demonically possessed pit bull, the future of the news industry, unreal beef at Taco Bell
Industry saved? Media magnate James Murdoch suggests a 99 cent a week subscription to The Daily, a future iPad-only newspaper.
Jesse “The Body” Ventura is suing the TSA for inappropriately touching his “body.”
The King’s Speech has been nominated for a stunning 12 Oscars.
Taco Bell is being sued in California for not really using “real beef.” Well, duh.
... And if you were planning on making the trip to Tucson to try lion tacos, you’re out of luck.
A woman hangs and burns a pit bull from a tree after chewing her Bible. I mean, clearly the dog was possessed by some sort of demonic power.
Russia, as expected, isn’t going to take any shit when it comes to the airport suicide bombing.
A woman falls 23 stories, lands on a taxi cab ... and lives.
Everyone’s crying foul after the Christian Heritage High girls basketball team obliterated their opponent 108-3.
These ankle bracelets could be mandated for drunk drivers who don’t get an interlock.
The JCPenney call center in Rio Rancho is closing, rendering 375 workers jobless.
Sour grapes! A Chicago man was fired from his job after refusing to remove his Green Bay Packers tie the day after their win over the Bears.
The Fantastic Four is down to three as the long-running comic book franchise is put to bed.
Packers v. Steelers
Super Bowl XLV is on the way
The field in the National Football League has been officially narrowed to two teams: the Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Feb. 6 in Arlington in the new Cowboys Stadium.
In the first face-off yesterday, the Green Bay Packers crushed the Chicago Bears in what ended as a closer game than it really should have. Despite the low score, Chicago never seriously threatened Green Bay. When Jay Cutler went down in the first half—not to return for the rest of the game—the Bears seemed lost. However, third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie stepped up to his role in a big way and made something of a game of the second half. In fact, Chicago didn't even manage to put up any score until the fourth quarter. By that point, it seemed certain that the game was over, but Hanie refused to let things end without the Bears on the board.
The Packers have done a great job of stepping up their game as the season has creeped closer to the big game. Aaron Rodgers—more than proving his place as the post-Brett Favre quarterback for Green Bay—ended the night with a somewhat ugly line, but did everything that was asked of him. Most importantly winning. Along the way, he threw for 288 yards with two interceptions, ran in a touchdown and had a passer rating of 55.4—by far the lowest of his post-season. Despite all this, Rodgers and the Packers came out triumphant, defeating their long-time rivals in Chicago and setting up a meeting in Super Bowl XLV with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The New York Jets played in the same style of the Bears, refusing to put up points in the first half. It could have been considered a charitable gesture if it had been done on purpose—but no one believes that—and the Jets dug themselves too big a hole to get out of. The Pittsburgh Steelers, with their championship pedigree, proved to be too much to overcome.
While New York's Mark Sanchez has been impressive since being drafted last year, he was no match for Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. The Jets and their vaunted defense allowed 24 points in the first half, while only scoring three of their own. The good news: the defense woke up in the second half and held the Steelers scoreless. After the Jets managed a safety and a touchdown in the short span of four minutes, it seemed like hope was alive.
But Pittsburgh's defense isn't nicknamed the Steel Curtain for nothing and they held up their end of the defensive bargain.
Super Bowl 2011 will feature two young quarterbacks who are at different stages in their careers. Roethlisberger has been to the Super Bowl twice already and is accepted fully by his team and his city. Aaron Rodgers is still tending to that second bit. If there were any people in Green Bay who hadn't bought fully into Rodgers, surely this Super Bowl trip will convince them. Win or lose, Rodgers is now firmly in command of the Packers and the Cheesehead Nation. Combined with Roethlisberger's previous wins, this will make for an entertaining bowl game between two quarterbacks in total control with nothing really to lose and everything to gain.
The Daily Word 10.25.10. Dried blood, hiccups and cholera.
Louis XVI’s dried blood is inside a fancy gourd.
Randy Quaid is afraid he’s going to be murdered.
A one-handed model is all the rage in Europe.
You can fly from Hobbs to Houston. So figure out how to get to Hobbs, my friend, and… next stop, Houston. Then next stop, back. Then back to Houston.
Do you hate the Lead and Coal Project?
Masshole didn’t know what an atlatl was.
Happy birthday, Minnie Pearl.