The Daily Word in Tebow’s release, choir attacks and zoo babies.
Gas explosion in Prague injured at least 35.
The New York Jets have released Tim Tebow.
The St. Jude Thaddeus Parish choir was attacked on Sunday during closing hymns.
Weather postpones the new World Trade Center building’s ascent to be the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.
The state has issued an Amber Alert for 6-year-old Elijah Reczek.
Leo Dicaprio’s life is nothing like The Great Gatsby.
New York City bartender breaks world record for most cocktails made in one hour. (Hint: The previous record was 973.)
Zoos around the world are welcoming new baby animals that will make your heart melt.
The Daily Word in Sandy aid bill, anteater legs and Rex Ryan
Malala Yousafz, the 15 year old who was shot in the head by a Taliban assassin, has been discharged after 3 months in a British hospital.
School bridge program boosts a New Mexico county’s graduation rate.
Rex Ryan may think a little too highly of Mark Sanchez … and Tim Tebow?
The House passes a $9.7 billion Sandy aid bill.
Selena and the Biebs broke up again.
Bill Richardson is taking a potentially risky trip to North Korea.
Naomi Campbell was apparently mugged last month in Paris, but no official report was filed.
Los Lunas police are willing to pay in order to retrieve the stolen Wal-Mart guns.
Patrick Dempsy is now the proud owner of a coffee shop.
Young Christopher Walken looks freakishly like Scarlett Johansson
Ever seen an anteater with panda bear legs?
The Daily Word in prosthetic limbs, London cabbies and Tim Tebow
Hillary Clinton warns about a potential terrorist haven in Sinai.
Mark Hamill says Mitt Romney is “not actually human.” You’d have to think Luke Skywalker has an eye for that sort of thing.
Meanwhile, the Obama campaign likens Mitt Romney to Batman supervillain Bane. Bain. Bane. Get it?
The FDA approves the first drug to reduce the risk of HIV infection.
Michael Johnson thinks runners with prosthetic limbs have an unfair advantage.
Hundreds of London cabbies protest the 30 miles of “Olympic Games Lanes.”
Yet another sign 2012 may very well be end times; church groups plan pilgrimages to the Jets’ training camp to see Tim Tebow.
Prostitutes are wreaking havoc on dozens of street signs in New Zealand.
The Albuquerque Police Department reveals mobile surveillance trailers to assist SWAT situations.
I had no idea I needed this Legend of Zelda key holder so badly.
It might pay to complain to DirecTV about their dropping of Viacom’s channels.
Marissa Mayer has been named Yahoo’s new CEO. She became Google’s first female engineer back in 1999.
Happy Birthday, David Hasselhoff!
Bombs Over Bay-Bay
The Broncos’ budding wideout talks game time, overtime and Tebow time
The Daily Word in Manning’s millions, Earhart’s disappearance and Winfrey’s layoffs
Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos agree to a 5-year, $96 million dollar deal.
What does this mean for crestfallen Tim Tebow?
The U.S. State Department is re-opening the unsolved case regarding the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
Disney is expected to take a $200 millon dollar loss from underwhelming film John Carter, one of Hollywood’s biggest flops.
The death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin set to go before a grand jury.
Oprah “Iron Fist” Winfrey lays off 30 Oprah Winfrey Network employees.
The gunman in France who killed three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school filmed the shooting with a camera attached to his neck.
Hebrew University plans to release Albert Einstein’s complete archives online.
On July 1st, 8 million college students will see their student loan interest rates double.
The New York Times plans to cut free online access to its content in half, requiring a subscription to view more.
APD officer shoots and kills a man after police say he used his SUV to ram cars.
New Mexico’s graduation rates have gone down three points since 2002.
Some people looking for jobs are getting asked for their Facebook passwords during interviews.
Wendy’s takes the ranking from Burger King as the country’s second biggest hamburger chain.
The Daily Word in capsized cruise ship, crashing Mars probe, self-whistleblowing bank robber.
Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
The Earth's crust in New Mexico is stretching.
Jon Huntsman to drop out of 2012 race and endorse Romney.
Lobos win first conference game 72-62 at Wyoming.
The 'atrocious' officiating of the NFL playoffs.
A word from Kim Jong Un's best friends from growing up.
May I please have all of these for my birthday?: Astronomy illustrations from 1868-1881.
Russia's Mars probe crashes into the Pacific.
Bank robber calls 911 on himself.
Jay-Z bans the "B-word" and gets a nasty response.
Taliban leader reported dead in US drone strike.
Transsexual-averse Girl Scout calls for cookie boycott.
Jimmy Fallon as Tebowie.
The Daily Word in Judge Judy’s violence, Glenn Beck’s back and Portland’s bunny theft
Glenn Beck throws his back out after jumping onto a coffee table.
Thieves steal valuable Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian paintings from a Greece art museum.
Studies find people describe New Mexico as “dull,” “barren” and “close to Arizona.”
325,000 are expected to vote in today’s New Hampshire primary.
... And in case you’re wondering Tim “Tebus Christ” Tebow does not have a horse in the GOP race.
A woman attacks her husband with a hammer for watching “Judge Judy.”
The Department of Homeland Security now has permission to monitor journalists and retain info on social networkers. Hi, guys!
Hostess Brands is preparing to file for bankruptcy.
Awwww! A broken heart increases the risk of having a cardiac attack.
And the Gayest City in America is ... Salt Lake City??
Alabama shuts out LSU as victors of the BCS National Championship.
Don’t bother donating your body to science if you’re chubby.
A man walks into court wearing a jacket covered in a crack recipe.
Photographing the International Space Station at home, in ten easy steps!
You can steal our bunny rabbits, but Meat Class 101 must go on.
Thanks to Emily and Constance for some of today’s links.
Hangover Sports Roundup
Lobos rolling into conference play, Giants bury Falcons, Tebow pulls off another miracle
Before the season started, fans and critics questioned the potential of this year's Lobos. Head coach Steve Alford imposed multiple non-conference tournaments into the schedule to test his team’s mental toughness. Based on its 14-2 record, it seems this team has answered the challenge. The Lobos concluded non-conference play last Saturday at home against North Dakota. Despite having starting freshman point guard Hugh Greenwood recovering from an ankle sprain, the team didn't miss a beat, with six Lobos scoring in double figures. UNM only had a 10-point lead at half time, but turned up the pressure and blew out North Dakota 85-57. Now riding a 12-game winning streak, the Lobos have an extended break before facing the Wyoming Cowboys, Jan. 14 at Laramie. Alford has his team performing extremely well, but there's no denying some of its opponents have been subpar. Only time will tell if this could come back and haunt New Mexico when facing the top Mountain West Conference teams.
The New York Giants may be experiencing deja vu during their attempt at another Super Bowl run. An underrated Eli Manning, an average regular season, great unknown wide receivers and a furious pass rush are creating a lethal combination that could lead the Giants to the promised land. But first they had to take care of the Atlanta Falcons. The Giants defense tormented Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, enabling Giants QB Eli Manning to have good field position and throw for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns. New York only allowed a safety and dominated the Falcons, 24-2. Now the Giants must face the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers for a spot in the NFC Championship. The Packers will be the favorite, but to count out Manning and the Giants would be a mistake.
For those hoping the hype surrounding Tim Tebow would eventually disappear, they’ll have to wait at least another week. Besides Denver Broncos fans, anyone who says they picked the Donkeys to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers is probably lying. The Steelers were fighting injuries to key defensive stars and Ben Roethlisberger was hampered by a leg injury. But going into the game Denver was given little chance to pull the upset, considering they lost three in a row prior to Sunday. The unsung Broncos defense stopped the Steelers in the fourth quarter to force the first new playoff overtime. That set the stage for another Tebow miracle. It only took a coin flip and one play and Tebow delivered another miraculous victory. His 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas not only gave the Broncos the 29-23 win but also should guaranteed Tebow's job for next season. His stats aren’t always impressive, but there's no doubt when it's crunchtime, he delivers. Tebow has to prove he can put a full game together before he can be worthy of all the media attention. Keep in mind this is Tebow’s first season as a starter. If he can improve, it wouldn't be surprising if he rises to be an elite quarterback in the NFL.
A look at the inexplicable, divisive phenomenon
Almost everyone in the world has weighed in on Tim Tebow. His general manager—former Denver Bronco great John Elway—said a few weeks ago that he wasn't quite sold on the young gun as a franchise quarterback. Then there was Charles Barkley, coming out of the woodwork and publicly pleading the Chicago Bears to beat the Broncos. (By the way, they didn't.) The discourse even turns up in seemingly tangential corners, such as young-adult author John Green's Tumblr and the pages of Rolling Stone. So what has Tebow done to deserve, in either sense of the word, all the chatter? Let's review.
Tebow, as we see him now, is a two-time national champion from the University of Florida. He is a Heisman Trophy winner, and one of the rare college athletes who succeeded so spectacularly and still played all four years— instead of making the jump to the pros early. He is enthusiastic in his love for the game, and most of his former associates, whether they be coaches or teammates, are nothing but effusive in their praise for him.
He also just so happens to be over-the-top religious. This, for a lot of people, is a deal breaker. Tebow's parents were missionaries, and he was raised with those beliefs. He has given numerous interviews stating that his ultimate goal in the NFL is to make enough money so that he can live the same kind of lifestyle as his parents did. The religious viewpoint is not unique to the NFL, nor to the Denver Broncos, but Tebow seems to raise a fervent attitude to people on both sides of the issue.
The real crux of The Tebow Dilemma, though, comes when examining the Broncos' record since Tebow was moved into the starting position at quarterback. In the words of DJ Khaled, all the Broncos have been doing since is winning. Often in ridiculously convoluted, dramatic fashion.
The Broncos were an anemic 1-4 before Tebow was slotted in to start, and have gone 7-1 since. The schedule, derided by critics at the beginning of the win streak, has gotten more difficult. The wins, counted as lucky by those same critics, have only gotten more and more tension-filled and climactic.
By most measures, Tebow is not, and should not be counted as a good quarterback in the NFL. Objectively, most scouts looked at him two years ago, before the draft, and said that he would not amount to much. (There were, of course, notable exceptions, such as Jon Gruden.) Subjectively, though, those critics, along with those who doubted his starting position or his worth to the Broncos at all, have had quite a few words to chew on in the last eight weeks. The wins keep piling up and, as of now, Denver sits alone in the top spot of the AFC West.
Steering away from the personal reasons people may or may not like Tebow, it seems now is a good time to remind everyone that we truly do live in the Moneyball age. Will Tebow continue to defy the numbers, or do statistical averages rule all? Will he break the numbers, or eventually conform to them? A third path exists: Perhaps Tim Tebow is making his own numbers, improving as he goes along. For now, the most entertaining words that any football fan can hear on any given Sunday go something like this: "It's the fourth quarter. The Broncos are down. But Tebow's got the ball." Tune in. Something amazing is going to happen.
Hangover Sports Roundup
Holm tastes defeat, Team Jackson goes 2-0, Tebow wins again
Holly Holm hadn't lost since 2004 and was finally starting to get the attention of the casual fight community. With her successful debut in mixed martial arts in 2011, a win over top contender Anne Sophie Mathis could have broken Holm onto the mainstream sports radar. The two fighters met Friday night at Route 66 Casino in front of a raucous crowd of Holm supporters. What started out as a back and forth war, turned into Mathis hitting Holm with heavy shots that left the crowd in stunned silence. Despite Holm taking a extreme amount of damage in round six, the referee refused to stop the fight and left Mathis to finish Holm off with a brutal knockout. With the loss, Holm's MMA career may take a backseat as she is most likely to seek a rematch. With trainer Mike Winklejohn backing her, this loss shouldn't define her career as Holm processes the ability to rebound and continue her success in whatever combat sport she chooses.
Two Team Jackson Fighters fought on the national stage on “The Ultimate Fighter” season finale. Bantamweight John Dodson has been on the radar of MMA fans with his appearance on the Tapout reality series. Since his run to the finals, Dodson has showed superstar potential with his fighting style and personality. Team Alpha Male's T.J. Dillashaw posed a tough challenge, but Dodson’s punching power proved to be the difference. Despite the early stoppage, Dodson looked impressive and may turn into a future title contender. Diego Brandao looked to upstage his teammate when he fought Dennis Bermudez in the Featherweight final. They delivered perhaps one of the best rounds of the year in a down-to-the-wire fight, Then, during the closing seconds, Brandao nailed a textbook perfect armbar which forced Bermundez to tap immediately. Brandao earned the contract, but Bermundez’ performance shoul guarantee him a spot in the UFC. Brandao proved he's more than one-dimensional with submission skills but will need to improve his conditioning to evolve into a top fighter.
Tim Tebow may be the sports media’s darling, but he's also turning out to be a legitimate quarterback. Since Tebow has taken the starting quarterback position, every sports talk show has ran the Tebow topic into the ground. The constant discussion has overshadowed Tebow’s story of overcoming many critics’ doubts about his ability and unconventional style. Despite facing another mediocre opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, Tebow had the best performance of his young career. Two touchdowns and 202 yards passing fueled another 4th quarter game-winning victory. The 35-32 win gives the Denver Broncos a share of the division with the Oakland Raiders. Whether Tebow turns into an elite quarterback really doesn't matter—his grit and ability to win prove he belongs in the NFL.
The Daily Word in groping ghosts, decapitated piglets, 102,000 cupcakes
Watch 50 people simultaneously rob a 7-Eleven in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Facebook claims that there are now only 4.74 degrees of separation. Or Kevin Bacon.
Future horror movie material? A German gynecologist is found with 35,000 pictures of his patients.
Future horror movie material? Newt Gingrich surges to the top spot in the latest GOP poll.
Groupon gone wrong; a London baker is forced to make 102,000 cupcakes.
Walking through doorways is found to cause memory lapses and forgetfulness, new studies find.
A Virginia woman could be imprisoned for up to 50 years after decapitating her boyfriend’s piglet.
Former Denver Broncos QB Jake Plummer lashes out against Tim Tebow for his constant declarations of faith.
The Bernalillo High School principal pulls a questionable cartoon from the school newspaper.
A fake doctor put cement and sealant used to fix flat tires in a woman’s behind because she wanted it bigger.
Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to sleep and a ghost is inappropriately groping you?
“I Have a Draem,” and nine other hilarious typos.
Thanks to Emily Anderson for some of today’s links.
Hangover Sports Roundup
Holland has breakthrough, Tebow completes comeback, Burress shines
After St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols’ legendary Game 3 performance, the Texas Rangers were looking for a spark to even up the series. Pujols’ three home runs in Game 3 helped St. Louis dominate the Rangers 16-7. So in Game 4, the Rangers needed to reestablish its pitching support if it had any hope of getting back momentum. Pitcher Derek Holland heard that message loud and clear by holding the Cardinals to only two hits over 8 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old had seven strikeouts to aid his 4-0 shuout. The series is tied at 2-2, with Cardinals pitching ace Chris Carpenter on the mound in Game 5.
Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins
Tim Tebow doesn't play the position like a conventional quarterback, but the guy wins football games. For three quarters, Tebow looked pretty ordinary and fell behind 15-0 to the winless Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter. But just as it looked grim for the Denver Broncos, Tebow lead his team to two touchdowns and a two point conversion, pushing the game into overtime. Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore gave up a costly fumble, giving the Broncos good field position for a game-winning field goal. Kicker Matt Prater completed Tebow's comeback to give Denver the 18-15 victory. While accuracy problems still continue to haunt the former Florida Gator, Tebow has heart and competitive spirit which makes him an instant favorite to teammates and fans alike.
NY Jets vs San Diego Chargers
Plaxico Burress has been criticized for dropping balls and not being in tune with the Jets’ offense to start the season. He had only caught two touchdowns prior to the Jets’ matchup with the Chargers. But finally Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez decided to use Burress as a red zone target. Every time New York was in the red zone, Burress was the No. 1 option, resulting in three touchdowns grabs. As Sanchez got stronger, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers faded in the fourth quarter, throwing two costly interceptions. The Jets won 27-21 and have some much needed confidence heading into its bye week to prepare for games with Buffalo and New England.
The Daily Word 4.27.10: Jan Brewer, Hugo Chavez, Goldman Sachs
Noah’s Ark may have been discovered in Turkey ... or was it a turkey found in Noah’s Ark?
A man robs a Nebraska convenience store with his head wrapped in toilet paper.
Protests against Arizona’s new immigration law SB 1070 get crazy.
Arizona gov. Jan Brewer dismisses the threat of possible boycotts over the new immigration law.
Newspaper circulation across the nation dropped 9% over the last six months.
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to grow and expand.
Playboy founder Hugh “Hef” Hefner donates $900,000 to save the iconic “Hollywood” sign.
Former Florida QB and Denver Broncos draftee Tim Tebow sets a new record for jerseys sold.
Venezuelan prez Hugo Chavez is apparently starting a Twitter account.
A possible ban on the sale of violent video games to children heads to the Supreme Court for review.
“R” rated movies and early alcohol abuse are linked, apparently. Thanks for letting me watch Relic at age 12, mom.
Albuquerque police evict squatters in the bosque in an effort to prevent forest fires. Smokey can stay.
Blue Cross customers in New Mexico will be taking on a 21 percent rate hike.
The wonders of the internet: Watch the Goldman Sachs congressional hearings here!