January 16, 2018

No Anthem Kneelers Are on Remaining NFL Playoff Teams; NBC Hardest Hit?

On Monday, Valerie Richardson at the Washington Times noted that no teams with players who continued to kneel during the National Anthem before National Football League games until the end of the regular season qualified for the playoffs. A sports psychologist sees a potentially important lesson in this result, while NBC, which has promised to showcase kneeling players during the Anthem before the beginning of this year’s Super Bowl, may be destined for disappointment.

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Cynical Scribes Continue to Downplay Tax Cut-Driven Good News

Reporters continue to concoct reasons to complain as more than 2 million American individuals and their families have suddenly become better off than they were three weeks ago. Even the news that the nation’s largest retailer is raising its nationwide minimum wage while paying bonuses of up to $1,000 to every employee, and that an automaker is investing $1 billion in U.S. production, haven’t moved cynics who refuse to concede the unconditional positivity in all of this.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011618)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Vikings QB calls miraculous touchdown pass only third-best moment of his life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

At The Blaze (video at link):

January 15, 2018

The heart-pounding NFC divisional playoff game Sunday night between the Minnesota Vikings and the visiting New Orleans Saints will be remembered for a long time.

The Saints came all the way back from a 17-point deficit to take a 21-20 lead with three minutes left. The Vikings stormed back with a 53-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining to retake the lead, 23-21. Then the Saints answered that by marching down the gridiron and getting their own field goal, a 43-yarder, to grab back the lead, 24-23. Time left on the clock? Just 29 seconds.

After taking the field for the final time, the Vikings offense faced a third and 10 from their own 39-yard line with just seconds remaining and no time outs. ESPN’s win-probability model gave them only a 2.6 percent chance to win.

Then they pulled off what they’re already calling the Minnesota Miracle.

Quarterback Case Keenum fired a long sideline pass toward Stefon Diggs, who came down with the desperate throw. And after a Saints player missed the tackle, there was no one between Diggs and the end zone — and he romped right in as time expired.

The Vikings advanced to play the Philadelphia Eagles in next week’s NFC Championship.

After the game, an understandably thrilled Keenum told an interviewer that the miraculous win “probably will go down as the third-best moment of my life.”

And what topped his squad’s stunning victory?

“Giving my life to Jesus Christ and marrying my wife,” Keenum said as the ecstatic hometown crowd roared all around him. …

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