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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/2/20


3 Up

1. Mars Rover Perserverence - NASA headed off to Mars this week with a launch searching for life on the red planet. The mission will take seven - SEVEN!!! - months to reach mars with an expected arrival on February 18th, 2021. The mission is 300 million miles in travel! I just find it cool. Especially as it serves as a reminder of how big our universe really is, and how small we are in the grand scheme of everything. 

2. NBA Product - I've said it multiple times this week on Twitter, the NBA currently has the best COVID product in sports. From their production set up for games and the viewing experience to the awesome games we've gotten thus far, it's all been awesome. Kudos not just to the league, but to the many administrators and sport managers who made it happen.

3. Nike Video - Have you seen Nike's latest "You Can't Stop Us" campaign video? Speaking of cool things, this video is tremendous. 

3 Down

1.United States Economy - The economy continues to do poorly, with the job market looking bleaker and bleaker by the day. And oh yeah, our elected officials have yet to work something out - thanks Dems for blocking a rescue bill and posturing for political gain. The current stimulus bill expired this past week and with evictions no longer protected, things are looking to get much worst.

2. California Wildfires - If 2020 hasn't 2020'ed enough, California is on fire again. Ugh...

3. "Delay" 2020 Election? - And from the gift that continues to give, our President not only continues to play golf on weekends, but he openly mentioned that he would like to delay the election. I hate politics in 2020. All of it.  

1 Interesting 

1. PAC-12 Student-Athletes - Student-Athletes from the PAC-12 have banded together for demands on protection and safety, protection for other sports (non-football), support for racial injustice, and more. With the threat of opting out - as already seen in some D1 conference, this situation will get VERY interesting. We're starting to see a slow shift in the dynamics of college athletics...

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/23/24

3 Up 1. Connor McDavid - In what might be sports' biggest kept secret, McDavid has put up two 4-point performances in the Stanley Cup to not only force a game 7 for the Edmonton Oilers after being down 3-0, but solidify himself as one of the most dominant athletes in sports.  2. Marijuana Pardons - I've always had an issue with the way our society has moved into accepting marijuana legally, and thus, never rectified how we exploited black and brown communities by over-criminalizing the drug.  By the way, is it fair to say we lost the "war on drugs?" Just saying... 3. Inside Out 2 - I have yet to see it, but the film took advantage of a huge heat wave nationwide and became the highest-grossing film in 2024.  3 Down 1. Heat Wave - It. Was. Hot. Summers are becoming sort of ridiculous.  2. Ecuador - The country suffered a huge blackout with over 17 million people losing power. It's not what you want.  3. Justin Timberlake - This guy has all of the money in the worl