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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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