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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/22/20


 3 Up

1. COVID Vaccines - For the second week in a row, the continued news of multiple vaccines as well as the effectiveness of those vaccines, gets the top spot. Th news does provide hope and light at the end of this dark, twisted, and awful tunnel that has been 2020. What's even more so uplifitng is the effectiveness of these vaccines

2. The Undertaker - Sure, you can make the jokes about The Undertaker retiring and coming back - because the guy went through a phase of being unsure about the finish line. However, celebrating 30 years - THIRTY YEARS! - of excellence inside of the wrestling business is worth every bit adulation he gets. He developed a characte that will live on forever. To Mark Calaway - thank you for the memories. 

3. NBA Draft - The NBA Draft was very good to this Knicks fan this year. But besides that, much like we saw with the NFL Draft, the in-home presentation really lends itself to just how special the moment is of having your dream come true. I never got tired of seeing these young men and their families cry as they are selected.

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1. Coronavirus - Well, from the vaccines being announced, we're in the 4th quarter of this thing - and it's VERY crucial. The holidays are going to present some continuing issues as we look to hopefully kick this thing for good in 2021. Until then, please continue to take this seriously. 

2. COVID Resource Lines - From food bank lines to testing facilities, the amount of lines I witnessed this week spanning several blocks were heartbreaking and head-scratching. There are so many people hurting right now. Please give to a food bank if you can. 

3. Upcoming Lockdowns? - Here. We. Go. Again. It seems scalebacks are happening, and lockdowns are very much inevtiable through the rest of the year. Again, please continue to be smart out there. 

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These sorts of moments feel like they don't happen to us.  Well, they happen VERY rarely - I'm talking Larry Johnson's 4-point play-rare. Yeah, it's been THAT long.  But watching this New York Knicks team score eight points in less than thirty-five seconds, including a sequence that will forever live in my fandom, sits right with that LJ garden-rocking shot.  I sat on my couch in absolute shock at what I just saw.  "How the hell did they just win that game?!"  It's the kind of moment this fanbase deserves. It's the moment that releases and exorcises some demons that haunt us from the trauma of experiences.  Namely you, Reggie Miller.  I loved it. And the icing on the cake was Mike Breen - Oh, Mike Breen, the loveable man with the most epic voice that has narrated so much of my basketball-loving fandom - with not one, but two signature "Bang!" calls.  I'll never let this one down. Ever.  I'm not sure where this team will wrap up the se