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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 12/13/20


 
3 Up

1. Vaccines - Well, it's here. The FDA approved emergency use of multiple vaccines (with more to come) and it now feels like there is a significant light at the end of this dark, scary tunnel. We're not out of it yet as the virus continues to rage, shutdown are pending, and vaccines distribution is sure to be polarizing. But at the very least, there is an answer forthcoming. Continue to stay safe, ya'll. 

2. Rashinda Jones at MSNBC - This is small, but it is super cool. Rashida Jones - no, not that Rashida Jones of Ann Perkins...or Karen Filepelli fame - became the first black President of a major news network, taking over at MSNBC. The country needs a new shift in cable news in the worst way, and hopefully Jones can be a part of it. At the very least, it's nice to see the industry having representation at all levels.

 3. Stephanie Ruhle - COVID has given us so many takes, opinions, thoughts, fears, and rants. Ruhle returned to her MSNBC show after testing positive for COVID and not only gave her testimony on the matter, but delivered one of the best monologues on everything COVID that I've heard since the pandemic began. Ruhle touched on it all, from the lack of leadership, to the many cracks in our systems - in regards to inequity - that it has unveiled. I recommend finding these videos wherever you can. 

3 Down

1. Brandon Bernard - So. Incredibly. Sad. I'm not sure how I can articulate the sadness I feel for the execution of Brandon Bernard this week. Seek out Bernard's story - even what he was convicted for. All of it, sand how our country snatched his life - again, so sad. We need to do better as a country. 

2. Celebrity Deaths - The loss of Tomy "Tiny" Lister and Charlie Pride were just small parts of my childhood falling into the lake of the abyss. Lister, in his role as Zeus in professional wrestlinh intrigued me as a child (as really, anyone who wanted to destroy Hulk Hogan) and then later as "Deebo", as one of the greatest movie characters ever that then became a verb. And then there was Charlie Pride, a favorite of my mother who played his music throughout our home over the years. The idea that both succumbed to COVID makes it so much more sad, and of course, more 2020 than anything else. 

3. Economic Stimulus - As specific areas continue to trend toward closure once again (i.e. New York City is set to close on Monday), many are still awaiting a stimulus package to help survive the shutdown sanctions. So many businesses are struggling, and our government has still been unable to provide any kind of relief. So, incredibly frustrating.

Recent Favorites

Exorcising Demons with a Breen "Double Bang!"

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

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/28/24

3 Up 1. DiVincenzo Shot - Yeah, I'm biased. And you know what, I don't care. This moment brought me so many jobs this week, and it still is. "Bang! Bang!"  2. Caitlin Clark Effect - Well, here we go. So many of the WNBA teams have begun moving their games against the Indiana Fever to larger arenas. The upcoming WNBA season is going to be so incredibly interesting. 3. Candace Parker - Rounding out a hoops-heavy "Up" this week is the retirement of Candace Parker. Yes, she drives the Knicks fanbase bonkers, but Parker is one of the greatest to ever lace them up. It's a shame she had to retire due to injury, but nonetheless, she should be proud. I personally will remember the 2021 WNBA Finals where she led her hometown Chicago Sky over the star-studded Phoenix Mercury.  3 Down 1. Campus Protests - I've witnessed them personally at NYU. And we are set to see these protests continue, and likely grow, on campuses over the next few weeks. We are likely to s

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