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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/30/24

3 Up

1. Aaron Judge - The (new) Captain started the year off slow, but has quickly put together what is shaping up to be a historic season. Judge has been an absolute monster. 

2. Florida Panthers - Kudos to the Florida Panthers for winning the Stanley Cup. Despite them narrowly avoiding a historic collapse by dropping a 3-0 series lead and finding themselves in a Game 7, the Panthers finished a dominating run to the Cup. 

3. International Basketball - This week's NBA draft saw a large amount of international talent get drafted, especially in the two top spots. Just me, but we need to seriously look at our pipeline here in the States. Also, the route to the NBA is so incredibly diverse. 

3 Down

1. Presidential Debate - Unbelievably bad. I'm sure we all had strong opinions this week. Here were mine.

2. Supreme Court Obstruction - The recent run for the Supreme Court seems rather odd. Nonetheless, the ruling that various January 6th individuals 

3. Democratic Party - They wanted the debate. They got it. And now, they find themselves in a tough spot of possibly having to make a choice of replacing the current President. Congratulations, you played yourself. 

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A lightning bolt strikes One World Trade Center during a thunderstorm in New York City on June 22, 2024, as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. 

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