Patriots, Eagles feeling the pressure for Super Bowl LII
While the Eagles are vying for their first Super Bowl title in franchise history, the Patriots are going for a sixth Super Bowl win. The actual game itself, however, qualifies as a small portion of the overall television time dedicated to what most likely will be the most-watched telecast of the year. Beyond what happens on the field, there’s the halftime show (Justin Timberlake, whose last Super Bowl appearance was, you know, Nipplegate), the Puppy Bowl, and lest we not forget the ads. The game at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday.
A year after a Penn State fraternity death and what’s happened since
It’s been one year since Tim Piazza died after an alcohol-fueled initiation at a Penn State University fraternity. Piazza’s death, which led to charges against 26 people, plus his fraternity Beta Theta Pi, commenced a year of sweeping change at American fraternities. Throughout 2017, several big universities suspended parts of Greek life in light of the deaths of Piazza and three other pledges. Penn State President Eric Barron announced a summit of university officials to address fraternities Thursday. All the while, the family still copes with the loss of their son. “It doesn’t get better,” Evelyn Piazza said.
Don’t worry about that ‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid’ on Super Bowl Sunday
An asteroid spanning one-third of a mile may help put the big game in perspective when it hurtles past Earth at some 76,000 mph on Super Bowl Sunday. While NASA calls the rocky mass known as 2002 AJ129 a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid,” fear not: It’s not slated to crash into our planet. So relax Pats and Eagles fans, no matter the outcome, it’s not the end of the world.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on a mission to an asteroid, but on its way it gave us a snapshot of two things we Earthlings are very familiar with. Veuer’s Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).
Marijuana shops prep for Super Bowl sales blitz
Marijuana stores across the country are bracing for one of their biggest sales weekends yet as football fans stock up for Super Bowl Sunday. Last year, sales leaped 40% on the Saturday before the big game, according to Green Bits, which runs sales systems for marijuana dispensaries. Nine states — Colorado, Alaska, California, Nevada, Vermont, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts and Maine, plus the District of Columbia — permit recreational marijuana use, although not all of them allow sales in stores.
First-time nominees up for Directors Guild of America’s top film award
Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele are among the five directors up for Saturday’s Directors Guild of America’s award for outstanding directorial achievement. The Guild announced its feature film nominees last month, including Gerwig for the coming-of-age film Lady Bird and Peele for his horror sensation Get Out. With nearly 16,000 members, including television and commercial directors, the guild often selects a more populist lineup when compared with the selections of the nearly 400 members of the directors’ branch of the film academy. Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri) and Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) round out the rest of the nominees.
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