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I remember another gentle visitor from the heavens. He came in peace, and then died, only to come back to life. And his name was...E.T...the Extra-Terrestrial. I love that little guy

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KU basketball's Bryce Thompson undergoes surgery for broken finger
"Bryce had surgery this morning," Self said on his Thursday evening Hawk Talk show. "Without getting into any technical terms, because I don't know it, his surgery went very, very well. There is going to be a natural period of time that has to take place to give it a chance to begin to heal. And then, when it does that after two or three weeks, maybe he can get back in the gym and start shooting and things."

Meyer's Mailbag: LSU, Corey Floyd Jr., Brandin Podziemski and more
In this edition of Meyer's Mailbag, I take a look at the recruitments of Corey Floyd Jr., Brandin Podziemski, Charles Bediako, transfer Nimari Burnett and also discuss LSU.

2022 Blue Springs (Mo.) LB Carson Willich talks football mentality
In fact, in the last few months Willich has earned Big 12 offers from Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State, and he's seen other Power Five and lower level interest. The Cyclones were first to the party in October while Kansas and K-State came through in November.

Bits o Chalk

NFL playoffs - The game-changing move for every team chasing Super Bowl LV
If an NFL team has made it this far in the 2020 NFL playoffs, then it's safe to say the organization has made more good decisions than bad. But for each of the remaining eight teams in this weekend's games, there's one change that played a much bigger role in its success than any other.

Angel Cabrera, a two-time major winner, arrested in Brazil
Brazil's federal police arrested Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera on Thursday for extradition to his homeland to face charges for several crimes allegedly committed from 2016 to last year, two officers said.

Detroit Lions RB Adrian Peterson ordered to pay $8.3M to loan company, records show
Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson has been ordered to pay almost $8.3 million in summary judgment to a Pennsylvania loan company after a defaulted loan in 2016, New York State Supreme Court records show.

Sources -- Atlanta Falcons offer head-coaching job to Tennessee Titans OC Arthur Smith
The Atlanta Falcons have made an offer to Arthur Smith to become their next head coach, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini.

Eraser Dust

Capitol Officer Crushed by Mob Says 'Entitled' Rioters Thought Police Would Support Them
The Metropolitan Police Officer who was filmed being crushed by a door during the insurrection at the Capitol last week said those responsible felt "entitled" to carry out their plan to "just take over the nation" with the assistance of law enforcement.

Biden's stimulus plan could drive funds from Asia, China to the U.S.: JPMorgan
Asia’s emerging markets could become a casualty as a result of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s latest $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan.

Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol | TheHill
“My client had heard the oft-repeated words of President Trump,” Watkins said, according to local CBS station KMOV4. “The words and invitation of a president are supposed to mean something. Given the peaceful and compliant fashion in which Mr. Chansley comported himself, it would be appropriate and honorable for the president to pardon Mr. Chansley and other like-minded, peaceful individuals who accepted the president’s invitation with honorable intentions.”

20 classic albums that are 30 years old in 2021 — Kerrang!
Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves and The Silence Of The Lambs ruled the box office. Bottom, Home Improvement, Dinosaurs and The Ren & Stimpy Show were amongst the biggest TV debuts. And, even beyond that aforementioned six-week spell, there was a hell of a batch of heavy music as emergent alt. and grunge revolutionaries vied with the survivors of the 1980s metal scene for fans’ hearts and minds.

Federal Government Executes Corey Johnson For 1992 Murders In Virginia : NPR
The federal government Thursday night executed a drug trafficker responsible for seven murders in 1992. His attorneys have claimed moving forward with the execution would be "cruel and usual punishment" because of his recent COVID-19 infection.

Maverick's Army - Flathead Beacon
JAN 13, 2021 | A sprawling procession of firetrucks, police cars and helicopters escorts the Bench family home to Kila from Glacier Park International Airport on Jan. 13 after their 10-year-old son Maverick Bench died on Jan. 11, following his months-long fight with aplastic anemia. Hundreds parked their cars along the route between the airport and the Smith Valley Fire Department to watch the procession in remembrance of Maverick. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

Marvel's 'WandaVision' looks to make Disney+ even mightier - CNN
"WandaVision," Marvel Studios' first original series for Disney+, hits streaming this weekend. That's excellent news for Disney+, considering that Marvel is the company's mightiest brand. And it's bad news for Disney's rivals, since the new service has notched 86 million subscribers, even without an exclusive original series from Hollywood's biggest blockbuster franchise.