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No, Homer. Very few cartoons are broadcast live. It’s a terrible strain on the animator’s wrist.

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The Rock Chalkboard

Ron McGee transformed body ahead of 2021 Kansas football season
"From Buffalo to here, I gained 17 pounds over like four weeks thanks to Coach Sleeve, the strength staff," McGee said, referencing new Kansas strength coach Matt Gildersleeve. "Just took [care of] my body right, started lifting more. The nutritionists, they're doing an excellent job with us every day, make sure we're eating the correct meals."

Four-star guard Chandler Jackson focused on improvement in senior year
“Right now, today was just my shooting. I was working on shooting,” Jackson told Phog.net back in mid-August. “Me and my teammate were shooting. We shot like 1,000 shots together. It was my first day back in the gym in a minute because I had hurt myself. ... [Next] I’m going to do some running to get my conditioning back.”

Kansas freshman safety O.J. Burroughs features ‘through the roof’ potential
Burroughs came to KU from IMG Academy, located in Bradenton, Florida, as a three-star recruit and No. 72 overall safety. Burroughs said he chose Kansas because the coaching staff had been showing him love since day one, and even with the coaching change, he saw that appreciation continue.

2022 QB Luther Richesson lighting it up for Lipscomb Academy
“He just flicked it,” head coach Trent Dilfer said. “When I say how perfect it was, it was in the one yard in the back of the end zone, full stride over the outside shoulder on a corner route. It was perfect.

Lance Leipold high on 'steady' wide receiver Luke Grimm
There aren't many questions that Lance Leipold enjoys fielding at his weekly press conferences. But one of them came after the second game of the season, when the Kansas coach was asked about wideout Luke Grimm.

Bits o Chalk

Warriors' Andrew Wiggins remains unvaccinated, source says, jeopardizing his availability for Golden State
SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden State Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins said earlier this year that the only way he would get a COVID-19 vaccine is if he were forced to do so. Now, as the start of the 2021-22 season nears, the organization is dealing with an ongoing headache behind the scenes because Wiggins' stance has not changed.

Lane Kiffin knocks Tide demise talk, says ability to 'cherry-pick' transfers makes them 'one of most talented teams ever'
"Now they go to cherry-pick players for any holes they may have like an Ohio State receiver [Jameson Williams] or a Tennessee linebacker [Henry To'o To'o]," Kiffin said. "So now, it's like not only do they get the best draft picks but they get to go into free agency and take players, so it really is going to set up one of the most talented teams ever, which is what we're getting ready to play."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski clears the air on his film-watching habits
TAMPA, Fla. -- After jokingly telling Peyton and Eli Manning on their ESPN Monday Night Football MegaCast that he "doesn't watch film," Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski cleared the air Wednesday, saying that, yes, he actually does watch film and that his job isn't as cushy as he made it out to be.

NHL finds no evidence San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane bet on his own games, considers this 'specific matter closed'
While the NHL considers this "specific matter closed," the league says it reserves the right to investigate any new information related to gambling accusations. The league also said it has opened a new investigation into Kane for "unrelated allegations of potential wrongdoing that were brought to the league's attention." The league did not specify further on that matter.

Eraser Dust

Jason Sudeikis finally gets to host Saturday Night Live
With so much discourse surrounding Ted Lasso, we’d been waiting for Jason Sudeikis to host Saturday Night Live. It’s finally happening: the SNL alum will host the show on October 23, with Brandi Carlile as the musical guest. It all comes full circle: Sudeikis was hired as an SNL writer in 2003 and became a cast member in 2005. He lasted a while, exiting the show in 2013.

Gabby Petito coverage prompts media criticism for ignoring non-white cases
In Wyoming, where Petito went missing, at least 710 Indigenous people vanished between 2011 and 2020, according to the state’s Missing & Murdered Indigenous Persons Task Force. Of those, 466 were Indigenous women. A corresponding study by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center found that just 18 percent of Indigenous women who were reported missing received newspaper media coverage.

Anxious Democrats float Plan B: Raise debt ceiling on party-line vote - CNNPolitics
But going it alone would force Democrats to employ a time-consuming budget maneuver that would bog down both chambers -- especially the Senate -- and subject their members to a parade of politically charged votes with the national debt approaching $29 trillion.

Alaska will bring nearly 500 health care workers from the Lower 48 to support strained hospitals
The $87 million contract, signed Tuesday, with a company called DLH Solutions will bring 470 contracted health care workers to facilities around the state beginning next week, Heidi Hedberg, public health director with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, said during a community briefing.

Garth Brooks Replacing Large Concerts with Dive Bar Shows Due to COVID | PEOPLE.com
Brooks said that he and his team want attendees to provide proof of vaccination or provide a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the show, which he believes would be easier to require and monitor in the smaller setting. "The Dance" singer added that he's going to watch and learn from the NFL, schools, and other organizations regarding safety protocol to heed COVID-19 concerns for his concerts in the future.

Whitefish admits overcharging water fees, rejects other allegations | Daily Inter Lake
During a council meeting Monday evening, City Manager Dana Smith acknowledged city staff made an error that likely resulted in small overcharges for the installation of showerheads in new developments. Smith said staff will conduct an internal review of water impact fees charged between January 2019 and July of this year, when the error was corrected, and the city will issue refunds to any developers who were overcharged.

Investors look ahead to rate hikes with Fed tapering plan all but certain | Reuters
NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Investors are grappling with how an unwind of the Federal Reserve’s easy money policies could affect asset prices, after the central bank signaled that a taper of its bond-buying program was closer than ever and suggested it may raise rates at a faster-than-expected pace.