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Jeanne Yeh

Tom Brady, MVP On and Off the Field

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Super Bowl LI cemented one thing for sure: Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Of course, we’re a little biased here at clypd, with most of the team in Somerville (although we do have quite a strong and vocal New York contingent).

On Sunday, Brady and the Patriots managed to come back from the biggest point deficit in Super Bowl history to clinch their 5th title. For Brady’s performance, he received the MVP award in a very awkward award ceremony with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

As one of the star athletes of match, Brady also made a couple of appearances while not on the field during the Super Bowl, during its commercial breaks.

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Presidential Inaugurations, from Truman to Trump

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Last Friday, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press conference shortly after to announce that Trump’s inauguration held the largest audience “both in person and around the globe,” kicking off a colorful discussion on crowd size and digital viewership.

In terms of television viewership, Trump’s inauguration didn’t even come close to the most-viewed. The event was seen by 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks.

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George Foreman: Boxing Champ, Marketing Champ

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On Tuesday, George Foreman, professional boxer, ordained minister, and entrepreneur, turned 68 years old. Born in 1949 in Texas, Foreman had a troubled childhood until he found his calling – boxing. By 1968, he joined the US Olympic boxing team and captured the gold medal at the 1968 US Olympics in Mexico City.

Shortly after, Foreman went pro and took the heavyweight title from “Smoking” Joe Frazier in 1973. Foreman’s reign ended when he lost to Muhammad Ali in the legendary match “Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974. Twenty years later at the age of 45, Foreman shocked audiences by recapturing part of his title from 27-year-old Michael Moorer. Foreman retired for good in 1997 at the age of 48 with a final record of 76 wins, 5 losses, and 68 knockouts.

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Carrie Fisher, Space and Hollywood Royalty

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This past week, we experienced the loss of a legendary individual who made an indelible impact on pop culture. Actress, writer, producer, and comedian Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday from complications from a cardiac arrest at the age of 60.

Carrie Fisher is most remembered for her defining role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She played a strong female warrior that could hold her own against Stormtroopers, Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader, and anyone else who came in her path. In 2015, she reprised her role as Princess Leia, who grew up and ascended to General Organa in “Star Wars: A Force Awakens.”

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Alan Thicke, America’s Favorite Canadian Dad

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On Tuesday, TV personality Alan Thicke passed away at the age of 69. He passed away from a heart attack while playing ice hockey with son Carter. Thicke was best known for his role as in the classic 80s sitcom, Growing Pains, but his talents were widespread, from hosting talk shows, songwriting, pageant-hosting, and being father to a massive pop star, Robin Thicke.

Despite playing the all-American father on Growing Pains, Thicke was actually a Canadian and his career began up north. Thicke hosted a number of Canadian TV game shows and then later hosted his own talk show in the early 1980s called The Alan Thicke Show. However, he didn’t rise to international stardom until he starred in Growing Pains, which debuted on ABC in 1985 and ran until 1992.

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Coke’s Polar Bears Come Back for the Holiday Chill

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With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, we slide head-first into the holiday season. There are few advertising campaigns as enduring as the Coca-Cola polar bear spots. The cute, animated polar bears, slipping and sliding in the Artic stole hearts (and sold) Cokes.

And for the first time since 2013, Coca-Cola is bringing back the polar bears on select Coca-Cola packages, including Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, and coke Life. While the polar bears will grace packages of the the soda, they don’t make an appearance in this year’s holiday TV campaign, called “A Coke for Christmas.” The spot features a teenager as he surprises people in his community with bottles of Coke, saving his last bottle for St. Nick.

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First Comes Thanksgiving, then Black Friday

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Thanksgiving quickly approaches – we have a less than a week left to brine that bird and expand our stomachs, a tradition that many of us hold near and dear to our hearts. Another American tradition? Saving up our paychecks to spend on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.

Post-Thanksgiving sales have occurred since before it was deemed “Black Friday.” In 1939, the nation’s retailers requested that President Franklin D. Roosevelt move Thanksgiving day. That year, Thanksgiving fell on the last day of November, giving shoppers little time for their holiday shopping. Roosevelt acquiesced, and moved up the holiday to to November 23rd, giving retailers the opportunity to let the holiday sales loose on consumers a week early.

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Baseball and the Smashing of Curses

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After a 108 year drought, the Chicago Cubs finally clinched the World Series title last night. In a nail-biter Game 7 that went into extra innings (and a rain delay), the Cubs won 8-7 against the Cleveland Indians. Billy goats and black cats be damned, the curse was finally lifted.

Billy goats? Black cats? Are we still talking about baseball? For those not as familiar with the famously superstitious ways of baseball fans and players, let’s backtrack – all the way to 1945, Game 4 of the World Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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Bob Dylan: Musician, Nobel Prize Winner, and Pitchman

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Last week, legendary singer-songwriter and musician Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, surprising literary circles and delighting music fans around the world. Dylan is only one of two musicians to ever be awarded the coveted prize; Bengali polymath won the prize in 1913. The Swedish Academy said that Dylan “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” comparing his work to that of Homer and Sappho.

Dylan is certainly unique among the Nobel prize winners – he may also be one of the very few prize winners to play the role of pitchman. Back in 1965, as one of the country’s foremost counterculture icons, Dylan famously told a reporter that if he ever sold to a commercial interest, it’d be “ladies garments.”

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