Nick Foles and Eagles on cover of Sports Illustrated after their winter wonderland win pic.twitter.com/3BgDZn8VXy
— John Clark NBC10 (@johnclarknbc10) December 11, 2013
On Monday I shared that TIME was mulling over its shortlist of 2013 notables to decide who it would name “Person of the Year,” and our girl, the DOMA-fighting diva Edie Windsor made the cut. Today, the magazine announced that Pope Francis ultimately took the prize, because, as TIME writes:
“He makes masterly use of 21st century tools to perform his 1st century office. He is photographed washing the feet of female convicts, posing for selfies with young visitors to the Vatican, embracing a man with a deformed face. He is quoted saying of women who consider abortion because of poverty or rape, ‘Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?’ Of gay people: ‘If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge.’ To divorced and remarried Catholics who are, by rule, forbidden from taking Communion, he says that this crucial rite ‘is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.’”
MLB.com reports that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has debunked rumors he’s ready to trade away star pitchers Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels—presumably, based on his track record this offseason for a pair of late-30s fading hitters who would be better suited to designated hitting for some American wildcard team. (Sorry, had to get that out of our system.) ”I think they’re silly,” Amaro Jr. said about the rumors, “but that’s OK.” He then tried to sign John Kruk to a new playing contract.*
It’s unlikely you’ve gone about the last few days without hearing or reading about Michael Griffin. The teacher at Holy Ghost Prep, an all-boys Catholic high school in Bensalem, was promptly fired on Friday when he made it known that the reason he was late that morning was that he and his same-sex partner of 12 years were heading out to grab their marriage license — something that is legal to do now in New Jersey, where they live.
The tardiness was not the problem.
His story has made the local and national news many times over in print and on television. Michael and his partner, Vincent Gianetto, have given interviews for both. Father James McCloskey, the headmaster at Holy Ghost, has issued a statement. There is a Facebook support group for Mr. Griffin. Internet commenters are commenting.
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
Fox 29 reports: “Mega Millions Lottery Numbers Are: 5, 12, 22, 41, 65, and the megaball number is 13.” Which you probably know already, if you bought tickets. Which you might’ve, since the $344 million jackpot is the fourth-largest in American history. If not, the jackpot grows to $400 million.And yes, we’ll get around to buying tickets if it gets that high. Even though, you know, we shouldn’t.
• My Instagram followers already know this, but here’s a confession for everyone else: I just came back from a surprise trip to South Beach. So while you may accuse me of having too much Miami on the brain and sun on the skin, trust me: This three-move glute workout from a trainer at South Beach’s Equinox gym is the real deal. Best part? You can do it in 12 minutes flat. [Q by Equinox]