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"Team Ruff" – The team taking home the Chewy Lombarky Trophy in this year's Puppy Bowl. You better be-leash it.

The Brady Bunch

The Story

Meet your Super Bowl LV champs: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I don't do Roman numerals.

It means 55. Last night, the Bucs beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Tampa, Florida. The Chiefs had exactly zero touchdowns. But the Bucs had four: one by running back Leonard Fournette, one by controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown, and two by dynamic duo QB Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Work best friends, 'mirite?

Yup. Tampa Bay hasn't seen a Super Bowl win since 2003. Last year, the team decided it could use some Brady magic...and won him over with a reported two-year, $50 million contract. He said 'I'll need backup' and helped coax BFF Gronkowski out of retirement. Turns out, it was a good idea. Brady took the team from the worst winning percentage in the the Super Bowl. Now, at age 43 (the oldest player ever to make it to the big game) he won his fifth MVP award and seventh Super Bowl ring. Not bad for being the 199th pick.

What about the other fun stuff?

The Weeknd made our weekend. Reddit shouted out the underdogs. There was the Four Seasons. And Four Mayas. Shaggy still maintains it wasn't him. Toyota reminded everyone strength is more than just horsepower. There were two female coaches. And the Super Bowl's first female ref (hi, Sarah Thomas). The Boss brought his cowboy hat. One dude brought his sign. Another ran out on the field. And Amanda Gorman gave a tribute to the captains. But there were concerns.

Go on…

Attendance was 'limited' to 25,000 people. There was (some) social distancing and many cardboard cutouts. But the gathering in Tampa – and at homes across the US – brought concerns of another COVID-19 spike just as we're experiencing a decline. There are also persistent concerns that the sport could be killing the players.


The country has been through a lot since last year's Super Bowl – and Americans were looking forward to an escape. The Bucs delivered. Now, many are crossing fingers the Super Bowl wasn't a Super Spreader. And that we can just have something nice for once.

Take Two

Last month, in the most bipartisan presidential impeachment yet, the House voted 232-197 to charge then-President Trump with "incitement of insurrection" for the deadly Capitol riots. This week, the Senate will have the floor, deciding whether to convict Trump. Here's what to expect:

Logistics…The Senate trial begins tomorrow. It's unknown how long the proceeding will last, but both parties are saying 'let's make it speedy,' considering there's a new admin that's got an agenda to attend to. Also TBD if any witnesses will be called to testify. The man of the hour – Trump – has turned down the House impeachment managers' request for him to testify. And it's unlikely he'll be subpoenaed.

Arguments…House impeachment managers are expected to run through the events that led up to the Capitol attack to show that Trump is "singularly responsible" for inciting a mob of his supporters to storm the federal building. On the other hand, the former president's legal team is expected to argue that it's unconstitutional to impeach a president who's no longer in office. And that Trump's speech about election fraud ahead of the siege falls under First Amendment protections.

The crystal ball says...Trump's likely to be acquitted. Democrats need the support of at least 17 Republicans to convict. But in a test vote last month, only five Senate Republicans sided with Dems to even hold a trial at all.

And Also...This

What people are watching…

COVID-19. Yesterday, a newly published study said that cases of the contagious UK variant have been doubling in the US about every 10 days. It was first detected in the US in December, and experts believe it could become the dominant strain by next month. Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna have said their doses appear to be effective against coronavirus variants. But other vaccine makers are facing some hiccups: a study found that AstraZeneca's vaccine offered "minimal protection" against the South Africa variant. Its initial 1 million doses were set to be rolled out to health care workers in South Africa this month, but that plan's now on hold while scientists take a closer look.

...Oh and speaking of vaccines, Johnson & Johnson asked the FDA to approve its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine.

Where tensions are high…

Myanmar. Yesterday, tens of thousands of people turned out in the largest protests since 2007. A week ago the military arrested civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, charging her with illegally importing walkie-talkies, and declared a state of emergency. Now, despite an internet blackout, protesters rallied to demand Suu Kyi's release, using everything from balloons to pots and pans to voice their outrage with the military coup. The internet is reportedly back on. But protests continued today with police firing a water cannon in efforts to disperse the crowd.

Whose case has hit 'resume'...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's. Today, he pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in a trial that's resumed in a Jerusalem court. In 2019, Netanyahu was indicted for fraud, bribery, and breach of trust. His trial had started in May but the coronavirus has delayed the proceedings. Now, Netanyahu is the first sitting Israeli Prime Minister to go on trial – just six weeks before the country holds its fourth election in two years. The PM, who has long denied any wrongdoing, is hoping to be reelected. But protesters have been calling on him to resign over the charges. If convicted, Netanyahu faces over a decade in prison. But a trial could take years to wrap up.

Who people are remembering…

Christopher Plummer. On Friday, the award-winning actor died at the age of 91. Plummer's career spanned at least seven decades, earning two Tonys, two Emmys, and an Oscar. He was known for being a Shakespearean actor, playing roles in "Hamlet," "King Lear," and many others. But his performance as Captain von Trapp in "The Sound of Music'' launched him into stardom. He'd go on to appear in many other films, including "The Insider," "12 Monkeys," and "Knives Out." Julie Andrews remembered her former co-star, saying the "world has lost a consummate actor" and a "cherished friend." RIP.

What's got people saying 'Free Britney'…

This documentary.

The Search Is On

Jobs. Can't live with 'em, (most of us) can't live without 'em. But finding one can be really hard. So we partnered with Indeed to bring you some tips for getting started.

1. Tell everyone you know you're on the prowl. You never know how your followers, family members, friends or former coworkers could help you out. Or who they know.

2. Try to set a schedule. Looking for a job is basically a full-time job. Having a daily or weekly goal can help you stay on track without spending every waking second on it.

3. Use tools that do some of the work for you. Like Indeed's mobile app, which filters millions (yes, millions) of openings based on what you're looking for. And their alerts, which send matches right to your inbox every day.


Science says it's best to do the same things before and after a behavior if you want to turn it into a habit. And getting enough sleep is a healthy habit all of us should get behind. So we partnered with WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) to help you build a bedtime routine. First things first, be consistent. Aim to close your eyes around the same time every night – even on weekends. And try to wrap up your evenings with an activity that tells your brain it's time to rest. Like reading, journaling, coloring, stretching, or meditating.

Whatever your ritual looks like, the WW app makes it easy to track your sleep. It can even sync data from wearables and other apps. So you can see how sleep impacts your overall wellness. Take their new personal assessment to get started.


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We like to celebrate the wins, big and small. Let us know how your friends, neighbors, coworkers (and yes, even you) are making career moves, checking off goals, or making an impact in the community.

Set sail...Sylvia O (VT). She's the executive director of Healing Winds Vermont, a nonprofit that provides private, free sailing excursions for those in active cancer treatment, their caregivers, and loved ones. Learn more and donate.

Teen spirit...Valeri G (NJ). She's the founder of TeenHealth101, a platform that provides age-appropriate health information to teens. It started as an English project that's grown to a volunteer staff of over 100 helping people in 17 countries. Check it out.

(Some) Birthdays…Chris Malcolm (OR), Bella Moritz (VA), Nora Li (PA), Kate Roth (IA), Robin Foskey (NC), Christine Vardaro (NJ), Leslie Blair (OK), Leilani Larsen (TX), Gabi Saleh (NC), Jamie Johnson (LA), Bré Sparkman Sharp (AUS), Amanda Scholz (SC), Michelle Alfano (WA), Courtney Wendel-Stevenson (WA), Ida Kim (CA)

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