The Cowboys-Lions thriller saves a ho-hum NFL playoffs weekend. A street artist amazes, with nothing but fingers. And an absolutely disgusting example of the drug war gone wrong.


Most NFL playoffs wild-card weekend games have been duds in recent years. Seems like we had a stretch of thrillers for a while a few years back, but last few seasons I remember being pretty boring.

And except for a few exciting minutes of the second half of Pittsburgh-Baltimore, when the Steelers briefly came to life, this weekend looked like it would be another snoozer.
Carolina cruised past Arizona and their third-string QB. The Joe Flacco-led Ravens (the pride of my alma mater, Delaware!) won another big playoff game on the road. And Andy Dalton came up tiny in the playoffs, yet again.

Then, out of the boredom came Dallas-Detroit. The Lions dominated early, took a 20-7 lead, and actually looked like they’d win a playoff game for the first time since the first Bush was President.
Then, predictably, the Cowboys rallied to make it close. Then they got a HUGE break on a picked-up flag for pass interference that would’ve hugely helped Detroit, and then the ‘Boys scored to take the lead, and we got Chris Christie hugging and squeezing Jerry Jones (above) which, I mean, I just can’t stop staring at that photo, and suddenly Dallas had its first playoff win in five years.

Hate the Cowboys. Hate seeing the Lions fans suffer yet again, when this was a game they absolutely had. Hate that Stafford and the Detroit offense came up small yet again.
Love the delicious matchups next week: Ravens going into Foxboro, where they’ve beaten New England in the playoffs twice before; Colts and Andrew Luck going into Denver where the legend Peyton Manning tries to beat his old team, and Dallas going into Green Bay, two iconic franchises with a rich playoff history squaring off.

And oh yeah, Seattle slaughtering Carolina by like 47 points.

**Next up today, my smart friend Christine posted this on Facebook the other day and it pretty much blew my mind. It’s a street artist outside of Malaga Cathedral in Spain who paints these gorgeous tiny landscapes using only his fingers.

His name is Fabian Gaete; you can find more about him here.

**And finally today, my feelings about the utter uselessness of America’s war on drugs should be well-known to you if you read me regularly; it’s an enormous waste of time and money, and there have been thousands of stories since it started of innocent people having their lives ruined because of overzealous policing.

But this story, pointed out to me by the great Twitter feed @spiderstumbled,  might take the cake for offensiveness. This occurred five months ago, but I never heard about it and I’m guessing 99 percent of you didn’t either.

Here’s the lede: “Officials in Habersham County, Ga.,  said Monday they do not plan to pay for the medical expenses of a toddler seriously burned during a police raid based on faulty intelligence.

Bounkham Phonesavah, affectionately known as “Baby Boo Boo,” spent weeks in a burn unit after a SWAT team’s flash-bang grenade exploded in his face. The toddler was just 19 months old when officers executed a no-knock warrant on his family’s home, tossing the “less-lethal” device into his crib, WSBTV reported.

Police said a confidential informant told them he had bought drugs at the home, but no drugs or suspects were found inside.

Habersham County officials initially said they would consider helping pay hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of medical bills for the toddler, but on Monday announced that they will not.”

I mean … are you FREAKING KIDDING ME? You throw a grenade near a toddler, into his crib for crying out loud, the child gets burned seriously, and then you don’t even have the decency to pay for the medical care?

And it turns out it was the wrong house the whole time?

What am I missing here? Just unconscionable behavior by the Habersham County police.


2 responses to “The Cowboys-Lions thriller saves a ho-hum NFL playoffs weekend. A street artist amazes, with nothing but fingers. And an absolutely disgusting example of the drug war gone wrong.

  1. Will Springstead

    Dear God (re: that third story, naturally)!

  2. Don’t know if you are familiar with Radley Baklo. I think he wrote about that case about the baby being burned some months ago. He used to write for Huff Post. He now writes for the Washington Post. He writes mainly about bad policing such as that case. He also wrote an interesting article about St Louis county.

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