(CNN)The Super Bowl was fun, but the Tide ads mocking ads were funny. Here’s what you need to know about the big game and everything else to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.(You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)
The Philadelphia Eagles fly sky high after stunning Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots to win their first Super Bowl. Eagles QB Nick Foles, filling in for the injured Carson Wentz, played the game of his life, throwing for three TDs and catching a touchdown pass too. You don’t see that everyday.
But this is the Super Bowl, after all, so there was so much more going on than just what happened on the field. Justin Timberlake put on an awesome halftime show, complete with a purple-soaked tribute to hometown legend Prince. Pink fought off the flu and spit out a throat lozenge to belt out a spirited National Anthem (which saw no protests from players). We all thought the world had come to an end when NBC had about 30 seconds of dead air during the broadcast. Savvy marketing ploy? Political stunt? Naw, just an equipment malfunction. And nobody liked Ram Truck’s use of an MLK speech during its ad. (Here are the best and worst ads.)
Philly’s fans flooded the streets to celebrate, even though a few mistook the celebration for a riot and flipped over cars and looted a few stores. Not all of the Eagles will celebrate in DC when a presidential invite comes their way. Some players have already said they won’t go to the White House to meet President Trump.
The whole point of the Olympics is to lift us all above politics, but politics are hard to avoid when the Games are held on the Korean Pensinsula. Vice President Mike Pence takes the father of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after being jailed in North Korea, to this week’s Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea, a move sure to tick off the North. Meanwhile, North Korea plans a big military parade on the eve of the Games. No wonder some South Koreans are grumbling that the country’s big moment in the international spotlight is being overshadowed by the North.
It’s been a tough time for Amtrak as of late. The national passenger railroad service has had four deadly crashes in just two months. The latest came this weekend in South Carolina, after an Amtrak train smashed into a stationary freight train, killing two Amtrak workers and injuring 116 people. A railroad track switch, locked in the wrong position, may have caused the crash, an NTSB official said.
More than 100,000 people took the streets in Athens to protest neighboring Macedonia’s use of the name Macedonia. The small Balkan country, once part of the former Yugoslavia, gained independence in 1991 and wanted to call itself Macedonia. But Greeks don’t like that because they feel it infringes on the northern part of Greece that’s also called Macedonia. They also say the people in the country of Macedonia have no cultural connection to the Greek Macedonia. The two countries restarted talks on this controversy last month, thus spurring the protests.
Larry Nassar will be sentenced to another long prison term, the last of three sentencing hearings that highlighted the pain and suffering the former doctor caused through the years.
If someone you love and care about is a “This Is Us” fan, you might want to check on them. They’re probably a little more weepy than usual this morning. And if you don’t watch, allow us to explain why the show pierces people directly in their feelings.
Kylie Jenner’s lived most of her life out in public, but kept her pregnancy under wraps … until now. The reality star celebrated the birth of a baby girl.
Bust a move
Check out the marvelous reaction students from the Ron Clark Academy had when they found out they were going to see “Black Panther.”
The world’s longest zip line hurls you at nearly 100 mph between the highest mountains in the UAE. So who’s ready to ride?
How NK funds its nukes
How is North Korea violating its sanctions? One way is through a secret web of front companies in Mozambique. Read this months-long investigation by CNN about how such front companies along with military cooperation and elite-forces training deals with Mozambique is funneling cash money straight into Kim Jong Un’s notorious nuclear slush fund.
We know who’s not talking about the Super Bowl this morning: these folks from “Jeopardy,” who totally whiffed on a pigskin category. (Click to view)