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Kodak Black Commuted by Former President Trump By Attiyya Atkins, A+ Editing & Content Creation
Hello Mr. Biden, Hello Mr. President: Joe Biden Is Officially President By Marie Cyprien, A+ Editing & Content Creation Washington D.C. - On Wednesday morning, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., was officially sworn in as the 46th president of the United States., and Kamala Harris as Vice President. According to CNN, in his inaugural address, President Biden stated, “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause. The cause of democracy. The people, the will of the people, has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded.” It was just two weeks ago when the Capitol was taken over by white nationalists. Biden was not oblivious to that as he stated in his speech, the country has “has been reminded that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile, and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.” This particular inauguration ceremony was the first in US history to not only have a new president addressing an empty National Mall but have over thousands of National Guards watching over downtown Washington. However, in representing Americans who would be in attendance if not for the Capitol riots and the pandemic, the Mall was filled with thousands of small flags. Once Biden officially became president, he took the oath of office administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Soon after, Vice President Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and person of color to become second in line to the presidency once she was sworn in. Biden and Harris then participated in pandemic-era
versions of the traditions and ceremonial duties that usually happened during the inauguration of a new president including accepting gifts from congressional leaders and laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They then joined a short parade to the White House before a small mask-wearing crowd. Members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, Mike Pence, and the three former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were there to witness Biden’s swearing in. Trump, however, was not in attendance since he already left Washington earlier in the morning to head to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Since Biden is now president, he didn’t hesitate to zero in on former President Donald Trump’s most controversial and hindering initiatives. He also has already begun signing a number of executive orders and actions on immigration, climate change, COVID-19, racial equality, and more. Among his first plans are orders to mandate the usage of masks on all federal property, rejoin the Paris climate accord, and boost federal support for underserved communities. As he stated, “I think some of the things we’re going to be doing are going to be bold and vital, and there’s no time to start like today.” Biden’s presidency is particularly unique as he is now taking leadership during a time of tremendous serious division, fueled both by his predecessor and a raging pandemic.
Kodak Black, rapper and Pompano native has been commuted by former President Donald Trump. He was serving a three-year federal sentence for falsifying information on a document used to buy guns from a Miami gun shop. According to the Sun Sentinel, the rapper’s commutation “was one of 73 last-minute clemency grants issued by Trump on the last day of his term as president.” In May 2019, the 23-yearold rapper pleaded guilty to falsifying information on federal documents and using them to buy guns from a gun store in Miami, which landed him behind bars. According to the White House, “Kodak Black is a prominent artist and community leader. This commutation is supported by numerous religious leaders, including Pastor Darrell Scott and Rabbi Schneur Kaplan. In fact, he has committed to supporting a variety of charitable efforts, such as providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged.” Black, who’s legal name is Bill K. Kapri, is not only known for his rap music but his large number of legal problems including one involving a sexual assault in South Carolina. It should be noted that Bradford Cohen, Black’s lawyer, also knows President Donald Trump personally since he was a contestant on Trump’s 2009 reality show, Celebrity Apprentice. Kodak Black also had some fellow celebrity friends appealing for him to be pardoned
including “fellow Pompano Beach native and Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Lamar Jackson, and Atlanta rapper, Lil Yachty. Kodak Black has been one of the faces of the thriving hiphop scene in South Florida. However, allegations and arrests have pushed him into the limelight as well. Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., also known as Lil Wayne, was another rapper in Miami (originally from New Orleans) that was fully pardoned by Trump. In December, when a gold-plated handgun was found in the rapper’s bag after he had on board a chartered flight to Miami, Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon. Although Lil Wayne had been free on a $250,000 bond, he still faces a maximum of ten years in prison if convicted. As reported by the White House, Lil Wayne exhibited “generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks.” Former NFL star, Deion Sanders, was the one who encouraged the pardon, citing Lil Wayne as “a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a waymaker, [and] a game changer.”
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Starting Over with Broward College Young Adult Reentry Program
By Diego Montenegro, A+ Editing & Content Creation It’s not easy starting over, but a local charity has recently invested $4.5 million to give a portion of the population a second chance. Due to rising incarceration rates and a lack of recidivism programs in Black and Latino communities, many residents can’t bounce back from a life of crime. Broward College has an answer for the community in its Young Adults Re-entry Program (Y.A.R.P). Recently, the organization got an extra financial push thanks to a grant provided by OIC South Florida. The non-profit group donated $4.5 million to assist with the vocational training of 188 previously incarcerated people in Broward County. “Research shows early and frequent engagement prior to release from incarceration reduces the risk of recidivism, so these grants are vital to stopping the
revolving door of prison from turning,” said John Pallasch, Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. OIC’s donation to Broward College’s Young Adults Re-entry Program (Y.A.R.P) will help incentivize young people involved in the justice system to refrain from crime during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we work together to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that this grant will allow OIC to continue serving young adults and justice-involved individuals as they reenter society. We congratulate OIC on receiving this award,” said Mason Jackson, President Emeritus of CareerSource Broward. OIC is a non-profit agency that provides vocational training, educational opportunities, and job placements.
The Y.A.R.P program allows its participants to attend Broward College to receive credentialing, accreditation, and essential training. Participants can begin to study right away and start a new, in-demand career in Information technology, Construction Operations, Food Service Operations, Health and Medical, and Transportation & Moving Materials. Participants need to be between the ages of 18-24, been previously incarcerated, in and out of home placements, on probation, parole, or under alternative sentencing. Participants also need to be residents of Broward County. If you want to know more, there is a virtual open house on Zoom at 3 p.m. every Tuesday. https://us02web.zoom. us/meeting/register/tZcucOuvqjMtHdGDeOWBi0_WP-ZaGZnFE5Gu
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Enough i Enough s Question: Hello Annie, I don’t have time to waste. I am a 20-year-old female that has got it going on. All the young guys want me, but I done got a taste of a different lifestyle with my boyfriend – he’s 12 years older than me. He left his wife to be with me. I know what you’re thinking, but they’re really no longer together and she moved out of the state. I did help him cheat on her, but the problem I’m having isn’t with her, it’s with all the other young cats he’s sniffin. I guess he’s feeling himself. I caught him talking to one of the girls on campus and every time I bring it up, it turns into an argument and my feelings end up getting hurt. He used to treat me real good, but now he treats me like sh*t. He doesn’t care about my feelings and we’re always breaking up to make up. I’ve never cheated on him, but now I see this woman in his phone that he’s known since high school he says. I told him to delete her number because it makes me uncomfortable, but he says I don’t trust him and goes about his business. Help me Annie, what should I do? Young & In Love
Hey young’n, first things first, older men who date younger women, especially women like you who can’t legally drink are a special kind of immature. He’s playing high school games with you because he thinks that what you’re used to. Honestly, you’re better off building with someone who is two to five years older instead of 12 years. The man is a joke. The man is a boy. You make him feel young. Girl, you still got years to live baby. Do just that. DUMP HIS ASS. Let him talk to the girl from high school, she going to find out he ain’t ish either. You need to love yourself baby, you stepped into the realm of adulting dating and found you a divorced, child-support paying busta. Babes, we’re doing better all 2021. Don’t be jealous and don’t worry about the mistrust, protect the most important thing in your life – your heart. I said what I said, Annie
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BeyGood Foundation to Help Families Facing Eviction According to a report done by USA Today, “the eviction moratorium set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this year is scheduled to end on December 31st.” Not to mention that up to 14 million households across the country are already on the brink of facing eviction, with Black and Latino households facing an even higher percentage of financial losses “due to being disproportionately affected by unemploy-
ment and COVID-19 infection rates.” People who want to apply for this grant must submit all necessary documents to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). These documents include income information, proof of eviction including delinquent mortgage or rental statement, and the online application itself. The online application opened on Jan-
uary 7, 2021. If the application is currently closed, an additional second round of grants will open to additional families in February. As people struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, Beyonce is working to help those facing incoming evictions. According to an article done by Harper’s Bazaar, Beyonce’s grant foundation, BeyGOOD, plans to offer $5,000 to about 100 people facing turmoil due to the eviction crisis. This is great news mainly because with federal housing funds set to expire at the end of this month for most homeowners, the foundation has come at the right time to help those unable to continue without it. This is of course, not the only time that Beyonce has given back to her community. According to Harper’s Bazaar, earlier last year, BeyGOOD announced a “partnership over the summer with the NAACP to award $10,000 grants to Black-owned small businesses.” She donated an additional $1 million in funds later on in September. Although the pandemic has left many Americans facing eviction, BeyGOOD has come in to help those most in need as they did before. As stated on their website, “when we were faced with the pandemic caused by COVID-19, the BeyGOOD foundation created a plan to make a difference.”
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Food Hall Set to Open After COVID-19 Delay Pompano Beach – In January 2020, Jessica Gollel was excited to announce that her family was planning to open one of the first food halls in Broward County, The Bite Eatery, located at 2715 East Atlantic Blvd., in the Harbor Village Shops. However, like many other family-owned businesses, the
ful with it.” But Gollel’s confidence has returned after she remodeled the space for the food hall. So much so, that she predicts it will open sometime in early 2021. Food halls are a new kind of concept in South Florida. Similar to food courts in malls, along with restaurants having
full-service bar, serving wine and liquor. Another thing that sets the eatery a part from others is its use of technology. “We will be using a Point of Sale tablet technology that will be provided on each of the tables so that consumers may browse and order menu items of all the restaurants right from their table,” their website states. In addition, the owners of
pandemic halted plans for that food hall. Gollel and her family grew concerned for the state of the restaurant industry as the COVID-19 pandemic began to gain momentum. As Gollel told New Pelican, “In March we didn’t know where the restaurant world was going to go. We weren’t sure we could even do the food hall and be success-
their own kitchens and an area for customer service, dining in food halls is in one central location. The Bite Eatery so far has an Italian restaurant called Casareccio, and Jupiter Donuts, a donut shop set to open. According to the Bite Eatery’s website, there’s room for six more food vendors. The Bite Eatery will also have a
these restaurants will be able to focus on their space while the food hall focuses on the rest. Gollel says, “You have an almost full-service restaurant near the beach... But you are only paying a tiny fraction of the cost. They’re only responsible for their unit and the food they cook ...You provide the bites and The Bite provides the rest.”
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In regard to precautions that will be taking place at the food hall, Gollel confirms that cleanliness and social distancing will be important. As she told the New Pelican, “we’re going to have a very COVID-spaced zone. Our goal is to keep our consumers concentrated at their table as much as possible.”
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Quarantine Reads For our times, now – awareness, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates If you are looking for a book to raise your level of awareness, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a must-read. Distinguished by the flow and format in letters from a father to a son, delving into struggles, individuality, sacrifices, and development of emotional intelligence, this book engages the reader to think about their thinking. “But race is the child of racism, not the father. And the process of naming
the people has never been a matter of genealogy, so much as a hierarchy.” As Toni Morrison declares, this book “is required reading.” I could not agree more. It will trigger your own memories, patterns, and the realization that we are not very different if you are willing to learn about another’s’ perspective. The stories woven within them are compelling, real, and sometimes gut-wrenching. Be willing to read this with an open mind and heart.
Heartbreaking, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Anything by Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, possesses built-in credentials and her work, The Bluest Eye is no different. Filled with painful humiliations, this work is beautifully written. Her descriptions and use of raw emotion to trigger a response are at times difficult to read. Trigger alert: Be prepared for topics including rape, incest, and exile. The story is set in the 1940s and follows a poor Black family experience with hate, love, redemption, brutality until its heartbreaking and touching end. With valuable lessons, this book is a must-read with spanning darkness, power, light, and poetic reality all at once. Crying is not out of the question, and potentially healing as privilege is pulled to pieces and old beliefs are undone. The book could not be put down.
Wisdom to build on, The 21-Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom by Michelle Singletary Your return on investment when purchasing this book is instant. Michelle Singletary delivers a well-conceived, reality-based, straight talk about money. The 21Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom has practical tools and information to find financial peace if you are seeking and willing. “If you want to be rich, change. Grow. Get organized. Make decisions that you want to prosper.” I found the references to wisdom literature and scriptures lovely and inspirit. Michelle is your motivated teacher with a genuine interest in your financial freedom and peace of mind. There are great ideas that you can instantly put into practice and create new and self-sustaining habits. You will discover more about yourself, an experience that will not leave you disappointed.
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The Next City Commission Meeting Pompano Beach City is hosting their next meeting on Tuesday, January 26 at 1pm. The City Commission meeting will be done virtually to promote social distancing and avoid risk of additional community spread of COVID-19. The meeting can be seen on channel 78 of
Comcast and through rebroadcast as well as through live streaming on the City’s website at www.pompanobeachfl.gov. In order to comment on an item, a participant must have access to the internet to register, an email address to receive
your confirmation and dial in number, and a telephone to dial in to the meeting. People must pre-register by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting. The link to register will appear on the Commission Page when the agenda is posted and will direct you to a registration form.
The State of COVID-19 in South Florida By Karen Saltos, A+ Editing & Content Creation
South Florida – Florida recently reported 9,816 new coronavirus cases and 162 resident deaths on a day in January. These deaths included 22 in Palm Beach County, 7 in Broward County, and 5 in Miami-Dade County. Many testing sites have closed in Broward County in favor of vaccination sites for those 65-years-old and older. Several Broward County Parks have been converted into vaccination sites, including: Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142 Ave., Davie. M arkham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. H oliday Park, 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive, Fort Lauderdale. C entral Broward Park & Broward County Stadium, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. All vaccinations require an appointment. The website system in Broward County has been shut down due to many technical difficulties and appointments can now be made by phone at 866-2016313. On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, senior citizens in South Florida were allowed to start signing up to get the COVID-19 vaccine from any of the 67 Publix pharmacies in Palm Beach County. This is the first part of South Florida where the supermarket chain is offering shots. Publix officials said 24,402 appointments were gone in less than two hours. Senior citizens can try to register again in the coming weeks when another 45,598 appointments will be open. They have not added Publix pharmacies in Broward and Miami-Dade counties yet. Details on the state of COVID-19 in 3 South Florida counties are below:
1.Broward County: Broward’s average daily COVID-19 positive test rate has hovered at around 8%. Five percent means the pandemic is under control. At least 90,66 people have received the vaccine, but at this time, none of the sites is accepting new appointments. They will start scheduling new appointments again when they receive additional supplies. Students who attend Broward County Public Schools must answer a Self-Assessment and a Home Self-Screening before going to a school building. If they answer yes to any of the questions on the assessment they must stay home that day and complete the district’s online coronavirus notification form. 2.Palm Beach County: According to pbcgov.org , this county has extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency until at least January 22. Also, everyone two years of age and older must wear a mask in public settings and when they are with people who do not live in their household. Testing for people of all ages is available at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The drivethrough is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and they do testing in order of arrival. The school district recently opened a medical clinic for district employees and their dependents. According to Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy, this is another step forward as they support wellness during the coronavirus pandemic. 3.Miami-Dade County Officials in this county have extended the Declaration of a State Local Emergency until January28. Free testing is avail-
able at drive-up, walk-in, and mobile sites. Senior citizens and persons over the age of 5 with disabilities who are homebound can request a COVID-19 test to be done at their home by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue staff. Miami-Dade Public Schools recently announced that it is collaborating with the Jackson Health System to deliver COVID-19 vaccines for its employees 65 and older. Those shots will begin this month at Jackson’s three sites. District employees will receive more information on how to register for an appointment. The Florida Department of Health advises Floridians to follow the three C’s:●Avoid closed spaces● Avoid crowded places● Avoid close-range conversation. ACOVID-19 information center in Florida is open 24/7. The health department’s toll-free number is 866-779-6121 and the email address is COVIDemail@example.com.
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Florida Bill May Have Minor Marijuana Convictions Erased By Marie Cyprien, A+ Editing & Content Creation
Randolph Bracy Florida state Senator
We have created and expanded a billiondollar marijuana industry and yet we have not repaired people who for decades have been incarcerated for low-level marijuana crimes.
Orlando - If a new bill by Florida state Senator, Randolph Bracy, becomes law, Floridians may see their misdemeanor marijuana convictions wiped away by July. The legislation was announced at a press conference outside Curaleaf, a medical marijuana dispensary in Orlando in January. This bill primarily applies to misdemeanor marijuana convictions including the distribution and possession of less than 20 grams. However, while the bill would not completely erase records, it would make it easier for those with these convictions to get them removed. Even better, the bill would also clear criminal records for a large amount of people including Black and Latino people who studies have shown are more likely to be arrested for
minor drug crimes than their white counterparts. As quoted in the Sun Sentinel, Bracy said, “I think it’s extremely important, especially when you look at the people who have not been able to get a job, not been able to apply for school because of these minor convictions.” Barcy points out that, “we have created and expanded a billion-dollar marijuana industry and yet we have not repaired people who for decades have been incarcerated for low-level marijuana crimes. It is time as this industry continues to expand, that we repair people and make people whole so they can start to build their lives so these convictions don’t haunt them for the rest of their lives.” Jacksonville attorney and
marijuana law reform advocate, Sally Kent Peebles, is in huge support of this bill, citing that it could open an opportunity for an erasure of all marijuana felonies. As she told the Sun Sentinel, “if he is able to pass this with misdemeanors, it could certainly happen (with felonies) in the 2022 legislative session.” It seems like most of Florida is in approval as well since voters approved marijuana for medical use in 2016. However, the battle to decriminalize the drug have been delayed with cities allowing law enforcement to issue fines or citations rather than making arrests. Attorney John Morgan, who has also worked to legalize medical marijuana in Florida told the Sun Sentinel that he believes the new bill will be well received in the legislature.
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Juneteenth to Be a Local Holiday Broward County - Broward County Commissioners are considering designating June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, an official paid holiday. Although President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had officially outlawed slavery in 1863, Juneteenth celebrates the official end of slavery that took place in Texas on June 19, 1865. Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, brought this idea the Commission stating, “I think this is a gesture that would go far to help in healing those deep wounds that still exist in our society. We’ve celebrated Juneteenth on a small scale here in Broward County. Many other communities across the nation are now officially celebrating the end of enslaved African people on Juneteenth.” According to Holness, the reasoning behind this proposal was because, “from at least 1619 until 1861, enslaved Africans labored and toiled to build this Country, with whips on their backs and chains on their necks and their legs. Plus, the lives that were lost. How many trillions of dollars did that contribute to the building of this Country? You can’t calculate that. This is already in our budget. We’re talking about
$130,000 more for overtime out of a $5.3 billion budget.” Other states including New York, Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts recently declared Juneteenth an official state holiday and approved June 19th as an official paid holiday. Three states that have not legally recognized Juneteenth as either a state or ceremonial holiday are Hawaii, North Dakota, and South Dakota. National companies are also committing to recognize Juneteenth as a paid company holiday. These companies include Best Buy, J.C. Penney, Uber, Lyft, the NFL, Nike, Postmates, Spotify, Twitter, and Square. In terms of budgeting, according to the Sun Sentinel, the Broward Office of Management and Budget estimated that the total cost of salaries for county employees for one day’s paid holiday is $1.3 million. Overtime pay for essential services at the airport, port, water and wastewater as well as the transit that must remain operational every day is $130,000 based on a past holiday. Commissioners have advised the county attorney to draft a resolution for further discussion and vote at a future date.
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Improvements Coming to Mitchell Moore Park By Marie Cyprien, A+ Editing & Content Creation
Pompano Beach City is planning to make improvements to Mitchell Moore Park, 901 NW 10th Street. City staff is looking for approval on construction for the Mitchell Moore Park Improvements project. According to the memo to commission, the firm will provide construction services at a set fee of $2,831,880.00. The project is included in the first phase of the GO Bond project. Before this project, there was an original plan to replace grass fields with artificial turfs, add bleachers to the recently installed ones, add fencing, upgrade the scoreboard, and upgrade existing sports lighting. There were also plans to replace the floor and renovate the front desk in the community center. Now that the Mitchell Moore Park project is included in the GO Bond Project, additional improvements will be made including synthetic turf fields, two baseball diamonds, MUSCO sports lighting equipment, and possibly an outdoor fitness center.
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COVID-19 in Schools COVID-19 has changed our way of life, especially our approach to school and education. As we adjust to a new level of normal, Broward County Public Schools is working on the best way to educate students in the latest semester. The new education plan entitled the Spring Intervention Plan is effective January 11 and ensures that schools will remain open for at least five days a week for students to receive educational services. Students who are receiving failing grades with the virtual school option will be required to attend in-person classes.
The school district will also provide monthformance in reading and mathematics ly progress reports to ensure children are seems to be declining. learning on schedule. Identify VPK and Kindergarten eligiSome components of the Spring Intervention ble students with the goal of engaging Plan include: students to maximize kindergarten A focus on closing achievement gaps, readiness to support particularly those that have been exacerlong-term achievebated during the pandemic. The district ment. intends to implement instructional time, Innovative profesincluding after school, and weekends/or sional developsummer programs to make for lost time. ment opportuniThis will be achieved through in-person ties for teachers, programs, collaborating with families, including selfproviding services to students with despaced Canvas ignated needs, and offering Winter Break courses to learn Learning Campus to students. about technology Target outreach for students whose perintegration.
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Hello friends, in this edition of Villij Sports we’re going to delve into the NFL playoff picture, latest NBA news, and being that it’s the off-season in baseball, we will save that topic for another day. It’s wintertime in America, which means that it’s NFL playoff football time. This year’s playoff bracket consisted of 14 teams. That’s two extra teams from past brackets, which consisted of 12 teams, six of which came from each conference. The AFC had a very frenzied playoff picture with several worthy teams not being able to get into the tournament. Teams like the 10-win Dolphins did not make the playoffs. A winning season like that normally guarantees you a playoff spot, and with the two extra spots
on the bracket the Dolphins not making it shows you just how good the rest of the AFC conference was. A surprise team in the AFC did make it to the playoffs for the first time in eons... The Cleveland Browns, who went 11-5 in the regular season and knocked off Pittsburgh in the wildcard round before faltering to Kansas City. Pompano’s own and 2020 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson delivered his first playoff victory in his brief NFL career before being knocked out of the divisional playoff game against Buffalo after suffering a concussion. The AFC Championship of Buffalo against the reigning Super Bowl Champ Kansas City Chiefs was a must watch game. In the NFC, the best playoff matchup so far has been against the Tom Bradyled Tampa Bay Bucs and the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints, with the Bucs prevailing in a matchup of two of the greatest quarterbacks of not only this generation but of all time. This sets them up against MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, which is also set to feature two of the GOATs. I’m getting amped writing about these playoffs and I’m sure you’re reading as well. In NBA news, James Harden was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets to form a super-team with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. That makes them Eastern Conference favorites and could potentially challenge the LA Lakers for the NBA championship. The Miami Heat is looking to sell out its arena in a COVID-19 climate. They’ve hired dogs to sniff you and determine if you have the virus before you can watch a live game. If you don’t like dogs, you can take a rapid COVID-19 test on site. I end on this note... A wise man once said: Do. Or do not. There is no try.