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Tuesday 1.31.17
Morning Trivia: He was was born on January 31st of 1951 in Hialeah, Florida and grew up in the Greater Miami area. He's a musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known for his group, but also as a producer of several hits for other artists. His group was formed in 1973 and became prominent a couple of years later with Get Down Tonight and That's the Way (I Like It). Who is he and what is the band?

The New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl for the ninth time in the last 31 years, chasing their fifth championship this weekend in Houston. Then there are the Atlanta Falcons, still seeking their first Vince Lombardi Trophy after 51 years. New England is favored by 3. The over/under is 58.5. Super Bowl 51 is Sunday afternoon. Kick-off at 3:30 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Fox has the coverage.

Birthdays: Actress Carol Channing is 96; actress Jessica Walter is 76; baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is 70; Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten -- real name John Lydon -- is 61; actress Minnie Driver is 47; and Justin Timberlake is 36.

Today is Backward Day, a day to do everything backwards. Today is Inspire Your Heart With the Arts Day. Tonight is Play An Old Game You Haven’t Played in Years Night. Maybe Yahztee, Scrabble, Monopoly, or Canasta. Today is Scotch Tape Day, marking the birth of the sticky stuff to 3M Company's Richard Drew on this date in 1928. It's Eat Brussel Sprouts Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1949, the first TV daytime soap opera, These Are My Children, was telecast from NBC in Chicago. The show's creator, Irna Phillips, would later produce As the World Turns and The Guiding Light. In 1961, a chimpanzee named Ham became the first US animal sent into space. Ham traveled 158 miles above the Earth in the Mercury-Redstone-2 space capsule. In 1990, McDonald's opened its first fast-food restaurant in the Soviet Union in Moscow. In 1999, the Denver Broncos repeated as NFL champions, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-19 in Super Bowl 33. In 2010, Avatar became the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.

An asteroid came really close to Earth Sunday. The problem with asteroids passing near Earth is they're often difficult to spot. Asteroid 2017 BH30 was discovered Sunday just hours before passing by us at the creepy-close distance of only 40,563 miles -- closer than the moon. This asteroid is estimated to be between 15 to 32 feet in length.

Trivia Answer: He is Harry Wayne Casey who is 66 today. The group is K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

Monday 1.30.17
Morning Trivia: He's a politician and businessman. He was the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, under President George W. Bush. Who is he?

The AFC won the Pro Bowl knocking off the NFC, 20-13. Richard Sherman did come up with an inaterception. Michael Bennet was called repeatedly for being off sides. Now it's on to Super Bowl 51 on Sunday.

Birthdays: Actor Gene Hackman is 87; actress Vanessa Redgrave is 80; one of the lead singers for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, Marty Balin is 75; drummer and singer Phil Collins is 66; singer Jody Watley is 58; and actor Christian Bale is 43.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Bobby Goldsboro recorded Honey. In 1994, the Dallas Cowboys repeated as NFL champions by defeating the Buffalo Bills, 30-13, in Super Bowl 28. It was the fourth straight Super Bowl loss for the Bills. In 1996, Kevin Eubanks became official leader of The Tonight Show Band. In 2003, President Bush put allies on notice that diplomacy would give way to a decision on war with Iraq in "weeks, not months." World leaders and congressional critics urged patience and demanded proof of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. In 2007, Alexa Rodriguez decided she'd had enough of the gridlock and made her appearance in parents Magin Rodriguez and Wendy Neba's 4Runner. Alexa was the second baby born that week to moms stuck on I-5 near Seattle, and the 4th during January. Three arrived on I-5 and one in a restaurant parking lot. State troopers reported all moms and babies were doing well. A WSP spokesman simply attributed it to coincidence saying Who wants to have their baby in their car on the freeway?"

As expected, Split retained its top position at the box office with a weekend gross estimated to be $26.2 million. Second place went to A Dog's Purpose. The film went through a rough stretch the past few weeks. It might not be the runaway success they were initially predicting, but all things considered the studio has to be relieved. The crowd-pleasing Hidden Figures came in third. Fourth place went to Resident Evil: The Final Chapte. The highly regarded musical La La Land rounded out the Top Five. Also this weekend, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story slid into second place on 2016's worldwide grosses with $1.03 billion. The only film to make more money worldwide? Captain America: Civil War with $1.15 billion.

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo -- original cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Hamilton: An American Musical -- are about to take their biggest shot yet: kicking off the action at Super Bowl 51. The trio is singing America the Beautiful as part of the pregame festivities at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday. The NFL previously announced that the national anthem would be sung by Luke Bryan. Lady Gaga is the headliner at halftime. The Atlanta Falcons are looking for their first-ever Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots. By contrast, New England quarterback Tom Brady has four Super Bowl rings and has competed in six Super Bowls.Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day -- always the Last Monday in January . As anyone who has ever come in contact with it knows, bubble wrap is not just a protective wrapping for things. It is also a wonderful stress reliever. Just squeeze the bubbles in the Bubble wrap, and feel the stress disappear with each POP...POP...POP. Today is National Inane Answering Machine Message Day. Today is Yogi Bear Day, marking debut of the Yogi Bear Show on this date in 1958. Yogi had first appeared as a cartoon extra on Huckleberry Hound in October of 1957. Today is National Croissant Day. Today is National Yodel at Your Neighbors Day.

Sad to note that former County Commissioner George Barner's house burned down yesterday morning. The house, in the 800 block of 5th Avenue, caught fire at about 11:15 yesterday morning. Olympia firefighters responded after a neighbor reported the blaze. Assistant Chief Greg Wright with the Olympia Fire Department said the home is a complete loss. Barner was staying at a local hotel awaiting repairs on the home when the fire erupted.

Attorneys general from 15 states and Washington, D.C., with Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in a lead role, yesterday condemned President Trump's detain-and-deport order as "unconstitutional, un-American and unlawful." In fact, Washington state's attorney general declared today that he was suing President Donald Trump over his temporary ban on immigration from seven countries with majority-Muslim populations, making Washington the first state to announce a legal action against the Trump administration over one of its policies. Trump's executive order also suspended the United States' entire refugee program and set off nationwide protests over the weekend, including one that drew 3,000 people to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Trivia Answer: Dick Cheney who turns 76 today. In 2011, Cheney published his memoir In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, written with daughter Liz Cheney, and in 2015, published another book, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America, again co-authored with his daughter. He has been cited as the most powerful Vice President in American history.

Friday 1.27.17
Morning Trivia: He spent the first twenty years of his career in sports journalism. He was a sports correspondent for CNN and for local TV and radio stations in the 1980s, winning the Best Sportscaster award from the California Associated Press three times. He co-hosted ESPN's SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997. From 1998 to 2001, he was a producer and anchor for Fox Sports Net and a host for Fox Sports' coverage of Major League Baseball. From March 2003 to January 2011, he hosted a weeknight political commentary program on MSNBC. He received attention for his pointed criticism of right-wing and conservative politicians and public figures. Though he has frequently been described as a "liberal", he has resisted being labelled politically, stating, "I'm not a liberal. I'm an American." Who is he?

Here's a chance for you to get an early up-close look at some of the newest Mariners. The 19th annual Fanfest at Safeco Field lists six of the off-season's bigger acquisitions among its expected participants. Fanfest is tomorrow and Sunday, from 11 to 4 each day. Tickets and more information available at www.Mariners.com/FanFest. In addition to some of the new guys, other participants include general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais, hitting coach Edgar Martinez and former players Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson, and Dave Valle. The program includes autograph opportunities along with question-and-answer sessions.

Birthdays: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is 73; dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov is 69; the 17th and current Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Justice John Roberts is 62; former football player, now a sportscaster for NBC, Cris Collinsworth is 58; and actress Bridget Fonda is 53.

Mike Connors, the former college basketball player and B-movie actor who found stardom on television playing the title role in the popular, long-running private eye series Mannix, died yesterday in Los Angeles. One of the highest-paid actors on American television at the time, Connors starred on Mannix for all eight seasons of its run on CBS, from 1967 to 1975. Mike Connors was 91.

Today is Thomas Crapper Day. He died on this date in 1910. Thomas was a plumber who founded Thomas Crapper & Co. in London. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, Crapper did not invent the flush toilet. He did, however, do much to increase the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions. Today is Laverne & Shirley Day, marking the debut of the sitcom on this date in 1976. A spin-off from Happy Days, the show starred Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. Today is Chocolate Cake Day. It's a chocolate lovers delight, and a day to eat cake. Why this a day to "bake your chocolate cake....and eat it, too!"

Calendar notes: On this date in 1880, American inventor Thomas Alva Edison of Menlo Park, New Jersey, patented the incandescent electric lamp. In 1956, RCA released its first record by Elvis Presley. Heartbreak Hotel hit #1 on both the pop and country charts and reached #5 on the R&B charts. In 1968, Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay was released. The release came 6 weeks after he was killed in a plane crash. In 1971, British musician David Bowie arrived in America for the first time. He did not perform, but received lots of publicity in Texas and Louisiana for wearing dresses. In 1981, at the White House, President Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran . In 1984, Cindy Lauper released Time After Time. In 1991, Whitney Houston sang the Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XXV. In 2001, actress Beverley D'Angelo gave birth to twin girls, making actor Al Pacino a father again at age 60. In 2003, the first selections for the National Recording Registry were announced by the Library of Congress. There were 50 selections overall including the Military Band doing Stars and Stripes Forever, Abbot and Costello's Who's on First, Kate Smith's God Bless America, Orson Welle's The War of The Worlds, and Bing Crosby's White Christmas. In 2006, Western Union discontinued its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. In 2010, Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad.

From the first day we set foot in a classroom we're taught that the US is the greatest democracy on the planet. But apparently we've been taken down a notch. According to the most recent Democracy Index the US has been downgraded from a "full democracy" to a "flawed democracy" because of a further erosion of trust in government and elected officials.

The NFL's Pro Bowl -- with seven Seahawks on the roster -- is in Orlando, Florida, this weekend. The game is Sunday afternoon at 5:00 on ESPN.

The 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards are on TV this weekend. This 2-hour awards show, that has no host, features thirteen awards for acting in film and TV. Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton are presenting 9 to 5 co-star Lily Tomlin with the lifetime achievement award. It's all Sunday night on TNT and TBS.

New in theaters this weekend, the controversy riddled PG-rated A Dog's Purpose with Dennis Quaid, the R-rated Gold with Matthew McConaughey, and the R-rated Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Trivia Answer: Keith Olbermann who is 58 today. He is currently the host of GQ's political webshow The Resistance with Keith Olbermann.

Thursday 1.26.17
Morning Trivia: He's a retired Major League Baseball player, later a sportscaster, comedian, and actor. He was given the title of Mr. Baseball by talk show host Johnny Carson. Since 1971, he has served as a play-by-play announcer for Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcasts. Who is he?

Police say a major investigation into a burglary ring that hit high-end homes in Bellevue, Kirkland, Seattle, Medina, and Clyde Hill for millions in goods has been busted. The ring is called the Rock Smash Crew. It would get into a home by breaking a window or door. Jewelry, cash, guns and expensive handbags were stolen. Among the victims was Mariners' star pitcher Felix Hernandez, whose diamond-encrusted watches were stolen. More than $1.5 million in watches and other goods were taken from his Clyde Hill home. One suspect was arrested as he was allegedly wearing one of Felix's watches. It had "King Felix" engraved on it. The investigation culminated in three arrests. The three suspects, three men, ages 25, 26 and 29, are all from Seattle. The nine-month investigation found there 123 burglaries in which $3 million in goods were stolen. The break in the case came when a Mercer Island resident found a discarded cell phone in a yard.

Birthdays: Singer Jean Knight -- remember Mr. Big Stuff? -- is 74; activist and author Angela Davis is 73; from Seattle, Ms. Angel in the Morning, Merrilee Rush is also 73; drummer Corky Laing is 69; singer Lucinda Williams is 64; guitarist Eddie Van Halen is 63; comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 59; The Great One, hockey’s Wayne Gretzky is 56; the other half of Wham!, guitarist Andrew Ridgeley is 54; the Suleman octuplets (Octomom's kids) are 8.

Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV's beloved The Mary Tyler Moore Show whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, has died. Moore died yesterday. She was 80. Moore gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. In the 1970s, she created one of TV's first career-woman sitcom heroines in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She won seven Emmy awards over the years and was nominated for an Oscar for her 1980 portrayal of an affluent mother whose son is accidentally killed in Ordinary People. In 1992, Moore received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A decade later, a life-size bronze statue went on display in Minneapolis, depicting her tossing her trademark tam into the air as she did in the opening credits of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

CBS is paying tribute to longtime network star Mary Tyler Moore. The network announced that an hourlong special, Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around, is airing air tonight. The special is being anchored by CBS This Morning's Gayle King.

Tonight is Wipeout Night in West Virginia, marking this night in 1960 when Burnsville wiped out Widen in basketball 173 to 43. Burnsville’s Danny Heater scored 135 points. Today is Dukes of Hazzard Day. The TV series premiered on this date in 1979, starring John Schneider and Tom Wopat as Bo and Luke and Catharine Bach as Cousin Daisy. Today is National Peanut Brittle Day. Today is Spouse's Day, a time to enjoy and appreciate your better half. You can use this day as a prelude or warm up to Valentine's Day. The annual Clean Out Your Inbox week is underway.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1784, in a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin complained about the choice of the eagle as America's symbol, saying he preferred the turkey. In 1970, John Lennon wrote and recorded Instant Karma. In 1984, Michael Jackson was hospitalized with scalp burns after a spark ignited his hair during filming of a Pepsi TV commercial. in 1988, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Phantom of the Opera opened at Broadway's Majestic Theater. In 1997, ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers performed at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show. In 2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first NFL championship, outing the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl 37. In 2003, Billy Joel was hospitalized for several hours after crashing his car into a tree in Sag Harbor, NY. He was released early the next morning. In 2005, confirmed by the US Senate, Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as secretary of state. In 2010, it was announced that James Cameron's movie Avatar had become the highest-grossing film worldwide.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over 20,000 yesterday for the first time ever. What's it mean? Don't know but the market closed up again todat with the Dow up over 30 points.

The NFL's Pro Bowl -- with seven Seahawks on the roster is in Orlando, Florida, this weekend. The game is Sunday afternoon at 5:00 on ESPN.

The 19th annual Seattle Mariner Fanfest at Safeco Field is this weekend. Fanfest is Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 4 each day. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at www.Mariners.com/FanFest.

Trivia Answer: Bob Uecker who is 83 today. He signed a professional contract with his hometown Milwaukee Braves in 1956 and made his Major League Baseball debut as a catcher with the club in 1962. A below-average hitter, he finished with a career batting average of .200. He was generally considered to be a sound defensive player and committed very few errors in his Major League career as a catcher, completing his career with a fielding percentage of .981. However, in 1967, despite playing only 59 games, he led the league in passed balls and is still on the top 10 list for most passed balls in a season. At least a partial explanation is that he spent a good deal of the season catching knuckleballer Phil Niekro. He often joked that the best way to catch a knuckleball was to wait until it stopped rolling and pick it up. Perhaps the biggest highlight of Uecker's career was when he hit a home run off future Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax after which Uecker joked that he always thought that home run would keep Koufax from getting into the Hall of Fame. After retiring as a player, Uecker returned to Milwaukee. In 1971, he began calling play-by-play for the Milwaukee Brewers' radio broadcasts, a position he holds to this day -- although he has taken time off here and there for health reasons. Known for his humor, particularly about his undistinguished playing career, Uecker actually became much better known after he retired from playing. He made some 100 guest appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, and appeared in a number of humorous commercials, most notably for Miller Lite beer, as one of the Miller Lite All-Stars. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Uecker as Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year five times (1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1987), and inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2011. Uecker was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, he received the Ford C. Frick Award.

Wednesday 1.25.17
Morning Trivia: She's a singer, songwriter, pianist, and actress. She released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, in 2001, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single Fallin', and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned her five Grammy Awards in 2002. Who is she?

Edgar Martinez is about to become only the second player in Mariners' history to have his jersey retired. The team announced yesterday that they are retiring his No. 11 in a pregame ceremony on August 12th. Ken Griffey Jr. is the only other player in the history of the franchise to have his number retired. Jackie Robinson's No. 42 has been retired by the Mariners and all other Major League teams. Seattle Mariners President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Mather said in a statement. "As we embark on our 40th anniversary season in 2017, Edgar has been in a Mariners Major League uniform for 20 of those seasons, all proudly wearing no. 11, and has been a part of our organization for 36 years. He has worn a Seattle uniform in parts of four decades (the 80s, 90s, 2000s and the 2010s), and today’s announcement will assure that his number will be proudly displayed in Safeco Field forever." Over his career, he made seven All-Star appearances, won a pair of batting titles, and five Outstanding Designated Hitter Awards. In the just announced balloting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2017, Edgar received 58.6 percent of the votes cast. The 2017 season will be his third as the Mariners' hitting coach.

Birthdays: Rachel Welles on Peyton Place, actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 72; and a woman who began her career appearing in Broadway musicals and worked as a back-up singer for Bette Midler, before appearing in films and is now known as the voice of Flo in Cars, actress Jenifer Lewis is 60.

It's Speak up and Succeed Day, time to face your fear of public speaking and speak out anyway. Today is A Room of One's Own Day, for anyone who knows or longs for the bliss of having a private place. And it’s National Opposite Day. Thought for the Day: Opposites attract.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1959, American Airlines opened the jet age in the US with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707. In 1964, The Beatles reached #1 on US music charts with I Want to Hold Your Hand. In 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released the single Proud Mary. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed his wife Hillary to lead a task force on health-care reform. Also in 1993, Sears announced, after 97 years, it was closing its catalog sales department. The Sears Catalog was gone. In 1998, the Denver Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 in the Super Bowl. The Broncos had lost 3 previous Super Bowl appearances with quarterback John Elway. In 2010, KISS rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Tumwater High School football legend Sid Otton will be among the world's best football players and coaches this weekend, and as Gregg Bell who writes fot the Tacoma News Tribune writes, that's as it should be. The Seahawks have announced that the retired Tumwater High coach is joining players Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Bobby Wagner, Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham and K.J. Wright at the NFL's Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, this weekend. Otton retired in November at the end of his 43rd season coaching Tumwater, where he began as a head man when President Gerald Ford was steering our nation out of Watergate. Otton is the most successful high school football coach in Washington state history, with a career record of 394 wins, 131 losses and six state championships. He is the Seahawks’ 2016 nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. Otton is the 2016 High School Coach of the Year for Washington. The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award honors an exemplary football coach at the high school level who displays the integrity, achievement, and leadership demonstrated by the former Miami Dolphins coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer. This weekend marks the first time in Pro Bowl history all Shula Award nominees are being honored and participating in Pro Bowl week events. The winner of the national award is being announced during the Pro Bowl Sunday in Orlando. Otton was a head coach in Washington for 49 years in all, starting in Coupeville then Colfax. He began leading Tumwater in 1974. Five of his state titles came at Tumwater. His most recent one was in 2010. In 43 years leading the T-Birds, Otton went 361-112 with 27 appearances in the state playoffs.

Want an early up-close look at some of the newest Mariners? The 19th annual Fanfest at Safeco Field lists six of the off-season's bigger acquisitions among its expected participants. Fanfest is this Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 4 each day. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at www.Mariners.com/FanFest and at Mariners Team Stores. In addition to some of the new guys, other participants include general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais, hitting coach Edgar Martinez and former players Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson, and Dave Valle. The program includes autograph opportunities along with question-and-answer sessions. You will also be able to tour the Mariners clubhouse, run the bases, and take part in various interactive games.

Lopsided contests to determine Super Bowl participants didn't prevent each of the NFL conference championship games from reaching more than 45 million television viewers on Sunday.

In the wake of incorrect or unprovable statements made by President Donald Trump and some White House aides, one truth is undeniable: Sales are soaring for George Orwell's 1984. Orwell's classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of "newspeak" was in the top 5 on Amazon.com as of midday yesterday. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway coined an instant catchphrase Sunday when she called Trump's claims about crowd size at the inauguration "alternative facts," bringing comparisons by some on social media to 1984. Orwell's book has long been standard classroom reading.

Trivia Answer: Alicia Augello Cook, known by her stage name Alicia Keys, who is 36 today. Throughout her career, Keys has won numerous awards such as 15 Grammy Awards, and has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. On the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, Keys was part of the Women's March on Washington, DC. She was one of the key speakers. Keys also sang a version her song Girl on Fire.

Tuesday 1.24.17
Morning Trivia: He was a comedian, actor, and musician. He's best known as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live and as the co-star and co-creator of The Blues Brothers. He was known for his brash, energetic style and raunchy humor. He died in 1982 after overdosing on a mixture of cocaine and heroin. He was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 2004. Who is he?

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin was named to his first Pro Bowl yesterday, replacing Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona Cardinals, who was unable to play due to injury. Baldwin set career highs with 94 receptions -- which tied a franchise record set by Bobby Engram in 2007 -- and 1,128 receiving yards in 2016, adding seven touchdowns after leading the NFL with 14 receiving scores in 2015. Baldwin's inclusion gives the Seahawks seven total players selected to the game for the third consecutive season. Linebacker Bobby Wagner, cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett were selected on December 20th, while linebacker K.J. Wright and tight end Jimmy Graham were named as injury replacements on January 17th. The 2017 Pro Bowl is being played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 o'clock on ESPN.

Birthdays: Singer Ray Stevens is 78; singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 76; singer Aaron Neville is also 76; comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 66; a founding member of the band Squeeze, keyboardist Jools Holland is 59; actress Nastassja Kinski is 56; gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 49; and the first person to walk a tightrope stretched directly over Niagara Falls, acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, and high wire artist Nik Wallenda is 38.

It's Beer Can Appreciation Day. Beer Can Appreciation Day celebrates that day in 1935 when beer was first sold in cans. Today is Social Sipping and Nibbling Rehearsal Day, a time to practice cutting a piece of cake with a plastic fork on a paper plate while holding a cup of punch, a napkin, and some mints. Memorize something clever to say if you drop it all on the carpet. Today is Global Belly Laugh Day, a day to celebrate the great gift of laughter. At 1:24 this afternoon (local time) smile, throw your arms in the air, and laugh out loud. Today is National Compliment Day. Compliment at least five people today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, the NFL's New York Yankees turned up in Texas as the Dallas Texans, to become history's worst pro football team. They were run out of Dallas after only four games and had to play eight games on the road, finishing 1-and-11. In 1955. Major League Baseball announced that during the new season the rule requiring a pitcher to deliver the ball within 20 seconds after he received it would be strictly enforced. It's still the rule, and it's still not enforced. In 1962, Brian Epstein signed to manage the Beatles, swapping their leather jackets for matching suits and a smarter stage show. In 1995, the prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Also in 1995, Van Halen released their Balance album. It was the last album recorded with lead singer Sammy Hagar. In 2003, the new Department of Homeland Security officially opened as its director, Tom Ridge, was sworn in.

Stephen Colbert is hosting the annual Emmy Awards telecast, this year to be shown on his home network of CBS. The annual awards show honoring the best in television takes place on September 17th in Los Angeles. Said Colbert: "This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the globe."

Live from New York, it's Alec Baldwin ... for the 17th time. According to a post on NBC's Saturday Night Live Twitter account Alec Baldwin will host February 11th. It marks his 17th time serving as host, which puts him one gig above Steve Martin. Baldwin last hosted in 2011. The actor has been portraying President Donald Trump since last year's season debut. His lampooning of the president has garnered a number of tweets from Trump, who has criticized the performances. Ed Sheeran is set to be the musical guest. Kristen Stewart is hosting the week before, on February 4th.

Trivia Answer: John Adam Belushi who would have been 69 today. During his career he had a close personal and artistic partnership with fellow SNL comedian and author Dan Aykroyd. John is the older brother of Jim Belushi. On March 5th of 1982, Belushi was found dead at the age of 33 in his room at the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The cause of death was a speedball; the combined injection of cocaine and heroin. On the night of his death, he was visited separately by friends Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, each of whom left the premises, leaving Belushi in the company of assorted others, including Catherine Evelyn Smith. His death was investigated by forensic pathologist Dr. Ryan Norris among others, and while the findings were disputed, it was officially ruled a drug-related accident. Two months later, Catherine Evelyn Smith admitted in an interview with the National Enquirer that she had been with Belushi the night of his death and had given him the fatal speedball shot. After the appearance of the article "I Killed Belushi" in the Enquirer edition of June 29th of 1982, the case was reopened. Smith was extradited from Toronto, Ontario, arrested and charged with first-degree murder. A plea bargain reduced the charge to involuntary manslaughter, and she served 15 months in prison.

Monday 1.23.17
Morning Trivia: He's the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Cheap Trick. Who is he?

A couple of rather decisive Conference Championship games yesterday in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game. In the later game, for the AFC title, the New England Patriots easily rolled over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17. Super Bowl LI in two weeks in Houston. The early line has New England favored by 3.

Birthdays: Millie on The Andy Griffith and Mayberry R.F.D., actree Arlene Golonka is 81; Pointer Sister Anita Pointer is 69; MacGyver on MacGyver, actor Richard Dean Anderson is 67; and from Beverly Hills 90210, actress Tiffani Thiessen is 43.

Today is National Pie Day. Today is National Handwriting Day, always on the birth date of John Hancock, flamboyant signer of the Declaration of Independence. Which means we're in the midst of National Handwriting Analysis Week. Today is Cold, Cold, Cold Day! The coldest temperature ever recorded in the United States was at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska, on January 23rd of 1971: a record 79.8 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Today is Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day, time for snowplow drivers everywhere to see how many rural mailboxes they can knock over. And today is Measure Your Feet Day, a day to, well, measure your feet. At this point, we stop and ask ourselves...why? We pondered this question for a while. Then, we decided it was best not to even speculate.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1975, Barney Miller made his debut on ABC-TV. In 1977, the most watched TV program in history began on ABC. It was a mini-series based on the Alex Haley novel Roots. In 1978, Terry Kath of the band Chicago died after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a pistol he didn't know was loaded. He was 32 years old. In 1983, the A-Team debuted on TV. In 1985, O.J. Simpson became the first Heisman Trophy winner to be elected to pro football's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. In 2004, the situation comedy Friends filmed its final episode in front of an invitation-only audience. In 2005, former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson died at age 79.

Psychological thriller Split blew away box-office expectations, earning $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend. Though many were focused on Friday's presidential inauguration and Saturday's nationwide women's marches, Split doubled forecasts to easily lead all films. The Vin Diesel action sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage opened in second place, with $20 million. It's the third film in the trilogy and first installment in 12 years. Last weekend's top film, the stirring mathematician drama Hidden Figures, held on well, sliding to third place with an estimated $16.3 million. Sing finished in the fourth spot. Oscar favorite La La Land is still going strong finishing in fifth place in its seventh week.

A report out Sunday says the crowd at the Women’s March on Washington was at least three times larger than the crowd at Trump’s inauguration.

A new poll (ABC News/Washington Post) reveals that despite what President Donald Trump has said regarding the American public's interest in seeing his tax returns, the vast majority of people would like for him to release the documents. 74% of respondents said the POTUS should show his tax returns.

Trivia Answer: Robin Zander who is 63 today. Zander was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Illinois. He learned to play guitar by the age of 12. With Cheap Trick, Zander has toured the world, released numerous albums, and has been widely acknowledged by his peers and fans alike as having one of the great voices in rock music. Guitarist Rick Nielsen introduces Zander at every Cheap Trick concert as being his "…favorite lead singer in the whole wide world." Cheap Trick is joining Foreigner on the road this summer celebrating that band's 40th anniversary. They are playing the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn September 9th.

Friday 1.20.16
Morning Trivia: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is celebrating his 87th birthday today. He was the second person to walk on the moon. Who was the first?

We determine the Super Bowl participants this weekend with the Conference Championship games. For the NFC, the Green Bay Packers are at Atlanta Sunday at 12:05 to meet the Falcons. Then, for the AFC crown, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots at 3:40.

Birthdays: From Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Arte Johnson is 88; astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 87; director David Lynch is 71; Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley is 65; comedian and TV host Bill Maher is 61; actor Lorenzo Lamas is 59; from The Office and from Seattle, actor Rainn Wilson is 51; the daughter of Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers is 49; singer Edwin McCain is 47; the drummer with The Roots, Questlove is 46; and Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon is 38.

Today is National Cheese Lover's Day. Did you know that the average American consumes about 31 pounds of cheese each year? That may seem like a lot, but for the average French person it's 50 pounds. It's National Buttercrunch Day. Today is also Penguin Awareness Day. a great opportunity to learn about and appreciate one of the few natives of Antarctica. It's also a good time to wear black and white -- penguin colors.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1885, the roller coaster was patented by La Marcus Thompson of, where else, Coney Island, New York. His coaster was 450 feet long with the highest drop being 30 feet. In 1892, the first organized basketball game was played by students at the Springfield, Massachusettes YMCA Training School. In 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union was founded. In 1981, twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as US President, Iran released 52 American hostages. In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of a bat in Des Moines, Iowa, and was hospitalized to undertake a series of rabies shots. In 1985, the most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins, 38-16. Super Bowl XIX marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute. In 2007, the first McDonald's drive-through opened in Beijing.

It's Inauguration Day, aka the 5 Craziest Hours in the White House. The outgoing family's moving trucks pull into the west side of the South Portico driveway. The incoming president’s moving trucks pull into the east side of the South Portico. All boxes owned by the incoming First Family are emptied and clothes are placed in closets and drawers. Voilà!

Consumer Reports is out with its 2016 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, and the watchdog publication says we do not like those dashboard infotainment systems. Before in-car touch screens the dash had knobs, a radio dial and a CD player. Now car makers are putting mini computer monitors in the dash -- and CR says we're confused by them. Even worse, when we’re supposed to be keeping our eyes on the road we’re trying to figure out how to switch from AM to FM or from radio to CD.

Trivia Answer: Neil Armstrong -- the Commander of the Apollo 11 mission was the first to step on the moon. Aldrin was the Lunar Module Pilot on the same mission. On July 20th of 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquility and on July 21st became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Their landing craft, Eagle, spent 21 hours and 31 minutes on the lunar surface while Comman Module Pilot Michael Collins orbited above in the command ship, Columbia. The three astronauts returned to Earth with 47.5 pounds of lunar rocks and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th. They left behind a plaque that said "Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind." They also left behind a memorial bag containing a gold replica of an olive branch as a traditional symbol of peace and a silicon message disk. The disk carries the goodwill statements by Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon and messages from leaders of 73 countries around the world. Apollo 11 fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon before the Soviet Union by the end of the 1960s, which he had expressed during a 1961 mission statement before the United States Congress: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

Thursday 1.19.17
Morning Trivia: He was a singer, songwriter, and musician. He was known for his distinctive soulful voice, eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums -- combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues. He was also a flashy dresser. He found success both in his solo career and with The Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the UK and the US. Who was he?

No Gar in the Hall this year. Maybe next year for Mariners' great Edgar Martinez. He is in his eighth of 10 possible years on the ballot. He needed to be on 75 percent of an estimated 435 returned ballots to make the Hall of Fame. He got 58.6 percent. He was on 259 ballots and finished sixth. He is moving up. Egar's total is 15.2 percent more than his previous high of 43.4 percent, which he set in 2016 after never surpassing 36.5 percent in his first six years of eligibility. Yesterday's results may bode well for Martinez, with his massive uptick perhaps an indication that voters are changing the way they think about designated hitters. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez made the cut this year and are being inducted on July 30th in Cooperstown, New York.

Birthdays: From the movie The Birds, actress Tippi Hedren is 87; actress Shelley Fabares is 73; singer/songwriter/actress Dolly Parton is 71; from The Motels, singer Martha Davis is 66; frontman for the band America, Dewey Bunnell is 65; actor and musician Desi Arnaz, Jr. is 64; Peg on Married With Children, Katey Sagal is 63; comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez is 62; best known as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the band Marcy Playground, John Wozniak is 46; and comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo is 43.

It's National Popcorn Day. Today is Little Ricky Day, marking the birth of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s TV son on I Love Lucy on this date in 1953. Today is Tin Can Day, marking the patent of a process for storing food in tin cans issued to Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett. Today is Women's Healthy weight Day, a day to honor women of all sizes, and confirm that beauty, talent, and love cannot be weighed. Today is Get to Know Your Customer Day. Today is Whisper I Love You Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the US were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of I Love Lucy, gave birth to a baby boy. In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with the permission of President Eisenhower. In 1978, the last US-made Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line. Twenty years later, the Beetle returned. In 1988, a statue of singer Janis Joplin was unveiled in her hometown, Port Arthur, Texas, on what would have been her 45th birthday. In 1989, on his last day in office, Ronald Reagan pardoned New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who had been convicted of contributing illegally in 1972 to Richard Nixon's reelection campaign. In 1993, IBM announced a loss of $4.97 billion for 1992. It was the largest single-year loss in US corporate history. In 1993, Fleetwood Mac reunited for the Inaugural Ball of President-elect Bill Clinton. In 2013, in Scottsdale, Arizona, the original Batmobile for the TV series Batman sold at auction for $4.6 million. It was the first of six Batmobiles produced for the show.

The NFL's Conference Championship games coming up Sunday. The Green Bay Packers are at Atlanta to face the Falcons Sunday at 12:05. Then at 3:40, the Pittsburgh Steelers meet the New England Patriots in Foxborough.

US government scientists announced yesterday that 2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of record keeping and the third year in a row to take the number one slot. While the record was expected, the joint announcement by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came in the midst of Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees, several of whom have expressed doubts about established climate science -- as has Trump himself.

Host Ellen Degeneres made People's Choice Awards history in Los Angeles last night by becoming the most decorated celebrity in the TV ceremony's 43 years. Ellen picked up her 20th, 21st and 22nd awards at the Microsoft Theater. Pal Justin Timberlake presented her with the Favorite Daytime TV Host and Favorite Animated Movie Voice trophies, while her sketch romp around a shopping mall with Britney Spears, which aired on her show last year, earned her the Favorite Comedic Collaboration prize. Timberlake was also a big winner at the awards bash, picking up Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Song for Can't Stop The Feeling.

Trivia Answer: Robert Allen Palmer who was born on this date in 1949. Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, an MTV Video Music Award, and two Brit Award nominations for Best British Male. Palmer died in a Paris hotel room from a cardiac arrest on September 26th of 2003 at the age of 54. He had been in the French capital after recording a television appearance in London, a retrospective titled My Kinda People. He was survived by his parents, his son Jim and daughter Jane, and by his girlfriend Mary Ambrose. Among those who paid tribute were Duran Duran, stating; "He was a very dear friend and a great artist. This is a tragic loss to the British music industry."

Wednesday 1.18.17
Morning Trivia: The Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame is located at Safeco Field in the SoDo district of downtown Seattle. It is operated by the Seattle Mariners organization. It honors the players, staff, and other individuals that greatly contributed to the history and success of the Mariners franchise. Inductees are selected on the criteria that they spent at least five seasons in a Mariners uniform and have been retired from baseball for two seasons. As luck would have it, there are nine players on a baseball team and there are nine inductees in the Mariner Hall of fame. Can you name them?

K.J. Wright and his Seahawks' teammates have been waiting for years for the overlooked outside linebacker to get national recognition. They got some of what they’ve been looking for yesterday. Wright is going to his first Pro Bowl. The league and team announced Wright has gone from alternate for this month's all-star game to participant. He's replacing Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who won't play because of an injury. The Seahawks got a sixth Pro Bowl player for this season when tight end Jimmy Graham also became a injury replacement for the game. He's taking the place of injured Washington tight end Jordan Reed. This will be the fourth Pro Bowl for Graham in his six NFL seasons, the last two with Seattle. Wright and Graham join cornerback Richard Sherman, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril in the Pro Bowl on January 29th in Orlando, on the Sunday between this weekend's conference-title games and Super Bowl 51.

Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 76; the youngest member of The Hudson Brothers, Brett Hudson is 64; actor and director Kevin Costner is 62; NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier is 56; and comedian Dave Attell is 51.

Lost for words? Before falling back on your standard, boring vocabulary, consider using taking advantage of Thesaurus Day today and lookup an exciting alternative? Today is UFO Day, marking the first reported sighting of a UFO in America by Pilgrims in Boston. The year was 1644. And today is Winnie the Pooh Day, celebrating the birth of A.A . Milne in 1882. He was an author of children's story books, and created Winnie the Pooh and his friends, including Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and Roo. By the way, the initials stand for Allan Alexander.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, the plans for the original World Trade Center in New York were unveiled to the public. In 1973, Pink Floyd began recording Dark Side of the Moon, which would set a record by staying on the Billboard album chart for over 14 years. In 1989, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- then in New York City -- inducted The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and Dion. In 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 US states for the first time. In 1996, Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson after 20 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. In 1996, Australian scientists who claimed to have contacted life on other planets stumbled on the real source of the signals -- a microwave oven in the kitchen of their laboratory. In 2012, Wikipedia began a 24-hour "blackout" in protest against proposed anti-piracy legislation (S. 968 and H.R. 3261) known as the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. Many websites, including Reddit, Google, Facebook, Amazon and others, contended would make it challenging if not impossible for them to operate.

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized but, according to his chief of staff, the 92-year-old is "fine" and expected to go home in a few days. The spokesman says that the 41st president was recently admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after becoming ill. No reason was specified as to why the oldest living US president was hospitalized but his office expects him to go home in a couple of days.

The People's Choice Awards 2017 are on TV tonight. Joel McHale hosts as the fan favorite TV shows, movies, and music are honored. Blake Shelton and Fifth Harmony perform. It's tonight on CBS.

Scientists have named a newly discovered species of moth after Donald Trump. Researchers named the moth after the President-elect because the new moth, in adult form, boasts a series of yellowish-white scales on its head, resembling the hair of Trump. The moth, Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, is one of two species within a genus of twirler moths.

Trivia Answer: Mariner Hall of Fame members are Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martínez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson, Lou Piniella, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Jamie Moyer. The Mariners regular season starts in 81 days. Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training on February 15th.

Tuesday 1.17.17
Morning Trivia: She was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Who is she?

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas have made the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons favorites to meet in the Super Bowl. Atlanta is a 4-point favorite to beat Green Bay at home next Sunday, while New England is a 5.5-point pick at most sports books to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both games are expected to be high scoring affairs, with the over/under for the Patriots-Steelers at 51.5 points and the total for the Packers-Falcons game a whopping 60.5 points. Sunday's Conference Championship games: Green Bay at Atlanta Sunday at 12:05. Then at 3:40, Pittsburgh at New England.

Birthdays: Actress Betty White is 95; actor James Earl Jones is 86; talk show host Maury Povich is 78; singer Paul Young is 61; actor and comedian Steve Harvey is 60; from The Bangles, singer Susanna Hoffs is 58; actor Jim Carrey is 55; Kid Rock is 46; and actress Zooey Deschanel is 37.

Today is Ditch New Years Resolutions Day. Perhaps related, today is Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day. Today is Make Your All-Time Top Ten Favorite TV Characters List. Go ahead. Will you include Lucy, Fonzie, Barney, Latka, Reverend Jim, Kramer, Boss Hogg, Corky, Gomer, Georgette, or Meathead, Bart Simpson? Today is Kid Inventors Day, honoring the 500,000 kids and teens who invent gadgets and games each year to make our lives easier and more fun. Today is Judgment Day, a day to see how you measure up, a day to look in the mirror. Today is National Professional Boxer's Day, always on the birthday of Muhammad Ali.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1972, Bellvie Street in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. All the new street signs immediately disappeared. In 1983, Ham, the chimpanzee, died at age 26. He was America's first space pioneer and a member of the Space Hall of Fame. In 1984, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that using a home video recorder to tape movies and TV shows for non-commercial purposes did not violate federal copyright law. In 1994, Donny Osmond and the Partridge Family's Danny Bonaduce fought in a charity boxing match in Chicago. Bonaduce won a split decision.

The NFL is reportedly investigating why Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman didn't appear on the team's practice reports with what head coach Pete Carroll called a "significant" knee injury. In an interview yesterday, Carroll revealed that Sherman played through an MCL injury he suffered in the second half of the season. In a press conference later in the day, the head coach admitted the team might have made a mistake by not designating the injury. League policy requires teams to report if any player has a "significant or noteworthy injury," "even if he fully participates in practice and the team expects that he will play in the team's next game." Violations could result in fines, suspensions or the loss of draft choices, but that doesn't seem likely based on what seem to be similar infractions.

Trivia Answer: First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama who turns 53 today. At first, Michelle had reservations about her husband's presidential campaign due to fears about a possible negative effect on their daughters. She says that she negotiated an agreement in which her husband gave up smoking in exchange for her support of his decision to run. She appeared on the cover and in a photo spread in the March 2009 issue of Vogue. Every First Lady since Lou Hoover (except Bess Truman) has been in Vogue, but only Hillary Clinton had previously appeared on the cover.

Monday 1.16.17
Morning Trivia: He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Who is he?

A diabolical sequence of events in the second quarter, starting with a special teams holding penalty, sent Atlanta on its way to a decisive 36-20 victory over the Seahawks Saturday in an NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome. In addition to a litany of unforced errors, Seattle couldn't contain Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, likely the NFL' Most Valuable Player. The Seahawks started in splendid fashion, marching 89 yards in 14 plays after the opening kickoff for a touchdown, a seven-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham. Behind Ryan, Atlanta answered with a 13-play scoring drive to tie the game 7-7. After Stephen Hauschka gave Seattle a 10-7 lead with a 33-yard field goal, the Seahawks forced a punt that was returned 80 yards by Devin Hester. But the return was wiped out by a holding call on Kevin Pierre-Louis, forcing Seattle to start the drive from its own 7. The 80-yard setback erased all the momentum the Seahawks built: Instead of first-and-10 at the Atlanta seven, the Seahawks faced first-and-10 from their own seven. the game changed completely. And not for the good for the Seahawks or the 12s. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll summed it up saying, "We really came out smoking. We had a chance to take this game into a new storyline. But there was an enormous turnaround after the punt return and penalty. They took advantage of it. That was the time to take advantage and go up 17-7. That was our shot, but it was a huge turnaround, a ridiculously large play in the game. Atlanta played really well. They did their thing. They deserved it. Atlanta really functions well. It was hard to stop them. But as we look down the road, I can’t wait to see what our guys come back with."

In the weekend's other NFL action, the New England Patriots eliminated the Houston Texans on Saturday, 34-16. Then yesterday, in an absolute thriller. the Green Bay Packers bested the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31. And in the nightcap, the Pirrsburgh Steelers got by the Kansas City Chiefs, 18-16.

That sets up Sunday's Conference Championship games. Green Bay is at Atlanta Sunday at 12:05. Then at 3:40, Pittsburgh is at New England.

Today is MLK Day. Today is Hot and Spicy Food Day. Today is Appreciate a Dragon Day, celebrating fictional dragons as memorable characters. Today is Civil Service Day. On this date in 1883, the Pendleton Act created the federal civil service system and the US Civil Service Commission. Today is Religious Freedom Day and, for the non-religious, it’s National Fig Newton Day.

Birthdays: Country music's first blind superstar, singer Ronnie Milsap is 74; singer-songwriter Jim Stafford is 73; director John Carpenter -- he did Halloween -- is 69; actress, dancer, choreographer Debbie Allen -- probably best known for her work on the series Fame -- is 67; singer Sade is 58; and supermodel Kate Moss is 43.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1920, the US outlawed alcohol and went dry, a year after states ratified the 18th Amendment. Fourteen years of prohibition followed. In 1957, the Cavern Club opened in Liverpool. Originally a jazz club, it became famous as the first home of The Beatles. In 1961, Mickey Mantle signed a contract that made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League at $75,000 for the 1961 season. In 1973: Bonanza, a top western TV show, aired its final episode after 14 seasons on NBC. It starred Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts, and Victor Sen Yung. In 1976, the TV show Donny & Marie premiered on ABC-TV. In 1987, red M&Ms returned for the first time in 11 years after being banned because the original red dye used in the candy had caused cancer in laboratory rats. In 1991, boxer George Foreman’s wife Joan gave birth to yet another George, George the 5th. The couple already had three sons: George the 2nd, George the 3rd, and George the 4th. Dad is George the 1st.

Mariner pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in just under a month. The new season begins in 82 days.

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday marked the weekend when three major movies bombed in their first weekend in wide release -- Martin Scorsese's Silence, Ben Affleck's Live by Night, and Paramount's Monster Trucks. The fact-based period drama Hidden Figures had a successful second weekend at the box office finishing i the top spot for the weekend. La La Land fresh from scoring a half-dozen Golden Globes finished second. Sing placed third. Rogue One continued to do well finishing fourth. And The Bye Bye Man rounded out the top five.

Trivia Answer: Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr. -- A. J. Foyt -- who is 82 today. He's now a retired automobile auto racing driver who has raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel racing includes United States Automobile Club Champ cars and midget cars. He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC. He won several major sports car racing events. He holds the USAC career wins record with 159 victories, and the American championship racing career wins record with 67. He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Foyt won the International Race of Champions all-star racing series in 1976 and 1977. In the NASCAR stock car circuit, he won the 1964 Firecracker 400 and the 1972 Daytona 500. Foyt survived three major crashes that caused serious injuries, and narrowly escaped a fourth. Foyt's success has led to induction in numerous motorsports halls of fame. Since his retirement from active racing, he has owned A.J. Foyt Enterprises, which has fielded teams in the CART, IRL, and NASCAR.

Friday 1.13.17
Morning Trivia: Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday. The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name. What is it?

With defensive tackle Tony McDaniel cleared via the concussion protocol, rookie running back C.J. Prosise is the only uncertainty regarding health as the Seahawks are off to the NFC divisional round playoff match in Atlanta tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 on Fox against the Falcons. Meantime, coach Pete Carroll is dubious about the Chargers moving to LA. Carroll was skeptical about the Chargers’ chances as the second team in Los Angeles, where owner Dean Spanos confirmed yesterday his franchise will move next season after failing in a 15-year ordeal of pursuing public funding to replace Qualcomm Stadium. The Rams’ return to LA after a 21-year hiatus in St. Louis got off to a slow start with the 4-and-12 Rams firing coach Jeff Fisher. The cavernous Coliseum was was half-empty by season's end, and TV ratings for the Rams were worse in the local market than the out-of-town ratings for teams when LA was without.

Birthdays: Comedian Rip Taylor is 82; Bull on Night Court, actor Richard Moll is 74; former Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin is 63; Elaine from Seinfeld, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is 56; from Gray’s Anatomy, Dr. McDreamy, actor Patrick Dempsey is 51; actor Orlando Bloom is 40; and William Hung -- the guy that did the off-key performance of Ricky Martin's She Bangs on the third season of American Idol -- is 34.

Today is Radio Day, marking the first public radio broadcast on this date in 1910 when tube inventor Lee DeForest broadcast the voices of Metropolitan Opera stars to several receivers in New York City. Today is International Skeptics Day -- the perfect day for the doubting Thomas. Perhaps the earth isn't really round!? Maybe, the sky isn't truely blue!? Does she really love me? Today is National Peach Melba Day. Today is Make Your Dreams Come True Day (that Powerball Jackpot would help, eh?)

Calendar notes: On this day in 1966, Elizabeth Montgomery's character, Samantha, on Bewitched, had a baby. The baby's name was Tabitha. In 1978, The Police began recording their debut album. In 1979, the YMCA filed a lawsuit against the Village People over their song. The suit was later dropped. In 1981, 11-year-old Donna Griffiths of Pershore, England, caught a cold and started sneezing. She sneezed about every 30 seconds until September 16th of 1983, 978 days later. It's the world sneezing record. In 1987, the Supreme Court ruled that states could require employers to grant unpaid leaves of absence to pregnant women. In 1998, NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show ER. It was the highest amount ever paid for a TV show. In 1998, ABC and ESPN negotiated to keep Monday Night Football for $1.15 billion a season. In 1999, Michael Jordan, regarded by many as the greatest basketball player ever, announced his retirement. He had led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships.

It's the NFL's Divisional Weekend. Seattle plays Atlanta Saturday afternoon at 1:35, then Houston is at New England Saturday night at 5:15. On Sunday, a schedule change. The Pittsburgh at Kansas City game was scheduled for 10:05 but because of an ice storm heading for Kansas City, it's been moved to 5:20. Meanwhile, Green Bay is at Dallas at 1:40.

Trivia Answer: The word is triskaidekaphobia. It's a noun. It means extreme superstition regarding the number thirteen. What is the origin of Friday the 13th? Well, there is no conclusive origin, however many sources indicate some possible origins, including: It may have begun in the Middle ages where some Christian traditions believed that at Jesus' last supper the 13th guest was the traitor Judas. The next day, Friday, was the day of the crucifixion. In some sources of a particular Norse myth, 12 gods had a dinner party at Valhalla and an uninvited 13th guest walked in and killed the god of joy and gladness. In other cultures, other days may considered bad luck (e.g. Friday the 17th in Italy, and Tuesday the 13th in Spanish-speaking countries).

Thursday 1.12.17
Morning Trivia: She's an actress, comedian, and spokesmodel. Her big break came in 1982 playing Lieutenant JG Saavik in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. She's best known, however, for her role as Rebecca Howe on Cheers from 1987 to 1993. Who is she?

Eight teams go in. Come Monday, only four will remain. It's the NFL's Divisional Weekend. Seattle plays Atlanta Saturday afternoon at 1:35, then Houston is at New England Saturday night at 5:15. On Sunday, Pittsburgh is at Kansas City at 10:05 followed by Green Bay at Dallas at 1:40.

Birthdays: Political commentator Rush Limbaugh is 66; CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour is 59; Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is 53; singer Rob Zombie is 52; model, activist, and Paul McCartney’s ex, Heather Mills is 49; Melanie Chisholm – Sporty Spice -- is 43; and the younger daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Georgia May Jagger is 25.

Today is National Pharmacist Day. Today is Batman Day, marking Batman's TV debut on this date in 1966. The campy series starred Adam West as Bruce Wayne and Batman and Burt Ward is Dick Grayson and Robin. Some 120 episodes are still in syndication. Today is HAL's Birthday. According to Arthur C. Clarke's book and movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer was brought to consciousness on January 12th of 1997 in Urbana, Illinois. HAL stands for a heuristically-programmed algorithmic computer. Today is Little League Girls Baseball Day. Girls were first allowed to play Little League baseball on this date in 1974. Ironically, today is Rejection Day, marking this date in 1915 when the US House rejected a proposal to grant women the right to vote. Today is Eat Crackers and Try To Whistle Day, just to see if it’s still as much fun as it was when you were a kid.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1959, Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to found the Motown record empire. In 1969, Led Zeppelin's debut album was released in the United States. In 1970, the Boeing 747 jetliner made its maiden voyage. In 1971, the first episode of All In The Family aired on CBS-TV, featuring the first toilet flush on network television. In 1985, after a record 24 weeks as the #1 album in the nation, Prince's Purple Rain was knocked off by Bruce Springsteen's Born In the USA. In 1991, Congress passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military power to force Iraq out of Kuwait. In 2006, the US Mint began shipping new 5-cent coins to the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. The coin has an image of Thomas Jefferson taken from an 1800 Rembrandt Peale portrait in which the president is looking forward. Since 1909, when presidents were first depicted on circulating coins, all presidents had been shown in profile.

A new study out finds that liquids make up almost a quarter of the calories in the average American’s diet. Is that good, or bad? Well, the problem is most Americans only count the calories they get from solid foods -- which means we're not aware of how calories are sneaking into our diet.

Taco Bell goes nationwide this month with its taco with a shell made entirely out of fried chicken. The shell of the Naked Chicken Chalupa is made up of all-white seasoned chicken. The rest of the taco is packed with lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and avocado ranch sauce. The fast food chain says the taco tested well in markets in Bakersfield, California, and Kansas City, Missouri, over the past two years. It's available at Taco Bells across the country on January 26th.

Trivia Answer: Kirstie Alley who turns 66 today. In the role of Rebecca Howe, she won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She has also starred in number of movies, including Summer School in 1987, Shoot to Kill in 1988, Look Who's Talking in 1989 and its two sequels, Sibling Rivalry in 1990, It Takes Two in 1995, Deconstructing Harry in 1997, and Drop-Dead Gorgeous in 1999. From 1997 to 2000, Alley starred as leading character on the NBC sitcom Veronica's Closet. In the 2000s, Alley has appeared in reality shows revolving around her life. In 2013, she returned to acting with title role on the short-lived TV Land sitcom Kirstie, and last year, joined the second season of the Fox horror-comedy Scream Queens playing Ingrid Hoffel.

Wednesday 1.11.17
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1973, Major League Baseball owners voted in approval of the American League adopting this position. One of the greatest played for Seattle. In fact, the annual award is named after him. What is it?

A bit of snow here in the South Sound but we were spared the worst of it. The further south you went, the worse it was. The National Weather Service reported 14.5 inched in Portland's west hills. Flights were diverted from PDX to Sea-Tac. Amtrak service between Seattle and Portland was suspended. So, it could have been worse.

The Seahawks should be nearly full strength when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in a divisional-round playoff game Saturday, with both fullback Marcel Reece and running back C.J. Prosise practicing yesterday. Seahawks=Falcons, Saturday afternoon at 1:35 on Fox.

It's International Thank You Day, time to thank someone who did something nice for you. Today is National Step In a Puddle and Splash a Friend Day. Today is Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health Day. US Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking might be hazardous to your health on this date in 1964.

Birthdays: Singer Naomi Judd is 71; golfer Ben Crenshaw is 65; jazz guitarist, session musician, and composer Lee Ritenour is also 65; Phyllis Logan from Downton Abbey is 61; guitarist with The Bangles, Vicki Peterson is 59; No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont is 49; and singer Mary J. Blige is 46.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1922, at Toronto's General Hospital, 14-year-old diabetic Leonard Thompson became the first person to be treated successfully with the drug insulin. In 1963, the Whiskey-a-Go-Go nightclub opened in Los Angeles. It is recognized as the first disco in the US. In 1967, Jimi Hendrix began recording Purple Haze. In 1984, the Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 163-155. The 318 points, the most ever scored in an NBA game without overtime.

Trivia Answer: The designated hitter position. In baseball, the designated hitter rule is the common name for Major League Baseball Rule 5.11,[1] adopted by the American League in 1973. The rule allows teams to have one player, known as the designated hitter (abbreviated DH), to bat in place of the pitcher. Since 1973, most collegiate, amateur, and professional leagues have adopted the rule or some variant. MLB's National League is the most prominent professional league that does not use a designated hitter. Major League Baseball presents an annual award to the most outstanding designated hitter of the season, called the Edgar Martínez Award. Renamed for the former Seattle Mariners DH after his retirement in 2004. With the election of Frank Thomas on January 8th, 2014, he became the first Hall of Famer to play the majority of his games at DH. Edgar Martínez is currently on the ballot.

Tuesday 1.10.17
Morning Trivia: This singer-songwriter released six studio albums and eleven singles between 1966 and 1973. He died in a small commercial plane crash on September 20th of 1973. His final album of new material was released on December 1st of 1973. He had just finished recording the album barely over a week before his death. That album was I Got a Name. The release included the hits: Workin' at the Car Wash Blues, I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song, and the title song. Who was he?

In a sequel as thrilling as the original, Clemson knocked off Alabama 35-31 last night. Clemson wins it its 1st college football title since 1981. The Crimson Tide couldn't hold off two-time Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson. With one second remaining, Watson found sophomore wide receiver Hunter Renfrow for the game-winning score, a 2-yard touchdown pass. It capped a fourth quarter in which the Tigers scored 21 points.

Birthdays: Rod Stewart is 72; from Steely Dan, singer and keyboardist Donald Fagen is 69; former boxer George Foreman is 68; singer Pat Benatar is 64; and singer Shawn Colvin is 61.

Today is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. It's Houseplant Appreciation Day. Today is Woman's Suffrage Day, marking introduction of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment into the US Senate on this date in 1878. The amendment was signed into law 42 years later. Today is National Peculiar People Day. Today is Bittersweet Chocolate Day. Today is National Sturdy Flat-Heeled Shoes Appreciation Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1917, Buffalo Bill Cody died in Denver at age 70. Some 25,000 viewed the body, and the Colorado National Guard marched in the funeral procession. In 1955, both the star, Jane Russell, and the audience showed up for the Silver Springs, Florida, premiere of the film Underwater in swim suits, scuba tanks, and swim fins for the first (and probably only) movie ever to debut underwater. In 1990, the San Jose, California, library displayed a 30-foot banner which was supposed to say "Welcome" in 27 languages. It didn't. In 26 languages it said "welcome," and in native Filipino it said "circumcision." They took the sign down.

Here comes the NFL's Divisional Weekend. We've whittled it down to the final eight. Eight go in, only four come out. Seattle plays Atlanta Saturday afternoon at 1:35, then Houston is at New England Saturday night at 5:15. On Sunday, Pittsburgh is at Kansas City at 10:05 followed by Green Bay at Dallas at 1:40.

President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address to the country tonight from McCormick Place, in his hometown of Chicago. It's on at 6:00.

Trivia Answer: Jim Croce who was born on this date in 1943. His singles Bad, Bad Leroy Brown and Time in a Bottle were both number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Croce had just completed a concert at Northwestern State University's Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and was flying to Sherman, Texas, for a concert at Austin College. The pilot and all passengers were killed instantly on September 20th of 1973 less than an hour after the end of the concert. Upon takeoff from Natchitoches Regional Airport, despite excellent visibility, the plane did not gain enough altitude to clear a pecan tree at the end of the runway, which investigators said was the only tree for hundreds of yards. The official report hints that the charter pilot had severe coronary artery disease and had run a portion of the three miles to the airport from a motel and may have suffered a heart attack. A later investigation placed sole blame for the accident on pilot error.

Monday 1.9.17
Morning Trivia: He was the 37th President of the United States. He had previously served as a US representative and senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States. He was the only president to resign from the office. Who was he?

Thomas Rawls tore through Detroit for 161 rushing yards and Paul Richardson made the catch of the year as the Seahawks wore down the Lions 26-6 in an NFC wild card game Saturday night at CenturyLink. With its 10th consecutive home playoff win, Seattle advances to the divisional round of the playoffs Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks face the NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome Saturday afternoon at 1:35 on FOX.

Birthdays: Romance novelist Judith Krantz is 89; NFL great Bart Starr is 83; sports announcer Dick Enberg is 82; novelist Stuart Woods is 79; singer and songwriter Joan Baez is 76; guitarist Jimmy Page is 73; David Johansen who also works under the Buster Poindexter is 67; singer Crystal Gayle is 66; singer Dave Matthews is 50; Jamaican rapper, singer, songwriter, musician Sean Paul is 44; Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean is 39; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – we used to know her as Kate Middleton – Prince William’s wife is 35.

Today is National Static Cling Day. It's Put The Toilet Seat Down Day. On this day in 1993, responding to a sensor alarm, Mission Control at Cape Canaveral scolded space shuttle Endeavor astronauts to please remember and put the toilet seat down.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1902, New York State introduced a bill to outlaw flirting in public. In 1935, actor Bob Denver was born. The mailman and high school teacher became Maynard G. Krebs, the first television beatnik on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and the star of Gilligan's Island, one of TV's most popular shows. He died in 2005. In 1959, CBS-TV premiered Rawhide, starring newcomer Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates. In 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone.

Here comes the NFL's Divisional Weekend. We've whittled it down to the final eight. Eight go in, only four come out. Seattle plays Atlanta Saturday afternoon at 1:35, then Houston is at New England Saturday night at 5:15. On Sunday, Pittsburgh is at Kansas City at 10:05 followed by Green Bay at Dallas at 1:40.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story edged Hidden Figures in the race for the top spot at the North American box office with an estimated $22 million. Hidden Figures, a comedy-drama about pioneering African-American women in the early days of the American space program, trailed by only $200,000 with $21.8 million. Snowy weather in the Eastern United States held down overall moviegoing during Friday and Saturday. It was the fourth consecutive weekend victory for Rogue One. The eighth Star Wars movie is now the eighth-largest domestic grosser of all time, trailing Finding Dory by less than $10 million. Sing came in a a close third. Underworld: Blood Wars is fourth. La La Land placed fifth.

The College Football Playoff National Championship game is tonight. The Clemson Tigers face the Alabama Crimson Tide in a rematch of the 2016 National Championship game. Alabama won that one. The game is at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Kick-off is tonight at 5:00. ESPN has the coverage.

La La Land was the toast of Hollywood last night after scoring seven top honors at the Golden Globe Awards. The film picked up all seven trophies it was nominated for, including Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, Best Director for Damien Chazelle and acting honors for stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, breaking the previous record of most wins shared by classics One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Midnight Express with six. The movie became the first to sweep all the non-drama categories, leaving Fences, Elle, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, and Nocturnal Animals to share the drama wins. Each film picked up an award each, with Moonlight landing Best Picture. The Night Manager was the big TV winner, picking up three awards, including acting honors for co-stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, while The People Vs O.J. Simpson, The Crown, and Atlanta were double winners.

They tied the game with 25 seconds left, but the Oly Town Artesians were not content with just one point at home. Moments later, they buried the game winner with 10 seconds left to knock off the Tacoma Stars Reserves 6-5 on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Evergreen in that contest that had its start time adjusted to account for the Seahawks game. The Artesians jumped into first place in the Western Indoor Soccer League, at least temporarily. The Artesians travel to Snohomish Saturday to take on the Skyhawks before returning home on January 21st when they face Bellingham. Stay up to date all season long and into the EPLWA outdoor season by visiting olytownfc.com.

Trivia Answer: Richard Milhous Nixon who was born on this date in 1913. He was president from from 1969 to 1974. One word: Watergate. It was on November 17th of 1973, that during a televised question and answer session with the press, Nixon said, "People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got." In light of his loss of political support and the near-certainty of impeachment, Nixon resigned the office of the presidency on August 9th of 1974, after addressing the nation on television the previous evening. The resignation speech was delivered from the Oval Office and was carried live on radio and television. Nixon stated that he was resigning for the good of the country and asked the nation to support the new president, Gerald Ford. Nixon went on to review the accomplishments of his presidency, especially in foreign policy. He defended his record as president. Nixon's resignation had not put an end to the desire among many to see him punished. The Ford White House considered a pardon of Nixon, though it would be unpopular in the country. Nixon, contacted by Ford emissaries, was initially reluctant to accept the pardon, but then agreed to do so. On September 8th of 1974, Ford granted Nixon a "full, free, and absolute pardon" which ended any possibility of an indictment.

Friday 1.6.17
Morning Trivia: This actress was best known for her leading role as divorced mother Ms. Ann Romano in the television series One Day at a Time from 1975 to 1984. She was nominated for the Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe Awards. Who was she?

Until a month ago, the Seattle Seahawks never knew what it was like without Earl Thomas on the field. Now they're finding out how much Thomas means to everything they try and accomplish defensively. Since Thomas was injured early in Seattle's Week 13 win over Carolina, the Seahawks have become vulnerable against the pass. In the final four games of the regular season, the opponent passer rating against the Seahawks was 105.0. In the first 12 games, it was 77.9. And while that final four-game stretch included stellar games by Aaron Rodgers and Carson Palmer in a pair of Seattle losses, it also included performances by Jared Goff, Case Keenum and Colin Kaepernick that didn't lead to wins against Seattle but were probably better than most expected. Now come the pass-happy Detroit Lions in the NFC wild-card round tomorrow. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford said, "I wouldn't say vulnerable, you know, they're a heck of a defense. They do a great job. I mean they've got a great defense." We'll find out how great tomorrow afternoon. The NFC Wild Card battle in Seattle, tomorrow afternoon at 5:15 at the CLink. NBC with the coverage.

Birthdays: Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz is 80; guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC is 64; Sting's wife, actress Trudie Styler is 63; perhaps best known as Mr. Bean, actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson is 62; football great turned sportscaster Howie Long is 57; The Sheriff, former Mariner pitcher Norm Charlton is 54; and the third child and second son of the President-elect Donald Trump, Eric Trump is 33.

Today is National Smith Day, marking the birth of Captain John Smith in 1580, but honoring everyone named Smith, including the 2.4-million North American Smiths. Today is Schoolhouse Rock Day. The The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon premiered on ABC-TV.In on this date in 1973, Today is Wheel of Fortune Day, marking the debut of The Wheel, hosted by Chuck Woolery, on this date in 1975. Pat Sajak became host in 1981, assisted by Vanna White. Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary today, extending their standing as the longest-married presidential couple. (They passed John and Abigail Adams, married for 54 years, in 2000.) They married when George was 20, Barbara was 19. Today is National Cuddle Up Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married. In 1952, Peanuts debuted in Sunday papers across the United States. In 1957, Elvis Presley made his last appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York City. In 1976, Ted Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves for a reported $12-million. Also in 1976, the album, Frampton Comes Alive, was released in the US. In 1989, Madonna and Sean Penn announced they were getting a divorce. In 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant in Detroit. Four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, were sentenced to prison for the attack. In 2003, a 20-ounce hamburger debuted New York City's Old Homestead restaurant, the first burger ever on the menu at the 135-year-old steakhouse. At $41, it was the most expensive hamburger in the city. It came with fries.

The Oly Town Artesians home game against the Tacoma Stars Reserves has been moved up to a 3:00 start tomorrow afternoon so fans and players can enjoy the Seattle Seahawks playoff game later. The two teams are tied for second place in the Western Indoor Soccer League. Doors at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College open at 2:15 tomorrow afternoon and tickets are available at the door.

Governor Jay Inslee, Secretary of State Kim Wyman, and former Seahawk Marcus Trufant were on hand to raise the 12th Man Flag this morning outside the Capitol.

Alabama-Clemson coming up Monday. The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 3 Tigers are meeting in Tampa Monday night at 5:00 in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

Trivia Answer: Bonnie Franklin who was born on this date in 1944. Franklin was best known for her portrayal of Ann Romano on the television situation comedy One Day at a Time. She guest-starred on several television series, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Hazel in a 1965 episode. She had a semi-regular role in the ABC series Gidget. She directed several episodes of the 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge. In 2011, she was reunited with her One Day at a Time costar Valerie Bertinelli on Hot in Cleveland, playing the mother of Bertinelli's character's boyfriend. In 2012, Franklin appeared in several episodes of the daytime drama The Young and the Restless. She was scheduled to appear in a one-woman play in April 2013, but withdrew because of illness. On September 24th of 2012, a family spokesman announced that Franklin had pancreatic cancer, and was undergoing treatment. Franklin died at the age of 69, on March 1st of 2013. One Day at a Time -- the reboot -- is on Netflix starting today. The long-running Norman Lear sitcom is retooled for a new century. The setting has moved to Echo Park in Los Angeles, from Indianapolis. And the mom -- originally played by Bonnie Franklin -- is now Rita Moreno.

Thursday 1.5.17
Morning Trivia: He's best known for his role as the bartender, Isaac Washington, on the TV series The Love Boat. Who is he?

If there's a Rawls Quake on Saturday, we'll know it right away. The last time the Seattle Seahawks played a home game in the wild-card round of the playoffs, the 12s literally shook the earth. That was, of course, the day Marshawn Lynch broke one of the most memorable runs in Seahawks history: that 67-yard touchdown run that touched off a celebration so rowdy, it triggered seismographs at the equivalent of an earthquake registering 2.0 on the Richter Scale. Seismologists with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network said yesterday that they’re installing new portable sensors this week to register any ground vibrations at CenturyLink Field when the Seahawks play the Detroit Lions. Kick-off is Saturday night at 5:15. NBC has the coverage.

Birthdays: Former Vice-President Walter Mondale is 89; actor Robert Duvall is 86; talk show host Charlie Rose is 75; actress Diane Keaton is 71; actress Pamela Sue Martin is 64; musician Marilyn Manson is 48; actor Bradley Cooper is 42; and from Mad Men, actress January Jones is 39.

Today is All My Children Day. The popular soap opera debuted on his date in 1970. One of the original characters was 15-year-old Erica Kane, played by actress Susan Lucci. Today is Review Your Wrestling Holds Day, a day to try to get someone to let you practice all the wrestling holds you learned as a child: the hammerlock, half-nelson, flying scissors. Don’t try the sleeper. Today is National Whipped Cream Day. The holiday falls on the birthday of Reddi-wip founder Aaron "Bunny" Lapin. It celebrates the ice cream topper, and its contribution to the dessert world. While whipped cream existed long before Lapin, it wasn't until 1946 and the invention of the aerosol canister that the treat took off as many of us know it to be today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1643, in the first legal divorce in the American colonies, Anne Clarke of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was granted a divorce from Denis Clarke. She accused her husband of adultery. In 1914, the Ford Motor Company announced that there would be a new daily minimum wage of $5 and an eight-hour workday. In 1933, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began. In 1971, the New Jersey Reds defeated the Harlem Globetrotters 100-99, raising the Reds’ career record against the Globetrotters to 1 win and 2,495 losses. It was the Globetrotters' first loss in nine years. In 1990, TV Guide gave its Phoney Baloney Award to the impostor who duped ABC's 20-20 by claiming to be Buckwheat from the Our Gang comedies. The real Buckwheat, Billy Thomas, died in 1980. In 1993, the state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd. It was America's first legal hanging since 1965. Dodd was an admitted child sex killer. In 1998, Sonny Bono, the 1960's pop star-turned-politician, was killed when he struck a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, California. He was 62. In 2004, after 14 years of denials, Pete Rose admitted publicly he had bet on baseball games involving his own team.

The flu is proving deadly here in our state - with another four deaths reported in the past 10 days. Now state health officials say we are reaching epidemic levels, with emergency room doctors throughout Western Washington reporting large numbers of patients coming in with flu-like symptoms. The number of flu victims has really grown over the past two weeks -- and we've not even peaked yet for the season. With the flu spreading like wildfire, doctors say it's not too late to get vaccinated. They say that many people avoid the flu shot. Right now the flu is spreading through many counties and so far's it's turned deadly in King, Kitsap, Snohomish, Pierce and Spokane counties. The three most recent deaths from the flu -- in Pierce County -- were older people with other medical issues.

Janet Jackson is celebrating 2017 as a first-time mother. The 50-year-old welcomed her first child with her billionaire husband Wissam Al Mana Monday. Janet hinted at her pregnancy in March, when she canceled the rest of her Unbreakable World Tour until 2017 to focus on starting a family with her husband of four years. She didn't actually reveal if she was pregnant at the time, but insisted she would "continue the tour as soon as I possibly can." She finally confirmed she was expecting in October.

Trivia Answer: Ted Lange who is 69 today. In addition to acting, he also has directing, and screenwriting credits on his resume. In fact, during the run of The Love Boat, Lange also served as director and screenwriter on various episodes of the series. Lange has also done extensive theater work as playwright and stage director. He has penned 17 plays. Lange and Gavin MacLeod, who played his captain in the series, have remained close friends.

Wednesday 1.4.16
Morning Trivia: This former NFL head coach led his team to two Super Bowl victories, and to the National Football League's only perfect season. He was named 1993 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. In his 32 year career, he had only two losing seasons (below .500). Who is he?

As teams get ready for the NFL playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks decided to bring in return guru Devin Hester. The team's regular return guy, Tyler Lockett, was placed on IR last week following that broken leg that needs offseason surgery. Hester was waived by the Baltimore Ravens after less than a full season with the team. It wasn't a great season, with blame on lingering hamstring injuries and practice reps. The 34-year-old had five fumbles and only averaged 7.2 yards per punt return. In his 11th season in the league, it was unclear if his career in the NFL would be over after his short stint in Baltimore. Following a 2015 season that saw Hester on the Falcons sideline for most of the year with turf toe and a related surgery, was a year of inconsistencies with the Ravens.  The Seahawks weren’t going to miss out on a player who has been named to four Pro Bowls and been named first team All-Pro three times. He may not have felt comfortable in 2016, but his career includes NFL records for most return touchdowns of all time (20), most career punt return touchdowns (14), and is tied for the most return touchdowns in a single season (6). The Seahawks and Detroit Lions meet in a battle in Seattle in the Wild Card round, Saturday night at 5:15.

Birthdays: Actress Dyan Cannon is 80; Max Headroom, actor Matt Frewer is 59; from R.E.M., singer Michael Stipe is 57.

Today is Short People Day, marking the birthday of General Tom Thumb on this day in 1838. Today is Dimpled Chad Day, commemorating all the dimpled chads left over from various contested elections. Today is National Spaghetti Day.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1965, CBS bought the Fender Guitar Company from Leo Fender for $13 million. In 1974, President Nixon refused to release any more documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. In 1981, the Broadway show Frankenstein opened and closed on the same night at a reported loss of $2 million. In 1987, TV evangelist Oral Roberts said God would strike him down unless donations improved. The money poured in at first, then dropped off, and within two years Roberts had to sell much of his property in Tulsa. In 1994, the 104th Congress convened, the first Republican Congress since the Eisenhower era. Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the House. In 1999, former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura took the oath of office as Minnesota's 37th governor. In 2006, Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the US House of Representatives. She was the first woman to hold the position.

Kind of cool here. Like (grand)father, like (grand)son? A family in Shelton now has the distinction of having two family members who share the honor of being the first baby born in a new year in their town. Leon Logan was born on Janusry 1st of 1964 at Shelton Hospital -- the first baby born there in 1964. His grandson Angus Connell was just born Sunday afternoon at the same hospital -- now known as Mason General Hospital. Angus was born a healthy 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. He has two older sisters, 8 and 3.

Trivia Answer: Best known as the coach of the Miami Dolphins, Don Shula who turns 87 today. Before the Dolphins, he was the head coach of the Baltimore Colts, with whom he won the 1968 NFL Championship. It was in 1972 that the Dolphins were unbeaten (14–0) in the regular season. They swept the playoffs and finished 17–0. Shula has led his team to six Super Bowls, a record since tied by Bill Belichick; though Shula led two different franchises, in three different decades.

Tuesday 1.3.17
Morning Trivia: He is the son of a former NFL quarterback and the younger brother of another former NFL quarterback. While Dad never went to the Super Bowl as a player, the two sons have combined for four Super Bowl victories. Who is he?

The Seahawks have advanced to the playoffs for the sixth straight season, and a seat in the stands this weekend will cost you quite a bit. According to a report by TickPick, the average ticket for Saturday's Detroit-Seattle game is $497. Miami's visit to Heinz Field to take on the Steelers is second most popular at $308, followed by Giants-Packers at $267, and Raiders-Texans at $221. The Seahawks' kickoff is at 5:15 Saturday afternoon at CenturyLink.

Birthdays: Actor Dabney Coleman is 85; hockey legend Bobby Hull 78; singer and guitarist Stephen Stills is 72; Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is 71; actress Victoria Principal 67; actor Mel Gibson is 61.

Today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. Today is Tom Sawyer's cat's birthday. Today is Apple Day, marking incorporation of Apple Computer on this date in 1977. Today is Drinking Straw Day. Marvin Stone of Washington, DC, patented the paraffin-covered paper drinking straw on this date in 1888. Today is National Write to Congress Day, to tell them how best to represent us during the coming year.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1938, the March of Dimes campaign to fight polio was organized. In 1973, CBS sold the New York Yankees to a syndicate headed by George Steinbrenner for $10 million. In 1983, Michael Jackson's Thriller album was released. It would top the LP chart for 37 weeks and become the best selling album of all time. In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1997, Bryant Gumbel signed off for the last time as host of NBC's Today show. In 2000, the final new daily Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz ran in 2,600 newspapers.

Husky news: Washington wide receiver John Ross is reportedly set to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. ESPN and The Seattle Times reported yesterday that Ross will leave early. The school said it would not have any comment. The decision by Ross was not a surprise coming after a 19-touchdown season and amid expectations that he will be one of the top wide receivers available.

Trivia Answer: Elisha Nelson Manning -- Eli Manning -- who is 36 today. Eli was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and immediately traded to the New York Giants. Dad is former quarterback Archie Manning. Archie played for the New Orleans Saints for ten full seasons. During his tenure, the Saints had nine losing seasons. They only managed to get to .500 once, in 1979, which was also the only season they finished higher than third in their division. Nevertheless, he was well respected by NFL peers. Eli is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning led the Indianapolis Colts to a 29–17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl 41, and last year, in Super Bowl 50, he led the Denver Broncos past the Carolina Panthers 24–10. Eli led the New York Giants to victories in Super Bowl 42 and Super Bowl 46, defeating the New England Patriots in both games.