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Thursday 12.24.15

Merry & Happy to you and yours.  

Thanks for 2015.  We do appreciate it.  

Back at it on Monday, January 4th of 2016.

Wednesday 12.23.15
Today's Trivia: He was a screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his science fiction anthology TV series in the early 1960s. He was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the "angry young man" of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war. Who was he?

The Seattle Seahawks matched a franchise record last night when seven players were named to the 2016 Pro Bowl, joining the 1984 and 2005 teams that also sent seven to the NFL's annually ignored exhibition game. Representing the Seahawks this season are quarterback Russell Wilson (fourth selection), wide receiver Tyler Lockett as a return specialist (first selection), middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (second selection), defensive lineman Michael Bennett (first selection), free safety Earl Thomas (fifth selection), strong safety Kam Chancellor (fourth selection) and cornerback Richard Sherman (third selection). It marked the fifth consecutive season that the Seahawks have had at least five players selected. But it's worth noting that none will participate should Seattle make it to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season, because the 2016 Pro Bowl in Honolulu is January 31st, the week before Super Bowl 50. The Seahawks also had five alternates named: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin, defensive end Cliff Avril, kicker Steven Hauschka, running back Marshawn Lynch and left tackle Russell Okung. On NFL Network's selection show last night, Baldwin was listed among the biggest snubs. The undrafted veteran out of Stanford is having the best season of his career at age 27, with 65 catches for 905 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Hawks host St. Louis Sunday afternoon at the CLink.

College football is back this weekend for the Huskies and Cougars. Both teams are in Texas on Saturday. UW takes on Southern Missb in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. WSU meets Miami (FL) in the Sun Bowl

Birthdays: Actor and comedian Harry Shearer is 72; actress Susan Lucci is 69; our old friend Jim Harbaugh is 52; from Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder is 51; and race car driver Greg Biffle is 46.

Today is Festivus -- for the rest of us. Are you feeling a little left out? You don't celebrate Christmas or Chanukah. Kwanzaa just isn't your thing. And, you don't even know what Ramadan is. Then, experience the joy and the Miracle of Festivus. One might say that the Festivus holiday is a miracle in itself. Still not sure if Festivus is for you? It's non-denominational. So, everyone can partake. The Festivus slogan is "A Festivus for the rest of us!" And, that means you, too. So Happy Festivus to you. Festivus came into being as the direct result of a Jerry Seinfeld television episode. It first aired on December 18th of 1997. The holiday was promoted by Kramer. The Festivus holiday was created by Seinfeld scriptwriter Daniel O'Keefe. His dad, also named Daniel, had found reference to an obscure holiday called Festivus, which was first celebrated in 1966. No, there isn't a Festivus Tree. Rather, an unadorned aluminum pole is the symbol of Festivus. The Festivus holiday is celebrated with a dinner. Meatloaf is the suggested main course. Dinner is followed by a Feats of Strength session. Another popular Festivus tradition, is an Airing of Grievances. This is where you can tell someone how disappointed you are over what they did or didn't do during the past year. Happy Festivus.

Today is Long-Haired Lover Day, marking this date in 1972 when 9-year-old Jimmy Osmond became the youngest recording artist ever to reach #1 on Britainís music charts with Long Haired Lover from Liverpool. Today is National Pfeffernuesse Day, a day to make those spicy cookies that are a Christmas tradition in Europe. Donít forget to add the Puderzucker. They're just not Pfeffernuesses without the Puderzucker. Today is Roots Day. Celebrate your genealogy. It's a great day to celebrate your heritage. Many of us are returning to our roots today, as we head home for Christmas. Returning to our roots is a warm, cozy and comfortable feeling, a sense of belonging. Today is Popcorn Popping Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls." In 1823, the Clement Moore poem A Visit from St. Nicholas was published in New York. It's the one that starts "Twas the night before Christmas...." In 1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation began daily news broadcasts. In 1947, the transistor was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories. In 1951, a ational Football League championship game was televised nationally for the first time. The Los Angeles Rams beat the Cleveland Browns 24-17. In 1969, Elton John and Bernie Taupin began writing songs together. In 1977, Cat Stevens converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusef Islam. In 1982, actor Jack Webb, Dragnetís Sergeant Joe Friday died of a heart attack at age 62. Flags flew at half-mast at police stations throughout Los Angeles. In 2003, New York Governor George Pataki posthumously pardoned comedian Lenny Bruce for his 1964 obscenity conviction.

The director of the Super Bowl half-time show has defended the decision to hire Coldplay for the 2016 event after outraged fans suggested silence would have been a better choice. The British group was recently announced as the headline performers for the football extravaganza February 7th, at Leviís Stadium in Santa Clara, California. However, the news was met with criticism from many fans who have suggested the bandís down tempo style is not suitable for the famously high-octane show, with one Twitter user writing that silence would have been a better choice, and others branding the show a snoozefest. The eventís director Hamish Hamilton, who has been in charge of the halftime shows since 2010, has now spoken out in defense of Coldplay, insisting they may surprise a lot of viewers. He says, "I think Coldplay themselves are gonna surprise a lot of people. They write great music. Theyíre great performers. Theyíre great individuals. Theyíre a great band, and I think they and their energy and their positivity will surprise a lot of people in a very positive way."

Johnny Depp has the dubious honor of topping Forbes' list of Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors for 2015. Depp managed a paltry $1.20 return on every dollar he was paid; his recent roles include Mortdecai and Transcendence, both of which were box office disappointments. He unseats Adam Sandler, who topped last year's list. That return on investment puts him just ahead of number-two ranked Denzel Washington, who returned $6.50 for every $1 he earned from his recent films. Coming in at number three on the list is Will Ferrell, who returns $6.80 for every dollar paid. He's just in front of Liam Neeson, who ends up with a $7.20 return for every buck paid. Will Smith rounds out the top five with an average return of $8.60 for every dollar paid. The list is based on the last three films each actor starred in before June 2015, excluding animated films, movies where the actor appeared in an insignificant role, or movies that were released on fewer than 2,000 screens.

The full list:

  1. Johnny Depp
  2. Denzel Washington
  3. Will Ferrell
  4. Liam Neeson
  5. Will Smith
  6. Christian Bale
  7. Channing Tatum
  8. Brad Pitt
  9. Ben Affleck
  10. Tom Cruise

Trivia Answer: Rod Serling who was born on Christmas Day of 1924. It was on October 2nd of 1959 that the classic Twilight Zone series, created by Serling, premiered on CBS. For this series, Serling fought hard to get and maintain creative control. Serling drew on his own experience for many episodes, frequently about boxing, military life, and airplane pilots. The Twilight Zone incorporated his social views on racial relations, somewhat veiled in the science fiction and fantasy elements of the shows. Many Twilight Zone stories reflected his views on gender roles, featuring quick-thinking, resilient women as well as shrewish, nagging wives. The Twilight Zone aired for five seasons (the first three presented half-hour episodes, the fourth hour-long episodes, and the fifth returned to the half-hour format). It won many TV and drama awards, and drew much critical acclaim for Serling and his co-workers. Though it had a loyal fanbase, The Twilight Zone drew only moderate ratings and was twice canceled and revived. After five years and 156 episodes (92 written by himself), Serling grew weary of the series. In 1964, he decided to not oppose its third and final cancellation. Rod Serling died of a heart attack in June of 1975 at the age of 60.

Tuesday 12.22.15
Today's Trivia: He's a NASCAR driver who drives the No.16 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. After racing in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series in the mid-90s, he was recommended to Jack Roush by former announcer Benny Parsons. He has won championships in both the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. He was born in Vancouver, USA and grew up in Camas. In July of 2010, he became part owner of Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma. Who is he?

Rehabbing Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch won't practice this week, according to coach Pete Carroll. Carroll said it's a "race against time" for Lynch to get healthy. The 29-year-old hasn't played since rushing eight times for 42 yards November 15th in a 39-32 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He's played in just seven games this season and averaged 3.8 yards-per-carry. Many have speculated as to why Lynch is rehabbing from his first surgery off-site, but Carroll said he knows Lynch is going for it, so that's what important. "He hasn't been in the fight for such a long time," Carroll added. "He's been in and out. It's been such a distraction for him. I'm sure he's just trying to get to the top of his game so when he comes back he can help out." With Lynch out at least another game, Carroll hinted that the Seahawks will again split carries this upcoming week and give a bigger workload to the hot-hand. Sunday, that was Christine Michael, though Bryce Brown also had nine carries for 43 yards in his first playing time with the Seahawks. Carroll also provided an update on Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor, who was inactive Sunday thanks to a tailbone injury that knocked him out of the previous week's win over the Ravens. Carroll said, "I talked to Kam this morning. He's moving a lot better. That's a nasty injury. He's been really almost immobile for the first week... but today he came in early and he's really trying to get back at it." We're down to the final two regular season games for the Hawks. They host St. Louis Sunday and then close out the regular season a week later at Arizona facing the Cardinals.

Birthdays: TV anchor Diane Sawyer is 70; Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen is 67; presidential candidate Ted Cruz is 45; from The Blair Witch Project, actress Heather Donahue is 41; singer and winner of season six of American Idol, Jordin Sparks is 26, and singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor is 22.

Today is Santa Claus Clearance Day, the day the Federal Aviation Administration usually clears Santa Claus for his annual flight. The FAA says Santaís sleigh is equipped with an in-flight de-icing system for polar routes, a Terrain Avoidance Warning System required for low-altitude flights, and a special seat belt extension for a rotund pilot. Winter began last night at 8:49 here in the northern hemisphere, summer in the southern hemisphere. Today is Chipmunks Day, marking the day in 1958 when Alvin, Simon, and Theodore hit #1 with The Chipmunk Song. Today is National Date-Nut Bread Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1882, the first Christmas tree with electric lights was turned on at the home of Ed Johnson in New York City. He was an associate of light bulb inventor Thomas Edison. In 1963, an official 30-day mourning period following the assassination of President Kennedy came to an end. In 1976, the last show of Letís Make A Deal was aired. In 2000, Madonna and film director Guy Ritchie were married in Scotland. In 2006, a report from the Austin Energy power company in Texas has revealed approximately 20 percent of all its power outages are the result of squirrels. The squirrels had a habit of coming into contact with sensitive electrical equipment on utility poles and were likely responsible for nearly 700 area outages a year. In 2010, the repeal of the Don't ask, don't tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Cue the Bing Crosby. We might just get some snow for Christmas. You, of course, know how these things work. The No. 1 rule is that any prediction of snow pretty much means no snow at all. But there it is, in all its glory. OK, it's several days away. There is a chance of some lowland snow Thursday night and Christmas morning. The National Weather Service says: "The colder air mass will put snow level down to near 1,000 feet Thursday and 500 feet Thursday night and Christmas Day. All the global models are remarkably consistent in showing a weak surface low digging south over the area or off the cost, which could produce show snows down to sea leavel across the lowlands. The most likely time for this is still during the Thursday night and Christmas morning time frame. Any accumulation will likely be light unless a convergence zone gets going. Too far off still to speculate further. Expect highs only in the upper 30s to around 40 by Chistmas and lows near or below freezing." If we do have snow, enjoy it quickly. Our Currier and Ives moment will be fleeing. Rain and slightly warmer temperatures are expected in the weekend.

State transportation officials say they plan to reopen US 12 over White Pass in both directions at 5 this afternoon. The highway was closed about two weeks ago after rain caused washouts and mudslides west and east of White Pass. The Department of Transportation says a traffic light will direct traffic through a single lane near the repairs areas east and west of the mountain pass. Semi-trucks are not allowed. White Pass Ski Area is scheduled to open on Wednesday. Permanent road repairs are planned for the spring.

A representative for Cher has assured fans that Cher is "alive and well" after a Facebook hoax duped thousands of users into believing she had died. A fake memorial page for the musician/actress appeared on the social media network suggesting Cher had passed away on Saturday. A message posted to the online memorial read, "At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (December 19, 2015), our beloved actress Cher passed away. Cher was born on May 20, 1946 in El Centro. She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page." The page attracted close to a million 'likes', prompting Cher's representatives to issue a statement, according to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet," a spokesperson for the singer declared. Other stars who have fallen victim to Internet death hoaxes in 2015 include guitarist Carlos Santana and Ricky Martin, and Cher was previously targeted in a similar social media prank on Twitter in 2012. Many fans of the singer also mistakenly thought Cher was deceased after misreading a hashtag, #nowthatchersdead (#now that chers dead vs #now thatchers dead) , which referred to former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher following the politician's death in 2013.

Trivia Answer: Greg Biffle -- who turns 46 tomorrow. Greg and his wife Nocole separated earlier this year and are now involved in legal proceedings

Monday 12.21.15
Today's Trivia: This Canadian actor was born in London, England. Stand By Me was the first film he made in the United States. He has appeared in more than 70 films, most notably The Lost Boys, A Few Good Men, Flatliners, Young Guns, The Vanishing, The Three Musketeers, A Time To Kill, and Pompeii. In 2005, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, where both of his parents have also been inducted. He also holds the distinction of being the first Inside the Actors Studio guest to be the child of a former guest; his father appeared on the show in 1998. Who is he?

Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, and the Seattle Seahawks are headed to the playoffs for the fourth straight season, thanks to an offense that can't be stopped lately. Wilson threw three touchdown passes, two to Baldwin, and the Seahawks clinched a playoff spot with a 30-13 win over the Cleveland Browns yesterday. Again, it was largely behind the play of Wilson, who put together another elite performance in a week where Cleveland coach Mike Pettine stirred debate by saying Wilson wasn't in the top tier of NFL quarterbacks. Wilson completed 21 of 30 passes for 249 yards and became the first quarterback with three or more TD passes and no interceptions in five straight games, although he was nearly picked off at the goal line in the closing minutes. Right behind Wilson in the record book was Baldwin, thanks to his touchdown catches of 6 and 3 yards. Baldwin joined Jerry Rice as the only wide receivers to have 10 touchdown catches in a four-game span in the same season. Tyler Lockett added a 27-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Seattle a 27-10 lead and, while Baldwin was setting records, Jermaine Kearse had the best regular-season game of his career with seven catches for 110 yards. Coming off arguably the best game of his young career, Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel didn't make any critical mistakes but only got the Browns into the end zone once. Manziel was 19 of 32 for 161 yards and was intercepted by Marcus Burley with 2:06 remaining trying to force a throw downfield. Cleveland had 80 yards on its first possession, but just 27 the rest of the first half and 150 the remainder of the game. Seattle started with a committee trying to replace the absences of Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls at running back. Derrick Coleman got the first carry, Bryce Brown got a handful of looks, but it was Christine Michael who shined. The former second-round pick by the Seahawks who was traded away to Dallas at the end of training camp and re-signed this week, finished with 84 yards rushing. Two regular season games left for the Hawks. They host St. Louis next weekend and then close out the regular season at Arizona to face the Cardinals.

Monday Night Football tonight, the Detroit Lions are in New Orleans to meet the Saints.

Birthdays: Talk show host Phil Donahue is 80; actress Jane Fonda is 78; actor Samuel L. Jackson is 67; musician Nick Gilder is 64; tennis star Chris Evert is 61; Lois on Malcolm in the Middle, actress Jane Kaczmarek is 60; and the star of Everybody Loves Raymond, actor and comedian Ray Romano is 58.

Today is Humbug Day. Today everyone is allowed 12 "bah humbugs." Today is Look at the Bright Side Day -- always on Humbug Day. Today is National French Fried Shrimp Day. Today is Forefathers Day, marking the Pilgrim landing at Plymouth Rock on this day in 1620. Today is National Flashlight Day. The basic requirement for this day: a flashlight and good batteries. National Flashlight Day arrives on Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day ... and longest night ... of the year.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1966, The Beach Boys received a gold record for the single, Good Vibrations. In 1970, Elvis Presley met President Richard Nixon at the White House after the singer offered to become a Federal Agent-at-Large to help fight drug abuse. Elvis was not made an agent, but his photo with Nixon is the most requested reproduction from the National Archives -- even more than the US Constitution. In 1979, Willie Nelson made his acting debut in the Robert Redford film, The Electric Horseman. In 1993, First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, in an interview with Associated Press, said her husband, President Clinton, had solicited her advice on major issues; but, she added, her powers were limited. In 1993, TV Guide reported that early Gilligan's Island press releases gave Gilligan's first name as Willy. The name never was used on the TV show.

The Dark Side may be a problem for Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and General Leia (Carrie Fisher), but box office records are not. Star Wars: The Force Awakens pulled in a massive $238 million this weekend in North America, crushing the previous record of $208 million held by Jurassic World. Biggest opening weekend was not the only record The Force destroyed though. The Disney behemoth also had the largest preview showing ($57 million) and the largest Friday opening day ($120.5 million). Plus: don't forget that Star Wars is an international phenomenon. Worldwide sales totaled $517 million. You may not have heard, but there were other movies to see this weekend as well. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip came in second with $14.4 million while Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Sisters ranked third. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 held in at No. 4, followed by Creed at No. 5.

As over 2 feet of snow fell over Snoqualmie Pass at the end of last week, drivers faced headaches of several spinouts and extended road closures. But as the busy holiday travel season really got under way over the weekend, those trying to get across the mountains face new challenges as three additional storms are bringing heavy snows to Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass right up until Christmas Day. One storm hit yesterday. Another storm today is expected to bring about 10-14 inches of new snow today, then another 10-12 inches tomorrow. Wednesday, which would traditionally be among the busiest travel days, is showing as much as 16-23 inches could fall near the I-90 summit, with snow levels as low as 1,500 feet for heavy snows even on the approaches. With that much snow, avalanche control measures are needed. The pass was closed for a bit overnight for avalanche control. Snow tapers off Thursday/Christmas Eve morning with just 2-4 inches expected early, then drying. So far, Christmas Day is looking dry but cold with temperatures well below freezing in the passes.

White Pass, Hiway12, is slated to reopen tomorrow night at 5:00.

During his Sunday school class yesterday morning, former President Jimmy Carter announced that his 28-year-old grandson, Jeremy Carter, had died earlier in the morning. As told by the church's preacher, "Jeremy Carter had not been feeling well, and at some point later, he had gone to sleep and during the course of that time, his heart stopped." The Carter family tried to revive the grandson by performing CPR at their Peachtree City, Georgia home. When CPR failed, they took him to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

The Miss Universe contestant from the Philippines is this year's winner but for one brief moment Sunday evening, it appeared as if it might be a repeat win for Colombia. Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as this year's Miss Universe winner when host Steve Harvey returned to apologize. Harvey says it was his mistake and that he would take responsibility for not reading the card correctly that named contestant Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach this year's winner and Colombia the first runner-up. Talking with members of the press afterward, Harvey and an executive for pageant owner WME-IMG called it human error. "Nobody feels worse about this than me," he said. A mystified Wurtzbach appeared stunned as she walked to the front of the stage alongside the crown-wearing Arevalo before last year's Miss Universe from Colombia removed the crown and placed it on Wurtzbach's head instead. Harvey also apologized on Twitter, but at first misspelled the home countries of both contestants before also correcting that. "I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake," he wrote. "I feel terrible."

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved a recreational razor clam dig at Copalis Beach over the Christmas holiday. The dig has been scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. All other Washington beaches remain closed to recreational razor clam digging. Elevated levels of domoic acid had kept Washington's beaches closed to clam digging, but Copalis Beach clams have been cleared by state public health officials after several rounds of testing. This will is the first razor clam dig of the season.

Adele's album 25 has sold more copies in the US than any album released since Adele's own 21 came out in 2011. As expected, Adeleís 25 holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fourth week -- and by a large margin. In its first four weeks of release, 25 sold 5.98 million copies. With its most recent sales week, 25 has surpassed the sales of Taylor Swiftís 1989 (5.57 million) to become the biggest selling album released in the US since Adeleís last album, 21, which has sold 11.37 million. To put it another way: Adele's 21 and 25 are the Nos. 1 and 2 biggest selling albums released since 2009. The last album to sell more than 25 was Taylor Swift's Fearless, which was released in 2008 and has sold 7 million. In other Adele news, 21 returns to the top 10 on the latest Billboard 200.

Trivia Answer: Kiefer William Fredrick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland who turns 49 today. Since 2001, he's best known for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on the Fox series 24 for which he won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Satellite Awards. His parents are Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both successful Canadian actors. By the way, he gets his first name Kiefer from the director who gave his father Donald his first movie role, Warren Kiefer.

Friday 12.18.15
Today's Trivia: She is best known for her roles on the ABC sitcom Who's the Boss?, the Fox soap opera Melrose Place, the WB series Charmed, and the ABC drama Mistresses. Who is she?

Don't look now but the NFL's hottest QB and WR combo is in the Northwest. How about Wilson-to-Baldwin -- as in the Seattle Seahawks quarterback and wide receiver? Over the past three weeks there has not been a more productive and efficient duo in the NFL than Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin. They've connected for touchdowns at a pace not seen since Steve Young was throwing touchdown passes to Jerry Rice more than 20 years ago and they've brought a new dimension to Seattle's offense. Wilson is on a run that statistically stands up among the best four-game stretches in NFL history. According to STATS, Wilson is the first quarterback going back to 1960 to have four straight games with a passer rating of 138.5 or higher. He's thrown for 1,171 yards, completed 75.4 percent of his passes and thrown 16 touchdown passes with no interceptions as the Seahawks have won their past four games. For the last three games, Baldwin has been the favored target. Baldwin has 17 catches for 321 yards and eight touchdowns, becoming the first wide receiver since Rice in 1993 with eight TDs in three games. We'll see if he and Russell can add to those numbers Sunday. The Hawks are at the CLink hosting the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

The Seahawks can clinch their fourth straight trip to the postseason Sunday with a win or tie against the Browns and some help from other teams this weekend. They can thank a division rival for that after the St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 last night. Of the five possible scenarios for the Seahawks to clinch a wild card berth in Week 15, all of them required the Bucs to either lose or tie the Rams. At 8-and-5, the NFC West title is nearly out of reach for the Seahawks. The Arizona Cardinals have a three game edge with three to play. Theyíd have to lose out and the Seahawks would have to win out. But Seattle has a two-game cushion to secure one of the two wild card berths and two of their remaining three games are at home against teams with losing records.

Here are the five possible scenarios for the Seahawks to lock up a spot Sunday, updated after the Bucs' loss Thursday.

Scenario one

  • Seahawks win
  • Giants lose to or tie the undefeated Carolina Panthers

Scenario two

  • Seahawks win
  • Washington Redskins lose to or tie Buffalo Bills

Scenario three

  • Seahawks win
  • Falcons lose to or tie Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Vikings lose to Bears
  • Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders

Scenario four

  • Seahawks tie
  • Falcons lose or tie
  • Giants lose

Scenario five

  • Seahawks tie
  • Falcons lose or tie
  • Redskins lose
  • Eagles lose to or tie Cardinals

The Hawks are at the CLink hosting the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon at 1:05.

Speaking of the Rams, if this is where it ends for them n St. Louis, a long-awaited offensive outburst was the ideal farewell. After a season of wondering when the offense would offer something more than the occasional long Todd Gurley run, the Rams and quarterback Case Keenum finally broke loose against Tampa Bay's woeful pass defense. The St. Louis offense posted a season-high 31 points on the way to a 31-23 victory against the Buccaneers last night. It was also a potentially fitting way to say goodbye if indeed this was the Rams' final home game in St. Louis. The Rams haven't had many happy times in their 20-plus years in St. Louis. It may have been goodbye to St. Louis for the Rams , if they are to move to Los Angeles after the season.

Less than 24 hours after reports leaked out that the Los Angeles Dodgers backed away from a reported three-year, $45 million deal for Hisashi Iwakuma, the Mariners re-signed the pitcher yesterday to a 2016 contract with vesting options for the next two years. The Dodgers' negotiations with Iwakuma reportedly snagged after they evaluated his physical, allowing the Mariners to again begin pursuing the 34-year-old right-hander. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said in a team statement announcing the signing, "We said from the start that Kuma was a priority for us. Obviously, the developments from the last few days allowed us to get back in the game. We're all thrilled. This is a big move for us. We feel like this really puts a finishing touch on what we think has been a very productive off-season." Iwakuma has battled injuries the past two seasons, including a lat strain that kept him out for 2 1/2 months in 2015. But when healthy, he's been one of the most consistent starting pitchers in the American League. The move means that the Mariners' rotation, as of now, has five pitchers with significant big-league experience behind ace Felix Hernandez: Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Nathan Karns (acquired from Tampa Bay), Wade Miley (acquired from Boston) and now, Iwakuma.

Birthdays: Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards is 72; director Steven Spielberg is 69; movie critic Leonard Maltin is 65; Cars guitarist Elliot Easton is 62; actor Ray Liotta is 61; comedian Ron White is 59; actor Brad Pitt is 52; wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin is 51; actress Katie Holmes is 37; and singer Christina Aguilera is 35.

Today is Let's See What We Find In the Fridge Day, a day to be brave and eat something from way back in the refrigerator. Today is National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day, a holiday to celebrate at your own discretion. Today is National Bake Cookies Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1898, a new automobile speed record was set at 39 mph. In 1975, Rod Stewart announced in London that he was leaving the Faces to launch a solo career. In 1976, Wonder Woman debuted on ABC-TV. Lynda Carter was Wonder Woman; Lyle Waggoner was Major Steve Trevor. In 1984, Madonna's Like a Virgin topped the Billboard pop chart. It was Madonna's first number-one hit. In 1985, Box office receipts made Beverly Hills Cop the top film of the year. Back to the Future was #2; Rambo: First Blood, Part 2 was #3. In 1997, comedian Chris Farley was found dead in his Chicago apartment. He was 33. In 2001, in Seattle, Gary Leon Ridgeway pleaded innocent to the charge of murder for four of the Green River serial killings. He had been arrested on November 30th of that year. In 2003, Adam Rich was arrested for driving onto a closed section of Interstate 10 and nearly striking a California Highway Patrol car. In 2009, James Cameron's movie Avatar was released in the United States. On January 26th, the movie became the highest-grossing film worldwide.

If you thought yesterday was a bit soggy, you are correct. The daily rainfall record was tied at the Olympia airport yesterday. The record that was tied was 1.47 inches which was set in 1979.

It was the day skiers and snowboarders have waited for ... for probably two years now. It was a day drivers have probably hoped would come another time. A potent snowstorm brought heavy snow to the Cascades yesterday, including well over a foot at Snoqualmie Pass. Chains were required at Snoqualmie Pass last night, unless your vehicle had all wheel drive, while traction tires were required at Stevens Pass. WSDOT shut down eastbound I-90 for more than an hour last night to clear semi trucks that had spun out. Total snowfall for the season at Snoqualmie Pass was at 77 inches before snowflakes began to fall yesterday -- already nearing what was the entire seasonal snowfall from last winter, which clocked in at a record low 104 inches.

Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, and N.W.A are among the acts chosen for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. They join Chicago and Steve Miller as the honorees during the 31st ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 8th. Acts who failed to make the final cut include Chic, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan.

Michael Jackson's album Thriller is still breaking barriers more than 30 years after its release and six years after the superstar's death, becoming the first album in history to cross the 30 million mark in US sales, record industry officials said yesterday. Thriller, released in 1982 and featuring seven hit singles including Billie Jean, Beat It, and its title track, had already crossed 20 million copies in US sales by 1984 during its 112th week on Billboard's album chart. Its continued popularity after Jackson's death in 2009 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol underscores the strength of the late singer's appeal. The King of Pop remains the biggest-selling recording artist of all time. RIAA Chairman and Chief Executive Cary Sherman said in a statement, "RIAA has awarded gold and platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30X multi-platinum plateau." Thriller has also surpassed sales of 100 million copies worldwide, according to the RIAA statement. The next highest-selling album of all time after Thriller is The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, with sales of 29 million, according to the RIAA.

Trivia Answer: Alyssa Milano who turns 43 tomorrow. Milano began her career at age seven, when her babysitter, without notifying her parents, took her to an audition for one of the four principal parts in a national touring company of Annie. Milano was one of four selected from more than 1,500 girls. During the course of her work in the play, Milano and her mother were on the road for 18 months. Later, Milano was flown to Los Angeles to audition as Tony Danza's daughter on the sitcom Who's the Boss? After winning the part, she and her family moved to Los Angeles, where the show was produced. It premiered on ABC on September 20th of 1984. On March 24th of 2009, her book on her baseball fandom, Safe At Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, was released. Milano has dyslexia. In a 2004 interview, she explained how she deals with the disorder:

I've stumbled over words while reading from teleprompters. Sir John Gielgud, whom I worked with on The Canterville Ghost years ago, gave me great advice. When I asked how he memorized his monologues, he said, "I write them down." I use that method to this day. It not only familiarizes me with the words, it makes them my own.

Thursday 12.17.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1903, the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight occurred. The aircraft was designed and built by these two brothers. Can you name the brothers and the site where this historic flight took place?

The Seahawks brought back former second-round pick Christine Michael to bolster their running back depth ahead of Seattle's Week 15 matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Coach Pete Carroll made that announcement yesterday. Michael was traded to Dallas on September 9th after falling behind undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls on the team's depth chart. He was released by the Cowboys on November 17th and signed onto Washington's practice squad two days later before being released again on Tuesday. Yesterday, Michael said he was glad to be reunited with his former teammates in Seattle. In two seasons with the Seahawks, Michael carried the ball 52 times for 254 yards, but struggled with fumbles and picking up the nuances of the passing game. Carroll said that the team clearly communicated their expectations for the third-year player, and that Michael was eager to take advantage of his second go-around with Seattle after experiencing some adversity in Dallas and Washington.

Birthdays: Political commentator and journalist Chris Matthews is 70; actor and comedian Eugene Levy is 69; singer Paul Rodgers is 66; he was Ernie Douglas on My Three Sons, actor Barry Livingston is 62; director and producer Peter Farrelly is 59; and R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills is 57.

Today is the original Clean Air Day, marking the 1967 passage of the US Clean Air Act, a sweeping set of laws to protect the nation from air pollution. It was the first law to place pollution controls on the auto industry. Today is Simpsons Day. The animated cartoon family debuted as a weekly sitcom on December 17th of 1989. Today is National Maple Syrup Day which provides us with the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate this delicious American treat. This sweet and unique flavor originated in America.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, the US Air Force closed its Project Blue Book by concluding that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings. Also in 1969, an estimated 50 million viewers watched singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky on The Tonight Show. They tiptoed through stuff together until 1977. Tim collapsed during a benefit in Minneapolis in November 1996 and never regained consciousness. In 1975, Lynette 'Squeakie' Fromme was sentenced in a Sacramento, California, federal court to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford. In 1979, Stan Barrett broke the sound barrier, reaching 739.6 miles an hour on land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. His rocket vehicle was powered by a 48-thousand horsepower engine and a sidewinder missile. In 1993, Fox Television outbid CBS for the rights to televise games of the National Football Conference. In 1994, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora married actress Heather Locklear. In 1999, when an autograph hunter handed Keith Richards a guitar to sign outside New York's Russian Tea Room, The Rolling Stone walked off with the instrument. The victim opted not to press charges, reasoning, "Itís Keith, man." In 2003, a bank robber in Tularosa, New Mexico, lost a bid to overturn his conviction by arguing the stupidity of the crime proved he was too drunk to be responsible. The defendant argued his attempt to rob the same bank teller who moments before had refused to cash his check was stupid enough to show he was inebriated. A compelling argument, but the court didn't buy it. In 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law the largest overhaul of US intelligence gathering in 50 years. The bill aimed to tighten borders and aviation security. It also created a federal counterterrorism center and a new intelligence director.

The world was a rather different place the last time the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, which it did yesterday. What was going on in 2006, the last time the Fed raised interest rates? The housing market looked like a casino. BlackBerrys were ascendant. Twitter was 3 months old. Jesse Jackson was protesting high gas prices. Saddam Hussein was on trial. American Idol dominated American network TV. And cheeky Lightning McQueen from the hit film Cars first became a toy phenomenon. Back on June 29th of 2006, the Fed raised the short-term rate it controls from 5 percent to 5.25 percent. Even though it had raised that rate 16 times since mid-2004, the Fed's policymakers still saw "some inflation risks." The Fed would wait more than nine years before raising rates again. On Wednesday, Fed policymakers raised the short-term rate they control to a range of 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent from between zero and 0.25 percent. The rate hike ends an interest-rate easing cycle that began in 2007. The Fed acted swiftly that September to chop rates. And it kept chopping. In December 2008, the Fed cut its benchmark short-term rate all the way to a record low near zero and held it there for nearly seven years. Zero interest rates did fuel a surge in stock prices: The Dow Jones industrial average is up 57 percent from the last time the Fed raised rates. And tastes have changed, too. The iPhone has buried the BlackBerry. Gasoline prices have plummeted. Twitter has 320 million active monthly users. American Idol, a victim of falling ratings after the loss of stars Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, is facing the end. The competition begins its last season in January.

Cortana's learning the neighborhood. Google's digital assistant can't tell a joke. And Siri apparently has a thing for the metric system. Those are just a few of the things learned after staging a face-off between the three leading digital assistants. Apple's Siri and OK Google ó apparentl they're not big on personification at Google ó are now standard on smartphones. Microsoft recently added its Cortana service to Windows 10, so it works on PCs, too. Now that just about anyone can talk to their phone or computer, we wanted to see what happens when you try. The same questions were asked of each service, using an iPhone with Siri, a Nexus phone with Android's OK Google and a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet with Cortana. First up: Some basic factual questions. All three did pretty well when asked, "What's it like outside?" Cortana earned extra points for answering with a spoken weather report. Google and Siri each showed a screen image that listed current conditions and a forecast. All three supplied President Obama's age. When asked "What's his wife's name?" they all remembered that the question referred to the president, and correctly identified the First Lady: Michelle Obama. Similarly, they all knew the length of the Golden Gate Bridge. But for some reason, Siri answered in meters, while Cortana and Google stuck to feet. Finally, a personality test. Each was challenged to tell a joke. Siri had the best answer: "If I told you a joke in my language, I'd have to explain it." Then there's the famous line from 2001: A Space Odyssey in which astronaut Dave Bowman tells the ship's computer: "Open the pod bay doors." Cortana knows the right answer: "I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that." But Siri had a better one: "Doesn't anybody knock anymore?" In summation, the author says all three services are good on factual questions. Siri's programmers have the best sense of humor. Google stays focused on the task at hand. And Cortana is quickly catching up to both of them.

AFI --the American Film Institute -- yesterday selected Star Wars: The Force Awakens as one of the best films of the year. The popcorn space epic was in good company alongside some of the year's most promising awards contenders including Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Carol. What this means for the larger awards potential for Star Wars remains to be seen. Other honorees in the film category included The Big Short, 'Bridge of Spies, 'Inside Out, 'The Martian, Room, and Straight Outta Compton. AFI also recognized 10 television programs as the best of the year, including The Americans, Better Call Saul, Black-ish, Empire, Fargo, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Master of None, Mr. Robot, and UnREAL. The honorees are being recognized in person at a private luncheon in January.

On tonight,Barbara Walter' Most Fascinating People. In this 90-minute special, Barbara Walters interviews some of the yearís top newsmakers, including Bradley Cooper, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan, Ronda Rousey, Bernie Sanders, Misty Copeland, and Donna Karan. That's tonight on ABC.

Two panhandlers at a busy intersection in Muscatine, Iowa, had a sign claiming they were "broke and hungry." A nearby business owner offered them a job to make some cash, they declined -- so he wrote a sign of his own. It said: "Offered these guys a job. They said no. Donít give money." He stood next to the panhandlers holding it.

Trivia Answer: The brothers were Orville and Wilbur Wright. The aircraft was The Wright Flyer, often referred to as Flyer I, and occasionally as Kitty Hawk. The flight occured at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wrights built the aircraft in 1903 using 'giant spruce' wood as their construction material. At Kitty Hawk in 1903, the Wrights completed assembly of the Flyer. On December 14th, they felt ready for their first attempt at powered flight. They tossed a coin to decide who would get the first chance at piloting, and Wilbur won the toss. However, he pulled up too sharply, stalled, and brought the Flyer back down with minor damage. The repairs for the abortive first flight took three days, so that the Flyer was ready again on December 17th. Since Wilbur had already had the first chance, Orville took his turn at the controls. His first flight lasted 12 seconds for a total distance of 120 feet -- shorter than the wingspan of a Boeing 747. A piece of fabric and wood from the Wright Flyer was taken to the surface of the Moon by the crew of Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission, in July of 1969. In 1978, 23-year-old Ken Kellett built a replica Flyer in Colorado and flew it at Kitty Hawk on the 75th and 80th anniversaries of the first flight there. Construction took a year and cost $3,000. The North Carolina 50 State Quarter features the famous first flight photo of the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk. 

Wednesday 12.16.15
Today's Trivia: She's an actress and a former teen model. She's best known for her role as Alex Owens in the 1983 romantic drama film Flashdance. She also starred as Bette Porter on the Showtime drama series The L Word. Who is she?

The Seattle Seahawks made seven roster moves yesterday in the aftermath of the team's growing injury list following this past weekend's blowout win over the Baltimore Ravens. But the moves also likely had to do with performance. Most notably, running back DuJuan Harris, a fourth-year veteran out of Troy, was released after he rushed 18 times for 42 yards and had a fumble Sunday in his second appearance of the season. Harris was pressed into action after rookie running back Thomas Rawls was lost for the year in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that Seattle planned to sign running back Bryce Brown. That move was made official yesterday, as was placing Rawls on injured reserve and releasing quarterback-turned-wide receiver B.J. Daniels and safety Akeem Davis. Daniels has two catches for 18 yards this season in six games. Davis signed with Seattle last week and was active Sunday, but didn't record any stats. The Seahawks also activated linebacker Brock Coyle off injured reserve yesterday and re-signed tight end Chase Coffman after signing him December 1st, then releasing him a week later. That means the Seahawks still have an open spot on the 53-man roster. The Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field Sunday afternoon to host the Cleveland Browns.

Birthdays: Actress Liv Ullmann is 77; journalist Lesley Stahl is 74; writer and producer Steven Bochco is 73; from ABBA, frontman Benny Anderson is 70; ZZ Topís Billy Gibbons is 66; and football's William 'The Refrigerator' Perry 53.

Chocoholics rejoice! Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. Today, we get to enjoy our beloved chocolate by covering something ... just about anything ... in a generous amount of chocolate. Pour, spread, or drizzle chocolate over cakes, cupcakes, pies, pancakes or waffles, nuts, raisins, even ants (yes, some people actually eat chocolate covered ants!). Happy National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. Today is Barbie and Barney Backlash Day, the one day each year when Mom & Dad can tell the kids that Barbie and Barney donít exist. Today is Underdog Day, saluting the underdogs, the unsung heroes, the #2 folks who contribute so much to the #1 people we hear about. Today is Stupid Toy Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1773, nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as Indians. The act was to protest taxation without representation and the monopoly the government granted to the East India Company. In 1966, the Jimi Hendrix single Hey Joe was released in the UK. In 1971, Don McLean's eight-minute-plus version of American Pie was released. In 1972, the Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go unbeaten and untied in a 14-game regular season. The Dolphins went on to defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII. In 1980, Colonel Harland Sanders died at 90. He founded Kentucky Fried Chicken at age 66, and sold it four years later for $2-million. In 1993, MTV aired Nirvana's New York Unplugged performance. In 2000, President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to be the first African-American secretary of state. Powell was sworn in January 20th of 2001. In 2004, Britain's highest court ruled the government could not detain foreign suspects indefinitely without trial. In 2005, Jessica Simpson filed for divorce from husband Nick Lachey, citing "irreconcilable differences." In 2006, a nervous grandmother mistakenly put her 1-month-old grandson through an X-ray machine at Los Angeles International Airport. A startled security worker noticed the shape of a child on the monitor and immediately pulled him out. Doctors at a local hospital said he did not receive a dangerous dose of radiation.

A potentially major snow storm is brewing for the Cascade passes tomorrow into Friday, with snow and ice a concern over into parts of Eastern Washington this week as well. While today's weather remains relatively calm across the state, a potent warm front begins to push into Western Washington early tomorrow morning. It's a routine drenching for the lowlands, but a cold, east wind will be blowing through the Cascade Passes, keeping all the precipitation falling as snow in the mountains and especially Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from this evening through Friday morning for the mountains. Some forecast models have predicted as much as 18-30 inches of snow at Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass between tomorrow morning and Friday morning, with snow rates approaching 1-1.5" of snow per hour during the late morning through late evening hours. In addition, blustery east winds will make for blowing snow conditions.

Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan and ballerina Misty Copeland are on Barbara Walters' list of the most fascinating people of the year. Others who made the cut for Walters' ABC special include Bradley Cooper, fighter Ronda Rousey, and Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders. Others are to be announced. The person deemed the most fascinating of all is being announced on Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015. The 90-minute special airs tomorrow night.

The thin, lightweight glass on your smartphone could soon be found on your car. Ford will be the first to use Gorilla Glass for a windshield and rear window in the new Ford GT sports car.

On TV tonight, Season Finale: Survivor. In this two-hour season ender, a Survivor first happens during a shocking tribal council and the three finalists battle for the $1 million prize. It's tonight on CBS.

Former Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is battling tongue cancer. He's undergone treatment and is now awaiting an evaluation in the new year, which will determine if heís beaten the disease. He said, "I went last week for my follow-up. Both doctors said Iím doing excellent, and they both have excellent prognosis. In early February, I get my PET scan, and thatís the end-all. That tells you if thereís any activity. They both said they suspect that there wonít be, and so Iíve got fingers crossed." Next year looks to be a very big year for Rockett and his former bandmates amid reports of a possible Las Vegas reunion residency. Poison last performed together in 2013.

Trivia Answer: Jennifer Beals who is 53 on Saturday. Beals had a minor role in the 1980 film My Bodyguard, then came to fame with her starring part in Flashdance. The third-highest grossing US film of 1983, Flashdance is the story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and exotic dancer by night, whose dream is to be accepted someday at an illustrious school of dance. Beals was cast for this key role while still a student at Yale. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and the film received an Academy Award for Best Song. Many of Beals' elaborate dance moves were actually performed by stunt double Marine Jahan. After she filmed Flashdance, Beals resumed her studies, making only one film during that time: playing with Sting in The Bride, a gothic horror film loosely based on the 1935 classic Bride of Frankenstein, shot during her summer break. After completing her studies at Yale in 1987, Beals returned to acting. Beals turned down an offer to appear on Dancing with the Stars, saying: "I am not a dancer. They asked me and I said 'no.' You could back up a truck to my door filled with cash and I wouldn't do it."

Tuesday 12.15.15
Today's Trivia: He's a retired NFL player. He played safety for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and winner of two Super Bowl rings. In June of 2009, when he announced his retirement from football to become an analyst for NBC Sports' Football Night in America, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick soon after called him one of the best players he had ever coached. Who is he?

The Seattle Seahawks' march toward the postseason took another huge step forward on Sunday. Not only did the Seahawks do their part with a convincing 35-6 Week 14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, but losses by other NFC wild card contenders meant Seattle pulled ahead of the pack with three games yet to play. Seattle currently sits in the fifth playoff spot in the NFC behind division leaders Carolina (13-0), Arizona (11-2), Green Bay (9-4) and Washington (6-7). The Panthers remained undefeated with a convincing 38-0 victory over former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and the faltering Atlanta Falcons (6-7), who have lost seven of eight after a 5-0 start. Arizona's 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night all but assured them of an NFC West title (they can clinch the division with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday night). The 8-5 Vikings, meanwhile, fell to the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC with the defeat, a game behind the Packers after Green Bay's 28-7 win over the Cowboys. Seattle and Minnesota now sit two games clear of the Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild card race with just three games remaining after the Bucs' 24-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. While the wild card spots seem somewhat settled, the battle for the NFC East crown is anything but, with Washington, Philadelphia, and with their win over Miami last night, the New York Giants, all knotted up at 6-and-7. The NFC East race will likely have real playoff consequences for the Seahawks, who figure to travel to take on the division champ in the wild card round if they hold on to the No. 5 seed.

Pete Rose's application for reinstatement to baseball was rejected yesterday by Commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded the career hits leader continued to gamble even while trying to end his lifetime ban and would be a risk to the sport's integrity if allowed back in the game.

Sports Illustrated announced yesterday that Serena Williams is its 2015 Sportsperson of the Year. Many horse racing fans are upset that the SI recognition didn't go to American Pharoah, the horse that became the first animal in 37 years to win the Triple Crown.

Birthdays: Actor and comedian Tim Conway is 82; from The Supremes, singer Cindy Birdsong is 76; from The Dave Clark Five, drummer Dave Clark is 72; drummer and percussionist Carmine Appice is 69; actor Don Johnson is 66; and The Dave Matthews Band's lead guitarist Tim Reynolds is 58.

Today is Trivial Pursuit Day, honoring Canadians Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, who created the game on this date in 1979. Today is National Lemon Cupcake Day. Today is Bill of Rights Day. The first 10 amendments to the US constitution became effective when Virginia ratified on this date in 1791. Today is Cat Herders Day, for people who say their job, or their life, is like trying to herd cats. Today is Coonskin Cap Day, marking the debut of Davy Crockett on TV's Disneyland on this date in 1954. Within weeks, millions of kids were wearing coonskin caps (though the real Davy, himself, never wore one).

Calendar notes: On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. In 1939, Gone With the Wind, produced by David O. Selznick based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, premiered at Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta. The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. In 1941, singer Lena Horne recorded her classic Stormy Weather for Victor Records. In 1944, a small plane carrying band leader Glenn Miller disappeared on a flight from England to Paris. Forty years later a British bomber crew admitted they had accidentally dropped bombs onto Miller's plane over the English Channel. In 1950, a 221-foot Douglas fir, the tallest cut Christmas tree on record, was hoisted at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle. In 1966, Walt Disney died in Los Angeles at the age of 65. In 1996, Boeing announced plans to pay $13.3 billion to acquire rival aircraft manufacturer McDonnell Douglas Corp. In 1997, the San Francisco 49ers retired Joe Montana's number 16 during halftime of a game against the Denver Broncos. In 2000, New York Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to accept an $8 million book deal with Simon & Schuster. The book was to be about her eight years in the White House. The advance was the highest ever to be paid to a member of the US Congress. In 2001, it was announced that Siena Heights University would begin offering a class called Animated Philosophy and Religion. The two-credit class would cover how religion and philosophy are part of popular culture and waS based on the television series The Simpsons. In 2009, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner made its maiden flight from Seattle.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters he didn't know if running back Marshawn Lynch could come back to the team by the end of the regular season. Speaking in his Monday press conference, Carroll said it's best that Lynch continue to rehab from abdominal surgery away from the team facility until he's ready to practice, but Carroll didn't have a timetable for Lynch's return. Lynch underwent surgery in Philadelphia on Nov. 25 and had been recovering away from the team before spending some time at the VMAC last week. Carroll said, "He went through a big surgery. He's got a lot to get through, and he's got to get past that, whatever impact that's had, and then he's got to get back into shape and get going." When asked if he thought it was reasonable to expect Lynch to return before the end of the regular season, Carroll demurred. "I don't know," he said. "I don't know. We won't know until the work starts happening."

The Mariners' offseason makeover now includes a closer. Reliever Steve Cishek and the Mariners finalized a $10 million, two-year contract yesterday, with Seattle intent of making him the closer. It's an opportunity Cishek was seeking this offseason after losing the closer role last season in Miami before being traded to St. Louis. Cishek said. "To have this opportunity again to be able to close games out and help this team win some ball games is mind-blowing to me. I'm just excited to get this thing started." He gets $4 million next year and $6 million in 2017. Cishek can earn an additional $4.5 million annually in bonuses for games finished. Closer was one of the few remaining uncertainties in general manager Jerry Dipoto's massive offseason overhaul of Seattle's roster after the club traded Carson Smith and Tom Wilhelmsen to fill gaps in other spots. Dipoto said the plan is for Charlie Furbush and Joaquin Benoit to be the primary setup men before turning to Cishek.

Jennifer Lawrence is ruling herself out of starring in a prequel to the Hunger Games franchise, insisting it is too soon to expand the movie series. The actress starred as Katniss Everdeen in four films, based on three books by Suzanne Collins, and the franchise came to a close with the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Ė Part 2, which was released in November. Although the source material has now run out, Lionsgate vice chairman Michael Burns recently hinted studio bosses would be exploring new storylines, including a project based on Katnissí backstory. However, Jennifer has distanced herself from the prequel plan, insisting movie chiefs should not be discussing a new direction for the franchise less than a month after its final outing. "I wouldnít be involved," Jennifer tells "I think itís too soon. Theyíve got to let the body get cold, in my opinion."

Trivia Answer: Rodney Harrison who is 43 today. He and former coach Tony Dungy serve as studio analysts with host Dan Patrick on Sunday Night Football on NBC. In 1997, he became first player in NFL history to score touchdowns on an interception return, fumble return and kickoff return in same season. Harrison was voted the "dirtiest player" in the NFL by his peers according to a 2004 poll conducted by Sports Illustrated. In 2006, Harrison once again topped the "dirtiest player" voting by 361 other NFL players. In 2008, NFL coaches awarded the title to Harrison in an anonymous poll conducted by ESPN. He was also fined and suspended multiple times by the NFL.

Monday 12.14.15
Today's Trivia: This actor is known for his work in television and film. He made his screen debut in the 1970 film The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart, but it wasn't until 1984 that he landed his defining role. He played the lead role on a popular 1980s TV cop series, which led him to huge success and fame. He also played the lead role in a 1990s cop series. He's a Golden Globe winner, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to being an actor, he's also a singer, songwriter, producer, and director. Who is he?

Russell Wilson threw five touchdown passes, three to Doug Baldwin, and the Seattle Seahawks wore down the injury-depleted Baltimore Ravens 35-6 yesterday for their fourth straight victory. Wilson went 23 for 32 for 292 yards. The five TD throws matched a career high -- set earlier this season against Pittsburgh -- and gave him 16 over his last four games. Baldwin scored on passes of 14, 22 and 16 yards. Tyler Lockett caught TD throws of 8 and 49 yards. Seattle's second-ranked defense backed Wilson by keeping the Ravens out of the end zone, forcing two turnovers and allowing only 28 yards rushing. The Seahawks have won six of seven to move into position for an NFC wild card. The Seahawks lost RB Thomas Rawls for the season to a broken ankle. Now, the Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field Sunday afternoon to host the Cleveland Browns, who, behind QB Johnny Manziel, beat the 49ers 24-10.

Monday Night Football: the New York Giants are in Miami to face the Dolphins.

Alabama running back Derrick Henry has won the 2015 Heisman Trophy, given each season to college football's most outstanding player. Henry is a junior. His 1,797 rushing yards for No. 2 Alabama led the nation. He is the second Alabama player to win the award.

Birthdays: Actress Patty Duke is 69; Mary in ET, actress Dee Wallace is 67; baseball's Bill Buckner is 66; and singer/songwriter Beth Orton is 45.

Today is Play An Old Song That You Didn't Like To See If You Still Don't Like It Day. Today is National Bouillabaisse Day. Bouillabaisse is a fish stew or soup. All agree the fish should be white fillets. Recipes call for variety of fish, including cod, snapper, flounder, halibut, sea bass, monk fish, and more. Bouillabaisse is extremely popular all around the Mediterranean, and is a specialty in ports across the region. Today is Deck the Halls Day and Buy a Tree Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1882, in a speech against allowing women to vote, Senator George G. Vest of Missouri declared, "A woman's place is in the home!" In 1968, Tommy James and the Shondells released Crimson & Clover. In 1977, the movie Saturday Night Fever opened in New York, and the sale of polyester leisure suits skyrocketed. The soundtrack album sold 25-million copies worldwide. In 1989, New York City police announced they had lost the trail of Sylvia Matos, who had registered her car at 19 addresses with 36 different license plates. She had 2,800 unpaid parking tickets, totaling $171,000 in fines. In 1995, classified documents from the White House were released that revealed the FBI had spied on John Lennon and his anti-war activities during the early '70s in a possible attempt to have Lennon deported. In 1999, Charles M. Schulz announced he was retiring the Peanuts comic strip. The last original Peanuts comic strip was published on February 13th of 2000.

With The Force Awakens looming, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 notched its fourth-straight weekend atop the box office, while Ron Howard's whaling tale In the Heart of the Sea capsized. It was a quiet weekend at movie theaters. Few studios wanted to push out a new release days before The Force Awakens. That left the final chapter of the Hunger Games saga to remain no. 1. In the Heart of the Sea was the only major new release to test the pre-Star Wars waters. But its hopes sank with an estimated $11 million despite a production budget around $100 million. It still managed a second place finish for the weekend. Holdovers The Good Dinosaur, Creed, and Krampus rounded out the top five.

On TV tonight, Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel. This half-hour special looks at how the lightsaber fight scenes have evolved from 1977ís Star Wars to the upcoming film. It's hosted by Mark Hamill tonight on ESPN.

Hollywood is preparing for what could be the largest movie premiere in its history tonight when the hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens is screened for VIP audiences in three separate theaters amid tight security. At one of the locations -- the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre, where the first Star Wars premiered in 1977 -- fans were already camped out over the weekend, eagerly awaiting their turn when the film opens for regular folks on Friday.

We've had some wind here in our parts lately but nothing like what Alaska dealt with over the weekend. A massive storm churning in the Northern Pacific just off the Aleutian Islands was bringing not just any hurricane-force winds to the region, but what would qualify as Category 3 hurricane force winds had the storm been an actual hurricane. Adak Island, along the western reaches of the Aleutians, is no stranger to blistering winds, but they recorded a wind gust of 122 mph Saturday evening. And this was not just one gust, it was a relentless barrage of triple digit gusts.

Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession. The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular Saturday was $2.02, down 58 cents from this time last year, according to auto club AAA. Experts say it could drop below $2 a gallon in the coming days. Many drivers across the country are already seeing gasoline prices well below $2 a gallon. According to data compiled by AAA and the Oil Price Information Service, drivers in about half of the states are already paying less than $2. South Carolina has the lowest average price at $1.79 a gallon. At the high end, Californians are paying $2.65 and Hawaiians are shelling out $2.76. The relative bargains at the pump might last a while, because global crude oil supplies are high and demand appears to be weakening. Crude prices fell Friday after the International Energy Agency predicted that demand will grow more slowly next year. The organization expects 2016 growth to be only two-thirds the size of 2015's increase. Crude oil futures fell $1.14 to close at $35.62 a barrel Friday on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Tom Kloza, head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service, said gasoline could go as low as $1.79 a gallon by winter, before rising again next year. He says he thinks it will be much higher in the spring, predicting prices could rise to $2.75 a gallon.

Research shows people who swear more have bigger vocabularies than those who opt for an expletive-free life. In fact, those who were more confident using swear words were also more articulate in other areas of language use.

For the first time this century, a full moon is lighting up the sky on Christmas. According to The Weather Channel, there hasnít been a full moon on Christmas since 1977, and there wonít be another till 2034.

Trivia Answer: Don Johnson -- Donnie Wayne Johnson -- who turns 66 tomorrow. In the late 1960s, Johnson was in a psychedelic rock band called Horses. After years of struggling to establish himself as a TV actor, in September 1984, Johnson's fortunes changed when he landed a starring role as Sonny Crockett in the series, Miami Vice. Miami Vice was noted for its revolutionary use of music, cinematography, and imagery as well as a more glitzy take on the police drama genre. Johnson later starred in the 1996-2001 drama Nash Bridges with Cheech Marin. Johnson played the title role of Nash Bridges, a detective for the San Francisco Police Department. In July of 2010, a Los Angeles jury awarded Johnson $23.2 million in a lawsuit against production company Rysher Entertainment, from whom Johnson sought a share of profits commensurate with his ownership of half the copyright of Nash Bridges. Rysher announced it would appeal the verdict. In January 2013, after recalculating interest and avoiding an additional appeal, Rysher paid Johnson $19 million to end the lawsuit.

Friday 12.11.15
Today's Trivia: Their father was the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1978 to 1985. He was later head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and then the Arizona Cardinals. Both of these twins followed their dad into the NFL, one becoming the head coach of the New York Jets and then the Buffalo Bills, the other making his mark as a defensive coordinator -- most recently with the New Orleans Saints. Who are they?

Well, we were all Vikings fans last night but, alas, the Arizona Cardinals held off Minnesota and clinched a playoff spot. The Cardinals notched their seventh straight win, 23-20.

Predictably, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn't listening to talk of him getting MVP consideration after putting together the best three-game stretch of his NFL career. Such is life when of your one of your mottos is "block out the noise." During his weekly press conference at the VMAC yesterday, he said, "I think ultimately, it's about winning. It's about finding ways to win and just continuing to try to improve. That's the only thing that's on my mind." During his past three games, all wins, Wilson has completed 66-of-86 throws (76.4 percent) for 879 yards, 12 touchdowns (one rushing) and no interceptions. He's getting rid of the ball quicker. The offensive line is protecting better. And wide receivers Doug Baldwin and rookie Tyler Lockett have continued to thrive in the passing game. Wilson is on pace for 3,996 passing yards this year, a career-high. He's already thrown 21 touchdown passes. After Wilson torched the Minnesota Vikings for 274 passing yards, three touchdowns and no picks in last week's 38-7 win, cornerback Richard Sherman told The Seattle Times that the fourth-year veteran should be getting MVP consideration. Coming up Sunday, the Seahawks are in Baltimore to face the Ravens.

The Flood Warning has ended for the Cowlitz River at Randle affecting Lewis County. The Flood Warning continues for the Chehalis River near Grand Mound affecting Thurston County. the Chehalis River at Porter affecting Grays Harbor County, and the Skokomish River near Potlatch affecting Mason County. With the exception of the lower Chehalis River in Grays Harbor County, rivers throughout the area are receding. The lower Chehalis will crested early this morning and the crest is moving downstream to the mouth at Grays Harbor tonight. The Flood Warning continues for The Skokomish River near Potlatch until Sunday afternoon. At 3:45 this morning, the stage was 17.5 feet. Flood stage is 16.5 feet. Major flooding is occurring and major flooding is forecast. The river has crested and will continue to fall to below flood stage Sunday morning.

Birthdays: Anita in West Side Story, actress Rita Moreno is 84; the frontman for Bread, singer David Gates is 75; Abby Sumner on Knots Landing, actress Donna Mills is 75; US Secretary of State John Kerry is 72; little miss Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, singer Brenda Lee is 71; actress Lynda Day George is 71; actress Teri Garr is 68; and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is 57.

Today is National Noodle Ring Day -- a December day that kids young and old have been impatiently awaiting ... yeah, right. Among the seasonís least known holidays is National Noodle Ring Day celebrates a noodle dish baked in a Bundt pan. Some people are unfamiliar with noodle rings or are too busy making other holiday foods like fudge to bother with them.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1769, Edward Beran of London patented venetian blinds. In 1946, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the UN General Assembly. The fund provides relief to children in countries devastated by war. In 1951, Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees announced his retirement from major league baseball. The Yankess were the only team DiMaggio played for during his 13-year career. In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis married Myra Gale Brown in Hernando, Mississippi. There were quite a few things that made this wedding special. First, Myra is the daughter of his bass player Jay. Secondly, she was Jerry Leeís second cousin. Thirdly, she was 13-years-old. And fourth, Jerry was still married to his second wife Jane Mitcham. Against the odds, this union lasted 13 years. In 1972, Apollo 17 became the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon. In 1976, Bob Seger released his album Night Moves. Also In 1976. at a Kiss concert in Florida, Ace Frehley accidentally touched a short-circuited light bulb and was electrocuted. An unconscious Frehley was taken off the stage ... then wheeled back on ten minutes later to complete the concert. In 1981, Muhammad Ali fought his last fight. He lost his 61st fight to Trevor Berbick. In 1990, Ivana Trump was divorced from Donald Trump after 12 years of marriage. In 2002, Guns Ní Roses comeback tour was cancelled. In 2008, Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. In 2009, the game Angry Birds was released.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews reopened one lane of Interstate 5 near Woodland late yesterday, then a second late last night, where a huge mudslide came down across the roadway on Wednesday. The blockage trapped thousands of motorists in a 15-mile-long backup overnight. Many of them had to sleep in their cars or spent the night at a nearby Wal-Mart parking lot. Some trucks were stranded on the freeway for more than 24 hours.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Battle Ground yesterday morning. Officials say no one was injured, but 36 homes and two businesses were damaged in the storm.

Former Raiders head coach John Madden is "expected to fully recover" from open-heart surgery, the NFL said yesterday. The Hall of Fame coach was released from a San Francisco hospital Wednesday after having the surgery to repair blockages. Madden was the Raidersí head coach from 1969 to 1978, during which time Oakland went 103-32-7, made the playoffs eight times, won the AFL/C West seven times and won Super Bowl XI (11) in January 1977. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Among NFL coaches with at least 100 wins, his .759 winning percentage is the highest of all time and he was the third-fastest to reach the 100-win mark (only George Halas and Curly Lambeau did so faster). After leaving the sideline, Madden became a national celebrity, first as a broadcaster ó eventually working for all four major networks ó and then for a video game bearing his name. Started in 1988, EA Sportsí Madden series has sold more than 100 million copies while generating an estimated $4 billion in revenue. Recipient of a broadcasting Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, Madden won 16 Emmys. He was in the booth for 11 Super Bowls. He teamed with the late Pat Summerall for eight of those games (the other three, including his last in 2009, were with Al Michaels).

For the first time in 40 years, the US Army is making changes to a century-old piece of hardware, dog tags, the identification implements that hang around each soldier's neck. For a low-tech thing like the aluminum dog tag, the reason for the change is decidedly high-tech, the threat of identity theft. On the new dog tags, the service member's Social Security number will be replaced with a randomly-generated, 10-digit Department of Defense identification number. Michael Klemowski is the Soldiers Programs Branch chief with the Army's Human Resources Command. He said in a press release, ""If you find a pair of lost ID tags you can pretty much do anything with that person's identity because you now have their blood type, their religion, you have their social, and you have their name. The only thing missing is their birth date and you can usually get that by Googling a person." He said the change was mandated in 2007, but it has taken the military this long to replace the Social Security number with the 10-digit identification number through a number of systems.

It appears the Seattle Mariners offseason of roster turnover is winding down. At least, that was the message imparted by general manager Jerry Dipoto yesterday in Nashville during the penultimate day of Major League Baseball's annual winter meetings. Dipoto told beat reporters, "We've done a lot of business the last two months but I like the way our team has shaped up. It's a more complete and well-rounded team. The mix is good. I don't see a position on the field that looks like a sinkhole. We've built a good solid group and we've raised the floor." That should be good news for Mariners fans that watched a talented but clumsily built roster stumble to a 76-86 record in 2015. Upon being hired in late September, Dipoto's objectives were to add depth, acquire players with high on-base percentages and improve the outfield defense for Safeco Field's large dimensions. No more all-or-nothing sluggers that provide little in the way of versatility or value when they aren't hitting home runs. Dipoto has stuck to that vision while making deals at a whirlwind pace.

Trivia Answer: Rex and Rob Ryan who are 53 Sunday. Their dad was Buddy Ryan who was defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears when Mike Ditka was the head coach and the team won the Super Bowl in 1985. After the win, the Bears defense carried Ryan off the field on their shoulders[ and Mike Ditka was also being carried off the field. This was the first time two coaches ever got carried off the field at the Super Bowl. Rex Ryan is the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Rob Ryan was the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints until recently. On November 16th, the day after a 47-14 loss to the Washington Redskins, and with the New Orleans defense ranked last in the NFL, Ryan was fired. There were reports out this week that Rob has been seen at the Buffalo Bills training facility ... wearing Buffalo garb. Hmmm.

Thursday 12.10.15
Today's Trivia: This stand-up comedian, social critic, and actor is currently listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians. He was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial labels & nicknames. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He'is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time. Who is he?

Responding to interest in offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell by BYU to fill its head coaching vacancy, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said nope, we're busy here. Bevell's name came up in the search because he's an LDS church member and has daughters in Utah schools. Carroll said yesterday he told BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe, a friend from their days together on the staff of the San Francisco 49ers, that the timing doesn't work. Bevell said he was good with the decision. "I want to be a head coach," he said. "That's definitely true. But right now, there's no good time for us. We're doing things here that are unprecedented -- going to two Super Bowls and making a push to continue -- and I want to be part of it. If I do my job at a high level (a head coaching opportunity) will come. I'll get a chance to do it." Asked if he has interest in a college job, Bevell said, "Some -- I'd be selective." Coming up Sunday, the Seahawks are in Baltimore to face the Ravens.

After spending his first offseason in Seattle mostly adding to the fringes of the roster, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has landed an impact hitter. On the third day of Major League Baseball's winter meetings, the Mariners yesterday acquired first baseman Adam Lind from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for three teen-aged minor-league pitchers. Last season in Milwaukee, Lind batted .277 with 32 doubles, 20 homers, and 87 RBIs over 149 games. The 32-year-old, as with most of Dipoto's recent acquisitions, has a penchant for getting on base. Lind had 66 walks in 2015, more than any Mariner.

Birthdays: Robin Thicke's mom, actress and singer Gloria Loring is 69; from The Partridge Family and later LA Law, actress Susan Dey is 63; former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is 59. musician Paul Hardcastle is 58; actress Nia Peeples is 54; and drummer Meg White of The White Stripes is 41.

Today is Human Rights Day. Created by the United Nations, it promotes awareness of the importance of Human Rights issues around the world. Today is Do Something Wild and Crazy with Velveeta Day. Today is Chief Red Cloud Day, marking the Sioux leader's death at Pine Ridge, South Dakota, on this date in 1909. A courageous defender of Indian rights, he was the son of Lone Man and Walks As She Thinks.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1851, American librarian Melvil Dewey was born. He created the Dewey Decimal classification system. In 1868, the first traffic lights were installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they used semaphore arms and were illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps. In 1953, the first Playboy magazine went on sale featuring the famous calendar shot of Marilyn Monroe. There was no date on the issue. Hugh Hefner published the first magazine with an investment of $7,600. In 1958, the first passenger jet flight took place in the US as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York to Miami in about two and a-half hours. In 1963, six-year-old Donny Osmond made his singing debut on The Andy Williams Show. In 1981, the New England Journal of Medicine reported a new rare and fatal disease that had killed 95 people, mostly homosexual men. The disease later would be called AIDS. In 1991, Alan Freed was posthumously awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. He's creditted with coining the phrase "Rock & Roll." In 1996, South Africa's President Mandela signed into law a new democratic constitution, completing the country's transition from white-minority rule to a non-racial democracy. In 2010, Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for his song The Times They Are a-Changin sold at auction for $422,500.

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have been going strong for about 33 years, but the couple never officially tied the knot. Russell recently addressed the marriage rumors that he said pop up "every four or five years." He says, "They trot that one out every four or five years, now that we're four hundred years old. No, unfortunately, for those that need to hear yes, I do not have good news." This past summer, Goldie Hawn explained her views on marriage. She said, "A lasting relationship isn't about marriage, It's about compatibility and communication. And you both need to want it to work. If one person does not want it to work, it isn't going to work. Intention is the key. It's also about not losing yourself in each other."

On TV tonight, Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond. This special is a tribute to the Pixar Animation Studios film that began a new era of computer generated animation. The special looks at how Pixar's early beginnings lead to the first feature length computer animated film, Toy Story. Producers, animators, technical artists, designers, and some of the film's voice talent discuss the film as well. That's tonight on ABC.

If you end your text messages with a period, you may want to reconsider. Text messages ending with a period may be grammatically correct, but they come across as insincere, according to a new study published in Computers in Human Behavior from researchers at Binghamton University in New York. While the sample size of 126 college undergraduates certainly isn't representative of the billions of people around the world who text, the results were still intriguing enough to prove that at least to that subset of the population, punctuation can make all the difference. The students were given messages that appeared as texts or handwritten notes. Each of the notes contained a statement ending in a period, followed by asking the recipient if they would like to join them for an event. For example: Dave gave me his extra tickets. Wanna come? The recipient then sent back an affirmative one word answer, which in some cases ended in a period and others did not have any punctuation. What researchers found was the participants rated the text messages that ended in a period as less sincere than those that did not. "Texting is lacking many of the social cues used in actual face-to-face conversations. When speaking, people easily convey social and emotional information with eye gaze, facial expressions, tone of voice, pauses, and so on," the lead researcher in the study said in a statement. "People obviously can't use these mechanisms when they are texting. Thus, it makes sense that texters rely on what they have available to them -- emoticons, deliberate misspellings that mimic speech sounds and, according to our data, punctuation." But wait, there's more! The team also found in follow-up research that an exclamation mark is more likely to be seen as sincere. And there you have it. Period.

Michelle Tanner will not appear in the Netflix update of Full House, but there will be a logical explanation for it on the show. As you may know, actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not reprising their role of Michelle in Fuller House. However, Us Weekly cites an insider who says other characters will mention that Michelle is in New York City, working on creating her fashion empire. Fuller House premieres on Netflix in the new year.

Trivia Answer: Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor. Jerry Seinfeld called Pryor "The Picasso of our profession", and Bob Newhart has called Pryor "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years". This legacy can be attributed, in part, to the unusual degree of intimacy Pryor brought to bear on his comedy. As Bill Cosby reportedly once said, "Richard Pryor drew the line between comedy and tragedy as thin as one could possibly paint it." Pryor won an Emmy Award and five Grammy Awards. In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards, and the Writers Guild of America Award. The first ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was presented to him in 1998. On this date -- December 10th -- in 2005, Pryor suffered a heart attack in Los Angeles. After his wife's attempts to resuscitate him failed, he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 65 years old. His widow was quoted as saying, "At the end, there was a smile on his face."

Wednesday 12.9.15
Today's Trivia: He was an actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate, best known for his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on the ABC television comedy-drama Eight Is Enough. Who was he?

Andy Haner, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Seattle, said last night that every major river in western Washington is either already at or will rise to at least a minor flood stage over the next few days.

A look at the various national power rankings and their comments about the Seahawks this week. The Hawks moved from 8 to 6 on They said: Tell me, who wants to play these guys in January? Seattle moved from 7 to 6 on They pointed out that in Russell Wilson's past three games, he has a 76.7 completion percentage, 10.2 yards per attempt, 11 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 93.6 Total Quarterback Rating. USA TODAY moved the Hawks from 8 to 6 and added that Russellmania is deserving of the hype. But asked how about the Legion holding Minnesota's offense to 125 yards and zero points? Sports Illustrated moved the Hawks from 8 to 5. They commented: No matter how many times the league tries to stick a fork in the Seahawks, they keep coming back strong. Yahoo! Sports moved Seattle from 10 to 7. What they said: Well, there's the Seahawks defense we're used to seeing. They throttled the Vikings. If that defense is here to stay, we have to re-evaluate the Seahawks' ceiling this season. We'll see. Coming up Sunday, the Seahawks are in Baltimore to face the Ravens.

Birthdays: Actor Kirk Douglas is 99; actor and writer Buck Henry is 85; actor Beau Bridges is 74; Chicago Bear great Dick Butkus is 73; singer and songwriter Joan Armatrading is 65; actor John Malkovich is 62; singer Donny Osmond is 58; actress Felicity Huffman is 53; Bob Dylan's boy, singer and guitarist Jakob Dylan is 46; from Green Day, drummer Tre Cool is 43; and Simon Helberg from The Big Bang Theory is 35.

Today is National Pastry Day. Did you know that pastries have been around since 2600 BC? The Egyptians made doughnut-like pastries out of crude flour and honey, and then dipped them in wine. Make a trip to your favorite local bakery and pick up your favorite kind of pastry in honor of National Pastry Day. Today is Christmas Card Day. It honors Sir Henry Cole of England who created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1907, the first Christmas Seals went on sale at the Post Office in Wilmington, Delaware. Funds from the sale went to fight tuberculosis. In 1956, at Sun Records in Memphis a quartet of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Big Boss Man, Blueberry Hill, Peace in the Valley, That Old Rugged Cross, Isle of Golden Dreams, and I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone. In 1960, Sperry Rand Corporation unveiled a new computer, known as Univac 1107. In 1972, Elton John's Crocodile Rock was released. In 1978, Soul Man, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's version, was released under the name, The Blues Brothers. In 1992, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. In 1992, Bill Wyman left the Rolling Stones after over 30 years with the group. In 2002, United Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after losing $4 billion in the previos two years. It was the sixth largest bankruptcy filing. Also in 2002, when Madison police tallied up their donated teddy bears to console children at crime and accident scenes, they realized 2,000 of the 3,000 bears were paid for with donations from the Fox Lake Correctional Institution. Inmates had donated $626, enough to purchase 2,000 surplus bears with the help of a Wisconsin marketing company.

The latest in a series of storms sweeping through the Northwest was taking its toll on the region yesterday, toppling trees, triggering mudslides and sending some rivers surging over their banks. The National Weather Service has issued Flood Warnings on at least 21 rivers and Flood Watches remain on all others as 5-11 inches of rain fall in the mountains through today. With 2-5 inches of rain expected in the lowlands through today, landslide risk is considered high as well. Huge puddles were forming on many traffic arterials, including some sections of Interstate 5. The state Department of Emergency Management warned motorists to be on the lookout for street flooding, and not to drive through flooded areas. Heavy rain will briefly taper before another storm rolls in tomorrow morning . . . and then several more through the weekend.

Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darell Bevell is on the short list of possible candidates to be the next coach at BYU, according to a report this week from Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman. Bevell has no known ties BYU, but he's a member of the LDS Church. The latter is required for a coach in any sport at the private school in Provo, Utah. It should be noted that Feldman listed Bevell as one of five coaches he "suspects" the school would consider, so it seems somewhat speculative. The next BYU coach will be tasked with replacing Bronco Mendenhall, who recently (and surprisingly) accepted the head coaching job at Virginia. Bevell has faced some pretty heavy criticism from Seahawks fans since assuming control of the offense in 2011. But he's also been on a staff that's led Seattle to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. Plus, the past four games, the Seahawks' offense has been playing as well as any time in recent memory. Bevell has said that he wants to be a head coach at some point. He's already interviewed for a number of NFL head coaching jobs. Coming up Sunday, the Seahawks are in Baltimore to face the Ravens.

The official biopic about guitar legend Jimi Hendrix will feature previously unreleased music, according to his sister Janie. The long-gestating project has been in the works since 2011, but only recently began moving forward after film executives reached a deal about music rights with the Experience Hendrix estate, which is run by Janie. It is set to be the first Hendrix biopic to incorporate unheard music from the estate after Janie approved the release. She tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Jimi wrote over 210 songs. We have a huge vault of his music. ... It's amazing what a workaholic he was. He would carry a four-track or eight-track machine around with him. He'd take it to speakeasys and write songs in his apartment. His music didn't die with him." Janie says they're still trying to cast the lead. She adds, "We're thinking of an unknown. We'll have people audition and see what's out there."

If you were worried that you'd be clutching your seat in white-knuckle horror, tensed for the appearance of Jar Jar Binks at any moment during the new Star Wars film, you can relax. The most annoying character of all time won't be in the newest film in the franchise. The Force Awakens producer Kathleen Kennedy announced at a news conference that the deeply hated character is "definitely not in the movie." The abomination known as Jar Jar appeared in the three prequel films. George Lucas thought Jar Jar would provide comic relief in The Phantom Menace.

Star Wars is a hot thing right now. Adele's Hello is a hot thing right now. So New York-based audio engineer Roy Thompson created a mashup parody of the Star Wars films and Adele's hit song.

Trivia Answer: Dick Van Patten who was born on this date in 1928. Van Patten's career in show business began as a child actor on Broadway in 1935. He was billed as Dickie Van Patten and went on to appear in twelve other Broadway plays as a teenager. He moved on to television with the role of Nels Hansen in the CBS series, Mama, about a Norwegian-American family living in San Francisco in the early 20th century. It ran from 1949 to 1957. He was the dad -- Tom Bradford -- on Eight Is Enough, which aired from 1977 to 1981 with a ten-to-eleven member cast and was loosely based on a book of the same name by the American journalist Thomas Braden. Van Patten died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, this past June 23rd at the age of 86. Complications from diabetes were the listed cause.

Tuesday 12.8.15
Today's Trivia: She's an actress and former fashion model who has appeared in 38 feature films. She began her acting career on television in 1976 and made her film debut in the 1981 drama Hard Country. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lynn Bracken in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential. She came to prominence playing the Bond girl in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again, opposite Sean Connery. She went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for her role in The Natural in 1984, also to star as Elizabeth in the controversial erotic drama 9Ĺ Weeks in 1986, and as Vicki Vale in Batman in 1989. For her role in L.A. Confidential, she also won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include Final Analysis in 1992, I Dreamed of Africa in 2000, 8 Mile in 2002, The Door in the Floor in 2004, Cellular in 2004, and the upcoming The Nice Guys coming out next year. Who is she?

Cary Williams came to Seattle as the Seahawks' most important free agent signing last offseason. His tenure with the Seahawks didn't last a full season. Seattle released Williams yesterday after the veteran had started the first 10 games only to get benched for the last two. Williams was benched midway through the Seahawks' victory over San Francisco in Week 11, then was scratched the past two weeks. Seattle has started DeShawn Shead at cornerback with Williams on the sideline. Williams signed an $18 million, three-year deal with Seattle in the offseason in the hopes he could start opposite Richard Sherman and take the spot vacated when Byron Maxwell signed as a free agent with Philadelphia. But Williams acknowledged during training camp that he was struggling to learn Seattle's system and to adjust to the way the Seahawks ask their cornerbacks to play. Carroll acknowledged that it was more beneficial for the Seahawks to go with Shead and Lane -- two players who have been in Seattle's system since entering the NFL -- than continuing to have Williams struggle.

After nearly 59 mundane minutes, Dallas and Washington combined for a wild finish last night. Cowboys win Monday Night Football 19-16.

Steve Sarkisian sued the University of Southern California yesterday, alleging the school breached the football coach's contract and discriminated against him on the basis of a disability when it fired him this fall. Sarkisian's attorneys also alleged wrongful termination and invasion of privacy in the complaint filed in Los Angeles County Court. Sarkisian contends he is owed at least $12.6 million left on his USC contract, along with other damages for "extreme mental anguish." The lawsuit says, "Instead of honoring the contract it made with Steve Sarkisian, USC kicked him to the curb." A USC spokesman said the school won't comment on pending litigation. In the 31-page lawsuit, Sarkisian gives his first detailed public descriptions of the events surrounding his firing October 12th, five games into his second season in one of the highest-profile jobs in college football. The coach says he was fired by email, one day after athletic director Pat Haden put Sarkisian on a leave of absence when Haden said Sarkisian showed up to the school in no condition to work. Sarkisian claims he should have been allowed to seek treatment for his alcoholism disability while keeping his job. The lawsuit describes Sarkisian's descent into alcohol dependency in steady detail, citing the extraordinary stress of the USC job combined with his wife's decision to file for divorce earlier this year. Sarkisian also says he has completed inpatient treatment and a detoxification program during more than 30 days in rehabilitation. He has stopped taking medications prescribed by a USC doctor, and is sleeping well "for the first time in over 20 years."

After Hisashi Iwakuma reportedly agreed to a three-year, $45-million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Seattle Mariners suddenly needed a suitable replacement behind ace Felix Hernandez. General manager Jerry Dipoto perhaps found one for the middle of his rotation just hours into the Major League Baseball winter meetings which started yesterday. According to multiple reports, the Mariners have acquired Red Sox left-hander Wade Miley and reliever Jonathan Aro in a trade that sends reliever Carson Smith and left-handed starter Roenis Elias to Boston. The Mariners have confirmed the trade. The trade continues Dipoto's whirlwind offseason. Since taking over at the end of September, he has engineered seven trades, four free-agent signings and three waiver claims.

Birthdays: A virtuoso flute player from Belfast, Sir James Galway is 76; she was just in town last year for the Olympia Film Festival, cult actress Mary Woronov is 72; from The Allman Brothers, Gregg Allman is 68; Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is 58; author and political commentator Ann Coulter is 54. actress Teri Hatcher is 51; singer Sinead O'Connor is 49; singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is 36; San Diego Charger quarterback Philip Rivers is 34; and rapper/singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj is 33.

Today is National Brownie Day, celebrating chocolaty, chewy brownies. Today is Take it in the Ear Day. Take it in the Ear Day is a bizarre day of unknown origin. Research has found absolutely no documentation about the origin and, we have not uncovered any information around the meaning or purpose of this day. Yet, references to this day abound. In any event, Happy Take it in the Ear Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, the United States entered World War II when it declared war against Japan. The act came one day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. In 1952, on the show I Love Lucy, a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time. In 1980, John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City. In 1993, President Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement. In 1995, Courtney Love was interviewed by Barbara Walters for ABC's 10 Most Fascinating People of 1995. During the interview Love told Walters that she wished she had done "eight thousand million things" differently to prevent husband Kurt Cobain's death. In 2003, in England, Ozzy Osbourne was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. His injuries included a fractured left collarbone, eight fractured ribs and stable fracture to one of the vertebrae in his neck.

It's been a stormy start to the month of December, with significant rainfall measured each day of the month so far, and Mother Nature shows no signs of letting up any time soon. Fresh off two storms that rolled in over the weekend, another yesterday and yet another today are packing another round of heavy rain. Only this time the rainfall will be more intense as the jet stream dips into the south and taps into a Pineapple Express type pattern that will bring a surge of warm air and tropical rains to the region. About 2-5 inches of rain is expected through tomorrow in the Western Washington lowlands, with perhaps as much as 3-6 inches along the coast. But the warm air will combine with strong upper level winds to raise snow levels to as high as 7,000-8,000 feet. And as those strong winds crash into the mountainsides, the process will wring out additional rainfall in the Cascades and Olympics -- as much as 5-11 inches of rain could fall in the mountains by tomorrow. That's plenty of water to run off into the river systems, and thus Flood Watches have been issued for all rivers that flow off mountains in Western Washington. Minor to moderate flooding is expected to begin today or tonight, depending on how far down the river you're located. Rivers are expected to crest tomorrow and tomorrow night, again with the later crests coming with greater distance from the mountains. Back in the lowlands, the National Weather Service and USGS are also warning of an increasing threat of landslides. The weather pattern is expected to cool a bit as we get into later tomorrow, with snow levels dropping down to 3,000 feet or so which will mitigate additional rain waters from flowing into the rivers, but our active pattern is by no means finished. Additional storms are forecast to continue to push through the Pacific Northwest through the end of the week and next weekend... and even into the following week.

Trivia Answer: Kimila Ann Basinger -- Kim Basinger -- who turns 63 today. Her name is pronounced bay-sing-ər though it's often mispronounced as bass-in-jər. She met her second husband, Alec Baldwin, in 1990 when they played lovers in The Marrying Man. They married on August 19th of 1993, and appeared in the remake of The Getaway in 1994. They played themselves in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, in which Basinger corrects Homer Simpson on the pronunciation of her last name and polishes her Oscar statuette. Basinger and Baldwin have a daughter, Ireland Eliesse Baldwin born in October of 1995. They filed for divorce in January 2001, and it was finalized in February 2002. In 2008, Baldwin wrote a book which dealt with the contentious custody battle with Basinger over their daughter.

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Today's Trivia: On this date in 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America filed a lawsuit against this company which was originally founded as a pioneering peer-to-peer file sharing Internet service that emphasized sharing audio files, typically music, encoded in MP3 format. The RIAA alleged copyright infringement. Can you name the company?

In another time, it might have been called an acid flashback. Yesterday in Minneapolis, the Seahawks saw their 2013 season return in all its psychedelic glory. But the only people who had minds altered were the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings -- and perhaps many others around the NFL looking at potential postseason matchups. Football swagger has returned to the Northwest. What does that mean? Let Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher, explain it after the 38-7 destruction: "They were more aggressive, more physical, and they out-coached us as well." Sounds like the team the football world has come to know in December -- the Seahawks are 18-and-7 under coach Pete Carroll after December 1st. The defeat was the Vikings' most lopsided at home since a 34-3 defeat by Chicago in 1984, and third-worst in team history. The Seahawks did Sunday what they often did in the 2013 season, which ended in a Super Bowl triumph -- go on the road and dominate a good opponent in all phases. Coach Peter Carroll said, "Really a complete victory, really thrilled with that. We played well from start to finish."

The college bowl season is shaping up. The Washington Huskies face Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 26th. Miami and Washington State are headed to the Southwest for the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, also on December 26th.

Birthdays: Actress Ellen Burstyn is 83; baseball's Johnny Bench is 68; singer and songwriter Tom Waits is 66; basketball's Larry Bird is 59; and singer Sara Bareilles is 36.

Today is Harry Chapin Day, marking the singer's birth December 7, 1942. His hits included Taxi, WOLD, and Cat's In The Cradle. He received a special Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts to eliminate world hunger. He was killed in a traffic accident in 1981 on his way to a benefit show. Today is National Cotton Candy Day. Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, marking the attack by 200 Japanese aircraft against Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing nearly 3,000 on this date in 1941 -- 74 years ago today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, history's most overdue library book, Dr. J. Currie's Febrile Diseases, was returned to the University of Cincinnati Medical Library. It had been checked out 145 years earlier by Mr. M. Dodd and was returned by his great-grandson, Richard Dodd. The fine, estimated at $2,264, was waived. In 1980, the Chicago Bears scored nine touchdowns to embarrass Green Bay 61-7. In 1998, officials of Madame Toussaud's traveling wax museum in Sydney, Australia, finally sewed the zipper up on President Bill Clinton's pants because visitors kept unzipping it. In 2004, singer Jerry Scoggins died at age 93. He sang The Ballad of Jed Clampett, the theme song on The Beverly Hillbillies.

Wake Hollywood up when Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives. With two weeks to go before Luke, Leia, Han, and a bunch of storm troopers and droids descend on multiplexes, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 topped box office charts in an otherwise quiet weekend. The weekend after Thanksgiving is historically one of the slowest of the year and the 2015 edition didn't break with tradition. Studios largely steered clear of offering up new releases, with the one major exception being Krampus, a darkly comic horror film which came in second. Without much in the way of new blood, a trio of holdovers rounded out the top five. Creed rode Oscar buzz and strong word-of-mouth to a third place finish. The Good Dinosaur finished in fourth. And Spectre took fifth position.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto apparently has more work to do when Major League Baseball's winter meetings start in Nashville today. According to a report from CBS Sports, Hisashi Iwakuma has agreed to a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. There's been no official statement from either party, but based on multiple reports, it appears that the 34-year-old Iwakuma will move on after turning down Seattle's one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer November 13th. However, the rumor mill last night offered slightly different messages. Yahoo Sports and the New York Post both reported there is no done deal ... yet.

The first batch of nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards was announced this morning. The Grammys return to L.A.'s Staples Center on February 15th and are being broadcast on CBS. No host has been announced. Here are the major nominees:

Album of the Year

Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Taylor Swift, 1989

The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar, Alright

Taylor Swift, Blank Space

Little Big Town, Girl Crush

Wiz Kahifa feat. Charlie Puth, See You Again

Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud

Record of the Year

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Really Love

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk

Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud

Taylor Swift, Blank Space

The Weeknd, Can't Feel My Face

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett

James Bay

Sam Hunt

Tori Kelly

Meghan Trainor

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Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Florence + The Machine, Ship to Wreck

Maroon 5, Sugar

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk

Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood

Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, See You Again

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night

Josh Groban, Stages

Seth MacFarlane, No One Ever Tells You

Barry Manilow (& Various Artists), My Dream Duets

Best Pop Vocal Album

Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece

Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Mark Ronson, Uptown Special

Taylor Swift, 1989

James Taylor, Before This World

Best Dance Recording

Above & Beyond feat. ZoŽ Johnston, We're All We Need

The Chemical Brothers, Go

Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, Never Catch Me

Galantis, Runaway (U & I)

Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, Where Are ‹ Now

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes, Don't Wanna Fight

Florence + The Machine, What Kind Of Man

Foo Fighters, Something From Nothing

Elle King, Ex's & Oh's

Wolf Alice, Moaning Lisa Smile

Best Alternative Music Album

Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

BjŲrk, Vulnicura

My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall

Tame Impala, Currents

Wilco, Star Wars

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Internet, Ego Death

Kehlani, You Should Be Here

Lianne La Havas, Blood

Miguel, Wildheart

The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Best Rap Album

J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Dr. Dre, Compton

Drake, If Youre Reading This Its Too Late

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint

Best Country Album

Sam Hunt, Montevallo

Little Big Town, Pain Killer

Ashley Monroe, The Blade

Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Joey Alexander, My Favorite Things

Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective, Breathless

Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio, Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios

Jimmy Greene, Beautiful Life

John Scofield, Past Present

Best Gospel Album

Karen Clark Sheard, Destined to Win (Live)

Dorinda Clark-Cole, Living It

Tasha Cobbs, One Place Live

Israel & Newbreed, Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe)

Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Jason Crabb, Whatever the Road

Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be

Matt Maher, Saints and Sinners

Tobymac, This Is Not a Test

Chris Tomlin, Love Ran Red

Best Latin Pop Album

Pablo AlborŠn, Terral

Alex Cuba, Healer

Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)

Alejandro Sanz, Sirope

Julieta Venegas, Algo Sucede

Best Americana Album

Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher's Daughter

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind

Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free

The Mavericks, Mono

Punch Brothers, The Phosphorescent Blues

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Caribou, Our Love

The Chemical Brothers, Born in the Echoes

Disclosure, Caracal

Jamie XX, In Colour

Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack ‹

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Bill Frisell, Guitar in the Space Age!

Wouter Kellerman, Love Language

Marcus Miller, Afrodeezia

Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest, Sylva

Kirk Whalum, The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV

Best Metal Performance

August Burns Red, Identity

Cirice, Ghost

Lamb of God, 512

Sevendust, Thank You

Slipknot, Custer

Best Rock Song

Alabama Shakes, Don't Wanna Fight

Elle King, Ex's & Oh's

James Bay, Hold Back the River

Highly Suspect, Lydia

Florence + the Machine, What Kind of Man

Best Rock Album

James Bay, Chaos and the Calm

Death Cab for Cutie, Kintsugi

Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum

Muse, Drones

Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter

Best R&B Performance

Tamar Braxton, If I Don't Have You

Andra Day, Rise Up

Hiatus Kaiyote, Breathing Underwater

Jeremih feat. J. Cole, Planes

The Weeknd, Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Faith Evans, He Is

Lalah Hathaway, Little Ghetto Boy

Jazmine Sullivan, Let It Burn

Tyrese, Shame

Charlie Wilson, My Favorite Part of You"

Best R&B Song

Miguel, Coffee

The Weeknd, Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Jazmine Sullivan, Let It Burn

D'Angelo and The Vanguard, Really Love

Tyrese, Shame

Best R&B Album

Leon Bridges, Coming Home

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah

Andra Day, Cheers to the Fall

Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show

Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

Best Rap Performance

J. Cole, Apparently

Drake, Back to Back

Fetty Wap, Trap Queen

Kendrick Lamar, Alright

Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne, Truffle Butter

Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, All Day

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend, One Man Can Change the World

Common & John Legend, Glory

Jidenna feat. Roman GianArthur, Classic Man

Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, These Walls

Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, Only

Best Rap Song

Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, All Day

Kendrick Lamar, Alright

Drake, Energy

Common & John Legend, Glory

Fetty Wap, Trap Queen

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Brothers Osborne, Stay a Little Longer

Joey + Rory, If I Needed You

Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay, The Driver

Little Big Town, Girl Crush

Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe, Lonely Tonight

Best Country Song

Lee Ann Womack, Chances Are

Tim McGraw, Diamond Rings And Old Barstools

Little Big Town, Girl Crush

Brandy Clark, Hold My Hand

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Best Country Solo Performance

Cam, Burning House

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Carrie Underwood, Little Toy Guns

Keith Urban, John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

Lee Ann Womack, Chances Are

Best Pop Solo Performance

Kelly Clarkson, Heartbeat Song

Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do

Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud

Taylor Swift, Blank Space

The Weeknd, Can't Feel My Face

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Empire: Season 1

Fifty Shades of Grey

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

Pitch Perfect 2


Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

The Weeknd, Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Common & John Legend, Glory

Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do

Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, See You Again

Lady Gaga, Til It Happens to You

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media


The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


Best Music Video

A$AP Rocky, "LSD"

The Dead Weather, "I Feel Love"

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

Pharrell Williams, "Freedom"

Best Music Film

Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways

James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone

Roger Waters, The Wall

Amy Winehouse, Amy

Trivia Answer: Napster. Napster was co-founded by Shawn Fanning, John Fanning, and Sean Parker. Initially, it was envisioned as an independent peer-to-peer file sharing service. The service, named after Fanning's hairstyle-based nickname, operated between June 1999 and July 2001. Its technology allowed people to easily share their MP3 files with other participants. Its ease of use led to massive copyright violations of music and film media, as well as other intellectual property. At its peak there were 25 million users and 80 million songs, but the system never once crashed. Although the original service was shut down by court order, the Napster brand survived after the company's assets were liquidated and purchased by other companies through bankruptcy proceedings. The original company ceased operations and was eventually acquired by Roxio. In its second incarnation Napster became an online music store. In September 2008, Napster was purchased by US electronics retailer Best Buy for US $121 million. Then later, pursuant to a deal with Best Buy, Napster merged with Rhapsody. Best Buy received a minority stake in Rhapsody.