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Keeler: CU Buffs against No. 9 UCLA were their own worst enemy. Again.



No. 9 UCLA holds off CU Buffs

BOULDER — They’re just good enough to break your heart. The Baby Buffs had No. 9 UCLA on the ropes Saturday night. UCLA looked winded and wounded, forced to defend a 2-point lead with 25 seconds to go.

CU, having whittled a 17-point second-half Bruins lead to 65-63, had the ball and momentum. As the Events Center held its collective breath, Buffs freshman guard KJ Simpson got the rock with 18 seconds left, crashed the lane, steeled himself for contact, and let it fly.

Nada. UCLA escaped, 71-65. CU scrapped. Fought to the end.

If the NCAA Tournament’s selection committee judged rosters on guts, the Baby Buffs would be a 5 seed.

On smarts, though? On savvy? Not so much.

CU (12-6, 4-4 Pac-12) turned it over 21 times Saturday, which will get you beat against anybody, anywhere. Especially if those anybodys hail from Westwood.

Coach Mick Cronin’s Bruins aren’t just talented — they’re rooted in toughness, one of the core mantras Cronin brought over from Cincinnati three years ago.

The Bruins are also as handsy as they come, always poking, bumping, prodding. Against a young Buffs backcourt that came into the weekend averaging the third-most turnovers in the Pac-12 (13.4 per tilt), this one had the potential for disaster.

Sure enough, seven CU turnovers during a five-minute stretch midway through the first half turned a 22-20 UCLA lead into a 32-21 cushion with 3:47 to go until halftime.

The Bruins in first half outscored CU 18-0 off giveaways, 12-5 on second-chance points and 20-6 in the paint. The last five minutes of the first half and the opening five minutes of the second felt like the varsity (Bruins) against the JV (Buffs).

The kids kept swinging. Tristan Da Silva’s two putbacks pulled the hosts to within six, 53-47, with 8:12 left in the tilt. Jabari Walker’s emphatic and-1 with 3:49 to go lifted the hosts to within three, 58-55. Walker’s two-handed slam two minutes later made it 62-61 Bruins.

Still, nights like these are precious. So are the opportunities. The best thing about the Pac-12 this year is also the worst: It’s a top-heavy league, with three teams that look like Big Dance locks (Arizona, UCLA, USC), followed by a mad scramble to escape the mosh pit.

The best way to stand out from the crowd is “quality” wins, another stat in which the Buffs have been lacking come late January. Going into Saturday night, CU was 0-4 in games against so-called Quad 1 opponents, as determined by the NCAA’s NET metric — selection committee shorthand for how you’ve fared against teams likely to make the Big Dance.

Short version: A “Quad-1” win is defined as a home victory over a top 30 NET team; a neutral court victory over a top 50 NET team; and a road victory over a top 75 NET team.

The rest of CU’s fight card, alas, affords only two more opportunities on that front — at Washington State (NET rank as of Saturday: 60) next Sunday and home to Arizona (NET rank: 1) on Feb. 26. That’s it.

If the Buffs learn to take care of the ball, they’ve got the goods — certainly the talent — to hang with both. Center Lawson Lovering has the kind of ceiling only the eagles can touch. But the kid, bless him, looks like a deer in headlights out there half the time. In other words, like a freshman.


What Are The Takeaways From Top Gun: Maverick Premiere?



What Is The Order Of Top Gun Movies To Watch? Stream It Or Skip It?

Top Gun: Maverick, directed by Joseph Kosinski, is continuing to become more of a starry affair as if Tom Cruise was not enough that now it was premiered in the prestigious film festival Cannes. After 30 years, the sequel to Top Gun has already been the talk of the town, and the premiere has now become the cherry on top. Today, we are giving you the details and takeaways from the movie premiere.


The beautiful star Tom Cruise received a Palme dd or dd honor at Cannes ahead of the film’s premiere. The movie was not only a starry affair in the international launch but also a royal affair as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge- Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, attended the U.K premiere of the film in London.

As we know, Tom Cruise is not just dashing but also adds an extra touch to whatever he does, so this time for the movie’s premiere, he brought an extra oomph by arriving on a helicopter in San Diego’sDiego. Being an all-start movie, the film got some mixed reviews, but then we know when Tom is there, we can forgo many things.

What Are The Takeaways From Top Gun Maverick Premiere

About The Movie

The American action-drama film written by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie is a story that Peter Craig and Justin Marks conceived. The movie is based on captain Pete Maverick, who has purposely dodged an advancement in rank as a Test Pilot after 36 years of service as a top Navy aviator.

He is in charge of training top gin grads for a special mission. You can expect a lot of aerial shots and action with beautiful cinematography, which is worth watching on the big screen. Based on the trailer, we can see that there are some amazing close-ups in the cock- pit of Tom, and these shots are going to be even more breathtaking on the big screen with amazing sound.

About The Cast

The cast includes permanent Pete from the prequel and our favorite and talented Tom Cruise as Maverick, Jennifer Connelly, and Miles Teller. It also includes Lewis Pullman, Val Kilmer, Joy Hamm, Ed Harris, Glen Powell, Giulia Lupetti, Jean Louisa Kelly, Manny Jacinto, Jay Ellis, Charles Parnell, and many new faces been added to take the movie to heights.

When Is It Releasing?

The action-packed film Top Gun: Maverick is releasing on 27th May 2022 in your nearest theatres, so get your hands on the ticket now to become the first-day first show, spectator

We can see how much effort the movie team is spending on the sequel for its premiere before its release, but then, as an audience, we have to wait until we see whether it is worth the hype. The trailer looked promising with beautiful and exciting shots with sound but deducing the movie, and we have to see the movie.

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David Schultz: If you think abortion rights are safe in Minnesota, think again



David Schultz: If you think abortion rights are safe in Minnesota, think again

The leaked draft opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization suggests the court will overturn Roe v. Wade and women’s constitutional right to terminate their pregnancies. The leaked opinion declares that it will be up to states and the political process to decide abortion rights.

Some here believe that if Roe is overturned, in Minnesota abortion rights are independently protected by law and thus would remain.

Think again.

What Roe v. Wade said

Roe v Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court opinion declaring that a constitutional right to privacy protects a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy.

In reaching that conclusion, the Court built its decision off of prior decisions regarding privacy rights. Nowhere explicitly in the Constitution can one find a right to privacy. But, in cases such as Griswold v. Connecticut, the Court ruled that such a right is implicit in the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments.

The Roe decision expanded the right to privacy to include the right of women to terminate their pregnancies.

Yet that right was not absolute, and it could be regulated or limited. The Court said states could regulate the medical conditions under which abortions are performed in order to protect the health of the mother.

But the Court also rejected limits on abortion to protect the rights of the fetus. It did so because it ruled that an unborn entity was not a person under the Constitution.

Over the years those opposed to abortion have sought various ways to overturn abortion rights. They used protection of  maternal health as a  justification to limit where and when abortions could be performed. The Supreme Court upheld many of these regulations, but also struck down many.

For abortion rights advocates, they could always count on the U.S. Supreme Court coming to their defense. This was the case even in the 1991 Planned Parenthood v Casey decision, with which the Supreme Court reaffirmed its Roe decision.

What the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson seems to say

The draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization suggests that a nearly 50-year political effort by those who are opposed to abortion rights has paid off. The draft says Roe will be overturned.

This means it would now be up to the states and the political process to decide what abortion rights, if any, women will have. As currently worded in the draft, it will be up to states and possibly the national government to decide if abortion will be legal, and whether there will be any exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother.

The leaded opinion regarding Dobbs is a complete reversal of  Roe. But it is only a draft. It is still possible the Court will not formally overturn Roe. It is possible to leave Roe in place in theory but uphold more limits on abortion.

Minnesota abortion rights and the Gomez case

Were Roe overturned or abortion rights significantly limited, the focus would turn to the states. Some states are prepared to ban abortion. Other states have laws or rules in place to protect abortion rights.

In theory, Minnesota has such protections too. But the legal safeguards for abortion rights in the state are weaker than one might think.

There is no explicit right to abortion found in the Minnesota Constitution. The basis for abortion rights is found in a 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court decision, Women of the State of Minnesota v. Gomez. That case involved a state law that restricted the use of public funds for abortion. But the law allowed public funds to be used for childbirth-related medical services.

In this case the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that providing public funds to pay for maternity costs but not abortions violated the rights of poor women. In reaching that conclusion the Court ruled that a right of privacy did exist implicitly under Article I, Sections 2, 7 and 10 of the Minnesota Constitution. This right to privacy included the right of a woman to choose to have an abortion.

Critical to the Minnesota Supreme Court reaching that decision was that the state attorney general at the time, Skip Humphrey, who was supposed to defend the law, had conceded that such a right exists. Effectively, the government refused to defend its abortion laws. That in part is why the Court ruled the way it did.

Thus, the right to privacy under Minnesota law protects the right of women to terminate pregnancy.

But the state Court never said it was an absolute or unlimited right. The Gomez case was decided by a very liberal Minnesota Supreme Court, which conceded at the time that its ruling was limited.

All of this is important  because the right to abortion in Minnesota under Gomez parallels the right to abortion under the U.S. Constitution as established in the Roe case. Both decisions protected abortion rights through rights to privacy created by the courts.

If Roe goes, so goes Gomez?

If the U.S. Supreme Court can overturn Roe, there is no reason to think the Minnesota Supreme Court cannot overturn Gomez.

Consider some possibilities:

Assume a future governor and state Legislature pass a law banning abortion. While at present the Minnesota Supreme Court may look pro-choice, it would not take much time over several elections to replace it with justices who oppose abortion. Several years ago in Iowa, for example, its Supreme Court ruled that its constitution protected the rights of same-sex couples to marry.  As a result, those who opposed to the decision successfully replaced several of the justices in elections.

Or think of a future Minnesota attorney general unwilling to defend abortion rights. This could change the outcome of a case, as it may well have in the Gomez case back in 1995. Or consider a possible future state constitutional amendment to ban or limit abortion. The point is that the Gomez decision may be a temporary firewall for abortion rights, but a concerted political movement by groups could easily destroy such a right.

Here are other possibilities: A future U.S> Congress and president could pass a federa; law making abortion illegal under and prosecute women or doctors in Minnesota who receive or perform abortions, regardless of what Minnesota law said.

It is possible that a future U.S. Supreme Court could declare a fetus a person with federal rights. If that were to happen the Minnesota Gomez decision could effectively be overturned at the federal level. This is so because state law would conflict with a Supreme Court decision, and the latter would prevail. Or maybe Minnesota passes such a law. This would force the Minnesota Supreme Court to decide how to resolve the rights of a mother versus her fetus.

The point of all these scenarios is that if abortion is not protected as a right at the federal level, it will be harder for the state to protect it. Thus, abortion rights advocates should not be so complacent in thinking that Minnesota is safe no matter what the Supreme Court does or what a final version of the Dobbs ruling is.

David Schultz is Distinguished University Professor at Hamline University in the departments of Political Science, Legal Studies and Environmental Studies.

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This Is Us Lemon Quote



This Is Us Lemon Quote

How crazy is it that a simple thing such as words can be put together in such a way that it can give life new meaning? The same thing happened to the Brook family the night Jack died. The Pearsons and The Brooks are truly connected in more than one way. But the biggest of all connections is the Lemon Quote. Dan Fogelman never leaves a chance to give nostalgia to his fans.

Watchers of the show This Is Us knows the significance of the quote.

A Little About The Show

This Is Us is an American family drama television series. The show was first aired on NBC in 2016 and is coming to an end on May 24, 2022. The series has six seasons of 105 episodes in total. Each episode has a running time of 42 minutes.

The Plot

Jack and Rebecca Pearson had six weeks premature children on Jack’s 36th birthday in 1980. They were expected to be triplets but the third child was stillborn. Thinking that they were supposed to have triplets, Jack and Rebecca adopted a third child from the same hospital.

A child who was abandoned by his father in the fire station and brought to the same hospital as Jack and Rebecca were in. Thereafter, the children were named as follows: Kate, Kevin and the adopt one Randall. Later Jack died when his children are at the age of 17.

The story usually takes place in the present time but there are some flashbacks and flashforwards from time to time mainly flashbacks of Jack and Rebecca. Kevin grew out to be an actor struggling to make his way in the industry. Kate is trying to cope with her obesity. Later she married Toby and gets a degree in music. Randall is in finance and marries his college mate Beth, and has two daughters, Tess and Annie but like his parents, he adopted a third child, Deja.

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What Is The Quote

You took the sourest lemon that life has to offer and turned it into something resembling lemonade

The Story Of The Quote

This quote was first said by Dr. k to Jack on his 36th birthday when the triplets were born. The triplets were 6 six weeks premature and the third one couldn’t survive. Then, Dr. k stepped up and said this to Jack. Later, thinking that Jack and Rebecca were supposed to have triplets, they adopted a third child from the same hospital.

The quote again made its significance in the latest episode “the train”. As the show is about to come to an end, Dan Fogelman gave fans the biggest shock. This episode is a flashback of the night Jack died. There is Marcus Brooks’ father and Jack standing next to the coffee machine at the hospital.

Marcus’s father is worried as Marcus is in urgent need of surgery as they had a car accident earlier that night. Then, Jack offers a piece of wise words to Marcus’s father “You took the sourest lemon that life has to offer and turned it into something resembling lemonade” which he himself once received from Dr. K on the day triplets were born.

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