The NFL has a history of handing out strange punishments for strange infractions, and they continued that trend on December 20th. The NFL fined the New York Giants $150,000 and coach Ben McAdoo $50,000 for using walkie-talkies during their Week 14 win against their division foe, the Dallas Cowboys.
The success of sequels to high-profile science fiction films certainly fluctuates. For every iconic sequel, like Alien 2 or Terminator 2: Judgment Day, we get an Independence Day: Resurgence or Matrix: Revolutions. So, when a sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 sci-fi flick Blade Runner was announced, the news was met with equal parts excitement and pessimism.
One of America’s finest filmmakers announced via a YouTube video on December 21st that his next film is officially in motion. Wes Anderson, director of films like The Royal Tenenbaums, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom and other quirky yet charming releases, will be making a stop-motion animated movie about dogs on an island.
The Duke Blue Devil’s star guard Grayson Allen has some issues on the court. On December 21st, the 21-year-old intentionally tripped another player resulting in a technical foul and an ejection from the game. It’s the third time the college star and potential NBA player has tripped an opposing player in the past 25 games.
Few people in the music industry have had a better year than Chance the Rapper. The 23-year old Chicago rapper released his third official mixtape Coloring Book in May to universally acclaimed reception. The popularity of Coloring Book even got the attention of the Grammy Awards.
The Buffalo Bills didn’t even wait until Black Monday to move on from head coach Rex Ryan. On December 27th, following their disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Bills fired Ryan. Rex’s brother Rob, who was employed as the team’s assistant head coach, was also let go.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), 2016 is the first year in history where installing solar panels has become cheaper than coal, natural gas and other fossil-fuel based energy sources.
2016 just had to take one more legend. On Christmas Day, 80’s pop legend George Michael tragically passed away at the young age of 53.
A dream season turned into a nightmare for the Oakland Raiders on Christmas Eve. Third-year quarterback and potential MVP candidate Derek Carr was rolling over the hapless Indianapolis Colts when the unthinkable happened. With 12 minutes in the fourth quarter, Carr suffered a leg injury (later to be revealed as a broken fibula) and his season was effectively ended.
Just two days after it was announced that pop idol George Michael passed away, actress Carrie Fisher was pronounced dead. Fisher suffered a heart attack while on a plane on December 23nd and she died from complications from that attack. She was just 60.
16 seasons in any professional sport is a long time. 16 seasons in the NFL? Basically an eternity. After a long and illustrious career, it appears that Baltimore Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. will retire after his season concludes against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Actor Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle didn’t wait long to team up again. Following the critical and commercial success of La La Land, Universal Pictures announced on December 29th that the two will bring a Neil Armstrong biopic to the big screen.
The New England Patriots are hoping that the rest of the league was impressed with the brief glimpses they got of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo started the first two games of the season for the Patriots in place of the suspended Tom Brady and looked solid. He threw four touchdowns and no interceptions in his two starts and had command of the offense. So, how much would teams be willing to bet on Garoppolo with such a small sample size?
The NYPD announced on December 29th that they have made an official change to their dress code. Sikh officers are now permitted to wear full turbans as part of their New York Police Department uniform.
2016 has forced people to do some pretty crazy things. Following the death of Carrie Fisher, another well-regarded celebrity lost in a strangely tragic year, a man launched a GoFundMe to ‘protect Betty White from 2016.’
In the world of content streaming, there are three major players: Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Each of these streaming services offer unique features that attempt to differentiate itself from the competition. On December 27th, Hulu announced a major move that may sway potential users to its platform.