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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/31/14

3 Up

1. Iraq Breaks ISIS Seige - After weeks of ISIS slowly invading the region of Iraq, running rampant, and doing unspeakable things, it was refreshing to hear that Iraqi forces ceased the siege a bit. Even just a little is good. Especially, when they were able to free thousands who have been trapped without much food, water, or basic supplies. 

2. Mike Trout - My man has been awesome this week. Leading the Angels to some key wins over the Athletics, and doing so in the usual Mike Trout way - using all five tools of the game, and using them spectacularly. 

3. Productive PE Class - Kudos to a school in Iowa who will begin using heart rate monitors to grade students in physical education classes. We MUST get kids active in this generation of hand held devices, and I'm a big fan of schools leading the way. 

3 Down

1. Forgetting Ferguson - I know the rallies and protests have calmed as it is understood that they can't go on forever. And the story progression and updates have stalled as well. But it seems what I feared s coming true, that this issue was nothing more than just a hot-button issue for the moment and not a revolutionary movement. It's disheartening. 

2. Nude Leaks Frenzy - A hacker has apparently hacked and released many nude and revealing photos of celebrities to the public. Regardless of content, the invasion of privacy is disgusting and the uproar and excitement about them says it all about our society. 

3. Summer End - Where did summer go? Seriously, this summer really seemed to have flown by. I'm really not ready for Fall, the academic year, cold weather, and everything else that is NOT summer. But, oh well, it's over. 

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VOTE AGAINST THE BAD GUY
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Who is in it?
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I actually don't even care for the sport, really. The NFL is rather gross in all that it is, and has been for a long time. And for those touting college football and it's culture - excuse me. I was born, raised, and currently live in the North East. I have friends and colleagues in the South and across the country who revel in those sagas that exist only for and around Saturdays in the Fall. But, not even college football intere…