Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone! Hold on to your wallets today. Broncos -2 is probably going to see a lot of action on either side. I’d tell you what I’d bet but resident gambling guru Scott would say I have a gambling problem because I never win. He seldom loses so says he doesn’t have a problem. That’s how things work around here. Just like in sports, you’re judged on your win/loss record.
Anyway, it’s time for the links. Let’s kick off with Martha Hunt. (See what I did there?)
Justin Trudeau has a plan to completely overhaul the Canadian Senate. The only problem is that the way he wants to make the change may make it very difficult to make happen. (MacLean’s)
Ontario’s minimum wage is going to $11 per hour with an automatic annual increase based on inflation. But is that increase really enough? (Canadian Business)
Headline of the
year all of time: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford defends fellow Canadian Justin Bieber. (Talking Points Memo)
A former TSA agent takes you inside what’s really going on at airport screening stations. This is an absolutely amazing read. (Politico)
The prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombing are not surprisingly looking for the death penalty. (Boston Globe)
The Dutch have tried saving money by turning off highway lighting. It’s costing them more money because they have to light up the increased number of accident scenes. (NL Times)
It’s been 10 years since “Nipplegate” at the Super Bowl. In that time, Justin Timberlake has become a megastar and Janet Jackson has disappeared off the face of the earth. How did it play out like that? (Gawker)
Don’t look now but New Yorkers aren’t really that interested in all the Super Bowl stuff happening around town. (Sports on Earth)
A Republican wants to stop treating the multi-billion dollar NFL as a not-for-profit entity. A Republican wants to tax something? What is going on?! (The Hill)
The saddest Super Bowl column ever gets a glorious FJM-style treatment. (KSK)
Everyone online is losing their shit over The Simpsons predicting a Broncos/Seahawks Super Bowl in an episode in 2005. Except that they didn’t really predict anything. This is what’s called click bait. (BuzzFeed)
It’s the finale of Breaking Madden in which Madden is completely and truly broken. (SB Nation)
CM Punk has reportedly walked out on the WWE ahead of Wrestlemania. The debate rages online, though, as to whether this is a storyline or reality. (The Masked Man)
Good news! Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are officially back for Sharknado 2: The Second One. Yes, that’s the name of the movie. It can’t possibly out so-bad-it’s-good the first Sharknado, can it? (Hollywood Reporter)
How popular was the trainwreck that was Amy’s Baking Company on last season’s finale of Kitchen Nightmares? They’ll be featured again in a two-part season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares. (Philly)
How exactly do oddsmakers arrive at the lines and odds for the big game and use that to make upwards of $100 million?
What would Rush look like if it was a My Little Pony movie?