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Web.com Tour Finals recap.

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Welcome to Web.com Tour Championship week! Get excited. Need a refresher on the Web.com Tour Finals, money list and what to expect for the Web.com Tour Championship? We got ya covered.

How did we get here? Who is in the field?

So there is this guy called the money list. All season long on the Web.com Tour, players were trying to get into the top 25 of most dolla dolla bills earned. At the end of the regular season, whoever was in that top 25 on the money list automatically was awarded his PGA TOUR card. And yes, those guys are teeing it up in the Finals because golf is fun and why stop when you are clearly on top of your game? The field also includes players who finished 50-75 on the Web.com Tour money list.

 

Guys who played on the PGA TOUR last year are in the field. Why?

PGA TOUR players who finished 126-200 in the FedExCup standings (aka they didn’€™t qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs over on the PGA TOUR) are teeing it up at the Web.Com Tour Finals to try and keep/get their TOUR cards. That means the talent level is prettttty high in the Web.com Tour Championship. You’ll see past TOUR winners like Chesson Hadley, Ben Crane and Hunter Mahan teeing it up in these events. At the end of it all, 25 players will join the 25 who have already earned their cards. There is a ceremony following the final round where PGA TOUR cards are awarded and the guys can say “Mama, I made it.” Cue the champagne.

Who won the first three events?

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Open – Peter Uihlein: So this is a cool story. Uihlein decided to take his talents across the pond and play on the European Tour for the last four years – become a real citizen of the world and broaden his horizons. Now, after winning the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Uihlein has his TOUR card locked up and will be able to bounce back and forth between playing in Europe and playing in the states. Best of both worlds, if you will.

Albertson’s Boise Open – Chesson Hadley: Chesson knows how to get into the winner’s circle. He picked up his second win of the season in Boise to take the top spot on the Finals money list. Getting the win during the Finals can completely change a guy’s year – if Hadley holds onto his spot atop the money list he will be teeing it up at the PLAYERS Championship in May. Huge.

DAP Championship – Nicholas Lindheim: This guy is a big fan of the DAP Championship. He made it into a playoff here last year but got the job done this time around. See ya on TOUR, Nicholas.

 

Tell me more about the Web.com Tour Championship.

Woah buddy. This is something you do not want to miss. The grand finale to the Web.com Tour Finals is the Web.com Tour Championship this week in Atlantic Beach, Fla. The guys will be teeing it up at the pristine Atlantic Beach Country Club where their future could come down to just a few shots. We will let you know which players to keep an eye on and a full tournament preview as the week goes on. Stay tuned!

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Pep Rally Vol. 2

I’m thinking it’s time to start giving the TDR sections Off the Bench and Overtime some more love. Every morning I start and end each edition of TDR with the best social posts of the day. They are a crowd favorite among Ralliers, so why not do them a little more justice and give them a bit more context? Let’s break ’em down.

Off the bench

Ok, there is a lot we are working with here. OBJ – Odell Beckham Jr. is making a statement, and that statement is he does’t care about science and what these so-called “experts” have to say about staring directly at the eclipse. He took this here video of himself “staring at the eclipse” without the special glasses and rubbed his eyes and stuff. Lot of pageantry going on.

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That all being said, he is definitely faking it here. Appearances are not what they seem, folks! Looking at the eclipse actually isn’t that painful – or something. I read that in TIME. There are no immediate symptoms or pain bc no one has pain receptors in their retinas. Now that I have done some intense investigative work into whether or not OBJ was actually staring at the eclipse, I’m going to go never talk about eclipses ever again. Come to think of it, I bet Eclipse gum sales are going to be way done because everyone is sick of the word. So …. there.

Overtime

Rally pigeon. Not much to break down here. It really speaks for itself. Straight forward stuff – pigeon got on the field and Rangers manager Jeff Banister took matters (and the actual pigeon) into his own hands and carried it off the field. Number one concern here is just that he washed his hands after. Those things are flying, feathered rats.

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Alrighty, that covers that! Read the rest of today’s TDR here and subscribe to The Daily Rally here. Yas!

Pep Rally – Vol. 1

I’m thinking it’s time to start giving the TDR sections Off the Bench and Overtime some more love. Every morning I start and end each edition of TDR with the best social posts of the day. They are a crowd favorite among Ralliers, so why not do them a little more justice and give them a bit more context? Let’s break ’em down.

 

Off the Bench

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This is a photo of the clock in Atlanta Falcon’s head coach Dan Quinn’s office. And it cracks me up.

Player: “Hey coach, what time is it?”

Quinn: “Now. The time is now, son.”

Player: “No, I get that I just am running late and need to know the actual time.”

Quinn: “You’re never late if you’re living in the moment.”

Player: “I’m done with this conversation.”

This is such a better version of those inspirational quote posters with scenic views of like lakes and birds and stuff. This clock wins every time.

 

Overtime

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So, this one is amazing at face value. Stanley Cup full of hot dogs. Love it. 10/10 will make me laugh every time. But there is a great story here. When Phil Kessel was traded from the Maple Leafs to the Penguins, a Toronto Suns journalist said that Kessel ate a street dog every day. A hot dog every day. Well, it turns out that in fact, no he does not eat a hot dog a day, so this post is actually trolling a guy who trolled him over hot dogs. A reverse troll, if you will. Fantastic stuff.

So that’s how we kicked off and wrapped up today’s edition of TDR! Check out everything else we talked about here and sign up  to get The Daily Rally every weekday morning here.

Never going to get over this adorable Grandma’s love for Tim Tebow

How can you have a bad outlook on the day after seeing that. Read more about this cuteness in today’s TDR.

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A love letter to San Francisco, Web.com and Steph Curry

Fun things happened last week for The Daily Rally.

We got our first sponsor (!!!) and partnered with Esquire to bring you content from Steph Curry’s debut in the field of the Ellie Mae Classic. What a life. Moving up in the world.

Web.com has been a friend of The Daily Rally for a while. So when we got together and said hey, let’s see what we can make happen for this very exciting Steph Curry filled Web.com Tour event, I was like pshh yeah.

So not to get to mushy about things, but when I started The Daily Rally as a side project along with my full-time gig at the PGA TOUR a couple years ago, Web.com always supported me and wanted to know how they could help. This weekend was a huge step for our relationship (basically, they gave me a rose) and it was pretty amazing. And that’s the thing – that’s what Web.com does for their customers. They help out local businesses who need a team and support when it comes to building a website and a digital presence.

I talked to Web.com Tour player Justin Hueber about his thoughts on the company and the event.

“Even though golf is an individual sport and we are out there by ourselves, we still rely on our team outside of the ropes,” Hueber said. “Our families, friends, caddies, agents, and coaches are our teammates and are behind us the whole way as we try to reach the highest level. Without the support from my team it would be almost impossible to achieve my goals. Web.com does that same thing for its customers.”

Ya heard it here.

Ok enough waxing poetic about how much I love Web.com and would recommend them to any small business looking for a little help in the digital department.

Onto a look back at my week in San Fran

So, I followed Steph Curry during his second round at the Ellie Mae Classic last Friday. I have so many thoughts and gathered some thoughts from other Web.com Tour players in the field. Let’s do this.

First of all, I have been #blessed to go to a lot of golf tournaments the past few years. I have attended the Players Championship every year since I was five, and I traveled to 14 tournaments on the PGA TOUR last year. Hello frequent flier miles.

This tournament felt like a top-tier TOUR event and it was because a community, a league, players and the media rallied around Steph Curry being in the field. He could have shot a million and the week would have been a success. Even better – he shot eight over to miss the cut in a very respectable way.

He interacted with fans, his wife interacted with fans, he took the tournament seriously but was still the chillest guy and seemed to have a lot of fun. I was blown away at the crowd and also the hills because hello, those were some very steep hills at TPC Stonebrae.

I think I expected to walk away feeling like “Oh, ok that was cool. But he could have just played in the Pro-Am and that would have been fine.” Instead I walked away feeling like this should be a new formula for events. Granted, I understand that not every famous athlete has Steph’s demeanor (Steph – we’re on a first-name basis) nor do they have his talent on the course, but the amount of people not only at the tournament but around San Francisco who knew about this event because he was in it was huge.

I also found that players felt the same way, and not just players who are ranked inside the top 25 on the money list and have their cards locked up, but ones who are looking for starts or need to keep focused through the end of the season to get inside the 25. My boy Hueber and a couple of his buddies attended a San Francisco Giants game with me to keep the content creation going and I asked them their thoughts.

“I think it was a fantastic job by the tournament sponsor and Web.com to get Steph to play the event,” Hueber said. “The buzz it generated for the event was a huge boost to Web.com and us players. It was cool to see a few thousand people out there even on Monday and Tuesday. It would be neat to get a guy like that most weeks just to get some more people talking about our events.”

He told me that it added a little extra something to everyone’s day knowing how much people cared that Steph was there. If a guy being included in the field elevates players’ enthusiasm to be out there as well as generates a lot of buzz, we have a pretty good situation on our hands.

So, those are my thoughts on behalf of The Daily Rally. Golf is quite near and dear to my heart *single tear* and to see people who never would have come to a golf tournament in general out there supporting a Web.com Tour event was the best.

Thanks guys. Get up and Rally.

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Steph! Whatchu doin’ in a Web.com Tour event?

So. Steph Curry is good at golf.

This we know. He tees it up in pro-ams and such all the time, so he took it a step further. Steph was for real for real in the field of the Ellie Mae Classic this week on a sponsor’s invite. In case you don’t live in the dark throws of the golf twitter universe (which … good for you. It’s a weird place.) some people were like huh? What? He obviously isn’t going to make the cut WHY would he be here.

Right. So why is he here?

Because it’s fun! The tournament usually invites someone in the community to tee it up with the big boys, and Steph Curry was their choice. Makes sense. And bonus – he held his own on Thursday and Friday posting a pair of 4-over 74s.  An incredibly good performance for a guy who, despite being a good amateur golfer, is not used to playing in tournament conditions. I guess all those NBA Finals appearances gave him nerves of steel or something. It was our pleasure to take over the @Esqiure Instagram Story on Friday to follow along. Checkout @TheDailyRally to relive the excitement that was Steph Curry on the Web.com Tour.

Quick refresher: What is the Web.com Tour?

The Web.com Tour is the PGA TOUR’s second best tour. Think AAA in the minor leagues. Really good and trying to get their shot at the big time. Guys try to earn enough money out here so they can earn their PGA TOUR card aka status to tee it up on the big stage. There are some great golfers out here that will be big deals soon enough. Famous Web.com Tour alum include Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley and Zach Johnson. And now Steph Curry.

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Get to know our newest Brand Ambassador, Ellie

 

Q: Where is your hometown?

A:  Jacksonville, FL (#DUUUUVALLLL)

Q: Why did you decide to attend UF?

A: My entire family either goes to/graduated from/works at FSU, so it was pretty much set that I would attend FSU.  However, I think I knew I was always an SEC girl.  I wanted to pursue my passion for dance while still getting a great college experience.  I fell in love with the campus and the people when I visited my junior year of high school, and after making the Dazzlers Dance Team, I knew it was the place for me.

Q: Best memory while attending UF so far?

A: My best memories come from dancing on the field in The Swamp.  I was apart of the very first Dazzler halftime performance at a football game.  There is nothing like dancing, cheering, and chomping with 90,000 Gator fans in such a historic venue! (Plus, that will probably be the biggest amount of people I will ever dance in front of! Channeling my inner #Yonce #SashaFierce)

Q: Favorite sport and why?

A: Football is definitely my favorite sport, but specifically SEC Football. It’s always amazing to see how passionate the fans are.  SEC Football is about tradition, and I love to watch how the teams compete so passionately.

Q: Favorite place in Gainesville to grab dinner?

A: I love to grab dinner at The Jones B Side!  All of their food is fresh and amazing, and all of their ingredients come from local farms.  Plus, they serve breakfast all day!! (#PancakesFTW)

Q: Favorite UF tradition?

A: The Chomp is definitely my favorite UF Tradition.  It is something that is recognized worldwide, and it’s unlike anything else!  It’s amazing to watch thousands of fans chomp for the Gators together.

Q: A story from UF you will tell your future children 1 million times.

A:  I will tell my children about dancing in front of a full crowd at The Swamp and The O’Dome.  There is no greater feeling than singing “We Are The Boys”, grooving to “You Can Call Me Al”, chomping, and cheering on the greatest team in the Nation!

Q: Best place in Gainesville to hang out with friends?

A: Swamp is always a fun experience, because it’s a Gainesville tradition, but I love to be able to sit and chat with friends!  So, I love Cymplify Coffee Co.  They have an incredible S’mores latte and comfy bean bag chairs to lounge on as long as you please. 

Q: What do you do outside of class?

A:  I am a busy, busy person outside of class! I work for two TV shows and at ESPN Gainesville 95.3, the radio station.  I also dance and work as an instructor at Pure Barre, both of which I am extremely passionate about!

Q: Why is it great to be a Florida Gator?

A: Gator Nation really is everywhere!  People expect a lot of Gators, because we hold ourselves to such a high standard of excellence.  When you’re GREAT at academics, athletics, and involvement, how can we not brag?! #GOGATA #GatorsAlways

Your Guide to the #16ATORS

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February 3rd was National Signing Day, which means 25 new baby Gators were added to the Gator Nation! *and the crowd goes wild* Here’s a synopsis of what happened and what the team can look forward to for the 2016 season.

First Down: Mid-Year Enrollees

12 (13 if you count transfer Austin Appleby) mid-year enrollees were added to the roster, the most across the nation and the most in school history. These players are enrolled as UF students for the spring semester, so the have the opportunity to get a head start on practicing with the team and competing for those coveted starting positions. Giving the staff more time to work with players and more time for the players to work with each other will hopefully provide chemistry and rhythm on the field – two things we didn’t see so much in 2015.

Second Down: Quarterback Battle

There’s not one, not two, not three, but FOUR (count ‘em 1,2,3,4) guys competing for the No. 1 quarterback roster spot. The competition is made up of:

  • Two true freshmen – Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask
  • One graduate transfer – Austin Appleby
  • Last year’s transfer and redshirt junior – Luke Del Rio.

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking aren’t you missing someone who actually played for us last year? *cough cough Treon Harris cough cough* In a turn of events, Harris has decided to switch positions to wide receiver. Unclear if the decision came from the added competition or frustration from an underwhelming season in the position. So now, we sit back and watch the show as all four guys are already in Gainesville to participate in spring practices. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Third Down: Offensive Additions

In addition to the added quarterbacks, the offense saw quite the overhaul.

  • Three offensive linemen joined the roster – Stone Forsythe, Brett Heggie, and Jawaan Taylor (not to be confused with defensive back signee Jeawon Taylor).
  • Wide receiver – Tyrie Cleveland and his explosive style of play will be key to bringing some spunk back to the offensive side of the ball.
  • Kicker – Eddy Pineiro, a redshirt freshman junior college transfer, looks to improve the less-than-impressive kicking we saw last season. Coach Mac is clearly pretty confident in Pineiro considering he’s never recruited a kicker so hard.

Things seem to be on the up and up for offense, and this recruiting class will have the opportunity to prove it.

Fourth Down: Defense Round-Up

The Gators will need to fill the holes left in the defense after losing some key players.

  • Defensive backs and mid-year enrollees – Chauncey Gardner and McArthur Burnett.
  • Linebacker – Jeremiah Moon is someone to keep your eyes on – he was recruited by the Gators since he was a freshman in high school. (He was offered a scholarship before he could get his driver’s license.)

Let’s hope these guys can keep up the work last year’s defensive squad established in the Swamp.

The Roster:

It would take a novel to talk about all 25 new players individually, but we obviously want to give a shout out and congratulate them on joining us in Gainesville! Here’s a full list of signees and mid-year enrollees alike, and keep checking in for more news regarding spring practices and the 2016 Florida Gators Football Team:

Mid-year Enrollees:

Name Position Height Weight Class Hometown
McArthur Burnett DB 5-9 157 Fr. Pahokee, FL
Stone Forsythe OL 6-7 309 Fr. Winter Garden, FL
Feleipe Franks QB 6-6 214 Fr. Crawfordville, FL
Chauncey Gardner DB 5-11 197 Fr. Cocoa, FL
Josh Hammond WR 6-1 179 Fr Hallandale Beach, FL
Dre Massey WR 5-9 184 Jr. Greenville, SC
Eddy Pineiro K 6-0 178 R-Fr. Miami, FL
David Reese LB 6-0 240 Fr. Farmington, MI
Jordan Smith DL 6-5 225 Fr. Lithonia, GA
Freddie Swain WR 6-0 177 Fr. Ocala, FL
Mark Thompson RB 6-2 228 R-Jr. La Mott, PA
Kyle Trask QB 6-4 230 Fr. Manvel TX

Signees:

Name Position Height Weight Class Hometown
Antonneous Clayton DL 6-3 235 Fr. Vienna, GA
Tyrie Cleveland WR 6-2 194 Fr. Houston, TX
Brett Heggie OL 6-3 314 Fr. Mount Dora, FL
Vosean Joseph LB 6-1 215 Fr. Miami, FL
Quincy Lenton DB 5-11 207 Fr. Meridian, MS
C.J. McWilliams DB 5-11 163 Fr. Miami, FL
Jeremiah Moon LB 6-4 209 Fr. Hoover, AL
Lamical Perine RB 5-11 218 Fr. Theodore, AL
Jachai Polite DL 6-2 259 Fr. Daytona Beach, FL
Joseph Putu DB 6-2 195 Jr. Providence, RI
Jawaan Taylor OL 6-5 347 Fr. Cocoa, FL
Jeawon Taylor DB 6-0 191 Fr. Montgomery, AL
Rick Wells WR 6-0 200 Fr. Jacksonville, FL

Live Blog with A Girl Watching the Super Bowl Who is Not in Championship Mode

10:30 – and that’s a wrap, friends. Thanks for reading this nonsense. Congrats Broncos. This is all very important.

10:22 PM – I will truly be pissed if someone makes these jokes and gets more famous than me.

10:21 PM – “I just won the Super Bowl….”

10:20 PM – “Please don’t pour gatorade on me…”

10:19 PM – “Mickey Mouse, I love that guy…”

10:18 PM – “Disney world I’m going there….”

10:17 PM – Meanwhile Peyton’s singing to the Nationwide Gods…^^^

10:05 PM – Annnnnnd ball game.

10:03 PM – Ew, don’t say squirt again.

10:01 PM – Denver is CLEARLY playing better. #indepthanalysis

9:55 PM – Is Helen the British Bey?

9:51 PM – In a fit of rage, Cam Newton rips off his uniform only to reveal a more passionate Cram Screwton. Panthers go on to win the game.

9:45 PM – So excited for Drake to be in a movie and blow everyone away and then I will be like I KNEW HE WOULD BE GOOD BECAUSE I LOVE HIM AS JIMMY IN DEGRASSI and then no one will care per usual.

9:30 PM – The commercials have gotten significantly better. Still want a Super Bowl baby and no NOT LIKE THAT, MOM.

Mila Update #3 – I’m bored.

9:16 PM – huh what huh huh what?

9:12 PM – OK Panthies let’s stay in the pocket and cover the spread lingo lingo lingo blah blah blah

8:59 PM – Panthers need to hire Beyonce to help save the day lolz smh.

8:48 PM – No but seriously don’t be like us.

8:47 PM – That moment when seconds after the Domestic Violence commercial your sister in law texts you ‘Evan is in one of his moods’… we should not be allowed in public.

8:45 PM – #BEYSAVEDTHEDAY Get it trending, people.

8:42 PM – Ended on a great note. I BELIEVE IN LOVE, BEY!!!!

8:40 PM – Note to self, buy a few garters to wear underneath all of your clothes for the rest of your life to channel your inner queen on a daily basis.

8:39 PM – Okay that was awesome. Bey’s garter was probably the smartest costume move in the 21st century.

8:36 PM – SLAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

8:35 PM – Thank you, Bruno, for saving that snore fest.

8:32 PM – Cool stage though.

8:31 PM – Chris looks like he’s wearing a stolen costume from Playhouse Disney Live!

8:29 PM – Nothing says Super Bowl like a completely mediocre song choice during day time.

8:21 PM – Yayyyy half time show!!!!

Mila Update #2 – a;sldjfalsdjfs masjdf;lsd;fjas; a HEHE OOPS I SAT ON THE KEYBOARD.

8:00 PM – I want a Super Bowl baby… Wait wait wait I don’t WANT one want one. I just want one to have one on display in my home.

7:54 PM – Excited for the half time show until I remember it’s Day Light, USA out there. This will kill any cool that Beyonce could help Cold Play summon.

7:47 PM – Wow that play was McCray-cray.

7:45 PM – The score at the bottom of the screen doesn’t show who has the ball and as someone who barely knows whether I’m watching football or basketball, that would be appreciated, CBS.

7:37 PM – That ref is pretty hot… don’t lie.

7:33 PM – Seth and Amy 2016 !

7:31 PM – Way to score! Booya facemask grandma. What am I even saying?

7:30 PM – THAT WAS SO NOT OK.

7:25 PM – OK First Quarter thoughts – It’s very very odd that it’s light out. Also, this game is kind of boring.

Mila Update #1 – Um I really am enjoying all of the colors and shapes that are appearing on the large rectangular soundbox in the center of the room.  I must admit that my dirty, white, cropped sock is much more entertaining, however.

7:14 PM – The Broncos’ coach TOTALLY dyes his hair and lies about it.

7:10 PM – You’re lying if you say a fight wouldn’t be awesome.

7:07 PM – Ok officially picking a side. That pass was totally complete so GO PANTHERS.

7:02 PM – Cotchery totally cotcheried that! Need more puns. NEED MORE PUNS.

6:58 PM – B.E.Y.O.N.C.E.

6:56 PM – Absolutely no, Doritos.

6:54 PM – Guys, I really have a problem with this “daylight” thing.

6:52 PM – Oh look, Denver kicked a thing.

6:49 PM – Commercials have room for improvement.

6:45 PM – OK BRING ON THE COMMERCIALS.

6:30 PM – Why is it so light out?

6:25 PM – Lady Gaga = YAS QUEEN.

6:20 PM – And Kylie’s lips are serving up tootsie roll realness… Crap when does this game start?!?!?!

6:00 PM – Kim Kardashian looks like a troll pregnant.

5:01 PM – Or I can catch up on the Kardashians real quick…

5:00 PM – Maybe I should watch some pregame action. Ya know… get some facts about the teams. Make some educated decisions. Cover the spread… ?

4:00 PM – But Panthers are cats? And we have a cat? I mean we did have a cat… Mila, are you trapped in my dresser again?!?!?

3:30 PM – I mean… I do like those Manning bros…

3:15 PM – OH maybe I could look up the teams and see how many players are from Clemson.. Ugh that would take like… 4 whole minutes…

3:00 PM – I should pick a team. How does one pick a team though?

2:00 PM – Well those chocolate pita chips no longer exist. *Pats crumbs off sweater. Notices different crumbs from yesterday.*

12:30 PM – A cool hundo later and I am now the proud owner of a shower loufa, febreeze, and dairy free microwaveable burritos! Special shout out to the High School aged bag boy who asked if I was having a Super Bowl party… Sure ain’t, Jeremy. Sure ain’t…

12:15 PM – Interesting… chocolate pita chips… adults eat those, right?

12:06 PM – “We are going to our friends house for a Super Bowl Party!” *Camera pans out to show Meghan alone in Publix having an existential crisis in the cracker aisle*

12:05 PM – Let me text my mom and see what they’re doing (aka – free food?)

12:00 PM – As I walk into Publix and notice the veggie trays and beer offers it hits me. Oh yeah. Today is the Super Bowl. Do I have plans? Of course not. Do I have friends? Of course not.