Who Had the Worst Week?

  • Former Denver Bronco Ed McCaffrey has been fired as head football coach at the University of Northern Colorado after posting a 6-16 record over two years.
  • The Brown Palace had to cancel its Thanksgiving reservations due to a fire at the historic hotel.
  • The Denver Broncos waived running back Melvin Gordon following the team’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Gordon was the Broncos’ leader in carries and rushing yards, but also fumbles.
  • A Business Insider investigation found that Amazon’s Alexa is a “colossal failure” that is on pace to lose $10 billion this year. Perhaps relatedly, Amazon recently announced plans to eliminate 10,000 jobs.
  • Luxury fashion house Balenciaga SA has apologized for a “holiday” ad campaign that featured little kids holding teddy bears dressed in bondage gear.
  • Elon Musk says he plans to reinstate accounts that previously violated Twitter’s terms of service. The shift in policy has stoked fears that hate speech will increase on the platform.
  • The Associated Press’ James LaPorta, the journalist who incorrectly reported that Russian missiles crossed into Poland killing two civilians, has been terminated. An AP spokeswomen said, “When our standards are violated, we must take the steps necessary to protect the integrity of the news report.”
  • A professional wrestler who travels Appalachia and southern states as “The Progressive Liberal” is shocked – SHOCKED – to find that conservative audience members try to hurt him.
  • Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for her role in defrauding investors. The good news for Holmes? She has a chance of running into reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley, both of whom received prison sentences this week for fraud and tax evasion charges.
  • The FIFA World Cup started this week and there have been some shocking results on the pitch (Saudi Arabia defeating Argentina, Japan beating Germany). However, much of the news has been about FIFA’s heavy-handed tactics to prevent host country Qatar from be embarrassed by its abysmal human rights record.
  • The NFL sent the Arizona Cardinals to Mexico City for its Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers as part of the league’s efforts to export the game and its culture. The plan may have worked too well: the Cardinals fired one of its coaches, Sean Kugler, before the game for allegedly groping a woman in the Mexican capitol.
  • Gutless administrators at the University of Arizona have allowed students and others to attack student journalists at the school.

So, who won the week?

  • Richard Fierro and Thomas James are being credited for stopping the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. The pair acted quickly to disarm the shooter.
  • Could Deion Sanders be the next head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes?
  • Former Disney CEO Bob Iger, a legend who guided the company through some of its most successful years, has returned after his hand-picked successor had some high-profile missteps.

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