Despite a 31-point comeback by Team Ruff to force overtime, Team Fluff held off their opponent to take home the Lombarky Trophy in the 2023 Puppy Bowl. The event raises awareness for rescue organizations and promotes pet adoptions. In the game’s 19-year history, host network Animal Planet says every Puppy Bowl participant found forever homes afterward.
Injured quarterback Patrick Mahomes willed the Kansas City Chiefs to a late comeback against the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl LVII. This year’s game attracted 113.1 million viewers to become the third most-watched TV show in history. During Rihanna’ halftime show, average viewership spiked to 118.7 million, which was second only to the 121 million that tuned in for Katy Perry in 2015.
It’s almost baseball season again, as pitchers and catchers reported for spring training last week. For even casual fans, Major League Baseball will look different this season as new rules go into effect. In addition making last year’s extra-inning “ghost runner” permanent, MLB will add a pitch clock, use larger bases, and ban the infield shift.
Consumers received good news this week as January’s inflation eased to 6.4% from 6.5% in December. Unfortunately, that’s still well above the Federal Reserve (Fed)’s 2% target. Persistent pricing pressures, coupled with 3% retail spending growth in January, may mean the Fed will need to keep interest rates higher for longer to tame inflation.
The military has certainly gotten its live-fire practice in recently, as it shot down four flying objects in the span of a few days. We know the first object was a balloon. But the other three? Not quite as sure. Maybe they’re linked to private companies, recreation, or scientific research? We’re anxious for more information!
With spring around the corner, the homebuying season is about to kick off. Higher mortgage rates and low inventory continue to push down affordability, but potential buyers should see a better-ish market with homes sitting on the market longer with less competition from investors and fewer bidding wars.