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Commentary: Too much TV money for college football to pause playoffs

The man responsible for guiding the College Football Playoff through a global pandemic sat in his Kansas City area home late Saturday morning, flipped on the Ohio State-Indiana game and ordered himself a plate of nachos for delivery.

On Monday, Bill Hancock will attend the first meeting of the CFP selection committee in Grapevine, Texas, and Saturday was the last chance to gather data before the group comes up with its first top 25. But, like fans across the country, Hancock was met with news of Florida State-Clemson being postponed just hours before the scheduled kickoff because of COVID-19 concerns. Never mind that the Tigers had flown to Tallahassee on Friday with the full intention of shredding the Seminoles.

“Oh man, it’s 2020 isn’t it?” said Hancock, the CFP executive director, when reached by phone. “I know that’s trite, and it’s become jargon, but it’s true, you know? I think

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Our View: Thumbs up for Hampstead Elementary, county high school athletes making college choices, drama club going on with the show I COMMENTARY

THUMBS UP: Kudos to Century Higrh School’s drama club for turning a disappointing moment some eighth months ago into a bright spot amid the pandemic. Their spring production was wiped out in March when schools were forced to close because of the coronavirus. Instead, they came together last week to get ready for the Century High School Opening Knights’ Quarantine Cabaret. The virtual variety show is set to debut Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. as a cluster of spoken word poetry, songs, and skits aimed to capture what the students have gone through during the pandemic. Over the last few months, the students have been refining the creative projects they’ve dreamed up for the cabaret with the help of drama club director Lucas Hewitt and co-director, Caitlin Hewitt, a school counselor at Liberty High School who is also his wife. The production’s 26 acts range from original songs written and

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Commentary: Mr. President, Please Don’t Forget Us Billion Africans | Best Countries

JOHANNESBURG – Dear Mr. President-elect: Africa is watching in amazement as America faces what many perceive to be an existential crisis. Never before has the world’s most powerful country been so divided. From continued social injustice and the storming of streets across the country in protest, to lockdowns and mass unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic, to present-day controversies over vote-counting, the only thing that is seemingly certain in the United States is uncertainty.

There is also reason for great optimism, in view of how Americans joined together to respond to injustice, how they turned out to vote in record numbers despite the pandemic. These democratic and aspirational trends represent what we Africans see as the best of America. These are the things that we are striving to emulate.

In my view, brighter days are ahead for the United States, but only if leaders can capitalize on the

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