Da’Shawn Hand, Kevin Strong getting closer to returning for Detroit Lions; Taylor Decker still not practicing
ALLEN PARK -- Da’Shawn Hand and Kevin Strong are inching closer to returning for the Detroit Lions, with the team looking more likely to take their decision on Taylor Decker to the deadline. Decker was the lone player not spotted at practice, with everyone else accounted for during Friday’s open period to reporters. I would say Strong is just a little bit closer than Hand is, but the fact that we started Hand’s clock, that’s a good sign,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “Decker, so he’s -- look, he’s doing OK. He’s dying to play, but we’ve got to get through it and let this thing just -- get the feeling right.mlive.com
SNL parodies vaccine strategies from Whitmer, other Governors
In Michigan, Strong’s Whitmer joked that the only people that are eligible are “fishers, trappers, truckers and drifters.”Related: SNL delivers a spoof ‘Message from Gov. Whitmer’The first contestant, played by Heidi Gardner and donning a retro University of Michigan sweatshirt, petitioned for a vaccine by saying she was an essential worker. “Do you have any pre-existing conditions?” Strong’s Whitmer asked. “Is there a young person that could help ya?” Strong’s Whitmer said. When the “old man” said no, Strong’s Whitmer said, “Well, sorry, better luck next time.”Strong has played Whitmer multiple times in the last year, parodying everything from her COVID-19 lockdowns to protests to her attempted kidnapping.mlive.com
Cecily Strong’s take on Gov. Whitmer returns to Saturday Night Live
Actress Cecily Strong’s portrayal of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer returned to Saturday Night Live again. The sketch had Whitmer alongside other governors on a fictional game show titled “So you think you can get the vaccine?”Related: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phases“It’s an honor to be here with my fellow governors,” Strong says as Whitmer. AdIn the sketch, Heidi Gardner portrays a University of Michigan student who comes on the game show in hopes of getting a vaccine. “Do you have any pre-existing conditions?” Strong asks as Whitmer. You can watch the sketch below from SNL’s Instagram channel.
Michigan assistant coach reportedly interviewing with Urban Meyer
La Canfora tweeted the news late Sunday, correctly pointing out that Jean-Mary has ties to Charlie Strong, the newly-hired assistant head coach in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are now coached by Urban Meyer, the ex-Ohio State head coach who posted a perfect 7-0 record against Michigan. He served as assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Louisville from 2010 to 2013, then linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas from 2014 to 2016. After Strong was fired at Texas, Jean-Mary joined him at South Florida, where he served as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The Wolverines recently introduced Macdonald, a former assistant coach for the Baltimore Ravens, as defensive coordinator.mlive.com
AP-NORC poll: Americans harbor strong fear of new infections
Strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places, a new polls finds, even as many state leaders step up efforts to return to life before the pandemic. About 8 in 10 Americans say that it's essential to reopening for people to return to self-quarantine if they are exposed to the virus. Just 45% of Republicans now say they favor stay-at-home orders, while about as many are opposed. Among Democrats, 78% favor stay-at-home orders, down from 91% in April. Only about a third of Republicans say they are very or extremely concerned about the possibility of additional infections if restrictions are lifted, compared to three-quarters of Democrats.
This viral running challenge has raised $6 million for health-care workers fighting the coronavirus
Olivia Strong started Run for Heroes which has now raised over 5 million for U.K. health-care workers. A 27-year-old started a charity running challenge on social media with the aim of raising 5,000 ($6,212), but it quickly went viral and has now raised over 5 million for U.K. health-care workers fighting Covid-19. Olivia Strong, a documentary producer from Scotland, came up with the idea for "Run for Heroes" after returning home to Edinburgh from London, where she works. The Run for Heroes Instagram page now has more than 64,000 followers and more than 800,000 people have taken part. The proceeds have been donated to NHS Charities Together, a group of charities which is raising money for British health-care workers battling the virus.cnbc.com
Michigan Gov. 'Smokeshow' Whitmer gets the 'Saturday Night Live' treatment
click to enlarge Screen grab/YouTubeSNL's Cecily Strong as Gretchen Whitmer. She's Michigan Gov. Other tips included social distancing, suggesting using AK-47s as a distancing measure, and wear masks, just as long as they're not Joker masks or masks with hoods.Like Whitmer herself, Strong addressed the vice president rumors, assuring Michiganders that the Mitten State is her first priority.We're not out of the woods, Strong said. And we never will be. We live in Michigan.Watch the unaired sketch below.metrotimes.com
9/16: California community devastated by fast-moving wildfire; Gun instructor's children send message to girl who accidentally killed their father
9/16: California community devastated by fast-moving wildfire; Gun instructor's children send message to girl who accidentally killed their father Strong winds sent fire raging through the small California town of Weed on Tuesday. Firefighters evacuated the town as the massive blaze destroyed cars, buildings and over 100 homes; and, After a 9-year-old accidentally killed her gun instructor at an Arizona gun range, the instructor's children reached out and sent her an extraordinary message of kindness.cbsnews.com