NEW ENGLAND DYNASTY

With a 13-3 win, this may have been the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever (And yes, Charles, one of the lowest-rated in terms of overall viewership, as you like to keep reminding us since your team wasn’t in it!!), but there’s no denying – the New England Patriots’ victory over the Los Angeles Rams is one for the history books.  It gives the Pats its sixth Super Bowl title in 17 years [Before you write in, John, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ six Super Bowls came w/different coaches and quarterbacks]. Pats QB Tom Brady, who connected with two of his most trusted hands, Rob Gronkoski and Julian Edelman (named MVP) on long completions to set up the game-deciding touchdown, now has more Super Bowl wins than any NFL player ever. As for head coach Bill Belichick, who became the oldest coach to get a Super Bowl ring (he’s 66), just – wow.  Genius.

AN EARLY SPRING…MAYBE?

Just as the Polar Vortex departed, Punxsutawney Phil weighed in with his annual prediction. The nation’s most famous groundhog did not see his shadow last weekend which means an early spring for all of us–maybe. The problem is Phil’s track record. You see, in the past decade, Phil has predicted a longer winter seven times and an early spring three times. He was only right about 40% of the time, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

OBESITY CANCERS & MILLENNIALS

Analysis released this past week by the American Cancer Society shows that cancers tied to obesity – including colorectal, endometrial, gallbladder, kidney, pancreatic and multiple myeloma – are on the rise for a surprising group: millennials. These cancers, historically, have shown up in patients who are in their 60s and 70s. Doctors aren’t saying much about this revelation other than the obvious: it’s putting pressure on physicians to screen for childhood obesity.

GIANT IPO WAVE

A couple of days ago, message platform Slack filed w/regulators to go public. It plans to forgo a traditional IPO and instead intends to sell its shares non-traditionally–to bidders in a direct listing, à la music streaming service Spotify. Recently valued at $7 billion, Slack is the first of the big name companies expected to go public this year.  Other high-profilers include Uber (which could be valued at as much as $120 billion), Lyft, WeWork, and Airbnb…in what could be an all-time record year for public offerings.

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