Christina Hendricks
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The Strange Case of Tebow and the Jets

There are moments in the history of one’s fandom when the team you root for does something so strange, so inexplicable, so utterly baffling, that you have to put it down to the sheer orneriness of things—to Poe’s imp of the perverse, to get a little literary about it. Either that, or you’d have to face the truth that the man calling the shots for your team is a right-wing Republican, who, on strictly ideological grounds, likes doing perverse and irrational things and then pretending that they make sense.
I am referring here of course, to the news that the Jets have acquired Tim Tebow to be their backup quarterback, trading a fourth- and a sixth-round pick to get him along with a seventh-round pick from the Broncos. This is one of those moves so puzzling, so bizarre, so counter-productive and incomprehensible, that, to borrow a line from Bill James, it seems like the kind of thing that should be phoned in anonymously from an unknown caller, rather than announced in a press release. How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.

- Lifelong Jets fan Adam Gopnik on the Jets’ baffling decision:


Monica Bellucci in Dolce&Gabbana SS12 on April’s Glamour Italy cover.

Game. Set. Pong.

Huge asteroid set for ‘close encounter’ with EarthA huge asteroid will pass closer to Earth than the moon on Tuesday,  giving scientists a rare chance for study without having to go through  the time and expense of launching a probe, officials said.
 Earth’s close encounter with Asteroid 2005 YU 55 will occur at 6:28 p.m. EST (2328 GMT) on Tuesday, as the space rock sails about 323,469 km from the planet.
“It is the first time since 1976 that an object of this size has  passed this closely to the Earth. It gives us a great — and rare —  chance to study a near-Earth object like this,” astronomer Scott Fisher,  a program director with the National Science Foundation, said on  Thursday during a Web chat with reporters.
The orbit and position of the asteroid, which is about 1,312 feet  (400 meters) in diameter, is well known, added senior research scientist  Don Yeomans, with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,  California.
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