Editor's note: This column is part one of a two-part series.
During the month of June, you see rainbows in almost every store you walk into. I walked into Target at the end of May, and they had a Pride display set up in the front of the store right when you walked in. There were clothes for children and adults, bags, mugs, stickers and buttons. You get the idea: a section full of rainbow-themed things for everyone and anyone who could want one.
Think about your average morning. After you wake up, what is the very first thing you do? For many people, the answer is to grab their phone and start their first social media rotation of the day. Check Snapchat, then onto Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and so on until 30 minutes have passed and you're completely behind schedule. We often have no goal when we open up an app anymore; it's just something we seem to do on command. This is no coincidence.
COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc globally. Cases in Africa are rising sharply. Hospital systems in many countries, including Nepal, Iran, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, have been overwhelmed. And Japan — currently in a state of emergency — may postpone this summer's Tokyo Olympics. This year, the world will far exceed last year's 1.8 million COVID-19 deaths.
It was the 2010 NFC Conference Championship game, and the Saints were playing the Vikings. The game went into overtime. The Saints won the coin toss. They promptly marched down the field and won the game with a field goal. This led to a rule change in which the opposing team who doesn’t win the coin toss will have one opportunity to tie or win the game if the first possession results in a field goal.