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In the February 11 newsletter:
Joe Burrow before LSU and Cincinnati, the perfect fake LeBron James trades, and the problem over at Disney and 20th Century
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The Southeast Ohio Community That Molded Joe Burrow

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The Bengals' star quarterback has won a national championship and a Heisman trophy and has his eyes set on the Super Bowl. The people who knew him growing up know how it happened: “Nobody instills confidence in somebody—in a whole entire team—like Joe does.”

[Join Kaelen Jones as he connects with the people Super Bowl QB Joe Burrow grew up with.]

Von Miller Is More Than Just Happy to Be Here

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The Rams defensive end left his heart in Denver, but his head is focused on helping his new team win a Super Bowl.

[Nora Princiotti on Von Miller's trade to the Rams and his journey to the Super Bowl.]

It’s Time to Fix the Super Bowl Trophy Presentation

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Either the Rams or Bengals will become NFL champions on Sunday. In the players’ peak moment of sporting triumph, the Lombardi Trophy will be handed to their team owner. Here’s how that became a tradition—and why it so urgently needs to change.

[Rodger Sherman looks back on the history of the Super Bowl presentation and explains why it needs to change.]

The Perfect Fake LeBron James Trades | The Bill Simmons Podcast

Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O’Connor, Chris Ryan, and Wosny Lambre to discuss fake trades that the Los Angeles Lakers could have made in a hypothetical scenario in which LeBron James requested a trade on deadline day.

Death on the Disney Vine

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Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot sequel, ‘Death on the Nile,’ seems destined for disappointment—a fate that’s becoming standard for 20th Century films post-merger.

[Miles Surrey on the dilemma of Disney's 20th Century films.]

Why Star Wars Still Needs Movies

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With the first season of The Book of Boba Fett wrapped, expect a slew of additional TV Star Wars adventures to hit Disney+ soon. But the best way for the franchise to move forward is to head back to the big screen too.

[Ben Lindbergh on why Star Wars still needs to consider films in addition to their Disney+ shows.]
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