Welcome to Thursday. Let’s talk holiday placement, as it pertains to work vacation scheduling.

So Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, and I think that’s objectively the worst day possible. It gives certain companies the excuse to not give any days off around Christmas, if they’re open Monday-Friday only. I’ve worked at places like that, and it’s never fun. I think Friday is the best option, as that also offers the potential for a 3.5 or 4-day weekend two weeks in a row.

Last year, they fell on Friday, meaning with well-placed vacation days, you could perhaps get 10 or so days off in a row while only using 4 days of PTO/vacation/whatever. Throw in the potential for a partial day on Christmas Eve, and maybe a partial day on New Year’s Eve, and that’s 3 days of PTO. It’s the holy grail of corporate work calendar finagling. And friends, last year, I had it. It was locked in. I couldn’t believe no one else at my office had figured it out. I took a picture of the vacation calendar and everything. My job satisfaction had never been higher, and it was basically a year before I’d get to take that time off.

And then I switched jobs and moved to Denver, and everyone at the new office had figured that out already. So I had to take the week before instead.

It was a low point.

Grayson Allen trips another kid



Sigh. Grayson Allen was at it again, tripping Elon’s Steven Santa Ana.

Here’s the video:

A lot of people were comparing Allen to Draymond Green, whose kicks have been scrutinized heavily. I think Draymond does do some of what he does with a bit of intent; he’s at least negligent. But I also think there’s something to his claims that he just moves differently. Now, he should still be penalized and policed, of course. Kicking people in the groin is bad form, and he can’t just get away with it.

But there is a difference between what Draymond does and what Grayson Allen has now done three times within the last calendar year. Allen is a dirty player. There’s no way around it. Three tripping incidents and plenty of other moments have led us to this inarguable conclusion. Hopefully he’s suspended for the latest incident.

Cindy Stowell’s run came to an end on Jeopardy!, but what a run it was

Cindy Stowell's 6th win


Cindy Stowell captured our attention with her amazing six-day streak as Jeopardy champion, her episodes airing after she passed away from cancer. Her run came to an end last night, though she played a very solid game in defeat, as we have come to expect.

Jeopardy handled things with class throughout; you wouldn’t have known she was ill until after the end of tonight’s episode, when this message from Alex Trebek came up following the credits:

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.