5 things to know Monday
The Vince Lombardi trophy is staying in Tampa Bay
Tom Brady will wake up on Monday a Super Bowl champion — again. As the first team to play in the NFL’s neutral site title game in its home stadium, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday, and Brady was named game MVP for a record fifth time in his seventh Super Bowl win. Was this championship run the most impressive of Brady’s career? The Chiefs, meanwhile, had too many blunders to overcome to be repeat champions, and Patrick Mahomes came out on the wrong end of “The G.O.A.T. vs. The Kid” matchup.
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Polar vortex expected in much of the United States
The infamous polar vortex is on its way. Much of the nation will experience below-freezing temperatures this week, with 16 states across the Midwest and northern Plains forecast to endure temperatures below zero. That covers 16% of the country – or 41 million people. The blast of frigid air is likely to advance deep into the south-central states and across the entire eastern third of the nation. Be advised: The cold air “will be dangerous for young children, the elderly and those with respiratory or cardiovascular issues.” In addition, AccuWeather is monitoring a potential storm destined to spread a swath of accumulating snow from parts of the Midwest to much of the Northeast starting as soon as Monday night.
More details to come on President Biden’s COVID-19 plan
Senior Democrats will unveil more details of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan on Monday, which is expected to take sweeping measures against child poverty. The Democrats’ bill would increase child credit to up to $3,600 for each child under age 6 and as much as $3,000 for those up to 17. It’s expected to help about 20 million lower-earning people. The House and Senate last week approved the legislation necessary to pass Biden’s package through a process known as reconciliation, which only requires 51 votes in the Senate. The Senate is split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote.
Serena Williams to play as Australian Open begins
It wasn’t until last month that the 2021 Australian Open became a certainty to be played, but Monday marks day one in what will a unique rendition of the world-famous tennis tournament. Up to 30,000 fans will be allowed in Melbourne Park, which is about 50% of the normal capacity, and they will navigate a “three-zone system,” which is a social distancing measure in place to divide the venue’s three main arenas. World No. 1 and defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, seeking his ninth victory in Melbourne, plays his first match Monday against Jeremy Chardy. Also in action Monday is Serena Williams, who continues her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title.
Rocket Mortgage wins best Super Bowl commercial in USA TODAY’s Ad Meter
Rocket Mortgage pulled off a surprising double Sunday night. The mortgage company’s two 60-second Super Bowl ads placed first and second in USA TODAY’s Ad Meter, which ranks commercials by consumer rating with panelists scoring each ad on a 1-to-10 scale. Both spots starred comedian Tracy Morgan, who used humorous situations to illustrate the distinction between “pretty sure” and “certain.” Join our live discussion about all of the ads at noon ET. Host Ralphie Aversa breaks them all down on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels with special guests Dolly Parton and Don Cheadle. Ad Meter has tracked more than 1,700 Super Bowl commercials since its creation in 1989, allowing consumers to rate their favorite ads on a scale of 1 to 10.