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Disarmament Weekend: Derrick Rose, "Family Guy's" Brian & Iran's Nukes All Go Down

Let's all take a moment to pour one out for dead pets, torn up knees, and our deadly enemy's potential to kill us all.

Weekend Disarmament 1: Iran Agrees to Freeze Nuclear Program

 

What Went Down: 
Diplomats from America, the UK, Russia, China, France, Germany, and Iran negotiated a "Joint Plan of Action" which would put a brake on Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the lifting of sanctions against the country. The agreement does not, however, rule out the possibility of Iran developing a nuclear device in the future. So that’s cool.

Who's Psyched:
Most of the world seems pretty psyched, including the White House. Secretary of State John Kerry was instrumental in in the negotiations, and some observers have made the argument that the deal may retroactively justify President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize from 2009.

Who's Not:
Israel's definitely not psyched, feeling that freezing the program is hardly sufficient, and that Iran's nuclear program should be rolled back or completely dismantled. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle seem to agree.

What it Means:
Hard to say. It's progress – which is good. But it's only an interim pact, meaning more a more stringent agreement is not impossible, but neither is Iran ramping up the program again in the future. 
 


Weekend Disarmament 2: Derrick Rose Injures Knee. Again. No, the Other One.

What Went Down:
On Friday night, the Chicago Bulls point guard went down with a torn meniscus, just weeks after returning from a torn ACL that sidelined the 2011 MVP for 18 months. Luckily, this time it's the right knee, while the last injury was to his left knee. Or maybe not luckily, if this means he now has two bum knees. Poor guy.

Who's Psyched:
Well, seeing as how Rose's return had most experts tapping the Bulls as title contenders, the rest of the Eastern Conference may be breathing a sigh of relief. But…

Who's Not:
Come on – no one should be psyched about this! Even fans of the rest of the Eastern Conference's teams have to be bummed, regardless of whether it ups their squads’ championship chances. Rose is one of the most exciting players in the league. He's only 23. And as fans, we're all a lot better off with him on the court. This sucks.

What it means:
For Chicago, this has to be pretty devastating. With Rose healthy in 2010-11 and 2011-12 they were one of the best teams in the NBA. Without him last year, well, they were a lot better than they had any right to be. Rose is going under the knife today and is expected to be out for the season. Did we mention that this sucks?
 


Weekend Disarmament 3: Family Guy Kills Off Brian the Dog

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What Went Down: 
In a shocking turn on last night's episode of Family Guy, Brian – the Griffin's debonair pooch — was hit by a car and sent off to a farm upstate. Just kidding. He was killed.

Who's Psyched:
Honestly? Who wants to see a beloved character killed off? Still, executive producer Steve Callaghan thinks we'll get over it. "Our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough to know that they can trust us," Callaghan told E! Online. "We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series." Also, Tony "Paulie Walnuts" Sirico from The Sopranos is probably pretty psyched. He's voicing the Griffin's new dog, Vinny.

Who's Not:
Maybe Seth McFarlane haters; Brian seemed like the closest the show had to an alter-ego of its creator. But come on, who can be psyched about a dead dog, even a cartoon one? Poor Stewie.

What it Means:
Who cares. Brian's dead. Rest in peace, you.



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