* * * * * * * * * *
Brad's afternoon edition
Click here to read the morning edition.
* Northwest Nebraska is bracing for about 4 inches of snow. You know what they say in northwest Nebraska when there's 4 inches of snow on Oct. 5? "Winter sure arrived late this year."
* I think after the debate Wednesday night, the Romney-Ryan ticket is getting a little cocky. Paul Ryan had no events scheduled on Friday, so he's already acting like he's got the job of vice president.
* Joe Biden just appeared at a county fair in Virginia. This is when you know Biden isn't a key player in the re-election campaign. Instead of speaking out on job creation, he's guessing some guy's weight.
* Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright criticized Mitt Romney and called him “two-dimensional.” After hearing this, Romney aides immediately responded, “You hear that, folks? There's a whole nother dimension we haven't seen yet.”
* According to a Des Moines Register poll, Obama leads Romney in Iowa. Of course, because it's the Des Moines Register, the poll read: "If the election were today, would you vote for the iconic, Kennedy-esque Barack Obama or that other guy who refuses to release his tax returns?”
* Mitt Romney called golfer Jack Nicklaus the greatest athlete of the 20th century. A golfer is the greatest athlete of the 20th century? I believe this is misstep No. 350 in Romney's attempts to win over Joe Six Pack.
* In Ohio, Paul Ryan bought hunting clothes for his 10-year-old daughter. Sounds like the Romney-Ryan campaign has given up on Ohio and is going to settle for winning the Cabela's vote.
* After the November elections, up to 30 doctors may be serving in Congress. It's bad enough that members of Congress can't pass any bills. But now even if they do, nobody will be able to read their handwriting.
* Duke's Jela Duncan was running for a touchdown when the play was called dead because a Wake Forest defensive player ripped off his helmet. I'm unsure if the Wake Forest player is an embarrassment or should immediately be named to the All-American academic team.
* The Big East is looking to add a new member for football. The school has not been announced, but we can narrow it down to the only three schools on planet Earth not already committed to the Big East.
* Former WWE wrestling manager Tamara Lynn Sytch was arrested three days in a row. That puts her in that middle ground of slightly worse than Lindsay Lohan but not quite as bad as a Cincinnati Bengal.