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General News Archive - December 28, 2003

The Arizona Cardinals knocked the Minnesota Vikings out of the playoffs with a fourth-down miracle. Josh McCown threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Poole on fourth-and-25 as time expired Sunday to rally the Cardinals to an 18-17 victory and rob the Vikings of the NFC North title.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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