The Loop Ten: 11-13-17

Our daily countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers by Kevin Cusick.


Right near the top of the list of things that you do NOT want to mutate into an untreatable form. (previous ranking: unranked)

FILE - In this June 15, 2010 file photo, a rat wanders the subway tracks at Union Square  in New York.  Hantavirus, West Nile, Lyme disease and now, bubonic plague. The bugs of late summer are biting, although the risk of getting many of these scary-sounding diseases is very small. Bubonic plague can spread through contact with an infected flea, rodent or cat.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

10. (tie) BOB COSTAS

Sportscaster violates NBC’s first commandment: Thou shalt not take the name of the NFL or football in vain. (unranked)

Sportscaster Bob Costas sits on a stage before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
(AP Photo/Gail Burton)


Losing to lousy teams like Suns is usually a leading indicator that you ain’t all that. (unranked)

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad (15) shoots between Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender (35) Alex Len (21) in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov 11, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


Minnesota legislators give Twin Cities news outlets great opportunity to “localize” the sex harassment tsunami. (unranked)

Senator Dan Schoen, DFL Cottage Grove. (Ctsy Dan Schoen)
(Ctsy Dan Schoen)
tony cornish-jpg
(file photo)


We can finally end the fiction that an unbeaten Big Ten team will EVER be excluded from the College Football Playoff. (unranked)

Wisconsin's Andrew Van Ginkel reacts after Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley is sacked during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)


The NBA’s youngest triple-double and a shoplifting arrest in China? They really are Big Ballers! (unranked)

FILE - In this March 4, 2017, file photo, UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, right, shakes hands with his father LaVar following an NCAA college basketball game against Washington State in Los Angeles. UCLA won 77-68. LaVar Ball told Southern California News Group for a story published online on April 6, 2017, that UCLA was eliminated in the NCAA tournament because “three white guys” couldn’t pick up the slack after his son suffered a hamstring injury. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)


It only seems their 84-13 victory over the Gophers was a long time ago, in a galaxy far away. (unranked)

Minnesota's Rodney Smith (1) returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown during the first quarter during an NCAA college football game against Nebraska, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
(AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)


Turns out the commander in chief is now willing to go to Vietnam. (4)

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


How fitting is it that a ruptured Achilles’ should strike the NFL’s biggest heel? (unranked)

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) lies injured on the turf after tackling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Sherman did not return to the game after the injury. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


Much, much classier in their 97-0 whipping of St. Olaf than arch-rival St. John’s was in beating St. Scholastica 98-0. (unranked)

St. Thomas celebrates their win over Saint John's at Target Field in a NCAA Division III matchup. (University of St. Thomas)
(University of St. Thomas photo)

4. (tie) LOUIS C.K.

Comic admits to his perversions only after he’s caught … uh … red-handed. (1)

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Louis C.K. arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. The New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s controversial new film “I Love You, Daddy” has been canceled amid swirling controversy over the film and the comedian. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)


Can’t wait to see all his witty tweets about the guy accusing him of sexual assault. (unranked)

FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, actor George Takei attends the premiere of "Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures" in Los Angeles, Calif. "Star Trek" actor Takei has denied he groped a struggling model in 1981.  Takei said Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in a series of tweets that events described in an interview with Scott R. Brunton “simply did not occur.” He says he didn’t know “why he has claimed them now.”  (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)
(Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)


“Catholics” knocked out of title contention after absorbing another calamitous beating from “Convicts.” (unranked)

Miami defensive back Jaquan Johnson (4) and defensive back Amari Carter (5) break up a pass intended for Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami won 41-8. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


His four-touchdown game should keep Teddy Bridgewater safely on the bench for a while. (unranked)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) celebrates wide receiver Jarius Wright's touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
(AP Photo/Mark Tenally)


No judge in the country was more interested in teen outreach. (2)

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. According to a Thursday, Nov. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. Moore has denied the allegations. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Veterans Day, Butch Jones, Jan Wenner, Lewis Hamilton, Kyrie Irving’s face, Roy Miller, Martellus Bennett, Jimmy Butler, Ezekiel Elliott, O.J. Simpson, Kevin Spacey, Twitter, New Delhi, Roy Halladay, sports talk radio, Anthony Weiner, Nike’s NBA jerseys, Mariah Carey, jury duty.

Over 100 veterans and community members gather at Pittsfield Veterans Memorial Park to celebrate Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Pittsfield, Mass. (Stephanie Zollshan /The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
(Stephanie Zollshan /The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter — @theloopnow.

Read The Rest at Twin Cities News Feed- (opens a new tab)