Monday holiday: Martin Luther King Jr Day – what’s open, closed

This Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day, an official holiday in the United States, meaning most Americans will find themselves off work and enjoying a three day weekend. But those looking to use the holiday as an opportunity to get some errands done will find that at least some of the usual weekday institutions are closed for business.

Martin Luther King Jr was actually born on February 15th, 1929. But his birthday is celebrated on the nearest Monday in order to avoid a middle-of-the-week holiday. The civil rights leader would have turn 86 years of age in 2015, but his life was cut shot in 1968 by an assassin’s bullet.

Nearly all banks and government offices will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr Day, as will most businesses which run on a Monday-to-Friday 9-to-5 schedule. However most retail establishments such as stores and restaurants will be open all day. Municipal services like trash collection are decided on a local basis; you’ll have to check with your city government to find out whether those services will be affected.

Super Bowl 2015 date and time, NFC – AFC championship game schedule

The Super Bowl 2015 date and time is approaching quickly, even as the NFL playoffs continue in the interim. The AFC and NFC Championship games are also on the schedule, with four teams still in the mix after this weekend’s divisional round games. Even as plans get underway for the big game, here’s a look at who is still in the mix and which teams are most likely to get there – along with that elusive date and time information you came here looking for:

Heading into the Super Bowl 2015 the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are the number one seeds and would host the AFC and NFC championship games, respectively, if they advance beyond this weekend. Other favorites are the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, and Dallas Cowboys, along with outliers like the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, and Baltimore Ravens. The Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl champions.

The NFC and AFC championship games will take place on Sunday January 15th with the early game starting at 3pm eastern time. Then after a bye weekend, the Super Bowl date and time is February 1st at 6:30pm eastern time. The game takes place in Phoenix regardless of which two teams make it there.

Super Bowl 2015 prediction: Seahawks, Patriots, Packers or underdog?

The Super Bowl 2015 is fast approaching, and it’s time to make predictions regarding which of the final eight teams will make the big dance and which of those two will win the championship. The Patriots are looking to get back to their Super Bowl ways after several years passing since their championships. The Seahawks are looking to defend their title. The Packers are trying to ride on the back of the league’s best quarterback. And there are five more teams in the mix.

We’ll start by eliminating the teams we just can’t see making it to the Super Bowl. The Panthers are a nice story but don’t have the roster to contend. The Broncos won’t get any further than an apparently injured Peyton Manning can take them. The Ravens have the pedigree but don’t have the defense they once did. The Colts are still a year away from having a Super Bowl defense. The Cowboys are too inconsistent to win three more tough games. That leaves the Seahawks, Patriots, and Packers. So who wins the 2015 Super Bowl?

Our prediction is that the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl 2015 easily out of the AFC, while the Seahawks narrowly defeat the Packers in the NFC thanks to home field advantage. From there, we have the Seahawks defeating the Patriots in the Super Bowl due to the fact that that Seahawks defense is simply too dominant. That’s our pick – what’s yours?