pick of the week: It's time for the two-minute warning. It's the bottom of the ninth. There's one minute remaining in the period. Or pick your own favorite time-is-running-out sports cliché. The point is that there's only one week left to see the Minnesota History Center's exhibit "Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame." It includes more than 200 items, ranging from a football that was caught by Jerry Rice to one that was thrown by a guy named Favre. The show runs only through Sunday, however, so you need to make like Bill Brown headed toward the end zone: Lower your head and keep on chargin' till you get there. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for ages 5 to 17, with a $5 discount for members of the Minnesota Historical Society. (tinyurl.com/gv6qxl7) procrastination alert: There are various theories about when Christmas decorations should be taken down, the most common being that you should do so on New Year's Day, or Jan. 5 (the 12th day of Christmas) or Jan. 6 (Epiphany). But don't panic if your home is still in its full holiday splendor. In the 1500s, some people believed that it was bad luck to remove the decorations before Candalmas (the 40th day of Christmas), Feb. 2. So you have plenty of time. Besides, January in Minnesota is bleak; a little extra sparkle never hurts.

Day by day: Friday is national Blame Someone Else day. Don't point the finger at us for coming up with this. It's been around for decades, always held on the first Friday the 13th of the year.

recommended reading: Tuesday's Variety visits a Twin Cities nonprofit where every day's a dog day, with staff members encouraged to bring their dogs to work.