Good News Friday: A ridiculous product that’s also useful. A college football team makes a sick kid’s day. And a 14-year-old plays the Masters.

You know, I spent a lot of time on this blog making fun of ridiculously stupid and useless infomercial products, because, well, because I think it’s funny.

But every once in a while a product comes along that’s both ridiculous AND pretty useful. And thanks to a tip from my smart and funny friend (and loyal blog reader) Amanda, today I show you a product that I desperately, desperately want.

Introducing the PEN-BRELLA, a pen that opens up into an umbrella when you need one. Watch, and be amazed…

My only dilemma is how many of these bad boys should I order. Hell, I should make it a favor at my wedding, that’s how awesome I think this product is.

**Next, we have one of those stories that proves that, no matter how yuckyand corrupt and bloated sports are in this country, they’re still capable of making magic happen.

Jack Hoffman is a 7-year-old Nebraska boy who is battling brain cancer. He is, like just about all kids in Nebraska, a huge fan of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. Two years ago, when he was first diagnosed, a Huskers player named Max Burkhead learned of Jack’s condition and befriended the boy.

Miraculously, Jack has survived two serious surgeries and appears on the road to recovery. Last Saturday, at the Huskers’ spring game, Jack Hoffman got to live out the dream of a lifetime.

If you can watch this whole video without getting a lump in your throat, you might not be human, is all I’m saying.


**Finally, do you remember what you were doing at age 14? Probably not playing the most famous golf tournament in the world.
But that’s what a kid named Guan Tianlang is doing this week; the 14-year-old Chinese kid qualified for the Masters by winning a big tournament in Asia, and now he’s the youngest player ever at Augusta National’s famed event.

Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger wrote a really funny and sweet column about Guan by interviewing other 14-year-olds about their lives.

And by the way, the kid shot a 73 Thursday in the opening round; he’s only seven shots off the lead.


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