Note: This blog post was written BEFORE I went to Madison Square Garden, screamed my voice raw, high-fived at least 48 strangers, may or may not have screamed into a TV camera, and watched an improbable Rangers season continue to the Stanley Cup Finals. I’m wiped out. Deliriously happy, but wiped out.
And a Happy Friday to all my readers. We start this week’s GNF with a simple photo, of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who’s suffered way more serious losses in his life than those four Super Bowls the Bills came up short in.
Kelly’s son, Hunter, died at age 8 due to Krabbe’s disease, and now for the last few years Kelly has painfully been battling mouth cancer, which has spread and returned to his body several times.
But I was really uplifted by this picture Kelly’s wife, Jill Tweeted out this week, of the whole Kelly family celebrating his last radiation treatment in the hospital.
I mean, how many of us could be this upbeat, this positive, after going through what he’s gone through? Here’s a great story Peter King wrote about Kelly a few months ago as he was battling his cancer; truly, Kelly is an extraordinary human being.
Let’s hope, finally, his cancer is gone.
**Next up, this is a really neat story about 8th-grade twins named Chloe and Claire Gruenke, who were competing in an Illinois state track meet for junior high school kids.
They were both running in a 800-meter race two weeks ago when Chloe Gruenke felt a weird sensation in her leg and suddenly couldn’t run anymore.
She’d hurt a quad muscle, and was in serious pain.
So Claire did what a twin sister does: She helped. She scooped up Chloe and carried her, piggyback-style, to the finish line.
The Gruenkes finished last, like that matters.
“It’s about showing compassion, love and sportsmanship, even if you lose and help somebody it’s still worth it,” Claire told WPTV.com. “The energy from the crowd made me stronger. They were saying ‘I can’t believe you just did that.”
More on the Gruenke’s wonderful story here.
**And finally, I mentioned the other day how much I loved “The Wonder Years.” Well, happily, the cast just had a reunion to celebrate the long, long-delayed release of the show on DVD (the problem all these years was how expensive it was to license the iconic music used on the show.)
Winnie Cooper, we will always love you. And man, most of them have aged quite well.