And a Happy Friday to all of you out on the Interwebs. As we try to put a happy face on yet another week that had so much sadness (unarmed African-American men getting shot, terror suspects in New York, riots in Charlotte, I mean honestly, how much more can we take?), we begin with a beautiful story of a high school football team giving a boy the thrill of a lifetime.
Robby Heil is a water boy on the Novi High School Wildcats football team, and he has Down’s Syndrome. Last week during a regulation game, Novi decided to let Robby carry the ball and score a touchdown.
That alone would make this a great story. But it gets better: With his mom Debbie watching on the sideline, crying, Robby ran for a TD. Debbie has bone cancer, and it’s terminal. To watch her face explode with joy as her son scores, well, if you’re not getting a little emotional watching it, you’re a harder-hearted person than me.
“I’ve always been proud of him, but this was incredible,” Debbie said.
I can’t get enough of these videos.
**Next up today, this was the funniest thing I’ve seen all week, all month, hell, maybe all year.
Zach Galifianakis had a viral video hit with his “Between Two Ferns” interview with Barack Obama in 2014, and now he’s back with an interview with soon-to-be President-elect Hillary Clinton (relax, my fellow liberals who are panicking. Trump IS NOT winning this thing).
There are SO many great lines in this five-minute interview, including “For our younger, younger viewers, how does it feel to be the first white President?” how Hillary feels about losing “the Scott Baio vote” and a great riff about what happens if Hillary gets pregnant.
I read a little behind the scenes about this and it turns out doing the show was Hillary’s idea. Best idea she’s had all campaign.
Finally today, I thought this was a beautiful example of humanity. A 6-year-old boy from Scarsdale, N.Y. saw and heard some of the horrifying stories coming out of Syria, including that awful photo of the little boy which I won’t post here, because it’s just too awful to see again.
Alex decided to write President Obama a letter, inviting the boy to come live with him and his family. “I have a friend from Syria at my school,” Alex says. “His name is Omar. I will introduce him to Omar, and we can all play together.”
Just a really sweet boy whose compassion could sorely be used by millions.