So there are some things in life you take for granted: That your spouse will love you. That the light will eventually turn green when you’re driving and late and it’s red for about 412 minutes. That the person in line ahead of you at the supermarket isn’t actually going to inspect every single piece of produce they’re about to buy, examining it like it’s the JFK assassination film.
And, that everyone in the world knows how awesome Red Panda is. But then you discover, not everyone DOES know how awesome she is, and that’s just so wrong, so I’m going to tell you.
Red Panda, if you don’t know, is the most amazing halftime entertainer you’ve ever seen. Her real name is Rong Niu, she’s an acrobat, and she performs at college basketball and NBA arenas all across America.
I’ve seen her live many times, including last week at the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden. She is… amazing. Sensational. Wonderful. What she does, with a unicycle, and some bowls, is beyond amazing. She’s a legend in the sports world, and when her unicycle was stolen a few months ago, the basketball world reacted as if someone had cancelled Christmas. (Happily, the Golden State Warriors bought her a new one. Like I needed one MORE reason to love that franchise.)
I shot video of her last week at MSG but it didn’t come out great or convey her awesomeness. So I’m embedding this video shot in much higher quality, from a performance a few months ago.
She’s amazing. Please watch. Here’s a profile story of her. And spread the word.
**Next up, here’s a story about our times in 2018. A Florida public school teacher has been recording a podcast for several months that is basically a call to white supremacy.
Dayanna Volitich, of Crystal River Middle School, is a 25-year-old social studies teacher. Under a different name, she records a podcast called “Unapologetic,’ saying things like “It isn’t supremacist or hateful to prefer your own people over others,” and expressed many delightful anti-Semitic views. She also bragged on many episodes about how she had infiltrated the school system and is espousing her racist views on her students.
Anyway, this was all a secret until Huffington Post published a story a few days ago naming her as the podcast host, and of course her school district has since fired her.
But here’s the part that kills me: Volitich now claims her podcast is totally satire.
Her statement: “While operating under the Russian pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov” on social media and the Unapologetic Podcast, I employed political satire and exaggeration, mainly to the end of attracting listeners and followers, and generating conversation about the content discussed between myself and my guests. The views “Tiana Dalichov” espouses do not pervade my professional career.”
**Finally today, I’m not a big Kevin Hart fan, but I acknowledge the dude is funny. What didn’t seem to be funny, though, was the Philadelphia native trying to rush the podium and stage after the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
What was the deal with that? Hart was on Conan the other night and explained. It’s pretty damn hilarious. Hint: Alcohol was involved.