And a Happy Friday to all of you out there, as many of us in the Northeast and Midwest hope to un-freeze this morning.
It’s Super Bowl weekend. OK, let’s try that again: It’s Super Bowl weekend!
Nah, that didn’t feel right. I’m just not that excited about the Big Game; I don’t know if it’s Patriots fatigue, or I’m still pissed that the Saints got robbed last week, or what. But I can’t remember the last time I was this un-enthused about a Super Bowl.
Anyway, I’m sure it’ll be a great game, with great commercials and maybe I’ll even enjoy Maroon 5 at halftime.
If you’re unattached and looking for a good guy to root for on one of the teams, maybe my leadoff item in today’s Good News Friday will help you. Brandin Cooks is one of the offensive stars of the Los Angeles Rams, and last week, after the Rams clinched a spot in the Super Bowl, he decided to do something special for one of the team’s custodians, Alfonso Garcia.
Cooks told the team he wanted to buy two tickets for Garcia and his son to fly to Atlanta and be at the game in person.
“You mean so much to us. … You’re special — what you do around here. And everything that you do does not go unnoticed,” Cooks told Garcia.
The team shot video of Garcia finding out, and it’s pretty great.
Wonderful job, Brandin Cooks.
**Next up today, there are a million talent shows on TV these days, and if one of them doesn’t find this girl and sign her up, it’ll be a big mistake.
My friend and loyal blog reader Matthew L. had this on his Twitter feed the other day and I am so lucky I got to see it. This is a blind girl in the Phillipines named Elsie. She doesn’t speak English, and has never been to school. And yet, here she is singing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
**And finally today, it’s pretty rare that something on “60 Minutes” would warrant inclusion on Good News Friday for me, but I loved this little story so much. My friend Jon Wertheim, who has recently become a correspondent on the show (but he’ll always be a fabulous tennis writer to me, no matter how big he gets) tells the tale of Jerry and Marge Selbee, of Evert, Mich., and how they used a loophole in a state lottery game to eventually amass $26 million in riches.
Jerry’s a math whiz, he was retired, and everything he did in Michigan and then, Massachusetts, was totally, 100 percent legal. And the Selbees, with the help of their friends and family, set up generations of their offspring for life, thanks to some brilliant math and hard work to make it pay off.
This is definitely going to be a movie someday. Watch the whole story here., but here’s the teaser:
(Oh, and the other story that I loved involving the lottery this week?) This guy above, Tyler Heep, won $1 in a scratch-off game and went down to Iowa Lottery headquarters and asked for a giant check like the big winners get. So they gave it to him. Awesome.)