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The Kansas hero of the Indian shootings speaks out. Alicia Keys awesomely channels Stefani and Adele. And 3 amazing buzzer-beaters you must see because it’s March


And a Happy Friday to you! As I continue to await the day when we find someone in the Trump administration who didn’t chat with Russia during the 2016 campaign, I give you three things this week that should put a smile on your face.

First of all, you would think there’s absolutely nothing positive to come out of this horrible story in Kansas, when a Caucasian man decided he didn’t want two men of Indian descent to breathe even one more minute. This “human being” who doesn’t deserve to be named walked into a restaurant in Olathe, Kan. on Feb. 23 and shot both Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani. Kuchibhotla died, while Madsani was seriously injured.

Ian Grillot, at the bar to watch basketball with his friends, saw what was going on and charged the gunman, getting shot himself in the process.

He has been rightly hailed as a hero; read this story and watch the above video to realize we have way more good people than bad in this country, despite what you hear.

This is my favorite part:

But despite the harrowing circumstances, Grillot told the newspaper he was thrilled to see Madasani standing in his doorway at the hospital.

“It just put the biggest smile on my face,” Grillot said in the video. “I’m just very grateful that one of the gentlemen is fine and alive. It’s terrible what happened to his friend. But I think he was watching over us last night.”

He said he considered the Indian his new “best friend”. A GoFundMe page created for him raised more than $87,000.

“I was just doing what anyone should have done,” Grillot told the newspaper. “It’s not about where he’s from, or ethnicity. We’re all humans.”

**Next up, Alicia Keys is pretty amazing, we can all agree on that, right? The marvelous and soulful singer proved it once again this week, going on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and killing it on his game of “Wheel of Musical Impressions.”

Basically Alicia had to imitate a famous singer crooning a children’s song, and she was so good. If you only have time to watch one of these, fast forward to the 3:20 mark, and hear her do an absolutely beautiful version of the “Alphabet Song” in the style of Adele.

So beautiful.

**Finally today, look, I’m not going to lie to you: this blog is, as usual, going to have A LOT of college basketball content this month, because there’s just so much awesomeness going on and I’m an addict and I must feed that addiction.

We’re still two weeks away from the NCAA Tournament, but this week there were three amazing buzzer-beaters I feel you must see. Two are actually from high school, the Indiana state high school basketball tournament (“No. School this Small. Has EVER been in a state championship!” Sorry, I was channeling Dennis Hopper in “Hoosiers” there.

First up, though, above, is Northwestern’s Nathan Taphorn, making an incredible, Grant Hill-esque (and maybe it was better than Grant’s famous pass?) to Dererk Pardon for a game-winning basket for the Wildcats over Michigan Wednesday night. This basically clinches Northwestern’s first NCAA Tournament bid ever, which is amazing.

But two other shots were equally incredible this week, from the aforementioned state tournament in Indiana. First, this was incredible: Joshua Clanton and his Central Christian Academy team were down 62-61 with less than a second left, when this happened:

I mean, what are the odds of that going in, one in a million? The story behind it is pretty great, too.

One night earlier, this pretty amazing shot happened as well, from Noblesville High School. The old famous Valpo play made famous by Bryce Drew in the NCAA Tournament, executed perfectly here!

Incredible stuff.


Good News Friday: A 5-year-old with cancer proposes marriage to a nurse. The Chicago Blackhawks make a fan’s dreams come true. And Adele’s carpool karaoke thru London is lots of fun

And a Happy Friday to all! Well that was a pretty rollicking, entertaining Democratic debate last night. I must admit as Bernie Sanders supporter that Hillary Clinton had an outstanding night; truly, I have no idea why she didn’t want more debates in this election cycle, she’s really, really good at it. Bernie did well, too, and I think he’ll still win New Hampshire next week, but she opened new lines of attack against him, and really pushed back against his Wall Street critiques. It was good, substantive stuff, though I’m shocked in a state like N.H. guns didn’t come up at all.

Anyway… lots of good stories to choose from this week for Good News Friday; I didn’t include it down below but this was just beautiful; a young Muslim-American woman named Sabah Muktar was given the honor of introducing President Obama Wednesday as he visited a mosque for the first time as President (kind of amazing he hasn’t visited one in seven years).

Her short speech shows exactly why it’s so important to reassure American Muslims that we’re not all as intolerant and bigoted as the GOP Presidential candidates. Look at how touched and honored she is that Obama visited; hugely influential for him to say “Look, there are millions of peaceful Muslims in this country who want the same things you do.”

OK, moving on. Gideon Robinson, a 5-year-old leukemia patient, proposed to “Tall Sarah,” his favorite nurse at a San Diego hospital last week.

Gideon’s mom was great enough to film her discussion with him about his proposal beforehand, than got the whole thing on tape.

So sweet. Tall Sarah, you’re a lucky woman.

**Next up, the Chicago Blackhawks have appeared in Good News Friday probably as much as any sports team, because they and their players keep doing awesome things for people. Today I bring you goalie Corey Crawford visiting one of his biggest fans, a boy named Ben who, since birth has had a condition that makes it hard for him to move his arms and legs.

Ben’s a huge hockey fan, a huge Blackhawks fan, and a huge Crawford fan. So the goalie went to Ben’s house and helped his babysitter take care of Ben for a day, bringing a couple Chicago teammates with him.

Very sweet stuff, especially the end with Crawford serving mac and cheese for lunch.

**And finally, not sure how I missed this when it first aired two weeks ago, but Adele’s Carpool Karaoke with James Corden was stellar and sweet, featuring Adele rapping, Corden trying to convince her to get a posse together, and some kick-ass singing.

Adele, to me, is like Jennifer Lawrence in that you can’t believe she’s so composed and mature at such a young age. This is great…

Thoughts from a typically wacky Grammy Awards. The 1st-grader who gave the whole school the day off. And I hit a new running milestone that gets me excited


The music, the clothes, and the incredible amount of sparkle: The Grammy always have it all.
As I’ve said many times, I know very little about current music, but I enjoy the Grammys because there’s always a few groups that I like, plus the costumes and behavior are always entertaining.
Here are some thoughts from a typically weird night at the Grammys:

— Thought Taylor Swift’s opening was a nice tribute to “Alice in Wonderland” (that’s what it was, right?) but she was still singing that awful song that I’ll now have stuck in my head for three days. And speaking of She Who Cannot Keep Boyfriends, why did CBS feel the need to show us a second of her dancing in the aisles to every single other performance?
— I love Adele’s music but her awards show speeches are even better. She just comes out, says a few things, and walks off. And she’s almost always funny.
— Outright robbery that Mumford & Sons lost to The Black Keys in Best Rock Performance. But the Mumford boys did get Album of the Year, which is highly deserved. So it all evened out.
— However, my fiance has declared that The Black Keys are “the coolest white boys in rock.” Or at least, “since Dave Grohl,” she added.

— Lena Dunham is dating a guy from Fun. Was this known by everyone else but me?
— Love that Sting came on and played with Bruno Mars. I want to be Sting for just one day. He’s just the coolest. Or maybe Prince is the coolest, I can never tell.

— Kelly Clarkson, we know you love everyone. But do you need to say hello to every single person in the audience before coming on stage to get your award?

 Oh, how I enjoyed all of the “Finally, someone has beaten Chris Brown” jokes on Twitter. What a scumbag.

— Finally, nice to see LL Cool J with a sweet tribute at the beginning of the show, to the power of dreams, and at the end with his Beastie Boys tribute. Who ever thought LL would one day be, like, an elder statesman of rap?

**Who says 6-year-olds don’t have any power in this world? For one day, Blake Harper was awfully powerful.
And popular.

At the Mater Dei School in Bethesda, Md., the principal offered to make a deal with his students on the Friday before the Super Bowl: If any one of three students can make a shot from a certain spot on the basketball court, everyone would get the Monday after the Super Bowl off.
After two older kids missed 3-pointers, young Blake Harper stepped up to the free throw line. If he made it, delirium and a three-day weekend. If he missed, well, everyone had to get up Monday morning.
Check out how Blake did. I love it.

**Finally, I have written periodically here about my (possibly-crazy) quest to run a half-marathon, probably next fall.
Slowly but surely, I’m making progress. I’m now running about five miles per day, three days a week, and this weekend I hit a new milestone: I did my first under-10 minute mile on the treadmill at they gym.
Considering when I started running/training about five months ago I was running 15-minute miles (which I believe was basically fast-walking, I was so slow), I was excited.
Now that I’m under 10 minutes, I want to start running longer distances, 6, 7, 8 miles per outing. But for today, I just want to savor that “9:50” time that showed on the treadmill for the last few minutes.
Long way to go, but I’m getting there.

A “Rock of Ages” casting tragedy I can’t ignore. Sayonara, NBA season. And a terrific “SNL” skit you shouldn’t miss.

OK I know I may be like, months behind upon learning this news, but since I just found out about it I feel the need to vent immediately.

I saw the terrific Broadway show “Rock of Ages” a couple of years ago. It was 100 percent up my alley, with awesome 80s music, really funny dialogue in the script, and excellent performances.
And yes, I’d heard they were making a movie out of the show, some big Hollywood blockbuster.

But now I discover that Tom FREAKING Cruise is playing one of the leads?  Tom Cruise is playing Stacee Jaxx, the dreamer of a rock star who believes Def Leppard and Poison are on the road to eternal happiness? Tom Cruise???

Look, I loved Tom Cruise when he was sane. Big fan of almost all of his movies. “All the Right Moves,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Rain Man,” you name it.
But he is SO terribly wrong for this part. And the rest of the cast looks fantastic, too; Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, etc.
I just hope Cruise doesn’t wreck this movie for me.  If he ruins “Pour Some Sugar On Me” for the rest of my life, I’ll never forgive him.

**Well, it looks like there won’t be an NBA season. The players rejected the owners’ latest proposal, David Stern threw a hissy fit and blamed agents and threw around terms like “nuclear winter,” and it’s all getting really nasty.

My reaction? Yawn. The NBA Finals were exciting last year, but mostly because it was fun seeing LeBron fail. The pro basketball product has interested me in years; I much prefer the college scene. (For example, a certain Coach whose last name starts with K is going for the all-time wins record tonight. There’s a slight chance I may watch).

As always in these fights between billionaires and millionaires, I feel sorry for neither side. I do feel bad for the vendors, concession stand workers, and local businesses near NBA arenas in NBA cities, who will suffer greatly because of this idiotic stalemate.
Those are the true victims here.

**Finally, I never watch “SNL” anymore but one of the people I follow on Twitter pointed me to this gem from last week’s show. Really, really funny. It involves Adele, a good cry, parakeets, and window washers who get emotional. What more could you want in a four-minute video clip?

1/2 of Milli Vanilli tells his side of the story, beautifully. A feel-good old people video. And Adele kicks ass at VMAs.

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I have no shame in admitting that when Milli Vanilli first came out in the late 1980s, I was a fan.
OK, I have a little shame. I did own the cassette of their first album featuring the still-awesome “Girl You Know It’s True.” single, but I do remember being pissed when they beat out my homegirl Paula Abdul for Best New Artist at the Grammys (yes, I had a major crush on Paula. Don’t judge.)
If you don’t remember Milli Vanilli, or you’re too young, they were these two fast-dancing French guys who came to America, met a sleazy producer who convinced them to lip-synch their songs since their voices, quite frankly, weren’t very good, and they fooled American audiences and critics (and Grammy voters) for a few years before the whole scam was revealed.
I’m guessing you haven’t thought about Rob Pilatus or Fab Morvan in a while; they pretty much vanished from the radar after the scandal.
But I did kinda wonder what happened to them, and how the firestorm looked and felt from their side.
Now we know. Morvan recorded this fabulous episode of “The Moth” storytelling series recently, and I defy you to come away from listening to this not having sympathy for him.
He was a guy who was young, could dance really well, and just was thrust into circumstances he didn’t have much control over.
It’s a really compelling story; give it a listen if you get a chance.

**A random interlude. Here’s a couple that’s been married for 62 years, playing the piano together. Very sweet:

**Finally, I haven’t watched MTV’s Video Music Awards since Justin Bieber was in Underoos (do they still have those?). I do remember thinking they used to be awesome; they would air sometime during the first week of school in September and we would always talk about them the next day.
I have very little interest in current music, which offends many of my friends. But Adele sort of has forced me to pay attention to her. Every time I’ve heard one of her songs or seen her on TV, she’s been awesome.
A few of my Facebook peeps raved about her performance of her song “Someone Like You” on the VMAs, so I checked it out. Moving and beautiful. Haunting, too.
Check it out. In a music scene with so many non-talents becoming famous and popular, good to see a woman with a great voice still has a seat at the “cool” table:

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