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A Dad’s school excuse note for his daughter is fantastic. “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” is great television. And a female high school hockey goalie makes more than 100 saves… and loses


And a Happy Friday to you! Another fabulous Democratic debate last night, very substantive and really getting into the weeds on issues. HRC had a great close, Bernie was better on foreign policy and really nailed her for her admiration for all-time evildoer Henry Kissinger. Game on…

First up on Good News Friday today, even if you’re not a Bruce Springsteen fan, I think you have to appreciate this.

Meet Patrick Pipino, a loyal Boss fan who lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (one of my old stomping grounds!). He took his daughters to a Bruce show in Albany the other night, and well, as Bruce shows tend to do, it went on for 3.5 hours.

So the kids had trouble getting up for school the next morning, and of course their father wrote them a note. It’s above, it went viral, and it’s awesome.

As I said to my wife, I’m totally writing a note like this for our son one day. And I’d be proud to do it.


**Next up, not sure if I blogged about this but I was unreasonably excited about the new FX mini-series “The People vs. O.J. Simpson.” I was obsessed with the trial at the time, have watched several great O.J. documentaries (including the fabulous “June 17, 1994” that was part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series), and with the cast assembled for this piece, I thought it might be great.

Through two episodes, I’ve been very impressed. Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. has been terrific, showing the combination of fear and arrogance that marked the first few days after the murders.

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark is perfect casting, but the biggest surprise has been David Schwimmer as O.J. pal (and patriarch of the Kardashian clan) Robert Kardashian. Schwimmer has been fantastic, really really good, as a loyal friend who can’t believe O.J. could commit these murders, but also as a guy just trying to keep his pal alive during the Bronco chase.

The show so far has been entertaining, dramatic, and really well-written. Each week it’s on FX on Tuesdays at 10 Eastern (and can I just add how happy I am that FX is running promos for “The Americans” throughout each episode? It’s a crime more people don’t watch that fantastic show.)


**Finally today, how about a few big cheers for an extraordinary performance by a high school hockey goalie in Apple Valley, Minn., named Taylor DeForrest.

In a ridiculously great game last week, she made 111 saves in a six-overtime game her Apple Valley H.S. team played against East Ridge in the Class 2A state playoffs.

One hundred and eleven saves! That’s insane. Can’t imagine how exhausted she must’ve been afterward. The other goalie only had to stop 38 shots, so there was a more than 70 shot differential, which is crazy one-sided.

“It’s hard to top,” DeForrest said. “[My next game] is going to feel pretty short.”

Bravo, Taylor. What an amazing effort.