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A Super Bowl rematch that was way better than the original, and other NFL Week 3 thoughts. An awesome high school kid interview. And the Chinese make cell phone texting pedestrian lanes a reality


Last year’s Super Bowl was such a dud, it may have started a downward spiral for the NFL that has continued into this season, with Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Roger Goodell (and was that the worst press conference performance you’ve ever seen on Friday? Pretty horrible) all caught up in the web.
But Sunday’s rematch between Seattle and Denver was pretty thrilling, and almost made up for last February’s egg.
Peyton Manning was held down by the Seahawks’ for 3 quarters, than threw two TD passes in the final minutes to send the game to OT. But Russell Wilson, who would seem right at home in the middle of any chaotic situation you can imagine, led his team down for the winning score.
Great game. Wish it was this good last February when the whole world watched.
Some other ramblings from a pretty exciting Week 3, while I await my Jets’ latest prime-time mishap tonight on Monday Night Football:

— Wow, that Eagles-Redskins game was wild. Looked like an old-time Joe Thiesmann-Ron Jaworski 1980s shootout for a while. Nick Foles is damn tough, Kirk Cousins is for real, and DeSean Jackson is the cockiest NFL receiver we’ve seen since T.O., and he should shut up and just play once in a while.
What a thriller. Eagles are 3-0 and are going to be really tough to beat.
— The Browns, who I have always considered the Jets’ spiritual cousins, positively gave away their game against the Ravens. Cleveland led throughout the fourth quarter, blew two golden chances to put the game away, then lost on a last-second FG.
Cleveland fans, I feel your pain. This Brian Hoyer dude looks like he’ll keep Johnny Football on the bench for awhile.

— What the heck’s wrong with the Saints? They struggled all day to put away a pretty woeful Minnesota team. Drew Brees and Co. just don’t look right. And what’s wrong with the Packers? They looked terrible offensively Sunday.

— Thank you, Rashad Jennings of the Giants: Without you, my fantasy team might’ve scored in negative numbers Sunday. I have no idea how the Texans were 2-0 with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB, that guy is horrendous.

— Have no idea if the Cowboys are any good. In fact, they may be the worst 2-1 team in the NFL. But Tony Romo sure can look great at times.

–Lastly, we live in a world where Drew Stanton has won two consecutive starts in the NFL. One more reason I never, ever bet on football.

**Next up today, this totally made me smile. In my newspaper career I interviewed thousands of high school football players after games, and 99 percent of the time you get totally boring, cliched answers or mono-syllabic grunts from kids.
So when you’re a reporter and come across a kid like Apollos Hester of East View (Texas) High, well, you just want to hug him and get down on one knee and praise him to the heavens.
Listen to this fantastic 90-second interview he gives a local TV reporter after Friday night’s game. You go, Apollos.


**Finally today, remember a few months ago when, as an experiment, a sidewalk in Washington, D.C. was turned into two separate lanes, one for people walking and one for those slowpokes among us who were texting or reading email on their phones while traversing the cement? I thought it was a brilliant idea, but sadly it was just a trial.
However, as is the case in so many things related to technology, the Chinese are ahead of us.  Last week, the city of Chongqing unveiled a lane specially designated for people who want to walk as they use their cellphones. “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk” is printed in the lane in white lettering. The adjoining lane reads “No cellphones,” according to this Wall Street Journal story.

Bravo, China. I hope America copies you, and soon!

Paul Newman’s camp for sick kids turns 25. Ricky and Alfonso breakdancing on “Silver Spoons.” And a Philadelphia Eagle shines off the field, again.

We start this week’s Good News Friday with a story that had me crying at the end of it. The late Paul Newman’s work with so many good causes is well-known, but sometimes we forgot how his legacy lives on, especially with the fantastic Hole in the Wall Camp.
Founded 25 years ago, it’s a place where for one week a year, very sick children can come and play and have fun, and forget for just a few days about how ill they are, and how difficult life can be.
Watch the above story if you can, and realize how special this camp is for so many.
Look at the faces of those kids and try to tell me the world is a cruel, heartless place.

**OK, I may have mentioned this before, but if not here goes: My new favorite thing on the Internet is a regular feature found on Grantland.com called “Rembert Explains the ’80s.” And this is how it works: The editors of Grantland pick a clip from the 1980s every week or so and show it to Rembert Browne, a 25-year-old African-American kid who’s never seen any of this pop-culture ephemera.

Then Rembert watches the clip and writes down his thoughts, and it is beyond freaking hilarious for a Gen Xer like myself to see some of that classic TV or music from a fresh perspective. He’s done breakdowns of Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf” video, an episode of “Small Wonder,” and my favorite, the 1985 American Music Awards, when Prince was, well, the coolest man in the planet.

This one was a recent favorite, because it was one of my favorite shows back in the day. Boys and girls, Alfonso Ribiero and Ricky Schroeder, breakdancing. That is all.

**Finally, a story of a Philadelphia Eagles football player once again using his fame for good causes. Desean Jackson, a star wide receiver, occasionally acts like a jerk on the field, showboating and taunting and all that. But they guy has a huge heart.

Last year he befriended a severely bullied teenager named Nadin Khoury, surprising him on “The View” and taking an active role in his life.
Now, Jackson has donated $50,000 to the Wounded Warriors project, a wonderful cause.

“The people in the military put their lives on the line for us every day. I think it’s important to recognize the great service they provide for this country, especially at this time of year,” Jackson said. “I’m excited to meet some of the soldiers and let them know how much I appreciate what they do. They are true heroes.”

Desean Jackson: An athlete who gets it.