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Good News Friday: Disney donates $1 million to Boys and Girls Clubs, thanks to “Black Panther.” Ruth Bader Ginsberg works out with Colbert and it’s hilarious. And the Harlem Globetrotters throw an awesome surprise party for a 10-year-old.

And a Happy Friday to you all out there, hope there’s no snow wherever you are, and that any of you are 1/10th as excited about Saturday as our 3-year-old, since I’m taking him to Paw Patrol Live at Madison Square Garden tomorrow (“No case too big, no pup too small!”). It will be a thrilling life event for both of us, I’m certain.

As we all wish we were as cool as 98-year-old Loyola-Chicago basketball nun Sister Jean today (how ’bout those Ramblers! Into the Elite 8), we start this week’s Good News Friday with a cool story about “Black Panther.”

You know all about “Black Panther,” the incredibly successful movie that everyone loves and that may be a game-changer for movies, for African-American movies, and the world in general (I’m exaggerating, but only by a little).

It truly has become a cultural phenomenon, with stars Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman getting intimately involved in promoting and explaining why this movie is so big and has touched so many.

I learned about yet another ripple of the movie reading this great story about the Disney Corp. giving $1 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, specifically, to assist students in youth STEM technology programs.

The money will be used by Boys and Girls Clubs to develop its STEM curriculum and build new STEM Centers of Innovation in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Harlem, Hartford, Memphis, New Orleans, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Watts, California.

The Disney chairman, Bob Iger, specifically pointed to “Black Panther” incorporating science and technology concepts in the movie as a reason to donate money.

One more example of the cultural phenomenon of “Black Panther.”

**Next up today, the Harlem Globetrotters do wonderful things all over the world, and they’re still going strong, entertaining young and old alike.

I loved this: Ethan is a 10-year-old boy from Prescott, Wisc. and has undergone more than 30 surgeries due to a rare disease called  ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia, which affects his limbs and eyesight.

The Globies heard about Ethan and decided to pay him a visit on his birthday. So great.

**And finally today, Stephen Colbert went to work out with Supreme Court Justice and proud octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

It’s as hilarious as it sounds, especially when the workout starts. Notorious RBG in the house!

The Globetrotters on ice. And welcome back, Kyle Singler

An all-hoops post today, sure to drive away my wife and mother-in-law. But hey, you can’t please everyone.

I’m sure it would surprise a lot of people to know that the Harlem Globetrotters are still around.

It’s not like they’re on TV much anymore, or at all. I remember as a kid being psyched when Jim McKay would come on the beginning of “Wide World of Sports” (go ahead and click, I know you want to see that skier fall) and announce there’d be a Globetrotters game on.

My youthful brain wondered all sorts of things, like “How do the refs miss so much of the Trotters’ tricks?” And “Don’t the Washington Generals players know to look behind them when they’re shooting free throws? There may be a guy sneaking up behind them about to pull down their shorts!”

I saw the Globetrotters once in person, too; I think it was in Glens Falls, N.Y., and I remember, even as a grown-up, laughing pretty hard at all their tricks. There’s just nothing controversial about the Globetrotters, nothing sinister; just fun for the whole family.

Well, I’m happy to report that not only are the boys from Harlem still around, but they’re about to make history: They’re going to play on ice. Yeah, ice. Seriously. On Feb. 9 in Central Park in New York City. The Globetrotters and the Washington Generals will wear special cleats and somehow try to dribble and pass on a sheet of frozen water.

Now, the New York Times wrote about this upcoming game, but left out the best part. Joe Posnanski, however, didn’t, in a recent blog post he called “The Best Quote Ever.”

When asked about his team’s chances for the game, legendary Generals coach Red Klotz, whose team has lost oh, 48,000 games to the ‘Trotters, had a four-word answer.

“We excel on ice.”

How great is that? I’m laughing even as I’m typing it.

God bless Red Klotz. And God bless the Trotters.

**Big-time win by my Duke boys Thursday night. Big. Time. Desperately needed after that humiliating loss to Georgetown last week, when clearly, Barack Obama and Joe Biden sharing popcorn in the front row threw off the Blue Devils’ mojo. (Seriously, couldn’t you see Biden just being the most annoying second banana ever? “I wanna come to the basketball game TOO, Mr. President!” But I love Joe Biden. He’s a Blue Hen. We’re alumni brothers).

Anyway, lost my train of thought there. Oh yeah, Duke. Biggest development Thursday in the crushing of Georgia Tech was Kyle Singler looking like the Kyle of old. The Kyle we know and love. Singler was awesome Thursday, hitting for 30 points, hitting 8 of 10 3-pointers (8 of 10!), and Duke cruised.

I’m having definite doubts about whether this Duke team is good enough to get to the Final Four. They don’t defend well enough, their post guys like the Plumlees are still too raw, and Scheyer and Singler are playing so many minutes they’re going to be dead-tired by the Sweet 16.

But hey, I’m not worrying about all that tonight. Tonight, I’m savoring this win.  And savoring yet ANOTHER Tar Heels loss. Man, what is that, five in a row now? And Matt Doherty can’t be blamed for any of them. So sweet.

And oh yeah, six more days till Duke-Carolina. Hmmm, wonder if I’ll have a blog post about that one next Wednesday.