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Another New York City Marathon Sunday was wonderful and sweaty. Jennifer Lawrence hosting Kimmel was fantastic. And my favorite NFL TD celebration yet

Yet another mass shooting. Only the details change, from Aurora, Colorado to Las Vegas to Virginia Tech to a church in Texas. I just can’t take it anymore…

The first Sunday in November is one I look forward to every year as a New Yorker, and this year, maybe even more so.

For one, I was looking forward to getting some fresh air, as since our new little nugget was born last Tuesday, we haven’t exactly been outside much. For another, we just had another terrorist attack last week and the whole city seemed to be a little on edge the last few days.

And third, because there is so much that divides us in America these days, so many things that split us apart, that simply standing with thousands of strangers all cheering on a wide swath of humanity all trying to accomplish the same thing I knew would make me feel good.

And it did. While my wife was upstairs feeding the little guy (I forgot how exhausting and long early feedings can be, but she certainly hasn’t) I snuck out for 90 minutes and had a phenomenal time in the 60-degree spitting rain we had here Sunday.

I met some new friends who apparently live right near me on 1st Avenue and were even more enthusiastic (Jodi and Danielle, I’ll probably never see you again but thanks for all the laughs and shouts!), and I was again uplifted by the triumph of a human spirit that thinks nothing of running 26.2 miles with thousands of strangers for very little glory other than personal satisfaction.

A few quick-hit thoughts from Marathon Sunday…

— My favorite moment of the day came from a truly unique woman named Patricia. She was running with a female friend of hers, heard us wildly calling her name, and decided to stop. She and her pal said “You guys are awesome, I want a picture with you.” And so the three of us took a photo with Patricia and her friend, then Patricia said “let’s do a shot” and took a tiny, mouthwash-sized bottle out from the fanny pack she was wearing, and drank something that definitely wasn’t water.

As our jaws hung open, she asked “Hey, what borough are win now?” I hope she was kidding but said “Manhattan,” and then she was off and running again.

Patricia, you shine on, you crazy diamond.

— In the unusual and cool costume dept., we had way more “Wonder Woman” runners than ever before, probably because of the movie. Saw an IronMan, a Queen Elizabeth-dressed runner, and more than a few Spider-Mans. Not sure how comfortable any of that could’ve been to run in.

— We gave high-fives to at least 15 runners Sunday, and let’s just say there’s not enough Purell in the world to fully cleanse my palm. But they got so pumped up when we called their name; it’s so great to see a runner laboring and looking dejected, only to see them perk up and smile when they hear cheering and their name called. It’s the best.

 

— I’ve said this before but the NYC Marathon is by far the most diverse sporting event I’ve ever seen. The rainbow coalition of types of people who run this race, old, young, white, black, Asian, Hispanic, male, female… there is no one “type” who does this crazy 26-mile journey. Just people who want to push themselves and have a wonderful sense of accomplishment at the end.

Sunday, I was honored to be a small part of their journey.

**Next up today, I seem to like Jennifer Lawrence very much but don’t see too many of her movies. She was great in “American Hustle” and I’m sure I’ve seen her elsewhere, but her interviews and non-movie stuff are almost always enjoyable and peg Lawrence as a fun, wildly self-deprecating celebrity who realizes so much of Hollywood is B.S.

She hosted Jimmy Kimmel’s show last Thursday night and her monologue was fabulous; halfway through she went outside on the streets and asked random people to name five Jennifer Lawrence movies. It was fabulous.

**Finally today, I didn’t see much football on Sunday (I was watching those runners) but apparently it was a wild day in the NFL. The Giants continued to turn into the Jets, getting blown out at home (51 points they gave up!); the New Orleans Saints are 6-2 and who the hell ever saw that coming this season, and most importantly, we got some more hilarious and super-fun end zone dances.

There are a lot of things we can bash the NFL about this year, but one thing they’ve actually done right is allowed players who’ve scored to do fun TD celebrations. They’re harmless, they are wildly entertaining, and they allow players to show a little of their personalities.

This one Sunday, by the Kansas City Chiefs, might be my favorite all year. I’m not the only one who flashed to a “Brady Bunch” episode or “Mr. Mom” while watching this, right?

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A new player you should root for. A big Alzheimer’s development. And the hilarious Iceland soccer team

I haven’t given you a new athlete to root for in a while; this is someone who I like to highlight not because of their stats or their contract size, but because they’re just good people.

Meet Eric Berry, first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. He was an awesome college player at Tennessee, and will probably be an awesome NFL player. But that’s not important right now.

The other day, Berry and the Chiefs were having their usual training camp practice, and the temperature was in triple-digits. After practice in training camp, on many teams, a bunch of players sign autographs for the thousands of fans who came to watch. On this day, only other teammate joined Berry on the line.

Berry signed autographs for a long time. Then two kids, who had already gotten autographs from Berry, asked if they could have his gloves (they’d been told players will sometimes give fans their gloves).

Berry politely said he was sorry, he had already given them to another fan.

So instead, Berry took off his cleats, signed them, and handed them to the two kids.

How great is that? I’m rooting for him for the rest of his career. So many athletes don’t realize this, but it takes so little to make most fans happy, and to be a decent person. Get more details of this story here

Good for Eric Berry, sounds like you’re a real mensch. (That’s Yiddish, look it up.)

**Read a very interesting story in the New York Times Tuesday, that talked about how spinal tap fluid can now be used to predict, with 100 percent accuracy, which patients who are suffering memory are loss will eventually suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Lot of exciting breakthroughs going on with Alzheimer’s, the story reports, which is fabulous news.

The predictive test raises a question, though: Would you want to know if you had a disease for which there was no cure? I’ve been thinking about that for a while tonight, and I truly don’t know where I come down on that one. I think, if forced to decide, I think I would want to know. I’m the kind of person who likes to hear bad news immediately (especially if it’s a “good news, bad news” choice I’m given, because I always want to end on a positive note), so I think I’d want to know to give myself as much time as possible to deal with the news.

But I don’t know, it’s definitely a tough call.

**Finally, I know, when you think funny, you don’t usually think “Iceland.” But the men at SI.com have turned me onto these hilarious Iceland soccer team goal celebrations. My favorites in this clip are the first one and the third one. Maybe the third one has been done before, but by a whole team, it was hilarious. Enjoy.