Sometimes, real life sports events turn out better than any Hollywood script could have written them.
Monday morning, the third Monday in April, the Boston Marathon was run again. It was run by 32,000 people, all of whom remembered what happened last year, and all of whom were determined to finish the race this time.
There were great human interest stories all over the 26-mile course, my favorite being the last Boston Marathon ever run by the incredible father-son team of Dick Hoyt and his son Rick, two men who define the word dedication.
The race went off peacefully, and a million spectators came out to cheer, and an American runner named Meb Keflezighi, who became an American citizen a few years ago because he loved this country so much, won the race, becoming the first USA marathoner to win Boston since 1983.
He won, with names of the bombing victims written on his bib (above). It was an incredible scene to watch on TV as he came down to the finish line, with so many screaming for him, and Meb waving his arms in joy, and in relief, that the race had gone off without a hitch.
What a wonderful story. After last year’s tragedy, this was exactly the race Boston deserved.
**Next up today, there have been many, many playground basketball legends who emerged from the rough streets of New York City. Some of them achieved incredible heights and NBA glory, like Tiny Archibald and Kenny Anderson.
Others threw their life away with drugs or other distractions and never made the big-time; I’m talking about Earl “The Goat” Manigault, Lenny Cooke and Fly Williams, just to name a few.
Then there was Lloyd “Swee’Pea” Daniels, who seemed destined to fall into that second group, but remarkably showed he had nine lives on the hardwood and actually made the NBA for a few years.
Swee’Pea was one hell of a player; I remember seeing him in college as a kid and being amazed at what he could do.
Some filmmakers are trying to raise money for a full-length documentary on his life, including his drug arrests and his comeback. Here’s the trailer they put together; I would see this movie in a New York minute:
**Finally today, you know I’m a sucker for any 1980s and early 1990s nostalgia; check out this super-fast and pretty cool four-minute video that basically sums up two decades of pop culture in two minutes (man, just seeing that Atari 2600 logo makes me want to play Space Invaders or Air Sea Battle!)