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The Golden Globes is dominated by women, and by Queen Oprah’s amazing speech. And the Saints and Falcons look very dangerous in NFL playoffs

I can positively report that there were, in fact, men present at the Golden Globe awards Sunday night.

I’m not sure why they were there, but they were. I saw Dwayne Johnson and Jason Bateman and I think even a few male award winners. But by all means, this year’s Golden Globes were ALL about the women.

Which is totally fine, and even welcome. With all the Hollywood sexual misconduct we’ve learned about over the past several months, it was great to see women take center stage and, almost as a group, demand better treatment.

It was a very different feel to this year’s Globes (and am I crazy or was there no “death montage?” Isn’t there usually one?), and most of the show was pretty so-so.

But then, Queen Oprah came out and blew the doors off everything that came before, and after. I’d tell you about her speech, but I wouldn’t do it justice. If this was the kickoff to her 2020 Presidential campaign (and quite honestly, I might vote for her if she ran), it was sensational. Please watch this:

As for the rest of the show, a few rambling thoughts from my brain, and as always, fashion commentary and other thoughts helpfully provided by my beautiful wife:

— Seth Meyers as host was fine, though he disappeared the last half of the show. Two great monologue jokes I loved: “For the male nominees tonight will be the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.” Also I liked when he said “A string of three words that could not have been better designed to infuriate our president:Hollywood Foreign Press.”

— Winners I was super happy about: Rachel Brosnahan and “The Marvelous  Mrs. Maisel” both winning. Aziz Ansari for “Master of None,” maybe the best show I saw in 2017, was a shocking win, I thought. And of course, Sterling K. Brown for “This Is Us” thrilled me. His speech at the Globes wasn’t nearly as great as his awesome Emmys speech last year, but still, pretty great.

— The on-stage speeches all paled next to Queen Oprah’s, but I thought Laura Dern gave a heartfelt one, I loved Frances MacDormand’s fierce pride, and the sheer excitement of Greta Gerwig when “Lady Bird” won was very cool to see.

— Fashion do’s and don’ts: Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Sharon Stone all looked amazing. Mariah Carey looked like a Playboy Bunny who wandered off from Hef’s place. And Allison Janney? I love her to death, she can’t win enough awards for me. But that dress was hideous.

— OK, so that weird dude who was called up on stage when James Franco one, the dude who directed the movie that “The Disaster Artist” was based on? His name is Tommy Wiseau but I swear my first thought when I saw him was “Holy crap, Michael Jackson is alive???)

— Finally, while many women spoke beautifully about the importance of the “Time is Up” movement and women’s equality, it was definitely disappointing to see so few men say a word about what’s gone on in Hollywood all these years. No reason only women have to be standing up for women. I’m just sayin.’

**And now for some football talk: We had two bad games and two good games this weekend in the NFL playoffs, which is usually what happens on Wild Card weekend.

— The Saints-Panthers game was stellar on Sunday, I really felt sure Carolina was going to pull it out in the fourth quarter after Saints coach Sean Payton crazily went for it on 4th and 2 from midfield, with a five-point lead and three minutes to go. But New Orleans won a 31-26 thriller and I think the “Aints” have an excellent shot to beat the Vikings next week.

— Atlanta is probably going to beat Philly, too, because the Iggles don’t have a quarterback.  Both the NFC games should be terrific next weekend, but in the AFC? Blech.

Buffalo and Jacksonville did their best to put America to sleep Sunday; you’re going to tell me Blake Bortles is winning a road playoff game in Pittsburgh next week?  I was really pulling for the Bills Sunday but Tyrod Taylor, that was a putrid performance.

And as shocking (not) as the Titans’ comeback over the El Foldo Chiefs was, Marcus Mariota and Co. are going into Foxboro to beat Brady and Belichick? I’ll dunk a basketball in the NBA before that happens. (But that was a great block (above) the QB threw on the game-clinching Titans run).

— Poor Chiefs fans. Every time they make the playoffs and get a home game, they lose. Six straight times, over more than 20 years! It’s an impressive streak. Andy Reid, you are an amazing regular season coach. Come January, you turn into Rich Kotite.

And that’s not a pretty picture.

 

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Good News Friday: A soup kitchen in Kansas City unlike any you’ve seen. Seth Meyers on the day he became a Dad this week. And Iowa St. football players save a woman from drowning

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And a Happy Friday to you all! It’s April Fool’s Day, it’s spring, it’s beautiful weather, and my son’s fever has finally gone away after a week.

All reasons for celebration. Here are three more to send you into the weekend.

First up, the fine folks at Upworthy.com again caught my eye and warmed my heart with this story. I have a special place in my heart for soup kitchens and food banks, because they do so much to help the less fortunate and hungry. This kind of soup kitchen, though, I’ve never seen.

The restaurant-style Kansas City Community Kitchen in Missouri doesn’t offer trays, buffets and waiting in lines like most soup kitchens.

When you step inside the Kansas City Community Kitchen today, a greeter shows you to a table. Waiters take your order, and there are tons of healthy options.

Diners are encouraged to leave reviews of their service and requests for what they’d like to see on the menu.

The kitchen also offers a six-month culinary training program for people who want to learn the food business but for various reasons, can’t do it at a school or academy.

This really seems like a wonderful place; if I’m ever in Kansas City, I’m totally going to check it out.

**Next up, I’m not a big Seth Meyers fan, I find him to be a little smarmy and not all that funny. But Tuesday night he told a really sweet story about his wife going into labor on Easter Sunday, and the resulting trip through Manhattan to the hospital.

My favorite part is when he writes the wrong name on the hospital form under “Father,” because I totally almost did that too…

**Finally today, it’s April and it’s spring break time and let’s take a minute to salute the fine men of the Iowa State football team, who took time out from drinking and checking out bikini-clad coeds on South Padre Island, Texas to rescue a drowning woman.

On March 16, a 22-year-old woman named Luisa Maria Castro accidentally drover her car hood-first into a canal, and it started to submerge.

According to the Des Moines Register, current seniors Jack Spreen and Anthony Lazard and former player Joe Doran came to her assistance, swimming over to the car and freeing her by breaking a hole in the windshield.

That car completely sank in less than a minute and if not for them jumping into the water and pulling the driver out, she would most certainly have drowned,” officer Michael Schiltz said in a statement from the city to the Register.

Senior Josh Jahlas, sophomore Spencer Benton and former player Matt Swoyer waited ashore and helped collect Castro there.

The story is slightly marred by the fact that Castro was driving drunk (she registered a .16 BAC), but still, a heroic deed was done.

Good job, Cyclones players! Now people should at least give you a break on that whole 3-9 record you had last season.

Thoughts on an Emmys show that was all “Bad.” And an Australian hockey player with the weirdest goal celebration you’ve seen

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While trying to forget that I ever saw Lena Dunham’s dress, I thoroughly enjoyed Monday night’s Emmy Awards. Sure, there weren’t a ton of surprises, and it seemed like just being a movie star made you royalty at the Emmys, but I thought it as a real fun show.

As usual, my wife joined me in the peanut gallery and so some of these reactions/comments are hers.

—  So glad “Breaking Bad” was so successful: Anna Gunn was amazing in the final season of BB, and despite everyone in the world saying McConnaughey was going to win Best Actor,  Bryan Cranston so deserved it. As so many implored me to do a year ago, if you haven’t watched “Breaking Bad” yet, it’s really time to start.

— Was waiting to see who would do a Robin Williams tribute,  and how sweet it would be. Billy Crystal hit it out of the park. You could tell how choked up Billy got at times, and he was warm, funny and terrific.

— Biggest upset of the night? I think it was Julianna Margulies beating Claire Danes, Lizzy Caplan and Robin Wright for best actress in a drama. And Margulies’ speech was sweet, too. (Wife’s comment: “Damn her husband looks young.”)

— Shouldn’t Stephen Colbert be hosting the Emmys or Oscars sometime soon? He’s fantastic. And his bit with Jimmy Fallon after Colbert won was pretty hilarious.

— Aaron Paul’s acceptance speech = perfection. Classy, humble, appreciative, just great. Man, I’m going to miss Jesse Pinkman.

— Seth Meyers, who I don’t normally think is all that funny, did a really good monologue. His jokes about HBO being the friend you should’ve been nicer to as kids was really good, and I loved the “Duck Dynasty” is the most VCR-taped joke, too. Thought it was a little weird that he seemed to keep trying to justify that the Emmys and TV are important; sounded a little needy.

— Wife and I were both completely puzzled by Alison Williams’ dress. No idea what the hell was going on there with the “Girls” actress, but it looked like a white animal had strangled her body.

— “The Normal Heart” thankfully got its kudos by winning Best Movie, and I love that Larry Kramer, sick as he looks, got to go on stage for that moment. The movie got totally hosed in the acting department, though; definitely  Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo should’ve won in their categories.

— What the hell was that mustache on Cranston? But his full-on makeout session when Julia Louis-Dreyfus won was hilarious.

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— Sarah Silverman winning over Amy Poehler/Tina Fey and Billy Crystal? Yeah, that was a shocker.

— Is there a reason we need to have the accountants announced at these awards shows? I mean, are we really in need of reassurance that these things aren’t fixed?

— Tweet of the Night came from Huffington Post, attached to this photo: “Who wore it Better?”

— Apparently red was the color every actress agreed to wear, my wife said. Hey, every woman looks good in red.

— Umm, what was under Kerry Washington’s dress? It looked like black metallic underwear.

— Yay Allison Janney winning for “Mom.”   It’s really a wildly funny show you should check out if you haven’t yet. What an awesome career Janney has had.

**Finally today, it’s late August so of course you’re looking for an awesome hockey highlight: This is Australian hockey player (a phrase I’ve never written before!) Ric Del Basso, scoring a game-winning shootout goal and then trying to skate backwards on his head.

I think the announcer said it best: “Win the game and try to give yourself a brain injury!”