If you’ve been watching the news lately, then you’re undoubtedly aware of the recent deluge of depressing stories. The economy is awful, it’s getting worse, and the second Great Depression — and therefore, apocalypse — is upon us. No one has jobs. If you don’t have one, you won’t get one. If you have one, you won’t have one for long. The Dow is trading under 8,000 points and slipping by the day. Worst we’ve seen since the ’80s. Yadda, yadda, yadda, you get the picture.
After thinking for weeks enough is enough, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams announced that they’re going to implement a new segment every night focused on good news. Specifically, they’ll dedicate a few minutes of their nightly broadcast to focus on telling the stories of people who commit normal or random acts of kindness. It’s about time! I’m tired of getting depressed every time I want to listen to a newscast or read the newspaper. I enthusiastically support NBC Nightly News’ step in the right direction.
Well done, NBC, well done. I look forward to being injected with positivity for a change. And thank you to all of those who emailed Brian Williams and the Nightly News, since you’re the ones hastening change. Hooray technology, engagement and utilization of our 1st Amendment freedoms of speech and petition!
If you’d like to nominate someone for Nightly News to cover, submit your nomination here.
So other than a very brief stint in elementary school, I’ve never really watched much NHL. I remember one Christmas when I was younger I got a Pittsburgh Penguins jacket and was pretty psyched, but growing up in the Richmond area, there just weren’t rinks around for hockey, let alone ice skating. We eventually did get a rink, in late high school, but by that point I had already picked up just about every other sport and had been playing for years. Other than the semester I briefly considered taking it for a PE credit (and instead opted for skiing), the sport rarely entered my radar.
Anyway, my brother just graduated from college in Pittsburgh and I got to spend a few weeks on the East Coast during this past month, and during much of it I had some quality time to hang out with him. Well apparently in his last year he’s become quite a fan of the hometown Penguins. It was fun talking to him about it, and his sudden enthusiasm certainly piqued my interest. We caught a few moments of an early playoff game at a bar right before his graduation dinner (in Pittsburgh) and I caught several more of the Stanley Cup games this week.
Anyway, like any good kid who has over 30 (40? 50?) relatives in the Pittsburgh area, I have (re-)decided my team was the Penguins. I caught several of the games this past week including an unbelievably exciting triple-overtime Stanley Cup game 5. The last 3 minutes of game 6 weren’t a slouch either. After an electrifying win in game 5, the Pens fell in the waning tenths-of-a-second in game 6, to the Detroit Red Wings. It was a hard fought series, and hopefully NBC‘s decision to air several of the final games will result in the sport gaining more fans. I know this is one of them. I look forward to the return of Crosby, Malkin, and the boys, and their taking of the Cup next year (bandwagon much?).
Pittsburgh’s game winning goal for 4-3 victory in triple overtime of Stanley Cup game 5.
Other headlines: Celtics vs Lakers in the NBA Finals. I can’t bear to listen to any further ESPN analyses rehashing past Celts/Lakers matchups from the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird era. I can almost guarantee that in the coming years the current (2008) Finals will be of no comparison to the nostalgia of the old contests.
Picture Source: NY Daily News