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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/16/18


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1. 5 Year Old on "Making New Friends" - I often don't get caught up in internet sensations, but this one was legit in making my day. Good for a laugh, and also, the kid is speaking some truth on making new friends. Can't be eating crayons...

2. Statue Removal - You know it's amazing how simple some things are in our country. Many are complex, but things such as racist or insensitive statues from time periods that shouldn't be honored are one of them - just take them down. Kudos to the city of San Francisco in getting it right this week.

3. Boy Consoled By Stranger - We need more stories like this in our mainstream indulgence. Give it a read - I'm pretty sure this story will warm your soul.

3 Down

1. Hurricane Florence - The sights and pictures of the aftermath and it's damage are now beginning to spread. Prayers go up for those on the Mid-Atlantic coast, and the many more returning to life after Florence in the coming days.

2. Trump Denies Maria Death Toll - Yo, I try not to complain about the President often. Honestly, even the petty stuff he doesn't bother me. It's the things like denying the deaths of so much from Hurricane Maria. Because it's insulting to the families and the stories that say otherwise, and also, gives those families a respectful closure. But at this point. those who are in his camp, are there blindly. Whatevs.

3. Boston Gas Explosions - The unknown of something like a gas explosion in your neighborhood is just that - insanely frightening. Such a worrisome, and random, thing that fortunately wasn't as bad as it could have been.

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These sorts of moments feel like they don't happen to us.  Well, they happen VERY rarely - I'm talking Larry Johnson's 4-point play-rare. Yeah, it's been THAT long.  But watching this New York Knicks team score eight points in less than thirty-five seconds, including a sequence that will forever live in my fandom, sits right with that LJ garden-rocking shot.  I sat on my couch in absolute shock at what I just saw.  "How the hell did they just win that game?!"  It's the kind of moment this fanbase deserves. It's the moment that releases and exorcises some demons that haunt us from the trauma of experiences.  Namely you, Reggie Miller.  I loved it. And the icing on the cake was Mike Breen - Oh, Mike Breen, the loveable man with the most epic voice that has narrated so much of my basketball-loving fandom - with not one, but two signature "Bang!" calls.  I'll never let this one down. Ever.  I'm not sure where this team will wrap up the se