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Positive Press

Here’s a double dose of positive news stories (to make up for last Friday’s absence.) Have a great day everyone!

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Singing Dundee taxi driver takes internet by storm

Amazing Spider-Dad: He had one chance to make his son’s birthday dreams come true. Nailed it!

No one’s offside at the Homeless World Cup

Oneida veteran’s life saved by his dog

Pay it Forward: Domestic Violence Survivor Gets a Makeover

Random Acts of Kindness: A stranger made rare contribution


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World Cup Champ Pays For 23 Kids’ Surgeries In Brazil To Thank Host City

Hero pal saved us

Donor’s $128,000 gift offers new hope to Kanata woman with fatal disorder

World Cup!

Can’t believe today is the day – the 2014 World Cup is here!

So excited. I’ve watched every World Cup since I was probably 10 years old.

My favorite team? The Netherlands…Holland…the Dutch…Oranje. Whatever you want to call them, they’re the squad I’ll be rooting for. Second place in 2010…hopefully one more win this time around! Van Persie, Robben, Sneijder and company should be fun to watch, as always.

Van Perside Robben Sneijder

There’s just something about this tournament that is like nothing else. Maybe it’s the significance these games hold for so many countries that have teams in it. Maybe it’s the every four years thing.

All I know is I’m fired up and looking forward to enjoying some terrific soccer (or football, depending on where you’re from) games these next several weeks.

Let’s have it!

Your Ticket

Imagine what it would be like to have a ticket to the biggest event you’d ever want to experience.

Let’s say it’s the premiere of something. Perhaps a sold-out Broadway show or a stage performance.

Now think about having a ticket to a once-in-a-lifetime event. Could be anything.

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USA (Unbelievable Soccer Awesomeness)

What a show.

This match had it all. Good and bad. In the end, Team USA performed a last-minute (literally) miracle that no doubt had countless people catching some serious air in their living rooms, in bars, and anywhere that had a television set nearby.

Still can’t believe Team USA pulled this one out. I mean, the script was already written. The final act was wrapping up. It was over. The US was done.

Or were they?

I’ll admit, I had no reason to believe that the ball lifted by Megan Rapinoe’s cross into the box would find a temporary landing spot on just the right part of Abby Wambach’s head and then would sneak inside the post for an equalizing goal with literally seconds to spare in – not just overtime, not just the second overtime session, but literally in extra time of that second overtime session…oh, just about at the end of that extra time too. Wha?? No way.

The odds of the US tying the match at that point were about as good as the odds of me becoming six feet tall someday. It just wasn’t gonna happen. But it did.

I was watching the match with my sons. (ESPN 3 is one of my ‘favorite things.’) They’re both into soccer and have started playing. When that thing went in, they both went crazy. Yelling and screaming and just loving the moment to the max. It was awesome.

The fact that Team USA benefited from a goalie infraction on the first penalty kick minutes later pretty much assured me all of the things that had gone against them in the match (questionable red card, more questionable penalty kick infraction earlier, shameful time-wasting by Brazil’s Erika late in the game) were officially in the books and in the past and were not going to stop them from at least having a chance at winning.

When the last PK went in, you just had to smile. What an effort. What a testament to never giving up, not letting adversity defeat you, and fighting until the end. Watching all of that served as a great lesson for my kids. Here they are right before that last kick.

Meanwhile this match provided a lot of thrills and a lot of smiles in the end for Team USA fans. Truly amazing stuff.

Way to go, ladies. Good luck in the semifinals.