This footage from the amateur Night Hockey League in Moscow. As far as I can figure out, the blue shirt team – the one with the guy who goes over to the penalty box after the officials have calmed everything down – is Hammer. The white jerseys – the ones who would have none of his crap and start the brawl all over again – is Yuga. Together this little cluster produced hundreds of punches landed, scores of swung sticks, a couple of dozen butt-ends and almost 800 penalty minutes.

Dammit, Russia! Now they’re even doing hockey fights better than us. While we’re over here in North America outlawing brawls at the youth level and phasing it out of the NHL, they’re waving sticks around like light sabers and beating the bag out of each other. This is what Putin not having any respect for our leadership is doing to us.

I have to think this is exactly what it felt like when the Soviets tested their first nuke and put a man in space before us. We’re being beaten at our own game by a nation that wants it more than us. I weep for my people.
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Celebrity deaths rarely affect me as much as they seem to most people. First is the reality that the death rate is still one per customer and God does not promise any of us a tomorrow. But second, most of the time, the recently deceased either had a great run (Paul Newman), or did themselves in through their own self-destructive, over-indulgent hedonism (Whitney Houston). So it’s not often that I’m truly saddened by the passing of someone I never met.

This is one of those times. Alan Rickman was is one of my all time favorite actors.

Rickman was not one of those artists where everyone instantly recognizes him by name. Most of the time, unless you were talking to a true fellow movie buff, you’d have to add, “You know… the guy who played [fill in the name of one of his indelible characters].” But the real testament to his talent is how many indelible characters he portrayed. And in how many different genres. He was the gold standard of screen villains in the best action movie ever. Played the pivotal role in the best fantasy film series of all time. And did pulled off comedy/satire with the best of them.

As a tribute, here are some of his greatest acting moments:

Professor Snape’s entrance:

I spent many a night reading Harry Potter books out loud to my kids and it was a requirement I do the character voices. And for Snape I always used, “There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations … in … this … claaass…” as my inspiration. I never came close.

Hans Gruber kills Takagi (NSFW, violence)

Just pure, bloodless, unapologetic menace.

Sheriff of Nottingham calls off Christmas:

Having Kevin Costner play Robin Hood was one of the worst casting decisions of all time. And seeing him opposite Rickman, who was perfect for the role of the Sheriff made it even worse.

We learn the true nature of Severus Snape:

Through seven books and eight movies, still didn’t know whether Snape was a good guy or a bad guy until the very end. That is both great fiction and masterful acting.

Hans Gruber speaks American:

If this is what Alan Rickman playing Hans Gruber playing Bill Clay thinks American sound like, then this is what we sound like.

Alexander Dane delivers “By Grathbar’s Hammer” line.

“Galaxy Quest” is a truly under-celebrated movie. The cast of a “Star Trek”-like show gets caught up in an actual interstellar war among aliens who think their show is real. I literally re-watched this Sunday night with my younger son. And when Rickman delivers the line his character hates most – only it’s for real – I’m not ashamed to admit it was video pepper spray for me. I shed a real tear.

And today I do so again. Farewell and godspeed to a great artist.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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The guys discussed the media coverage of Chandler Jones.
The guys discussed the media coverage of Chandler Jones.

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Pats nation jumped on the Gasper bandwagon.
Pats nation jumped on the Gasper bandwagon.

NBC New York Workers at one New Jersey restaurant cried tears of joy and shouted — one even quit his job — after they matched winning Powerball numbers with a lottery ticket they’d purchased for an office pool.

Unfortunately for them, they didn’t realize they had read off the wrong day’s winning numbers.

Video from Grissini’s Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs shows servers, cooks and bartenders celebrating after reading off Wednesday’s winning numbers with one of the tickets they bought for Saturday night’s $900 million drawing.

Their ticket, which was purchased Saturday and included numbers 2, 11, 47, 62, 63 and a Powerball of 17, was an exact match for Wednesday’s $528 million prize. No one won in Wednesday’s drawing, which prompted the historic $900 million jackpot that later swelled to $1.5 billion after Saturday’s drawing.

Pardon me while I laugh. Bwahahaha!!! OK. Whoosh. Deep breath. Regain my composure. And begin…

You might say it makes me a bad person to think this is hysterical, but I say it only makes me human. This is the lottery equivalent of one of those videos of football fans getting their hearts crushed. Nobody wants to watch a bunch idiots jumping around their living room celebrating an actual playoff victory any more than they want to see actual lottery winners become instant multi-millionaires. The pain is the essence of comedy. It’s why it’s not funny to watch a guy fall down a flight of stairs but hilarious to see him fall down one.

But Schadenfreude aside, only one of these losers quit their job? How is that even possible. I say they all have to quit. Or be fired. Or Grissini’s Restaurant has to shut down for good. You can’t face each other ever again after a moment like that. It got way too real, even if it was just for a moment. In the few minutes they all thought they were instantly rich, everyone of those wage slaves dropped the disguise they wear every day and faced reality. Whom they hate. How much they hate them. How they’ll finally get their chance to tell the boss off, leave that drudgery and never come back.

Now they’re what? Supposed to just pretend it never happened? Like that “Twilight Zone” when everyone in the neighborhood thought a nuclear war was starting and that one family that had a bomb shelter refused to let anyone else in and they all rioted until it turned out the missiles weren’t coming and they all just had to go back to their lives knowing what they really think of each other? No way. You can’t come back from that moment when you thought you were all rich. As the lawyers say, you can’t unring that bell.

By the way, Grissini’s might be the best dining establishment in Englewood Cliffs for all I know. But I would never allow people this dumb to handle my food.

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