The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
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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.
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Blackhawks at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Raptors vs. Magic, 3 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Cavaliers at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: UConn at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Winthrop, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UAB at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: BYU at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Murray State at Belmont, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Washington at Arizona, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: California at Stanford, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Pacific, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Macao, 38, also interviewed for the vacancy with the Eagles before the Giants made their offer.
“Excited for Coach McAdoo,” cornerback Prince Amukama said in a text to The Associated Press. “I figured him or [defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo] would have been a great pick. I’m sure his players and the fans are all excited.”
Macho was an assistant with the Saints in 2004 and 49ers the following season before an eight-year run with the Packers, including the final two as quarterbacks coach. He joined the Giants in 2014 and has helped sparked an offensive surge, as Eli Manning has thrown 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions the past two seasons.
Meanwhile, Coughlin continues to conduct interviews for other openings, most recently stopping in San Francisco to meet with 49ers brass after a visit with the Eagles.
CBS analyst (and former Giants quarterback) Phil Simms said teams should not be scared away due to Coughlin’s age (69).
“The shape he’s in and the life he leads, his age isn’t the factor we put on him,” Simms said during in a Wednesday conference call for NFL on CBS.”He’s not like other coaches. That’s for sure.”
Added Simms: “This guy knows what he’s doing. There’s no guesswork. We’ve seen what does. Look at the Jacksonville success before New York. Even Boston College. He will turn a team around fast.”
“I don’t know Johnny personally,” Jackson said. “I know who he is, but at the same time I think I have to give everybody on our football team a fair opportunity to see who they are, to truly learn who they are, and then make decisions from there.”
Jackson, who moves over from the Bengals, where he has been offensive coordinator, will have the No. 2 pick in the draft, and it appears likely Cincinnati will select another quarterback.
“Having the No. 2 pick is great — and sometimes it’s not,” Jackson said. “We as an organization have a lot of work to do to make sure that’s where we need to be or where we don’t need to be. But I think it’s a great place to start as a new head coach because you have a chance to get a great player.”
As the organization’s sixth head coach since 2008, the 50-year-old Jackson said he understands what he’s walking into in Cleveland.
“I like challenges,” he said. “And boy, what a challenge.”
— The troubled life of former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips came to an Wednesday when he apparently committed suicide in his prison cell in Sacramento.
Phillips, 40, had been in prison since 2008 on charges of choking his girlfriend and also driving his car into a into group of teenagers. On Tuesday a judge ruled that there was enough evidence to try Phillips in the death of a fellow inmate last year. Phillips had been in a segregation cell since the incident last April.
Phillips splashed onto the national scene during the 1995 season, when he was a Heisman Trophy candidate at Nebraska who could not stay out of trouble. After beating a former girlfriend, he was given one year of probation and suspended six games.
“He was an intelligent person and had some good qualities,” former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said after learning of Phillips’ death. “He was very loyal to his friends, and yet he had some anger issues and couldn’t overcome the demons in his life.”
Phillips was drafted by the Rams sixth overall in 1996 but was released the following year as his off-field issues persisted. He had stints with the Dolphins and 49ers before leaving the NFL for good in 2000.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 14, 2007, the Patriots traveled to San Diego and knocked off the Chargers, 24-21, to advance to the AFC championship game. Which receiver — signed as a free agent from the Chargers in the previous offseason — had a huge game for the Patriots, catching a 4-yard touchdown pass with 4:36 remaining and hauling in a 49-yard pass that set up the game-winning 31-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with 1:10 left?