The Rundown: Sunday Edition!

Vikings surprise liquor store worker who gave shoes off her feet |

La Teia “Ace” Thomas is the kind of person who will give you the shoes off her feet. Which is exactly what she did recently when she spotted a homeless man wearing cardboard boxes for shoes. Never mind that it was her favorite pair of shoes, because as she says “I didn’t care about the shoes, I cared about him.”

Ever since then she has found herself on the receiving end of individuals who are paying her good deed forward. She was gifted free tickets to the Minnesota Vikings game against the Colts yesterday, where she witnessed her favorite team come back from a 33-0 hole to score the biggest comeback win in league history. And she got a pair of signed cleats from All-World wide receiver Justin Jefferson to boot.

Her employer, Brooklyn Center Liquor, is getting in on the goodness. They’ve set up bins at local liquor stores as well as City Hall in order to collect winter clothes for unsheltered people. Thomas still can’t believe the ripples that her simple gift has engendered.

“I didn’t think it was gonna get as big as it is but I just want to show the world that there are still good-hearted kind-hearted people out in the world,” she said.

Meanwhile, in other news . . .

  • Memo to President Biden: When reading from prompts, for the love of God please stick to the script.
  • Do you think Elon Musk has a GoFundMe page?
  • Actress Taraneh Alidoosti has been detained by Iranian authorities for “spreading false” information regarding the execution of protester Mohsen Shekari. It got me thinking that maybe it’s time for the all these talented and influential voices here at home to practice unity for at least five minutes so we can hold countries like Iran accountable.

As it happened: Messi's Argentina beat France on penalties

Argentina beat France to win the World Cup for the first time in thirty-four years and give Lionel Messi the top bunk in the GOAT debate. In what might have been the best World Cup match, check that, best soccer match, check that again . . Best game. In any sport. Ever. All this happened . . .

  • Argentina blew a two goal lead late in the second half
  • An outstanding save by the French goalkeeper kept things even but the rebound made it over the line in spite of another outstanding save attempt by the French defender. That gave Argentina the lead back at 3-2
  • That was before France’s Mbappe scored his third goal of the match to tie things at three.
  • And then Messi in a shootout, which is akin to Wild Bill Hickok at high noon. His first kick grabbed the back of the net and it set the tone for what would end in a world title.

You could not have written a more dramatic finale if you tried.

And in sports! . . .

  • The Miami Dolphins are more flawed than a sitcom script, but they’ll bring a puncher’s chance to the postseason if they can figure out how to get there. Sure beats being a Cleveland Browns fan.
  • Over the past five seasons, NFL teams spent $800 million Goodells on fired coaches and executives. Yes, you read that right. They shelled out almost a billion dollars for these guys to go away. As Sheriff Ed Tom Bell woulda said . . signs and wonders.
  • The Cleveland Browns remain completely irrelevant. What? Too much? I think it’s about right . . .

Marco at the Movies! 

Amsterdam- Half of Hollywood seems to be in this cast and to its credit, it doesn’t get stuck on its impressive marquee in the least.  To the contrary, it will make you fall in love with great story telling all over again.

The Banshees of Inisherin- And speaking of storytelling . . . wow. Unlike Amsterdam, this one holds court in the quiet but it does so brilliantly. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson shine as two estranged pals in this dark comedy that examines the meaning of friendship and life itself.



41 thoughts on “The Rundown: Sunday Edition!

  1. Great rundown. Pilgrim. Somehow I have a bit of a smirk in that France lost. But who am I to say. Loved the La Teia “Ace” Thomas shoe story. Shows a lot can happen from one small bit of generosity. Yes Bo Bo ought to stick to the script. The problem is he can’t read a teleprompter too well and thinks he knows more than it anyway. Thanks for your view of the movies. Will try to stream Amsterdam when available.

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  2. B,

    Love this Two-Fer! And La Teia “Ace” Thomas is a beautiful soul. When you give for the sake of giving, the Universe is most generous. What a beautiful chain she started.

    •Dude.. you must avoid adding your two percent.
    •Hah! How ironic that the kajillionaire is not in trouble
    •Countries like Iran need to be held accountable. But how?

    That was such a fantastic game. And I don’t even dig soccer! Seriously. It was bite your nails, sit on the edge of your seat, fantabulous. Getting that penalty kick gave the French the boost they needed. And then 97 seconds later to score again? It sucks to end in a shootout but my goodness… what a shootout!

    Nope, you could not. As you said, if you were to try to interest someone in the sport, this was the game to watch.

    •The ‘Phins just frustrate, don’t they?
    •Are you kidding me? Jesus.
    •I can’t say as I’m still not up to par on all the teams.

    Amsterdam is a movie that I am going to re-watch soon just because I am sure there will be little gems missed the first time. It was that good.

    What a surprise the Banshees of Inisherin was, so? It was that slow burn, like. Definitely falls in the dramedy or dark comedy and almost was also a coming of age (even if it was middle age). Wonderful movie. One I will not recommend to my family because they’ve no patience for this type…

    Perfect tune. Of course!


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      And she really had no idea it would turn into this. All she wanted to do was help a person in need.

      Joe needs to stop improvising because it’s ugly as all get out when he does. And speaking of ugly, how long until Musk drops Twitter? And really . . . can Greiner show some gratitude and can Lebron use his clout? Work with the other side and if the other side doesn’t want to? Then they show us all who they always were.

      That Messi score on the first penalty kick was brilliant. And I just learned Mbappe of France is only twenty three years old. How nuts is that?

      They do kill us at times. It’s why Hootie and the Blowfish have a song about it. And yes, 800 million . . . so they best not cry poor mouth. Browns equal Deshaun Watson is all we need to know about that.

      You ain’t wrong!

      Oh it was perfect nonetheless. So and like and all that! 😉

      Haha! Had to.


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      • That’s what makes it so beautiful.

        Not all presidents have the gift of knowing what to say. I know, right? Why is he keeping the damn thing? It would be nice for those with the capabilities to actually use them.

        Yes, it was. Mbappe is only 23? Whoa! He’s got many years ahead…

        Hootie called it. Jesus. 800 million. Mind boggling.

        I ain’t!

        It was so.

        Of course you did 🙂

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  3. The World Cup final was insane. And then…the Patriots ran their final play of regulation time against the Raiders several hours later…and that was more insane. Ms. “Ace “Thomas came up all aces with her thoughtfulness and compassion, and those of us who now know her story courtesy of The Rundown should be inspired to do great things for others as well. It just goes to show how “fat” the NFL owners are that they can fire multiple people year-after-year with millions of dollars left to be paid to them, Maybe they could set up a “match” where when that happens the owners also have to donate an equal amount to charity.

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    • I kinda love the idea that the Patriots are not stink out loud awful. Mediocrity is a much better fate for the team that lorded the league for two decades.

      That Cup final . . . no words, all words, WOW.

      And I just watched the highlights of that Raiders win. Classic!

      Ms. Thomas has the right nickname, tell you what.

      I had to do a quadruple take on that number. Almost a billion fat, and guess who’s paying the tab?

      This idea of yours, it’s “Aces” too.

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  4. Ms. Thomas is a feel good story that shows ripples can have positive outcomes. Watching that comeback was a sight to behold and more importantly, people like her show why nicknames can tell a big story. Way to go, “Ace.”

    It’s been more than redundant that my criticisms of NFL and it’s Commish seem to pop up on a regular basis but for the love of all that’s holy, $800M! Ugh…WTH is wrong with the owners? Nevermind the league.

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  5. This was a great summary, but what struck me the most was the comment about if people in our country could stop sniping at each other for just a little while, then yes, maybe we could do something about so many of the injustices that exist in the world. But I don’t see much hope for it…… Self-righteous anger is too gratifying, I guess!

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