Coach’s 6-Year-Old Daughter Calls Out Coverages During Football Game [WATCH]

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In the Denzel Washington football movie Remember The Titans, the coach he deposes when the schools are integrated has a young daughter played by Hayden Panatierre. She is being raised by her single dad and thanks to their close relationship, she is as into football as he is. In the movie, she steals scenes by precociously criticizing the players and play-calling, and the whole things seems like a cute Hollywood fabrication.

But apparently it happens. At least in Canada.

In a video that’s making the rounds on Twitter, an adorable little blonde girl is seen watching a football game between the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouttes. The six-year-old is shouting out the coverages on the field as her dad, an offensive coordinator for Lorne Park high school in Mississauga, Ontario, asks her what she sees.

This little girl shows more understanding of defensive coverages than most Monday morning quarterbacks, calling out shifts, identifying defensive sets, recognizing when the cornerbacks are pressing. At one point she even appears to scold a referee for throwing a flag!

The video has been retweeted almost 800 times and picked up by a variety of outlets  – local news, NFL Gameday – no doubt impressed by the little girl’s football smarts. A fellow coach responded to the video with kudos for the little girl’s father, indicating that he’d love to see the father/daughter coach a game together someday.

Short of that, there’s always Hollywood:

Father Confronts Son’s Bully With Kindness and Compassion

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Most people’s natural reaction to learning that their child is being bullied at school probably aren’t the best indications of their character. As parents, our first instinct is to protect and defend out children, and so if we discover they’re being victimized, odds are we’re going to get angry.

But one father saw past his child’s pain and considered the person on the other end of things, the bully himself. And it turns out that a little compassion and understanding were exactly what the bully needed.

Aubrey Fontenot is a tattoo artist in Houston, and the other day, he tweeted about what happened when he ‘spent some time” with his son’s bully. He spoke with the kid, Tamarion, took him for a car ride, and asked him about the conflict between him and his son Jordan. The boy responded that he himself was being picked on.

“I asked ‘Who? You’re big, who is picking on you?’ He said ‘All the other kids, they make fun of me,’” Aubrey told KHOU.

Aubrey dug deeper, calling Tamarion’s mother and learning more about the family’s struggles to find stability and provide their son with clothes and shoes. So Aubrey took it upon himself to help.

Having earned his son’s bully’s trust, the kind dad had the two boys sit down together to try to work things out.

Soon, the pair was playing video games, even sharing the same controller and taking turns. It seems the bully and his victim are now friends, thanks to a dad’s willingness to see past his son’s pain and try to solve someone else’s.

“It taught me something. I was angry at first, then I said let me try something different,” Aubrey said.

Looks like it worked.

Michael Buble Gets Emotional About Son’s Cancer on Carpool Karaoke [WATCH]

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Fuck cancer. That’s the first thing, and it would go without saying if it weren’t so cathartic to say it. Fuck cancer. And especially fuck cancer when it comes to children.

Watching a helpless child battle the disease is heartbreaking for any parent, and having to endure that struggle in the limelight, when you’re a public figure, makes it even harder. Which is why crooner Michael Buble has been out of the public eye for a minute, so much so that rumors about potential retirement have started to, ahem, bubble up.

But the singer went on The Late Show with James Corden to dispel those rumors, and to appear in an emotional edition of Carpool Karaoke to benefit Stand Up To Cancer. The singer ran through his hits while discussing his 5-year-old son Noah’s fight against the disease, which was diagnosed in 2016 and is thankfully in remission.

The segment starts the way they usually do, with Corden pretending to give a celebrity a lift and turn on some tunes only to coincidentally land on one of their signature songs, in this case, Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet.”

The conversation turns to more serious subject matter when the discuss his son’s cancer, which Buble admits is “painful to talk about” and how his “life ended.” Wiping away tears, he explains how he and his wife just took it all day by day, with a ton of familial support managed to pull through. It’s a tough few minutes to watch, but nothing compared to the years the Buble family has been dealing with it.

The singer admits he’s “not OK” even now during son’s remission. And then he explains how he tells his son superheroes aren’t real, but his son is, and his son is his hero.

He closes the segment with a message of hope and the screen fills with information for people to donate to Stand Up To Cancer.

Kids of 9/11 Firefighter Get Late Dad’s Invention a Massive Deal

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For many inventors and entrepreneurs, the fun ABC show “Shark Tank” is something of a holy grail. To be able to go on TV and pitch your product to a handful of famous investors, and get it in front of millions of potential customers, is a dream come true. Even if you don’t get plucked from obscurity by Mark Cuban, the exposure surely gives you a leg up.

Not many people get that chance, and unfortunately, neither did retired NY firefighter Keith Young. But it wasn’t because his product wasn’t worthy; Keith died three months ago, due to cancer related to working the recovery efforts after 9/11. But Keith’s kids wanted to honor their dad’s dreams, and together, the trio appeared on the show to pitch their dad’s product.

 

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Kaley, Christian, and Keira Young explained on the show that it was their dad’s dream to make his spiel to the Shark Tank’s star investors.

“It was his dream to pitch it on ‘Shark Tank,’” Kaley said on air. “Unfortunately, he passed away before he had that chance, but we’re here today to continue his legacy and make that dream a reality.”

His kids were there to pick up the slack.

The product is called the Cup Board Pro, and it’s a cutting board that has a cup attached to make cleaning up after all that chopping easier. And the late Keith Young knew from chopping, twice having won on the Food Network’s “Chopped” TV show! The product comes complete with an insignia that honors Keith and his fellow firefighters.

The sharks didn’t stand a chance. All five of them – Daymond John, Matt Higgins, Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary and Lori Greiner – decided to invest $20,000 each in the CupBoard Pro, pledging to donate all profits to charities to support 9/11 related illnesses.

“The story is amazing. Obviously, you have a million reasons to be proud,” Cuban told the group as he explained the group’s decision. “Your father will live on forever through each of you and his product.”

It was an emotional episode for the judges and viewers alike. Even the show’s notorious hardcase Kevin O’Leary admitted as much!

“I always say “don’t get emotional about money” but this pitch wasn’t about money…OR a cutting board for that matter. These kids are carrying on their father’s – a real hero’s – legacy. Amazing.” O’Leary tweeted.

According to an update on a recent episode of Shark Tank – there was a board buying frenzy after the original episode aired. The remaining inventory sold out almost instantly and Keith’s children received over 100,000 emails inquiring about purchasing the product. That’s when the sharks stepped in and introduced the entrepreneurs to Williams Sonoma. The retailer struck a licensing deal with the Youngs and made a minor improvement to the product by making it heat resistant to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and antibacterial – but otherwise kept it true to the original design.

“Our dad loved shopping in Williams Sonoma so we are very happy that Cup Board Pro will be on the shelves of one of his favorite stores,” said Kaley Young. “When our Shark Tank episode aired we heard from so many viewers who wanted to buy our product right away. We are so proud to offer everyone the latest version of Cup Board Pro. We know that all of the new features of the cutting board would make our dad proud too.”

The product retails for $59.99 and is currently available in stores and online.

“Keith Young is an American hero and I’m proud that Williams Sonoma will help his children fulfill his dream. We’re thrilled that the Cup Board Pro can be made in America and can give back to such a worthy cause.” said Willams Sonoma president Janey Hayes via a press release.

Kaley, Christian, and Keira Young also started a GoFundMe campaign that has raised over $42,000 for the FDNY Foundation.

Big cheers to the Youngs, your dad would be so proud!

Dad Builds Huge Backyard Skateboard Ramp for X Games Competitor Son [VIDEO]

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While some parents are “ugh, totally lame” by not letting their young kids ride skateboards, others are doing the opposite. In fact, one dad has gone about as far to the other end of the extreme sports spectrum as you can get.

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Peter Wilson of Victoria, Austrailia built his 11-year-old son Keefer his own skateboard ramp in their backyard; and not just any ramp, mind you. At 95 meters long (nearly the length of a football field), it is one of the biggest in the world, and Keefer trains on it nonstop.

“He’s the best dad because look at this. He built me this [megaramp], and I get to skate it every day,” Keefer told ABC Gippsland.

The practice is important, too, because Keefer just became the second youngest competitor in X Games history when he dropped into the Skateboard Big Air Qualifier last week, finishing in seventh.

The pre-teen isn’t the only one who gets to enjoy the monstrosity of a ramp either. Professional skateboarders from around the world regularly travel to the Wilson’s property to skate it.

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“It’s the only ramp [of this size] in Australia. . . or this side of the world,” says Austrailian pro skateboarder Tas Pappas. “It’s just given me the chance to do something I’ve never had an opportunity to have a go on.”

As you might suspect, the journey to constructing such an enormous ramp is easier said than done. Wilson’s initial ramp had to be torn down when the city received complaints from neighbors about their view being obstructed. But this just led to aspirations for an even larger ramp elsewhere.

“They took it to VCAT [the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal], and I offered to move it into an old dam, which we’ve done now,” Wilson said. “I’ve planted 100 trees to try to block the view. . . where it is now it’s pretty much underground.”

The new ramp’s roll-in starts about 15 meters (50 feet) above the ground and leads to three different ramps: “60 feet and 50 feet. . . and the end part of the quarter is 27 feet high, so it’s completely to X Games standard.”

It isn’t just something for professional athletes, either. Keefer’s older sister, Aaliyah, 12, loves dropping in on the steep ramp with her brother.

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“Sometimes you go on your back. Sometimes you face plant. . . and then sometimes your board hits you in the face. . . and sometimes you land back on your board. It’s so fun,” she said.

Keefer has lofty goals of going pro when he turns 15 in order to travel and compete all over the world; though, we imagine he’ll be hard-pressed to find a better skating experience than what’s already in his backyard thanks to his awesome dad.

Father Figures: Always Wanted

“Ever since I was a teenager, all I wanted to be was a dad.

Back when my wife and I started dating, we used to talk about kids and how many we’d eventually want. After we were married, we starting seriously talking about it, and eventually trying.

A couple months went by and nothing. Then, right as we were about to give up, she took the test and my life changed forever. I was excited nervous and scared all in one.

Leaving the hospital, I kept wondering, “Am I ready? Are there any instructions for this?”

It’s been the greatest roller coaster ride of my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world. That little girl is my world and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her!”

– Marc Matteo Jr.

Horror Icons Parody the Backstreet Boys and It’s Terrifyingly Good [WATCH]

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Halloween is synonymous with some of our favorite horror movie villains; those faceless serial killers who just keep coming back, again and again, to brutally murder yet another group of pesky teenagers.

But have you ever asked yourself what would happen if five of these monsters worked together toward a common goal? Would they go on a brutal killing spree? Maybe exact revenge on everyone who has wronged them? Could they take over the world entirely?

No, of course not. Everyone knows they would form a surprisingly talented boy band!

The Slashstreet Boys, created by the amazing minds of The Merkins and Taco Truck, is a Backstreet Boys parody band consisting of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Ghostface, Michael Myers, and Leatherface. The quintet dons the Backstreet Boys’ trademark white suits and belts annoyingly catchy melodies about—you guessed it—murder.

If not for the flawless accompanying choreography, 2018’s, “I’ll Kill You That Way” might actually be scary.

And don’t for a second think this group is a one-hit wonder. The Slashstreet Boys’ debut actually took place in 2017 when they released “Slashing Bodies,” a dazzling rendition that includes sinister solos and even a trademark 90s bandana look from Freddy.

Now that Halloween 2019 is upon us, The Slashstreet Boys have reunited for yet another spooky parody of “As Long as You Love Me” because an absurd number of sequels is something all of these characters know plenty about.

Dad Builds Huge Halloween Installations Around His House

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Typical Halloween decorations consist of a few jack-o-lanterns, some fake spider webs, or maybe a hanging plastic skeleton, but Ammon Smith is anything but typical when it comes to Halloween.

The 33-year-old woodworker from Salt Lake City goes all out when it comes to the spookiest time of the year, constructing huge, intricate scenes in his front yard—and they just keep getting bigger!

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At all started in 2011 when Smith’s wife asked him to decorate the house for Christmas. Smith enjoyed the process so much, he decided he had to go all out for his favorite holiday, Halloween.

“I built a 9-foot pumpkin-headed guy that was holding up a bunch of other lit-up pumpkins,” Smith told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I got so many neighbors leaving me little notes saying how they thought it was so neat because they could see me building it in my driveway.”

With such resoundingly positive responses from his family and neighboring community, Smith decided he had to up the ante next Halloween.

“The next year, it was like ‘let’s do something bigger’ and the next year, ‘let’s do something bigger.’ That’s how it’s been for five years now.”

His front yard has been home to a functional haunted train:

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A huge, fog-breathing dragon:

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A giant King Kong climbing the Empire State Building:

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And this year’s display: a Jurassic scene starring life-sized dinosaurs!

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He started construction on the dino display in August, using recycled wood, chicken wire, styrofoam, tin foil, and spray paint.

Building and crafting have been an interest of Smith’s since he was a kid—he would play in forts and treehouses that he constructed himself. Now, his passion has become his profession as he owns his own company, Designs on 9th, where he builds furniture and other “interior elements” (only part-time now that he’s a stay-at-home dad to his 3-year-old daughter, though). Many elements of his Halloween creations are constructed out of recycled scrap from work projects.

The scenes typically take between 80 and 100 hours to build but are surprisingly inexpensive to make due to the large number of recycled elements.

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“All the cost goes into fog juice and candy, which is kind of expensive, actually,” Smith said.

He says people have already been stopping by to take a look at the construction and talk to him about his creative process but the real crowds will be on Halloween night when droves of trick-or-treaters will travel to see the impressive dinosaurs.

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After the holiday, Smith will tear down the creations and store many of the elements like chicken wire and fabric for next year’s display. Despite not knowing what exactly that will be yet, he better start saving his pennies for hoards of trick-or-treaters because it’s going to take one hell of a production to top this.

Father Figures: The Clapper

“One Saturday when I was a kid, my parents dragged my brother and me to a bunch of art galleries. It was hellishly boring.

After a few hours we got back in the car with the promise/threat of just one more excruciating stop. We had barely finished moaning in disappointment when my dad suddenly took an unexpected turn and pulled into the parking lot of the local Showcase Cinemas.

They’d pulled a fast one on us! After the horrors of the art galleries, we were being rewarded with horror of a different kind: GREMLINS!

My mom was somehow okay with seeing GREMLINS, not to mention somehow okay with an 8yo seeing GREMLINS. (My parents didn’t mess around, a year later they took me to ALIENS!) So we sat in our seats and waited for the movie to start. And waited, and waited, until it became clear something was wrong. The crowd was getting antsy. Even my typically mild-mannered dad was disgruntled!

So much so, in fact, that he decided to do something about it. Did he complain? Demand his money back? Throw hands with an usher? No.

He started clapping.

To this day I’m not entirely sure what he was trying to accomplish, and he doesn’t remember. My best guess is that he was hoping other audience members would join in and together the groundswell of clapping would shame the projectionist into getting off his fat ass and starting the movie. But maybe he was just being a sarcastic jerk, clapping at a blank screen.

Or maybe he was just so damn hyped about all the art he’d seen that day that he wanted to cheer about it!

It doesn’t matter, though, because it worked! The movie finally started playing, at least.

I like to think it was because of my dad’s antics, and now, every time I’m inconvenienced somewhere, I start clapping too!

Just kidding. That makes literally zero sense.”

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Tweet Roundup: 11 of the Funniest Tweets About Internet Life for #InternetDay

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Did you know October 29th is Internet Day? It’s true! Use the internet to Google it!

Sure, most people just use the world wide web to look at cat memes, complain in comment sections, or pretend to be someone they’re not, but that’s the beauty of it — it’s the digital Wild West! There’s no way to know what you’re going to find when you open that browser, which only makes the experience more addictive and exciting.

Here’s 11 hilarious tweets to celebrate #InternetDay and sum up the high highs and very low lows of being bound to the internet.

Linda! The computer says it’s my lucky day again!

There’s always someone who will relate to you online.

Hack the mainframe. Take that punk down.

No one is more of a creature of habit than a dad.

Where’s that dang flux capacitor?

I’m not crying, my eyeliner is just running into my eyes.

Time to go get yelled at by strangers again.

PSA:

Half Windsor? Listen, you either go Full Windsor or you don’t Windsor at all.

They just contact him via email now.

I wonder why I’m not tired? Oh, that’s right. Rage.

The Best Comments of the Week 10/28

Every week we pan for comedy gold in the comments section of our Facebook posts. If your comment cracks us up (or warms our hearts) we’ll showcase it here!

Here’s this week’s roundup of the Best Comments of the Week:

1. Goosed.

2. His Salary Was Slashed. 

3. The High Cost of Printer Ink.

4. Pineapple is the new anchovies. 

5. So Touching. NO Touching!

6. Chicken and Egg, Revisited. 

7. There’s Plenty of Leftovers…

8. And No Tip Required.

9. This Kid Has the Chops for Comedy.

10. Every Rose has its Thorn. 

11. Days of Blunder.

12. Scared Shitless.

Check out the previous edition of our The Best Comments of the Week here.

Tweet Roundup: The 12 Funniest Tweets About Pumpkin Carving

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Carving pumpkins with your children is so fun and easy! Just grab a pumpkin, lay down some newspaper, explain to your kids what “newspapers” were, then break out that carving kit and let the frustration begin!

Here are 12 tweets sure to put a smile on your face as you struggle to put one on a pumpkin.

Not yet in the Halloween spirit?

Round up the kids and head to a pumpkin patch!

They’ll love picking out their own pumpkin.

There are many ways to carve these pumpkins.

But no better way than with your kids.

It’s a great opportunity to workshop some dad jokes.

And even pull a few classic dad gags!

Pumpkin carving is a team effort.

And a great way to determine whether or not you’re raising psychos.

Tiny, knife-wielding psychos.

But to be frank, none of us look sane doing it.

So feel free to just give up. Painting one is easier anyway.

Moana toy comes to life… You’re welcome.

Even after this I still like Moana better than Frozen.

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