Dad Grades: Daniel O’Shea – Little Giants

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With the biggest day in football just around the corner, we’ve decided to take a look back at one of our favorite football movie dads, Rick Moranis in Little Giants. Whoa. Did you feel that? Did you feel something when I said the name Rick Moranis? Strap in.

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Meet the O’Shea brothers. Kevin, left, portrayed by Ed O’Neill, is a hometown hero in Urbania, Ohio. He’s a Heisman Trophy recipient, a Chevy dealership owner, and an all-around crummy big brother to Danny, played by Rick Moranis. Whoa. There it was again. It’s like a modern “cellar door.”

Danny runs a local gas station and has lived meekly in his brother’s shadow since childhood. He’s the single parent of Becky, aka “Icebox,” presumably the first crush of every young boy who wished Topanga Lawrence could beat them up. Icebox tries out for the Cowboys, a local pee-wee football team coached by her decidedly sexist uncle. When Kevin denies her a spot on the roster, she mobilizes a ragtag squad of prepubescent outcasts to form their own team.

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With the team assembled, Icebox and her pals are ready to take on Kevin O’Shea’s Cowboys and prove, once and for all that through discipline, teamwork, and– hey, wait a minute! They still need a coach! But who can possibly tame this rambunctious pack of mouthy social rejects? Who will be their Buttermaker? Their Gordon Bombay? What man has the diligence and determination to turn this troop of timid, unathletic picked-lasts into winners? Who could possibly lead this band of slackers, miscreants, and ne’er-do-wells to victory?

THAT’S RIGHT, BABY. IT’S MORANIS TIME.

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Danny and Kevin wager a bet: One playoff game, Giants vs. Cowboys, winner remains the sole pee-wee football team in Urbania. Personally, I think this is how the Super Bowl should work. Each year, the losing team should have to disband until we ultimately have just one NFL team, at which point we’ll finally have an answer to the question: Can the Patriots cheat against themselves?

Meanwhile, shy, awkward Danny falls for Patty, a childhood crush who happens to be the mother of his cannon-armed quarterback, Junior, who Icebox quickly develops a crush on.

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The logistics of these co-existing romantic endeavors’ future is never discussed. What if Danny and Patty get married? Does Icebox continue dating her stepbrother? That’s weird, right? What happens if Icebox and Junior call it quits? What’s that Thanksgiving like? Movies are weird.

Anyway, it’s now gameday. Icebox quits the team to become a cheerleader in an attempt to woo Junior, as per the suggestion of her terrible uncle. Danny is fine with this; her teammates are not. Kevin, having deviously thwarted an inexorable ass-kicking at the hands of his lovestruck niece, raises the stakes: his Chevrolet dealership, Danny’s gas station, winner takes all.

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The Giants get crushed in the first half. Icebox throws down her pom-poms and returns to the field. The Giants give it their all, close in on the Cowboys, and ultimately execute a Fumblerooski trick play to pull out a 99-yard game-winning touchdown. Everyone kisses. Danny has, at last, earned the respect of his awful, annoying brother. It’s a truly magnificent third act.

The Good
For most of the movie, what we see of Danny’s relationship with his daughter is largely of the coach/player nature. We see he’s exercised fairly permissive parenting since the death of Icebox’s mom, but little else is known. The fact Danny is so eagerly willing to put his dignity (and ultimately, his gas station) on the line just so his daughter and her friends can play football demonstrates that he’s not just a praiseworthy single parent, but an awesome friend-dad. Remember that childhood friend with the awesome dad? That’s Danny O’Shea.

The Bad
I have no problems whatsoever with the character of Danny O’Shea, but Rick Moranis quit acting three years after this film’s release. If you’re reading this, please come back, Rick. We need you. We’re sorry for replacing you with Stephen Baldwin in that Flintstones sequel. We truly are.

The Verdict
Little Giants is a master class in how to not live vicariously through your children. Some of your kids will want to play football. Others will want to become cheerleaders. Some will take a liking to the guitar. Others will paint. It’s important to remember that your kid is their own person. Danny O’Shea understands this. The movie’s most tender moment occurs the night before the big game when he places a cheerleading outfit on the vanity in his star fullback’s bedroom.

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No, YOU’RE crying.

Daniel O’Shea’s Dad Grade: A-

Son Surprises Ailing Dad With Tickets To College World Series

Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate your old man, and show him how much you appreciate the role he’s played in your life all these years. Especially since, as we get older, our dads do too, and they may not have many Father’s Days left.

Matt Lea recognized that this Father’s Day, and so went out of his way to make it a memorable one, for both him and his father, both former college baseball players who bonded over the game as Matt was growing up.

Matt’s father Billy suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, and the symptoms have been accruing rapidly. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for more memories, and Matt used the latest Father’s Day as an opportunity to do just that. The 36-year-old drove 12 hours, from Florida to Mississippi, and surprised his parents at their doorstep on Sunday.

He was bearing gifts as well, bringing his dad the jersey of his favorite baseball team, Mississippi State. But that wasn’t all. Matt brought tickets too, to see the College World Series in Omaha in person.

In video of the exchange that Matt posted on Twitter, his dad was clearly taken by surprise.

“I figured it’s probably not good enough just for us to watch the game here,” Matt says in the video as he produces the tickets. “How about we go to Omaha? Do you want to go up to Omaha and watch the College World Series together?”

“Golly,” an emotional Billy responds. “You’re gonna break my heart, here.”

Matt’s gift for his dad received a rapturous response from Twitter, where it’s been liked 46,000 times and retweeted 11,000 times.

Matt seemed as surprised by the response as his dad was by the gift, as everyone who celebrated Father’s Day yesterday knows, there’s nothing better than sharing meaningful memories with your dad, which is exactly what Matt did. An article on Omaha.com details Billy’s baseball past, the initial diagnosis of his Alzheimer’s, the VIP experience Matt treated him too over the weekend.

Matt’s Twitter account showcased the rest.

Happy Father’s Day!

Amazing Street Artist Uses Everyday Objects As His Canvas

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Artist Tom Bob doesn’t see the world like other people. Where you and I might see sewer grates or metal pipes, he sees ghosts and saxophone players.

Check out some of the amazing ways he’s transforming parts of New York City into works of art.

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Check out more of Tom Bob and his unique artwork here.

Father Figures: Heroes

“On February 2, 2011, my daughter was born. The whole thing started pretty normally about 2:30 am or so, my wife woke me up and said, ‘Honey, it is time to go,’ so we went to the hospital in a snowstorm.

That was the easy part.

When they put the belly monitor on her they noticed that the babies heart rate would drop to low whenever my wife would have a contraction. She needed emergency C-section, but the doctor could not make it due to the storm, and when he finally arrived it was rush rush rush!
Well when my daughter Emily did arrive, she had internal bleeding throughout her body, which included two grade 4 brain bleeds. We could not touch her because she would bruise and start bleeding.
They had to life-flight her to the university, where she spent 5 1/2 weeks in the NICU, which left her (you may want to sit down) deaf/blind, with hydrocephalus, a shunt, cerebral palsy, and seizures (at age 6, she needed a baclofen pump because her CP got too bad to handle without it). She is doing great today. She is happy, loves life, and everyone who meets her says that she makes their day and she is beautiful.
To pay back our little community, I became a first responder, mostly a firefighter, but I did help with EMS. Never got my certification, but that is where I found out that in the U.S. we do not have any training for first responders to deal with children with special needs.
I have made it my personal mission to teach first responders about kids with special needs.
I have taken to Emily to every EMS/Fire station in the five counties around me. I have taken her to the police and sheriff’s departments to train them, and now I have a waiting list to get trained.
I don’t know if I am the hero here, but I needed to tell the story.”

– Mike Kuyper

Want to share a story about fatherhood? Email fatherfigures@thedad.com

Low Cost Cosplay Guy Makes The World A Better Place

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Anucha “Cha” Saengchart, the genius behind “Low Cost Cosplay,” has amassed millions of followers with his incredible reimaginings of famous fictional characters.

Whether you’re planning on portraying your favorite anime character or a Marvel superhero, this guy can show you how to do it effectively and on a string budget.

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Can’t get enough? Check out more creative cosplay on his Facebook page.

Dad Turns Photos Of Daughter Into Kickass Album Covers

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When graphic designer Ryan Foster spotted a somber, black and white photo of his daughter, Harper Lou, it instantly reminded him of a blues album cover. He couldn’t help but throw some graphics onto the image to create her first “album” cover himself.

This has led to a series of album covers featuring Harper Lou, many of which look pretty damn legit. She may not be making actual records yet, but her dad will definitely be ready when she does.

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You can find more awesome album covers as well as other design projects by Ryan on his Instagram.

The 5 Hottest Father’s Day Tech Gifts Your Dad Will Ask To See The Receipt For

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Mother’s Day is in the rearview and our annual celebration of everything Dad is fast approaching. Sure, he loved those grilling tongs and Three Stooges boxsets you got him last year. But if there’s one things all dads love, it’s being assured that they’ve genetically passed on their cheapness. Here are 5 Father’s Day gadgets your dad is definitely going to demand the receipt for.

1. A smart speaker

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These have become relatively expensive in recent years. This, of course, isn’t going to stop your dad from assuming it set you back several thousand dollars. Your dad just figured out how to make a Facebook profile. He’s gonna need a minute on talking AI servants.

2. A streaming stick

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“So yeah, you just plug this Roku stick into the TV and you can pretty much watch anything you want.” That’s you. That’s you telling your dad you just spent a boatload of money on a piece of technology. “Instant access to every movie ever made” is your dad’s cue to ask you to retrieve the Best Buy receipt crammed in the console’s cupholder.

3. A dashcam

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These are great to have in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, your dad is still under the impression it’s 1999 and all digital cameras cost ten million dollars. Be sure to keep this receipt in your wallet, because this thing’s going right back to the store if it ran you how much he thinks it ran you.

4. An e-reader

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What a lovely thought. Your dad, sitting up in bed, every book he could possibly want at his fingertips. What will he read first? A book about World War II? The biography of Henry Ford? The answer is, of course, the receipt for this fancy reading tablet that probably set you back three mortgage payments.

5. A yearly-subscription to a music streaming service

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You just want him to be able to listen to the Doobie Brothers whenever he wants. But by his math, if buying a single song on iTunes costs $1, and Spotifly, as he calls it, gives you access to over four million songs, you’ve essentially just bankrupted your family. Good job. Be sure to keep that receipt handy to prove to him that he can still see his grandkids attend college one day.