Ted Lasso Shows Us It’s Okay To Get Help

In August of 2020, the perfect show came along at the perfect time. After nearly a year in lockdown, we all needed a big dose of positivity and it came in the form of Ted Lasso on AppleTV.  For many, watching Ted Lasso became a type of self-care. Groundbreaking in its overwhelming optimism, the first season of the show hit all the right notes. Rightfully so, it cleaned up at this years Emmys, and the cast earned a huge raise for season 3.

Season 2 of Ted Lasso has much of the same positivity and charm as season 1, but with an added wrinkle. Enter Dr. Sharon. We meet Dr. Sharon Fieldstone in the 1st episode of the 2nd season and we can tell immediately that she’s going to be a foil to Ted’s overwhelming positivity. Dr. Sharon helps many of the players early on in the season, especially Dani after his incident with the dog, and Colin who is “not a piece of shit”. But it is her relationship with Ted that is the most interesting.

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At times during season 1 we could catch a glimpse of the anxiety that Ted dealt with silently. In some ways, his over-the-top optimism and exuberant personality were a cover for some internal struggles. Knowing that there was more to Ted than just energy and enthusiasm 24/7 didn’t make me like him less, it made me like him more. None of us have our shit together all the time, I’m skeptical of anyone that acts as though they do.

In season 2 we get a better glimpse of Ted’s internal state. Under the added pressure of his team’s performance, paired with the struggles of being separated from his family, Ted’s anxiety reaches a boiling point. In the 7th episode of season 2 “Headspace” we see Ted forced to leave the pitch because of a panic attack similar to the infamous episode in season 1. We’re not sure what happens to Ted until he turns up in Dr. Sharon’s office admitting that he needs to talk.

While Ted Lasso the show might be damn near perfect, its people aren’t. Ted, Nate, Rebecca, Roy, Keeley, Beard, Jamie, Colin, Dani, and Isaac:  they all have issues. Even Dr. Sharon herself. Everyone except Higgins, he’s mostly got his shit together. The rest need help in some form or fashion. Where season 1 was all about self-help with great quotes like “I believe in believe.” and “Be a goldfish” (because of its 10-second memory). Season 2 shows us that it’s ok to seek help.

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsions, post-traumatic stress, or a case of the damn yips, there is nothing wrong with seeking help. Nowadays even the best athletes on the planet visit therapists regularly. Roy Keane himself (the former Manchester United midfielder who inspired Ted Lasso’s “Roy Kent”) admitted during a recent interview that he spoke with a therapist when he was playing. But it doesn’t matter if you’re a professional athlete or just a normal dad like me, if you need help working through something there’s no shame in it.

At the end of episode 8 after the Man City game at Wembley Stadium Ted calls Dr. Sharon and we finally learn the big thing that Ted has kept bottled up. Its the first real insight we get into what makes Ted who he is. No spoilers, but when he revealed what he did to Dr. Sharon I immediately thought back to one of the best scenes in season 1, when he plays darts with Rupert. Now everything is starting to make more sense.

Like Dr. Sharon says “the truth will set you free, but first it’s gonna piss you off.” There’s a lot of reluctance around therapy. People have a lot of notions about how therapy works, and most of those notions are wrong. It is not a weakness to get help, in fact, it takes a lot more strength to make that admission and take that first step. If Ted Lasso can admit he needs help some time, then so can I. Our kids need us at our best and sometimes that means we need to tackle our issues Ted Lasso style. “Bird by bird” as he would say.  Barbeque sauce.

Netflix Creates Chadwick Boseman Memorial Scholarship at Howard University

Before Chadwick Boseman was T’Challa, before he earned the professional success that most actors only dream of, Boseman was a student at Howard University. Boseman initially planned on pursuing directing, but his program required students to take acting classes as well. Under the guidance of Cosby Show star Phylicia Rashad, Boseman thrived.

The talented student soon set his sights on acting, and in a quiet act of generosity, Denzel Washington paid for Boseman’s acting course at Oxford – a program he otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford. In memory of the late actor, Netflix is establishing a $5.4 million scholarship to allow other students a similar opportunity.

The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship will fund four years of tuition at Howard University for recipients. This year, four students (one in each class year) will receive the memorial scholarship. Starting next year and continuing annually, one incoming freshman will be awarded the life-changing scholarship.

“It is with immense pleasure and deep gratitude that we announce the creation of an endowed scholarship in honor of alumnus Chadwick Boseman, whose life and contributions to the arts continue to inspire,” Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University said in a statement shared by CNN.

“This scholarship embodies Chadwick’s love for Howard, his passion for storytelling, and his willingness to support future generations of Howard students,” Dr. Frederick continues. “I am thankful for the continuous support and partnership of Chadwick’s wife, Mrs. Simone Ledward-Boseman, and to Netflix for this important gift.”

Students who receive The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship will display qualities that are important both inside and outside of the classroom. The school explains that while leadership and passion are important, so are things like respect and empathy. Boseman, filled with passion and drive, had his trajectory shaped by the generosity of a stranger. Now, even posthumously, he’s doing the same for others.

Teen Helps Pets Regain Mobility by Building Wheelchairs for Animals in Need

Wheelchairs can mean the difference between life and death for animals with mobility issues. Dogs and cats unable to use their back legs are forced to drag them, causing injuries and infections that could quickly turn deadly. But for animals (and humans, for that matter), wheelchairs are costly. The drastic size difference from one dog to another means that mobility devices must be custom-made – the process is complicated and expensive, but an animal-loving teen from Minnesota is working to change that.

When a high school student named Shaine Kilyun realized how life-changing wheelchairs are to animals who need them, she learned to build them herself. Animal wheelchairs can cost well over $1,000, and as pets grow and require different levels of support, they may need multiple over time. The cost is prohibitive, and some pet owners are unable to give their four-legged friends the support they need.

Shaine watched YouTube videos, practiced the building process, and eventually mastered the art of animal wheelchairs. Last year, she changed the life of a blind 7-month-old Great Dane named Cypress. Cypress’s legs curved and varied in length, so she struggled to walk. After Cypress’s owner connected with Shaine, the teen built a wheelchair that changed the pup’s life. Cypress can now run and play like any other pup, and her human-only paid for the cost of the materials.

“So many dogs get put down because people just don’t think they have a life because they’re disabled,” Shaine told Fox News.

A year after learning the unique skill, the ambitious teen completed 10 custom wheelchairs. Some for dogs, some for cats, one for a hedgehog, and even one for a duck. Shaine plans to continue creating wheelchairs for shelter animals in particular – due to the high cost of wheelchairs, some dogs struggling with mobility are sadly euthanized. With Shaine’s help, several animals have gotten a second chance at life.

To find out more, check out Shaine’s Instagram page. To make a donation, you can do so through Zelle (​​[email protected]).

Ryan Reynolds Announces a ‘Sabbatical’ to Focus On His Role as a Dad

Ryan Reynolds is taking a break from acting. The Deadpool and Free Guy star announced it on Instagram this weekend as he wrapped filming on his new movie with Will Ferrell. He’s taking a break from being a movie star to focus on another role he loves: dad.

He announced his sabbatical with a series of snaps from the filming of his new movie, saying “Not sure I’d have been ready to say yes to a film this challenging even three years ago.”

“Singing, dancing and playing in the sandbox with Will Ferrell made a whole lotta dreams come true.”

Reynolds followed it up by saying “perfect time for a little sabbatical from movie making. I’m gonna miss every second working with this obscenely gifted group of creators and artists.

“These days, kindness matters as much as talent,” he finished. “I’ve been lucky to work with folks who are flush with both.”

He later clarified that his sabbatical wasn’t going to last too long, as he does have a Free Guy sequel to film eventually and a Deadpool movie in the MCU supposedly. He also clarified that he’d be spending the sabbatical working as a parent, not learning a new language or traveling the globe.

And his wife was the first to troll him in the replies to his post, as Blake Lively wrote “Michael Caine did it first,” referencing the recent rumors of the elderly actor’s retirement last week. The pitch-perfect comment received 15,000 likes.

Of course, just because the girl-dad is stepping away from movies does not mean he is going to stop trolling his Hollywood frienemy, Hugh Jackman, either.

@vancityreynoldsSocks to be Hugh.♬ A Million Dreams – Ziv Zaifman & Hugh Jackman & Michelle Williams

Nokia Re-Releasing Classic “Brick” Phone For 20th Anniversary

I was one of the last of my friends to get a cellphone. I don’t remember exactly when it was, but it was the early aughts and while everyone I knew had one, I didn’t feel the need. And then my car broke down on the Mass Pike and I had to flag down a flatbed tow-truck – somehow one was going by – to get home. I got a cellphone after that. A Nokia.

Then, on Marathon Monday, I spiked it into the pavement on Boylston Street when I realized it somehow hadn’t saved the number of the girl I’d spent the afternoon with at the Copley Square Pizzeria Uno. I’m not bitter.

It was a memorable day. Today, we celebrate the 20th anniversary. Not of that day (although we probably should), but of the UK release of the Nokia phone I smashed, which is lovingly referred to as the “brick” phone.

The brick phone, otherwise known as the Nokia 6310, was released in 2001. Key features included a battery that would last weeks, a durable frame (couldn’t withstand a sidewalk spike, tho), and that old Snake game that I actually played quite a bit. It was nothing like today’s smartphones. It had barebones internet access, texting was a huge pain, and the photo quality was a joke. It was basically just a phone, but we LOVED it! To celebrate the anniversary, Nokia is re-releasing a new version in the UK that is built just as durably, with that legendary long battery (which probably lasted because no one was using it to scroll Instagram and Twitter all day long), along with a few updates.

‘That yearning for nostalgia makes the new Nokia 6310 the perfect tonic,’ a Nokia spokesperson said, explaining that the phone has been ‘refreshed and reinvented,’ for 2021, with that larger screen and bigger buttons. ‘With the Nokia 6310, it is all fun and games…you can listen to your favourite news channels, sports games, or music stations on the go with reliable connectivity or play an intense game of Snake!’

‘They don’t make them like they used to is a phrase we’ve disowned,’ said Adam Ferguson, Head of Product Marketing at HMD Global. ‘We recently launched the new Nokia XR20, a life-proof smartphone that in my eyes, is a modern day Nokia 3310 in a smartphone. And now the Nokia 6310 is back and better than ever.’

Okay, but can they bring back that girl’s number? I gotta see if she’s still single.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Is Getting a Ton of New Content This November

During today’s special Animal Crossing New Horizons Nintendo Direct, a wealth of new features were revealed for the ridiculously popular game and will be introduced on November 5th, 2021.  Honestly, it’s way more content than I thought was going to be showcased, with lots of quality of life improvements too.

First up, a free update dubbed “Ver. 2.0” will be available to everyone.  The coveted Brewster will be making his return, serving up all sorts of beverages at the museum.  Harv’s Island is getting an upgrade too, which allows you to open up his island and set up shops for different vendors, and they will sell you the items there instead of having to wait for them to show up on your island on certain days.  Along with loads of new characters, you’ll now have enough storage space for up to 5,000 different items and be able to craft ladders to leave around your island so you don’t have to keep pulling yours out to use.  Check it all out for yourself in the video below.

If that wasn’t enough, immediately announced afterward was a paid DLC called “Happy Home Paradise”.  It will release the exact same day as the update and will cost $24.99 separately or comes packed in with the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription.

This new DLC is massive, to say the least, with you taking it upon yourself to build dream vacation homes for villagers around the world.  There will be characters on the island that will have various requests.  Once you accept a request, you will be able to pick an island that suits their style and can pick the weather, time of day, and season to also help fit the mood.  You’ll then have to create a vacation home that they love, and you’ll get paid a special currency to spend on new and unique items, only available in the DLC.

Along with all of this, there will be new Amiibo character cards released to purchase as well.  These will include the coveted business cat Raymond.  If I’m able to get a hand on any of these, it looks like I’ll finally be able to add the damn adorable cat guy to my island after a never-ending search.

I thought I was done with Animal Crossing New Horizons, but now it looks like I’m definitely jumping back in this November.

Bindi Irwin Celebrates 6-Month-Old Grace Warrior With Adorable Dad-Daughter Pic

The newest member of the Irwin family recently turned six months old, and her overjoyed parents couldn’t wait to share the important milestone with the world. Bindi Irwin, daughter of the legendary Crocodile hunter, gave birth to Grace Warrior Irwin on March 25. Throughout her pregnancy, Bindi happily shared updates on social media. She invited her followers along to share in her joy and excitement, and the 23-year-old continues to do the same even after Grace’s birth.

The Irwin family eagerly awaited the arrival of Grace Warrior, who would have been Steve Irwin’s first grandchild. Bindi lost her dad at just 8 years old, and throughout her life, she’s worked to keep his memory alive. Grace’s middle name, Warrior, is even an homage to her late grandfather.

“My dad was the first person to create the term ‘Wildlife Warrior,’” Irwin explained in an interview with The Bump. “Being a ‘Wildlife Warrior’ means to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

To celebrate 6-month-old Grace, Bindi shared an adorable father-daughter photo on Instagram. Her husband, Chandler Powell, grins widely as he holds little Grace – even at 6 months old, she seems to know exactly how dang cute she is. With their faces pressed against each other, both Chandler and Grace look as if there’s no place they’d rather be.

 

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“Favourite photo,” Bindi captioned the celebratory pic. “We love you so much,” Chandler responded in the photo’s comment section.

Bindi was over the moon after Grace Warrior’s birth, sharing photos of her happy little family in some of her favorite places. Grace is a regular at the Australia Zoo, the Irwin family’s second home. It’s safe to say that both Bindi and Chandler thoroughly love parenting, and 6-month-old Grace is soaking up both the love and the adventurous ways of her doting parents.

 

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“Grace Warrior, we love you beyond description,” Bindi captioned another series of photos celebrating her 6-month old.

Paul: This Man

“This is my stepfather Paul.

This man has been mine and my little sisters stepfather since I was three years old; my biological father died when I was one-and-a-half years old and my mom was pregnant with my little sister.

This man has been such a father to me, it feels odd even calling him a stepfather. I know it couldn’t have been easy to step in as a father to two kids who just lost their father, but Paul rocked it.

This man worked a lot of hours as a machinist with over an hour commute everyday to make sure we had everything we needed.

I credit this man for making me the man I am today. I have been married for 9 years with two amazing sons and I’m even a machinist myself and absolutely love it.

I owe this man so much and can’t tell him enough how much I appreciate him and love him.”

– Jake Robinson

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Rocksteady’s ‘Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League’ Gets a New Story Trailer

The DC FanDome event was in full force this weekend with all sorts of major announcements.  On the video game front, we got another look at the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League coming from renowned Batman Arkham Trilogy developer Rocksteady.  It looks like it’s going to be a riot.

Amanda Waller has put together ‘Task Force X’, a team of misfits that consists of Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, and King Shark.  Their mission?  To literally kill the Justice League.  That’s a tall order considering some of DC’s strongest heroes including Superman, The Flash, and Green Lantern are on a rampage through Metropolis.  Wonder Woman seems to be against the corrupted heroes, so the team has an edge there.  No word on if Batman is going to make an appearance, but Penguin does, and I kinda feel sorry for the poor guy in this trailer.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League was announced at last year’s DC FanDome with a short trailer and no gameplay.  That’s still the case with this trailer, but it’s still said to be on track for a 2022 release on PS5, Xbox Series S/X, and PC.  Rocksteady has confirmed that Kill the Justice League will be a first-person experience with the option to play solo or with up to 4-player’s cooperatively.  Each of the four playable characters will have their own special abilities along with customizable weapons to mix and match.

Despite the fact that’s it’s coming from Rocksteady, their next DC Comics game seems to ditch the doom and gloom of the Arkham games in favor of a dark comedy akin to the recent Suicide Squad film.  It’s also taking place on a much more apocalyptic scale compared to those other games as well.  Hopefully, we’ll get to see some actual gameplay soon.

Along with this announcement, be sure to check out our other DC FanDome coverage including the first look at Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam and another intense trailer for The Batman featuring Robert Pattinson.

DC FanDome Delivers First Flash Footage, Looks at Aquaman, Shazam 2

The DC FanDome churned out a lot of hype on Saturday.

It kicked off with The Rock giving us our first look at Black Adam, kept rolling with some behind the scenes footage of the Aquaman sequel, featuring Jason Momoa’s stealth outfit and Black Mantis:

We also got a behind the scenes look at Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods, which features Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu as angry goddesses, as well other mythological creatures wreaking havoc:

Then we finally got a teaser trailer for the long-awaited Flash movie, featuring Ezra Miller jumping across dimensions and encountering multiple Batmans. The footage at FanDome was heavy on Michael Keaton’s version of the caped crusader, with Bruce asking The Flash why, with his newfound ability to go to any universe at any time, he chose to save one.

At one point, The Flash is flanked by what looks like another universe’s speedster (also played by Ezra Miller, and Supergirl (Sasha Calle), as he asks Batman if he’s in on whatever plan they’ve got rolling. Then he finds the Batmobile.

It looks fun, and while there’s no Batfleck just yet, Keaton is always welcome.