Terrific News Tuesday

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Solidarity
  • Make-A-Wish Montana
  • Tooth Fairy Day
  • Ellen & Walmart
  • Shaquille O’Neal


The Great Falls Tribune reported that Billings radio personality Paul Mushaben of Cat Country KCTR 102.9, posted an online comment suggesting that because of recent unruly fan behavior, it’s time Montana high school basketball provide separate tournaments for Indians and non-Indians. Mushaben was later suspended.

The good news is that after the comments became public the members of Northern C boys’ teams from Power, Belt, Heart Butte and Box Elder – the latter two reservation schools – locked arms in a circle at center court and then shook hands in solidarity as a crowd of about 3,500 cheered.

That was a great way to deal with the negative comments. The Tribune story (linked above) has been shared almost 11,000 times.

Make-A-Wish Montana:

From KRTV in Great Falls (MT)…

In January of 2012, young Big Sandy resident Henry Merrill was diagnosed with an extremely rare heart condition, Idiopathic Ventricular Tachycardia, which both sped up his heart to sometimes 250 beats per minute, as well throwing it off rhythm. While enduring his heart condition, Henry showed great interest in the ancient Roman city, Pompeii, which was buried in meters of ash and dried lava after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

The good news is that Henry is better now and Make-A-Wish Montana sent Henry and his family to Pompeii, which is very cool.

Tooth Fairy Day:

In case you did not remember, today (Tuesday, February 28) is National Tooth Fairy Day! The good news is that the payout from the tooth fairy has hit an all-time high:

According to Delta Dental’s 13th annual Tooth Fairy survey, cash payouts have soared during the past year to an all-time high average of $4.66, good for a 75-cent increase from 2015.

Check out the rest of the story from USA Today HERE.

I used to think a quarter was pretty good…

Ellen & Walmart:

On her show Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres surprised an entire high school senior class of 41 students from Brooklyn, New York City, with college scholarships provided by Walmart. The scholarships total $1.6 million and apply to any state university in New York. (Huff Post)

That’s a pretty great gift!

Shaquille O’Neal:

Former basketball great Shaquille (Shaq) O’Neal is a little over seven feet tall and weighs about 325 pounds, but the good news is he still listens to his mother.

O’Neal is an NBA analyst on TNT and he’s been picking on a current NBA player, JaVale McGee, for several years now by pointing out his mistakes and even making a video showing the mistakes. The feud spilled onto Twitter and became kind of nasty.

Then Shaq’s mother stepped in. She told him to stop it. Here’s how Deadspin.com said Shaq explained it:

“I have orders from the top to leave it alone,” O’Neal said past midnight on Saturday.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver?
“No,” O’Neal said. “My mama. Just say Shaq’s mom called him, told him, ‘Stop this silliness. Leave him alone.’ So that’s the end of the beef. You won’t be hearing about it from my side anymore. Mama has spoken.”

Thank you, Mrs. O’Neal.


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