Today’s Best: Shania Twain Reemerges, Aidan Reed Inspires, Pau and Duncan Duet, and an Idiot Streaker Gets Jacked Up

Welcome to Today’s Best by MSF. This is our daily rundown of links, laughs, and lovely ladies that will help you get through your work day.

In today’s edition, Shania Twain reemerges on Oprah and reminds us all of her 90s heyday, an inspiring boy teaches us all a thing or two with his brave fight against cancer, Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan play some jazz through the magic of Photoshop, and an idiot Fenway streaker gets annihilated by a form-tackling security guard. And much, much more.

Best of MSF

Jon Washburn went to the “Matt and Daniel Hansen 400″ over the weekend in Richmond and got the chance to hang out with Matt Kenseth, participate in a fun scavenger hunt, and meet many military men and women. He also won the opportunity to go to Vegas in a couple of weeks.

He recapped the entire weekend, which he called one of the most enjoyable he’s ever had.

Best of the Web

I came across this story about Aidan Reed, a five-year old boy fighting cancer earlier today and absolutely loved it. The young lad and his family are selling drawings that he has made of his favorite monsters to help pay for his cancer treatments.

What I always find amazing about stories like these is the power of spirit and character that young kids can have, which many of us lose as we get older. It is rooted in their innocence and even naivete, and I’m sure every single one of us would love to go back to that outlook on the world. We cannot, obviously, so it’s good to be reminded from time to time about the power of positive thinking and inspired action in the face of adversity.

Today’s Best Beauty

When I was in high school, Shania Twain was all the rage. In fact, I did not know one fellow pubescent male friend who did not find her ridiculously attractive.

She has faded from view (at least my view) in the decade or so since, but she’s back in the news today with the release of her book and a schedule appearance on Oprah. It’s a great excuse to post a picture of Shania from her super-duper star days:

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Here is a gallery with additional Shania photos and a link to my favorite one of her videos – not necessarily because I liked the song, but goodness does she look good in it.

Links

Sports

Derrick Rose is the youngest MVP in NBA history.

Dave Duerson committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest so that researchers could study his brain. As he expected, doctors found signs of significant head trauma, similar to what has been found in other ex-NFL players.

Jimmy Clausen appears to be digging his heels in when it comes to his jersey number and Cam Newton.

Rashard Mendenhall…what were you talking about?

How a pair of golf shoes could have, should have been a clue that something big was going in the Oval Office.

Jim Tressel. From Senatorial Sweater Vest Savant to Ann Arbor Punchline. My how times have changed.

This is just dumb, and I can’t believe it could be true: Prince Amukamara’s Nigerian heritage caused his drop in the draft (scroll down).

Former MSF podcast guest and certified NFL legend Gil Brandt thinks the Falcons trading up to get Julio Jones was a smart move. Okay, I’m sold then.

Non-Sports

Think killing Bin Laden was the biggest “victory” from Sunday night? Think again. It’s what the SEALs recovered at the mansion that will most likely have the biggest future impact on the war against terror.

Wow, the story of Bin Laden’s capture and death keeps getting more fascinating. One single phone call by Bin Laden’s courier is what ultimately led to the U.S. finding out where he was.

In case you want more on terrorists being caputred: Top 10 Terrorist Takedowns

Do you like watching performers fall on stage? (And really, who doesn’t?) Go ahead and click here, and then start pointing and laughing.

Our friends at Generational Equity review three common myths about family owned businesses.

Just the title of this interview is intriguing: “Sex Advice From Mormons

I agree with Uncoached when they say that these are five lies you don’t want to hear from a woman.

Click if you need advice on selling a business.

Pics & GIFs

I’ve seen this image a few times and stumbled upon it again today. It cracks me up every single time. Who thinks of this stuff! (Seriously, who? I want to give credit, but I don’t know who originally created this.)

pau-gasol-tim-duncanSource: Imgur

This kid is destined to grow up to cheer for Purdue sports. He’s certainly getting practice at a young age.

kid v swingSource: GifBin

DYK

Did you know…most “close door” buttons on elevators don’t do a damn thing?

Did you know…Andre Ethier is 10 times more likely to hit for the cycle three times in a row than he is to reach 56 straight games with a hit? Remarkable.

Videos

Idiot runs onto Fenway Park field. Idiot gets absolutely decked by security guard. And it’s one hell of a good tackle too.

ESPN continues to produce outstanding commercials. This one, starring Jason Heyward and the Stanford Tree, is incredibly clever.

As Conan O’Brien tweeted: “Yesterday, we took care of one maniac with a beard. Today, Will Ferrell will take care of another. #Beardpocalypse”

And here is the hilarious visual evidence:

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As always, we end Today’s Best by paying homage to the original inspiration for this post: Hot Clicks by Jimmy Traina.

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About Jerod Morris

I love words. I write for Copyblogger and founded MSF, The Assembly Call, & Primility. I practice yoga, eat well, & strive for balance. I love life. Namaste. Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, & G+.

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