Last fall, five fifth-graders at a school in Mankato, Minnesota noticed a kid with special needs getting picked on at recess. His name is James Willmert. And they did more than stick up for him. They went WAY above and beyond.
Their names are Gus Gartzke, Tyler Jones, Jake Burgess, Landon Kopischke, and Jack Pemble. We wanted to say their names on the air, because they deserve it.
First, they made sure the bullying stopped, and they have his back at recess every day now. And when they realized he didn't really have any friends, they told him to start sitting with THEM at lunch, and made him part of their group.
Now they all play football and basketball together at recess. His mom says he used to HATE recess, but now he can't wait for it. And she recently put up a basketball hoop in their driveway, because he's gotten really into sports.
The guys also started helping him with little things he has trouble with, like opening a bag of chips or tying his shoes.
And finally, one of them recently asked what video games he has. James said he didn't have any, so they pooled their money . . . got their parents to chip in a little more . . . and bought him a PlayStation.
A video of a spider crawling out of a guy's ear went viral over the weekend. But it turns out it's fake. The guy who posted it is named Bruce Branit, and he runs his own special effects company in Kansas City, Missouri. It's still kinda creepy to watch though.
Here's the original video...just cuz it's creepy...
The 2012 NFL MVP will join the Vikings for organized team activities on Tuesday, ending an absence from the team that stretched nearly nine months, back to when Peterson was indicted on Sept. 12 for injuring his child while disciplining him with a switch.
Adrian Peterson will join the Vikings for OTAs on Tuesday, ending a nearly nine-month absence after the running back was indicted on child injury charges. Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports
"I'm returning because I want to. I'm a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches," Peterson told ESPN. "I was planning on coming in this week, and I'm looking forward to getting back on the field. It's what I love to do."
Peterson had harbored reservations about returning to the Vikings after missing 15 games last season, telling ESPN in February he believed the team had not sufficiently supported him through his legal troubles and that his family had concerns about returning to Minnesota.
He also said in February that he was stung by Governor Mark Dayton's comments requesting that the Vikings have Peterson taken off the field after the indictment. Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said in March he believed it was in Peterson's "best interests" to play elsewhere.
"I'm returning because I want to. I'm a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches. ... I'm looking forward to getting back on the field. It's what I love to do."
Adrian Peterson, Vikings RB
The Vikings, however, maintained they would not trade Peterson, and he decided to return to the team after talking with coach Mike Zimmer.
After the Vikings did not trade Peterson during the NFL draft, the running back's focus seemed to shift to securing guaranteed money from the Vikings. Peterson is scheduled to make $12.75 million in 2015 and has a contract that runs through 2017, but has no more guaranteed money in his deal, meaning the Vikings could cut the 30-year-old running back without having to pay him another dollar.
The Vikings have not yet reworked Peterson's contract, but it seemed over the weekend as though the running back was considering a return to the Vikings after his conversations with Zimmer. He boarded a flight to the Twin Cities on Monday, and was ready to rejoin the team on Tuesday morning.
Peterson declined to discuss whether the Vikings had indicated a willingness to restructure his contract.
"I'll leave those discussions to my agent, but any player wants to guarantee his future as much as possible," Peterson said. "I'm focused on what I need to do on the field, what I need to do to prepare for the season."
Peterson's contract calls for him to earn a $250,000 workout bonus if he participates in all of the Vikings' OTAs and minicamp, but the team has given Peterson his workout bonus in two of the last three seasons, despite him missing some OTAs, and could decide to pay Peterson the bonus this year, even though he did not attend the first week of Vikings OTAs.
The return of Peterson, who will join second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, could transform the Vikings into a trendy playoff pick in 2015. The Vikings won five of their final nine games last season, finishing 7-9 despite also losing two starting offensive linemen to season-ending injuries.
Now, Bridgewater has an offense that includes Peterson, Mike Wallace, Kyle Rudolph, Charles Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson among its weapons, and the Vikings had the league's 11th-best scoring defense under Zimmer in 2014.
Peterson posted 93 combined rushing and receiving yards in his only game for the Vikings in 2014, but had said before the season he'd been waiting for an offense like coordinator Norv Turner's scheme his whole career.
The Vikings' offense shifted once Bridgewater took over as the starting QB in Week 3 -- Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon logged more shotgun carries (114) than Peterson had his entire career, according to ESPN Stats and Information -- but Peterson sounded eager to add his presence to the Vikings' repertoire of weapons.
"I know what kind of offense Norv Turner runs, and this year there was a lot of production out of the shotgun formation with the passing game and the running game," Peterson said. "I feel like I bring a different dynamic to the back end and with that it will allow for different formations to be presented that will allow the quarterback to be comfortable."
And the Vikings, who are set to move into a new stadium in 2016, can once again envision Peterson playing for them in their new billion-dollar home.
"I've been watching this game from the sidelines for far too long," Peterson said. "My teammates and coaches are important to me. Those relationships matter, and I owe it to those guys. I knew I wanted to come in this week. I had a family obligation last week but I'm ready to put on a Vikings uniform again and get back to work."
It's official: CAITLYN JENNER is here. Henceforth, there is no BRUCE. And "he" will now be referred to as SHE. "Vanity Fair" introduced the world to Caitlyn Jenner yesterday, when they released their cover photo of her.
A lot of people are comparing her to JESSICA LANGE, and Jessica's response was, quote, "That's so wonderful."
When you see the cover photo, you'll notice that Caitlyn posed for the cover in a SATIN CORSET. According to TMZ, her cup size is a tasteful-but-still-succulent 38B.
Caitlyn had facial-feminization surgery on March 15th, but still has her man-parts "down there." There's no word if or when the snipping and burrowing will commence. Radar Online claims he HAS had the surgery since he gave this interview.
And that's Caitlyn with a "C", not a "K". A source says she did it on purpose, to avoid any association with the Kardashians.
Caitlyn says doing the "Vanity Fair" photo shoot was even BETTER than winning Olympic gold, because, quote, "This shoot was about my life and who I am as a person.
"It's not about the fanfare, it's not about people cheering in the stadium, it's not about going down the street and everybody giving you 'that a boy, Bruce,' pat on the back, O.K. This is about your life."
And Jenner definitely doesn't regret the decision. Quote, "If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, 'You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,' and I don't want that to happen."
Gunnar Nelson talked to Robbie, Dave and Moose about the good ol' days, you know when MTV played videos, his All-Star band Scrap Metal, who are appearing this Friday night at Dakota Magic Casino, also what Nelson is up to today and more!