Fantasy football team owners, Vegas odds-setters and any remaining, yet inexplicable Detroit Lions fans, don’t worry. A bridge may have collapsed — killing a man — but Lions quarterback Matt Stafford is OK.
To reiterate: a bridge collapsed, a man died, traffic was blocked in both directions on a major highway to remove destroyed infrastructure and what was once a human being. But, most importantly, and what we should put in the headline, is that Matt Stafford, a guy who throws (and sometimes runs with) a football was unharmed.
He was, however, inconvenienced during others’ ultimately futile attempts to treat and prevent a man from dying. However, since he wasn’t involved in those efforts, there’s no point in reporting on them or the person who died.
Let us be clear: when we say the Peter Schorsch is a hero this week, we’re not being sarcastic. This isn’t an entry in our occasional “Big Man of the Day” series. We really and truly think that Schorsch was dead on for calling out Starbucks’ unofficially-branded “Pay it Forward” campaign and refusing to buy overpriced coffee for the next person in line.
As Schorsch put it:
‘It just seems like a First World problem to me. Middle-class people sitting in their cars at a drive-thru, sipping a $5 drink and worry about someone breaking the ranks [and not buying the next person in line their coffee.]’
After all, how did Schorsch learn about this particular location’s “Pay it Forward” streak? From online postings about that Starbucks’ previous day’s streak of 458 people, and then the barista directly asking him if he wanted to buy the next person’s coffee while ordering.
In other words, it wasn’t a spontaneous act of human kindness. And, what’s the damn difference if everyone’s paying for someone else’s cup of coffee as opposed to their own? That’s just buying your own Starbucks while somehow managing to feel even smugger about it. (And that’s despite not knowing how cheap and easy it is to make coffee at home.)
So, bravo, Peter Schorsch! Just be careful the next time you piss off improperly-caffeinated people behind you in line.
Just when the world thought we could rule out Egypt from starting sh*t with the U.S., their Foreign Ministry dropped what may be the nation’s first snark bomb. They urged U.S. security forces in Ferguson, Mo. to “exercise restraint” in dealing with protests after local police reportedly shot an unarmed Michael Brown six times, twice in the head.
U.S. State Department officials are examining Egypt’s weapon of farcical intent to determine the severity of their sarcasm. This investigation includes learning whether the bomb-maker simply read the U.S. government’s 2013 warning to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in a whiny voice and if there are any hidden implications about our moms.