Early Edition: Championship Game
It's always someone's idea of a slow news day
Since the Children's Programme "Fake" Band Smackdown, currently on Round 2, is more than filling this month's musical quota, I thought I'd pause my equally melodic series on Rob Sheffield's Talking to Girls about Duran Duran and resume blogging about Early Edition for a while.
They were bound to reach the Sport pages eventually
The big news in today's paper is that a teenage boy's heart nearly gives out during a high school basketball game. No one is happy about this . . . but is it any of a stranger's business?
Later, we learn that the boy has known for some time about his heart condition--the same one that led to his father's early death--and has decided to keep playing basketball anyway. Saving him is different from preventing a bank robbery from turning deadly or looking after a careless little girl injured in a hit-and-run. He has reached the age of reason and is free to choose the good--which he defines as doing what it takes to get into professional sports, that he might lift himself and his beloved younger brother out of poverty. Yes, there are risks, but he'll take his chances. Shouldn't the rest of us just mind our own business?
This is the most character-driven Early Edition episode so far . . . which means that Gary Hobson and his magic newspaper have to take a backseat to the real players in this drama: the people who have long been in the boy's life and who will remain in it after Gary has to move on. And that's the best thing about it.
Too many episodes like this would hurt the concept of the show too much, but one in a bunch can keep the formula feeling fresh.
Your Turn to Be the Hero: Is there ever a point at which we should stop trying to change another person's mind?