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Crib notes: Football teams help boy with Asperger's score a touchdown

Sep. 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM ET

Football players -- tough guys on the outside, big softies on the inside. Two teams of middle school players banded together to give a kid with Asperger's the chance to score a touchdown at a recent game. Evan Reeder, who wants to be like other kids his age, has routinely showed up for football practice, but his fear of getting hurt has ensured that he spends most of his time on the bench. However, a league rule stipulates that every player take the field at some point during the game. When it was time to put Reeder in the game, his coach explained his situation to the opposing coach, asking the other team to go easy on him. They not only went easy on him, but even let him score a touchdown. As Reeder ran for the goal line, the opposing team acted as though they were coming at him, but no one touched him. They even congratulated him on his score, afterwards. Their act of unselfishness and kindness brought tears to Reeder's mom's eyes.

There are few things that we like more than Good Samaritan stories -- especially when kids are involved. So, we bring you Matt Collins, who was in a car, waiting at an intersection, when he saw a school bus approaching and noticed no one was driving the bus. Collins jumped out of his car, chased after the bus and hopped on. The bus driver, who was transporting two special needs students, had suffered a heart attack and was slumped over, with no pulse. Collins managed to put the bus into park. Another man noticed what had happened and also boarded the bus and together, they began administering CPR to the driver. Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and transported the driver to a local hospital, while the police, Collins and other bystanders stayed on the bus, entertaining the children until a replacement driver arrived. Although the bus driver's name hasn't been released, it is said he's recovering.

Daniel is a white, straight acrobat, studying to be an engineer. James is a black, gay student hoping to go to university. They are twins. Their mother is English and their father is Jamaican, a fact which population geneticists say allows for the possibility of a "white" offspring. Geneticists say that many dark-skinned Jamaicans have European DNA, allowing white skin variants to pass on. These unique twins are the third set of twins in their family, as each of their parents had had twin boys while in previous relationships. Then, there's younger sister, Katie -- the lone girl and only non-twin in this unique family.

You know you've hit the big time when Sesame Street parodies you. Congrats Glee - you've officially made it. And, congrats to the folks at Sesame Street, for outdoing themselves once again, with a hilarious spoof on the popular musical-TV show. Fans of Glee will delight in Schuester's alter ego, Guester, as well as an appearance from tracksuit-wearing Sue, with everyone singing, what else -- Journey. Shut the door, turn up your computer's speakers and get ready to laugh.

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Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.

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