TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Injured motorcyclist won't blame, Al schools Savannah on comedy

March 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM ET

Today's Takeaway
Al takes a page from Abbott and Costello, Mick Jagger talks James Brown and a paralyzed motorcyclist talks about the confrontation that led to his injury.

1. Motorcyclist Edwin Mieses, who was struck by an SUV in the midst of a confrontation, has been left paralyzed by the waist down, told TODAY he doesn't blame the man who hit him.

"I don't blame him. Because at the end of the day, I'm not him to know what was going through his mind," he told Savannah.

Video: Edwin Mieses, a motorcyclist left paralyzed in a confrontation between bikers and the driver of an SUV in New York City in September, sits down exclusively with TODAY, recounting that horrifying day and saying a video of the incident only reveals part of what happened.

2. This morning Al showed a gorgeous shot of Niagara Falls during his weather report, and it inspired a rendition of the famous Abbott and Costello “Niagara Falls” comedy routine. Natalie joined in, but Savannah was lost.

Video: Al Roker was shocked to learn his longtime coworker and TODAY anchor Savannah Guthrie didn’t understand his reference to the venerable “Niagara Falls” comedy routine (“Slowly I turned… step by step… inch by inch”). So, Carson and the Orange Room team dug into cinema history to exhibit Al’s “vaudevillian knowledge.”

3. Mick Jagger sat down with Willie Geist to talk about his latest project: producing a James Brown biopic.

“I used to unashamedly borrow (moves from Brown)," the Rolling Stones frontman told Willie. “I kind of dropped them (later). Do some other ones.”

Video: TODAY’s Willie Geist goes behind the scenes of Mick Jagger’s latest passion project. The Rolling Stones frontman is producing “Get on Up!” a biopic of legendary soul singer James Brown, to whom he acknowledges his debt.

4. Hoda and Carson took fans from the plaza on a tour of the control room, which Hoda called “the heartbeat of the TODAY show." Check out the backstage tour:

Video: Two lucky viewers get a tour with Hoda Kotb and Carson Daly to see what really goes on behind the scenes at TODAY.

5. One Florida teacher is combating bullying in a simple way: with index cards.

“When I came up with the idea of simply distributing the cards, it really was to find out which children were belonging and which children were not,” Kathy Pitt told TODAY.

Video: A teacher’s use of index cards to prevent bullying has become a viral sensation after the parents of one of her fifth-graders came to class and discovered her tactic.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!