#HoopsNotCrime: Last week, a police officer in Gainesville, Florida, was dispatched to a neighborhood where people complained of kids playing basketball too loudly. Instead of sending the kids home, Officer Bobby White joined in the game, capturing the pickup ball on camera on his dashcam, and promised the the kids that he’d return with backup on Saturday. White made good: He brought Shaquille O’Neal (and an alarmingly heavy police presence, but whatever) to the next game, where the former Heat big man did his thing. “These kids will never forget the day Shaq rolled up to their house to play ball,” the police department said. [CNN]
Speaking of Superhumans: Warner Bros. dropped the new 30-second trailer for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice during Sunday night’s AFC Championship game, offering another punchy, glare-y, look at Zack Snyder’s latest addition to the superhero filmography. Here’s to hoping that the trailer isn’t just the coolest moments from the movie all mashed together.
Walter Payton Nominees: The NFL has announced three finalists for the annual Walter Payton Man of the Year award: New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin, and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. The NFL is set to announce the recipient on Saturday before the Super Bowl. [NFL]
And You Thought Shoveling Your Driveway Was Bad: The first major blizzard of 2016 clobbered the East Coast on Friday night and Saturday. At its epicenter: North Carolina’s Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain in the eastern U.S., which took on a whopping 66 inches of snow the state’s climate office said. (If you dodged the snowstorm because you live in California, then you have our permission to gloat. But don’t come whining to us when it’s 112 in June.) [USA Today]
Today in Counterintuitive Health News: You probably already know that eating a fiber-rich diet is important for maintaining good heart and gut health, but new research suggests that a fiber-rich diet is also helpful in counteracting lung disease. [ScienceDaily]