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RALPHIE REPORT: McIntyre narrowly avoids Boston bombing

By Ralphie Aversa, Special to the Weekender

April 17, 2013

Joey McIntyre's Boston Marathon story begins as many others do: a native New Englander returning home to run for a specific cause. The New Kids on the Block singer's mom suffers from Alzheimer's disease, and he raised over $38,000 for research with his efforts.

McIntyre finished the marathon in three hours and 57 minutes. At the 4:09 mark of the race, two explosions by the finish line completely changed how America would forever view the Boston Marathon.

At 2:58 p.m., McIntyre tweeted that he was sure the explosion left “so many hurt,” but that he was fine. Dave Brown, NKOTB's tour manager, confirmed to “The Ralphie Show” later in the afternoon that McIntyre and the group that he was with were OK. Brown said McIntyre ran the marathon on his own and that no one else from New Kids was with him.

The artist told WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston, that he was shooting to complete the 26.2 mile trek in less than four hours. Just twelve minutes after he crossed the finish line, the explosions left three dead and over 140 injured. The FBI is investigating the attack.

Later on Monday evening, McIntyre summed up what many were feeling on his Twitter account.

“I don't know what to say,” he wrote. “I feel for everybody involved with the Boston Marathon. My family is ok. I am ok. Gonna take a while to process.”

TYSON'S 'UNDISPUTED TRUTH' ON KIRBY STAGE

Mike Tyson reinvented himself – from a feared yet confused and conflicted fighter to a feared, confused, conflicted, but now much more lovable actor.

“Thank God. 'The Hangover' did a lot for me, in that perspective,” said Tyson in a phone interview from his Las Vegas home on “The Ralphie Show.”

“It opened the doors for me, as far as people that never experienced me in the '80s or '90s.”

The “Punch-Out!” video game star also attributes his newfound success to staying away from drugs and alcohol.

“I've been clean for four years. That's awesome,” Tyson told me. “Once I overcame that, everything else was easy sailing.”

The Boxing Hall of Famer is currently touring the country with his show, “Undisputed Truth.” He stops at the F.M. Kirby Center on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. The show is directed by Spike Lee, with the script written by his wife Kiki. Tyson compares preparing for the show with preparing for a boxing match.

“I'm in shape. I'm running every day, working out,” he said. “You have to be at your best. You have to have good timing. You have to be precise.”

Critics have essentially called his show just that; the Los Angeles Times raved that the performance “is a knockout.” Many reviews note that the stage reveals a softer side to “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” That part of Tyson's persona could also be heard on the other end of the phone.

“I watched The Undertaker beat (C.M.) Punk, and then I fell asleep,” responded Tyson when I asked if he watched the WWE's Wrestlemania. “Did The Rock win?”

The Rock lost to John Cena. Perhaps “The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz” might be a better fit for Tyson these days.

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