Friday, May 8, 2009
The “Idol” finalist took a whirlwind tour of his hometown Friday, stopping by local radio and television stations, visiting fans and performing at his alma mater, Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Peñasquitos.
The Miami Herald Reports: With an adoring, colorfully dressed crowd swaying to his music and the stadium now bearing the name of his beer, Jimmy Buffett took the microphone and assessed his new Miami Dolphins partnership in four words.
''This,'' he told a few hundred fans, "is really cool.''
Sports, celebrity and music intersected Friday morning at the newly renamed LandShark Stadium, formerly Dolphin Stadium. It's a deal Dolphins and stadium owner Stephen Ross hopes will give his facility more of a tropical, South Florida feel on game days.
Details of the agreement:
• Though Ross said ''we are going to be associated with Jimmy Buffett forever,'' the facility will be called LandShark Stadium only until the end of the Dolphins' season.
When next season's Pro Bowl and Super Bowl are held in South Florida, it likely will be called Dolphin Stadium or bear the name of a new corporate partner. The Dolphins will continue their search for a more permanent corporate name for 2010 and beyond.
• Though terms of the contract were not disclosed, two people close to the deal said they were told Buffett is not paying a straight rights fee but instead will compensate Ross through appearances, other marketing opportunities and potential concert performances. Ross said he is not sure if Buffett will perform at any Dolphins games, but ``he's going to be featured at tailgates. We are going to incorporate him to be a big part of the Dolphins.''
With Buffett's presence, ''We give the fans an experience no other NFL city will be able to do,'' Ross told the crowd. ``It's something I've always dreamt about -- seeing how we could merge Jimmy Buffett and the Dolphins.''
Buffett also wrote new lyrics to his song Fins. ''That song will be with us forever,'' Ross said. ``You'll hear that more than once or twice when you're at a Dolphin game.''
Ross said the longtime Dolphins fight song (''Miami has the Dolphins, the greatest football team . . .'') will not ``disappear. We'll see what plays out, what's the more popular song.''
• Ross said there will be a Margaritaville-themed area at the stadium, including places to tailgate, but offered few details. Stadium officials said plans were still being formulated, but if there is a restaurant or dining area, it would be open only on game days.
• Ross said he did not know if Buffett eventually will become a minority owner in the team. ''He has a lot of other interests,'' Ross said. ``We're friends. We've talked about it. He's a solid Miami Dolphin fan, has been one of the biggest fans. That's what really attracted him to me to start with.''
• Dolphin Stadium will sell LandShark beer, as well as other alcohol. Alcohol sales will continue to be cut off at the end of halftime for Dolphins and University of Miami games, except in premium-seat areas. LandShark Lager is brewed by Anheuser-Busch under the Margaritaville Brewing Label.
• Stadium president Bruce Schulze said the staff will begin changing the ''countless number'' of Dolphin Stadium signs to LandShark Stadium signs.
Ross said the partnership with Buffett would help achieve his goal of creating ``a new fan experience. This is the first of many things we hope to be announcing over the next several months. With HDTV, you can sit at home. We've got to create an experience and a reason to come here and have a good time.''
Buffett -- who sang three songs for the crowd (including the new version of Fins) -- did not speak to reporters, but said in a written statement: ``I am honored and look forward to working (not that hard) with the Dolphin organization. I just want to thank Steve for having the idea to think a little out of the box and including us in his vision of more fun for the fans. All I can add is, Let the Fin begin.''
Karen Manco, a Deerfield Beach resident who was invited to the event through her friend's company, said she is not a football fan but will start attending games strictly because of Buffett's involvement.
''I like what Ross is doing -- he's bringing life into the stadium,'' said another person in attendance, Hollywood accountant Joe Cardamon, a Dolphins season-ticket holder the past 12 years.
The University of Miami is believed to have had some concern about naming the stadium after a beer, but neither UM nor the Florida Marlins had any control over the matter. UM officials declined to comment Friday.
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Monday, May 4, 2009
Once she eliminated it from her diet, Hasselbeck found her health improved and the unexplained illness she suffered from for much of her life disappeared.
Here is an excerpt from her book:
My G- Free Journey
I learned about gluten the hard way. I wrote this book so you don’t have to. Most people with celiac disease, like me, have a story to tell. My hope is that in reading mine, and the pages that follow, you will be able to begin your journey to a better body and a better self—without all the heartache (and bellyache!) that I endured for far too long.
I grew up in an Italian-American neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island. There wasn’t a single holiday that did not feature “Mama’s” (my grandmother’s) famous baked penne along with a thirty-inch loaf of fresh Italian bread. After dessert, my whole family would even sit around dunking any remaining bread into our coffee. My cousins and I would fight over who got the “end” of each loaf. I remember watching Mama slice into the loaf, waiting to see if it was my “day” or not. The smell of more toasted Italian bread and butter would wake me up the next morning.
In my childhood home, it was all bread, all the time—and that was just the way we liked it.
While some things haven’t changed in my family—we still have baked penne at every holiday dinner—other things certainly have. Since 2002, for example, my mom has made two baked penne: one for everyone else, and one just for me, a gluten-free version that hurts neither my stomach nor Mama’s feelings when she looks over and sees a plate devoid of our traditional family fare. Thanks to http://www.abcnews.go.com
Saturday, May 2, 2009
DeCamillis was taken away on a stretcher after sustaining a possible neck injury, and 10 total members of the team's staff were taken to area hospitals. There were two additional hospital walk-ins, but none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
As many as 70 people were inside the tent-like structure when it collapsed, including coaches, journalists, and players. "We believe everybody is now accounted for," Mayor Gears said.
The storm was producing winds measured at 64 mph just before it struck the Cowboys facility, said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Harris in Fort Worth. A weak tornado is in the range of 65-110 mph, according to NWS guidelines. Power was knocked out for less than an hour.
"We assisted when Carrie came to us and voiced the interest in having the procedure done," Lewis told "Early Show" co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez.
"We want to put her in the best possible confidence in order to present herself in the best possible light on a national stage."
Full transcript is below:
MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ, CO-ANCHOR: A question we're going to put to Keith Lewis, the co-director of the Miss California organization, who joins us this morning from Los Angeles. Good morning to you, Mr. Lewis.
KEITH LEWIS, CO-DIRECTOR, MISS CALIFORNIA PAGEANT: Good morning.
RODRIGUEZ: First of all, can you settle this once and for all? Did you pay for or help pay for Miss California's breast implants?
LEWIS: We assisted when Carrie came to us and voiced the interest in having the procedure done, yes.
LEWIS: Well, you know, first off, it's not something that we endorse, nor is it something that we suggest. But when we meet with the titleholder when she's crowned Miss California, we put to her a litany of questions about how she feels about herself, what she feels she needs to work on, what she may need to change, what is good, what is not good. We want to put her in the best possible confidence in order to present herself in the best possible light on a national stage.
RODRIGUEZ: Why is the best possible confidence involve getting breast implants? Why does that improve her odds of winning? Why in that meeting don't you discourage her from going that route, rather than help her to pay for breast implants?
LEWIS: Well, we would never encourage her to go that route, but...
RODRIGUEZ: But why not discourage her?
LEWIS: ... it's a personal choice. Well, I think that it's about how a woman feels about herself. In terms of, for me, it's not a personal choice that I would recommend. But at the same time, I know so many women that have done the procedure and feel better about themselves and the way they present themselves.
And I think that's the question is, whether or not, when you're looking at that procedure as an option, am I going to feel better about myself? It's not about one night. It isn't about one night of competition. And doing a procedure like that for one night of competition would be foolish. But...
RODRIGUEZ: But don't the judges look at proportion when they're judging the swimsuits? Wouldn't she have a better chance of winning if she were more proportioned?
LEWIS: Well, of course she does. But there's plenty of ways of getting to more proportion without doing breast implants.
RODRIGUEZ: Well, but if...
LEWIS: Many of the girls use chicken cutlets.
RODRIGUEZ: ... if you have a flat chest, what are you supposed to do?
LEWIS: You use chicken cutlets. You use tape. You use anything that you can to enhance the line. There's lots of tricks of the trade.
It's just a matter of whether or not you want to go to that next level.
RODRIGUEZ: I wonder if you should change the rules and maybe not judge it so much on proportion.
LEWIS: Well, it's a beauty pageant, and the swimsuit competition is part of that beauty pageant. So, I agree with you, I think that we have to look at the way that we perceive real women and whether that needs to be changed in the media.
But you see it in television. You see it in advertising. It may be part of this pageantry, as well. But I think it's prevailing to everywhere, not just in one area.
RODRIGUEZ: It is, and that is unfortunate. Keith Lewis, thanks for your time.
LEWIS: You're so welcome.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Against a backdrop of injured dropouts, confusing surface switches, weird speed figures, unseasoned horses and shippers from the Middle East, the 135th Kentucky Derby will be run at Churchill Downs tomorrow.
A maximum field of 20 will jump from the starting gate with the morning line favorite, I Want Revenge, pegged at 3-1 and no less than 16 horses posted at double digits and beyond.
In a word, the perfect gambling vehicle to make a score -- if you're lucky.
In the absence of Quality Road and The Pamplemousse, felled by injury, the Derby market is dominated by four horses, none remotely alike: I Want Revenge, Pioneerof the Nile, Dunkirk and Friesan Fire.
The winner is almost certainly in that group. But after that, the sky's the limit.
|1||West Side Bernie||Stewart Elliott||Kelly Breen||30-1|
|2||Musket Man||Eibar Coa||Derek Ryan||20-1|
|3||Mr. Hot Stuff||John Velazquez||Eoin Harty||30-1|
|4||Advice||Rene Douglas||Todd Pletcher||30-1|
|5||Hold Me Back||Kent Desormeaux||Bill Mott||15-1|
|6||Friesan Fire||Gabriel Saez||Larry Jones||5-1|
|7||Papa Clem||Rafael Bejarano||Gary Stute||20-1|
|8||Mine That Bird||Calvin Borel||Bennie Woolley||50-1|
|9||Join in the Dance||Chris DeCarlo||Todd Pletcher||50-1|
|10||Regal Ransom||Alan Garcia||Saeed bin Suroor||30-1|
|11||Chocolate Candy||Mike Smith||Jerry Hollendorfer||20-1|
|12||General Quarters||Julien Leparoux||Tom McCarthy||20-1|
|13||I Want Revenge||Joe Talamo||Jeff Mullins||3-1|
|14||Atomic Rain||Joe Bravo||Kelly Breen||50-1|
|15||Dunkirk||Edgar Prado||Todd Pletcher||4-1|
|16||Pioneerof the Nile||Garrett Gomez||Bob Baffert||4-1|
|17||Summer Bird||Chris Rosier||Tim Ice||50-1|
|18||Nowhere to Hide||Shaun Bridgmohan||Nick Zito||50-1|
|19||Desert Party||Ramon Dominguez||Saeed bin Suroor||15-1|
|20||Flying Private||Robby Albarado||D Wayne Lukas||50-1|
|2||Pioneerof the Nile||$1,193,250|
|4||I Want Revenge||$774,000|
|11||Hold Me Back||$438,000|
|12||West Side Bernie||$385,160|
|17||Mine That Bird||$138,705|
|19||Mr. Hot Stuff||$114,000|
|21||Join in the Dance||$90,000|
|22||Take the Points||$85,000|
|24||Just a Coincidence||$75,000|