Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 19, 2012
September 19, 2012
He's dead, Jim:
STEVE SABOL, the guy behind NFL Films, died yesterday at his home in Moorestown, NJ. Sabol's dad, ED, was the guy who founded the company in 1962, but it was Steve who gave us the slo-mo touches, the big announcer (the late JOHN FACENDA) and the compilation of big plays.
The NY Times says Sabol and the staff went through a thousand miles of film for each week of football shows; the film vault at the company has a hundred-million feet of game film, all the way back to THOMAS EDISON's film of the 1894 Princeton-Rutgers game. And it was Sabol who came up with the phrase, "frozen tundra," originally used to describe Lambeau Field when the Packer's newly-installed heating system refused to work.
"Fun," Sabol once said when asked to briefly describe his career. "It's been nothing but fun." Sabol, who was 69, died of brain cancer.
five-time Olympic gold medalist BODE MILLER and girlfriend MORGAN BECK. She's a model as well as a pro beach volleyball player. Yesterday, Morgan blogged that she'll be moving to San Diego to live on a yacht with Bode. She played volleyball at the University of California and has earned $5.5 thousand in two years on the beach circuits. For the record, he's 35, she's 25.
JENNIFER HUDSON lost some extra girth thanks to Weight Watchers, VALERIE BERTINELLI believes in Jenny Craig, JAROD FOGLE trips to Subway made him half his former size and the newest fad diet can be found on almost every street corner in America at your local Starbucks! CHRISTINE HALL tells Yahoo.com that she dropped 76 pounds by eating solely from the coffee giant's menu.
Ms. Hall was rejected as a kidney donor back in 2010 and knew she needed a convenient diet plan that would fit between her two jobs, so she started popping in for oatmeal, coffee, bistro boxes and panini three times per-day. She now weighs in at just 114-pounds, says she sleeps like a baby and has tons of energy.
Too bad it's not the healthiest option --MARJORIE NOLAN COHN from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics is concerned with the lack of variety, which can set up a dieter for malnutrition --even if they're getting enough calories. (Lee)
No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $149 million ($94.2 million cash value). Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 175.2 million.
Pepsi starts showing off its exclusive global partnership with MICHAEL JACKSON's estate with a TV ad starring the King of Pop to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his album "Bad." Marketing Week UK reports it's part of Pepsi's global music-themed campaign "Live for Now." The 15-second ad is soundtracked by a remix of the title song by Dutch music producer AFROJACK, and features various images of the late singer taken from music videos from the album including "Smooth Criminal" and "Man in the Mirror." (Kaye)
Who is the Ultimate Musical Icon of the last 60 years? NME.com says it's JOHN LENNON. The poll began in March with 60 nominees, and the Top 10 have been revealed. More than 160-thousand votes were cast by readers of NME, just in time for the magazine's 60th birthday. OASIS frontman LIAM GALLAGHER came in second, followed by DAVID BOWIE in third. ARCTIC MONKEY's singer ALEX TURNER and KURT COBAIN of NIRVANA round out the top 5. The only female on the list is AMY WINEHOUSE. She came in 6th.
Here's the Top 10:
10. Ian Curtis (Joy Division)
9. Noel Gallagher (Oasis)
8. Morissey (The Smiths)
7. Jimi Hendrix
6. Amy Winehouse
5. Kurt Cobain
4. Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys)
3. David Bowie
2. Liam Gallagher (Oasis)
1. John Lennon (Marino)
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