February 3, 2013 |
So enough with the whole "more people watch the Super Bowl for the commercials than for the game" nonsense. With brothers - John and Jim Harbaugh - facing off as coaches of the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, respectively, and plays including a record 108-yard run by Raven Jacoby Jones followed almost instantly by a blackout in the New Orleans Superdome, this year's Super Bowl was one of the most exciting in recent memory. First perpetual dark-horse Baltmore took an early lead, then Beyonce blew out the house with a high-voltage show that cranked up the value of halftime real estate for years to come and reminded everyone what "it's got legs" means.
January 24, 2013 |
Like her Super Bowl-bound older brothers, Joani Harbaugh is fiercely competitive. When she was 7, she tried out for a part in her school play, "The Wizard of Oz. " She wanted to be Dorothy but instead landed the role of a munchkin. "I was highly, highly offended," recalled Joani, who is five years younger than her brother, Jim, 49, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, and six years younger than John, coach of the Baltimore Ravens. "I do remember that I wasn't Dorothy or Glinda. So I decided to memorize the entire play in case anybody went down with the flu or something, they could put me in there.
January 9, 2013 |
The NHL's Board of Governors gave unanimous approval Wednesday to the collective bargaining agreement it had tentatively reached with the players' association. The next step will be for players to ratify the deal. That electronic voting process is expected to begin on Friday and conclude on Saturday, with players also approving the deal. That would allow the NHL to officially end the lockout and permit training camps to open on Sunday. As soon as the lockout is officially lifted, the league is set to release a full regular-season schedule in which each team will play 48 games within their respective conferences.
December 28, 2012 |
Cowboys veteran Tony Romo and Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III each will face a tremendous amount of pressure to produce Sunday in a regular-season finale whose winner will capture the NFC East Division title. If Dallas loses, it doesn't make the playoffs. Washington can lose and still advance to the postseason with losses by Chicago and Minnesota, which seems unlikely and practically makes the Cowboys-Redskins game a winner-take-all proposition. Romo is often maligned for failing to win big games.
December 7, 2012 |
OutKast's Big Boi has worked with a bevy of impressive names across many genres throughout his career. Beyond his OutKast partner Andre 3000, Big Boi's solo work features pairings with stars big and small, including Jamie Foxx and Janelle Monáe, and his upcoming album will host appearances from name rappers such as Ludacris and indie acts such as Phantogram. But in early 2013, Big Boi and friend-collaborator B.o.B. will add an entirely new medium to the resume. The two are set to have pivotal roles in the upcoming Electronic Arts shooter "Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel," the third title in the "Army of Two" franchise.
October 25, 2012 |
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis of the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers throughout the World Series. Known for his defensive prowess, Ellis batted .270 and led the Dodgers in walks this season, though after Game 1 he sounded entirely envious of Barry Zito's hitting approach. There were times during the season when I would come off the field frustrated or angry or discouraged by the way the game was going for the Dodgers that night. With perfect timing, my reality check would kick me right in the gut. The music would die down and then everyone would stop and stand as our public-address announcer would introduce the veteran of the game.