The Rolling Stones Celebrate Thanksgiving With VH1 And Palladia. This month is the Turkey holiday of Thanksgiving. While many people will be thinking of three big Fs – food, family and football – this year’s Thanksgiving should make people think about one other thing: music. VH1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia are collaborating to put on three different music specials on three different days during Thanksgiving week highlighting the best of the legendary The Rolling Stones. Two initial world television premiere documentaries will lead up to a third premiere of “VH1 Rock Doc: Shine A Light.” On Wednesday, Nov. 24th, VH1 Classic will show the pivotal documentary “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” the acclaimed film directed by Hal Ashby. The documentary shows a performance from the Stones’ 1981 tour, including performances of classics from their album “Some Girls,” including “Just My Imagination,” “Beast of Burden” and “Some Girls.” The next day, Thanksgiving, VH1 Classic and Palladia will show “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones.” Following that taped concert will be “In Rehearsal: The Rolling Stones at Montreux,” hosted by VH1 Classic Rock Night radio show host Eddie Webb. Finally, on Black Friday, Nov.26th, VH1 will end its Rolling Stones-athon with the world premiere of the VH1 Rock Doc called “Shine a Light.” The 2008 documentary directed by Martin Scorsese documents The Rolling Stones’ 2006 Beacon Theater performance in New York City on their “A Bigger Bang Tour,” which will feature special guest performers on stage with the band, including Jack White, Buddy Guy and Christina Aguilera
‘Atlanta’ Housewife From Connecticut, Where She Shook Things Up, Too. If one of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” doesn’t have much of a Southern accent, it’s because she’s from Connecticut. Kimberleigh Zolciak, a blonde bombshell and standout on the show that started its third season Monday on Bravo, grew up in Windsor Locks, though she was born in Pensacola, Fla., into a military family. “I have a ton of friends up there,” Zolciak said in a conference call last week. “I haven’t been up there for a long time, though my ex-husband went back up there after we got divorced. I loved the casino and the beach. I had a great childhood up there.” A 1996 graduate of East Catholic High School in Manchester, she attended nursing school at the University of Connecticut before moving down to Atlanta when she was 21. ”My parents moved down here,” she said to our source, so she headed down to Atlanta as well, where she eventually settled in one of the most exclusive areas in Georgia, Johns Creek. Although the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” originally was intended to concentrate on a handful of affluent African-American women, Zolciak was spotted by producers, who put her in the show. “What I really miss [about Connecticut] is doing all those different things you can do by driving a little way: You can go to Boston, go to Newport, go to the casinos, go to the beaches or go ski in Vermont or Maine.” On “Real Housewives,” she has distinguished herself with her wigs, her occasional catfights with other women, releasing a couple of odd dance singles, and her longtime patronage by Big Daddy, a shadowy and very rich married man, who was never seen or named on the show. She did all of this while raising two daughters, Brielle and Ariana. By now, she’s dropped Big Daddy for a brief affair with a young woman, before starting to go out with a young defensive end on the Atlanta Falcons, Kroy Biermann, things you’d know if you were a faithful reader of the tabloid magazines. Lately, she’s had a lot to say about a recent boob job. Also, today she is to release a new single online, “Google Me,” to follow last year’s “Tardy for the Party,” which reached No. 3 on the iTunes dance-music chart. “I didn’t want to do ‘Tardy for the Party,’” Zolciak says. It was a song that was prepared for her when she went to the house of another “Housewife” on the show, Kandi Burrell. But after the success and touring she did with that single, she says, “I’m a lot more confident, more secure with what I was doing. And I know what I’m doing.” “Music is my passion,” Zolciak says. “And I don’t know if I’d have the chance to do it if I weren’t on the show. There are good and bad things about being on show like this, but that is one of the good ones.” One of the downsides is all the interest in her personal life. Yes, she dated a woman. “I have no regrets at the end of the day,” Zolciak says. “We connected on a personal level. So there it is.” And yes, she is dating a 25-year-young football player. “He just turned 25,” she says. “People keep calling me a cougar, but I’m 32 and he’s 25. I’ve never ever, ever dated somebody younger than me. I mean, my ex-husband’s five years older, so I really didn’t know his age, nor did I care. But we just have a great connection.” Biermann doesn’t like being a character on “Real Housewives,” Zolciak says. “Honey, he hates it. He hates the publicity. He’s from Montana, and he doesn’t do press.” And his team isn’t that crazy about it either: “The Falcons want it to be about the Falcons, not about Kim attending practice, or Kim attending a game.” Zolciak is used to being in the headlines, even when she was a teenager. At 17, she had a high-profile affair with a 49-year-old police sergeant in Windsor Locks, who had interviewed her when she was a material witness in a criminal investigation. According to reports in The Courant at the time, it led to a 45-day suspension of the sergeant, who retired two years later. But the news of the affair kicked off a scandal involving sexual misbehavior, cover-ups and internal tape recordings at the Windsor Locks Police Department. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” runs Mondays at 10 p.m. on Bravo
Do you waDo you want to play college football? Getting recruited by a college to play football, especially by an NCAA-sanctioned school, is one of the biggest honors a high school football player can receive. However, there are only a limited amount of scholarships available each year and getting noticed is becoming more and more competitive. To be one of the lucky few to gain a college scholarship in football, follow these steps. It is the dream of thousands of high school players every year to make it too the next level. There are over 306,000 senior high school football players every year. Of those only 17,500 on average will make it to the NCAA. That number includes all freshman from DI, DII and DIII. Less than 6% take the step and play in college. That number may seem low and it is. The main reason high school players don’t play in college is simply because they don’t want to. That means if you have the desire and a little talent, you will be able to find a college to play football at. If you just want to play in college, enjoy your social life and have a great overall experience, DIII is the place for you. Those football players who want to play in college and earn a scholarship are up against serious competition. There are 85 scholarships in NCAA DI, 63 in I-AA and 36 at DII colleges.To compete for these and play college football you need to have a recruiting system that you are willing to put time and effort into. There is no easy way to play college football, you have to work. Those football players who put the same effort into their recruiting as they do on the field, as the ones who get invited to camp. You can also walk-on at all NCAA football programs. What you want to be is called a “preferred walk-on.” This means you go through the recruiting process the same as you would when seeking a football scholarship. If you are not offered a scholarship by the college of your choice, you can ask to be a preferred walk-on and get invited to camp. You will have all the same privileges and access as a scholarship athlete does, but will be paying 100% until you become a contributing player. Here are 5 quick tips to play college football: Start the recruiting process early: While it is never too late to start technically, those football players who start before their Senior year have a much higher success rate. Get good grades: Even though the NCAA Clearinghouse minimum can be met by anyone with a high school diploma, 50% of DI programs can’t get you past admissions without a 3.0 GPA. Get great film: Make sure you get a copy of every game tape. Even if your coach films the games, give him a blank tape to make a copy. You will need these when making your personal recruiting packet. Take the extra steps: Are you lifting extra during the off-season and in-season? Are you doing extra conditioning and speed work outside of practice? Putting in a few extra hours a week will show during games and is what separates scholarship from walk-on. Communicate: Tell your high school coach you want to play in college. Call college coaches and tell them you want to play for their program. If college coaches don’t know about you and don’t know you are a player, they can’t recruit you. To play college football you need to put in effort, both on and off the field. Off the field in the classroom and towards football recruiting. With a solid recruiting plan you can beat out the competition and find a great college football program to play at. If you want to Play College Football click the link and get for free, “The Top 20 Myths of College Athletic Scholarships.” Take action today or be left at home in the fall after you graduate, wondering what could have been.
Once you’ve thought you couldn’t get enough of them or if you really are tired of seeing their orange-tinted faces just about everywhere on television these days, the guidos and guidettes are still riding strong on their extended 15-minutes of fame. Even though they have nothing to do with football, Snooki and the gang from “The Jersey Shore” are in Miami this weekend and are slated to appear at Superbowl XLIV Sunday at the Sun Life Stadium. Snooki, The Situation and Pauly D are most likely the squeeze in some “GTL” time in between the football festivities and nightclubs of SoFlo. According to US Magazine, Pauly D flew to Miami courtesy of Reebok, and The Situation is scheduled to shoot a commercial for the athletic shoe company alongside Peyton Manning, Floyd Mayweather and Chuck Liddell. And if that’s not enough of Snooki and the gang for you, the cast will also be appearing on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday and will sit down with the ladies of “The View” on Feb. 23
VH1′s “Fan Jam” To Prep Viewers For Super Bowl Sunday. Some viewers of the Super Bowl only watch the first half of the game disinterestedly, waiting for the halftime show. For those spectators, numerous musical names will be providing a stage spectacular that will almost completely take the football game out of the equation. Pepsi, VH1 and the National Football League will host the “Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam,” a performance paying tribute to the sport of football as a whole, as well as the upcoming Super Bowl XLIV, scheduled for February 7. “Fan Jam” is set to broadcast live on VH1 from South Beach in Miami, Florida at 9 p.m. ET/PT today on February 4. With performances being broadcast from the sunny Florida beaches, singers Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Timbaland and special guest Keri Hilson will entertain the crowd with their musical expertise. Interspersing musical sets with pro football player interviews and commentaries, both pre-taped and live, “Fan Jam” will feature numerous surprise guest appearances throughout the evening, which will be hosted in entirety by Nick Cannon and Nancy O’Dell.All musical performances from the night will be available at the Web site fanjam.vh1.com following the special’s initial broadcast. The night is not entirely devoted to football and popular music, however. A portion of “Fan Jam” will be devoted to organizations such as the DoSomething initiative and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. The five young adult winners of the latest DoSomething initiative will get the opportunity to demonstrate how they have made a difference in the world through the help of DoSomething.org. Details on the initiative’s next project, the Virtual Battle of the Bands, also will be described during this segment.
Ovie was selected on the 134th overall pick (4th round) of the 2003 NFL Draft. The choice was a compensatory pick. He is the 2nd FB (1st was Steve Lee in the 6th round, 1997), and the 1st Wake Forest player selected in Baltimore’s franchise history. Ovie is one of the biggest fullbacks in the NFL and known for being a power blocker with the ability to pick up the blitz, plus have good hands out of the backfield and shows skills as a special team’s ace.
Ovie received a scholarship from Wake Forest University. He played in 44 career games, starting 33 games playing fullback and tight end in 1-back sets. He carried the ball 137 times for 530 yards and 13 TDs while in college, posting 12TDs as a senior. As a tight-end he had 18 receptions for 164 yards and 14 special teams tackles. He earned 2nd-team All-America honors as well as being an All-Atlantic Coast Conference 1st-team selection as a fullback by the NFL Draft Report, and the top fullback by the USA Today. As a senior at Wake Forest he started every single game and gained a career-high 322 yards on 81 carries with 12 TDs. Only Brian Piccolo (15 in 1964) and Larry Russell (15 in 1971) scored more rushing TDs in a season in school history.
Ovie was ready to go to medical school after graduation when his coach told him NFL scouts were interested in him playing professionally. Scouts quoted Ovie as being a “very athletic, strong, powerful player who has an opportunity to play in the NFL. A devastating blocker in both the running and passing attack who will be the team’s starting fullback and will play tight end in one-back offensive sets; considered one of the best blocking fullbacks in the nation, rated the 14th-best fullback nationally by The Sporting News; Rated as the #1 Fullback by USA Today. Ovie has a very good understanding of the offense and the coaching staff will continually look for ways to get his talents on the field. Ovie met gold standards in the weight room for all eight events at the end of spring workouts, lifting 396 in the front squat, 506 back squat, 330 power clean, 352 hang clean, 335 bench press, 220 standing press, 15 repetitions of clean-n-press with a 72-lb kettlebell and a 31-inch vertical jump.”
As a kid Ovie loved to play sports such as soccer, track and field, tennis and baseball. Although, his parents were not big sports fans, they supported their son’s passion for athletics. Ovie practices each sport with determination; however, he began to excel in football and ultimately began to focus on that sport alone. As a result, Ovie’s hard work on the field led Porter-Gaud HS to a state title (independent school division) in 1996 and state runner-up honors during his senior year (1997). Ovie rushed for 2,167 yards and 29 TDs during his senior campaign as the Cyclones finished with a 10-2 mark under Coach Ricky Tillman. Ovie was named the state player-of-the-year in his classification and was a regional all-star selection in all divisions. He received the honor of being a three-time all-conference and team MVP honoree, gained more than 4,500 yards and scored 69 times during his career. Ovie’s parents were more concerned with his academic performance. He was able to balance his studies with football practice. Ovie served as student body vice-president and was active outside of school as a hospital volunteer and a member of his church choir.
Mike Shanahan has emerged as the Bills’ “No. 1 candidate” to become their full-time coach after the season, according to a source close to the team. The source said a meeting between Shanahan, Bills owner Ralph Wilson and Bills chief operating officer/general manager Russ Brandon, who is overseeing the hiring process, likely will take place next week. Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher also is high on the Bills’ list of candidates, but at the moment, they are focused on Shanahan, who guided the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl championships in the late 1990s Continue reading →
Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. has developed a new way to resell tickets that shuts out the brokers and scalpers it has long scorned, and instead keeps the profits for itself, musicians and venue owners. The system relies on Ticketmaster’s “paperless” ticketing platform, which makes customers prove their purchase by showing a credit card and ID when they arrive at an event. Without paper tickets, there’s nothing for scalpers to resell. Now with its new exchange system, Ticketmaster has come up with a way to let buyers resell a paperless ticket, while still cutting out ticket-resale leader StubHub and other brokers. That gives Ticketmaster a chance to capture more of the so-called Continue reading →