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Phoenix Coyotes fans get ‘Ice’d’

- February 10th, 2011

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The Phoenix Coyotes are taking a different approach to drawing fans to the Jobing.com Arena this coming Valentine’s Day.

According to The Phoenix Business Journal, the Coyotes will be giving out 3,000 cubic zirconia rings to women at the game against the Washington Capitals on Feb. 14.

To some women, getting a cubic zirconia is hardly motivation to attend a Coyotes game, much less sit through it, but there’s a catch.

Among the 3,000 fake-diamond rings being handed out, one will be a real $5,000 diamond ring from Ganem Jewelers.

The Coyotes are also offering a special Valentine’s Day ticket package.

For $180, a couple will receive two tickets in the club seating section of the arena, a dinner buffet for two, a drink each, a rose and a scoreboard message. The package is apparently worth $300.

One question remains: is this offer really enough to draw a crowd?

Brady going bald?

- November 29th, 2010

It can’t be true… Can it?

Tom Brady is balding?

At least according to tabloid paper the National Enquirer he is.

Apparently the New England Patriots’ quarterback was seen at the Leonard Hair Transplant Association in Rhode Island earlier this month.

The Enquirer reports: “He spent over an hour consulting with Dr. Leonard before he slipped out the back door and drove off.”

“Tom wants help with his thinning hair and bald spot,” a source told the paper.

But this isn’t the first time rumours of hair loss have surrounded the NFL superstar. Back in 2008, the New York Post reported Brady was seen at a hair-restoration centre in Manhattan, just a few days before Super Bowl XLII.

Dr. Leonard told the Post that Brady looked to be thinning around the crown and mentioned he could inherit baldness from his his father.  “The apple doesn’t fall from the proverbial baldness tree,” he said.

Back in August Brady was seen sporting long hair, which was coined as ‘the Bieber’. Brady claimed his new ‘do was his wife, Gisele Bundchen’s idea.

You can never be too famous

- September 30th, 2010

In Margaret Sheridan’s blog last week, local police asked Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli why he had £5,000 in his back pocket following an accident last August.

His reply? “Because I’m rich.”

Well, you can add Carl Fletcher to your arrogant athletes list too.

Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reports that the captain of Plymouth Argyle Football Club tried to reason his way out of jury duty by telling the judge that he was simply too famous for court.

Too bad that wasn’t a valid excuse.

The judge responded by telling him he just wasn’t famous enough to get special privileges.

Fletcher then continued to argue saying he was too well-known in the area.

Again, Fletcher was shut down.

“So far, what you’ve said is not sufficient,” the judge replied. “You will have to come next Monday unless you make a proper application. Lots of well-known people, some more famous than you, have been required to sit on juries.”

Judge 2, Fletcher 0.

But it didn’t stop there.

Fletcher also brought a letter from his coach saying they needed him for an important match — again not a good enough excuse. Fletcher was told that he’d be able to make the 7:45 p.m. game after courts closed at 4 p.m.

He then tried to reason by claiming he was worried that because he was famous, he might face repercussions from the defendants who recognized him.

The judge countered by telling him to contact the police if he felt threatened.

Defeated, Fletcher could only respond with “I am glad I have to pay my taxes to do jury service,” before he stormed out of the court.

See you at jury duty.

Jeter’s Oscar-worthy performance

- September 16th, 2010

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What do you think? Real or Fake?

During the seventh inning in yesterday’s game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter put on the best acting performance of his career.

How?

The replay shows Jeter reacting after apparently being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. Judging by his reaction, I’d say he did a good job at looking like he was hurt – but he wasn’t.

After the game, Jeter came clean and claimed that the pitch ‘hit the bat’.

“It’s part of the game,” he told MLB.com. “I’ve been hit before and they said I wasn’t hit. My job is to get on base, and fortunately for us it paid off at the time.”

What a dirty thing to do.

With Jeter on base, Curtis Granderson was able to hit a two run homer bringing the Yankees ahead of the Rays by one. However they ended up losing 4-3.

Now I’m no Yankees fan, but I’ve always had respect for Derek Jeter and the way be played baseball. That is until today.

This was not something I’ve come to expect from Jeter, in fact I think this ‘act’ was more up A-Rod’s alley.

John Amaechi denied entry into gay bar

- September 15th, 2010

How is it that a gay athlete cannot gain entry in to a gay bar?

Apparently it’s because he appeared to be ‘big, black and could be trouble.’

John Amaechi, the first openly gay NBA player tried to enter Crunch a popular bar in Manchester’s gay village, but claims he was denied at the door because of his race.
He’s now considering legal action.

“I want an explanation of what happened – a real true explanation – and an apology, and they have not in any way been forthcoming with that,” he told BBC News. “…I’m going to pursue this through all the channels I have because when there are issues of bigotry we should pursue them very strongly.”

But according to the bar’s manager, Matt Taylor, Amaechi was denied entry because the radio call he received claimed he was being “argumentative and aggressive” with the workers at the door – allegations Amaechi denies.

In 1997, John Amaechi, then NBA player came out and released a book called ‘Man in the Middle’ in which he expressed his life as an athlete while being ‘in the closet’. He became the first openly gay NBA player. He’s now a motivational speaker and is also the founder the Amaechi Basketball Centre at the city’s Whalley Range High School for Girls.