Parisian Love: An American Finds Love in Paris

Parisian Love: An American Finds Love in Paris

Well, I ended up missing most of the Super Bowl, as well as almost all of the ads that went along with the Big Game.  But I did catch the Google ad and it’s a knockout, a real triumph of story over the technical wizardry that’s usually showcased in Super Bowl ads.

Parisian Love: An American Finds Love in Paris

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The Straight Brother: He Was a Little Different

The Straight Brother: He Was a Little Different

A lifelong athlete, Paul Bockwoldt, 28, joined a predominantly gay rugby team on New York City’s Randall’s Island to bond with his brother John. They played together on the Gotham Rugby team, which hosted the Mark Bingham Cup (The Gay Rugby World Cup) in 2006 and played in the final Division III and regional championships in 2007 and 2008. For all of the team’s accomplishments, the incredible men and women who make up Gotham Rugby are the real story. This short documentary is truly inspirational and goes to show what really matters in our lives.

The Straight Brother: He Was a Little Different

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Myron Rolle Wins Rhodes Scholarship: A Star Football Player and Scholar

Myron Rolle Wins The Rhodes Scholarship: A Star Football Player and Scholar

Florida State safety Myron Rolle was awarded a Rhodes scholarship Saturday. He is the first major-college football player of his generation to win what is considered the world’s most prestigious postgraduate academic scholarship.

He became the most prominent student-athlete to win the award since Bill Bradley at Princeton in 1965. Bradley was later a Knicks basketball star, U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate. Other winners have included Pat Haden (U.S.C. and the Rams) and Tom McMillen (The Univ. of Maryland, the N.B.A. and Congress).

Rolle’s quest to the win the Rhodes had received heavy attention from the news media, because he chose to risk missing all or part of Florida State’s pivotal game at The University of Maryland on Saturday night to have the interview, which took place in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rolle received the news about 5 p.m. Saturay afternoon; he then received a police escort to a local airport, where a private plane waited to take him to the game. He entered the game late in the second quarter of a 37-3 Florida State victory. “He is flying high,” Sally Karioth, a Florida State nursing professor who accompanied Rolle to his interview, said before the game. “He was hopping. He’s usually real sedate.”

Rolle was one of two winners selected from 13 finalists interviewed on Saturday in Birmingham. Parker Goyer, a former player on the women’s tennis team at Duke, was the other winner.

You can read more about Myron Rolle here.

Myron Rolle as a Student-Athlete at Florida State University

Flying with Rolle on the Plane to the Game

Florida State Beats Maryland, and Rolle Wins the Rhodes

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Tiny Wofford College Smashes The University of Tennessee/Chattanooga, 56-7!!

Wofford Smashes The University of Tennessee/Chattanooga, 56-7

Defending Southern Conference champion Wofford College was back in action yesterday, taking on The University of Tennessee/Chattanooga after having a week off. Wofford’s only loss this season was a last-minute upset loss to The University of South Carolina, playing before 86,000 fans in Carolina’s Bryce Stadium.

Saturday was a day for big plays as No. 9 Wofford (4-1/2-0) scored five of their seven touchdowns from 20 yards or more to claim a 56-7 win over Chattanooga (1-6/0-3). For Wofford, the victory over Chattanooga is yet another a measure of a program that graduated 17 seniors, lost 13 of 24 starters and still finds itself with a 4-1 record and ranked ninth in the country.

Coming off a 9-4 record, an appearance in the FCS quarterfinals and a share of the Southern Conference championship, many observers thought that Wofford would be too inexperienced to make a serious run at national honors in 2008. But Wofford coach Mike Ayers wasn’t one of those doubters. “To a certain extent, I’m not surprised,” said Ayers, now in his 21st year as head coach. “After spring ball, we felt we had a number of older kids that knew what we were trying to do.”

Add to that maybe the best freshman class in school history and the Terriers have been able to climb to unexpected heights. “We’ve worked really hard on our guys from the start to pressure them into maturing more quickly,” explained Ayers, who has team tied for first place with Appalachian State and Elon in the SoCon with a 2-0 record.

In Wofford’s complex, triple-option offensive system, discipline and execution are paramount to success and those attributes were apparent in large supply as the Terriers rolled to a 56-7 Southern Conference victory over Tennessee- Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon before 8,394 fans at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium.

Quarterback Ben Widmyer, who took over the controls of the wingbone attack from the graduated Josh Collier, got the Terriers rolling early with a 75-yard option run for a touchdown on Wofford’s second offensive play. After Chattanooga scored to even the game at seven apiece, Wofford went on to score 49 unanswered points.

Widmyer, who finished with eight carries for 158 yards and completed 3-of-5 passes for 110 yards and two scores, gave the Terriers the lead for good with 8:30 left in the second period on a 35-yard TD jaunt. After he fired a scoring strike of 28 yards to tight end Fenn Allen, connected with true freshman Eric Breitenstein on a 32-yard wheel route to set up Breitenstein’s five-yard TD burst and hit Andy Strickland on a 50-yard touchdown aerial, Widmyer retired to the sidelines just 62 seconds into the second half as the Terriers held a 35-7 lead.

Nevertheless, even with Widmyer and most of the starters watching, the Wofford reserves continued to play with precision on a day when the Terriers piled up 564 yards of total offense. And for Wofford, the remainder of the second half ended up being more of the same, as the ninth-ranked Terriers pulled away with big plays to end the game with 56 points.

Update: On Tuesday, October 14th, The Sports Network’s FCS College Football Poll Ranked Wofford College 4th in the nation.

Wofford Defeats Georgia Southern in OT, 38-37

Wofford’s Last-Minute Upset Loss to South Carolina

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Tiny Wofford College Loses Upset to South Carolina in Final Minutes

Tiny Wofford College Loses Upset to South Carolina in Final Minutes

The Wofford College Terriers couldn’t quite pull off a shocking upset like fellow Southern Conference school Appalachian State did last season against The University of Michigan, but Wofford’s game against The University of South Carolina on Saturday night was very close. In a game that was similar to the fabled Wofford-Carolina meeting in 2006, last night’s game was tied at 10-10 in the third quarter and Wofford was down just 16-13 until the final minutes of the game.

Wofford had a 15-play drive on its first possession of the game, took a 7-3 lead on the second trip and pulled to within 16-13 on a field goal by Patrick Mugan with 7:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. The pesky Wofford Terriers then kept nipping at South Carolina’s heels and just wouldn’t go away. But South Carolina managed to score a touchdown in the final two minutes to pull out a last-minute 23-13 victory over Wofford before 76,600 football fans at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

Wofford out-gained South Carolina on the ground, and Carolina committed three turnovers in the game. The Terriers are now 2-1 in the season, while South Carolina is 2-2.

Wofford Loses Upset to South Carolina in Final Minutes

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“Wardrobe Malfunction” Fine Stripped: Timberlake Sings About It

“Wardrobe Malfunction” Fine Reversed: Timberlake Sings About It

Last night on ESPYs, Justin Timberlake performed a song about the legendary “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl. Coincidentally, this morning the Third Circuit Court overturned the $550,000 fine that CBS had paid to the FCC for the incident, ruling that the network could not be held accountable for the actions of “independent contractors” (Timberlake and Janet Jackson).

However, the court added, that if the FCC wanted to fine ESPN for Timberlake’s lame song, that would be okay!!

“Wardrobe Malfunction” Fine Reversed: Timberlake Sings About It

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Puppy Bowl IV: Great Tacklers, but Can’t Pass

In response to the Super Bowl ratings giant, executives at Animal Planet created a show that has turned out to be a hit in its own right. Puppy Bowl IV is a three-hour extravaganza in which a cast of 46 dogs frolics, chases, pants, sniffs, rolls, tail wags and occasionally picks up a ball (or, more likely, a chew toy) on a set resembling a football field. It is going to be broadcast at 3 p.m. on Sunday, with repeat airings to follow.

And as the show’s viewership has grown, so has the attention lavished on it by animal lovers and sports fans. Puppy Bowl parties are common. Among the stars of this year’s game are Rascal, 13 weeks, a border collie mix; Mrs. Roper, 9 weeks, a Labrador retriever mix; and Bruin, 14 weeks, an Alaskan malamute. No more than eight puppies hit the gridiron at once, but the show is in high definition this year. Many of the animals come from shelters; part of the show’s mission is to promote adoption via Petfinder.com. Recruiting players is not a challenge.

Though there are no teams or uniforms, the show follows many football conventions. This year’s game begins with the national anthem; the puppies watch the flag wave with due seriousness, if no paws over hearts. There is commentary, by Harry Kalas, the legendary N.F.L. and Phillies broadcaster, who in this case says things like: “He’s at the 20, he’s at the 30! O.K., now he’s back at the 20, the 10.” There are M.V.P. and viewer’s choice awards. And there is a referee to call the action, such as it is, and deal with what the show refers to as puppy fouls. He cleans them up, on camera but without close-ups.

Taped over two days, the show has a production crew of about 30 people, as well as dog and cat owners, an animal handler, a veterinarian and a representative of the American Humane association to oversee it. The puppies are running around, playing with squeak toys and mock footballs. Whether they realize it or not, some of them actually do make touchdowns.

Puppy Bowl IV

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