I finally went to my first game at Old Trafford, and it was more glorious than I could have ever imagined. I've always heard, from all different folks who had ever been to a game at Old Trafford, that the atmosphere is a very special one, but when you're used to watching these games on TV, it's difficult to imagine what that really means.
The Dodgers are in the World Series for the first time in twenty-nine years and it's both very exciting and extremely stressful. I can't say I'm an educated baseball fan, but as a native Angeleno, I was born a Dodgers fans and as such the team is part of my identity. We often refer to baseball as "America's favorite past time," and it is in fact very nostalgic for me. I love going to Dodger games, because it reminds me of when my dad would take my brother and I to games and we'd chow down on Dodger dogs, which at seven or eight years old seemed massive. It also reminds me of going with my Girl Scout troop, chowing down on Dodger dogs, and having so much fun but hardly even being aware of what was actually happening in the game. So, I have many a fond memory of baseball, of the Dodgers, and of Dodger Stadium.
The first few days of the World Cup have been pretty exciting, and it seems Brasil took away a few lessons from Sochi. Apparently, accommodations were all ready for everyone, but the stadiums were not. At least our athletes have not been breaking down walls after getting stuck in bathrooms.
The Super Bowl commercials are as important and integrated into the whole Super Bowl tradition as is the game, the halftime show, and the parties. Here were some of my favorite commercials:
Doritos – The time machine thing was pretty funny. And Doritos achieved their purpose…I am totally craving a bag of Doritos now.
Bud Light Part 2 – Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gotta love him. When Reagan got into politics, he went on and became president. When Grace Kelly married a prince, she took her Oscar to the palace and shone in a different spotlight. But Arnold, Arnold was our governor and then he just went straight back into acting, and making us laugh.
Beats Music – Ellen Degenerous dancing is always funny. Always good. Always awesome. And she had a bow in her hair. And she was dancing with human size animals.
Cheerios – I like a smart girl who knows how to bargain for what she wants. If you’re going to get a little brother, you better be getting a puppy, too! I wish I was that smart when my brother was born.
Radioshack – the 80’s called and asked for their store back. Bahaha. Mary Lou Retton. Chuckie…forever creepy.
Paramount’s Transformers trailer was pretty awesome. I actually want to go see it.
Steven Colbert for Pistachios Part 1 and Part 2. I don’t know just funny. Part 2 especially. The man doesn't have to do or say much, and he's funny.
Hello! David Beckham in his briefs! This commercial should’ve been ranked the number one commercial of the night!
CarMax slow clap—when the dad let’s go of his kid learning to ride a bike to clap, and the kid falls over. I’m probably not supposed to laugh at that, but I did…
Classic Coke – Singing “America The Beautiful.” For a serious commercial, I really enjoyed this, because I enjoy anything that promotes the beauty of globalization. But apparently this didn’t sit well with folks on Twitter. All I have to say is that that commercial is what America looks like, so anyone who tweeted #speakAmerican, go grow an effing brain, a pair of eyes, and how about a heart while you’re at it.
Pepsi – Get Hyped for Halftime. I definitely felt hyped. Great commercial. I’ve always enjoyed Pepsi commercials.
Okay, Tim Tebow No Contract Part 2 was pretty funny with all those stunts and whatnot. I laughed.
Heinz Ketchup – what a jolly commercial!
Bruce, thank you for the hugfest and spreading the love and care.
And thank you, Budweiser, for the tears. Videos about soldiers coming home always makes me tear up.
The Most Inspirational Commercial Award goes to: Microsoft – Empowering.
Okios!!! John Stamos cock blocked by Uncle Danny and Joey!!! Hahaha.
What were your favorites? You can watch them all here: http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48/commercials#video=0ap2000000321462
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I don’t like to curse, but when it comes to sports I don’t even care. And tonight I went to the Lakers’ final regular season game with my mom, so I tried to behave, but by the fourth quarter the F-bombs were on auto-drop.
Good game boys. We showed that little Hottie McHotterson Parsons what World Peace looks like. BAM. And I had a nice view of Pau’s bum every time they lined up for a foul shot and he lined up on my side.
Do you all feel the magic and the power of the purple and gold? We may have had a crappy season, but we made it into the finals. BOOM to all you Laker haters.
Now…git gone San Antone! We’re comin’ for ya!
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As if I don’t have enough stress in my life, the Lakers haven’t made it much easier this season. And last night’ss game? Last night’s game was VERY stressful, but ultimately, extremely GLORIOUS. Yes, well done boys. They were losing most of the game, and then all of sudden towards the end they were close, and then when Kobe made that three-pointer to tie the game with five seconds left I literally flew out of my seat. From the last few minutes of the fourth quarter through the end of the game, my left hand was clenched around my wristlet so tightly, it clamped up and I had a claw hand walking out of the game. It was such a nerve-wracking game I thought I was going to break out in hives. I definitely broke out in a sweat though. I couldn’t even sit for those five minutes of overtime. Holy moly. My head was still spinning from the excitement when I went to bed.
Just as a side note—if you are a part of my personal life, and we make plans, and then I wind up with Laker tickets, you will get ditched. Unless you’re able to come with me, of course. But that’s just a universal rule. Nothing personal.
I can’t wait for Pau to fully recover and get back in the game. His brother may have gotten the looks in the family, but he got the brains and that is way hotter. Not to mention, he’s just so humble and nice. I completely adore him. If we ever trade him, I think I might have to go Queen Victoria on the world and wear black for the rest of my life—so lets hope that doesn’t ever happen.
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I always think it’s a little odd that baseball is known as America’s favorite “pastime,” because that makes it sound as though it is extinct. I get it though. I mean, kids are so consumed with video games these days; does anyone still collect baseball cards?
I loved going to Dodger games as a kid, but I honestly didn’t know much about the game except that you have to hit the ball and run…oh and that Dodger dogs are the best. I even went to a few baseball games in high school to support my friends, but still, other than cheering for them, I was mostly concerned with how much ground beneath the bleachers I could cover with sunflower seed shells. One of my nearest and dearest friends, is a Cardinal Farmhand, so every now and then I learn something new about our favorite pastime. For example, when helping my buddy Vance with his charity, Gloves 4 Troops, I learned that a lefty glove goes on the right hand, not the left hand, and vice versa. The first time someone asked me what position Vance plays, I had to look it up online and I saw the letters SS—don’t ask me why, but the first things that came to my mind were Nazis and Soviet Soldiers. Thank goodness that’s not what SS stands for. Of course, I quickly realized it must stand for shortstop, but I still had no clue what that meant. After telling this story to a group of friends recently, one of them decided to give me a whole history on shortstops, but I still have no clue what a shortstop does.
On the bright side, my embarrassing lack of knowledge about baseball always seems to provide great comedy for my friends. And I always tell them, it’s okay—as long as we’re laughing, we’re living longer…even if it’s at my own expense ha.
Anyways, I thought I’d post some fun facts about baseball, because anything that is honored with the title “America’s Favorite Pastime,” deserves a little love here, too :D.
10 Fun Facts About America's Favorite Pastime
1) The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum is in Cooperstown, New York. It was established in 1936 to celebrate baseball’s 100th anniversary.
2) Baseballs are hand stitched with two straight needles, 108 stitches each.
3) The origins of baseball is not entirely clear, however modern day baseball is credited to a man named Alexander Cartwright, aka “the father of baseball.” He is thought to be the first person to draw a diagram of a diamond shaped baseball field, and the rules of the game come from the Knickerbocker Rules, which he and a committee from his club, the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, developed.
4) Robert Redford attended the University of Colorado on a baseball scholarship.
5) Fenway Park opened in 1912, and is the oldest baseball stadium still in use.
6) The Louisville Slugger, the leading baseball bat in the game, began in the hands of a 17 year-old boy named John A. “Bud” Hillerich, who made a new bat for a major league player, Pete Browning, after Pete broke his during a game. Pete was so impressed, that he told his teammates, and the rest is baseball history. (I’ve been to the factory/museum in Louisville, and it’s really neat. The largest baseball bat in the world stands outside and it is LARGE! Inside, you can get customized Louisville Sluggers.)
7) In 1934, Babe Ruth paid a fan $20 to return the baseball he hit for his 700th career homerun. I wonder what that ball would go for now…
8) Another Babe Ruth fun fact, only because it’s so weird—did you know that Babe Ruth put a cabbage leaf under his hat during every game, changing it out for a new one every two innings? Some people have weird superstitions, but to each their own!
9) The then Brooklyn Dodgers ended racial segregation in baseball, when the team started Jackie Robinson on 1st base. Now the L.A. Dodgers, I’m proud to call them my home team :).
10) Gloves 4 Troops is a charity started by my dear friend Vance Albitz, sending love and support to our troops in Afghanistan through America’s favorite pastime :). Vance is off to spring training this week, but Gloves 4 Troops will pick back up next off-season. For more info, go to: www.gloves4troops.com.
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Usually, people will say that the Super Bowl is the biggest Sunday of the year, but on my calendar it’s this Sunday—Oscar Night/Daytona 500. I was super excited for the Oscars this year, and am happy to begin a new year with my man in the 99 car—especially after last year’s disappointment, considering how he finished the year before last.
Dayton 500 Highlights:
First crash: I really want to blame Kyle Busch for that, but I couldn’t fairly attribute any malice on his part.
I really want to applaud Danica Patrick for rocking it in a boys’ world. I love when women do that—we need to do more of that.
I am however, super bummed about the crash the 99 car was involved in. That was not exactly how I wanted to start of the season, but at least this is just the beginning. I have great faith in Carl Edwards and his team.
As for the Oscar’s….
This was hands down the BEST Oscar Award Show in a while. The Oscar’s did what the Grammy’s did this year, too—they realized they needed to up their game, and they did it. They did it, and they rocked it. People these days get bored easily, so they made it less a slew of reading off names and handing over gold statutes, and instead made it a “show.” It was funny. It was entertaining. And I can't get enough of how beautiful the Kodak, I mean Dolby, Theater was. It was breath taking.
Just FYI, I correctly predicted 14 out of the 24 categories of awards. There were so many amazing contenders this year, it wasn’t even fair. I was most excited about Christoph Waltz winning best supporting actor—he deserved that. He was fabulous beyond words in “Django Unchained.” I was also completely ecstatic over Jennifer Lawrence’s win. I wanted her to win so badly, and I knew it would be close between her and Jessica Chastain. But don’t you just love Jennifer? She’s just the kind of girl everyone wants to be friends with. Also, her falling on her way to accept her award just made her more lovable.
Seth MacFarlane was by far the best host since Billy Crystal. He is so freakin’ adorable, too. My friend and I couldn’t stop noticing that. And he sings! He sings well! What the heck??
Who's idea was it to use the Jaws song as the most intense wrap-up song of any award show?
Babs though, Babs singing "The Way We Were" was magical. You can tell in her voice that she has aged, but she's still got it.
Okay, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt get extra awesome points for their number.
I don’t even know what to say about Captain Kirk’s appearance. It was hilarious, but at the same time, I’m wondering if it was Oscar appropriate. I don’t care though. It was hilarious.
Oh, and the boob song was ace.
I had a really hard time picking a best dressed. There were just so many dresses I loved. Most did really well. Jewelry was overall appropriately simple, which I thought was quite refreshing, or at least well-balanced. I don't think I saw anyone who pulled a Carrie Underwood at this year's Grammys--loud dress, loud jewelry. It's not a royal gala, where everyone needs to show off EVERYTHING. Sometimes, you just gotta know when to let the dress speak for itself.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture – fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. The texture and material looked like a light pink royal cloud. The structure, the architecture, the layers, all of it was beautiful. She was dressed to win—kind of like the year Gwyneth wore that pink Ralph Lauren dress the year she won for Shakespeare in Love. I’m glad her jewelry was very simple, too. That thin long chain that draped down her back was perfect. It didn’t compete with the dress. She looked like an impeccable princess.
Jessica Chastain looked like a winner in Armani Prive. Her hair and make-up were classic Hollywood perfection, and I love the gold color of her dress. In pictures it was almost like a light copper, under the shimmery sheer material, and I bet it was amazing in person.
Goodness, Anne Hathaway has disappointed way more this award season, than she has impressed. This Prada dress was very nineties. Not to mention, that's not the kind of dress you wear without any kind of support, even tape, especially to the Oscars. I don’t know, she was a winner tonight, but she just didn’t look like she was dressed to win.
Amy Adams looked quite heavenly in a gray Oscar de la Renta gown. The skirt looked very soft and fluffy like she was an angel gliding on a cloud.
I loved how bold Naomi Watts’ Armani Prive, silver dress was. It was magnificent. It just screamed “I’m awesome.”
Nicole Kidman—stunning. Perfection. That black and gold L’Wren Scott was somewhat like a fabulous Greek warrior Goddess look. And her soft up-do, minimal jewelry, just balanced it out well.
Sandy Bullock in Elie Saab was gorgeous. These last few years, her red carpet looks have just been so right on.
I love love loved Charlize Theron in Dior Couture. As soon as I saw it I thought, that is Dior perfection. The architecture and structure of the dress was only what Dior could do. J’adore Dior. She was absolute perfection. And of all the pixie cuts in town, I haven’t quite loved one the way I do her’s.
I thought Reese Witherspoon looked magnificent in the bright blue Louis Vuitton. It hugged her well, and the train made it Oscar glamorous. I liked that her hair was curled the way it was, because it balanced out the stiffness of the dress. She was beautiful.
Zoe Saldana’s black and white Alexis Mabille was bon chic, and right on point with this season’s trends. It was lovely. It was a very fun, and classy dress. The bit of color blocking detail on the train kept it young, and combined with the flowery detailing of the top of the dress made her a complete vision of spring. I'm obsessed with this dress.
I kept only seeing the top of Kristen Stewart’s Reem Acra dress, and I thought it was quite beautiful, so I wanted to see the rest of the dress. I’m not so sure this actually fit her that well. It looks like it could have given her nice curves, but instead it wasn’t tailored very well. I didn’t really like the bottom of the dress, either. It looked like there was extra fabric that was sloppily cut up or something. Her messy hair also bothered me. She’s such a pretty girl, but she sometimes lets her awkwardness take over, and even ruin her look.
Octavia Spencer in a cream colored Tadashi Shoji looked very old Hollywood—just beautiful.
O my gah, Catherine Zeta-Jones’ gold Zuhair Murad was like an Arabian dream. I loved it as soon as I saw it. The gold bodice hugged her curves in all the right ways, and then the rest just flowed softly and perfectly. Metallic dresses can get a bit redundant on the red carpet, but this was something different.
Sally Field! She was a vision in Valentino red! The way it came together at the center of her waist, brought the dress together really well, as the rest of it flowed in into a rather large ruffled train, kind of like a large flamenco dress. The thing I love about Sally Field’s dress choices is that, as actresses get older, they tend to get more conservative with their dresses. She doesn’t though. She picks loud colors, and fun dresses, that are still age appropriate.
Halle Berry was fierce in a black and silver striped, low plunge Versace dress. I loved that the stripes went in different directions in certain places, because that accentuated her curves just right.
Did Helena Bonham Carter's dress really surprise you? It was hideous, but it was so her. I love her.
Can I just say that I loved Jane Fonda in bright yellow Atelier Versace. It’s so her—fun. I mean, other than that, I would say there wasn’t anything especially special about the dress, but the back was great.
Okay, Olivia Munn wins best red dress of the night. I don’t know who made it, but it was remarkably regal. And the red was just so deliciously rich. The gold detailing on the bodice was what made it so fabulously regal.
Oh and that little girl, Quvenzhané Wallis--freakin' adorable! So freakin' adorable! I just want to HUG her!
As for the men, there was a lot of scruff on the red carpet--like nice, well-trimmed scruff. I love that Uncle Jack (Jack Nicholson) wore a red bow tie, and Jamie Foxx’s bow tie was a sparkly black. And I don’t know whether to love or hate Quentin Tarantino’s sloppiness. Like, is it just cool that he can walk around like a slob? Or does he need to care just a little bit? It’s Quentin Tarantino though…
I also liked that Samuel L. Jackson wore a red suit, just because it was different. It made me forget how much I didn’t like him in “Django Unchained.” Oh and Mark Andrews blue kilt was just awesome. It was awesome that he got to go up on stage and accept an award in his kilt.
NASCAR may not have started the way I wanted it to, but I had a blast at the Queen Mamester's celebrating film's biggest night :)
Hope you had a fabulous Super Sunday, well!
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I almost died the other day, when my brother said something that made me lose faith in his loyalty to the Lakers. My dad wound up with Clippers tickets for the Christmas day game, instead of Lakers tickets like he usually does, and so a few of the boys were all going. I opted out, because I won’t be caught dead at Clippers game, unless the Lakers are playing the Clippers. I went once, but only because my friend was playing in the final rounds of a dodgeball tournament right after the Clippers game. I mean, it’s one thing to go just because there are tickets available, but when I jokingly called my brother a traitor, and he responded with, “What, I’m an L.A. fan,” like a generic L.A. fan, I thought oh dear Lord. You can't do that. Well, I can't anyways. I’m really devoted to my teams.
L.A. has two teams in several sports. You’ve got the Lakers and the Clippers, the Dodgers and the Angels, and the Kings and the Ducks. Although, the Angels and the Ducks technically count as the O.C., but whatever—close enough. I was raised a Lakers fan, a Dodgers fan, and Kings fan, and I stay very loyal to my teams. I don’t root for all L.A. teams, just so when one team is not doing so hot, hopefully the other one is. No, I think that’s bullocks. I think you pick your team and you support them win or lose. It really annoys me right now that some people are straddling both ships, just because the Clippers are doing well; and well, the Lakers are not having the greatest season. If you’ve always been a Clippers fan, then great. I’m happy for you that your team is doing well. For me though, going to a Clippers game would be like shopping knock-offs in the Valley—it just won’t happen.
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All it took was me showing up to a game...and firing the coach...and look how good my boys did! Free tacos!!! Of course the first game I go to of the season, Mike Brown gets fired after a 1:4 season and Devin Ebanks gets arrested on suspicion of DUI. Ahh, it was great to be back. Although, every time someone tries to go up against Ron Artest, or fouls him, I wonder how they feel about going up against World Peace. It's like "Oh crap, I fouled World Peace!" Why would you do that? Why would anyone want to fight World Peace--and not just any World Peace, METTA WORLD PEACE? It seems almost sacrilegious, no? Ha. Pau's my man though. I just love him. He's so smart! I mean, seriously smart! Doctor smart!
The Staple Center is one of my favorite places in the world, because it’s home to me. It’s where I get to watch sweaty men play age old sports, where Jack Nicholson feels like a jolly member of my family, and where bright purple and yellow-gold actually match. Whether I’m there for a Laker game, or a Kings game, when I’m in those seats, I feel like I’m chillin’ in a rocking chair on my back porch…well, maybe not quite so serene; but like I said, it’s home.
BIG LOVE & HUGS...may the Lakers get back to dominating!