Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jerry Rice - NFL Hall of Famer's advice to rookies (video)

New York, NY - San Francisco 49ers (and Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, and Denver Broncos) NFL Hall of Fame Inductee Wide Receiver Jerry Rice shared his advice to 2010 NFL Draft rookies, especially those coming to The San Francisco Bay Area.

Rice says rookies should just "enjoy the moment. But also you've got to realize that if you're the 1st round draft choice, or the top five or top ten (pick) you've got to realize there's a lot expect of you. You're going to have to conduct yourself the right way to represent the NFL."

He added that choosing the right friends is important because "Everyone around you, basically, is not good for you. If they don't have your best interest at heart, they're not good for you."

There's a cultural adjustment that young black athletes from the South have to make in the diverse, pretentious, pedantic, self-important Bay Area that some times makes for an unhappy growth period.

Jerry Rice's said the best thing to do is, "just be yourself, man." Then Rice continued "Don't try to be someone else. I had that problem when I first went in (to the Bay Area). I'm a country boy. The way I talk. The way I do. And I had some people say 'Well I think you need to do this. You need to do that.' And then I lost myself for a second and then went back to being just that plain country boy."

The Country Boy Jerry Rice will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in July. It's a well-deserved honor for the greatest NFL player in history.

Stay tuned.

What Happened to Bret Michaels? - update

"What Happened to Country Music Singer Bret Michaels?" is the concern of America in the wake of The 75th NFL Draft. Bret Michaels, a guest on Celebrity Apprentice, is in critical condition as this blog post is written, according to his Facebook page. This is the statement:

Everyone at Michaels Entertainment would like to thank all fans and friends for their continued thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

At this point Bret remains in ICU in critical condition. He is under 24 hour doctors care and supervision. We are hopeful that further tests will locate the source of the bleeding, which has still not been located. As we all know Bret is a fighter and we are hopeful that once all is complete the slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness, etc. will be eliminated and all functions will return to normal.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Bret Michaels suffered a massive brain hemorrhage Thursday night, specifically bleeding at his brain stem, according to

Michaels was a star on Celebrity Apprenticethis year.

2010 NFL Draft: Mr. Irrelevant Paul Salata wraps up the draft

New York, NY - The 2010 NFL Draft was history as Mr. Irrelevant Paul Salata announced that Tim Toone was the 255th and last selection of the Draft. Some brief thoughts as this blogger gets ready to leave New York City.

First, this was the best and smoothest NFL Draft I've had in the six years I've attended these events as part of the media. This all started as a kind of New Media experiment that at times took the NFL off guard with my live webcam show in 2007 and camcorders in 2006, but they're all used to that now, so it's easy for me to work.

The matter of who had the best Draft I've not come to a final conclusion but for now, it's the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders made economically smart draft picks, and did not overreach for anyone. They massively improved their defense and got a speed-burner wide receiver. Plus, they got another experienced quarterback in Jason Campbell. On paper, the Oakland Raiders are a much better team. I can't wait for 2010.

The 2010 NFL Draft players were all really nice and for the second time in as many years. The emphasis on character is showing in a group of men that really are people you like and respect.

More on that later. Still more videos to post!

Stay tuned.

The Inn at Irving Place luxury hotel best in New York City

New York, NY - The 2010 NFL Draft is history and the Zennie62 coverage and the trip would not have been a reality except for The Inn at Irving Place, a part of The Small Luxury Hotels of The World brand. The Inn at Irving Place is at 56 Irving Place in New York's Gramercy Park neighborhood. It's more like a bed-and-breakfast in the middle of Manhattan as you can see in my video at the 7:22 mark:

If you're planning a trip to New York, and I don't state this just because they've hosted this blogger, stay here. The Inn at Irving Place staff treated me like family.

My room, called Stanford White for you Cal Alums, was a welcome place to spend time making videos, writing blog posts, drinking wine, or just sleeping. I spent more time here than I have in any other hotel. When I had the choice, I stayed in my room. It's that comfortable.

What I also recommend is making reservations for their popular afternoon tea, and doing so days in advance, which I should have done. But next time.

The other gems here are the Vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine which is just below The Inn, on the left and the Martini Bar I tweeted about and visited on the right. I took my friend Mediatite Editor-At-Large Rachel Sklar to lunch at Pure Food and Wine and both of us - she Vegan, me not - loved the place. All together 56 Irving Place makes for the best stay I've ever had. I mean that.

If you're coming to New York for the first TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Stay here.

Stay tuned.

Jillian Michaels wants NFL Football in LA (video)

New York, NY - Super woman Jillian Michaals was on The NFL's first Red Carpet as part of the primetime version of the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall Thursday night. With her publicist in tow (or was towing her, I can't tell), Michaels met the media, including this blogger for the second time that week.

(What was funny in the video was that her publicist wasn't sure if she could go over to sign autographs, but Jillian did so anyway.)

Michaels said she's becoming an NFL football fan and informs that she did not grow up with football because Los Angeles did not have a team (or maybe she wasn't paying attention when the Raiders were in LA because she was, maybe in her early teens at the time).

 Whatever the case, Jillian Michaels wants NFL Football in LA, and loudly said so in the video.

I told her about what Ed Roski was doing to bring NFL Football to LA, as explained to me here at The Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Party in Miami:

So now, Ed should call Jillian and make her a spokesperson or vice versa. The website is Los Angeles Football

Stay tuned.

Sexy Jillian Michaels on strong women (video)

This NFL Draft installment (thanks to the Inn at Irving Place, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of The World brand) comes from New York, Central Park and the NFL Play 60 event - Sexy Jillian Michaels, star of The Biggest Loser, was a guest of The NFL as part of their NFL Draft festivities including the NFL Play 60 event.

When Jillian wasn't talking about fitness tips she was hobnobbing (or is it flirting?) with some of the NFL's future stars. Michaels stopped to talk to this blogger about why strong women like herself were suddenly mainstream in society.

Michaels says the younger generation sets the tone for this change with "women like Venus and Serena" and in politics Madeline Albright and Condoleezza Rice visible and active. "Having strong women in every field whether its athletics or politics or medicine has been a huge source of motivation."

Jillian Michaels
Jillian Michaels does not think men are the problem when it comes to any remaining lack of acceptance of strong women, and says her guy friends are supportive, but points to women not supporting each other as "the last frontier of feminism," saying, "It's up to us girls to get behind each other. Support each other." Michaels then says that is happening, just that it needs to happen more often and is a big part of why strong women are more mainstream.

Jillian Michaels points to California First Lady Maria Shriver and TV personality Suze Orman as her mentors (Notice the Republican references? well Maria's really a Democrat but her husband California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is Republican.)

Michaels herself makes efforts to help women in the entertainment industry and in sports and "make sure that I'm there for them."

Jillian Michaels' big break

Jillian Michaels said the opportunity for The Biggest Loser was brought to her and she really didn't want to do it because she hated the name of the show and didn't want to do reality TV.

Now that The Biggest Loser is a success, she says there are some of the players she's kept in touch with out of the hundreds of people, like her favorites Julie Haddon, Michelle Aguillar, and Sam from Season Nine who's "still in the mix."

Jillian Michaels' is fun

Jillian Michaels was an NFL Draft great time and a ball of energy who loves to connect with people. I personally did not know about her controversial statements about pregnancy, where she said "I can't handle doing that to my body," but this blogger knows a number of women might agree with her. Some women fear childbirth. At 36, perhaps it's Jillian's compensating for not finding the right relationship, settling down, and starting a family. Some women adopt. Just a guess. But then I'm a guy.

Whatever the case, and as you will see in the next post, Jillian's a fun-loving person who loves to connect with people.

Rock the Casbah!