Monday, April 26, 2010

Eric Berry on Tim Tebow and Deion Sanders at NFL Draft

This NFL Draft installment (thanks to the Inn at Irving Place, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of The World brand) comes from The NFL Draft Red Carpet - When Kansas City Chiefs NFL 1st Round Draft Pick Eric Berry was in high school he had the chance to meet NFL Legend Deion Sanders, but according to Pro Football Talk, Sanders "dissed" Berry, refusing the teenager's request.

When this blogger saw the PFT post, using video to have Eric Berry confirm or deny the claim seemed like a good idea. Eric Berry confirmed it on camera while making his way along the NFL Red Carpet before the start of The 2010 NFL Draft: "I don't want to call it dissing me or whatever. I grew up looking up to him. I just wanted an autograph. It was like 'dang'; it did hurt my feelings. I was in high school going to college and he was one of the player I loved to watch."

Berry explained that Deion Sanders has "said good things" about him on The NFL Network, but to that point had not openly apologized to him, at least there's no official record of such online. While at Radio City Music Hall, I saw a telecast of the NFL Network where Deion Sanders had mentioned Berry's complaint to fellow NFL Legend, Steeler great Rod Woodson, but there has not been a single search-friendly post to show that Deion gave Berry the "love" he deserves.

As for Tim Tebow, who Berry will face twice a year as Tebow plays for the Denver Broncos, Berry said Tebow was the player he's hit the hardest, but "I don't know what I was thinking. He definitely brings a load."

It will be a load of fun to watch them in years to come.

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Jillian Michaels and Anthony Mackie on NFL Red Carpet

Anthony Mackie
This NFL Draft installment (thanks to the Inn at Irving Place, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of The World brand) comes from The NFL Draft Red Carpet - As part of its new primetime focus, the National Football League's 2010 NFL Draft had a Oscar like "red carpet" that has been mentioned in this space. But even after the NFL Draft, there's a vast amount of video to install. (No, the timing's not bad because the name keywords that are the personalities will become important at various points in time over the next few years.)

This video shows Jillian Michaels and her publicist having a kind of tug-of-war over whether to approach Jillians' adoring fans dressed in the latest Washington Redskins fanatic fashion. Jillian's followed by The Hurt Locker's Anthony Mackie, who played "Sergeant JT Sanborn."

Mackie, who's already well-recognized career got a booster with the Academy Award Best Picture win of The Hurt Locker, said that life was great: "I have a movie coming out in July called The Adjustment Bureau, and I'm on Broadway right now doing A Behanding in Spokane, so life is good."

I asked if The Hurt Locker was the kind of movie for which a sequel could be made. The ending of the Iraq War film was controversial, with "Sergeant First Class William James" (Jeremy Renner) returning to Iraq and to the same horrifying practice of bomb diffusion he presumably wanted to get away from. Mackie's answer was a definite "no:" "On no. Oh, we can. It's called 'Still Hurt'," he said with a chuckle.

Something tells me we're going for another round of The Hurt Locker.

Stay tuned.

Jenna Jameson domestic violence charge against Tito Ortiz - by Suzannah B. Troy

There is so much violence towards women and children and much goes unreported but not this story.  Jenna Jameson is taking action against her boyfriend who is a professional fighter and weighs over a 100 pounds more than she does...apparently he left bruises and Jameson is pressing charges.

Jameson is a ground breaking porn star who went from super star porn star to media mogul.  She sold Club Jenna to Playboy for mega-bucks although she won't disclose the exact amount.

She has twins boys with Ortiz but the bliss is over.   She called 911 and is pressing domestic abuse charges against her boyfriend Tito Ortiz, a UFC fighter, and father of the twins.

Tmz provides his and hers video.  Above his and here is the link to see Jenna with her Dad being interviewed by TMZ.

She has had so much plastic surgery her face is almost unrecognizable which can be called "The Michael Jackson syndrome".

She is articulate and a savvy businesswoman.   I can't imagine she will be staying in this relationship.

Here is the link for information on the violent dispute.

And  who would not want to re-visit Oprah's interview with Jenna.   Oprah is like me when addressing adult issues so here is her interview with Jenna and it states for adult audience.

I am glad Jenna Jameson is pressing charges and I hope she inspires more women to step forward as well.

Stop the violence towards women!

Melissa Rycroft gives Tye Strickland Las Vegas weekend

Apparently someone's still buying in Las Vegas. It's was reported in US Magazine that Melissa Rycroft gave her husband of four month Tye Strickland a Las Vegas vacation. A weekend at the $1.8 billion Palazzo resort hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas welcomes the business and the publicity. Hotel revenues have been down, as low as 4 percent at the MGM Mirage and the Las Vegas gaming business is weak, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Melissa Rycroft's a 27-year-old Entertainment Tonight correspondent and former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. When she's not on ET, she also contributes to Good Morning America.

Craigslist size makes it mirror of society for better or worse

It's often that Craigslist, the website started by my friend and fellow blogger Craig Newmark, is visited, but it's not often that Craigslist become the most searched for keyword online. Today it is, and by a bunch.

There are three stories about Craigslist, and none of them having to do with actions the website itself has taken, but what others have done on it. Craigslist has become an online city, of sorts, reflecting both the good and bad of American (primarily) society.

In one story today, from The Wall Street Journal, a father, Joshua Stagnitto of Brooklyn, NY, tried to, of all things, sell his kids on Craigslist:

“Selling my kids on the Craigslist black market. I have two kids, two and one year old.”

In the other story today, The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Oakland, California police are warning people about Craigslist robberies because there's been what the publication calls a "spate" of violent robberies done after someone posted an ad on the website.

This isn't something that pleases Craig Newmark, who in an interview with this blogger on the Future of Media (and worth seeing), said that Craigslist focus is customer service...

Craig doesn't like to talk about these problems on the record, but as a friend, I know off the record it bothers him and he's taken steps to curb the negative behavior that goes on in some areas of the site. Still, given the nature of the website, it's hard to perfectly manage. Craigslist draws hundreds of thousands, and at times millions of visitors a day.

But the last bit of Craigslist news of the day is that the site makes more money considering its staff size than any other site. That's not a bad thing: it means Craigslist is doing something right: being efficient.

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