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NFL Star Loves to Bake, Help Others

By Joanne Camas A six-foot-six, 275-pound guy baking dainty cupcakes is an incongruous picture, but many things Israel Idonije does break the mold. Idonije, an NFL veteran, who was born in Nigeria and raised in Canada, was recently honored at the White House for his humanitarian work. His foundation works with kids in his hometown of Winnipeg, Chicago, and West Africa, and he’s a visible presence at his all-star camps for inner-city youth. Defensive lineman Odonije has played for the Chicago Bears for 10 years and took the field in the Super Bowl with the team, but has just signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions. While his foundation will remain headquartered in the Windy City, you can imagine Izzy, as he’s known to kids and friends alike, will find time to brighten lives in the troubled Motor City too. The Detroit Lions start training camp for the upcoming season tomorrow, but Odonije managed to find time to answer some questions for Epicurious by email. I know food’s always been a big part of your life – for example, you helped your parents collect food for needy families when you were a child. Does it surprise you that so many families in this country are “food insecure”? It doesn’t surprise me about the amount of hungry children and families in the U.S. It is a sad and unnecessary situation — there is so much wasted surplus. It would be wonderful if there were a system in place to get the surplus food to people in need. Your foundation does a lot of great work with kids. Do you include healthy eating programs? The Israel Idonije Foundation focuses on five keys to life success. One of those keys is self-awareness. Who are you? Who do you want to be? Through self awareness we have the opportunity to discuss living a healthy lifestyle and the role that healthy eating plays. I hear that you love to make cupcakes. Why’s that a favorite thing, and how did it start? I love banana bread. So I make banana bread cupcakes with a blueberry cream cheese icing. It started with watching and helping my mother bake — pies, bread, cookies…you name it. Do you eat them all (hey, you’re an athlete, you need energy!)? Or do you take them to share with your teammates? I eat half and take half to the office or give them away. And do your teammates think it’s ironic that such an athletic man bakes? LOL. I think a lot of the guys cook. What’s your favorite recipe? Two favorites that I love to eat but do not cook are pounded yam and Ogbono soup, both of which are Nigerian recipes. I also love a glass of Chapman — another Nigerian favorite!! Do you cook any other specialties or family favorites? With my eyes closed, I make a great cedar plank salmon with miso glaze, shepherd’s pie, and turkey lasagna. What do you like to eat before a big game? I eat…<div …read more

Source: Epicurious

Oreo, Others All Make Basically Same Royal Baby Joke On Twitter

By The Huffington Post News Editors

When Oreo owned the Super Bowl power outage by tweeting a clever ad mid-blackout this past February, the Internet couldn’t get enough of it.

But when 13 brands — including Oreo — simultaneously all pulled the same contrived trick after Kate Middleton’s baby’s gender was released Monday, you just knew it was the end of an era. So R.I.P. fun post-news company tweets. It was a royal effort:

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

Burning Detriot To The Ground

By Coach Kevin Collins

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Sifting Through the Ruins of Detroit

Liberals should be ashamed of themselves for the misery and destruction they have forced on Detroit.  Because of liberal policies Detroit, an American city that once was the very epitome of the benefits of capitalism, was once able to boast of the highest standard of living of any city in the world is now little more than a garbage heap people want to run from.

Today Detroit has roughly 700,000 people.  In 1960 Detroit had 1.6 million people. They were auto workers and auto manufacturing executives. They manufactured things and traded an honest day’s work for a decent middle class salary. Then you took over, liberals. In 1962 the last Republican mayor left office. Your greedy unions swamped Detroit and all of a sudden every demand from every group was met. The debt you caused and the criminals you elected to run Detroit sacked the town like the Vandals who picked Ancient Rome clean.

Detroit’s takers have finally overwhelmed its dwindling number of makers and it has forced the Motor City into bankruptcy. Detroit’s problems are directly your fault. You liberals got everything you wanted. You got an all Democrat city government that meant crooked mayors, crooked police, a crooked city council and the worst school system in America actually run by a former Detroit special education student.

At first as long as a politician was a Democrat you backed him. You inflicted Coleman Young on an unsuspecting city that still believed it could be saved by the music industry even as auto manufacturers ran away from your greedy unions. Young was an unabashed Black racist whose administration was purposely designed to make White Detroiters run away as fast as they could; and they did. Thereafter just being a Democrat was no longer enough and the new standard meant only Black Democrats could run your city and together both of you destroyed Detroit.

Next your paternalist attitude inflicted Kwame Kilpatrick, an out and out street thug, on what was left of Detroit. He is now in prison for corruption and tax evasion but he should have been tried for ordering the execution style murder of a stripper named Tamara Green. You liberals covered for him and made the investigation of her death “disappear.”

Now you liberals will wring your hands and make up excuses for your city’s incompetent administration because “after all Detroit is run by Blacks so it cannot be criticized.”

Shame on you liberals; you inflicted every one of your stupid dreams on a middle class city, destroyed it and ran away. Detroit is as good a reason as any to pledge to defeat you at every opportunity. The “good” you do lasts until other people’s money runs out; the damage you do is forever. 

Research Says Screen Time Can Be Good For Your Kids

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor

Screen time is not all bad for your kids. They can learn a ton from video games. And when parents and children are watching or playing together, kids are internalizing important social skills. Being intentional about the messages you send to your kids about media is a missing link in most parenting strategies. In the 1980s, researchers at the Children’s Television Network discovered that kids learned more from Sesame Street when they watched the show alongside their parents. They called it “coviewing.” Most experts agreed that coviewing was unquestionably better than placing kids in front of boobtube babysitter. For example, the Center on Media and Child Health explains that coviewing reduces fear and aggression, while increasing learning and discussion. Still, most parenting wisdom continues to portray television as an evil mind-rotting demon. The fear of ‘screen time’ is so deeply ingrained in our collective imagination that an irrational opposition between outdoor play and media consumption is taken for granted. Many parents believe the choice is either/or: indoors or out. Trees, worms, and grass are pitted against transistors, cathode ray tubes, and Super Bowl commercials. The dichotomy is laughably absurd and divisionist. It supposes that kids can’t participate in a moderate mix of myriad ways of being. Yet the divisive story remains ubiquitous. One interpretation of Plants vs. Zombies, for instance, reveals an ironic representation of an ideological battle between the good natural spirit of flora and Zombie-like brainwashing that supposedly comes from entertainment and digital media. Pay close attention to the character design of the zombie villains–football zombies, disco zombies, suit & tie zombies, etc. Suddenly, it becomes clear that, intentional or not, there’s an implicit anti-consumer, non-conformist cultural critique underlying the game. Plants are the good guys. Brainwashed mainstream zombies are the bad guys. Ironically, when I try to interrupt my kids when they’re playing, it seems like THEY are the Zombies. The resources they control are not the only plants. The metaphors get confused. My kids also become single-minded vegetables with eyes and fingers glued to the iPad. Still, they are thinking and problem solving. Individualized gameplay might be better than television because they’re more interactive. These days, in fact, most storytelling is interactive. We consume most of our media through internet connected devices. And technology is so adept at providing ‘adaptive feedback’ that it proves to be an exceptionally effective teaching tool. In fact, a recent SRI study shows that game based learning can boost cognitive learning for students sitting on the median by 12%. This is why I enthusiastically focus my writing on game-based learning. I’ve covered games like Dragonbox, which can teach even very young kids to master the basic mechanics of Algebra in under an hour. Likewise, my six year old and I recently began working on his phonics skills using an app called Montessori Crosswords on the iPad. Interactive learning games are fantastic. You’ll be amazed at what they can teach your kids. But remember, they still work best when parents and children …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Manchester United: 10,000 Times Better Than the Green Bay Packers

By Rich Smith, The Motley Fool

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On Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, the Green Bay Packers lost their chance at the Super Bowl. Playing before a sellout crowd at Candlestick Park against the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers gave up a playoff record 579 total yards, succumbing to a team that went on to claim the NFC Championship but eventually lost the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens at an eventful game in New Orleans.

Three months later and an ocean away, another “football” team, British soccer club Manchester United , had a different story to tell. On Monday, April 22, 2013, Man Utd claimed their 20th league title, beating Aston Villa 3-0 to win the English Premier League Championship .

Man Utd now enters the hunt for a place in next season’s European Champions League, while the Packers must go back to the drawing board, and start again at 0-0 in the race for Super Bowl XLVIII. That fact alone tells you why Man Utd is probably a better “football” team than the Packers.

But here’s the real revelation: Manchester United is also a better investment than the Packers.

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That’s right. Manchester United and the Green Bay Packers aren’t just “football teams” that you can cheer for. They’re also “companies” that you can invest in. But they’re very different kinds of companies.

You may recall how, Green Bay announced in December of 2011 that it was opening up its team to new buyers, offering to sell up to 880,000 Packers shares to the public for $250 apiece. Well, less than a year later, Man Utd decided to open itself up to public ownership as well, holding an initial public offering of its stock at an offer price of $14 a share.

Eight months later, those Manchester United shares sell for nearly $18 apiece — a 28% gain. Not bad … but get a load of how Packers shares have performed. Since their third public offering back in 1950, shares of the Packers have increased in price 10,000 times, from a split-adjusted price of $0.025 per share, to the 2011 asking price of $250. That looks like a pretty hefty profit. It looks like the Packers are outperforming Man Utd.

But looks can be deceiving.

The problem with Packers, according to its prospectus, is that despite the rise in value of the team, and of its stock, investors in Green Bay “should not purchase [GB] stock with the purpose of making a profit.” Why not? Because each share of the Green Bay Packers comes burdened with “transfer restrictions and redemption rights.”

The effect of these rights is to prevent anyone who bought a Green Bay share back in 1950 from ever realizing a dime of profit on the 10,000% appreciation of that share’s value today. Any time a Green Bay shareholder tries to sell a share today, “the Corporation has a right of first refusal to repurchase [GB] Stock at a price of $0.025 per share.”


Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Former New England Patriots guard assisted Boston Marathon bombing victims

A former New England Patriots guard who once joined his three New York City firefighter brothers during a ceremony heralding the return of football following the Sept. 11 terror attacks witnessed another tragedy on Monday — and selflessly began helping those injured at the Boston Marathon.

Joe Andruzzi, who won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots during five seasons, attended Monday’s race to support runners raising money for his foundation supporting cancer research, NFL.com reports. Andruzzi, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007, sprang into action following the bombings and appeared in a viral photograph on Twitter carrying a victim to safety.

“Jen and I are safe,” Andruzzi posted on Twitter on Monday, reassuring people who were concerned for him and his wife. “Thanks for all the tweets.”

Andruzzi later thanked emergency personnel in a subsequent message and released a statement thanking “countless individuals” who responded to bloodied and frightened marathon participants and their supporters.

Marathon Monday should be about uplifting stories, personal challenges and fundraising milestones, but today’s bombings irrevocably change that,” Andruzzi said in a statement obtained by NFL.com. “While I appreciate the interest in hearing our perspective on today’s horrific events, the spotlight should remain firmly on the countless individuals — first responders, medics, EMTs, runners who crossed the finish line and kept on running straight to give blood, and the countless civilians who did whatever they could to save lives. They were the true heroes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.”

Andruzzi, who played 122 games during his nine-year career, retired in 2006 after two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

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Joe Andruzzi, Former Patriots Player, Aids Woman After Boston Marathon Bombings (PHOTO)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi was among the many people in the vicinity of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The five-time Super Bowl champion was also among the many on the scene who came to the aid of those around him. The 37-year-old was photographed carrying a woman in the aftermath of the bombings.

(Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/joe-andruzzi-marathon-bombing-picture_n_3089125.html

Gordy-Francois Connection Led Chrysler To 'Motown' Musical

By Dale Buss, Contributor

Just-opened Motown: The Musical is getting some mixed reviews in New York, but Chrysler Group CMO Olivier Francois has no doubt that the production “is here to stay. It’s going to be the next big deal on Broadway.” And given the marketing potential of being associated with Berry Gordy Jr.’s musical ode to himself and the iconic Motown artists he nurtured, Francois was surprised that one of Chrysler’s Detroit rivals didn’t try to beat Chrysler to a partnership with the show. “The miracle is that clearly [the show] could have spoken to GM and Ford as well as Chrysler,” Olivier told me. “They are part of the story; they are also from Detroit.” Gordy signed a sponsorship agreement with Chrysler which has included not only financial backing for the show but also producing a special Motown edition of its Chrysler 300 sedan, starring Gordy in a TV ad for the car, and chipping in for a billboard in Times Square and other marketing support that the New York Times said has a value of $6 million to $8 million. Francois believes that, in addition to the Chrysler brand’s embrace of the Motor City in its “Imported From Detroit” brand positioning, his own past in Europe as a music producer played a role in gaining the confidence of the Motown founder — and Motown: The Musical  playwright. “I happened to meet Mr. Gordy through common friends, and clearly for an old music guy coming from Europe, that was a treat for me,” Francois recalled. “We connected because we speak the same language; it is more like conversation from a dad to a son.” Chrysler “wasn’t looking for something” when Francois heard about Motown: The Musical from Gordy. “But we felt we wanted to be part of it,” Francois said. And Gordy’s story “is a perfect embodiment of our brand values — hard work, believing, being a visionary, doing things differently, taking risks, breaking a pattern — that’s us.” Interestingly, Francois and his background in music are given a lot of credit for Chrysler’s being able to land Eminem in 2010 to star in the “Born of Fire” TV ad, which introduced the “Imported From Detroit” theme in the Super Bowl in 2011. If Motown: The Musical can light up Broadway in a fashion similar to how the Eminem spot ignited the recovery of Chrysler, Francois and his musicality will have one two-for-two.

From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dalebuss/2013/04/15/gordy-francois-connection-led-chrysler-to-motown-musical/