Published January 20, 2010
|Writer Says "Love Affair" Between
Manning, Indianapolis Like None Other
In N.Y., George Willis writes the "love affair between" Colts QB PEYTON MANNING
and Indianapolis is "like none that has ever existed in sports." While most of the U.S. might "view Manning as a four-time MVP quarterback and pitchman for a number of products," he is more famous in Indiana for his work with charitable organizations. 2012 Indy Super Bowl Host Committee President & CEO ALLISON MELANGTON
said, "I'm not sure of any professional athlete who has dug into a community the way Peyton has dug in here." Indianapolis Public Schools AD CURT ERVIN
: "If Peyton ran for mayor or governor of Indiana, it would be a landslide" (N.Y. POST, 1/20
). Meanwhile, CBS' PHIL SIMMS
said of Manning being the greatest quarterback ever: "If he wins another Super Bowl or two, it's going to be hard to argue it because of what he's done for the city. He probably kept that franchise in Indianapolis" ("Outside The Lines," ESPN, 1/19
THINKING BIG: BROADCASTING & CABLE's David Tanklefsky profiles Base Productions co-Founder & co-CEO JOHN BRENKUS, the host of "Sport Science," which ESPN recently acquired. The show "challenges long-held assumptions about what makes athletes successful, and utilizes Base's signature fast-paced visual production techniques." Brenkus on the show "plays the Everyman foil, often putting himself in harm's way to illustrate a point" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 1/18 issue).
DON'T FORGET ABOUT US: Jewish charity Areivim has sued the estate of late Pistons Owner BILL DAVIDSON for "refusing to pay the charity" money that Davidson pledged before his death. Davidson pledged to contribute $5M to the charity, but had contributed only $200,000 before his death. Areivim is suing in Oakland County (MI) Probate court for the remaining $4.8M (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/20).
BEST WISHES: Thirty officials, coaches and referees from the Haitian soccer federation died in last week's earthquake, while "another 20 remain missing." FIFA is donating $250,000 to relief efforts, and FIFA CONCACAF President JACK WARNER has pledged $100,000 (MIAMI HERALD, 1/20)....MLS Crew President & GM MARK MCCULLERS was "injured in a personal watercraft accident yesterday while vacationing in Puerto Rico." McCullers, who was transported to the ER, said, "I'm OK. My arm is in a sling, but I'm able to walk. I feel pretty lucky" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 1/20).
NAMES: Cavaliers F LEBRON JAMES and Pro Football HOFer JIM BROWN yesterday gathered at Quicken Loans Arena to "kick off a celebration of black heritage." The pair talked about DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. before signing "special Sports Illustrated covers featuring the two of them" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 1/20)....GQ named James, Patriots QB TOM BRADY, Galaxy MF DAVID BECKHAM and Real Madrid MF CRISTIANO RONALDO to its list of the "25 Most Stylish Men in the World" (THE DAILY)....Former boxer TOMMY HEARNS and actor ROB LOWE -- friends of Colts Owner JIM IRSAY -- watched Saturday's game against the Ravens from a Colts suite, as did NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 1/19)....49ers LB Patrick Willis has signed a deal with EAG Sports Management to handle his publicity (EAG Sports Management)....Bobcats Managing Member of Basketball Operations MICHAEL JORDAN is a "regular at Miami Beach's Cafe Prima Pasta" restaurant, where he "orders chicken parmesan and red wine" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/20)....Browns QB BRADY QUINN and his girlfriend, U.S. gymnast ALICIA SACRAMONE, yesterday picked up fellow gymnast NASTIA LIUKIN from Boston's Logan Int'l Airport and had lunch at Stephanie's (BOSTON HERALD, 1/20)....ESPN/ABC NBA analyst JEFF VAN GUNDY completed Sunday's Houston Marathon in 4:14:29 (THE DAILY).
|James (l), Brown (r) Kick Off Celebration
Of Black Heritage At Quicken Loans Arena
IN MEMORY: ALASTAIR MARTIN, who was the top executive of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association from '67-70, "when the distinction between pro and amateur was abolished," died last week at the age of 94 (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/20).