SBD/November 21, 2011/People and Pop Culture

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In N.Y., Viera, Becker & Thamel reported the Second Mile charity founded by former Penn State assistant football coach JERRY SANDUSKY is "preparing to fold as it tries to reconstruct what it knew, and did, about any suspicions or allegations against Sandusky over the years." The Second Mile Interim CEO DAVID WOODLE said Friday that the foundation "was seeking to transfer its programs to other nonprofit organizations." The charity's leaders "are looking at organizations that could, and would, carry forward the foundation's work with disadvantaged youths." Woodle said, "We're working hard to figure out how the programs can survive this event. We aren't protective of this organization that it survives at all costs" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/19).

Obama and Biden served as honorary
grand marshals at yesterday's race

SPECIAL EVENTS: In Miami, Long, Beasley & Cote note First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA and Second Lady Dr. JILL BIDEN served as the honorary grand marshals at yesterday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Heightened security "caused long lines entering the racetrack, with many fans waiting roughly an hour" to pass through checkpoints. Warm "applause, though with a smattering of booing, greeted the pre-race introduction of the First Lady" (MIAMI HERALD, 11/21)....YAHOO SPORTS' Steve Henson reported Baskeball HOFer JULIUS ERVING's "biggest payday by far came in the wee hours Sunday morning when an online auction closed and 144 of his possessions had sold for $3,552,627." Erving's '74 ABA Nets championship ring "fetched $460,741, the highest total ever for a sports ring." Five more of Erving's rings "each exceeded $195,000." Three MVP trophies "each exceeded $165,000." Nearly "everything went higher than expected" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/20).

HOF CALIBER: White Sox Vice Chair EDDIE EINHORN yesterday was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball HOF. Einhorn earned the induction "largely because of his vision in founding the TVS Television Network in 1965, which helped catapult college basketball into national prominence." Einhorn "invited friends from all areas of his life in sports to join him" for the induction ceremony in K.C. (MLB.com, 11/20). Also inducted to the NCB HOF yesterday were RALPH SAMPSON, CHRIS MULLIN, EDDIE SUTTON, JOE VANCISIN, CAZZIE RUSSELL, JAMES WORTHY and BOB KNIGHT (K.C. STAR, 11/21).

NAMES: D'Backs President & CEO DERRICK HALL returned home Thursday, nine days "after having surgery to remove his prostate." Hall's doctors are "optimistic that he will make a complete recovery" (MLB.com, 11/18)....Actor SYLVESTER STALLONE has "teamed up with heavyweight boxing legends WLADIMIR and VITALI KLITSCHKO" to create a musical version of "ROCKY." Producers Stage Entertainment said that the musical will "incorporate many of the tub-thumping hits from the film," including "Eye of the Tiger" and "Gonna Fly Now." The musical "will be in German and so far casting has not been finalised." Stage Entertainment spokesperson HOLGER KERSTING said that the Klitschko brothers "will co-produce the musical along with Stallone and train the main actors" in boxing (London TELEGRAPH, 11/21)....76ers Owner JOSHUA HARRIS ran in the 18th annual Philadelphia Marathon, finishing with a "personal-best time" of 3:48. It was his "third career marathon and first" in Philadelphia (PHILLY.com, 11/21)....Maple Leafs President & GM BRIAN BURKE recently opened a Twitter account under the handle @LeafsBB20, and he had about 29,000 followers at presstime (THESTAR.com, 11/19)....Mavericks G JASON KIDD recently put his $1.6M Dallas condo on the market. The condo is located "just a few blocks from the American Airlines Center" (DALLASNEWS.com, 11/19)....Heat F CHRIS BOSH and wife, ADRIENNE, are “expecting their first child, a boy” (N.Y. POST, 11/21).

IN MEMORY: LARRY MUNSON, who retired in '08 after doing play-by-play for the Univ. of Georgia for 43 seasons, died last night at his Athens home from complications from pneumonia. Munson was 89. Funeral arrangements have not been determined. Munson became a household name in Georgia for his calls in his “distinctive gravely voice -- with his unabashed favoritism for the Bulldogs” (ATHENS BANNER-HERALD, 11/21). In Atlanta, Mark Bradley wrote, “He wasn’t the classic radio voice. On purely technical terms, he wasn’t the paragon of play-by-play, either. But such was the power of the mighty Munson personality that none of that mattered” (AJC.com, 11/20).
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