SBD/March 29, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published March 29, 2012
BIG D IS FOR DONUTS: In Dallas, Karen Robinson-Jacobs reports Dunkin’ Donuts is “again targeting North Texas for growth,” and this time the “game plan includes” Pro Football HOFer TROY AIKMAN and Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES. Dunkin’ Brands Group is expected to announce today that it “will join Jones’ family and Aikman to form a limited partnership, similar to one in which Jones’ family partnered with Papa John’s to open pizza restaurants in Texas.” The doughnut team -- called “Star Dunkin’ LP -- hopes to open at least 50 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth in the next five years.” Aikman said that the “first new store is set to open in Southlake in April” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/29).
AWARDS & RECOGNITION: Former NBA coach DON NELSON yesterday “got a phone call informing him” that he will be on the Basketball HOF ballot (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/29). ...Former Univ. Of Maryland basketball coach GARY WILLIAMS will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Washington Metropolitan Basketball HOF at a ceremony on May 5 (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 3/28)....GARY PLAYER will become the 10th recipient of the PGA Tour’s Lifetime Achievement Award on May 9 (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 3/29).
NAMES: Knicks G JEREMY LIN on Tuesday had lunch with former ESPN.com Editor ANTHONY FEDERICO, who was “fired last month for writing a headline about Lin that included a racially insensitive word.” Federico said, “It went incredible. .... We talked for an hour, I’m just so thankful” (NEWSDAY, 3/28)....The Bruins hosted the fifth annual Cuts for a Cause, a fundraiser that benefits the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. A total of 17 Bruins players got their hair cut (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/29)....HarperCollins Publishers imprint William Morrow yesterday announced plans to release Heat G DWYANE WADE’s book, “A FATHER FIRST: HOW MY LIFE BECAME BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL,” in September. The book “talks in part about Wade’s struggles growing up in Chicago and how he’s incorporating some of the lessons he learned into raising his own family” (AP, 3/28)….About 15 people from the Pacers organization, including six players, saw “MAGIC/BIRD” in N.Y. Tuesday night. Pacers coach FRANK VOGEL said, “I loved it. I thought it was great” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 3/29)….Mavericks F DIRK NOWITZKI, who played junior tennis as a child, visited the Sony Ericsson Open to watch matches last night (MIAMI HERALD, 3/29).