SBD/August 15, 2012/People and Pop Culture

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In Phoenix, Sarah Eberspacher notes a five-person contingent of D'Backs officials, including President & CEO DERRICK HALL, GM KEVIN TOWERS and Special Assistant to the President & CEO LUIS GONZALEZ, "took on a goodwill tour" of Japan, "stopping to see a few games -- and scout some potential players -- along the way." The group "rounded out their trip with the inaugural Major League Baseball Road Show." They "stopped in the coastal town of Ishinomaki, where they answered questions, autographed memorabilia and hosted a clinic for Little Leaguers." Hall said that while an "in-season trip for players is difficult to fathom with MLB's schedule, creating some opportunity in the future, such as an international opener, is a venture the Diamondbacks would be open to exploring." Hall: "Any time we can increase exposure of the D-Backs internationally, I'm in favor of it. It's good for baseball, and it's definitely good for us" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/15). 

CHEESE HEAD: In Green Bay, Mike Vandermause wrote, "It has only been 4 1/2 years since MARK MURPHY took over as president and chief executive officer of the Green Bay Packers, but he sounds more and more like someone who’s been here his entire life." Murphy "speaks often about preserving Packers tradition." He has "stressed the importance of maintaining the nature and structure of Lambeau Field," and has "gone out of his way to meet regularly with community groups and fans." Murphy also "has a clear understanding of his primary role as the leader of one of the most storied franchises in professional sports." He said, “In some ways I’ve got to just stay out of the way and not screw things up.” Packers GM TED THOMPSON said that he "gets along well with Murphy," who was hired by the Packers three years after Thompson (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 8/12).

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE...: In Boston, Ron Borges notes a California auction house "will sell off most" of boxing HOFer EVANDER HOLYFIELD's "boxing memorabilia, household items, car collection, jewelry and other personal property on Nov. 30." Julien’s Auctions "will accept bids on items that include Holyfield’s 1984 Olympic bronze medal, the gloves he wore the night MIKE TYSON bit off a chunk of his ear, his many world title belts -- including his first." More than 25 "framed fight-worn robes and trunks will also be up for bid" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/15).

NAMES: The '12 PGA Honda Classic awarded $1.85M to South Florida children's charities, passing the previous high mark of $1.27M set in '11. The tournament in '10 raised $1.0M (Honda Classic)....Boxing HOFer MUHAMMAD ALI on Sept. 13 will be presented with the '12 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Philadelphia (Constitution Center)....NASCAR driver DALE EARNHARDT JR., in partnership with Hendrick Automotive Group Chair and Hendrick Motorsports Owner RICK HENDRICK, has opened two car dealerships in Tallahassee, Fla. (Hendrick Automotive)....Baylor Univ. "has taken out a full page, RGIII themed ad in this year's Redskins yearbook" in honor of QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III. No other university "has paid for the chance to congratulate the Redskins on a draft pick" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 8/14)....The September issue of GQ magazine features either Panthers QB CAM NEWTON or Jets QB TIM TEBOW on the cover, depending on the geographic region in which the magazine is purchased (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/15)....The U.S. women's gymnastics team yesterday was at the Empire State Building to "light New York's tower red, white and blue in honor of their team gold medal performance" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/15)....Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer RYAN LOCHTE on Oct. 29 will guest star on CW's "90210" playing "a worthy character -- himself" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/15)....Knicks F AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE, free agent G BARON DAVIS and Pacers F DANNY GRANGER "will play themselves in the fourth episode" of Fox' "THE MINDY PROJECT" starring actress MINDY KALING (EW.com, 8/14).
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