SBD/November 6, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published November 6, 2012
AMERICA'S FINEST: Packers TE TOM CRABTREE, OT MARSHALL NEWHOUSE and TE RYAN TAYLOR “spent their Saturday playing video games with active duty members of the military from Wisconsin.” The event “took place at the Lambeau Field Atrium as part of the Pro vs. G.I. Joe program.” Members of the soldiers’ families were in attendance at the event, and with the players, "interacted with the soldiers via video conference during and after the game.” The event was “sponsored by WPS Health Insurance through the Operation Fan Mail program” (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 11/4)....The Magic “donated more than 800 tickets to active and retired military personnel and their families as part of Seats For Soldiers Night” at Amway Center for Sunday’s game against the Suns (ORLANDOPINSTRIPEDPOST.com, 11/5).
COME FLY WITH ME: Golf HOFer GARY PLAYER is featured in the N.Y. TIMES' “Frequent Flyer” column. Player: “All I can say is, I would like to meet the person who has flown more than me. I have been traveling for about 60 years, 90 percent of which has been on commercial airlines. I’ve logged more than 15 million miles.” Player added, “I wasted a lot of life sitting in an airline seat. We calculated it once, and it came out to about three years. That’s why I’m so amazed at travel today. I never thought I would live to see the day when there was a nonstop flight from South Africa to the United States” (N.Y. TIMES, 11/6).
NAMES: Patriots LB BRANDON SPIKES has terminated DREW ROSENHAUS as his agent. Rosenhaus declined comment (Liz Mullen, SportsBusiness Journal)....Red Sox 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA is “taking a wait-and-see approach” on his agents SETH and SAM LEVINSON. A few clients have “already jumped ship.” But Pedroia said the Levinsons "have been very good to me and my family” (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/4)....49ers CEO JED YORK and former NFLer GUY MCINTYRE on Thursday launched Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo County’s annual Holiday Food and Fund Drive in San Jose (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/3)….The Red Wings and Fifth Third Bank have partnered again on the SHOTS program (Students Helping Others Through Service), an initiative that encourages high school students in southeastern Michigan to volunteer their time in an effort to make a positive impact on their community. Red Wings radio play-by-play announcer KEN KAL will serve as ambassador for the program (Red Wings)….The U.S. Postal Service yesterday announced that its WILLIE STARGELL stamp, commemorating the late Baseball HOFer, had “finished as the most popular player in its Major League Baseball All-Stars Forever competition.” The other stamps honored HOFers JOE DIMAGGIO, LARRY DOBY and TED WILLIAMS (POST-GAZETTE.com, 11/5)….76ers G JASON RICHARDSON sold his six-bedroom home in Charlotte for $1.3M. Meanwhile, Nets F GERALD WALLACE sold his six-bedroom, 8,300-square-foot home in the city for $1.2M (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/2 issue).