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SBD/November 11, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published November 11, 2013
A STORY THAT TRANSCENDS SPORTS: DEADLINE.com's Mike Fleming Jr. reported director RIDLEY SCOTT wants to "create a drama focusing on the debilitating effects that concussions are having on our sports heroes, and the role that league owners play in allowing it to happen." His plan is to "create a morality tale on that issue," much the way that MICHAEL MANN’s "THE INSIDER" took on the tobacco industry. Scott said that he has "been moved reading all that has been written on athletes," including late NFLers JUNIOR SEAU and DAVE DUERSON (DEADLINE.com, 11/7).
FALSE ALARM: Baltimore city police yesterday "responded to a report of an armed person inside" Under Armour HQs, but "later determined that the 911 call was a hoax." About a dozen UA workers "were evacuated." Investigators said that they believe the caller "was not an Under Armour employee and had no association with the company." UA sent an e-mail to employees last night to "tell them the company would be open" this morning (BALTIMORESUN.com, 11/10).
CHARITY STRIPE: The NBA and NBPA have donated $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of the organization's relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The two groups also made a $250,000 donation to World Vision to support similar relief efforts (THE DAILY)....Orioles CF ADAM JONES yesterday "held his first #StayHungry Purple Tailgate before the Ravens-Bengals game to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore." The event raised more than $10,000 (BALTIMORESUN.com, 11/10)....HoopTee Charities donated $50,000 yesterday to the Greensboro, N.C.-based Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA in honor of the service of Bobcats President FRED WHITFIELD and his wife, JANOL, to the YMCA and in recognition of the children impacted through the YMCA initiatives (Bobcats)....Yankees P CC SABATHIA and his wife, AMBER, on Saturday held their second "CC Challenge" scavenger hunt in Central Park to raise money for their PitCCh In Foundation, which "aims to enrich the lives of inner-city youths" (MLB.com, 11/9).
MUSIC TO MY EARS: Basketball HOFer KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR discussed his favorite music as part of the WALL STREET JOURNAL's "Playlist" feature. Abdul-Jabbar said his parents "both loved jazz, and at home in New York I often heard them play BILLIE [HOLIDAY]'s recording of 'God Bless The Child.'" He added, "I've never really turned anyone on to the song. It has just been a personal thing -- between me and the record and my memories" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/9).
NAMES: Heat F LEBRON JAMES' wife, SAVANNAH, will "start her own juice business next month." The store, called The Juice Spot, is "expected to open in the Brickell neighborhood in Miami in the first week of December" (ESPN.com, 11/8)....Ducks RW TEEMU SELANNE on Friday evening opened a new restaurant, Selanne Steak Tavern, in Laguna Beach (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 11/8)....Former NFLer MARK DUPER reportedly is the latest retired player to "be diagnosed as having signs of a severe brain disease." Duper is the "ninth living former NFL player thought to have" CTE (MIAMI HERALD, 11/11)....Nets F PAUL PIERCE has listed his Lincoln, Mass., home for $2.6M (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/11)....Baseball HOFer BILL MAZEROSKI’s ’60 World Series jersey sold on Saturday for $632,500 through Hunt Auctions at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Kentucky (N.Y. TIMES, 11/10). The collection took in $1.7M (AP, 11/9)….Dodgers radio announcer CHARLEY STEINER on Saturday was inducted into the National Radio HOF (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 11/10).
IN MEMORY: Former Newsday horse racing writer PAUL MORAN died on Saturday at the age of 66 after a three-and-a-half year battle with lung cancer (NEWSDAY, 10/11)….Longtime Alabama-based broadcaster DAVID LYNN MCDANIEL, who was the voice of Samford Univ. athletics, died in a car crash on Saturday (AL.com, 11/10).