Saturday, December 19, 2009

An issue worth having

Former Boca Raton cop and Dolphins cheerleader makes pages of Playboy


By Mike Rothman
Forum Publishing Group
December 16, 2009


Jaime Edmondson has quite the résumé. A former Boca Raton Police officer who left the force to rejoin the Miami Dolphins cheerleading squad, with whom she had worked while studying criminology at Florida Atlantic University, Edmondson last year added the title of reality-TV star to her curriculum vitae when she appeared as a contestant on the 14th season of CBS' The Amazing Race.

Edmondson and her race partner, fellow ex-Dolphins cheerleader Cara Rosenthal, finished third in the competition, missing out on a million-dollar prize. The show may not have made Edmondson rich, but it did, thanks to her fiercely competitive nature, frequent shouting and apparent xenophobia, earn her the dubious distinction of being the closest thing the race had to a villain. This past April, the Yahoo! TV Blog named Edmondson one of the "Most Questionable Characters of Reality TV," placing her on a list that also included Jon and Kate Gosselin, Hell's Kitchen's Gordon Ramsay and The Real Housewives of New York City's Kelly Bensimon.

"She hates it when people do not speak English," the blog's author wrote of Edmondson, "so it makes perfect sense that she would want to go on a show that constantly requires her to communicate with people who do not speak English. She's also ridiculously impatient, a yeller and a huge embarrassment to her lovely teammate Cara."

The 30-year-old Edmondson seems to be unfazed by the criticism, none of which prevented her from making her latest high-profile career move: This Friday, Edmondson will appear on newsstands as Playboy magazine's Miss January. City Link recently spoke to Edmondson about her centerfold, The Amazing Race, her time with the Boca PD and shooting guns in the Georgia woods.

How did you get involved with Playboy?

I didn't go about it in the traditional way. I did not see myself at 30 becoming a Playmate. I didn't know they had Playmates at 30, which they have, and I'm the first in five years. At the end of [The Amazing Race], I didn't know what I was going to do. I joked that maybe Playboy would call.

So my friend talked to her agent, unbeknownst to me, and got in touch with the [magazine's] West Coast editor. They called and wanted to do a story on the two of us. She is in law school and had to decline. A couple days later, they called back and wanted to know what I thought about trying to be a Playmate. I asked if they knew I was not 19 and not blonde. So I sent pictures in to the editor.

I got a call from them that said Hef loved my pictures and wanted to fly me out to test to be a Playmate. I was wondering where Ashton [Kutcher] was because I was sure I was being punked. So I spent four days at the mansion. One week later, I saw the phone ringing with a 310 area code. So I answered it and started to say, "Thank you so much for the opportunity … " and they broke in and said that [Hefner] said yes. My whole body broke out in goose bumps.

What was the theme of your centerfold shoot?

My theme was after racing around the world on The Amazing Race in all the unglamorous places, a mystery man is whisking me away. First, I take a vintage train to Paris. The next set is actually New Year's Eve and it is a nightclub. In the background, you can see the Eiffel Tower. The inside is blues and purples like South Beach coloring. At the end, the last set is returning to the French hotel room.

I really liked it. It is not like their normal, cutesy look. They told me I'm just not the type of girl to be holding a teddy bear. Mine was a little bit more sophisticated and elegant than the normal sets.

You grew up in both South Florida and Georgia.

I was born passing through Bartow, Fla. My father was in the military and we were just passing through. I grew up in Georgia till I was 5. When I was 5, my mom met my stepdad and we moved to South Florida. From that point on, I spent every summer in Georgia with my dad and school year back in Florida with my mom.

So I can do both. I can ride four-wheelers and shoot guns in the country with my dad in a place in Georgia with one traffic light. I also went to high school in Oakland Park at Northeast High.

How did you end up working in law enforcement?

Well, my whole family consists of police officers. My whole life, that is just what I thought I was going to be. I wanted to work for the federal government and wanted to be an undercover spy. It was the only life I knew and I loved it.

So I graduated with my bachelor's in criminology and went to the police academy right after. Then, I discovered that people are not receptive to people who don't look like they are supposed to be police officers.

Why did you leave the Boca police department?

Well, I cheered for four years for the Dolphins when I was in college. I went to the police department for two years after. Then, I did two more years with the Dolphins after leaving the department.

So after my fourth year cheering, I thought I was done and hanging up my pompoms. As soon as I got hired, it spread like wildfire through the department that they had a cheerleader. And [my fellow officers said], "What do we need a cheerleader for?" I literally could have saved a school full of children and they would never have seen me in another way. They only saw me as a cheerleader. So I left and went back to the Dolphins. It was the best thing that could have happened because I have had so many more opportunities with that. If I had stayed, I'd still be working the night shift.

What is one of the craziest things that happened to you while working as a cop?

It was 3 a.m. and I saw this truck driving 5 mph. Obviously, he was probably drunk. I pulled him over, and it was one guy, who was looking around. I asked for his license and registration, and he's looking at me, looking around, looking over his shoulder. I'm like, "I need your license and registration."

He said, "Is this for my birthday?"

I did not catch on at first. I asked for his license and registration again. He was perplexed and kept looking around. I asked who he was looking for, and he said his friends. He asked again if this was for his birthday. Then, it dawned on me when I looked at his license and it was his birthday. This guy truly believed in his heart that I was his birthday present.

I said, "Sir, if I was for your birthday, I would not be wearing this asexual costume. I'd be wearing something more sexy like a Halloween costume."

Describe your experience on The Amazing Race.

I had wanted to be on the show since I first saw it. Finally, last year I was committed to doing it and it was now or never. It was not fun. I am sure there were a few moments that were fun, like we had to sing karaoke in Bangkok. That was fun.

For the most part, it wasn't fun but it was an amazing experience. You couldn't have paid a million dollars to have that experience. … We went to nine countries in 23 days. I have to go back to these countries again because I never got a chance to stop and smell the roses while I was there. I am very competitive. I am very focused. So I never lost sight of that. My character oftentimes came off as a bitch and that everyone should have to help me. That was not the case. I was just not there to make friends. I was there to make a million dollars and this was a race. You have to have a sense of urgency or you are going to lose.

How do you feel about being included on that Yahoo! list along with Gordon Ramsay and Jon Gosselin?

I'm actually not offended by being compared to Gordon, because he is a no-nonsense kind of guy and I like that. I actually prefer people like that. He gives praise where praise is due and worries about the results. I also love his show.

As for Jon, you will see in my Playboy bio that I don't like guys that wear Bedazzled shirts. He wears Ed Hardy, which I can't stand.

Mike Rothman can be reached at mkrothman@tribune.com.
Copyright © 2009, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Friday, December 18, 2009

silliness

The mdeia is sensationalizing a story about a party that happened on South Beach last offseason.  Many Dolphins were there.  Chris Johnson (Titans RB) was there.  Chad OchoCinco was there.
 
The story goes that a good dose of bragadocia was happening.  And the question came up - who was faster: Johnson or Ted Ginn jr.  They decided to settle it like 10 year-olds and just race.
 
Now here comes the point of contention.  Apparently, Johnson thought the race was going to be then-and-there out on Ocean Drive.  So, he went out there.  But Ginn, jr didn't.  Johnson said Ginn, jr chickened out.
 
....but J Peasy defended his teammate.  He says that they were going to race at the Dolphins facility "where there's lots of grass to run on."  And went on to remind everyone how impractical it is to run on Ocean Drive [Dave's note: the road is always packed, he's right].  But it was Johnson who was a no-show.
 
OchoCinco probably would get involved in this dicussion, since he actually offered to make this a three-man race, but he's a little preoccupied with the death of a teammate to worry about something this trivial today.
 
I say we settle it on Sunday.  At halftime we have a footrace.

strategy

The Dolphins ran the Wildcat early, and often, throughout the early-to-mid part of the season.
 
When they went to Beefalo they ran it poorly.  Then, they went to New England, and did not run a single snap from the formation, though they did run the WildPat a few times.
 
Last week, in Jacksonville, they ran neither the Wildcat nor the Wildpat - even once.
 
But, in each of the last two weeks, the Patriots and Jaguars each mentioned that they had spent one day of practice preparing to defend the formations.  So, in effect, they had to alter their game prep to account for something they never saw in the game.
 
And that's where the Wildcat pays dividends.
 
Will they run either again this week?  Who knows.  But the Titans have to be ready for it anyway.
 
Maybe Henning throws out a new formation or wrinkle to surprise the opponent.  Or maybe they stick with the base offense.  Either way, the element of surprise and the ability to force the opponent to react is relevant.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fwd: Doh!

The Dolphins Ranter sent me this comment (about my laziness when I didn't re-watch the game).....its better this way.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

My original comment was what is shown below. I didn't know the page would strip my XML tags! Doh!
 
Slacker!

<sarcasm>
Sorry, I'm too lazy to do more of a rant!
</sarcasm>
 

Ho hum

Normally, in this space, I break down a play from the previous game and show you what went right or wrong within....but I just can't bring myself to sit through this game again to find a play....there just weren't that many of them.  And the game was soooooo boring.
 
So, there will be no description of such a play this week.
 
Believe me.  We're all better off as a result.

Little Nick...

I love this picture

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lest we forget

Denver sits in the #5 playoff position right now. Only one game better than Miami.

Could be that any of the 7-6 teams might catch them.

But the only thing that's important is that Miami go 3-0 and control what they can.

Nate Garner

The game started with Garner starting at RG in place of Donald Thomas; with Justin Smiley at LG, and Joe Berger at C, and Vernon Carey at RT.
 
By the end of the game, Garner once again subbed into all those slots, but this time not because of injury.
 
Garner is playing good football, and the coaches want to figure out how to get him on the field, and whether he can replace someone fulltime.  Its really a question of where.

Vontae

When the game started, I noticed Jason Allen was starting for Vontae.  I said aloud "I didn't know Vontae was injured." And then on the second series, Vontae came in.  He had been 'suspended' for one series as a "Coach's decision"....neither wouldn't elaborate, but Vontae did say he learned a lesson.

A thorn in their side

There remains a distinct possibility Miami could find themselves 10-6 and on the outside looking in.  Based on all the tiebreakers, Jacksonville could still edge out Miami, or so could Baltimore....and the Jets could keep it interesting by forcing the tiebreaker.
 
Here's who Jax has left: Indy, at New England, and Cleveland
Baltimore: vs Chicago, at Pitt, at Oakland
 
And of course Miami has: at Tennessee, Houston, and Pittsburgh
 
I'm going to go out on a limb and say Baltimore probably will win all 3.  I'm going to root for Jacksonville to beat Indy (sentimental reasons) and also New England, since that could Miami the division crown and eliminate the need for the tiebreakers (or at least I think it would?)

Oh, now I get it...I think...

The "problem" for Miami is Baltimore.  While Miami does indeed own the head-to-head against Jacksonville, Baltimore is in the way.
 
If it were just Miami, it would be easy:

Two Clubs

  1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  4. Strength of victory.
  5. Strength of schedule.
  6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best net points in conference games.
  9. Best net points in all games.
  10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  11. Coin toss.
But its not, so we have to use this one:

Three or More Clubs

(Note: If two clubs remain tied after third or other clubs are eliminated, tie breaker reverts to step 1 of applicable two-club format.)

  1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.
  2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in conference games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss
And that means we have to go to #3.
Jacksonville is 6-3 in the conference, Baltimore 6-4, Miami 5-4.
 
So right now, Jacksonville has the lead.
 
Miami just needs to keep winning.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

That figures....

Miami beat Jacksonville, and now they are both 7-6.
 
But, during the late game, CBS kept flashing up the AFC playoff picture with Jacksonville in the 6th spot. 
 
Miami would clearly beat them out, based on the head-to-head competition.  The "wild card" is still the Ravens, who are also 7-6, and might stand ahead of Miami *right now* but probably won't at season's end if they have the same record.

A wins a win....

Miami played a pretty poor game overall.  They had all the desire, and really all of the momentum....and yet they only managed 14 points.  It was *kind of* like the Beefalo game two weeks ago, except the wheels didn't come off at the end.
 
But believe you me, I was waiting for it to happen at any moment.  Disaster appeared in the offing.  Except that Jacksonville wanted to win less than Miami did.
 
It wasn't the greatest game I ever saw, but Miami does move to 7-6.