Thursday, January 14, 2010

Other options to help

Regarding Haiti...

Three million people have been affected by Tuesday's earthquake, and the Red Cross estimates as many as 50,000 may be dead. Survivors are digging through the rubble with their hands in a desperate attempt to rescue those who are trapped.
With water and medical supplies in short supply, and the Haitian government paralyzed, international aid efforts in the next few days will be critical to prevent more human suffering.
These three charities, and many others, are providing care. If you can contribute to help fund their emergency efforts, please do.
 

YĆ©le Haiti: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=86026&id=18575-6035857-Z96C_qx&t=3

Haitian earthquake relief

Our friends at phinzrage passed this along, and we wanted to share it with it you:

Here is a very simple way to go ahead and make a difference,its quick,easy and only $10  please if you can help,go ahead........its just a simple text on your cell phone:
 

Supreme Court case begins

Sports / Pro Football
Justices Skeptical of N.F.L.’s Court Claim
By ADAM LIPTAK
Published: January 14, 2010
The Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the N.F.L. should be considered one entity, not 32 teams, when selling branded items.

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These are interesting times, indeed!

Monday, January 11, 2010

From one-year wonder, to....

....unemployed.
 
The Miami Dolphins today announced they have terminated the contract of Defensive Coordinator Paul Pasqualoni.  "I want to thank Paul for his services to the team, and I want to wish him the best," said Dolphin Head Coach Tony Sparano.

Monster.com and NFL Narrow Down the Field for the Next "Director of Fandemonium"

Monster.com and NFL Narrow Down the Field for the Next "Director of Fandemonium"

 

Fans to select next Director to win "dream job" with year-long access to the NFL

 

 

MAYNARD, Mass. – Jan 11, 2009Monster.com®, the leading global online career and recruitment resource and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:  MWW), together with the National Football League (NFL) have named the finalists in their search for the next NFL Director of Fandemonium.  Fan voting from across the country has narrowed the field to six as the finalists campaign at nfl.monster.com for the season-long role in which the winner will take home a $100,000 "signing bonus" as well as take part in the behind-the-scenes action at several marquee NFL events during the 2010 season.  In addition, fans who vote will be eligible to win a trip to Super Bowl XLIV.

"We want passionate NFL fans to visit our site and find a career that they can be just as passionate about," said Ted Gilvar, executive vice president and chief global marketing officer, Monster.  "The Director of Fandemonium provides one fan the opportunity to get their 'dream job' and it creates a unique and fun way to showcase Monster."

 

"We're counting on the fans to decide which finalist can handle the pressure of passionately being the voice of all NFL fans across the globe," said Mark Waller, chief marketing officer of the NFL.  "We are pleased to work with Monster to give one lucky fan this incredible experience."

 

The six finalists are now vying for fan voting at nfl.monster.com and spent a week in New York City with NFL legends Jerome Bettis and Sterling Sharpe, and Hollywood's Scott Caan competing in challenges specifically designed to measure each finalist's NFL passion, motivation, and professional integrity, as part of an interview for the best job in sports.  The webisodes and video profiles of the finalists are available on nfl.monster.com where fans can vote for the next Director of Fandemonium.  One lucky fan will win a trip to Super Bowl XLIV just by voting for his or her favorite finalist.  Two finalists will be eliminated every week in January until the last two finalists remain.

 

The final head-to-head, "showdown" will take place during the 2010 Pro Bowl weekend in South Florida, after which the winner will be crowned by Monster.com as the next Director of Fandemonium on February 7, 2010, during the CBS pregame show live at Super Bowl XLIV.

 

The current Department of Fandemonium finalists are:

- Green Bay, Aretina Trepczyk

- Indianapolis, Nikki Gott

- Miami, Ralph Lanier Jr.

- New Orleans, Kathy Scott

- Pittsburgh, Stephanie Galbraith

- San Diego, Amanda Cameron

 

The next Director of Fandemonium's duties will include:  

  • NFL Draft:  Announce a pick at the 2010 NFL Draft (April 2010)
  • NFL Kickoff:  Act as backstage talent wrangler at the 2010 NFL Kickoff concert (Sept. 2010)
  • International Series:  Participate in on-field introductions at a game in London (Oct. 2010)
  • NFL Thanksgiving:  On-field broadcast liaison for NFL Network's Thanksgiving Game (Nov. 2010)
  • Wild Card Game: Monitor player uniforms on-field before a 2010 Wild Card Game (Jan. 2011)
  • Pro Bowl: Select a play from the sidelines during the 2011 Pro Bowl (Jan./Feb. 2011)
  • Super Bowl: Join the coin toss ceremony at Super Bowl XLV (Feb. 2011)

 

Last year's winner and current Director of Fandemonium, Rainier "Onyx" Herrera is living the dream of every NFL fan, while preparing to be on the sidelines at the Pro Bowl and participate in the coin flip ceremony at Super Bowl XLIV.  Onyx's experiences are being updated on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandemonium and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MonsterDOF.  He also writes a blog on NFL.com where fans can interact and learn more about the Director of Fandemonium experience.

 

No purchase necessary.  This is a promotion only and not an offer of employment. For more information and the official rules of the promotion, please visit nfl.monster.com

About Monster Worldwide
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), parent company of Monster, the premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to inspire people to improve their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 index. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit www.monster.com. More information about Monster Worldwide is available at http://www.about-monster.com.

 

 

Press Contact

Lauren Sammak

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lsammak@fanscape.com

323.785.2818

 

>> There are also videos of the finalists and their time with Jerome Bettis and Scott Caan in New York here: http://www.youtube.com/user/MonsterDOF

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Things that drive me nuts

CBS announcers are apologists for the Patsies.  I started listening to their game on CBS radio, and they were blathering on about how good this Pats team is, and how the Ravens needed to be careful because they're explosive and can beat anyone!
 
Later, I watched the TV broadcast, and Simms and Nance were towing the same line.  Oh there's so much time left.  You know the Patriots are good.  Oh that guy is a nice replacement for Welker.  They haven't lost at home since the Carter administration.  etc, etc, etc.
 
Enough already.  The better team won the game.
 
The Patriots are washed up

It looked like it might be a weird year

2010 started off oddly.
 
Nick Saban won a national champeenship.  The Jets backed into the playoffs, and then won a game (could that be right?  I think I need to check my facts!).  The Cowboys won two games (a regular season and a playoff game)....
 
There's no way that's normal.
 
But then the Patriots came crashing back to earth on Sunday, and we realize all is okay with the world.
 
The fans even booed Brady.  What more could we ask for?