“I did not say that.”
John Key refutes Winston Peters question in NZ Parliament, “Yes or no, did he not say at a meeting with schoolchildren that David Beckham was as thick as bat sh*t?”
It’s all so cryptic. (more…)
New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, may have canceled the NYC marathon for 2012, but NZ’s PM is going all out for diabetes rundraising events. He started with a David Beckham d*ss, then progressed to a game of golf with some old rugby mugs.–Read up here. And here: Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research.
[Photo - TaylorMadeR7 CGB MAX Driver]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.11.12~
After wowing and maddening football fans in equal measures for eight years, Didier Drogba’s combustible Chelsea career is over. The 34-year-old Drogba won the Champions League for Chelsea on Saturday, scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout against Bayern Munich.
Drogba’s new challenge could be in football’s new frontier: China.
The two-time African Player of the Year from the Ivory Coast has been widely linked with a move to Shanghai Shenhua, which former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka joined in January and now coaches. To be China’s ‘hot chocolate version’ of a ‘David Beckham styled footie star’ in Shanghai, Drogba will earn a measly, £500,000 a week.
News story: New York Daily News. Photo: Andy Rain.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.5.12~
Brian Brownstein of the Sydney Morning Herald gives the break down in the form of guest commentary of Eli Manning‘s triumphant win over Tom Brady‘s team. Read bottom up to get the full picture of this mammoth live blog effort. Incidentally it costs $3.5 million for a 30 second ad in Super Bowl prime time.
The New York Giants have beaten the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. This is how all the drama unfolded. All times are AEDT.
2.30pm: MVP Manning has summed up the drama perfectly.
“It’s been a wild game, a wild season,” he said.
2.15pm: Giants coach Tom Coughlin is revelling in another Super Bowl triumph. That’s two for him now with the New York side.
“To have a finish like that, that goes down in history, that’s a marvelous feeling,” he said.
Giants star David Baas coudn’t contain his excitement.
“This is the American Dream,” he told SEN.
“This is about winning with your family…” he said of coach Tom Coughlin.
“I’ll play for him seven times a week and twice on Sunday.”
2.10pm: Manning is the MVP. He threw for 296 yards and one touchdown. As for Brady, he threw for 276 yards and two touchdwons, but was intercepted once.
2.00pm: Manning is being hailed the hero for the Giants. He was typically nerveless in that fourth quarter. And that pass to Mario Mannigham will go down in folklore.
1.56pm: The Patriots have now lost four Super Bowls.
1.53pm: It’s all over. GIANTS WIN. Brady launched a bomb into the end zone but it was incomplete. Giants 21 Patriots 17
1.51pm: Brady nails two incredible passes. Five seconds left. Patriots have 52 yards to go
1.49pm: Brady is sacked on third down and 10. Patriots have no time outs left, so if they don’t complete this pass (fourth down and 16) it’s all over.
1.44pm: TOUCHDOWN! The Giants remarkably tried not to score to run down the clock, but Ahmad Bradshaw was left with a huge hole to run through (left open on purpose by the Patriots) and went over. He tried to stop himself on the one-yard line but couldn’t. Tom Brady has 57 seconds to get 80 yards to rescue New England. Giants 21 Patriots 17
1.40pm: The Giants are second down and goal with 64 seconds remaining. Time out called.
1.38pm: The Giants are nearing the end zone. They have gone 70 yards in five plays.
1.33pm: Manning throws a 38-yard pass, the longest of the match. Amazing catch by Mario Manningham. The referee reviews the call and it’s good. The Giants are on the march.
1.30pm: Brady is unsuccessful on this drive and New England punt after a 48-yard drive. It’s back with the Giants. Giants 15 Patriots 17
1.25pm: Tom Brady will be hoping to put a winning margin between his Patriots team and the Giants in this drive. The spotlight is on him, but he’s certainly used to being the centre of attention. After all, he is married to Brazilian supermodel Giselle Bundchen.
The power couple aren’t short of a few bob and they’ve recently bought a $20m house in Brentwood, LA.
And it’s not only Bundchen that appears in front of the camera for money. Brady himself does a bit of modelling. Bundchen is so desperate for her husband to win today that she emailed her friends asking them to pray for him. Unfortunately for her, the New York Post got hold of it, and published it.
1.18pm: Manning throws and it’s incomplete. Giants forced to punt and the Patriots have it on their own eight-yard line. Giants 15 Patriots 17.
1.15pm: Manning calls another time out. The Giants now only have one left.
1.07pm: If the game does go to overtime the NFL’s rule - allowing both teams to have the ball if the first possession results in a field goal – will come into play.
1.03pm: INTERCEPTION! Chase Blackburn catches a Brady length-of-the-field bomb and the Giants have the ball. No Super Bowl has ever gone to overtime. Could this be the first?
1.00pm: Patriots coach Bill Belichick stands on the verge of a fourth Super Bowl win as a head coach, which would put him level with legendary former Steelers coach Chuck Noll.
He looks tetchy on the sidelines though. I hope no one gets in his way, like this photographer did.
12.55pm: Rob Ninkovich sacks Manning on third down, the third time the Giants’ quarterback has been sacked in the match.
The Giants have been forced to settle for a field goal. Giants 15 Patriots 17. That’s the end of the third quarter.
12.48pm: The Giants defence does its job and the Patriots are forced to punt from near their end zone. The New Yorkers are now in great field position on New England’s 48-yard line. Five minutes 36 seconds remain in the quarter.
12.43pm: Another break in play and some more adverts.
Elton John appears in a Pepsi commercial as a bored king. It’s not my favourite (I wonder if MAdonna will have anything to say about Elton), but Melanie Amaro, the first X-Factor winner, has an incredible voice.
12.40pm: If you want to watch Madonna’s half-time show again, check it out here.
12.38pm: Field goal for the Giants is good. Giants 12 Patriots 17. Six minutes 43 seconds left in the thrid quarter.
12.32pm: Brady is showing why he is regarded as one of the best ever quarterbacks. He controlled that drive brilliantly.
He’s a strong guy, but when he joined the Patriots he was nothing of the sort. Check out this picture taken in 2000, just before the Patriots drafted him. He was pretty scrawny.
12.29pm: TOUCHDOWN! Patriots score with their first drive of the second half. Brady picks out Aaron Hernandez and they are over. Gostkowski slots the field goal and it’s Giants 9 Patriots 17.
12.22pm: And the second half is under way. Giants 9 Patriots 10.
12.17pm: It’ll be interesting to see how the critics review Madonna’s performance. For me, Michael Jackson showed how it should be done in 1993.
12.14pm: Madonna certainly didn’t hold back with her outfit.
12.04pm: Madonna opened with Vogue and is now singing Music.
11.54am: It’ll be half-time entertainment soon, with Madonna taking centre stage. The Material Girl will be up there for 12 minutes and will give renditions of three old songs [still unknown] and her new track, Give Me All Your Luvin, which she’ll perform alongside Nicky Minaj and MIA.
The 53-year-old follows in the footsteps of the Black Eyed Peas …
11.50am: It’s half-time. Giants 9 – Patriots 10. The New York outfit dominated most of the half, but an amazing 14-play drive by the Patriots saw them steal the lead in the last minute of the second quarter. The rest of the game promises to be a nailbiter.
11.47am: TOUCHDOWN! Brady picks out Danny Woodhead. It was a 96-yard drive – the joint longest in Super Bowl history.
11.44am: Another break and another advert. David Beckham‘s piece for H&M is dominating the Twitter verse.
11.39am: Not everyone is enjoying the game. (Non-American) footballer Wayne Rooney has this to say. “Watching American football, is like watching paint dry.”
11.34am: Finally, Brady gets his arm going, finding Mr Reliable Rob Gronkowski with a 20-yard pass. Grondowski has caught 17 touchdown passes this season – the most ever by a tight end. The Patriots are making good progress up the field.
11.27am: Tom Brady will not be happy with the way the game is going. And he’s not shy of showing how he feels when things are against him. Check out this tantrum …
11.25am: Cruel blow for New York’s Travis Beckum, who has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and will be out for a long time. It’s Giants 9 Patriots 3 with 6 minutes 30 left in the half.
11.15am: The Giants have won the past two meetings between the sides, including a 24-20 victory in week nine. Andy Benoit of The New York Times explains why the New York outfit won that clash.
11.12am: The Giants are certainly in control. The Patriots will have to tighten up, with New England in danger of being exposed by Manning’s deep passing game.
11:05am: Make that Giants 9 Patriots 3 as Gostkowski gets the Patriots on the board with a 29-yard field goal.
11.00am: SCORE UPDATE: Giants 9 Patriots 0
10.55am: Brady will now get the chance to redeem himself for his earlier error, but not before another advert break.
An advert costs an unbelievable $US3.5 million for 30 seconds.
And this year advertisers have broken with tradition with more than half of the 50 or so ads that are running today available for viewing before the actual match.
10.51am: TOUCHDOWN! Manning picks out Victor Cruz and the Giants are over. Lawrence Tynes adds the extra point and the Giants lead 9-0.
10.50am: Things go from bad to worse from the Patriots as they are penalised five yards for having 12 men on the pitch. Second down and goal for the Giants.
10.48am: It’s the Giants’ 18th play of the game to the Patriots’ one. New York are on New England’s 11-yard line.
10.45am: The atmosphere sounds incredible in the 63,000 capacity stadium in Indianapolis. Although the fans may not want to eat there after this was revealed in 2009.
10.40am: Brady’s first pass is incomplete, but a penalty is called against New England for intentional grounding. It’s a SAFETY and the Giants are 2-0 up.
10.35am: Manning had made a solid start, but was then sacked twice in three plays. The Giants punt and the Patriots will start their drive on their own six-yard line.
10.31am: Manning gets first chance with ball in hand. In the last five games he has thrown 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
And the great thing about Manning is he never seems to lose his head. This season he has thrown an NFL record 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes.
10.30am: Stephen Gostkowski kicks off Super Bowl XLVI. It’s collected at the one yard line and returned to the 23-yard line.
10.28am: Tom Brady has won three Super Bowls. Check out these highlights (including an amazing pass from the floor at about 1.50 into the video), which show why he’s so highly regarded.
San Francisco 49ers’ legend Joe Montana and Pittsburgh Steeler Terry Bradshaw are the only quarterbacks to have won four. Judging by these clips, Brady will be in illustrious company if his team wins today.
10.24am: It’s the coin toss at the Lucas Oil Stadium. The Patriots have won it and will kick-off.
10.20am: Kelly Clarkson has just sung the national anthem and the crowd seemed to like it. Well, it couldn’t have been worse than Christina Aguilera, who was pitchy and botched the words.
~Reposted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.2.12~
David Beckham of the LA Galaxy sees red watching children - Football icon ordered out of park for complaining about referee sending off seven year old.
Read more at the link. Australia likes this story today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.2.12. LA Galaxy~
Via Facebook, LA Galaxy soccer star, David Beckham shares, “I know some of you like them and some of you aren’t so keen, but I wanted to share my new tattoo with you all on Facebook first…” 8 million people like this portrait of family on the Social Network so far.
Very dramatic. Yet a fine sentiment shared.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.26.11~
His wife, Vicky B, is expecting baby number 4, he has his royal invite to the ‘wedding of the decade’ and soccer star David Beckham is looking so much happier in L.A at the minute.
Back in training with LA Galaxy, Becks returns from training with Tottenham Hotspur of the Barclay Premiere League during the MLS off-season.
It is one of the few times you ever need to wear a beanie in L.A at the minute. Today’s a brisk L.A day. That’s for sure!
[Photo via Splash News Online]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.24.11~
Be a reservoir via Hollywood of life for kids. To put it bluntly, 2 million kids die each year because clean drinking water is what 1/6th of the world still need.
Let’s flow. Thanks people.
[This photograph: Ethiopia]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~
Guest commentary by Melissa Noble today:
“The February 1, 2010 cover of The New Yorker had Obama at hello. According to editor-in-chief David Remnick, Obama was so charmed by the image of himself walking and then falling into water that he requested an autographed copy.
The cover was meant to portray Obama’s rocky path to healthcare reform. Remnick told CNN’s Howard Kurtz:
“I think Axelrod and Obama were laughing hysterically over this cover. And the fact to their credit, within a matter of weeks, that they reversed the really sinking trend that they were experiencing, and they passed health care. And the White House certainly reversed its downward trend pretty quickly after that cover. I’m not saying the cover was anywhere near responsible for it.”~Melissa Noble.
[Subtext: After walking the perilous political sea of healthcare reform, Obama fell into a hole in the sea, just before oil spurted up from it via B.P. Right?] A little uncanny for comfort. Hot cover.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.26.2010~
The Boxer: Soccer amuses the majority of leaders in the world. Here’s Prince William, David Beckham and Prince Harry at Soccer World Cup in South Africa. How spiffingly dandy.
[Image courtesy of Wireimage]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.19.2010~
While appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, David Beckham brought this gruesome photograph of achilles tendon surgery. He also talked about his love of playing for the LA Galaxy until his soccer contract ends, and he puts a spotlight on the Soccer World Cup where Beckham will take the field for England. The Soccer World Cup precedes the Rugby World Cup as we enter a golden year of blokes and sports at World Sporting events. Get to both if you can.
For the full article on David Beckhanm on Letterman, go here to the UK Daily Mail.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.3.2010~
Tom Brady and David Beckham were sighted taking their sons, Brookyln, Romeo, Cruz and John Edward Thomas “JET” Moynahan to the UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA –Saturday, April 24.
Young JET is a little sport, to roll out with those tough Beckham lads. Good to see Sports leaders make family their priority. Nice one.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.25.2010. Source.~
David Beckham may be nursing a soccer injury, but he still has time to take his two sons to Pinkberry for a father-son day out. A nice message to send from this sports megastar, that if you have children, that they are more important than sports, money, your own misfortunes/ injuries or the fame.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.23.2010. Source~
I posted on this yesterday, but here is David Beckham‘s tattoo in Close Up, of artist Matthew Brook‘s Man of Sorrows depicting a whip lashed Jesus Christ, who was slain for the wrongs of the world.
Kinda deep for the world’s most famous soccer player who lives in LA.
[Images courtesy of Getty Images]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.11.2010~
Soccer is all about the sport. This is why David Beckham is still the world’s #1 soccer playing Ambassdor today.
Keeping the game going is more important always than delaying it for an off field change of uniform.
What a true blue soccer man Beckham is. This is what you’d see any committed soccer player do at any local community soccer match worldwide.
Soccer moms all over the globe thank AC Milan’s David Beckham for turning on a show against Juventas today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.10.2010. Source: daylifephotos~
1. HAYDEN PANETTIERE makes headlines with a case of Coors Lite beers. Hayden plus beer is #1 today for football lovers.
2. ALEX MERAZ shares ten things about his newfound stardom. He’s too funny!
3. KRISTEN STEWART is the 12th most searched for star in Hollywood in 2009.
5. Artist SALVADOR DALI‘s 1944 painting ironically says a lot about brother TIGER WOODS current dramz. Art is so timeless & ‘the greatest American sports star’ is only human too like us all.
6. KIM MERAZ is a mom and artist whose a knock out. An unexpected new star this year.
7. DAVID BECKHAM takes his mohawked self to South Africa to support ‘coaching for hope’ in soccer. It’s give back time.
10. PADMA LAKSHMI is a merchant entrepreneur. Always spicy!
BONUS POST: When Precious met Alexis. I LOVE this pic!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.4.09~
Alex Meraz, Rihanna, David Beckham and Adam Lambert all have mohawks right now. Perhaps the return of the Mohawk is in part due to the casting of Alex Meraz and the Native American Indian lads of Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight Saga’s New Moon.
Rihanna felt the New Moon vibe and incorporated a modern haute take on the Mohawk with her comeback journey and Rated R album. Soccer great David Beckham followed Rihanna’s lead in support of the singer’s comeback and youngster Adam Lambert, stole it, alongwith Rihanna’s love of spikey things too at the moment.
Regardless of who started it and who is generating the trend, it belongs to Native American Indians and is a distinctly American look. The USA is a mohawk nation right now who is on the war path. Kinda fierce really. Attitude for Africa!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.26.09~
He’s the James Dean of Hollywood now. Robert Pattinson shines with David Beckham of the UK, as you rank your top ten celebrities here in Hollywood on Horiwood.Com. Go England. Enjoy!
2. LADY GAGA‘s Bad Romance music video is much watched on Horiwood.Com
3. NICOLE KIDMAN and KEITH URBAN light up the CMAs with Aussie humor.
4. ROBERT PATTINSON is filthy… young and dirty rich.
5. TARA SANDERS is crowned Miss Black California, Miss USA. Cutie.
6. KRISTEN STEWART is a phenomenal actress says Stephenie Meyer on Oprah. Inside Hollywood talk is Kristen is a bit wooden, but she’s getting there… like us all! What a year the dark beauty is having!!!
7. ANGELINA JOLIE is everywhere.
8. HINEWEHI MOHI is a Maori singing diva star fusing ancient with modern.
9. KENDRA WILKINSON and KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN‘s baby bumps.
10. BEYONCE does Hawaiian Presidential PR by hitting Kanaloa Club in London, UK.
BONUS POST: Black or White, A Kiwi View :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.09~
Last night at an LA Glaxay soccer game in Carson. David Beckham debuted his new hair do. Think pop star Rihanna, but more Cindy Lauper from the 80s.
Beckham continues to be the envy of balding men his same age, the world over. What a showman. Great hair. Boys just wanna have fun too, in LA! You know it.
[Image courtesy of Los Angeles based News Agency Splash]
~Posted by Horiwood, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.09~
Victoria Beckham debuted her new locks while sitting court side with husband David Beckham and sons, at the LA Lakers game, Sunday.
Of course, this is a Hollywood celebrity blog, not a sports blog, so I’m not going to give you the final score. It’s all about Posh Spice’s new hair do today. :)
~Hollar Los Angeles! 11.2.09~
Robert Pattinson and Kristen play house in Vancouver saying they like to cook, listen to the Rolling Stones and play guitar. OK! Here’s the top 10 celebrity people and entertainment news items you chose today.
1. BROOKE SHIELDS is lolita-ed no more–China Daily
2. STEPHEN MOYER and ANNA PAQUIN have true heat–OpenHouse
3. Fashion’s silver fox, GEORGIO ARMANI tags himself a piece of Hollywood’s young MEGAN FOX–stylenews
4. ATA TE KANAWA, magazine editor of TU MAI has many fans. Like Obama’s home state of Hawaii, Ata specializes in Maori/PI lifestyle media.
5. DAVID BECKHAM‘s hair cuts are always press worthy in the US or Milan.
7. LEONA LEWIS gets RIHANA-ed with a punch to the mug. Fan turns.
8. DEMI MOORE is a slavery abolitionist via twitter. Love her.
10. SNL critiques OBAMA‘s Nobel Peace Prize nod with humor.
Hoiwood View: Mary Murphy judge of So You Think You Can Dance reveals that she was raped for 9 years and dance gave her the vehicle to rise above it. What an inspiring talent judge!
Posted by Horiwood, Wednesday October 14th 2009 in Hollywood, California.