The most popular sports people in the world who trended on Twitter as sports brands for 2010 were:
- Lebron James
- Manchester United
- Brock Lesnar
- Brett Favre
- Tony Parker
- Antonio Margarito
- Blake Griffin
- Mike Vick
Not one rugby player here. Come on people! Congrats to these big guns of Sport. Rugby football players too please, next year! ;)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.16.10~
I notice that a lot of you are looking for Jeffrey Lurie information today on Horiwood.Com. He’s ranked Forbes Magazine‘s #937 billionaire in the world. How did Jeffrey do it?
“Grandfather Philip Smith (d.1961) created family fortune with movie theater operator General Cinema, investments. After Ph.D. from Brandeis and teaching social policy at Boston University, grandson followed familial lead, starting Chestnut Hill Productions, made Foxfire (starring Angelina Jolie) and V.I. Warshawski (starring Kathleen Turner). Still has film company, Screen Pass Pictures, with wife, Christina.
Jeffrey had better success when he bought the Philadelphia Eagles football team. He bought the franchise in 1994 for $195 million. It is now worth $1.2 billion now.
That’s called a major touch down in the sporting and biz worlds. His wife is extremely patient with Jeffrey’s non-football like sense of balance and athleticism. An area for Jeffrie to improve on perhaps as he appears to be a little clumsy when he gets excited and hi-fives his support team during Eagles touch down moments as this video clip shows. That Christina is a saint!!!
He is the man who first backed Angelina Jolie in a film and turned her into a star in her own right.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.12.10~
[Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian made a lot of dough together once upon a time this year]
‘The pay is crap, the stiletto time is uber high for the lives of America’s top reality TV stars–but the endorsements and back handers to espouse a message and set a trend of pop culture for another celebrity, aren’t bad’–the Kardashian sister’s story this year as California’s reigning version of Charlie’s Angels TV entertainment.
Well, this is no surprise, Kim Kardashian is listed as the highest earning reality TV star of America this year. No one blurs reality and surreality quite like California. It’s what we do. The best.
Having a family focus and creating employment, Kim’s strategy as a star to make ‘family the big thing’ she’s about; has garnered Kim’s two sisters as top-earning reality TV stars too in a new year-end list of rankings, The Daily Beast said Monday.
$6 million in reported earnings is what the Daily Beast rank Kim on. She’s a cover girl, a sports and military locker room pin up star. One of the key stars of E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians Ryan Seacrest (really Kim) produced show, with a line of merchandising products ranging from timepieces to tennis shoes.
The beast reports Kim’s fortune is in-the-main amassed from the overall takings of the Dash Boutiques, a trendy chain of designer retail stores with locations in Los Angeles, Miami, and now Manhattan. A nice value add from Kim in steering information this way into he sisters collective brand power. (eg: spread your fame asap, and hedge your bets).
The Kardashian sisters, who have some of the best tabloid story line angles each week, just released a new book, Kardashian Konfidential, that has already sold 13,000 copies in its first week of release. Endorsement deals with Sephora and Bebe beauty brands are also their thing. (more…)
What we trend is what we see, what we be, what we are becoming. Here’s twenty trending topics right now in American culture, life online: Honoree of The Kennedy Center Honors this year, Sir Paul McCartney, girlfriend Nancy Shevell and son James, left, along with Barbara Walters are pcitured here courtesy of WP. Honoree Billy T Jones is pictured below:
6. Ryan Gosling
13. Tiger Woods
14. Josh Duhamel
17. Oregon Ducks
[Billy T. Jones - dance choreographer great, with his family]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.4.10~
Today is my sister, Saloni Ruth‘s 43rd (US) Birthday. She’s a gem in her community as well as being a fine sportswoman. On this day, the front page of The Washington Post here in America, looks like this.
Gizmos & Gadgets for Christmas feature for retailers. Although diversity has never once gone out of fashion, Vogue leads the charge on Diversity is a feature story. War Medics focus on Trauma Transit efforts. Crystal meth in America is pinpointed to be stemming from Mexican Cartels. Oregon was a sight of a suspected bomb plot. Meanwhile many can’t afford housing costs in Washington D.C, the nation’s capitol.
What an interesting front cover today from The Post. There’s a lot going on.
Happy Birthday Sharon. From as far back as I can remember Sharon filled our home with ukelele music. She became an adept songwriter and entertainer playing the guitar–performing in front of audiences at a young age. She is national tennis champ title holder along with her sister Cherry as well as a netball champion, a cup winning athlete and a touch rugby football, team player extraordinaire. In high school she was a decorated beauty queen. She had a special bond with her playful grandfather Graham Edward. Most of all, her spirit has ruled justly and she has lifted the burden of the oppressed where her heart led her. Really, she is like the archetypal “All American girl” but she is proudly Maori and Kiwi. Today she lives in a New Zealand city, where whales are known to swim in schools sometimes in her surrounding shores.
Sharon: I love you on your special day we have always celebrated with joy as your family. You were born on The Island of Vava’u, Tonga where whales swim and play, 43 years ago today in a principality ruled by a Monarchy. Of her Island where Sharon and two of her sisters were born in the beautiful South Pacific, it is written:
“The Vavaíu Island group in the Kingdom of Tonga is a spectacular tropical island paradise in the Pacific Ocean. It has a year-round climate suitable for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sailing. Some islands are ringed by white sand beaches while others have tropical forests, sea-level caves, and dramatic limestone cliffs with breathtaking vistas.
“Remote and truly unspoiled, the waters around Vava’u are crystal clear with visibility exceeding 100 feet. Most of the islands are uninhabited, a few have villages, a few have very small unique resorts with exceptional food. There is abundant sea life with over 100 species of colorful tropical fish, giant clams, manta rays, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and July-October the Humpback whales!
Truly a paradise with the only Polynesian Monarchy this is a truly remarkable place to explore.”
This year Tonga is having their very first democratic elections. It is a hallmark defining moment of democracy and liberty for the Kingdom of Tonga. In memory of Uncle Sam Sasser, The American footballer who used to visit you in Tonga as a baby, here’s an image of The Washington Red Skins, getting whopped by the Minnesota Vikings. :)
Howard Frendrich writes: LANDOVER, Md. — After scrambling 10 yards on his creaky legs for a key first down, Brett Favre popped up with one of his shoulder pads flapping around and started leaping on teammates for hugs. Moments later, the Minnesota Vikings’ 17-13 victory Sunday over the Washington Redskins complete, Favre went over to new coach Leslie Frazier and handed him the football.” Bret Favre is 41 years old, a grandfather– and still playing football.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.28.10.
Here’s Upland Team doing the Maori haka (war dance) here in the USA.
Love it. Maori cultural advisors are needed in America.
New Zealand can’t have them all. Maori have a sports world to color up. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.20.10~
Tennis stars. Football news. Here in the US, the two definitely go together. Andy Roddick tweeted this pic today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.18.10~
The Washington redskins are swamped by the eagles scoring ability. Front page Washington Post today.
The Post launches into “black people behaving badly news” with the Prince George, governance corruption scandal dominating Washington News. Redeemed footballer Michael Vicks has a profile on The Post’s website too. And the website asks: No second term for Obama?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.16.10~
A different view: Photoshopped Aubergine featuring the letters, A & B.
If you blog from Hollywood “A” will always stand for Angeles, Angel (a messenger), or, Angelina (Jolie) – a second generation proven Hollywood star and cultural, global treasure of America.
“B” in Hollywood’s current celebrity star system, will always stand for Brad (Pitt)- champion celebrity supporter of the New Orleans Saints football team, who wear a Super Bowl ring. “B” stands for Barack (President Obama, husband of FLOTUS Michelle Obama) and Bill (Clinton) husband of the current US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton or (more current) Canada‘s teen entertainer, Bieber (Justin) or a returning Kawana (Governor) of California, Jerry Brown too.
Of these names listed – American culture is spun, millions of dollars, time, energy, resources, hours and hours and hours of global attention and effort are spent printing, distributing, broadcasting, (watching, viewing, emulating, discussing at office water coolers) any inkling of a sighting or a key message from any one of these names.
As celebrities of entertainment, politics, music, arts and culture – they form a multi-billion dollar industry that generates around them each day. AB people, leading the world – in a metaphor of a (solar) star system, or the particles of an atom. They are the oracles, of a Super Power’s discourse. The artillery (signifiers elect by popular free-choice vote) of a super power’s dominance and culture–imploring the key message of: ‘emulate US’ worldwide. They’re fun people. Fun sells. As celebrities of US culture, I like them all. More often than not, they always bring a smile.
“B” also equals whose got the ball. B is also about what you do for others when you have the ball.
You’re an A-List star in Hollywood when you do A-List worthy things with the ball you hold in your hands for others. Angelina Jolie perhaps sums this up the best, on her humanitarian missions for the UN, to people of the world most needing advocacy. AB is a blood type (like any other, O type for example is too) –the signifier of human life globally–symbolizing the movement of a pulse for the good, across the globe, for people.
Practically speaking though, if you’re from New Zealand and you’re a rugby football enthusiast, AB stands for All Blacks and of them and what they have achieved in sports and what AB’s culture has inspired for human rights records of the World (cf: Nelson Mandela‘s story and human rights, apartheid advocacy via Maori New Zealanders and Kiwis in the documentary films of artist, Merata Mita, one of the most significant filmic artists in the world of all time, who held, focused or directed a camera, in often zero budget filming conditions–yet in a Queenly manner, like Angelina Jolie is now as a debut director, seeing beyond color bars into the heart of genocidal, raping tendencies as a filmic theme)–is only the stuff Hollywood legends are written of and made of. Hence that very long sentence. Sorry ’bout that.
On the other side of the world, in New Zealand, at a significant time in world history as captured on film in Merata’s film, Patu! – AB’s culture helped free a Nobel Peace Prize Winning King, of South Africa. His life story of freedom, is a Kiwi story too. He’s in our hot mix. Maori and Kiwi’s freed him with advocacy also, helping give Nelson his long awaited cup of Liberty in his unique journey of a very long walk to freedom as a now celebrated South Africa icon of the world. When New Zealand play South Africa in rugby, we celebrate our part we play, in his ongoing legacy of freedom. He gave us a challenge, we responded, and that legacy to free others, will always be what we do in rugby country, Middle Earth. It’s a proven gift, a cultural taonga (inner treasure) AB Kiwi-thinkers have, carry, possess, pass on to others when needed for the world.
We instigate the play and the pass of freedom with our actions and instincts, outworked in a teamwork formation. We always have.
AB thinkers and action star-doers, are ‘Humanitarian Messangers of Sport.’ They are down-to-earth and fine Commonwealth people. Their nobility of spirit is defined by a Joe Blogg’s-appearing cloak of humility.
Like any rugby football enthusiast or ‘team work sports’ appreciating Kiwi in the world –The AB’s are our fun heroes. Gladiators of sport, whenever they appear, they symbolize fearless change in a modern world of fiercely contested challenges. New teamwork strategies in play is what they evolve as a science of sport and an art form of globally loved entertainment. They are masters at evolving the game of play and making it better.
Image: Photo-shopped Aubergine (deep purple) appearing as black. Hot image via Freaking News website.
[For a good Baba Ganoush dip recipe, enjoyed by people in the Middle East equally (regardless of geographical borders) and also with people in the Western World too, check out David Bovitz recipe. Pictures are also DB's. Recipe found here].
What’s cooking in your kitchen for the world America? Good things, I trust. Happy cooking, creating, eating, shared and diverse dining. Peace ya’ll! :)
[Below Image: 'Canterbury Kia Mau Training Rugby Ball" courtesy if Ikon Sport].
A and B are two important keys on a King or Queen’s piano’s keyboard. I am not either. I am the “C” key, of Middle Earth (eyes are needed to C), like any try-and-do-some-good Kiwi does, I try and join in too, in and around supporting our rugby footballers to excel in teamwork opportunities that get the best results on and off the field.
Our rugby players are our AB’s stars. The rest of us Kiwi’s – at best, tend to play the “Middle C” key role of Middle Earth – to entertain for a peaceful and productive future of “big hearted” purposes in the world. Baba Ganoush - with pita bread as a change from Latino-staple Corn Chips and Salsa, in this Jerry Brown latino-voted California’s elect future, of political climate change terrain of Hollywood, that I blog from. Exciting times.
Keeping it real, is having a diverse taste palate. That way, we’re more likely to consider the needs of others, with a worldview different and/or similar to our own. Mature tastes then maturing together with consideration and love for others in our stout rugby and football hearts- Baba Ganoush, why not?! You know it. Peace!
~Music, Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come in honor of Motown Artists contribution to the world for MO-vember rugby nation mugs 2010. Courage to Collaborate And Bee more awesome. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.5.10~
Boston Herald–’Washington quarterback Jake Locker won’t play Saturday against No. 1 Oregon, out with a broken rib that has gotten worse over the past three weeks.
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said yesterday that Locker played last Saturday against No. 10 Stanford with a hairline rib fracture that started as a cartilage injury suffered against Oregon State.’
Ouch. Sounds hairy painful.
[Image courtesy of Katu]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.1.10~
Alrighty then, on the front page of The Washington Post today, John Boehner‘s political career is like a rainbow, 1000 people get jobs in S.Carolina as BMW goes into manufacturing, scare-mongering story of the day is that the Taliban are unscathed despite the US’ increased efforts. The FBI talks a Pentagon-gunshots-marines museum triangle situation, and there’s a new game plan to boost college football teams–creating new talent for the nation’s big entertainment cultural sporting activity on US Saturdays.
Oh, and a cat cub swims for its life in the center of the page’s layout in full color. Cute. Whenever an animal is used in this spot, President Obama will be in the same spot either tomorrow or the next day.
Meanwhile, more scary stories occur on The Post’s website’s Hot Topics section, with a sprinkle of glitter Glee. Here’s the topics the people of Washington are most reading:
And that’s the way it was in Washington DC, according to The Post’s news agenda.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~
He’s the footballer that knows how to mix up his American history with a wicked sense of humor. TPM has the story:
Jon Runyan, a former pro football Eagles player and now the Republican nominee of the New Jersey 3 District, standing against freshman Rep. John Adler (D-NJ), has added his voice to the recent constitutional jurisprudence of GOP candidates — listing the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court decision as a recent case that he disagreed with.
As the Asbury Park Press reports, from a debate last night: “Jon, it’s a different branch of government, but can you give me an example from the last 10 or 15 years of a Supreme Court decision in which you strongly disagree?” Adler asked.
“That I strongly disagree with?” Runyan asked, pausing for a moment to consider the question. “Dred Scott.”
There was some laughter in the audience.”
Hilarious! 1857. Jon Runyan is too funny. As a once-footballer, Runyan, a man who possesses a great sense of sporting football humor, with pace and position, denotes that the real “p” word needed is patience while referencing the jurisprudence system. 1857 references. His sense of humor, is very similar to that of a Maori’s. He is too funny and worthy of a mention today. Loves.
[Speaking of "Dreds." Here's an image of New Zealand actor, Karl Urban, who stars as Doc McCoy in Star Trek films of today, who also doubles as Judge Dredd (Sylverstar Stallone's old role) in the future of Hollywood Superheroes creation and film franchising. Karl's very 2157 as a contrast to 1857 lol humor today. Image courtesy of: Star Pulse]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.20.10
I was thinking how fleeting and fickle fame is, as I live in the Hollywood hood. Perhaps Reggie Bush is a good case study. When dating reality TV star hottie, Kim Kardashian, Reggie was all the rage. People used to search his name on this blog. Then when him and Kim finished, no one does anymore.
Perhaps this shows: a) how sports tie ins, with leading entertainment ladies gets a sports star noticed more, and, b) people still prefer entertainment based stories over sporting angles of sports alone.
Anyways, Mr Bush wears a Super Bowl champion ring, still as a current holder of the title - and he’s still a star on this blog, alongwith Kim K as well. This pic: “Reggie Bush # 25 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown against the defense of Darius Butler # 28 of the New England Patriots during the preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
ESPN‘s Jerry Greene devotes a few column inches to get to the bottom of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and teenage pop singer Justin Bieber‘s recent hair feud that’s been dubbed “hair apparent.”
Writes Greene: “Unless you have been stuck in a Chilean mine, you probably know Brady has allowed his hair to grow into wavy locks that make him look almost as pretty as his wife. You may also know that Bieber, a 16-year-old singing/songwriting Canadian, called out Brady in a video posted last week.
Bieber raps: “Sacked like a sacker. Call up Mr. Brady. Tell him to leave his hair to the guy who sings ‘Baby.’”
Greene goes on write in sports analysis of football: “
The guy who should issue a video rebuttal is Brady’s coach, Bill Belichick. Consider that it was Brady who led the comeback Sunday that gave Belichick another win despite trading away deep threat Randy Moss. Brady completed 16 of 24 passes over the fourth quarter and overtime for 155 yards and a touchdown.
Can’t you hear Belichick singing: “Hey, listen, kid, we don’t need your sass. Mr. Brady keeps saving my …” and so on.”
[Image of Tom Brady courtesy of Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.18.10~
15 times now, Tom Brady has covered Sports Illustrated Magazine.
He is the football playing bridge, into fashion market readers too. Always a smart choice to have Tom on the cover.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.16.10. Source, Cover Awards~
“An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame – Southern Methodist University game and doesn’t care who wins. “–Dwight D. Eisenhower
Actually I thought that was a drunk spectator at the said match, just chasing tail but… according to Dwight, if you’re an atheist… Is that you?
No. Not the drunk. The aetheist part.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.9.10~
Beth Jacobs Congregation‘s sports camp is now on for 2010. You know what this means don’t you?
This means that it’s majorly a full on Miller’s Light moment for hardworking Jewish parents this week of Beverly Hills in LA.
Too funny! To check out Beth Jacob’s openly transparent community programs for families, go here to see great marketing and excellent programs of a spiritually minded and well balanced community.
I dig these people! Kids first.
And in other news from the Lapham’s Quarterly, a nice sports history lesson is provided, in the form of California’s Governor getting a mention in a story on the website’s Political Playbook editorial section, which touts a line up of stories: “from Scotland’s Queen Mary‘s passion for gulf, to Fidel Castro‘s as a relief pitcher. In the Roundtable editorial section, such interesting historical trivia like: “The Fifteen Billion Dollar Man: Gaius Appuleius Diocles, a charioteer in Ancient Rome, was the highest paid athlete of all time.” Perhaps indicating that sports has always been exciting?
[Millers Lite billboard, Santa Monica & Sweetzer, above Irv's greasy burgers & opposite Hamburger Marys/ Lapham's Quartery: A Magazine of history and ideas -current issue at time of writing]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.18.10~
From football glory, to a once cocaine addiction, to now having Courage to Love in San Diego, Miles McPherson inspires today here in California, USA.
Writes Miles to author Robert Ellis: “I would like to take this moment to thank you for sending me a copy of your book, “Courage to Love.” It will be a fine addition to my library. Your thoughts are very much appreciated in sharing this resource with others… “
Ten Things About Pastor Miles McPherson:
1. He believes he is “a man radically transformed by God.” In Hollywood, we like Transformers, so that’s fine by me.
2. A star footballer, Miles fulfilled his youthful dreams achieving a successful collegiate football career and playing in the NFL. Hot.
3. Spiritual emptiness, left him looking for love in all the wrong places. Like a plastic blag. Cocaine use was once his big vice. (I told you this guy was so Hollywood!)
4. When two football teammates introduced Miles to God, he reunited with his ex-girlfriend, Debbie (now his wife), and quit doing blow.
5. Miles embarked on a journey of theology.
6. Today, Miles is a nationally known speaker, and McPherson’s bold, down-to-earth, and humorous style has become his trademark. (I swear this guy could be a New Zealand Maori, with a sense of humor like that).
7. Miles is also a fine entertainer, often tackling issues that are tough, in order to make a difference in people’s lives, with similar struggles to what he has overcome.
8. McPherson earned an Emmy Award in 2007 for a documentary on methamphetamine. He’s Hollywood fit.
9. An author of several books, McPherson’s latest release is DO Something! Make Your Life Count.
10. His church is built with the same dimensions as Noah’s Ark was, as noted in the book of Genesis and the Torah. Miles is army families and Firefighters families friendly with much of his current work in San Diego. He’s rocking with people who serve community.
As a guy whose known victories, dark days, and the power of transformative love–Miles McPherson is a Pastor to keep an eye out for as a spiritual leader of the USA. He’s the first Pastor, I’ve picked here in America, to head a new category on this blog, titled Pastor Watch. I guess it was Miles sporting ability, that did it.
To read the book Courage to Love by tennis-playing Californian author, Robert Ellis (pictured above), a Romeo & Juliet styled novel set in the Middle East, that Miles McPherson has in his personal library. Go here to order online from Tate Publishing, or if in San Diego buy the book at Rockpile Bookstore, 2777 Rosecrans St. San Diego, CA 92106.
Aren’t people of Spirit, so inspiring in their own unique ways? I think they are. Rock on, Miles McPherson.
[With thanks to Morie Bell and Jayson Payne]. News source. The Rock website.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.17.10~
Tweets Ashton Kutcher @aplusk on twitter: “I’m so happy preseason football is here.”
With such good taste in entertainment, it’s not surprising that Ashton is Twitter’s Super Bowl champ of the twittersphere with 5,507,016 followers. Me being one of them. This kid knows how to work the wheels of fame with popular trends and tastes, he tweets about.
I just tweeted #Maori.
Yep, right! That’s not really going to start a trend much. Lol! But someone has to tweet the word Maori in Hollywood. I guess that’s me. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.15.10~
Sweetness and Sport abroad, is Jessica Simpson and NFL beau, Eric Johnson on a romantic getaway in Capri.
[Image courtesy of Bauer Griffin]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.12.2010~