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NBA ALL-STAR GAME MANIA HAS BEGUN! HAVE YOU CAUGHT THE BUG?
The 61st NBA All-Star Game takes place Sunday night here in Orlando! And no, Jeremy Lin is not playing in the game. (But you just know the NBA will get him as much exposure as possible ...) For many sports fans, All Star games have gotten bad. Almost unwatchable. Just ask the 12 people who actually tuned into the NFL Pro Bowl. Despite the fact the games are a joke, the NBA has actually done a decent job of keeping things interesting. The dunk contest, which takes place Saturday night, has become a huge deal -- almost bigger than the game itself. Blake Griffin won last year by dunking over a car. As for the game, Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant will be looking to set a new record. He's won the All-Star MVP award four times -- which ties him with Bob Petit for the most MVP awards. After winning the award last year, he will surely be gunning to break the record by winning it again this year.
AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE DAYTONA 500!
Imagine if the NFL Season started with the Super Bowl. Well that's what happens in the world of NASCAR as its most prestigious race, the Daytona 500, kicks off the season on Sunday. What do you get if you win? Well, money, of course. The purse is the biggest of the year for NASCAR. But you also get the Harley J. Earl Trophy. It's named after car designer Harley Earl, who served as the second commissioner of NASCAR. Oh, and don't expect to drive that winning car for the rest of the year. The car is taken and displayed for one year at Daytona 500 Experience, a museum next to the Daytona International Speedway right here in our backyard!
EVEN THE PRESIDENT IS HERE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!
A STUPID NIKE SHOE RELEASE AT THE FLORIDA MALL CAUSED A RIOT LAST NIGHT…
SORRY FOR THE DEATH & DESTRUCTION: R.I.P. 7 MARINES IN ARIZONA :(
Officials yesterday were investigating what caused two helicopters to crash Wednesday night, killing seven Marines in the Arizona desert where the military trains to simulate the harsh conditions of Afghanistan. The accident, one of the Marine Corps' deadliest aviation training accidents in recent memory, occurred near the Chocolate Mountains located along the California-Arizona border with clears skies and mild weather. Retired Marine Colonel and aviation consultant J.F. Joseph called the accident "an unfortunate consequence of the high tempo of operations."
USPS CUTS ARE ALREADY STARTING IN MAY, GEEZ!
THE SUCKY ECONOMY HAS AFFECTED THE TOOTH FAIRY NOW??
TREND: HOT OR NOT ON YOUTUBE FOR TWEENS?
There's a disturbing new trend where tween girls (ages 11-13) are making YouTube videos asking their nameless, faceless audience to weigh in on whether or not they are pretty. Yes, they are asking YouTube users to rate their appearance. "People say I'm ugly. So ... tell me -- am I?" asked one young girl, whose video got 35,000 views and 1200 comments, with responses ranging from the sweet to the ... well ... ugly.
FED UP WITH THEIR OFFICE FOOD GOING MISSING, SOME TEXAS COPS BUSTED ONE OF THEIR OWN!
Deer Park, Texas police caught one of their own committing a crime after setting up a sting operation to nab an office refrigerator food thief. After lunches, drinks and 60 pounds of deer sausage disappeared from the officers' shared refrigerator, Dear Park Police Chief Greg Griggs gave the approval to stage a sting operation to catch the thief. Officer Kevin Yang was caught on video taking the bait -- multiple cans of Monster energy drinks -- marked with another officer's initials -- and sandwiches. When confronted about his crime, Yang claimed he was merely cleaning out the fridge, but nobody bought it. He was charged with misdemeanor theft and put on a 30-day unpaid suspension, which could cost him $4,500 in lost wages.
COULD 20 YEAR OLDS HAVE TO WAIT EVEN LONGER TO DRINK? IF ONE LAWMAKER GETS HIS WAY THEY WILL!
In America right now, you can vote at age 18. You can get married at age 18. You can even fight and die in a war for your country. But, you can't have a beer. In order to have that beer, you have to wait until you're 21. Or, if one state lawmaker has his way, you'll have to wait even later. A new proposed law in Oklahoma would postpone that first beer until 7 a.m. on the date of your 21st birthday. Oklahoma State Representative Cory Williams has introduced a bill that would ban the sale of alcohol to 21-year-olds before 7 a.m. on their birthday. The idea, of course, is to curb binge drinking between midnight and 1:30 a.m., when most bars stop serving. Cory thinks legally requiring people to wait until morning to purchase booze would encourage responsible drinking over several hours instead of heavy drinking over just two hours.
PRO-TIP: WHEN WEARING A PIRATE COSTUME, MAKE SURE YOUR AUTHENTIC SWORD IS SECURE
Arghhhh! Shiver me timbers! A man dressed as a pirate accidentally got stabbed with his own sword during a Mardi Gras celebration in Dunedin, FL Tuesday! The 56-year-old swashbuckler was posing for pictures with a group of teens when the incident occurred. He had the blade in a scabbard as part of his costume and one of the teens grabbed the weapon and posed with it for the photo, pointing it at the pirate. Police said someone then noticed the man had blood on his shirt and called for help. Thankfully, he won’t be visiting Davy Jones’ locker. He was treated for non life-threatening injuries. Nothing some bottles of rum won’t cure!
MOOOOOOOM, QUIT BANGING MY BUDDY OR I’M GONNA CALL THE COPS…OK, I WARNED YOU!
In recent years, there have been plenty of cougars -- often high school teachers -- getting in trouble with the law for getting down with teenage boys. Be honest ... When you hear stories about this sort of stuff, you want to know one thing, don't you? You want to know if the woman was hot. Well, unfortunately, we've got a bad situation in England because the woman in question is more than a little scary looking, weighing in at 260 pounds. And, she was doing the mattress mambo with her son's best buddy. 34-year-old Terri Mezzatesta, who is 5-foot-9 and 260 pounds, is in hot water for bouncing with a 15-year-old friend of her son. Of course, the usual stuff -- wine coolers, pot and sexting -- was involved. But the fun twist is that the son ended up busting the mom -- and bringing in the authorities. When the son caught his mom having crazed, loud sex with his 15-year-old friend, he reported the incident to school officials. So, the mom has to deal with legal issues -- but the son will have an image burned on his brain that he will never, ever forget.
IF YOU’RE GOING TO IMPERSONATE SOMEONE, WOULD YOU CHOOSE A DENNY’S EMPLOYEE? C’MON MAN
You gotta give him credit for creativity ... A Wisconsin man walked into a Denny's restaurant in Madison, claiming to be the restaurant's new manager, then cooked himself up a cheeseburger and fries. Sporting a tie and trench coat and carrying a briefcase, 52-year-old James Summers marched in and announced himself as the new manager. This came as a surprise to the real manager, who told him he must be mistaken. The manager called her supervisors, while Summers helped himself to the food. Police found Summers as he was walking away from the restaurant. He claimed it was all one, big misunderstanding. Summers, who was carrying a stun gun on him at the time of his arrest, was charged with disorderly conduct, drug possession and possessing an electric weapon.
BAD SPAGHETTI? THAT’S A BEATDOWN WIFEY!
An Arizona man was arrested for allegedly throwing spaghetti at his wife -- because he didn't like her cooking. 37-year-old Isidro Curiel was eating dinner with his wife and their five children when he decided he was not happy with the way his pasta tasted. He chose to show his displeasure by hurling the bowl of noodles toward his wife, hitting a wall in the kitchen. He also smashed his wife's cellphone before leaving the home. Officers found Curiel at his parents' house, where he was arrested. Police said his wife had taken out an order of protection against him last May, but told officers they had recently moved back in together because things were "going good." Curiel was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal damage and violating an order of protection.
THIS J-VILLE MAN IS NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE GAS STATION…
A Jacksonville man who was attempting to rob a gas station with his finger, got the finger instead. Jacksonville sheriffs said a man with a plastic bag over his head walked into the gas station and acted like the finger poking inside of his T-shirt was a weapon. He ordered the clerk to "open the register and give me all the money." The clerk saw that the "weapon" was a finger and refused to hand over any cash. The would-be robber then tried to get money from another customer ... who laughed at him. Officers are looking for the suspect.
RYAN BRAUN WON HIS APPEAL OF SUSPENSION FOR DRUGS!
Baseball season doesn't start until the spring, but fans in Milwaukee are celebrating after Brewers slugger Ryan Braun won his appeal on an October drug test that reportedly detected elevated levels of testosterone. As a result, Braun -- who was the National League's Most Valuable Player last season -- will be able to play the whole season without having to serve a 50-game suspension. Omar Shaikh, Braun's close friend and business partner, said, "They're going crazy in Milwaukee. He's so happy this is over. I talked to him for an hour [Wednesday], and he told me, 'I know I'm innocent. I'm at peace at whatever decision. But I know I didn't do anything wrong.'" If Braun's appeal was denied, he wouldn't have been allowed to play until May 31st and he'd have to give up $2.2 million of his $7.1 million salary.
NBA ROUNDUP: MIAMI’S HEATING UP, SQUASH JEREMY LIN
The Miami Heat on Thursday won their eighth consecutive game and in the process held New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin to just eight points and forced him into eight turnovers. The Heat won 102-88 and temporarily put Linsanity in a deep freeze with a stifling defense that held the rising star to just 1 for 11 shooting. Chris Bosh scored 25, Dwyane Wade went for 22 and LeBron James chipped in with 20. In more NBA action, the Oklahoma City Thunder flexed its Western Conference muscle, sweeping aside the once mighty Los Angeles Lakers 100-85; the San Antonio Spurs continued to surprise many with a 114-99 win over the Denver Nuggets; and the Atlanta Hawks topped the Orlando Magic 83-78.
LINSANITY: SIGNED ROOKIE CARD GOES FOR $21K+ ON EBAY!
STEWART/KENSETH WILL BE SIDE BY SIDE STARTING THE 500 ON SUNDAY AND DANICA PATRICK WRECKED AT THE DUELS YESTERDAY…
Defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart now has company for the start of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Stewart won the first 150-mile qualifying race and Matt Kenseth took the second yesterday. Both will be side-by-side on Sunday. Teammates Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle will start from the front row. Joe Nemechek, Dave Blaney, Robby Gordon and Michael McDowell also earned spots in Sunday’s season-opening race. Danica didn’t fair so well…
TIGER ENDED UP SUCKING IT UP IN MATCH PLAY YESTERDAY…
Putting problems did Tiger Woods in on Thursday and put him out of contention for the WGC-Accenture Match Play title. Nick Watney beat Woods 1 up after Tiger tanked on a 5-foot birdie putt that would have extended the match. Afterwards, Wood said, "I didn't miss a single shot coming in, which is good. And that was fun to hit the ball that well. Unfortunately I just didn't make a putt when I needed it."
DANA WHITE CALLS FLOYD MAYWEATHER “A RACIST”
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DID YOU KNOW THERE IS ACTUAL ETIQUETTE ON HOW TO HOLD THE OSCAR?
As Oscars are handed out to deserving recipients at Sunday night's Academy Awards, keep an eye on how the winners hold the statuettes. You may not know this, but there is etiquette to follow when handling the Oscar. In this hilarious video, Mike Myers and Kevin Kline get to the bottom of it.
THE FANS HAVE SPOKEN AND THE HELP SHOULD WIN BEST PICTURE THIS SUNDAY!
Although The Artist seems like the frontrunner to win Best Picture at Sunday's Academy Awards, not everyone sees it that way. In a new poll conducted by MTV, 41 percent of voters chose The Help as Best Picture, with The Artist coming in second with 17% of the vote. The top choice for Best Actress went to The Help's Viola Davis, with Best Actor going to Moneyball's Brad Pitt; Best Supporting Actress going to Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy, and Best Supporting Actor going to Warrior's Nick Nolte. In addition, those polled believe that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows not being recognized in the Best Picture category was the most outrageous snub this year, followed by Michael Fassbender being left out of the Best Actor category for Shame.
HERE’S AT LEAST ONE REASON TO WATCH THE OSCARS THIS SUNDAY…SACHA BARON COHEN MIGHT CRASH IT!
Sacha Baron Cohen has released a statement regarding the recent Academy Awards controversy. Earlier this week, it was reported that Cohen planned to walk the Oscar red carpet Sunday dressed as General Aladeen, the character in his upcoming movie The Dictator. The Academy wasn’t very happy about the stunt, and allegedly banned him from the event if he actually planned to go through with it. Well, yesterday Cohen added fuel to the fire, releasing a statement on the Dictator website, saying he planned to hold a press conference later today to discuss his plans. Wrote Cohen, "Admiral General Aladeen will deliver a formal response tomorrow morning to being banned from the Oscars by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Zionists."
AMERICAN IDOL REVEALS IT’S TOP 24 THEN STEVEN TYLER MOONS THE CAMERA AND GOES SWIMMING!
JERSEY CITY WINE SHOP BANS SNOOKI AND JWOWW…WE’RE PRETTY SURE WE WOULD DO THE SAME
If Snooki and J-Woww want to booze it up at home, they'll have to take a walk. The wine shop next to their new Jersey City home has banned the reality stars. They've even posted a sign on the door to keep Snooki out. The manager of the shop tells TMZ, "The only thing they are good for is ridicule and amusement. There is no upside business wise, and the potential downside is God knows what. Why feed the embarrassment?" The girls are filming their new reality show in Jersey City.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WILL PLAY SIR ELTON IN HIS BIOPIC!
Sir Elton John got his wish. The flamboyant Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member recently said his first choice for the lead role in an upcoming biopic was pop star Justin Timberlake, who once played the Rocket Man in a music video. John and his film producer partner David Furnish have confirmed Timberlake is onboard and the two are now searching for a director. Furnish told E! Online John and Justin have had conversations about picking the proper director, saying, “The chemistry is really important. There’s no race to make this.”
HARRY POTTER’S J.K. ROWLING IS GONNA WRITE AN ADULT BOOK NOW!
After closing the door on magical world of Harry Potter, author J.K. Rowling is trying her hand at writing a novel for adults. Rowling's publisher, Little, Brown announced yesterday that they will publish her first title for adults, but gave few other details. The subject matter, world-wide publication date and title won't be revealed until later this year. Rowling said in a statement, "My next book will be very different from the Harry Potter series. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me." Rowling's Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies around the world.
HABITUAL DOUCHEBAG CHRIS BROWN IS BACK IN THE NEWS…
Chris Brown has been accused of stealing some girl's iPhone outside a nightclub in Miami this past Sunday ... and driving off with it. 24-year-old Christal Spann filed a police report for "robbery by snatching" ... claiming she followed Chris and rapper Tyga out of Cameo nightclub early in the morning and snapped a picture of Chris getting into his Bentley. Christal told cops that Chris flipped out when he saw her camera phone and grabbed it through the car window, saying, "B*tch, you're not gonna put that on the Internet." According to the police report, Chris rolled up his window and drove off with her $500 iPhone in hand. The incident is currently being investigated, but since Chris is still on probation for beating Rihanna 3 years ago, if he's arrested he could be thrown in jail on a probation violation.
TWO BIGGEST LOSER CONTESTANTS GOT BOOTED FOR THE MUTINY ON THE SET THIS WEEK!
Two of the Biggest Loser contestants who walked off the set in protest this week have been booted from the show, TMZ reports. Several competitors reportedly walked after learning that previously eliminated contestants were getting a shot at winning the show's $250,000 grand prize.
AWKWARD: SQUEAKY CLEAN HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL GUY ZAC EFRON DROPPED HIS CONDOM ON THE RED CARPET!
Zac Efron had an embarrassing moment on the red carpet for the kids flick The Lorax earlier this week in L.A. In a video making the rounds online, Zac appears to drop a condom package as he reaches into his pocket. After the incident, he's seen mouthing "Oh my God!" to his publicist.
THE RUMOR MILL SAYS BRITNEY SPEARS MAY BE THE NEXT X FACTOR JUDGE…
Britney Spears may be interested in becoming an X Factor judge next season. At least that's what a source has told Us magazine -- Britney's folks aren't commenting. The publication also claims multiple sources have told them that Janet Jackson wants a seat alongside Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid, and says Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas may also have her eye on the same prize.
SABBATH’S IRON MAN NAMED MOST BADASS FICTIONAL CHARACTER!
The guys at the super manly man website Guyspeed.com recently named Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” as the most badass fictional character in popular music. Sabbath’s apocalyptic anti-hero edged out Johnny Cash’s boy named “Sue” for badass bragging rights. Other kick ass characters that made the top 10 list include Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” AC/DC’s “Big Jack” and Rob Zombie’s “Superbeast.”
DAVE MUSTAINE’S GETTING SOME FLACK FOR HIS COMMENTS ABOUT AFRICAN WOMEN…DO YOU THINK HE’S RIGHT?
THRICE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES THEIR HIATUS BUT THEY’LL GET ONE LAST TOUR IN…
Southern California foursome Thrice has announced it is going on an indefinite hiatus, but before they go their separate ways, they will mount a farewell tour, starting May 4 in San Diego. The extensive farewell final lap of gigs will see the band play from coast-to-coast before finishing the tour – and possible career as a band – on June 16 in Los Angeles.
VAN HALEN KEEPS BREAKING OUT THE RARE ONES ON THE NEW TOUR!
Van Halen continues to dig deep into their first six albums with David Lee Roth. During shows in the Midwest this week, they dusted off "Girl Gone Bad" (from the 1984 album) and "Hear About it Later" (from Fair Warning). Along with "Women in Love" and "Outta Love Again," both from Van Halen Two, the total number of rarities they've played so far is four. Show number-four in support of the new album, A Different Kind of Truth, is tonight (Friday) in Chicago.
MEANWHILE, SAMMY CONTINUES TO STIR THE POT…
Sammy Hagar says Van Halen's decision to boot bassist Michael Anthony out of the band in 2007 and continue on with Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang is a "complete loss." Anthony now plays in Chickenfoot with Hagar, who goes onto say, "He's playing his ass off in this band. He never played like this in Van Halen. Eddie doesn't even realize what a great bass player he had...and that is his complete loss. I remember recording in Van Halen and Eddie was always saying, 'Just play eighth notes.' And he would play all this stuff and Mike's just going, 'boom, boom, boom, boom.' Boy, Mike's really capable of playing more than that, and he never found out." Hagar, Anthony and Chickenfoot will hit the road in the spring while Eddie, Wolfgang and the rest of Van Halen hit Chicago tonight (Friday).
AEROSMITH’S JOEY KRAMER FAVORITE BEATS? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer joins the growing list of artists with their own apps. Hit Hard, titled after his 2009 autobiography, provides you with 15 levels of Kramer's favorite beats to compete on as you try and drum your way to the top. It is available for the iPhone and iPod. Aerosmith was scheduled to take time out from recording their new album yesterday to shoot the cover photo for the set, which they hope to release in the spring. Kramer promises a special announcement today on his Twitter page.