Miss USA a Vancouver Canucks Fan

CAUTION: We have a traitor on our hands friends. Alyssa Campanella the reigning Miss USA, has publicly declared herself a Vancouver Canucks fan. Do not be distracted by her smoking hot body and beautiful auburn locks, she cheers for the bad guys. Alyssa was born in New Jersey, raised in California, and now lives in New York (she gets a condo in the Trump tower as a perk of being the queen). One would expect her to root for the Devils, maybe the Islanders or Kings, but no, she is a full fledged Canucks fan.

As a former Miss USA Illinois contestant, supporter of the pageant system, and Chicago Blackhawks fan, I have to admit this news is rather heartbreaking, disappointing, and saddens me deeply. The Canucks make my blood boil! How can someone who represents the United States be a fan of the dirtiest Canadian hockey team?

She’s even converted Miss Teen USA, Danielle Doty into supporting those wretched Canucks. Here they are in their Jerseys, it’s even on the Miss USA website!

I mean, I’m happy Miss USA knows a thing or two about hockey and enjoys the sport, but man…out of all the teams to choose from. Here she is declaring her Canucks pride on NHL TV (see video below). Rumor has it she’s dating a Canadian actor, Torrance Coombs, I’m hoping he has swayed her loyalties and she eventually will come back from the dark-side. Otherwise, I think we may have to strip her of her title.

Ben & Jerry’s Ruffles Some Feathers with “Taste the Lin-Sanity”

Like the rest of the east coast, Ben & Jerry’s Boston tried to feed into the Linsanity craze and support their  favorite Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin who’s immediate rise to stardom in the NBA has been remarkable, but the Vermont-founded company made a big whoopsie.

The flavor was sold exclusively at the company’s Harvard Square location in Cambridge, Mass. Taste the Lin-Sanity contained vanilla frozen yogurt, lychee honey swirls (sounds delicious), but here’s the kicker, the ice cream had fortune-cookie pieces. Way to perpetuate Asian stereotypes B&J’s.The Boston Globe reported the fortune cookie pieces were replaced with waffle cones – I say forget the flavorless fortune cookie and throw in some cookie dough. Also, the lychee flavor caused a bit of an uproar, as the fruit is from Southeast Asia, and Mr. Lin is a native of northern California.

Shame-shame Ben & Jerry’s…

After a rough response, an apology was due and the company (@BenJerryBoston) tweeted – obviously more than one tweet as it exceeds the alotted 140 characters, “On behalf of Ben & Jerry’s Boston Scoop Shops, we offer a heartfelt apology if anyone was offended by our handmade Linsanity flavor that we offered at our Harvard Square location. We are proud and honored to have Jeremy Lin hail from one of our fine, local universities, and we are huge sports fans. We were swept up in the nationwide Linsanity momentum. Our intention was to create a flavor to honor Jeremy Lin’s accomplishments and his meteoric rise in the NBA, and recognize that he was a local Harvard graduate. We try to demonstrate our commitment as a Boston-based, valued-led business and  if we failed in this instance, we offer our sincere apologies.”

Ben & Jerry’s spokeswoman Liz Stewart told media, “The flavor was a one-time batch and is not an official company flavor.”

Nothing beats their “Half Baked” flavor -half baked fudge brownies and half chocolate chip cookie dough – YUM!

Chicago Baseball is Around the Corner

Well wouldn’t ya know, baseball is back, the sport has been off for a solid 4 months. Baseball fans are probably itching for a stadium hotdog, cold beer, peanuts and to sing the lyrics of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”  Do not fret, as of Friday, the Cactus League (click for schedule) will have started it’s 2012 spring training season. Fans will be able to tune into Cubs and White Sox games on TV or take a little vacation if you can scrape up the dinero.  What a rough life professional baseball players have, in the midst of the winter when most of us are itching to escape the cold, Cubs and White Sox players get to head down to Spring Training in Arizona- real tough guys.

If you want to get away and find your Chicago White Sox, head down to Camelback Ranch in Glendale. The Sox are hoping to prepare for a solid recovery season, gain some confidence that had been long lost last season, and find a way to compete in a division that recently got even more competitive with many off season trades (example one: Prince Fielder to the Tigers). Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, and Gordon Beckham all under performed last season, and Sox management is hoping they get back into the groove. Jake Peavy expressed this weekend that he feels his healthiest since joining the White Sox, his shoulder is “amazing” and he is hoping to perform at an elite level again.

Focus has been placed on 22-year-old lefty Chris Sale, who is being added to the starting pitching rotation. He has come out firing, extremely impressing his teammates early on in spring training. He is hoping to pitch 200 innings as a starter this season. Known for looking much like a string-bean, Sale is looking more manly according to A.J. Pierzynski, “Chris Sale looks good, looks like he put on a pound or two.”

With ex-manager Ozzie Guillen happily in Miami and the security of a four-year, $10 million contract, any and all scrutiny of the team will be fully placed on White Sox general manager Ken Williams. Kenny will be starting his 12th season as the Sox GM, but after not advancing to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, he knows this season will directly effect his future with the Sox. He told Comcast Sportsnet, “It’s professional sports. If you do not win, and it has been three years since we’ve gone to the playoffs, if you don’t win, changes are made. I have gone into this situation knowing that. I can accept it if ultimately that’s the call. And we can go out the next day, he can call me up and we’ll go out for a steak and a cigar. It will be all good.”

The Cubs are over in Mesa, hoping that their move of snatching Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations will break their World Series curse (I’m not holding my breathe just yet, I’m going to give him a few years to get things right).

First order of business was to settle the Theo Epstein compensation issue with the Red Sox, I like to think of it as a consolation prize for the Sox. The Red Sox acquired right-hander Chris Carpenter — not the Cardinals’ former Cy Young Award winner — and a player to be named in exchange for a player to be named. Seems like quite a few ?? to me.

The Cubs are currently a team without many big names, and their only well known player is Alfonso Soriano, who to most people has seemed like an overpaid, 36-year-old unreliable outfielder, with no-trade rights and $54 million guaranteed through 2014. As the veteran on the Cubs, Epstein is looking to Soriano to be a leader this season. “The past couple years we had a nice group, but some people (weren’t) giving 100 percent,” Soriano told CSN. “Now this group is kind of young. They’re hungry to play and we’re ready to compete.” As a role model for the younger players, he should begin by not dropping any fly balls in left field this season.

Both teams are going to have a challenging season, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that both the Sox and Cubs can make it to the post-season this year. It might be a long shot.

Slam Dunk-A-Roo

Last night was the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk contest, which in my opinion is one of the most entertaining sporting events to watch – especially during an all-you-can-drink package at your favorite local establishment.

This year’s contestants really got creative and were refreshingly less cheesy than Blake Griffin’s over-the-car dunk from last year. In the end, Utah’s Jeremy Evans took the cake.

Evans, got into the competition as a replacement for injured New York guard Iman Shumpert. Reports show he earned 29 percent of the 3 million votes cast. He beat out Houston’s Chase Budinger, Indiana’s Paul George and Minnesota’s Derrick Williams for the Jazz’s first-ever trophy in the contest.

Evans dunked with a camera on his head, slammed two basketballs as he soared over a seated assistant and rocked a Karl Malone jersey to dunk over comedian Kevin Hart (celebrity all-star MVP) dressed as a mailman.

Another one of my favorite dunks of the night was when Budinger jumped over Mr. P.Diddy. The fact that anyone can jump over another man is unreal, I can’t even jump up 6 stairs.

Jumping over men seemed to be the theme of the evening as Indiana’s Paul George also jumped over two large guys, his Pacers teammates Roy Hibbert and Dahntay Jones.

If you missed the event, you can watch the highlights below :-)

Toews is OK

When I heard Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews was involved in a car crash this morning, I have to admit my heart plummeted a bit. He’s so young, a great leader, one hell of a hockey player, and not to mention easy on the eyes. LUCKILY, Toews was not injured when his car (a Mercedes Benz obviously) struck a support beam of the CTA tracks on his way to their morning skate.

A source on the Blackhawks’ public relations team confirmed Toews was not injured in his minor one-car collision in downtown Chicago this morning while driving himself to the United Center.

I’m very curious what the cause of this accident was. Could the “upper body injury” – better known as a concussion – be the reason behind his random car accident? The injury is thought to have occurred during the 9 game road trip, Toews most likely suffered the concussion in the San Jose game on February 10. Also, reports stated people on the street were trying to get autographs from Toews. He just got in a car accident, leave the boy alone!

According to ABC Quenneville said the team is still unsure whether Toews will travel with the team Friday to California for back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks this weekend.

Joakim’s Got the Messy-Bun Swag

I can’t think of very many situations where you would be able to respect a man with a large and in charge messy-bun, but Joakim Noah proved me wrong. I like to call it #messybunswag.

Noah hit the floor of the UC tonight ready to destroy the Milwaukee Bucks, and his trademark bun was rather fancy. Joakim Noah finished tonight’s game with his first career triple-double by scoring 13 points to go along with 10 assists and 13 rebounds. To top it off he’s humble too, telling Comcast Sportsnet, “it’s an accomplishment, but we’re playing for more than that.”

You’ve either loved him or hated him since his days as a Gator, but if you’re a Chicago fan, right now you love him. Noah has always been known for his energy and dedication to the game, and his hard work is really starting to show. His offense improves every year, he is now dominating the boards more than ever, protecting the paint, protecting the ball, and finishing plays. His performance is clutch to the Bulls postseason success – so keep that swagger Jo No.

Although Noah is playing like a beast and Luol Deng and Derrick Rose are heading to the All-Star game in Orlando, this 5 day break is much needed for the banged up Bulls. Rest up!

 

Mini Slugger: 3-Year-Old Baseball Prodigy

This little nugget is absolutely adorable and has a better throwing arm than I do (well…not yet, but he probably will relatively soon). Who is this mini-man you ask? Christian Haupt. He is 3 years old, a baseball fanatic and wears his white uniform to preschool everyday. He cheers for the Dodgers, his favorite bedtime story is anything about Babe Ruth, he prefers watching baseball to cartoons and his favorite song is “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Sounds like my dad’s ideal son (minus the Dodgers) :-).

Last summer Christian’s parents posted a YouTube video of their 2-year-old son showing his baseball skills, and less than a week later, a Hollywood casting director from an Adam Sandler film spotted it. They were looking for a young ballplayer to appear in Sandler’s film “That’s My Boy,” according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn. The only problem when filming the movie in Cape Cod last August was when Christian had to switch out of his baseball outfit for a polo shirt and shorts – this did not go over well with the little prodigy, there were tears.

You must watch Christian’s video, wait until he bats the second time, the kid knows how to swing and hits a legitimate line drive – he’s 3!

For the original story, click here: http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/more-family-fun/201202/youtube-lands-three-year-old-baseball-movie-role