The Empire State Building’s world-famous LED tower lights were synchronized to Halloween-themed music that was broadcasted on Clear Channel’s powerhouse radio stations Z100 and 103.5 KTU. Internationally-acclaimed lighting designer Marc Brickman choreographed the show and the reveal of the building’s new antenna LED lights — which will add over 200 feet of new lights to NYC’s skyline.
Cincinnati -3 At Miami
The Bengals look to tighten their stranglehold on the AFC North with a trip to Miami on Halloween. This Bengals team is winning games that it previously would’ve tossed away. They’ve won four straight. After a hot start, the Dolphins have lost four in a row. These are two teams moving in the opposite direction and even if the Fins run the ball consistently, they’re up against one of the better run/overall defenses in the league.
Pick: Bengals -3
Comedy Gives Back a 24 hour international digital telethon takes place on Wednesday, November 6th with shows originating from New York City, Los Angeles, London and Sydney, Australia. The whole event will be streamed live to audiences around the world and across all internet-connected devices by way of Dailymotion.com, the leading global video destination.
Comedy Gives Back, now in its second year, is a social benefit enterprise that unites traditional and digital native comics to raise money through donations for a new charity each year with this year’s charity partner being Malaria No More whose goal is to end deaths from malaria.
“We are so inspired by the comedy community who has rallied to help make our vision a reality to create a day of laughter, to raise money and awareness for Malaria No More,” says Zoe Friedman, Co-Founder of Comedy Gives Back. “And with the telethon being distributed digitally, a donation to this worthy cause is simply a click away.”
Comedy Gives Back will feature some of the best comedic talent from around the world including: Maria Bamford, Greg Berhendt, Adam Bloom, Jim Breuer, Ronny Cheing, Dane Cook, Rhys Darby, Dana Gould. Adam Hills, Marc Maron, Rove McManus, Eugene Mirman, Kevin Nealon and Iliza Shlesinger.
Tickets for the live stand-up shows go on sale today www.comedygivesback.com/tickets. The shows will take place at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City at 8PM (ET), opening night of the New York Comedy Festival; The Improv in Los Angeles at 8PM (PT) and 10PM (PT) (Comedy Juice Presents Comedy Gives Back); The Leicester Square Theatre in London at 10:15PM (GMT) and The Comedy Store in Sydney at 7PM on November 7th (AEDT).
In addition to the 12 hours of global stand-up, the remaining 12 hours will consist of live hosted comedy blocks presenting video premieres and highlights from the leading digital comedy brands such as IFC, Earwolf, Cracked.com, Sideshow Network, and more. Confirmed live and taped talent includes Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Pollak; Scott Aukerman and Comedy Bang Bang; Shira Lazar and What’s Trending. These segments will be streamed live from The What’s Trending Studios in Hollywood.
The Comedy Gives Back live-stream will be made available through Dailymotion’s proprietary video player. Dailymotion will also be the sole distributor of the live stand up shows Video On Demand following the free 24 hour live-stream. VOD content will be available on November 9th.
The Kansas State Wildcats created one of the best and most creative videos for Midnight Madness. They reenacted “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” intro. Shane Southwell played the Will Smith role and did a good job with his impression of the Fresh Prince.
John Lynch played strong safety for fifteen seasons in the NFL. He played college football at Stanford University and entered the NFL in 1993. Lynch made it to the Pro Bowl nine times and won a Super Bowl when he played on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. He also played for the Denver Broncos.
You can now see him on FOX Sports covering NFL games as a color commentator. Besides football Lynch and his wife started up the John Lynch Foundation back in 2000. Their foundation is committed to developing leaders by encouraging dreams, providing programs that assist and motivate, and recognizing achievement and excellence.
I spoke with John about which teams he thinks will make it to the Super Bowl, his playing days, and his foundation.
Art Eddy: You do an outstanding job on FOX covering the NFL. You covered the Seahawks and Colts game earlier this year. Both teams are doing well so far this year. Out of the two teams who has a better chance of getting to the Super Bowl?
John Lynch: With that questions I think that it is the Seahawks. I think that the Seahawks have a one of the deepest rosters in football. They have a tremendous home field advantage in Seattle. I see them as a team that is going to continue to get more and more healthy. They were missing three offensive linemen that are Pro Bowl type players. They were missing Zach Miller. Percy Harvin is coming back. I just think that team with the depth of their roster is a good as any in the league. It is a team that is going to get stronger as the season goes on.
Indy is a fine team. They won the game. It was a fine win for them. Andrew Luck just put that organization on his shoulders. It is like he said, ‘Come follow me.’ It is pretty special.
AE: Which team in the NFL is the overall top team in your opinion? Would it be maybe one of your former teams, the Denver Broncos?
JL: Yeah, I think so. From the start of the year I had Denver number one, Seattle at number two. I still feel like that. Denver, the depth of their roster is incredible as well as what John Elway has done out there. In a very short time he built a very, very thorough roster that can beat you in a number of ways. Then of course they got Peyton Manning.
Living in Denver I know a lot of people were worried that he was another year older, but what I can tell you is that he is another year healthier. Remember that he is a guy that underwent four neck surgeries. He had 37 touchdowns last year. His start to this year has just been unbelievable. I think you can contribute that to a number of things. Number one, his health. He is feeling better. Number two, you go get a guy like Wes Welker, the emergence of a guy like Julius Thomas at tight end, and it just creates that true pick your poison mentality. Who are you going to stop? You can’t stop them all. It is a great roster.
AE: With all the adjustments that the NFL has made to make the game safer, what are your thoughts as a former safety?
JL: First of all I do appreciate that we have a commissioner. With Commissioner Goodell, where I have spent a lot of time talking to him on this issue, really genuinely cares. This is not just a PR stunt. He genuinely cares about the welfare of its players. He is doing everything he can to make the game safer.
In saying that I feel at times they go too far. They teach from the grassroots up with the Heads Up program that they are teaching to youth football. When they got guys who do it perfectly, they are still getting fined sometimes. What bothers me is that it is sometime based on the physicality of the hit. I look at a guy like Dashon Goldson down in Tampa. He is an excellent player. He just has a knack for hitting people harder than anyone else in the league. He is getting fined as a result on a play that isn’t dirty. They are just very physically and very impactful.
That’s why I think it crosses the line at some point. People know what they signed up for when they play this sport. Is it a dangerous game? Yes. Should we try make it safer? Absolutely, but I don’t think you can cross the line where it isn’t football anymore.
AE: Going back to your playing days in the NFL. You played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos. You won a Super Bowl while playing for Tampa Bay. From start to finish what are your memories of that game?
JL: I have talked to so many players that have won a Super Bowl. I think what I really look back on is more so the journey of that team than the game itself. What I do remember about the game is that it was the classic scenario. It was the number one offense in the Raiders with Rich Gannon, Jerry Rice, Tim Brown and all of those guys verse the number one defense.
I think we had one of the best defensive units of all time. Everybody naturally gave the advantage to the offense. We were extremely confident that as soon as we beat Philadelphia and we knew that the Raiders were our matchup. In our mind we won the Super Bowl. We just felt very confident that we had what it took and we did.
On top of that I got to do it in my hometown where I grew up in San Diego. I had my family there. Those are some of the memories after the game to have my son down there with me, my wife, my parents, and my grandparents. It was really was a special day.
AE: What will you always take with you from your time playing in the NFL?
JL: People usually say the relationships, which is true, but what I found out is that those relationships still hold true today. I am still great friends with Ronde Barber. I still see him on a regular basis. Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Mike Alstott, Brad Johnson, and all those guys are still in touch. Those relationships don’t go anywhere.
What I miss and I think other players miss is the all-out competition each and every day. What you have done in the past does not matter. It matters what you do that day. Whether you are a rookie or if you are in your fifteenth year it is a constant proving ground. You have to go every day and try to be better than you were a day before. I loved that challenge. It is playing against the best players in the world and also you are competing against yourself. You are trying each day to figure out how you can get an edge because you are playing against the best. That is what great players do.
JL: Oh there is no question. It is the guy that is lighting up the league right now. It is Peyton Manning. I had the opportunity to play against some of the greatest of all time. John Elway, who is a great friend now, was a terrific player and one of the best of all time. (Joe) Montana was one of the greats of all time as well.
For me there was no one tougher to play against than Peyton Manning. It was what he did above the neck. It wasn’t the skill set, which he had a fine one of those. It was the fact that he was always one step ahead of you and one step ahead of the defense. It was his preparation and execution on the field that made him darn near impossible to ever stop him. He was always one of my favorite guys to compete against because I talked about that competition. That’s what it was every time you tried to play against him. You tried to find a way to beat him and it was awfully tough.
AE: You started a foundation back in 2000. Tell me a bit about your foundation and what made you create the foundation?
JL: I was really fortunate Art that I was raised by parents that taught me at a young age. The way that they taught me was showing me that is was not just a nice thing to do, but a responsibility to each and every one to give back to their community. My parents were always very involved in their community whether it be at the school or at the church.
All those things that they did on a regular basis was to show the importance of giving back. I was raised with that and then I get to the NFL. I had great mentors in guys like Hardy Nickerson and Paul Gruber, who were veterans at Tampa at that time. These guys were doing great things in the community.
My wife, Linda and I saw that you have an unbelievable opportunity to make great things happen in your community and make a difference in people’s lives. We set out to find something that really embodied what we were all about. We came out with our foundation, which has a focus on recognizing and rewarding quality young leaders. That was what we have been able to do through our programs and our scholarships. We have given to these kids that excel in the classroom, in sports, and in their community. It has really been a blessing.
AE: What type of events do you guys do annually?
JL: We have a luncheon that happens every year in May. We have has some tremendous keynote speakers. We have had Jon Gruden and General Tommy Franks. It is less about them and more about the kids that we have the great honor to recognize, reward, and shine a light on them. We do it on Invesco Field at Denver.
We put anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 people on the field to basically say great job to these kids. We give our scholarships out to the kids and to disabled student athletes as well that have excelled in the same capacity. They are incredible kids and it is an incredible day.
San Francisco -15 Jacksonville
Sorry, London. Not all football games are this one-sided.
Pick: Niners -15
At Detroit -3 Dallas
Home team gets the edge in a god battle between two 3-4 teams.
Pick: Lions -3
At Philadelphia -5.5 NY Giants
Can the Giants make it two in a row? Not if Vick plays a full game.
Pick: Eagles -5.5
At Kansas City -7 Cleveland
Jason Campbell against the league’s best D.
Pick: Chiefs -7
At New Orleans -10.5 Buffalo
Thad’s not terrible, but the Saints at home are too much.
Pick: Saints -10.5
At New England -6 Miami
Tom Brady is under pressure to make things happen with less protection and fewer splashy playmakers. The Pats just don’t lose two in a row that often though.
Pick: Pats -6
At Cincinnati -5.5 NY Jets
The Bengals are looking like one of the teams to beat in the AFC, but can they be as physical as the Jets?
Pick: Jets +5.5
Pittsburgh -2.5 At Oakland
Pittsburgh doesn’t always perform well in Oakland, but with an inspired D and balance on O they’ll win three in a row.
Pick: Steelers -2.5
At Denver -11.5 Washington
This game’s going to be a points-fest. I think the Skins might be able to hang or at least not get blown out.
Pick: Skins +11.5
At Arizona -2.5 Atlanta
The Cards are hard to read, but the Falcons can still make noise despite all the injuries.
Pick: Falcons +2.5
Green Bay -7.5 At Minnesota
Maybe Freeman settles down a bit. Looks like he still needs more time though.
Pick: Packers -7.5
Seattle -11.5 At St. Louis
Whenever Favre comes up as a viable option for you at QB, you’ve got problems.
Pick: Seahawks -11.5
For chef Adam Perry Lang, serious barbecue requires serious commitment to doing things the right way. To him that means handcrafting to the highest standards – something they’ve been doing at George Dickel since it’s start more than 100 years ago. At the George Dickel distillery in Tullahoma, Tenn., the master distiller carries out each step the old-fashioned way, even procuring pure water from the same spring used by the whisky’s namesake himself back in 1870. In this video, Lang stops in to get a firsthand look at the process as part of his “Serious Barbecue” tour across the nation.
This summer, Lang set out to craft the ultimate barbecue experience, incorporating superior hand-crafted products every step of the way, from forging artisan knives in Wisconsin to throwing a barbecue party in the back lot of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show in Los Angeles.
“Adam Perry Lang is a craftsman, he’s always thinking about doing things the hard way, and he’s about doing things by hand. And that’s what George Dickel is about,” says Doug Kragel, national brand ambassador at George Dickel.
For the perfect mash of corn, barley and rye, George Dickel employs a master distiller who personally oversees the milling, yeasting, fermentation and distillation. That includes taking the extra step of chilling the whisky before it goes into the charcoal mellowing vats for a smoother taste.
Attention to detail, devotion to quality and passion are what American craftsmanship is all about, says Lang. “For me, it’s the essence, and that’s what I’ve captured here, and that’s why I’m so proud to partner up with them.”
In this episode, Adam travels to Cascade Hollow to learn more about how George Dickel hand made their whisky the hard way.
Carolina -6 At Tampa Bay
In a game that’s sure to grab the attention of dozens of football fans throughout the country, the Panthers are a lock. Schiano’s brand on Buccaneer Football isn’t resonating with his players. Doug Martin’s out. It’s never a good thing for a winless football team to lose one of their top offensive weapons. Factor in the lost locker room and it’s gonna be an uphill battle for the Bucs at home. The Panthers are coming off two straight wins by two scores. They should secure this one pretty early.
Pick: Panthers -6
Pick: Panthers -6
Over the past 15 months, LeBron James established himself as basketball royalty by capturing an Olympic Gold Medal, his second consecutive NBA Championship, fourth league MVP and being named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. Now POWERADE ZERO DROPS is giving athletes across the country an inside look at James’ rigorous practice regimen that helped him Power Through and elevate his game.
“LeBronTime” chronicles a typical, one-hour training session for the reigning NBA Finals MVP. The video will be housed on YouTube and obviously something of this length will tempt users to skip ahead, which presents an opportunity for James to deliver words of wisdom for athletes everywhere. Each time users try to fast forward, pause or interact with other YouTube functionalities, they’ll be served a message from James himself encouraging them to eliminate those distractions and focus on what matters: their game.
In support of LeBron’s message that there are no shortcuts to success, POWERADE ZERO DROPS provide athletes with the ease they need to stay on the court. POWERADE ZERO DROPS are simple to use, requiring only a sports bottle and water fountain, and give athletes the hydration they need to power through.
Reebok is giving out an early treat this year for Halloween. Reebok has the Pump Omni Lite “Pumpkin” for a pre-Halloween release. Looking like a Jack-O-Lantern, the Pump Omni Lite has an orange and black theme to it. These kicks will complement any costume this year.
The iconic sneaker is predominantly decked out in orange with slightly lighter orange shade in the honeycomb paneling and has contrasting black accents throughout. Orange also works the midsole, which sits atop a black rubber outsole. The date is set for these to drop on October 25 at select Reebok retailers for $120.
The Reebok Kamikaze II (pictured below) that glows in the dark will release the same date. The will sell for a retail price of $100. For more info go to Reebok.com