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Stephen Gostkowski Jersey Sale

FOXBORO, Mass. — Stephen Gostkowski hasn’t appeared in a game for the New England Patriots since late September, but he’s still found ways to help the team. The veteran kicker has remained involved with Patriots as he recovers from season-ending hip surgery, assisting however he can as New England continues to search for a reliable replacement. This guidance has been especially beneficial for rookie punter/holder Jake Bailey, who, along with long snapper Joe Cardona, has worked with three different kickers this season. That number will reach four Sunday night when newcomer Kai Forbath makes his Patriots debut against the Houston Texans. “I can’t say enough good things about Joe,” Bailey said after Friday’s practice. “And Steve’s been around, too, to help me out with all that stuff. I’ve got a lot of good specialist leaders in this room — along with Matt Slater and a bunch of the other guys — and they’re just helping me stay comfortable and stay calm. If anything, they’re just helping me out in practice. That’s where we get all of our mental and physical reps for the week, and that’s where we build confidence.” Gostkowski, who hosted the 22-year-old Bailey for Thanksgiving at his Wrentham, Mass., home, appeared in the New England’s first four games this season before landing on injured reserve. Mike Nugent initially replaced him but was cut a month later after missing three field goals and an extra point in his four appearances. Nick Folk — like Nugent, a well-traveled journeyman — was kicker No. 3. He performed relatively well in his first three games as a Patriot (7-for-9 on field goals, with his two misses coming in a driving rainstorm) but underwent an emergency appendectomy Thursday morning, rendering him unavailable for Sunday’s game. Folk reportedly is expected to make a quick recovery and could be back with the team as soon as next week, but he was released Friday to make room for Forbath, who kicked in just three games last season and hadn’t been on an NFL roster since February. This is unfamiliar territory for the Patriots, who utilized just three kickers (Adam Vinatieri, Gostkowski and injury fill-in Shayne Graham) over the previous 23 seasons. “We’ve been fortunate,” Patriots coach Belichick said. “We’ve had a lot of continuity through the years where we’ve been able to keep a snapper, holder and kicker together for multiple years at a time rather than switching them out every year, back and forth. Now, we’ve had some transition, I’m not saying that, but we’ve had sustained periods of four or five years where there hasn’t been a lot of change. “Unfortunately, there has been this year, but I think those guys (Bailey and Cardona) are doing a great job in minimizing the amount of movement and change. Certainly, having those two guys being consistent makes it a lot easier for the kicker to come and execute.” Belichick had especially high praise for Bailey, who’s already earned two AFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards and has handled kickoff duties since Gostkowski went down. “They’ve been great,” the coach said. “Joe’s got a lot of leadership, obviously, and more experience, but Jake’s mature beyond his years. He’s handled everything as well or better than I could imagine anybody at his age and his experience level handling it, from the punts to the field goals to the holding to the kickoffs. He’s done a great job for us. They’ve both played great.”

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2019/11/how-stephen-gostkowski-has-helped-patriots-amid-kicker-turmoil/

Tyrone Rush Jersey Sale

Jersey City police have arrested a man they say shot another man on July 3, authorities said.

Tyrone Rush, 35, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal attempt and conspiracy for the shooting of a 34-year-old man in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Bidwell Avenue, Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said.

That shooting was one of at least seven since June 25 that left at least 14 people with gunshot injuries, according to Jersey Journal reporting. City officials said there have been several arrests in connection with uptick in shooting incidents over the past two weeks.

Shooting incidents and homicides are down in the city in 2019, compared to previous years. City officials blamed the uptick in violence “to be largely attributable to several key individuals being released from jail recently,” Wallace-Scalcione said.

Rush was arrested on July 3 after police identified him using CCTV video. He arrested by his parole officer after being alerted by Jersey City police, Wallace-Scalcione said.

Verdi Boyer Jersey Sale

NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing to augment its storied creative reputation, the New York-based advertising agency DeVito/Verdi announced today that it has hired Preeya Vyas as its chief strategy Verdi Boyer and innovation officer, where she will be instrumental in building integrated experiences for brands that drive business outcomes and growth.

Vyas joins the agency from Saatchi & Saatchi New York, where she most recently served as chief experience officer. At Saatchi, she handled such clients as Walmart, P&G (multiple brands), American Student Assistance and others. Other past clients of note include United Airlines, GSK, Mondelez, JP Morgan Chase, Levi Strauss, and IBM. She also developed an adtech product in the contextual search space that launched in 2001.

Named one of Adweek’s “Top 50 Indispensable Players in Media, Marketing & Tech” (2018), and Campaign US’s “Digital 40 over 40″ (2019), Vyas will look to continue creating business-building, fully-integrated work, while providing strategic expertise, leading the agency to create impactful experiences based in modern approaches to media and data. In addition, she will drive opportunities for product and platform development.

“There were a few important elements I was searching for in my next move: the first was a strong creative DNA; the second was an agency that is unencumbered to create broadly with bold ideas across media, data and tech; and thirdly, the opportunity to assemble the best talent and solutions to bring those ideas to life,” said Vyas.

Voted a record six times as “Agency of the Year” by the American Association of Advertising Agencies, DeVito/Verdi has made several recent moves to expand its strategic solutions and creative output, and broaden its talent base.

This marks the second major hire in recent weeks. Last month it announced the hiring of Erin Boyer as chief marketing officer. In his new role, Boyer is melding the agency’s operations to support the broader goals of existing and prospective client partners.

“We’re continuing to find solutions for expanding our creative offerings to be perpetually in tune in an ever-changing world,” said Ellis Verdi, president of DeVito/Verdi. “Preeya will certainly accelerate our ability to bring the best solutions to solve client and category challenges.”

About DeVito/Verdi

DeVito/Verdi, a privately held company, has been recognized as one of the most exceptional creative agencies in the industry. It has been voted “Best Agency” six times by the advertising industry group, the AAAA, and has created some of the most memorable ad campaigns of the past 25 years. Its lengthy list of industry awards includes the top prizes at the Clios, Radio Mercury, Cannes, Andy, Addy and One Show award ceremonies. The agency has had a rich history of success with radio advertising, including its campaign for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which was recently inducted into the Clio Hall of Fame.

DeVito/Verdi strives for excellence and maintains a unique level of prestige within the advertising industry, as evidenced by its work for such clients as Kohl’s, The National Association of Broadcasters, BayCare Health System, Five Below, BevMo!, 7-Eleven, New York Institute of Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Sony, Canon, Duane Reade Drug Stores, BMW, 84 Lumber, Esquire Magazine, Men’s Wearhouse, TimeOut Magazine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Scripps Health, Grey Goose Vodka, UChicago Medicine, eCampus, Reebok, Legal Sea Foods, Office Depot, Appleton Rums, Pepsi/SOBE, Fallon Community Health Plan, Tribe Mediterranean Foods, Empire Kosher Chicken, Acura, CarMax, Sports Authority, Campaign for Freedom Post 9/11, Pro-Choice Education Project, Hillary Clinton for Senate, and others.

Ken Hamlin Jersey Sale

Even in the Cereal Capital of the World, there had never been a promotion quite like it.

Sure, Wheaties had used its boxes to portray individual players in the 1930s– and even a mini set of rather unexciting cards meant to be cut from the back in 1952– but the 1961 Post Cereal baseball card set was a massive undertaking.

For three years, in fact, Post was a big-time baseball card manufacturer. The launch of that first set drew the attention of the Associated Press.

The Battle Creek Enquirer, located just a stone’s throw from where C.W. Post had founded his breakfast company in the 1890s, was one of the newspapers that carried the story. It included a photo of a teenage newspaper carrier posing with the cards and boxes.

The newspaper’s story offered some insight into how the promotion came together and even the names of the people at the company who were responsible for the details like setting up which boxes held which configuration of players.

The story indicated the idea had came to fruition a year earlier. While Post had produced a small series of individual multi-sport stars on its Grape Nuts boxes in 1960 that are rare today, the baseball card set was a different animal.

Post executives had invested significant resources in producing fresh photographs, text and stats, not to mention the logistics of designing and printing the cards on the backs of boxes that were often varied in size.

Fred Smart and F. Kent Mitchell, Post Products Division-General Foods, with 1961 Post cereal boxes in the background.
“There have been baseball trading cards printed as wrap-in premiums before, but never in the merchandising field has any company before assembled, photographed, engraved and printed 200 likenesses of as many players from one year’s major league teams,” wrote Jack Lefler, a business reporter for the Associated Press who hammered out the story in June of 1961.

Lefler reported that Post had put 400 million cards on the backs of its cereal. It’s an almost unfathomable total but considering how common Post cards are these days, it’s safe to say a fairly sizeable number of them have survived to this day. Lefler also stated that the company told him they didn’t short print Mickey Mantle, as was apparently the rumor at the time.

Post Cereal back panel baseball cards 1961

The story mentions the opportunity to send in two box tops and a dime for a team set of your choice. It also detailed the infamous faux pas that came from the error that initially labeled players from the newly formed Minnesota Twins as “Minneapolis.” As we wrote awhile ago, Post used the “goof” as an extensive marketing campaign in Twin Cities newspapers.

And if you’ve never noticed, the company put in what Lefler referred to as a “sly plug” for Post’s home turf. The 1961 Post Cereal card of Ken Hamlin reads that he “hails from Battle Creek, Mich., Cereal Capital of the World.”

I.M. Hipp Jersey Sale

LINCOLN — I.M. Hipp was no different from any other 18-year-old out on his own for the first time, realizing that Lincoln was a long way from all that he knew back in Chapin, South Carolina.

And after Hipp finished his freshman football season at Nebraska, the brunt of his first Midwest winter chilled him to the bone.

“I came with a pair of jeans and some flannel shirts,” Hipp said, “and the first winter it was, like, 65 degrees below wind-chill.”

The I-back went to coach Tom Osborne and said he didn’t think he could take it. He was going back to South Carolina.

“He told me, ‘Think about it, Isaiah, because we love you, and I think you’re a great player,’” Hipp said. “I said, ‘Coach, I just don’t know.’ But I spoke to my great-grandmother, and she said, ‘God has put your feet on the path, and I don’t think you should change your mind. It would not work out to your benefit.’ And I stayed.”

Hipp remembers finding an appropriate coat at a department store on O Street. He let the rest take care of itself.

After redshirting in 1976, he became one of the most famous walk-ons in program history and the first Husker to post back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Even with turf toe limiting him as a senior in 1979, he would leave NU with a school-record 2,814 rushing yards — still good for No. 10 on the all-time list.

Hipp has lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for the last 17 years working in property management, maintaining apartment complexes for a real estate company. He took up golf about 10 years ago and is currently a 2 handicap, once firing a 68 at his home course (Heron Ridge Golf Club).

It has been a while since Isaiah Moses Walter Hipp has been back to Lincoln, but he still follows Husker football, and his oldest daughter, Jandra, is married to former NU and Green Bay Packers cornerback Erwin Swiney.

More on football, golf and the name that is hard to forget:

Q: What finally got you on the golf course when you were almost 50?

A: A contractor was on site doing some patio doors and windows and invited me out. My response was, “You lost your mind?” I was out there in my jeans and boots. Played 18. But just like everything else I’ve done, I put my mind to it and my body and my soul, and it came to fruition.

Q: Were you ever known as I.M. Hipp before coming to Nebraska?

A: It was always Isaiah. It was not until (former NU sports information director) Don Bryant came up with it.

Q: What do people call you now?

A: I.M. or Isaiah. Or Pops.

Q: How was a kid from a small town in South Carolina so interested in Husker football?

A: There was a rivalry within the neighborhood. Oklahoma was always No. 1 back then, and if not them it was Nebraska. And if not us, Michigan or Ohio State. It was on Thanksgiving Day (the 1971 NU-OU game), and everybody in the community was going, “Oklahoma, Oklahoma.” I said, “OK, I’ll go Nebraska then.” And we won, and from then that’s when I wanted to go there.

Q: You not only didn’t have a scholarship but hardly had the money to get here. How again did you make it?

A: There was a high school sweetheart, and I worked in a Manpower program at the time, and we came up with the money. A plane ticket at that time was $97. My great-granny gave all she could. We paid for the ticket, and I got on the plane, and it was only a one-way ticket. There was no option for me not to make it.

Q: What was the reception like when you showed up as mostly an unknown?

A: The letter came to me in Chapin and said meet in the auditorium on the second floor on the south side of the stadium, so just like everybody else that’s what I did. After everybody left, I was still there. Coach (Mike) Corgan happened to come back in and said, “How can I help you?” I said, “I’m here to play football.” He went out and came back in with Tom, and they said, “Sorry, we don’t have your name on the roster. What is your name?” When they asked me what position I was here to play and I said running back, they said they were going to try me at wingback. I said, “That’s not going to work.”

Q: You hung 254 yards on Lee Corso in your first career start (vs. Indiana in 1977). You think he still remembers that?

A: Ah, I’m sure he does. I went back to get inducted into my high school hall of fame, and there was a player named Jerry Bowers who played with me in high school (and at Indiana), and he remembered that. That was a segment of his speech, that he remembered the 254, but he made sure to point out that I had no touchdowns.

Q: How did it go splitting the workload with Rick Berns in 1977 and ’78?

A: It was great. At one time, we played or tinkered with the wishbone and, believe it or not, tinkered with the veer, too. We would practice with the wishbone but only did it in one series in the spring game in ’78.

Q: Would it have worked?

A: It would have worked perfectly. Tom Sorley and Jeff Quinn would have ran it perfectly. Tom had run the veer in high school, and Jeff ran the wishbone. Then Andra Franklin at fullback. He ran something like a 4.5 40. And with Rick and I … oh, Lordy.”

Q: Did you have any idea what turf toe was before 1979?

A: It was very confusing to me. In the Iowa game, I thought I stubbed my toe against somebody. Then, when I got back, the doc said it was a bruised sesamoid. The ligament under the big toe was inflamed. After that game, that Saturday night, my foot swelled up like a balloon. They tried to work with that special cap for my toe for me to push off, but the pain was excruciating, and I couldn’t. Then it developed into gout because of calcium buildup around the joint.

Q: What do you remember about visiting with Bear Bryant after the Nebraska-Alabama game in 1977?

A: I remember walking across the field, and I remember a fan of ours came out of the stands and took his hat. He said, in that deep Southern voice, “I.M., don’t worry about it. I got many of those. They come a dime a dozen.” Actually, he wanted to know how did I get past them and all the way to Nebraska. He said, “Did you ever think about coming to Alabama?” I said, “You all wrote me a letter wanting me to visit, but my heart was with Nebraska.”

Q: Were you interested in lifting before you got to Lincoln or did that all start with Boyd Epley?

A: I lifted in high school. I bought some free weights, the plastic ones with the cement in them, and built my own squat stand, built some other racks. Everything was homemade. In order to be the person I wanted to be physically, it was something that I always had to do.

Q: What was behind wanting to lift on game days?

A: I would work my legs. I felt that it would help to strengthen my knees and give me more endurance. I felt energetic. It’s almost like some people believe in getting an hour of rest before a game. Me, I believed in working out. As soon as we’d get to the stadium, I’d put my pants on, come in and have George (Sullivan) tape me, then I’m in the weight room.

Q: How did that go over?

A: They put a big sign up, a poster up, that said: “I.M., Stay Out of the Weightroom.” But I would still go, and George or Snitzy (Paul Schneider), one of the trainers, would find me and kick me out. Or Osborne would come in and catch me.

Q: Do your three daughters care about all these old stories and all of Dad’s accomplishments?

A: They do, but not so much, and I try not to lavish so much in it. But when we go out in public and somebody finds out who I am, and they want to start talking about it, then they hear it.

Q: Are you glad the Husker walk-on program is still alive and well?

A: I’m glad it’s back to where it should be because I understand that, I think it was Coach (Bill) Callahan, he wanted to do away with some of it. Without that tradition, a lot of players would have not had that opportunity. A lot of great players would not get that opportunity.

John Duff Jersey Sale

In his 2018 debut music video “Girly,” singer-songwriter-director John Duff is seen imitating some of music’s biggest pop icons, replicating the shot-by-shot choreography of Madonna’s “Hung Up” video and Mariah Carey’s gesticulations and eyelash-batting in “Heartbreaker.” It was impressive, like Duff had been practicing his whole life. And, well, basically he had been. In the case of Britney Spears’ “Stronger,” he’d been mirroring Spears’ choreo since grade-school summer camp.

For the hip-pop mid-tempo “Rich,” his follow-up to “Girly” released in September, the 30-year-old performer created a satirical and celebratory commentary on pop culture’s love-hate obsession with the rich and famous, in part by impersonating Kim Kardashian’s internet-breaking, butt-exposed cover shoot. Duff, who graduated with a B.F.A. in musical theater from Syracuse University, also currently stars in “Cubby,” his film debut that its director, Michael Blane, describes as a story about “three different generations of men looking for acceptance and love.”

When I connected with Duff recently, he had just gotten acrylic nails and was feeling “very Marilyn Monroe-Mariah Carey, like helpless, like I can’t pick things up with this hand.” He clanked his nails on a table for me to hear over the phone while we talked about making a place for himself in the music industry after believing there wasn’t one for him, experiencing homophobia from Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul on “The X Factor,” and being understood.

How did you end up here? Is this what little John Duff envisioned for himself?

I started as a talent show kid because there aren’t really outlets for an artist when you’re in third grade, but I think my idea was to always be a performer. Growing up in a suburb of Baltimore, there weren’t many opportunities to really be on a stage, so I did get into public speaking, I did get into musical theater, and those became my main outlets. Then, of course, I went to college for musical theater, graduated, did shows in New York for years and then found my way to Los Angeles to write music. The rest just made sense to me. I like the big imagery of the old days, and people who really were doing something, not just … well, I don’t know what the other people are doing, honestly. (Laughs.)

Who are the other people?

(Laughs.) Just, you know, all the other artists that I’ve kind of been a little bewildered by. For the generation that uses the word “iconic” more than anything, I think we have some of the least iconic imagery that’s existed in pop music in the last couple of years.

Growing up, you were a Janet, Madonna and Mariah fan, and so you do seem to have an appreciation for an era when real artistry flourished.

Well, it’s not just real artistry, it’s also budget that they put into everything. My sisters are 43 and 45, so I had them in high school driving me around when I was in first grade, second grade. And my sister had (Mariah Carey’s) “Fantasy” CD single and I stole it from her.

Did you start imitating Mariah and other pop icons in your youth?

Yeah. I spent most of my time in my basement, and I had Janet Jackson’s video collections and Michael Jackson’s “HIStory” video collection, and I had Mariah’s live Thanksgiving special and I was an “American Idol” kid, so I had all these things on tape and I would just watch and watch and imitate. When it came to start performing in talent shows, I think I wanted to do Britney Spears just because I could really dance then, but my parents were very insistent that I stick to the classics, so I did Elvis and Frank Sinatra. Michael Jackson was the first time I was allowed to bend a little. I mean, I didn’t have friends until junior year of high school – that was the first time I had any semblance of a social life – so it was just me, by myself. So I know the words to every song. I’m like a savant.

In 2018, you posted a video of you singing a song you wrote called “Thoughts and Prayers” to YouTube, and I think I was surprised to find out that you can actually sing, only because I don’t expect much from gay Instagram.

Oh yeah. I kind of had fun with that when “Girly” was just coming out by letting people think I was going to do something stupid and then once it came out I think a lot of people wrote it off as a fluke, which is like, go off. You can totally do that. Because I know what I am. With “Rich,” we’d done the video a while back and the song is like – god, my manager’s gonna kill me for saying all of this, but it was never my favorite song, but the imagery made such sense to me. So it was sort of supposed to follow up “Girly” right away, but we were having some issues with the original producers of the song because not everyone in Hollywood is nice, I don’t know if you knew that.

So I’ve heard.

(Laughs.) They’re not all in it for the art of it, that’s for damn sure. And so we had a lot of issues, and it took some time, but I ended up getting to work with Alex Delicata, who’s a great producer and has created songs that are some of my favorite songs, and he really turned that one around. So in terms of production, I love it. Very happy. But I’m really happy for everything that’s to come.

What’s to come? Is there a full album on the way?

At this point I would say that I can genuinely look at my playlist of songs that I’ve created and we have about 30 that I think are good enough to stand in their respective realm. We’re trying to hone in on what exactly the introductory sound is, and “Girly” and “Rich” have kind of set that up. But I think the next moves get a little more specific in terms of who I am and what my inspirations are and what I want to be.

Are you still figuring that out? And as a pop artist, is authenticity important to you?

Well, that’s the thing: I’m a very, very layered human being like everybody else is. I guess I am actually a very deep-feeling and -thinking person, so that’s kind of a hard thing to cover off the bat. I think I’m being very authentic to my ideas, my wit and parts of myself in terms of the next couple of things we’re putting out, and there is sincerity there. But it’ll be a minute before I get to really give you some of the depth of my humanity.

Well, it took seven years before we got Mariah’s “Butterfly” album, where she went her deepest musically.

Sure, yeah, and we know that some of Mariah’s really great, serious, deep works were written long before they came out or had been in the works for years, and so I’ve got three songs on here that I’m like, “Oh my god, these are game-changer.” They’re so important, but they’re not for right now. It doesn’t make sense to lead with them. And my parents really don’t understand that. Because they heard all of my music and they’re like, “What about this one?” There’s this ballad that they just – it’s about death and I’m like, “How the hell am I gonna put out a song about death after ‘Girly’ and ‘Rich’?” It’s just not gonna happen.

What does your mom and dad think about the video for “Rich”?

My dad told me this: “We like the video.” They prefer “Girly,” though. “Rich” is melodically cocky and hip-hop-y and their generation just doesn’t understand that at all. Like, swag doesn’t process for them and that’s fine.

You’ve expressed some frustration with the industry. Is it hard to convince these industry heads which songs you think should be out at this current moment in time?

Absolutely. I say it all the time and we know this is common talk around town: Nobody knows what is going to work now. Now, 10 years ago? Sure, they knew. Twenty years ago? They definitely knew. But no one could’ve ever predicted (Lil Nas X’s) “Old Town Road” would’ve been the biggest hit of all time. So there’s a lot of people whose literal job it is to try to predict what’s gonna happen.

Does being an out gay artist add to the challenge?

It’s really weird. It’s weird because we just all get compared to each other. We’re looking to get on the same public interviews and the same whatever and that’s probably how you end up getting compared is the same people are promoting you. So being an out gay artist, I don’t personally think it helps or hurts me. I don’t know about everybody else. And I don’t even know what I mean by that (laughs). I can only speak for myself, I guess, is what I mean.

Have you ever experienced any kind of homophobia in the industry?

Absolutely. Look, in 2011, I was on “The X Factor,” Simon Cowell’s show. And of course this was not aired on television, but within three seconds of being on stage he asked if I would’ve preferred to have been born into a female’s body. This was 2011, so there was no representation. I think Sam Smith had just come out with a single, and I don’t think he was gay. It was super hard for me to go on a show that’s run by the same people who are selling those records and have no comment on my talent whatsoever. Paula Abdul called me “strange.” What was strange about me? That I was gay.

Did you challenge her on that?

No, I didn’t because I had just graduated from musical-theater school, so the whole training is, “OK, thank you,” “OK, thank you.” Looking back, I would’ve been like, “You know what, Paula, this is a singing competition. Why don’t you come up here and we can sing ‘Straight Up’ and we can see who’s better, me or you? Because you calling me strange is a high compliment, because if I’m strange to your whack-ass… .” I mean, the strange thing is that she sang flat on her records. (Laughs.)

Being a Paula fan, this seems like something that must’ve been difficult for you to hear.

Especially standing on stage in front of an audience of 4,000 with your family watching. Everything about it was mortifying.

I’ve read that you were told that you would fare better in this industry if you played up your masculinity. At what point did that happen?

We shot this music video that’s about to come out, and I’m not playing a girl in it but I’m very androgynously behaved. I don’t know, it’s just the mannerisms I wanna give. It’s a little diva energy. And we went back and added another scene to play up masculine whatever because I think the song is the most mainstream I’ve done, but is it just so we can make it easier for other people to digest? Sure. Sometimes it’s like, “Oh, you’re handsome so you should be doing it this way.” I’ve been told by other people, “I see you being like a Sam Smith,” and it’s funny because they bring up a gay person. Well, Sam Smith is already doing Sam Smith.

There are also a lot of people who say I shouldn’t be playing up my gayness in my videos. I view it like drag, sort of. It’s just who I am when I’m performing. Not that there’s not elements of it in my life. Like, I’m standing next to a giant Mariah Carey portrait in my living room; I’m not pretending that I’m a jock when I’m off the field. I’m the one walking around with acrylics. Had ’em for two weeks. So all the other girls using their press-ons can have fun, but, you know, I’m committing to this.

Also, we can’t be more complex that just one thing now?

What it is, and I’ve talked to my therapist about this: There’s this desperation currently to find identity within separation rather than within what makes us similar. People are desperately clinging to anything that keeps them misunderstood, and for me, I would be happy to be understood. I’m happy for people to see me and say, “Yes, I relate to that.” For me, it’s been the most rewarding part of being who I am. And some days I wanna put on a pink shirt. That I wanna do the Mariah Carey “Heartbreaker” video doesn’t mean anything more than I wanna do the Mariah Carey “Heartbreaker” video.

Art Strahan Jersey Sale

HALLSVILLE — East Texas ladies looking for a fun night of fellowship and shopping in one of the area’s most scenic venues can take part in the upcoming second annual Le Femme II: Ladies Night Out event set for Nov. 22 at Walker’s Mill Vineyard in Hallsville.

Hallsville’s winery and event center, Walkers Mill Vineyard, hosted the first Le Femme ladies night event last November and this year’s event is set to have more than triple the number of local vendors for the Christmas shopping extravaganza.

The ladies not only get to shop some of the best local businesses and vendors in East Texas, they get to do so in one of the area’s most picturesque settings.

“This event is going to be much bigger than last year’s event,” Walker’s Mill Vineyard Special Events Coordinator Hayley Smith said on Thursday. “We wanted to make this year’s event bigger and really maximize the space we have here in our event barn. We also wanted to give our customers a variety of local vendors to choose from so it will be a true, one stop shop event for Christmas.”

Smith said vendors from Deep Relief Massage, Edible Art, Defining Grace Boutique, Street Licious, Blissful Baskets, and many more will be on site for the event, offering holiday gifts for men, women and children.

“You can get stocking stuffers, presents for teachers, gift baskets for men, women or children,” Smith said. “We will also have raffle drawings throughout the event for a free massage, gift cards, and the top raffle prize is a four hour venue rental of the event barn at Walker’s Mill Vineyard for an event scheduled Monday through Thursday. The prize is valued at $3,000 and excludes other fees.”

There will also be a complimentary bar at the shopping event offering up three delicious drinks, including martinis, frozen margaritas and sangria.

DJ Ben Weinert of BK Entertainment will be on the outdoor porch area with music.

“Our biggest goal is to get people out to the venue to let people know we are there and we are also very big on supporting local vendors,” Smith said. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Tickets to the event are $15 each and include one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets are available for purchase at $1 each with a limit of five additional tickets per person.

The vineyard, owned and operated by Hallsville couple Adriana and Art Strahan, was originally constructed for their daughter’s wedding in 2016.

The couple now run the vineyard and event venue and have it open to the public.

In addition to the two story barn, complete with a kitchen, restrooms, deck and two balconies, the property also boasts a scenic walking trail through East Texas’ towering pines and a pond.

“Our event center is here for more than just bridal rentals,” Adriana said. “We also host corporate events, birthdays, family get-togethers and events like tonight. We’ve hosted a team building event for LeTourneau University, an event for East Texas Credit Union, and we had the debutantes here. The barn has a capacity for 350 people.”

Adriana said the Hallsville community has embraced the vineyard, but she and her husband want it to be so much more than just a business.

“Before anything, this is a ministry for us,” Adriana said. “We want our faith to shine through in everything we do here.”

For those interested in enjoying dinner or brunch at Walkers Mill, the vineyard is located at 13983 FM 449 in Hallsville and can be reached by phone at 903-619-0012.

Jerry Crafts Jersey Sale

The Franklin County Annex Building at 839 Dinah Shore Blvd. in Winchester was not in its usual government headquartering format Friday and Saturday, looking more reminiscent of a carefully planned arts and crafts shopping area.

The Southern Tennessee Ladies’ Society Jerry Crafts held its Holiday Market throughout the former high school building with the main hallway strategically geared to move shoppers through the facility in front of all the boutique-style arts and crafts the fair had to offer, setting a festive tone for the gift-giving season.

Sandi Mackey, Holiday Market chairperson who also handles the organization’s publicity, said 58 total booths had been set up to accommodate 50 exhibitors with some occupying two spaces.

The event’s objective is to raise money for the STLS Scholarship Foundation which has benefitted 71 students from Franklin, Coffee, Grundy, Lincoln and Moore County high schools with a total of $209,000 in scholarships raised since its inception in 2009.

The STLS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All proceeds from the sale of booth spaces, food items and goods sold in the showcase booths benefit the STLS Scholarship Foundation.

Mackey said she was hoping that the Holiday Market would be able to add about $4,000 to the fund to benefit future students.

She said the Holiday Market serves a two-fold purpose — in addition to raising scholarship money, it allows arts and craft vendors an opportunity to showcase their items and allow the customers to share in unique offerings. She added that the fair promotes a local economy, unlike internet-derived sales.

“It’s wonderful,” Mackey said, adding that vendors from as far away as Crossville were at the event.

Susan Weir’s booth was called “Forever Faithful by Susan” and offered boutique jewelry items.

Weir, from Dunlap, said it was worth her time and effort to venture over to the other side of Monteagle to participate in the Holiday Market.

She said Friday afternoon that the turnout looked good, considering it was a work day with Saturday still to go when many residents would not be at their jobs and would be able to visit the event.

“I feel very happy with it,” Weir said. “I love the community feeling of the small-town atmosphere here, and the people are wonderful. They come by and really support the event.”

Larry and Sherry Wendland from Tullahoma said they enjoyed the opportunity to market Larry’s hand-turned writing pens made from exotic wood.

Sherry said the couple may be retired, but they keep active with the pen-producing operation.

“I love it,” she said, referring to the Holiday Market. “This gets me out of the house, and it’s a lot of fun.”

The couple agreed that they enjoyed interacting with those attending the event.

Jerry and Ann Lendley, also from Tullahoma, were showcasing their predominantly agate jewelry on behalf of their business, “Jerry & Ann’s Rocks.”

They said they attend 10 or 12 craft fairs a year, but the Holiday Market is one of the best they’ve experienced. The Lendleys said they plan to make repeat appearances.

Debra Mahler, Sadie Chandler, Charlotte Brown and Tina Roth are STLS founders and charter members.

They agreed that the Holiday Market and other STLS fundraisers serve a worthy cause.

Roth provided her assessment.

“It means a lot of kids get into college who couldn’t get there otherwise,” she said, adding that the organization’s fundraisers are well worth the effort.

Brown echoed Roth’s statements.

“It’s great because we help high school students who don’t have the funding to go to college,” she said. “It feels good to be a part of that.”

Chandler said in addition to creating educational opportunities, STLS involvement promotes fellowship among its members.

“There is wonderful camaraderie for the women who are involved in this,” she said.

Mahler agreed.

“It’s a wonderful way for us to get together for a good purpose,” she said.

Chandler said Mahler has been the driving force behind the organization’s formation and its efforts.

“She’s been a wonderful leader,” Chandler said.

The Holiday Market also attracted musical talent with patriotic singer and songwriter Angela Lashley participating to promote her musical career with “So Brave” CDs available and to simultaneously sell her unique champagne candles and vintage jewelry items.

Lashley resides in Nashville after honing her musical skills in her native Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She said the Holiday Market was enjoyable.

“It’s great to get the chance to participate in this,” she said, adding that it was great mingling with the people who attended the event.

Jimmy Smith Jersey Sale

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has worked his way back from so many injuries that he’s become the resident expert on the subject in the Baltimore locker room.

It’s a title Smith could do without.

Only twice in his nine-year NFL career has Smith played all 16 games. He’s had to rebound from a torn Achilles tendon, a sports hernia, at least three concussions and a strained lower back.

“Those injuries, they weigh on you a little bit,” Smith said Wednesday. “But you just keep fighting.”

The Lisfranc foot surgery that Smith endured in November 2014 enabled him to provide insight and advice to rookie receiver Marquise Brown, who arrived in Baltimore while recovering from the same operation.

“Jimmy went through what I had so he was always encouraging me and telling me that it was going to get better,” Brown recalled. “He let me know what I was going to feel next.”

Smith sugarcoated it. In truth, it’s an injury that keeps on hurting long after the recovery process has been completed.

“I know what he’s going through as far as every time he wakes up and it’s cold outside that thing hurts,” Smith said. “I’ve been in his ear, letting him know he’ll get over it eventually.”

Brown played in the opener against Miami, a game in which Smith sprained his right knee. As Smith was nearing his return, Brown sustained a high ankle sprain — an injury Smith endured in 2011 and 2016.

Again, Smith was in position to share his knowledge on the subject.

“Just having someone like that you can talk to is very helpful,” Brown said.

The 31-year-old Smith entered this season hopeful to put his injury-riddled past behind him, but his optimism was buried in the first half of the first game. While he had every right to groan ‘here we go again,’ Smith ended up thankful that he would be back in 2019.

“I was kind of nervous it was an ACL or something really serious,” he recalled. “I knew how much it would impact my career, just being an older guy and all that and my history. But finding out it was a strain and I could come back, it definitely boosted my spirits.”

Smith missed six games before coming back last week to help the Ravens beat the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. He chipped in with three tackles and knocked away a pass.

“It felt great for a number of reasons,” Smith said. “I hate being in the training room, obviously. But it just felt good to go out there and play and help win a game against a good team.”

Just another rehab with a happy ending. Seems like Smith has been doing it forever.

“Jimmy has done a great job of fighting through those things,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s had some misfortune with some of that stuff and he’s always done nothing but battle back. It’s commendable.”

Smith’s most notable return came in 2012, after he interrupted his season to have sports hernia surgery.

“I tore one side and just kept playing through it, but when the other side went it was a little too painful to twist and run and all that,” Smith said. “We had a real shot at going to the Super Bowl that year. I really didn’t want to get that surgery but I needed it to perform well.”

He returned in mid-December after missing five weeks. Not long after that, Smith had a tackle and knocked away two passes to help the Ravens beat the 49ers for the championship.

“Thank God we ended up going to the playoffs and making it that far because I think the really only game I impacted when I got back from that was the Super Bowl,” he said.

The Ravens might have a shot at winning it all this season, and Smith is in position to play a role.

At least for now.

Notes: The Ravens signed receiver and kicker returner De’Anthony Thomas to the 53-man roster. Thomas returned 13 punts and seven kickoffs for the Kansas City Chiefs this season. “We anticipate him having a lot of possibilities for roles,” Harbaugh said. Cornerback Maurice Canady was released.

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Frank Youso Jersey Sale

Falls’ Youso, a former NFL player, to benefit from settled lawsuit
For as long as the recently settled class-action lawsuit against the NFL, filed on behalf of retired players now plagued by concussion-related brain injuries, had dragged on, International Falls’ Frank Youso wasn’t terribly optimistic that a reso…
Written By: Louie V. St George III | Dec 22nd 2016 – 9am.
International Falls’ Frank Youso spent two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
For as long as the recently settled class-action lawsuit against the NFL, filed on behalf of retired players now plagued by concussion-related brain injuries, had dragged on, International Falls’ Frank Youso wasn’t terribly optimistic that a resolution was imminent.

“They’ve got so much money that they just keep pushing it aside,” the 80-year-old Youso said by phone earlier this month of the richest sports league in the world.

Less than a week after Youso spoke those words, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the league’s $1 billion settlement that covers more than 20,000 former players.

Youso and his wife, Evelyn, joined the lawsuit about five years ago.

He played for the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders, then a member of the American Football League. In 1958, the year Youso was drafted in the second round by New York, he appeared in the NFL championship game – the “Greatest Game Ever Played” – where the Giants lost in overtime to Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts. After three years in New York, the Giants released Youso so he could play closer to home, with the expansion Vikings. The offensive tackle became the first player ever signed by the Vikings, butted heads with coach Norm Van Brocklin for two seasons (1961-62) and, following a short-lived retirement, spent his final three years with Al Davis and the Raiders.

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Youso says he tore up both knees in Oakland – an injury to the right one ultimately ended his career. Today, he says, “I can’t feel anything in either leg, from my knees down to my toes.”

While those health issues are debilitating in their own right, more concerning is the effect of countless head impacts Youso endured on the field.

According to the complaint: “As a result, Youso has experienced cognitive and other difficulties including, but not limited to, headaches, dizziness, loss of memory, dementia, depression, fatigue, sleep problems, irritability, and neck and cervical spine arthritis and associated numbness/tingling.”

He says his neurosurgeon has told him he has signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

“If I’m going to get something in the garage, I have to go back about three, four times before I remember what it is,” Youso said.

The NFL estimates that “6,000 former players – or nearly three in 10 – could develop Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia,” according to the Associated Press.

Youso is a 1954 graduate of International Falls. He went on to play football at the University of Minnesota.

He says his first salary in the NFL was $8,000, plus a $2,000 bonus. When he retired from the Raiders, he was making about $14,000. The recent settlement with the league stipulates that the average payout will be about $190,000, but that is dependent on several variables, including age and playing experience. Because Youso is 80, his payment will be significantly less.

He hated to see the lawsuit repeatedly shoved to the backburner, not so much because of what it meant for him but because others needed the financial assistance.

“I know people, people that I played with, who are worse off than me,” Youso had said. “They’re just hoping this comes through and they get a little money.”