This is a picture I thought I'd never see at a football game. The regular NFL referees returned to the field in this Thursday night game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns. Now I guess we can quit complaining about guys who don't know what they're doing, and get back to complaining about guys who Do know what they're doing.
Today is "One Hit Wonder Day", to honor all those singers that were lucky enough to record a hit song. Here's a list of some of those Wonders:
"In The Year 2525" - Zager & Evans
"Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry
"Don't Give Up On Us" - David Soul
"You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone
"Baby Come To Me" - Patti Austin & James Ingram
"Shake You Down" - Gregory Abbott
"When I'm With You" - Sheriff
"Nothing Compares To You" - Sinead O'Connor
Singer-songwriter Jewel has penned numerous lyrics empowering women after heartbreak and loss, and now she hopes to do the same for breast cancer survivors.
Jewel's latest song, ``Flower,'' was written to raise awareness about the importance of breast reconstruction options for breast cancer survivors. The singer is heading to New Orleans next month to perform ``Flower'' and other hits at a benefit concert for the cause.
Jewel told The Associated Press she was surprised to hear a lot of breast cancer survivors are not informed about their breast reconstruction options. She said proceeds from online downloads of ``Flower'' and her Oct. 29 concert in New Orleans will go toward breast reconstruction-related research and to the charitable care of breast reconstruction patients.
Tickets for the concert go on sale Today.
New York is the first City to pass a rule banning super-sized sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. The measure places a 16-ounce cap on bottled drinks and fountain beverages sold at city restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts. City health officials say the ban is necessary to combat a deadly obesity problem in this country. New Yorkers say the rule is gross government intrusion. It is not the governments job to regulate what we eat or drink, and the huge question now is, what's next?
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AND NEW ORLEANS HORNETS ANNOUNCE RAFFLES TO BENEFIT GULF SOUTH CITIZENS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE ISAAC
The New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets announced today that the teams will host two raffles to form a relief fund in the wake of Hurricane Isaac and the ensuing damage caused to the Gulf South. The announcement was made by Saints and Hornets Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson.
“As we have shown before in trying times, we will band together and help our neighbors when they need support,” Benson said. “Nearly everyone that lives in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were negatively impacted in some way, shape or form by Hurricane Isaac. While we are excited for the start of the 2012 season, it is with a heavy heart that we witness what our neighbors are dealing with, whether it is significant damage to their homes, disruption of employment or having to leave their homes because the storm was so destructive.”
The Saints package will include a suite for 20 people for the Sept. 23 match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs with catering provided by Centerplate. The winner will also receive 20 pre-game sideline passes for the game.
The Hornets package will feature two floor seats and a pre-game player meet-and-greet for the Nov. 7 game against Philadelphia, as well as VIP parking and two courtside club passes that include food and beverage. In addition to taking in a Hornets game, the winner will also receive two tickets to the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, Texas. The All-Star Weekend ticket package will feature the 62nd NBA All-Star Game, as well All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm. Saturday night’s festivities will include a skills showcase comprised of Haier Shooting Stars, a competition featuring NBA and WNBA players, and NBA legends; the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. The winner will also receive a two-night stay in Houston courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel.
Tickets are $2.00 with a minimum purchase of five, and can be purchased at www.saintsgulfcoastrenewal.org. The deadline to buy raffle tickets for the Saints package will be Wednesday, Sept. 19, while the final date to purchase tickets for the Hornets package will be Thursday, Oct. 25.
In addition to the raffle, the Saints and Second Harvest Food Bank will host a food drive at this weekend’s home opener against the Washington Redskins. Fans can donate items at the upper level exterior concourses at the entrances of Gates A, C, E, and G, as well as Gate A Ground’s East Island. Donations will also be taken at each entrance of Champions Square. Fans can also make monetary donations at all food donation locations.
Hurricane Isaac, a slow-moving tropical system, made landfall on August 30, 2012 and severely impacted the Gulf Coast region, including New Orleans, for the better part of 48 hours. Neighboring communities of New Orleans, such as Plaquemines Parish, LaPlace, Braithwaite and Madisonville, among others, were particularly negatively impacted by Hurricane Isaac.
“The Gulf South region has demonstrated its strength and camaraderie during tough times,” said Saints and Hornets Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc. “Following Hurricane Isaac, there is a need to help ease the struggles of those in the region and we are committed to helping those affected recover and maintain the ability to provide for themselves and their families.”
In recent years, the New Orleans Saints, under Benson’s direction, have raised significant relief monies for the victims of Hurricane Katrina (2005), as well as those affected by an oil spill in the nearby Gulf of Mexico (2010) that resulted in the team raffling off an official Super Bowl XLIV Super Bowl ring, with over $1,000,000 dollars being distributed to various charities.
DETAILS OF THE HURRICANE ISAAC RELIEF FUND RAFFLE
*The official raffles, which feature $2.00 tickets, will present the opportunity for the winners to receive one of the below packages
• Suite for September 23rd game against the Kansas City Chiefs (20 tickets)
• Twenty (20) Pregame Field Passes (visitor’s sideline only)
• Catering Provided by Centerplate
• Two (2) Floor Seats for November 7th game against Philadelphia
• One (1) VIP Parking Pass
• Player Meet-and-Greet prior to game
• Two (2) Courtside Club Passes (food and beverage included)
• Two (2) Tickets to the 2013 NBA All Star Weekend in Houston
• Two-nights (Saturday and Sunday) at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston
*Winners will be announced on the final day of entry for each raffle.
*Tickets are just $2.00 each (minimum purchase of five tickets)
Those purchasing raffle tickets will be helping the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Hornets in their efforts to help those affected by the Hurricane Isaac. Tickets start at just $2.00 each. The patented concepts and technologies of Celebrities for Charity Foundation ("CFC") and net.Raffle.orgs are being used to conduct this raffle and tickets are only available online at the web site: www.saintsgulfcoastrenewal.org.
While you must be 18 years of age, or older, to purchase a ticket, which the entrant will need to prove prior to being certified as the winner, CFC's ordering process and rules allow the entrant to gift their tickets to another person, which may or may not be a minor. However, it is important to note that regardless of whether or not the entrant gifts his or her tickets to another party, the entrant will still need to prove that he or she is 18 years of age, or older, prior to the ticket holder being certified as the winner. Furthermore, it should also be noted that neither the entrant nor the gift recipient, if tickets are gifted, need to be present at the drawing to win, as the winner will be notified.
About one-third of adults in 12 states weigh so much, they are considered obese -- not just overweight, but obese -- with Mississippi topping the list. This is the eighth consecutive year that Mississippi has had the highest percentage of obese adults in the country. Of the 30 states that have the highest rate of adult obesity, 26 are in the Midwest and the South.
That's the word from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which annually co-author a report that tracks the percentage of obese adults state-by-state based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The state with the lowest rate of obesity is Colorado. Here's a shocking fact: Not a single state had an obesity rate above 20 percent in 1995, but today all 50 states have topped that number.
The top 10 fattest states in the U.S. and percentage of obese adults:
Mississippi: 34.9 percent
Louisiana: 33.4 percent
West Virginia: 32.4 percent
Alabama: 32 percent
Michigan: 31.3 percent
Oklahoma: 31.1 percent
Arkansas: 30.9 percent
Indiana and South Carolina (tie): 30.8 percent
Kentucky and Texas (tie): 30.4 percent
The top 10 skinniest states in terms of weight and percentage of obese adults:
Colorado: 20.7 percent
Hawaii: 21.8 percent
Massachusetts: 22.7 percent
New Jersey and the District of Columbia (tie): 23.7 percent
California: 23.8 percent
Utah: 24.4 percent
New York, Connecticut and Nevada (tie): 24.5 percent