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February 11, 2006
2006 XX Olympics Opening Ceremony: NBC's Six Minutes of Passion, Four Hours of Fire

On Friday, February 10th, 2006, the 2006 XX Winter Olympics began in Torino, Italy. Torino (Turin in English) is approximately 90 miles east of Milan. Fifteen sports -- the biathlon, bobsled, curling, ice hockey, figure skating, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, luge, speed skating, short track, Alpine skiing, Freestyle skiing, ski jumping, skeleton and snowboarding -- will be showcased by athletes from around the world from February 11th to the 26th. On February 10th, a primary star of the show was the group of creators who brought Italy to the United States. The Opening Ceremony was broadcast in America by NBC Universal. The team who produced the four hour production, especially, the first six minute introduction to Italy, deserves an Emmy along with major accolades.

I wish anyone in the world with a television could have watched and heard NBC television introduce America to Torino, Italy.

Brian Brown and Mark Levy deserve much of the credit for setting the stage and the tone for NBC's Olympic coverage. The pair devoted the majority of their time as producers to their six-minute "opening". And you could tell. Absolutely amazing. I had tears streaming down my face from start to finish. Braugher, the critically-acclaimed, Emmy award-winning actor who plays Det. Francis Xavier "Frank" Pembleton on "Homicide: Life on the Street" and in the upcoming show "Thief" served as their narrator.

Fabulous choice!

We kept asking, "Who is that?"

If you asked the same question, now you know.

NBC's Olympic Team Creative Director Mark Levy and Brian Brown, the poetic genius, did a magnificent job showcasing Torino to all those watching in America.

Torino, a beautiful Italian city is often lost in the shadows of Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. Torino has a vibrant history, thriving culture and rich scenery.

Brown and Levy magnificently showcased Torino in Friday night's six minute introduction.

Scott Duncan, the cinematographer for "The Apprentice" and "Survivor," (and the brother of NBA star Tim Duncan) shot much of the breathtaking scenery. Stunning!

And the music. Wow. Superb.


If our kids weren't in school, we'd be booking the next flight to Italy. Thank God we get to head there in June.

To follow is how Andre majestically lured us into the images of Torino. You could almost taste the snow.

Hopefully, if you didn't see the Opening Ceremony live, you've at least TiVoed it.

For the fifty million viewers who did tune in, your participation was greater than last week's American Idol (40 million), CSI (34.5 million), The Grammys (44.3 million) and Dancing with The Stars (29.9 million).

The top twenty-five cities to tune in included Salt Lake City, Minneapolis / St. Paul, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Denver, St. Louis, Ft. Myers, Sacramento, West Palm Beach, Las Vegas, Providence, Indianapolis, Hartford, Norfolk, Columbus, Baltimore, Portland (Oregon), San Diego, Atlanta, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Buffalo, New York and Kansas City.

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October 10, 2005
Duke Study: Exercising More Often Is More Important Than The Intensity of Your Work-Out

While your jogging on that treadmill, add another ten minutes to the session rather than five times the incline, and then pick up an October 2005 copy of CHEST.

The Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Journal is reporting the results of new research done at Duke University's Medical Center in Durham, New Carolina, which speaks to the significance of how much you exercise rather than how hard you workout.

Duke's Brian D. Duscha, who was involved in the recent healthy heart exercise study, said:

People only need to walk up to 12 miles per week or for about 125 to 200 minutes per week to improve their heart health.

If you increase either your mileage or intensity, by going up an incline or jogging, you will achieve even greater gains.

People need to know: even without losing weight, you are getting significant benefits by exercising -- you're improving your fitness level, decreasing fat and increasing muscle and improving your lipid panel -- so don't stop exercising.

The other thing to realize is that people gain 3 to 4 pounds a year, so exercise is really important for weight maintenance.

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July 12, 2005
HOOAH! "Warrior-Tested" Energy Bar A Boost for U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

The U.S. Military has created an energy bar with two "missions": It can give a welcome surge of energy to any runner, hiker, housepainter, sixteen hour-a-day entrepreneur, or on-the-go mom. And it helps support the troops. What's it called? HOOAH! What's it called? HOOAH! I can't hear you! HOOAH!! The Army calls HOOAH! Energy bars "warrior-tested." The creators of this bar claim that if it can offer an energy boost to a U.S soldier in the Iraqi desert, then... more

July 6, 2005
2012 Summer Olympians to Compete in London, England: David Beckham's Star Power Shines

If you're destined to compete in or cheer on an athlete or team in the 2012 Summer Olympics, in seven years plan to pack your bags for London. On Wednesday, July 6th 2005 116 members of the International Olympic Committee placed their final votes in Singapore. The 2012 Summer Olympics are heading to England! David Beckham, one of the world's most famous soccer players, used his star power to help England win. David Beckham & Tony Blair in Singapore... more

November 19, 2004
Nike Co-Founder, Phil Knight Invites Bill Perez to "Just Do It ... Take My Job"

Nike Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Phil Knight has just done it. Four decades ago, from the ground up, he built and has "run" the shoemaker, sportswear giant. Yesterday, Knight announced that he and the Nike Board have hired William D. Perez to continue Knight and Bill Bowerman's legacy which began in the early 60's. When Philip J. Knight started selling running shoes in 1962 out of the back of his station wagon in Eugene, Oregon, even he probably did... more

October 31, 2004
World's Greatest Golfer, Vijay Singh is The PGA's $10 Million Man: Chrysler Victory is His 9th of 2004

Fijian-born Vijay Singh became golf's first $10 million man on Sunday when he won his ninth 2004 PGA Tour victory of the year at the Chrysler Championship. The Chrysler is played on the par-71 Copperhead Course at the Westin Innisbrook Resport in Palm Harbor, Florida. How much has Vijay earned this year? $10,725,166 to be exact. Second on the money list to Singh is Phil Mickelson who has earned half as much. During the final full-field event of the... more

October 26, 2004
Pedro & Manny Lead Boston Red Sox to 4-1 Victory Over Cardinals in Game 3 of The World Series: The Curse Begins To Bend

On Tuesday night, Pedro Martinez pitched eight innings of shut-out baseball while Manny Ramirez hit a solo home run, drove in another run, and threw-out a runner at the plate to lead the Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Game 3 of the World Series took place in St. Louis after the Boston Red Sox won the first two games at Fenway Park. The Red Sox now have seven straight postseason wins tying the... more

October 24, 2004
Schilling Sutures St. Louis In Game 2: Red Sox 6 - Cardinals 2

Curt Schilling On Sunday evening, Curt Schilling, with sutures holding together a dislocated tendon in his right ankle, pitched six strong innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Red Sox now lead the 2004 World Series, 2-0. Tonight, Schilling became the first man to win starts for three different teams in the World Series (Phillies, Diamondbacks, Red Sox). But it almost didn't happen. When Schilling woke up this morning... more

October 23, 2004
Red Sox Win Highest Scoring Opener In World Series History

Mark Bellhorn It took the Boston Red Sox eighteen years, but the club has notched another World Series victory by beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 11-9. Mark Bellhorn's two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning was the difference. The Red Sox won the highest scoring opener in World Series history despite making four errors. Bellhorn's homer hit the right-field foul pole at Boston's Fenway Park and scored Jason Varitek, who had reached on an error by Cardinals... more

October 20, 2004
The Boston Red Sox Nation Grand Slam It All The Way to The World Series

Behind Johnny Damon's grand slam and the Red Sox' four victories in-a-row, The Boston Red Sox Nation is heading to the World Series after beating the Yankees 10-3. I cried tonight when Boston won the American League Championship Series against the Yankees. Their four-in-a-row historic wins give them the opportunity to win The 2004 World Series. This Major League Baseball team, founded in 1887, last won the pennant in 1918. Tonight, I was overtaken with emotion because of what... more

October 18, 2004
Come To Papi: David Ortiz Wins Second Boston Marathon in One Day -- Red Sox 5 Yankees 4 in 14

In one day, the Boston Red Sox have won two games. No, it wasn't a doubleheader. Rather it was two Boston Marathons. At 1:22 a.m. this morning at Fenway Park, David "Papi" Ortiz hit a home run for the Red Sox in the twelfth inning to beat the Yankees, 6-4. Tonight, with the Red Sox' season still on the line, Ortiz again powered the Red Sox to a second straight extra-innings victory against the New York Yankees. In the longest... more

October 17, 2004
Red Sox Stay Alive On Ortiz's 12th Inning Home Run

David Ortiz hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 12th to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 6-4 victory against the New York Yankees tonight. At 1:22 a.m. Eastern Time, Fenway Park was filled to the brim with fans. After five hours and two seconds, the fans went home tonight saying it was worth every second! The Red Sox fans, who were praying and holding hands, had their prayers answered when Ortiz connected. He sent... more

September 18, 2004
Modo Has Its Mojo Back: Peter Forsberg & Swedish NHL Pros Return To Play Hockey For Their Hometown of Ornskoldsvik

Hockey Legend Peter Forsberg This Tuesday, seven-time National Hockey League All-Star, 2002 NHL MVP, and Colorado Avalanche Superstar, Peter Forsberg will leave the NHL to return to Sweden's Elite League and his hometown team called MoDo Hockey. Forsberg's father, Kent Forsberg, will coach the team, just as he did in 1994, the last time Peter played for MoDo as a "junior", prior to leaving for the NHL. Niklas Sundstrom Peter Forsberg will be joined this year (October '04 -... more

September 9, 2004
"Pim Pim" Johansson Beats Andy Roddick in U.S. Open Quarterfinals After Federer Outlasts Agassi

Joachim "Pim Pim" Johansson Tonight, the defending U.S. Open Tennis Champion, America's Andy Roddick (No. 2 in the world), was broken by Sweden's Joachim Johansson in the fifth set; two firsts for Johansson. Johansson grew up with Bjorn Borg. (His father Lief was Borg's teammate on Sweden's 1974 Davis Cup team.) However, Johansson had never played a five-set match before today. Nor has the No. 28th player ever gotten close to reaching the semifinals at the U.S. Open, let... more

September 7, 2004
After A Long Ascent Vijay Singh Surpasses Tiger Woods as #1 Golfer in The World

It took 264 weeks, but, yesterday, Vijay Singh took over as the top-ranked golfer in the world after he beat Woods at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton Massachusetts. Tiger Woods has held the No. 1 ranking since August 8, 1999, a record 264 consecutive weeks. Singh, 41, who was born in Fiji with roots that extend to India, said "I never thought I would be sitting here, the best player in the world right now." Vijay has become... more

August 22, 2004
Deena Kastor Wins Bronze In Women's Marathon

Denna Kastor Deena Kastor won both our hearts and the bronze medal in today's Olympic women's marathon. Kastor ran a smart and gutsy race, surging from 11th place in the last 10 miles to run down Ethiopia's Elfenesh Alemu for third. Today's marathon, held on the original marathon course, was the most competitive women's marathon ever with a margin of just twelve seconds separating gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi of Japan from silver medalist Catherine "The Great" Ndereba of Ethiopia.... more

August 20, 2004
Magnanimous Michael Phelps Gives Up Spot On Relay Team To Ian Crocker

Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker Michael Phelps has inspired us with his incredilble accomplishments in the pool, winning five gold medals and two bronze. Now, Phelps has inspired us outside the pool by magnanimously giving up his spot on the on the 400-meter medley relay team to Ian Crocker whom Phelps had just beaten in the 100 meter butterfly. Phelps needed to rally to beat Crocker, who held the world record and defeated him at both the world... more

July 7, 2004
U.S. Olympic Swimmer, Michael Phelps Breaks World Record in 400-Meter Trials

Michael Phelps, World Record Breaker Tonight in Day One of his U.S. Olympics trials, nineteen year-old Michael Phelps set a world record in the 400-meter individual medley. He broke his own record with a time of 4 minutes, 8.41 seconds. His previous record of 4:09.09 was set at last year's world championship in Barcelona. Phelps also holds the world record in the 200, where he has the five fastest times in history. Michael Phelps Phelps' performance and Erik Vendt's... more

June 30, 2004
She's Got Game: Maria Sharapova Meets Lindsay Davenport In Wimbledon Semis

Maria Sharapova Like Anna Kournikova, seventeen year-old Maria Sharapova is beautiful and a native of Russia. Unlike Kournikova, Sharapova has "got game." Sharapova is the youngest player to make the Wimbledon semifinals since Kournikova met Martina Hingis in 1997 when both were sixteen. Hingis beat Kournikova in the semis and won the title that year. Hingis has retired, and Kournikova has been off the tour for months with chronic injuries. Enter Maria Sharapova, who takes on Lindsay Davenport, the... more

June 14, 2004
A Fit Baby Equals A Fit Toddler Equals A Fit Child Equals A Fit Teen Equals A Fit Adult SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- Lucy Brown somersaults backward down a ramp, leaps over a mat, rolls across a platform, jumps a series of hoops, squats into a yoga pose and hops over a row of cones. And all with her diaper intact. The cherubic, grinning 2-year-old was one of eight toddlers stretching and puffing their way through yoga poses and aerobic exercises at a recent toddler fitness class at the Seattle Holistic Center. As the country's population of... more

May 19, 2004
Danny Graves of the Cincinnati Reds Encounters An Honest Man

Danny Graves of the Cincinnati Reds What would you if you found a wallet on a bus with $1,400 in cash tucked inside? Last week during a West Coast swing, Danny Graves, the Cincinnati Reds' closer, lost his wallet containing his credit cards, driver's license and about $1,400 in cash. Graves, like most of us, figured his wallet was gone forever. The man who cleaned the bus that took the Reds to the airport, however, turned out to be... more

May 6, 2004
Adidas Introduces The "Bionic Running Shoe"

The Adidas 1, courtesy of The New York Times Remember "The Six Million Dollar Man?" Well, Adidas has now applied the "We can rebuild him, make him better" mantra to running shoes. The The New York Times provides the following description: Sleek and lightweight despite its battery-powered sensor, microprocessor and electric motor, the shoe, named 1, is expected to be in stores by December and will cost $250. Adidas executives say the shoe is no gadget-dependent gimmick. Instead, its... more

April 11, 2004
Phil Mickelson & Bones Win the 2004 Masters

Mickelson Accepts The Green Jacket from Weir Phil Mickelson was all smiles during his round on Sunday at Augusta; it was as if he were anticipating a Masters victory. Who could blame him if you look at the statistics?! For thirteen consecutive years, the Masters winner has come from the final pairing. The last five majors had been won by first-time major winners. And last year, a fellow south paw, Mike Weir had won the Masters. It was as... more

April 1, 2004
Candace Park Wins Slam Dunk Competition

Candace Parker Washinton Post: In the most recent example of the evolution of female athletes, a high school girl did more than just compete against five of the best boys' high school basketball players in the nation in a slam dunk contest on Monday night. She defeated them. Candace Parker, a 6-foot-3 17-year-old from Naperville, Ill., beat a field of competitors that included at least two who could be playing in the National Basketball Association next season. "I hope... more

March 11, 2004
Amanda Beard Models Speedo's New FastSkin Suit

Latest News: 2005 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models: A Site ... Swimming Champion Amanda Beard, Photo Reuters/Peter Morgan Yahoo! News: After four years of extensive, top-secret testing on three continents, integrating computer technology used in Hollywood blockbusters, Formula One auto racing and America's Cup yachting victories, Speedo says it has developed the world's fastest swimsuit. Called the Fastskin FSII, or FSII for short, it is expected to be worn by most of the top swimmers on the U.S. Olympic team at... more

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