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Kate Upton has done it again using her voluptuous body to snag the 2013 cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.  This is the first time for a supermodel to score back-to-back covers of the issue since Tyra Banks did it in 1996-97.


The theme of the issue is seven continents.  Upton’s shot was done in Antarctica and she was the only model sent there, because apparently her curves would come through in the photos if they needed to cover her up a bit due to the cold. Fortunately for us all, not much was covered up – even though she probably shows less skin on the cover than most of the models in the magazine (remember last year’s barely there bikini?!).

SI gets props for conducting the first ever fashion photo-shoot in Antarctica and, more importantly, not being afraid to put a girl with curves on the cover.

The Super Bowl is over, but Saturday Night Live still has plenty to poke fun at over the blackout during the highest rated television program.  The blackout was a surprise to all, but the broadcasters felt the most pain as we saw their true selves.  Clearly, one too many hits to the head left these former NFLers a bit blacked out themselves.

For some, you probably feel as though this is how these guys sound even when the game is going strong…and for the most part you aren’t wrong.

imagesSure, it is cold and dreary and it is only Tuesday, but trust me your day was not worse than U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn’s nightmarish afternoon.  One of the faces of the U.S. Olympic team, and maybe the hottest face in the red, white, and blue, hit the slopes today  for the world championships in Schladming, Austria.  Things were looking good as she started taking her first turns around the flags then, it all went down…

(hope you turned down the volume on that one and just enjoyed the priceless expressions…)

Vonn was airlifted to a local hospital where she reportedly tore her ACL and MCL, and broke a bone in her shin.  With her knee in shambles, Lindsey will be cooped up in a hospital for the near future eating goulash and wiener schnitzel.  Initial reports say that she should make a full recovery in time for the 2014 winter Olympics, which begin a year from now.

In case you missed last night’s Super Bowl because (a) you were enjoying beautiful Sunday sunshine or (b) you were too busy stuffing your face, here is what you may have  missed:

  • The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31, but will be better known for almost losing the game allowing the 49ers to get back in it after being down 28-6.
  • The 49ers owe their comeback not only to dark horse youngin’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but also the 35 minute blackout delay in the Superdome.  This Super Bowl once known as the Harbaugh bowl (because the head coaches are brothers) will now be remembered as the Blackout Bowl. Unknown
  • The blackout is being blamed on either the fact that the city of New Orleans still hasn’t recovered from Katrina or as a mechanism for New Orleans Saints fans to get revenge on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his sanctions on the team this season as a response to Bountygate.  Yet, here was my favorite tweet re the blackout: Jon Sukarangsan ‏‪– “Next time my girlfriend is winning an argument, I’ll just throw the circuit breaker and give it 35 minutes ‪#superbowl47”
  • Joe Flacco, the QB for the Baltimore Ravens, won the MVP award.  Yet, he will likely be better known long term for getting overpaid as he renegotiates his contract next season.  He is likely to receive top dollar at approximately $20 million per season, when he is classified as a good, but not great QB. images-1
  • The commercials were a disappointment, but the top awards go to Go Daddy’s Perfect Match and Samsung’s Next Big Thing.  What was your favorite?
  • Beyonce was a hit – and as far as we know she didn’t lip sync the entire show.  The highlight was the reunion of Destiny’s Child with renditions of “Bootylicious” and “Independent Woman.”  Yet, unfortunately for Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, they are only going to be Beyonce’s backup dancers in the long term. images

Now that you have your Sundays back, take the time to visualize Beyonce’s body onstage just one year after giving birth to Blue Ivy.  With all this free time you should get yourself one of those leather leotards to squeeze into by the start of the 2013 NFL season.

Meet Sloane Stephens – Serena Williams’ little sister…


No, they aren’t related, but they sure do have a lot in common as African American teen tennis phenoms.  The difference is Sloane always idolized Serena and has just taken a large step to dethroning her role model.

Sloane upset Serena yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.  The momentum of the match went back and forth like the ball across the net, but it was Stephens who appeared to be the more mature competitor ready for the next step.  Serena was up to her usual antics of intense frustration, including breaking a racket on the court, while Sloane stayed composed even when Serena took an injury break for her back.  The pressure didn’t phase Sloane and she is therefore getting the win and opportunity to knock out her idol en route to the semifinals to face the number one seed in the world, Victoria Azarenka.


Despite her talent and composure, you’d think that after beating the all-time greatest black American tennis player on the world stage that Sloane would be at a loss for words over her accomplishment. Instead, Sloane showed she is still a teenager claiming after the loss that she hopes to have more twitter followers!  She clearly is succeeding in the social media universe, because in April 2012 she only had 5,000 followers and was reported as aiming to have 30,000 by the end of the year – a lofty goal.  Well, as of today, Sloane is pushing 45,000 followers, an accomplishment, but in my opinion, one that should be a footnote to her win over legendary Serena.