Susanna Baird - AOL News
Cliff Forrest Sr. didn't approve of his 10-year-old son spending $8,500 on a Super Bowl ring.
He does, however, approve of his son returning the ring to its original owner, retired Chicago Bears defensive tackle William "The Refrigerator" Perry, who has struggled in recent years with a debilitating disease and, according to ESPN, alcoholism.
Perry captured fans' hearts in the mid-'80s, when he catapulted to sports fame with the Bears. But off the field, Perry was putting away six-packs with remarkable ease and gaining weight as well. After Super Bowl XX his career declined, and he retired in...
Steve Pendlebury - AOL News
Americans have been singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" for nearly 200 years, and still the lyrics can trip up any performer, amateur or professional. To mark Thursday's 80th anniversary of the song being declared the official national anthem of the United States, here's a video review of some star-spangled hits and misses.
How Well Do You Know the National Anthem? [VIDEO]
Opinion: Oh, Say, Can You See How Awesome Our National Anthem Is?
Sure, everyone knows the melody. It's from an 18th-century English drinking song. The words are from Fra...
Ray Glier - AOL News
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did a story Sunday talking about the impact economically of a new, open-air stadium for the Falcons. The newspaper came to the same conclusions as many people.
The stadium would be a big benefit to the Falcons, but not such a big financial benefit to the city or taxpayers.
The reporters talked to local and national economists and they agreed that a $700 million stadium is not going to create this mecca of jobs and an economic gold mine. There would certainly be a benefit to the thousands of construction workers out of jobs with the recession, as well as a boo...
David Knowles - AOL News
It's now a Super Bowl-caliber battle in Wisconsin.
Current and former members of the Green Bay Packers are lining up against Gov. Scott Walker's attempts to strip state workers of collective bargaining rights and have signed a letter in support of the AFL-CIO's actions, Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel reports.
Curtis Fuller, Chris Jackie, Charles Jordan, Bob Long, Steve Okoniewski, Brady Poppinga and Jason Spitz all signed a statement on the ongoing standoff between teachers and other state employees hoping to block Walker's plans. Here's the letter to the governor:
We know that it is team...
Michael David Smith - AOL News
Chris Doleman was an eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end who topped 150 sacks in his NFL career and was named a member of the 1990s NFL All-Decade Team. And yet every time his name comes up for consideration on the Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot, he's voted down?
Why? Doleman thinks it's because he never played on a team that won the Super Bowl.
"Some guys, they get a couple of Super Bowls and they are ushered in," Doleman told the Pioneer Press. "I don't know if one guy wins a Super Bowl by himself."
Doleman makes a very good point: Super Bowl rings are often discussed as if they're indiv...
David Knowles - AOL News
It's a crazy, mixed-up world.
Following what has become a Grammy Awards tradition, the show's producers announced this year's mashups in which artists spanning different genres and generations will share the stage for one-of-a-kind performances.
While the collaborations can sometimes result in inspired moments, as was the case when Lady Gaga and Elton John teamed up at the 2010 Grammys, just as often they disappoint (see the show's cringe-worthy all-star tribute to Sly Stone).
This year, the mashups include some fairly intuitive pairings: Dr. Dre will reunite with Eminem, and Bob Dylan will...
Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Groupon is pulling its Super Bowl ad featuring Tibet -- as well as ads that feature endangered Brazilian rainforests and whales -- after backlash against the spots.
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason, in a blog post on Thursday, said the company will stop running the ads as soon as possible.
"We hate that we offended people, and we're very sorry that we did -- it's the last thing we wanted," Mason wrote. "We've listened to your feedback, and since we don't see the point in continuing to anger people, we're pulling the ads."
Mason noted the company thought it was poking fun at itself, "but clearly the...
Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Pepsi may need to can this marketing plan.
The beverage company has unveiled its new "skinny" can for Fashion Week, a "taller, sassier" take on the classic soda can that the company calls a "celebration of beautiful, confident women."
"Our slim, attractive new can is the perfect complement to today's most stylish looks, and we're excited to throw its coming-out party during the biggest celebration of innovative design in the world," PepsiCo chief marketing officer Jill Beraud said in a statement.
But as some consumers embrace the new can, critics including the National Eating Disorders Asso...
John Oehser - AOL News
Jim Irsay has learned from one of his fellow owners' mistakes.
Irsay, owner and chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Colts, said despite next year's Super Bowl being scheduled for Indianapolis he won't spend the offseason openly talking about the Colts making the game.
Jerry Jones did as much last off-season as North Texas prepared to host the Super Bowl and his Cowboys began the season 1-7 and finished 6-10.
"Honestly, I don't even think about that," Irsay told Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. "I'm focused on doing whatever it takes that gives us the best shot to win this yea...
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