Posts Tagged ‘Super Bowl’

Got $1,000 Bucks For A Helmet Signed By Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers?

February 7, 2011

We’re not sports fans, but we will give a shout-out to the Super Bowl winners, the Green Bay Packers, since we have a pack of cheesehead pals in the Sheboygan, Wis., area.

Home shopping networks jumped-to once the big game’s final score came in, with QVC’s Dan Wheeler repeatedly pointing out that the Pennsylvania network was the official TV retailer of the NFL. All the networks were claiming they had “official” and “authentic” wares.

HSN's $600 autographed Super Bowl helmet

This memorabilia wasn’t cheap, folks.

The priciest item was a Super Bowl XLV Champions Packers Autographed Pro Line Helmet, which sold for $1,000.

Here’s what you got for your $1,000 greenbacks:

Top off your favorite team’s run for the Super Bowl with this pro line helmet. Handsigned by Aaron Rodgers and decorated with Super Bowl XLV and Packers logos, it captures the excitement of Green Bay’s fourth Super Bowl victory. From Mounted Memories.

Includes an individually numbered, tamper evident hologram from Mounted Memories. To ensure authenticity, the hologram can be reviewed online. This process helps to ensure that the product purchased is authentic and eliminates any possibility of duplication or fraud.

Limited Edition of 50

QVC’s A One-Time Only Value, was an autographed football, or an autographed replica helmet, each selling for $600.

Here’s the description for the football:

Football history–right at hand. Autographed by quarterback Aaron Rodgers or linebacker Clay Matthews, this Super Bowl XLV Champions authentic footbal is sure to bring back memories from the entire season, as well as the Big Game, for years to come. From Mounted Memories.

Includes an individually numbered, tamper evident hologram from Mounted Memories. To ensure authenticity, the hologram can be reviewed online. This process helps to ensure that the product purchased is authentic and eliminates any possibility of duplication or fraud.

Limited Edition of 500

HSN's Steelers Super Bowl ticket and coin collection sold out at $700

Down in Florida, HSN was peddling an Aaron Rodgers Handsigned Super Bowl XLV Replica Helmet for $600.

Here’s the scoop on that:

Aaron Rodgers has led the Green Bay Packers to another Super Bowl victory. Rodgers, who took over for the legendary Brett Favre, was very instrumental is bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay. Celebrate this victory with a handsigned replica helmet. What a conversation piece for your den, office, “man cave” or anywhere Green Bay Packers fans gather for sports and good times.

Even the losers’ stuff was selling. HSN sold out of its $700 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Ticket and Game Coin collection.

We Visit “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”‘s Brownstone For A Super Bowl Party, And Why We Cheered For The New Orleans Saints

February 8, 2010

The Brownstone is owned by Real Jersey Housewife Caroline Manzo's (second from left) husband. She and her sister Dina (far right) are married to brothers.

We just got back from a great Super Bowl Party that was held at the Brownstone in Paterson, N.J.

If you didn’t watch Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” then that doesn’t mean anything to you.

But if you were a fan, like us, you know that the Brownstone, a beautiful catering hall, is owned by the husband of “Jersey Housewives” Caroline Manzo, whose sister Dina was also on the hit reality show. Some scenes from “Housewives” were shot at the Brownstone.

We looked, but didn’t see, either of the Manzo sisters, who are married to brothers.

The Super Bowl party, held by New Jersey State Rep. Dave Russo, R-40th District, was more like a wedding, with several hundred people. The room was huge, with beautiful table settings and down-and-dirty Super Bowl food — mini-hamburgers, sausage and peppers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, cotton candy, you get the idea.

We were invited by dear friends who are friends of Assemblyman Russo. We helped out by selling raffle tickets at the shindig, and had a hunch that we would win something (we are aligned with the source). And we did win item No. 28, our lucky birthdate number, which was a gift basket with various cheeses.

We left after halftime, and got home in time to see the New Orleans sail to victory. In between munching on fattening french fries, we had been rooting for them.

First of all, the hell with the Colts, they beat the New York Jets. But more importantly, we love New Orleans.

In our prior life, we were assigned a story to go down to NOLA just about two months after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The story was to not only describe how Cox Cable in New Orleans got its system back up and running after the deadly storm, but to convey the emotional impact this tragic disaster had on Cox employees.

We loved New Orleans and had been there often before Katrina. And the resolve and resilence of the Cox crew post-Katrina was inspiring.

These are people who, after being evacuated to Baton Rouge, watched Katrina on TV and broke into tears when they recognized flooded areas and realized their homes were under water.

One Cox dispatcher, still inside the Big Easy, saved more than 100 people by rescuing them with his duck boat.

After the storm the Cox GM, Greg Bickett, at one point was trying to get his operation in order while also arranging for the body of one of his employee’s relatives to be moved from a street downtown to a mortuary.

“It was just this Kafka-esque kind of moment,” Bickett told us back then.

Katrina had done more than $115 million in damage to Cox’s New Orleans system, and we wrote a series of stories on the cable company’s comeback, including this one and this one.

The Cox folk took us to areas the public was still barred from, and we stood on New Orleans’ Ground Zero, on the very spot where the levees breeched.

Congratulations Saints! New Orleans is back indeed.

And for those who come here solely for the dish on home shopping, here’s a tidbit for you: QVC is selling Saints’ Super Bowl merchandise like hats and HSN had items like a Saints fireplace screen for sale.

Over at ShopNBC, the official NFL Super Bowl gear includes a football signed by Drew Brees for $500.

MTV Programming President Tony DiSanto Spins Like A Top To Defend ‘Jersey Shore’ in Hollywood Reporter Interview

December 10, 2009

The “Jersey Shore” shit storm doesn’t end.

For those who want to hear the president of programming at MTV, Italian American Tony DiSanto, offer his lame excuses for the show, here’s his spin in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

We ain’t buying it baby, but as Fox News says, you decide.

And for the first time ever, we think, we agree with Gawker’s take on the controversial show, which was shot in Seaside Heights, N.J. “Jersey Shore” has been accused of slurring Italian Americans, and Gawker says the program is a disaster from a ratings and advertising standpoint, with two sponsors already pulling their spots.

But contrarian Wall Street analyst Rich Greenfield of Pali Research sees the show as a winner for MTV and its parent Viacom.

“Jersey Shore” has cumed more than 12 million viewers since its debut a week ago, according to Greenfield.

He noted that NBC’s “The Today Show” did a three-minute segment on whether the show goes too far, and that Twitter has been buzzing about the reality show.

“MTV always seems to be at its strongest when when its programming is the most shocking or controversial,” Greenfield wrote in a report Thursday.

Yeah, like that great MTV-produced segment at the Super Bowl when Janet Jackson flashed a nipple. That went over real well with viewers and federal regulators.