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“Every Little Thing Turned Out All Right” By Stephen King

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New York Times best-selling author and fervent Red Sox fan Stephen King had the following to say about his favorite team winning the 2013 World Series and what it means to Boston:

“It’s not much, just a little reggae tune sung by the late Bob Marley, but during the three home games of the 2013 World Series, Boston fans belted it out with a fervent conviction “Sweet Caroline” will never match. It may well outlast the tenure of Shane Victorino, batting hero of the Series-clinching Game 6. Hearing the Faithful roar the chorus before the Flyin’ Hawaiian banged his third-inning double off the greenie brought gooseflesh to my arms and a lump to my throat. It wasn’t just about the game. All those Boston voices were actually singing to each other: “Every little thing gonna be all right.”

I have puzzled long and hard about my devotion to the Red Sox — in good times and in bad — and how it relates to the jewel city of the New England where I have spent almost my entire life. All I can figure is that there’s a powerful kind of transference going on. We bear the frustrations (as in the miserable 2012 season) and celebrate the victories (no more sweetly unexpected than this year, when the baseball swamis almost unanimously picked the Blue Jays to finish first and the Sox to end the season in the cellar) because they are us and we are them. No player has grasped this better than David Ortiz, who said — before famously proclaiming Boston our [expletive] city — “This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston.”

Under normal circumstances, sports are just a welcome diversion from our ordinary lives, and when the local teams win, we take a little bit of that victory to ourselves, bask in it for a day or two, then move on. This World Series was different, and not just because the final out was recorded on home turf for the first time in 95 years. It restored balance to a city that was hurt and frightened (but not cowed, never that) by the vicious crime that occurred on April 15. Half a year later, at another sporting event, there were no explosions, no deaths, no innocent bystanders maimed by flying shrapnel. Instead, almost 40,000 voices rose to repudiate anger, violence, and the darkness that always threatens: “Every little thing gonna be all right.”

On the night of October 30, 2013, it absolutely was. How [expletive] great is that?”

LINK: The Boston Globe

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Rookies iPhone App: Create Your Own Personalized Baseball Cards

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The iPhone Rookies App puts nostalgia into your fingertips. Whether it’s creating and sharing your personalized baseball cards on every social platform or purchasing a wax-sealed pack of your cards on premium retro stock, your collection will be the envy of your friends!

The FREE App allows you to:

Create: Snap a photo, customize colors and insert text onto the front and back in one of the many retro baseball card templates.

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Print: Purchase a wax-sealed pack of 20 cards on premium, two-sided recycled card stock for $12.99 plus shipping — delivered to your doorstep!

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Trade: Distribute your unique creations across social platforms or gift a real card to someone special.

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Coming Soon: Additional front and back templates (including statistics-based backs for the next year’s Little League season).

Download the app HERE.

Here are some samples that I created within a few minutes featuring my best friend Don’s son Asher and my daughter, Eliana.

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The $12,900 Basketball

To commemorate the September 4th reopening of Hermès 12,000-square-foot Beverly Hills boutique (434 N. Rodeo Drive) that’s undergoing renovation, the brand is rolling out its first-ever basketball for a whopping $12,900.

Hermès has turned out footballs and soccer balls in the past, avoiding its signature orange in favor of a California-chic, cool blue for the bull calfskin ball that’s made using the same hand-stitched technique as Hermes’ coveted Birkin bags.

“It represents the sky, the ocean and all the beautiful pools that are a way of life in L.A. and Southern California,” says Robert Chavez, Hermes U.S. CEO, who says that the exceptional quality of the leather as well as the artisanal craftsmanship account for the ball’s price.

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Pixar Night At AT&T Park On May 20th

The Giants and Pixar Animation Studios are proud to bring the first ever “Pixar Night at the Park” to AT&T Park, during the 2013 season! Your special event ticket package includes a ticket to the Monday evening game versus the Nationals, and a special Pixar-themed Giants t-shirt! Additionally, every special event ticket holder gains access to the Pixar pre-game party in Seals Plaza from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Mike and Sulley from the upcoming film, “Monsters University” will be in attendance at the pre-game party, unique artwork from Pixar’s archive will be on display, and a raffle (with Giants and Pixar items) will be taking place, with every special event ticket holder receiving one (1) complimentary raffle ticket! Please make sure to arrive early as Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, will be throwing out the First Pitch! Bring out the whole family for a fun-filled evening celebrating two of the Bay Area’s most celebrated forms of entertainment: Pixar and the Giants!

Get a special event ticket package to get a Pixar-themed Giants t-shirt and access to the Pixar pre-game party in Seals Plaza. Find out more HERE.

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Watch All Of The 2013 Super Bowl Commercials

Click HERE to watch all of the 2013 Super Bowl Commercials. What was your favorite?

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One World Futbol

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For every virtually indestructible One World Futbol you purchase for $40, The One World Futbol Project will give a second ball to a community in need through organizations working in disadvantaged communities such as refugee camps, war zones, disaster areas and inner cities.

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bellicon Color Edition 44” Rebounder Review

Do you remember the feeling of jumping on a trampoline as a child, the sheer pleasure, the sense of freedom and exhilaration? I have found that feeling once again. For the past few months I have been researching creative and fun exercise alternatives in lieu of a regular boring gym routine. One piece of equipment really piqued my interest, known by loyal fans around the world as the Porsche of all rebounders, the bellicon Color Edition 44” ($679) and I finally got a chance to see what all the fuss is about. Throughout the years I have owned numerous rebounders ranging from $70-$300. All of these rebounders shared some common drawbacks, namely that the mats and springs frequently wore out and needed replacement, jumping for a prolonged period of time was tough on joints, but most annoying was the squeaky noise, sure to bother anyone within earshot. However, my biggest pet peeve with these less expensive rebounders was the leg attachments.  After a period of time the screw thread connectors got stripped and were no longer durable and safe to use.

My bellicon arrived last week. I knew immediately upon taking the bellicon out of its box that this rebounder was unlike any that I had ever seen before. The frame is constructed with German precision made of solid steel and the mat is made from high-quality polypropylene rather than nylon or canvas. The mat is held into place with customizable bungee bands (5 different elastic bungee cords based on 5 body weight classes up to 440 lbs.) instead of typical metal springs found on most other rebounders.  What I really appreciated upon assembling the 6 legs was the attention to detail and fine craftsmanship. The screwing leg mounts were solid and deep, lined up easily and screwed into the frame effortlessly. The bellicon sits noticeably higher than traditional rebounders (approx 13” versus 9”), but this additional height coupled with the highly elastic bungee bands, makes for a dynamic jumping experience, where you are able to get more air and the brief experience of weightlessness. One of the very best benefits of the bungee design is that not only does it allow for a cushioned smooth jump which is kind to your joints, best of all it is silent, not a squeak to be heard. The bellicon comes with a workout DVD that includes: Introduction, Safety & Setup, 20 Min Beginner’s Workout, 10 Min Advanced Workout, 25 Min Advanced Workout, 10 Min Pilates Workout, Balance & Coordination Workout, and finally a Stretching Sequence. The DVD is led by Katherine & Kimberly Corp from Pilates on 5th, NYC and there is definitely a workout for every type of fitness enthusiast. What is the one exercise that you will want to do every day? The one that is fun and fun it is!  I put my bellicon right next to my bed, and it has been the first thing that I have done upon waking up and before going to bed each night. It feels so good to use, is a wonderful stress reliever, and best of all, it is so enjoyable, not just for me my kids cannot get enough of it as well. This is the one piece of equipment in my house that is guaranteed to be used daily and not sit idly in the corner collecting dust like so many well intentioned exercise purchases of the past. You can choose from two models, the bellicon color edition and the bellicon Premium, which has a stainless steel frame.  Each comes in 39, 44 or 49 inch models, each also comes with a choice of screw-on or folding legs. You can customize your own bellicon here. (Reviewed by Meredith Fire-Hess)

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Bookbike

Bookbike ($3,600) is a hybrid bike rack and a bookshelf by BYografia. Perfect for those with no space to spare but have to keep their bike indoors. The Book Bike comes in opaque chalk white or iron grey.

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Beyoncé Will Perform During Super Bowl Halftime Show

Beyoncé will perform during halftime at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on February 3rd. While an official announcement is expected Wednesday, Beyonce posted the below image to her Tumblr mimicing eye-black, which football players use to stop the glare from the sun.

It will be the second Super Bowl appearance for the superstar: Beyoncé sang the national anthem in 2004 when the NFL held its championship game in her hometown of Houston. This year’s Super Bowl will be the first held in New Orleans since 2002, and will certainly be one of the most watched television events of the year.

 

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Nerf Firevision

Nerf Firevision ($10-$20) is a new lineup of sports gear that uses microprism technology to make things visible even at night. Whether you’re playing football, basketball, or just bouncing a ball, all you need are a pair of Firevision glasses to see the action up to 100 feet away.

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