Mr. Fancy Pants

I listen to ESPN radio while I’m driving, and all the talk earlier in the week was about Cam Newton’s pants.

Cam-NewtonCam Newton, for those of you who don’t watch football, is the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers–one of the teams in the Super Bowl.

Cam Newton is one of if not the most controversial players in the NFL.

Football fans either love him or hate him. Nobody’s neutral. And given that he’s the odds on favorite to win Most Valuable Player, everyone who watches football knows who he is.

I’ll admit that at first I didn’t like him. But then Richie talked me out of my narrow-mindedness and encouraged me to enjoy Cam Newton for what he was–a man who loves life and loves football and isn’t afraid to show his joie de vivre.

He has his signature poses for first downs…

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 15: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 15, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

He does a dance called the “Dab” after scoring a touch down…

And he wears flamboyant pants that sell out hours after he shows them off…

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Love him or hate him, you won’t have a hard time finding him in a crowd. 🙂

From the Washington Post

Cam Newton took fancy pants where other pros dare not go

By Leanne Italie | AP February 3
NEW YORK —

Lots of athletes have style, but could they rock the Cam pants?

Super Bowl 50 is just days away and already has a breakout star: the $849 Versace skinny pants of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Newton was snapped Sunday in the zebra stripe, gold swirl rocker pants as he boarded a plane to California, immediately setting off a frenzy on social media and among TV talking heads.

We know Newton likes his flashy shoes. We know he can pull off a bushy foxtail hanging down one hip, but those tight, hair metal pants came straight out of left field. Would other pros dare to try?

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, fond of old school rock, great tuxedos and a little cool, fun experimentation in clothes, said there will be no rocking of Cam pants for him.

“I don’t know if many people can, but I know he enjoyed wearing them,” Harvey smiled Tuesday night at a fashion presentation by designer John Varvatos during a round of men’s shows in New York.

He was joined at Varvatos by Eric Decker, a wide receiver for the New York Jets — and another underachiever when it comes to football’s most famous pants.

“Oh, I don’t know if I could rock those pants but Cam definitely put a statement on Super Bowl week for sure,” Decker said.

How about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady?

“I don’t know if Tom would. I’m sure he could. He could rock anything,” Decker said. “I haven’t seen him in skintight pants like that yet so that would be a new style for him.”

Brady’s fellow Patriot, Julian Edelman, took in the rock-themed Varvatos show as well. The Patriots missed out on Super Bowl 50, but he considers himself a Cam pants contender.

“The Cam pants? … If you go out with a confidence I think I could. I think I could,” Edelman smiled.

As for Brady, he added: “Tom could rock anything. He’s Tom Brady.”

Newton kept the look classy up top, pairing his fancy pants with a V-neck sweater, a tie and some gold-tip shoes. His black leather motorcycle jacket added extra oomph.

So what’s the word within the fashion industry? We asked football fan Tommy Hilfiger to weigh in.

“I think he’s very cool,” the designer said ahead of his own fashion presentation, “and I think he’s not only an iconic athlete but he’s a fashion icon as well. People look up to him.”

The Panthers meet the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Could Newton’s nemesis, Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning, succeed in similar pants?

“Uh, I think Peyton might be a little old for them,” Hilfiger said, “but Peyton has rocked quite a few great things over the years.”

I Want One!

Called a Onewheel, this is a Segway, unicycle, and skateboard all-in-one!

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And I want one BAD!!!!!!! Just think how quickly I could tire Sophie out on our walks… 🙂

From RideOneWheel.com

Self-Balancing

Solid-state inertial sensors and algorithms balance the board around the wheel.

Intuitive Control

Hands-free. Just lean forward to drive forward, back to stop and press your heels or toes to turn.

Hub Motor

With only one moving part, a revolutionary new type of brushless hub motor provides power and reliability.

Freedom to Roam

State-of-the-art lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries provide extended ride time. Ultra charger charges in well under an hour.

From CNN.com

Super Bowl + 9

Apparently there is a correlation between Super Bowl Champion cities and increase birth rates nine months afterwards… 🙂

From CNN.com

NFL scores with ‘Super Bowl Babies Choir’ commercial

By Remi Merhi, Special to CNN

The highly anticipated Super Bowl 50 commercials have been preceded by a spot the NFL released Monday to remind fans of the excitement that a Super Bowl can bring.

The “Super Bowl Babies Choir” commercial features babies, children and adults who were born nine months after their parents’ favorite team won the Super Bowl. According to the NFL, birth rates in winning cities increase nine months after the big game. The ad also shows snippets of reactions to past wins to show the excitement that could have caused this surge.

The “Super Bowl Babies” come together in choir form, each wearing apparel of the team responsible for their conception, and sing to a parody of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” with Seal himself singing along.

The combination of the adorable 2014 Super Bowl babies and cute lyrics left viewers praising the commercial.

The ad also prompted some viewers to ponder whether they might be a Super Bowl baby as well.

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The commercial is successfully getting fans excited for the 50th Super Bowl between the Panthers and the Broncos. Now the only question is whether there will be a surge in birth rates in Charlotte or Denver nine months from now.

Two Toots for Yoga

I went to my first yoga class at the YMCA yesterday.

It was marvelous and very different from what I expected.

The class was entitled “Restorative Yoga”. This type of yoga combines slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching.

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Rather than changing quickly from pose to pose, we held each yoga pose for about ten minutes.

Within the hour-long class, we completed about five poses. Focusing on passive stretching, the poses were very restful.

Mature woman doing yoga

 

I loved it and I will take the class again and again.

All of the poses we did involved forward ‘folding’ and ‘bending’.

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Because I had just returned from a five-day trip, my guts were churning because they virtually stop working while traveling.

Unfortunately for those near me, I tooted a couple of times.

I tried to cover them up with a cough, but I don’t think I was successful.

Farting-in-yoga-class

Oh well… I will just put my yoga mat next to a new victim at the next class.  🙂

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Here’s a brief description (from about.com) in case you are interested to learn more about restorative yoga:

Restorative yoga is something completely different. It’s about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour.

During these long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since props are used to support your body instead of your muscles. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.

In restorative yoga, props are used extensively to support your body so that you can hold poses for longer. Postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining.

For instance, a seated forward bend – paschimottanasana (see above) can become restorative by placing a bolster or several folded blankets on top of your legs so that your forward bend is fully supported with the entire torso resting on your props.