February 7, 2013
Greg Beckler simply smiled when his daughter, Raelyn, asked what colors the Baltimore Ravens wear. The 3-year-old didn't know much about the Ravens. But Beckler said Raelyn was excited when the Ravens held on for an emotional victory against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. It wasn't just emotional for the Ravens. It was also meaningful for Raelyn and her family. That's because friends of the family held a special party, naming it, "Ravens for Raelyn," Sunday at Mike Mackellar's Shady Canyon home in Irvine.
January 30, 2013
The Harbaugh brothers and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis are popular stories leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. The stories are hardly important to Greg and Rebecca Beckler of Orange County. Their attention is on Raelyn Beckler, their toddler daughter who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia a year ago. However, the Big Game remains relevant in their lives. That's because friends and family are ready to support Raelyn with a Super Bowl party on Sunday. Mike Mackellar, one of the Beckler's friends, has offered his Shady Canyon home in Irvine as the site of party central for the NFL championship game that features the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens.
January 22, 2013
CureDuchenne, a Newport Beach-based nonprofit that funds research into a form of muscular dystrophy, is auctioning off two tickets to Super Bowl XLVII, courtesy of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. The package, which is valued at $5,000, includes Matthews' two terrace-level tickets to the game Feb. 3, plus four nights at the Best Western French Quarter Landmark Hotel, according to the nonprofit's website. Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects one in 3,500 boys and is the most common form of muscular dystrophy, the website says.
January 28, 2012
Super Bowl week is a convention of Americana. It has transcended the narrow genre of football to become a gathering place for corporate, media, entertainment and political figures who will descend on Indianapolis this week. The general rule is that if you have suspicions that a celebrity is in front of you then it is definitely that person. Major corporations rent out hotels for their executives and other employees. Massive amounts of commerce takes place. And then there are the parties.
January 16, 2012
Newport Beach resident earns assignment as side judge for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Newport Beach resident Laird Hayes learned Monday that he would be on the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, Ind. Hayes, a former Orange Coast College men's soccer coach in his 16th season as an NFL official, will be the side judge on the seven-man crew. It's the third Super Bowl assignment for Hayes, 61, who also worked Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002.
February 4, 2011
Harry Pemberton didn't need to pay for two tickets to Super Bowl XLV. It's fair to say he talked his way into the big game. Pemberton, a longtime Orange County resident who has lived in Newport Beach the past 11 years, won the tickets by becoming the champion of the "Smack Talk Your Way to the Super Bowl" contest at http://www.fanschoice.com . Pemberton left for Dallas on Friday to watch Sunday's matchup of the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Green Bay Packers. After the game there will be an MVP, but before the game, Pemberton, 47, became the Most Valuable Smack Talker.
January 31, 2011
Leigh Steinberg has plenty of reason to celebrate during his upcoming Super Bowl Party in Dallas. It's Super Bowl XLV, but for the Newport Beach resident whose fame came as a sports agent, it's Steinberg Party XXV. Because his party is in its 25th year, Steinberg is doing his best to make it memorable. His parties have been known for their extravagance and attention to charities. He wants to turn it up a notch. Amid all the fun, which he often refers to as, "a three-ring circus," Steinberg will honor his friend, Gabrielle Giffords, the U.S. Rep. who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head suffered during a shooting at a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.
June 29, 2010
If one judges a man by his friends, Gil Wayne was one of the wealthiest men to walk the Earth. He was defined by his relationships with his much-loved extended family. Born in Los Angeles on Aug. 1, 1926, and a long-time resident of Orange County, Gil passed away peacefully at home June 21, 2010, surrounded by family and friends. Gil graduated from UCLA in 1950, a proud member of Tau Epsilon Phi. He worked with his father as they created the greatest street sweeper company of its day, Wayne Manufacturing, Pomona.
February 17, 2010
Some might say that the New Orleans Saints football team has long been the sporting soul of a city that has suffered so much. On Sunday, less than five years after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans — and considering that the Saints nearly moved out of town permanently not long after Katrina — the franchise won its first Super Bowl. Many people in New Orleans, which is still recovering from Katrina, compared the team’s championship game victory to a miracle and a sign of the city’s resurrection.
February 16, 2010
Some might say that the New Orleans Saints football team has long been the sporting soul of a city that has suffered so much. On Sunday, less than five years after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans ? and considering that the Saints nearly moved out of town permanently not long after Katrina ? the franchise won its first Super Bowl. Many people in New Orleans, which is still recovering from Katrina, compared the team?s championship game victory to a miracle and a sign of the city?