There has been lots of fun news from Blaine and around the Twin Cities in the past couple of weeks. Since it’s Monday, and I think we can all use some fun to counteract that fact, let’s dive in.
Santa’s flight crew lives in St. Paul
We’ll bet you didn’t know that, but it’s true, at least according to Animal Planet. They have the video to prove it (and some pretty annoying ads as well). It’s the live reindeer cam feed direct from the Como Zoo in St. Paul. Unless they’re scratching their antlers against a tree they really aren’t all that exciting to watch but the kids might get a kick out of it.
Santa occasionally sneaks in to feed the crew and go over their flight itinerary so you and the kids can check out those live-feed visits on December 18th, 22nd, and 23rd at 1pm CT. Then, according to Animal Planet, the reindeer mysteriously disappear on December 24.
For Christmas day movie fans
The list is finally out and if part of your holiday tradition is to take in a movie on Christmas Day, there are a couple that sound like they may be fun but we only have room to talk about two, so here ya go!
I’ve watched the trailer for this one and it looks amazing. If for no other reason than the cast, it’s probably worth your time on Christmas morning. “Joy” is the story of a woman, yes, but also that of four generations of a family and what happens when Joy rises to become the head of a “powerful family business dynasty.” The cast includes Jennifer Lawrence (as Joy), Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini and Elisabeth Röhm. “Joy” is rated PG13.
What is it with one-word titles this season? Sony Pictures Entertainment is releasing “Concussion” on Christmas Day and, since it stars Will Smith, if you’re a fan, it’s a must-see. Smith plays forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovers a condition similar to Alzheimer’s disease while performing an autopsy on a former NFL player. He names the disorder and publishes his findings, which lead to an increase in diagnoses and the good doc’s crusade to bring awareness to head trauma in football players. Aside from Smith, the cast includes Alec Baldwin (ah, go see it anyway), Paul Reiser, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Luke Wilson , Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and David Morse. Rated PG 13.
Speaking of NFL players
Aside from the high-profile media stories about certain players, do you ever wonder what they do with all those big bucks they make? Worthly.com is out with its list of “20 NFL Players that went Completely Broke,” and it reads like a who’s who of the NFL.
“I’m broke,” confessed Tiki Barber after losing his contract with NBC for violating a morality clause. Since that violation included the fact that he left his 8-month pregnant wife for a young NBC intern, few felt sorry for the guy upon hearing of his “broke-ness.”
Others lost their fortunes in bad investments, such as Mark Brunell, whose real estate investments in Michigan went sour and former defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, Luther Elliss’ bad investments led him to declare bankruptcy a mere six years after retiring from the NFL.
You’ll find the entire list here.
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