Bob Weir Joins Phil Lesh To Celebrate Terrapin Crossroads’ 5th Anniversary

first_imgLast night, Grateful Dead founding members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh surprised fans everywhere with a free performance at Lesh’s venue, Terrapin Crossroads. The show marked the 5th anniversary of TXR’s existence, and the celebration was all-too fitting, as the Furthur members returned to the stage for the first time since Jackie Greene’s birthday party back in November.The show featured an interesting mix of songs, pulled largely from the Grateful Dead catalog, but with selections from Weir’s recent solo album Blue Mountain as well. They also covered The Band’s “The Shape I’m In” amongst others, and closed out the show with a rocking “Johnny B. Goode.” Also of note was “The Music Never Stopped,” which featured some potent vocals from Nicki Bluhm.Weir and Lesh were backed by the Terrapin Family Band, which includes Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, and Jason Crosby. Fortunately, thanks to Andrew Shaman, we can watch fan-shot full video of the entire performance. Enjoy!Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band w/ Bob Weir | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/6/17Set One: Uncle John’s Band, Loose Lucy, Mississippi Half Step Uptown-Toodeloo, Gonesville, The Shape I’m In, Good Lovin’, Not Fade AwaySet Two: New Potato Caboose > Born Cross Eyed > Bertha > New Speedway Boogie, Loser, Lay My Lily Down, The Music Never Stopped*, RippleE: Johnny B. Goode* = w/ Nicki Bluhm[Photo via redchamp // Instagram]last_img read more

NextEra tops ExxonMobil market capitalization as clean energy transition continues

first_imgNextEra tops ExxonMobil market capitalization as clean energy transition continues FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:In yet another sign of the pace of the global energy transition – and the massive switch taking place in the investment community – the market value of [a] company that describes itself as the world’s biggest producer of wind and solar power, US utility NextEra, has overtaken that of what used to be the world’s most valuable company, oil major ExxonMobil.The flip occurred last week, when NextEra overtook ExxonMobil to become the largest energy company in the US by market value. As Forbes reported, an investment in NextEra a decade ago would have delivered to return of 600 per cent, while an investment in ExxonMobil would have returned minus 25 per cent.The shift is as significant as the one the world has seen in the auto industry, with electric vehicle maker Tesla overtaking the biggest car companies in the world in the last year, to the point where it is now valued at more than the next five biggest global car makers combined, despite producing just a fraction of the number of cars.“Epochal,” noted energy commentator Assaad Razzouk. “World’s largest solar and wind power generator has just surpassed ExxonMobil – a byword for Big Oil that was once the world’s biggest public company – in stock market value.”The Financial Times also took a look at the situation. It noted that NextEra reported net profit of $US1.7 billion in the first half of this year and that its wholesale customers had signed up for 14.4 gigawatts worth of renewable capacity, almost triple the amount of two years ago. Over the same period, ExxonMobil reported a loss of $US1.7 billion and found itself kicked off the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the blue-chip stock barometer which attracts institutional investors.[Giles Parkinson]More: World’s biggest wind and solar producer now worth more than ExxonMobillast_img read more

Stand and deliver

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Megan Miranda Megan Miranda is the Director of Creative Strategy at Third Degree Advertising, a leading strategic marketing firm that specializes in helping progressive credit unions successfully navigate growth and transition in … Web: www.thirddegreeadv.com Details Not too long ago, Harvard Business Review published an article about how to give a killer presentation. The advice and best practices were based on lessons learned from managing TED talks – which, if you’ve ever watched them, tend to be the relatable and thought-provoking.In a nutshell, giving a successful presentation involves finding the right mix of data and narrative, framing the story, and delivering a message effectively. When you think about it, successful marketing isn’t all that different in principle. You are presenting something to an audience for a specific reason or purpose, and your hope is to make it engaging and personal enough that you influence their perceptions, attitudes, or behaviors in some way. The audience is likely to start with some level of interest in what you’re sharing, but ultimately they are yours to win or lose.Here’s something to think about:“Most presentations lie somewhere on the continuum between a report and a story. A report is data-rich, exhaustive, and informative—but not very engaging. Stories help a speaker connect with an audience, but listeners often want facts and information, too. Great presenters layer story and information like a cake, and understand that different types of talks require differing ingredients.” (Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte, Inc.)Makes a lot of sense, right? Information + narrative = interesting, relatable, and believable.Now read it again with a few simple word substitutions:“Most marketing lies somewhere on the continuum between a report and a story. A report is data-rich, exhaustive, and informative—but not very engaging. Stories help a speaker connect with an audience, but listeners often want facts and information, too. Great marketers layer story and information like a cake, and understand that different types of promotions require differing ingredients.”It still rings true, yet most marketers probably haven’t thought about it that way.Here are 3 ways you can apply this insight to your marketing efforts.1. Focus. In their first drafts, presenters often struggle with trying to tell the audience too much. So do a lot of marketing initiatives. Like a presentation, a single ad or promotional campaign shouldn’t try to tell an entire life story in detail. Pick something you can tell a compelling story about succinctly, then zoom in on a few key informative details that are really worth talking about. Keep your messaging and design approaches clean and clear.2. Frame. When it comes to making purchase decisions, consumers are on a journey. If you want your offer to resonate, you need to understand what their needs are, where they are in that journey, and the benefit they’re seeking (hint: it’s not just what your product provides, it’s how your product fits into their life). Then talk to them in that language. For instance, an auto loan isn’t just an auto loan – it might be a way to take care of your family, enjoy greater freedom, or achieve a personal goal. The other important aspect of framing is ensuring your approach is consistent with your overall brand identity and promise. Know who your organization is and be the very best at being you, no matter what message you’re sharing. Authenticity wins people over.3. Deliver. Rather than simply providing information, the best presentations are those that create an experience. Similarly, the most effective marketing campaigns are the ones that make engaging the desired audience a priority. Think carefully about which tools and media channels will help you connect personally with your audience. There are many ways to deliver a message, so get creative and make it memorable for the people you want to connect with.last_img read more

4 ways to drive loan growth

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rick Bialobrzeski Rick is Executive Vice President at GreenPath Financial Wellness, where he has worked since 1996. More than 500 credit unions are partners in GreenPath’s effort to “remix the American … Web: www.greenpath.org Details It’s fall, which means most of us are waist deep in budget and strategic planning discussions. It wouldn’t surprise me if loan growth is one of your top priorities in 2020 (as usual).  According to Callahan and Associates, loan-to-share ratio in Q2 was the second highest Q2 on record. Loan growth, while still positive, has dropped to 6.5% industry wide — down 3.2 percentage points from 12 months ago.  The vast majority of our credit union partners are trying to figure out ways to drive loan growth. If you’re also wrestling with this dilemma, here are four ideas you might consider:1. Design loan products with your member at the center.  Do traditional loans fit the needs of all your members?  You may need to dig deep into the journey of your members to really understand what they need.  For example, some credit unions have created loan products with terms that are more conducive to their members’ lifestyle.  Some mimic a car lease, some cater to gig workers, and others appeal to members who want to build short-term savings. Try to unlock the needs of your members. About 80 percent of Americans carry some form of debt, and your members are probably similar.  So how might you create favorable terms that inspire them to increase your share of wallet? Could you offer discounted rates for “bundling” multiple products?  Could you reduce friction by simplifying the process for paying multiple debts?2. Minimize risk. Credit unions have generally always been wise lenders, but there are other ways to minimize risk. Make financial counselors available, either through partnering with a nonprofit organization and/or training internal staff.  Establishing one-on-one connections may enable you to “save” members who are teetering on the edge of a personal financial crisis.  Maybe they just need budgeting assistance on how to make ends meet.  Maybe they need education on how to increase their credit score. Or maybe they need a debt management program to pay down debt.  Helping members make wise borrowing decisions can pay off in long-term loyalty. And financially healthy members are generally good for your bottom line.  3. Make the lending experience memorable (in a good way). I suspect you have already used technology to streamline the application/signature/funding process.  But what if you could take that experience to another level? If the loan is for something significant like a home or car, perhaps you can show appreciation in a different way that the member will always remember. What if a new car came with coupons for car detailing, car washes or oil changes for 6 months? What if a mortgage came with a personalized doormat or something else for the home? What if a home improvement loan came with a gift certificate to a home improvement store?  You get the idea. Be creative!4. Explore ways you can use your core processing system to connect with members.  For example, when your system recognizes an auto-pay to Ford Motor Credit, can you send a subtle messaging about lower auto interest rates?  If you see a credit card payment to Chase, can you send a text message offering savings through a balance transfer?Some of these ideas are lighter lifts than others.  Whichever ideas you decide to pursue, good things will happen if you focus your 2020 vision on the needs of your members.last_img read more

Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Mar 2020 12:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Pierre Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith has urged Mikel Arteta to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal and sign a new deal at the club.Gabon forward Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 61 goals in 96 appearances for the Gunners.The 30-year-old was named Arsenal’s new captain at the end of last year but could leave the club this summer, with his current contract set to expire in 2021.A number of clubs are interested in signing Aubameyang and Arsenal hero Smith believes it is imperative that Arteta persuades the forward to stay put.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘He’s been so important to this Arsenal side simply because of his goals output,’ Smith told Sky Sports. ‘He’s got a fantastic scoring ratio and is one of the best finishers in the Premier League.‘In my opinion, he’s one of the best finishers in the game at the moment. He’s got that scoring knack and can score all types of goals.‘There aren’t many of those types of players around and if you can find one, they cost an awful lot of money. That’s what makes the situation with Aubameyang very difficult for Arsenal.‘In an ideal world, you wouldn’t want to lose a player like that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former Gunners striker added: ‘When players’ contracts actually finish with the present health crisis is obviously a factor but the best outcome for the club would be to get him to sign a new deal.‘They would have a committed player who always gets you goals. He’s a fit lad, so he’s still got a good two or three years left at the top level.‘A new deal would be the ideal situation because he can help Arsenal, with additions to the team elsewhere, get back to the big time.‘Persuading the player that his future lies at Arsenal would be the best outcome.’MORE: Arsenal legend Petit blasts Tottenham record signing NdombeleMORE: Sagna hits back at Cesc Fabregas over controversial Arsenal claimscenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

ATP reaps DKK4bn profit on DONG Energy after IPO

first_imgThe official listing on the Nasdaq Copenhagen exchange took place on 9 June, and in early trading the shares had risen 10% from the offer price.Before the offering, which saw all shareholders selling a combined 17.4% of their holdings in DONG Energy, ATP held 4.9% in the energy company, US banking group Goldman Sachs held 18% via its subsidiary New Energy Investment, and Denmark’s largest commercial pension fund PFA held a 1.8% stake.After the offering, ATP’s stake shrank to 4.0%, and Goldman Sachs’ holding to 14.7%.The Danish state continues to be the majority shareholder after the IPO, and now owns 50.4% of DONG Energy.A PFA spokesman said the pension fund did not comment on individual investments.ATP said it had paid in all DKK3.2bn for its stake in DONG Energy, which it took two years ago, with DKK2.2bn of this as direct equity investment and the rest held indirectly.At the introduction price, its gain on the investment would have been 130% or around DKK3.5bn, but following the 10% market rise in the share price, that gain swelled to DKK4bn, it said.Asked to say how ATP’s work had contributed to the large investment return, Stendevad said that alongside Goldman Sachs, it had been very active in processing the deal but that in the boardroom of DONG Energy, Claus Wiinblad — ATP’s senior vice president, Danish equities — had been part of the process.“We have a history of being active owners and we have been more active here than we have normally been, given the size of the investment,” he said.“But clearly the credit for today goes to the employees of DONG Energy,” he said.Despite market and political turmoil, the staff had kept their focus on the business, Stendevad said.The part-privatisation of the company was controversial at the time, largely due to opposition to Goldman Sachs’ involvement in the deal. The Socialist People’s Party (SF) withdrew from then-prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s centre-left coalition government in protest.Stendevad said it was extraordinary what the company had achieved, and this was notable in comparison to some energy companies in the sector in other countries.“This has required a business and execution plan, but it has also required capital — other companies have gone on a different path,” he said.“When we entered this process, there was broad consensus from outside that capital was needed, and very few investors were willing to put in the capital.“In the end, we believed in the management and the plan they had,” he said, adding that in order to make a good return, investors had to be willing to put in the time and energy. Denmark’s ATP has made a profit of around DKK4bn (€537m) on its investment in the country’s DONG Energy following its IPO on 9 June, and cited the fund’s unusually active approach to the investment, but mainly staff at the company itself, as factors behind the investment’s success.Carsten Stendevad, chief executive of the DKK705bn statutory pension fund, told IPE: “In a moment of need for this company, we came in with a sizeable direct capital infusion and today we have both contributed to the growth of a leading global sustainable energy company and made DKK4bn for our members.”The company success was part of a green energy story, he said.DONG Energy yesterday announced the result of its initial public offering (IPO), with a final offer price of DKK235 per offer share. last_img read more

Fifa Vice-President Jack Warner Resigns

first_img Share NewsSports Fifa Vice-President Jack Warner Resigns by: – June 20, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Warner (left) with ex-England captain David Beckham (right)Jack Warner, the controversial Fifa vice-president recently investigated for corruption, has stepped down from his position at the footballing governing body.The 68-year-old, from Trinidad and Tobago, had been a member of the Fifa Executive Committee since 1983, and was suspended last month after he was accused of corruption.Fifa accepted Mr Warner’s resignation – and the Ethics Committee investigation into bribery allegations against him have now been dropped.Mr Warner, who has also quit as head of regional bodies CONCACAF and Caribbean Football Union (CFC) and had been the longest-serving member of FIFA’s executive committee, was suspended along with Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam.There were suspicions that the pair had been involved in bribery during the presidential election, which Sepp Blatter, unopposed, won.Fifa said in a statement that Warner’s “resignation has been accepted”.“As a consequence of Mr Warner’s self-determined resignation, all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained,” the statement from Fifa read. The statement also said: “FIFA regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner’s decision. “His resignation has been accepted by world football’s governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particularand the CONCACAF confederation are appreciated and acknowledged.“Mr Warner is leaving FIFA by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad and Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country’s coalition government.“The FIFA executive committee, the FIFA president and the FIFA management thank Mr Warner for his services to Caribbean, CONCACAF and international football over his many years devoted to football at both regional and international level, and wish him well for the future.” Mr Warner and Mr bin Hammam were suspended after being accused of giving or offering bribes of $40,000 to the 25 members of the CFU.The total sum involved was $1million according to a report to the Fifa ethics committee. The affidavits sent to the Ethics Committee, as seen by agency Press Association, testify that Warner told the CFU members at the special meeting in Trinidad on May 10 and 11 the cash had been provided by Mr bin Hammam, who was then running for Fifa president.Bahamas FA vice-president Fred Lunn said he had been given the cash in a brown envelope which he photographed before returning.Mr Lunn said in his affidavit that the following day “Mr Warner stated that he had instructed Mr bin Hammam to bring the cash equivalent of any gift he had intended to bring for the people attending this meeting. “Mr Warner then stated that the money could be used for any purpose … for grassroots programs or any purpose the individuals saw fit.” A number of other associations have told investigators that they too were given the cash – some of whom kept it, and others who handed it back.A source close to Mr Warner said he had taken the decision “for the good of the game” but refused to comment when asked if he had jumped before he was pushed. The source told the PA: “He has taken the decision after speaking to his family. He believes it is in the best interests of Caribbean football and for the good of the game generally.”Sky Newscenter_img Tweet Share 27 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

It’s been a long ride, says Perreira … To retire from cricket broadcasting

first_imgAFTER almost 48 years as one of the most recognised voices in cricket broadcasting, Guyanese-born cricket commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira has decided to retire.Perreira, who announced his retirement yesterday at the Tower Hotel poolside, is set to end his career at the end of the historic Day/Night First-Class match between hosts Guyana Jaguars and Barbados Pride, which commences today at 15:00hrs at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The late Tony Cozier will always be rated as the most famous of West Indian broadcasters, but Perreira’s contribution has been significant too.His voice, clear, loud, and with no hint of a stammer, goes on to boom through radios across the world for decades.It’s a remarkable story. Reds, who is a former adviser to ex-Sport Minister Shirley Field-Ridley, covered 147 Tests and over 200 ODIs and regards himself lucky to have had the career he has had.“It’s been a long ride, a great time in my life, I was very lucky, and thanks to people, and if wasn’t for Rafiq Khan, the GBS, Caribbean Broadcasting Union, GBC, who really made great openings for me in 1973 when Australia toured, and Jerry Richards in Barbados, I probably wouldn’t have got the opportunity,” Perreira said.At 76, Perreira did not complete high school but he possessed infinite determination and an amazing ability to take risks, attributes that permitted him to overcome his speech impediment and become a rare Caribbean sports jewel.He did cricket commentary all over the world, expect in Bangladesh.“I saw the best, I met the best, I broadcast with the best, and maybe it’s not recorded but the World Series of 1978 was the fieriest among the cricket I have ever commentated on. You had the best players in the world brought together by the Kerry Packer organisation,” Perreira pointed out.Perreira launched his broadcasting career in 1968 with the-then Guyana Broadcasting Service. He spent four years with the station before joining the broadcast circuit full-time and becoming closely associated with the late Cozier, who was considered the Caribbean’s foremost cricket commentator.However, when asked what prompted him to actually follow a career in cricket broadcasting, the former St Lucia Tourist Board sports consultant said, “I supposed listening to West Indies in England in 1950, listening to John Arlott, Rex Alston, and then I followed the ’51 tour in Australia, I was listening to Jonny Moyes, Michael Charlton and Alan McGilvray.”Perreira broadcast his first Test match at Bourda in 1971.Perreira mentioned that the quarter-final match between West Indies and Pakistan in 1975 and a Test match between the West Indies and Australia at Adelaide in January 1993, which West Indies won by one run, are the two most memorable cricket matches, where he was a part of the commentary panel.Perreira, a National Sports Council chairman acknowledged that the region has produced many great cricketers but Sir Garfield Sobers is the greatest player he has seen.Meanwhile, Perreira called on the regional commentators to unite, support, and help each other. He also advised them to pace their commentary accordingly, and at the same time to deal with off-field matters in a balanced manner.He also made an appeal to both the government and opposition to be a part of the game, which he said has held us together as a people.He suggested that a Prime Minister’s X1 versus an Opposition X1 cricket match, where all the funds generated would go to charity. This according to Perreira can further strengthen social cohesion.Finally, Perreira is urging Guyanese to come out and support the day/night fixture, which he said will be a fitting farewell for his career.last_img read more

Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield Polo

first_imgThey will be featuring alongside Lawal Mohammed (0) and Adamu Atta (+3) for the Access Bank/Fifth Chukker team in the Charity Shield which will start with the match between Keffi Ponys and MRS tomorrow.Diego White(+6)and Santiago Cernadas (+6) are also in town for what promises to be an exciting galloping explosion. Both Argentines will be featuring for Keffi Ponys alongside Babangida Hassan (+3) and Hon. Ahmed Wadada (0).South African duo of Leroux Hendrix (+5) and Tom De Bruin (+7) are not left out as they will be in action for MRS who are completed by Bashir Dantata (+3) and Idris Badamasi (+3).The Rubicon is formed by Hadi Sirika (0), Malik Badamasi (+3), Idris Badamasi (+3) and Jamilu Mohammed (+3). Kashton will have Sherif Shagaya (-1), Lawal Mohammed (0), Johan Du Ploy (+3) and Manuel Crespo (+7) while Lagos side, Caverton-Sao Polo is made by Seyi Oyinlola (0), Rotimi Makanjuola (+1), Diego White (+6) and Abdulrahman Mohammed (+3).The 2016 edition of the 2016 Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament is designed to raise more awareness on the plight of vulnerable children and orphans especially the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) scattered across northern Nigeria.It is the first in the series that will climax in Europe with the Access Bank Charity Shield Polo Day at the prestigious Guards Polo Club in London in July.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rubicon Battles Kashton as Final Week BeginsThe final week of the 2016 Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament will gallop-off today with Rubicon and Kashton setting the ball rolling for the Access Bank Cup as the ‘big boys’ take the stage.Already, Argentine stars Manuel Crespo and Julio Nowillo Astrada, both of who are seven goalers, arrived from Buenos Aires on Monday.last_img read more

Frozen Tundra experience something truly unique

first_imgI can’t believe I am about to say this, but here it goes: Lambeau Field is actually a pretty sweet place.Growing up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it was in my nature to hate the Packers. I bled purple and despised the green and gold (especially that Brett Favre fellow).Now that I am living in the Land of 100,000 Cheeseheads, I am subjected to Packer Backers all the time. This hasn’t changed my feelings toward the team, but a recent trip to the famous Lambeau Field did make me realize that the football culture in Green Bay is truly something special.As a member of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, I had the chance to perform at Lambeau during last Sunday’s Packers-Bears game. The only other time I had been there was for a hockey game, which just didn’t seem right. After all, I go to school just a few hours from the house that Favre built, yet never had seen him play in it.Granted, as a Packer hater, I had mixed feelings about going to the game. I didn’t want to have to cheer for either team, and as any die-hard sports fan knows, it is tough to be at a game and not choose sides. So for perhaps the first time in my life at an NFL game, I was simply an observer Sunday, not a fan. (OK, so maybe I was cheering that the Packers would lose. Oh, and I booed Brett Favre when he came onto the field. Don’t hate me…)It’s easy to tell right away when you get into Green Bay that it is Packer territory. The streets are lined with green and yellow flags, fans sporting their team jerseys (mostly No. 4) roam the streets and numerous Favre shrines are likely to be found in every corner of the town.When you enter Lambeau, this becomes even more obvious. Just like any other sporting event, these people have come together to support one common cause. But there is something different about Packer fans that is hard to describe. You just get a different feeling around them.Part of it may be the abundance of alcohol. If you think Badger fans get a little inebriated during football games, you haven’t seen anything until you experience the Lambeau drunks. People will come up to you in the concourse, slurring their words and attempting (and failing) to give high fives. Watching them get hauled away for being too drunk is even more entertaining, especially when they resist arrest or yell at the police.Aside from the drunkards, however, the Packer fans are great. At times, it seemed as if Lambeau was louder than I had ever heard Camp Randall. When Favre was announced before the game, their cheers were so loud that the PA announcer was inaudible. The only way anyone knew who was next to come through the tunnel was because his picture was shown on the big screen. Otherwise, if I didn’t know any better, I would have thought maybe it was Gilbert Brown.Apparently, games in Green Bay are a big enough deal to draw celebrities, too. Justin Timberlake (whom I disliked until he did a certain SNL skit involving a special Christmas present) was supposedly seen tailgating outside the stadium before the game. Also, Ashton Kutcher, the famous prankster himself, stood on the Chicago sidelines for part of the game and received boos when he and his Bears hat were shown on the Jumbotron. If those names aren’t big enough for you, how about — drum roll please — Taylor Hicks, former American Idol winner. Yep, all three of these big shots decided to drop on by for a little Sunday Night Football at Lambeau.As much as it hurts to admit, Lambeau left a lasting impression on me. So much, in fact, that I decided to finish my visit by jumping into the stands behind the end zone for my own Lambeau Leap, just like so many have done before.And when the final score read Chicago 27, Green Bay 20, I was one of the few that walked out of the House of Favre with a smile on my face.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. If you want to talk about how awesome Favre is, he might not listen, but you can try reaching him anyway at [email protected]last_img read more