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The Bakersfield Voice Sunday, February 19, 2012

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Wrap-up on Super Bowl and model wife’s post-game comments

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uperb Bowl — Yes it was. New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17. The tightly contested NFL championship game was a classic. Tom Brady's Hail Mary heave into the end zone as time expired went for naught as tight end Rob Gronkowski fruitlessly dove for the batted ball as it touched down harmlessly onto the ground. Brady and the Patriots' offense were trying to rescue their defense from blame as the Giants drove 88 yards and hit paydirt with less than a minute left. Up to that last New York drive the New England “D” had been one of the stars of the game. They had held the Giants offense in check for most of the day — and odds were that they could blunt a final NY drive as the Giants started from their own 12 yard line for that game-winning drive. But New York quarterback Eli Manning trumped NE and coach Bill Belichick’s defensive schemes once more for their second title in five

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years. Wow, Manning was terrific down the stretch! His perfectly placed throw to Mario Manningham down the left sideline was true as could be and Manningham made a tremendous catch and unbelievable effort to get two feet down before being leveled by two Patriot defenders. Eli looked like a cool assassin as he deftly Sports columnist picked apart a New England secondary which had played so well up until that point. The game was a defensive chess match, yet the New York offense, on that last drive, instituted the checkmate. There were several Patriot gaffes which become

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glaring upon further review. Brady tossing the ball to no apparent receiver on New England’s first offensive play of the game and being assessed a penalty and subsequent safety was a rather foreboding tale. As New York began their final drive they were down by only two points. A field goal could win the game. If that critical safety had not occurred perhaps the deficit would have been four points, thereby taking the field goal out of the equation and meaning that the G-Men would have to put the ball into the end zone to take the lead. Later in the first half the Pats defense stripped the Giants of the ball and recovered in Giants' territory, only to have the recovery negated by the defense having 12 players on the field. Ouch! And perhaps the most painful play of the game for the Patriot faithful came with about five minutes remaining in the game as New England was driving for a gameclinching touchdown. Inside Giants' territory once again, wide receiver Wes

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Welker found a seam in the New York secondary and was open enough for Brady to get a really good look at him. The 25 yard pass was thrown a bit behind Welker. As the NFL's leading receiver turned 90 degrees to his right he got his mitts on the ball, but alas could not come up with the catch — a catch he makes probably 90 percent of the time. In all likelihood, if Welker makes that catch the Patriots are hoisting the Lombardi trophy. But all credit is due to the New York Giants’ organization. They faced four actual elimination games in a row (three of them on the road!) in order to just get to the big game. Coach Tom Coughlin adroitly summoned his men into battle each and every time — and kept them poised under severe duress as each of those four games, and the Super Bowl game, presented monumental challenges. New York, New York indeed. Even if their home stadium is in New Jersey! Not-So-Model model — What was she

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Project Linus seeks volunteers for blanket charity event

Tim Terrio to chair Bakersfield Chamber

BY MICHELE WILLIS Community contributor

BY MICHELE WILLIS Community contributor

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he Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce has an amazing history of providing leadership to ensure a healthy business community. Over the years, the vision of the Chamber has thrived to be the authoritative voice for a diverse and changing business environment. Other than the Great Depression, I can think of no other time in American History where we have seen a greater change in the business landscape. We also find ourselves fully immersed in the information age trying to decipher reality from illusion. In times of great change and with the need for accurate information, it is vital to have an advocate who can be the authoritative voice for local businesses. With that said, I believe the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is ready to not only fill this role but meet the challenge. Like a lot of people, I initially joined the Chamber of Commerce for some networking opportunities for my newly started company; however, once I became more involved I began to learn about the incredible resources available to companies of all sizes. Debbie Moreno, CEO of the Chamber and her staff do an amazing job of coordinating resources, educational seminars, business counseling and networking through a vast

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Tim Terrio collection of volunteers. From the Board of Directors to all committee chairs and committee members, business people from companies large and small have stepped up to take leadership positions to help the Chamber pursue its mission and vision. While everyone joins the Chamber for a different reason, it is crucial that one utilizes all that the membership provides. As an entrepreneur and small business

owner I realize our financial limitations, but also understand the time needed to make a chamber membership a great investment. During this time of economic struggle for our country, we constantly hear the politicians talk about how to get people back to work and how to get the economy moving forward. What they have forgotten is that we live in America and a majority of us believed in the American Dream at one point in our lives. I believe that the way out of this economic malaise is to reignite the American Dream, and that can only be done through the business community. We need to continue to create, innovate and teach vocations. I am honored to serve the Bakersfield business community as the Chairman of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and to work with the amazing board members, committee chairs and staff to spark the American Dream in Bakersfield and ensure a healthy business community. No matter what the size of your company, get involved in the many offerings of the Chamber and let's make Bakersfield better! Tim Terrio (Founder/CEO TERRIO Physical Therapy & Fitness Inc.) is the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board for 2012.

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Star athlete displays leadership on and off the court

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hat a fabulous month February is. Not only do we get to get Patriotic by celebrating the presidents birthdays but we also get to show our loved ones how much we love them with Valentine's day. How great is that? We also have an opportunity to show love to our community by coming to our Annual Make a Blanket day through the local chapter of Project Linus on February 25 at Centennial High School. We have come to a point that is very critical in our chapter. We are delivering approximately 500 blankets per month in the valley. Our surplus blankets are almost gone and we are not going to be able to supply blankets to the organizations that we support. My choice then becomes which hospital, county facility or other entity do we not deliver to. I don't want to tell Jamison Center that I can't deliver blankets there. I don't want to not deliver blankets to any of the children's hospitals

IF YOU GO Project Linus Community Make-A-Blanket Day Saturday, February 25 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Centennial High School 8601 Hageman Road or to the sexual assault victims. Recently, Greenlawn Mortuary called and asked if they could have a blanket for a family of a two year old that had passed away. They wanted something special for the mother to lay her son on and then give to her after the services. How do I tell them, “No” I see the value of the blanket everyday when my 10-year-old runs around the house acting like batman — or when he is snuggled up in front of the television at night. As a community would you like to join with Project Linus to help serve the special needs of children in our area? Here is how you can help:

• Karen Loucks started Project Linus on December 24, 1995.

(the year we started keeping records!), we have delivered 19,693 blankets!

• The Bakersfield Kern County Chapter began in November 2005 and added Fresno in 2009. • Project Linus nationally has been alive for 5,847 days as of January 1, 2012.

• If each blanket is an average of 60" long, and we laid them end to end, they would stretch 20,1126,485 feet or 3,812 miles. That is as tall as 693 Mt. Everests, or 13,842 Willis Towers (formerly the Sears Tower) or 16,101 Empire State Buildings or as long as 67,088 football fields!

• Project Linus National has had nonprofit status since May 12, 1997.

• Assuming each delivered blanket so far had a label, the cost for labels would be $120,78.91.

• Project Linus nationally has officially collected 4,025,297 blankets as of September 30, 2010. If 60 percent of them are fabric, that translates into about 7,245,535 yards of fabric. If 40 percent are afghans, that’s about 12,880,950 skeins of yarn.

• As of January 1, 2012, Project Linus has 368 chapters in the United States. We have 368 wonderful, compassionate coordinators.

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• Bring fabric/materials/scissors and help us make blankets. • You may bring handmade completed blankets ready to donate. • Fabric (1 1/2 yard lengths) batting and yarn may be donated (flannel, cotton and fleece are accepted). • NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY — any help is appreciated. • Project Linus welcomes all styles of blankets — crocheted, knitted, quilted, fleece. • Blankets are for infants through teen years, so any size is appropriate. All donations benefit the Bakersfield, Kern County Chapter of Project Linus. Each chapter of Project Linus is self-sustaining and we rely on donations to help us provide for children in our community. Our local chapter is donating approximately 500 blankets per month to children in crisis situations in the local area. For more information contact Michele Willis, Project Linus Bakersfield Chapter Coordinator at: quilts4kidz@sbcglobal.net or call: 589-1854. On the web at: www.projectlinusbakersfield.org.

Interesting facts and figures about Project Linus:

• The Bakersfield, Fresno, Kern and Tulare Chapter of Project Linus donated 6505 blankets in 2011. Since 2005

NOMINATE BY ANTHONY RUCKER SR. ulius A.J. Rucker is a 14-year-old Bakersfield High School freshman and is The Bakersfield Voice’s star athlete of the month. Julius has participated in numerous basketball leagues throughout the city and abroad, such as: Young Champions, Better Basketball Development League, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA Summer Basketball, National Junior Basketball (NJB), Police Activity League (PAL), Gladiators, Prodigy Elite, Bakersfield United, and CAVS Youth Basketball AAU ( under the direction of coach Darryl McDonold). During his basketball career, Julius has led these teams to championships, undefeated seasons, and first place All-Star Tournaments. Julius dreams of one day going to a university and majoring in communication to become a sports announcer. He spends his free time reading about the history of early to recent basketball players such as, Pistol Pete, Bill Russel, Blake Griffin, and Derrik Rose. Basketball is the defensive force that drives him to succeed and we are proud of him displaying leadership on and off the court. Do you have a son, daughter, grandkid or buddy

thinking? Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, was less than complimentary towards her husband’s receiving corps after the game. As she walked to the elevators after the game some Giants’ fans heckled the sleek one to the tunes of “Eli Rules!” and “Eli rules your husband!” Her response in the heat of the moment was to forward the blame to the New England pass catchers, of whom she apparently believed were not pass catchers. “They did not catch the ball when they were supposed to catch the ball. My husband cannot ... control the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times,” she said. Boy, you coulda fooled me. I thought all along that Brady could actually walk on water AND catch his own passes. Leastwise the New England media would have you believe so. Guess I was wrong — Brady can only walk on water! And in actuality, his wife was the one who dropped the ball in this instance.

• If each of our 368 wonderful compassionate coordinators donates an average of 20 hours per week to their chapter, that would mean about 1,040 hours per year each. And that's just coordinators!

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Local power lifter wins second world title COURTESY OF WWW.MYBAKERSFIELDSPORTS.COM dward Dudley-Robey of Bakersfield won the International Powerlifting League (IPL) world championship in the multi-ply bench press competition recently at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. The IPL world championships included competitors ranging from Canada to Nigeria. Dudley-Robey started the day with a good opening lift of 424.2 pounds (192.5 kilograms), but missed two world record attempts at 525 pounds (238.6 kg). Dudley-Robey not only has won two world championships in two weight classes (165, 181 pounds), but is also a three-time California state champion, a five-time member of Team USA, and a 25-time record holder in the bench press with state, national and international records to his credit.

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Julius A.J. Ricker who is your pick for MVP? Nominate them for The Bakersfield Voice's "Star Athlete.” Go to www.bakersfieldvoice.com and nominate your STAR today!

Edward “Doctor Bench” DudleyRobey, M.D. won the International Powerlifting League (IPL) world championship in the multiply bench press competition at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. PHOTO PROVIDED


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