Will Ferrell may be a baller on the comedy court, but he fouled out big time with his latest stunt.
During halftime at Wednesday’s Lakers-Pelicans game in New Orleans, Ferrell participated in a faux-half court shot competition. But instead of shooting the ball, Ferrell threw it and hit a nearby cheerleader in the head. Ferrell was then promptly “ejected” by security after hitting the cheerleader.
The stunt was filmed for Ferrell’s upcoming 2015 movie “Daddy’s Home,” according to Sports Illustrated. IMDb describes the film as “When a divorced guy’s ex-wife re-marries someone way more uptight, he re-enters her life and wreaks havoc.” Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, and Hannibal Burress are set to star in the film alongside Ferrell.
Watch a video of the “incident” here.
By Jim Dallke
The demands of working at a startup are notorious. Long hours, multiple responsibilities, and building a truly innovative business can put a lot of pressure on a young company and its employees. But if you’re used to performing in front of 20,000 screaming fans, maybe the pressures of the tech world don’t seem quite as intimidating.
Amelia Carpenter is a marketing and communications associate at Narrative Science, a Chicago startup that turns massive amounts of data into written stories. She’s also one of the newest additions to the Luvabulls, the professional dance team of the Chicago Bulls. The dual roles have Carpenter growing a tech brand and doing internal communications during the day, and practicing and performing at the United Center at night. The two jobs require vastly different skill sets, but the gigs have more in common than you might think, Carpenter said.
“At Narrative Science, we have this product and we’re working day in and day out on this team and we all have the same goal,” she said. “And ultimately we have this audience that has these expectations of us. And it’s exactly the same as being on the Luvabulls. You’re working really hard as a team to put something together and deliver to an audience.”
After a full day at Narrative Science, Carpenter practices at least twice a week with the Luvabulls, plus games. During larger performances, like for Halloween and Christmas Day games, the team will practice four times a week. And there are the autograph signings and community outreach events that keep the dancers even busier. It’s a demanding schedule for the 25-year-old Detroit native, but doable with some creative time management, she said.
“I love working on a team,” Carpenter said. “I love working toward something awesome and putting in the work and the time to make it amazing. And the performance part of it, whether it’s delivering a product at Narrative Science or performing at a game, that’s the really rewarding part for me.”
Making the Luvabulls is intensely competitive; roughly 20 women make the team of over 200 that try out. Carpenter made the 2014-15 squad after unsuccessfully trying the previous two years. A dancer all the way through college at the University of Miami Ohio, she said making the Luvabulls was a dream come true.
“You don’t always get instant gratification as a dancer, so making the team was kind of indescribable,” she said. “It was amazing. I worked really hard for it.”
In college, Carpenter was in the entrepreneurship department at Miami and always had a desire to be a journalist and tells stories. So when Narrative Science CEO Stuart Frankel came to the school (where he graduated) to give a talk, Carpenter knew that was the company she wanted to work for.
“I knew about his success at DoubleClick and the sale to Google, and I was really interested in journalism, so when Narrative Science came up it was sort of a natural fit with journalism and tech. I pretty much just emailed him until he responded for an interview.”
Having a dual role in both the tech scene and the professional dance community comes with its challenges. And Carpenter acknowledged that both professions come with their fair share of stereotypes. But Carpenter is proof that techies can be extroverted performers, and dancers can be sort of nerdy. Both communities are very open minded, she said, which is something that attracted her to both professions.
“I think both communities are accepting of all personalities, especially in tech.” she said. “There’s so many good ideas and so much innovation, you have to be (open minded). And you have to be smart to be a dancer … to be that creative and to do the things that we do.”
The jobs have Carpenter thinking about how to merge the two, like using Bulls data at Narrative Science to perform predictive analytics before the season. She said both jobs compliment her personality, and she hopes to continue the roles in the future.
“I get to have my day job, and I’m really passionate about the people I work with there. And I get to go and be really creative and pursue my passion in dance at night.”
[Amelia the Bulls website]
2014 Brooklynettes Finals
Congratulations to Natasha Martinez who was crowned Miss California USA in the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday. The former Laker Girl competing as Miss Santa Anita Park defeated almost 120 other contestants to win the title. She will compete in the Miss USA Pageant in June.
[Miss California USA]
(As the year ends, we’re sharing our favorite photos from the past 12 months)
Houston Rockets Power Dancer Paige at the RPD tryouts this past June. The most senior veteran on the team, Paige is always on giving her best performance.
Prepare to be taken behind the scenes into the joys and challenges of being the rhythm and movement of Orlando Magic basketball. On Friday, Dec. 19 at 10:00 p.m., FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Magic, will premiere a brand new episode of “Inside the Magic” upon conclusion of the Magic vs. Utah Jazz game. Titled “Hard Court Dancers,” this episode is an upbeat step into the world of the Orlando Magic Dancers.
From dance rehearsals and public appearances at community events, to dancing front and center for fans on game nights, the Magic Dancers give their full commitment, as they follow their passion of uplifting the Orlando community through dance. What most people don’t know is that the Dancers also have full-time jobs or are full-time students. “Inside the Magic: Hard Court Dancers” will take a look at the careers of four dancers: One is a third grade teacher, one works for an Orlando radio station, another is a physical therapist and one is a student at UCF.
The Dancers rehearse three times a week for approximately three hours, in addition to game night. “Hard Court Dancers” follows the group on game night, starting with rehearsal, followed by meeting-and-greeting fans, taking pictures and signing autographs. On this special night, all 20 Dancers come together for a special halftime act, where the team is officially introduced to the fans.
Sun 12/21/2014 5:00 p.m.
Fri 12/26/2014 10:00 p.m.
Mon 12/29/2014 10:30 p.m.
Tue 12/30/2014 10:00 p.m.
Sat 1/3/2014 10:30 a.m.
Wed 1/7/2014 8:00 p.m.
Thu 1/8/2014 11:30 a.m.
Sat 1/10/2014 10:00 a.m.
Sat 1/10/2014 9:00 p.m.
Mon 1/12/2014 7:00 p.m.
Wed 1/14/2014 10:30 p.m.
Thu 1/15/2014 11:00 a.m.
Fri 1/16/2014 5:00 p.m.
[Orlando Magic Dancers]
I have a bunch of photos from the P-R-O Convention that I never got around to posting. Here’s the delightfully charming Alyssa:
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Warriors.com: On December 8, the Golden State Warriors Dance Team hosted their second-annual calendar release party for the 2015 Warriors Dance Team Swimsuit Calendar at Blu 42 Sports Lounge and Grill in Walnut Creek.
Click here to check out the photo gallery.
Congratulations to 5-year veteran Amanda, who also is a former Phoenix Suns Dancer.
[Amanda at AZCardinals.com]
Monday night at BLU 42 in Walnut Creek the Golden State Warrior Girls released their 2015 swimsuit calendar. Fans got a chance to cheer on the Warriors vs the Timberwolves at a viewing party and then things heated up as the calendar was unveiled.
[Golden State Warrior Girls]
[Calendar Unveiling Gallery]
[Buy the Calendar]
A Phoenix Suns Dancer
Alicia spent two seasons as cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs
Goodbye, frigid Sunday afternoons in Kansas City. Hello, electric heat of the Pepsi Center.
After spending two seasons as a cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs, first-year Denver Nuggets Dancer Alicia is ready to make the transition to the NBA.
“I’m excited for the new opportunity,” she said. “I came out to Denver in March to verify that this was something I wanted to take on and do. It was a really neat experience. It was entertaining and high energy.”
Raised in the farming community of Marshall, Missouri (pop. 13,065), Alicia got her start in dancing when her grandmother enrolled her in a class when she was 10.
“She wanted to get some coordination in me,” Alicia said.
Grandma Carol knew what was she was doing. Alicia adapted quickly and eventually became a member of her high school dance teams and cheerleading squads.
While expressing her artistic side through dance, Alicia also began to think about her career path while attending Avila University in Kansas City.
Intrigued by the opportunities in technology, she transferred from Avila to ITT Technical Institute to pursue her degree. She then landed a job as a networking analyst for Century Link in Kansas City.
“I don’t fit the typical IT stereotype,” Alicia said. “I have a passion for what I do, and I take pride in how fluent I am in what I do.”
Because Century Link is based in Denver, she was able to stay with the company after moving from Kansas City. The biggest challenge will be juggling her work calendar with her Nuggets dance practice and game schedule.
“I’m pretty good managing my time,” Alicia said. “I can definitely say I don’t know what to expect with the NBA. The NFL was one home game every two weeks. Luckily my co-workers and staff are very supportive. They’re going to work with me on my schedule. My organizer is my best friend.”
Nuggets dance team manager Amy Jo Wagner was impressed with Alicia’s confidence and choreography during auditions in July.
“Without looking at her resume, I could immediately tell that she had performance experience.”
Though she’s an NBA rookie, Alicia brings a veteran presence to the team because of her two years with the Chiefs.
“She understands the pressure of dancing in front of a large audience,” Wagner said. “That will definitely help Alicia as she settles into a new town, new building, and new league.
“In the few shorts weeks we have worked together, she already has proven herself to be a valuable team member and a great role model for our younger dancers.”
[Alicia at the Nuggets Website]
(This post got overlooked during the server issues we had during the summer)
The finals for the 2014-15 Golden State Warrior Girls were held at the Warriors Practice Facility back in July. Enjoy the photos.
[Golden State Warrior Girls]