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The NFL Wants Musical Acts to Pay for the Privilege of Performing at the Super Bowl?

Aug 20, 2014 -- 4:57am

The NFL doesn't pay musical acts to perform on the Super Bowl halftime show . . . and now, they're reportedly trying to get musicians to pay THEM for the PRIVILEGE of taking the stage.

The "Wall Street Journal" says the league has narrowed their wish list for this year's game down to three acts:  RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, and COLDPLAY.

According to sources, league reps have been checking around to see if anyone would PAY to play . . . and naturally, the people they've talked to have NOT been super receptive to that.

The NFL hasn't commented directly.  A spokeswoman merely said their contracts with performers were confidential, and that their only goal was to, quote, "put on the best possible show."

The Super Bowl halftime show has become a prestige gig, but it's hard to believe anyone would pay the NFL to do it. 

It's also hard to believe the NFL is apparently IGNORING THE PEOPLE . . . who obviously want to see WEIRD AL YANKOVIC get the gig.  As of last night, the petition to see Weird Al perform was up to 126,000 supporters.

It Now Costs $245,000 to Raise a Child . . . Not Including College

Aug 19, 2014 -- 5:05am

 According to the newest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it now costs an average of $245,000 to raise a child. 

And that's NOT including college.  If we DID include college, it would probably cost $47 billion to raise a kid.

The cost varies a LOT depending on where you live.  If you're in a city in the northeast, it could cost closer to $455,000 . . . if you're in a rural area in the south, it costs around $145,500.

That number includes housing, food, transportation, clothing, health care, education, childcare, and other random things like haircuts and presents.

The cost of raising a child is up 2% from last year, but that's actually not bad . . . overall costs have been growing slower over the past few years because inflation is low. 

(CNN Money)

Robin Williams is Going to Be in World of Warcraft . . . And Maybe Even a Zelda Game

Aug 18, 2014 -- 5:12am

ROBIN WILLIAMS was an avid video game player, so these are the kinds of tributes that would probably mean something to him . . .

Fans started a petition to get Robin added as a non-playable character in "World of Warcraft" . . . and it WORKED.  

A fan asked the company that makes the game if they'd seen the petition, and one of the game designers Tweeted, quote, "Yes.  We're taking care of it."

As you probably know, Robin named his daughter Zelda after the "Legend of Zelda" games.  The two of them even did a commercial for a Zelda game together in 2011.  (You can check that out again here.)

So now there's ANOTHER petition asking that Nintendo name a character in the next installment after Robin.  As of last night, it had more than 107,000 signatures.

Some Fascinating Odds for the Upcoming NFL Season

Aug 13, 2014 -- 5:09am

 We're less than a month away from the start of football season . . . so while everyone is sitting around suffering through pre-season games, we thought we'd toss out some fascinating odds for the upcoming NFL season, courtesy of Bovada's online sportsbook.

Here are some lines we liked, along with their odds as of late last night.

The Denver Broncos are the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl, at 13-to-2.  Last year's champs, the Seattle Seahawks, are a close second, at 15-to-2, as part of a three-way tie with the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have the longest odds, at 250-to-1.  The Tennessee Titans are a bit better at 100-to-1, along with the Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills(You can see where all the teams rank, here.)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the odds-on favorite to win this year's MVP award, at 3-to-1.  He's followed by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers (6-to-1) and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (8-to-1).

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has the best odds to lead the league in rushing yards at 4-to-1.

LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles and Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs follow with odds of 9-to-2 and 7-to-1, respectively.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is expected to lead the league in receiving yards.  He boasts 13-to-5 odds, followed by Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys at 15-to-2 . . .

Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas and Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons are next, tied at 8-to-1.

Elsewhere, Robert Griffin the Third has the best odds for being named the Comeback Player of the Year at 5-to1 . . . and Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has 2-to-1 odds of being the first coach FIRED.

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