Super Bowl: Local businesses expecting to make big money

The countdown begins as the biggest sport event is about to come. Here is the full article on how local businesses expects to earn a lot, thanks to SuperBowl.

The countdown is on to biggest sporting event of the year and local businesses are bracing for huge crowds and big profits.

Football fan Earl Shanley spoke to us about his excitement. “Oh man the Super Bowl is such a big game –it’s amazing. I love Baltimore man I love Ray Lewis and I believe he’s going out with a bang. I don’t believe they can be touched this year,” said Shanley.

At Awful Arthur’s in downtown Roanoke, the manager is planning to offer specials on appetizers and other deals. Sean Demarest says his spot  has become more and more popular with Super Bowl fans.

“In the past, it hasn’t been too busy but in the last few years people have been going crazy over football so we have a party we do in the back for regulars as well as other people,” he said.


Another business enjoying brisk sales is sporting apparel store “Lids” in Valley View Mall. Their Ravens caps are flying off the shelves and they continue to sellout. The store is offering a special pre-Super Bowl hat that the players will be wearing during the media day. It’s has the Super Bowl emblem patch on the side.

An estimated 111-million people will be watching the Super Bowl and all of those eyeballs will translate into big bucks. Advertisers will be forking over more than $4 million for those 30-second spots

Source: WDBJ7 /,0,2677729.story


Obama unsure over letting “son” play American Football

I guess every father would have think twice of letting their son play football, like with President Obama, in his statement he says that he would have to think long and hard before letting his son, if he has one, in playing this sport.

Here is the full article:

Obama unsure over letting “son” play American Football

Obama unsure over letting "son" play American Football
President Barack Obama inspects a souvenir American Football (Reuters/Jason Reed)

by Jon Rogers

27th January 2013 5:05pm

US President Barack Obama has said he would have to “think long and hard” before he let his son (if he had one) play American Football.

He told the New Republic: “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.”

His main concern is over safety, adding: “The NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies.

Obama added: “You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That’s something that I’d like to see the National Collegiate Athletics Association think about.”

Source: Sport Direct News /

Strahan’s ‘GMEN’ shirt creates a buzz

I came across this article on the internet wherein Michael Strahan is showing off his cool “Tshirt. Here is the full article:


“During his speech at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan created a lot of buzz when he revealed a black sweatshirt featuring the word “GMEN” bordered by a white football. 

“You cannot judge the heart of a G-man,” Strahan said, citing the fact that a lot of critics had written the Super Bowl XLVI champion Giants off two months ago, before showing off the shirt. 

Well, fans can purchase one of the shirts Strahan was wearing by logging on to Some of the proceeds from the shirts will be donated to the Giants’ team charity. 

The story of the shirt dates back to Super Bowl XLII, according to Dr. Ian Smith, one of Strahan’s close friends. Dr. Smith met Strahan several years ago at a charity event, and the two realized they had a lot in common — especially their love for golf. 

Dr. Smith’s brother, Dana, works as a “garmento” in New York and Los Angeles. So prior to the big game, Strahan asked Dr. Smith if his brother would create some “lucky” shirts for the team to wear. Dana made the shirts exclusively for the coaches and players, and the Giants ended up upsetting the Patriots, 17-14. 

“The players loved them, but that was pretty much it,” Dr. Smith said. 

Four years later, though, that changed. Last Wednesday, Strahan, who is now retired and works as an NFL analyst at FOX, asked Dr. Smith if his brother would make the shirts again. Frantically, Dana did. He had them shipped all the way from Los Angeles to New York, and then drove them to Indianapolis. The Giants players and coaches received them the night before Super Bowl XLVI. 

The following day, it was deja blue all over again, as the Giants vaulted over the Patriots again, 21-17, to capture their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history. 

“We’ve been getting a ton of calls,” said Dr. Smith, a nutritionist who serves as an expert on VH1’s highly-rated “Celebrity Fit Club.” 

“It’s been out of control and gone viral.” 

The website went live at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.”