You gotta be careful when you pick cities with wintry weather for a Super Bowl. Dallas' airport was closed this morning due to snowy weather (which is on the way to my hometown of Memphis). But Steelers and Packers fans can certainly handle a little cold weather. On the other hand, they have to get to the game. I remember a dozen years ago when my Tennessee Titans had a wonderful season and made the Super Bowl in Atlanta. I scored a ticket to the game on this new web site called EBay. How lucky I was that Atlanta was a relatively short drive for me and I could just drive in the day before to meet my friend and fellow fan. Ah, but mother nature made it not to be. A terrible storm led to the roads become undriveable and our airport closed. I ended up having to sell my ticket and watch on television. And I'm convinced that the good karma I could have sent my team led to their loss to the St. Louis Rams (though it is considered one of the greatest finishes in Super Bowl history).
But I digress....
This weekend we honor the two immigrant players who will be in Dallas on Sunday - one for each team. For the Packers, Jamaican-born Atari Bigby (love that name) plays safety and attended high school in Miami. He's a University of Central Florida Alum (the University of Miami was rejected by Bigby because they would have made him cut his hair and that's a no-go for the Rastafarian).
IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: BENJAMIN MILLEPIED - DANCER, ACTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER
After a long hiatus, I've decided to revive Immigrant of the Day. Can't promise there will be an Immigrant of the Day every day, but send me your suggestions and I'm happy to add them to the queue.
Today's IOTD is Benjamin Millepied, who is profiled in this morning's New York Times. The French-born dancer is the principal dancer at the New York Ballet and choreographed the dance scenes in the Academy Award nominated film Black Swan. He also acts in the film. And, of yeah, he's engaged to actress Natalie Portman.
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