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The 2014 Winter Olympics are off to a great start. Team USA captured the first Olympic gold medal on Saturday, ailment order awarded to our HAM of the Week, viagra snowboarder Sage Kotesenburg. Competing in the first-ever Snowboard Slopestyle event (the one Shaun White pulled out of to focus on the halfpipe), the 20-year-old pulled off a last-minute trick he’d never tried before to score atop the podium, ahead of the projected gold medalist, Canada’s Mark McMorris (who is also easy on the eyes). McMorris finished with bronze.

Sage Kotsenburg, http://www.onboardmag.com

Sage Kotsenburg, http://www.onboardmag.com

So what’s the 411 on Kotsenburg?

The 5’10”, 165 lbs., Park City, Utah native began snowboarding at age five and competed in his first event two years after jumping on a board. He entered the U.S. Snowboard Series at eight and won every event he entered for the next four years, making his U.S. Open slopestyle debut at 12. He turned pro at 16 and won the silver medal at the European X Games that year. In 2011, Kotsenburg won a bronze medal in snowboard big air at the Winter X Games and was named to the U.S. Snowboarding Slopestyle Pro Team.

Kotsenburg won a silver medal in snowboard slopestyle at the 2012 Winter X Games in Aspen. He hadn’t won any major event since this past Saturday.

Kostenburg’s gold medal routine on Saturday was relaxed, clean and creative, and his bad-ass and spontaneous attitude is one HAM quality we can’t overlook. The guy was chewing gum during his gold medal run. Besides, how many Olympic athletes can nail an original grab on their board they invented themselves?

Called the “Holy Crail”, the trick features a jump of four and a half rotations, an arched back, and grabbing the front of the board and landing flawlessly. Kotsenburg aced his first run, posting a winning score of 93.5. Nobody in the 12-man field of finalists could top him.

Despite his shaggy blonde-haired persona of a certain character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and a vocabulary full of rad, sick snowboarding lingo, Kotsenburg has a truly caring side. He arrived in Sochi alone because he was concerned about the security of his family.  Kotsenburg has two older brothers, Blaze and Jeremy, and a younger sister, Kirra. Jeremy is a space and missile operations officer in the U.S. Air Force, and Blaze and Kirra are also pro snowboarders. It was his brother Blaze who encouraged Kotesenburg to make that spur-of-the-moment decision, who was on the phone with him three minutes before his run.

Sage Kotsenburg, image via @sagekotsenburg Instagram

Sage Kotsenburg, image via @sagekotsenburg Instagram

The secret to that epic run? Listening to Metallica and eating “rando healthy stuff”. If you break down the split-screen of Kotsenburg’s sequence, you’ll see that when he went into that big 1620 Backside Japan Grab, he floated in the air, rotating at 648 degrees per second at a hangtime of 2.5 seconds. So basically, it’s just a bunch of flips and turns in the air.

Kotsenburg also films his snowboarding and has made various videos starring himself and fellow Park City snowboarders in a webseries called, “Lick the Cat”. He also filmed his journey to Sochi in a series of videos with TWsnowFilms, ironically called “Sage Kotsenburg’s Holy Crail”.

Impressed? Yep, we thought so. You can follow Kotsenburg on Twitter at @sagekotsenburg and Instagram @sagekotsenburg

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buy cialis Sports, shop Beer ” src=”http://sportsdivasinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/IMG_2308-1024×682.jpg” alt=”” width=”350″ height=”233″ />Next to fashion, my next three favorite things (in no specific order) just happen to be: bacon, beer and sports.  So when the guys over at BaconSports.com, a sports comedy site that incorporates all three, announced they were throwing a party, attending the inaugural event was an absolute no-brainer.

This Saturday was the first annual Bacon, Sports and Beer Celebration. Not only did this celebration make be feel all warm and fuzzy from the blustery (abnormally) cold Chicago temperatures, it was also in my backyard at Union Station’s Great Hall. It was a wedding for beer, bacon and sports and I was happy to get an invite.

Every inch of the walls in the Great Hall were covered with some of the cities hottest restaurants bacon creations, beer tastings from craft breweries and sport themed games. Three words – Pop-A-Shot. I now have your attention. Guests were encouraged to sport their “most random” jersey or sports attire. Similar to a prom where a king and queen are crowned, there was a Bacon Bro and a Bacon Babe. Aside from a man dressed in a San Francisco 49’ers suit and the best damn Ditka impersonator I’ve ever seen, a majority of the crowd was sporting jerseys, tees and sweatshirts. While I was working, I had to participate in some way, otherwise what kind of Sportsanista would I be?!

Paired with my Pagie Denim coated black skinnies and taupe suede over-the-knee boots from Nine West, I wore this amazing Nameless stripped button-up, I found at Shopbop.com. This shirt is proof that fashion and sports can live harmoniously. I digress…. 

As soon as we walked in to the event, I immediately went into Quarterback mode. I assessed the defensive set-up and landed on a play that would get the ball into the end zone. In laments terms, I created a route for myself to sample the most food and beer, sprinkled with a minor photo-shoot and short game of pop-a-shot.

Kitchen Surfing, a private chef service, was one of the most memorable booths with their cheddar bacon drop biscuits with bacon jam. The hospitality of Chef Dustin Smallheer was just as amazing as the bacon jam. Next I sampled some baked macaroni and cheese with bacon crumble from Market BarThe portion was as big as my head, but I wasn’t mad at it.

After all of the bacon indulgent, I needed something to wash it down. I walked on over to the Magic Hat booth to sample their chocolate stout – Heart of Darkness. Chocolate beer? I say yes! I’m the kind of girl who needs some sweet with my savory. On my way to the pop-a-shot I scooped up a deviled egg with buffalo sauce sprinkled with bacon bits for extra confidence. Turns out a deviled egg topped with bacon does not help your shot, but we were all winners that day, right?

After making a full lap around the premises, it was time to hit up the Action Booth, a photographer service that puts the photobooth to shame. The photographer made me jump in 5-inch heels. He said jump, I said how high! The photo below is probably one of my favorite take-aways from the event!  

My second favorite take-away of the event, was BaconSports.com’s commitment to give Chicago Cares, a Chicago based volunteer program charity, at least $5,000 of all ticket proceeds. Chicagoians helping Chicagoians, love it!

Now what’s a party without a parting gift? In a recyclable shopping bag each guest received the following items: Vosges chocolate, $50 Nakewines.com Gift card, Bacon marinade from Tongue Spank Spice Company, coupon to Kitchen Surfing (something I WILL use), coupons to Frontier and a gift card to apply to Box of Paradise’s one year subscription.

I judge every party by the happiness of my stomach and the contents I leave with. The Bacon, Sports and Beer celebration was the perfect winter Saturday antidote. Job well done.

 

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After a long (and much-needed!) week off, viagra the Chicago Bears face division rivals the Green Bay Packers in Monday Night Football this week. With Cutty and Briggs both out, viagra the Bears need as much help as they can with backup quarterback Josh McCown. One player who’s making strides as a No. 2 man? Our HAM of the Week, Alshon Jeffery. Maybe he’s the key to fixing the Bears’ broken record.

The 6’3”, 216 lbs wide receiver has certainly been a fixture on the Bears’ roster. As of Week 6 versus the Washington Redskins, Jeffery has had 53 receptions, 823 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.

Alshon Jeffery, http://www.sbnation.com

Growing up in South Carolina, Jeffery was a sports star since his high school days, where he was part of a four-time state championship-winning basketball team. He also played football, and was recruited to play at USC, before switching to the University of South Carolina.

At South Carolina, Jeffery played in 39 games, making 32 starts and finishing with 183 catches for 3,042 yards and 23 touchdowns, tying for first in the school’s history.

Throughout his college career, Jeffery collected a number of awards and honors, including the Football Writer’s Association of America’s Scout.com All-American in 2009 and 2010, ESPN’s Best Overall Player in the SEC in 2011 and the 2012 Capital One Bowl MVP. He was also named a Biletnikoff Award finalist in 2010, an award given to the nation’s top wide receiver.

Jeffery headed to the NFL draft in 2012, and the Bears selected him as the 13th pick of the second round.

He made his first Chicago Bears start on September 23, 2012 versus the Saint Louis Rams. Jeffery suffered a broken hand and an injured knee throughout the regular season, but toughed it out and ended his rookie season with 24 caught passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games.

Jeffery’s biggest break came in this year’s Week 5 loss to the New Orleans Saints, when he broke the Bears’ single-game receiving yards record with 218 years, along with recording a career-high 10 receptions. The record was originally set in 1952.

And, according to Rant Sports, this guy is a must-have to start on your fantasy football drafts:

We already know about the bromance between Cutty and Marshall. But Jeffery is literally the second right-hand man who is ready to run for anything—he’s topped 100 yards in three of his last four games. While he may seem as the NFL’s “biggest surprise” in his second season, he has definitely stepped up his game, nearly doubling his total receiving yards since last year in only seven games of the 2013 season.

His goofy grin makes it seem like he’s a jokester, but he’s also a seriously committed player. He is also very religious, and it often shows on his Twitter account (@AJJeffery1). He may seem like one of the more soft-spoken players on the team, but he shows his support for the Gamecocks and the SEC in every way possible.

 

Did we mention, we love a HAM in pink?

Alshon Jeffery, www.chicagobears.com

Jeffery’s willingness to run and block with enthusiasm has made him one of the league’s more completed wide receivers. He’s already made impressive contacts with McCown, and we can only hope they’ll be exactly what the Bears need to stop the Green Bay defense.

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Don’t get me wrong. I love football and hockey. But one sport is missing from the fall trifecta: basketball.

For all the Bulls fans, prescription the regular season begins Tuesday, when the team travels to Miami to square off against Lebron and the Heat. And while the Heat will be getting their rings, it’s clear that all eyes will be on this week’s HAM of the Week, Derrick Rose. D.Rose had been out for all of last season when he tore his ACL during the 2012 NBA Playoffs. And we, like the rest of Chicago, are all VERY excited for his return.

Derrick Rose, http://sportsillustrated.com

The 25-year-old was destined to be a basketball star from the start. And though he was cleared to play as early as January of this year and even suited up for practice, he wanted to make sure he was 110% ready to get back in the game. And judging by his flawless undefeated preseason performance, we’re ready.

Born and raised in Englewood on the southwest side of Chicago, the 6’3”, 220 lbs point guard, nicknamed “Pooh” for his resemblance to Winnie-the-Pooh as a baby, showed off his basketball skills as early as elementary school. He took those skills to Simeon Career Academy, where he helped the school win back-to-back state titles. He was named Illinois’ Mr. Basketball, and was named to the USA Today All-USA Today Team, selected to the 2007 Parade Magazine All-America Team, and was heavily scouted as a top-five recruit among many scouts’ lists, all before he finished high school.

Rose continued his superstar athleticism at the University of Memphis. During his freshman year, he averaged 14.9 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament, and eventually made it to the championship game. Though they lost, Rose felt it was time to turn pro, entering the NBA draft soon after the championship game. The Bulls drafted Rose as the number one seed in the first round.

Derrick Rose, http://espn.go.com

Rose exceeded expectations in his rookie season, averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds, which was enough for him to earn Rookie of the Year in 2009. But that’s not all.

He led the Bulls to back-to-back (and back-to-back again) NBA Playoffs, and was awarded the MVP Award along the way in 2011, the league’s youngest in NBA history.

And now that he’s a dad (to son PJ, 1, with ex-girlfriend Mieka Reese), we think he’s definitely had a change of heart for the game. He split with Reese, so that means he’s officially available! But for right now, we’ll continue to admire him from afar.

 

Entering his sixth season, Rose has grown to become a leader on and off the court. Though he’s more of the soft-spoken players, he’s physically and emotionally hard on himself as a player, a turn-on that this HAM hunter has expressed admiration for. While some critics viewed Rose’s decision not to return as not his best move, especially during the last year’s playoffs while some of his teammates fought through injuries and illnesses, Rose did what any other celebrity does—he ignored the outside media. Rose’s real star quality is that he puts his team first, something that definitely ups the ante in his HAM-ness.

When he’s not off promoting brands like Adidas and Powerade on his website, Rose is probably listening to the likes of Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar, and we love that Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” is on his SkullCandy playlist. We love that true motivation!

Rose created a Twitter account (@DRose) during his time away from the court last season, although he hasn’t tweeted much since his return. His Facebook fan page is where he gets the most social media traffic, posting pictures and status updates on his readiness to be back in the UC for the 2013-2014 season.

His character has grown immensely, as evident in this interview with USA TODAY:


D. Rose has proved he’s back and ready to roll, and we’re in awe of his belief and confidence to be better than ever.  We can’t wait to see him in action.

As an added bonus, D. Rose and co. will be back at the UC on Thursday for the home opener. No tricks, just treats.

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