Waitin’ all day for another disappointing SNF intro theme


It’s baaaaaaaaack.  Just a week from today, the NFL kicks off.  Finally, life has meaning again.
My mind is filled with questions:

Will Big Ben and the Steelers be the Stillers again?  (That’s how we say it “in the burgh.”) RB Le’Veon Bell returns in his sophomore season finally healthy, and RB LeGarrette Blount joins the backfield as a free agent.  Will the black and gold’s offense resemble the Jerome Bettis days?

Will the Dolphins finally challenge for the AFC East?  We’ll find out next Sunday, as the Fins host the Patriots.  It’s a 1 p.m. game, and I’m hoping it’ll be 98 degrees with 95 percent humidity.  QB Ryan Tannehill enters his third season with a brand new offense installed by new OC Bill Lazor, who was with the Philadelphia Eagles last year.  So there will be lots of speed, motion and quick decision-making by #17, but behind an offensive line that features five new starters, after center Mike Pouncey underwent offseason surgery.

Will the Rams be able to overcome the loss of QB Sam Bradford?

Will Peyton Manning and the Broncos match or top last season’s record-setting offensive production?

Will the Seahawks dominate again, or experience a letdown?

Wait a minute.  I’m off track here for the theme of this blog.  Let’s get to the burning question that’s really on my mind:

Will Carrie Underwood go classy, or once again, slobby for the opening theme song of Sunday Night Football?

Having “Faith” in Underwood, assures she’ll go slobby again, and that thought has been driving me crazy for weeks.

Singer Faith Hill wore some strange outfits while performing the SNF intro theme.
Singer Faith Hill wore some strange outfits while performing the SNF intro theme.

During her reign as performer of the “Waitin’ all day for Sunday Night” theme song for SNF, Faith Hill went the way of the bear, wearing dresses or short-shorts, always bare-legged.

I suppose it’s possible she was wearing pantyhose under these very weird boots, but even if she did, it doesn’t count since she’s not showing enough leg anyway.

In any case, one would be hard pressed to call any of the outfits she wore to perform the SNF intro theme professional or classy.

In replacing Hill last season, I so hoped Underwood would show a little class, but that didn’t happen.

Instead, she wore denim short-shorts, a sleeveless top and cowboy boots, complete with “bear” legs.

Singer Carrie Underwood could have performed in a biker bar with this getup.  (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Singer Carrie Underwood could have performed in a biker bar with this getup. (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

What will Underwood wear for the opening act of SNF this season?  Probably something else equally disappointing, including, of course, bear legs again.

I do hope I’m wrong, but whatever she wears, the chances that she will have on pantyhose are about as good as completing a Hail Mary pass for a touchdown.

As it turns out, in searching for Carrie Underwood on the Internet, I stumbled upon this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDNSxm–sew

So, if this is the final wardrobe selection, we have our answer:  Underwood once again will underwhelm, wearing a very short and strange-looking dress that appears tattered, comfortable-looking high-heel sandals, and, you guessed it, bear legs.  Pause frame at 0:12/2:50.

I’ve written it before (last year, actually), but it’s worth repeating: The NFL has gone to great lengths to improve its image during the past several years.  It’s a privilege to play in the league and to be associated with the NFL in all capacities.

The NFL is a multi-billion dollar business.  (In the preview video, Fred Gaudelli, Coordinating Producer, Sunday Night Football, says “Sunday Night Football is the Number 1 show on television …”)

And, in almost every case, everyone associated with the NFL who appears on TV dresses very professionally.  The guys in the booth, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, who call and comment on the game, wear business suits and ties.

Similarly, the female hosts on NFL Network wear pantyhose with their dresses and heels, alongside the male hosts and analysts who wear suits. (I’ve since been corrected about this.  Well, for a while there, Lindsay Rhodes used to wear quite beautifully, though I haven’t seen her in a long time, so I really don’t know now, and Amber Theoharis was wearing for a while, but apparently now, she’s gone the way of the Grizzly.  Too bad.  She used to look awesome.)

And remember, all NFL cheerleaders wear pantyhose with their uniforms, even in the hottest months in the hottest cities.

The Washington Redskins cheerleaders perform a routine before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers  Aug. 12, 2011 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
The Washington Redskins cheerleaders perform a routine before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Aug. 12, 2011 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood has been known to wear sheer pantyhose during performances.
Singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood has been known to wear sheer pantyhose during performances.

If all these people dress with professionalism and class, why can’t Carrie Underwood, an otherwise professional singer/songwriter, do the same when representing the NFL?

It’s not like she doesn’t know what pantyhose are.  She’s worn sheer pantyhose to perform on other stages.

No, sadly, this is a choice made by Underwood, the costume designer, the director, the producer, and/or anyone associated with bringing this act to the SNF stage.

And shame on all of them for wanting their star to prance around the stage of the most-watched show on Sunday night as if she were ushering in a barbeque for the big ho-down.

Way to go, folks.

NFL losing its mind

Seems to me that the NFL is getting goofy these days anyway.  I get trying to protect players by making it illegal for tacklers (and ball carriers) to initiate contact by leading with the head, using the helmet as a weapon.  I agree with penalties for grasping the facemask and for horse-collar tackles.

I can even see the point of emphasizing the enforcement of illegal hands to the face, but, c’mon, this is football. Things like that are going to happen occasionally, accidentally.

But this business of moving the starting point of the kickoff up to the 35 yard line to discourage a runback — ostensibly, the most exciting play in the game?  What genius came up with that one?

And I understand the NFL wants more scoring, but not allowing the DBs to touch a receiver after 5 yards?  And don’t get me started on PI.  Today, all a veteran quarterback has to do on 3rd and forever is throw deep, knowing there’s a better than average chance the defender will be called for pass interference, resulting in an automatic first down.

Then, there’s roughing the passer.  Since the days of Hall of Famer Dan Marino, and soon-to-be HOFers Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, the NFL has wanted to protect the quarterback.  I appreciate that.  But today, you can barely touch a QB without getting penalized.  You’ve seen it:

A defensive end or a rushing outside linebacker (or even a Safety on a corner blitz) gets to the QB, makes contact, but the signal caller magically wiggles out of a sure sack, scrambles to find a now-open receiver and completes a pass for a first down.  And I’m not just talking Big Ben here.  He does that routinely because he’s like 6-5, 265 pounds, and that’s just part of his game.  He’s practically patented that move.  I am talking about almost any QB today is able to escape being sacked, and I think it’s because defenders are concerned about getting penalized for roughing the passer.  I’m not saying it’s a conscious decision by defenders.  I just believe it’s in the back of their minds, causing them to hold up a bit.

C’mon, NFL, let these guys play football.

That’s right, I’m a petite little thing who wears nothing but dresses or skirts and heels and  sheer pantyhose every day … and I know football.  (A dream come true, aint I?)

Sorry for the rant, but these things have been bothering me for some time now, and what am I gonna do — write to the NFL?  Puh-leeeeease.

Back to reality

Longtime readers here know I do not like, and cannot tolerate missed opportunities for entertainers to do the right thing.

I wrote this last season, and I’ll write it again here:  There are so many more professional, credible, exciting performers who are much more glamorous than Carrie Underdog (not a typo).

If whoever is behind the production of the SNF opening theme song cared (obviously, he or she, or they don’t), a more professional and glamorous performer could do an exciting version of “Waitin’ all day for Sunday Night,” and look fabulous at the same time.

That guy I mentioned earlier, Fred Gaudelli, Coordinating Producer, Sunday Night Football, says of the SNF intro theme show for 2014: “It’s got a major star in Carrie Underwood.  That’s the right star to open up a show like Sunday Night Football.”

Seriously?  I soooo disagree.

Pop singer/songwriter Katy Perry can always be counted on to wear a fabulous outfit complete with sheer pantyhose during every performance she makes.
Pop singer/songwriter Katy Perry always can be counted on to wear a fabulous outfit complete with nude, suntan or black pantyhose during every performance she makes.

In April of last year before Underwood was announced as the new SNF intro theme performer, I had written a post recommending a few stars I hoped would be considered to replace Hill (Who should NBC hire next to perform intro to SNF?) and my first choice was Katy Perry.

When I found out it was Underwood, I was disappointed.  Why another country singer like Hill?  Why someone else who likely would dress like she’s performing in a saloon?

In that post last year, I included a poll, and most of those who participated picked Katy, as well.  (I like being right.)

Jennifer Lopez always puts on a high-energy show, and always wears sheer pantyhose with exotic outfits.
Jennifer Lopez always puts on a high-energy show, and most often wears sheer or sparkly pantyhose with exotic outfits.

Today, I still believe Katy Perry, Beyonce’, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez would be better choices to do the SNF opening, as each is more professional and much classier than Carrie Underwear (again, not a typo).

I know those ladies would wear a fabulous costume that included sheer pantyhose.  And this time, I’d add to that list Jessie J, and maybe Ke$ha and Shakira.

As far as I am concerned, consideration still should go to Selena Gomez and now Ariana Grande, but I do believe both are a bit too young and don’t have the credibility for such a venue yet.

Still, I am convinced both would at least have the good sense, good taste, professionalism and class to wear sheer pantyhose with their outfits.  Something Carrie Underwhelming doesn’t seem to have.

Really, if I were producing the SNF opening theme, I’d probably feature a different performer each week singing her own version of that song.

And if SNF really wanted Underwood to do the singing for the first episode, I’d go for that.  She could sing the song, but I’d get the Radio City Rockettes to do the actual performance.

The Radio City Rockettes are the epitome of class and glamour when it comes to performing at high-profile events.  And what are the Rockettes most famous for?  Their legs adorned in sheer nude pantyhose.
The Radio City Rockettes are the epitome of class and glamour when it comes to performing at high-profile events. And for what are the Rockettes most famous?  Their fabulous legs always adorned in sheer nude pantyhose, of course.

That’s how you open Sunday Night Football, people!

Out of sheer morbid curiosity, I will watch the SNF intro performance next Sunday, but as Johnny Dangerously would say — “Once!”

I just want to see the pageantry and imagine what could have been one time.  But after that, every Sunday night, I will have the telecast on until the intro theme comes on, at which time I will change the channel until I think it’s over, and then I’ll rejoin the program.  My little way of protesting this missed opportunity.

Will you join me in this?  Not sure it will make any difference, but it’ll make me feel better.

OK, your comments please.  And please take the new poll.  Tell us who you’d rather see perform the SNF intro theme.

Who’s the hottie in that Verizon Black Friday TV commercial?


I hope all of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Day celebrations and Black Friday shopping sprees. 
  In January of this year, one of my more popular blog posts was Credit ‘wear’ Credit is Due – Who’s that T-Mobile Girl?  That one got a lot of responses and still is frequently read today.  Actress/model Carly Foulkes is the hot little number rocking those pink dresses and sheer nude pantyhose.  

  Sometimes when I write these things, I secretly worry that as soon as I draw attention to someone for being a devoted wearer, all of a sudden she’s going to stop.  Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case with Carly, whom I praised in my post for having the professionalism and class to wear pantyhose with that outfit during an era in which that isn’t always done.  But I also gave credit to the person at T-Mobile, or the advertising company, for his or her decision about how to dress Carly for that spot. 

Actress/model Carly Foulkes is affectionately known now as “The T-Moble girl.”

It’s impossible to know whether Carly had any say about wearing pantyhose, or if it was solely the decision of T-Mobile or the ad campaign manager.  Perhaps the credit should go to designer/stylist Debra LeClair, who, according to a T-Mobile representative, created the custom-made, vintage-silhouette-inspired pink-and-white dress, and worked on the campaign and photo shoot.  

  In any case, the reason Carly made my Credit ‘wear’ Credit is Due column is because in researching her, I found that she frequently wears pantyhose in public appearances and other ads.  So, she’s a hero in my book. 

Enter the new hottie 

  Now, comes an amazing TV commercial by Verizon.  I saw it often while watching the NFL games over the holiday weekend.  It’s the one in which an absolutely gorgeous young lady portraying a Verizon employee walks up to a display at a Verizon store where she touches a bunch of smart phones and similar devices to wrap them in ribbons and bows for the Black Friday holiday sale.  This stunningly beautiful woman with long wavy brown hair is wearing a gray skirt and wine-colored blouse, and at first, that’s all we see of her, even when she walks across the floor to place some of these gift items under the store’s Christmas tree.  When she kneels down, that’s when we see she is wearing some absolutely delicious-looking sheer nude pantyhose.  And quite beautifully at that. 

  Unfortunately, it’s a brief scene, but oh, so lovely.  Man, when I see something like this, I just feel so much pride.  In this day and age, the Verizon people, or again, the ad campaign people for them, could easily have dressed the actress in pants, or gone with the skirt but with “bear” legs, reflecting a sign of the times.  Instead, they went with a professional and classy look, perhaps signaling that if “bear” legs ever really was an official sign of the times, it’s not embraced by everyone, and T-Mobile certainly was going to feature its actress in appropriate business attire.  

  I believe cases like this are all the proof we need that this ugly “bear” legs look has about run its course.  Just look at all the TV commercials for department stores and see what women are wearing.  Every dressy outfit includes pantyhose.  Finally, maybe people are coming to their senses again. 

  Unlike in the case of Carly Foulkes, this time, after hours of investigating on the Web, I could not identify the actress in the Verizon commercial.  So, I cannot tell you whether or not she is indeed a pantyhose kind of girl, or show you any photos of her.  But here’s a link to a video of this commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w34kGqZb52c&NR=1  Watch it in full screen mode for the best view of her legs at the end. 

  After the first couple of times of seeing this TV commercial, something strange happened, and I want to share my thoughts with you and hear your thoughts about it.  I’ve never seen anything like this before, but all of a sudden now, when the actress kneels down to place the gifts under the Christmas tree, they’ve cropped most of her legs out of the picture.  My first thought is why would they ever do such a thing?  She is so beautiful.  My second thought is this:  The powers that be probably figured they didn’t want the viewer looking at this gorgeous girl’s legs instead of the Verizon smart devices for sale.  

  Is that possible?  Could that really be the reason?  Nothing else makes any sense to me.  Anyway, you certainly can see (in fact, even more of) the actress’ legs in the YouTube video.  Hurry before someone edits that part of the scene from it, too. 

  Do any of you know who this girl is?  If so, please let the rest of us know.  I am so impressed with her. 

 

Update (Dec. 7 )

With my thanks for a first-time comment on my blog from a reader, whose online name is las artes, we now have indisputable visual evidence of who this very beautiful and charming actress is — Cherub Moore

Thank you, las artes, for pointing me in the direction of the WhoIsThatHotAdGirl (WITHAG) site for finding credible documentation when it comes to identifying relatively unknown but budding stars. 

While not much is known about Cherub Moore, with all the interest her appearance in that Verizon ad is generating online, I can’t imagine she’ll be off the radar much longer. 

Check out this link to view this fabulous TV commercial again, and to see a mini-profile and photos of the enigmatic model/actress Cherub Moore.

http://whoisthathotadgirl.tumblr.com/post/13509132832/q-who-is-the-hot-girl-in-the-verizon-black

 

 Last week, one of our longtime customers/readers of this blog, Carl, suggested that the lovely lady in the Verizon Black Friday TV commercial was Katie Savoy, who actually made an earlier appearance in a different Verizon commercial.  It’s the one where she is sitting poolside with her boyfriend, who is watching an NFL game (Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers) on a smart device.  She decides to take a dip in the pool, while he watches his favorite Viking, Adrian Peterson, score on a long running play. 

When Katie emerges from the pool, the boyfriend sees her as Adrian Peterson.  The poor guy.  But, it’s a cute commercial.  

http://www.youtube.com/v/QYFmbWzIsxo&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3

It was a good try, and I bought into it, but I just couldn’t reconcile that, as lovely as she is, Katie Savoy just didn’t quite have the exotic look we all saw in the Verizon Black Friday commercial.  

Thank you, Carl, for finding us these pics of Katie in pantyhose/tights.   

In any case, perhaps, like Carly Foulkes who appears in a series of T-Mobile commercials in which she always wears a beautiful dress with heels and pantyhose, it would be great if we get to see Katie and Cherub in a series of Verizon commercials all dressed up.

Cheerleaders of Homewood High School Patriot Band in Alabama perform during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 24, 2011, in New York.

Loving a parade 

  Nothing rings in the holiday season like the world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, its 85th annual event. 

  It’s also a venue at which one can see lots of pantyhose.  From cheerleaders to the majorettes of marching bands from all across the country, from dance troupes to celebrities performing, most often, the costumes include pantyhose. 

  And  never is that more evident than on the 36 pairs of lovely legs that belong to the Radio City Rockettes, the world renowned precision dance company based out of Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, NY, which has been performing during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade for more than 50 years.  

Members of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes perform during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 27, 2008, in New York City.

  The Rockettes, most famous for their perfectly timed “eye-high” kicks, also star in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, happening now through Jan. 2, as they have for more than 75 years. 

  Obviously, the Rockettes are known for their fabulous legs.   Could you ever imagine in a million years the Rockettes performing “bear”-legged?  Of course not.   Do you think any of the members of that company would even want to?  No way! 

  So that means all those pantyhose haters out there — those who say pantyhose are uncomfortable, out of style, irrelevant, etc. (those I like to refer to as, you know … WRONG) — actually think the Rockettes would look just fine and that it would be perfectly OK for them to perform “bear”-legged?   Those people can’t be that dumb.  It must be that they are just turning a blind eye to reality in order to not have to face the fact that they just have no sense of femininity, class or elegance. 

Interesting notes 

  Dana Delany wore a nice dress and sheer pantyhose during her guest appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (aired on Thanksgiving Day.)  See, now I would expect that of her, but I mention it here because more times than not, I’ve seen her appear mostly “bear”-legged at these venues.  So, I hope this is a sign of better judgment on her part. 

Lady Gaga, left, is interviewed by Katie Couric during Gaga’s Thanksgiving Day special on Nov. 24, 2011 in New York.

  Good job, too, by Lady Gaga, who, even though she wore a pants suit during her interview with Katie Couric as part of the artist’s “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving” special, did wear very sheer pantyhose with her high heels.  It looked nice, and I love that she shows her professional side during high profile interviews such as this one. 

  Of course, Lady Gaga wears more exotic pantyhose and wears them more provactively during her concerts, and HBO aired “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden” on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.  

  Finally, and this is weird:  Amy Sedaric appeared last week on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” wearing a strange dress, high heels but no pantyhose.  The weird part is when Dave complimented her about her shoes, she caressed her “bear” legs and said she really wants to do a pantyhose commercial (but apparently there are no takers.) 

  Then, Dave asked her what happened to pantyhose, noting that they seemed to have gone away.  She replied that they had and she couldn’t understand why, and then she emphasized that “We need to bring them back in a big way.” 

  OK, that part I like, but puh-leeeeeeease, Amy, don’t try selling that when you’re not wearing pantyhose.   Those “bear” legs of yours weren’t doing us any favors.  Nice try though! 

  Thanks for reading, and best wishes to all of you for a happy holiday season.