Very tall men with abs and pecs (and everything else presumably) of steel are walking around Downtown Mobile. No offense to our local gentlemen, but we don’t see this very often around LoDa. Nope, we only see it once a year and that time is during Senior Bowl week! One of the most wonderful weeks of the year! So welcome to all the players and their families, coaches, scouts, agents and media! We sure do love hosting you here.
And please make sure to go to as many local bars and restaurants as possible so I can report on it next issue. Especially if you are a head coach, so I can identify you. I get way too many Senior Bowl tips that start like this: “I really don’t know who he was, but he was a very large man in a Falcons/Saints/Bengals (fill in the blank) pullover, and I saw him at Veet’s.”
Come on, spies! I need more details! Ask these big men who they are!
Anyway, we have more tasty gossip than the delicious peanut butter filling in a Reese’s cup, so let’s get to it!
On Monday night, the Senior Bowl hosted players, coaches, scouts, media and local politicos and such at a welcome reception in the Moonlight Ballroom at the Battle House hotel.
Per usual, my spies said there were many NFL folks walking around, they just weren’t exactly sure who they were. One spy did see Mayor Sandy Stimpson posing for a photo with former Alabama/Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts. Apparently Jalen is wearing a helmet with both teams on it. Roll Tide!
Also my spy said he saw local hero Lamical Perine, who played for Theodore and then the Florida Gators, who was garnering a lot of attention, as was Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason. And, of course, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup mascot, who was the most popular of all for obvious reasons. People just want to eat him up!
In other Senior Bowl news, there have been tons of favorable comments on Twitter leading up to Senior Bowl week. Many agents and sports media folks were expressing how this is their favorite week of the year and how they can’t wait to see everyone. Yay! We love that you love it!
And we also hear members of the the San Francisco 49ers’ staff were sporting T-shirts after their win over Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game that said “From Mobile to Miami!” The 49ers will play the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl in Miami on Feb. 2. Love it! After all, it all starts here!
Disney Movie to be shot in Fairhope?
Word on the adorable streets of Fairhope is there is a movie crew in town looking for locations and extras and preparing to film next month. We hear it is an adaptation of the young adult novel “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things,” a collection of short stories by Lev Grossman, and it is being produced by Disney.
According to a synopsis on thedisinsider.com, the film is about “two teens who live the same day repeatedly, enabling them to create the titular map. A magical realist romance, the character of Mark takes advantage of reliving the same day over and over by reading his way through a library. When he meets Margaret, who’s also aware of the time loop, they set out to find every amazing event — no matter how big or small — that occurred on that day.”
So it’s kind of like “Groundhog Day” for tweens and teens? No word on who the stars are yet, but we will keep you posted.
Spreading the mayo
Mayonnaise taggers are apparently on the loose in MiMo. It seems someone wrapped up a large jar of Hellmann’s in a plastic grocery bag and tied it up on a power pole at the corner of Dauphin and Fulton.
I have so many questions about this, but my biggest one is: “Hellmann’s? Really?”
This is the South, and if you are going to go around mayo-tagging you better do it with Duke’s!
What’s next, wrapping bags of Pepsi around light poles? It’s not OK!
Well kids, that’s all I got this week. Have fun at the Senior Bowl! And remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ mayo lovin’, I will be here. Ciao!
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