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WOW! Did you see that ending coming? That’s the question Dexter fans were asking last Monday morning. Let’s start at the beginning though…

Dexter follows Travis through a farmer’s market and gets a call from Deb that Sam’s been shot. Dexter heads to Sam’s garage as the ambulanceDexter Photo: Randy Tepper: Showtime heads towards the hospital, and he starts wondering whether he caused this to happen since he killed Julio a few episodes back.

As he analyzes the crime scene, he starts looking for clues about the other guy he hit and finds a blood match for Leo Hernandez. Dexter goes to find Leo but Detective Anderson intercedes and ends up shooting Leo to protect himself. The security video is in Leo’s DVD player and the detectives close the case.

Later, Dexter reviews the tape, sees the watch dog isn’t barking, and knows that Nick (the man Sam JUST baptized) is the killer!

Travis and Gellar are working to kill their ‘whore’ and Travis asks to give her pain killers to help her broken arm. Gellar shuts down the idea saying there is NO way she deserves pain pills. There’s also a weird scene with Travis collecting his own blood in jars!?

As the Doomsday investigation continues at Miami Metro, Deb asks Angel and Quinn to bring Charisa in for questioning because she might have more clues about Gellar for them. Quinn asks Angel to keep quiet about his fling with Charisa and Angel respects these wishes….BUT when Charisa comes in for questioning, she offers little information and tears Quinn a new one for the one night stand. Deb sees this through the interrogation room and reprimands him later.

Later at HQ, Deb learns that her new role keeps her colleagues and former friends from sharing too much information with her by the water cooler! She decides to throw a party at her new place to help her colleagues see they can still hang out with her. Quinn shows up super drunk and his date leaves when she sees where he took her. He starts saying some off color remarks to Angel’s sister Jamie, and Angel decks him. Dexter is supposed to show but is ‘at the hospital’ while they party.



At the hospital, Dexter tells Sam he’ll seek revenge and Sam begs Dexter to overcome the darkness, see the light and let it go. Sam says to tell Nick that Nick is forgiven and tells Dexter to get through this and see the light. As Dexter leaves the building, torn about Sam’s wishes and hoping he can see the light, he runs into Nick outside of the hospital and asks Nick to take a ride with him. They drive to the beach where Sam baptized Nick a short time ago, and he asks why Nick shot Sam. Nick feels like Sam lied to him because his life didn’t improve after the baptism. And to get back to gang life, he had to kill someone and prove himself.

Dexter says he should turn himself in because the police will find him anyway. Nick laughs at Dexter, and tells him the tape has nothing on it so it would be these two against each other. Dexter stuffs Nick into the ocean water and holds him down until he drowns, saying “There’s no light in you and no light in me.” They are on a dark but public beach, and as he walks back onto the beach he sees his brother Brian, the Ice Truck Killer.

“Hey little brother, miss me?” he asks Dexter.

Whew, what an ending! Is Brian going to bring Dexter into a darker place? What about Harry? Will any other ghosts past come back?

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Philadelphia Flyers Schedule – Another Chance for Flyers in 2011-2012

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The Flyers made some real noise in 2010-2011, though their goal ultimately ended up just out of reach as rival Boston ran the table and brought down the Stanley Cup in their stead. This year, the Philadelphia Flyers schedule is loaded with matchups that are going to really challenge the Flyers and get them battle-tested for a playoff run. Here’s a look at the ones you might want to circle on your calendar.

Nov. 19, Flyers at Jets:

There hasn’t been a hockey team in Winnipeg in some time, though they have one now with the Atlanta Thrashers skipping town and ending up as the Winnipeg Jets. Those who can remember seeing games in Winnipeg – back before the earlier Jets franchise moved to Phoenix – might want to scoot up and see a game in a place where hockey was meant to be played.

Nov. 26, Flyers at Rangers:

Regardless of the sport when Philly and New York get together, there is always a fair share of trash talking from two of the premier sports cities in the country. Just weeks after the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees wrap up in the baseball playoffs, the Flyers travel to New York to take on the Rangers in a game that will feel like it’s the postseason.

Dec. 17, Bruins at Flyers:

In another top-notch Eastern Conference matchup, the Flyers will get a chance to take down the defending champs in front of their home crowd. The Bruins have arguably the best goalie in the league in Tim Thomas, so this one should be a hard-hitting affair featuring two of the best defensive units in the NHL.

Jan. 14, Flyers at Predators:

Nashville really isn’t that far from Philly, making this an enticing potential road trip for the true fans. The Predators have an exciting young team and the Flyers will be looking to prove they can beat a prominent Western Conference opponent.

Mar. 22, Capitals at Flyers:

The Flyers get a crack at slowing down Alex Ovechkin, the all-world superstar forward who is consistently considered one of the best players in the entire league. Ovechkin and a strong overall team got the Caps back to the top of the Eastern Conference last regular season, though they couldn’t put it together in the postseason. It’s a big game when the Caps come to town late in March, with plenty of playoff implications sure to be on the line. NHL tickets won’t be a hard sell for most hockey fans for this one.

Apr. 7, Flyers at Penguins:

Wrapping up the regular season, the Flyers travel to Pittsburgh in a game that is sure to have plenty of Flyers fans mixing it up in the stands. Sidney Crosby and the Penguins are always one of the top teams in the East for a reason, giving the Flyers a chance to make a late-season statement.



PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1, 2011 – On Saturday, November 12th, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council (DVSC) will hold its 16th Anniversary “Stars for Stroke” Gala and Auction at the Hilton Philadelphia on City Avenue at 6:30 P.M.Delaware Valley Stroke Council to Hold 16th Anniversary “Stars for Stroke” Gala and Auction

The gala, which is a black tie event, will be hosted by 6abc Action News’ Shirleen Allicot. All proceeds from the event will be used to sustain DVSC programs in the Delaware Valley. To learn more, visit their website at www.phillystroke.org.

At this year’s gala, honorees will include DVSC founder Toby Mazer, who is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award  as well as physicians Ben Usatch and the late B. Franklin Diamond, stroke survivor Sam Abramowitz and caretaker Sharyn Abramowitz, and emergency medical responders throughout the Greater Delaware Valley.

Founded in 1995 by Toby Mazer, the DVSC works to provide advocacy for stroke survivors and raise awareness of stroke symptoms. “Ninety-five percent of people don’t know one symptom of a stroke, yet it is the third largest cause of death for Americans,” said Mazer, who was inspired to found the DVSC after her husband suffered a stroke and later passed away from related complications.“Ninety-five percent of people don’t know one symptom of a stroke, yet it is the third largest cause of death for Americans,” said Toby Mazer, who was inspired to found the DVSC after her husband suffered a stroke and later passed away from related complications.

Through Mazer’s work, the DVSC has developed the Stroke Treatment Enhancement Program (STEP). “The STEP program helps doctors gain a better sense of how to best treat, prevent and recognize stroke,” said Mazer. “It provides resources, referrals, and support for families, caregivers and stroke survivors.” Currently, the STEP program works with 13 area hospitals, including Abington and Lankenau Hospitals of Montgomery County and St. Mary’s and Doylestown Hospitals of Bucks County.

Mazer has also taken her work to the national level by serving on the board of the National Stroke Association from 1995-2010. One of her most notable accomplishments was fighting to have legislation passed that requires stroke victims to be taken to hospitals with certified stroke centers to ensure the best possible treatment is received. Because of her unwavering dedication to this cause, Mazer has helped improve the quality of care for stroke victims while educating countless numbers of individuals on how they can prevent the disease.

If you are interested in donating, please visit http://www.phillystroke.org/donate.php.  You can also like the Delaware Valley Stroke Council's Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/DelawareValleyStrokeCouncil to stay up-to-date on all their happenings.

For more information on the 16th Anniversary "Stars for Stroke" gala, please visit http://strokesurvival.org/ or contact Jennifer Sherlock at 609-369-3482 or by e-mail, jsherlock@jennacommunications.com   

About the Delaware Valley Stroke Council:
Delaware Valley Stroke Council, a United Way agency, promotes optimal stroke care through advocacy, education, awareness, diagnosis and treatment. The Delaware Valley Stroke Council works as citizens' organization. Founded in 1995 by a group of area neurologists, Delaware Valley Stroke Council serves Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley, including South Jersey and Delaware. Over the years, the organization has continually expanded its programs to meet newly recognized needs, while establishing state and national constituencies in the process.



Every little girl dreams of the day when that special guy is going to get down on one knee, slip his hand into his pocket, and pull out a gleaming diamond to offer. I’ve heard some of the most romantic engagement stories and some of the most mundane, and I’ve always wondered on which side of the spectrum mine would land when the time came.

I was coming up quickly on my 26th birthday and Sam and I had been together for about four years now. We had casually talked about marriage but never anything concrete was decided.  Leading up to my birthday, which I regard as my own national holiday, Sam seemed to be acting different.  Where he had once concluded to just allow me to make the plans, he was adamant with facilitating all of the birthday celebrating.  Pamela Sue Martin as Nancy Drew. Photo: Flickr.com

He had asked me “What are you wearing to dinner on Friday night?  I was thinking you’d want to go get yourself something new and special.”  He thought I had WAY too much clothes, so I took this as odd. The next day he said “You don’t really wear jewelry do you? You’d wear special pieces though if you had them, right?”  I started to get suspicious, so I sent for additional female opinions, and they agreed this as suspicious behavior and ride it out.  

Three days away from our dinner plans, and I’m sitting on the couch and Sam says “Why don’t you treat yourself to a manicure?  Here, how much are they?”  Now I was nervous. A manicure? I didn’t even think he knew what a manicure was. I casually agreed to the treatment and called my friends with more clues.  We were onto something here. I came home to our apartment the next day and when I opened the door I heard Sam immediately yell, “HANG ON! Don’t come up here!”  My defiant child-like attitude took all of my power to stifle, because all I wanted to do was run into the room where he was and see this ‘surprise.’  

He finally yells down, “Ok to come up.”  I immediately go into the bedroom where he was and scan the space looking for anything out of place.  Sam caught onto my “Nancy Drew” impersonation and said “Listen, do I have your word that you won’t go snooping around in here, please, it would mean a lot to me if you just let me have this surprise?”  Ugh. Well he hit me with such a noble request, so I made the promise to just wait and cool my jets.   

Friday came and in my new outfit and freshly manicures hands, Sam and I headed off to dinner.  Once we ordered and Sam looked at me and said, “I want to give you one of your presents now.”  My heart began to leap from my chest and I nervously looked around where I sat to make sure he had room to take a knee. He stood up and took a small wrapped package out from his back and handed it over to me.  He sat down with a goofy grin while I tore into the wrapping.  She-Ra- the complete DVD collection.  She-Ra photo: sliceofscifi.com

Don’t get me wrong , I did LOVE it, I just had something smaller and less DVD compatible in mind at the moment, so I was a little less enthusiastic then I should have been.  

“That’s not your only present, just so you know.  I think it’ll be a very special night for you.” Ok, my suspicions were back on.  With each course of the meal I casually forked through the lettuce leaves or lasagna layers wanting to be sure I didn’t swallow any “present” accidentally.  The desert came, and again I searched, but no ring.  

We left a glorious meal and headed home. I made one final effort to see where this night was histrionically heading, and I blurted out “You’ve really made my birthday so special I don’t want any more presents.  So no more, ok?”  My attempt at reverse psychology was pathetic, but may work on Sam.  “But I have something even more special for you at home,” he confirmed.  

It WORKED. Game back on. “That’s ok, why don’t you take it back or something, you really have done so much already, and I am grateful.”  (Bite fishy, BITE)  “Well I can’t return it” he replied with a small smile. Oh my God, it’s been sized. This is for real now I thought to myself and actually counted the mile markers until we got home.

I raced into the apartment and Sam said, “Go have a seat on the bed.”  My heart was in my throat and I looked at the clock to see if would be “too late” to call anyone, then I realized WHO CARES, I’m calling them anyway!  Sam comes in the bedroom and kneels at the foot of the bed and holds my hands and says “I have something special for you,” and his hand darts between the Samress and box spring.  Just then, my world went black. As clear as day, I knew I didn’t want to get married yet.  

“WAIT! You know what I’ve been thinking and I really don’t think I am ready for this. There’s so much I still want to do. I think I want to explore more and all that before we do this and take this step.”  Sam looks at me a bit baffled and pulls his hand out from between the Samress and says “I thought it’d be fun…”  

And there in his hand was a silver vibrator. Photo: organicnaturaldiet.com

I burst out crying. This gift was WORLDS away from where I had thought.  Sam stared at me crying like he was in the presence of a weeping statue of the Virgin Mary, he had absolutely no idea what was going on. Through the tears and snot I managed to say each word:  I. Thought. You. Were. Giving. Me. An. Engagement. Ring.

“Why did you think I was giving you a ring? And why are you still crying?” Poor Sam.  This attempt to be a little ‘naughty’ truly backfired on him.

“Because…”  I then went down my list of Nancy Drew clues to attest to the conclusion that all signs pointed a ring.  

“You told me to get a new outfit.”

“It was your birthday and you love clothes, of course you should get a new outfit.”

“You asked me if I would wear special jewelry.”

“Because I wanted to be sure you would like it if I got you a necklace or something.”

“You told me to get a manicure.”

“My mom told me girls like manicures, so I got you a manicure.”

“You said you couldn’t return the gift.”

“That’s because I had them put the batteries in it.”

With that I sobbed even louder. He knew now these tears were more of an embarrassment at my own nature to get carried away rather than the actual disappointment of not being given a ring.  Photo: examiner.com

I got on my most covering, fuzzy, and footed pajamas that night for bed (and mind you my birthday’s in July), and slept as close to the opposite edge of the bed as I could get. Looking back on the evening now; poor Sam. The man entered the night with nothing but good intentions and his reward was to sleep next to what looked like a 3rd grader at a slumber party.

Needless to say the ‘present’ was never tested; it held too many uncomfortable and embarrassing memories to be actually taken seriously. In the end Sam and I never did marry, at least not each other. We parted ways a year later on very good terms. During our breakup proceedings as they were, I asked Sam if I ever taught him anything of significance about women. He said “of course, tons.”

“However”, he noted, “you did make me realize girls do love silver presents, just not one’s that could mix paint evidently.”  

The lesson I took away was to be patient, all good things will come to you in their own right time.  Don’t rush anything.   

It’s ironic though, because the lesson I took away is the exact opposite goal of a vibrator.  

Go figure.

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Looks like the cowards at Penn State University can't handle the heat after sweeping Jerry Sandusky's child sex crimes under the rug for YEARS.

Today they cancelled Joe Paterno's press conference because of the media attention the Sandusky child sex scandal is receiving.

At first, they were going forward with Joe Paterno's weekly pre-game press conference, but they knew they would have to answer a barrage of questions.

Penn State President and Coward-in-Chief Graham Spanier requested the cancellation of the press conference, and the university issued the following horses**t statement:

"Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today's press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled."

Boo-BLEEPING-hoo. I feel so sorry for you, Penn State University. You allowed Jerry Sandusky to set foot on campus after he raped a 10-year-old boy in a shower in 2002. Furthermore, Joe Paterno washed his hands of everything by passing the information to Tim Curley, who did NOTHING about it.

This whole scandal gets worse and worse every day, and the suits at Penn State think they can hide like ostriches. This will result in the death of Penn State football as we know it.

Truthfully, Jerry Sandusky should receive the death penalty for his crimes. And everyone who obstructed justice and enabled this animal to carry out his crimes (including Joe Paterno) should receive jail time for being complicit in these crimes. In fact, it's not out of the question to suggest that Joe Paterno, Tim Curley, Graham Spanier, and Gary Schultz spend 20-30 years in prison.

This would mean Paterno spend the rest of his life in prison, and it's just as well. He is for all intents and purposes the accomplice of a child rapist.

Joe Paterno's storied legacy is nothing but a sham.  Penn State University brought this on themselves by looking out for the bottom line - money.

Hopefully, the suits in NCAA Football destroy Penn State's program. They probably won't because the program didn't cheat, pay students, or give away gifts. The NCAA would rather concern themselves with money.

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President Obama is scheduled to come to the Philadelphia area today. Could he really be coming here to campaign for Mayor Nutter in today's Philadelphia mayoral election?

According to Republican Karen Brown, who is running against Mayor Nutter, President Obama is coming to town today to campaign for him because he "is running scared." 

Brown spoke with Philly2Philly's Dennis Bakay on Sunday night in regards to this matter. Check out the full interview right here.

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What’s gonna happen next? That’s the question fans are left asking when they watch episode 5 of Dexter, and see all kinds of twists and turns that are set-ups for the rest of the season!  

The show starts off with Dexter examining the angel wings from the end of episode 4 murder, and looking into that strange man, Travis, at the scene of that crime! He ends up finding out who Travis is, and later tracks him down. People think Travis might get killed, but it’s too early in the season. Oh, and Travis admits he’s too weak to kill, foiling Dexter’s plan and leaving him to make Travis walk away from his own car, and leaving himself to move on with his side investigation of the Doomsday Killer. Dexter Photo: Randy Tepper: Showtime

Before getting to Travis, Dexter visits the museum where Travis works. In his explorations, he finds a book that has the numbers missing, like the numbers he keeps finding in victims.  

Throughout the show, Travis and Gellar are hunting for their next victim, a ‘”whore of Babylon,” and while they embark on the Miami night life to choose this whore, Travis notices a newspaper with Gellar’s face on it! Gellar goes into hiding and Travis almost gets caught trying to trap his target. He frees her and later, thanks to his run in with Dexter, Travis is hesitant to see Gellar. Eventually they ‘run into’ a couple and get the woman in the trunk. Later, when Travis calls Gellar to say he’s not feeling well, Gellar is on to him!  

Deb and Anderson work together to learn more about Revelations and find Gellar’s old assistant from his teaching days. They end up sending Quinn and Angel to Tallahassee to talk with Charisa Porter, who turns out to be the latest notch on Quinn’s belt. When Angel comes to get Quinn in the morning, Angel finds a book in Porter’s home with drawings that are replicas of the crime scenes they’ve encountered already this season. Porter confirms it’s Gellar’s book!

At Miami Metro HQ, Masuka brings in a computer wiz named Louis to help hide the fact that the Ice Truck Killer ‘hand’ was online in a trading site. And Deb has to get the engagement ring back to Quinn…she forgot in the midst of her new role that she even had it and has to find it at home.

She and Harrison’s nanny Jamie get into a tiff when she’s in Dexter’s apartment (her temporary residence), and she has crime scene photos out in plain sight for Harrison! Lucky for her, a recent homicide left a beautiful waterfront property up for grabs and she’s going to move in soon! And at the crime scene, Anderson asks Dexter how he can be so professional and work with this team. Dexter responds about how great they are, including his lieutenant sister!

Brother Sam and Dexter had some nice (eerily familiar to Miguel) bonding time with beers on Dexter’s porch. It makes the audience wonder where the plot would go.

Turns out it would be revenge…Sam was gunned down in the last seconds of the show!

 

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The relentless pursuit of all things statistical has become the bane of my sports enjoyment. Now, the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader (ESPN) has added a new metric to the already crowded landscape called Total Quarterback Rating (QBR).  Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse espn logoalong comes QBR to fuel the fires of every living, breathing fantasy football geek the world over.

According to ESPN.com, it is a “statistical measure that incorporates the contexts and details of the quarterback’s throws and what they mean for wins.”  Couldn’t fans and media members simply watch the games to decide the level of a quarterback’s play?  Does anyone need mathematics to know Tom Brady greatly influences every New England Patriots game?

My love of the National Football League was born in the seventies when star quarterbacks like Ken Stabler and Terry Bradshaw confounded defenses with their skill, intelligence and toughness. Generally, it was easy to see when they played well and when they didn’t. There was no use for a quarterback rating statistic. In fact, I didn’t know what a quarterback rating was until about twenty years later. It was an uncomplicated and glorious time for NFL fans.   

What do quarterbacks Dan Marino, Dan Fouts and John Elway have in common?  Each one Dan Marino and John Elwayhas a career quarterback rating below 87.0. That statistic by today's standards implies they were each slightly above average. Can’t you hear Rotisserie football experts arguing the merits of those legends based solely on quarterback rating?

Fortunately for them their careers are defined by mostly tangential and rational men who saw fit to induct them into the pro football Hall of Fame.  One would be hard-pressed to find anyone who saw them play challenge their rightful place in Canton, OH.

Perhaps it’s part of the overall simplemindedness of the country and world we live in.  Maybe the pundits would rather talk about the NFL with more nuance but they have implicit instructions to focus on the numbers. After all, it’s still about viewers and the fantasy football contingent absolutely loves any and all quantifiable data.

That way, when the subject of pro football comes up in a regular conversation they can offer an opinion that actually sounds believable. Never mind the fact they don’t actually watch the games. They merely tune in to the NFL’s RedZone channel to follow the yards, receptions and touchdowns of players on their rosters. Countless times I've heard a friend or colleague explain the value of a particular player on the basis of some obscure statistic.

The level of minutia available to football fans never ends. Just the other day I read an article by an actual NFL beat-writer whose work is respectable. In it was a detailed (and mundane) analysis of a specific quarterback’s rating, only in this piece the writer provided numbers based on the intended receiver.  It turns out this quarterback’s rating is highest when he targets the player on his team widely regarded as his best pass catcher.

How about that?  It seems there is a fascinating trend permeating NFL stadiums from coast to coast.  According to the current data, quarterbacks who throw to their best receiver have better numbers than when they don’t.  Not to judge this writer too harshly but his reporting is lazy.  It’s hard to fathom there are companies out there actually willing to pay him for this non-sense.  Even a casual fan can see the quarterback plays his best when he throws to his most accomplished and in some instances only good pass-catcher.

This has reached epidemic proportions.  It seems each day brings a new, hard to reconcile metric. Critical analysis and careful thought are secondary to numeric equations and statistical data.

ESPN if offering total quarterback rating as a meaningful figure instead of the useless number it is.  

They should know better and so should we.

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Toni's Pink Flamingos show up in full force to walk two miles at the Big sMall Walk at the Oxford Valley Mall.


 

The Macy's Courtyard at the Oxford Valley Mall filled with pink before the Big sMall Walk commenced at the Oxford Valley Mall on Saturday, October 29.


 

Oxford Valley Mall's Director of Marketing, Jim Malervy, speaks to the crowd of more than 300 attendees at the Big sMall Walk and encourages them to show off their "fight like a girl" pink bracelets in honor of the fight against breast cancer



Ryan’s husband was turning thirty (many moons ago) and to celebrate a trip to Las Vegas was imminent. Ryan has one of those grand personalities that I can only properly describe by the phrase “Go Big, or Go Home.”  

Having Valerie, Ryan, and I on a vacation together was not common, so we each entered this with great expectations. Mine were slightly thwarted by a snowboarding mishap where I accidentallly assumed strapping both legs to a plank on snow was a wise plan. The end result was a fractured wrist and a classy casted arm to take along to a 600 degree Vegas. Poor Ryan and Val found themselves doing “rock, paper, scissors” for who would shave my legs for the week. God bless them.  Mike Tyson photo: news.yahoo.com

One night we decided a “girl’s night” was in effect and we headed out on our own. I watched this scenario like an anthropologist.  I was fascinated to see how our friend Valerie would fair in Vegas. Of the three of us I would classify Val as the one least impressed with the flash and glam of Vegas culture. We began our “clubbing” evening on the top of the Palms Casino in Ghost Bar.  

As I had suspected the excitement of Ghost Bar didn’t seem to affect Val as much, and this became pretty evident to me when she came back from the bathroom and said, “So I saw a set of sheets in Macy’s with all of the Super-Friends on them.” Ryan excused herself to call and check in on her husband and his “boy’s night” Vegas festivities, and Val and I continued our thread count conversation.

I looked to the entrance and a thick group of people walked in. The circles exterior was made up of rough looking black men, and they moved in a heard through the floor. I finally got a good glimpse of the inner circle and there was the one and only, unmistakable Mike Tyson. Myself a fan of the boxing world, I immediately pointed this out to Val. She casually looked over and said, “That’s cool. I think the guy from Saved by the Bell is here too.”  

“Iron Mike" took a seat and looked about as scary and intimidating as a man would look who can withstand having tribal images tattooed on his face. I got an idea, “let’s get Mike Tyson to sign my cast."  Val looked less than impressed at the thought of approaching the crew, so the idea was ultimately a bust.  

But I didn’t care; I had a “Vegas story” to share. We saw MIKE TYSON. A few minutes later Mike and his entourage got up and started out, they took a new route and were coming right past Val and I at the bar. They all moved in front of us and Val and I sat upright on our bar stools to watch the passing crew.   

Now, just as the anthropologist observing the ritual habits of tribal cultures of New Guinea, only so much of their data can be logical. Los Del Rio photo: Billboard.comThere’s always a chance the tribe can shock even the most noted scholar if the tribe were to have mastered the Macarena or an iPhone. My point is that the concept just doesn’t compute, and neither did this.

As the posse moved past us and "Iron Mike" was a foot from us, Val darts her hand in-between the arms of the burly “gates” and grabs the forearm of Tyson.  In a split second my heart dropped to the ground level of the Palms when I see “Iron Mike” cock his right arm and fist back in a killers “It’s ON!” stance.  Of all the scenarios I was ever considering for the evening none of them remotely revolved around explaining to an emergency room how my friend was cold cocked by Mike Tyson.

To our grace, Mike caught himself before his animal-like reflexes took over and allowed him to follow through with a swing. Val flashed a smile to the champ and he and his entourage continued out the door. Val looked at me and casually turned her chair back around, all with the ease of someone who hadn’t just stared down Mike Tyson. I would have spoken at that moment but I was too busy willing myself out of a stroke.  

“Well that was cool” Val said in an obvious attempt to break the silence.

“Why would you, of ALL people, taunt Mike Tyson?  You know he hits girls, he went to prison, twice I think.”

“Nah, he was fine.  Where are we going after this?”Bill and Ted photo: writersdigest.com

Boggled still by what just happened Ryan re-enters to coordinate the rest of our night.  

“So where do you guys want to go next?  Hey did you see that guy from Saved by the Bell is here?”  

“Val almost got knocked out by Mike Tyson,” I blurted out.

Ryan just stared at us for a moment with that classic dumbfounded look. The same look Keanu Reeves sports throughout all of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.  

We took off for more Vegas experience and left our tale of Valerie “The Vegas Virgin” vs. “Iron Mike” Tyson to Ghost Bar.  

Remember, “Go Big, or Go Home,” well I don’t think you get much bigger then taking on the champ and living to tell about it.

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