Posted: Wednesday January 10, 2007 11:37AM; Updated: Wednesday January 10, 2007 11:59AM
Coming to South Beach for the Super Bowl? Maybe you'll run into Cowgirls Jenn Sterger and Fabiola Romero.
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A couple of us are heading down to South Beach for the Super Bowl in a few weeks. We've already dismissed the possibility of getting tickets to see the Pats win another championship, so we're ready to focus on the equally important party scene. As a Miami native, can you offer any bar recommendations or must see events for us SOBE virgins? -- Chris, Boston
SOBE is crawling with nightlife, so just be prepared to drink plenty of red bull and spend the next day nursing your sleep deprivation (among other things). As far as suggestions on where to go, I would say you should definitely hit up Mansion. A few of my girlfriends work there and constantly brag about how their club is really the life of the party. Of course, it's not bragging if it's true. So stop in and say hi to my old cowgirl, Fabiola. She makes some mean drinks and is easy on the eyes. Other clubs you should consider hitting up include Prive, Amika and Crobar.
Congratulations, Jenn! How many cartwheels did you turn when FSU beat UCLA in the Emerald Bowl? What a great way to wrap up the season. -- Dave Carew, Green Bay, Wisc.
Even some of the Garnet and Gold loyalists doubted whether the 'Noles could bring home a "W" and end the season on a high note after a turbulent season. Sure, the Emerald Bowl wasn't familiar territory for them and the drive across I-10 was a little longer than usual, but the 'Noles' had come cross-country with something to prove. Just weeks after Jeff Bowden announced his resignation as offensive coordinator, the 'Noles were in complete disarray: They had coaching vacancies that rivaled one-star hotels, an injured list that made Buster Davis a one-man D-line, and uncertainty regarding the state of the program in general. We were the laughingstock of all the major sports networks, topped many "Worst Disappointment Lists," and even Bobby Bowden's ability to recruit, discipline, and lead a team was questioned. No one gave us a chance against UCLA (who had just recently upset USC at home). Still, the 'Noles did what the 'Noles do best: they rallied when the chips were down. It may not be a sign of a second coming or anything, but the 'Noles win in San Fran proved there is life after Jeff Bowden, and that even great teams can be rebuilt when you use the right tools. Now with Jimbo Fisher and Rick Trickett on board and the new influx a successful recruiting season will bring, things are looking brighter for the Seminoles.
My girlfriend of five years just pulled a fast one on me, right before she leaves for a semester in Europe. We had agreed to take a break when she was away, but a month before she leaves, she says "we are different," and doesn't want to talk about it, basically leaving the relationship in some kind of purgatory/limbo/lame-duck period. What is one to make of this? -- Mike, Bronx, N.Y.
I hate to say this, but sometimes people use their departures for school or elsewhere as a means of breaking off a relationship and starting fresh. Odds are there were probably some underlying factors in play that you were unaware of: maybe another guy, not wanting any loose ends back in the U.S. (should she find a potential love interest abroad) or perhaps the passion just wasn't there anymore. These things happen. Sometimes it's best to just let things go. If things are meant to be, she'll realize her mistake and come back to you.
Jenn, I just turned 27 and came to the realization that I'm three years away from 30. I've always been a pretty fit guy and try to take good care of myself, but have had some trouble finding time for exercise with my stressful job and since my wife and I had our son, who is 11 months old. I've gained about 10 pounds, and even though that's not that bad, I really don't want to gain anymore. Any suggestions on some small things a man who is lacking time can do to keep in shape? -- Justin, Charlotte, N.C.
First off, your wife had the kid, not you. Sympathy weight gain from her late night Taco Bell cravings is no excuse. Neither is not having enough time. Working out and getting in shape requires planning. Busy work day and a lot of chores around the house? Perhaps skip the hour-and-a-half lunch break you would have had schmoozing and downing high-calorie food and replace it with some quality time on the treadmill paired with a smoothie. If you can't find the time to get away from the office, maybe take your kid out for a long walk when you get home. The cardio will do you good, the extra weight from pushing the stroller certainly won't hurt and I'm sure your wife will appreciate a break from the baby. Finally, get your other half involved in your mission. When you have someone motivating you to stay on track with your workouts, not slack on the cardio, and to quit eating Oreos, you'd be surprised how fast the weight really will come off. Besides, letting her know your emphasis on eating healthy will in turn make her more aware of planning your meals together and in turn, help her with losing any extra baby weight she's been carrying. Good luck!