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Packers vs. Buccaneers: Who has the better famous fans? – OnMilwaukee.com01.22.21

This weekend, the Battle of the Bays gets a modern reboot as the Green Bay Packers rekindle their rivalry with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. And as always, there's much to discuss. Which future hall-of-fame quarterback will get the best of this rematch? Will the Packers rebound from their first meeting this season in which the Bucs slapped the Pack around the field, 38-10? How will the weather be at Lambeau Field and will that affect the warm weather Tampa team? Can the Packers get pressure on the famously shake-able Tom Brady? What new and exciting way will Ndamukong Suh find to get flagged and fined by the NFL?

But, with another NFCChampionship on the line, we must ask that all-important question: Which team has the better famous fans?

Yeah, sure, there are more important deciding factors like "touchdowns" and "the scoreboard" but this question is the true measure of a great sports team. As in the past in 2017 and 2020 I'm answering this essentialquery by utilizing my patented rigorous, pier-reviewedscientific method (aka arbitrary matchups and my own very stupid and biased opinion). Who's team will reign victorious before even the first snap, rendering Sunday's game pointless really because this is the true title that counts, obviously? Let's get down to science:

Justin Timberlake and Harry Stylesvs. Nick Carter

Timberlake/Styles: The Memphis-born pop star and actor is impressively a Packers fan and sure, it's apparently due tofear of sports-induceddecapitation, but hey, whatever works! And it REALLY worked because, when given the choice between selecting the Patriots or the Eagles on the Super Bowl stage, he selected ... the Packers. That's beyond merely a commitment to staying capitated.So he'll almost certainly be rooting for the Packers to say "Bye, Bye, Bye" to Brady and the Bucs this weekend.

Meanwhile, despite coming from the side of the pond with a completely different football,fellow pop heartthrob Harry Styles apparently bleeds green and gold literally, according to the singer. But actually, it's not some sort of glorious blood disorder that got Styles to become a Packer backer; it was a roommate in his first touring days who happened to hail from Appleton and educated Styles on the sport and the team so well that Styles got the Packers' signature G tattooed on his body. So clearly that nameless Appleton flatmate should become president for life of the Packers and maybe mayor of Green Bay too.

Carter: Not to be outdone, in 2019, famed Backstreet BoyNick Carter got a *ahem* larger than life tattoo of his favorite teamthe Buccaneers and bragged about how the team was going back to the playoffs that season. He even tried to make a bet withnational sports writer Peter Schrager that, if the Bucs missed the playoffs, he'd get a tattoo of the NFL Network logo.

Spoiler alert: The Bucs went 7-9 and missed the playoffs. Luckily, Schrager turned down the bet, so Carter didn't have to become a walking cable TV network ad.

Verdict: NSYNC was always better than the Backstreet Boys plus, in this game,two celebs almost always beats just one. Sorry,Nick Carter, but that's the meaning of being lonely. Point: Packers

Baby Yoda vs. Bill Burr

Baby Yoda: Sure, Baby Yoda pardon me, Grogu may be a fictional alien character with no dialogue who probably doesn't know what football is, but there's just something about the little guy that says Packers fan. Maybe it's the constant snacking. (You can tell he'd love a tailgate.) Maybe it's that he's small but mighty perfect for professional sports' smallest town but mightiest fanbase.

Thankfully, we don't have to assume he's a Packers fan; we know the fictional alien is one of us courtesy of real-life human (and Disney CEO) Bob Iger, who spoke on behalf of the precious little guy during the playoffs last year bytweetingout these two very Force-positive (and Packers-positive) images.

OK, they migh just be fan art but when it comes from the guy essentiallyin charge of "Star Wars," I'm pretty sure these qualify as canon. Which means, yes, the Green Bay Packers are a part of the "Star Wars" extended universe. If the holiday special qualifies, this does too!

Burr: The famous comedian got launched to a new levelof stardom literally playing Mando'srascal bounty hunternemesis on the streaming hit, but that's not all that's changed for Bill Burr as his beloved Thomas Brady flipped teams from the Patriots to the Bucs. But while his heart still belongs to New England, he's said that he's also rooting for Tampa in particular a Bucs-Chiefs Super Bowl match-up.

Verdict: The Buccaneers aren't even Burr's team. Meanwhile, Baby Yoda's number onelove is clearly the Pack (though eggs might come in a close second). Plus, who can no to that cuddly-wuddly, adorable little face!?As a reult, this is the way.Point: Packers

Erin Andrews vs. Dick Vitale

Andrews: She may be the ultimate insider on every team's sidelines during Fox football games, but thanks to her dad, there was only one team she wanted the inside scoop about: the Packers. Even growing up around Tampa, she stuck by the Pack. Plus she rocked thisfull Packers uniformwhile covering college football for ESPN, back when she had to be professional and pretend like she doesn't have a favorite. Stupid ethics ...

Vitale: When he's not shouting on the border of coherence inthe broadcasters' booth about college basketball, Dickie V is shouting about his Tampa sports teams whether it's the Rays, theLightning or theBuccaneers, who he's claimed season tickets for over more than two decades and even claimed himself as their fourth-round draft pick DURING the ACTUAL NFL Draft.

Vitaledid not turn out to be the next Tom Brady but he got the next best thing: the real Tom Brady. So yes, you will not be surprised to find out that he's VERY excited about his team's current run. (Rest in peace, my computer speakers.)

You know what, I take back the shouting digs.I would watch an entire broadcast of him doing football games like this. Can we get him on the next Nickelodeon NFL game?

Verdict: Andrews may have grownup a Packers fan,but with hercareer,hercheesehead-ness has had to take a backseat to professional impartiality, resulting in good, safe, political currentanswers like,"You cheer for the guys and the stories and so forth. Im a fan of all the people I have relationships with and are good to me. Somehow this feels like Joe Buck and Troy Aikman's fault. Meanwhile, it's Dick Vitale's never been one to hide his loud, proud fandom in the name of professionalism whether it's covering a Duke game or, yes,the Bucs. Point: Bucs

Joan Jett and Jane Wiedlin vs. Brittany Snow

Jett/Wiedlin:While you'd think a certain airplane-themed team in New York would be a perfect fit for Joan Jett especially since she hails from East Coast states like Pennsylvania and Marylandit turns out the iconic rocker is a Packers fan. Growing up, she saw a photo of the Packers playing a muddy, dirty, grimy game against the Browns and fell in love with the one thing she could make out in the muck: that Green Bay G. So basically the opposite of a "Victim of Circumstance."

Speaking of retro music favorites, Go-Gos guitarist Jane Wiedlin also waves the Packers flag or socks, in her case. And if you're a little concerned about those Bears socks in the background, she's legit: She's a Sconnie native, hailing from Oconomowoc, and she's a regular Packers poster online withvery accurate observations, might I add.

Snow: While she may have co-starred with some songbird-likePackers in "Pitch Perfect 2" and she has the perfect last name for Green Bay fandom Snow's football affections allegedly belong with her hometown team, the Bucs.

Verdict:Normally there's evidence of a person's fandom on the internet somewhere but this supposed Brittany Snowinterview where she professes her Bucccaneers fandom has disappeared without a trace from the internet. Maybe she realized the error of her ways and scrubbed it from the world. Wise choice. Point: Packers

Mark Ruffalo vs. Hulk Hogan

Ruffalo:The Oscar-nominated actor hails from Kenosha and mostly famously plays a superhero whose special power involvesturning Packers colors so yeah, he's a Green Bay fan.

Hogan:The most Florida Man looking of all celebrities is, indeed, a Florida man, living in Clearwater and adopting the Tampa Bay sports teams as his own including the Bucs, posting videos cheering on the pewter and even making a visit to training camp back in 2018(back when Tampa had those awful jerseys with the alarm clock numbers).

Verdict: Neither real-lifeHulk or movie Hulk has tweeted recently about their team of choice despite their recent success, so it's tricky to decide who's the better fan so I'll pick the one who I really don't want to see angry, because the rumor on the street is I wouldn't like him when he's angry. Sorry, BROTHER! Point: Packers

Hailey Clausonvs. Gisele Bundchen

Clauson: Again, unless you're looking for hypothermia, swimsuits and Packers season are typically a match made in frozen hell but SI swimsuit model Hailey Clauson bucked that common logic by becoming a Packers fan. How does a Cali native become a fan of the most un-Cali-like team in the league? For one, a love of winning and success, obviously but mainly her boyfriend, fellow model Julian Herrera, who apparently helpedlearnher the ways of Lambeau, including taking her to the sports shrine itself for a game. The cold didn't bother her anyway, as shewent to a second game and is still clearly a fan.

Bundchen: Surprise! Who could've expected Tom Brady's model wife Gisele Bundchen would be a big fan of his team?! But really, she seems to have left the Pats well behind and gottenfullyon board with his new team at least judging by this recent Instagram photo, showing off her fandom using the medium of dogs. AKA the best medium.

Verdict:You would think being married to the star quarterback would be the ultimate trump card in this famous fans battle but really, that just means Gisele is a fan of Tom Brady, maybe not so much the Bucs. Meanwhile, Clauson is a fan of all 52 members of the green and gold, not just one guy, and she's not contractually obligated via marriage to root for any of them. Point: Packers

Lil Wayne vs. Yung Gravy

Lil Wayne: Arguably the most famous Packers fan, rapper and newpresidential pardon recipient Lil Wayne has contributed not one but two hype songs for Green Bay, led Lambeau Field in "Roll Out the Barrel," celebrated last week's playoff win over the Rams at the stadium with the few fans in attendance and defended the team's honor against horrible take dispenserSkip Bayless.

All he needs to do now is throw a touchdown pass on Lambeau Field and yell, "And that is your dagger!" during a game broadcast,and he'll have lived out every Packers fan's wildest dreams. Impressive work for somebody who actually grew up in Saints country but fell in love with the Pack when they came to town for the Super Bowl.

Yung Gravy: My favorite rapper who makes me think of Thanksgiving dinner, the esoteric Yung Gravy took his place on the Bucs' deck in 2019 when he said he was a Tampa sports fan after the release of his cult hip-hop streaming hit "Tampa Bay Bustdown," which features Chief Keef and also references to Harry Potter and Mary Poppins. You know, those famous Tampa natives.

Verdict: I mean, one rapper is an icon and the other is most famous for beingnamed after acondiment for mashed potatoes. He's not even from Tampa; Mr. Gravy is from Minnesota, so there's a non-zero percent chance this is some elaborate Vikings-themed revenge ploy rather than fandom.So obviously... Point: Packers

Otis vs.John Cena

Otis:While he may have been born in Vikings country, this bearded WWE wrestler managed to overcome this terrible affliction and became a Packers fan after moving to Superior, Wisconsin as a kid. He clearly never lost his fandom over the years, as he posted these green-and-gold cladphotos to Twitter for the Pack's matchup against the Rams last week complete with a cheesehead top hat, the most dignified and gentlemanly of all the cheeseheads.

Cena: Back in November, the "Bumblebee" actor andformer WWE superstar was chosen to represent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against LL Cool J's New York Giantsin a Verizon promo during Monday Night Football. It wasn't just because John Cena will be the celebrity spokesman and appear in your commercials for just about anything if you ask nicely enough; he's currently a Tampa resident.

Verdict:Tampa did end up winning that Monday Night Football spat, but whileCena may be a good luck charm of sorts, there's just one problem: He's not really a Bucs fan. The wrestler-turned-actor pulled a Bill Burr and actually roots for the Patriots. Doesn't exactly bode well for winning this famous celeb fan smackdown if your team's fan representativeisn't even an actualfan of the team.Point: Packers

David Ortiz vs. Gary Sheffield

Ortiz:David Ortiz may be an icon of Boston sports and a current resident of Miami but when it comes to the football field rather than the baseball diamond, the future hall-of-game slugger's heart belongs to the Heartland and the Green Bay Packers. You can thank his wifeTiffany, a Kaukauna native who met Ortiz back in his minor league days with the Timber Rattlers in Appleton, for that one.

Sheffield: Gary Sheffield and Wisconsin sports: infamously a match made in hell. So it shouldn't surprise you that he's on the other side of this matchup though not because of some long-standing grudge against the state's sports teams but merely because he was born and raised in Tampa, showing up for games, staying loyal to his particular Florida team even while playing in Miami and most recently appearing in Tampagear along with current Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski for an internet home run derby.

Verdict: Yes, Big Papi may be a Packers fan, but in this interview, when given the choice between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, Ortiz selected ... Tom Brady. So who knows where his loyalties lie in this weekend's game!? As a result,as much as this devastates me, I have to give Sheffield the win. My apologies, Milwaukee.Point: Bucs

In the end, the Packers claim a 7-2 victory and frankly, this beatdown could've been much worse. After all, I didn't even include the full list of famous Packers fans including Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, Chuck Todd, Greta Van Susteren, Larry the Cable Guy, Ellen, Denis Leary, Jodie Foster, James Van Der Beek, Anthony Davis,Tony Shalhoub and, oh by the way, the newly elected 46th President of the United States of America. Meanwhile, the Bucs remaining celebs include ... that's it! Florida sports teams: not exactly known for their rabid fanbases.

Well, hopefully the Packers deliver as much of a smackdown on the field Sunday as they did off the field today.

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U.S. carries out its 1st execution of woman since 1953 – Minnesota Lawyer01.15.21

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. A Kansas woman was executed Wednesday for strangling an expectant mother in Missouri and cutting the baby from her womb, the first time in nearly seven decades that the U.S. government has put to death a female inmate.

Lisa Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was the 11th prisoner to receive a lethal injection there since July when President Donald Trump, an ardent supporter of capital punishment, resumed federal executions following 17 years without one.

As a curtain was raised in the execution chamber, Montgomery looked momentarily bewildered as she glanced at journalists peering at her from behind thick glass. As the execution process began, a woman standing over Montgomerys shoulder leaned over, gently removed Montgomerys face mask and asked her if she had any last words. No, Montgomery responded in a quiet, muffled voice. She said nothing else.

She tapped her fingers nervously for several seconds, a heart-shaped tattoo on her thumb, showed no signs of distress, and quickly closed her eyes. As the lethal injection began, Montgomery kept licking her lips and gasped briefly as pentobarbital, a lethal drug, entered her body through IVs on both arms. A few minutes later, her midsection throbbed for a moment, but quickly stopped.

Montgomery lay on a gurney in the pale-green execution chamber, her glasses on and her grayish brown hair spilling over a green medical pillow. At 1:30 a.m., an official in black gloves with a stethoscope walked into the room, listened to her heart and chest, then walked out. She was pronounced dead a minute later.

The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight, Montgomerys attorney, Kelley Henry said in a statement. Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should feel shame.

The government stopped at nothing in its zeal to kill this damaged and delusional woman, Henry said. Lisa Montgomerys execution was far from justice.

It came after hours of legal wrangling before the Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution to move forward. Montgomery was the first of the final three federal inmates scheduled to die before next weeks inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to discontinue federal executions.

But a federal judge for the District of Columbia halted the scheduled executions later this week of Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs in a ruling Tuesday. Johnson, convicted of killing seven people related to his drug trafficking in Virginia, and Higgs, convicted of ordering the murders of three women in Maryland, both tested positive for COVID-19 last month.

Montgomery killed 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in 2004. She used a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, and then cut the baby girl from the womb with a kitchen knife. Montgomery took the child with her and attempted to pass the girl off as her own.

An appeals court granted Montgomery a stay of execution Tuesday, shortly after another appeals court lifted an Indiana judges ruling that found she was likely mentally ill and couldnt comprehend she would be put to death. But both appeals were lifted, allowing the execution of the only female on federal death row to go forward.

As the only woman on federal death row, Montgomery had been held in a federal prison in Texas and was brought to Terre Haute on Monday night.

Montgomerys legal team says she suffered sexual torture, including gang rapes, as a child, permanently scarring her emotionally and exacerbating mental-health issues that ran in her family.

At trial, prosecutors accused Montgomery of faking mental illness, noting that her killing of Stinnett was premeditated and included meticulous planning, including online research on how to perform a C-section.

Henry balked at that idea, citing extensive testing and brain scans that supported the diagnosis of mental illness. She said the issue at the core of the legal arguments are not whether she knew the killing was wrong in 2004 but whether she fully grasps why she is slated to be executed now.

U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon, who had halted Montgomerys execution before the stay was overturned on appeal, cited defense experts who alleged Montgomery suffered from depression, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Montgomery, the judge wrote, also suffered around the time of the killing from an extremely rare condition called pseudocyesis in which a womans false belief she is pregnant triggers hormonal and physical changes as if she were actually pregnant.

Montgomery also experiences delusions and hallucinations, believing God spoke with her through connect-the-dot puzzles, the judge said, citing defense experts. The government has acknowledged Montgomerys mental issues but disputes that she cant comprehend that she is scheduled for execution for killing another person because of them.

Details of the crime at times left jurors in tears during her trial.

Prosecutors told the jury Montgomery drove about 170 miles (274 kilometers) from her Melvern, Kansas, farmhouse to the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore under the guise of adopting a rat terrier puppy from Stinnett. She strangled Stinnett performing a crude cesarean and fleeing with the baby.

Prosecutors said Stinnett regained consciousness and tried to defend herself as Montgomery cut the baby girl from her womb. Later that day, Montgomery called her husband to pick her up in the parking lot of a Long John Silvers in Topeka, Kansas, telling him she had delivered the baby earlier in the day at a nearby birthing center.

Montgomery was arrested the next day after showing off the premature infant, Victoria Jo, who is now 16 years old and hasnt spoken publicly about the tragedy.

Prosecutors said the motive was that Montgomerys ex-husband knew she had undergone a tubal ligation that made her sterile and planned to reveal she was lying about being pregnant in an effort to get custody of two of their four children. Needing a baby before a fast-approaching court date, Montgomery turned her focus on Stinnett, whom she had met at dog shows.

Anti-death penalty groups said Trump was pushing for executions prior to the November election in a cynical bid to burnish a reputation as a law-and-order leader.

The last woman executed by the federal government was Bonnie Brown Heady on Dec. 18, 1953, for the kidnapping and murder of a 6-year-old boy in Missouri.

The last woman executed by a state was Kelly Gissendaner, 47, on Sept. 30, 2015, in Georgia. She was convicted of murder in the 1997 slaying of her husband after she conspired with her lover, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death.

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Tattoo industry says it can reopen safely in Manitoba – CTV News Winnipeg01.12.21

WINNIPEG -- The tattoo and body art industry in Manitoba is calling on the government to not forget them when Code Red restrictions are lifted.

In a news release, The Manitoba Body Art Association (MBAA) said it feels like its business owners might once again be left behind by Manitoba.

"In Minnesota, tattoo studies and salons were a part of the initial lockdown. Since their reopening in June, everything has gone smoothly. On November 20, their government implemented another shut down but tattoo studios and salons were allowed to remain open because the State Department of Health contact tracing showed personal services were not a source of transmission," said Rich Handford, who is a board member of the MBAA. "We have compiled data that indicates the same trend," he said in the news release.

The MBAA said it is wanting to have a dialogue with the provincial government and public health about reopening and it has sent plans to both groups showing how they are ready to operate safely.

The organization said it has received responses from NDP Leader Wab Kinew, Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont, Minister of Economic Development and Training Ralph Eichler, and NDP MLA Jamie Moses, but so far it the proposals haven't been answered.

"Getting a tattoo has had similar protocols to dental and medical procedures for almost 20 years. Most of these protocols have been in place longer before adding respiratory protocols and engineering controls for the general public," said Handford, who is also a Winnipeg tattoo artist.

"We've been in the business of protecting public health for almost 20 years."

The MBAA said it is hoping at the very least the government will collaborate with business owners so they can resume operating safely.

This comes after a tattoo shop in Winnipeg opened on Saturday despite the current health restrictions in place.

The Parlor Tattoos opened on Jan. 9. Owner Phil McLellan said he was worried about a fine, but he is more concerned about looking after his family of four.

"I have to worry about fines after I worry about feeding my family," he said on Saturday.

McLellan also believes he can operate safely and has protocols in place to ensure that happens.

Speaking during the provinces COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitobas chief public health officer, was asked why personal services, such as tattoo parlours, are currently not allowed to open. He said the provinces COVID-19 case count at the start of the Code Red restrictions required the province to take drastic action.

We were at a place, certainly in early December, where we were in a trajectory that wouldve overwhelmed our health-care system, he said. Since then, weve seen a very gradual improvement, but the message was we needed Manitobans to stay home, to only go out for essential purposes.

With numbers gradually improving, Roussin said Manitoba is now in a place to review restrictions, which are in place until at least January 22.

- With files from CTV's Mason DePatie.

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BCA says northern Minnesota girl, 10, missing with ex-con father has been located safe – Minneapolis Star Tribune12.11.20

Authorities in northern Minnesota said they have found the 10-year-old girl who was missing since Sunday along with her father, who is a registered predatory sex offender.

Before showing up Tuesday at Leech Lake Tribal Police Department headquarters, Miikawaadizi Mika Whitefeather was last seen with her father, 29-year-old Jonathan Whitefeather, sometime Sunday afternoon in the Cass Lake area, according to a missing person alert sent statewide by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The father has yet to be located, said Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch. Tribal police and the Cass County Sheriffs Office said Jonathan Whitefeather was last seen driving a maroon 1997 Chevy Suburban, with Minnesota license plate 632-TJW.

According to the fathers predatory offender registration, he is Native American, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He also has a scar on the left side of his face, a pierced left ear and a tattoo on his left hand.

Along with being a registered sex offender, his criminal history in Minnesota includes two convictions for disorderly conduct and one each for burglary, drug possession and drunken driving.

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