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College Football’s best coaches of the last 25 years – Stay Alive In Power 507.09.21

It all dates back to the 1996 season.

These coaches have accomplished some amazing feats, built dynasties and cemented their legacies. Some are Hall of Famers and their coaching journeys have ended. While others are still going strong. A couple even have statues enshrined at their respective programs.

Longevity is all about adapting. However, it all comes down to turning teenage boys into grown men, on the field and in the classroom. Victories, respect, accountability and a lot of guts separates these coaches from the rest when it comes to College Football lore.

20. Joe Paterno: Its unfortunate that his legacy will be marred by a heinous scandal, but theres no denying what he brought to the sport and accomplished on the field. Paterno won 131 games from 1996 through 2011. Penn State went 76-49 against Big Ten opponents, played in two BCS bowls and had seven AP top-20 finishes during that span. He fielded some of the best linebackers to ever play in the conference, including LaVar Arrington, Sean Lee and Paul Posluszny. Paterno had a shocking moment on the sidelines when he chased down an official after a call didnt go his teams way. He also displayed toughness when his leg got injured on a play that extended out of bounds against Wisconsin. Fans have mixed emotions on how his tenure ended, but Paternos teams bought unforgettable memories.

19. David Shaw: Hes a coach that flies under the radar, but has had a ton of success with Stanford. Shaw compiled a 86-34 record during the 2010s, making him one of the winningest coaches over the past decade. Not to mention he won three Pac-12 Titles and two Rose Bowls during a four-year span. Stanford is a school known for having high academic standards, but Shaw continues to lure in the smart athletes, who are highly-touted prospects. The Cardinal has been one of the best recruiting programs in the Pac-12 under Shaws watch. Stanford ended 2019 on a four-game losing streak, which was Shaws first non-winning season. However, Stanford bounced back in 2020 and won four-straight on the road to close out the year. Now Shaw has his team back on track and primed for another run at a Pac-12 Title this fall.

18. Chris Petersen: In 2006 he navigated an undefeated season in his first rodeo, which included a memorable BCS Bowl win over Oklahoma and a top-five finish in the final AP rankings. Petersen gained notoriety for dialing up successful trick plays. Not to mention he later led Boise State to a second unblemished campaign in 2009, which also included a BCS Bowl victory and a top-five finish. Kellen Moore became the games all-time winningest quarterback. Boise State beat Power Five programs such as Oregon, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Arizona State and Washington during his tenure. Petersen proved that his success with Boise State was no fluke when he accepted the Washington gig. He led the Huskies to two Pac-12 Titles and a Playoff berth in 2016, which was the leagues last appearance.

17. Bill Snyder: His name is synonymous with Kansas State football for a reason. Snyder built the program from the ground up and hes the only individual on this list to come out of retirement to coach the same team for multiple seasons. During his first stint from 1996 through 2005 the Wildcats won 90 games, including a Big 12 Title. Kansas State compiled six double-digit win campaigns during that span, appeared in three Big 12 Championship Games and had seven AP top-20 finishes. After the program went through a three-year failed tenure with Ron Price, Snyder returned in 2009 for a second stint. He coached the Wildcats for 10 additional seasons and won 79 games, including a share of the Big 12 Title and they had three AP top-20 finishes during that span.

16. Barry Alvarez: He literally built Wisconsin from the ground up. By the time the late 90s rolled around, the Badgers had emerged as a Big Ten heavyweight. Alvarez gave the team an identity and they gained notoriety for their physical rushing attack and mammoth-sized offensive linemen. He led Wisconsin to a share of the Big Ten Title in 1998 and 1999. During that span the team compiled a 21-3 record, Ron Dayne won the Heisman, the Badgers were back-to-back Rose Bowl Champions and Alvarez was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Alvarez won 85 games from 1996 until he retired after 2005. He later became Wisconsins Athletic Director and added more credibility to his legacy. When Bret Bielema and Gary Anderson left the program, it was Alvarez who filled in and coached the team in their bowl games.

15. Frank Beamer: Virginia Tech came to prominence in the mid 90s under his watch, and he introduced the College football world to Beamer Ball. His success came from a physical running game, hard-nosed defense and aggressive special teams. Beamer won 187 games and never suffered a losing campaign from 1996 through 2015. The Hokies were conference champions six times during that span and played in six BCS Bowls, including the Sugar for the Natty in 1999. He also groomed quarterback Michael Vick into the games most electrifying player. Beamers longtime Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster helped his longevity, and he fielded some of the best units of this century. Beamer is a Hall of Famer and Thursday night games at Lane Stadium was must-see television for College fans during his tenure.

14. Phillip Fulmer: Tennessee became the No. 1 power in the SEC in the late 90s with star players like Peyton Manning, Jamaal Lewis and Tee Martin. After they left Fulmer was able to keep the program relevant several years later with effective recruiting. Fulmer won 119 games from 1996 through 2008, including two SEC Titles and a National Championship. The Volunteers played in five SEC Championship Games during that span and went a jaw-dropping, 75-28 against conference opponents in the regular season. Fulmer and longtime Offensive Coordinator David Cutcliffe were a great tag team in the SEC. What hurt Fulmers legacy was suffering two losing seasons during the last four years of his tenure with Tennessee. Regardless, he still finished with winning records against rivals Alabama and Kentucky.

13. Lloyd Carr: If theres any coach on this list that was underappreciated, its Carr. From 1996 through 2007 Michigan racked up 113 victories, won or shared five Big Ten Titles and a National Championship. The Wolverines also played in five BCS Bowls during that span, including four Grandaddys and had four AP top-10 finishes. Not to mention cornerback Charles Woodson became the first-ever defensive player to win the Heisman in 1997. The Wolverines gained notoriety for annually fielding elite quarterbacks, wide receivers and offensive linemen under Carrs watch. Carr went 76-20 against the Big Ten over his last 12 seasons with Michigan. However, Carrs success was overshadowed by his 5-7 record against Ohio State. Still, he beat Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow in his final game.

12. Steve Spurrier: Hes the only individual on this list who has been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player and a coach, plus hes a Heisman winner. The Ol Ball Coach made the vizor his trademark, especially when he threw it to the ground in frustration. Spurrier was an innovator with his Fun N Gun offense. He led Florida to an SEC and National Title in 1996. The Swamp was the SECs most intimidating venue in the late 90s. From 1996 through 2001 Spurrier went 61-14 with Florida. During that span quarterback Danny Wuerffel snagged the Heisman, the Gators won four of their six bowl games and had four top-five finishes. After an unsuccessful NFL stint, Spurrier returned to the SEC and made South Carolina respectable. He won 86 games over 11 seasons, including a berth in the 2010 SEC Title Game.

11. Brian Kelly: Hes a coach that has had success at three different FBS programs. Kelly led Central Michigan to nine wins in 2006. In three seasons with Cincinnati, Kelly compiled a 33-6 record, including two Big East Titles. Not to mention he led the Bearcats to an undefeated regular season and BCS Bowl berth in 2009. However, Kellys legacy was just beginning when he took the Notre Dame job. In just his third year with the Fighting Irish, Kelly led the team to an undefeated regular season and a National Championship Game appearance. The 59-year old has also been a great recruiter and put several of his players in the NFL. Kelly has stockpiled 102 wins in 11 seasons with the Fighting Irish and theyve made the Playoffs twice. At this rate Kelly continues to be one of the most consistent coaches in the FBS.

10. Bobby Bowden: Hes an icon in the sport and considered one of the greatest coaches of all time. Bowden never suffered a losing campaign over his final 14 seasons in Tallahassee. During that span Florida State won 130 games, five ACC Titles, and a National Championship. Not to mention the Seminoles played for all the marbles in 1996 and 2000, when quarterback Chris Weinke won the Heisman. Theres no denying that 25 years ago Florida State was what Alabama has become in todays game. Bowden knew how to lure in the best talent the country had to offer and had 78 of his players drafted from 1996 through 2009. The Seminoles established notoriety with the rate they annually produced All-ACC caliber players, plus Bowden made the sunshine state a national recruiting hotbed.

9. Mack Brown: Hes a coach that handles himself like a politician and has a remarkable resume over the past 25 years. Brown became a hot commodity during his first stint with North Carolina. Over his final two seasons with the Tar Heels, he led the team to two double-digit win campaigns and two AP top-10 finishes. Brown became a household name at Texas. In his first year with the program he snapped Nebraskas 47-game home winning streak, coached a Heisman Trophy winner and the Longhorns finished in the top-15. However, the 2000s were Browns decade. Texas won 121 games, including two Big 12 Titles and a National Championship. The Longhorns also had four BCS bowl appearances and seven AP top-10 finishes during that span. Browns back with the Tar Heels and they finished in the top-20 in 2020.

8. Tom Osborne: Although Dr. Tom only coached two years over the past 25 seasons, he led Nebraska to back-to-back double-digit win campaigns, which included two Orange Bowl victories. Osborne molded former walk-ons into studs and Academic All-Americans. He concluded a perfect season in 1997, with a Big 12 Title and a National Championship. Nebraska shared the crystal ball with Michigan, but several fanatics believed Osborne had the better team. Despite the option offense trending down in the sport during the final year of his tenure, the Huskers still averaged 46.7 points per game, which ranked first in the FBS. Osborne went out on top when he retired after 25 years, and he made the Huskers the team of the 90s. The Sea of Red was a house of nails for visitors, but Osborne always handled himself with class.

7. Jimbo Fisher: Hes arguably Nick Sabans best protege. Fisher took over a Florida State program that needed a boost after the last few years of Bobby Bowdens tenure. In year one he led the Seminoles to 10 wins and an ACC Championship Game appearance. In year three his team won 12 games and were champions of the league. Fisher completed a perfect season in 2013, with an ACC and National Championship. Not to mention quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman. Fisher followed up that season with a third consecutive ACC Title, plus the Seminoles crashed the Playoffs. The 55-year old won 83 games in eight seasons in Tallahassee, including a 48-16 record in ACC play. Now Fisher has Texas A&M trending up the same way he did at Florida State, which solidifies hes an elite coach.

6. Jim Tressel: Ohio State had an amazing run during his era. Tressel took the Buckeyes to a bowl game every year of his tenure, including eight BCS clashes. Ohio State won 106 games from 2001 through 2010, including the National Championship in 2002. Not to mention the Buckeyes played in three National Championship games under his watch and won or shared a Big Ten Title on six occasions. Quarterback Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy and Ohio State had eight AP top-10 finishes during that span. Tressel ruled the Big Ten with an iron fist and went a jaw-dropping, 66-14 against conference opponents. He was also a great recruiter and lured in super prospect Terrelle Pryor. The Buckeyes were the No. 1 team approaching the 2011 season, but a tattoo scandal ruined Tressels tenure and any momentum.

5. Bob Stoops: Hes one of three individuals on this list whos from the Hayden Fry coaching tree. At Oklahoma Stoops ruled the Big 12 with an iron fist for nearly two decades. In his second year with the Sooners, Stoops won a Big 12 Title, a National Championship and completed a perfect season. It was all just the beginning for an amazing run with the program. From 2001 through 2016 Oklahoma won a jaw-dropping, 170 games, including nine additional conference titles. Stoops coached two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, made three more National Championship Game appearances and finished in the AP top-10 eight times during that span. In 18 seasons with Oklahoma Stoops compiled an impressive record of 127-29 against Big 12 opponents. Stoops will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this December.

4. Dabo Swinney: After he kissed Howards Rock for the first time as Clemsons interim coach, fans knew he was the real deal. Swinney is a rock star coach in todays game, with a personality young men can relate to. When it comes to recruiting he knows how to spot, lure in, and develop talent. Its why Swinney has been consistent at being successful. The Alabama native has won 136 games over the past 12 seasons, including seven ACC Championships and two National Titles. Its mind-boggling the Tigers have been in the Playoffs for six-straight years. Swinney owns the ACC, with a 83-15 record in conference play since 2009. He also has the best assistant coach in the game in Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables. The cherry on top is the 69 players the Tigers have had drafted in the Swinney era.

3. Pete Carroll: Hes one of the few NFL coaches with major success at the Collegiate level. USC was in bad shape when he started in 2001. However, it only took Carroll less than two years to bring the blue-blood program back to life. He basically made the Trojans the team of the decade. His squad won back-to-back National Championships in 2003 and 2004. Not to mention USC was riding a 34-game winning streak until Texas snapped it for the 2005 National Title. Carroll also coached three Heisman Trophy winners during that span. He was dominant in the postseason and won seven of his eight bowl games. Carroll has four Rose Bowl victories under his belt and USC finished in the top-five in seven of the nine seasons he coached. His 2004 squad was one of the best teams assembled this century.

2. Urban Meyer: All he does is win. Meyer is a master of the spread offense, a quarterback guru and has a coaching journey thats second to none. He showed his worth when he stockpiled 17 victories in two seasons at Bowling Green. Meyer then took his services to the Mountain West and led Utah to a perfect season during his second year with the program. He eventually landed at Florida and took the SEC by storm. In his second season with the Gators Meyer led the team to an SEC Title and a National Championship. A year later his quarterback Tim Tebow won the Heisman. Meyer followed that up with a second SEC and National Title in 2008. Meyer accepted the Ohio State job in 2012 and led the team to perfect season in year one. By season three he won a Big Ten Title and his third Natty.

1. Nick Saban: Hes the most influential individual in the sport. Saban owns the almighty SEC and several of his proteges are head coaches around the league. His seven total National Championships are more than any other coach in the AP era. Saban has also won a National Title with two different programs. Over the last 25 years Saban has a combined record of 246-58 at Michigan State, LSU and Alabama. The man recruits like a monster and has put a plethora of his players in the NFL. The West Virginia native has coached a Heisman winner in Derrick Henry. The SEC has become the baby NFL because of his presence. He even take coaches who want to rejuvenate their careers under his wing. Saban has made the Crimson Tide the No. 1 power in College Football, and thats a scary thought considering hes not slowing down anytime soon.

Honorable Mention

Larry Coker: He won a National Title in his first season with Miami and played for another the following year.

Gary Patterson: Hes the second-longest tenured coach in the FBS with 178 wins at TCU, including a Rose Bowl.

Lincoln Riley: The 37-year old has led Oklahoma to four-straight Big 12 Titles and coached two Heisman winners.

Mark Richt: He won 145 games in 15 seasons with Georgia. Richt also led Miami to 26 victories in three seasons.

Kirk Ferentz: Hes the longest-tenured coach in the FBS, with 168 wins at Iowa, which should account for something.

Tommy Tuberville: The politician led Auburn to an undefeated season in 2004 and went 7-3 against Alabama.

Chip Kelly: He won three-straight Pac-10 Titles and led Oregon to the National Championship Game in 2010.

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Drive for Good: How fostering dogs led this Savannah woman to her new best friend, and new tattoo – WJCL News06.29.21

THIS JOB FAIR WILL BE AT MEMORIAL STADIUM FROM NINE A-M TO NOON. WEE 'RCONTINUING OUR DRIVE FOR GOOD CAMPAIG N. ALL THIS MONTH - -WE'RE HIGHLIGHTING THE HUMANE SOCIETY FOR GREATER SAVANNAH. THIS MOINRNG I WA TO NT INTRODUCE YOU TO A WOMAN WHO FOUND HER BEST FRIEND... THANKS TO THE ORGANIZATION. NATS- HEY BUDDY, CAN I HAVE YOUR PAW? MEET ROCKET MAN ... BETTER KNOWN AS ROCK HE SPENT A YEAR OF HIS LIFE BETWEEN THE HUMANE SOCIETY FOR GREATER SAVANNAH A ANOTHER SHELTER IN SOUTH CAROLINA BEFORE BEING FOSTERED BY GIAN NA ORECCHIO. "I DECIDED TO STFOER HIM BECAUSE WE WERE GOING INTO QUARANTINE, MY LT AS SEMESTER OF SCHOOL WAS ONLINE." BUT IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG R FO ORRECHIO TO OFFICIALLY MAKE ROCK APART OF HER FAMILY. "OBVULIOSY I FAID LE MISERABLY AT MY FOSTERING BECAUSE HE'S MINE NOW." ORRECHIO HAS BEEN FO STERING DOGS WITH THE HUMANE SOCIETY FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS ... DOING WHAT SHE CAN TO TRY AND HELP FIND THESE ANIMALS THEIR FOREVER HOME "THE HUMANE SOCIETY HAS BEEN PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST PARTS ABOUT SAVANNAH. IT WASN'T UNTIL I GOT INVOLVED WITH THEM THAI T REALLY STARTED TO ENJOY MY TIME HERE. THEY HAVE A LOT OF GREAT PROGRAMS." ORRECHIO AND ROCK GO JUST ABOUT EVERY WHERE TOGETHER AND THEIR LOVE IS EVERLASTG.IN "I GOT A TATTOO OF HIM, IT'S HIS FACE WITH HIS LITT LE PAWS HANGING OUT OF A ROCKET SHIP ON MY LEG PERMANTLY ... THE BEST OF FRIEND IF YOU'D LIKE TO HELP THE HUMANE SOCIETY FOR GREATER SAVANNAH. .WE H

Drive for Good: How fostering dogs led this Savannah woman to her new best friend, and new tattoo

Gianna Orrechhio has been fostering dogs with the Humane Society for Greater Savannah for the past three years and doing what she can to try and help find these animals their forever home. But that changed when she met Rocket Man.

Updated: 8:18 AM EDT Jun 22, 2021

Meet Rocket Man, better known as Rock. He spent a year of his life between the Humane Society for Greater Savannah and another shelter in South Carolina before being fostered by Gianna Orecchio. I decided to foster him because we were going into quarantine, my last semester of school was online," Orechhio said. It didnt take long for Orrechio to officially make Rock a part of her family. Obviously, I failed miserably at my fostering because hes mine now," she said. Orrechhio has been fostering dogs with the Humane Society for Greater Savannah for the past three years and doing what she can to try and help find these animals their forever home. The humane society has been probably one of the best parts about Savannah. It wasnt until I got involved with them that I really started to enjoy my time here. they have a lot of great programs," Orrechhio said. She and Rock go just about everywhere together and their love is everlasting. I got a tattoo of him, its his face with his little paws hanging out of a rocket ship on my leg," Orrechhio said. Permanently, the best of friends.For more information on the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, including information on how to foster, adopt and donate, click here.

Meet Rocket Man, better known as Rock. He spent a year of his life between the Humane Society for Greater Savannah and another shelter in South Carolina before being fostered by Gianna Orecchio.

I decided to foster him because we were going into quarantine, my last semester of school was online," Orechhio said.

It didnt take long for Orrechio to officially make Rock a part of her family.

Obviously, I failed miserably at my fostering because hes mine now," she said.

Orrechhio has been fostering dogs with the Humane Society for Greater Savannah for the past three years and doing what she can to try and help find these animals their forever home.

The humane society has been probably one of the best parts about Savannah. It wasnt until I got involved with them that I really started to enjoy my time here. they have a lot of great programs," Orrechhio said.

She and Rock go just about everywhere together and their love is everlasting.

I got a tattoo of him, its his face with his little paws hanging out of a rocket ship on my leg," Orrechhio said.

Permanently, the best of friends.

For more information on the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, including information on how to foster, adopt and donate, click here.

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The Real Housewives: The 100 Most Unforgettable Moments – Vulture05.19.21

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Its been 15 years since the screaming, scheming, and hardly redeeming women of the Real Housewives franchise first burst onto our screens in 2006. Weve been through so much with these women in that time, and so much of the appeal of these shows for fans has been the accumulation. There have been births, deaths, marriages, breakups, and plenty of vow renewals (which are kind of like a birth and a death at the same time). There have been countless reunions, countless cast trips, countless vanity projects, countless wig pulls. If the memory of a Bravoholic were a house, it would look less like Villa Rosa, Lisa Vanderpumps abode that looks like a duty-free store in the Singapore airport, and more like something out of Hoarders. Its stuffed with moments and memes. There are catchphrases and clapbacks strewn everywhere. There are funny moments and serious ones, all jumbled together in a messy pile. There is also that time Teresa Giudice almost knocked out Andy Cohen.

Today, Housewives fandom is so much about that pileup, the sharing of an amassed experience with other fans, the sense that were all speaking the same secret language. But what exactly are the building blocks of that language, the signifiers that every Housewives stan knows backward and forward? In honor of 15 years of this grand and ongoing display of outrageous behavior, I set out to answer that question, sifting through the hoarder piles of Housewives episodes to excavate the 100 most glittery moments, the most shining examples of the Reality Television Arts and Sciences put into practice. Yes, its a lot, but if there is one thing Housewives fans cant resist, its excess.

It was a hard second season for Taylor. After being egged on by Camilles friend Deidre, Taylor went ballistic at a belly dancing party hosted by Brandi Glanville. It was so crazy Brandi asked her to leave her party. Girl, when Brandi thinks youre unruly, your shit is busted. This will also go down in history as giving us the picture that became the Woman Yells at Cat Meme.

When Sonja Morgan has been hitting the sauce, oftentimes she becomes the self-appointed straw that stirs the drink. This is one time when things went in the other direction. During a trip to Dorindas in the Berkshires, she took everyone to one of the houses owned by the Morgan family, which has been turned into a museum of sorts, and Dorinda put her paws on some of the real correspondence that was on one of the desks. At dinner that night, out of nowhere, a very drunk Sonja started screaming and reaching across the table telling everyone not to touch the fucking Morgan letters! She then burst into tears. If anyone is having an oversized reaction to something menial, this is the GIF to send them.

The highlight of the season 11 cast trip to Japan didnt happen at a shrine or a sushi restaurant, it happened on a bus. As she had all season, Marlo Hampton came for Eva Pigford about her style. Unlike other instances during the season, Eva did not take this one lying down, sparring with Marlo about her cheap wig, her weight, and her not being a mother. As Marlo tried to strike, Eva struck back twice as hard in a verbal sparring match for the ages, and bested Marlo at every turn. Damn, I wish I was on that bus.

Teresa Giudices second youngest has always stolen the spotlight, but there was nothing more hilarious than when she demanded pizza from her father using this name. Lets call it a term of endearment.

The way that Erika Jaynes choreographer and creative director Mikey Minden explained this dance move where a hand hovers near a rather obvious erogenous zone became a meme for rather obvious reasons.

What started as a fight about whether or not Joanna and her sister Marta slept with Girls Gone Wild producer Joe Francis somehow ended with Joanna stalking Adriana de Souza down a hallway, and Adriana turning around and socking her in the jaw. How did we, as Americans, fail by letting this show get cancelled?

A day-drunk Dorinda Medley tried to shut up her nemesis Sonja Morgan at a Bronx restaurant by inexplicably shouting Clip! and closing her hands in the universal gesture for shut your mouth. Shockingly, the tactic worked.

If theres one thing that any Real Housewife should know its that bad things happen on boats. Just ask Lisa Vanderpump, whose friend-turned-enemy Brandi gave her what she thought was a playful tap but ended up being a full-on backhand.

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When she started in season 12, new Housewife Leah told everyone she didnt drink. The first time she got wasted on the show, we all saw why. She tied one on at Ramona Singers house, which led to her getting naked in the pool with Tinsley Mortimer and Sonja Morgan (as if Sonja needs a reason to get naked), and then she started throwing around the tiki torches that dotted Ramonas backyard while still only wearing a pair of nude-colored briefs. She wrapped up the night by showing Dorinda the tattoo on her vagina and, for some reason, putting her vibrator in the chicken casserole. Yeah, it makes sense why Leah doesnt drink, but were so glad whenever she does.

When Kandi wanted to give Cynthia a bachelorette party shed never forget during a cast trip to South Carolina, she had no idea it would turn out like this. That is all thanks to the stripper Bolo, who turned out to not only be memorable but also, ahem, member-able. After giving the ladies an X-rated show, he stayed until the next morning, and may or may not have gotten it on with a couple of women behind closed doors.

Waking up in the morning / Thinking about oh so many things, has become the Sad Song that is TikToks go-to when sharing an embarrassing story from ones youth. Ironically, Gia is now 18 and probably feels the exact same way about the clips newfound internet ubiquity.

Kelly had a bumpy first season with the other ladies, and it didnt help when she lit into Miss Fancy Pants herself at a Japanese dinner. But what well really remember is when Heather then went and talked shit about Kelly to the producers. Now Heathers gone and Kelly is several seasons in. How times have changed.

The first season of this shockingly diverse iteration, the franchises eighth, was a fan favorite right out of the gate, and the center of the action was a feud between Jen Shah and Mary M. Cosby, a possible cult leader who married her grandmothers husband after she passed. Yeah, its that crazy. But what is even crazier is what started the fight, a comment not even heard on camera where Mary accused Jen of smelling like hospital after Jen had gone to visit her ailing aunt. This line is impossible to get lodged out of your head because it is at once so visceral and so petty, like so much of the Real Housewives.

Ive never been to a dry-cleaning party in my life, but the one thrown by Dorinda Medleys boyfriend John, who owns famous dry cleaner Madame Paulette, makes me want to go to one. Rey, Luann de Lessepss ex-boyfriend, crashed the party and started talking trash with Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan, which led to them and Rey all getting thrown out of the party. Weve never heard from Rey again, but someone really needs to get his side of the story.

One of these moments could definitely be when Porsha Williams thought that the Underground Railroad was an actual train. The reason thats not on the list is we have forgiven Porsha in light of her getting arrested while protesting the murder of Breonna Taylor in the summer of 2020. Her release from jail and continued work in the BLM movement was part of the shows 13th season. We have never seen, nor been so proud of, a turnaround like this in Housewives history.

There could be an entire article devoted to Michael Darbys 100 Most Memorable Scandals. There was the time he grabbed Katie Rosts boyfriends butt in season one, the time he said he wanted to get it on with Robyn Dixons once-and-future husband Juan, and of course the time he possibly got caught on Grindr. But there was only one instance when charges were actually filed. Apparently during a gathering at Monique Samuels house during the shows fourth season Darby grabbed the rear of a cameraman, something that became a plot point on the show. The charges were later dropped, but it makes all of these other claims about Darby sound that much more right on target.

It might have been a panic attack, an awful hangover, or maybe just a bad case of jet lag. It wasnt a heart attack like she feared, but Vicki made the hotel call an ambulance and covered herself in a towel while being carted out to it. At least when she returned, she finally got the casserole shed been hoping for.

When the former model was introduced in the second season of the show, she marked her presence by doing something inexplicable: jogging in the middle of Fifth Avenue. No one does this, but Kelly did it, with a smile plastered on her face, like it was the most normal thing in the world.

The first indication that this would be a humdinger of a series was when Camille took all the girls to New York to see her husband Kelsey in a Broadway show. At dinner the first night, Camille accused Kyle of saying no one would want to hang out with her without Kelsey. Kyle said, Youre such a fucking liar, Camille, and oh, girl, it was officially on.

Kenya has proven herself to be the queen of shade during her tenure as a Housewife, but nothing will ever equal when she crashed rival Marlo Hamptons wig launch with a marching band chanting Kenya Moore Hair Care! and wearing sandwich boards for Kenyas own brand of hair products. There is stealing the spotlight, and then there is totally obliterating it.

Everyone knew when Tom DAgostino got engaged to Luann de Lesseps (the third Housewife hed dated) that it wouldnt end well. The inevitable finally happened when Bethenny Frankel got proof of his cheating while the girls were in Miami. When she asked Luann to talk, Luann said, Tell me its not about Tom, to which Bethenny said, Its about Tom. Lots of crying, shaking, and vomiting followed for both women.

We quickly learned this Real Housewife had a previous career as a Club MTV dancer, and she showed off her dropping-it-low sexy moves during the ladies first trip to Las Vegas. She has since busted those moves out almost as often as Kyle Richards busts out the splits.

On a group camping trip, Marlo Hampton asked Kandi Burruss if shes a lesbian because someone in the group is saying that. Immediately a chorus of Who said that? echoed around the table like some kind of hilarious mating call.

When Tamra Judge took all the girls to Glamis Dunes for some riding around in the sand, she didnt think everything would go as badly as this. After Tamras reckless driving, the vehicle rolled over, injuring Vicki and sending her to the hospital. At least she got to wear a sympathy neck brace for a couple of episodes, but she never got a casserole.

She was the victim of the original Weavegate, but Danielle Staub is not above some hair-pulling of her own. After Teresa got her friend together with the rest of the women who were over the psychopath and her duplicitous ways for a day of shopping, things went off the rails when Margaret poured a bottle of water on Danielles head. She took revenge by emptying Margarets purse out onto a table and destroying a $500 Fornasetti candle. But even after things had calmed down she came back to grab Margarets fake ponytail and drag her around the room. After this the rest of the women refused to film with Danielle and she retired from the show. Hair-pulling is never classy, but its always exciting.

Obviously the thing everyone remembers from the womens season-ten trip to Cartagena is the Boat Ride from Hell, but there was a fight the episode before that is almost as memorable. While at a restaurant, Bethenny and Carole are fighting about the dissolution of their friendship on one end of the table. At the other end of the table, a newly sober Luann asks Dorinda, How are the margaritas? When Dorinda slurs her answer, Luann says, Shes startin, leading Dorinda to launch just the sort of drunken rant that Luann was referencing. The action then toggles between two different but equally consuming fights unraveling in real time. Yes, its no Boat Ride from hell, but when talking about Cartegena, a lot of people will think first of this. Or Luann shitting the bed. Or Ramona pooping on the floor. Or Scott sending Tinsley funeral roses. Damn, a lot happened on that trip!

I cant remember what this fight was even about, but I will never forget that it ended with Sheree and Marlo just making strange noises at each other rather than using their words to communicate.

Even though he already asked for a divorce because he was sleeping with a much younger stewardess, Kelsey still asked Camille to accompany him to the Tony Awards, where he was nominated. She hoped they could fix their marriage, but over the course of a very awkward limo ride, it was clear he had no intention of doing that. And just like that Camille, the villain of the first season, started to gain some sympathy.

Kelly and Bethenny Frankel did not see eye to eye in the second season. Kelly invited Bethenny to the Brass Monkey (and arrived 30 minutes late) to tell her that they are not and will never be friends. She illustrated this by saying, This is you, and putting her hand out, And this is me, raising her hand far above the first one. Yeah, look at how that turned out, Kelly.

Shannon and her husband, David, tried a lot to save their marriage, including this stunt at a couples therapy retreat where they each had to read a eulogy for the other. That seems like a good exercise, but forcing their partner to lie under a tombstone with their name on it seems a little bit macabre. And, you know, it still didnt save their marriage.

When the women attended Pandora Todds engagement party, they were greeted by a woman dressed as a mermaid splashing by the pool, gyrating erratically, and spouting off all sorts of nonsense. We all remember Camilles deadpan wow, shes really flopping around way more than Pandoras wedding.

Theres been lots of drama concerning people coming out of the closet, but never has there been so much fuss about people going into a closet. During a Bye Wig party (at which no one could wear fake hair) at NeNe Leakess house, Shamari DeVoe puked on Eva Pigfords shoe, which drove the action up to NeNes bedroom. While up there, Kandi Burruss and a very pregnant Porsha Williams decided they were going to go check out NeNes closet, which shes always bragging about. NeNe told them no because it was a mess and when a cameraman tried to follow the pair into the closet, NeNe grabbed him by his T-shirt and ripped it clear off of him, and he reportedly ended up in the hospital. Also there was some speculation that she might have pushed Porsche. What could have been in that closet? The mummified body of DeShawn Snow?

The season 11 cast trip to Ireland was fraught with tension, but the cast snapped on a 3 a.m. ride to the airport where an attack by Shannon Beador and Heather Dubrow against Kelly Dodd turned into Kelly turning on Vicki Gunvalson. Kelly told the whole crew that Vicki said that Shannons husband beat her and that Tamra Judges husband was gay. There are multiple highlights to this fight, including Kelly telling Shannon to shave her beard, Heather calling Kelly trash, and Tamra shouting Fuck you! directly into Vickis face.

Dorit bestowed a pair of lacy underthings to Ms. Jayne as a reminder to wear panties because at a previous event Dorits husband PK, a thumb masquerading as a human, caught a glimpse of Erikas nether regions (and then bragged about staring at them). In the moment, Erika said, The more you talk about things, the worse it gets, which turned out to be true, because they had to talk about Pantygate for the rest of the season.

Sure, the ostensible attention-grabber here is the fight on the phone with Jill Zarin about the dismantling of their friendship, but the haunting image of Bethenny in her red coat crying on the pavement because she just lost a friend is what really sticks with you.

Everything about the preparations for Kims daughters prom date was nuts, from the fact that she was making such a huge deal of it to her staring out the blinds after her daughter left the house. But the thing well never forget is Kim mixing up an enormous bowl of chicken salad with her hands.

Weve seen Karen flip her wig plenty of times, but nothing like the time her hairpiece was literally slipping off of her head. What made it better was that every time she tried to fix it, she only made it worse. If NeNe Leakes is the glue for her wig and her family, as her tagline states, maybe Karen needs to schedule a visit.

NeNe Leakes and Sheree Whitfield have had some killer fights over the years, but there is nothing as wonderful, succinct, and crushing as this reunion exchange where NeNe tells Sheree to fix that body and Sheree immediately retorts fix that face. You really just have to watch it, because the hand motions are such a part of what makes this legendary.

During the acrimonious divorce between Tamra and her ex Simon, former Housewife Jeana took Simons side. At the finale party at Vicki Gunvalsons house, when Jeana tried to serve Tamra a letter from her attorney, Tamra responded by serving her glass of wine right into Jeanas face. Housewives are always characterized as throwing wine, but this is one of the few times it actually happened.

At a family summit between the Gorga, Giudice, Pierri, and Wakile clans, things erupted when Joe Gorga called his sister Teresa Giudice scum and her husband Joe Giudice wrestled with him. If theres a funny part of this moment, its that Joe Gorga got his spray-on hair all over everyone he rubbed up against.

During a trip to San Francisco, things came to a head between Porsha Williams and NeNe. While they were shouting at each other, NeNes pile of hair on top of her head came loose, so Marlo stepped in to help and pinned the hair right back into place, and NeNe and Porsha didnt stop cussing each other out the entire time. Thats what friends are for.

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While getting into a heated exchange on the patio of a restaurant, this pair of frenemies were interrupted by a mime. Yes, an actual mime. He didnt say a word, of course, but neither of these lippy ladies were a match for him.

Beverly Hills tenth season would be dominated by the rumors that Denise Richards had an affair with former castmate Brandi Glanville, rumors that were public before the premiere. But the first episode kicked off in spectacular fashion, giving us a preview of Denise leaving filming multiple times and delivering her famous Bravo, Bravo, fucking Bravo line to get them to cut some footage. Kyle Richards and Lisa Rinna talk about how well probably never hear from Denise again, but then she sits down in front of a green screen ready to talk about it and gives the camera a smirk that says she is not here to play. A truly remarkable start to a fourth-wall-shattering season.

When Luann de Lesseps premiered her cabaret show, all the women were excited for her except Dorinda Medley, who was peeved her boyfriend, John, didnt get an invite. During Luanns set, Dorinda heckled every costume change by screaming the name of this designer, who Dorinda arranged to outfit Luann for the big show. And just like that, a catchphrase was born.

When Shannon Beador, Tamra Judge, Peggy Sulahian, and Lydia MacLaughlin went to dinner at this bistro down the street from Kelly Dodds house, they had no idea shed be there getting drinks. What resulted was a huge altercation between Shannon and Kelly. But what makes this really memorable was Kelly doing a blowfish on the front door as the other women tried to flee the premises.

If beauty queens Ashley Darby and Candiace Dillard were in a beauty pageant together, neither of them would win Miss Congeniality, but things got especially fraught during this fight at Candiances (mothers) house. After Candiance brought up allegations that Ashleys husband Michael was into other dudes, Ashley retorted by bringing up the fact that Candiaces mother pays her mortgage. Candiace took the butter knife she was holding and started brandishing it in Ashleys face. Sure, its a butter knife, it wasnt going to do much damage, but, damn lady, dont let the situation get out of control.

When the samples for Sheree Whitfields fashion line She by Sheree arrived from China they were bizarre, ill-fitting, and cheap. So instead of an actual fashion show, she decided just to show her sketches of what the line should look like. In the words of Dwight Eubanks, A fashion show with no fashions? How dreadful. But the name of the line would live on in infamy, even if it took the clothes almost a decade to finally materialize. You know. Joggers.

The most memorable part about this fight between Danielle Staubs husband Marty Caffrey and Margaret Josephs husband Joe Benigno isnt that Margaret and Joe pushed Marty into the pool. I mean, weve all seen Melrose Place. What makes this a moment for the ages is that as Margaret and Joe were walking back into the party and Danielle was walking outside to see what the ruckus was about, Margert looked at Danielle and dismissively, matter-of-factly, said, Your husbands in the pool, and just kept on walking. Lets just hope for Martys sake that the water wasnt nearly as cold as Margarets delivery.

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No one wanted to go to Brooklyn Fashion Weekend, the off-brand show Alex McCord was sponsoring in her home borough. But its something Ramona Singer will never forget, thanks to the bug-eyed waddle and weird side ponytail that made her appearance on the catwalk instantly legendary.

When Lauri Peterson tried to make a comeback to the show, she used allegations that Vicki had a threeway at an insurance conference to give her some screen time. The plan backfired because all we remember is an enraged Vicki, in full ski kit on the slopes, shouting this unforgettable line.

The ladies season-four trip to Morocco had a lot of drama see: Jill crying on her bed; Alexs Herman Munster shoes but the small moment that will stay with us forever was Luann almost getting bucked off her camel. Between her crazy posture and whooping noises, its a comedy for the ages, even if it did scare the crap out of her.

The problem with Housewives having costume parties is that when a fight erupts they look totally ridiculous screaming at each other. Take this 80s-themed altercation between Vicki Gunvalson, Gretchen Rossi, and Slade Smiley, which ends with Vicki and Gretchen shouting at each other dressed like Flashdance rejects.

At a dinner in Amsterdam, Kim spewed venom at nearly every woman at the table, but especially Lisa, Eileen Davidson, and her sister Kyle. But when she insinuated there was something going on with Lisas husband, Harry Hamlin, Lisa literally lunged for Kims throat and then broke a glass on the table. Why doesnt this ever happen at my dinner parties?

In season one, Kim Zolciak wanted to be a country singer and had someone write this song for her. In season two, No Scrubs songwriter Kandi Burruss showed up on the scene and turned that song into a total club bop. Well never forget Kim trying to sing off-key or the fights this song spurred between Kim, Kandi, and Nene Leakes. But what is most memorable about this song is that it launched a 1,000 imitations, from Money Cant Buy You Class to On Display.

This wannabe housewife thought she would impress the women with a pair of very expensive shades. Problem is, she had to brag about the price and they werent even all that impressive. Shes since been found guilty of fraud, so yeah.

The thing no one will ever forget from the Miami branch of the franchise is Housewife Marysol Pattons mother, Elsa (RIP). A Cuban immigrant, possible psychic, and font of abundant wisdom, Mama Elsa was visited often, so often she even got a spin off on Bravos website.

Aviva Drescher has such anxiety about flying she had to bring her husband, Reid, with her on a girls trip to St. Barts. Ramona didnt want his presence to change the dynamic and things got heated between her and Aviva, which led to this classic rejoinder by Ramona, which she bellowed repeatedly while Aviva continued to sputter.

The ladies of Atlanta are known for their explosive reunions, but none was more explosive than the one where Porsha, tired of Kenya yelling in her face with a bullhorn, grabbed her co-star by the hair and dragged her to the ground. Not only was Porsha ejected from the reunion, Kenya actually filed charges against her.

The second season of New Jersey was mostly about all of the women teaming up against Danielle. When matriarch Caroline tried to meet her to set things straight, they instead devolved to a point where Caroline gave this classic speech about Danielle being a clown and then dismissing her.

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When Kenya wanted everyone (especially her arch nemesis Porsha Williams) to know just how good she was she said she was Gone with the Wind fabulous. At the time, it made no sense, but it sure resonated. When someone asked Beyonc how she felt after her Super Bowl performance she said, of course, Gone With the Wind fabulous.

If anything can sum up all of Beverly Hills ninth season the dissolution of Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richardss friendship, Lisa refusing to film with the rest of the group, the whole drama surrounding Dorits dog Lucy Lucy Apple Juice and whether or not she adequately returned itits this two-word bellow issued by Ken Todd as he and his wife Lisa kicked Kyle out of their house Villa Rosa, a perfume counter that grew into an entire domicile. It is also a perfect joke among fans anytime someone leaves a room.

On a group trip, Heather Thomas and Carole Radziwill were none too pleased when they woke up to find a naked man in their bathroom. When they confronted Luann de Lesseps, who brought the guy home the night before, about it, an obviously hungover-and-totally-over-it Luann said what might be her most famous catchphrase of all.

At the season-nine reunion, it finally came out who told Porsha Williams that Kandi and her husband, Todd, tried to drug and rape her: Phaedra Parks had started the rumor that was flying around all season. This reveal resulted in all of the women clearing off their couches in tears and Phaedras subsequent firing from the show.

Things hadnt been going well between Teresa Giudice and her brother Joe Gorga for some time, but things really took a turn at the Christening for Joes son, when Joe Giudice started a massive melee that had the family at odds for years.

When LeeAnne was at the doctors office talking to Brandi Redmond, she might have forgotten that her microphone was still on when she launched into a diatribe about Cary Deuber and her husband Mark and how he gets his dick sucked at the Round Up. It ended with her making a veiled threat about how theyre not knives, theyre just hands but they work very well. Its the kind of thing Tennessee Williams couldnt have written, but really wished he could have.

In the very first episode, Teresa pulls out a wad of hundreds in order to pay $120,360 for some furniture for her enormous house. This moment told us immediately that this was a different kind of Housewives show, and that something really wild was going on with Teresas finances. Oh, if she only knew then how it would all end.

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Aviva arrived at Cipriani that day to prove to the women that she couldnt go on a vacation because her doctor wouldnt let her. She also threw her prosthetic leg across the room. She wanted it to seem wild and in the heat of passion, but it was more premeditated than anything ever shown on Dexter. But, hey, it was pretty great television.

At the tail end of the Dont Be Tardy for the Party tour in season three, Nene and Kims tumultuous friendship finally came to an end on the road to Miami beach. The reason for the fight (whether or not Kim and Kandis assistants were allowed to hang out with the girls) is ancillary to how vicious these two became in an enclosed space.

It was your standard reunion fight about whether everyone thinks that the uber-Christian Alexis Bellino is a bad person. But it really took a turn when Tamra called the buxom Housewife Jesus Jugs, a name shell never be able to get rid of.

After a long day of confrontations with Dorit Kemsley in Hong Kong, Erika finally lost her temper, but at the wrong person. When Eileen made a stray comment about peoples kids dying, Erika erupted into tears, telling the women they dont know what she deals with at night worrying about her son, who is an L.A. police officer. She later apologized to Eileen for the misplaced anger, but it was Lisa Rinna who really took things in another direction when she immediately accused Dorit of doing cocaine at a party. Way to change the subject!

Tamra hated Gretchen as soon as she started on the show, so one night, at a dinner party near the beginning of her tenure, Tamra hatched this plan to get Gretchen so drunk she would make a fool out of herself. She told Vicki she was going to get Gretchen naked wasted, and seemingly even pimped her adult son Ryan out to get him to hook up with Gretchen. All Tamra really achieved with this plan, however, was making herself look bad.

Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams both started on the show in season five and took an almost immediate dislike to each other. But none of their epic feuding was as entertaining as this lunch, where they both left the restaurant mid-meal and shouted at each other on the walk to their cars. But Porsha got the last word when she yelled, repeatedly, Bye, Ashy! as Kenya stomped away.

It was hyped in the press and it was hyped in the season-ten trailer, and when the episode arrived, for once, it really lived up to the hype. On a trip to Colombia, the cast was quickly escorted off a private island when the weather took a turn. However, the boat ride home was so bumpy that the boats anchor got stuck, the boat nearly capsized, the engine caught on fire, several of the women got seasick, and the cameramen even had to put their equipment down. Well never know the full extent of the carnage, but Luann de Lesseps literally shit her bed that night, so it had to have been pretty bad.

As a peace offering to end their longstanding feud, Lisa Rinna bought a stuffed bunny for Kim Richards to give to her new grandson. Then we found out at the reunion that Kim never gave him the gift. In fact, she brought it back to Lisa because it had bad vibes. Holding that cellophane-wrapped stuffed animal in her lap, Lisa used her soap opera skills to coax one solitary tear down her cheek.

While the women were in the Virgin Islands, they all wanted to party, but none of them more than Ramona Singer. She wanted them all to go to a bar called The Turtle, but they were instead hanging out on a boat belonging to the owner of Hooters. Then Ramona declared it Turtle time and did a slurry dance, like a sorceress stirring a cauldron. Of all of the moments the infamous Scary Island trip gave to us, this is one of the most innocent.

There have been plenty of failed marriages on Housewives, but rarely do we get to see the exact moment that one ends. Tamra Judge (then Barney) was finally fed up with her controlling ex, Simon, and told him she wanted a divorce in an expletive-laden screed. It doesnt get any more real than this.

Fights have long been a part of the Real Housewives, but there is only one instance that I can think of that qualifies as a beatdown. At a wine tasting during the fifth season, the long-simmering tension between former friends Monique and Candiace came to a boil. After Candiace told Monique to drag her and Monique flicked Candiaces hair, things quickly escalated, with Monique grabbing a hunk of Candiaces hair and banging her head into the table. Later Monique would say she thought Candiace threw a glass at her, but the attack seemed somewhat unprovoked. When the pair filed charges against each other, both of their cases were dropped, but not before the aftermath took up a whole seasons worth of drama. Personally, my favorite part of the drawn-out battle is when Ashley Darby, who was in the bathroom for the entire fight, comes back and says, What did I miss?

When the ladies were in St. Barts they met up with a guy named Thomas who was dressed like a pirate and looked just like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Carribean. Luann brought him home to their villa that night (even though she had a boyfriend at the time) and got caught calling her friend Cat and telling her in French not to let the ladies know about her liaison. She might have wanted to inform Sonja Morgan, who ended up hooking up with the guy the next night.

What a curious thing to happen in such an empty, echoing house. Dana Wilkey tried to have the ladies over for some board-game fun, but Kim Richards stole new Housewife Brandi Glanvilles crutches so she couldnt get around and all of the women ostracized her. When Brandi accused Kim of doing crystal meth in the bathroom, both Richards sisters hopped off the couch and pointed their fingers in Brandis face and Kim called her a slut pig. And to think, the only former castmate that Brandi still regularly talks to is Kim.

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They say truth is stranger than fiction, but often reality is funnier than comedy. See: when a very drunk Luann got so inebriated on a trip to Mexico she fell into the bushes, not once but twice. There were tears, make-ups, and a fully naked Sonja Morgan on this trip, but this moment is twigs and branches above the rest.

This was a refrain that NeNe Leakes used against her enemy Kim Zolciak during the shows first reunion special. But the best iteration of it is in this Watch What Happens Live aftershow where Kim called Andy Cohens talk show while NeNe was a guest to set some things straight. What happened is nearly 10 minutes of the women screaming various and sundried insults at each other. Never has Andys show been more electric.

There is a list of Housewives no-nos: never renew your vows, never get on a boat, and never get a psychic. But this one time, a psychic turned out to be a good idea. Tamra invited Heather Dubrow and Meghan King Edmonds to lunch with her psychic, who told them Vicki Gunvalsons boyfriend Brooks might not have cancer like he claims. Brooks had been wreaking havoc in the OC for several seasons, but it was the digging that resulted from this claim (mostly by Meghan) that eventually sent him packing.

Hot on the heels of her controversial divorce, Luann wound up in the clink for threatening a police officer on Christmas Eve in Palm Beach, Florida, the very town where she was married less than a year earlier. Bravos cameras werent there for the event, but they were sure there for the aftermath and the rehab stint that followed. Even those who barely regard the Housewives heard about this, but for Bravoholics, this news was earth-shattering.

The New Jersey star is the first Housewife ever to go to prison, and the story of her and her husbands conviction for bank and bankruptcy fraud has been an ongoing thread over the years. Even while she was in the slammer, there was a series of specials about how her husband Joe, who was deported back to Italy after serving his sentence, dealt with life at home without her.

After the shows second season filmed but before it aired, Taylors husband, Russell, died by suicide, an event fans knew about as they watched a story of Taylor being abused by Russell unfold onscreen. She had talked to her castmates about Russell hitting her off-camera, but it was Camille who finally exposed it during filming at a tense afternoon tea. Suddenly so much about what went down made that much more sense. And now we said it.

The fourth season of the show got off to a bang when Sheree confronted NeNe about supposedly going behind Sherees back to make more money. NeNe answered by saying she was off cashing a check, a Trump check, because she had just appeared on a season of The Celebrity Apprentice, but she really put the nail in Sherees coffin when she shouted, I am very rich, bitch. Little did we know that every government employee would be cashing Trump checks for four years. NeNe is always ahead of the curve

After Bethenny Frankel and Luann de Lesseps shouted at each other, Ramona Singers dog crapped on her carpet, and Sonja Morgan cursed her out for not being invited, Dorinda had finally had enough of these ladies antics in her Berkshires home and shouted for all of them to leave. I cooked. I decorated. I made it nice! she excoriated them, as all the women wilted guiltily around her. This lives rent-free in the mind of every Housewives fan.

In one of the first blow-ups ever in the franchise, Vicki called up the transport company that was supposed to send her and her family a limo to take them to their cruise ship, but instead sent a minivan, or a family van as Vicki shouts into the phone. Of course, they just made it work, but this showed everyone else how to have an on-camera freak out. They dont call her the OG of the OC for nothing.

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The only memorable moment of this otherwise dreadful entry into the franchise is one of the biggest Housewives moments of all time. Michaele and Tareq Salahi told the producers of the show they were invited to President Obamas first state dinner. However, as the nation soon learned, the two actually showed up without an invitation and snuck their way into the White House. What ensued was a conversation about how reality TV was ruining America and a literal congressional inquiry. What they really should have been talking about is how something so momentous could be on a show so boring.

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Neysha "Swirl Girl" Perry spins to display the Festival International symbol on her dress during Festival International de Louisiane in 2015. Perry has been involved with Festival for more than a decade and has attended for most of her life.(Photo: Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser, Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser)

Looking down Jefferson Street toward Vermilion Street, Phil Lank watching as tens of thousands of people swayed and danced to the Master Drummers of Rwanda in July of 1987.

It was Festival International de Louisiane'sfirst year. After months of planning, trips to Quebec, and a $125,000 budget,downtown Lafayette had created what would become one of the world's largest francophone festivals.

Festival International was a culmination of things Downtown Alive!,Herman Mhire, and a dying downtown.

At the time, Lank was the director of Lafayettes Community Development Department. He and a few others had been working hard for the past year to create a new festival for Lafayette, part of a larger project to revitalize downtown.

Phil Lank holds the International Achievement Award he received during a ceremony before the second night of Festival International in downtown Lafayette April 21, 2016.(Photo: LEE CELANO/THE ADVERTISER)

In the early '80s, downtown had a60% vacancy rate and the community development department was working to correct the damage from the oil glut.

At the same time,Mhire, who was director of the University Art Museum, had an ideato organize an annual visual and performing arts festival in Lafayette, Mhire said in a 2016 Daily Advertiserarticle.

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"I was familiar with the world-class Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and my hope was that Lafayette could host a world-class arts festival of its own," he said.

After visiting Festival d'ete International du Qubec, an expansive summer festival in Qubec City,Community Development organizers knew how to design Festival International de Louisiane.

"The whole concept fit perfectly with us," Lank said in 2021.

The freeevent tookplace in downtown Qubec City using multiple open-air stages to displaymusic, art, food, theatre, film, street performances. And it was funded through private and public donations, a large part of Festival International's success.

Throughout the years, Festival has evolved. There was originally ahospitality program for musicians calledFestival Bubbas whowere male volunteers thatcooked for performers.

"It wasnonstop chaos and nonstop fun," Lank said.

A poster from the first Festival International, signed by African musicians, at the home of Phil Lank, co-founder of the festival in Lafayette March 31, 2016(Photo: LEE CELANO/THE ADVERTISER)

But some features have been around since the beginning.The Festival swirl came out before the first Festival, used on flyers to bring attention to the upcoming Festival International de Louisiane in 1987. The meaning of the swirls has severalinterpretations, with Lank seeing it as "the world spinning into Lafayette."

Festival International 2021: Music lineup released with 51 performances over three days

Now the swirl can be seen hanging from homes, stickers on cars, even tattoos on dedicated supporters. This year, a black swirl flag has been released. As usual, all proceeds go back toward Festival toensureits future.

"Its just magical. Its hard to put into words what festival is," Neysha 'Swirl Girl' Perry said. She has been volunteering for a decade and attending her entire life.(Photo: Submitted)

Founders say volunteers, who fuel the festival's daily tasks, numbered about 400 at the first event according to a 2016 Advertiser article. Now, volunteers number in the thousands.

The first decade of Festival was run by volunteers and part-time coordinators. Ami du Festival, a tier system of donors, was created in the late 1990s after Festival hired staff.

Now, Ami, volunteers and staff work to make Festival International happen.

More: Festival International de Louisiane announces three artists for 2021 pin and poster

Neysha "Swirl Girl" Perry has only missed two Festivals when she was one and two years old. In total, the 32-year-oldhas been to 30festivals, having volunteered for over a decade.

"Its just magical. Its hard to put into words what festival is," Neysha 'Swirl Girl' Perry said. She has been volunteering for a decade and attending her entire life.(Photo: Jill Bonar Gaspard)

"In my entire living memory, I've gone to Festival International," she said in a 2020 interview.

Festival has always beena big deal in her family. She has a cousin on the Festival board and her stepdad was at one of the first meetings when the idea for the festival was thought up and pitched it to Mhire.

"I feel like, even though hes my stepdad, its in my blood. Its like the torch has been passed on," she said.

Perryhas also fully embraced the Festival International swirl, hence the nickname'Swirl Girl.' Perry has been makingswirl-inspired outfits and accessories since 2010, thesame year she got her Festival tattoo.

Neysha 'Swirl Girl' Perryhas also fully embraced the Festival International swirl, hence the nickname'Swirl Girl.' She has been makingswirl-inspired outfits and accessories since 2010, thesame year she got her Festival tattoo.In this 2021 photo, Perry is decked out in swirls in preparation for the upcoming Festival International.(Photo: Neysha Perry)

On a regular year, Festival is a year-long event for Perry figuring out flights, where to stay, and monthly donations to Festival International, granting her Magnifique Ami status.

Since the beginning of Festival, volunteers and donors have been the life support of Festival. This year, Amis look a bit different but have the same effect.

French for "Friendof Festival," Ami du Festival has five tiers of donorship. Donations range from $10 to $500 and each ensures the future of the festival.

Become an Ami here. All proceeds help keep Festival alive and thriving.

This year's event is virtual, starting April 23 thru April 25,and can be found here.

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What We Saw at the Capitol Hill Insurrection – VICE01.15.21

We are part of a team of researchers at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and Columbia Universitys Engineering and Journalism schools that has been developing a tool called VizPol, which helps journalists identify unfamiliar political symbols, since April 2019. Nina had the idea to help improve journalists understanding of visual political symbols at a right-wing rally in 2018 after she saw a TV journalist fail to point out a contradiction between what an interviewee was saying and what a symbol she had tattooed on her forearm suggested about her political beliefs. As part of keeping the apps database up-to-date with the constantly evolving landscape of symbols, we have paid close attention to the various symbols appearing at political rallies across the political spectrum in the United States.

At the January 6 Save America rally, and the subsequent violent storming of the Capitol, Donald Trump followers telegraphed their ideologies through a variety of familiar and unfamiliar flags and logos. Some of these, particularly many well-known right-wing symbols and groups including the Three Percenters, the Oath Keepers, the Gadsden Flag, and 2nd Amendment references, have already been chronicled by other journalists, so there is no need to delve into every symbol photographed at the Capitol. However, after scanning over a thousand photographs and hours of video from the event, we identified characteristics unique to the event, distinct from its antecedents, that were evidenced by the presence of some specific symbols.

Christian imagery

In addition to group prayers and Jericho marches, which are ritualistic prayer walks, notable Christian symbols appeared at the January 6 rally.

Jesus Saves signs and an enormous "Jesus 2020" banner could be seen on the east side of the Capitol shortly before it was breached.

The 20th-century Christian flag was flown by many attendees.

Below we can see a symbol of the cross on a mans T-shirt under a sign reading In God We Trust, transplanted from a cross that was popular during the Crusades.

This evokes a reading of the pro-Trump movement as a white, Christian war on the other. Steve Bannon, Trumps former advisor, has often been quoted saying the West is in the beginning stages of a global war against Islamic fascism, which he places within the long and selectively chosen history of Christian-Muslim conflict going back to the Crusades. As demonstrators climbed on government vehicles and cheered from the Capitol steps, one supporter read a message on his phone saying, Yahweh let good prevail over evil in your mighty name. Praise you for your army. Put your badge of protection all around them. Amen.

While Christian imagery at right-wing demonstrations is not a new phenomenon (demonstrators at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017 flashed some Crusades symbols), the overwhelming presence of it at the Capitol suggests the importance of this event in particular to the religious right.

As a complement to overt Christian imagery, some demonstrators flew the Straight Pride flag, designed by Super Happy Fun America, a far-right pro-Trump organization known for organizing the 2019 Straight Pride Parade in Boston. They chartered six buses to transport about 300 agitators to the Capitol on January 6.

The presence of QAnon symbols has been growing at right-wing rallies, but on January 6th QAnon clearly took center stage.

QAnon supporters with their T-shirts and flags were a visible presence throughout the rally and in the storming of the Capitol. This was to be a day of reckoning in their violent cosmology, which involves a deep state populated by human traffickers, pedophiles, bloodsuckers, and cannibals led by Democrats, including Joe Biden and others who are burrowed into the bureaucracy of government. Adherents believe that Trump is waging a secret war against these people, which will culminate in the day of reckoning, or the storm, when prominent Trump foes will be brought to justice and executed.

Proponents of QAnon include disgraced Lt. General Michael Flynn and newly elected Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. QAnon in its current form began in October 2017 when someone called Q, claiming to be a high-level government operative with Q-level clearance, began posting anonymous intel drops on a 4chan thread titled The Calm Before the Storm. In recent months, Trumps lawyers Lin Wood and Sidney Powell, who have become heroes to QAnon adherents, unable to find any true evidence to support their allegations of voter fraud, released almost 200 pages of documents, mostly containing conspiracy theories. When interviewed about these documents, Powell said their contents would release the kraken, a reference to the gigantic sea monster from Norse mythology. At least one demonstrator carried an Unleash the Kraken flag.

We found many images of people brandishing Q imagery, slogans with the hashtag #SaveOurChildren, flags with Where We Go One, We Go All, and messaging asking other Q supporters to Trust the Plan (a call to still keep faith in Q even after Q incorrectly predicted that Biden would lose the election).

The Blue Lives Matter flag

In the last days leading up to the election, pro-Trump rallies were awash in Blue Lives Matter flags hoisted by law enforcement and its supporters and indicative of nationwide police union support for Trump. Back the Blue'' was chanted as enthusiastically as We want Trump. On January 6, the Blue Lives Matter flag, while present, was vastly reduced in number. That is not to say that pro-Trump law enforcement did not particpate in the march or in the storming of the Capitol, and clearly there were individuals with Blue Lives Matter patches and some with flags. But their density had markedly reduced. The reason for the decline is unclear. One theory is that recent conflicts between militant Trump supporters such as the Proud Boys, who recently clashed with D.C. police, have made some reconsiderat least temporarilyan alliance with law enforcement. Insurrectionists storming the Capitol could be heard screaming Fuck the blue as they attacked Capitol Police.

America First Groypers

Photographs and videos of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 prominently show the symbols of white supremacist groups like Vanguard America, the Detroit Right Wings, the National Socialist Movement, Identity Evropa, the Traditionalist Worker Party, and the League of the South, among others. From our perusal of photographs and video, the symbols and logos these groups use appeared to be mostly absent at the Capitol on January 6. In large part because of the actions of antifascist activists and lawsuits, these groups have dwindled in visibility since 2017, with some disbanding entirely and others rebranding themselves with new identities. Whether because these groups are no longer as active or because their members have assumed different affiliations, their symbols were notably not visible on January 6. Instead, we saw a robust presence of America First (AF) flags. America First is an organization led by 22-year-old far-right activist and Trump supporter Nicholas J. Fuentes, who sees himself as a contemporary Patrick Buchanana white nationalist, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ, conservative Catholic who believes the Republican Party isnt far right enough. His followers fashion themselves the Groyper Army or just the Groypers." Fuentes himself was present at the Save America rally and his followers were seen storming the Capitol.

Revolutionary War-era imagery

The refrain of needing to fight to preserve a mythical "real America has pervaded all aspects of right-wing politics. One of the ways it manifested on January 6 was through references to the American Revolutionary War, seen as the ultimate example of when Americans took it upon themselves to break their chains and claim their rightful homeland from the British. Flags like the Betsy Ross and Bennington Flags (representing the 13 original colonies) and the pre-Revolutionary Gadsden flag popular among gun-rights advocates have been steady presences at right-wing rallies, from Trump rallies to the anti-lockdown rallies of mid-2020 to countless conservative rallies before them. However, at the Capitol on January 6th, other flags and symbols from this era, not as common at other right-wing rallies we have studied, were prominently flown.

We saw many Pine Tree flags with the words An Appeal to Heaven written on them. This phrase, excerpted from John Lockes argument against the divine right of kings in his Second Treatise on Civil Government, is an expression of the right of revolution in the face of tyranny. The flag itself was reportedly first used by a squadron of six cruisers under George Washingtons command in 1775. It is sold on USFlags.com as Washington's Cruisers Flag. It was flown over the Illinois State Capitol in March 2019 to draw attention to the upcoming National Day of Prayer. Illinois GOP state representative Chris Millerhusband to recently elected Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller of Hitler was right famewas photographed with it.

Neo-Confederate and state rights imagery

In addition to Revolutionary War Era imagery, symbols of the Confederacy, which take the idea of fighting for the homeland into a more overtly white nationalist context, were abundant. Much has been written about the symbolism of the Confederate flag being paraded within the halls of the Capitol. However, other symbols of the Confederacy, not as popular at previous right-wing demonstrations, littered the crowd outside the Capitol on January 6th.

Two historical South Carolina flags were flownthe Revolutionary War-era Moultrie flag, and the Revolutionary- and Civil War-era South Carolina navy ensign.

At a demonstration featuring speeches by Trump loyalist Roger Stone and far-right activist Ali Alexander at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. the night before the violent storming, a demonstrator carried an 1860s South Carolina secession flag, which flew over Charleston shortly after the state seceded from the Union.

The flag of Taunton, Massachusetts, adopted in 1774 to commemorate the Sons of Liberty (a revolutionary organization founded in 1765 to fight taxation by the British) driving American Loyalists out of Taunton was also flown. A militia-like organization branding itself the Sons of Liberty, New Jersey was present at the rally.

There was a variant of the Texas flag with the words Come and Take It, a popular expression among gun-rights activists emblazoned upon it.

These words were written on a flag dating to the 1830s and the Texas revolution against Mexico, and are themselves a reference to the epigram, first used by Spartan king Leonidas in 480 BC, to defy the Persian king Xerxes demand that he lay down his arms. White nationalists have exalted Sparta and Spartan ideals of battle to preserve the European purity of their homeland against the brown, Persian invaders. In a similar vein, white supremacists put great stock on Norse symbols. Like the Nazis in the 20th century, they see Nordic symbols as a symbol of an imaginary pure white European-descenced society. Jake Angeli, perhaps the poster child for Wednesdays attempted coup, was wearing Viking horns and had a tattoo of a Valknot on the left side of his chest. According to the ADL, though non-racists use the Valknot too, white supremacists, particularly racist Odinists, have appropriated the Valknot to use as a racist symbol. Often they use it as a sign that they are willing to give their life to Odin, generally in battle. He also has what appears to be Thors hammer tattooed onto his stomach.

Several flags flew the cartoon lion logo of a supposedly new Continental Army flag designed by VDare, an anti-immigrant organization, SPLC-designated hate group and website known for publishing many well-known white supremacists. One had superimposed the lion onto a map of Minnesota. Others simply flew a flag featuring a lion. This could be related to the VDare lion or to Lion Guard, a group of vigilantes that patrol Trump rallies.

We also saw logos promoting the Patriot Party of Mississippi and what appears to be a new entity called the Great American Patriot Party, both using similar lion-themed iconography.

Finally, we saw several current flags of U.S. states, including but not limited to North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana, Idaho, and Kansas. Taken together, and especially seen among the historic Revolutionary- and Civil War-era versions of other state flags, the state flags echoed the historic American conservative commitment to federalism and states rights.

The Epoch Media Group

The Epoch Media group, a pro-Trump disinformation media company used the rally as a branding opportunity. Giant flags with photographs promoting Epochs NTD.TV journalists could be seen waving in the wind amid the crowds at the Washington Monument. Started in 2000 in New York City as The Epoch Times, a free newspaper which advocated for Falun Gong dissidents and against the Chinese Community Party, the Epoch Media Group now counts billions of social media views annually. It has emerged as a full-on Trump PR machine promoting conspiracy theories including the patently false claim that antifa operatives were behind the Capitol breach.

Along with Epoch Media branding, Trump voters displaying anti-China propaganda were present with large banners and posters. The narrative being peddled is that under the Democrats, Americawill turn into communist China.

Though it is also popular among Vietnamese-origin immigrants as a symbol of identity, the flag of South Vietnam, seen at the Capitol could be interpreted as a symbol of a fight against Communism, as South Vietnam fought against Communist North Vietnam in the Vietnam War. Along with antifa, fake news, and libtards, the expression Chicom has entered the Trump ecosystem of insults.

In all

Law enforcement efforts to identify insurrectionists following the storming of the Capitol may deter protesters in the weeks and months ahead from publicly signaling, through flags, patches, logos and the like too much specific information about their personal affiliations like what militia theyre in, for instance, or what state they come from. Weve already seen how the Proud Boys discarded their signature black and yellow Fred Perry shirts and their patches on January 6th in favor of a more generic look, in an effort to operate more stealthily.

By doing so, however, political actors lose out on the visual promotion of their brand identity, which is a large reason they show up at political rallies in the first place. The rallies provide a perfect broadcast stage to be seen, to livestream, to spread their message, and to gain followers.

Moving forward, while examining right-wing rallies well be looking at the proliferation of groups using patriot-branded signaling and advocating for a return to states rights or employing secessionist messaging, and the presence of the Epoch Media Group as a welcome amplifier. While security restrictions may limit the size of crowds and potential disruptors at the Inauguration, protests will no doubt continue at state capitols, as they have been for the last several years. As the FBI warns, some of these might evolve into potential attempts at armed incursions. We will also be paying attention to the intersection of symbols seen on January 6thparticularly the religious and Q symbolsand the symbols that appear at the annual Right to Life March in D.C., which will take place on January 29th this year and always brings thousands of marchers. January 6 was not the beginning of anything; it will not be the end of it, either.

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Police in South Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Washington Arrest the Grinch – YC12.12.20

The Grinch was captured and arrested amid coronavirus Christmas in South Carolina, Your Content has learned.

It is unclear what the green grouch was wanted forbut Gaffney Police Department Chief Chris Skinner was seen cuffing him Sunday.

The Grinch was located roaming around Jolly Park in Gaffney Sunday afternoon.

Charges are pending, according to WSPA.

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The news comes amid an Oceans Eleven style Christmas tree heistwhere a second Grinch stole over 50 trees, according to the Spokane Police Department, who said it has arrested the real life Grinch who stole them.

Just days after some 50 Christmas trees were stolen from a local hardware store, cops in Texas also nabbed a third knife-wielding Grinch who snatched a Salvation Army bucket at knifepoint.

The 50-year-old man, who Arlington police described as a Grinch, is now in jail after allegedly stealing the Salvation Army bucket at Walmart on South Cooper, reports CBS DFW.

Pennsylvania had an incident with a fourth Grinchwho literally barged into a barber shop and stopped customers from getting haircuts.

He just barged in, clients had to get out of the chair, he insisted on a haircut. Would not leave. We had no choice, Salon Eleven owner Bobbi Mark told Action News.

Then the Grinch went to get a tattoo at the Nice Ink Tattoo Shop.

You know, we just set up the Christmas tree. The Christmas spirit was strong here and then this guy comes in here, barging in, trying to get tattooed and we just wasnt having it, Joe Ball, owner of Nice Ink Tattoo Shop, also told the network.

Later the Grinch stopped at the Farmhouse Attic where he stole items, according to the Pittsburgh network.

Police say he was arrested after apparently attempting to steal a car and flee the scene of a theft.

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