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When it comes to game-day, there isn’t a place fans rather be than in the stands. But for some, getting a ticket to big games like Super Bowl Sunday are just ever so slightly out of reach. Before you crawl into a fetal position and mourn the loss of game-day fun, Marc Payero, Executive Chef, Restaurant Associates at NFL League Headquarters can give you a few suggestions on how to have an authentic celebration from the comfort of your own home. The answer: homegating.

“The great thing about hosting your own NFL homegating party is that you are really able to bring the excitement of the stadium into your home with fun team-spirited items and home décor,” says chef Payero. “It’s a great way to turn your home into NFL headquarters, and show off your mouth-watering menu items at the same time.”

From the menu to the décor, there are countless ways your can bring stadium feel right to your living room. And if you lack the naturally competitive edge, don’t stress. Chef Payero has plenty of tips from your menu to your hostess gift to make sure your game-day party is a touchdown!

What foods absolutely must be on the homegating table?

You’re definitely going to want to have a variation of chips and dip, wings and some hot finger foods like tacos or sliders. In addition to delicious food, another “must” is the presentation of the food which is a very easy way to impress your guests. Be sure you show off your team spirit with some stylish and functional NFL homegating products. You can find everything from, chip and dip platters and bowls to salt and pepper shakers and high heel shoe bottle holders at

What are your suggestions for actually planning the menu?

Keep is simple! You want to select items that your guests will love, but are also easy to make. You’ll want to join your homegating party and watch the game, not spend all of your time in the kitchen. Just because it’s easy to make, doesn’t mean it has to skimp on taste.

What are ways to avoid a cliché menu?

While planning your homegate, think of classic items that you normally see on the table during a party, and give them a little twist. For example, swap out a traditional salsa for a Corn and Fire Roasted Peppers Salsa. It’s just as easy to make as regular salsa, but adds a little bit of flare and uniqueness to your menu.

Take it a step further and incorporate recipes or flare from the teams or cities that are playing which will make you party more personal and unique.

What is the best thing you can bring to someone who is hosting? A dish and a gift, please.

Never, show up to a homegating party empty handed! If possible, check with the host/hostess to see if they need help with a certain category of food (ie: deserts, dips, healthy snacks). But, if you’re famous for a certain dish, bring it on over!

What are ways you can make watching the game at home feel like you’re at a live game?

Some people go to great lengths to bring the excitement and spirit of the game to their homegating parties. An easy way is to have everyone come over in their favorite team apparel and accessories. In the more extreme cases, I’ve heard of some people opening all the windows and doors of their home so that their guests can really bundle up in front of the big screen and feel like they’re right there at the stadium.

How can you make the table family friendly?

Some of my favorite memories from my childhood come from when my whole family would watch the football together on the weekends. It’s important to involve your kids in the process, and make some kid-friendly options on your menu; chicken fingers and mac and cheese are great options. I would also maybe swap out your team glassware with some plastic options to minimize the potential for accidents.

How can you keep kids occupied during the game without missing a play?

This is a great opportunity to bond with your kids and teach them about the game. Let them know that they are an essential part of the homegating party. This helps to form traditions and create lasting memories.

How can hosts or hostesses set themselves up for an easier clean-up?

When baking, I normally use a sheet of tin foil at the bottom of the glassware so that I don’t have to spend time soaking and scrubbing everything after the game. I also normally try to throw at least one load of dishes into the dishwasher during half-time. But it’s important to not spend too much time cleaning while guests are there! Just try and do a little at a time as you go.

Do you have any must have desserts that need to be on the table?

At my homgates, it’s my Irish Cream and Coconut Bread Pudding, you can find this recipe on the NFL Homegating App. The App is free and can be found in the iTunes or GooglePlay store.

What is the biggest mistake a homegater can make?

The biggest mistake that some first-time homegaters make is taking on too much at once. Like I said earlier, you have to keep is simple. You want to enjoy the game and spend time with family and friends. Focus your time and energy on making a few great things.

Mark Sanchez

Mark Travis John Sanchez (born November 11, 1986) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 10 seasons. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC), and was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. A backup quarterback during his first three years at USC, Sanchez rose to prominence in 2007 due to injuries suffered by starting quarterback John David Booty he also became popular within the community due to his Mexican-American heritage. He was named the starter in 2008, and led USC to a 12–1 record and won the Rose Bowl against Penn State. Although USC coach Pete Carroll and many scouts considered him too inexperienced, Sanchez entered the 2009 NFL Draft and was selected by the Jets in the first round.

Despite a subpar first season, Sanchez led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game, a losing effort to the Indianapolis Colts, becoming the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first playoff game and the second to win two playoff games. In his second season, Sanchez again led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers he joined Ben Roethlisberger as the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to reach the conference championship in their first two seasons in the league.

The next two seasons would be a regression for both the team and Sanchez as they failed to reach the playoffs and he was eventually replaced towards the end of the 2012 season by Greg McElroy. Sanchez suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during the preseason in 2013 he was released after the season concluded and was subsequently signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. When Eagles starter Nick Foles went down with an injury, Sanchez started the second half of the season and set career highs in completion percentage and passer rating. Nevertheless, Sanchez was unable to reestablish himself as a starter and spent one season each as backup for the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and Washington Redskins before retiring after the 2018 season.

Jamul Casino® Kicks Off Summer with Annual All-Star Block Party

JAMUL, Calif. , May 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, June 12, 2021 , Jamul Casino will ring in summer by hosting its annual All-Star Block Party featuring numerous promotions, live entertainment, free play and food for all guests in the casino, and celebrity guests. Located at 14145 Campo Road in Jamul, CA , the all-day event will feature:

  • Sports icon Bo Jackson will attend a private party in Tony Gwynn's Sports Pub for casino VIPs, including a $25,000 giveaway
  • Emmy Award-winning TV host, Sam the Cooking Guy, will offer casino VIPs a one-of-a-kind culinary experience at The Rooftop
  • The "Battle of the Broadcasters" poker tournament with a guaranteed $100,000 prize pool
  • $20 in free play for all guests at the Casino
  • Free Cajun food in JIVe Lounge
  • Live entertainment throughout the day

Jamul Casino's annual Block Party leverages the Casino's outstanding features and facilities to create a full day of fun for Casino guests.

Invitation-Only Events
Acclaimed chef, "Sam the Cooking Guy" will take over The Rooftop, the Casino's unique outdoor event venue, for two seatings at 5:30pm and 8pm . Chef Sam has designed a special menu for the event, and he will provide a cooking demonstration. All guests will receive a copy of his cookbook, Recipes with Intentional Leftovers. Access to this exclusive event can be won by following Jamul Casino on Facebook, and listening to local radio stations 100.7 Big, Magic 92.5, XTRA 1360, Sunny 98.1, 101.5 KGB, KyXy 96.5, and 97.3 The Fan for a chance to win tickets.

Tony Gwynn's Sports Pub will host former sports legend, Bo Jackson , for great food and a giveaway for $25,000 cash and free play plus a Bo Jackson Signature Grill by Coyote Outdoor. Guests can watch Bo cook up some of his favorites from his Signature Foods line of products, play games for prizes, and win a share of the $25,000 giveaway. The party begins at 12 noon, with Bo joining the event from 2pm – 4pm . Tickets to this event will also be given away through Jamul Casino's Facebook page and their radio partners.

"Battle of the Broadcasters" Poker Tournament
This year's "Battle of the Broadcasters" poker tournament will unite local players and celebrities for a friendly competition in the Casino's Poker Room. Players interested in participating in the poker tournament may buy-in for $575 beginning at 10am on June 12 (registration begins). A Meet & Greet will follow at Loft 94 at 11am , and the tournament will begin at 12pm . The tournament offers a guaranteed $100,000 prize pool and $500 bounties for players who knock out the celebrity players. Bountied players include:

  • Steve Beuerlein , former NFL player and current CBS sports broadcaster
  • Jim Laslavic , former NFL player and NBC 7 sports broadcaster
  • Scott Kaplan , radio talk show host, cable TV host
  • Jodi Kodesh , Meteorologist
  • Jeremy Roenick , former NHL player and NBC sports broadcaster
  • Bret Boone , former MLB player for the San Diego Padres
  • Gary Templeton , former MLB player for the San Diego Padres
  • Rollie Fingers, former MLB player for the San Diego Padres
  • Charlie Joiner , former NFL player for the San Diego Chargers

Free Play and Food for Sweetwater Rewards ® Members
Sweetwater Rewards members will have access to free Cajun food including shrimp po boys, Cajun crab cakes, and creole spiced sweet potato tots in JIVe Lounge from 10am – 2pm and will receive $20 in free play available anytime between 6am and midnight . Joining Sweetwater Rewards is free and allows its members access to benefits such as discounts on dining and merchandise, promotional offers, free valet, complimentary car washes, and personalized host service, to name a few. Through their play, members also earn tier credits, moving toward increasingly higher levels of benefits.

Live Entertainment
The Block Party will bring out musical talent from across the region. Live entertainment in JIVe Lounge throughout the day will include DJ Marc Eazy, Psydecar & B-Side Players, and the 80z All-Stars. The casino will also feature DJ Storm playing in Loft 94 and DJ Ricks on the Casino floor beginning at 5pm .

President and General Manager of Jamul Casino, Mary Cheeks , states, "The All-Star Block Party is one of Jamul Casino's signature events that really showcases what we have to offer—outstanding gaming, poker, food, dining and event venues, entertainment, and fun. We're thrilled to have numerous sports heroes, TV personalities, and talented entertainers join us to make this year's Block Party a memorable experience for our guests."

What should you do with all the ice packs in your meal delivery kits?

It only took one neatly packed box of ingredients dropped on my doorstep for me to become a meal delivery kit convert. The recipes are simple, the food is (usually) good and it is undeniably convenient. Most importantly, it scratches my millennial eco guilt itch thanks to food waste and carbon footprint claims that, surprisingly, may not be complete rubbish.

But having been subscribed to one of these services for the better part of five months now, a sustainability question nags at me: What am I supposed to do with all these ice packs?

Each of my biweekly boxes comes with two to four of these gel-filled, plastic-wrapped cold packs. Meal delivery kit companies offer disposal recommendations that generally boil down to: snip a corner, squeeze out the thawed innards, recycle or toss the plastic, a process that can feel a bit … wasteful.

So aside from hoarding ice packs indefinitely, what is the greenest way to deal with these items? And are the subscription services’ disposal directions as innocuous and eco-friendly as presented?

Dealing with the innards

Inside meal delivery ice packs you’ll often find a whiteish, gel-like substance. Two popular companies, HelloFresh and Home Chef, publicly confirm this is mostly water, with a small amount of a substance known as sodium polyacrylate.

Sodium polyacrylate has a wide variety of commercial uses because of its ability to absorb up to 300 times its weight in liquid. You’ll find it in diapers, for example, or pet pads. But it’s also used as artificial snow, as an additive in certain foods, in waterbeds, as a metals-absorbing product in detergents, as a moisture retention tool in agriculture - the list is quite long.

Chemical safety data sheets for sodium polyacrylate note it will likely irritate your eyes if it gets in them. The substance could also annoy your skin, throat and lungs.

Dogs that ate pet pads containing sodium polyacrylate have shown signs of neurotoxicity, one study found. Some rats continuously exposed to the substance for a long period of time developed chronic lung inflammation and tumors. And as Marc Hillmyer, director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers at the University of Minnesota, put it: “I wouldn’t eat it.”

However, sodium polyacrylate is generally viewed as nontoxic for humans, and there is little evidence it poses a serious hazard to the environment or wildlife.

Now, that doesn’t mean it is good for nature.

Sodium polyacrylate is not likely to break down quickly, meaning any ice pack gel you squeeze into the trash could linger in a landfill for quite a while. You also probably don’t want to pour it down the drain, as it could clog the small pipes in a home plumbing system, the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services said. And the City of Minneapolis pointed out that “nontoxic” for humans does not guarantee it is harmless to other species.

Keep in mind, not all meal kit companies use sodium polyacrylate. Blue Apron, for instance, declined to reveal the substance used in its ice packs, but insisted it was nontoxic and safe for home plumbing. The City of Minneapolis wouldn’t comment specifically on Blue Apron’s directions, but offered a general message: Don’t pour anything down the drain you don’t have to.

Is the plastic actually recyclable?

The exterior of an ice pack is often a film plastic known as LDPE (a #4 plastic). It’s commonly used for plastic bags, squeezable condiment holders, cling wrap and other similar products. Meal delivery kit companies like to point out this film plastic is recyclable.

While they’re not wrong, doing so requires some extra effort.

Film plastic cannot be recycled through curbside services in Minneapolis or St. Paul, representatives with both cities confirmed. In fact, most curbside recycling programs don’t accept the material. To properly recycle film plastic, you have to empty it out, rinse it, and let it dry. Then, you can bring it to a specialty drop-off location at a grocer or retailer.

What happens if you do drop an empty ice pack shell in your big blue recycling bin out back?

Lynn Hoffman, the co-president of Eureka Recycling, cited two big problems. First, the plastic can get tangled in a sorting machine’s axles, prompting an operational shut down to clear it up. According to Hoffman, this issue alone costs Eureka $70,000 annually.

Second, if the plastic does make it through, the machine has trouble identifying it as plastic and often sorts it with paper. That’s a problem, since it can contaminate a bail of materials someone may be buying to make a cardboard box, for example, explained Hoffman.

“The plastic bags technically have an operating recycling program in the Twin Cities, but it’s not through the blue bins,” she said. “Which just makes it tricky to communicate about.”

What’s the best course of action?

There is clearly interest from consumers about what to do with meal kit packaging. A spokesperson for the City of Minneapolis said Public Works has gotten more calls and emails about how to dispose of meal delivery materials. St. Paul has seen a 15% increase in additional recycling materials recently, which it is attributing in part to meal delivery kits.

Still, a lot of people aren’t taking the steps needed to recycle plastic.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, through a spokesperson, noted only about 12% of plastic statewide is recycled, and most of it is #1 and #2 plastic. In 2018, more than 544,000 tons of plastic wound up as waste. About 75,000 tons were recycled.

If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of your consumer choices, the option with the fewest negatives is reuse. That’s what Hoffman suggested for the ice packs.

“I think putting them on your neighborhood . NextDoor app, to see if anybody wants to use them for camping or coolers,” she said, when asked for her recommendation. “I think reuse is probably the best option for those ice packs.”

Hell's Kitchen Las Vegas (Spoilers): Winner Of Season 19, 2nd & 3rd Place Finishers

Who ends up winning Hell's Kitchen season 19: Declan, Adam, Kori, Cody, Nikki, Marc, Amber, Jordan, or Mary Lou? Find out with spoilers below.

Season 19 of Hell's Kitchenis well underway, but who will ultimately win the crown, the prize money, and the coveted Head Chef position? After last week's episode, Declan Horgan, Adam Pawlak, Kori Sutton, Cody Candelario, Nikki Hanna, Marc Quinones, Amber Lancaster, Jordan Savell, and Mary Lou Davis all remain.

As the competition has played out so far, several chefs have stood out from the pack. Declan and Amber, for example, were early frontrunners. Both contestants came to Hell's Kitchen with impressive backgrounds and had experience already as executive chefs. Other chefs, like Mary Lou, Kori, and Cody, have been consistently strong and risen in the ranks as they prove that they're well-rounded cooks all around. Lastly, though she brings less experience to the table, Nikki has also begun to stand out. Last week, Ramsay determined that she had the best dish of her team and therefore had to nominate others for elimination.

Though there is still half of the season left to go in the US, the show started airing in the UK way back in October. Due to this discrepancy, the winner and the runners-up, for those who are desperate to know, can already be revealed. Coming in at third place, representing his home country of Ireland with pride was one of Ramsay's early favorites, Declan Horgan. In second place, so close to the title that she could smell it, was the amazingly spunky Mary Lou Davis. And the winner? None other than 37-year-old Kori Sutton.

As the season continues to progress, there are still lots of twists and turns to come. Though she flies under the radar at times, Kori starts to garner more and more praise from Ramsay and gradually moves to the front of the pack. Declan manages to keep up his reputation for perfection until nearly the end, and Mary Lou fights hard to make it to the finale. Unfortunately, Nikki and Amber begin to slip, and Marc and Adam barely hold it together. As the number of contestants begins to dwindle, Chef Ramsay reiterates how important leadership skills are for anyone he'd consider making Head Chef at his Lake Tahoe restaurant. However, not everyone is able to deliver the leadership he's ordered.

There are also some more celebrity cameos to look forward to, including singer Sarah McLachlan and former NFL defensive end Chris Long. In a particularly heated dinner service benefiting both celebrity's charities, Jordan once again fails to step up to the plate and figure out how to lead effectively. This error ends up getting her eliminated. Though Nikki is thrown out not too long after that, Ramsay emphasizes how impressed he's been with her work in the kitchen and urges her to stay in touch and continue training. Cody holds on a bit longer, but he too ends up getting the boot for his lackluster leadership skills.

When it comes down to the final two, Mary Lou and Kori both put up an incredible fight, and the call Ramsay must make is an extremely close one. Ultimately though, it is Kori's level-headed nature and "natural-born" leadership ability, according to Ramsay, that leads him to choose her to be the winner of season 19 of Hell's Kitchen.

With N.F.L. Failure Behind Him, Shuler Tries Politics

BRYSON CITY, N.C., Nov. 4 - The crowd at Swain County High School on Friday nights in the fall is composed of football fans first and voters second. The man in the middle of the crowd fits right in: he was a football legend first and a candidate for Congress second.

A fan approaches the former quarterback Heath Shuler, and their meeting unfolds predictably enough. They have friends in common. They share some grass-stained memories. But at the end of the encounter, the fan turns into a voter and the legend turns into a candidate. The fan is no longer seeking the approval of the legend the candidate is seeking the approval of the voter.

Because Shuler is a Democrat who played football at the University of Tennessee, and because this part of western North Carolina generally votes Republican and roots for Tennessee, the endorsement usually goes this way: "You're on the wrong side of the ticket, but you know what? I'm going to vote for you anyway."

College football loyalties can run deeper than party lines. The candidate nods and smiles. The voter tips his Tennessee cap. Just like that, the voter is once again a fan and the candidate once again a legend.

The voter will not be choosing a candidate in the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina until Election Day 2006. Shuler's Republican opponent, Representative Charles H. Taylor, is in his eighth term in the House.

Shuler is a 33-year-old real estate executive who is best known elsewhere as one of the most disappointing draft choices in National Football League history. But in this area -- in the Blue Ridge Mountains where North Carolina meets Tennessee -- legends are built in high school and in college, not in the pros. And what Shuler accomplished as a quarterback at Tennessee means more than any failure he had with the Washington Redskins or New Orleans Saints.

If Shuler had not played with the Redskins, and if he had not played so poorly, he would probably not be competing to return to Washington now. Being an N.F.L. bust has had some benefits. It gave Shuler the time to evaluate what he had learned about politics in Washington. And it gave him perspective on public life.

"I wouldn't change it," said Shuler, who was drafted by the Redskins with the third pick over all in 1994. "High school and college were perfect. I never had obstacles. I never had to overcome anything. What happened in the N.F.L. helped me deal with the negative. If I didn't have that experience, what would I tell somebody who has a problem?"

Shuler was not a traditional quarterback he would often run before he would pass. And he is not what most would consider a traditional candidate: he is a Democrat who opposes abortion rights, gay marriage and gun control. He is perhaps the only kind of Democrat who can compete in this part of North Carolina.

Shuler's fearlessness has long been his appeal. Sprinting past linebackers and bowling over defensive backs, he led Swain County High to three state championships and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1993 while at Tennessee. But in April, when Shuler returned to Washington for the first time since he left the Redskins after the 1996 season, he could not muster the courage to visit the team's headquarters.

"It was overwhelming," he said. "I didn't know how people would perceive me. Was I still going to be the guy who didn't live up to expectations? I didn't want to reopen old wounds."

He went back home uncertain of his political plans.

Two months later, former President Bill Clinton called Shuler and started him on the comeback trail. Shuler remembers Clinton telling him: "Both of us had some tough times in Washington. Sometimes, I was glad to see you on the front page instead of me." He said they were both able to laugh about it.

When Shuler went to Washington in July, he drove right to Redskins Park to pay a visit. Determined to confront his enemies, he found mostly friends. He chatted with receptionists, swapped stories with trainers. Then he went to Capitol Hill.

"I was a new man," Shuler said. "It was like part of my past had been patched up."

He wears his N.F.L. alumni ring almost everywhere he goes, an odd choice for someone who threw more than twice as many interceptions as touchdown passes in 29 N.F.L. games from 1994 to 1997. Shuler has not been able to run at full speed since 1997, when he was injured while playing for the Saints. The toes on his left foot were crushed during a game against the Raiders when the 334-pound defensive tackle Chester McGlockton fell on him.

Still, Shuler plays pickup basketball at his home in Waynesville, N.C., and he considered racing trucks after he retired from football. He is tanned and fit, having kept a pledge he made to his father while he was in fifth grade never to drink soda. Back then, he thought a few colas could derail his football career, but he still won't drink a carbonated beverage.

"I remember one time when he was in middle school, lying on the field because he was so dehydrated," said Heath's father, Joe Benny Shuler. "We ran out there with a Coke. He absolutely refused to take it."

Joe Benny Shuler was a mailman who did not switch jobs when his son got rich, and he was a Democrat who did not switch parties when much of the district did. Heath Shuler also tried to make his own way. In high school, he started two car-wash businesses. At Tennessee, he worked in a library for the Boys & Girls Club. Shuler remembers teaching an elementary school student to read, calling it the greatest achievement of his college career.

The memory of that young student, as well as smog in the Smoky Mountains and factory closings in North Carolina, started Shuler thinking about public office. Prominent athletes have capitalized on their name recognition and made successful bids -- Bill Bradley, Jim Bunning, Tom McMillen, Steve Largent, J. C. Watts and Jack Kemp among them.

But they were not the failed first-round picks of a highly scrutinized N.F.L. team. Pro sports flameouts tend to find refuge as assistant coaches or part-time broadcasters. Shuler, on the other hand, is campaigning for even more scrutiny. "I told him when he was here, ɺll eyes are going to be on you for a long, long time,' " said Rod White, the Swain County High football coach.

Because Shuler has been a celebrity since he was 16, he knows how to handle attention, but he says he does not crave it. He maintains that he is more interested in improving education, creating jobs and finding new fuel alternatives than he is in trying to duplicate the thrills of his football days. His campaign has raised more than $250,000, most of it from donors from Tennessee, and he still dresses in jeans, sneakers and T-shirts.

Shuler lives with his wife and two children in Waynesville, about as far from excitement as they can get. His house is next to a pond at the base of a mountain. He eats lunch every day at Connie's Kitchen, where he asks the chef to make whatever feels right. "To me, he's just another working dude," said Connie Doll, who owns the restaurant.

On Friday nights in the fall, work and play blend at a local high school football game. When the game is in Bryson City, Shuler eats an early dinner at Na-ber's Drive In, where his picture hangs behind the counter. Then he goes to Swain County High, where his photo graces the entrance to the Hall of Fame.

He does not pass out buttons. He does not give speeches. This is not a campaign stop. It is just a man watching a game. When he is asked about the overwhelming odds facing any challenger, he says, "Hey, it's not like I'm going against Chester McGlockton here."

It is a reference to the player who ended his football career. At the same time it offers a glimpse of the competitive quarterback still inside him.

  • Asia Argento, 43, has broken her silence on boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, 61, for the first time since the chef and CNN host's suicide in June
  • In an interview with DailyMailTV, she fights back at claims that she drove him to his death by cheating - and revealed the truth of their 'grown up' relationship
  • Argento was slammed for returning to work on X-Factor shortly after his death, but she says she had a choice: 'To go to work or to never get up again'
  • She admits she was angry that Bourdain 'abandoned' her and her 17-year-old daughter and nine-year old son - who considered him a 'best friend'
  • Argento says she feels guilty because Bourdain 'had so much pain inside of him and he didn't share it'
  • The exclusive interview in which no topic was off limits is broadcast Monday and Tuesday on DailyMailTV
  • On Tuesday Argento will address her feud with Rose McGowan and sex with Jimmy Bennett when he was 17 and say: 'These lies have destroyed my life.'
  • DailyMailTV is broadcast coast to coast check for your local listings

Published: 19:20 BST, 24 September 2018 | Updated: 13:15 BST, 26 September 2018

Asia Argento has spoken for the first time since her lover Anthony Bourdain committed suicide – describing her grief and admitting that she cheated on him but saying: 'He cheated on me too.'

She speaks out in an exclusive DailyMailTV interview conducted in her home city of Rome, where no topic was off limits.

It has been three months since Bourdain was found hanging in his hotel room in Kayserberg, France where he was filming an episode of his CNN series, 'Parts Unknown.' The premier of what would prove to be his final season aired Sunday night.

Now, in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, the Italian actress, director and MeToo activist, has relived the moment she learned that the man she loved had taken his own life.

She told how trolls have accused her of driving her lover to suicide by cheating on him, and has revealed instead the truth of their 'grown-up' relationship saying: 'He cheated on me too. It wasn't a problem for us.'

Her voice cracking with emotion, she said: 'People say I murdered him. They say I killed him.

'But I understand that the world needs to find a reason. I would like to find a reason too. I don't have it. Maybe I would feel some solace in thinking there was something that happened.'

Breaking her silence: Asia Argento, 43, is speaking for the first time about her relationship with Anthony Bourdain, three months since he took his life in a French hotel room, in an exclusive DailyMailTV interview

Frank: The Italian actress has revealed the truth about their 'grown up' relationship and tells DailyMailTV both were unfaithful to each other but 'it wasn't a problem for us'

Pictures of Argento embracing a male friend and strolling hand in hand in Rome with him emerged just three days before Bourdain, 61, killed himself.

It didn't take long for online trolls to connect the dots in the most brutal fashion.

She was branded a 'murderer' by online groups such as 'Justice for Anthony' - who did not let the fact that they knew neither Argento nor her late love stand in the way of casting their judgment

Argento was slammed for not 'looking like a woman mourning' the man she calls 'my love, my rock, my protector' when she chose to go back to work as a judge on the Italian edition of the X-Factor shortly after Bourdain's death.

In fact, Argento said, the day after Bourdain's death she had a choice: 'To go to work or to never get up again.'

To this day she credits her role on X-Factor as having saved her life. She said, 'For the hours that I was on the stage I would just listen to the music, to these artists that were putting their dreams on the stage and I would concentrate on that and not on my broken heart.

'And it worked. It literally saved my life and for that I will always be grateful.'

With remarkable compassion Argento, 43, continued: 'I understand that people wanted to blame me because he was so deeply loved and he entered in the hearts of so many people, into their lives, into their hearts.

'So in a way I understand that they [want to] see me as the negative person, the destroyer.'

But according to Argento, however unthinkable Bourdain's suicide and however much she understands a desire to make sense of it by attributing blame in this fashion, to do so is to misunderstand the nature of their two-year-relationship.

She explained: 'Anthony was a very smart man, one of the smartest people I have met - wise, deep.

'People need to think that he killed himself for something like this? He had cheated on me too. It wasn't a problem for us.

'He was a man who traveled 265 days a year when we saw each other we took really great pleasure in each other's company. But we are not children. We are grown ups.

'Anthony was 62 [his suicide was shortly before his 62nd birthday]. I was 42.

'We had lives, we had wives and husbands, we had children. I cannot think of Anthony as somebody who would do an extreme gesture like this for something like that.'

Argento shared a heartwarming pictured with Bourdain and her nine-year-old son Nicola. She says that among feelings of shock and pain, she also felt angry that Bourdain had 'abandoned' her and her children, who viewed him as their 'best friend.'

Family: Argento, pictured with daughter Anna Lou, 17, and son Nicola, nine, says her family 'still cries' over Bourdain's death 'every day'. He was her son's best friend, she said

Argento broke down the emotional interview and admitted she feels guilty that Bourdain had 'so much pain inside of him and he didn't share it'

Yet though she does not believe Bourdain's death is her 'fault,' Argento - who met the celebrity chef when she was asked to direct an episode of Parts Unknown - admitted that she does struggle with the sense of guilt shared by many who have lost a loved one to suicide.

She explained, 'What I do feel terrible about is that he had so much pain inside of him and he didn't share it.

'I did not see it. And for that I will feel guilty for the rest of my life.'

Argento revealed how close Bourdain was to her two children - her daughter Anna Lou, 17, and son Nicola, nine - and shared pictures of the chef and her son with DailyMailTV.

Last October Argento became one of the first Harvey Weinstein accusers to speak up at the very dawn of the MeToo movement.

She alleged that the disgraced producer raped her, forcibly performing oral sex on her in a hotel room in 1997 despite her repeated protestations of 'No.'

In the media furor that followed Bourdain was Argento's most vocal supportive, her defender and champion who spoke fiercely about his desire for Weinstein to suffer a massive stroke and die miserably with the realization that he was utterly alone.

Bourdain was Argento's lover and her warrior. She called him her 'strength and rock.'

She said: 'He defended me against everything and everyone.'

She never imagined that he would leave her so suddenly and so alone.

Her anger towards Bourdain kept her alive, she said, for a while - it gave her a sort of fierce strength, but that feeling has now been 'replaced by loss'

Speaking very softly, Argento remembered that moment she learnt that the unthinkable had happened.

She said: 'It was around 12 o'clock and I was preparing to go and start X-Factor Italy and I received a phone call from his manager and it was very quick.

'He just told me, "Anthony took his life." And I couldn't speak. I couldn't cry at first.

'And then I started screaming. I was screaming at the top of my lungs. I was alone in my bedroom. I couldn't even cry and then I was on the floor and the maid came in and she told me I was catatonic.

'And then I started crying and I couldn't stop. And I couldn't understand.

'I thought I could never get up again after this. It felt like I was in the abyss and there was no light anymore. There would never be light again.'

Arizona Cardinals

Chairman/CEO: Michael Bidwill

Net worth: $1.4 billion

Purchase price: $50,000 (1932)

Current franchise valuation: $2.25 billion

Value appreciation: 4,499,900%

Annualized appreciation: 13%

How he made his fortune: The Cardinals are the family business. Grandfather Charles Bidwill, a Chicago attorney, bought the team in 1932. Son William Bidwill was the owner until his death last October. He moved the franchise from St. Louis to Arizona in 1988. Michael has been chairman since 2007.

Fast facts: Michael Bidwill was a federal prosecutor before he joined the Cardinals in 1996. “It’s a unique experience that no other owner had,” he told the Arizona Republic in 2014. “There are plenty of lawyers [in the NFL], but none were prosecutors.”

Atlanta Falcons

Chairman/CEO: Arthur Blank

Net worth: $5.7 billion

Purchase price: $545 million (2002)

Current franchise valuation: $2.755 billion

Value appreciation: 506%

Annualized appreciation: 9.4%

How he made his fortune: Blank co-founded Home Depot, the home improvement store, in 1978.

Fast facts: Blank signed the Giving Pledge in 2012, promising to give more than half of his wealth to charity. He also owns Atlanta United FC, which won the MLS Cup in the team’s second season in 2018.

Chicago Bears

Chairman/CEO: Virginia Halas McCaskey

Net worth: $1.3 billion

Purchase price: $100 (1920)

Current franchise valuation: $3.45 billion

Value appreciation: 3,449,990,800%

Annualized appreciation: 19%

How they made their fortune: Rather than the typical route of becoming independently wealthy and then buying a team, the McCaskey family wealth came from operating the Bears for a century. Virginia’s late father, George Halas, bought the team three years before she was born.

Fast facts: McCaskey, 97, is the oldest owner in the league. Her brother, George Halas Jr., had been next in line for ownership, but he died in 1979. McCaskey’s son, George, the team’s chairman, is expected to succeed her. The McCaskeys have been adamant on keeping the Bears ownership in the family, despite having not won a Super Bowl since the 1985 season.

Carolina Panthers

Chairman/CEO: David Tepper

Net worth: $12.7 billion

Purchase price: $2.3 billion (2018)

Current franchise valuation: $2.4 billion

Value appreciation: 4.4%

Annualized appreciation: 2.2%

How he made his fortune: Tepper is an aggressive hedge fund manager considered to be among the best of his generation. At its peak, Tepper’s firm — Appaloosa Management — handled $20 billion. According to CNBC, he is the NFL’s wealthiest owner.

Fast facts: The team’s founding owner, Jerry Richardson, sold the Panthers to Tepper after an investigation revealed Richardson made racist and sexually inappropriate comments in the workplace. Since then, Tepper announced plans to construct a new headquarters in Rock Hill, S.C. He also helped land an expansion MLS team in Charlotte, which is scheduled to begin play in 2021.

Dallas Cowboys

Chairman/CEO: Jerry Jones

Purchase price: $150 million (1989)

Current franchise valuation: $5.5 billion

Value appreciation: 3,567%

Annualized appreciation: 12.3%

How he made his fortune: Jones established himself in business as an oil wildcatter. His first million-dollar investment came in the 1970s. He still is involved in drilling opportunities, along with retail and residential real estate in Dallas.

Fast facts: Arguably the most powerful and recognizable owner in professional sports, Jones has a reputation as an outspoken, hands-on leader. He runs the Cowboys as a family business, placing his three children — Stephen Jones, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones Jr. — in prominent executive roles. He also was instrumental in pushing for the Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles. Jones was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

Detroit Lions

Chairman/CEO: Sheila Ford Hamp

Purchase price: $4.5 million (1964)

Current franchise valuation: $1.95 billion

Value appreciation: 43,233%

Annualized appreciation: 11.5%

How they made their fortune: Ford Hamp’s family runs the Ford Motor Company, headquartered in Michigan. She is a descendant of Henry Ford, the automobile manufacturer credited for inventing the assembly line and producing the Model T, regarded as the earliest car the general public could buy.

Fast facts: Ford Hamp took over as principal owner in June after her 94-year-old mother, Martha Firestone Ford, stepped down after leading the organization for six seasons. Firestone Ford inherited the team when her husband, William Clay Ford, died in March 2014. Hamp Ford has attended league meetings with her mother and had been a sounding board on key organizational decisions.

Green Bay Packers

Chairman/CEO: Green Bay Packers, Inc., Mark Murphy

Net worth: Not available

Purchase price: $100 (1921)

Current franchise valuation: $2.85 billion

Value appreciation: $2,849,999,900

Annualized appreciation: 18.9%

How they made their fortune: Not applicable

Fast facts: Officially, the Packers are owned by hundreds of thousands of public shareholders. A not-for-profit organization, the Green Bay Packers, Inc., hosted stock sales in 1923, 1935, 1950, 1997 and 2011. According to the team’s website, 361,311 people own 5,009,518 Packer shares. Fans don’t earn money for their investments in the team. The franchise is governed by a seven-member executive committee, led by Murphy, the team’s president.

Los Angeles Rams

Chairman/CEO: Stan Kroenke

Net worth: $10 billion

Purchase price: $750 million (2010)

Current franchise valuation: $3.8 billion

Value appreciation: 407%

Annualized appreciation: 17.6%

How he made his fortune: Kroenke is a real-estate magnate who also owns the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, the MLS’s Colorado Rapids and the Arsenal Football Club in England. He is married to Ann Walton, the daughter of late Walmart co-founder Bud Walton.

Fast facts: Kroenke has an affinity for large ranches. In 2017, Business Insider ranked him fourth among the largest landowners in the United States at 1.38 million acres. He also owns the Screaming Eagle winery in Napa Valley, which produces very expensive wines. Kroenke’s SoFi Stadium, scheduled to open this season, was originally estimated to cost $2.6 billion to build. Four years later, that estimate is $5 billion.

Minnesota Vikings

Chairman/CEO: Zygi Wilf

Net worth: $1.3 billion (per Celebrity Net Worth)

Purchase price: $600 million (2005)

Current franchise valuation:$2.7 billion

Value appreciation: 350%

Annualized appreciation: 10.6%

How they made their fortune: The Wilf family business is Garden Homes, a nationwide leader in retail, commercial and private residential development. Wilf’s father, Joseph, was a Holocaust survivor and immigrated to the United States shortly after Zygi’s birth in 1950.

Fast facts: In 2013, a New Jersey judge found the Wilf family guilty of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and violating the state’s civil racketeering statute for cheating two former business partners out of revenue for an apartment complex. The lawsuit played out in court for more than 20 years. An appellate court ordered the Wilfs to pay the defendants $32 million.

New Orleans Saints

Chairman/CEO: Gayle Benson

Net worth: $3.2 billion

Purchase price: $70.2 million (1985)

Current franchise valuation: $2.275 billion

Value appreciation: 3,141%

Annualized appreciation: 10.5%

How she made her fortune: Benson spent more than 30 years working in the interior design business. She married Tom Benson, a businessman and owner of multiple car dealerships, in 2004, to become his third wife. She inherited the Saints and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans in 2018 after Tom died.

Fast facts: A devote Catholic, Benson admitted in January that Saints personnel gave public relations advice to the Archdiocese of New Orleans amid a sexual abuse crisis, angering some survivors.

New York Giants

Chairman/CEO: John Mara/Steven Tisch

Net worth: $500 million/$1.2 billion (per Celebrity Net Worth)

Purchase price: $500 (1925)/$150 million (1991)

Current franchise valuation: $3.9 billion

Value appreciation: 779,999,900%/2,500%

Annualized appreciation: 18.2%/11.9%

How they made their fortunes: Mara, a former labor lawyer, is the grandson of original team investor Timothy Mara and the oldest son of Wellington Mara. Tisch, a successful movie producer, is a son of Bob Tisch, co-founder of the Loews Corp, which bought a 50% stake in the team in 1991.

Fast facts: Among movies Tisch co-produced was Academy Award winner “Forrest Gump.” Mara also has a Hollywood connection as the uncle of actresses Rooney and Kate Mara.

Philadelphia Eagles

Chairman/CEO: Jeffrey Lurie

Net Worth: $2.7 billion

Purchase price: $185 million (1994)

Current franchise valuation: $3.05 billion

Value appreciation: 1,549%

Annualized appreciation: 11.4%

How he made his fortune: Lurie started his career as a social policy professor at Boston University. He later pivoted to film and entertainment, taking an executive role at General Cinema Corporation, a company started by his grandfather. Two years later, he founded Chestnut Hill Productions.

Fast facts: Lurie won the 2011 “Best Documentary Feature” Academy Award for “Inside Job,” which was based on the 2008 financial crisis. In July, after Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted an anti-Semitic quote on Instagram, Lurie announced his new production company, Play/Action Pictures, would release its first documentary based on the award-winning book, “The Meaning of Hitler.”

San Francisco 49ers

Chairman/CEO: Denise DeBartolo York, John York

Net worth: $3.2 billion

Purchase price: $13 million (1977)

Current franchise valuation: $3.5 billion

Value appreciation: 26,823%

Annualized appreciation: 13.9%

How they made their fortunes: Denise is the granddaughter of Edward DeBartolo Sr., an Ohio-based construction magnate and commercial real estate developer who purchased the team. She is the sister of Edward DeBartolo Jr. She took control of the team in 2001 in the wake of her brother’s legal troubles. She married John York, a pathologist, in 1978.

Fast facts: Denise was president of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins when they won the Stanley Cup in 1991. Jed York, the oldest of Denise and John’s four children, serves as the 49ers’ CEO. He hired coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, who guided the 49ers to the Super Bowl last season.

Seattle Seahawks

Chairman/CEO: Paul G. Allen Trust/Jody Allen

Net worth: $20.3 billion

Purchase price: $194 million (1997)

Current franchise valuation: $2.775 billion

Value appreciation: 1,330%

Annualized appreciation: 6.4%

How they made their fortune: Paul Allen, who died in 2018, co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. He also owned the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and was part owner of the MLS’s Seattle Sounders. His sister Jody chairs the Seahawks and the Trail Blazers and also philanthropy-centered Vulcan Inc. “We work with partners to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges facing oceans, climate, conservation, and communities,” Vulcan’s website says.

Fast facts: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said one of his favorite moments with Paul Allen came after the team won Super Bowl XLVIII. At the team’s victory party, Allen performed on stage. “He thought he was Eddie Vedder or something up there,” Carroll told reporters after Allen’s death. “He was going.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chairman/CEO: Bryan Glazer, Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, Edward Glazer, Joel Glazer

Net worth: $4.7 billion

Purchase price: $192 million (1995)

Current franchise valuation: $2.2 billion

Value appreciation: 1,046%

Annualized appreciation: 10.3%

How they made their fortune: The Glazers inherited their wealth from their father, Malcolm, a real estate mogul who died in 2014. Forbes estimates that the family’s holding company owns more than 6 million square feet of shopping centers across the United States.

Fast facts: The Glazers also own the Manchester United soccer team. Malcolm Glazer started buying shares of the team in 2003. He gained control in 2005 by purchasing 75% of the stock. The team is now valued at $3.8 billion.


Chairman/CEO: Dan Snyder

Net worth: $2.6 billion

Purchase price: $750 million (1999)

Current franchise valuation: $3.4 billion

Value appreciation: 353%

Annualized appreciation: 7.4%

How he made his fortune: Snyder dropped out of the University of Maryland to run a business he created. He took the company, Snyder Communications, public in 1996 and then sold $2.1 billion in stock in 2000.

Fast facts: Snyder for years insisted he would not change the team’s nickname, which activists contend is racist. But with the U.S. wrestling with its racial history in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, FedEx, the Washington franchise’s lead sponsor, asked that the name be removed. Snyder since has complied, though a new nickname has yet to be announced.

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Diet coke

Melania and Donald Trump also have similar drink preferences — though the amounts they consume are vastly different. They both prefer to drink Diet Coke — though Melania prefers to only drink hers from glass bottles. While we agree that preference sounds terribly cliche and very over-the-top, Coke does claim it's the tastiest way to enjoy their beverage, so she may be onto something. It's also the most expensive way to enjoy Diet Coke, but we're pretty sure that's not an issue for the Trumps.

Her husband seems to care less about the fanciness of the container, as long as it's flowing steadily. He definitely drinks more of the bubbly, brown diet soda. A lot more. According to The New York Times, the president drinks 12 cans of the soda every day. We're trying hard not to judge here, but a case a day is an awful lot for any one person to consume. We're pretty sure Mrs. Trump indulges her Diet Coke cravings far less frequently.

The Handmaid's Tale fans noticed Ivanka Trump's 'Gilead green' dress

In today's pop culture-informed world, some left-wing voters have compared right-wing politics to the silencing and policing of women and their bodies in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and its acclaimed TV adaptation. The Hulu show features handmaids in jewel-toned uniforms, including a deep emerald green, which a PopSugar article described as "like something old and decaying, the green of something once alive, but now left to rot."

On Dec. 3, 2020, Ivanka Trump joined her father and several administration officials in the Oval Office as the president signed the Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act. As InStyle noted, while the act itself got lost among the headlines swirling around Donald Trump at the time, many noticed Ivanka's "Gilead green" dress.

She had previously worn similar shades on multiple occasions, including in March 2018 (as pictured). The dress she wore in December 2020 was not only the same "decaying" forest green as the Handmaid's Tale costumes, but it also bore the same shape: long and tailored, with a high neck and a secretary-bow tie around the collar. The style is worn on the show most notably by the character Serena Joy, "the anti-feminist first lady of Gilead that happens to be, ahem, complicit in all of the things going on around her."

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