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November 13, 2008





This past weekend was an all out war between blonde and brunette women. That really is the name of the event, we’re not just being superficial and sexist. The girls wrestled for the pigskin on Francis Field on N Street to raise money to tackle Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter (long name, have to take a breath) has raised over $300,000 since 2005. Blonde’s 2008 Miss DC Kate Grinold stands with Brunette’s 2006 Miss DC Kate Michael. Kate Grinold is dancing daily in preparation for Miss America, and Kate Michael, who already competed two years ago, was willing to give her some pointers while we snapped photos. Once we walked away, it was back to the age old rivalry.


Founders Ryan Triplette and Sara Abbot (tan visor) with marketing partner Judy Mayka (Blondes) and football player Elizabeth Murray Beimers (Brunette). Originating in DC, Ryan and Sara’s event has spread like wildfire from Dallas and Houston, and it’s already forming in 10 other cities like Denver, Los Angeles, and New York City.


The Blondes huddle and discuss a game plan. This was no “girly” game. Many walked away with battle wounds and dirty jerseys. Unfortunately the Blondes lost for the 4th straight year. But they put on a good show and raised $50,000 in cash donations at the event alone.


While we’re on the topic of sports, we thought we’d find out who the best football players are in DC. Well, wouldn’t you know, two guys with the answer— ESPN Radio host Andy Pollin and WaPo sportswriter Len Shapiro—were at Barnes & Noble to promote their new book The Great Book of Washington DC Sports Lists. While it’s sure to stir up some controversy—such as “Dan Snyder’s 10 Greatest Blunders”—there was consensus on some local greats, like boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. The book contains 180 lists, including some written by local celebs. Congressman Tom McMillen lists the best Congressional basketball players, and ‘Skins legend Sam Huff recalls the toughest guys to tackle.  Looks like a fun book, but where should we enjoy it? Andy says “it’s a great bathroom read.”


Beer is great and the Darlington House believes it’s even better with food. The 20th Street restaurant taught an intimate gathering the fundamentals of beer and food pairing last week. The night was filled with history lessons like: Did you know that beer is the world’s oldest beverage, dating back to the 6th millennium BC in Mesopotamia? It all began with some guy drinking fermented water on the bottom of a grain store.  Sounds like the kind of guy you’d want to taste test your party punch. Above, master of ceremonies and Peroni manager Frank Farrell, PN Hoffman’s Carolyn Desmond, and Peroni Brand Ambassador Antonio Matarazzo.


Cleveland Park Grill owner Jeff Holibaugh, Darlington House husband/wife owner team Fabio & Patricia Beggiato, Monsignor James Watkins, pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with friends Tom Petty and Joe Stankavage


The always best dressed Giovanni Viezzib, owner of Trattu, Antonio, Darlington House owner Patricia Beggiato, and DC Market Manager Brian Reames.

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