Wilford Jones (January 22, 1931 – March 17, 2007), better known as Crazy Ray, or Whistling Ray, was the unofficial mascot of the Dallas Cowboys. By some accounts, he was also the team's original mascot, who attended almost every home game since the team's inception.
Crazy Ray making balloon sculptures for children following a Cowboys win in 2003.
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|Died||March 17, 2007 (aged 76)|
He started selling pennants at games in 1962 and quickly endeared himself to the Cowboys fans with his western outfits, magic tricks, trademark whistle, and galloping along with a hobby horse. Often he would take the opposing team's pennant and use it as a handkerchief to wipe his head or face.
He was never officially employed by the Cowboys, but was given a Special Parking Pass and All-access for home games. He was also known as the "Whistling Vendor" at Dallas Tornado soccer games, Texas Rangers baseball games, and at the Dallas Black Hawks minor-league professional ice hockey team at State Fair Coliseum. He could be seen at the State Fair of Texas and various concerts entertaining the public.
Crazy Ray also had a special friendship with rival Zema Williams (i.e. *Chief Zee), the Washington Redskins' unofficial mascot. In some photographs, Crazy Ray and Chief Zee were seen pretending to fight with each other during games.
Albert Préjean (27 October 1894 in Paris – 1 November 1979 in Paris) was a French actor, primarily in film. He served in World War I, and was decorated with the Croix de Guerre and the Legion d'honneur. With Lysiane Rey, he was the father of Patrick Préjean, and grandfather of Laura Préjean.Barrel Man (Denver Broncos)
Barrel Man, real name Tim McKernan (September 5, 1940 – December 5, 2009), was a superfan of the Denver Broncos. In all types of weather for 30 years, he attended every home game at both Mile High Stadium and INVESCO Field at Mile High wearing nothing but an orange barrel that covered his torso and a cowboy hat and boots. His costume was reminiscent of rodeo clowns (or barrelmen) who serve as a distraction to animals in the rodeo arena in order to protect riders who have been thrown and of the stereotype of the miner who lost his stake and had nothing left to wear but a barrel. He was the first Broncos fan inducted into the VISA Hall of Fans at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.McKernan began attending Broncos games in 1967, eventually missing only four of them. He first wore a barrel in 1977 after making a $10 bet with his brother over whether wearing one would get him on television. He won, wearing one painted to resemble an Orange Crush can. The soft drink brand was also the nickname for the defensive unit of the orange-jerseyed Broncos who won the American Football Conference Championship that season. McKernan also showed up at games for the Denver Gold of the short-lived United States Football League in the mid-1980s, wearing a gold-painted barrel. McKernan retired his act after the 2007 season at the age of 67, but announced that he would continue attending games in normal dress.McKernan had serious health issues in 2003, after an abdominal aneurysm ruptured. After that time he was restricted by doctors to wearing his barrel for one half of play, and then only when the temperature was above freezing. These health issues were a major reason behind McKernan's deciding to give up the barrel in 2007.
Retired after 40 years as a mechanic for United Airlines, McKernan and his wife were based in Gunnison, Colorado, but spent their offseasons traveling in their recreational vehicle. Due to the space constraints of living in an RV, McKernan sold his Super Bowl XXXII barrel for $30,000. The barrel, autographed by 49 Broncos from their first Super Bowl winning team, was sold to Nicholas Martinez of Las Animas Colorado. McKernan gave 10% of his profits to Jubilee House, battered women's shelter in Gunnison.McKernan died on December 5, 2009, of respiratory failure caused by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at age 69. The last Broncos game before his death was a rout of the Giants on Thanksgiving Day. In November 2012, the History Colorado Center honored the Barrel Man as part of an exhibit called Denver A to Z: Adrenaline to Zombies and (almost) Everything in Between. A statue of McKernan epitomizes D for Devoted.Bill Nighy
William Francis Nighy () is an English actor. He worked in theatre and television before his first cinema role in 1981, and made his name in television with The Men's Room in 1991, in which he played the womaniser Professor Mark Carleton.
Nighy became widely known for his performance as Billy Mack in Love Actually. Other notable roles in cinema include his portrayal of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean film series as well as Viktor in the Underworld film series.
He is also known for his roles in the films Lawless Heart, I Capture the Castle, Shaun of the Dead, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Notes on a Scandal, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Rango and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. His performances were also acclaimed in the State of Play series and in the TV films The Girl in the Café, Gideon's Daughter and Page Eight, for which he earned Golden Globe nominations, winning one for Gideon's Daughter.Chief Zee
Zema Williams (July 7, 1941 – July 19, 2016), better known as Chief Zee, was a well-known fan and unofficial mascot of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. Dressed in a faux Native American war bonnet, rimmed glasses, and red jacket, Chief Zee began attending Redskins games in 1978.Deaths in March 2007
The following is a list of notable deaths in March 2007.
Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:
Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.Fireman Ed
Edwin M. Anzalone (born September 19, 1959), better known as Fireman Ed, is a superfan of the New York Jets. One of the most well known National Football League fans, he has risen to prominence by appearing on many local radio shows. He was not the creator of the famous chant, "J-E-T-S, Jets!, Jets!, Jets!" which originally was led by two retired NYPD Jet fans – alternating from one end zone to the other end zone, in the upper deck only.
An actual New York City firefighter, Fireman Ed was injured on the job in 2007.
During the butt fumble game, a rout of the Jets by the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night 2012, Anzalone left the game before halftime, stating that he would no longer lead cheers at Jet games as Fireman Ed. At the first game of the 2015 NFL season, Fireman Ed returned to lead cheers for the Jets.Fresh!
Fresh! is the debut album by Australian dance-pop singer-songwriter Gina G, released in 1997. The album includes the single "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit", which was the United Kingdom's entry in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest. Following the contest, the single reached number one in the UK and went on to become a worldwide hit.Gods and Monsters (Gary Lucas album)
Gods and Monsters is the debut studio album of Gary Lucas, released in 1992 through Enemy Records.James Carville
Chester James Carville Jr. (born October 25, 1944) is an American political commentator, media personality, and lawyer who is a prominent figure in the Democratic Party. Nicknamed the Ragin' Cajun, Carville gained national attention for his work as the lead strategist of the successful Popeyes Chicken advertising campaign, in addition to presidential campaign of then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton. Carville also worked as a co-host of CNN's Crossfire. After Crossfire, he appeared on CNN's news program The Situation Room. As of 2009, he hosts a weekly program on XM Radio titled 60/20 Sports with Luke Russert, son of Tim Russert who hosted NBC's Meet The Press. He is married to Libertarian political consultant Mary Matalin. In 2009, he began teaching political science at Tulane University.In 2014, Carville joined Fox News Channel as a contributor.License Plate Guy
Joe Ruback, better known as License Plate Guy (born June 7), is an iconic fan of the New York Giants, best known for the license plates he wears at each game. Ruback has attended every home and away game since 2003 and was at all 283 games during the team's use of Giants Stadium.Ruback first wore a plate to a game when he was 16, but the tradition didn't become what it is now until the last decade.
Joe Ruback has made several appearances on The Boomer & Carton radio show on WFAN in New York. Ruback has become a fan favorite, but prides himself as "an average fan" and can be seen before every game (home and away) in the parking lot taking pictures with fans.. Joe has also been featured on NFL Network and Good Day New York
Ruback participates in many off the field philanthropic endeavors including "Pink Tailgate" raising money and awareness for breast cancer and those affected.In 2017, Ruback organized a charity softball game to raise money for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund. Working with Landon Collins, who headlined the event, a softball match was organized between current and past Giants team members. The event also featured a dodgeball game and a home run derby.Masato Sako
Masato Sako (佐古正人, Sako Masato, November 9, 1946 – January 11, 2003) was a Japanese actor and voice actor from Iwakuni, Yamaguchi. He stood at 168 centimeters (5 feet, 7 inches) tall and weighed in at 62 kilograms (136 pounds).
Sako dropped out of Chuo University. He then enrolled in the theater company Gekidan Kumo. He later transferred to Engekishūdan En. He has performed in Shakespeare, television dramas, dubs of western films and animation. His oldest daughter, Mayumi Sako, is enrolled in the Bungaku Company. On January 11, 2003, Masato Sako died of oral cancer in an Iwakuni hospital at the age of 56.Maurice Desfassiaux
Maurice Desfassiaux (1886–1956) was a French cinematographer.Muse Watson
Muse Watson (born July 20, 1948) is an American stage and screen actor. He became known for his roles as Ben Willis, the primary antagonist in the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise, Charles Westmoreland on the Fox television series Prison Break and as Mike Franks in CBS television series NCIS.René Clair
René Clair (11 November 1898 – 15 March 1981) born René-Lucien Chomette, was a French filmmaker and writer. He first established his reputation in the 1920s as a director of silent films in which comedy was often mingled with fantasy. He went on to make some of the most innovative early sound films in France, before going abroad to work in the UK and USA for more than a decade. Returning to France after World War II, he continued to make films that were characterised by their elegance and wit, often presenting a nostalgic view of French life in earlier years. He was elected to the Académie française in 1960. Clair's best known films include The Italian Straw Hat (1928), Under the Roofs of Paris (1930), Le Million (1931), À nous la liberté (1931), I Married a Witch (1942), and And Then There Were None (1945).Rowdy (Dallas Cowboys)
Rowdy is the official mascot of the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys.Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
The Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture is one of the annual Satellite Awards given by the International Press Academy. In 2011, the IPA pared down its Satellite nominations in the motion picture categories from 22 to 19 classifications; the change reflects the merger of drama and comedy under a general Best Picture heading, including the Best Actor/Actress headings and the Supporting headings.Stacked
Stacked is an American television sitcom that premiered on Fox on April 13, 2005. On May 18, 2006, Stacked was canceled, leaving five episodes unaired in the United States. The last episode aired on January 11, 2006. The five unaired episodes have since been aired in reruns in the United Kingdom, Israel, and Switzerland.The Crazy Ray
For the 1923 Lon Chaney film, see While Paris Sleeps.Paris Qui Dort (literally "Paris which sleeps") is a 1924 French science fiction comedy silent short film directed by René Clair. Also released as Le rayon de la mort, its international English-language titles were The Crazy Ray and Paris Asleep. It has also been released in the USA as At 3:25.Then Came the Night
Then Came the Night is the only studio album of American country music artist Tommy Shane Steiner, released in 2002 on RCA Records. It features the single "What If She's an Angel", a number 2 hit for Steiner on the Hot Country Songs charts in late 2001-early 2002. Both the second and third singles — "Tell Me Where It Hurts" and "What We're Gonna Do About It", respectively — peaked at number 43 on the same chart.
The track "The Mind of John J. Blanchard" was later recorded by Anthony Smith under the title "John J. Blanchard" on his 2003 debut album If That Ain't Country, from which it was released as a single that year. "I Go Crazy" is a cover of pop singer Paul Davis's hit from 1978.
Jimmy Ritchey produced the album, with Frank Liddell serving as associate producer on tracks 2 and 5.
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