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J.J. Watt Riding Badger Bobblehead Unveiled

jjwattThis morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead featuring former Wisconsin Badger defensive end J.J. Watt riding a badger. This is the newest addition to the extremely popular Riding Bobblehead Series and comes as Watt prepares to host Saturday Night Live tomorrow night. The bobbleheads are being produced for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum by FOCO, an official licensee and manufacturer of University of Wisconsin and NCAA merchandise.

Wearing a Red No. 99 jersey, the intimidating Watt bobblehead is holding a football and sitting atop an equally menacing badger. Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 2,020, and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads are in production with expected delivery in May. They are $40 plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.

In his nine-year NFL career, Watt has been one of the NFL’s best defensive players with 96 sacks while becoming one of the most admired sports figures for his performance both off and on the field. Watt helped raise more than $37 million for people impacted by Hurricane Harvey, earning him the prestigious honor of Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year following the 2017 season.

Regarded as a two-star recruit coming out of high school, Watt accepted a scholarship offer from Central Michigan University and played tight end as a freshman in 2007. Opting against a move to offensive tackle, Watt decided to walk on at the University of Wisconsin to play defensive end. After redshirting in 2008, he played two productive seasons for the Badgers before deciding to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. A top performer in all categories at the combine, the All-American and team MVP was the first defensive end selected in the first round.

Watt went on to receive the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award three times in his first five seasons. He has been named first-team All-Pro five times and holds the Texans’ franchise records for both sacks and forced fumbles. In 2017, Sports Illustrated picked Watt as its Sportsperson of the Year.

“We’re always thinking of ideas for unique and fun new bobbleheads and the riding bobbleheads have been some of the most popular over the last year,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “J.J. Watt’s bobbleheads have always been a big hit, and we couldn’t think of a better pairing for this series than J.J. riding a badger.”

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Brantley Gilbert Takes It Local While on Tour

For his upcoming Fire’t Up Tour, Brantley Gilbert is partnering with Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) to purchase a selection of products for catering on each concert stop, spotlighting the value locally sourced meats, dairy and produce can make on each community.

… Bringing things full circle on tour, Brantley is also associating with Musically Fed, a non-profit that distributes excess food each night to organizations tackling hunger in each market.

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Most Popular Day of the Year to Quit

This Friday, January 31 is, according to research, the most popular day (in the most popular month) for people to quit their job, as those back in the saddle after the holidays find themselves staring at the year’s calendar and questioning the point of it all. For some, the urge may be fueled by a dread of keeping up the work routine after kids go back to school; for others it could be down to the fact January is a dull month.

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Road rage: Poll finds the average American spends more than five full days a year driving to and from work

A new poll about the time wasted commuting to and from work brings to mind a quote Fight Club: “This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.”

The survey of 2,000 American reveals the average commuter spends more than five full days a year just driving to and from work.

That’s 580 minutes — or more than 9.6 hours every single month — negotiating traffic, potholes, and enduring that idiot who hasn’t turned off his left blinker for 12 miles.

The poll, commissioned by the car battery retailer Batteries Plus Bulbs, also notes, not surprisingly, that a third of Americans are stressed out before they even get to work.

Twenty-seven percent of the respondents say they complain about their commuting problems with others, while 76% say they often feel guilty if they’re even slightly late for work because of their commute.

What’s more, while a quarter of those surveyed say while they don’t enjoy commuting problems, they don’t think those issues are “valid” excuses for being late for work. Perhaps that rubbed off from their superiors: 26% say their bosses aren’t sympathetic to car issues.

As far as the most common commuting woes? Traffic takes the cake, with 76%, followed by a flat tire at 54%, same as a dead battery. Some 27% say a car emergency is the thing that stresses them out most, followed by a quarter of those polled who say losing their car keys as they’re tying to leave for work grinds their gears.

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Ready Stayer One: Atari announces plans for themed hotels

With more than 2.5 billion players all over the world spending more than $152.1 billion on games in 2019 alone, why hasn’t anyone yet made the gaming experience part of a hotel stay?

Leave that to Atari. The electronic entertainment pioneer has announced plans to open a series of boutique hotels target toward gamers.

The first location breaks ground in Phoenix, AZ later this year, with initial additional hotels planned in Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, and San Jose.

The company’s copy promises “a unique lodging experience combining the iconic brand with a one-of-a-kind video game-themed destination.”

And don’t expect only retro games to hold modern micro attention spans. The hotels will reportedly feature, “fully immersive experiences for every age and gaming ability,” including the latest virtual reality and augmented reality games, as well as venues to hold eSports events.

“When creating this brand-new hotel concept, we knew that Atari would be the perfect way to give guests the ‘nostalgic and retro meets modern’ look and feel we were going for,” noted Napoleon Smith III, a producer of the wildly successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise reboot, who’s leading the venues’ development.

“Let’s face it, how cool will it be to stay inside an Atari?” he added.

For a sneak peek of the first of the Atari Hotels, check out