Vol. 12 No. 20 - February 29, 2012
Playoffs start this week
SCOTT DELL | SUBMITTED
"Strategy"! Head coach Greg Ross and assistant Chuck McCracken
set the game-plan for the Ross Built Construction Broncos.
The road to the Super Bowl Championship begins this week with the much anticipated AMICC flag football playoffs. Top seeds for placement ranking are still to be determined during the final regular season games this week and are still too close to call in the youth divisions. Especially in the 13- to16-year-old Division I. Youth playoffs begin this Saturday, March 3.
On top of the Adult Co-Ed Division are the AFC Division, Duffy's Tavern Ravens and the Coastal Orthopedic Raiders, who get the first and second place bye, respectively. In the NFC Division, Slim's Place Dolphins and Florida Discount 49ers get the first and second place bye, respectively. Playoffs begin this Thursday and shake out like this:
March 1, Thursday, 6 p.m. AFC 5th seed (winner of Feb. 29, Wednesday, 7 p.m.) vs. AFC fourth seed The Feast Falcons
March 1, Thursday, 7 p.m. NFC fifth seed Sato Real Estate Browns vs. NFC fourth seed Beach to Bay Construction Texans
March 1, Thursday, 8 p.m. AFC sixth seed (loser of Feb. 29, Wednesday, 7 p.m.) vs. AFC 3rd seed Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings
March 1, Thursday, 9 p.m. NFC sixth seed Waterfront Restaurant Bills VS. NFC third seed Edgewater Real Estate Broncos
Division III (8-9-year-olds) Results:
Pink & Navy Boutique Cowboys 14
Beach Bums Steelers 21
Southern Greens Jets 14
Gettel Toyota Texans 25
Waterfront Restaurant Raiders 6
Beach Bistro Vikings 12
Division II (10-12-year-olds) Results:
Mr. Bones Colts 56
Eat Here Bears 56
Sandbar Restaurant Falcons 0
Ross Built Construction Broncos 51
Cedars Tennis Resort Seahawks 13
Sand Dollar Steelers 46
Division I (13-16-year-olds) Results:
Mar Vista Raiders 19
Galati Yacht Sales Texans 27
Integrity Sound Redskins 27
Walter & Associates Bears 28
Jessie's Island Store Steelers 16
First American Bank Ravens 18
Integrity Sound Redskins 20
Galati Yacht Sales Texans 32
Mar Vista Raiders 13
Walter & Associates Bears 31
Adult Co-Ed Flag Football League Results:
Galati Yacht Sales Chargers 6
Slim's Place Dolphins 26
Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings 18
Coastal Orthopedic Raiders 35
Agnelli Pool & Spa Packers 28
The Feast Falcons 48
Fins Bar Bears 20
Duffy's Tavern Ravens 39
Florida Discount Signs 49ers 6
Edgewater Real Estate Broncos 26
Waterfront Restaurant Bills 36
Sato Real Estate Browns 39
Banana Cabana Bengals 26
Beach to Bay Construction Texans 32
Adult stats leaders:
Passing Yards TD's
M. Piermarini 2,043 41
T. Bekkerus 1,865 35
C. Buky 1,860 35
Rushing yards TD's
N. Coleman 303 3
R. Moss 130 0
P. Calvary 121 0
Receiving Yards TD's
D. Murphy 727 10
B. Hartwig 712 13
T. Tyrell 705 14
Extra points Total
S. Dell 8
D. Dejesus 7
B. Hartwig 7
A.J. Brown 8
P. Calvary 8
D. Murphy 7
lag pulls Total
J. Moss 21
T. Shaughnessy 21
E. Gledhill 19
J. Brisson 6
E. Argeros 5
M. Simpson 4
Instructional League Flag Schedule: (5-7-Year-old):
Mar. 2, Friday, 6 p.m. Island Real Estate Colts VS. LPAC Cardinals
Mar. 2, Friday, 7 p.m. – Island Dental Spa Broncos VS. Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings
Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League Results:
Best Buy 25
Tyler's Ice Cream 23
(First game of best two out of three)
Best Buy 27
Tyler's Ice Cream 25
(Second game of best two out of three
Slim's Place 26
Best Buy 24
(First game of best two out of three)
Slim's Place 22
Best Buy 25
(Second game of best two out of three)
Slim's Place 23
Best Buy 25
(Third game of best two out of three)
To view all the adult leagues individual player stats and team standings go to the Community Center's new sports page at hometeamsonline.com/amicc.
Whole Foods - the whole story
I know you've been dying to know more about my teaser headline last week…the accomplishment of a real bucket list priority. Getting a book, well my book specifically, into Whole Foods. As my publisher told me months ago, "It's a process." Indeed.
In 1984, the year my sister got breast cancer and same year I almost died of a colon blockage, I started changing my diet to include more plants. Doctors said, "You better make some serious changes unless you want to end up like everyone else in your family."
The St. Louis Post Dispatch did a story on the hometown girl coming back to be a TV investigative/consumer reporter. They used several pictures, including one of me standing in front of my kitchen counter that was wall-to-wall beans. They quoted me saying, "There's a real strong connection between diet and cancer."
Of all the things I said to the reporter, of course, the joke about wanting to open up a fast food health food chain and call it Tofu Tico became the headline, "Local reporter dreams of opening café serving natural foods." I have always joked in my talks around the country that I wish I had thought of the name Whole Foods instead.
The article went on, "I'm not a 'nut' about it," I said, already defending decades of being called "a health food nut," and other assorted labels. But in retrospect, with our family history of breast cancer, for starters, mom, aunt and both sisters, I did the investigative reporting job of my life to figure out how to dodge those genes and environmental conditioning.
My book has been the result of decades of searching for answers that weren't funded by an industry, a product or a company with vested financial interests. If I couldn't have invented Whole Foods, getting them to sell a book I wrote is a great second choice.
For anything that has to do with the marketing of my book, I work and speak directly with the CEO of my publishing company. He is the one who tells me where I'm going on my book tour. Almost always, he is the one who coordinates everything that happens in the cities where I speak and do book signings.
He told me that getting into Whole Foods would take some time and wouldn't be easy. But he said most likely it would happen eventually. I don't know how he knew that. He personally made visits to the Whole Foods store in Tampa months ago. He told me to keep e-mailing, calling, visiting…being a polite pest.
Since taking not no for answer is a leftover from my TV reporting and financial services sales days, being persistent is no problem. But I think what may have been a deal closer at the Tampa store was that a friend, who helps organize the vegetarian festival there, dropped off a copy of my book to a decision-maker there.
Not long after, I received an e-mail saying the book was in stock, and when could I come speak. The details of the latter are still in the works.
Then last weekend, my husband and I strolled into Whole Foods in Sarasota for dinner. I had been told my book was not there yet. After dinner, I strolled leisurely over to the book area, and saw that there were five copies of my book right above Martha Stewart's cookbook. I paraded the book back to where my hubby was munching on dessert trying to control my elation.
Another well-known vegan cookbook author who is a friend on Facebook asked me how I got my book into Whole Foods. I replied, "My publisher, persistence, magic? I don't know." My hubby and I counted all the books in the Sarasota Whole Foods. There were about 100. And many were not vegan or even vegetarian.
I just hope that all five copies have sold by now and that an invitation to come give the fun slide-show presentation I'm giving to the New York VegFest next weekend in Manhattan, then Seattle, Hartford, New Orleans and more the next few weeks will come from every Whole Foods in Florida. I have wheels, ya know. I love talking about how much money you save in the long and short run by eating healthfully.
You can follow Island resident Ellen Jaffe Jones on her Facebook page and keep up with her just released book:,"Eat Vegan on $4 a Day," or her website: www.vegcoach.com. She is also a nationally certified personal trainer and running coach. For training in a gym or private hire, contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-704-1025.