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Hi, Casey.

It’s me again.

Your voice of reason.

You thought I had forgotten, right?

Wrong.

It’s on this date six years ago in an Orlando courtroom, in front of people you didn’t know from Adam’s housecat told the world that you didn’t kill your daughter Caylee.

When you got out of the Orange County Jail, with Jose Baez behind you, it was the end of a trial that divided a community and almost earned you a trip to Florida’s death row.

There were some things that we discussed that you needed to take care of. Think of it as your Herculean Labors, so to speak.

First, get rid of the tat. “La Vida Loca” doesn’t quite work for you. Let’s get to a dermotologist and have that taken care of. It makes you a target, whether you know it or not.

Second, get right with George and Cindy and Lee. Remember them, your parents and your brother, the same people that almost threw you under the bus? Get that taken care of, please. They’re not getting any younger, you know. Beside, if Lee has kids, it would be nice to know they have an aunt.

Third, get the tubes tied. You’re not exactly “mother of the year” material. You having another child? BAD idea, given what you’ve gone through.

Fourth, that book that we hope you’re going to write and or that interview you’re going to eventually give one day? Please do it. The world needs to hear your side of the story and you deserve to tell it. Just be truthful, be honest and be forthcoming. You can profit from it as well, since you’ve been found not guilty.

Fifth, the issues you’ve been having with Jose Baez? Enough. Please. Stop biting the hand that kept you out of death row. It’s bad for business.

We’re not asking you to turn water into wine, Casey. We’re not even going to ask you to walk on water. Those two tasks have already been done by someone else.

Six years, Casey. America watched a trial that was better than most soap operas. It was a case that showcased our American justice system. Was it perfect? No. There was some chippiness between the state and Baez. There were some concern that the trial would even have a jury that would be fair and impartial and had to go to Pinellas County (Clearwater) to select that jury. As stated earlier, those people didn’t know you from Adam’s housecat. They did a job that no one in your community was willing to do fairly.

Casey, if you do even one of these things (assuming you haven’t already), it’s a win for you. You’ve been called cold, callous, aloof, a liar and the word that rhymes with witch. You’re not perfect and then again, none of us are. Caylee’s dead and that’s not going to change. Just tell us what happened. There’s not going to be a retrial of any kind because you’re protected by the Constitution.

So celebrate your freedom, love. Just remember that if you’ve started on some of these tasks, great; if not, get moving. The clock is ticking. Your parents aren’t getting any younger and for that matter, neither are you.

To paraphrase Hanibal Lecter, “tick, tock, Casey.”

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They did such a good job, they’re going to host it again and the NFL returns to the Land of the Mouse.

The National Football League announced that following the success of its first year in Orlando, the PRO BOWL will return to Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC, marking the first time it will air on both broadcast and cable networks. It will also be streamed live on the ESPN app, and audio coverage will be available on Westwood One, SiriusXM NFL Radio and on the TuneIn app.

For the second consecutive year, the NFL will host PRO BOWL WEEK festivities across the Orlando area, bringing new experiences and activities as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. In addition, Pro Bowl players will again be able to invite their former youth or high school coach to be a part of the week’s celebrations.

Peter O”Reilly, NFL Senior Vice President of Events told WESH-TV, the Orlando Sentinel, the Associated Press and USA Today, “The Pro Bowl is not only a time to watch NFL greats compete live but it is also a unique opportunity to inspire youth and the next generation of stars. We received tremendous feedback from players, coaches, and fans about Orlando’s first Pro Bowl and we are excited to build upon that enthusiasm with a week-long festival that celebrates the entire football community.”

The 2018 Pro Bowl will follow the traditional AFC versus NFC match-up, which returned last season, and feature 88 of the best NFL players – 44 from each conference – as determined by a consensus of votes by fans, players and coaches. Both teams will be led by offensive and defensive NFL Legends who will serve as captains representing each conference.

Orlando will once more be home to the NFL FLAG CHAMPIONSHIPS POWERED BY USA FOOTBALL, the announcement of the prestigious DON SHULA NFL HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD and the annual USA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CONFERENCE, the largest congregation of youth and high school football administrators and coaches in the country.

“Hosting Orlando’s inaugural NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium earlier this year was not only fun but it was a resounding success for our Central Florida community,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We enthusiastically welcome our NFL partners back in 2018. Their confidence in our city’s ability to put on such a high-profile event underscores our reputation as one of the premier sports destinations in the U.S.”

“The TDT-funded improvements at Camping World Stadium have allowed us to compete for premier events like the 2018 Pro Bowl,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs “Not only are we looking forward to another great NFL football game – our second in a row – the Pro Bowl offers a full week of family and fan-friendly events and activities – a perfect match for our family-friendly tourism brand and a great fit for our local residents.”

“We are excited to bring Pro Bowl Week back to our community,” said Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan. “This year’s sold-out game was a landmark moment for Orlando and our reputation as a preferred destination for world-class sporting events. We became an NFL city for a week last season and look forward to making the 2018 Pro Bowl bigger and better.”

Additional events during Pro Bowl Week are set to include the PRO BOWL SKILLS SHOWDOWN, testing the athletic prowess of All-Stars from each conference in unique competitions, and the NFL PRO BOWL EXPERIENCE, a free football festival located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fans attending the Pro Bowl Experience will be closer to the action with new activities, immersive exhibits, and sponsor activations. Pro Bowl practices for the AFC and NFC teams will also be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, allowing fans to watch their favorite players as they prepare for the game.

The NFL FOUNDATION will continue its longstanding Pro Bowl Grant Program and organize community events to benefit residents and the surrounding region. Last year, the NFL Foundation provided a Pro Bowl Grant to LIFT Orlando to fund the refurbishment of a multi-purpose “PLAY 60 Field” at Lake Lorna Doone Park. Through the Pro Bowl Grant Program, the NFL also remains committed to the Hawaiian community, awarding grants to youth-serving, Hawaii-based non-profit organizations.

Tickets for the Pro Bowl will go on sale to the public in the fall. Fans interested in purchasing tickets may register at ProBowl.com for presale opportunities. Season Ticket Members for all 32 teams will automatically be included in the presale, and all previous Orlando Pro Bowl ticket buyers will receive priority access to purchase tickets.

The National Football League announced that the coaching staffs of the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs were selected to lead the 2017 Pro Bowl teams in Orlando, Florida.

The 2017 Pro Bowl presented by Aquafina will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m. Eastern from Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure.

Andy Reid and the coaches from the Kansas City Chiefs and Jason Garrett and the coaches from the Dallas Cowboys and will lead the AFC and NFC teams, respectively.

Each conference will also be led by two Legends Captains – one offensive and one defensive. Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis (offense) and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl XXXV MVP Ray Lewis (defense) will lead the AFC, while All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez (offense) and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pro defensive back Charles Woodson (defense) will lead the NFC.

Fans may visit NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale to purchase tickets and visit NFL.com/ProBowl for the most up-to-date Pro Bowl information. Fans may virtually participate in Pro Bowl Week by tagging their tweets with #ProBowl.

Pack

that sunscreen and say hello to fresh squeezed Orange Juice, the Mouse and the NFL in central Florida.

The 2017 Pro Bowl presented by Aquafina in Orlando, Florida is much more than a game on Sunday; it’s a week-long celebration that unites and inspires the entire football community. In the week leading up to the game, the NFL will host events that will bring interactive fan experiences, youth and high school football competitions and a spirit of community to Orlando. (All event times are Eastern)

PRO BOWL WEEK activities include the NFL FLAG Championships and Punt, Pass and Kick National Championships; Pro Bowl Skills Showdown; free access to AFC and NFC team practices; NFL Pro Bowl Experience, a free, football-themed fan festival; NFL PLAY 60 activities; and a series of community events with local nonprofit organizations and military personnel. The week-long celebration will culminate with the Pro Bowl game featuring 88 of the NFL’s best players on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Camping World Stadium that will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m.

In addition to the unprecedented number of youth and high school football events taking place during Pro Bowl Week, the NFL will recognize high school football coaches and programs in special ways. As part of the “Thank You, Coach” initiative, Pro Bowl players will invite their high school football coach to Orlando to be a part of Pro Bowl Week celebrations. For the first time, all of the nominees for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award will be honored and participate in Pro Bowl Week events, and the winner of the national award will be announced during the Pro Bowl game at Camping World Stadium. Additionally, players on the winning Pro Bowl team will be eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant from the NFL Foundation to support their youth or high school football program.

Visit NFL.com/ProBowl and follow @NFL on Twitter for the most up-to-date Pro Bowl information. Fans may virtually participate in Pro Bowl Week by tagging their tweets with #ProBowl.

Below are ways the NFL will celebrate the football community, provide fans access to a range of free football activities and positively impact Orlando and the surrounding region during Pro Bowl Week.

PRO BOWL WEEK KICKOFF AND COMMUNITY GRANT EVENT: On Tuesday, January 24, the NFL will join the City of Orlando, Florida Citrus Sports and LIFT Orlando at Lake Lorna Doone Park to kick off Pro Bowl Week festivities and recognize local Pro Bowl Community Grant recipients. Among those who will take part in the event are Orlando Mayor BUDDY DYER, Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan, NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly, Pro Bowl Legends Captains Jerome Bettis, Tony Gonzalez, Ray Lewis and Charles Woodson and local high school football teams from Maynard Evans and Jones High Schools.

The NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities and leave a positive legacy in the host city beyond the Pro Bowl game. The NFL Foundation has provided a Pro Bowl Community Grant to LIFT Orlando to fund the refurbishment of a multi-purpose field at Lake Lorna Doone Park. The NFL Foundation will partner with LIFT Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports on this project to create additional spaces for local youth to get active and PLAY 60.

The event will kick off with a press conference at 11 a.m.at Lake Lorna Doone Park, where the groups will unveil plans for the new “NFL PLAY 60” field. Following the press event, at approximately 11:30 a.m., local high school football players from Maynard Evans High School and Jones High School will participate in a tree planting at the park alongside community residents, NFL volunteers and the Pro Bowl Legends Captains. These groups will help beautify the park space and transform the area into a family-friendly zone encouraging fitness and play.

2017 NFL PRO BOWL EXPERIENCE: NFL Pro Bowl Experience will be open to fans Wednesday, Jan. 25 – Thursday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, January 27 – Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports. The free-admission, family-friendly football fan festival will bring fans closer to the NFL through interactive games and sponsor activations.

The NFL launched its official companion app for the 2017 Pro Bowl – Pro Bowl – Fan Mobile Pass – on Thursday, January 19. The app guides visitors through the NFL Pro Bowl Experience at ESPN Wide World of Sports and provides exclusive chances to win prizes, including tickets to the Pro Bowl, an autographed football and more. The app will also feature game day content, including real time updates of which players are on the field, powered by Next Gen Stats. Fans may download the official Pro Bowl app at NFL.com/apps/ProBowl.

An assortment of free fan activities at the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl Experience are detailed below. A full list of the attractions is available at NFL.com/ProBowl. No tickets are required.

Disney Food Trucks – Enjoy selections from Disney’s theme parks and best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.

EA SPORTS – Check out the EA SPORTS Madden NFL experience and get in the game with Madden NFL 17 and the free-to-play Madden NFL Mobile.

Family Tailgate Photo Opp Presented by Ford Trucks – Snap a photo with your friends in front of an NFL tailgate set up

Family Football Zone – An interactive area for kids and families to play together. Play catch in the field or take part in a range of football and tailgate-themed games.

Long Snap Accuracy Challenge Presented by Verizon– Test your aim by long snapping footballs through a variety of obstacles.

NFL Pro Bowl Trophy – Take a photo with the official NFL Pro Bowl Trophy.

NFL Shop at Pro Bowl – Stop by for official NFL Pro Bowl merchandise and shop for your favorite NFL team gear at the NFL Shop trailer.

Panini – Panini America, the exclusive physical trading card partner of the NFL, will give fans the opportunity to interact with their Panini Gridiron digital trading card app and make their own digital trading card. Fans can win packs of Panini NFL trading cards and get the Panini NFL Sticker Album.

Run-A-Route – Test your wide receiver skills and run a see-and-react route to catch a pass down field.

Touchdown Celebration GIF Booth presented by Aquafina – Immortalize your best touchdown celebration as a free, digital GIF.

Wilson –  Put yourself into the game with the Wilson X Connected Football, the world’s first smart football, get your very own Wx rating and find out how you stack up against your friends!

For more information, contact Catherine Boyle, NFL, Catherine.boyle@nfl.com.

AFC and NFC Team Pro Bowl Practices

The AFC and NFC teams will practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports from Wednesday, January 25 through Saturday, January 28. All media availabilities will take place on the field at the conclusion of each practice.

Practices are free and open to the public but fans can pre-register for priority access and opportunities for VIP seating upgrades here. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited… and be sure to mind your manners.

Wednesday, January 25

11:30 a.m. NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 17

11:45 a.m. AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 16

Thursday, January 26

9:45 a.m. AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 17

11:20 a.m. NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 17

Friday, January 27

9:45 a.m. NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 17

11:20 a.m. AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 17

Saturday, January 28

9:45 a.m. AFC team walk-through at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 17

10 a.m.  NFC team walk-through at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 16

For more information, contact Jake Gellerman, NFL, Jacob.Gellerman@nfl.com.

Special Olympics FLAG FOOTBALL game: The NFL and Special Olympics are teaming to build inclusive communities and provide opportunities for athletes of all abilities to participate in sports through the expansion of Special Olympics Unified Sports flag football, where individuals with and without intellectual disabilities play flag football together on the same team. To kick off their new partnership, the NFL and Special Olympics will host a flag football game featuring local Special Olympic athletes on Wednesday, January 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Current Pro Bowl players will serve as coaches and cheer athletes on during the game.

With contributions from the NFL Foundation, Special Olympics will provide grants to local Special Olympics Programs in eleven NFL team markets. The grants will be used to help enhance Unified Sports programming; increase participation of athletes, partners and coaches and support the improvement of Special Olympics Unified Sports’online education and training course. NFL teams will work with local Special Olympics Programs to help grow and expand opportunities for Special Olympics Unified flag football. NFL teams have and will continue to work with local Special Olympics Programs to help grow and expand opportunities for Special Olympics Unified flag football.

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. They empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.3 million athletes and Unified partners in 169 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at http://www.specialolympics.org to learn more.

USA FOOTBALL’S 2017 WOMEN’S WORLD FOOTBALL GAMES: Football’s not just for the guys… fellas, move over, the ladies have a turn on the stage.

The 2017 Women’s World Football Games will take place Wednesday, January 25 to Saturday, January 28 at ESPN Wide World of Sports as part of Pro Bowl Week. The fourth-annual event, which was hosted by the New Orleans Saints in 2016, will bring together more than 250 female tackle football players from around the world for five days of training, skills sessions and 11v11 competitions. Participants will also be eligible to participate in the NFL’s Women’s Careers in Football Forum at ESPN Wide World of Sports January 26-27.

USA Football’s Women’s World Football Games Practice Schedule:

Practice #1, Wednesday, January 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Practice #2, Wednesday, January 25 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Practice #3, Thursday, January 26 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p,m.

Practice #4, Thursday, January 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Practice #5, Friday, January 27 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

USA Football’s Women’s World Football Games Game Schedule:

Game #1, Friday, January 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Game #2, Saturday, January 28 from Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Game #3, Saturday, January 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

*Note: Practice and games to be played at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Field 29, with the exception of Game #2, which will be played on Field 17.

WOMEN’S CAREERS IN FOOTBALL FORUM: The NFL will host the first-ever Women’s Careers in Football Forum Thursday, January 26 and Friday January 27 in conjunction with USA Football’s 2017 Women’s World Football Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports. The forum is open to all Women’s World Football Games participants and will feature panel discussions, presentations and networking sessions aimed to educate and prepare women for positions in football operations, including coaching, officiating and scouting. Featured speakers and panelists will include RSE Ventures Executive of Strategy and Development Dawn Aponte NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, NFL Senior Vice President of Football Operations Kim Fields, NFL Senior Vice President of Football Operations Dave Gardi, NFL Chief Information Technology Officer Michelle McKenna-Doyle, Buffalo Bills Owner Kim Pegula, Atlanta Falcons Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli, NFL Director of Football Development Sam Rapoport and former WBNA coach and wife
of Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera Stephanie Rivera.

The Women’s Careers in Football Forum furthers the NFL’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. All attendees will be entered into the league’s Diverse Talent Community, an online recruitment platform that encourages quality, dynamic candidates with diverse backgrounds to join its ranks through a shared talent acquisition database for Human Resources across the NFL and its 32 clubs.

NFL PLAY 60 Clinics: On Thursday, January 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the NFL will host two PLAY 60 clinics with current NFL players and local students from Fuel Up to Play 60 schools. In addition, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host community groups from their region at the PLAY 60 clinics, which will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

PLAY 60 is the NFL’s campaign to promote youth health and wellness, aimed at encouraging kids to get active for 60 minutes a day. For more information, visit NFLRUSH.com/PLAY60.

Organizations and schools taking part in the clinics include:

Lake Asbury Elementary School
Lakemont Elementary School
City of Sanford: Westside Community Center

GIVE KIDS THE WORLD VILLAGE NFL PLAYER COMMUNITY VISIT: On Thursday, January 26, NFL players, mascots and cheerleaders will visit children with life-threatening illnesses and their families at Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida. The nonprofit, “storybook” resort makes dreams come true by providing weeklong, cost-free trips to children whose wish is to
enjoy Central Florida’s theme parks and attractions.

YOU CAN PLAY PROJECT: HI-FIVE INITIATIVE: On the morning of Thursday, January 26, the NFL will team with the You Can Play Project to host Orlando-area LGBT youth from local organizations, including the Hope Community Center, Our Fund and the Zebra Coalition, for a special event at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Students will attend Pro Bowl practice and then sit down with current NFL players and NFL Legends for a conversation on LGBT rights and inclusion in sports. The session will be facilitated by former NFL player and You Can Play Project Executive Director, Wade Davis. Additionally, youth participating in the event will attend the Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 29 at Camping World Stadium.

The You Can Play Project is an advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and gender identify. The organization’s Hi-Five initiative aims to create meaningful connections between LGBT youth and leaders within the professional sports community. The NFL was the first professional sports league to join the initiative when it launched in 2013.

PRO BOWL SKILLS SHOWDOWN: The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, pitting AFC and NFC All-Stars against each other in unique competitions, will air on Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Each team in the Skills Showdown will feature a mix of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linemen, linebackers and defensive backs. The 2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains, Jerome Bettis and Ray Lewis of the AFC and Tony Gonzalez and Charles Woodson of the NFC, will lead their respective squads.

Taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, the competition will include:

Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball: Pro Bowlers will compete in a game of dodgeball.

Power Relay Challenge: Four team members will compete in a timed relay race.

Precision Passing: Two players on each team will battle it out, trying to hit moving targets of varying size and distance.

Best Hands: Quarterback and wide receiver duos from each team will show off their skills, connecting on as many pass attempts as possible before time runs out.

Fans are encouraged to join the conversation surrounding the new Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on social media using the hashtag #ProBowlSkills.

A limited number of free tickets to the Skills Showdown taping will be made available to fans. Fan may register for tickets.

EA SPORTS: THE MADDEN BOWL

From Thursday, January 26 to Saturday, January 28, EA SPORTS will host The Madden Bowl Group Stage tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports. The Madden Bowl, the second EA Major Series event of the $1 Million Madden NFL 17 Championship Series, will bring together the top 16 players from across the country to compete during Pro Bowl Week in Orlando, FL. These elite competitive players advanced through a grueling online elimination process featuring millions of Madden players in pursuit of the Madden Bowl title and their share of $250,000.

The competitions will take place:
Thursday, January 26 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, January 27 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, January 28 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

DISNEY SPRINGS PRO BOWL BASH: Head over to Disney Springs to kick up your heels and celebrate the 2017 Pro Bowl. Dancing, live radio broadcasts, NFL cheerleaders and team mascots await at the Disney Springs Pro Bowl Bash! Fans will receive giveaways and enjoy hours of free music from a Disney DJ. The Disney Springs Pro Bowl Bash will culminate with the Pro Bowl Dance Party on Saturday, January 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Live radio broadcasts include:

Mike and Mike Show, ESPN Radio
Thursday, January 26 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Friday, January 27 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

NFL Radio
Thursday, January 26 from 3 p.m to 4 p.m.
Friday, January 27 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

THANK YOU, COACH: For the 2017 Pro Bowl, players will be saying “Thank You, Coach” to that special high school coach who most impacted their life and NFL career. Each Pro Bowl player attending may invite their high school coach and a guest to celebrate Pro Bowl Week in Orlando.

On Friday, January 27, high school coaches will enjoy a special welcome reception followed by a luncheon with their Pro Bowl players on Saturday, January 28 at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Also on Saturday, high school coaches will participate in the USA Football National Conference to learn and network with fellow coaches and high school football administrators and former NFL coaches and players. On Sunday, January 29, the coaches will attend the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium and be recognized on-field alongside their Pro Bowl player.

NFL FLAG CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PRO BOWL POWERED BY USA FOOTBALL: Traditionally hosted at Super Bowl, the NFL FLAG Championships powered by USA Football will be held at Pro Bowl for the first time as part of the week-long celebration of football across all levels. The NFL FLAG Championships will be held at ESPN Wide World of Sports from Friday, January 27 – Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sixty-four teams from across the country – eight regional champions in four divisions plus 32 at-large teams – will compete and each will represent a different NFL club. Divisions include 9-10 coed, 11-12 coed, 13-14 boys and 13-14 girls. NFL Pro Bowl players and Legends will serve as guest coaches, encouraging the teams as they compete for the national title. The 13-14 Boys Championship Game will be aired on ESPN on Sunday, January 29 as part of the network’s broadcast of the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.

NFL FLAG powered by USA Football promotes physical fitness and teaches the sport’s values and life skills on and off the field to more than 350,000 young people. A non-contact version of traditional football offered for boys and girls ages 5-17 in cities across the country, NFL FLAG emphasizes fun, safety, teamwork, self-esteem, discipline and goal-setting. USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States.

PUNT, PASS AND KICK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Thousands of girls and boys from across the country competed in regional PUNT, PASS and KICK (PPK) competitions this fall to try to earn their spot in the PPK National Championships in Orlando. The top four boys and top four girls in each age division (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15) will compete in this premiere skills competition on the national stage at Pro Bowl on Friday, January 27 at ESPN Wide World of Sports from Noon to 2:15 p.m.

PRO BOWL PARADE: As part of the weeklong celebration in Orlando, current Pro Bowl players will take part in a special Pro Bowl parade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park on Friday, January 27 at 2:30 PM. Several Pro Bowl players will be joined by Mickey and his pals, as well as kids and families from Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), in the celebratory parade down Main Street U.S.A.

The Pro Bowl parade continues a tradition at Disney Parks of honoring extraordinary sports champions from professional football, basketball, hockey, baseball and beyond. The parade will be livestreamed on the Disney Parks Blog. Fans may also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE.

NFL YOUTH AND HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT PANELS: On Friday January 27, the NFL will host a series of football development panels for NFL FLAG Championship and Punt, Pass and Kick participants and their parents at ESPN Wide World of Sports. AFC Pro Bowl Legend Captain Ray Lewis will kick off the day’s competition with a motivational speech for participants. Two afternoon panel sessions at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. will address the values of football and sportsmanship and feature NFL Pro Bowl players and Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award nominees.

YOUTH “MEDIA NIGHT”: Members of the NFL FLAG Championship teams will experience what it feels like to be in the spotlight like an NFL player at Youth “Media Night” on Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports. At the event, FLAG participants will take part in interviews with current Pro Bowl players and NFL Legends. In addition to being interviewed like the stars, NFL FLAG and PPK participants will enjoy food and entertainment, photo opportunities with NFL players and Legends and walk a red carpet like the NFL’s best.

USA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CONFERENCE: The USA Football National Conference, which drew more than 650 participants from all 50 states last year, is the largest annual gathering of high school and youth football administrators and high school coaches in the United States. This year, USA Football and the NFL have collaborated to add NFL coaches to National Conference programming to provide high school and youth officials the opportunity to learn from and network with those at the professional level. Super Bowl-winning (XXXV) Coach Brian Billick and former NFL Coach Mike Martz are among the many coaches and former NFL players who will address this year’s participants on a range of topics, including coach education, player safety, program development and key trends. This year’s conference will take place from Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29 at the Orange County Convention Center.

USA Football National Conference Schedule:

Friday, January 27 from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 28 from 8 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, January 29 from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

PRO BOWL 5K RUN: The NFL is teaming with Walt Disney World® Resort to host the Pro Bowl 5K Run at Epcot® on Saturday, January 28 at 7 a.m.. Participants will receive a Pro Bowl 5K Run race bib and finisher medal. Fans ages five and up may register for the run here.

The Pro Bowl 5K Run benefits Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida, an organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. With the support of volunteers, the Pro Bowl 5K Run will give hope, strength and joy to a sick child by granting his or her most heartfelt wish.

Information on race packet pick-up:

Race Packet Pick-Up
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Location: Champion® Stadium Concourse
Friday, January 27, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Epcot®
Location: Epcot® Imagine Parking Lot
Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 5 p.m to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Catherine Boyle, NFL, Catherine.boyle@nfl.com.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL DAY: On Saturday, January 27, the NFL will host approximately 100 local high school football players for a day-long event designed to encourage team-building and unity and to educate players about character development and healthy relationships. The program will feature a character development session with A CALL TO MEN CEO Tony Porter in which students will identify signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and discuss effective strategies for violence prevention. As part of the event, players will also attend Pro Bowl practice and visit the NFL Pro Bowl Experience, a free, football-themed fan festival.

NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP: The North American Championship features top high school-aged national football teams from the United States and Canada. On Saturday, January 28, each country’s Under-18 National Teams will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by a matchup of each nation’s Under-19 National Teams at 8:30 p.m. Both games will be played at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

The North American Championship is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country, USA Football and Football Canada. The two U.S. National Teams encompass approximately 100 student-athletes spanning more than 20 states. The head coach of the U.S. Under-18 National Team is Matt Hennesy of Locust Grove (Oklahoma) High School. Kenny Sanchez of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School is the U.S. Under-19 National Team’s head coach.

U.S. National Team alumni include DT Malcom Brown (Texas/New England Patriots), WR Devin Funchess (Michigan/Carolina Panthers), RB Todd Gurley (Georgia/Los Angeles Rams), CB Jourdan Lewis (Michigan), LB Greer Martini (Notre Dame), RB Samaje Perine (Oklahoma), QB Bryce Petty (Baylor/New York Jets) and QB Jameis Winston (Florida State/Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

2017 NFL PRO BOWL PRESENTED BY AQUAFINA: The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m. from Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Tickets to the 2017 Pro Bowl are on sale through NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale.

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis, All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl XXXV MVP Ray Lewis and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pro defensive back Charles Woodson will serve as 2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains. Bettis (offense) and Lewis (defense) will lead the AFC, while Gonzalez (offense) and Woodson (defense) will lead the NFC. The NFL legends on both teams will also be assisted by two active player captains, who will be determined by a player vote on Wednesday, January 25.

The 2017 Pro Bowl coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC Divisional playoffs with the best regular-season records.

Live audio coverage of the Pro Bowl will be available on Westwood One, SiriusXM NFL Radio and on the TuneIn app. NFL Mobile from Verizon will stream the NFL Pro Bowl live via mobile devices for Verizon users, as well as offering full coverage of stats, videos, news stories & more for all. After it’s over, replay the game with NFL Game Pass. The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure.

NFL Network will broadcast the following on Pro Bowl Sunday, January 29:
7 p.m.: NFL Total Access – live pre-game coverage of the Pro Bowl
11 p.m.: NFL Total Access – live postgame coverage, highlights and interview from the Pro Bowl
Midnight: NFL Network encores the 2017 Pro Bowl in full

NFL Network is providing Pro Bowl coverage in its news and information programming throughout the week leading up to the big game. Good Morning Football, Up to the Minute and NFL Total Access will offer updates as well as on-site reporters in Orlando. Live play-by-play, highlights and in-game stats for the Pro Bowl are available through the game center experience on NFL.com and NFL Mobile, including behind-the-scenes coverage from practice throughout the week.

NFL FOUNDATION PRO BOWL GIVEBACK: This year, Pro Bowl players will compete for more than bragging rights – players on the winning team may apply for a $10,000 NFL Foundation grant to be donated to the high school or youth football program of their choice. The Pro Bowl Giveback Program ensures the NFL and its players will leave a lasting legacy on the youth and high school football community and increase opportunities for the next generation of football players.

DON SHULA NFL HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD: The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award honors an exemplary football coach at the high school level who displays the integrity, achievement, and leadership demonstrated by Coach Shula. Coaches are nominated for the national award by all 32 NFL teams and the winner is selected by an elite panel of judges, including Peyton Manning, Michael Strahan and Condoleezza Rice.

For the first time, the Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 29. The 2016 winner will receive $25,000 from the NFL Foundation and attend the Super Bowl. All of the Don Shula Award nominees will be invited and recognized in special ways during the NFL’s week-long celebration of football in Orlando.

The coaches will be made available to media on Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

MAKE-A-WISH®: Through the assistance of the NFL, Make-A-Wish will grant the wishes of five children to attend the 2017 Pro Bowl presented by Aquafina. Wish children and their families will participate in several Pro Bowl Week activities, including the celebratory Pro Bowl Parade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park® and a Pro Bowl practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and will attend the game at Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 29. Every year since 1982, the NFL and Make-A-Wish have teamed to grant one or more wish kids to attend either the Super Bowl or Pro Bowl.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 33,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 34 minutes. It has granted more than 285,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.

MILITARY OUTREACH: The following is a sampling of events planned for military service members and their families in Orlando during Pro Bowl Week as part of the league’s Salute to Service:

The NFL will host members of the Tragedy Assistance Program (TAPS )for Survivors and the Wounded Warrior Project at Pro Bowl practices throughout the week at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Family members from the TAPS will join current Pro Bowl players in a celebratory Pro Bowl Parade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park® on Friday, January 27 at 2:30 p.m. Attendees will also be provided with complimentary admittance to Disney’s theme park.

On Friday, January 27 at 9 a.m., members of the U.S. Army Reserve 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command will join community gardeners and local middle school students at Colonialtown Community Gardens to plant fruit trees and rebuild the aging park space.

Following Pro Bowl practice on Saturday, January 28, 75 individuals from TAPS will attend a special military luncheon hosted by the NFL at ESPN Wide World of Sports. NFL Legends will be in attendance to meet and greet TAPS families as they enjoy a complimentary meal provided by MISSION BBQ. MISSION BBQ is dedicated to serving those who serve and donates proceeds to local military members, firefighters, police officers, first responders.

Culminating in November with NFL Salute to Service games, Salute to Service is the league’s year-round military appreciation platform to celebrate and honor veterans, active-duty service members and their families.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 70,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information, visit http://www.taps.org.

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

PRO BOWL ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM: The NFL is teaming with the City of Orlando, Verizon and local community partners to reduce the environmental impact of the Pro Bowl and leave a positive “green” legacy in the Orlando host community.

Below is a sampling of environmental initiatives taking place during Pro Bowl Week.

Colonialtown Community GardenRebuild Project: Community gardeners, military members and local middle school students will join with the NFL, the City of Orlando and Verizon to plant trees and rebuild the aging Colonialtown Community Gardens (1517 Lake Highland Drive) on Friday, January 27. Soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, students from Annunciation Middle School and Colonialtown gardeners will build and plant new garden boxes and plant trees. There will be a brief ceremony with District 4 Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan and NFL Legends to kick off the project at 9 a.m. In addition to providing shade and food, beautifying the park space and teaching the children to care for the environment, the plantings also promote NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign, by encouraging children to enjoy outdoor activities.

Community Tree Planting: Trees will be planted at Lake Lorna Doone Park as part of the NFL Foundation’s Pro Bowl Community Grant and field refurbishment project in partnership with LIFT Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports. Eight large trees will be planted with the help of high school football players from Maynard Evans High School and Jones High School on Tuesday, January 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Food Recovery: The NFL is teaming with Second Harvest Food Back to recover unserved, prepared food from kitchens and minimize food waste. Unserved, prepared food will be distributed to local shelters and community kitchens in Orlando.

Materials Recovery: There will be an intensive drive to collect and donate all items left over from Pro Bowl events. In partnership with A Gift for Teaching, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity the NFL will donate decorative materials, office supplies and other items to local nonprofit organizations that can reuse, repurpose or remanufacture the material. This project keeps material out of local landfills and turns it into valuable items for resale or reuse.

Renewable Energy Project: Camping World Stadium, the site of Pro Bowl 2017, will be powered using “green energy” provided by Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) – The Reliable One to reduce the climate impact of Pro Bowl. In addition to game day, renewable energy credits provided by OUC – The Reliable One will power Camping World Stadium during the entirety of the two-week set up and breakdown of Pro Bowl. Orlando’s hometown utility is able to offer green energy credits by including sustainable energy from solar and landfill methane gas in its generation portfolio.

Solid Waste Management/Recycling: Comprehensive solid waste management is implemented at all major Pro Bowl facilities including Camping World Stadium, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and area hotels. Effective waste management and recycling efforts significantly reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills.

Urban Forestry Efforts: In addition to community tree plantings at Colonialtown Gardens and Lake Lorna Doone Park, hundreds of trees will be provided to local organizations and neighborhoods in Orlando with the support of Verizon, the Arbor Day Foundation and Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works Orlando as part of Pro Bowl environmental initiatives. The 4-foot tall Eastern Redbud, Red Maple and Tulip Trees may be reserved at http://www.arborday.org/cityoforlando.

The NFL Environmental Program has incorporated environmental projects into the management of Pro Bowl events for sixteen years. The NFL Environmental Program is one of a significant number of community initiatives developed each year by the NFL to leave a positive legacy in the Pro Bowl host community.

The National Football League announced that the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, pitting AFC and NFC All-Stars against each other in unique competitions, will air during Pro Bowl Week on Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

The Skills Showdown is a part of the re-imagined Pro Bowl Week, culminating in the 2017 Pro Bowl, which features a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure.

The 2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains, Jerome Bettis and Ray Lewis of the AFC and Tony Gonzalez and Charles Woodson of the NFC, will lead their respective squads.

Each team in the Skills Showdown will feature a mix of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs.

Taking place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, the Skills Showdown will be produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, producers of such shows as American Ninja Warrior and Hell’s Kitchen.

Competitions include:
•Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball: Pro Bowlers will compete in a game of dodgeball.

•Power Relay Challenge: Four team members will compete in a timed relay race.

•Precision Passing: Two players on each team will battle it out, trying to hit moving targets of varying size and distance.
•Best Hands: Quarterback and wide receiver duos from each team will show off their skills, connecting on as many pass attempts as possible before time runs out.

Fans are encouraged to join the conversation surrounding the new Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on social media using the hashtag #ProBowlSkills.

The Pro Bowl rosters are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

The Pro Bowl players were announced on Tuesday, December 20 in a live primetime special on NFL Network. NFL players and coaches did their voting on December 16.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Fans may visit NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale to purchase game tickets.

 

It’s been five years, Casey. Five years since you appeared in front of America in that Orange County Courtroom, charged with the murder of your daughter Caylee. Five years since your attorney Jose Baez went all the way to Clearwater to select a jury that would decide your fate. Five years ago, you were the star in the “trial of the century,” a trial that got underway in May and finished on July 5th, the day after America celebrated its independence.

Five years ago, that jury that was taken from their homes in Pinellas County decided your fate and told the world that you didn’t do it.

Here it is, five years later and some still think of you as the most hated woman in American history since Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary) or Tokyo Rose. Five years ago, some called you cold.

Callous.

Aloof.

Some would even go so far as to call you a bitch.

That’s their right and opinion. Just say.

In my last two columns to you, I made some suggestions that I hope you are working on or will work on.

First, the “Dolce Vita” tat. Get rid of it. It makes you look like a target and I’m sure that there’s someone that’s out there that wants to do you harm. That tat? Sticks out like a zit on a teenager’s face before prom.

Second, take care of the mental and physical health issues and that includes getting the tubes tied. You’re not exactly mother material and you make Joan Crawford look like Mother of the Year.

Third, make peace with the parents and your brother Lee. While the ‘rents almost threw you under the bus, it was Lee that got your bacon out of the fire. He’s married now and recently became a father, which means that you need to be a good aunt to your niece or nephew. As for George and Cindy, they’re not getting any younger (and neither are you), so it’s good if you made peace with them while they’re above ground, not while they’re being lowered in a grave in a casket.

Fourth, it’s time to tell your story. Let me say it LOUDLY. TELL YOUR STORY and be honest and forthcoming about everything. If you choose to go the talk show route, that’s fine but be honest. A good talk show host, such as Dr. Phil, can see through a lie in a heartbeat. Same goes if you decide to write a book. We want to know what happened to Caylee, good or bad. Put the cards on the table, push the chips in the middle of the table and go all in. I’d also apologize to the people at Universal Studios. They’re not exactly happy with their name being dragged through the mud.

You didn’t exactly go scott free. There was the issue of the cops being lied to. Not the smartest move, chica. I mean, what the hell were you thinking? For that, you lost four years of your life and $4,000. Think about it. If you had been forthcoming with the fuzz, this might have never seen the light of day.

So now you’re sort of working as a photographer and that’s good, launching your own photography business called Case Photography but having a few projects here and there. You’re still living in the Sunshine State and getting some financial support from your dream team. Your dating life? Stinking like road kill, some would say and you’ve only been on a few dates since the not guilty verdict. While you’re not exactly rolling in dough, you’re doing okay.

You could do better.

Casey, you’re not getting any younger. You don’t have any friends your age that can relate to you and some have bailed on your because of the dark cloud that hangs over you like Eeyore. The relationship with the parents and your brother Lee is rocky at best but it can be repaired. You have to take the first step and if that means all four of you getting in a car and driving somewhere to talk things out (not yell, cuss or call names) and get everything out in the open.

Five years ago, a jury of your peers listened to testimony and saw evidence in the trial that could have sent you to Florida’s Death Row. That jury told the state of Florida that they didn’t prove their case BEYOND a reasonable doubt and said you were NOT GUILTY. Be open. Be fair. The most important thing? BE HONEST. You’ve already answered to a court on Earth. It would stink to be you in front of St. Peter.

The clock is ticking, Casey. The next move is yours.

Don’t blow it.