Paging Miss Montana, Miss DC, Miss Maryland, and Miss Alabama

Allyn Rose, Miss America 2013, Miss Maryland, Miss DC
Allyn Rose, Miss America 2013, Miss Maryland, Miss DC?

The Miss America beauty pageant is usually a tame affair. Ladies from all our fifty states (plus the District and other territories) highlight their various skills and try to keep their cheese soufflés together as they strut around in their swimsuits.

But this year, a couple of compelling stories are invading the internet. Like Miss Montana, Alexis Wineman, who is the first Miss America contestant with autism.

Or Miss DC, Allyn Rose, who intends to go under the knife and receive a double mastectomy after the pageant is over. (She is representing DC, but was also Miss Maryland according to another news source?)

Probably should add Miss Alabama to the mix. Katherine Webb bagged a Sports Illustrated spot after her appearance at the NCAA National Championship game. SI, si!

Special Update: Did you know that Mariah Cary is Miss Iowa?

Also Special: Brooklyn in ‘da house, Miss New York Mallory Hagan wins Miss America!

The Dominance of Ray Lewis

For those of you unaware of Ray Lewis, he is a dominant inside/middle linebacker who plays for the Baltimore Ravens. And today, his team beat Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. He also announced his retirement this week, as in, after the playoffs, he is done:

Ray Lewis retiring, No. 52, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Lewis, No. 52 B’more Ravens

So my point in this post is not recount Ray’s great career (2050 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 31 interceptions), but to share this inadvertently ironic blurb from wikipedia: Ray Lewis is a Christian, and his commitment to his faith was featured in a Sports Illustrated cover story in 2006. He has six children by four women. His son, Ray Lewis III, has committed to the University of Miami for the 2013 season. Wikipedia really should consider separating these facts up into two separate paragraphs. Talk about Ray’s religion and then talk about Ray’s children. Seems to make sense to me, no?