Monday Roundup: Rams, USWNT, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Tomorrow Night On CBS

The 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs December 8, 2015 on CBS.
Credit: Victoria’s Secret

The 2015 edition of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air tomorrow night, December 8, on CBS. The official show begins at 9 pm CST with exclusive pre-show coverage streaming on the website beginning an hour before.

Gigi Hadid and  will be among the models making their debut in the show. Puleri’s first step towards the show came at a Gap store in Columbus, Ohio. She will be the first Angel, as the brand calls the models, from Columbus, where Victoria’s Secret is based.

The list of models walking the stage will also include Adriana Lima, Lil Aldridge, Kendall Jenner and more. Ellie Goulding, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd are slated to perform. The 2015 show returns to the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City, its home since 2009, after being held in London last year.

Hunger Games Again Takes Weekend Box Office, Krampus Opens Strong

The Hunger Games; Mockingjay – Part 2 took the weekend box office crown for the third weekend in a row, this time with $18.6 million in ticket sales in its third weekend of release.

Krampus opened with $16 million to barely beat out Creed‘s $15.5 million for second place. The film more than doubled many opening expectations, including the one from Todd M. Thatcher.

Check back on Thursday for my Weekend Movie Guide. I’ll have more on the weekend box office numbers as well as a preview of the movies opening this weekend, In The Heart of the Sea and Legend.

St. Louis Rams Lose Again, This Time To Arizona Cardinals

Despite a squirrel being on the loose in the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday morning and later running on the field,  the St. Louis Rams lost to the Arizona Cardinals yesterday by a score of 27-3. The Cardinals moved to 10-2 on the season while the Rams fell to 4-8.

Special Teams was the only unit to get a decent grade from Jeff Gordon at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Both Todd Gurley and Chris Long used the word “embarrassing” in talking after the game, according to Gordon’s column. Gordon’s co-worker Jim Thomas wrote about how coach Jeff Fisher says he is about of answers.

Carrie Fisher Gives Epic Interview To Good Morning America

Carrie Fisher was on Good Morning America last week with her dog, Gary, for an interview. She talked with GMA’s Amy Robach about how pretty Amy is, returning to play General Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and more.  Her hilarious answers to questions and Gary being Gary make this interview excellent.

Carrie Fisher’s Good Morning America interview
 

U.S. Women’s National Team Game Canceled Because U.S. Soccer Doesn’t Care About Them

Update

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati apologized to the USWNT for the “series of mistakes” that led to the cancellation of the game in Hawaii. A stadium from the Aloha Stadium manager calls into question the validity of part of what Gulati said.  Scott Chan and Charles Toguchi, the Stadium Authority Chair, told Hawaii News Now that U.S. Soccer signed off on the field days before players took issue with it.

Imagine if the 35,817 people that filled Busch Stadium back in April for the U.S. Women’s National Team were told on the morning of that game that it was being canceled. Imagine the disappointment. That’s what happened in Hawaii over the weekend. The USWNT was scheduled to play Trinidad and Tobago at Aloha Stadium as part of  the team’s Victory Tour after WINNING THE FREAKING WORLD CUP!

The game was supposed the be televised live on Fox Sports 1 and a large crowd was expected. Did something tragic happen? Did one of the teams come down with a team-wide flu? No, the game was canceled because the playing surface wasn’t suitable to play on, according to U.S. Soccer.

Actually, something tragic did happen to the team. Star midfielder Megan Rapinoe tore her ACL while training for the match. It’s likely she won’t be back in time for the Olympics. The USWNT’s Alex Morgan came out with a statement about how the conditions the team was forced to train on and expected to play on were horrible. The players were forced to decide between playing the game and likely having someone getting injured or protecting themselves and deciding not to play. Former USWNT player Shannon Boxx said she was happy for the players for standing up for themselves.

Aloha Stadium’s operations staff is definitely to blame in part but this debacle, but it’s clear that U.S. Soccer doesn’t care enough about its most successful team.  Former USWNT player and current ESPN analyst Julie Foudy tweeted that she is being told that U.S. Soccer is now looking to put together a system for checking out field conditions for the USWNT like they have for the U.S. Men’s National Team. It’s about damn time. The USWNT collectively wrote a piece for The Player’s Tribune about the need for equal footing.

Blueprints For Disney Attraction In St. Louis That Never Was Up For Sale

In the early to mid 1960s, St. Louis was undergoing an unprecedented building spree with the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium under construction. Walt Disney himself wanted to add to that with a five-story indoor amusement park. Walt Disney’s Riverfront Square, as it was set to be called, never came to be because of a disagreement over who would pay for what. Disney wanted to pay for the rides and attractions but have St. Louis pay for the the building. St. Louis balked and there went that idea.

Blueprints for the planned park were drawn up in 1963 and are now up for auction.  The opening bid for the 13 pages of blueprints is set at $5,000. There have been zero bids on the prints, which are being auctioned through Invaluable.

Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong and Ryan Gosling Share Stories Of Alien Abductions On Saturday Night Live

Alien abduction Saturday Night Live skit 
 

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Opening In Maplewood 

The newest location of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken will open tomorrow on Manchester Road in Maplewood. The first location of the franchise opened in Mason, Tennessee in the early 1950s. This will be the 13th location for the franchise, which is centered on a fried chicken recipe that only five people know.  The menu’s only entree offering is chicken, the standard spicy for adults and a less spicy version for kids. Sides like mc ‘n’ cheese, baked beans and okra are available as well as house-made pies and root beer floats, including one made with Not Your Father’s Root Beer.

St. Louis Magazine has the first look at the Maplewood location.

College Football Bowl Matchups Announced

With the college football regular season wrapping up over the weekend, bowl bids were given out on Sunday and the official matchups were announced. The four teams in the College Football Playoff are #1 Clemson, #2 Alabama, #3 Michigan State and #4 Oklahoma. In the semifinals, Oklahoma and Clemson will square off in the Orange Bowl, while Michigan State and Alabama will play in the Cotton Bowl. Both games will take place on December 31 with the winners playing on January 11 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The 2015-2016 bowl season will start with the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl between Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T at noon on December 19 and feature 42 bowl games. Other notable matchups include UCLA vs. Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl, North Carolina vs. Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl and Notre Dame vs. Ohio State in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl.

View all of the 2015-2015 College Football Bowl Matchups

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Ryan is a weird dude. He doesn't cook, yet owns a plethora of kitchen gadgets. He rationalized buying a SodaStream while unemployed. He counts Step Up 2: The Streets as one of his favorite movies along with Footloose, Rent, Grease and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He loves Mizzou but only wants them in the SEC so he can tailgate in Nashville. He owns a ShakeWeight and AbLounger, but still loves him some John Donut and Billie's Fine Foods. You can get more of Ryan at iLoveSoulard.com or just check the stool on the far end of the bar at iTap in Soulard.

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