Thursday, August 27, 2009

Although you would never catch us in Wranglers.....

If you follow our blog, you should know by now that we're on top of anything to do with NASCAR and fashion. Especially if it has our third favorite word in there, football! Although we Fashionistas prefer William Rast to Wranglers, we are bringing you this Football/NASCAR/fashion discussion directly from the ESPN Water Cooler. I must add, I can not believe Colin Cowherd compared Brett Favre to Lindsay Lohan. I can't stop laughing over that comment.

Cowherd Calls out Favre: He Can’t Rock the Wranglers like Dale Jr.

On Wednesday’s edition of SportsNation (weekdays, 4-5 p.m. ET, ESPN2), co-host Colin Cowherd was surprisingly passionate in his argument that newly anointed Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre has lost the luster that formerly made him synonymous with Wrangler Jeans.

SportsNation debated who is the better pitchman for Wrangler: Favre or NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr.

So passionate was Cowherd’s case (and impersonation of a whining celebrity), he went so far as to say that Favre is a former everyman and now more like Lindsay Lohan, unable to pick a side.

“Dale’s tough. Dale’s a guy’s guy,” he said. “Dale’s not a flippy, floppy guy. Brett Favre used to be everyman — he has literally turned off football fans.”

To Colin’s dismay, sports fans do not agree. SportsNation (and co-host Michelle Beadle) voted for Favre as the better Wrangler pitchman, 64% to Dale Jr.’s 36%. In the end, Colin attempted to show off his own appeal as a Wrangler man. View the segment of the show here:

A Fast Lap with Angelique Chengelis

For today's Fast Lap, we would like to introduce you to ESPN2's NASCAR Now reporter, Angelique Chengelis, who is also an occasional insider and occasional member of the Monday roundtable. Angelique joined ESPN in 2007 as a NASCAR reporter for various studio programming including NASCAR Now, SportsCenter and ESPNEWS. She covered motorsports for the Detroit News for more than 15 years, a very important beat in the home city of the Big Three auto manufacturers that play such a crucial role in NASCAR. She still works for that paper covering University of Michigan football and other sports. Angelique lives in the Detroit area.

Q. What music have you recently put on your iPod?
A. Green Day. I'm a big Green Day fan and was able to attend their show at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Michigan) in July. So I downloaded the new CD (I still say, "album") and also the Foxboro Hot Tubs, Green Day's "other" bad.
Yes, sort of a Green Day fixation …

Q. What was the last movie you saw?
A. Public Enemies during a, get this, matinee! I actually tried to see Public Enemies a few weeks earlier, and the kid selling the tickets heard us say a movie that began with the letter, "P" and sold us tickets to "The Proposal"! About half the theater thought it was seeing Public Enemies. Kind of funny … ended up really enjoying The Proposal.

Q. What are your favorite TV shows?
A. Roll your eyes, because this one is pretty predictable -- SportsCenter. I also really, really like Mike and Mike on ESPN2 in the mornings. Because Michigan winters are so brutal, I don't watch a lot of TV during the summer, because we try to get out and about, sooooo…..lots of Seinfeld reruns late at night. I have to admit, I got hooked on "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars". (Now I'm rolling my eyes).

Q. What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
A. I also cover Michigan football for The Detroit News and have been doing so since 1992. Detroit is a major sports town, so I've had a chance to cover a lot of different events, like the Super Bowl, NBA finals, U.S. Open (golf) and PGA. This year, I covered the Stanley Cup playoffs and finals.

Q. What is one personal item you can not live without?
A. Cell phone. Hands down.

What are your favorite places to visit?

During the offseason, South Beach. Again, because the Michigan winters are so brutal, it's fun to head south for a few days in January and remember what 80 degrees feels like. During the season, I really enjoy going to Infineon, Watkins Glen and Phoenix. (I also really, really like Dover, which no one else seems to like, so I feel weird admitting that!)

What is your favorite clothing brand?
A. I'm a big Banana Republic fan. I'm also a fan of anything on sale.

Q. What is your favorite book or publication?
A. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- I read it once a year. Am addicted to cooking magazines, InStyle, Vanity Fair and Sports Illustrated.

Q. What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
A. I play a lot of USTA tennis to fill a competitive need, and I golf. I also LOVE spinning, especially to good music (think…Green Day, LOL).

Q. What is your favorite cuisine?
A. Candy. Wait, is that a cuisine? Ice cream? Does that work? I'm a picky eater -- I like chicken, salads (candy and ice cream), but my ancestry is Greek, so if I have to go outside the American-cuisine route, I'd say Greek. I'm a decent cook and learned well from my mom, who is an outstanding cook.