Click on party chicks
We’re not sure what John Beard, co-host of WGRZ-TV’s “Daybreak” morning show, was thinking about Tuesday as he tried to introduce a “Ways 2 Save” segment, but we want an invitation to his Super Bowl party.
“Today, your key to a perfect Super Bowl day party is only two chicks away,” Beard said at about 5:15 a.m., before catching himself and quickly adding, “two clicks away, two clicks away.”
Co-host Melissa Holmes, chuckling, repeated “two clicks away” before she, Beard and correspondent Matt Granite broke into laughter, and Holmes struggled to throw to Granite.
“That’s going on the blooper reel,” a chortling Holmes said, as Granite swayed so violently in his seat that he dislodged the mic clipped to his tie.
“OK, my bad,” Beard said as Holmes, gamely trying to recover, said, “OK, Matt, what are you talking about today?”
Granite, teasing the co-hosts, replied, “Back to you, Melissa and John.”
Beard said, “Not yet,” and Holmes, waving her hands near her head, said, “I think I’m crying,” before Granite finally moved on with the planned segment.
Later that morning, Sports Illustrated picked the clip as “Local News Video of the Day” for the “Hot Clicks” page on its website, and good sports Holmes and Granite tweeted.
“I’m amazed I regained my composure,” Granite wrote, before applauding Holmes’ professionalism.
Breaded or beer-battered?
The Kiwanis Club of East Aurora is again trying to break the Guinness World Record for largest fish fry.
The record has eluded the club for four straight years – even as it sold 2,149 dinners last year, missing the record by about 400 dinners.
Will the fifth time be the charm? BW’s Smokin’ Barrels is supplying enough for 3,000 fish dinners Friday. It’s “grab and go” takeout outside the Parkdale Elementary School.
Event co-chairman Patrick Blizniak is more than ready to face the challenge.
“Buffalo is the king of fish fry. We’ve been steadily climbing. It’s almost a geometric progression. Almost,” Blizniak said of the East Aurora event. “Every year, we just keep getting more and more.”
If the record of 2,552 fish fry dinners – served by Krolick’s Barbecue in 2008 during the Polish Heritage Festival at the Erie County Fairgrounds – still holds after Friday’s attempt in East Aurora, Blizniak insists he won’t give up.
“If we don’t make it, it’s going to be so damn close that we’ll have to come back next year,” he said.
And if East Aurora breaks the record? “We’ll probably go to Wallenwein’s,” Blizniak said, referring to a landmark tavern in the village.
It’ll be our secret, Murph
It was a job well done by Buffalo Bills play-by-play announcer John Murphy, who a couple of nights ago served as master of ceremonies at the 2013 Catholic Education Dinner.
It takes a nice touch to keep a crowd of 1,000-plus people entertained in front of Bishop Richard J. Malone and to move the program along when award-winning and socially conscious – but long-winded – nuns step on stage.
Getting him to accept the job probably wasn’t so hard:
His sister, Diane Revelas of Amherst, was among those heading the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center event.
Murphy recalled the night last summer when he warned his sister one thing could prevent him from attending: the Bills playing in the Super Bowl.
Whew! Dodged that bullet!
Maureen Orth, the Vanity Fair special correspondent and widow of political journalist and Buffalo native Tim Russert, was the dinner’s keynote speaker. The Berkeley, Calif., native revealed she’ll be in New Orleans for Sunday’s game to root for the 49ers.
“Thank you, Maureen,” Murphy said after Orth finished her remarks, before adding a supportive “Go ’Niners!”
Then, remembering his status as a Bills announcer, Murphy looked out at the audience and pleaded, “You won’t tell anybody I said that, will you?”
By Stephen T. Watson with contributions from Patrick Lakamp and Karen Robinson.