HRM's Sweet Sixteen
This March Madness, we’re pitting local celebrities and who’s who against one another to determine who reigns supreme as THE Hampton Roads household name. It’s all in good fun--so may the best man or woman (or dog) win!
The original match-ups will go as follows:
April 1: The Elite Eight -
Ella Fitzgerald v. Gabby Douglas
David Wright v. Plazico Burress
Charles the Monarch v. Pharrell Williams
Wanda Sykes v. Ed Schultz
April 4: The Final Four -
Ella Fitzgerald v. David Wright
Charles the Monarch v. Wanda Sykes
April 5: The Final Two -
David Wright v. Charles the Monarch
Charles the Monarch is our winner!
More about our local celebrities:
Plaxico Burress (Birthplace: Norfolk, Va.)
is a football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Steelers eighth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft and later played for the New York Giants, and the New York Jets (in 2011) before returning to the Steelers on November 21, 2012. He played college football at Michigan State.
Charles the Monarch (Hometown: Norfolk, Va.)
is a 4-year-old Labrador-poodle mix, intentionally shaved and groomed to resemble Old Dominion University's lion mascot.
Clarence Clemons (Birthplace: Norfolk, Va., and later Chesapeake)
also known as The Big Man, was a musician and actor. From 1972 until his death, he was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone.
Gabby Douglas (Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Va.)
is an artistic gymnast. As a member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions. Douglas is the first woman of color and the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the 2011 World Championships.
Missy Elliott (Birthplace: Portsmouth, Va.)
is a rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Elliott, with record sales of over thirty million in the United States, is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction.
Ella Fitzgerald (Birthplace: Newport News, Va.)
also known as the "First Lady of Song", "Queen of Jazz", and "Lady Ella", was a jazz vocalist. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Over the course of her 59-year recording career, she sold 40 million copies of 70 plus albums, won 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.
LaShawn Merritt (Birthplace: Portsmouth, Va.)
is a track and field athlete who competes in sprinting events, specializing in the 400 meters. He is a former Olympic champion over the distance and his personal best of 43.75 seconds makes him the fifth fastest of all time.
Patton Oswalt (Birthplace: Portsmouth, Va.)
is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor known for roles such as Spencer Olchin in the popular sitcom The King of Queens, and voicing Remy from the film Ratatouille and Thrasher from the Cartoon Network original series Robotomy.
Pat Robertson (Birthplace: Lexington, Va.)
is a media mogul, executive chairman, and a former Southern Baptist minister, who generally supports conservative Christian ideals. He presently serves as Chancellor of Regent University and Chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Ed Schultz (Birthplace: Norfolk, Va.)
is a television and radio host, a liberal political commentator, and a former sports broadcaster. He is the host of The Ed Show, a daily news talk program on MSNBC, and The Ed Schultz Show, a talk radio show, nationally syndicated by Dial Global, promising "straight talk".
Wanda Sykes (Birthplace: Portsmouth, Va.)
is a writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 199 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America.
Michael Vick (Birthplace: Newport News, Va.)
is a football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. He previously played for the Atlanta Falcons for six seasons before serving time in prison for his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring. Vick played college football at Virginia Tech.
Pharrell Williams (Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Va.)
is an American rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo The Neptunes, producing hip hop and R&B music. He is also the lead vocalist and drummer of hip-hop/rock band N.E.R.D, which he formed with Hugo and childhood friend Shay Haley. As part of The Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous hit singles for various musicians. The two have earned three Grammy Awards amongst ten nominations. He is also the co-founder of the clothing brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Clothing.
David Wright (Birthplace: Norfolk, Va.)
is a baseball player, who plays third base for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He is widely considered one of the best third basemen in baseball. He was drafted by the Mets in 2001, and made his Major League debut in 2004. Wright is a six-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner and two-time Silver Slugger Award. In addition, he holds the Mets record for most career RBIs, doubles, total bases, runs scored, and hits.
Ryan Zimmerman (Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.)
is a Major League Baseball third baseman with the Washington Nationals. A 6-foot 3-inch player from Kellam High School, Zimmerman has been a member of the Nationals since his debut on September 1, 2005. Zimmerman is acknowledged to be the "face" of his franchise and a team leader.