Payton was known for his nickname “Sweetness”. But in a biography by Jeff Pearlman called Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton tells Payton had a dark side too.
According to the book, Payton was addicted to painkillers throughout and after his playing career. He also engaged in many extramarital affairs, fought depression and considered suicide, imagined himself killing those around him and then turning a gun on himself, just before his death from a rare liver disease and bile duct cancer in November 1999.
In an excerpt from the book posted at SI.com, Pearlman details Payton’s addiction to pain meds, writing:
“Walter would call me all the time saying he was about to kill himself, he was tired,” Payton’s longtime agent Bud Holmes said. “He was angry. Nobody loved him. He wanted to be dead.”
“The burden of loneliness and his marriage weren’t Payton’s only problems. As a player he had numbed his maladies with pills and liquids, usually supplied by the Bears. Payton popped Darvon robotically during his playing days, says Holmes, ‘I’d see him walk out of the locker room with jars of painkillers, and he’d eat them like they were a snack,’ and also lathered his body with dimethyl sulfoxide, a topical analgesic commonly used to treat horses. Now that he was retired, the self-medicating only intensified.”
“Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton” details how Payton used pain pills and liquids to deal with injuries during his playing days and the practice continued after he retired. Sources told Pearlman that Payton took a cocktail of Tylenol and vicodin and kept tanks of nitrous oxide in his garage.
“Walter was pounding his body with medication,” Holmes said. “I wish I knew how bad it was, but at the time I really didn’t.”
Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton is the two and a half year project of Jeff Pearlman, a former “Sports Illustrated” senior writer. Pearlman interviewed over 700 people during his research and this book is expected to shock many NFL fans. The biography will be released on October 4th, 2011.
Moore and Kutcher have always been active tweeter users and they are not shy to let their millions of followers know how much they are in love. But lately, their tweets were not-so-sweet anymore.
Star Magazine reports that the couple’s marriage is on the rocks for almost two months now. According to sources that have spoken to the magazine, the A-List couple has been living apart for several weeks in preparation for their … divorce! Word is, it’s worth $290 million. And the reason? Ashton was said to have cheated on Demi with a 23-year-old blonde blonde by the name of Sara Leal.
According to Star Magazine’s source, Ashton was “flirting up a storm with hot, scantily clad partiers at San Diego’s Fluxx nightclub on September 23,” and cites a report on TheDirty.com.
A friend of Leal’s broke the story on thedirty.com saying she was ‘sick to her stomach’ over what happened. She said that she saw Leal went upstairs to Kutcher’s room at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. She said that Ashton Kutcher told Sara Leal that him and Demi Moore are separated and the public doesn’t know yet.
“The fact is, Ashton really misses the bachelor lifestyle,” the source added. “He’s been setting up dates with tons of girls behind Demi’s back for a while now.”
Clubgoers also spoke up, saying that Ashton didn’t look like someone in a relationship let alone celebrating a wedding anniversary. Yes, it was their anniversary last September 24 but neither tweeted about it.
And their Twitter? There’s still no mention about the current issue.
What do you think? Did Ashton Kutcher really cheated on Demi Moore?
Since 2008, this virus has been infecting Microsoft Windows operating systems and has been spreading fast around the world.
“What Conficker does is penetrate the core of the [operating system] of the computer and essentially turn over control of your computer to a remote controller,” writer Mark Bowden tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “[That person] could then utilize all of these computers, including yours, that are connected. … And you have effectively the largest, most powerful computer in the world.”
Conficker worm uses flaws in Windows software and dictionary attacks on administrator passwords to grow while forming a botnet. A botnet is a collection of compromised computers connected to the Internet, termed bots, that are used for malicious purposes. So hwn your computer is compromised, it becomes a part of a botnet. The Conficker botnet is powerful enough to take over computer networks that control banking, telephones, security systems, air traffic control and even the Internet itself, says Bowden. Conficker had damaged millions of government, business and home computers worldwide
“If you were to launch with a botnet that has 10 million computers in it — launch a denial of service attack — you could launch a large enough attack that it would not just overwhelm the target of the attack, but the root servers of the Internet itself, and could crash the entire Internet,” he says. “What frightens security folks, and increasingly government and Pentagon officials, is that a botnet of that size could also be used as a weapon.”
So how will you protect yourself from this terrifying worm? First thing you need to do is to make use of Microsoft’s Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool to remove the virus, then applying the patch to prevent re-infection. If you’re still worried, you can install other anti-virus such as AVG Technologies, McAfee, eScan, Symantec, Sophos, and Kaspersky Lab. If you don’t want to pay, you can get the Avira Anti Virus Personal version for free. That can take care of the Conficker worm.
On The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, the Bravo ladies were joined by newcomer Brandi Glanville. Brandi is the woman Eddie Cibrian left to raise their kids as he went off to marry singer LeAnn Rimes.
During her debut, she introduced herself. “I was married to the number one d*****bag of all time … Eddie Cibrian. He’s an ‘actor.’”
Glanville also says she wishes the women on the show had been a bit nicer to her. Lisa VanderPump had seen photos that Glanville had been spending time with her former houseguest turned enemy Cedric Martinez. VanderPump didn’t hesitate to let everyone know how she feels towards Glanville. “My feathers are a bit ruffled before I even start.”
After the confrontation, Glanville said she was at least pleased about it.
“Lisa said things to my face- although I was a bit intimated by her. I respect that so much more than behind your back gossip.”
Glanville said she’d hoped her situation would have eased her transition into the circle, but was disappointed:
“I have been through an extremely hard couple of years that I wouldn’t wish on any woman! My family was broken apart and I was devastated while trying to raise my two little boys as my world crumbled around me… Knowing these women now, I’d like to think that if they had a little more background on my situation when we first met they would have been nicer.”
Aside from acting, Sean Penn is also known for his political and social activism and also humanitarian causes. He has helped aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the earthquake in Haiti last 2010. And he has done it again.
Penn, 51, played a role in securing this week’s release of two U.S. hikers, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who were imprisoned in Iran for more than two years, his rep confirmed Friday. The actor flew to Venezuela months ago to meet with President Hugo Chavez, a critic of the United States and an ally of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a to raise the plight of the hikers, the Reuters news wire said.
And after two years in captivity, Fattal and Bauer were freed last week following diplomatic efforts led by Chavez, the United Nations, Iraq and Oman. The two said they were hikers and had gotten lost near the Iranian border. Tehran convicted them of espionage and sentenced them to eight years in prison.
After they were released, the men were flown to Muscat, Oman, where their families greeted them with joy.
“We’re so happy we are free and so relieved we are free,” Fattal said. “Our deepest gratitude goes toward His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman for obtaining our release. We’re sincerely grateful for the government of Oman for hosting us and our families.”
“Two years in prison is too long and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in America and Iran,” Bauer said.