Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman’s dad still wakes up at 3:45 a.m. to drive a trash truck

kevin shermanDespite having a son who recently signed a $56 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks, Kevin Sherman still wakes up early to do the job he has done for more than two decades.

Kevin, whose son Richard Sherman will play in his second-straight Super Bowl, has worked as a trash-truck driver in Los Angeles for 26 years.

He told Sam Farmer of the LA Times in 2014 that he wakes up at 3:45 a.m., and works holidays to make overtime.

While he’s okay with taking the occasional day off here and there, he’s only 18 months away from earning his pension, SI’s Robert Klemko reports. Sherman told Klemko that he doesn’t want to live off his son:

“It’s something to keep busy, and it’s easy now. If I take a day off, I don’t need to worry about where my money is coming from. I want to get that pension and the medical benefits just so it’s one more thing my son doesn’t have to worry about. I’m always going to be making money. I want to fix it so that even when I’m not working, I’m getting paid.”
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Can You Imagine ‘Friends’ Without Jennifer Aniston? It Almost Happened


There was almost a world in which Jennifer Aniston’s infamous Rachel haircut never existed, the actress revealed during a Q&A on Friday at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

“‘Friends’ came when I was off doing ‘Muddling Through’,” Aniston said, according to People. “So there was a period where I had to stand out of the photographs for the group shots, and I had phone calls from girlfriends saying, ‘I’m auditioning for your part’” in the NBC series.

Lucky for Aniston, her “Friends” producers banked on “Muddling Through” — a 1994 CBS sitcom about an ex-con attempting to rebuild her life in her small Michigan hometown — being a flop, and they were right. It was canceled after three months on air, after which Aniston was free to fully commit to the show that would launch her career and earn her an Emmy.

But just in case this close call hasn’t left you properly shook, consider another crazy factoid Aniston dropped on the Film Festival audience: “Friends” producers originally wanted her to play Monica.

“They wanted Courteney [Cox] to play Rachel,” Aniston said. “And unbeknownst to each other, I wanted to play Rachel and she wanted to play Monica. It worked out perfectly.”

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Why Target Failed in Canada

Target is giving up on Canada. The retailer announced that it would close all 133 of its stores north of the border, which have been losing money since it arrived in the country less than two years ago, boldly venturing into its first international expansion.header.jpeg.CROP.promo-mediumlarge

By all accounts, the adventure has been an unmitigated disaster—a story of a company trying to accomplish too much, too fast, with too little thought. Target opened 124 stores at once in 2013. Rather than build its own real estate, it purchased leases on buildings that had belonged to Zellers, a “dying low-end retailer,” as Fortune puts it, whose locations were “dumpy, poorly configured for Target’s big-box layout, and were in areas not frequented by the middle class customers Target covets.”empty_5.jpeg.CROP.promovar-mediumlarge

But that wasn’t the real killer. Because it revved up so quickly, the company never had time to develop a working supply chain in Canada, which left its stores short on merchandise and full of empty shelves. After the market researchers Belus Capital Advisors published pictures of the barren aisles, it led to headlines like this from DailyMail.com: