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Posts Tagged ‘Stars Earn Stripes’

Palin: Chris was a Wonderful Friend, Good Man & True American Hero

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 4, 2013

chris-kyle-stars-earn-stripesSo many of us were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic and untimely death of American hero Chris Kyle.  Words seem inadequate at times such as these.  How do you thank someone who has willingly served and placed his life on the line in order to preserve this country’s way of life, her Constitution and until his last moment, someone who was trying to make the difference in the life of a fellow soldier?   My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the Kyle family.

Posted to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle tonight. Todd and I first met Chris in Pella, Iowa, when he helped out with security for the premiere of the film “The Undefeated.” And later we became friends with Chris when he was on “Stars Earn Stripes” with Todd. Chris was a wonderful man, a good friend, and a true American hero who loved our country and served honorably. He was loved and admired by so many, and he will never be forgotten.

– Todd and Sarah Palin

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Happy Birthday, Todd ‘Rambo’ Palin!

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 6, 2012

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Today is Todd Palin’s 48th birthday.  After an outstanding performance throughout the series, he placed fourth in the ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ grand finale, which aired Monday night.  So we at SPIB want to wish him a happy birthday and congratulations on his successful performance  in that competition.  His performance earned him the nickname ‘Rambo” and remarks such as, “he’s very, very tough, ”  “he’s the quiet assassin,”  “he really was amazing,” and more.  Todd Palin’s Bio at the ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ website also indicates that he assisted in the production and logistics of the show.

Of course, no one should be surprised at this from a four-time Iron Dog champion.  Todd’s skills and toughness from running his commercial fishing business and hunting moose in the wilds of Alaska stood him in good stead also.   Todd has a keen business mind as well, as evidenced by his focus on jobs and vocational training opportunities  while First Dude of Alaska.

Today we want to wish Todd all of God’s best blessings and success with all his future endeavors.  May all your plans succeed and all your dreams come true!

 

Happy birthday, Todd ‘Rambo’ Palin!


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Todd Palin wins $40 K for his charity; Eve Torres compliments the Palins

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 4, 2012

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Todd Palin placed fourth during the ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ finale last night and won a total of $40,000. for his charity, the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska.   In a detailed article about the finale, Lisa Princ at Reality TV Magazine wrote this about Todd:

Sadly, that motivation was not enough to make up for Todd’s poor shooting tonight – nerves, perhaps? Todd has remained cool and a good shot in the past, so this one was baffling.

In the end of this elimination mission, it was Todd who could not beat Picabo in the elimination shootout (guess her motivation was still going), so he was sent packing. At this point, all the Palin haters were probably celebrating – say what you will about him, but I have to give him props for being on the show and making it this far. Todd was emotional at the end of his journey, having a new found appreciation for what his son, who is serving overseas, does on a daily basis.

Among the new friends Todd and Sarah made during the filming of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ was Eve Torres.  Marc Malkin at TV Scoop wrote:

WWE star Eve Torres says the former Republican vice presidential hopeful couldn’t have been nicer when she visited hubby Todd when they were shooting NBC reality show Stars Earn Stripes.

“She was really a lovely woman,” Torres, who was crowned the winner of the show during its finale last night, told me earlier today. “We didn’t talk politics, but she was excited for me when I won. She was proud that I did it for the girls out there. She was really sweet.”

Torres, 28, even had dinner with the Palins. “At the end of the day, she’s a mom and a nice woman,” Torres said.

Stars Earn Stripes pitted celebrities against each other in military challenges (jumping from helicopters, crawling under barbed wire, shooting and being shot at, etc.) with the help of skilled operatives.

“I was so impressed with Todd Palin,” Torres said. “He performed really well. They have a son in the military so I think a lot of it for him was to say, ‘I’m doing this for you and all the other troops.'”

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Gov. Palin: Looking Forward to Season Finale of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 3, 2012

Governor Palin posted this comment on her Facebook post this afternoon:

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This is the excellent article by Katie Pavlich at ZAP2it that Governor Palin linked to:

‘Stars Earn Stripes’ Todd Palin: ‘Our minds think we’re 20, but our bodies remind us that we’re not’

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Zap2itDid your son, Army Sgt. Track Palin (who deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year) or your wife, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, influence you to participate in a show (“Stars Earn Stripes”) that pairs celebrities with military operatives and first responders on simulated missions?
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Todd Palin: No. 1 would be the cause, the military charity. Track was major, Sarah was major, and then my working experience on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” knowing (producer] Mark Burnett puts out a great product.
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Zap2it: Did you bond with your military operative partner?
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Todd Palin: My guy was [former Marine] J.W. Cortes. Our common ground is he has a son with autism, and I’ve got a son with Down syndrome. Just being a father, you have a bond. With the additional challenge, there’s that extra bond. I’m a little older than he is, and I’m like, “We are blessed. There’s a reason why God put this child in our hands, in our family.”
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Zap2it: How is your son, 4-year-old Trig, doing?
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Todd Palin: He’s doing good. When we were filming, he said his first words. He told his older brother to quit picking on him, or something like that. And when J.W. went back to New York on one of the dark days, he said his name, so that was pretty exciting.
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Zap2it: Did you get hurt?
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Todd Palin: Our minds think we’re 20, but our bodies remind us that we’re not.
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Zap2it: What was your charity?
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Todd Plain: Armed Services YMCA Alaska. They make military family lives better. They’ve been up there in Alaska for 70 years.
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Finale of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ Tonight on NBC

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 3, 2012

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Currently,  a photo link to Todd Palin’s bio is featured on the Main page of the ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ website (emphasis mine):

Todd PalinTodd Palin | Armed Services YMCA Alaska

Todd Palin is a lifelong commercial fisherman in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, where his Yupik Eskimo family has been salmon fishing for many generations. He is also a former North Slope production operator in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay.

Palin is a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, the world’s longest and toughest snowmobile race spanning over 2,000 miles of frozen wilderness from Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley to Nome to Fairbanks.

Palin is the husband of former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. As the First Gentleman of Alaska (informally called “The First Dude”), Palin focused on vocational training opportunities and programs for Alaska workers.

In addition to appearing in the top-rated TLC show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” Palin assisted on the show’s logistics and production.

Palin is an active private pilot who enjoys flying in his Piper Super Cub and his Cessna 185 float plane. His other hobbies include hunting, fishing, hiking, building, and snowmachining. Todd and Sarah have five children and two grandchildren. They live in Wasilla, Alaska.

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‘Stolen Intelligence’ Preview: Finale of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ Monday at 8-10 PM EST

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 31, 2012

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The ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ website has posted a preview preview  of Episode 4, the grande finale episode, which will air from 8 to 10 PM EST on Monday.  The brief description of the episode is as follows:

In an action-packed finale, the remaining squads execute a ship-board mission in a battle for the championship.

We’re rooting for Todd Palin and J. W. Cortes, but regardless of who wins the championship, a lot of money will have been raised for the respective charities of the participants.  And that is a good thing.

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Dean Cain About Todd Palin: “He’s the quiet assassin. He’s so steady.”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 28, 2012

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Last night,  the 3 remaining squads competed in Episode 3 of ‘Stars Earn Stripes.’   According to the website, their mission was to:  “[d]rive into a hot zone, shoot out land mines to clear a landing zone, retrieve a desert patrol vehicle, destroy a fuel depot and ammo bunker.”   The squad to which Todd Palin and Picabo Street were assigned came in second.   Eve Torres’ sharp shooting skills helped her squad  to come in with the fastest time.  A shootout between Dean Lachey and Laila Ali resulted in Laila being the one dismissed from the competition.  Next week will be the final episode, in which two squads will compete for $100K for the winner’s charity.

Dean Cain appeared on Access Hollywood Live and talked to them about the show today.  Here is their report:

Todd Palin may have appeared on reality television before – on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” – but this summer’s “Stars Earn Stripes” has shown a new side of the Alaskan to America, as well as his castmates like Dean Cain.

“Todd Palin was an animal,” Dean told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Tuesday’s Access Hollywood Live, about the celeb who surprised him the most on the NBC show. “He really was amazing.”

Over the show’s run, which has featured celebrities competing with military and law enforcement members in combat style challenges, Todd has kept his cool as he took out targets, and showed an incredible amount of support for teammates who felt disappointment after struggling on challenges.

“He’s the quiet assassin. He’s so steady,” Dean continued, praising Todd. “In the middle of it all, things go crazy, and you’ll see that in next week’s episode… Some people react well [under pressure]. All the ops are just, I think their blood pressure drops… but Todd is kind of always in that zone. He’s a real guy.”

Dean, who has been tackling the challenges on “Stars Earn Stripes” for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project, said next week’s show – the finale of the series – features some stunts that left his own heart racing.

“We’re scaling a 75-foot cargo net over the ocean with all our gear on [in the finale], and if you fall, there’s no safety line, there’s no nothing. You’re probably not going to be conscious when you hit the water, so some guys are going to have to get in there and get you because that’s a real big fall, and that sort of stuff happens and you just go, ‘Don’t fall,’” Dean said of how he stayed on point in the challenge.

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Todd’s operative trainer,  J. W. Cortes, had an unusual encounter with a good Samaritan – fellow former Marine, Tyler Dodd – yesterday in New York City.    Zap2it reports:

“I was working in Grand Central Terminal at around 10:30 this morning,” Cortes tells Zap2it, “and over the police radio, I hear a call for police officer needing assistance. I responded to the corner of 43rd and Vanderbilt Ave.

“Basically, I see a police officer and two guys in a scuffle. I go to the police officer; I assist him in arresting one suspect. Then the other one is tell us that he’s not the bad guy, that he chased this person. He keeps telling us, ‘This guy, he just robbed somebody,’ something. I wasn’t really that sure what the bad guy had done.

“So, lo and behold, we’re talking, and he’s telling me that he’s an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran. He’s got two Purple Hearts. We’re talking, and he looks at me and says, ‘Aren’t you on “Stars Earn Stripes”?’ I said, ‘This isn’t about me; this is about you, man. You did a great job.’ I’m telling him, ‘This is outstanding, good for you. Dangerous. It was very dangerous. This thing could have gone horribly wrong, but congratulations are in order. You did an outstanding job.’

“He was just so humble. He told me he was a staff sergeant, showed me his wounds. I was so in awe of him, just how nice he was. That’s basically the gist of it.”

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According to Cortes, Dodd told him that he was active in the Wounded Warrior Project, on behalf of which “Stars Earn Stripes” celebrity Dean Cain and operative Chris Kyle are competing.

“They’re doing an impeccable job for that charity,” says Cortes.

Told of his partner’s meeting with Dodd, Palin says, “That’s awesome. That’s cool.”

Cortes and Palin are competing for the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, which helps service members and their families. Palin has invited Cortes to come up next May for some “Combat Fishing.”

“Last year,” says Palin, “they had 250 men and women, servicemen, fishing for Halibut in Seward, Alaska, and all the charter boats donate their time for that day. It’s an incredible event. I think it’s only best to have him come up and talk to Alaska’s soldiers.

J.W. is a rock. he’s a great guy. It was an honor to be his partner.”
Told that J.W. was impressed with his skills, Palin says, “I’m just another Alaskan grandpa.”

Both Palin and Cortes are impressed with competitorNick Lachey, who survived his second elimination challenge in Monday’s (Aug. 27) episode, besting boxerLaila Ali.

“Nick is just rock solid,” says Palin. “He’s a good man. I’m so excited for him and Vanessa, their new baby boy coming within the next couple weeks. He’s just awesome.”

“I didn’t know what to expect, honestly,” says Cortes. “What I quickly learned is, number one, he’s intelligent; number two, he’s a guy’s guy. He was there for the right reasons. He chose a charity for police officers, and I thanked him for that.”

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Suspense is building to see who wins during the final episode of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ next week.  Of course, we at SPIB are rooting for Todd Palin and J. W. Cortes.

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‘Stars Earn Stripes’ Operative Cortes: Todd Palin is “here for something much bigger than just himself”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 21, 2012

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If anything, Episode 2 of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ was even more action-packed and suspense-filled than Episode 1.   A close tie involving a fraction of a minute (a difference of 17 seconds)  between the two slower teams resulted in a shootout that eliminated Terry Crews and his operative from the competition.  The remaining competitors will compete again on next week’s show.

Before their second assignment, the celebrities had to go through another session of basic training.  Todd Palin remarked, “You can never have enough training.  The more training the better.”

We got to watch Todd in target practice, when he was hitting dead center.   It looked like practice paid off.   Operative Cortes said in a vignette that accompanied the target practice scene:  “After speaking with Todd and learning how his son was serving in Afghanistan, and how he hopes to make his son proud of him, I can see it in his eyes, man. I know he’s here for something much bigger than just himself. That’s going to keep us alive in this competition.”

After training,  Todd’s squad was the first to compete.  He and Leila had to drop from a helicopter onto the roof of  an 8-story building,  eliminate a fuel depot,  rappel down the building into a truck, and then take out 10 more targets before jumping into a truck that drove over a fuel line that exploded behind them.

Laila Ali had to overcome her fear while rappelling down the building.  Todd encouraged her as they descended:  “”Good job, you got it!  …  Good job, Leila!”

Todd took out the first 3 targets with one shot each.   Chris Kyle remarked, “Todd Palin, he’s just a natural outdoorsman,  shooter, I mean, Todd knocked it out of the park. ”

As the squad was jumping into a truck and driving away,  Operative Cortes said,  ” I think Todd and I – we represent the everyday guy.  We weren’t born with certain physical attributes, but what we are are people who care, and we care enough to take risks.”

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Amphibious Assault: First Episode of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 17, 2012

NBC has posted the video for the full first episode of ‘Starts Earn Stripes’ on the show’s official page.  You can watch it here:

Amphibious Assault: Full First Episode of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’

Bristol Palin wrote  about Episode 1 on her blog earlier this week:

Stars Earn Stripes: Go, Dad!

August 14, 2012 By  68 Comments

When I heard my dad was going to be on the cast of Stars Earn Stripes, I was excited that he was getting the chance to play for $100,000 for his charity, Armed Services YMCA Alaska.  Plus, I was happy for America to see him in action. After all, I’ve described him as a man who can rebuild a snow machine with one hand tied behind his back, a father who can wrestle with Trig on the floor, and an attentive dad who can braid Piper’s hair for basketball practice.  What can he not do?

So, did you see the show?! The celebrities were divided into squads and had to perform the same assault task, which included helicopters, guns, grenades, mud, and destroying weapons.  Dad was assigned a Marine, who’s now a New York City police officer!  Their squad got delayed when his celebrity team member struggled in the water, with his waterlogged gear. With one man down, Dad activated.

He shimmied through mud under barbed wire so fast that he had already finished the obstacle while the others were just beginning.

The other squads watched on a monitor from another location, amazed at his capability.

“He’s Rambo, he’s straight up Rambo,” said Chris Kyle. “Next time I’m in a war, I want Todd Palin on my side.”

Then, Chris added, “He was the first one on the boat, the first one under the wire, and about the time the rest of the guys were getting through, he already had the crate. You don’t need anyone else,” he said.  “Forget Chuck Norris, send in Todd Palin.”

Dad always directed attention to his charity and to cheer up other contestants who didn’t fare as well.

I know, I know.  The show wasn’t designed to introduce the world to Todd Palin. But it does seem designed to make viewers appreciate the United States military.  After all, the tasks the celebrities are engaging in are actually the types of operations soldiers perform every day.  In a touching moment, one of the celebrities asked her operative if he’d ever killed anyone.

He answered, “We really don’t talk about that kind of stuff.”

In fact, the show seemed to be a fun way to introduce the nation to soldiers whose missions have been anything but fun.

And I’m so glad that America got to see what I already know – my dad is the man!

We agree. Todd Palin’s strong performance made us all very proud.

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Dean Cain: Todd Palin is soft-spoken but “a tough, tough guy”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 16, 2012

Dean Cain talked to HuffPo about ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ and his co-star Todd Palin:

Dean Cain and Todd Palin’s controversial new NBC show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” is getting a lot of criticism, but Cain says even if he doesn’t win the competition he’s a winner — because he and his co-star Todd Palin are raising money for military charities.

“The whole reason we were there was to say ‘thank you’ to our men and women in uniform. We are playing for charity and all the money goes to military charities, first responder charities and law enforcement charities,” Cain told me on the set of “New York Live.”

“Todd Palin is awesome. He is a very quiet, soft-spoken guy. But he is an all-Alaskan man. He’s an outdoors man. He’s won the Iron Dog race — a 2,000 mile snow mobile race — four times and taken second five times. He’s a tough, tough guy. We saw Sarah [Palin] and she’s wonderfully sweet. She’s smaller than I thought. She didn’t get in on the competition.”

Admitting that no one knew how tough the show would be, Dean says there were many times several cast members came close to death.

“There are no stunt people; there is no second take,” Cain said. “Mark Burnett [who created the show] was a former paratrooper. He’s a tough guy, so I knew they would make it pretty tough. It’s probably the most dangerous show ever produced in the history of television. And we signed away our lives, literally.”

Dolvett Quince also had positive things to say about Todd Palin, as reported in this article by Lisa Princ at Reality TV Magazine:

This week we watched the premiere of NBC’s new competition, Stars Earn Stripes, where eight celebrities were paired with a military operative in a charity battle, military style, of course. Unfortunately,Biggest Loser trainer, Dolvett Quince was the first competitor to be sent packing, but Dolvett enjoyed his short time on the show, and even dished about the friend he made in Todd Palin!

Stars Earn Stripes premiered this week on NBC, and if you thought it looked tough watching it, Dolvett Quince of The Biggest Loser actually called it “one of the toughest things I’ve ever done,” despite being very much in shape!

How did Dolvett enjoy his time on the show, even though it was short? Dolvett had a blast, but he admitted in an interview with The Atlanta Journal Constitution that his foot (he cracked a heel bone and ligament earlier this year) was not 100% healed when he competed on the show, but instead it was: “Maybe 75, 80 percent. But I did it anyway. I’ve worked with injuries before. I had to make the best of it. I gave it a shot. I’m proud of my performance.”

Dolvett added that since his time on the show, he has become good friends with Todd Palin, who showed impressive skills on the show’s premiere. “He invited me to his home in Alaska,” Quince said, adding that he also got to meet Sarah Palin while shooting for the show: “Politics aside. she’s a great person.”

 

 

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