January 1st marks the start of another new year. As we set our New Year’s goals, envisioning the year to come, we relish in the fact that we can put those thoughts on the burner for a couple more hours, and enjoy the 99th Rose Bowl, the Granddaddy of all Bowl games! As in 2000, this year’s match-up will once again be the Wisconsin Badgers versus the Stanford Cardinal’s and it should prove to be a close and electrifying game.

A little interesting back history of the Rose Bowl: it was established in 1902 and in 1916 became an annual tournament. For more than 60 years, the Rose Bowl has had the highest attendance in college football. This year they are expecting ticket sales to exceed 64,500. Since inception, USC, with 33 appearances, has played the most times, and with 24 wins, has won the most Rose Bowl Tournaments.

The Rose Bowl stadium, built in 1922, is now a national landmark that has hosted 5 NFL Superbowls, men’s and women’s world cup tournaments, and countless concerts and events. The Bowl game is tied to “America’s New Year’s Celebration”, which also includes the historic Tournament of Roses Parade.

So as you recover from your New Year’s Eve parties, grab your Mënaji Skincare’s 911 Eye Gel, a beer, and your remote; tune into the oldest and most prestigious college bowl game!

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What’s so special about the number 12? Everything from English language pronunciation, to Greek mythology and moonwalks, this number continues to intrigue and play an interesting role in our lives….daily.

1.  The number 12 is the longest single syllable number in the English language. Say T-W-E-L-V-E….

2.  In soccer, football and rugby, #12 is the symbolic reference to fans as the “12th” player due to their support of the eleven players on the field. In Texas, A&M actually reserves the #12 jersey for a walk-on player who represents the “12th Man”, a fan who was asked to play when the team’s reserves were low in 1922.

3.  #12 jersey has been worn and retired in honor of some of the greatest professional baseball, football, and hockey players to date: Joe Namath, Jim Kelly, Terry Bradshaw, Farmer Wade Boggs, Roberto Alomar, Bob Griese, John Brodie, Roger Staubach, Maurice Stokes, Dick Barnett, John Stockton, Sid Abel, Yvan Cournoyer, Dickie Moore, and Stan Smyl.

4.  Greek mythology has it that 12 Olympians are the principal deities of the Greek pantheon.

5.  Hercules, the Greek mythological hero, was given 12 impossible tasks to complete.

6. Christmas is celebrated across 12 days beginning Christmas Day.

7.  In court although at the beginning of a criminal trial 14 jurors are chosen, by the end of the trial two of them are excused leaving 12 jurors as only 12 can sit and deliberate to come to a verdict..

8.  The human body has 12 pairs of ribs, 12 pairs of cranial nerves, and the average man has 12 pints of blood (women have 9).

9.  12 men have walked on the moon to date.

10.  Ancient Indian astronomers divided time into 12 periods between sunrise and sunset. The choice of 12 is attributed to the 12 lunar cycles in a year.

11.  12 months make a year, 12 inches make a foot, 12 face cards in a deck of playing cards.

12. Mënaji Skincare is celebrating 12 Days of Skincare during the 12th month of the 12th year in the 21st century.

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This past Sunday marked a historic play in American football as the game’s most prestigious collegiate award, the Heisman Memorial Trophy, was awarded to a Freshman player for the very first time.    Johnny Manziel, also known as Johnny Football from Texas A&M, became the trophy’s 78th award winner.

In honor of Manziel’s historic moment we wanted to share some Heisman Memorial Trophy history………

Innovator of the Game - In 1880’s  John W. Heisman, for whom this great trophy is named, grew up in rural PA playing a combination of soccer/rugby.  A college player and coach, his greatest contribution to the game – the forward pass – which only was legalized for play in 1906 after years of lobbying the rules committee.

Back- to-Back Winners – 1936 and 1937 saw the Heisman Memorial Trophy going to players from Yale University, making it the first time a school had back-to-back winners.  The only other schools to match this feat are Army and Ohio State.

Early 1960’s – Ernie Davis of Syracuse was the first African-American to be awarded the Heisman in 1961.  Shortly after his win he was diagnosed with leukemia and never played another game.

Consecutive Wins – In 1974 and 1975 Archie Griffin of Ohio State University became the first player to win the Heisman Trophy back-to-back.

Today, we at Mënaji congratulate Johnny Manziel on his historic win;  maybe Johnny Football will join the ranks of Archie Griffin in time.  For now, we hope that all guys who play this sport will always be on top of their game and looking their best on and off the field with, yes you guessed it, Mënaji Skincare!

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