Thursday, August 31, 2006

15. IOWA

2005 record:
7-5, 5-3 (3rd-tie in Big Ten)
2005 bowl:
Lost to Florida 31-24 in Outback
2005 final AP/coaches' ranking: Not ranked
Coach: Kirk Ferentz (49-36, 7 years; 61-57 overall, 10 years)
Offensive coordinator: Ken O'Keefe (8th year)
Defensive coordinator: Norm Parker (8th year)
Offensive scheme: Multiple
Defensive scheme: 4-3
Returning offensive starters: 7
Returning defensive starters: 7
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Stadium: Kinnick (grass, 70,585)
Last league title:
2004 (tie)
2006 schedule: [view]
2005 statistics: [view]

Offense: With quarterback Drew Tate returning for his senior season, the Hawkeyes have the leadership and skill necessary to become an offensive force. Tate didn’t deliver as expected in last season’s big games, but his strong arm and pocket presence should be a decisive factor. Overall, Tate’s numbers (62.2 percent completions, 22 touchdowns against just seven interceptions) were eye-opening. The return of junior running back Albert Young (1,334 yards, eight touchdowns) gives the Hawkeyes more options. Young is more steady than spectacular. The go-to receiver must emerge, and leading candidates are senior Calvin Davis or junior Herb Grigsby. Senior tight end Scott Chandler is a reliable, massive target. Iowa might have one of the Big Ten’s best offensive lines, particularly with senior right tackle Marshal Yanda ad senior left guard Mike Jones.

Defense: The loss of All-American linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway, plus four-year starting cornerbacks Antwan Allen and Jovon Johnson, would seem a fatal blow, but the Hawkeyes have plenty of remaining quality. The defensive line matured greatly and returns all four starters, led by junior ends Bryan Mattison and Kenny Iwebema. Senior Edmond Miles has experience at each linebacker position. The secondary is paced by senior free safety Marcus Paschal and senior strong safety Miguel Merrick.

Specialists: Excellent. Placekicker Kyle Schlicher is 38-for-47 on field-goal attempts in his career. Punter Andy Fenstermaker had 21 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line. The Hawkeyes need someone to step up as the primary kickoff and punt returner.

Coaching: Kirk Ferentz is annually rumored to be jumping to the NFL, but in truth, he has built one of the most secure situations in college football. He’s a hero in the state (beginning his 17th year as assistant or head coach) and has put the Hawkeyes on firm footing. He has had the same offensive coordinator (Ken O’Keefe) and defensive coordinator (Norm Parker) since accepting the job. Ferentz’s approach might not be sexy, but Iowa is coming off the best four-season run in the program’s history.

Heisman Hopefuls: Tate is on the Heisman B-list at the moment, but could make a leap if the Hawkeyes make a run at the Big Ten title.

Overview: The Hawkeyes won’t be picked by anyone to win the Big Ten title — not with the presence of Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State — but they are the team no one wants to face. With Tate and Young leading the offense, plus a defense that improved greatly last season, Iowa should be good enough for a January bowl game. And along the way, it will make the other Big Ten teams nervous

courtesy of msnbc.com

Tuesday, August 29, 2006



Kmarts wedding...continued....

SUNDAY - the big day! After a fun night out at 8.0, we all woke up ready to go for the big day. I'm pretty sure I can speak for all of us when I say that we were excited. Kmart, obviously, a little more than the rest of us. But nonetheless, girls love weddings, they love their friends, and they love to look cute and get dressed up. At least my friends do anyways, so today was going to be a pretty exciting day. All of the bridal party and a few guests were invited to a bridal brunch/luncheon. Very tasty! From there, Teeda, Beth, Lindsey, and I ran some last minute errands before heading back to Kmarts house while the rest of the girls went and got ready. We got lucky and snagged some free matches from the nice fellas at the Grill store so our errands were complete. Then, we waited, and waited, and waited some more. Finally, it was time to get ready. Because Teeda, Beth and I were readers, we figured we better get to the church earlier than most. Afterall, Beth was starting the ceremony. So we all got ready and we were off, looking mighty beautiful I might add. We got to the church and spotted Kmart looking absolutely radiant. A few tears were shed!


The Wedding - Beth started us out with "A Poem for my Daughter." (Great job Beth). The ceremony was lovely, the music was fabulous (props to Adam and Kevin) and Teeda and my readings went well also. Now that the ceremony was over, it was time to party! We all headed upstairs for the reception. Kkountry folks had a little reunion during dinner, which was so great. And then came time for the dancing. If you know me at all, you know where I was during this time! Between Teeda's hypoglycemia, Beths crazy dance moves, and my catching the bouquet!! (yes its true, I'm next) the reception was so much fun. I laughed a ton and couldn’t stop smiling. Before I knew it, it was time to send the bride and groom off! It was a military send off with swords and everything! (I have to get myself one of those swords!)

After party - After kmart and brandon left, we hung out outside for a bit. Teeda, Beth and I went upstairs to get our stuff and Teeda decided that she was not able to walk down the stairs. To this, I started laughing and tackled Beth! (I know, I don’t get it either) Hilarious! But anyways, I took our stuff back down to the car and told Adam that he would have to go help Teeda. We all sat down on the curb and were having a nice little chat when a Fort Worth local came over to us. He decided to preach to us and even threw in a little song. At one point he was staring Jason down, which we all thought was pretty funny. Then he commented on my flowers (see above: me catching the bouquet, yes, I was still carrying it around!) so I offered them to him and told him to take it home to his wife. Who knows if the guy even has a wife but he has my flowers. Hopefully they made his night. After we got all packed up, we headed back to Kmarts house (thanks to Adam). What a crazy car ride that was. And when we got back to Kmarts house, we realized we were missing a few people which got Beth a little worried. Not long after, more people started to show up at Kmarts house and things got a little rowdy. Oh fun times. Teeda was "sleeping" on the air mattress so she missed all the excitement, but the entire wedding party and all their guests were at the house just laughing and hanging out. IT was great. Nice way to unwind after the wedding. All good things must come to an end, especially if you have to drive 900 miles the next day right Adam! But I was sad to see the night end.

MONDAY was time to go home. We woke up, cleaned as best as we could, and packed up Jason's car. He graciously was taking us all to the airport. We stopped for breakfast and then went on our way. We all said our goodbyes and then it was time to leave. I'm going to throw it out there and say that even though I was the third person to leave, I was the first to get home! Yeah for quick flights! All in all, the weekend was one that I will never forget. Theres nothing I love more than just seeing my friends, if only for a short while, and seeing them happy makes it that much better. Until the next wedding…..

Saturday, August 26, 2006

1. WHAT MADE YOU SMILE YESTERDAY? lots of things: Andy in scheels, meeting new friends, Moose, and the drive home from Miss Kitty's in Bryans car

2. WHAT WERE YOU DOING AT 8 THIS MORNING? sleeping

3. WHAT WERE YOU DOING 15 MINUTES AGO? laundry

4. SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN 1995? 1995, hmm, i was probably jamming out to New Kids singing as loud as I could in my room. That was an every day occurance

5. LAST THING YOU SAID ALOUD? i told Jenise to call me later

6. HOW MANY DIFFERENT THINGS DID YOU DRINK TODAY? water and milk

7. WHERE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND RIGHT NOW? i've got best friends all over

8. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR TOOTHBRUSH? white and purple

9. WHAT IS OUT YOUR BACK DOOR? the backyard

10. LAST THING YOU BOUGHT? a backpack for Europe. yippee

11. LAST GIFT YOU RECEIVED FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY? clothes

12. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR FRONT DOOR? green

13. WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR CHANGE? wallet

14. WHATS THE WEATHER LIKE TODAY? humidity is a killer

15. BEST ICE CREAM FLAVOR? mint m&m's

16. SOMETHING YOU'RE EXCITED ABOUT? the future, Europe, new friends!!

17. LAST RAINBOW YOU SAW? not in a long while

18. WHAT SIZE SHOE DO YOU WEAR? 8

19. DO YOU HAVE ANY SISTERS? nope, who needs sisters

20. ARE YOU VERY RANDOM? i'm the most random person i think.

21. DO YOU WANT TO CUT YOUR HAIR? nope, i want it long!

22. ARE YOU OVER THE AGE OF 22? yup

23. DO YOU TALK A LOT? YES

24. DO YOU WATCH THE OC? yup, but i'm rethinking that show

25. WHAT DAY DOES YOUR SCHOOL END THIS YEAR? i'm done with school

26. DOES YOUR SCREEN NAME HAVE AN '' X '' IN IT? nope

27. DO YOU KNOW ANYONE CALLED STEVE? my uncle

28. DO YOU MAKE UP YOUR OWN WORDS? haha, of course! and the sign language that goes along with it

29. ARE YOU TICKLISH? YES

30. ARE YOU TYPICALLY A JEALOUS PERSON? thou shall not covet thy neighbors house.

Monday, August 21, 2006



Iowa State Fair
(... this blog is dedicated to Michael Nixon, the biggest fan of the Iowa State Fair I know)

First things first, the Iowa State fair brings out Iowas finest. People from all walks of life come to the fair and its quite amusing to sit and just watch people. People watching is probably one of the most interesting things to do at the fair. You know the Iowa State Fair is great when you look to your left and there's a cowboy, to your right is a grandma and gramps, behind you is a group of farm boys, and right in front of you is the most amazing mullet you've ever seen.

Another thing that is so great about the Iowa State Fair is that you can get almost anything to eat, on a stick! Every year it continues to amaze me the fair delights that come on a stick. Does the stick really make things that much better? It sure must because food on a stick is a staple at the fair. My personal favorites are the corn dogs! Yum. Today I also had a carmeled apple, of course, on a stick. And if you find something to eat thats not on a stick, chances are, its probably deep fried! We've got deep fried oreos, twinkies, candy bars, cheese curds, bloomin onions, and for those health concsious people, deep fried vegetables. Its a wonder how outside of the fair, all of that food would really gross me out but when I'm at the fair, somehow, its okay!

And then comes the shows. There's talent competitions, horse and cattle shows, singers and musicians, contests, any kind of show. And theres buildings and buildings filled with exhibits and booths from every industry in the state of Iowa (or so it seems). And lets not forget the Midway. Oh the midway and its lovely workers. Sure the rides may be a ton of fun but something about the people running the rides freaks me out. But thats what makes the fair, the fair. Theres just so much to do and see at the fair, theres endless possiblities. So I suggest that if you havent been to the Iowa State Fair, you go, because I guarentee you'll have a good time and find yourself saying "Only at the Fair."

Friday, August 18, 2006

Yeah for KMarts Wedding!!



It seems like the day would never get here and now as I sit and write, the time has come and gone. What a joyous event it was, and an event is a great term used to describe the whole weekend.

Thursday I arrived in DFW and as I was walking through the terminal towards baggage claim, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of dejavu from the last trip to Texas. I just prayed right there that things would go smoothly and the weekend would be filled with nothing but fun and laughter. As I came through the glass doors, there stood 3 of the greatest friends a girl could ask for. I havent seen these girls for such a long time, and I know its cliché to say, but really, it felt like we had never been apart. (Imagine giant group hug here). Teeda and all her glory; Beth with her huge smile; and Kmart, the bride, glowing! I just had to stop for a minute and take it all in. We were all back in Texas, again.

Thankfully the airport wasn’t crowded and my luggage came quickly. Back to Fort Worth we would go. We stopped and picked up Sarah Lundeen, who I couldn’t have been more excited to see b/c well, I just love the Lundeens. After a quick bite to eat we were off to Kmarts house.

THURSDAY night was the Bachelorette party and like any other bachelorette party, anything goes. We all got ready and then had a lingerie party. Kmart got some really cute stuff and that just got us in the mood to go out. Dinner was at P.F. Changs, which was oh so tasty. Teeda, Sarah, Beth, and I ordered 4 different things and shared it all. That’s what I love about girls, we share our food! Haha. From dinner we headed to Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. About this time my long day started catching up to me. Teeda and I were running on very little sleep an it was at this point that we both were like, "wow, are we going to get any sleep tonight?" Anyways, Pete's was interesting. Besides the plaid shorts guy, the awkward song dedicated to Kmart, and the fact that it was freezing in there, we all had a great time but were ready to move on once we accomplished our goal (hint hint, lets just say some guy went home that night probably in debt) From Petes we went down to Stone Canyon, a dance club in the Stockyards. To say I felt out of place would be an understatement. It was an 18+ dance club but I would bet a lot of money that there were 13 year olds there. And I think a few people would agree with me! But, being that it was a dance club, I just got out there and showed them all why I was a member of Adagio! (shout out to adagio members). At about 1:30 am I realized that in about 4 hours, that would mean I had been up for 24 hours straight. The ole bear jumped on my back and I had to sit down. Back to Kmarts house we went and that was the end of Thursday.

FRIDAY morning we woke up late and kind of bummed around. Teeda, Beth, Sarah, and I went out for breakfast and then decided to make a quick stop to Target. From Target we decided to go shopping, but only for a little while. We picked up a few things and then headed back to the house. We figured we better go check on Kmart to make sure she was doing okay! Lindsey, kmarts roommate, was so precious. Bless her little heart we just kind of took over her room and laid there for a few hours. We called Jason to wish him a happy birthday and talked to Brett as well. Yeah for kamp friends. Sarah and I had a little girl talk session while the rest took naps. Soon it was time to get ready for the night activities: Barbeque and Bowling. We all looked so cute and stylish until we found out we were eatting outside! And barbeque nonetheless. What I forgot to mention was that the temperature was about 106 that day, and even by about 8 or so, it hadnt cooled off much. After dinner, we headed to the bowling alley for some cosmic bowling! Fun times. Beth won, congrats. The most exciting thing at the bowling alley was discovering these giant gumballs, or what we thought were gumballs. Sarah, Beth and I shoved these giant things into our mouths only to realize they were candy and not gum. So, we took a picture! After bowling was the Shamrock. Local pub in Fort Worth which was pretty laid back. Teeda and I watched the 50 greatest sports moments in history. Let me tell you, they were pretty great. So another night out past 2 am. Joyous day, its like I'm in college again. I was never more excited to see that little air mattress (teeda, are you with me?)

SATURDAY morning was the rehearsal. We basically woke up and had to be there right away. Thank goodness for it being low key and casual b/c we all sure looked the part. From the rehearsal we went to run some more errands and basically, just bum around. Adam came, which we were excited about because we love kamp friends. We just sat around and talked for a while before we had to start getting ready for the rehearsal dinner. The dinner was at 8.0 downtown which was so fun. We all looked absolutely beautiful might I add. After dinner, they cleared some tables and a dj started playing some music. Being the fun girls that we are, we decided to start dancing. Before you know it, the floor was packed with people. And when I mean packed, I mean, you were shoulder to shoulder with people dancing. Teeda came over to me and was like "we totally started this party!" It was such a blast I spent the majority of the night on the dance floor! And when Sexyback came on, wow, in the words of Britney spears, I was "in the zone." It still amazes me that Harrison new that they were going to play that song. He must be a musical genius or something. Well the night ended and we all headed back to kmarts house to get some sleep before the big day. The anticipation, the excitement, oh, we couldn’t wait, it kept us awake for a while. But in Beths case, the nerves from having to read in front of the church kept her brain churning all night! :)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Hands

A basketball in Michael Jordan's hands is worth about $33 million.

It depends whose hands it's in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.

A baseball in Mark McGuire's hands is worth $19 million.

It depends on whose hands it's in.

A tennis racket is useless;in my hands.

A tennis racket in Venus Williams' hands is a championship winning.

It depends whose hands it's in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.

A rod in Moses' hands will part the mighty sea.

It depends whose hands it's in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid's toy.

A sling shot in David's hand is a mighty weapon.

It depends whose hands it's in.

Two fish & 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.

Two fish & 5 loaves of bread in God's hands will feed thousands.

It depends whose hands it's in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse.

Nails in Jesus Christ's hands will produce salvation for the entire world.

It depends whose hands it's in.

As you see now it depends whose hands it's in.

So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams,
your families and your relationships in God's hands because..

It depends whose hands it's in.


Sunday, August 13, 2006


Tell me this, how do you tear yourself away from the television when there's a Laguna Beach marathon on for two days straight?

My answer: You don't!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.
I choose to be in a good mood!

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

Life is all about choices. Every situation is a choice. You choose how to react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. All in all, its your choice how to live your life.

I'm so thankful for my friends and family but more importantly, I'm so blessed to have a God who chose me.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

After all, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!






Tuesday, August 01, 2006

MTV: A look back (compliments of MSNBC.com) Happy 25th!

1. The debut: Aug. 1, 1981
The first video? The slyly prophetic "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the now-forgotten Buggles. Only a few thousand people on a single cable system in northern New Jersey could see it. Sometimes the screen would go black when someone at MTV inserted a tape into a VCR. Within a few years, millions of kids demanded their parents buy cable so they could see MTV. Along with CNN, it led TV's transition out of the three-channel world. "This was the fuse that lit the cable explosion," said Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University.

2. Beat It: March 31, 1983
Michael Jackson becomes the first black artist with a video on MTV. The segregation was MTV's early shame, ironic considering its later role in popularizing rap. And the early snub wasn't forgotten: "You don't have all of music television when you are leaving things out," says Los Lonely Boys singer Henry Garza.

3. Thriller: Dec. 2, 1983
Less a video than a 14-minute mini-movie with Vincent Price, ghouls and goblins, the premiere of Jackson's "Thriller" was an event. MTV gave it a set time on the schedule — several, even. It was the apotheosis of the idea of music videos as an art form. With director John Landis involved, it also was proof that Hollywood's finest weren't looking down upon what are essentially promo clips.

4. Madonna busts out: Sept. 14, 1984
Performing "Like a Virgin" at the first Video Music Awards, Madonna popped out of a cake dressed in a wedding gown and writhed through her hit. At that moment, Madonna became a superstar, put the VMAs on the map and set an enduring tone. Who cares about those ugly "moon man" trophies? What matters is making the audience gasp.

5. Money For Nothing: 1985
The Dire Straits song was about MTV, mocked MTV and became the band's biggest hit because of MTV. It was one of the first videos to feature computer animation, and Sting made a clever cameo echoing his role in iconic "I want my MTV" ads. The rules for music stardom had changed. Being photogenic was now crucial; an eye-catching video made hits. "It was America's first national radio network," says record executive Phil Quartararo.

6. Bye-bye VJs
Original video jock J.J. Jackson's contract expired in 1985. Nina Blackwood followed him out the next year and so did Martha Quinn, breaking the hearts of countless teenage boys. Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman were next. Only Adam Curry lasted into the '90s. MTV refused to follow its aging first fans, courting teens instead. It also realized that airing videos was a dead end and began aggressively developing other programming. Those were probably the most important financial decisions MTV ever made.

7. Spring break: March 21, 1985
College students who couldn't make it south in person could turn on MTV to catch the party. Each year it returns, a drunken bash with young, firm, scantily clad bodies oozing with sweat and undulating to the music. Stop us! We need a cold shower. "There were people who looked like they were having sex on the dance floor," VJ Suzie Castillo says about last year's festivities in Cancun. MTV's spring break coverage arguably gave rise to the "Girls Gone Wild" video series, where the breasts didn't need to be pixelated.

8. Rap blasts off: Aug. 6, 1986
It's no coincidence that "Yo! MTV Raps!" premiered about the same time rap started becoming the dominant music form for young America. Hip white kids like Rick Rubin or the Beastie Boys may have loved rap before, but "Yo! MTV Raps!" brought it into every suburban living room. "Going from the network that was called on the carpet for not having blacks to this was a huge leap, and it was the right one for MTV," says Christina Norman, MTV's first black president.

9. Pee-Wee's return: Sept. 5, 1991
It was a hard fall for Pee-Wee Herman, from star of one of television's most popular kids' shows to a national punch line when an undercover officer saw him masturbating in an adult theater. Herman went undercover himself for more than a month until creeping out onstage at the opening of that year's VMAs. "Heard any good jokes lately?" Herman asked, to howls of laughter.

10. Enter grunge: Sept. 29, 1991
Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video killed the hair metal scene and signaled the ascendancy of grunge. The images themselves were an arresting accent, with the tattooed cheerleaders and what seemed like an underwater pep rally in a dank gymnasium. "The band, the sound and the imagery in the video was sort of a breath of fresh air — or a scream," said MTV series development guru Tony DiSanto.

11. Clapton unplugged: March 11, 1992
Only the most desperate of fading 1980s bands — Nuclear Valdez, Squeeze, the Alarm — responded to MTV's first requests to show off their acoustic chops. But fans responded to the intimacy and stars soon lined up: Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen (who got nervous and insisted on an electric guitar) — and Eric Clapton, in his first performance since his son died after falling from a skyscraper window. "Everybody who was there felt something special was going on," says Van Toffler, president of MTV's music services. Clapton had to be talked into releasing the show on CD, and it became his biggest-selling album.

12. Boxers or briefs?: April 19, 1994
Two years in office, President Clinton submitted to 90 minutes of questions on complex policy issues by 16-to-20-year-olds before a live MTV audience. Everything else was forgotten when 17-year-old Laetitia Thompson of Potomac, Md., asked: "Mr. President, the world's dying to know. Is it boxers or briefs?" "Usually briefs," the president replied, looking slightly non-plussed. Today, most presidential candidates use MTV to reach first-time voters.

13. Heh-heh. Cool: March 24, 1994
Who'd have thunk that "Beavis & Butt-Head" would make the cover of Rolling Stone? When Toffler received a pilot tape of two adolescent cartoon characters playing baseball with a frog, he watched it nearly 100 times. "You have a feeling in your bones that there's something different about it that's unique and it will either flop miserably or succeed brilliantly." It was stupid, gross-out humor — but many older people secretly wished they could act that way.

14. Reality Bites: June 23, 1994
It's hard to recall a time when setting up a group of strangers in a camera-filled home was a new idea. But the debut of "The Real World" "invented reality TV," says Thompson. "It's absolutely ground zero." And the inclusion of Pedro Zambora, who was gay and soon to die of AIDS, did more to promote tolerance than hundreds of public service announcements. "It was probably the most riveting piece of television I had ever seen," says Brian Graden, then a young, gay man and now an MTV programming exec. "I had never seen someone like myself reflected back to me ... it really changed things for a whole generation of gay people."

15. Feedback loop: April 14, 1998
Jesse Camp wins the first "I Wanna Be a VJ" contest. Stuck in a rut, MTV was searching for some way to make its audience feel connected to the network. The wild-haired, willfully outrageous Camp seemed sent from central casting, and it was the audience doing the casting.

16. Times Square Live: Oct. 22, 1998
The Backstreet Boys shut down Times Square during a "Total Request Live" appearance. The ruckus cemented "TRL's" role as pop culture's home page, with Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as king and queen of the new scene.

17. Jiggle it: Sept. 9, 1999
When Lil' Kim presented a VMA with a pasty-clad breast, Diana Ross couldn't resist a playful fondle. Lucky Ross wasn't there eight years earlier, when Prince performed wearing pants with the butt cut out. A year later, Howard Stern parodied that look by descending from the sky as "Fartman."

18. Tipsy: Oct. 1, 2000
Thinking about "Jackass" Johnny Knoxville getting tipped over in the port-a-potty still makes you hold your nose. Knoxville specialized in painful on-camera tricks, and "Jackass" quickly became MTV's most popular show. Unfortunately for MTV — or maybe fortunately if there's no such thing as bad publicity — many stunts were copied by viewers.

19. Mariah's meltdown: July 19, 2001
No one knew quite how to react when Carey made a surprise appearance on "TRL" pushing an ice cream cart filled with popsicles. A nervous Carson Daly kept trying to cut to a commercial, but Carey wouldn't stop talking. She said she had a gift for him — then took off her oversized T-shirt to reveal a tight tank top and skimpy shorts. A week later Carey was checked into a hospital for "extreme exhaustion."

20. $#@!: March 5, 2002
Sharrrr-rronnnn! The first bleeped-out swear word on "The Osbournes" premiere was followed by 58 others. For a while, the foggy-headed rocker, his type-A wife and self-involved kids became America's first family, if only for the sheer weirdness of their life. They quickly wore thin — and were responsible for a rash of dull has-beens who thought their lives would make great television — but not before Sharon got her own talk show, daughter Kelly a recording contract and son Jack a stint in rehab.

21. Dogging Eminem: Aug. 29, 2002
The rap star was in no mood to hear Triumph the Insult Comic Dog chew over his feud with Moby. So when approached by the puppet on the VMAs, Eminem delivered a sucker punch and then flew into a rage backstage. "He was really furious," said MTV executive vice president Dave Sirulnick, "which was startling because here was this guy who built his career on dissing and dishing. And this was a puppet."

22. Ashton punks Justin: March 17, 2003
"Candid Camera" with an edge, the debut of Kutcher's series "Punk'd" had a crew posing as the "Tax Enforcement Agency" seizing Justin Timberlake's possessions after saying he owed $900,000 in back taxes. The title is now ensconced in the popular lexicon.

23. Chicken or tuna?: Aug. 19, 2003
"Newlyweds" followed the telegenic Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey as they navigated marital bliss. They truly became famous when cameras caught Simpson confused by whether a can of Chicken of the Sea contained tuna. Presto! America had a new favorite dim blonde.

24. The kiss: Aug. 28, 2003
It was MTV's idea to bring back Madonna for a reprise of "Like a Virgin" for the 20th video music awards, and MTV's idea to pair her with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The open-mouthed kiss that she planted on the two young stars? That was pure Madonna, and it outranked the creepy Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley for most memorable kiss.

25. Stephen & LC: Nov. 26, 2004
Viewers were gripped by the love triangle on new MTV hit "Laguna Beach," and Kristin's partying on spring break in this episode temporarily cost her her boyfriend. MTV's original idea was a reality version of "Beverly Hills 90210," but they ended up with a reality version of "The O.C." instead. The real-life soap opera breaks convention by unfolding slowly, with none of the reality TV cliches like confessional interviews. "Again," Thompson says, "MTV is two steps ahead."

and a thankyou for number 25!