Dan Gross: Vick has date on 'Oprah'

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Posted: February 15, 2011

EAGLES QUARTERBACK Michael Vick will appear Feb. 24 on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," a spokeswoman for the show confirmed yesterday.

Fox 29's Jennaphr Frederick reported yesterday morning that Vick would tape the show in Chicago on Feb. 22. That was confirmed by an Eagles spokesman.

Surprising no one, except maybe CNN's Piers Morgan (and he may even have guessed), Vick is going on Oprah's show instead of Morgan's.

Last month, the two celebrity hosts made a $200 bet about who would land Vick first.

Vick and Oprah will discuss his time in prison in connection with the killing and torturing of dogs, his return to the NFL, his work with the Humane Society of the United States and his plans for the future.

We'll have to tune in to see if Oprah makes Vick cry.

Kareem talks to kids

L.A. Lakers superstar and "Airplane" actor Kareem Adbul-Jabbar speaks this morning at the William Bodine High School for International Affairs (1101 N. 4th).

Abdul-Jabbar's Skyhook Foundation chose Bodine as the school to show students his "On the Shoulders of Giants," a film-based educational program to increase knowledge and awareness among U.S. high school students of the impact of the Harlem Renaissance in sports, music, literature and history.

The program coincides with Bodine's celebration and observance of Black History Month. The World Affairs Council is co-sponsor of the event.

In 'Big Momma's House'

West Oak Lane-raised actor Ellery McKinney will be seen alongside Martin Lawrence in "Big Momma's House 3," opening Friday. McKinney, a graduate of Martin Luther King Jr. High School, is pursuing an MBA degree at La Salle University. The actor, who plays a student in "Big Momma's House 3," also worked on upcoming indie films "Smash," and the locally shot films "The Gift" and "Streets." He's working on a screenplay called "Smoking Gun," about sexual abuse.

Anna accompanies Enrique

Tennis babe Anna Kournikova danced near the soundboard and sung along with her boyfriend, Enrique Iglesias, as she watched him perform Saturday night to a sold-out crowd at the Borgata in Atlantic City. After the show the couple dined at the Old Homestead steakhouse, then played some blackjack.

NFL wedding at the Bellevue

Texans running back Steve Slaton married fellow Levittown native Kimberly Sierra Saturday at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Slaton was a standout at Conwell-Egan High in Fairless Hills. The couple's two young sons served as their ring bearers. Guests included former Eagles linebacker Reggie Wilkes. The event was planned by Rittenhouse Square wedding planner Gina Sole; an after-party was held at Alfa (1709 Walnut).

Media matters

* Phillies veteran Darren "Dutch"

Daulton will return to 97.5 The Fanatic/950 ESPN to host "Talkin' Baseball With Dutch" from 6 to 7 p.m. weekdays during Phillies season.

* CBS 3 has named Lesley Van Arsdall

as weekend sports anchor. The anchor/reporter who's been at CBS 3 since 2003 had been filling in on the sports beat since late last year.

* Over the weekend CBS 3 meteorologist Carol Erickson picked up two awards, Best Children's Book, and the Maxwell Medallion Award from the Dog Writers Association of America for her book "Not a Used Dog, at All," which she wrote and CBS 3 graphic designer Jeff McCloskey illustrated.

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