Naked Cowboy shows kicking skills in Times Square

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Naked Cowboy of Times Square plays a mean guitar.

Turns out, he's got some kicking skills, too.

On Super Bowl Boulevard — the 13-block fan experience right through the heart of Manhattan — the popular street performer turned up at the exhibit where people can boot an extra point through an actual goal post.

Suddenly, with a big crowd milling around, a chant broke out: "Let him kick! Let him kick!"

About a minute later, they switched to "Cow-boy! Cow-boy!"

On a frigid winter evening, wearing only his trademark hat, boots and white briefs, the Naked Cowboy was allowed to cut through the long line and make an attempt. With his skin red from temperatures in the 20s, he lined up the ball, stepped off to the side and knocked it right through the uprights, soccer-style.

The crowd roared.

Only in New York.

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BUD ON ICE: Budweiser has gone to sea for Super Bowl weekend.

The beer company rented out Norwegian Cruise Line's just-launched ship, Norwegian Getaway, to serve as a unique floating hotel for its Super Bowl guests.

Renamed the Bud Light Hotel, the ship is docked at Pier 88 on the icy Hudson River. Its 18 decks house 4,000 people — mostly retailers, partners and VIP guests — in 1,900 staterooms. They'll be entertained by the Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band.

For past Super Bowls, Bud Light rented out properties in the game's host city. This is the first time it's used a ship for its sports- and music-themed parties.

For good measure, Budweiser has also taken over the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a retired military ship permanently docked at the adjacent pier.

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GOOD HUMOR MAN: Since his team missed out on the Super Bowl, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has time for other duties this week.

On Friday, he doled out soft-serve vanilla ice cream cones on Broadway, part of a whirlwind series of promotional appearances that also included meting fans at a midtown restaurant renamed "Jets House" for the week.

Ryan served a few hundred people for about an hour.

"Didn't drop any of 'em," the sure-handed Ryan said, laughing. "But I definitely had a few leaners."

This week has been a bit bittersweet for Ryan, who has enjoyed the spectacle of the NFL's biggest game being held in the town in which he coaches. But, it also bothers him that it's the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks playing in it and not his Jets.

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