Good golly, Molly's 40


March 02, 2007|By LAURA VOZZELLA

The oldest cheerleader in NFL history just had one of those birthdays that makes a gal feel not just a year older, but a decade older. Molly Shattuck has turned the big 4-0.

To mark that milestone last weekend, her husband, Mayo, threw the kind of party that befits a woman of a certain age - provided that woman still looks hot in Spandex, on a JumboTron.

The surprise party was at Ravens stadium and throughout, videos of Shattuck doing her cheerleader thing were splashed across those giant screens.

For anybody who didn't make the guest list - and don't feel bad; they had to be selective. Only a few hundred people were invited to the five-hour soiree - here's the skinny, courtesy of a well-placed spy.

First, the invitation, from which we can safely infer that Shattuck is a fan of both country music and the color pink. On the front of the hot-pink invite were the words "Denim and Diamonds." Inside, a Lee Ann Womack Greatest Hits CD and an attire tip: "Cowboy chic."

Entertainment: Womack herself appeared at the party and sang for about an hour. There also was a mechanical bull, which Shattuck's three young children were the first to ride. As the night wore on and the open bar did its magic, adults hopped on, too.

Featured drink: Mollytinis, a pinkish mix of Grey Goose vodka, Malibu Rum and pineapple juice.

Food: a buffet that featured a tasty pasta-and-fish concoction served in martini glasses. The birthday cake was four or five tiers, with hot pink and white frosting.

Crowd: A mix of Ravens cheerleaders and heavy-hitter business types, decked out in cowboy hats, boots - and, of course, diamonds.

Heads turn toward that firetruck, too

A Maryland woman is one of 10 finalists in a national "head-turning hair" contest put on by Head and Shoulders shampoo and Cosmo magazine. The winner gets a makeover and Cosmo photo shoot.

Here's why that's interesting: Finalist Wendy McCord of Oxford is no girly girl. She's a Howard County firefighter.

"I turn heads when I get off my fire engine from either driving it or riding as a firefighter," McCord, 31, wrote in the short essay she submitted to the contest. "I love catching people's expressions when they see I'm a woman! My favorite heads to turn? Little girls. I hope I inspire them to become strong, resourceful and intelligent women!"

Not to mention well groomed!

Winners will be chosen by Internet voting, which concludes at 3 p.m. today. (You can cast your ballot at McCord is candidate A.)

Among those voting early and often for the firefighter are the people at Howard County Tourism, which has a link to the contest at

County tourism honchos have been keen on McCord since she helped turn an Ellicott City eyesore into a handsome welcome sign. She came up with a plan a couple of years ago to paint the rusty railroad bridge at the entrance to the district. She jumped through lots of Historic Commission hoops, then did the painting herself with a crew from Station 2 .

Connect the dots

Del. LeRoy Myers' bill to ban fake bull testicles and other explicit vehicle decorations got the thumbs down on a message board geared toward the Washington County Republican's district, You can find the thread under the heading: "LeRoy Myers vs. Truck Nuts." ... Sign outside St. Bernardine's Roman Catholic Church on Edmondson Avenue in West Baltimore: "I saw that - God." ... Former Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana, who lost the Democratic presidential primary to Jimmy Carter in 1976, was in Annapolis this week lobby for a bill to use the popular vote instead of the electoral college, The Sun's Jennifer Skalka reports. Squiring Bayh around was state Sen. Jamie Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat who has co-sponsored a bill to that effect. ... State workers were quick to swap out signs on highways and in government buildings when Martin O'Malley took office. But they missed at least one "Welcome to Maryland" sign. As you come over from the Wilson bridge on Interstate 495-95 north, it still reads "Robert L. Ehrlich, Governor." ... Baltimore County Councilman Joe Bartenfelder and others without a lick of sense will jump into the water tomorrow at Gunpowder State Park's Hammerman Area near White Marsh. The Popsicle Plunge will raise money for the Marshy Point Nature Center. ... Charles Corson, the Publishers Clearinghouse runner-up from Tracys Landing, says he's satisfied with his $1,000 haul. "Hey, Ruth's Chris, here I come." ...

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