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Livin' on two wings and a pardon


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Lucky Miss Loretta. While birds of her feather were forced to give up their wings for Super Bowl revelers, Miss Loretta was handed a stay of execution by Nick Vojnovic, president of Tampa-based Beef O'Brady's.

 

Miss Loretta chicken

Miss Loretta refused to pick a Super Bowl winner .

Patterned after the presidential pardon of a turkey on Thanksgiving, Beef O'Brady's top brass pardoned the traditional bird of Super Bowl Sunday - the chicken. Don't let the "beef" in the sports bar's name fool you. They're into Buffalo wings. The chain sells more than 80 million wings a year. Super Bowl Sunday accounted for about 2.1 million of them, according to Vojnovic.

Miss Loretta is coveted for her light-blue, low-cholesterol eggs, but she's also a pet. It wasn't enough to show up on her leash for the official pardon, Miss Loretta had to predict the winner of the big game - a task she fouled up. In front of TV cameras and local media, Miss Loretta refused to eat from one of the team dishes, instead she leaned to the left as if walking in pain. Turned out she was preparing to lay an egg. Since it was her handlers who chose the Cardinals as her Super Bowl prediction, the egg was on their faces, not Miss Loretta's. Go Steelers!

Numbers that count

Beef O'Brady's Nick Vojnovic

3.5 million

The number of wings Wingstop predicted it would sell on Super Bowl Sunday.

$26,000

The amount Clockwork Home Services awarded to the winner of its "Win 26k" competition for a video supporting its Ben Franklin Plumbing franchise. The winning video can be viewed at www.win26k.com

$4

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's take-home pay, after asking the board to reduce his annual base salary to $10,000, from $1.2 million. Health-care coverage eats away the rest of the $10,000, according to WSJ online.

40

The number of years in a row of sales gains Chick-fil-A has feathered its nest with, according to the American City Business Journals.

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