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Parrothead Coach Wins National Championship

posted January 9th, 2009 at 9:54 am

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by Josh Martin

College football held its national championship game last night, the BCS Championship, between Florida and Oklahoma. Florida head coach and parrothead Urban Meyer’s Gators came out on top with a 24-14 victory for their second national title in three years.

In November, Jimmy Buffett attended the Florida – South Carolina game in Gainesville and Coach Meyer invited Buffett into the locker room:

“Jimmy Buffett was in our locker room, he was,” Meyer said, almost giddy.

“In all seriousness, that’s a big deal,” said Meyer, whose favorite Buffett song is “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.”

Meyer met Buffett at Super Bowl XLI in Miami. It was raining and Meyer offered the singer a dark Gator jacket, which Buffett also wore to Saturday’s game.

“It’s great to be back in Gainesville seeing the Gators playing this well,” said Buffett, who had his son, Cameron, with him. “It’s been a long time. I like what Coach Meyer is doing here. This has just been a lot of fun tonight.”

Meyer’s love for Buffett runs deep:

”Urban doesn’t just like Jimmy Buffett, Urban wants to be Jimmy Buffett,” said Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife.

“To Urban, Jimmy just has the greatest life because he gets to be laid-back. That’s Urban’s dream, just to be relaxed and have fun.”

Tagged in Parrotheads, Personal/Family, Sports

Soldier Dies In Bar Fight Over “Margaritaville”

posted January 6th, 2009 at 9:04 am

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by Josh Martin

A Fort Bragg soldier died early Monday morning after a bar fight erupted when he played Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” on the jukebox:

Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez, 37, of Fayetteville, N.C., died at 4:16 a.m. Monday at Denver Health Medical Center, according to Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae.

Rae said Steamboat police have an ongoing “homicide” investigation into the incident and that the two men who allegedly assaulted Lopez are classified as “suspects.”

The dispute began, said Rae, when Lopez played the song on a jukebox in the Tap House Sports Grill late Thursday night.

Lopez’s relatives told The Denver Post that the song selected by Lopez was Buffett’s “Margaritaville.”

Rae said Lopez was obviously enjoying the song and that upset the two other patrons. The pair — whose names were not released — made disparaging remarks about the song’s selection, and the argument escalated on the street near the bar.

A fight erupted between one group, composed of Lopez and brothers Timothy and Wes Mottlau, and the second group composed of the two men originally offended by the song, said Rae.

Read the entire article here.

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Jimmy Buffett Year In Review 2008

posted January 1st, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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by Josh Martin

Another year has come and gone, and we look back at some of the highlights from 2008:


  • Jimmy’s sister Lucy “Lulu” releases cookbook: “Crazy Sista Cooking”
  • Jimmy plays a charity benefit show in Hong Kong
  • In addition to Hong Kong show, Jimmy performs private show in Singapore and performs for troops aboard the USS Harry Truman (right)


  • February 4th was the 7 year anniversary of Jimmy getting ejected from Miami Heat game
  • The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis prepares for spacewalk by listening to Buffett’s “Oysters and Pearls”
  • It’s reported that a Michigan company would begin making chips and salsa for Jimmy’s Margaritaville Foods
  • In mid-February the annual trickle of tour dates begin to leak out, followed by the official tour announcements by the end of the month
  • Harrison Ford reveals in an interview with Barbara Walters that he got his ear pierced after a lunchtime birthday celebration with Jimmy and the late Ed Bradley
  • It’s announced that Buffett would build a new restaurant in Waikiki, Hawaii called “Jimmy Buffett’s At The Beachcomber”


  • Panama City Margaritaville opens on March 5th
  • On March 12th, Comedy Central’s “South Park” lampooned Jimmy Buffett (right)
  • March 17th marked the 30 year anniversary of the release of “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor”


  • Jimmy and Mac performed April 9th at the Glendale, AZ Margaritaville
  • On April 13th, Jimmy and Jane Buffett pledged $50,000 at Comedy Central’s “Night Of Too Many Stars Autism Benefit”
  • 2008 tour kicks off April 21st in Houston
  • Buffett plays St. Louis for the first time in 8 years
  • Other tour stops this month were Frisco, TX and Charlotte, NC


  • Freddie & The Fishsticks play benefit show at New Orleans Margaritaville on May 1st
  • Buffett plays New Orleans Jazz Fest on May 3rd
  • Jimmy’s latest novel, “Swine Not?” is released May 13th
  • Publicity rounds for new book include the Today Show, Regis & Kelly, and David Letterman
  • It’s reported May 29th that the Trump Casino in Atlantic City will be turned into a Margaritaville Casino


  • “Scenes You Know By Heart” DVD released exclusively through Walmart on June 3rd
  • Second leg of tour resumes in Atlanta on June 5th
  • Buffett also plays Raleigh, Detroit, New York City, and Philadelphia in the month of June


  • Tour resumes in Cincinnati on July 17th
  • Buffett also plays East Troy, Pittsburgh, Chicago twice, and Indianapolis in the month of July
  • It’s reported that because of the credit crunch, work was slowing on the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi


  • Jimmy performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on August 3rd
  • Tour resumes August 24th in Atlantic City
  • Buffett also plays Wantagh, NY and the first of two shows in Bristow, VA in August


  • Second show in Bristow, VA on September 1st
  • Other tour stops in September include two shows in Mansfield, MA
  • September 6th Mansfield show time moved up to 3 pm because of the approaching Hurricane Hanna
  • Buffett performs two shows in Paris, marking the second year in a row he’s played Paris
  • Mohegan Sun Margaritaville opens on September 29th
  • BuffettWorld debuts the Buffett Caption Contest


  • New monthly column debuts on BuffettWorld: “From Under My Lone Palm”, written by Justin
  • Coral Reefer Nadirah Shakoor releases album on October 14th: “Nod To The Storyteller”
  • West coast tour includes stops in San Diego, San Francisco, and two shows in Las Vegas
  • On October 23rd, Jimmy visited Google Headquarters where he spoke and performed


  • Jimmy’s dear friend and legendary Key West figure Captain Tony Tarracino died on November 1st
  • Jimmy performs November 2nd at a Barack Obama rally in Tampa, Florida (right)
  • On the 8th, Jimmy performed a private show at the Mohegan Sun Margaritaville Cafe
  • Radio Margaritaville becomes available to XM subscribers as the result of the Sirius XM merger
  • Coral Reefer Mac McAnally won CMA Musician of the Year at CMA Awards on November 12th
  • Jimmy attends University of Florida football game on the 15th where he was invited into the locker room by coach Urban Meyer


  • Jimmy Buffett turns 62 years old on Christmas Day

And that’s a quick review of 2008!

It was another great year at BuffettWorld and we’d like to thank all of you who visit BuffettWorld, subscribe to the daily email updates, and who are members of our forum.

Thank you and we look forward to providing you the best and most Jimmy Buffett news and information on the web again in 2009!

Tagged in Albums, Awards, Books, Business Empire, Casinos, Charitable Causes, Concerts, Coral Reefers, DVD's, Margaritaville Cafes, Margaritaville Casinos, Personal/Family, Politics, Radio Margaritaville, Site News, Special Appearances, Television, Tour Dates, Touring, TV Appearances, Year In Review

Part III of Jimmy’s Outer Banks Diary

posted January 1st, 2009 at 11:45 am

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by Josh Martin

The third and final installment of Jimmy’s Outer Banks Diary is now up on Margaritaville.com. In it he discusses surfing, fishing on his stand up board, the use of vegetable oil as fuel, and his personal rules for fans coming up to him:

1) I won’t sign autographs when I am in the act of eating (drinking is okay). Eating is a sacrament to me, and something, which is never to be interrupted. In my world, it comes with the punishment of eternal damnation in the fires of hell (can’t get away from that Catholic thing).

2) As for photos, it all depends on your manners and what kind of mood I am in, and if I do take photos I ask that you keep them as personal keepsakes and not post them on the internet or blogs and not shared with the entire planet earth. A photo should be a keepsake, not a calling card.

3) Finally, I don’t want anybody bothering me when I am at home and that includes on my boat. Other than that, I feel that I am fair game and it is all just a part of the job, and I have found the vast majority of the time, fans I meet out there couldn’t be more respectful and mannerly and I do appreciate that. I still have a bit of a problem with that celebrity stuff as I do still only see myself as a beach boy, ex-altar boy from Mobile, who worked hard and got lucky and not much more. To me, it is just my job.

Read the entire diary entry here.

Tagged in Personal/Family, Sailing


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