Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fan Videobombs Wes Welker with Drop and Choke Signs at Knicks Game!!!!

Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker has been a target for New York fans throughout his career, dating back to his time with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.
Welker is in town as the Broncos prepare for Super Bowl XLVIII, and he, along with fellow wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, decided to attend a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden.
When he and his teammates were shown on the video board, Welker fell victim to an outstanding videobomb—complete with drop and choke gestures—by a fan behind him.

The Super Bowl's CRAZY mandatory traffic regulations!!!!!

Every year, the Super Bowl moves farther away from "football game" and closer toward "trip through airport security." This year's model features some of the most restrictive regulations on transportation in the game's history. To wit:

• You cannot take a cab to the game.

• You cannot take a limo to the game.

• You cannot, we presume, ride a horse to the game.

• You cannot walk to the game.

• No tailgating, unless you're inside your own car.

• You can risk driving your own car for said tailgate, at a cost of $150 per pass, but if you don't leave now, you're going to get caught in traffic.

Here's what you can do:
• Pack onto New Jersey Transit shuttle buses from Secaucus, N.J., which is every bit as inviting as it sounds.
• Shell out $51 per person for the NFL-approved shuttle system.

Yep, that's right. As part of what the NFL is calling the "first mass-transit Super Bowl," you get the distinct honor of being one of the first people to pay $51 (why $51? why not $50? or $48?) to leave from one of nine designated pickup locations throughout the greater New York-New Jersey area to get to the Meadowlands. Lucky you!

Why the no-taxis, no-walking, our-way-or-sit-and-wait-on-the-highway approach? As Sports Illustrated notes, the NFL initially cited "logistical concerns," which would make a lot of sense if, in fact, MetLife Stadium didn't have experience hosting football games 20 or so weeks a year. The NFL then fell back on the unassailable "security concerns," but as Sports Illustrated's Sean Conboy sees it, there's something more mundane at work here: a straight cash grab.
"The NFL thinks of you not as a human being whose loyalty and wallet contribute to its preposterous franchise valuations," he writes, "but rather as a number on an Excel spreadsheet, and the league is determined to wring as much guaranteed profit out of Super Bowl XLVIII as possible."
Sitting at home and watching the game on a big screen looks better all the time.

Ayanbadejo says teammates on one of his Super Bowl teams used marijuana week of game!

Without offering specific details, former Ravens and Chicago Bears linebacker and special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo said teammates were smoking marijuana in the days leading up to one of the two Super Bowls he played in.
During a FOX Sports podcast with former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita, Ayanbadejo didn't disclose which team it was, and he didn't name names.
Ayanbadejo played for the Ravens during the 2012 season as they won Super Bowl XLVII, a win over the San Francisco 49ers, and for the Bears in their loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI, The audio of Ayanbadejo's Super Bowl story begins at roughly the 29:30 mark of the podcast.

"I'm not going to say which Super Bowl it was but I just remember getting off the elevator one night — it was early on in the week, just to start the week off — and all of the sudden I just got hit over the head with fumes of marijuana on the entire floor of the hotel that the team was staying on. I could just imagine there were a few young guys just toking it up in more than one room. I was like, 'Man this is the week of the Super Bowl and you're just going in?' So then I was looking around, and I'm like 'OK, where is the security?' I looked and for some reason we didn't have regular police — coach was smart enough to have rent-a-cops on our floor instead of regular police like we usually do. I scratched my head but I was like, 'OK, uh, that's a good thing 'cause . . .' that's it. That's all I've got to say about that." 

Ayanbadejo was always known for being outspoken, especially regarding social causes and politics as a strong advocate for legalizing same-sex marriage, during his NFL career. And the former Pro Bowl special-teams ace hasn't changed his approach now that he's a member of the media.
There have been many discussions recently about whether the NFL should allow players to use marijuana for medical reasons with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll both saying that it's worthy of study and consideration. - The Baltimore Sun

Monday, January 27, 2014

LOOK: Texas billboard wants Houston to draft Johnny Manziel

After a disastrous 2013 season, Houston landed the No. 1 pick - the chance to rebuild the franchise with one of college football's biggest stars. Central Florida QB Blake Bortles and South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney top's mock drafts while Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater has also topped draft charts.

Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel? Not so much. While both of our mock drafts from Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have the Texas A&M signal caller going No. 4 to Cleveland, he hasn't been seen atop many mock drafts.
That hasn't stopped the group behind from creating that billboard urging the Texans to take Manziel with the top pick. That site also has a photoshop of Manziel in a Texans uniform. There's also a petition to keep Johnny Football in Texas because clearly NFL GMs pay attention to fan petitions when making one of the most important draft selections in team history.

PS: I thought this was pretty cool. Here I am back in the day holding a camera covering Johnny Manziel in high school :)

Kliff Kingsbury answers a preschooler’s burning question about Band-Aids

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury became an overnight national celebrity thanks to his good looks, his team’s early success and his outgoing personality, but that didn’t mean he’d gotten too big to answer questions from preschoolers.

Geoff Sherman, an assistant principal and avid college football fan, posted a response Kingsbury gave to one of Sheman’s students regarding Texas Tech’s use of Band-Aids.

@ESPNCFB @RoFloESPN @TexasTech Coach Kingsbury wrote back the pre-k class at my school very cool

— Geoff Sherman (@CoogsHouse13) January 24, 2014

Here’s the text if you can’t quite make it out:

Preschooler: “Do players fall down and get Band-Aids?”

Kingsbury: “Thanks for writing me and that is a great question! When our players fall down and get cuts or scratches, they do usually get Band-Aids.

Guns Up!

Coach Kingsbury”

That sound you hear is a bunch of single women swooning.
One of Kingsbury’s selling points has been his connection with the community. This is just another example of what makes him so likeable. Here’s hoping, no matter where Kingsbury's career ultimately takes him, he doesn’t lose that.
Thanks to @RoFloESPN

Super Bowl guarantee? Denver Broncos’ Mike Adams plans to walk home if they win

Athletes are known for saying some strange and silly things, and the bigger the stakes, the more likely the chances that insane things come out of their mouths.
We believe that the Denver Broncos' Mike Adams is neither insane nor silly, but his stated desire to walk home after Sunday's Super Bowl sure sounds it on paper. After all, East Rutherford, N.J. to Denver is almost 1,800 miles on traditional roads, and at about 2,000 steps per mile, well, that's a lot of sore feet.
Except Adams wouldn't be going back to Denver. And the walking wouldn't be his penance if the Broncos lost. No, he plans to walk home if they win.
"If we win the Super Bowl, I'm going to keep my helmet and pads on and I'm walking home," Adams told the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla.
See, Adams grew up in nearby Paterson, N.J. — 7.2 miles via hoof — and he thinks that the journey could be some kind of spiritual pilgrimage knowing that most people who grew up there, at least in the part of town Adams was from, are just lucky to get out.
"It can be almost like a cancer," said Adams of his hometown. "And I say that because the negativity in that place can be like a snowball rolling downhill."
As for the sight of Adams strolling down the side of a highway in the witching hour Sunday night, yes, he freely admits it could be a bit odd. And besides, would he really make it the distance after playing in what could be 60 of the toughest minutes of football in his life?
"After I get to the IHOP on Route 3, I'll start hitchhiking," Adams said, laughing. "But they'd probably think I'm just some crazy person."