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Best of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day from this week

January 30, 2014
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Super Bowl XLVIII is coming up this Sunday in New York and this week was media day. Hundreds of television cameras and reporters asked players on both squads questions about the matchup or any question that could come as a surprise. Russell Wilson was asked about his hair and kissing ability, Richard Sherman was asked about his post game comments in the NFC Championship, Marshawn Lynch walked out on media day 2 days in a row, Peyton Manning was asked about age and “Omaha”, and the “where’s waldo” dude! Check out the best clips from the past few days.

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Seattle Seahawks reach Super Bowl but Richard Sherman’s interview is the talk of the town

January 20, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl for only the second time in franchise history. The season has been filled with 12th man support, defensive intensity, and more success from Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. But football fans are not talking about the big win or the big game in two weeks because this interview with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews is making all the headlines. Just take a look, it explains everything…

Tim Tebow agrees to stay in the AFC East and joins the Patriots

June 10, 2013

VIA ESPN:

20130607-tebow-samsonite-350This picture on the left is what everyone will be seeing at New England’s minicamp tomorrow morning.

Tim Tebow, the three year player out of Florida, has played two seasons with the Denver Broncos and last season with the New York Jets.  “Tebow Time” prospered in Denver 2011 leading his team to the playoffs and pulling off a miraculous overtime win over Pittsburgh but in New York, Tebow’s time was over once he arrived at Jets camp.

But the 25 year old still expects to play at the quarterback position and will compete with Ryan Mallett in training camp for the spot at backup quarterback behind Tom Brady, the star of the franchise.

While this may seem like a crazy move, it is actually the best move for Tebow moving forward. Tim will reunite with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was the Broncos‘ head coach when Denver traded into the first round to draft the Heisman Trophy winner in 2010.

So Tim Tebow could be used at different positions on the New England roster and could even line up at tight end now that Rob Gronkowski will be sidelined for a period of time due to his recent forearm and back injuries.

Bill Belichick values versatility in his players, having used wide receivers Troy BrownJulian Edelman and Matthew Slater at defensive back when injuries hit that position.

While the circus may be headed to New England in 2013, the media monstrosity may be minimized by Belichick, who keeps a tight lid on players’ interactions with reporters.

In the end, Tebow has a new life but that life could change in one week or one year. This journey will be interesting to follow and I am excited to see how it pans out. He could be one of the best role players in the game or he could ride the bench all year.

Start that clock again because “Tebow Time” is now ticking in Foxborough.

Jacksonville Jaguars have new logo for 2013

February 17, 2013

via ESPN:

740995The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new logo to signify a new era.

New video boards, which will cost about $50 million and will be the largest in the NFL, are next.

Billionaire owner Shad Khan, team president Mark Lamping, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley unveiled the redesigned logo Tuesday, a minor facelift for a franchise that’s making major changes.

“If the Jacksonville Jaguars are truly to experience a rebirth, it was time for a new logo,” Khan said. “Not a radical change. We wanted to find the right look that was faithful to the past and respects the players and the fans, and also bring unmistakably a new energy to the Jaguars franchise.

“Our new symbol for a new generation.”

The new logo, which comes on the heels of hiring Caldwell and Bradley following a 2-14 season, maintains traditional colors (black, teal and gold) and offers a more realistic and fierce jaguar head.

“Now that’s a cool cat,” Khan said.

The Jaguars also released their theme for 2013 — “Stand United” — and announced tickets prices for next season as well as a series of fan forums.

Jaguars_primary_new_logo_16Arguably the biggest news of the day came with the release of concept drawings for the massive video boards, which would top those in Houston and Dallas. They are slated to be ready by the 2014 season, although the city of Jacksonville still has to approve the plans and organize funding.

“We want EverBank Field to be a destination where people are going to come to see it,” Khan said.

Whether stadium upgrades and re-branding efforts help generate more revenue remains to be seen. The Jaguars rank 29th in the league in local revenue, a significant drop over a 16-year span.

Jacksonville ranked second in that category during its inaugural season in 1995.

“We need to fix this,” Lamping said. “If we do not, we threaten the financial stability of the franchise in Jacksonville. … Whether it’s the National Football League or any other business, you have to compete economically. And to believe that local revenue is not important, then people are ignoring what is happened in the National Football League over the last 10 years.

“To believe that somehow you can be satisfied and be competing on equal footing with every other National Football League team by being at the bottom, I think that’s not true.”

In hopes of increasing revenue, the Jaguars are implementing a strategic price increase for season tickets. Although 80 percent of season tickets remain the same price for 2013, the team increased prices for low-cost, high-demand seats.

The team also plans to create all-inclusive ticket packages as well as on-field seating for next season.

“We know the No. 1 thing we have to do is put a better team on the field for our fans, but you can’t expect that your focus can only be on it,” said Lamping, who is charged with the business side of a franchise that has missed the playoffs 11 times in the last 13 years. “That needs to be No. 1, but there’s other things we need to do to allow us to compete, because every team is trying to win.

“To somehow believe that one team is going to win each and every year and that’s going to address all their issues, that’s not realistic.”

This is going to be like the Detroit Lions a few years back. They change the logo, try to get a fierce presence in the league so people will start caring about them, and then retool their franchise to be productive. I think the Jaguars have promise at certain positions but they need to start focusing on other areas. They need an offensive line, a bunch of secondary players, a new defensive line, and one more wide receiver. If they handle this through the draft and through free agency than they can make it to the playoffs in 2013 just like the Colts did this season. They need to get back to a ground and pound mentality when Jack Del Rio was head coach. They had Fred Taylor and MJD carrying the ball 40 times and getting big regular season plus postseason wins. If they retool those areas that I mentioned, there should be no reason why the Jaguars can’t run with the AFC South next season…

ESPN suspends Rob Parker for comments

December 14, 2012

Via ESPN:

ESPN_Robert_Parker_2012ESPN has suspended commentator Rob Parker for comments he made regarding Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said: “Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.”

Parker, appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday, was asked about Griffin’s role as a black quarterback. Parker questioned Griffin’s “blackness.”

“Is he a brother or a cornball brother?” said Parker, who is black.

Later, he said he wanted to find out more about Griffin and how he deals with black teammates and others in Washington.

“We all know he has a white fiancée,” he said. “There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black. So people got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on.”

robert-griffin-III-adidas-adizero-5-star-3Robert Griffin II, the quarterback’s father, told USA Today Sports Thursday night : “I wouldn’t say it’s racism. I would just say some people put things out there about people so they can stir things up.”

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told The Washington Post in an email Friday: “Robert can certainly take care of himself. Nonetheless, I hope that our men and for that matter, my own kids, will never beg for authenticity from someone who can only talk about the things that other people have the courage to do. People need to be held accountable for the offensive things that they say.”

 Every time I listen to him on ESPN, he always talks about race or something about how African American players don’t get the credit they deserve. I am so happy ESPN has suspended him. He never brought anything to the table really and he just reiterated the same points all the time. And for him to call out Robert Griffin III like that was absurd and that really got to me watching that show. RG III is a good kid with good family values. That’s what everyone wants to see in your star QB and for Parker to call him out on his so called “blackness” was absurd and out of control. As a journalist, this topic and post makes me very upset because people would rather talk about issues that don’t have facts than arguments that bring up discussion and insight. In the end, this brought up one discussion for Mr. Parker and his television career. Good Bye Rob Parker…

Tim Tebow to stay with Jets for 3 years. He needs to start…

October 10, 2012

Via ESPN:

Jets owner Woody Johnson says backup quarterback Tim Tebow will “be with us for three years,” and also backs struggling starter Mark Sanchez.

Johnson tells CNBC on Wednesday that despite some speculation that the Jets could try to trade Tebow after this season, his first in New York, the team will “absolutely” keep him for the duration of his contract.

Johnson adds that he and coach Rex Ryan have not discussed making a quarterback change, saying that Sanchez “played great” in a 23-17 loss to Houston on Monday night.

The Jets owner would not say the team would never make a switch because “never is a long, long time period,” but adds that he sees “the same things in Mark Sanchez that I saw when I first met him.”

Tim Tebow needs to be the starter for the Jets. He is an athlete and a playmaker. Mark Sanchez is a complete passer. He would work with an offense like the Patriots or Cardinals not with the Jets. They also do not have a running game this season. When they had a running game with Greene and Tomlinson, it set up play action with Keller, Holmes, and Edwards. Now, Sanchez has no one and he needs to be benched for a player who can make others better. It’s gotta be Tebow Time in New York. Sanchez is well, not good…

Sources: Arizona Cardinals John Skelton is the favorite to win quaterback job

August 14, 2012

Via ESPN:

(Source: Peter Aiken/Getty Images North America)

The Arizona Cardinals plan to start quarterback Kevin Kolb against the Oakland Raiders on Friday in their third preseason game. However , John Skelton is considered the favorite to win the job, people within the organization told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

Neither Skelton nor Kolb has managed anything close to a breakthrough performance in their brief time on the field in the first two games. Kolb is just 2 of 9 for 25 yards, his playing time reduced when he left the Hall of Fame Game against the New Orleans Saints in the third series with bruised ribs.

He was 1 of 5 for 21 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Cardinals’ second preseason game and had one pass dropped. Skelton has completed 7 of 12 for 67 yards with one interception. Against Kansas City, he was 3 of 6 for 35 yards with one pick.

Neither has thrown a touchdown pass.

The Cardinals thought they had acquired their franchise quarterback when they sent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick to Philadelphia for Kolb, then signed him to a five-year, $63 million contract — with $21 million guaranteed.

But with no offseason because of the lockout, Kolb struggled to absorb the Cardinals’ offense and then was sidelined with injury. Skelton replaced him, and though his passing often was erratic, he had a knack for bringing the team from behind in the fourth quarter.

Kolb was 2-6 as a starter last year, missing much of the season with turf toe and later a concussion. Skelton, a fifth-round draft pick out of Fordham entering his third NFL season, was 6-2 in his absence, but much of the credit for that success went to the team’s vastly improved defense.

I told everyone and I will tell you again, the future of Arizona will be amazing with John under center. He has the teams support and he finds a way to win. It’s sort of like the Tim Tebow effect. When Orton was playing, it was okay but when Tebow went onto the field the team played with much more energy. That’s how John can be with the Cardinals. He throws the ball up to Larry Fitzgerald to let him catch anything and he also has a better arm, better pocket presence, and better skills than Kolb. I like this move and it makes me very happy. I share this with you all because a new top 15 Quarterback is in the making and he will be fun to watch…