“While the NFL has reportedly narrowed its list of possible acts for this year’s Super Bowl halftime performance to Coldplay, Rihanna, and Katy Perry, the league is also apparently considering another move–charging the artist to perform. With the hefty leverage of 115 million people watching, the NFL has reportedly asked if each performer would cough up some cash if chosen. The NFL asked them if they’d be “willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution.” According to the report, all three artists have said no so far.” via The Daily Beast
Here are my thoughts.
1. Sure the heavyweights so far have said no, but who’s to say someone that’s maybe an A- star or even B+ star wouldn’t one day say yes.
2. It’s not too bad of an idea if you have an album coming out around Super Bowl time.
3. The NFL sure does have some balls, I’ll say that much. And it continues to be the most well run American sports organization.
4. Beyonce recently performed at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show. She’s sponsored by Pepsi. With all the money Pepsi paid in advertising, it’s easy to think that in the future a brand who wants big time advertising throw in one of their artist to perform during halftime if it can be purchased.
5. Hmm….who are the Beats by Dre musicians? You don’t think Apple, who owns the headphone company, wouldn’t want to have some type of control over 15 minutes of the most watched television event in America?
6. I’ll say it again. The NFL has balls and is pretty damn smart if you ask me.Read more
Damn, another one. Former Titans linebacker, Tim Shaw has announced that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. He made the announcement recently while filming is own Ice Bucket Challenge via the Titans’ website.
Shaw was a fifth round draft pick of the Panthers out of Penn State in 2007. He played for the Bears and Jaguars before finishing his career with the Titans last season.
“A year ago I was playing NFL football. I’ve recently been diagnosed with ALS,” Shaw says. “I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease. I want to challenge the Tennessee Titans organization, Coach Franklin and the Penn State football team and my Clarenceville community,” Shaw says. “Let’s do this.”
Let’s hope a cure to ALS is discovered soon.Read more
The Cleveland Browns announced today that Brian Hoyer will be the starting QB for the Cleveland Browns season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 7th. Johnny Manziel will be the backup. Here are my thoughts.
1. Did you see Manziel this past Monday night? He looked terrible. Not that Hoyer looked much better, but he’s the veteran and has more experience.
Hoyer has been 8/20 for 108 yards and no touchdowns in 2 preseason games.
Manziel has been 14/27 for 128 yards and 1 touchdown in 2 preseason games.
2. The Browns play the Steelers, Saints and Ravens to start the season. That’s Dick Lebeau, Rob Ryan and Dean Pees, all very good defensive coordinators that will do nothing but fuck up a rookie NFL QBs confidence. Do you want Manziel on the field if he’s not ready?
3. I mean I’m sure this gesture by Manziel on Monday Night didn’t help.Read more
NBC Sports has a great new advertising campaign for Sunday Night Football, “American Family”. Check it out. Yours truly has a commercial coming out in a few weeks also.Read more
Shit! It was confirmed yesterday that Braxton Miller reinjured his shoulder in a non-contact drill during practice and that he’s out for the season. This is a huge blow to Ohio State’s Big Ten and National Championship chances. Here are my thoughts.
1. Ohio State wasn’t going to win the National Championship anyway. Really? Do they have the speed to beat FSU, Bama, Oregon or Oklahoma? Nope.
2. I think it’s great that Braxton has already nixed any NFL talk and is talking about returning next season.
“I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller said in a statement. “I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season. In the meantime, I want to give all the support I can to my coaches and teammates as they chase a championship this season.” – Braxton Miller
3. Why was he rushing back so fast if he wasn’t 100% healthy?Read more
Notre Dame is no longer rocking the Three Stripes on their uniforms anymore. They’ve switched to Under Armour. Check out what the Fighting Irish will be rocking this season.Read more
Cam might be giving Peyton Manning a run for his money in terms of funniest NFL pitch man. Check out his latest above.Read more
Well this is awkward. Earlier this week, USF announced that their jerseys would not have the players’ names on the back of the jerseys but would instead say “The Team”. Cool idea right? Everyone is on the same page playing for one another, the coaches and the university.
The NCAA has just let USF know that it’s not happening. If USF has “THE TEAM” in place of players’ last names it will violate NCAA Rule 1-4-5. The rule states that “only military service academies may substitute [other] words” on jersey nameplates. Per NCAA bylaws expert John Infante, the military connection also creates an exception for the “Wounded Warrior” alternates used by several teams each season.
With all due respect, NCAA. That’s a really stupid rule, but whatever. Now, USF will just go with no names on the back of their jerseys instead.Read more
This is hilarious. Great job EA Sports.Read more
Chip Sarafin, offensive lineman for Arizona State, told Compete Magazine recently that he’s gay. Sarafin’s announcement makes him the first openly gay college football player.
Sarafin had this to say,
“It was really personal to me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly,”
ASU coach Todd Graham showed support for Sarafin,
“We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual’s commitment to the Sun Devil Way,” he said in a statement. “Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master’s student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff.”
Ok, all done with the facts and what not. Here are my thoughts on the situation.
1. Michael Sam opened the flood gates.
2. Who cares if Chip Sarafin is gay?
3. It doesn’t matter what his sexuality is. Can he play football?
4. Expect more players to be comfortable about who they are and make similar announcements.
5. I can’t wait for the day when a player’s sexuality isn’t considered “news” anymore.
6. Wait? He’s a reserve lineman who’s never played a down in four seasons at ASU? Ok, now I really don’t care. I mean I wouldn’t care if he was an All-American and came out, but really….we’re talking about a reserve lineman. Let’s move on and play football folks.Read more