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Making new friends over cold brew isn’t particularly difficult, but making those friendships Facebook-official requires a bit more effort — unless you have Buddy Cup, that is. Developed by ad outfit Agencia Africa and creative studio Bolha for Budweiser Brazil, the drinking vessel makes folks who toast with each other friends on Zuckerberg and Co.’s social network as soon as their beverages collide, with an LED lighting up to confirm the new acquaintance. Partygoers link their Facebook profile with the LilyPad-based grail by scanning a QR code underneath the glass with an app from the brewer, and they’ll be on their way to making new pals. The Drum reports that the Buddy Cup will be used at concerts, festivals and parties sponsored by The King of Beers, but we’re sure intrepid imbibers can hack some together for use at their own soirees. Hit the jump to for a video of the contraption.
Via: The Verge
Source: Budweiser Brazil (YouTube)
One of the great voices in NFL history passed away Tuesday, as Pat Summerall has died. He was 82.
Summerall passed in his hospital room at Zale Lipshy Hospital where he was recovering from surgery for a broken hip, a family friend confirmed.
The former CBS announcer worked a record 16 Super Bowls in a network career that began in 1962 and ended in 2002.
In the 21 seasons Summerall worked alongside John Madden they grew into America’s most popular sports broadcast team.
Their work for CBS at Super XVI, following the 1981 season, remains the highest-rated sports program of all-time, with more than 49 percent of the nation tuned in.
“I was so lucky I got to work with Pat,” Madden said. “He was so easy to work with. He knew how to use words. For a guy like myself who rambles on and on and doesn’t always make sense, he was sent from heaven.”
Madden was the first broadcaster Fox hired when it outbid CBS for NFL rights beginning in 1994. He insisted that Summerall be the second. Madden didn’t find any opposition.
“Pat Summerall set the standard for play-by-play announcers regardless of sport,” said Ed Goren, former president of Fox Sports, who worked with Summerall at CBS and Fox. “If he was an athlete, you’d call him a team player. Pat always deferred to others in the booth. He worried about the broadcast never about his own role. He had a Hall of Fame career.”
Joe Andruzzi played for the New England Patriots from 2000 through 2004, and in the NFL from 1997 through 2006. He was an undrafted guard out of Southern Connecticut State, and his NFL career was cut short when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins’ lymphoma. Andruzzi won three Super Bowls and an Ed Block Courage award during his time as a football player, but his most notable and admirable challenges were yet to come.
After football, he formed the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, which provides financial assistance to cancer patients. Andruzzi’s foundation is also heavily involved in the Boston Marathon through the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Foundation, which put Andruzzi squarely in the middle of the bombing that happened on Monday afternoon. At this time, three are reported dead and over 130 injured.
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And as you would expect from a man whose three brothers were all first responders as New York City firefighters during the 9/11 tragedy, Andruzzi flew into action by helping those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing. As you can see in the picture above, he was involved in carrying those who needed help away from the scene so that they could receive medical attention.
Our thoughts & prayers are with all the victims and their families impacted at today’s Boston Marathon.TY to all our emergency personnel.
— Joe Andruzzi (@Andruzzi63) April 15, 2013
There are “tough guys,” and there are tough men. Joe Andruzzi is the best version of the latter.
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In Madden video games, you have the ability to just run around on the other side of the field and take a ridiculous offsides penalty, something you never see in an actual NFL games.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman decided to try it out in real life.
During an odd sequence in the third quarter of the NFC playoff game between the Seahawks and Falcons, Sherman ran offsides on consecutive extra points for some mysterious reason.
After the Falcons took a 26-7 lead on Jason Snelling’s touchdown, Sherman blocked an extra point. It seemed crazy that Sherman got there so quick, and there was a reason. He just decided to run offsides well before the snap. It was a funny moment, and the loquacious Sherman even seemed to have a joke for Falcons kicker Matt Bryant on his way back to the defensive side of the ball as the teams got reset for another extra point try.
And then … Sherman ran offsides again well before the snap. He didn’t block it the second time and the Falcons just declined the penalty.
It’s hard to figure out exactly what Sherman was doing. Maybe he temporarily lost his mind. Unless he’s just really bad at anticipating snap counts.
Well, here’s a good one. According to former San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner, who was fired on Monday after failing to take the franchise to the postseason in each of the last three seasons, said after his termination that the Chargers aren’t ready to go to the playoffs in the near future.
No, really. This is the best NFL example of circuitous logic we’ve seen since former alleged Washington Redskins general manager Vinny Cerrato started bashing his old team on the radio, or when people started to pay Matt Millen to make personnel judgments on television.
Turner, who coached the Chargers for six seasons and had just three playoff wins to show for it, told the media after his firing that it was personnel decisions made by similarly fired GM A.J. Smith, not bad coaching, that has put the Chargers in a hole.
“Someone wrote a few weeks ago that this team is not that far away from the playoffs,” Turner said. “I would disagree. I know the things that would have to get done for that to happen. If this team comes next year and they get some things done to help them get better and are able to make the playoffs, I would hope it would be a surprise to all the Chargers fans, and they would be excited about it.
“I would hope it would not be the expectation starting in August because I think you need to give whoever the guy who comes in here and the group he brings in some time to get back this thing back to where it was.”
Norv said that he believed the Chargers to be the most talented team in the NFL his first three years there — when the organization made the postseason every year — and not so good in the final three.
“We’ve had too many changes,” he said. “We’ve lost too many people.”
These are obviously shots at Smith, and while Smith was an absolute debacle as a personnel man over the last few years, San Diego’s decline can be put just as much on Turner’s head-scratching in-game decisions and inability to roll off wins with any real consistency. Many coaches have done more with less than Turner did, with a 24-24 mark in those last three campaigns.
“Every team thinks they have the best team,” Turner concluded. “I think the lesson I know, and I’ve known it for a long time: evaluate your own players; keep your best players. Evaluate your own players and understand who can and who can’t.”
Well, we’d assume that quarterback Philip Rivers “can,” or at least he “could” before a mechanical regression that has been very obvious over the last two seasons, and may seriously affect Norv’s longstanding reputation as a quarterback whisperer as he looks for a new job.
When Norv does look for that new position, he’ll probably want to point his resume as any open offensive coordinator positions. After 15 years, three different teams (Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, and the Chargers), a 114-122-1 record, and a newfound ability to throw other people under the bus on his way out, Turner may find it difficult for a fourth team to take a risk on his acumen at the highest level. He would have been better served by equally pointing out the issues for which he was responsible.
He did not do that.
“I think that when they look at the tape, they’ll see that this team has been extremely well-coached,” Turner said of whoever his and Smith’s eventual replacements may be, “and they’ll say, ‘They need to find a way to add more players, so that they can compete.’ I’m proud of what these guys have done, and in most cases, I think we’ve gotten the most out of them.”
Well, Norv certainly has every right to his opinion. We’re not sure how many other people in the league will feel the same way in retrospect.
As LG continues its slew of CES 2013 pre-announcements, the latest is a new display technology it’s bringing to the projection arena, an ultra short throw laser projector. Capable of creating a 100-inch screen from just 22 inches (56cm) away, the “Hecto” Laser TV a 1080p shooter that can change the way owners design their home theater. If you’d like to use it as an all-in-one home theater to go (the screen is included, picture after the break), it also has a digital tuner and 10w speakers built-in, with three HDMI inputs, an RS-232 port and Smart TV capabilities controlled by LG’s Magic Remote. As you can see above, it follows LG’s “Dynamic Arc Design” with a max height of just 5.7-inches. It carries a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio with WiDi and Miracast compatibility and LG claims the laser system will run for up to 25,000 hours without replacement. There’s no word on pricing or release date, although it likely won’t be value priced. We expect to get a few more details when we see it in Las Vegas, check the press release after the break for all the information currently available.