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Carrie Underwood will take over the theme song for “Sunday Night Football,” with NBC sticking to the formula of a female country music star for its intro.
Underwood steps in for Faith Hill, who announced last month that she would not be back for a seventh season. Underwood will sing a new version of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the network said Tuesday.
Producer Fred Gaudelli said that after Hill informed him in February, Underwood was the only performer he pursued. She was under consideration for the role when NBC first broadcast the Sunday night NFL games in 2006.
Pink sang the opening tune, set to Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” for that first season before Hill came on.
“For me, it just always seemed like something that would be fun to do,” Underwood said during a conference call. “To watch Faith do it week after week, to see that hype for the game, it’s something that’s so cool.”
Underwood plans to adapt the intro to her style, with the lyrics remaining the same. NFL stars will again appear in the video sequence.
On Thursday night, the NFL Draft will begin. And right here, we’ll have all the latest information, delivered piping-hot straight to you via Yahoo! Sports’ experts, including Dan Wetzel, Mike Silver, Jason Cole, Doug Farrar and Brian McIntyre. We’ll also round up some of the other fine voices from around the web. Keep up on the latest happenings in the draft, throughout the draft, as they happen right here.
Was it boogeying down Bourbon Street?
Cutting a rug to live music on Frenchman?
Antiquing its way through Magazine?
The whereabouts of the Lombardi Trophy after the Baltimore Ravens won it on Sunday night may never be known, but it would seem the new Super Bowl champions lost track of their trophy in New Orleans.
You read that right. According to ABC2 in Baltimore, the Lombardi Trophy never made it from the Superdome to the lavish team party that owner Steve Bisciotti threw for his championship team. A team spokesperson confirmed the absence with the Washington Post.
Ravens fans needn’t worry, though. Coach John Harbaugh showed up with the trophy for the Monday morning press conference and lamented the anxious separation in the early hours of the morning:
“We hadn’t seen this (Vince Lombardi Trophy) since last night,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We thought we lost it.”
If the NFL and Ravens knew where the trophy went after Ravens players hoisted it in a sea of confetti, they aren’t saying. What happens in New Orleans apparently stays in New Orleans.
Tiffany and Co. has manufactured a new 22-inch, 7-pound trophy for every Super Bowl so the Ravens could have just pulled out the trophy from Super Bowl XXXV to avoid any potential embarrassment in the future had they lost it. (Don’t ask me what they would have done had anyone asked why they weren’t carrying both around.)
Luckily the team confirmed that the trophy made the team plane back to Baltimore no worse for the wear. It’s presumed it’ll be a guest of honor in Tuesday morning’s parade in Baltimore — assuming it doesn’t get into any trouble in Fell’s Point before that.
The Lombardi Trophy was passed around the entire #Ravens team plane. Coaches, players, staff. Really cool!
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 4, 2013
h/t: USA Today
Saturday night Xfinity TV kicked off Super Bowl weekend with Super Bowl Saturday Night Presented by Xfinity, the red carpet pre-show for the 2nd Annual NFL Honors, which aired this evening on NFL Network.
The 2nd Annual NFL Honors, hosted by Alec Baldwin from Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans, featured live performances from OneRepublic and New Orleans’ natives The Soul Rebels.
The show aired on CBS from 9-11pm ET but the show, as well as the red carpet pre-show, Super Bowl Saturday Night Presented by Xfinity, will also be exclusively available to Xfinity customers on Xfinity On Demand.
Credit: Xfinity TV
Super Bowl mailbag: Saturday night games, the tears of Ray Lewis, and the worst Super Bowl commercial ever
It’s the Super Bowl, at long last! Enough with Ray Lewis and Harbowl and deer antlers and possible teammates in the closet and N’Awlins and everything else. It’s almost time for kickoff, but before that, we’ve thrown open the doors to your questions on anything and everything. Today’s topics include home team advantage, Ray’s tears, Colin Kaepernick’s ascendance, Baltimore’s secret weapon, and of course, Star Wars. Let’s begin:
Why the Super Bowl can’t be moved to a Saturday? It would make so much more sense then having soooooooo many people call in “sick” on that Monday.
— Kathy Campbell
There are a few reasons why the Super Bowl will stay on a Sunday, forever and ever, amen: tradition, parties and ratings. First off, the Super Bowl’s on a Sunday because it’s always been on a Sunday. What, that’s not a good enough reason for you?
“We hear this each year,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told Sports Illustrated back in 2011. “The concept of playing the Super Bowl on a Sunday has worked well for 44 years and we don’t anticipate moving away from this tradition. Fans expect to see the Super Bowl on a Sunday, the day on which 89.2 percent of NFL games are played.”
Yes…the fans. However, putting a game on Saturday would lop a day off of the hotel stays in the host city, which would cut severely into the city’s revenue. And while the Super Bowl on Sunday draws millions of casual viewers, a Super Bowl on Saturday night likely wouldn’t pull in nearly as many. So the Super Bowl is here to stay on a Sunday. But then, there’s another option …
Will the petition to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday gain enough signatures by kickoff?
There’s a White House petition already out there to make Super Bowl Monday a national holiday, which would be just delightful … if a bit of a mixed message about what to honor in American culture. The petition needs to get to 100,000 signatures to be considered, and it’s at about 13,000 right now. Time to start a two-minute drill, Monday supporters!
But would it be a good idea? No. Think about what this would tell your boss: I can’t control myself when watching a football game. I’ve got to drink and eat myself into a stupor. And you know there’d be some sanctimonious twit who comes in and works on the “off” day just to kiss up to the boss. Every office has one. Better to continue in the fine American tradition of sickening yourself out of work.
Interlude: The Worst Super Bowl Commercial Ever
Everyone loves talking about how wonderful Super Bowl commercials can be, from Michael Jordan and Larry Bird dueling over fries to mini-Darth Vader using the Force on his parents’ car. But what about the worst? Every year brings a new crop of cringe-inducing, moronic ads that cost untold millions to make and broadcast. USA Today focuses on the winners with its Ad Meter, but what about the losers? The suicidal robot in the GM ad and the creepy office dude licking everyone’s fingers for the last crumbs of Doritos dust both brought parties around the nation to a screeching halt. But for sheer WTF’ery, it’s hard to top this aired-once-and-never-again spot from Holiday Inn, which appears to combine prostitution and a transgender makeover into a hotel promotion:
The NFC is the home team in odd-numbered years, the AFC in even years. How many times has the “home” team won?
— Stuart Nichols
Home teams enjoy a decided advantage across all sports; according to the fine book “Scorecasting,” NFL home teams enjoyed a 57.6 percent winning rate from 1966 to 2009. (The reason why? Pressure on the refs. Really. Read the book.)
But determining the “home” team by year alone is the very definition of a random selection. With a large enough sample size, you’d expect the “home” team to win 23 of the 46 Super Bowl games to this point. We’re not quite there yet: the “home” team has won 20 games, with the visiting team winning 26. More than a third of those “home team” wins came during the NFC’s decade-plus run of dominance from 1985 through 1997.
You’d think, then, that such statistics favor the 49ers, this year’s home team. But there’s no such thing as a “law of averages”; from a purely statistical perspective, the home-visitor outcome is as random as a coin flip. By the time your great-grandchildren tune into Super Bowl CXI in Beijing, things will likely be closer to evening out.
Another note: as you may know, no team has ever played in a Super Bowl in its home stadium. For most of the last decade, this hasn’t even been a remote possibility; the chances that the Dolphins, Buccaneers, Lions or Jaguars would make the Big Game in their designated years were remote indeed. The three teams that came the closest? This’ll win you a bet: Miami (1972) and Atlanta (1999) were a year early; Arizona (2009) was a year late. And two teams played in their own neighborhoods, if not their home stadiums: San Francisco beat Miami in Stanford Stadium, 30 miles from Candlestick. And Los Angeles lost in Super Bowl XIV in 1980, played in the Rose Bowl, which is about 14 miles from the Rams’ then-home. In LA traffic, though, it would’ve been faster to fly to Miami.
What happens if there is a tie? Is there a special rule?
If there’s a tie, everybody shakes hands and hugs at midfield, then jaunts off to Disney World arm-in-arm. Then Commissioner Goodell decides that keeping score is a bad idea, and turns the NFL into a Pee Wee-style just-play-to-have-fun rec league. Pray this never happens, Slim.
Nah, of COURSE there’d be a winner. This is America we’re talking about. We get into fights over parking spaces; you think we’re going to let our country’s biggest game end in a tie? This ain’t soccer!
No Super Bowl has yet gone to overtime, though some have come very close, most notably Super Bowl XXXIV. In that game, the Rams’ Mike Jones tackled the Titans’ Kevin Dyson three feet short of the goal line as time ran out; the Titans were down by 7 points.
Should a Super Bowl go to overtime, the NFL’s new playoff rules would apply: each team would have the opportunity to get the ball provided the team that first received the ball didn’t score a touchdown on its opening drive (or surrender a safety). If either of those events happens, game’s over; if not, game goes on … hopefully till Tuesday.
Current odds have overtime happening at 9-1 odds, meaning you’d win $ 90 if you bet $ 10. In this game, that seems like a decent bet.
Interlude: The Best Super Bowl party food
You know when the best time to attend a Super Bowl party is? When you’re nine years old. Think about it: you get driven to and from the party, you’re not expected to bring anything, and your parents are so consumed with either the game or yapping with their friends that you can pretty much gorge yourself on everything you can stuff in your little maw. You don’t get to drink alcohol, of course (certain backwater counties excepted), but when you’re nine, you’re hopefully not even thinking about drinking alcohol (again, certain backwater counties excepted).
1. Wings, dripping with sauce that you discreetly wipe off on the couch
2. Pizza, but none of that off-brand cardboard-dough-and-sauce crap, and no wacky artisinal toppings. Pepperoni, cheese and maybe sausage.
3. Chips and salsa (but for the love of God, NOT homemade salsa)
4. Anything else that can be eaten with hands only (hot dogs, sausage balls, pudding, etc.)
5. Cupcakes colored brilliant, skin-staining neon hues not found in nature.
574. The hostess’ attempt to make some sort of venue-specific food; this year the “Crawfish Etouffee” will look like something the cat threw up
575. Anything remotely organic. Vegetables are for tomorrow. The Super Bowl is junk and junk only.
What is the over/under on the amount of screen time a weeping Ray Lewis gets?
That’s a good drinking game: drink when you see a Ray Lewis teardrop! (Use caution, or you could be comatose before the end of the National Anthem.) Anyway, your initial thought would be that this is contingent on whether or not the Ravens win. We know he’s going to bawl like a man sawing off his own arm before the game, then he’ll do his Elaine Benes dance:
… and send tears flying into the Superdome crowd. (Video via @houseofwachs.) But I’m thinking that the hydrant’s going to be flowing win or lose, either in celebration or why-hast-thou-forsaken-me wailing.
So, with that in mind, I’ll put the over/under at 48 minutes. Take the over.
Why will Q (Anquan Boldin) be the difference in the Ravens’ Super Bowl win?
Boldin is one of only four Ravens who’s been to the Super Bowl before; he was part of the Cardinals team that lost in 2009. (Cue shot of Larry Fitzgerald crying over his Cardinals contract.) He’s been a key force in the Ravens’ attack; he’s averaged 92 yards per postseason game, and he’s 3-for-3 when quarterback Joe Flacco targets him in the end zone, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He and Torrey Smith are going to make life hell for the 49ers secondary, and he’d be a decent bet for your MVP pool.
I really want to make a joke here, but I can’t. Boldin’s going to be a factor.
Interlude: Our Picks
All right, money-where-our-laptops-are time. Who’s going to win? Yahoo! Sports’ best and brightest weigh in … and me, too:
Mike Silver: Baltimore 30, San Francisco 28
Frank Schwab: San Francisco 28, Baltimore 24
Dan Wetzel: San Francisco 24, Baltimore 20
Maggie Hendricks: San Francisco 20, Baltimore 14
Kevin Kaduk: San Francisco 27, Baltimore 24
Eric Adelson: Baltimore 24, San Francisco 21
Jay Busbee: San Francisco 28, Baltimore 24
Make your picks below. Before the game, smart guy.
What happened to take Colin Kaepernick, from not impressing during training camp to starting in the Super Bowl? Some of his teammates said he had issues with accuracy and the heat of his passes. What steps did they take to improve on his weaknesses?
— Redge from the Philippines
I get the impression Kaepernick is like a kid shoved down a hill on a bike for the first time without training wheels. Odds are he’ll fall and smear himself all over the asphalt, but every so often a kid learns on the fly, teaching himself how to ride a bike because the only other option is a compound fracture. If Kaepernick does in fact succeed in leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl, no quarterback can ever again use the lack-of-experience shield against criticism. Seriously, Kaepernick went from mining coal in Venezuela* to leading his team to a Super Bowl in just four months. He’s an amazing story, and if he wins, tattoos should be mandatory for all 49er fans.
*-Not technically true. But it’s a good story, and this is the sports media, so I’m going to report it without even questioning it.
Which Star Wars movie do you most expect this year’s Super Bowl to resemble?
— Matthew Simmons
First off, let’s forget about the prequels, because they’re horrid. Now, you could say that this will be a story like the original Star Wars, where the aging warrior (Jim Harbaugh) mentors the young pup (Kaepernick) into destroying the Evil Empire … but New England didn’t make the Super Bowl, so that’s out. It could play out like “Return of the Jedi,” with Terrell Suggs as Darth Vader and Ray Lewis as the Emperor, but Randy Moss is way too surly to be an Ewok. So I think it ends the way “The Empire Strikes Back” ends, the way every NFL season ends … with all of us forlornly snuggling up to our sisters and our household appliances, staring out into the darkness facing the long months until training camp begins again.
But hey, we’ve got one more game to play before that misery! Let’s get to it!
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If you happen to be outside last night over on the United States East Coast looking at the sky, you may have been surprised at what you saw. Last night, NASA launched a rocket that put on a brief but spectacular light show over the US East Coast that would have been visible to stargazers all along the Atlantic seaboard. The light show was caused by an experiment launched aboard a NASA sounding rocket.
Part of the mission had the rocket releasing a chemical tracer that would’ve created two bright red colored lithium vapor trails in the sky. NASA predicted that the rocket trial would have been visible to observers across the mid-Atlantic region and possibly even further away. The rocket launched from the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility on the Virginia Atlantic Coast.
Liftoff was set for 5:30 PM EST and the rocket was suborbital not designed to be put into orbit. The purpose of the mission was to test technology for gathering scientific data during future missions. The red vapor released by the rocket was designed to be detected and tracked optically. The high-altitude lithium trails were illuminated by the sun, which was below the local horizon at ground level during the launch.
One of the vapor trails would’ve occurred at an altitude of roughly 72 miles above the surface of the planet and the second would have occurred about 78 miles above the planet. The vapor trails were created by heating lithium rods, changing them to lithium vapor and small amounts of lithium oxide. NASA noted that the lithium that produced the trails in the sky poses no threat to the public during the release.
If you saw something odd in the East Coast sky last night, it was just NASA is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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So “Saturday Night Live” decided to take on Ray Lewis this week on “Weekend Update,” and the impression was pretty darn accurate: a weeping, praying, the-world-bows-down-to-me Ray, courtesy of Kenan Thompson. You’ll want to watch to see what’s going to happen should Ray win the Super Bowl … as well as his promise to Colin Kaepernick.
It was, shall we say, a slightly more respectful bit than the last time Lewis “appeared” on SNL. Though to be fair, this time he didn’t kill no [expletive] lion, either.
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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a gadget was running, not even a mouse.
Updates were posted and tweeted with care
In hope that minutiae would be widely shared.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Galaxies danced in their heads.
Smartphones and tablets and consoles for gaming,
Their daydreams and night reveries were inflaming.
For Christmas should not be in sad disconnection
From touchscreens and 4G and pixel perfection.
Mini or maxi is not much the point,
But latest and greatest does not disappoint.
Filed under: Misc
Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles
8 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Two of the NFL’s longest-tenured head coaches will be on the sidelines when the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles square off at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday night. Andy Reid is the longest-tenured head coach in the NFL, compiling a 130-90-1 record during his nearly 14 full seasons with the Eagles, while Marvin Lewis is 76-80-1 in his nine-plus seasons with the Bengals. Reid’s tenure is coming to an end, however, as the Eagles’ disappointing 2011 and 2012 seasons are expected to result in his dismissal at the end of the season. Lewis has his Bengals team at 7-6 and in the hunt to return to the playoffs for a second straight season. The Bengals are still looking for their first playoff win of the Lewis Era.
When the Bengals have the ball
Offensively, the Bengals are in the middle of the pack, ranking 15th in total offense and 14th in both rushing and passing yards per game. In his sophomore season, quarterback Andy Dalton is completing over 63 percent of his pass attempts for 3,186 yards with 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Over the last five weeks, in which the Bengals are 4-1, Dalton has 11 touchdowns and three interceptions, with each of those interceptions coming in the last two weeks. When the Bengals put the ball in the air, it’s most likely going to one of three targets. Wide receiver A.J. Green is among the NFL leaders with 79 receptions for 1,151 yards and is tied for the NFL lead with 10 receiving touchdowns, despite being kept out of the end zone in each of the last three weeks. Green could be in for a big night. Tight end Jermaine Gresham has 55 receptions for 636 yards and five touchdowns on the season and slot receiver Andrew Hawkins has caught 45 balls for 485 yards and four touchdowns. According to Football Outsiders, the Eagles are 31st in the league when defending No. 1 receivers (Green) and No. 27 in the league when defending “other WRs” (Hawkins), so funneling the passing game through those two should be an effective strategy for Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
The Bengals are far from being a one-dimensional offense now that BenJarvus Green-Ellis has finally gotten himself going this season. Over the last four games, the Bengals are averaging 171 yards per game on the ground, with Green-Ellis topping 100 yards in wins over the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers before being “held” to 89 yards on 12 carries in last Sunday’s 20-19 loss to the Cowboys. The Eagles are giving up nearly 120 yards per game on the ground and haven’t kept an opposing team under 100 yards since Sept. 30. If the Bengals want to run, they should have no problem doing so.
When the Eagles have the ball
Many of the names you’ve come to recognize when watching the Eagles offense the last few seasons will be in street clothes on Thursday night. Quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Brent Celek have been ruled out for this week’s game with concussions. Left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and right tackle Todd Herremans are injured reserve.
Even if Vick were healthy enough to suit up, third-round pick Nick Foles will make his fifth start of the season as the club wants to take an extended look at the rookie from the University of Arizona. In four-plus games, Foles has completed 61.4 percent of 184 attempts for 1,174 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Foles has gone three straight games without throwing an interception and is coming off a game where he went on the road an ran (very slowly) for one score and passed for two others, including one to Jeremy Maclin with no time remaining on the clock for a 23-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Foles may not have the ceiling off as fellow 2012 quarterback draftees Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin, Ryan Tannehill or Russell Wilson, but while playing with a makeshift offensive line and without some considerably talented skill-position players, Foles has shown he could be a serviceable starting quarterback in the NFL.
Foles will be challenged on Thursday night by a Bengals defense that ranks 12th in Football Outsiders’ passing defense DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) and leads the NFL with 42 sacks. Leading that pass rush is defensive tackle Geno Atkins, a 2010 fourth-round pick out of Georgia who may be the best interior pass-rusher in the NFL. One potential reprieve for the Eagles’ offensive line is defensive end Michael Johnson, who is second on the club with 8.5 sacks, has been in a walking boot due to a toe injury and is “questionable” for Thursday night’s game.
Cincinnati’s defense is not as solid against the run, ranking 14th in rushing yards allowed per play and 26th in Football Outsiders’ run defense DVOA metric. The Eagles will be without McCoy, but seventh-round pick Bryce Brown had two monster weeks — 43 carries for 347 yards and four touchdowns — before the Buccaneers limited him to just 6 yards on 12 carries in Week 14. With Johnson iffy with a toe injury, and linebackers Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict coming off injuries, Brown could have opportunities to gash the Bengals defense on Thursday night.
How it could go: Never underestimate a team playing for pride, which along with playing the role of a spoiler, is all the Eagles have to motivate themselves for the remaining three games of the season. That said, the Bengals are superior to the Eagles in all three phases of the game and, after last week’s loss to the Cowboys, will be in desperation mode as they attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Prediction: Bengals 27, Eagles 16
One positive change that´s happening to the fashion industry in the midst of an economic crisis is that many stores are now offering shopping nights or parties to increase store traffic and revenue. I´ve been to several recently, some better than others, but I think these shopping parties are usually worth checking out. Even if you end up empty handed purchase wise, you atleast get a night out with friends, walking around in a fun fashionable environment.
On November 29th, GStar Raw will be having a women´s shopping night that is predicted to included the following:
And exclusive store party
Tricks and tips from professional stylists
Help in finding the perfect jean for your body type
It doesn´t say but I am assuming there will be discounts, drinks, etc of course depending on each store. Every single store has a different time (and possibly a different date-I only confirmed the Spain and USA shops which were all November 29th) so make sure to check the GStarRaw Webpage to sign up and confirm the store and date and time. Happy Shopping!