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Aloha, Hawaii. The Pro Bowl is moving to Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, the site of the next Super Bowl, following the 2014 NFL season, as first reported by CBSChicago.com.
The NFL confirmed the move later on Wednesday.
Ratings for the game have been low, and fan accessibility even more remote on the island, even though the destination is seen as a paid vacation for the players who are elected — and oftentimes for their families, friends and teammates.
The NFL is hoping that moving the game to the same location as the Super Bowl will bring with it a lot more media attention. The league tried this in 2010 when the game was played in Miami, and ratings were through the roof. They moved the game back to Hawaii the following year, likely because the idea of a Pro Bowl in Indianapolis — the site of of the next Super Bowl — seemed fairly ridiculous.
But why? They have NBA all-star games in Salt Lake City and Houston and Toronto, and baseball’s all-star games can be played in Baltimore and Milwaukee, but the coddled NFL fans can’t go to places akin to these?
We are sure the league fears that the top players will continue to drop out of the game the more it’s played in less weather-friendly cities, and there’s no way the tail will wag the dog as far as Super Bowl locations are concerned. But for now, this appears to be a friendly, one-year fix of an annual problem.
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The Goodwood Saywell International Charity Track day is an annual event that brings together some of the world’s met famous and celebrated super cars, puts them all on a track, and make some money for charity. So you can imagine that it is, without a doubt, any petrol head’s dream event.
This year, the parade took place on March 22nd. And, just as it has done in previous years, the parade definitely did not disappoint!
The event is almost like a fun run or marathon for charity - except, instead of superstar athletes taking part, its superstar super cars that take to the track.
This year’s line up featured swoon-worthy cars including a once-off, custom made Pagani Zonda PS, a McLaren Edition SLR, a SLS AMG Black Series, countless Lamborghinis and much, much more.
As for the owners of these cars? Well, while some of these beauties are owned by (very lucky) different people, most of the cars that took part in the parade are owned by one (super lucky) man – Mr. Peter Saywell himself.
Realizing that mr. Saywell gets to take most of the cars on display home with him, left us with a little bit of jealousy… Ok, a lot.
While we could nit attend the event ourselves, we are lucky enough to see it on camera. Finally, a video has emerged of the prestigious event. You can check it out below:
A bet’s a bet.
So Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is paying up, even after some initial resistance. White and Twitter follower Dylan Hoyt had a back and forth last week after White told Boyd that he would give him Falcons season tickets on the 50-yard line if Duke lost to Mercer in the NCAA tournament.
Uh, Duke later lost to Mercer. White, however, went into full backpedal — he said he’d offer Boyd tickets to a single game. A mini-Twitter tumult followed.
But White has manned up, giving Boyd the Falcons season tickets, and even has thrown in a cherry on top: two Super Bowl tickets, plus sideline passes to a Falcons game and a day at Whtie’s camp as his personal guest.
At least we think White is ponying up. He tweeted this out to Boyd, which elicited this response …
… before White deleted the original email.
Still, it appears White will back it up. He explained to ESPN that he was a man of his word.
“I’m a man of integrity and definitely a man of my word, and the kid is a great kid,” White told ESPN.com. “We have talked about it for days while people were just speculating. And being a father, you have to be responsible for your actions. I have always been a ‘say what you do and do what you say’ type of guy. And I wanted to add some incentives because he was so cool.”
Lesson learned: If you’re a fan, make outrageous bets with pro athletes. No one will care if you lose, but they’ll crush them on social media for the converse.
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Back in 2012, Beats unveiled its diminutive Pill wireless speaker in a bid to steal the Jambox’s thunder. Since then, its main rival hasn’t exactly been standing still: Jawbone has released two more Bluetooth speakers, including the well-received Big…
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The threat of losing next year’s Super Bowl wasn’t the only reason Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1062 bill was vetoed, but it probably played at least a small part.
Gov. Jan Brewer announced she vetoed SB 1062, which would have protected any Arizona businesses that refused service to gays and others on religious grounds. The NFL was going to be stuck in an uncomfortable situation if the bill was passed, as the league is preaching tolerance especially with Michael Sam poised to become its first openly gay player. Had the league pulled the plug on University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale hosting Super Bowl XLIX, it would have had less than a year to plan the league’s biggest event at another venue. The league moved the 1993 from Arizona to the Rose Bowl in Southern California after voters in Arizona refused to honor Martin Luther King’s birthday as a holiday in a 1990 vote, so the threat probably didn’t seem empty to Brewer.
The Arizona Republic reported that Brewer announced the bill “threatened the state’s recovering economy by driving away high-profile events such as next year’s Super Bowl and corporations looking to relocate to Arizona.” The Super Bowl Host Committee was one of many groups that voiced its opposition to the bill to Brewer.
Arizona needs the revenue the enormous event brings to the area. The NFL didn’t want to be forced to move the Super Bowl with relatively short notice. Now that the bill has been vetoed, it appears that it won’t be an issue.
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones does not believe Tony Romo deserves the blame for not having much postseason success during the quarterback’s tenure. Jones thinks his decisions as owner and general manager have resulted in one playoff win (three appearances) during Romo’s eight seasons as Dallas’ starting quarterback.
Talk about being late to the party.
“We should have been knocking on the door and we haven’t and I have no excuses, it starts here,” Jones said on the Ben and Skin show on 105.3 The Fan (via The Dallas Morning News). “But we have not, and I know that to the extent that we have a healthy Romo, our best chance to get back there right now, our best chance to get in the Super Bowl is a healthy Romo.”
A healthy salary cap would help, but Dallas is currently over its spending limit. Jones deserves all of the blame for his team’s current situation, which will likely lead result in the release of veteran defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
Jones said several consultants around the league believed Dallas was among the top five NFL teams, in terms of personnel, between 2006 and 2009. Dallas reached the playoffs in three of those seasons, but never advanced beyond the divisional round.
“Now, for us not to have gotten it done during those years is a mess up,” Jones said (via The Dallas News). “You’ve got to get it when you’re high like that, when you’re high up on it. I think that you can miss your bus when you’ve got your quarterback and you’ve got good talent around him.
“And if you miss that bus in the NFL, then you’re going to have to adjust back down on your cap, because in order to get that talent and pay it and keep it at that level, you’re going to have to push that cap. Then when you don’t get there, those players can age on you. Their actual skills diminish, as well as your ammo basically goes down because you’re having to pay the fiddler for spending on the credit under your cap. All of that boils down to management.
“When I look back on it, we probably paid some people that we probably would’ve been better off not paying.”
Unfortunately, for Cowboys fans, Jones is poised to destroy the 2014 season.
In addition to being over the salary cap, Jones hired Scott Linehan, who recently served as Detroit’s offensive coordinator, as the team’s passing game coordinator and play-caller. Bill Callahan was stripped of his play-calling duties, but is still the offensive coordinator.
Meanwhile, Dallas promoted Rod Marinelli, who coached the Cowboys’ defensive line in 2013, to defensive coordinator, while Monte Kiffin was demoted to assistant head coach/defense.
Romo may struggle in December, but Jones struggles year-round.
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Tate decided to celebrate Seattle’s recent Super Bowl victory in style. He went out and decided to have a bottle of champagne. Tate bypassed the traditional overpriced drinks for a beverage that cost more than most homes.
According to ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell, Tate partied with a $ 100,000 bottle of champagne. Tate celebrated with a 15-liter bottle of Armand De Brignac’s Nebuchadnezzer champagne, also known as the “Ace of Spades.” It is described as a drink that “exemplifies unmatched wine making expertise and a true passion for the art of Champagne”, according to the company’s Twitter page.
If Tate’s drink was comped, when you consider how little it cost to make alcohol, or the actual purchase price for a business that serves alcohol, a free drink will not cause either establishment to go broke.
Of course, the bottle is not open in Rovell’s pictures. He may have posed with the bottle for fun, or he actually consumed a beverage that is worth more money than many people will earn in a few years. Rovell never revealed what occurred.
Regardless, Tate definitely knows how to party.
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Alert Super Bowl XLVIII viewers noticed something interesting about the Bruno Mars halftime performance once the Red Hot Chili Peppers joined him onstage at midfield: the players’ instruments were not plugged in.
So the Chilis were faking it? RHCP bass player Flea, who was slapping away at nothing on stage during “Give It Away,” issued a statement on the band’s website about that technical detail. It reads, in part:
When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80′s, we were thrown off of ‘The Top Of the Pops’ television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony’s shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.
It didn’t seem to hurt, in that it was the most-watched halftime show of all time (115.3 million viewers), beating Madonna and Beyoncé the past two years. Granted, Mars was the main attraction, and the Chilis now are getting a little backlash for their air funk.
Flea continued his plea, saying that the band prerecorded a track in one day before the game after thinking long and hard about whether or not to do the gig despite not playing instruments:
So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it. We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell. Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun.
Interestingly, they considered faking the faking but thought better of it.
Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance.
So, see, folks? It was real. Sorta. Fake real, and definitely not fake fake.
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Before Super Bowl XLVIII, I thought one of the biggest potential mismatches was Seattle’s nickel defensive line vs. the Broncos’ offensive line.
I couldn’t be certain the Seahawks could get quick pressure, because Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gets rid of the ball so quickly. But they did, and it was perhaps the biggest factor in Seattle’s dominating win.
Denver had some receivers open, especially early on before the game got out of hand. But the Seattle pass rush wouldn’t let Manning get to them.
The Broncos had three potential big plays in their first two series, and didn’t hit any of them. The first one, Manning might have misread the coverage. The Seahawks played “man free lurk” on second-and-7 on their second possession, with safety Kam Chancellor as the lurk defender. Eric Decker easily beat Richard Sherman on an in-breaking route but Manning never looked to him, perhaps because the Seahawks were in a coverage they usually don’t run. Seattle obviously game-planned this look for the Broncos to take away their crossing routes, with Chancellor in the position of enforcer. Any crosser, he’s waiting there. And he hit Demaryius Thomas hard after he caught the shallow cross.
On the next play, Seattle’s pass rush started to take over. On third-and-5 the Seahawks rushed just three and dropped eight in “Cover 3″ zone. That coverage took away Demaryius Thomas on a wheel route. Safety Earl Thomas jumped the underneath crossing route by Knowshon Moreno. But Wes Welker was open on a crossing route in front of Chancellor. Manning never saw him because Seattle end Cliff Avril drove right tackle Orlando Franklin back into him, creating some quick pressure. Manning threw to Julius Thomas, who was tackled 2 yards short of the first down.
On Denver’s next possession, one of Seattle’s five blitzes in the Super Bowl (yes, they blitzed just five times on more than 50 dropbacks, and still got a lot of pressure) led to a huge turnover.
Because of the blitz, Franklin looked inside. Avril flew in off the edge past Franklin. Manning had to move to his left. That took his vision away from a wide-open Welker running a shallow crossing route to Manning’s right. Welker was free, and he’d still be running if Manning got him the ball. Instead, Manning threw a ball to Julius Thomas without great definition, it was inaccurate and picked off by Chancellor. It’s one of those things that shows how a little thing here or there can change a game. The score was 8-0 at this point. What if Franklin reacts quicker and gets his arm out to redirect Avril and Manning sees Welker?
There’s one other play that showed the Broncos had some plays available, but the Seattle pass rush took them away. It was Malcolm Smith’s 69-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The Broncos lined up in a three-by-one set with Demaryius Thomas as the “X iso” to Manning’s right, matched on Sherman. Earl Thomas, the deep safety, cheated inside to the three-receiver side. Earl Thomas did that all season against three-by-one sets. The Broncos knew that. There was no over-the-top defender to help Sherman, and Demaryius Thomas beat him to the post. The Broncos got exactly what they wanted. But Avril drove Franklin right into Manning, and on the other side Chris Clemons beat left tackle Chris Clark.
So instead of Manning throwing deep to Thomas, in a play the Broncos set up beautifully because they understood the Seahawks’ coverage concept against that set, Avril hit Manning, Smith picked the pass off and returned it for a touchdown. That gave Seattle a 22-0 lead, and the game was practically over at that point.
Not only did the defensive line dominate the game by pressuring Manning, the linemen were also key in stopping Denver’s receiver screens because of their athleticism. The linemen were the ones making the tackles on those plays. You never expect the defensive line to make those tackles. You don’t account for that. That’s why you get a few offensive linemen out in front to block, because you don’t expect a defensive tackle to get out there and make the play.
The thing to note about Seattle’s pass rush against Denver is it wasn’t complicated. The Seahawks barely blitzed. There were not many stunts by the linemen. I think they felt they were better than the Broncos and could line up and play. And they were right.
Seattle’s defense was quicker and faster, with great recognition of what the Broncos wanted to do, especially in their route concepts. The Seahawks did a phenomenal job of playing their zone concepts. They’re really, really good at the details of their defense and nuances of what they do.
I think they got to Manning early. He rushed some throws in which he had a chance for some big plays. He wasn’t comfortable right from the start (and I have no idea how the first play, the botched snap for a safety, affected him). The Seahawks got him doing everything faster than he wanted to. The goal become to get the ball out of his hands, and you can’t play quarterback that way.
There’s no question Manning didn’t play well. There were reasons for that. The biggest reason was the Broncos found themselves playing against a better team.
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NFL analyst and NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell watches as much NFL game film as anyone. Throughout the season, Cosell will join Shutdown Corner to share his observations on the teams, schemes and personnel from around the league.
The Seattle fans who attended Super Bowl XLVIII can absolutely say they played a role in the Seahawks’ win.
Credit them with the first two points of the game.
Neutral-site games aren’t supposed to be loud, and Super Bowls are notoriously quiet. But on the first snap of the game, the Broncos couldn’t hear anything. We get a glimpse into what happened on the first play, one of the defining moments of Seattle’s 43-8 win, thanks to quarterback Peyton Manning wearing a microphone for NFL Films’ “Sound FX.”
Manning called the cadence and then started walking up to the line. Presumably it was similar to what the Broncos did in each of their previous 18 regular-season and playoff games. The problem is, center Manny Ramirez didn’t hear Manning’s signal because of the crowd noise from Seahawks fans and snapped it. The ball went past Manning and the Seahawks ended up with a safety.
“I called the snap count, you didn’t hear me,” Manning told Ramirez jogging off the field.
The Broncos’ sideline chatter shown on the clip mostly revolves around the surprising crowd noise.
“Little louder than we thought, huh?” Broncos coach John Fox said into his headset.
“We’ve got to go to the silent count,” Manning told offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
So the clip confirmed what was said after the Super Bowl: Seattle’s “12th Man” deserves a lot of credit for the Seahawks’ great start in their first ever Super Bowl win.
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