January 2014


Make it 48 Super Bowls in a row for Donald Crisman, Larry Jacobson and Tom Henschel. The three fans have attended every Super Bowl. The streak began Jan. 15, 1967, when Green Bay beat Kansas City 35-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. They are now in the New York-New Jersey region for Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium Jacobson, 74, of San Francisco, went to the first game to impress a woman he wanted to date.
NEW YORK -- What a brilliant idea bringing the Super Bowl to greater New York, where a feta cheese omelet at Lindy's costs $18, the tabloid stories that haven't been about Peyton Manning have been about brother Eli, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes the concession, "We cannot control the weather." "New York, New York," as Sinatra sang, even though he was from across the river in Hoboken, N.J., just south of MetLife Stadium, where Sunday they'll play "The Big Game."
With all hands healthy, the Seattle Seahawks held their final major practice for the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks practiced for 77 minutes at the New York Giants' practice facility Friday, opening the five doors at the Quest Diagnostics Center to simulate the mid-30s temperatures expected Sunday night. Coach Pete Carroll felt the practices have gone well for the Seahawks, who are seeking their first Super Bowl title. Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson appeared crisp in his execution of the offense.
NEW YORK – Michael Strahan, here is the good news: Warren Sapp does not have a Pro Football Hall of Fame vote. Sapp recently expressed his belief that Strahan should not join him in the Hall of Fame. Both men have been enemies for years, and Sapp’s comments are not surprising. Nevertheless, Sapp’s opinions will not impact the 46-member selection committee that will decide this year’s inductees on Saturday. Strahan is one of 15 modern-era finalists, along with the two senior nominees (former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders punter Ray Guy and Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Claude Humphrey) who will be considered for Hall of Fame induction when the committee meets in New York on Saturday. The meeting is annually held one day before the Super Bowl. A player must receive at least 80 percent of the vote to be inducted. Senior candidates and modern-era nominees are voted upon separately. A maximum of five modern-era finalists are voted into the Hall of Fame each year. Overall, a maximum of seven players (including senior candidates) can enter the Hall of Fame each year. The committee was originally presented with 126 nominees that were reduced to 25 semifinalists during the year-long process. The 15 modern-era finalists were announced early in January. Here are the 17 finalists who will be debated on Saturday. Post your picks in the comments section and see how many other NFL fans agree with you: Morten Andersen, kicker – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings Jerome Bettis, running back – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Derrick Brooks, linebacker – 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tim Brown, wide receiver/kick returner/punt returner – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/ Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Edward DeBartolo, Jr., owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers Tony Dungy, coach – 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts Kevin Greene, linebacker/defensive end – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers * Ray Guy, punter – 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders Charles Haley, defensive end/linebacker – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys Marvin Harrison, wide receiver – 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts * Claude Humphrey, defensive end – 1968-1978 Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles Walter Jones, tackle – 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks John Lynch, free safety – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos Andre Reed, wide receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins Will Shields, guard – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs Michael Strahan, defensive end – 1993-2007 New York Giants Aeneas Williams, cornerback/safety – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams * - senior committee nominee Want to watch the Big Game ads? Check them out here: - - - - - - - Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnwarRichardson
New York (AFP) - Tony Dungy, the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl, is among 17 finalists to be considered Saturday for election into the American Football Hall of Fame.
By Julian Linden NEW YORK (Reuters) - Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is making his third trip to the Super Bowl this weekend. If his past experiences count for anything, Fox would appear to have an edge over his Seattle Seahawks counterpart Pete Carroll, who is going to the big game for the first time. But Fox does not buy into that notion, noting that his two previous trips to the National Football League's title game both resulted in losses. Asked directly what he learnt from his past Super Bowls, Fox's reply was blunt: "That you don't want to lose." Winning means everything in the cut-throat, results-driven world of the NFL but a mid-season health scare has given Fox a new sense of perspective about Sunday's match-up at MetLife Stadium.
By Julian Linden NEW YORK, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is making his third trip to the Super Bowl this weekend. If his past experiences count for anything, Fox would appear to have an edge over his Seattle Seahawks counterpart Pete Carroll, who is going to the big game for the first time. But Fox does not buy into that notion, noting that his two previous trips to the National Football League's title game both resulted in losses. Asked directly what he learnt from his past Super Bowls, Fox's reply was blunt: "That you don't want to lose." Winning means everything in the cut-throat, results-driven world of the NFL but a mid-season health scare has given Fox a new sense of perspective about Sunday's match-up at MetLife Stadium.
COMMENTARY | Now that earlier weather forecasts of snow for this Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium have given way to considerable milder outlooks with minimal wind, clear skies and perhaps warmer temperatures than previously expected, cold-weather Super Bowl detractors can rest easy. Of course, should the New York Giants and New York Jets host another Super Bowl, or if the unique location of Super Bowl XLVIII sets a precedent to land football's biggest game in places like Chicago or in the Washington, D.C. area, the disparagers will be at it again. You don't have to go back far to see that even past Super Bowls played in what many thought would be ideal conditions didn't work out that way. Look no further than last year's Super Bowl for the best example of that.
CFL pass rusher works out for team
With the first mock draft I made mid-season, I pegged Johnny Football going to the Texans with the top pick. I thought Manziel had the highest ceiling amongst quarterbacks, but his personality and size would ultimately keep him out of consideration this high. That said, NFL front offices are falling for Johnny Manziel and his stock couldn't be higher entering the early portion of the draft process. I still think Jadeveon Clowney is the best player, but Manziel will also be a star in the NFL.

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