January 2014


By Scott Malone NEW YORK (Reuters) - Phony NFL merchandise and tickets worth $21.6 million have been seized and 50 people arrested in a crackdown on counterfeiting ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Thursday. Standing beside stacks of knock-off Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks jerseys and sweatshirts they said had been seized mostly at U.S. ports, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as the National Football League warned that bogus tickets are also a particular hazard for fans. "You might be spending thousands of dollars on counterfeit tickets that will never get you into the stadium on game day," said Anastasia Danias, chief litigation officer for the league. "Every year hundreds of fans are turned away at the gates." That warning came a day after a New Jersey sports memorabilia dealer sued the New York Giants, claiming the team intentionally doctored helmets and jerseys to make them look as if they had been worn on the field, and then allowed them to be sold to collectors.
(Adds details on lawsuit against New York Giants) By Scott Malone NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Phony NFL merchandise and tickets worth $21.6 million have been seized and 50 people arrested in a crackdown on counterfeiting ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Thursday. Standing beside stacks of knock-off Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks jerseys and sweatshirts they said had been seized mostly at U.S. ports, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as the National Football League warned that bogus tickets are also a particular hazard for fans. "You might be spending thousands of dollars on counterfeit tickets that will never get you into the stadium on game day," said Anastasia Danias, chief litigation officer for the league. "Every year hundreds of fans are turned away at the gates." That warning came a day after a New Jersey sports memorabilia dealer sued the New York Giants, claiming the team intentionally doctored helmets and jerseys to make them look as if they had been worn on the field, and then llowed them to be sold to collectors.
A sports collector filed a lawsuit against the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning alleging they created fake "game-worn" football memorabilia in order to pass it off as real and sell it, the New York Post reported Thursday. The allegations, which are part of a lawsuit filed Wednesday by Eric Inselberg in Bergen County Superior Court, include charges of civil racketeering, breach of contract, malicious prosecution and trade libel, and claim that Manning participated because he wanted to keep certain items for his personal collection, according to the Post article. The Giants denied the allegations. "The Giants told me this suit is completely without merit and I have no reason to believe otherwise.
COMMENTARY | Warren Sapp has always had a lot to say. During Super Bowl week, when just about anything and everything is said, repeated, then repeated again, leave it to Sapp to create a story. It wasn't too long ago that Sapp helped lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first and only Super Bowl win. Last summer, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan need to contact UFC president Dana White and finally settle their disdain for each other. Sapp, has never liked Strahan, nor been shy about expressing those sentiments. Earlier this week, Sapp, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was asked about the possibility of Strahan joining him in the Hall of Fame. Strahan, a former standout defensive end with the New York Giants, is one of 15 modern-day finalists eligible for induction this year. Of course, Sapp said Strahan’s résumé did not stack up, and referred to the retired defensive end as “all hype.” Strahan fired back his own set of insults at Sapp, and even said, “The tiger does not pay attention to the opinion of the sheep.” The war of words between Sapp and Strahan, which resembles trash-talk between two old fighters, continued on Wednesday. “I can't make a man respect me, but I will stop him from disrespecting me -- I tell you that,” Sapp told Newsday. Apparently, Sapp did not like Strahan referring to him as a “coward” for expressing his views to Newsday and not speaking with him directly. Was that the classic “he’s talking about me” response from most children? Sapp believes Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Charles Haley and Marvin Harrison deserve induction ahead of Strahan. . @WarrenSapp handed this to @sportswatch and said to give it to Strahan. The HOF war continues. Full story later pic.twitter.com/cao9xkBzwd — Newsday Sports (@NewsdaySports) January 29, 2014 “I'm just wondering if it wasn't somebody else saying it would it be taken on face value that those four dudes have a better resume?" Sapp told Newsday. “Like John Quincy Adams said in 1800, 'Facts are stubborn.' (Actually it was his father, John Adams, who said it.) “It was about his resume; I wasn't talking about the man. But the sheep and the lion and all that? I don't understand. He still can't rush that right end. Three years, 12 sacks!" Sapp was referring to Strahan's first three seasons at right end in the NFL. Strahan had 13 sacks in 39 games at right end from 1993-95 before he was switched to the left side in 1996. He finished with 141.5 sacks in 15 seasons with the Giants. Strahan will find out if he is a Hall of Fame inductee on Saturday. If Strahan is voted in by the panel of football writers, this battle will resemble two neighbors arguing over property lines. Paging Dana White. 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
It was back to business at the Super Bowl. With the wackiness of media day out of the way, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos hit the practice field Wednesday for their first full workouts this week leading up to Sunday's big game. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch got his usual Wednesday off, the only Seahawks player not to participate as the team practiced indoors at the New York Giants' team facility in East Rutherford, N.J. ''This is the day we rest Marshawn,'' coach Pete Carroll said. We've been doing that for years, and it's always worked out great.'' Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was a full participant after being held out of all three practices last week with a hip injury.
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The Seattle Seahawks elected to remain indoors at the New York Giants facility in East Rutherford, N.J. on Wednesday, but with a little caveat. According to the pool report from practice by Peter King of TheMMQB.com and Football Night In America, Seattle opened the doors at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center to lower the temperature…
Sun glinted off the toboggan run, which towers several stories high and looks like a giant slide, and fake snow spat out of a machine swirled in the frigid air, even though the ground on Super Bowl Boulevard had already received a coating of actual snow. ''We're never going to get to do that again down Broadway,'' said Margaux Untracht, 28, as she exited the toboggan run with a group of co-workers. Hundreds of people watched as the shiny silver Vince Lombardi Trophy made its debut in a glass case, where it will remain until it is awarded to the winner of Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck carried the prestigious award from a truck to a trophy display area as a marching band drum line pounded out a cadence for the crowd.
Running back Marshawn Lynch got his usual Wednesday off as the Seattle Seahawks began their final series of practices for Sunday's Super Bowl. Lynch was the only Seattle player not to participate as the Seahawks practiced indoors at the New York Giants team facility. ''Everybody's fine,'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. We're just as fortunate as can be to be in this kind of shape this late in the year.'' Seattle opened the doors to the Giants' facility during practice in an attempt to simulate the temperature the Seahawks are likely to see Sunday against Denver.

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