January 2015

By Steve Keating PHOENIX, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Taking part in his sixth Super Bowl Media Day, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has probably heard the questions all before during the 'anything-goes' get-together with reporters. Ahead of the 2008 Super Bowl, which was also played in Glendale where the Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Brady was asked by a female presenter from a Mexican television station if he would marry her. On Tuesday, no wedding proposals were put to the Patriots quarterback, who is married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, but Brady fielded a few questions out of left field, like, 'Who has the best beard on the team?' Answer: 'Rob Ninkovich, Julian Edelman.' 'What hurts when you get sacked?' Answer: 'Depends where you land.' Brady answered all with a smile and good humor, clearly happy that the questioning, for the most part, steered clear of the deflated football controversy that has hung over the team since their blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts that clinched a Super Bowl berth.
Tiger Woods will tee off his season in front of 200,000 golf fans and an estimated million people will flock to a revived Phoenix downtown for NFL events. Although the Super Bowl is actually being played 30 minutes away in suburban Glendale. Super Bowl week is always a spectacle. With the addition of golf's biggest name in its most raucous tournament, the scene in and around Phoenix this week should be even crazier.
Tom Brady already had a child with actress Bridget Moynahan and was dating supermodel Gisele Bundchen when a Mexican television personality created one of the wildest moments in Media Day history here in Arizona before the 2008 Super Bowl. Ines Gomez Mont, a reporter for TV Azteca, showed up wearing a white wedding dress and veil and proposed to Brady, who was trying to lead the New England Patriots to the first 19-0 season in NFL history. Anybody who would have the opportunity to marry you would be a lucky man.'' Maybe Gomez Mont put a hex on Brady. The Patriots lost to the New York Giants to ruin their perfect season.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- J.J. Watt danced, Jimmy Graham dunked, Odell Beckham Jr. dazzled. The Pro Bowl in the desert was all about having a good time.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. put on another show in the Pro Bowl, which is no surprise because that's what he did in just about every other game he played as a rookie. He had five catches for 89 yards in the Pro Bowl and even among the game's best players he stood out. What's more amazing is what he shared in the locker room afterward. "I was never really healthy," Beckham said about his rookie season. Come again? That 91-catch, 1,305-yard, 12-touchdown rookie season (in just 12 games, by the way) was on a bad leg? He said he had two separate hamstring injuries, and the second time he found out he had two tears in the hamstring, in the semitendinosus and the biceps muscles in the hamstring. Beckham missed four games to start the season because of his hamstring. "I maintained it the best I could," Beckham said. "Still working on it. Trying to get it 100 (percent) for next year." So this was a limited version of Beckham we saw rewrite the rookie record books. He's a heavy favorite to win the NFL offensive rookie of the year award on Saturday night. But he spoke about his season like he wasn't completely satisfied because his health wouldn't allow him to play full speed. "I could never have that last gear I wanted to have," Beckham said. "You look at the Colts game and the Philly game, every time I went to break away I'm stumbling and trying to fall over. My hamstring wasn't strong enough to maintain all that. It's still something I'm working on today and will work on in the offseason." He said he'll shut it down for a few weeks this offseason and then start working back. He said there's a possibility it won't get to 100 percent by next season, but that's a long way off still. He looked just fine on Sunday in the Pro Bowl. He looked great in just about every game of an amazing rookie season. So how much better could he in his second year if he's 100 percent? "I guess we'll have to see," Beckham said. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
The NFL has protected its video as fiercely as any league, pushing most users to its website or to its broadcast partners. On Monday, the league and YouTube announced a partnership between two of the most powerful brands in the marketplace, creating an official NFL channel on the video website. Content posted daily to the portal by the league will include game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps and clips featuring news, analysis, fantasy football advice and other original programming from NFL Network and NFL.com. Game highlights and other content will also be available through Google's search engine, which will display official NFL videos along with related news and information in a box at the top of the page.
Perhaps already annoyed by the attention to his left elbow ahead of the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman used a quip to answer one reporter's question about that joint's range of motion. ''If I had to slap my brother,'' Sherman replied, ''I'd be able to do it.'' Seattle's other All-Pro defensive back, safety Earl Thomas, is dealing with a bum shoulder and not only missed practices but also avoided the media, which is one way to avoid the question that so often becomes a big part of the buildup to the big game: How hurt are you? Ever since Sherman was injured in the NFC championship game, he has maintained he expects to play against the New England Patriots on Feb. 1. While the NFL's investigation of the underinflated footballs used by the Patriots in the AFC championship game has been getting a ton of attention, there will be room for other topics.
The New York Jets have hired former linebacker Pepper Johnson as their defensive line coach. Johnson worked in the same role last season with Buffalo, but was replaced by Karl Dunbar who followed coach Rex Ryan from the Jets to the Bills. Johnson recently interviewed with the Giants for their defensive coordinator vacancy, which went to Steve Spagnuolo. Johnson played 13 seasons in the NFL, including seven with the Giants.
The NFL says it is still investigating how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game but has no conclusions yet and no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away. The league said Friday that evidence shows the Patriots used underinflated footballs during the first half of the AFC championship game Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts. It issued a statement that the Patriots have pledged full cooperation and have given the league information it requested and made personnel available upon request. Quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday afternoon he had not been contacted at that point.
The NFL has reached the pinnacle of its season with the Super Bowl just around the corner. Although it's the most popular sport in the U.S., for many Americans and millions around the world, the Super Bowl is the only football game they will watch all year. Some people know more about the NFL's domestic violence policy or the way the league inflates footballs than about the actual teams - the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots - playing in the big game on Feb. 1. A lookback at an NFL season that will be long remembered more for things that happened off the field: --- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for the season and released by the team after video surfaced of him punching his fiance in an elevator.

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