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Yes, we love talking about the commercials during last night’s Super Bowl game. It’s why we exist here at Cinema Blend. But there was a game, and it was a train wreck. So to honor what might go down as the worst game in my lifetime, we’ve put together this list of moments to help explain what went wrong. In the end we’re certain of one thing: Mannings have trouble throwing the ball in MetLife Stadium.
There are two different routes Super Bowl organizers usually take with Halftime shows. Either they hire a very reliable classic rock type act that everyone loves in order to deliver something blandly acceptable to the massive audience, or they hire someone a little more high energy who hops around and runs in so many different directions that the event devolves into chaos.
Joe Namath has always been known for his swagger. The quarterback built his reputation on sex appeal and brash confidence, and apparently, that hasn’t gone away with age. The longtime Jets quarterback was invited to participate in the pre-game ceremony at the Super Bowl today.
If you bought a piece of game-worn apparel from the New York Giants in the last decade, you may have been duped. A new lawsuit alleges that the team passed off fake jerseys, helmets and other memorabilia to fans.
Boozed-up football fans spend about 35 percent of their time watching the game. The other 65 percent is directed toward the cheerleaders. If you’ve been to an NFL match before, you have no doubt seen the grimy old man breathing heavily while ogling the leotard-clad ladies. I know, it’s gross. But you know what's worse? These women are apparently not getting paid that much to entertain them.
The majority of teams in the National Football League miss out on the playoffs each year, but few of them do so in ways as consistently demoralizing as the Detroit Lions. Despite injuries to every major opposing quarterback in the NFC North and a lead early in the season, the team somehow blew five of the past six games to eliminate themselves from contention
Thanks to the shocking death of Adrian Peterson’s son, Ty, we’re learning a whole lot more about the NFL star’s personal life, and apparently, the deceased two-year-old isn’t the only child the general public didn’t know about. The running back allegedly impregnated a VIP waitress in Minnesota, and she gave birth to a daughter about three months ago.
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson left the team and travelled to South Dakota yesterday to deal with a horrifying family emergency. Details are still fuzzy concerning what exactly happened, but apparently, his two-year-old son was attacked during a vicious domestic violence incident.
Football is a big deal in Texas. If you didn’t learn that from Varsity Blues or Friday Night Lights, you should have learned that when damn near the entire state started blaming Jessica Simpson for her then boyfriend Tony Romo's typical Romo-sistency. Five years later, Houston Texans hurler Matt Schaub is the quarterback fans are pissed off about, and that Southern anger manifested itself in a pretty unfortunate way this week.
Football is a rough game. It requires men to brutishly impose their wills on others. It requires emotion, aggression, intensity and consistency. What it does not require are the trendiest pop songs of the moment, regardless of how “on the mark” their choruses might seem. At least that’s what the workers in charge of the music at Cincinnati Bengals games found out on Monday
Remember when M.I.A. flipped off the camera during Madonna’s set at the Super Bowl? Well, she certainly does. About a month after she threw up the bird, the NFL’s lawyers filed a lawsuit against her for breach of contract. They demanded $1.5 million in compensation as well as a public apology for her nasty act that ran in contrast to the NFL’s “wholesome” image.
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon have collaborated frequently on his late night show in the past. The two are probably most famous for their Late Night with Jimmy Fallon “History of Rap” videos, but last night JT popped up to help Fallon out with a different sort of sketch. The new sketch is called “Evolution of End Zone Dancing” and it follows the guys showing off some dance skills as well as an affection for comedy
Despite calls for the second bye week, however, NFL executives have shown no interest in making any changes. They like the season the way it is, and if they do add another week, they would like to make teams play one more time, thus increasing revenues across the board.
Looking at a future filled with more bitter courtroom showdowns, weekly scandals and the potential of receiving or paying either a multi-billion dollar judgment or absolutely nothing, the National Football League and lawyers representing thousands of former players have decided to take the safe route and settle the much-discussed lawsuit concerning concussions and brain injuries.
Being on the right team, staying healthy and playing well are obviously the most important things for a professional athlete, but not far behind those happiness keys is having the right agent. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tarell Brown. The 49ers starting cornerback fired his representative yesterday after he was informed he cost himself a $2M bonus by not participating in a voluntary offseason workout program.