Kanye West Slammed As a “Sucka” By New England Patriots’ Brandon Browner

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Here’s hoping Kanye West isn’t a New England Patriots fan — because the Super Bowl-winning team’s cornerback Brandon Browner isn’t down with the rapper. After West pretended to hijack Beck’s Grammy moment (in honor of Beyonce and “real artistry,” he later said) last weekend, Browner took to Twitter to slam Kim Kardashian’s husband.

“KANYE WEST is a sucka!,” the NFL pro tweeted on Tuesday, Feb. 10. “Everybody don’t listen to Beyoncé. Second time he tried to steal somebody shine. First time it was a 15 yr old girl.”

Browner is, of course, referring to 2009, when West intercepted Taylor Swift’s MTV VMA win. (She was actually 19-years-old at the time, but point taken.)

Tom Brady’s teammate went on to argue that West’s excuse that he’s a creative genius is bull as well. “Kanye try and play that I’m weird because of my genius,” he tweeted. “Non of the greats pull that stupid ish. Meaning Marley, Mike Jack, Tupac, Jayz etc.”

And Browner didn’t stop there, either. In fact, he used his own creativity to slam the artist some more.

“Peep who he tried Beck and Taylor Swift. Real tough guy. If only I could’ve been Beck for one night. Kanye would be rapping thru the wire,” he wrote, referring to West’s song “Through the Wire” while implying he would’ve punched him in the mouth causing him to need dental work.

Following the buzzed-about moment, West, 37, told E! News that Beck should “respect artistry” and should’ve given his award to Beyonce. However, during an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday, Feb. 11, the rapper retracted his statement and said he didn’t mean any disrespect to Beck.

“I think it came off the wrong way, and that was a mis-wording on my part, because obviously Beck is one of the most respected artists and respects artistry,” he explained during an on-air interview. “But I felt — and this is my opinion and he’s his own man and he’s not wrong and we’ll still go play basketball and stuff [unless] he doesn’t want to do it — that even though the Grammys sometimes give awards to people who you wouldn’t think should win in the category, as a respect to artists, we [should] mention the other artist’s name in our speech.”

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Ed Sabol, the NFL Films founder passed away Monday

NEW YORK — Ed Sabol, the NFL Films founder who revolutionized sports broadcasting and reimagined pro football from an up-and-coming league to must-watch theater, has died. He was 98.

Sabol died Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, the NFL said.

Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. During his tenure at NFL Films from 1964 to 1995, the organization won 52 Emmy Awards.

“Through his determination and innovative spirit, Ed Sabol transformed how America watched football and all sports,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Ed ignited the fire at NFL Films and was the Keeper of the Flame with a remarkable vision and dedication to telling the stories of the people who played, coached and loved the game.”
Working with his son, Steve, Sabol introduced a series of innovations taken for granted today: super slow-motion replays, blooper reels, reverse angle shots. They stuck microphones on coaches and players, set highlights to pop music, and recorded pregame locker room speeches.

And one of their most important decisions was hiring John Facenda to narrate all this. He became known as the “Voice of God,” reading lyrical descriptions in solemn tones.

“We began making the game personal for the fans, like a Hollywood movie,” Sabol told The Associated Press before his Hall of Fame induction. “Violent tackles, the long slow spiral of the ball, following alongside the players as they sidestepped and sprinted down the field. The movie camera was the perfect medium at the time to present the game the way the fans wanted to see it.”

A star swimmer at Ohio State who had a brief stage career, Sabol served with the 4th Infantry Division as a rifleman during World War II. He was in the overcoat business with his father-in-law in Philadelphia when the self-described “amateur moviemaker” formed Blair Productions, a film company named after his daughter. His only experience producing sports was recording the action at Steve’s high school football games.

Then he won the rights to chronicle the 1962 NFL championship for $3,000, changing the course of his film career and — very possibly — the league’s fortunes.

At his Hall of Fame enshrinement, Sabol, then 94, said from his wheelchair that he “dreamt the impossible dream, and I’m living it right at this minute.”

When Sabol founded NFL Films, his son was there working beside him as a cinematographer right from the start. The two were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Steve Sabol, who succeeded his father as NFL Films’ president in 1985, died in 2012 at age 69 of brain cancer.

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The NFL Had Some Costly Demands for Chicago to Host the Draft

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The NFL Draft is relocating from New York to Chicago this year. Anyone with even a modicum of knowledge of how this league operates figured they’d hold up the new host city for gobs of cash. The Chicago Tribune uncovered some of the NFL’s demands, which included blocking off stretches of main streets for almost three weeks, free use of the 3,900-seat Auditorium Theatre venue, police escorts for draft picks and “NFL dignitaries” (whatever that means), enforcement from the City against unauthorized advertising and business activity, indoor and outdoor space for NFL parties and sponsors, “at least” $4 million of promotional signage and materials, and a league option to do the whole shebang again next year.

Because mayor Rahm Emanuel closed the tourism department and this event is being handled by a nonprofit called Choose Chicago, the Tribune was unable to verify which of these demands were agreed to, and what the…

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NFL Mock Draft – Version 1 – Bill

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Buccaneers QB 1. Jameis Winston
SO Florida State 6-4 235 lbs
2014 Stats: 3907 Yards, 65.3 CMP%, 25 TD, 18 INT
No, Jameis Winston is not who I think the Bucs should take. I think that Mariota is the better option both on and off the field. However, Winston has seemed to have taken over as the consensus number one pick and the guy the Bucs seem to want. He has an elongated throwing motion and didn’t make great decisions taking care of the ball this year. Off the field he has had issue after issue and with the league cracking down on off-field behavior, I think it could easily hurt his draft stock. His only redeeming factor for me is that he is more NFL ready than Mariota, having played in a pro-style offense at Florida State. With that being said though, I think Mariota is more coachable and has…

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