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Panthers defensive end Jared Allen, the NFL’s active sacks leader, announced his retirement Thursday

Panthers defensive end Jared Allen, the NFL’s active sacks leader, announced his retirement Thursday via a video, riding off “into the sunset.”


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday in an unconventional but appropriate way.

The NFL’s active sacks leader (136) posted a video of himself wearing a black cowboy hat, heavy coat and riding a horse off “into the sunset” even though there was none.

“I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career,” Allen said in the video. “This is the part where I was going to ride off into the sunset, but seeing how there is no sunset, I’m just going to ride off.”

Allen, who was raised on a ranch, then waved to the camera, turned his horse and rode off into a snowy field.

Allen released the following statement through his agent, Ken Harris:

“I want to take this time to thank my family, friends, fans and teammates who have given their continued support throughout my 12 year career. It’s been a great ride for me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the memories. It is with a great deal of thought and consideration that I have decided that I will not return to football next year.

“I want to thank the Carolina Panthers, Chicago BearsMinnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs organizations, who provided me with an opportunity to live out my dream and to be a part of their wonderful communities. Thanks for the life long memories.”

Allen played in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos with a broken right foot suffered in a divisional playoff win against Seattle.

Coach Ron Rivera hinted after the 24-10 loss to the Broncos that Allen might have played his last game.

Von Miller on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller graces the cover of Sports Illustrated after a dominating performance in the Super Bowl.


Von Miller and the Denver Broncos are featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated ahead of their Super Bowl 50 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
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What is the Carolina Panthers’ Club Shiznit?


Have you ever been in a hotel and wondered why there was a dead-bolted door to nowhere jammed into one side of your main corridor? Well, that door connects to the room next to it, and if you’re a member of the Carolina Panthers, it’s also the opening to an exclusive social gathering space.

At the team’s headquarters here in San Jose, fullback Mike Tolbert and running back Fozzy Whittaker broke out the door that separated both of their rooms and made it into a suite. The purpose?

“You gotta let grown men be grown men,” Tolbert said. “We have a good quality group of guys on this team, so nobody’s gonna go out and do anything stupid. To be able to say ‘Stay out of this place’ or ‘Don’t go to this place.’ If you’re a grown man and another grown man is telling you that’s not a good place to be, then the majority of the time, nobody’s gonna do it. We’re gonna have a good time, we’re gonna enjoy this process, we gonna be here. You gotta enjoy it but at the same time you gotta let a man learn from his own mistakes.

“There’s no alcohol, no nothing, no women. It’s only us. We having a good time playing cards, laughing, playing video games, just enjoying life, enjoying being at the Super Bowl, enjoying having a good time.”
Club Shiznit underscores what has been an immensely lighthearted run throughout the season. This is not unique, of course. Stories like this tend to populate Super Bowl week every year because good teams usually get along well. General manager Dave Gettleman knew that this was the type of environment that head coach Ron Rivera was trying to create, and his familiarity with the personalities on the team spawned a tight-knit team that nearly finished the season undefeated.
During Tuesday’s brief media session, this was evident not only in secret clubs, but in little gestures that have carried the team through some of their most frustrating moments.

Left tackle Michael Oher was blown away by the friendship displayed by captain and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly because “he’d go get you 1,000 waters if you wanted them. He’s always like, you want a water?”
Club Shiznit is not to be confused with Thieves Avenue, which is another imaginary location that has made its way to California. The defensive backs use it as a rallying cry, and brought with them a realistic looking street sign that hangs above their locker. The team used to have a homemade sign made by head coach Ron Rivera’s daughter.
“Thieves Avenue is just where the thieves live,” Panthers safety Kurt Coleman said. “That’s where we reside. Such as, this is Market Street out here. This is where the Hilton and the Marriott meet. It’s just where we live. The thieves are the people amongst ourselves in the DB (defensive backs) unit, and it all started at the beginning of the year, when we said we wanted to lead the league in takeaways. That has kind of been our thing. Every game, we’ve figured out ways to, ‘how do we get more picks? How do we get more forced fumbles? How do we just create more opportunities for our offense to have the football?’


“And then one week, (Panthers defensive line coach) Eric Washington kind of called us thieves, and it stuck. We wanted to embrace that. So, for the first few weeks, it was almost just talk. We want to be thieves, but now it’s what we believe.”
Many of the Panthers vowed not to travel during their off day on Tuesday, especially not to San Francisco, which is more than an hour away from the hotel. But, like any good Super Bowl team, they brought the party along with them.


Colts are the new Vegas favorite to win Super Bowl 50

The Colts are the favorites to take home the Lombardi Trophy. (NFL)
The Colts are the favorites to take home the Lombardi Trophy. (NFL)

Andre Johnson said he signed with the Colts because he felt like Indianapolis gave him the best chance to win a Super Bowl and at least one Nevada sportsbook agrees with him that Indy has the best chance.

At the MGM Sportsbook in Las Vegas, the Colts have been pegged as the favorites to win Super Bowl 50. MGM must have been listening in on the phone call Johnson had with Frank Gore this week.

“After I got released by the Texans, Frank called me,” Johnson said, via “He called me right after it happened and was just like, ‘What are you gonna do?’ I’m like, ‘Frank, I don’t know. I just got released. I don’t know.’ I asked, him ‘Who do you think has the best chance to win a Super Bowl?’ And he was like, ‘Indy.’ And I was like, ‘That’s my same choice too so let’s do it, let’s go for it.’ And they were able to get both of us here.”

The Colts odds improved after Indy went crazy during the first three days of free agency, signing Gore, Trent Cole, Kendall Langford, Todd Herremans and Johnson. Those five players will join a team that only came up one game short from playing in Super Bowl XLIX.

Before free agency started, the Colts had 14-1 to 12-1 odds at most Vegas sportsbooks.

It’s also possible that the MGM really, really liked the fact the Colts dumped Trent Richardson on Thursday.

Overall, the five top favorites to win Super Bowl 50 at the MGM book are the Colts (5-1), Seahawks (11-2), Packers (11-2), Patriots (6-1) and Cowboys (8-1), according to the odds obtained by

Just because the Colts are the favorites at the MGM doesn’t mean they’re the favorite everywhere though.

The Seahawks and Patriots are 6-1 co-favorites to win Super Bowl 50 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, while the Seahawks and Packers are 6-1 co-favorites at William Hill.

At Bovada, the Seahawks are the sole favorite to win Super Bowl 50 with 5-1 odds. The Colts have 9-1 odds at Bovada, an improvement from the 14-1 odds they faced before free agency started.

If you’re now wondering who the longest longshot is, the answer to that questions is Jacksonville and Tennessee. Both teams are facing 200-1 odds to win Super Bowl 50.

One of the most notable drop in odds hit the 49ers, who were listed at 16-1 in February, but have since dropped to 33-1.

Next season’s Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 7, 2016, and televised by CBS from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Odds to win Super Bowl 50 from Bovada

Seattle Seahawks 5-1

New England Patriots 6-1

Green Bay Packers 7-1

Indianapolis Colts 9-1

Denver Broncos 12-1

Dallas Cowboys 14-1

Philadelphia Eagles 20-1

Pittsburgh Steelers 20-1

Arizona Cardinals 25-1

Baltimore Ravens 25-1

New York Giants 25-1

Cincinnati Bengals 33-1

Detroit Lions 33-1

Miami Dolphins 33-1

New Orleans Saints 33-1

San Francisco 49ers 33-1

Atlanta Falcons 40-1

Buffalo Bills 40-1

Carolina Panthers 40-1

Kansas City Chiefs 40-1

San Diego Chargers 40-1

Chicago Bears 50-1

Houston Texans 50-1

Minnesota Vikings 50/1

St. Louis Rams 50-1

New York Jets 66-1

Cleveland Browns 75-1

Oakland Raiders 75-1

Washington Redskins 100-1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 150-1

Jacksonville Jaguars 200-1

Tennessee Titans 200-1

Source:  CBS Sports


Super Bowl 50
Levi’s Stadium
4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara, CA