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Odell Beckham Jr: NFL Rookie of the Year

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Odell Beckham Jr, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

The choice for 2014 NFL offensive rookie of the year was an easy one.

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who shook off an injury-plagued start of the season to become one of the league’s most exciting playmakers, has been named the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year. The award was announced on Saturday night at the NFL Honors event in Phoenix.

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The award went to Beckham, who “got 42 of the 50 votes”. Second was Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin with seven votes while Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans got the last vote. Beckham and Hill, along with wide receiver Jarvis Landry, were teammates at LSU last year.

“We’d be in the middle of our game and they would be playing and I’d be looking up at the (scoreboard) trying to see what they’re doing, trying to see if they scored,” Beckham said. “Those are like my brothers. I want to see them be successful. We’re really very tight.”

Beckham said there was no competition with Hill’s five 100-yard games.

“That’s like a brother of mine, we just want to see each other do well,” he said. “Look out for Jarvis, too. He’s a beast down in Miami.
Congrats to ODB3!

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Top 10 Super Bowl commercials of all time?

Sure, the biggest game is on the gridiron, but who says competition isn’t fierce to create an ad that people remember 30 years later?

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The best Super Bowl ads tend to be those that, taken out of their time and context, still hold water.

Below, we’ve rounded up the 10 sexiest, most poignant, funniest, and most impactful Super Bowl ads of all time. Watch all 10 above, or individually, below.

10. Carl’s Jr., Paris Hilton, 2005

This isn’t the best, per se, but as Miss Hilton would say, it’s the hottest. The blonde heiress made everyone forget about fast food burgers as she stripped down to a sexy one-piece and gave a Bentley a hyper-sexualized scrub-down while munching on a Thickburger.

9. Dodge Ram, “Farmer,” 2013

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s probably why Dodge’s “Farmer” ad — which plucked its words from a 1978 Paul Harvey essay and a 2011 video made by Farms.com — resonated with so many. Throw in some huge production value, and you’ve got a mega-hit.

8. Budweiser, “Puppy Love,” 2014

Budweiser is known for its iconic ads (think: “Wassup?” and the croaking frogs.)

But it doesn’t get any cuter than Bud’s ad from last year’s Super Bowl, starring the beer brand’s hallmark Clydesdale horses and a golden retriever pup that dreams big.

7. Monster.com, “When I Grow Up,” 1999

This black-and-white ad, featuring chubby-cheeked children and angelic choral music, works well on several levels. It speaks to the universal question of what you want to be when you grow up, and — in a more adult sense — how you would get there.

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Apple’s famous ‘1984’ commercial introduced the Macintosh personal computer and remains the standard of Super Bowl commercials.

Enter the first kid, looking at the camera saying, “When I grow up, I want to climb my way up to middle management.” Another chimes in: “I want to be replaced on a whim!” Monster surely touched a few nerves along the way, but the message came across loud and clear.

6. Chrysler, “It’s Halftime in America,” 2012

Inspirational music. Motor City nostalgia. Clint Eastwood’s gravelly rumbling message of hope. This ad — meant to rekindle excitement in the post-apocalyptic city of Detroit — ended up being so iconic that it was parodied not only by “Saturday Night Live,” but twice by “30 Rock,” first for a defective couch, then for rock-hard chewing gum.

5. Snickers, “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry,” 2010

In our eyes, Betty White can do no wrong, and as a football-playing octogenarian comedienne, she (and Abe Vigoda) are truly priceless as tag football players who are seriously off their game because they’re hungry.

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4. Budweiser, “Bud-weis-er,” 1995

Imagine the pitch meeting for this now-famous ad. A mid-level ad executive paints the scene of three fat frogs perched on lillypads in a bayou. One croaks “Bud,” the next “weis,” — well, you get the picture.

Then the camera pans up to show a Budweiser sign! Silly? Undoubtedly. But an instant classic? You bet.

3. Pepsi, Cindy Crawford, 1992

This steamy ad that introduced the world to the new Pepsi cans (and re-introduced them to supermodel Cindy Crawford) is a classic on a number of levels. It has the classic set-up of two boys ogling Crawford as she exits a red convertible.

2. Budweiser, “Football,” 1996

It wasn’t the first time Budweiser debuted its now iconic Clydesdales during the Super Bowl. But the 1996 spot where a heard of the majestic draft horses starts playing contact football is one of the most memorable and iconic of the bunch.

1. Apple, “1984,” 1984

Is it even a contest? This dystopic ad for the yet-to-be released Apple Macintosh was directed by Ridley Scott and staring English athlete Anya Major, and shows an Orwellian future where people are forced to march in ranks and watch streams of propaganda on a giant screen.

Then, out of nowhere, Major runs in with a mighty hammer and breaks the screen, smashing the face of the man calling for “a garden of pure ideology,” that helped a generation “think different.”

Did we leave any out? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Deflategate: The Plot Thickens!

Since 2010, New England Has the Lowest Fumble Rate in the NFL

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One of the many questions surrounding “Deflategate”—the controversy that has engulfed the New England Patriots—concerns what advantage an NFL team would gain from using a deflated football. Numerous players have said a softer ball is easier to grip, and a ball that’s easier to grip is harder to drop

New England coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady both denied ever purposely using footballs that were inflated below the NFL minimum. But on the basis of the allegations, the Count looked at the fumble rate of the Patriots compared with the rest of the league.

New England has had an uncanny ability to hold on to the football for quite some time. According to data compiled by Warren Sharp of Sharp Football Analysis, the Patriots fumble far less than any other team that plays outdoors, where the elements can make the football harder to handle. Beginning in the 2010 season, Patriots players have fumbled (whether lost or recovered) once every 73 touches from scrimmage, which is 52% better than the league average. The next best team is the Ravens, who have fumbled once every 55 touches.

Additionally, according to Stats, LLC, the six players who have played extensively for the Patriots and other teams in this span all fumbled far less frequently wearing the New England uniform. Including recovered fumbles, Danny Amendola, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Wes Welker, Brandon LaFell and LeGarrette Blount have lost the ball eight times in 1,482 touches for the Patriots since 2010, or once every 185.3 times. For their other teams, they fumbled 22 times in 1,701 touches (once every 77.3).

 

Of course, Belichick is strict disciplinarian when it comes to holding on the football, frequently benching running backs who dare to put the ball on the ground. But other NFL head coaches aren’t exactly cavalier about the practice.

And it’s not only ball carriers who can potentially benefit. Quarterbacks are frequent fumblers when sacked. But while the average passer fumbles once every 7.3 sacks, Brady’s rate is once every 9.1, an improvement of nearly 25%.

 

Source:  The Wall Street Journal

 

 

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Jeremy Lane on Rob Gronkowski: “I actually don’t think he’s that good”

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a unanimous All-Pro in 2014, and his return to top form helped New England make the Super Bowl for the first time since 2011.

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However, Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lanedoesn’t believe Gronkowski is unstoppable.

Speaking to reporters Thursday in Seattle, Lane — a regular in Seattle’s “sub” packages — was asked what made Gronkowski “so good,” according to a recording of the interview provided by Curtis Crabtree of PFT and KJR Sports Radio in Seattle.

Lane paused for a couple seconds. A reporter joked, “He doesn’t like that question.”

Lane responded: “Yeah, I actually don’t think he’s that good.”

“Really?” a couple of reporters said.

Continued Lane: “Yeah. He’s OK, but, you know, he do have a big body, and from what I’ve seen on tape, you know, he don’t like your hands being put on him, so, you know, we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won’t catch that many balls as he should.”

A reporter asked if it was vital to be physical with Gronkowski (6-6, 255) right after the snap, and Lane (6-0, 190) responded in the affirmative.

“That’s always our key every week, put our hands on the receivers,” Lane said.

It’s logical the Seahawks would make being physical with Gronkowski a top priority. And it’s also resonable to believe the upside of such approach — perhaps getting Gronkowski off his game — has and will be discussed by the team, too.

Nevertheless, pledging to slow Gronkowski with hit after hit and executing said strategy are two different things. This is one of Super Bowl XLIX’s most fascinating storylines — the matchup of the league’s baddest tight end and the league’s stoutest secondary.

As for Lane’s quote? File it under Super Bowl bulletin board material. And get ready for the Patriots to be asked about it scores of times in slightly different ways over the next week or so.

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