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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.”

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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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Packers collapse, Seahawks rally to win NFC title in OT

SEATTLE — The Green Bay Packers made one big mistake. They gave Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks a chance.
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On the verge of a thrilling upset on the road and a berth in the Super Bowl, the Packers instead were victims of one of the most stunning collapses in NFL playoff history Sunday. They allowed two touchdowns in the final 2:09 of regulation, rallied for a tying field goal in the final seconds, but lost 28-22 in overtime on Russell Wilson’ 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in a fantastic finish to a memorable NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field.

“I never doubted our guys,” said Wilson, who had a miserable 7.0 passer rating (no touchdowns, four interceptions) in the first 56 minutes of the game and a perfect 158.3 rating (6-of-7, 1134 yards, one touchdown) in the final 7:11. “The resilience of our team is unmatchable. The character … the belief of the guys we have, that makes the difference.”

The unbelievable finish catapulted the to Seahawks into the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz., where Seattle will try to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

How unbelievable was it?

“It can’t be explained. It’s got to be God,” Seahawks quarterback Byron Maxwell said. “We’ve got one more to go — we’re going to get it.”

“I’m clueless right now,” Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said. “It makes you just sit back and like, ‘Whoa.’ It’s bigger than you. It just brought me back to … we really need each other out there.”

The Packers were in shock — left to pick up the pieces after failing to crush the defending champions when they had the chance. The Packers scored six points off five takeaways.

“It hurts. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet,” guard T.J Lang said. “For 55 minutes we were the better team. Ultimately when you play a team like that you’ve got to take advantage of every opportunity and we didn’t do that. They found a way to finish better than we did. This is one that really hurts. It’s sucks.”

“We gave it away,” Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb said.

“This was to go to the Super Bowl and to come up short, that’s frustrating as hell,” tackle Bryan Bulaga said. “It’s tough. We didn’t make enough plays to win the game. Offensively we weren’t able to keep the clock moving to get first downs. That stings. They’re a good football team. You can’t do that against good football teams. Especially in this type of situation and atmosphere. You just can’t do that. ”

The Packers led 16-0 in the first half and had a 19-7 lead with possession after Morgan Burnett intercepted Wilson with 5:04 left in regulation. But the Seahawks forced a three-and-out. And Wilson, Marshawn Lynch (25 carries, 157 yards, one touchdown) and Lady Luck did the rest.

Wilson scored on a one-yard run with 2:09 to play. The Seahawks recovered an onside kick when Packers tight end Brandon Bostick mishandled a ball he wasn’t even supposed to be trying to catch. Lynch scored on a 24-yard run with 1:25 to play and Wilson — barely avoiding a sack —  made an uncanny cross-field throw to Luke Willson for a two-point conversion to give the Seahawks a 22-19 lead. The Packers rallied to tie on Mason Crosby’s 48-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in regulation.

“I don’t really know what to say,” Bostick said. “I’m supposed to block the second guy. I just reacted. I thought I could make a play on it. Obviously I didn’t. I let my team down. There was a lot riding on this game. If I would have done my job — my assignment was to block and Jordy [Nelson] would have caught the ball and the game would have been over.”

The Seahawks won the overtime coin flip, took the ball and never gave it back. Facing a third-and-seven from his 30 after a sack, Wilson threw a 35-yard pass to Doug Baldwin to the Packers 35. On the next play he threw a pass down the middle of the field to a streaking Kearse — who got behind Packers cornerback Tramon Williams — at the goal line for a spectacular finish to a phenomenal game.

“A lot of teams would have given up. We kept fighting,” Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin said. “We kept fighting and believing. The motto of our program is finishing, and that’s what we did.”

It was a three-phase collapse for the Packers. The offense lost four yards on three play after Burnett’s interception gave them the ball at their 43 with 5:04 to play in regulation. Dom Capers’ defense, heroic for most of the day, allowed 206 yards on 17 plays on the Seahawks final three scoring drives. Special teams allowed the only Seahawks touchdown until the fateful finish — on a fake field goal, when holder Jon Ryan threw a 19-yard pass to tackle eligible Garry Gilliam that cut the Packers lead to 16-7 in the third quarter.

The botched onside kick by Bostick was critical. But it overshadowed the two-point conversion after Lynch’s touchdown that ultimately made the difference. About to be sacked while he rolled to his right, Wilson desperately turned and threw a pass toward the end zone to the other side of the field. It was anything but a dart, but the Packers reacted poorly and it somehow found its way into Willson’s hands. Without that play, Crosby’s 48-yard field goal would have been a game-winner.

Asked how many times he would connect on that play if he ran it 100 times, Wilson replied, “Never.” And he was probably right. But he got it right the one time he needed it.

“Funny thing was … Luke is the backside protector [on the two-point conversion],” Wilson said. “I was going to tell Luke, ‘Hey, you never know — just be ready.’ But I did’t want him to leave too early, so I didn’t tell him anything in the huddle. But in the back of my mind, I’m thinking if there’s nothing to the right, I’m spinning back and I’m finding a way.

“I kind of spun back and went back and just tried to extend the play and just gave those guys a chance and he makes a crazy catch. That’s just knowing the game and trusting the guys that are going to make a play and throwing it up.”

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