A Visit from Big Ed

Samuel:

Thank you Ed Sabol for bring us NFL Films.

Originally posted on They Call It Pro Football - Official NFL Films Blog:

Our founder and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Sabol was in house Thursday to honor Films employees celebrating a significant anniversary: either their 10th, 25th, or 30th year with the company.  One among the honorees celebrated his 50th – yes, five-zero-thieth – year here at Films, none other than company president Steve Sabol.  “That’s a long time,” Ed kidded about his son’s five decade (and counting!) tenure, “I’m not even 50 years old!”

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This is why David Stern is the bad guy of the NBA

I don’t know what David Stern was thinking, putting his hand up to his ear as the fans booed him at the draft. Egging on a fanbase like that isn’t a very good idea. And it doesn’t help when the league has been under scrutiny in recent years:

  • Suspicion of a fixed NBA lottery
  • Crooked referees
  • Nixing a trade due to “basketball reasons”
  • Forcing players to wear suits on the bench
  • The lockout

He’s like Vince McMahon. He’s the boss that everyone hates but you have no other choice. Without Stern, there is no basketball, so in a sense, the fans need the man they hate. But as much as these fans love their ball, they hate the way the league is going.

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Mike Tyson celebrates 15-year anniversary of biting Evander Holyfield’s ear via Twitter

Today is the 15th anniversary of Mike Tyson’s infamous biting of Evander Holyfield’s ear. And how does Tyson commemorate this? A joke via Twitter. Oh Mike!

Let’s get to know Harrison Barnes a little bit

I think what the Warriors have here is a player that’s a little similar to Dorell Wright, but I think this guy has a better jumper. Hopefully this is a great building block to a team that hopes to have a healthy Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut.

Wright’s future appears to be almost over and I am just hoping that the team is now going in the right direction. That is if there are no distractions.

#30: C Festus Ezeli – Raw talent, so hard to see where he’ll play out.

#35: F Draymond Green – Been watching him since his freshman year. Huge fan and he’s very talented.

#52: C Ognjen Kuzmic – Another center that needs to bulk up.

** Surprised that the team didn’t add a point guard to backup the oft-injured Stephen Curry.

Sidney Crosby’s 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension is quite something

Raking in the money. Let’s just hope he can stay healthy.

The Penguins have just announced Sidney Crosby’s new contract extension: 12 years for $104.4 million. That means The Kid will be with the team until the 2024-25 season.

For Crosby, he is one of the biggest names in the game and could possibly the greatest star of this generation. My only hope is that he can remain healthy from his concussion issues and really bring this sport to light in America. Hockey is on the cusp of getting more and more attention.

But I am always concerned with major contracts in the NHL. After all, it doesn’t always work out. However, Crosby is a totally different kind of talent. A once in a lifetime type of talent. I hope he justifies this extension with years of fantastic play.

NFL shifts CBS & FOX late doubleheader kickoff times to ensure more football for fans

Samuel:

The extra 10 minutes makes a huge difference. I’m OK with this. What do you think?

Originally posted on NFL Communications:

4:25 PM ET Kickoff Time Reduces Overlap With 1:00 PM Games  

The kickoff time for Sunday late afternoon doubleheader games on CBS and FOX will be moved from 4:15 PM ET to 4:25 PM ET, the NFL announced today.  The 4:05 PM ET kickoff time for games not on the doubleheader network will remain unchanged.

The 4:25 PM ET kickoff time will reduce instances in which fans miss the end of a 1:00 PM ET game telecast because they must receive the opening kickoff of their home team’s late-afternoon game. In addition, fans not in the cities of the late doubleheader opponents will be less likely to miss the beginning of the late doubleheader game.

In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With…

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Why isn’t LeBron James on the cover of NBA 2K13?

Not bad, but could have been better.

LeBron James has never appeared on a video game cover and this year would be a great time for him to finally get it done. But instead, the NBA 2K series has decided to go with Blake Griffin, Ken Durant and Derrick Rose for their newest cover. (The game is set to come out in November.)

These three aren’t bad choices but why not include the most talked about player in the league? He’s the defending MVP, Finals MVP and is a champion now.

Maybe James didn’t want to be on the cover. But if there was a chance to put the most talked about star of the league on the cover, this had to be the year. It’s a missed opportunity I think.

NFL Launches Inaugural NFL Fan Flag Challenge

Samuel:

For all the creative people out there, this might be a good one to tackle.

Originally posted on NFL Communications:

32 Fans to Win Trips to New York to Participate in 2012 NFL Kickoff On Sept. 5 Fans May Enter Contest at NFL.com/fanflags through July 15

In anticipation of training camp, the NFL is asking fans to get Back to Football by showing their team spirit and creativity through the inaugural NFL Fan Flag Challenge. The NFL and all 32 clubs are asking fans to help inspire the design of the team flags that will help kick off the 93rd NFL season. 

Thirty-two fans, one per team, will participate in 2012 NFL Kickoff and will have their design concept incorporated into their team’s flag that will be on display as part of the Kickoff festivities in New York on Wednesday, September 5. 

The NFL Fan Flag Challenge asks fans to submit designs with elements representative of their team’s city, community, traditions, or its fans.  Grand prize winners will…

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Top 100 Sneak Peek: 49ers Willis makes Top 10 of the Top 100

Samuel:

Where do you think he’ll be ranked?

Originally posted on They Call It Pro Football - Official NFL Films Blog:

The wait to find out who the players selected the NFL’s best concludes TONIGHT, when we reveal the top 10 names on the Top 100 Players of 2012.

Before we present the cream of the crop — as voted by the NFL players themselves — here’s a sneak peek at a player you will see tonight, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.  Willis ranked number 23 on last year’s countdown, but rose into the Top 10 after a dominant performance in 2012.

Where will number 52 end up?  Find out tonight at 8pm ET only on NFL Network!

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Playoffs in college football will be a very interesting experiment

Your wish has come true.

If you haven’t heard, we’ll have a playoff system in place for the upcoming 2014 college football system. It’s not a perfect system, but at least the sport is moving in the right direction.

When I heard the news yesterday I was excited because this was exactly what the entire football world had been waiting for. Simple rankings should not determine who gets a chance to play for the championship. All other team sports have some sort of playoff system and finally the NCAA is doing the same.

But it’s still one step of many more that need to be made. A four-team system at the moment is a good thing. We still don’t know how revenue or even TV ratings will accept it. What about the potential flaws that come with it?

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