Sad Jaguars fan tries to salvage Justin Blackmon jersey

Justin Blackmon has not been able to avoid trouble since joining the Jaguars. He was a high draft pick but has given the Jaguars a headache. The team could be moving on from him, and fans are thinking about doing the same thing.

One sad Jaguars fans decided to convert his Justin Blackmon jersey to a Will Blackmon jersey. Will has not gotten in trouble since joining the Jaguars, so the fan changed the jersey from #14 to #24.

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Since when do they put ads on team mascots?

I didn’t notice this before and maybe this is not new. But as I was looking through photos on my Facebook feed, this came up. Not only am I a fan of the ugly sweaters, but I noticed an ad patch on Swoop, the Eagles mascot.

Since when did they start putting ads on the mascots? I know that ads are placed on the team practice jerseys, but the mascot is also a walking billboard?

This is just another indication of the sign of the times. We already know ads are going to invade the players’ jerseys in the future. No reason to think even mascots will be safe from them.

Tony Dungy ‘wouldn’t have taken’ Michael Sam in NFL draft

Tony Dungy ‘wouldn’t have taken’ Michael Sam in NFL draft

Samuel:

What Tony Dungy said wasn’t wrong. It’s a legitimate concern that every team had to ponder leading up to the draft. Michael Sam’s sexual orientation is a story that the media will follow and it can be a distraction. Plus, there was that Oprah show that was supposed to happen. Running a team is tough enough and with distractions, it gets tougher. This wasn’t Dungy saying he was against who Sam is. This is just Dungy looking big picture as a coach. I don’t find fault in what Dungy thinks because he’s right. It’s just that at this time, it was just bad timing. Say it a year from now, maybe the reaction would be different. But now, it’s a tough one to accept. I get what he said, but I don’t think he should have said it. At least not now.

Of course, I think if another former coach said this, that would be a different story. But this is Tony Dungy the mentor, the religious man, the minority coach. He should get it and feel for everyone and treat them the same, right? It’s just tough for him because he’s no ordinary former football coach. Then again, this is no ordinary situation either.

Originally posted on For The Win:

(USA TODAY Sports Images)

(USA TODAY Sports Images)

Super Bowl winning coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy told The Tampa Bay Tribune he wouldn’t have taken Michael Sam in the draft because of the potential distractions that will come from Sam being the first openly gay player on a NFL roster.

Dungy told Ira Kaufman:

“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. [...] It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”

(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Given Dungy’s 2007 support of an Indiana group hoping to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, some took the quotes as a repudiation of Sam’s sexuality. Others pointed out the hypocrisy of Dungy supporting Michael Vick after the quarterback was released from federal prison on dog fighting…

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I saw Levi’s Stadium for first time since leaving the 49ers beat in 2012

Ever since I moved to SoCal after the 2012 NFL Draft, I had never had the chance to return to Santa Clara. I only saw minor construction of the soon to be Levi’s Stadium during my final season on the beat.

I had seen pictures and videos of the stadium’s construction from SoCal. I didn’t know when I would ever come to see the stadium up close.

Luckily today, on my way to work at Yahoo, I got a chance to stop by the stadium before I boarded light rail. It’s as beautiful as I imagined. I didn’t get a chance to go to the ribbon cutting ceremony. But I know I will be back for a game this year.

Check out the photos I took here on Facebook.

There is a new Cleveland sports coloring book and it’s about the good moments

Remember when Scott O’Brien put together a Kickstarter to help fund his coloring book of depressing moments in Cleveland sports history? After the news of LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers, the artist announced his intentions to create another coloring book. Only this time, it’s about the good times in Cleveland sports.

I spoke with O’Brien about his decision to start up another coloring book project about Cleveland sports.

“I’ve kind have been bouncing around (the idea for this book) in my mind,” said O’Brien. “In researching the first book, I came across a lot of things in Cleveland sports history that I was aware of and some of them I wasn’t too familiar with. After doing the first one, I always thought about doing a ‘great moments’ book. I never knew what the right time would be. But when LeBron announced his return, there was a lot of optimism for Cleveland sports now. It seemed like a good time to do it.”

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The jersey Joe Montana will wear at final Candlestick Park game

I went to the last NFL game at Candlestick Park.

I have tickets to the last concert at Candlestick Park.

But Joe Montana and a bunch of his NFL friends are going to play a flag football game there for one last hurrah. And as you can see, they have jerseys. But if you need to know, this event was brought to you by Hewlett Packard. That’s an official sponsor for the 49ers.

A great looking simple uniform ruined by that corporate logo. But of course, in this day and age, what isn’t sacred from sponsorship logos?

EA Sports Madden 15 to feature Colin Kaepernick’s tattoos

Samuel:

As a guy who has played the new Madden every single year since 2005, this is really neat. I didn’t like that the details on Kaepernick didn’t feature the tattoos. But now, this is really cool.

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EA Sports released its first screenshot of Madden 15, which is as realistic as it gets for the game franchise. (Photo courtesy of EA Sports)

The graphics in the popular Madden franchise seem to become more realistic with every edition EA Sports releases every year. It’s now become almost as if when you’re playing, an actual Sunday game unfolds right in front of your eyes.

This year’s version goes a step further toward reality as the attention to detail gets more precise. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is featured in the first screenshot released Wednesday night, and as you can tell in the photo, his infamous tattoos are as well.

“We want to be as authentic as possible, so we were pleased that Colin was able to secure the rights to the tattoos,” Madden senior producer Seann Graddy told ESPN.com. “There’s a ton of buzz around this. In this game, we…

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Super Bowl L logo will not feature Roman numerals

The NFL wanted to avoid this and they did.

The 50th Super Bowl will not use Roman numerals. Instead, for this Super Bowl only, the logo will feature Arabic numbers. It was determined that the stand alone “L” for 50 didn’t look good.

We still have the boring generic template of the Lombardi trophy in the logo. But with 50 in gold, it at least deviates from the boring all-silver look that has been used for the past several seasons.

What I really like about this, at least, is that ‘s still simple. And quite frankly, anything would have been a better option than what you see on the right. It would have looked just too plain.

The following year, the Roman numerals will return. I like Roman numerals as is so I am glad this is just a one-time change.

But what do we address this Super Bowl as? Is it #SuperBowlL or #SuperBowl50? I must know the proper hashtag!

Fittingly, the 49ers are hosting this Super Bowl so the gold works out nicely in their favor in terms of aesthetics. And who knows, maybe they might even be playing this game.

Check out the host committee logo, too. It features the San Francisco skyline in fog. Very nice.

Colts appear to be emphasizing old logo in new merchandise

Since their inception as the Baltimore Colts in 1953, the Colts have used the above logo. It wasn’t until 1978 when the team decided to move forward with the horseshoe logo.

Last season, coach Chuck Pagano has been seen wearing that throwback logo. Now their training camp gear features that logo instead of the horseshoe. Does this mean the team is going to use that more often or is this just a design for coach?

Regardless, the team hasn’t mentioned their Baltimore roots as often as I thought they would since moving to Indianapolis. Their current set (gray facemasks, black cleats) does pay homage to that time so maybe this is another step towards it.

Either way, I like this logo a lot and am glad to see more of it.