5 Best Reactions to the NFL’s ‘Pay-to-Play’ Superbowl Halftime Scheme

5 Best Reactions to the NFL’s ‘Pay-to-Play’ Superbowl Halftime Scheme

Samuel:

Just give us Weird Al. This is ridiculous!

Originally posted on TIME:

The National Football League is planning to introduce at least one significant change to its halftime show at the Superbowl: in order to perform, superstar acts will pay for the privilege.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the league is considering three acts for its next halftime extravaganza in early 2015: Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay. But unlike in previous years, these performers have been asked to shill out dough in the form of post-Super Bowl tour income or another “financial contribution.”

The news was not received well in some quarters, but some met it with more humor than others. And so, we bring you: the 6 best reactions on Twitter to the NFL’s new “pay to play” scheme, based on no scientific rubric at all and entirely on this writer’s whim.

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Steph Curry says he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James

Steph Curry says he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James

Samuel:

I see nothing wrong with what he said. If he is, then he is. If he isn’t, nothing wrong thinking he can be. I don’t agree, but this isn’t news.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Stephen Curry emerged as one of the best guards in the league last season, making his first All-Star team and taking the Golden State Warriors to the playoffs. His 24 points per game were seventh best in the league, and Curry led the NBA with 261 3-pointers in the regular season — 38 more than any other player. In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Curry said that he’s a better offensive player than four-time MVP LeBron James.

Patrick: Who’s the better offensive player, you or LeBron?

Curry: A better offensive player, me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question. Me.

OK.

Gotta be, right?

I don’t know. I’d assume you would think [that]. You’re a pure shooter. He can score, you can, too, but I think that, you know what, the correct answer is probably that LeBron is a better scorer but I…

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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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NBA to release limited-edition sneakers to commemorate league’s 68th anniversary

What an interesting idea. I like the fact that the league is celebrating its anniversary, but I don’t get how we can commemorate that with a shoe. I get the appeal that because it’s limited, sneakerheads will jump on it. But I wonder if there is a better way to celebrate. I just don’t find the excitement in this.

Bill Walsh’s Coaching Tapes: An Enduring Genius

Bill Walsh’s Coaching Tapes: An Enduring Genius

Samuel:

This is one of the best things I have read on the Internet. Whether you’re a 49ers fan or a football lover, this is a beautiful blast from the past to the amazing genius that is Bill Walsh.

Originally posted on The MMQB with Peter King:

Editor’s note: This is the thirdin The MMQB’s 10-part seriesNFL 95: AHistory of Pro Football in 95 Objects, commemorating the 95th season of the NFL in 2014. Each Wednesday through the start of training camp in July, The MMQB will unveil one long-form piece on an artifact of particular significance to the history of the NFL, accompanied by other objects that trace the rise of professional football in America, from the NFL’s founding in a Hupmobile dealership in Canton in 1920 to its place today at the forefront of American sports and popular culture.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—There he stands, exactly how you picture him in your mind. Tanned, fit, flowing white hair. His dress switches from the normal Sunday attire—white sweater over a collared golf shirt, neatly pressed slacks—to trim T-shirt tucked into red coaching shorts. The tone of his voice, measured, passionate and, above all else, professorial…

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Wrigley Field mural accidentally uses an image of Comiskey Park

Wrigley Field mural accidentally uses an image of Comiskey Park

Samuel:

So very Cubs.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Chicago Now

Chicago Now

It’s the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field this year, and to celebrate the iconic ballpark the Cubs have commissioned a series of murals around the park that honor its history. The above photo is of one of those murals, and is meant to commemorate Charles Lindbergh’s visit to Wrigley.

Only problem is, no one knows if Lindbergh ever visited Wrigley. Also that is a photo of Comiskey Park.

C’mon Cubs.

From Chicago Now’s Floyd Sullivan:

I didn’t remember reading anywhere that [Lindbergh] stopped at Wrigley Field. So I looked more closely at the photograph and took a hard look at the rather blurry background.

Arched windows. Not distinct, but definitely there.

After the game I returned home and examined a similar photograph I had considered including in the book. It’s from the Chicago History Museum and clearly shows the arched windows in the background of a shot…

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