Aaron Rodgers winning MVP over J.J. Watt was no surprise

As much as I wanted to see J.J. Watt win the MVP, I knew from the beginning it wasn’t going to happen. He deserved to win it as well. He had 20.5 sacks and five fumble recoveries. Let’s not forget that the guy scored touchdowns on offense and defense. He was clearly the best defensive player in the league and he got that award.

But he wasn’t going to win MVP. And why not? Because he didn’t lead his team to the playoffs. the MVP award is designed in a sense for offensive players. They seem to put up the most amazing plays, the discernible stats and especially for a quarterback, the most attention. Aaron Rodgers was the best quarterback for a team that made the playoffs. That merit gave him the easy edge over Watt.

What if Watt led his team to the playoffs? Then I would have expected a closer vote total for Watt. But since that wasn’t the case this year, Watt coming up short was no surprise. That’s just the way it is.

Gronk, Marshawn & Conan React To Mortal Kombat Decapitation

Thank you, Conan, for giving us this goodness.

The Patriots end zone looks off-balanced for the Super Bowl

The end zones are ready for the Super Bowl. Both teams’ end zones are navy blue as it matches their team color scheme. I wish they would have gone with gray for Seattle and red for New England, but this was expected.

For Seattle, they have the team logo on one side and the conference logo on the other. For the Patriots, that is not the case. They don’t have their team logo because the team wordmark already features the logo. So in the area where the logo is supposed to be, it is left blank.

Patriots rarely used alternate logo.

It feels odd. It feels off-balanced. I don’t know what the solution would be. Could the Patriots have gone with the wordmark without the logo? They could have. But even if they couldn’t, what other option would there be? Doubling up the Flying Elvis logo would be too much. Maybe an alternate logo? The only other alternate logo the Patriots have is this, and that logo is rarely used.

So we have an all navy Super Bowl with an end zone that is off-balanced. What are you going to do?

Key & Peele’s third edition of the East/West Bowl is their best

I don’t know if in terms of comedy this is their funniest, but this was so unexpected and comical to me that I think it’s their best.

Incorporating real NFL players into the sketch is a great idea. Well done, guys.

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Marshawn Lynch’s Super Bowl Media Day bonanza was pretty sweet

I work in the media and I know the frustrations of when athletes don’t answer questions well and it makes my job harder. However, I never complain to the athlete that I don’t like how they answered me. I know it’s an obligation to meet with the media but I can’t force or control how an athlete answers a question.

Of course, it’s not fair that the athlete is making my job harder. But also, the athlete’s priorities are not talking to the media. So Marshawn Lynch’s carefree attitude towards the media was exactly what I expected. He doesn’t care and there is really nothing the media can do about it. And the league can’t really fine him for it. Unless there is something in his contract that requires to answer questions a certain way, then they have no real grounds to punish him.

Warriors unveil new Chinese New Year jerseys

I expected this to happen but I was unsure how the Warriors would go about it. The Rockets already have a Chinese New Year jersey coming out as well but this one by the Warriors is a little curious to me.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to have it be red or yellow instead of slate gray?

Here are some things that are worth noting. Warriors is written out in Chinese on the front. On the sleeve (yes, the stupid sleeves) is an image of a goat, which is the animal for the upcoming new year. Side panels look great and the trim is pretty nice. They will wear it on February 20, the day after the new year and three more times later in the season.

I’m all for this really and the Chinese population in the Bay Area is strong. And I am glad they didn’t add “el” or “los” or some kind of cultural cop out like the NBA has in the past. But I just don’t like the color. Great idea. Not so great execution.

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How to salvage the terrible ending to the Royal Rumble

Months before the Royal Rumble, I predicted a triple threat match at WrestleMania between all three former members of the Shield. My idea was that Roman Reigns would win the Rumble. Somehow Seth Rollins wins the title at the Rumble and Dean Ambrose steals the Money in the Briefcase Bashone, and cashes it in (knowing that WWE never follows legal rules). Or Ambrose somehow wins the title and the briefcase is cashed in at Mania.

However, as you can see, it did not happen so. The problem with Reigns winning is that he wasn’t the right guy to win. The WWE pimped him for months as the next guy but fans weren’t buying it. He was recently on the shelf and did nothing to gain any momentum. He didn’t fit into the storyline.

Oh and the reaction to this is still trending:

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The Super Bowl XLIX patch has nice detail but…

I like the detail in the Super Bowl patch this year. You have the stadium and some elements of the desert like the cactus. But I am starting to get real frustrated with the generic Super Bowl logos. I thought I could withstand the frustration but it’s been a few years now and I miss the days where the logo was unique every year.

Next year, I expect the logo to be gold but basically the same design.

This also indicates that the Patriots will wear their white jersey for the Super Bowl as expected. The Seahawks have also tweeted out a photo of their patch and they will wear blue.

Mariners unveil new Sunday alternate uniform and modifications to current set

The Seattle Mariners have unveiled a new Sunday alternate uniform. The team already have two alternate sets (navy, teal) along with their home whites and road grays.

I initially thought they would go the throwback route but instead they gave us a mixture of their current set with their inaugural colors. The uniform is cream white and there are no player names on the back.

The cap is the same current logo but also recolored. The team also have striped stirrups which I think is a really nice touch. Here are some up close photos from their unveiling today.

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Bad Lip Reading is back with another NFL video

I love these guys. I look forward to this every year!