As part of his ongoing worldwide promotional tour for the highly-anticipated upcoming release of Anchorman 2, Will Ferrell – as his alter-ego and super-anchor Ron Burgundy (along with David Koechner as Champ Kind) – will be hosting a special edition of SportsCenter on ESPN this Thursday at 6pm ET.
In advance of this momentous event, ESPN has released this teaser video of Burgundy interviewing Broncos QB Peyton Manning, in which he discusses mustache’s, horses, and audibles … much to the delight of Manning, and fans of Anchorman everywhere:
During the Saints’ 17-13 victory over the Falcons last night, TE Jimmy Graham scored on a 44-yard touchdown catch, and decided to celebrate with a two-handed dunk on the goal post:
As you can see, the 6’7″, 265 lb beast decided to hang on the rim — er, crossbar — for extra effect, and then even gave the padding around the base of the goal post a beating for good measure. This was the result of the vicious Graham slam:
And despite the fact that Graham didn’t draw a flag for excessive celebration, there was a brief delay in the game so the stadium grounds crew could straighten out the goal post before the extra point.
Maybe tone it down a notch next time, huh Jimmy?
Brandon Marshall provides tremendous insight on Incognito-Martin and the “culture of the NFL” (VIDEO)
In the wake of the ongoing Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito saga in Miami, players from around the NFL have voiced their opinions on bullying/hazing in the locker room, and how this situation could have been handled better.
In case you’ve been living in a cave, Martin left the Dolphins last week after saying he had been frequently harassed by teammates, and particularly Incognito, who has been suspended indefinitely by the team. Martin briefly checked himself into a south Florida hospital for emotional distress, and both the Dolphins and the league are investigating evidence in the form of voicemails and text messages that Martin received, which clearly cross the line of good-natured hazing into flat-out bullying.
Many athletes have suggested that Martin needed to “man up” and put an end to the bullying himself, while others have shown support for Martin, and disdain for Incognito’s actions. It all has placed the culture surrounding the NFL under a microscope, and forced everyone to take a long hard look at the type of mentality we’re fostering among athletes throughout the sport.
Grantland has a particularly interesting take on the situation, which is definitely worth a read. And MMBQ published a fascinating piece by former Dolphins lineman Lydon Murtha, which gives an insider’s perspective on just what exactly went down in Miami. In it, Murtha points out that Dolphins players were instructed by coaches to bring Martin out of his shell and toughen him up … essentially, the NFL’s version of ordering a Code Red from A Few Good Men.
Bears WR Brandon Marshall is a particularly thoughtful NFL player, who has been remarkably candid about his own struggles with mental illness, and has actively tried to draw attention to the importance of mental health in our society, and in the sport of football. Marshall also spent a two years with the Dolphins and Incognito (from 2010-2011), so it should come as no surprise that he provided some of the more insightful commentary on the Martin/Incognito situation earlier this week.
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In case you missed it last night, Bengals rookie sensation Giovani Bernard scored the most impressive TD run of the year, with his remarkable Barry Sanders-esque 35-yard scamper.
On the play, Bernard took the pitch from Andy Dalton, then reversed field after being seemingly trapped by two defenders in the backfield, and somehow evaded everyone in a Dolphins uniform on his way to the endzone.
It was pretty incredible, and is worth watching over and over, in glorious GIF format:
Here’s the video of the play, and below is another GIF, from a different angle:
From the archives comes this incredible video of Green Bay Packers Brett Favre, Don Beebe and Frank Winters going Trick-or-Treating at head coach Mike Homgren’s house.
Armed with a troop of children, and wearing masks so the ol’ ball coach couldn’t tell who they were, Favre (wearing Beebe’s #82 jersey), Beebe (wearing Favre’s #4) and Winters (dressed as Jason) are sadly turned away because the Holmgrens had already given out all the candy they had … which is normally grounds for a proper egging and TP decoration.
It gets pretty awkward when Holmgren nearly shuts the door on the children, only to be let off the hook when he finds out who is behind the masks of the adults on his porch. Holmgren then promises the kids – who at this point will accept money in lieu of candy – to bring candy into work the next day to give to their dads to bring home. And everyone enjoys a big laugh.
Ahh, the innocence of the mid-90s.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, FOLKS!
It’s simple: babies dressed up as overgrown children = comedy GOLD.
As proof, we give you Baby Andy Reid and Baby Bill Belichick, early winners of this year’s favorite Halloween costumes:
Your move, baby Tom Coughlin …
The Lions’ pulled off a fantastic comeback victory against the Cowboys on Sunday, and fortunately for us, QB Matt Stafford was mic’d up, so we could hear exactly how all it went down ... including Stafford’s now-infamous fake clock/spike at the goal line, and leap over the line of scrimmage for the game-winning touchdown.
As we learned after the game, Stafford even fooled his own team on the final play, only making the decision to go for the endzone when he lined up under center:
“So I’m on the line, and everyone in the stadium thinks I’m spiking it, and that was the plan,’’ Stafford said. “The other 10 guys [on offense] thought I was too. I thought I was—but then I saw a couple of their guys, almost standing up, and I just had this thought: Maybe I could make it by sneaking, or just putting the ball over the line. Maybe that was our best chance. . . . You just feel it. Hard to explain. You just go to the line and you feel it sometimes, and I just felt: Our best chance is me taking the ball and diving it over. I mean, all we were was three inches from the end zone.”
Watch and listen to the final drive, including Stafford’s genuine jubilation (aka girlish screams) after scoring the touchdown.
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This one comes to us from GIF-maker extraordinaire LSUFreek, who turned an already-awesome GIF of Andy Reid running into the locker room and celebrating his undefeated Chiefs’ win over the Texans on Sunday into an instant classic.
By simply adding a brick wall and an “OH YEAH” to the action, Reid is transformed from a run-of-the-mill jovial lug to the living, breathing embodiment of the Kool-Aid Man.
It’s almost too perfect:
For those of you too young to get the reference, video of a classic Kool Aid commercial from the 70′s after the jump.
This photo has been making the rounds this week, after being unearthed by Doug Kyed at NESN, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t share it with our readers.
To absolutely no one’s surprise (but everyone’s delight), it turns out that New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan used to rock the goatee and mullet, and was the spitting image of Kenny Powers, the beloved anti-hero of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down”.
Check out this old photo of Ryan from his days as a linebacker coach with the Patriots:
For comparison, here’s Powers:
Uncanny, isn’t it?
Perhaps the most important piece of investigative journalism about the NFL in recent history – Frontline’s 2-hour documentary, “League of Denial” - will premiere tonight on your local PBS station.
Based on the book of the same name by ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, the piece takes an in-depth look at the impact of head trauma on the NFL and it’s players. Along the way, it shows how the league – in an effort to protect its multi-billion dollar business - has publicly pretended to care about the link between football and subsequent cumulative brain injury, but in reality has tried to play down the issue, and even gone so far as to cover it up.
The documentary has already proved controversial enough that ESPN removed their own credit from the documentary, most likely in fear of retribution from the league. It’s definitely must-DVR material, and worth watching, especially if you have (or plan to have) kids who may play football some day.
Ultimately, this program – and the revelations made within – could change the very foundation of our nation’s favorite sport, and how it’s played.
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