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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It’s October, which means we’re in the midst of the annual pink-a-palooza celebration in the NFL to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the over-the-top PR campaign put on by the league to go along with it. Players sporting neon pink gloves, cleats, socks, towels and more have become a familiar sight in recent years, all in the good name of supporting the NFL’s A Crucial Catch program.
Well today, in response to an outcry of general dissatisfaction from both fans and teams, the NFL confirmed that the league will stop using pink penalty flags after week 5.
While breast cancer awareness is certainly a fantastic cause, and the league’s campaign to call attention to it a seemingly a great idea, some have questioned how much of the proceeds from the Crucial Catch program actually go to support cancer charities, and whether this isn’t some grand effort to divert attention from the league’s numerous other PR issues – namely the controversy surrounding the violence of the sport and resulting brain injuries suffered by its players.
But regardless of your feelings on those matters, with the inclusion of pink first down markers, pink wristbands, pink mouthguards, pink captains patches, pink chinstraps and the like, there’s a chance that you’ve been feeling like the game has been overtaken by the color, to the point of distraction. And when it comes to pink penalty flags, it seems that everyone – including the NFL brain trust – agrees that the league has finally gone too far.
The use of the pink penalty flags originated from an 11-year-old fan who wrote a letter to Roger Goodell suggesting the idea — and Goodell jumped on the multi-pronged PR move like a cheetah, implementing it for just one game last season. But this weekend saw neon fuchsia laundry all over the field, with refs in each game using the hot pink flags to mark a penalty, leading to confusion for fans, players and announcers alike. So rather than continue the practice throughout October, the league decided to pull the plug after one week.
Fear not fans of all things pink, we’ll still get to see pink shoelaces and skull caps for the rest of the month (yeesh) … but the pink flags will be gone after tonight. Thank goodness.
We’re checking in with our old pal Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force for the first time this season, and things aren’t looking so great for the Zubaz-wearing prognosticator and his New York Football Giants, who have stumbled out of the gate with an ugly 0-4 start.
In fact, it’s gotten so bad that Carl finds himself under court-mandated psychological watch, and ingesting a steady diet of colorful pills … which seem to have softened his edge just a bit as he looks ahead to Sunday’s Giants-Eagles clash:
Once again, if Carl picks you (drug-addled or not), it’s pretty much the kiss of death … so it looks like the G-Men are going to fall to 0-5 this weekend.
Our long Tampa Bay-area nightmare has finally come to its inevitable close, as the Buccaneers released Josh Freeman today, after failed attempts at trading the embattled QB.
It’s been an ugly season so far for Freeman, who has had an openly contentious relationship with head coach Greg Schiano. Freeman reportedly missed the team photo earlier this year, and his teammates didn’t select him as a team captain for the first time since his rookie campaign — a vote that some thought may have been orchestrated by Schiano. Last weekend, Freeman was benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, signaling the end of the Freeman era in Tampa. And then earlier this week, Freeman accused the organization of leaking confidential information about his involvement in the NFL’s drug program.
After attempts to trade Freeman over the past week were unsuccessful, the Buccaneers finally put an end to the drama by granting his release.
The atmosphere created by Schiano in Tampa Bay is clearly dysfunctional, and not just as it relates to Freeman. In an article on MMBQ.com published yesterday, Andrew Brant reveals that the entire Bucs locker room is feeling the effects of Schiano’s coaching style:
In speaking with agents of several Bucs players recently, I have sensed a common theme: There is an atmosphere of fear and distrust under the current regime in Tampa. Players have told their agents about coaches roaming through the locker room (typically the players’ sanctuary away from coaches) and staff videotaping players on the sidelines during losses to single out players laughing or horsing around. The players also speak to the influx of multiple Rutgers players from Schiano’s past and the use of the phrase “Schiano Men,” a term that clearly does not apply to Freeman.
So while Freeman is not without blame in this situation, his issues were exacerbated – and purposely brought into the public eye – by Schiano. And his heavy-handed style will likely lead to the release of other players who aren’t considered “Schiano Men” … which in any other setting, probably isn’t such a bad thing.
One of the more interesting stories in the NFL last week was that undercover Seattle cops were planning on dressing in visitors’ team gear at Sundays’ Seahawks-49ers game, in an attempt to identify and remove unruly fans.
Well, one Seahawks fan saw right through their attempt at entrapment, and called out the most obvious narc in the building:
Back to the drawing board, SPD.