So this exists.
Hard-nosed 49ers head coach – and former NFL QB – Jim Harbaugh once appeared on an episode of Saved By The Bell: The New Class. As Screech’s cousin. Take a minute to let that sink in.
The video evidence is below, with Harbaugh paying a visit to The Max to have lunch with his favorite cousin Screech. He’s also conveniently there to provide counsel to a troubled teen who’s considering quitting football after pulling a DeSean Jackson and prematurely celebrating a touchdown.
And even though everyone knows that The New Class was a wildly inferior installation in the Saved By The Bell cannon, this is still a tremendous find.
At the time (somewhere between 1994-97), Harbaugh was quarterbacking the Indianapolis Colts, and probably wasn’t the most instantly recognizable athlete in the country. So despite the piped-in cheering when Jim enters, the script makes sure the audience knows exactly who it is we’re looking at. You know, since they’ve never mentioned this supposedly close relative of Screech even once in the history of the show. But because Dustin Diamond so obviously looks like the lost Harbaugh brother, it’s totally believable.
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After eight games played this season, both Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck are 5-3, with 2,404 yards passing.
Mind = Blown.
Meet Danny Webber: a diehard 74-year-old Colts fan suffering from terminal prostate cancer. One of Danny’s last wishes was to attend a Colts game and meet QB Andrew Luck, which he was fortunate enough to do back in week 3 of this season.
This week, Showtime’s Inside the NFL aired this piece on Webber’s experience, which shows just the type of meaning and impact this game can have in a person’s life. It also includes a touching meeting with Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, before he was diagnosed with leukemia, and a beautiful moment when Webber meets Luck, who he calls “the greatest football player the Colts will ever have.”
If you don’t get choked up watching this video, you should probably go get your heart checked out.
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Stanford QB Andrew Luck put on a show at his pro day yesterday, turning in a near-perfect performance in Palo Alto and cementing his position as the top quarterback in this year’s NFL draft.
And when he was finished with his 48 scripted throws, Luck answered requests for one more deep pass by showing off his arm strength. Check out this perfect bomb into the wind that traveled about 75 yards in the air, and was unfortunately dropped by his receiver at the goal line:
Don’t get me wrong, there’s no such thing as a sure thing in the draft, but I’m starting to understand what all the hype surrounding Luck is all about.
The two biggest stories in the NFL right now are Peyton Manning’s release from the Colts, and the bounty system run by Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams while with the Saints and Redskins before them. And now it seems that those two stories might intersect in a most interesting way, as former colts head coach Tony Dungy has suggested that Manning’s neck issues could be traced back to an injury sustained while facing a Williams-coached Redskins defense in 2006. And if that’s the case, Williams’ little bounty program will have made a far bigger impact across the league than anyone could have imagined.
On the play in question [VIDEO HERE and below], Manning was hit by Redskins defenders Andre Carter and Phillip Daniels in a high-low combo, with Daniels holding on to Peyton’s helmet all the way to the ground, thus twisting the QB’s neck and body into an extremely awkward position. Manning’s helmet eventually popped right off of his head, and he immediately showed signs of being injured, shaking his right arm ”as if trying to get the feeling back in it.” The Colts called a timeout and Manning was able to return on the next play without any immediate ill-effects, but many believe that this was the beginning of the nerve damage that led to four neck surgeries and his current free agent status.
“The guy wouldn’t let go of my head,” Manning said after the game of Daniels, who was fined $5,000 by the NFL for the hit. “I looked at my helmet to see if my head was in it.”
VIDEO OF MANNING’S INJURY AFTER THE JUMP
So far, the story of the 2012 NFL off-season is Colts QB Peyton Manning, and where he’s going to play next season. The back-and-forth between Manning and Colts’ owner Jim Irsay has reached a near-comical level of he said-she said, with Irsay saying on Thursday that they’re currently in negotiations with the veteran quarterback. But the general consensus seems to be that Irsay is just posturing for the media, and that Pey-Pey has likely played his last down as a Colt.
Vegas released updated odds today on where Manning will play in 2012, which place the Dolphins as the favorite to land Peyton at 2.5-to-1, barely edging out “Does Not Play” (currently getting 3-1 odds), for those who believe Peyton’s neck injury could force him into early retirement. The Redskins are next in what seems like a perfect Dan Snyder move, followed by the Colts and Cardinals at 5-1, and Jets at 6-1.
My gut says Peyton will end up in either Washington or Arizona … what do you think?
SEE THE COMPLETE PEYTON MANNING ODDS AFTER THE JUMP
This awesome aerial photo of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy – where preparations are well under way for Super Bowl XLVI – comes to us via Reddit.com/r/nfl from user fit431, who works in the network/internet department at the stadium, and can apparently climb like a spider monkey up into the rafters for this perspective.
As you can see, the endzones are already painted, along with the SB logo … and it looks like they were in the middle of painting the Giants’ sideline when this shot was taken yesterday:
The best comment from the thread was easily this one by Redditor NightEmber79:
Lucas was such a good choice for the Superbowl. The field is in great shape. Hardly any football was played there this year.
Good night everybody! Try the veal.
While all the league is busy fawning over Tim Tebow in Denver, there’s another, less-heralded quarterback who’s quietly having a huge impact on his franchise this year:
Colts QB Dan Orlovsky led his team to their second straight win last night with a 19-16 victory over Houston, also giving Indy their second win for the entire season.
Orlovsky, who played with the Texans for the last two seasons, lost his first nine starts in the NFL in ugly fashion, but seems to have finally found his groove over these past two weeks. With his impressive game-winning two-minute drill last night, Orlovsky now has consecutive wins over division rival Titans and Texans, making him 2-2 for the month of December since taking the reigns from Curtis Painter in Week 14, and improving the Colts to 2-13 on the year.
And while winning is normally considered a good thing in sports, for Colts fans, Orlovsky ironically may be ruining their Christmas. These two wins hurt Indy’s chances at winning the “Suck for Luck” campaign, and getting the #1 overall draft pick for Stanford QB Andrew Luck … which is basically all Colts fans had been hoping for after such a miserable season.
Poor Orlovsky … the guy can’t win even when he’s winning.
UPDATE: The NFL has just confirmed that if the Colts do lose next week at Jacksonville, they will still be guaranteed the first pick in the draft. So, if they’re really that serious about picking Luck, and with the way he’s playing of late, Indy might want to consider benching Orlovsky next Sunday.
(Pic via Reddit.com/r/nfl)
And so it was that bizarro NFL Week 15 ended the quest for both the perfect and winless seasons in 2011.
Let’s see if Tebow can restore some sense of normalcy by pulling out a miraculous win against the Patriots.
UPDATE: Nope. Not only couldn’t Denver summon the late-game magic today in their 41-23 loss, but “Tebow Time” actually came during the first quarter instead of the fourth, with the Broncos scoring on their first three possessions and New England forced to mount the comeback.
Bizarro Sunday remains fully intact.
This photo tells you all you need to know about the mindset of Colts fans these days, following the loss of Peyton Manning and an 0-8 start to the season:
Not only are these fans actively rooting for their team to tank the rest of the season to increase their chances at drafting Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the #1 pick, but they went so far as to purchase custom-made Colts jerseys with Luck’s name on it!
There’s so much that’s fundamentally wrong with this, I don’t even know where to begin.