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.
It’s official. Seahawks fans are loud. And now they have the Guinness World Record to prove it.
During last night’s Seahawks-49ers game, Seattle fans attempted to set the world record for the loudest stadium crowd ever, with officials from Guinness on hand at CenturyLink field to record the feat. And during the 2nd quarter, when Michael Bennett sacked Colin Kaepernick, the stadium reached an ear-splittingly loud decibel level of 131.9, beating the old record of 131.76 for a soccer match in Istanbul.
But they weren’t done there. Later, during the third quarter, the “12th Man” shattered their own record with a deafening 136.6 decibels during a Seahawks defensive series, giving them full claim to the title of loudest fans in the business. Granted, there might be some validity to the notion that the acoustics at CenturyLink were designed to amplify crowd noise, and that the Seahawks may have been guilty of piping in artificial crowd noise in the past … but that shouldn’t diminish just how loud it really does get it that stadium. Heck, they even created a seismic event a few years back, remember?
As a point of reference, the pain threshold for a human being is at 130 decibels … so 136 decibels is pretty off the charts, and enough to make ear plugs required accessories for anyone venturing into the Hawks Nest. More context via Mashable.com:
A public-health project called “Dangerous Decibels” reports that the sound a jet plane makes from 100 feet away clocks in at 135 decibels. The site also says the “maximum permissible exposure time” to a sound of 115 decibels without sustaining hearing damage is about 30 seconds. It doesn’t list maximum exposure times for anything louder.
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This is probably entirely fake, but props to the folks at Madden 25 and EA Sports for following up on last week’s viral video of Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson betting an eyebrow on last night’s 49ers-Seahawks game.
Here’s video of Kaepernick going through with his punishment, and shaving off his left eyebrow:
Again, this is most likely fake (and looks to have been shot at the same time as the commercial … notice that Colin doesn’t have his newly-grown beard either), but either way, we like the follow-through. We’ll just have to check out this week’s press conferences to see if Kaepernick is still sporting both eyebrows.
As if we needed any more reason to tune in for this weekend’s 49ers-Seahawks game, the two young gun QBs taking the stage have upped the stakes even further: Seattle’s Russell Wilson and SF’s Colin Kaepernick have made a wager that whoever loses on Sunday has to shave off one of his eyebrows.
The bet took place during a commercial for Madden 25, and it’s all on video, with both quarterbacks shaking on it … which I’m pretty sure means it can be upheld in a court of law.
Kaepernick: “Big game on Sunday.”
Wilson: “Yup. You know what we should do? Whoever loses has to shave an eyebrow.”
Kaepernick: “Alright. Hope you don’t like your eyebrow.”
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As we kick off the 2013 NFL season tonight, we are graced with this incredible set of NFL team sigils, in the style of the house sigils from Game of Thrones. For those of you who are geeks for both the NFL and GOT (like us), this is pure nirvana.
Created by internet hero DJroomba, aka Tim Proby, the complete gallery of all 32 teams (even the Jets) can be found here, and includes several variations for each club. We’ve posted some of our favorites below, and saved the best for last in the Patriots and Browns. Enjoy your new desktop wallpapers!
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Last night, Super Bowl XLVII brought us one of the more surreal moments in sports history, as the power in the SuperDome went out during the 3rd quarter last night, leading to a 34-minute delay in play.
The outage came shortly after the Ravens took a commanding 28-6 lead, and the lengthy delay seemed to allow the 49ers to regroup and regain some momentum once the lights came back on. And even though Baltimore was able to hang on for the victory, the conspiracy theorists are already out in force suggesting some sort of foul play.
CBS’s 60 minutes crew was on hand and had their cameras rolling in the NFL’s control room as the lights went out, and captured this remarkable footage of the outage and its immediate aftermath:
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In advance of the much-hyped Harbowl (or “Super Browl”, if you will), Reddit brings us this absolute gem from the Harbaugh brothers’ childhood.
Check out young John and Jim decked out in their Baskin Robbins little league unis, with the elder John towering over the befuddled looking Jim:
And after some incredible interweb sleuthing, we uncovered a few more classic shots from the Harbaugh family archives, which reveal that Jim has been making that same exact face since he exited the birth canal.
PS - how bout that local little league BR sponsorship still paying dividends 30+ years later, eh?!?
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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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Every year, we try to refrain from pulling a Tom Smykowski from Office Space, and jumping to any conclusions about the NFL season prematurely. In a sixteen-game season, it generally takes several games for teams to figure out their identity, and a lot longer than that to determine a realistic playoff picture.
So while it’s tempting to draw knee-jerk reactions from a couple of games, we at least try to wait until the quarter-point mark to start making our hyperbolic and definitive statements about the season ahead.
And even though many of these will undoubtedly prove wrong, we’re not afraid to draw these bold conclusions after just week four of the season.
So without further adieu, here are our top 5 observations on the 2012 edition of ol’ Jump To Conclusions mat:
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The NFL is BACK … and ‘merica!!!
On opening night, Rob Ryan also fired up that football is back: