Tag:Super Bowl
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 7:58 pm

Bradford, Suh win AP Rookie of the Year awards

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- Sam Bradford and Ndamukong Suh were named the 2010 AP Rookies of the Year on Friday night.

The announcement hardly comes as a surprise -- Bradford broke several of Peyton Manning's rookie records en route to passing for 3,512 yards, 18 touchdowns (to 15 interceptions) and a 76.5 QB rating while completing 60 percent of his passes. More importantly, perhaps, was his strong play during the middle of the season -- over a six-game stretch, Bradford threw 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions as the Rams picked up four of their seven wins in 2010. And he did all this while throwing to a wide receiver corps that was about as far from elite as it came in the NFL this season.

Suh piled up 10 sacks, 66 total tackles and one interception in his first season. While the Lions didn't have as much success, his front-seven disruption showed why he was the No. 2 overall choice in last year's draft (behind only Bradford) and hinted as to the damage he could do in the future under Jim Schwartz' tutelage.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 6:53 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 7:59 pm

Joe Theismann REALLY appreciates Crown's DD car

Posted by Will Brinson

I'm typically loquacious enough to not simply post a picture of something and let it ride without too many words. But this image of Joe Theismann taking home one of Crown Royal's "Safe Rides Home" in Dallas is just too rich to spoil with typing.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 4:59 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 7:59 pm

Podcast: Super Bowl scene

Posted by Will Brinson

The "Super Bowl Scene" is so fascinating that it deserves its own discussion. Fortunately, Andy's been killing it on that front vis-a-vis his frequent updates.

However, it also deserves it's own podcast, so Andy and I hopped on the old recording machine and fired up the football podcast, breaking down the off-field action that's been going down thru Thursday.

Just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:28 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 9:27 am

Tebow discusses his transition to Fox

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- Tim Tebow's been fairly low-key throughout the end of the 2010 season. He dazzled Denver fans with strong performances against Houston and San Diego (513 passing yards, 121 rushing yards and five total touchdowns), but he hasn't been seen or heard from in the media too frequently since.

Perhaps that's because the Broncos organization has been busy either tweeting or hiring John Fox as their new head coach.

On Thursday night, Tebow did speak with a slew of Dallas-area high school athletes at Nike Victory Dallas. (He, Ndamukong Suh, Marshall Faulk and Joe Haden were answering questions from the athletes in attendance and discussing the Monday release to the public of Nike's Zoom Alpha Talon cleats.)

I caught up with him following the event to quickly inquire about the coaching change in Denver and how much he felt it would affect him.

Tebow, always the optimist, seemed especially enthralled about the possibility of working with Fox in Denver.

"I like [Fox's hiring]," Tebow told CBSSports.com "We had a really good relationship leading all the way through the combine and leading up to the Draft.

We had dinner a few times together and and I really enjoyed being able to get to know him. It's really cool how things can sometimes work out, you know? Who knew after I got drafted by Denver that he would be my head coach?"

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Fox certainly didn't know either, even if his fate in Carolina was sealed before Week 1 began. His challenge now becomes maintaining a system that will allow the Broncos' first-rounder to continue to develop as an NFL quarterback. Tebow believes the transition will be fairly seamless, and that Fox's retention of several Denver coaches from the Josh McDaniels era will lend an aura of familiarity to the 2011 rendition.

"It's exciting for me, because we're going to have a very similar offense," Tebow told CBSSports.com "Some things will change, but a lot of it will be the same because we're going to have the same offensive coordinator. There's a different quarterbacks coach but he was the wide receivers coach so I know him already.

"That's going to make it easier as far as the transition, because I don't have to learn a whole new offense," Tebow said. "Pretty much the core of it's going to be the same so that's going to be really nice."

Again, that's the Tebow the optimist talking. But maybe it makes sense to expect a smooth transition. After all, while people have pointed to the possibility of Kyle Orton starting next season, Tebow talents might actually make more sense in the type of system that Fox feels more comfortable running.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 7:01 pm

The ultimate Super Bowl infographic & fan's guide

Posted by Will Brinson

You what's great about America? Complex simplicity, that's what. (And also the Super Bowl. And the freedom to vote. And lots of other stuff.) And what's more complex and simple at the same time than a giant picture explaining the outcome of every Super Bowl since ever, courtesy of Online Schools?

The short answer: nothing. So, enjoy the following infographic and test your mettle on Super Bowl knowledge.

The Ultimate Fan's Guide to Super Bowls
[Source: Online Schools]

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 1:32 pm

Jimmy Johnson talks Super Bowl, Dallas SB scene

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- Jimmy Johnson doesn't live in Dallas -- he's too busy diving in the Keys, natch -- but he knows a little bit about this city, having won a game or two for the Cowboys back in his day.

I sat down with Jimmy on radio row to talk about the Steelers-Packers matchup, and get his thoughts on the impending lockout, Dallas weather and scene and the best way to get home from Dallas parties (hint: have friends at Crown Royal). 

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:03 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 8:18 am

Roethlisberger partying during Super Bowl week?

Posted by Will Brinson

The comments on this article should range nicely from "STEELER SUX" to "STOP WASTING MY TIME, LOSER," but it warrants mentioning, I think, that Ben Roethlisberger was reportedly out getting a little loose at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar in Fort Worth where the Steelers are staying this week.

Yes, that report does come via TMZ.com, and, no Ben doesn't do anything stupid. Unless you count choosing Billy Joel's "Piano Man" as his selection during the karaoke session he and "two massive teammates" held from 11:00 PM until 1:15 AM.

People inside the bar told TMZ that Ben was "nice, fun and took care of everyone" -- reportedly he bought several rounds for the entire bar. (And presumably, that was so some jerk wouldn't sell video of him singing to TMZ for $5,000.)

Look, this video, which you have to assume is going to make the rounds Thursday, is really only a big deal because of circumstance.

Ben got in trouble for some pretty nasty allegations that occurred while he was partying too hard in some random, podunk town in Georgia. Ergo, when people Ben's supposed to be in Dallas and focused and renewed and changed and all that stuff.

That doesn't mean that Ben has to go to church every night or go rescue orphans in between Super Bowl practices. Expecting that out of him would be a bit much.

And it's also pretty fine for the guy to cut loose a little bit by enjoying a reasonably quiet evening on the town. But given all that's happened over the last year, it's surprising to see him even risk the potential of public discussion about his behavior in the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

Because regardless of the thought process behind his behavior and whether or not belting out Billy Joel tunes at 1:00 AM in a Piano Bar in a day and age when everyone has a camera phone actually affects his on-field performance, if the Steelers end up losing, people will want to know why he wasn't spending the week getting more prepared.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:55 am

Ndamukong Suh talks Super Bowl, Lions and more

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- Ndamukong Suh is a really talented and outstanding defensive player. He looks flat-out ferocious on the field.

But when you get a chance to talk to him away from the gridiron, he's so outstandingly smart about the game and brings such a different demeanor (than you'd expect from his style of play anyway) to interviews that it makes him even more impressive as student of the football.

I caught up with Suh at Radio Row during the Super Bowl, and we chatted about his toughest matchup, how the Lions are turning the corner, who he thinks will win the Super Bowl and much, much more.

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