Tag:Super Bowl
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:02 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:30 am

Rolling blackouts sweep through Dallas Wednesday

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- As if the sheets of ice covering Dallas roads weren't odd enough, the DFW metro area in Texas is being hit with rolling blackouts Wednesday morning.

The local CBS 11 stations -- we currently have power in downtown Dallas hotels -- reports that ERCOT (the Electric Reliability Council of Texas) is calling this a "power emergency," and there's good reason. After all, it's 14 degrees in Dallas with a high of 22 degrees expected throughout the day, and a city dealing with that temperature, icy roads, flickering power lights and sporadic indoor heating is not precisely safe.

I first noticed the situation when various gadgets (phone, computer, tv) all reset themselves twice this morning, about 20 minutes before my alarm clock was scheduled to start ringing, sending me into a panicked flurry of activity. But the blackouts began rolling through Fort Worth, Dallas, Garland, etc., about 5:30 AM CST.

Dallas authorities, according to CBS 11, are instructing people to "turn off all unnecessary lights and "please minimize the use of electric lighting as much as possible" -- it'll be interesting to see just how efficient the media workroom and Radio Row in downtown Dallas become early this morning.

Obviously the Super Bowl is "important" in that it brings in revenue for the city, and the city of Dallas doesn't want to deal with thousands of media members complaining about the electricity even working.

It's probably not, however, as important as maintaining the safety of citizens across the several-mile wide swath of cities that are incorporated in the metroplex.

But the raw energy consumption required to run the 5,082-plus cameras, computers, and all the other equipment needed for the press is pretty substantial. Which may explain why the blackouts swept through downtown early.

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 1:46 pm

Keisel would consider a 'stash, loves 'Tombstone'

Posted by Will Brinson

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Brett Keisel, pictured right in his Troy Polamalu wig, might be the most popular guy at the Super Bowl.

I'm not even kidding -- although Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers get the biggest crowds, Keisel and his beard have been a tremendous draw early in the week.

Josh talked to him on Monday about the beard and it's awesomeness, which is a must watch.

And during the media day, I caught up with Keisel to ask him if he'd ever consider going with a handlebar and if he had any endorsements lined up when and if he plans on shaving.

Need more proof that he's popular? CBSSports.com's Mark Morgan caught up with Keisel as well to discuss the furry creature living on his face.

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:11 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 1:40 pm

What's the greatest generic media day response?

Posted by Will Brinson

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- My answer: "Both teams played hard." But there are still lots of fantastically generic responses to questions that the media crank out. True story -- on Tuesday, I heard someone ask a player if he was excited. To be in Dallas. For the Super Bowl. I mean, really?

Anyway, during my time wandering through the throngs of zaniness that was media day, I was determined to find the best answer to the question.

Here's what I found, and, yeah, you'll probably hate my laugh my the end of the video.

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 3:08 pm

Clay Matthews discusses shampoo vs. conditioner

Posted by Will Brinson

ARLINGTON, Texas - Media Day at the Super Bowl is all about VERY SERIOUS JOURNALISTIC BUSINESS.

And, apparently, asking Clay Matthews about shampoo versus conditioner, which is what the guy representing Nickelodeon Cartoons (I kid you not, dear reader) did on Tuesday.



It was obviously nice of Clay to play along, but what can you really do when you're staring across the microphone at a guy in a child-like, nerdy superhero costume?

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 9:18 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 11:45 pm

Steelers dispel notion they don't have Ben's back

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE 11:37 p.m. EST: Peter King has issued a clarification on Goodell's lightning quote about how not one of "two dozen" Steeler players came to Roethlisberger's defense. Goodell was referring to two dozen NFL players in general, not two dozen Steelers.


FORT WORTH, TX -- Following Ben Roethlisberger's suspension to start the season, there was plenty of speculation that he wasn't the most popular person in the Steelers locker room.

On Monday, Peter King of Sports Illustrated posted in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column a quote from Roger Goodell that emphasized just how little the Steelers had Ben's back.

"Not one, not a single player, went to his defense," Goodell said after revealing he talked to "two dozen" Steelers players. "It wasn't personal in a sense, but all kinds of stories like, 'He won't sign my jersey.'"

Roethlisberger, asked Monday about the report, didn't necessarily dispel the notion.

"I'm not sure," Roethlisberger said. "I wasn't there. I don't know exactly what was said, so it's hard to say."

The report obviously stings for Ben, but it's far more indicative of how Steelers players perceive their quarterback, making their responses far more interesting.

However, most of the players asked seemed to indicate they felt differently than King reported, including wideout Hines Ward.

Ward wasn't the only one, though.

"I was highly upset by this whole situation," linebacker James Farrior said. "When Roger Goodell came to us in teh preseason, I think I was the guy who asked him a lot of the questions about Ben. I was pretty upset about it.

I really didn't get any answers from him that I was looking for, but I was definitely disappointed in what the verdict was and how they proceeded."

Brett Keisel, he of the most amazing beard in the world, was even more emphatic with his defense of Roethlisberger.

"I've always had Ben's back," Keisel said. "Even when everything was going on, Ben and I have had a very good relationship.

We're close friends on and off the field. I think everyone was behind him. Everyone just didn't know how to respond to all the questions and all the scrutiny."

So maybe that's the answer -- no one knew how to respond. And that's logical, too, because of the situation with which they were approached.

Goodell was asking them to provide input on a player in a very sticky situation, involving an alleged act that was so squeamish it wasn't easy to broach in the media, much less in a one-on-one conversation with the man in charge of disciplining the entire NFL.

Or maybe the members of the Steelers didn't have Ben's back when they were asked before the season. That's acceptable, even if it's a little awkward.

Because at the end of the day, he's helped the team get a shot at their third Super Bowl ring since he took over as quarterback. And that means that -- all issues of personal redemption aside -- he's rehabilitated himself as a teammate and member of the Steelers workforce.

For a team charged with winning football games, there's not much more they can really hope to expect.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 6:30 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 6:31 pm

Dallas cabbie protest could be trouble for fans

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- There's a protest going down near the Super Bowl, and oddly enough, it's not the fans angry at the current labor climate. (Or the media getting cranky about the lack of paper towels in the bathroom, though that should happen by Wednesday at the latest.) It's a large number of Dallas cab drivers who are using the grand stage of the Super Bowl to generate their own protestacular outcry against a natural-gas law that's affecting their work.

There's a law in place right now that allows natural-gas-powered cabs to move to the front of the line at Dallas' Love Field, and the Association of Taxicab Operators isn't happy about it.

"We're not going to stop unless we have something in writing," Al-Fatih Ameen, chairman of the cabbies group, told the Wall Street Journal.

I first noticed the large group of men holding signs in the middle of my workout Monday morning (well, actually during my every-two-minutes move of hopping off the treadmill and sucking oxygen) from a hotel window.

And as you can see above, Andy spotted them making a stink out in front of the media center at the Sheraton in Dallas.

Their decision to swarm the blocked-off streets around the Sheraton could get interesting, too, as more and more media members, athletes and celebrities congregate around the venue throughout the week.

This movement is particularly problematic for the hundreds of thousands of extra people swarming to Dallas in the next few days -- while all us rich bloggers have Escalades driven by bathing suit models, the average fan won't find getting from the airport to the city (and then around the city) quite as easy with the taxicab pool significantly diminished.

Really, it's just like the stripper problem percolating in Dallas, except slightly less damaging to city's economy and morale.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 4:44 pm

Pro Bowl most-watched 'all-star game' since 2009

Posted by Will Brinson

The Pro Bowl aired on Sunday to much criticism -- baseball writers were screaming about how awesome their version was, casual fans were complaining, and even NFL heads were bitter at the dismal performance. (In fact, it was so bad, it inspired our "10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl" post.)

But here's some surprising news: it was still really, really popular.

According to an NFL press release, the 2011 Pro Bowl was the "most watched all-star game for any sport since 2009."

Put that in your syringe and shoot it, Bud Selig!

But, no, really: 13.4 million viewers, which is the highest number of Pro Bowl viewers since the 1997 rendition, tuned into watch the NFC spank the AFC in a glorified version of beach volleyball.

While we can't be sure they were hanging around for the thrilling conclusion (Alex Mack's touchdown run), that's still a big number.

In fact, it's the largest number of folks who tuned into an all-star game since MLB's 2009 All-Star Game, which was aided slightly by this guy named Barack Obama throwing out the first pitch.

Pro Bowl viewership was up nine percent from 2010 and up a whopping 53 percent from 2009's game. The lesson, as always? People love the NFL.

Or maybe people just know that with a lockout looming, they need to maximize their chance to watch the sport on live television.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 8:39 pm

Tomlin optimistic on Pouncey despite appearances

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- The Steelers made their way into town (technically, Fort Worth, but you get the point) on Monday, and one of the highlights of Mike Tomlin's initial press conferences with the media was the state of rookie center Maurkice Pouncey.

Pouncey, as we all know, is unlikely to play. However, Tomlin, despite the fact that Pouncey was transported on a golf cart while holding crutches (see: right), remained optimistic about the possibility that his rookie center could play.

"We’re just trying to everything in our power to give him the best opportunity to participate," Tomlin said in his press conference on Monday. "I don’t know what his chances are at this point, to be quite honest with you. He is not on a running clock in my mind until Wednesday, when you start getting along in your normal preparation.

The Steelers coach also indicated that the team would be "aggressive" in trying to get the rookie center ready to roll for the Super Bowl, which just so happens to be in less than seven days.

He wouldn't, however, confirm the rumors of a broken bone in Pouncey's ankle, admitting only that there was a sprain.

"Of course he has a high-ankle sprain," Tomlin said. "We’ve been very aggressive in terms of treating it, even putting him in a hard cast and so forth."

Actually, the issue appears to be that the Steelers will be even more depleted at offensive line than possibly thought when they take the field on Sunday against the Packers. And the biggest issue in Tomlin's search for a second championship in three years, is that Doug Legursky will be the center in charge of keeping B.J. Raji and the rest of Green Bay's front seven at bay.

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