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Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:24 pm
 

Pick-6 Podcast: One last look at Super Bowl XLVI

Revisiting the week that was in Indianapolis: Super Bowl XLVI. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

The Giants are champs, the Pats are left wondering where it all went wrong, and the 2011 NFL season is officially in the books.

After a whirlwind week of press conferences, Media Day, red-carpet events and, of course, the Super Bowl, we recap our eight days in sunny, temperate Indianapolis (seriously, the only thing better than the weather was the hospitality). 

We start off by talking about the pass -- you know, the one that Wes Welker couldn't pull in and that probably changed the outcome of the game. We also discuss Tom Brady's suddenly tarnished legacy. Somehow, a three-time Super Bowl winner has gone from hero to goat in 20 minutes of uninspiring football (not helping: his supermodel wife blasting the Pats' receivers for not being able to catch). 

And no conversation of Super Bowl week in Indy would be complete without a mention of Peyton Manning and his future, so we hit that too.

Also worth mentioning: we "worked" the Playboy Party Friday night and the highlight of the evening for Brinson was meeting DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. We wish we were making this up.

All right, let's get to this...

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:05 pm
 

NFL inadvertently pulls Chrysler Super Bowl ad



By Ryan Wilson


The NFL is vigilant about protecting its product -- namely football -- especially online. That means doggedly ensuring that unlicensed videos are pulled from YouTube as soon as soon as they go up, and that was doubly true during Sunday's Super Bowl. Except that the zero-tolerance policy has some unintended consequences.

For Chrysler, it meant the NFL inadvertently having their Super Bowl ad pulled from YouTube, presumably because it was deemed controversial (inasmuch as it really bothered Karl Rove, anyway).

"This was a big deal for Chrysler," Suzanne Vranica of the Wall Street Journal wrote Monday. "The automaker was one of the few big-game advertisers that didn’t release its Super Bowl commercial prior to the game. That meant it missed out on the millions of dollars in free publicity that other advertisers got from online airings of their ads beforehand. Post-game online availability would have helped make up for that."

So why did the NFL yank the spot? Turns out it was a mistake.

"A third-party vendor monitoring game content mistakingly sent a takedown notice," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Jalopnik.com. "… The vendor thought the ad was part of the halftime programming, which is protected, and not a commercial."

Oy.

Put differently, the NFL was fine with the ad (it even showed up on NFL.com), Chrysler hadn't violated any copyrights, and neither Google (YouTube's parent company) nor NBC (the network that aired the Super Bowl) had an issue with the commercial's message. And yet Chrysler got hosed. But why?

More from Jalopnik:
Someone working on behalf of the NFL — maybe it was an intern at the NFL's social media monitoring company — neither Google nor the NFL will tell us specifically who it is — was apparently tasked with searching for anything related to the game once it started. Specifically, for anything "halftime" related.

It's possible that this person/persons searched through anything on YouTube with the word "Halftime" and sent a form-letter DMCA take-down request. That person was entirely wrong, but it cost Chrysler potentially millions of dollars because the ad was down within minutes after the game.
At the very least, it's a case of someone somewhere working for the NFL overreacting. At worst, it shows that Google's "act first, ask questions later" policy on copyright infringement probably needs to be revisited.

Upside: the commercial is again available on YouTube for everybody to enjoy. Well, everybody but Karl Rove.

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 8:00 pm
 

Antrel Rolle on Patriots: 'It wasn't their time'

New York's secondary blew a coverage on what turned out to be the turning point in the game. (NFL.com)

By Ryan Wilson

In the hours and days since the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, the prevailing storyline has been about wide receiver Wes Welker and the drop. Except that the play in question -- a fourth-down pass with 4:06 left in the game and the Pats leading 17-15 -- wasn't so much a drop as a poor throw from Tom Brady. We said as much at the time although those sentiments weren't universally shared. (And never mind NBC's Cris Collinsworth announcing that Welker makes that grab "100 times out of a 100." Uh, no he doesn't.)

On Monday, Giants safety Antrel Rolle appeared on 1090 Sports Radio in San Diego to talk about the Brady-to-Welker misfire that set up New York's game-winning drive.

“Well actually there was a communication error on that play," Rolle said via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "That was guys playing two different coverages and we tried to relay the right coverage down, but once you’re locked in…you are locked in. We tried to relay the coverage a little too late. Some guys were playing one coverage while others were playing another, but through it all things like that happen. Things like that tend to get away from you in the game and we just thank god that Wes didn’t make that catch."

Rolle's right. Looking at the replay, before the snap, safeties Deon Grant (No. 34) and Kenny Phillips (21) appear to be relaying coverage information to cornerback Corey Webster (21) and Rolle (26). As Rolle noted Monday, there was some confusion.

Not everybody in the Giants' secondary was playing the same coverage on the play.  (NFL.com)

Welker, in the slot, comes off the line of scrimmage untouched and when Rolle slows up while Welker continues running down the seam, it creates a huge window (see the image at the top of this post). One that on any other day, Brady stripes, hits Welker in stride, with a touchdown the likely result. Just not Sunday night. (After the ball falls to the turf, Phillips turns immediately to Rolle and they talk about the coverage responsibilities on the play.)

"It wasn’t their time," Rolle said. "It wasn’t their time. Everyone has a fair…has a time where…they needed their time. [Sunday] just wasn’t New England’s time. They’re an outstanding football team. One of the best football teams I have ever played against and I don’t like going up against them too much because I know what they bring to the table. With that being said we got to go out there and do what we need to do as a team. Go out there and be the best we can be.”

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:04 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 7:05 pm
 

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl?

Sir Charles should've bet that the first score of the Super Bowl would be a safety. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

It's too bad Charles Barkley didn't bet that the first score of Super Bowl XLVI would come by way of a safety. It would've offset the $100,000 he eventually lost.

During a radio appearance before the game, Sir Charles explained his decision to put 100 large on New England.

“I’m a big believer in ‘In God We Trust,’ and I trust in Belichick, bro," Barkley said via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "I’m going with the New England Patriots. … I’m almost changed the plane to go to Vegas because I wanted to get the 2.5. … Three scares the hell out of me.”

Barkley was also asked about a host of prop bets, none of which he got right (though he pushed on two!), and predicted a final score of 31-17, New England.

"I tell you, I don’t think it’s going to be close," he said. "As quiet as it’s kept, New England had the worst defense ever to make the Super Bowl, but if you look back at the playoffs, they’ve been one of the best defenses in the playoffs and I think that’s going to continue.”

Well, Chuck was right about one thing: the Pats' defense wasn't the reason they lost. It was some combination of Justin Tuck, Tom Brady and Wes Welker.

Barkley weighed in on the second biggest storyline of Super Bowl week, too: Peyton Manning, who appears to have played his last game for the Colts.

“My first opinion is I don’t think Peyton Manning should play football again. You’re talking about a neck," Barkley said. "I know he’s got a couple young twins. I don’t think he should play football at all. But I think the Colts have got to let him go. You can’t pay two quarterbacks. First of all, the team’s not going to be very good next year, to be honest with you, so why would he want to play on a bad team?”

And that's a question we could very well be asking when Peyton signs with the Dolphins or Redskins. The answer, obviously: they paid him a ton of money.

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 6:16 pm
 

Patriots sign Underwood to futures contract

Underwood is back in New England after the team cut him the day before the Super Bowl. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)

By Ryan Wilson

Tiquan Underwood was one of the highlights of Super Bowl Media Day, talking about his high-top fade and even taking time to pay homage to Kid 'n Play. Four days later, the Patriots released the wide receiver to add depth along the defensive line.

Why did head coach Bill Belichick not come to this realization at some point sooner? Most likely, he didn't want to give the Giants an opportunity to sign Underwood. Whatever, the decision was panned (especially since defensive lineman Alex Silvestro, signed to replace Underwood on the roster, didn't see the field Sunday).

There is good news, however: Underwood got a full Super Bowl share (and would've received a ring had New England won), and on Tuesday the Pats re-signed him to a futures contract for 2012.

In this third year out of Rutgers, Underwood managed just three catches for 30 yards in six games last season. There was speculation that he might make the Super Bowl active roster over veteran Chad Ochocinco, who arrived in Foxboro in August and struggled ever since. Ochocinco ended the regular season with 15 catches and a lone touchdown, played just one snap in the playoff win over the Broncos, was inactive a week later against the Ravens, and had one reception for 21 yards against the Giants in the Super Bowl.

If nothing else, karma has repaid Underwood for handling things so well. When his release was announced Saturday, he took to Twitter saying, “This Is Nothing But MOTIVATION … I Been Thru A LOT…But There Are Ppl In This World w/ More Serious Problems So I Cant Hang The Head….Thank You Lord #Blessed . . . Good Luck To The New Enland Organization, The Coaches, & All My Teammates… #PatsNation.”

Added bonus: Gisele wasn't talking about him when she called out the Pats' pass catchers. So there's that.

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 3:55 pm
 

What happens when you turn off the Super Bowl?

By Josh Katzowitz

It’s usually unwise to get between a man (or a woman) and his (or her) football, and if you do so, you have to know that you might get punched in the stomach for your trouble. Watch, then, what happens when late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel instructs viewers to unplug the TV during a crucial moment of the Super Bowl.

The results are, in two words, absolutely ridiculous (especially the home where the Christmas tree is STILL up and the wife tells her husband that he can’t watch the Super Bowl until he takes it down).

The only thing that surprised me about this video was that there wasn’t MORE cursing. Check it out. It is hi-larious.



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Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:52 pm
 

Man who bet on SB safety to donate to charity

Justin Tuck's safety on Tom Brady won a man $50,000. (AP)
By Josh Katzowitz

In the immediate aftermath of the first-quarter safety in Super Bowl XVLI, when Justin Tuck forced Tom Brady into an intentional grounding penalty while throwing from the end zone, a few writers in the auxiliary press box started looking up the prop bet odds that surely would pay off in a huge way for at least one person.

Well, a guy named Jona Rechnitz had played a $1,000 wager that a safety would occur, and with those 50-1 odds, he suddenly was $50,000 richer. But not for long.

That’s because as TMZ reports (via Yahoo Sports), Rechnitz plans to donate all the post-tax money to various charities, including one of Brady’s choice. Rechnitz, a big Giants fan, also apparently wants to donate $5,000 to the charity of Tuck’s choice.

Even crazier, Rechnitz -- who owns a capital investment firm in Manhattan and who apparently does quite well for himself -- only makes one Super Bowl bet per year. Luckily for him and his future recipients, this year’s wager panned out rather nicely.

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:03 pm
 

Maria Menounos loses bet, wears Giants bikini

Maria Menounos lost a bet and had to wear a Giants bikini in Times Square. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Maria Menounos, "Extra" correspondent, is a huge Patriots fan. (At Media Day, she was booed for her allegiance to New England.) And as the result of a bet she lost with colleague A.J. Calloway, she had to wear a Giants bikini in Times Square on Monday during the coverage of the Giants Super Bowl parade.

Had the Patriots won, Calloway would have to wear a Patriots cheerleader outfit in Times Square instead. Needless to say, everyone but Menounos won this bet.

"I hate bets. I'm never doing this again," Menounos said while dropping the white robe that covered the bikini.

It's pretty impressive that she held up her end of the bet, and we can't imagine that the "Extra" ratings suffered as a result.

"Sorry, but you know what - I love the Pats for fighting to the bitter end. #PATRIOTpride," Menounos tweeted after losing the bet.

Damn you, AC Slater. Damn you. (Getty Images)

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