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Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:10 pm
 

Pawngo, Groupon facing big Butterfinger backlash

Pawngo made it rain Butterfingers. (Twitter.com)
By Will Brinson

Earlier on Wednesday, we brought you the story of Pawngo, an online pawn shop company that decided to have a little fun with Boston-area sports fans by dumping some Butterfingers addressed to Wes Welker in the middle of the city. This was designed to make fun of "The Drop" during the Super Bowl.

As you might expect, Patriots fans were just thrilled to be mocked less than 36 hours after the Super Bowl. Wait, what's that? Oh right. Sorry, they got really, really angry about the whole thing. So much so that Pawngo CEO Todd Hills wrote an apology.

"As a die-hard sports fan, I would like to sincerely apologize for a misguided and misdirected stunt that we did yesterday in Boston," Hillis wrote Wednesday. "In delivering a pile of Butterfinger bars to Copley Square in Boston, and a sign referencing Wes Welker, we were making a lighthearted gesture following Sunday’s hard fought game.   We thought that Boston fans would get a laugh out of it.  But,  for many great Boston sports fans, it was taken offensively.  Please accept my most sincere apologies. 

"We got caught up in the moment, reacting to a suggestion that we thought would be funny, but we were wrong, and on behalf of everyone involved with Pawngo, I apologize."

Hills effort is noble, but he quite clearly has no idea about the Boston sports fan demographic. A written apology isn't going to satiate their bloodlust.

Well, at least not before a bunch of them became aware that Groupon, the massive online-coupon company, and Pawngo share investors. Such a realization resulted in a little bit of anger directed at Boston Groupon on Twitter, which resulted in a little bit of corporate speak apology from them:
Does Groupon own Pawngo? We can't tell. (Twitter.com)

Butterfinger would also like you to know they had nothing to do with the stunt:

Butterfinger didn't lay a finger on this stunt. (Twitter.com)

Does this mean that we can put the old "Any press is good press" saying to rest forever?

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:33 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Jacobs: Gisele needs to 'be cute and shut up'

Jacobs and Gisele are probs not BFFs. (AP)
By Will Brinson

It was really only a matter of time until someone on a football team got mad at Gisele Bundchen for her comments about Tom Brady's inability to catch his own bleeping passes. But no one expected it to be a member of the Giants.

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It was though -- Brandon Jacobs came out and, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello, had some words for Mrs. Brady.

"She needs to continue to be cute and shut up," Jacobs said, when asked about Gisele's comments.

Soooooo. I guess we know where Jacobs won't ever be playing, huh? Actually, although Jacobs comments are technically "rude," and certainly out of line, it's his delivery -- and not the message -- that needs tweaking. He just could've phrased things better, like his teammate Osi Umenyiora.

"That’s her husband," Umenyiora said. "I mean she’s supposed to stay out of things like that. But at the end of the day that’s their relationship and she has the right to say whatever she wants to."

That's the thing; it's not like this is a "women have their place" issue, although Jacobs makes it sound that way with his comments. It's just a "don't create a rift between your husband the quarterback and the rest of the team by screaming about how bad they suck to fans and reporters" thing.

It doesn't do anyone any good for the wife of the quarterback to come out and take shots at the quarterback's targets, since it really only serves to recreate a scene out of a sports movie. The results are, almost always, a rift between the quarterback and his teammates.

Except there's usually a few more games to sort their issues out and win the big game.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:43 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Welker, Boston pranked by dumped Butterfingers

Pawngo made it rain Butterfingers. (Twitter.com)
By Will Brinson

Wes Welker took the Patriots loss harder than anyone else, primarily because he blamed himself for "The Drop" (that's what they're calling it in Boston now, apparently).

So he's probably not going to take a stunt from Pawngo very well: the Denver-based pawn shop company decided to dump thousands of Butterfingers candy bars in Boston's Copley Square with a note.

"Thank you Wes Welker," the note read.

So, yeah, it really makes no sense. We get the "joke," but why are they thanking Welker? Because they got to give away candy? Because the Denver-based Broncos beat the Giants for the Super Bowl? Perhaps it's because their PR firm, 5W Public Relations, was in charge of the stunt and resides in New York?

Maybe that's the logic here, but why wouldn't they sign the note from 5W Public Relations? Did Pawngo authorize this? Why did Pawngo authorize this? It's not like by goofily burning Boston-area sports fans they're going to get any business in New England.

And it's not like New Yorkers, in a rush to appreciate someone being rude, are suddenly only going to do their pawn shopping at Pawngo.

Pawngo CEO Todd Hills released a statement where he said he "thought Boston fans might at least get a laugh out of it."


HaHA! Sigh. Sorry, Todd. Now Pawngo is just "that annoying company who tried to make Boston sports fans mad by giving them free candy." Fortunately they were fined by the city for commercial dumping.

And were it not for Gisele's ridiculous comments, it'd be the single dumbest thing anyone's said/done regarding Welker's drop.

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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 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 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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