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Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:55 pm
 

Jerry Jones wants Super Bowl 50 in Dallas

Jerry Jones 'absolutely' wants Super Bowl L at Cowboys Stadium. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

We said the entire week leading up Patriots-Giants and have been telling anybody who'll listen in the days since: Indianapolis knows how to put on a Super Bowl. Everything went smoothly, the people couldn't have been nicer, and aside from the Peyton Manning drama, the execution from start to finish was flawless.

So it stands to reason that the NFL would be back, perhaps soon, for another Super Bowl, right? Well, maybe not. The Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz, appearing last week on The Tony Kornheiser Show, said that one drawback could be the capacity of Lucas Oil Stadium. It holds somewhere in the neighborhood of 68,000 people; Cowboys Stadium, by comparison, is expandable to more than 100,000.

Which means that, despite a mostly forgettable Super Bowl experience last year, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has every intention of bidding for Super Bowl L (yep, that's 50). That's still four years off, but the next three Super Bowls are set: New Orleans in 2013, New York/New Jersey in 2014 and Arizona in 2015. SportsBusiness Journal's Daniel Kaplan notes that the announcement for the next unawarded venue customarily takes place in May (even though the league has yet to send out request for proposals for said announcement).

Either way, Jones' has told Kaplan that he will "absolutely" make a bid for NFL championship game slated to be played in February 2016.

Other possible destinations (per Kaplan via PFT): Santa Clara (at the site of the new 49ers stadium), New Orleans, and Tampa. Kaplan adds that Miami, Indianapolis, and L.A. have a “slight” chance, while London's prospects are "extremely remote."

It's criminal to think that Dallas (specifically, Arlington), which turned into a slapstick comedy routine last February because of once-in-a-lifetime ice storms coupled with no real ice-removal strategy, would be more likely to land a Super Bowl before Indianapolis, but that's what an extra 30-40,000 seats will do for you.

In completely unrelated news (or perhaps very related given some of Jones' personnel decisions over the years), we were shocked to learn that Jones admitted earlier this month that he's had "50 concussions." He joked that had he not taken so many blows to the head he might be president of the United States instead of owner of the Cowboys.

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Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:58 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 5:29 am
 

Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it'

Turns out, Madonna wasn't that impressed with M.I.A. and her middle finger. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

You may have heard something about Madonna being the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLVI. For the most part, the show went off without a hitch. There were plenty of pyrotechnics and dancers and, well, all the things we've come to expect from one of television's biggest spectacles. There was even a special guest -- M.I.A.

And while it wasn't a Janet Jackson-level code red, M.I.A. did cause collective panties to bunch when, during her performance with Madonna on the song "Give Me All Your Luvin,'" she extended her middle finger and later uttered an expletive. NBC and the NFL scrambled to issue apologies.

On Friday, Madonna called into "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" and spoke publicly for the first time about the hubbub.

“I was really surprised,” she said according to ABCnews.com. “I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager … irrelevant thing to do … there was such a feeling of love and unity there, what was the point? It was just out of place.”

This is the older, wiser Madonna talking. At 53, she sounds a lot different than the woman Rolling Stone's Caryn Ganz described as "[T]he most consistently controversial one since Elvis Presley … until she toned down her press-baiting behavior in the Nineties."

No word on if the FCC will fine NBC for M.I.A.'s one-finger salute. Following Breastgate '04, the FCC fined CBS $550,000. The federal agency subsequently increased the fine for such incidents to $325,000 a pop, which means that M.I.A.'s actions could cost NBC as much as $650,000.

Word on the street is that there was no underlying motive behind M.I.A.'s artistic choices other than “adrenaline and nerves,” and she got “caught up in the moment.”

For what it's worth, we were in the auxiliary press boxes for Super Bowl XLVI and neither saw nor heard M.I.A. violating the FCC's indecency laws. Franky, we didn't even know she was there. (see below for visual proof -- click photos to enlarge).

The view of the halftime show from the auxillary press box. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com) Even zoomed in it was hard to make out naughty hand gestures. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)

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Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:25 pm
 

SNL spoofs Eastwood's Chrysler Super Bowl spot

Hader parodies Eastwood in SNL's version of 'It's halftime, America.' (YouTube/Hulu)

By Ryan Wilson

Chrysler's Super Bowl commercial featuring Clint Eastwood's "It's halftime, America" pep talk was inadvertently pulled from YouTube last Sunday night not because of objectionable content or copyright infringement but because of a mix-up.

The day after the Super Bowl, the Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Vranica wrote that Chrysler "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."

The spot was generally well received (save the Karl Rove crowd) and given all the subsequent attention (as of this writing, it's been viewed almost 6.5 million times on YouTube), there is little concern that the ad hasn't been widely seen. Especially since Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader parodied the commercial over the weekend.


"I don't care if Obama runs the ball, or Romney throws a touchdown, or Ron Paul kicks a field goal with his tiny little chicken legs," Hader-as-Eastwood warns. "I tell you right now, though, I ain't puttin' Santorum in the game. He can stand on the sideline doin' cheers in his little sweater vest."

(Trent Lott takes offense to the cheerleader crack.)

The original Chrysler-Eastwood spot is below:


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Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:31 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 9:43 am
 

Patriots president defends Rob Gronkowski

Jonathan Kraft on Gronkowski: "He hasn't brokan any laws."  (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Rodney Harrison is particularly passionate and passionately particular. For instance, he proclaimed that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "disrespected himself" by partying (and dancing -- topless) in the hours after Sunday's Super Bowl loss. But the same sanctimony was nowhere to be found when coach Bill Belichick headed to California to play in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week.

Is one worse than the other? Does a few days really make that big a difference? (Seriously, we're talking about mourning a game that includes dressing up in funny costumes and running into other similarly dressed people.)

Like most things, it depends. Unless, of course, you're Harrison, who appears resolute in his opinions that there are no gray areas when it comes to skimping on the self-flagellation after a devastating loss. (Although he conveniently forgets to call out everybody.)

Gronkowski reportedly had ankle surgery Friday, and that same day team president Jonathan Kraft went on ESPN radio to speak to those who felt compelled to criticize Gronkowski for his postgame party plans.

“One thing I do know is the guy is 100 percent a passionate when it comes to football,” Kraft said (via the Boston Herald). “He loves football. He wants to win. He doesn’t like losing. I don’t know specifically what people are questioning, but he’s an ultimate competitor. I think the team did accomplish a lot this year. Unfortunately, we fell a little bit short of the ultimate goal. I do think that he and other players probably have different ways of both celebrating what we were able to achieve and dealing with the disappointment of the night, and I think it’s hard to personalize how any individual would deal with that and project it on someone else.”

Kraft also pointed out that Gronkowski “...hasn’t broken any laws, he hasn’t done anything else, and I think it’s hard to place value judgments.”

How this isn't obvious to Harrison might be the biggest post-Super Bowl story.

In related news: it's clear that, in addition Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork, Julian Edelman, Tiquan Underwood's flat top and Robert Kraft don't care about winning, either. This must pain Harrison to no end. 

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:59 pm
 

VIDEO: Coughlin already back to work

By Josh Katzowitz


If you thought two-time Super Bowl champion coach Tom Coughlin  was going to take a week or so off and soak in the organization’s Super Bowl XLVI victory against the Patriots, you really don’t know anything about Coughlin.

And he spells out that philosophy when talking to James Brown and Phil Simms on the latest edition of Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” At one point, Simms asked about Coughlin’s work schedule.

“No, we’re working today,” Coughlin said. “We have to get our stuff all cleaned up. The playtime evaluation, we’re grading all of our players. We’re going to go over the defense, the offense and special teams, trying to get them all ranked and graded. We’ll go from there."

Make sure to click the video above to discover what Coughlin said to his men the night before the Super Bowl and what the Giants ticker-tape parade felt like. And just remember, while you’re sleeping, somewhere in this world, Coughlin is out there, not taking a day off.

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:59 am
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Jacobs apologizes for telling Gisele to 'shut up'

Jacobs didn't mean it, Gisele. Well, not all of it anyway. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Wednesday, the New York media hounded Giants players for their thoughts on Gisele ripping Patriots wide receivers and pass-catchers. Running back Brandon Jacobs, often known for saying some outlandish things, said Gisele should "be cute and shut up."

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It was inappropriate, because you never tell another man's wife to "shut up," and Jacobs apologized for it later on Wednesday.

"Given the fact that it's a colleague of mine's wife, I do apologize for saying that, because I shouldn't have said that," Jacobs said Wednesday on The Doug Gottlieb Show. "It's his wife and I should respect that just as much as anyone else."

Jacobs is correct. If he'd said something like "She shouldn't be saying that about his teammates," he would've been lauded for correctly assessing the situation. Using the phrase "shut up" towards another man's wife just isn't something that flies.

As for the "be cute" part of his statement, well, Jacobs isn't apologizing for that.

"No question, he should take that as a compliment," Jacobs said. "If he finds something wrong with that, then that's his problem."

Theoretically, Gisele/Brady could be upset with "cute" since it's not the typical phrase used to describe "one of the most famous supermodels in the world."

Whatever, they got an apology from Jacobs which is a hard thing to do. And something tells us Gisele/Brady will have enough to worry about own on their own without sweating what someone on another team says.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:56 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Gronkowski was a maniac on the floor. Harrison did not approve. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)

By Ryan Wilson

There was plenty of blame to go around In the hours and days following the Patriots loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. For the most part, it seemed like a collective knee-jerk reaction from media and fans (and family members) not accustomed to losing. Of course, this is what happens when the hometown team wins three Super Bowls in five seasons and Tom Brady begins his postseason career by going 10-0.

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Depending on your perspective, any number of people were at fault for the outcome: Brady, Wes Welker, Bill Belichick, the defense and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was limited by a high-ankle sprain.

But it wasn't Gronkowski's lack of production, or even that he didn't battle Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn for a Brady arm punt that became an interception that upset his critics. It was his after-game exploits that got some folks worked into a lather.

In case you missed it, Gronkowski, along with teammate Matt Light, were spotted dancing (topless, no less!) at an Super Bowl party hours after the game.

Scandalous, we know.

(If the sarcasm dripping off that last sentence isn't obvious enough, we'll just repeat what we said on the Pick-6 Podcast: what's Gronkowski supposed to do? Sit in his room and cry himself to sleep? Will that make him a better player for the Pats' next game in six months? No? So what's the problem then?)

This makes no difference to NBC analyst and former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who is very upset with Gronk's decision to gyrate his hips after a loss.

“I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, [Gronkowski] probably would have got his head rung,” Harrison told ESPN 1000 in Chicago (via PFT). “There’s no reason for that to happen.”

Oh god. Nothing like an old-timer invoking old times. Yes, Rodney, we know. You had to walk 10 miles to practice, uphill each way, you didn't have shoes and it always snowed.

(Worth mentioning: back in September, the aforementioned Bruschi happily called out Chad Ochocinco for tweeting. We have yet to hear his mock outrage over Gronkowski blowing off steam early Monday morning.)

Harrison wasn't done. 

“When we lost the Super Bowl, any of my Super Bowl losses, I was so devastated the last thing I ever wanted to do was party, let alone dance or take off your shirt,” Harrison said. “It’s just immaturity. It’s not right. He made a mistake and I’m sure he feels absolutely stupid about it at this point. There’s a time and place for everything.”

Rodney's right: there is a time and place for everything. Time: after the season is over -- check. Place: party where music is played and dancing is encouraged -- check.

This is almost as ridiculous as Gronkowki having to apologize for having his picture taken with a porn star. Almost.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:42 pm
 

Report: Tom Brady's injured shoulder not serious

Tuck's sack changed the complexion of the Super Bowl. (AP)
By Ryan Wilson

We wrote about this moments after the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI: Tom Brady pre-Justin Tuck sack was a completely different player than the one after Tuck took him to the Lucas Oil Stadium Turf late in the third quarter.

Brady completed 20 of 24 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns (this includes breaking Joe Montana's Super Bowl record for consecutive completions) before Tuck got a hold of him. He was 7 of 17 for 75 yards with an interception afterwards.

At the time, we figured Brady had aggravated a left shoulder injury and that, in part, had something to do with the abrupt drop-off in production. That Brady slowly made his way to the bench and was surrounded by team doctors as they checked him out (not to mention the sight of Brian Hoyer getting loose) only confirmed the suspicions.

Well, on Wednesday, the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport shared what he knows:
Brady landed hard on his left shoulder, aggravating the sprain from earlier in the season. The key word is “sprain.” This is the same injury that forced him to miss a practice during the AFC Championship week, an ailment he needed to manage. The aggravation didn’t lead to major injury, though, and Brady did not need to come out of the game for treatment. It also is not believed to be the kind of injury that will need to be dealt with much in the offseason.
Put differently: Tuck's hit hurt like hell but didn't cause lasting damage. Hoyer told Rapoport that “I don’t know if I’ll ever meet someone as tough as he is."

(Clearly, Hoyer hasn't met Gisele.)

After the game, one in which Brady sat dejected at his locker for a very long time, he finally spoke about the play that probably decided the outcome: the Brady-to-Welker throw-that-wasn't with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

"Wes was running down the field and it looked like they messed the coverage up a little bit and I threw it to him," Brady said. "(Welker) went up to try and make it, as he always does, and we just couldn't connect. He's a hell of a player. I'll keep throwing the ball to him for as long as I possible can. He's a phenomenal player and teammate and I love that guy."

For his part, Welker didn't make excuses.

"The ball is right there," Welker said when asked if he was looking for it on the other shoulder. "I've just got to make the play. It's a play I've made a thousand times in practice and everything else. It comes to the biggest moment of my life and I don't come up with it. It's discouraging."

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