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Peyton Manning, Michael Sam, Mikaela Shiffrin, and others are up for ESPY Awards


When ESPN announced the nominees for its 2014 ESPY awards today, up-and-coming athletes as well as seasoned professionals received some good news: St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam will get the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, while Peyton Manning is nominated both for Best Male Athlete and Best NFL Player.

Best Male Athlete nominees include Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Best Female Athlete nominees include Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin, and Breanna Stewart of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. All of the Best Athlete nominees were nominated in other categories, most for their specific sport; Stewart for Best Female College Athlete and Shiffrin for Best U.S. Olympic Athlete were the exceptions.

Additionally, game five of the recent New York Rangers-Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Finals is up for best game of the year, as well as Alabama vs. Auburn in the Iron Bowl and the Kansas City Chiefs-Indianapolis Colts matchup in the AFC Wild Card Playoff.

The ESPY Awards, hosted by Drake, will air on July 16 on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET. (Bottoms up if Drake reprises his Alex Rodriguez impersonation.) For more information on nominees and voting, visit ESPN.

Super Bowl chill: Will fans stay until the bitter end?

You can practically hear the collective sighs of relief from NFL headquarters on Park Avenue as the weather forecast for Sunday’s Super Bowl is relatively balmy compared to the bitter polar vortex that has consumed New York and New Jersey for much of January. The first outdoor cold-weather-city Super Bowl has always been planned under a worst-case scenario that included snow, howling wind gusts, and freezing temperatures. Now the National Weather Service reports that the game-time temperature should be in the mid-40s with modest winds and only a 20-30 percent chance of precipitation, before slipping into the 30s and possibly flirting with the freezing mark at night. That’s typical playoff football weather in places like Chicago and Green Bay, but unprecedented for the Super Bowl, which is typically held indoors or in a more temperate locale, like Florida or Arizona. Still, the NFL has to feel like it dodged a snowball that the major storyline for its marquis event won’t be the mercury in MetLife Stadium’s thermometers. READ FULL STORY

Peyton and Eli Manning score with DirecTV rap -- VIDEO


This is the last moment in your life that you don’t know what F.O.Y.P. stands for. Once you see Peyton and Eli Manning’s new commercial for DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket Max, the F.O.Y.P. rap will be stuck in your head whether you like it or not. From a music standpoint, that’s a nuisance — like a pool-water-in-your-ear-level nuisance — but the Brothers Manning, who’ve both hosted Saturday Night Live, throw themselves into the boy-band roles. It’s not just the spray tan and atrocious wigs, folks — it’s the attitude.  Watch them rap about the best place to watch football. READ FULL STORY

Forbes names Tim Tebow America's Most Influential Athlete... proving that NFL teams don't read Forbes

A mathematical formula is only useful if it confirms what the observer knows to be empirically true, like two plus two is four. Applying that logic to something more complex, if I told you that I had a system that could quantify and rank the biggest movie stars of all time, you would be immediately skeptical if my calculations insisted the top 3 were Emilio Estevez, Burt Reynolds, and George Raft. All three actors were stars, of course, but clearly, my movie-star algorithm has a few kinks.

So when Forbes magazine announced that Tim Tebow is the Most Influential Athlete in America, I immediately questioned the whole premise. After all, even though Tebow achieved folk-hero status as quarterback of the Florida Gators and the Denver Broncos, he was recently cut by the the New York Jets after a humiliating season sitting on the bench of a losing team. No other NFL team has picked him up since. Is it really conceivable that an athlete who can’t even persuade an NFL team to give him a chance is sport’s most influential figure?

Yet there he is, ranked in front of the future Hall of Famer (and Saturday Night Live all-star) who displaced him in Denver, Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, and LeBron James. What gives? Where are the athletes who I actually see on TV commercials, like Phil Mickelson, the Williams sisters, or Danica Patrick? Did the cool kids decide that “Influential” really meant “Overhyped” without telling me?

Click below for the Forbes Top 10 list, full of NFL QBs and Olympic stars basking in the glow of London. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon's Tebowie returns with Peyton Manning jam -- VIDEO

Tim Tebow’s career may be up in the air, but Tebowie’s is hitting its stride. The football farceur returned for another performance on Tuesday’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, this time addressing Peyton Manning’s move to the Denver Broncos.

“Tebow prayed to God, begging him to smite the Mannings and find him a job. Just not on the Lions, but maybe the Giants, have him and Eli switch, oh payback is a bitch,” sang Tebowie, a.k.a. Jimmy Fallon, in jaunty boots and a jersey.

Tebowie is one of the late-night host’s most popular singer characters. (He’s previously also spoofed Pearl Jam, Justin Bieber, and Neil Young). Channeling the Broncos quarterback and David Bowie, Fallon let loose with a Ziggy Stardust rip addressing Manning’s recent move to Denver, which will likely shake up Tebow’s future and push him out of town. Watch the performance (complete with fuzzy ’70s camera effects!) below:

UPDATE: Looks like New York (where Fallon’s show tapes) can expect to see a lot more of Tebow, as the quarterback has just been acquired by the Jets in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick. Does this mean we’ll get more Tebowie!?


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