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
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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
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