The last thing the internet needs is another screed about the NFL lockout, but here's mine anyway. I'm not really interested in taking sides in the toxic blame game that the NFL owners (via their squirrely mouthpiece, Roger Goodell) and the NFLPA have been engaged in for weeks. What I'm more interested in is the fans who choose to take sides, and why they do so. At this point most of the resentment seems to be aimed squarely at the league's 32 owners. They're greedy, they're just trying to screw the poor, subjugated players, they're killing the golden goose, blah blah blah. I'm not defending the owners or how they've conducted themselves throughout this whole sordid affair. But neither can I get myself whipped up into a frenzy over what they're doing. Because I recognize them for wha...
As football fans across the country sweat out the days leading up to the March 3 expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, it's worth pointing out that work stoppages are nothing new for the league. In fact they've occurred multiple times in its long history. Here's a brief primer on the history of National Football League work stoppages. 1960s — Players weak, owners strong Although the NFL/AFL merger was fait accompli by 1968, the players in the two leagues continued to be represented by separate associations. This left the NFLPA in a position of weakness when presenting demands related to pensions and paychecks, among other items, and they voted on July 3, 1968 to strike. In response the league essentially said, "You can't
And now for something not so completely different. Interestingly enough, my personal favorite Super Bowl ad this year came from a direct competitor of the most offensive. It was also, technically, a “pre-Super Bowl” ad, so many of you may have missed LivingSocial’s tale of transformation: This commercial grabbed my attention immediately. The visuals – from the cupcake to the yoga class to the puppet show - were great, and the final payoff was brilliant. While the humor was based on a somewhat obvious joke of a burly “manly” man transforming into a …beautiful… well, transforming into a cross dresser, it was a bold choice. How many other companies out there are willing to display a move to an alternative lifestyle as a positive thing? It’s a shame that this ad is not getting the at
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Like a scene from one of those apocalypse movies, a graphic photo of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. (Shorpy) The Rock is disturbed to find out that Christina Aguilera was not debuting a new song at the Super Bowl. (Blame It On The Voices) Bet you didn't know so many NFL teams had marching songs, did you? (Album Art Exchange) Now this is what we need to spend time researching - which Chicago Cubs game did Ferris Bueller and friends attend the day they skipped school? (Big League Stew) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 60-Seconds With Papercraft and Computer Graphics (Geekologie) Really long but really good article detailing film director Paul Haggis'
This one is pretty obvious. While most “controversial” Super Bowl ads of the past have feebly attempted to cross some sort of imaginary line of sexual innuendo à la Go Daddy (another series of ads I hate), Groupon decided to cross a very real line of good taste. The idea seems to come straight out of a Saturday Night Live skit, and that’s the problem. And not just because SNL is a horribly unfunny show at this time, but because that kind of humor makes no sense in a commercial. In the context of a comedy sketch show, the parody is obvious. In the context of the Super Bowl, however, the joke seems very different. Instead of poking a little fun at their own expense, Groupon appears to be making light of the very serious subject of Tibetan suffering. Timothy Hutton’s smug presence d
For the next month (at most), I am switching my NFL allegiance from my beloved Oakland Raiders to the Seattle Seahawks. Why? Well a few reasons. For one, I need a break from Al Davis and his batshit crazy ownership moves, like letting go of the first semi-competent head coach he's had in a decade (Tom Cable) and the best defensive player he's had in a decade (Nnamdi Asomugha). But don't worry, I'm no bandwagon fan. As soon as the Seahawks either get dumped from the playoffs or win the whole damn thing at Super Bowl XLV (that means 73 in Italian, right?), it's back to the Silver & Black for me. But I'm really hoping for the latter right now. It's not that I give a damn about the Seahawks, a former hated AFC West rival. It's that they're doing such a marvelous job pissing off
So what was all the fuss over? Turns out that Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad with Tim Tebow and his mommy didn't strike quite the confrontational tone the media had speculated (shocker). But one thing that jumped right out at me is this: Huh? Since when did they start handing out Heisman Trophies to family members too? I bet those two have one of those annoying "joint" email addresses too. Barf.
CNNSI ran an interesting piece this week called "25 Things We Miss in Football", and while it hit on a few things I would definitely have in my own list (Al Davis as a genius, well-dressed coaches, and the Orange Bowl played in the Orange Bowl) there are naturally some missing items. So to rectify that I'm going to list the things I miss not just in football, but in sports in general. Let's take a look! 1. Helmet/Bullpen Carts: I miss helmet and bullpen carts for a few reasons. One is the pure fun and novelty of the concept. I mean, the notion that a professional athlete needs motorized assistance to travel a few hundred feet is laughable on its face. Still, despite all the cynicism of our modern age I have to think there's room in peoples' hearts for sweet rides like this or this
Warning: This video is not for anyone easily offended by derogatory words concerning female anatomy. Curious? Yeah, I thought so. I haven't watched a second of MSNBC's Olympics coverage, but I think I need to start right away. Particularly for the "Olympic Update" segments featuring co-hosts Tiki Barber and Jenna Wolfe. Tiki, as most of you probably know, was a running back for the New York Giants until 2006, when he retired under less than friendly terms with the team. They of course went on to win the Super Bowl without him at the end of last season. That's what Wolfe is alluding to at the beginning of this clip. Pretty nasty dig for the situation I must say. But then Tiki took it to a whole 'nother level with his supposed slip of the tongue. It's at the 28-second mark: