|02.01.16 at 6:03 pm ET|
On the one-year anniversary of his last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady made it clear where his focus his. The quarterback posted this photo to Facebook on Monday afternoon, signaling that despite the fact the season-ending loss to the Broncos was just over a week old, he’s back in the gym.
|02.01.16 at 5:08 pm ET|
Former NFL referee and current CBS analyst Mike Carey has heard a lot of the criticism he’s received this year for his analysis of plays that have gone to instant replay, but Carey defended his work and even said he is getting “90 percent” of his calls right.
“I’m happy with how I’ve synced up with New York,” Carey said during a CBS press conference in San Fransisco Monday via Pro Football Talk, estimating he thought he was at about “90 percent” on replay review analysis.
The ex-NFL ref acknowledged he has got a few calls wrong, including one in the AFC championship game when he said Peyton Manning threw a forward pass and it should have been incomplete. The play was overturned, as it was ruled Manning threw a backwards pass and the Patriots recovered the loose ball.
“There are plays I’d like to have back,” Carey said. “There are days I’d like to have back.”
Carey will be contributing to Super Bowl 50 as CBS has the rights to the game. There are already prop bets in Vegas on whether he gets a call right or wrong during the game. The current odds according to Bovada are +145 for yes, he will be wrong about a challenge and -195 for no, he won’t be wrong about a challenge.
|02.01.16 at 1:43 pm ET|
There’s been plenty of talk about how Sunday could mark the “last rodeo” for Peyton Manning. If he finds a way to lead the Broncos to a win over Carolina and then calls it a career, he’ll join some pretty exclusive company. Here’s a look at four other players who won it all and then decided to hang them up.
Jerome Bettis: After a decade with the Steelers, the Pittsburgh running back was a part of a team that ended up dumping the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in Bettis’ hometown of Detroit. (Did you know Bettis was from Detroit?) It wasn’t the best game of his career, but the Hall of Famer had 43 yards on 14 carries in the win for the Steelers. The running back retired at the age of 33 with 13,662 rushing yards and a Super Bowl ring.
Ray Lewis: The Ravens beat the Niners in Super Bowl XLVII, the last game for Lewis after a 17-year career with Baltimore. (That came two weeks after the Ravens upset the Patriots in the AFC title game in Foxboro.) The controversial linebacker, who may or may not have had some help getting healthy with some deer antler spray in the weeks leading up to the game, ended with two Super Bowl rings.
John Elway: The model for every other quarterback, including Manning. Elway went out like every quarterback hopes to finish his career, winning back-to-back titles at the end of the 1997 and 1998 seasons before riding off into the sunset. The Hall of Famer then came back to take over the Broncos, and he reportedly played a sizable role in convincing Manning to join the Broncos. (Manning supplanted him as the oldest quarterback to get his team to a Super Bowl, and if Denver wins on Sunday, Manning will take over Elway’s spot as the oldest QB to win a Super Bowl.)
Michael Strahan: Avert your eyes, Patriots fans — the Giants defensive end was part of the New York team that knocked off the 2007 Patriots in Super Bowl XLII in Arizona. (Like Bettis, it was his only title.) Strahan called it a career after the game, finishing with 141.5 sacks after 15 seasons in the NFL.
|02.01.16 at 1:28 pm ET|
The Pro Bowl was held Sunday night in Hawaii and while people did watch, there weren’t as many as in the past.
According to Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily, the Pro Bowl drew a 5.0 overnight rating on ESPN, which according to Karp is likely the lowest ever. As a comparison, the 2014 game on NBC drew a 6.7 overnight rating and last year’s game, also on ESPN, drew a 5.6 rating. The ratings have now gone down each of the last three years.
This begins to raise the question of how much longer the game will actually be played.
Pro Bowl drew 5.0 overnight rating on ESPN. Likely lowest ever. Down sharply from ESPN’s 5.6 in 2015 and NBC’s 6.7 in 2014
‘ Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) February 1, 2016
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|02.01.16 at 9:16 am ET|
Aaron Hernandez might be in prison for the rest of his life, but he continues to haunt the Patriots.
In the latest embarrassment for the team, the former tight end apparently had some harsh words for owner Robert Kraft while professing his love for many of the players, including Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
The website TMZ Sports viewed the contents of a Dec. 10 letter it claims has been verified to be from the convicted murderer. The letter was sent to a woman with whom Hernandez had exchanged previous correspondence. Hernandez, angry that the woman criticized him in her last letter, tells her should kill herself — and offers suggestions how to do exactly that.
He then says he has a television in his cell and, yes, I still root for my squad and still love all the ones I loved. The closest I was with was probably Brady and whom I love to death and always will and only hope the best for them. But was cool with Julez, Branch (I [expletive] with and got mad love for) and “the BEST TE ever to walk on a football field” Gronk!
Adds Hernandez: I watch every game faithfully cheering them on and always will cuz I have love for so many of them!
As for Kraft, Hernandez refers to him as the fake ass non loyal Kraft who told me he loved me every time he seen me but obviously shows his word ain’t [expletive].
Hernandez ends his letter with large, all-capitalized, “[Expletive] THE WORLD!”
|02.01.16 at 9:03 am ET|
Now that the star cornerback is finally on football’s biggest stage, he is taking time to thank his former football coach.
In a story told by ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Talib sounds like a veteran who has finally found his rightful place as a leader of one of the best secondaries in football. Talib has stepped up and reminded the likes of Chris Harris Jr., Bradley Roby and T.J. Ward why it’s important to prepare the right way during the week and play the right way on Sundays.
Talib learned his most valuable lessons on leadership after being traded to New England in Oct. 2012. With the Patriots, Talib spent time with Belichick, who in turn demanded discipline if Talib was going to turn his career around with a perennial winner.
“One thing I have to say about that establishment over there: They’re very professional,” Talib said. “You go there for one season and your professionalism will go up a plus-2. If you’re at seven, you’ll be a nine.
“That definitely helped my professionalism as far as preparation for the game, how to handle the media, my behavior on the field — everything. I really learned how to be a professional over there. I went there a seven and came out a nine. I’m working on being a 10.”
The Belichick influence has been with Talib for the most part but there have been lapses, like this season when he was suspended for a game for poking Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye and docked nearly $355,000 of salary.
Talib reached the AFC championship in his two seasons with the Patriots but could never get over the hurdle and reach the Super Bowl. Ironically, it was just after signing a six-year, $57 million contract with Denver, the team the Patriots lost to in Jan. 2014, that the Patriots went out and signed Darrelle Revis. It was Revis, not Talib, who reached the Super Bowl and won his first ring.
Now 29, Talib has finally made it, after his Broncos beat the Patriots in the AFC championship on Jan. 24. Will Talib follow Revis and finally earn a ring?
|02.01.16 at 7:41 am ET|
Over the last year, there have been numerous videos produced about Super Bowl XLIX, but from this viewpoint, this one remains the best. Enjoy the anniversary, everyone.
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