The Super Bowl
- The most watched ankle of the week was closely monitored this morning after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski practiced yesterday. In his Friday morning press conference Bill Belichick said that he thinks Gronk is “OK” and that he didn’t have any setbacks overnight.
- Earlier this week Gronkowski explained the history of his earth-shaking TD spike, saying that in high school and college a spike celebration is against the rules, so he was eager to unleash once he scored in the pros.
- Women really seem to like Eli Manning. He’s apparently turned “aw shucks” into an art form.
- The relationship between Matt Light and Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is now in a happy place.
- The NFL owns and has trademarked the phrase “Super Bowl.” This is of little importance to your life unless you happen to be in the marketing department at a national pizza chain that isn’t Papa Johns. If that’s the case, then you’ve already learned that the NFL can heavily restrict free speech in advertising.
- Our very own Scott Lewis had an exclusive interview with David Tyree’s helmet. The relationship between Tyree and his lid has soured significantly since that famous catch four years ago.
- The New York Daily News would like you to learn about this year’s Super Bowl and the host city through 46 random facts.
- Brandon Prunty of the Newark Star-Ledger took a deeper look at some of the hobbies and interests of Giants players, including Bear Poscoe’s rodeo talents.
Not the Super Bowl
- Jim Irsay responded to Chris Mortensen’s report that Peyton Manning has been cleared to resume his career with another Twitter denial, saying that Manning hasn’t passed a physical, and that a statement from the team will be issued later today.
- Jerry Jones jokingly said that he’s had at least 50 concussions, which would explain a lot.
- There’s a QB competition brewing in Kansas City.
- Matt Forte has changed his opinion somewhat on the franchise tag, but only if the Bears use it on him to buy themselves more time to negotiate a long-term deal.
Lead pic via Tim Dahlberg