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There’s some zany times every year during Super Bowl week, a week that’s at its zaniest when well-meaning members of the media are forced to fight off drunk zombie-like people with intense investigative questions about sexually transmitted diseases. Good times are had by all.

But during the daytime before the auditions for the Walking Dead begin, there’s usually a different kind of wild and crazy times. That’s when the host city aims to promote good ol’ wholesome family entertainment with something unique you’ll never see again in your life and it’s the greatest thing ever. Two years ago in Indianapolis the main event was a zip line which sent eager thrill seekers, well, zipping over a vast distance. There were screams filled with glee and/or terror, because zip lines are awesome.

So, what do you have ready for us in 2014, New York? Next February we’ll watch the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl, and that will either be just the best or just the worst, and nothing in between. I already know this, though: I want to slide down the giant toboggan hill now now now now now now.

From Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, here’s the artist’s rendering of the hill that will be planted in the middle of what’s being dubbed Super Bowl Boulevard. WANT…

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Jay Cutler has earned the reputation of a dude who just doesn’t care, mostly because on the football field he has one, singular expression which doesn’t reflect much caring on the outside. Fans haven’t taken kindly to this, which is why Smokin’ Jay isn’t the most popular guy.

But after we highlighted Robert Griffin III’s general awesomeness earlier this week when he and his wife-to-be mailed personalized and hand-written thank you notes to the many fans who sent them random household items as wedding gifts (hey, do you need a nutcracker? RG3 has eight of them), it’s only fair to also note that Cutler and Kristin Cavallari are equally thoughtful and nice and stuff. We’re all about fairness.

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That was sent to Where The Athletes Eat, the kind folk who were among many strangers to give the couple a gift through their online wedding registry. This time it was a salsa bowl, and they’re always needed in abundance.

I’m no crime scene hand writing analyst, but I’m gonna reach a little and say that’s not Cutler’s writing. Or at least here’s to hoping it isn’t. But if it is his penmanship, nice heart, bro.

Surely he was busy, um, babysitting (and drinking…and pioneering).

Thanks, Busted coverage

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Many athletes do the minimal of what’s expected in terms of fan interaction. For some, that may be a symptom of arrogance or selfishness, but I think it’s unfair to apply that broad, negative brush stroke. We’re dealing with humans here, and although a lack of privacy comes with the fame they achieved through unique talents, at some point constantly being asked to do something – sign an autograph, pose for a picture, make a public appearance — has to be draining.

That doesn’t make truly jerk-ish behavior acceptable, but it’s a little more understandable. No two people will respond to fan attention in the same way, and to expect everyone to be the perfect idol isn’t realistic.

But you know, it would be nice if everyone was like Robert Griffin III, because he’s the best.

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For the cool price of $975 million — $500 million of which is public money (guuuulp) — the Vikings will play in a shiny new ice palace three years from now. Personally, I think they should have just gone all the way with the straight igloo look, or maybe they could have given a nod to the vintage sugar mountain appeal of the old Metrodome that will be vacated after the 2013 season. Alas, I’m not an architect.

The design of the new yet-to-be named stadium that will be ready in a few years time (the Vikings will temporarily relocate to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium for two years) was unveiled last night. The new venue seats 65,000, and it comes complete with over 1,200 high definition television screens scattered throughout the concourse, and retractable windows at one end which will open when the climate permits.

Mostly, you’ll notice the glass. Lots and lots of glass…

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Pics via Minn Post

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There was a notable sporting event held over the weekend which involved many galloping horses. It was the Kentucky Derby, and it’s decadent and depraved.

By now you’ve likely seen the video of Tom Brady’s bro love when he potted a cool $25,000 at the derby after throwing a few sawbucks down on Orb. That’s roughly the equivalent of eight dimes to Brady.

That’s cool and all, and it’s refreshing to see that a man who has his own money printing factory can still be caught up in the jubilance of pony wagering. It makes me feel much less filthy after waking up at the track every morning.

But following the derby, the fine people at NFL.com unearthed a quarterback doing something involving a horse that’s filled with even more awesome. This is Joe Namath, and he’s more man than you…

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The caption for this Associated Press image which forever freezes Namath in his manly prime reads as such:

New York Jets football star Joe Namath smokes a cigar, while taking a riding lesson during a break in the shooting of a new film, “The Last Rebel,” a western being shot at Rome’s Cinecitta (Film City) on June 25, 1970.

Namath played “Captain Hollis” in a role that was truly compelling and rich. Since I thought we lived in a world where everything I want can be readily supplied by the Internet, it’s telling that a Youtube search for this classic and presumed masterpiece film produces nothing. Thankfully, some guy on IMDB solves our mystery…

It’s 1865 in Missouri and the Civil War has just ended. Reb soldiers Hollis and Matt flee from Union soldiers that want to imprison them. Hollis then frees a black man named Duncan from a lynching and they become a trio. Later when Holllis wins a lot of money at the pool table and Matt doesn’t get any, the two soldiers become enemies. This leads to a showdown between Hollis and Duncan against Matt and the men he has brought in to get that money.

There are very few things I wouldn’t do to drink alcohol of some kind with Namath.

You may have noticed a bit of a slow down in writing productivity around these parts yesterday afternoon. Oh, on the whole there were still sufficient words to keep you satiated, but a few posts that you’ll see a little later this morning were left in the hopper. Frankly, after the explosions in Boston, I had a hard time caring about football.

We’ll return to your normally scheduled programming today, passing along the regular pre-draft speculation mixed in with the offseason news of April, and how it affects your team, either in reality or fantasy. But yesterday that seemed too trivial after an athletic event was disrupted with a senseless act of violence, and one that received a heroic and immediate response.

There was an NFL connection among those instinctive responders who put themselves in harm’s way by rushing to the scene of chaos.

Joe Andruzzi is a retired offensive lineman who spent seven years in the NFL, playing for the Browns, Patriots, and Packers. He spent the majority of his career in New England, where he spent five seasons, and three of those ended in a championship. He was at the finish line yesterday, which is when this happened…

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That’s Andruzzi being one of those complete strangers who helped immediately and instinctively. In a statement, Andruzzi — whose brothers are New York City firefighters — said the reaction was a team effort. No, a community effort…

“Marathon Monday should be about uplifting stories, personal challenges and fundraising milestones, but today’s bombings irrevocably changed that,” the statement said. “While I appreciate the interest in hearing our perspective on today’s horrific events, the spotlight should remain firmly on the countless individuals — first responders, medics, EMTs, runners who crossed the finish line and kept on running straight to give blood, and the countless civilians who did whatever they could to save lives. They were the true heroes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.”

Marvel at the artistry and whatever of this week’s Sports Illustrated cover if you must, but this is really a picture of Roger Goodell’s office.

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