• Take a Virtual Tour of the NFL’s Thoughtfully Designed Park Avenue Headquarters

    In the run-up to Super Bowl XLIX, most of the National Football League’s 400-person staff have left for Glendale, Ariz.—and the near-empty midtown New York office was ideal for a behind-the-scenes tour by Jaime Weston, the NFL’s vp of marketing, who pointed out details that make the headquarters such a unique space. Each of the four floors was designed to tell a story that corresponds with commissioner Roger Goodell’s guiding principles.

  • The Microsoft Algorithm that Predicted the World Cup Just Chose it’s Super Bowl Winner

    Cortana is once again attempting to predict the record books, this time with the Super Bowl. Cortana is the Windows Phone virtual assistant that has gained much acclaim after predicting the World Cup outcome with a 15-1 prediction record then moved on to the NFL season and playoffs. The program uses a Bing algorithm to calculate a series of limitless variables, then land on a percentage of outcome. This season she had a 178-88 (66.9%) record, which was nearly identical to Vegas picks, but fell short to Nate Silver’s ELO model, which went 184-82 (69.1%). For the playoffs Cortana is 8-2 on her playoff game picks after correctly predicting both conference title games.

  • The Fascinating History of Super Bowl Media Day (That You Probably Didn’t Know]

    Super Bowl XLIX Media Day has come and gone and among the things I learned is Rob Gronkowski considers himself the team’s best dancer, Bill Belichick isn’t a Katy Perry fan, Tom Brady is a Jay-Z guy and Marshawn Lynch was just there so he wouldn’t be fined. As the absurdity continues to be dissected, check out our gallery looking back at past Media Days, starting in 1981 with John Matuszak. You may know him better as Sloth from The Goonies.

  • GoPro + The NHL’s Best Players = A Jaw Dropping Skills Showcase

    The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association announced a North American partnership with GoPro, which mean’s we’ll most likely be getting real-time NHL game action with GoPro footage soon enough. In the meantime, the NHL called upon some of it’s most talented players to knock around and show off their skills. The speed at which these players can handle the puck is nothing short of mind boggling. P.K. Subban, the Montreal Canadian’s premiere defenseman, weighs in at 220lbs, but looks as though he’s skating in fast forward in this footage. Other notable stars include shots from the perspectives of Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Taylor Hall, Patrick Kane, Henrik Lundqvist, TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, and Jonathan Toews. We have a feeling the NHL All-Star game will be chalk full of these shots.

  • Style Watch: The Lyin’ King

    This winter, dress exactly like your favorite stylish liar. With a few simple fashion tips you’ll be able to replicate the hottest trend for this year’s northeast casual wear. Whether you’re having drinks with a few friends in the heart of Boston or giving an impromptu press conference, a knitted crew neck sweater complimented with a light cotton tee, warm winter boots, a retro style knitted cap and some close to the hip jeggings are all you need to sweat through this winter’s hottest lie season. Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady followed these style tips perfectly at a local press meet up earlier today. J. Crew Solid Graphite Crewneck Sweatshirt($69.50) Hanes Classics Men’s Traditional Fit ComfortSoft($11.99) New England Patriots New Era Navy Blue Classic Sport Knit Hat ($24.99) Super Stretch Jeggings ($59.00) UGG Men’s Classic Short Boot ($170.00) Nike Ball Pump ($10.00)    

  • NFL Bad Lip Reading 2015 Edition [Video]

    The often overlooked yet greatest benefit of capturing football in high-definition is the fact that we can read every player’s lips and enjoy these always great Bad Lip Reading videos. It’s true! Before HD, football fun was in the form of blooper VHS tapes made up of hours of looped replays punctuated by Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax.” Those were dark days, indeed.

  • Here’s The Exact Moment The Colts Felt The Allegedly Deflated Ball Against The Patriots

    During the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game, Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson picked off a Tom Brady pass at the goal line. That play ultimately sparked a league investigation into the Patriots use of deflated balls. Newsday’s Bob Glauber reports that Jackson ran to the sideline and handed the ball to an equipment manager who felt there was something wrong.

  • The Best Photos From The Insane 2015 Dakar Rally [43 Photos]

    The 2015 Dakar Rally ended over the weekend after 13 days and 5600 miles through Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. First held in 1978, the Dakar Rally originally found participants racing across Europe and Africa, from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal. Security threats in Mauritania led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally and it was moved to South America in 2009, where it has remained ever since. The race is more of an endurance race than a traditional rally race, with four major competitive groups tackling tough terrain and extreme conditions. The top automakers were typical of past years, with BMW’s Mini All4 winning in cars; KTM 450 Rally in motorcycles; Kamaz in trucks; and Yamaha in quads. But what’s really special about the race is the immense scope. As these photos illustrate, the racers often appear to be all alone in the middle of nowhere. Sadly, this can lead to tragedy, as the case this year with Polish motorcycle racer Michal Hernik, who was found dead during the third stage of the race.

  • Updating 14 Classic NFL Logos

    The National Football League was formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association. Over the last 95 years, as the league grew and teams moved around, it only makes sense that team logos would change. Illustrator and graphic designer Rene Sanchez dug up these vintage logos, some of long-forgotten teams such as the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees, and gave them new life with this collection. But Rene didn’t just stick to NFL teams. Head over to Rene’s Behance portfolio for NCAA, NBA, and MLB logos of yesteryear, too. Our favorite has got to be Buffalo’s 1940s AAFC logo featuring Buffalo Bill Cody riding a buffalo. Can we get a MoveOn petition to bring it back?

  • Take a Ride through of the Atlanta Falcons New $1.2B Home

    The Atlanta Falcons have released a new video diving into their new $1.2 billion stadium. The stadium, set for a 2017 opening looks like a geometry teacher’s dream. The retractable roof opens with a beautiful spiral of moving slates, there’s an over arching 360-degree halo jumbotron and plenty of standing room with a visible view of the game. The stadium is also set to include a fan plaze, giant solar panels, and electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot. My only question; what did they use the extra $400 Million on to build MetLife Stadium?

  • Which NFL Team Hasn’t Had A Playoff Win in Over 25 Years?

    The NFL is a fickled beast. No matter how well you’re team does in the regular season, no matter how much you pay your quarterback, no matter how many times you win your division, the only thing that matters is the playoffs. The teams that remain playoff contenders year after year are the teams that will live on in the record books. So why has winning a playoff game been such a daunting task for a select few NFL teams? Coaching, management and sometimes just bad luck. The five teams who have the longest winless playoff streak are pretty predictable, but given the recent regular season success and playoff appearances, its more than astounding to see the stats in front of you.

  • Does Tim Duncan Ever Wear A Tie?

    Tim Duncan made the news this week for not wearing a tie when he and his San Antonio Spurs teammates visited the White House to meet President Obama. But for anyone who’s been paying attention, this shouldn’t be a surprise, because no matter what the event, Tim Duncan never seems to wear a tie. Not when meeting President Bush. Not when meeting President Clinton. When the NBA instated a dress code in 2005, he called it “a load of crap.” So what’s the deal? Did he never learn how to tie a tie? Can he not find someone tall enough to help dress him? Who knows, but at 6’11” and 250 pounds, we’re not about to tell him how to dress.

  • 20 Greatest Photos Of Muggsy Bogues

    Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues played 14 seasons as a point guard in the NBA. He’s best remembered for his time with the Hornets, one of the biggest teams of the 90s thanks to Muggsy, Alonzo Mourning, and Larry Johnson. He also holds the distinction as the shortest player in NBA history, at just 5’3″. But Muggsy didn’t let his height hold him back, becoming the Hornets’ career leader in assists, steals, and assists per 48 minutes. Of course, there’s no denying that his height didn’t make for some excellent and downright funny photos in his career, especially when paired with his Bullets teammate Manute Bol, who at 7’7″ was the tallest player at the time. January 9, Muggsy celebrates his 50th birthday. In honor of one of the most memorable players of our childhood (he was in Space Jam, after all), we’ve shared our 20 favorite photos of the diminutive point guard with the 44-inch vertical.

  • The Same Microsoft App That Aced The World Cup Is Now Picking NFL Playoff Games

    Microsoft’s Windows Phone voice assistant app, Cortana needs to pick up and head to Vegas. Cortana uses a Bing Predicts algorithm that has had phenomenal results. Without any point spread against it, Cortana has won around 66% of it’s picks straight up. Cortana made headlines after it predicted 15 of 16 world cup games last summer and although it already has a wrong prediction under it’s belt, it can still place a 9-1 record if it doesn’t fail for the rest of the playoffs. The only game Cortana failed to pick the correct outcome thus far was last week’s Pittsburgh/Baltimore game, which Vegas and Nate Silver’s ELO model got wrong as well. This week’s picks are officially out, but subject to change. Check out her picks and let us know how she stacks up against your picks. Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots — Patriots win, 75.4% chance (Patriots -7.5) Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks — Seahawks win, 74.2% chance (Seahawks -11) Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers — Packers win, 61.4% chance (Packers -6.5) Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos — Broncos win, 72.9% chance (Broncos -7)

  • Seminoles QB Jameis Winston will reportedly declare for NFL Draft

    Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston will forgo his remaining two years of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, according to his father, ESPN reported Wednesday. Winston’s father revealed the news. Winston won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman in 2013 while leading the unbeaten Seminoles to the national title.

  • Russian Surfers Are Insane [20 Photos]

    What do you do when you live in Vladivostok on Russia’s Pacific Coast and wish to go surfing in the winter? You make sure your wetsuit has enough room for your massive balls and you go catch some waves. Salt life, comrade! Even when it’s 5 degrees and snowing, these Russians go out and surf. They say they can stay in the water for up to an hour and a half, then it’s back to the car to warm up with some tea or coffee before jumping back into the freezing ocean. It’s 25 degrees here and I won’t even walk across the street fully covered in winter gear to get a coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.

  • These Disabled Sledge-Hockey Players Just Got the Surprise of a Lifetime

    Last August Gatorade partnered up with the NHL to surprise a lucky team of sledge hockey players who volunteered to be in one of their commercials. Awesome enough, right? But what the players didn’t expect was to play a game on their home ice with some of the NHL’s best, the catch, the NHL’s best would be on seldges just like them. If you’re unfamiliar with Sled or Sledge hockey, it’s a sport that was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability to play the game of ice hockey. Ice sledge hockey was invented in the early 1960s in Stockholm, Sweden at a rehabilitation centre. It is currently one of the most popular sports in the Paralympic Games. When the team is surprised, Sydney Crosby, Scott Hartnell and a handful of other players strap on sledges of their own only to be schooled at their own native sport. Feel good story of the year. So far.

  • Why Being a Sports Fan is the Smartest (And Dumbest) Investment You Can Make

    Being a sports fan is one of the safest investments you can make. Essentially, with the exception of a Bernie Madoff interaction, being a sports fan is one of the lowest risk-highest reward investments out there. Being part of a collective fan base is like pooling the resources of thousands of people to bet on black at a casino roulette table, only to lose and literally hear the response this one’s on the house. As a sports fan there are no consequences or responsibilities for losing. You can invest as much of your emotional output as you’d like and reap the benefits of celebrating in success, or mindlessly turn on a Law & Order: SVU rerun hoping to forget defeat . If I cheer on my child in a sporting event and he wins I can celebrate right? But when he loses I couldn’t forget to feed him could I? Well technically yeah, but I mean in a non eventual incarceration kind of way. For those who mock sports fans and can’t fathom the idea of spending countless hours scouring the internet, the television, or the newspaper-if you happen to find one- just to stay abreast of all things sport a quick reminder: we are all into something. For more »

  • Michael Jordan = G.O.A.T.

    Hey sportscasters…SHUT UP! Jordan is the greatest ever, and it’s not really close. Congrats to the Black Mamba for recently passing His Airness on the all-time scoring list (and taking over 250 extra games played to do it cough cough). It’s a popular narrative and time filler for people to begin to rank Kobe in the pantheon of greats and blasphemously compare him to Jordan but let’s try and put an immediate stop to the lunacy. By the end of this article, it’ll be clear Jordan is head and shoulders over any basketball player ever and might be the greatest professional athlete to ever play a team sport.

  • The Volvo Ocean Race Is Insane [18 High Quality Photos]

    The Volvo Ocean Race just may be the most extreme race you’ve never heard of. Held every three years since 1972, the sailing race takes teams all over the world over the course of nine months. The 2014-2015 race is the longest ever, covering 39,379 nautical miles between 11 ports in 11 countries. Just how extreme is it? Aside from being at sea for more than 20 days at a time, the teams, made up of nine sailors, can bring only limited supplies. Food is all freeze-dried and protein bars and must be properly rationed despite sailors burning about 6000 calories each day. Two of the sailors must have medical training to treat any illness or injury that may occur. And temperatures can range from freezing to above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The second leg of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, highlighted in the photos below, just wrapped up after 23 days and 5200 nautical miles, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Dutch Team Brunel took first place. And what kind of cash can the winners look forward to? Absolutely nothing! Apparently, being badass enough to complete the Volvo Ocean Race is the only reward these more »

  • The Most Searched MLB players and Teams of 2014, According to Google

    This year was one of the most talked about in recent history for the MLB, a cinderella story team almost took home the World Series, the most popular player on the planet played his last game in pinstripes and there were a handful of tragic losses from Hall of Fame star, Tony Gwynn to Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras. The year definitely had it’s peaks and valleys, but in a sea of negative press surrounding players in the NFL, the MLB had a pretty positive year. Hunter Pence embraced his internet 15-minutes, Giancarlo Stanton signed a contract, putting him in the upper echelon of super-stardom, and Clayton Kershaw proved to be one, if not the, best pitcher to ever play the game. Google trends has pulled the top 10 searched players, MLB teams and full list of “Sports” teams for their 2014 year in review. Here are the top trends. Trending MLB Players 1. Derek Jeter 2. Tony Gwynn 3. Oscar Taveras 4. Madison Bumgarner 5. Hunter Pence 6. Giancarlo Stanton 7. Justin Verlander 8. Mike Trout 9. Clayton Kershaw 10. Pablo Sandoval The Royals, second to only the Giants in the playoffs, were the top trending Major League club. Interestingly, more »

  • 20 Years 20 Quarterbacks

    The 2014 NFL draft resulted in 14 quarterbacks drafted, adding to the 240 quarterbacks that have been drafted in the last 20 years. 20 Years 20 Quarterbacks is an attempt to name the best quarterback to come out of each draft class: There’s never been a better time in the NFL to be a quarterback. Granted I’d be pretty satisfied with anytime beyond junior high as a quarterback, yet its the gunslingers in the league now that are expected to produce at a higher level in what seems like a shorter amount of time. For today’s quarterback with great power comes great responsibility, even if it doesn’t come with great pass protection. The 2014 NFL draft resulted in 14 quarterbacks drafted,  adding to the 240 total quarterbacks that have been drafted in the last 20 years. While many of these draft choices never see playing time or even roster spots it doesn’t stop teams from annually sifting through the QB harvest, hoping to find the next Tom Brady and hoping to pass on the next Ryan Leaf. Some of these draftees make an immediate impact we can quantify, while others leave us only able to truly judge their career once it’s over. So while its easy to name some of the more »

  • Andrew Luck’s Trash Talk Skills Are Dismantling Defenses Brains

    Andrew Luck is an evil genius. He’s unanimously known as the weirdest trash talker in the NFL and word is finally starting to get around. Luck infiltrates the minds of combative D-linemen and linebackers by complimenting them after every tackle or sack on… himself. The tactic is not only confusing to opponents, but it drives them berserk. In a recent piece by Kevin Clark of the WSJ, Luck’s obscure method of trash talking is broken down, “Defensive back Nolan Carroll, who has hit Luck three times and with two teams, remembers the first time it happened while he was with the Miami Dolphins last year. Carroll, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, was blitzing off the edge and got to Luck, knocking him down just after he released the ball. Carroll was walking back to the huddle when he heard “Great job, Nolan!” He turned around, searching for the person who said it—maybe it was a teammate, he thought. “Then I realized it was Luck who said it. I’m like ‘what’s going on? Aren’t you supposed to be mad?’” Carroll said. “So then I’m the one who gets ticked off because an upbeat attitude isn’t something you see.” Luck’s over zealous, more »

  • Baseball’s Harsh Winter Meetings and the Ghost of Off-Seasons Past…

    The Winter Meetings and the Ghost of Off-Seasons Past… It’s that time of year again- the annual bald guys wearing blazers convention is upon us. Or more commonly known by its official title: the Baseball Winter Meetings. The gathering of the collective business side of Major League Baseball gives attendees a chance to mingle with front office staffs, league executives, and a handful of Jerry Maguire-types in attempts to rebuild, recharge, and refocus on the season ahead. I’ve had a handful of opportunities to attend (loiter) the baseball winter meetings in the past and interact (watch from afar) with baseball executives and media to try and gain a better understanding (eavesdrop) of what exactly happens (closed door meetings, nighttime public intoxication, Peter Gammons) during the four day event. There’s a general sense of courtship going on at these meetings – like a baseball themed dating website weekend event- as team executives and player representatives mingle to find God’s match for them and complete the Rule 5 draft that no one but them understands. While baseball’s free agency period tends to hit a Fallon-less fever pitch around this time of year the foundation for an occasional blockbuster trade can be accomplished as more »

  • Insane Person Rides Motorcycle Down a Roller Coaster, Because Red Bull

    Riding a motorcycle down the street might be considered dangerous enough for some of us, but not Red Bull. French legend of moto trials, Julien Dupont decided that he wanted to be a part of “Red Bull Roller Coaster”, a trial run that includes Julien riding through a wooden coaster. A wooden roller coaster in Mexico. A wooden roller coaster in Mexico City. Not only is that dangerous enough for the most daring of daredevils, but Dupont decides to throw in a couple of back flips in there on the narrow track. The famed 108ft-tall Montaña Rusa coaster is a 50-year-old wooden ride at La Feria de Chapultepec amusement park in Mexico City. Dupont flips and falls through the drops and turns of the coaster most would second guess riding on a cart grounded by tracks. For Julen’s next trick he’ll be driving his motorcycle directly into a volcano.