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  • The Case for Football the NFL in London

    RSVLTS took a trip across the pond this past weekend and attended the NFL International Series game in London. What we experienced makes us believe that the NFL in London could be realistic and hugely successful. But there needs to be a well through out plan. If you are anything like me a few weeks ago while perusing through a detailed study of future fantasy football bye week replacement options you too scoffed at the preposterous notion of a 9:30am EST start time for Falcons/ Lions in Week 8.  Hearing friends and media personalities comment on the upcoming morning game there was certainly more of a sense of confusion than excitement.  After all we’re Americans, citizens of a nation founded on change who spend centuries fighting against it; things that are different are icky. Yet as Saturday night approached I was downright giddy.  The fact that I could wake up and have a seamless string of NFL programming, endure a buzz killing hour long gap featuring the Wizard of Hangovers & Naps Tony Dungy, and cap the night with more NFL was a tantalizing realization. Let it be known that Week 8 of the 2014 NFL season will go down as the low more »

  • Texas A&M To Wear 1939 Throwback Uniforms

    Adidas and Texas A&M revealed an amazing homage to their 1939 team by recreating their helmets to mimic that of the old leatherhead football helmets. Both adidas and the Aggies revealed shots of the throwback uniforms this morning on their twitter, in commemoration of their 1939 National Championship. The uniforms themselves are fairly basic equiped with adidas TECHFIT, but sport a commemorative patch on the upper right. The helmets, however, are a work of art, sporting airbrushed rust and weathered leather, even the stitching is represented along with a faded players stenciled number on the front of every helmet. The Aggies will sport these throwbacks for their homecoming game on November 1st.

  • 5 Reasons Why DeMarco Murray Will Break Eric Dickerson’s Rushing Record

    I grew up in the shadow of New York City, and it’s painful for me to say that the Cowboys are the NFL’s best team. But they are. And running back DeMarco Murray has been a major reason for their success; his running has been as wild as the American west. After several injury-plagued seasons, Murray—behind a formidable offensive line—has been running over the NFL’s best defenses with ease; he broke Jim Brown’s record for consecutive games with over 100 rushing yards. But there is another rushing record for Murray to break: the single-season rushing record held by Eric Dickerson. Adrian Peterson was 9 yards short of the record in 2012. And, despite my allegiance to the Giants, I think that Murray will break Dickerson’s long-standing record in 2014. Why, you ask? Well, let’s look over Murray’s season.

  • The Do’s and Don’ts Of Dressing Up as a Controversial Football Player on Halloween

    Ok so there are no rules for Halloween costumes, right? Technically no, but there should be. There should be, because people obviously don’t know where and when to cross the habitual line of dumbfounding stupidity. We live in a world where a baby dressed up like angry Uncle Leo can and will go viral on Facebook , what makes you think your offensive black-faced-domestic-violence-shunned-football-player costume will slip under the radar? This past weekend we’ve seen an outpouring of Ray Rice costumes flooding Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Maybe it’s our fault, maybe we should’ve written this story last week. Maybe we could’ve given people better ideas for a lay-up football player Halloween costume. But if you’re reading this thinking “Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Hernandez. I’ll be one of those guys, that’ll get some laughs”. Don’t, just don’t. The internet doesn’t forget. You’ll be forced to delete your account, but the picture will remain, damage done. Reddit will know your entire history before you go back to your job on Monday and your boss will fire you once your name and costume hits the local paper on Monday. Life ruined. All because you crossed the habitual line. But don’t worry, it’s more »

  • The Keep-Away From Peyton Record Touchdown Celebration Was Rehearsed

    Our favorite moment from last night’s record setting night for Peyton Manning was by far the monkey-in-the-middle game Broncos receivers played with their quarterback after he broke the record for most touchdowns thrown in the history of the NFL. After Manning surpassed Brett Favre reaching 509 career touchdown passes in the first quarter, the gang had a little fun at Peyton’s expense, but as Fox’s Marc Garafolo pointed out, everyone, including Peyton was in on it the whole time. We've all been had. Demariyus Thomas said Peyton Manning himself planned the keep-away. Peyton had them practice it too. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 20, 2014

  • This Running Back Has a Chance To Break One of the NFL’s Most Coveted Records

    This year, we celebrate 30 years since Eric Dickerson’s unprecedented NFL season when he rushed for 2,1305 yards in his second season with the Los Angeles Rams. That set the bar high, very high. Since then we’ve seen the likes of Emmit Smith, Barry Sanders, AP, Marshall Faulk and a handful of other running backs fall short of Dickerson’s coveted record, but this year an unlikely candidate may surprise us. DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys has rushed for 785 yards, 180 yards more than Dickerson had at the same point in 1984. However 130.8 yards per game, he will end up with 2,093 yards and fall short of the record as Dickerson rushed for at least 175 yards in a game four times in the final ten games. Murray will need to stay more than consistent and his style of play combines ground and pound with finesse which is remarkably like Adrian Peterson’s style the year he came within inches of breaking Dickerson’s record, but what Murray has over Dickerson is consistency, having rushed for at least 100 yards in all six games so far. On the other hand, Dickerson had two games with less than 50 yards during more »

  • Oregon Ducks Will Wear Throwback Uniforms Wore Against Washington From “The Pick”

    in a mere 16-second turnaround on Oct. 22, 1994, Kenny Wheaton and the Oregon Ducks created pandemonium in the aisles of Autzen Stadium, When Wheaton took a 97-yard interception return against the University of Washington to the house and sealed a 31-20 win and propelled the 1994 Ducks toward their first conference crown in 37 years. In honor of the 20th anniversary of “The Pick,” Nike and the Oregon Ducks have partnered to re-create a modernized version of the iconic 1994 uniform design that the team wore during that glorious moment – a proper tribute to a turning point in the Ducks football history. This modern version of the classic 1994 Ducks uniform features the original number and name font from that year, as well as a modernized bold, iconic stripe to tie in the Classic Green jersey and University Gold pant and helmet. The “UO” logo is featured on the pant, and Duck logo highlights the sleeves. Following this iconic turning point, Oregon went on to play in 17 bowl games over the next 19 years and have the best winning percentage in the Pac-12 (.731), claim shares of five conference championships and finish two years ranked second in more »

  • A Scaled View of Every Jumbotron in the NFL [Infographic]

    After the Dallas Cowboys introduced their absurd video board to the world, teams have followed suit in similar fashion. With new stadiums holding 80,000+ people, a large video board is becoming a go to source for a public obsessed with super slow-mo, replays and getting as close to the action as possible. The Houston Texans have one-upped the cowboys by erecting a 277 ft wide video board to their stadium, trumping the width of the cowboys twin boards that float above the field at 177 ft, while the infographic is dated, showing the Vikings Jumbotron as a measly 33.5 x 19 ft, when in actuality, the entire stadium no longer exists. Expect big things from Minnesota in the next few years.

  • 5 Public Relations Lessons You Need To Know From Watching the NFL Fumble the Ray Rice Scandal

    Tor Constantino shares five leadership lessons that individuals and businesses can learn from the NFL’s missteps.  NFL brass must be breathing a sigh of relief. The Major League Baseball playoffs have begun, the 2014-15 NHL season has taken to the ice and the first tip off of the NBA’s the new season. Luckily for the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell, there will be plenty of action on the field, court, ice and diamond to distract from the dog pile of off-the-field issues and embarrassments tarnishing the NFL shield over the past several weeks. Related: 5 Public Relations Lessons You Need To Know From The Late Great John F. Kennedy Over the past several years, the NFL has become one of the most powerful and profitable sports brands on the planet, generating more than $10 billion a year in revenue even though, ironically, the league itself is structured as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(6) organization. —- Despite the league’s unprecedented prosperity, the recent spate of bankrupt behaviors alleged against some of the NFL’s most prominent players have marred the league’s marketing and money-making prowess. Most notably: Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, was most recently charged with two counts of aggravated assault against his 18-month more »

  • Roger Goodell’s Days As The NFL’s Omnipotent Enforcer Are Numbered

    NEW YORK CITY — Roger Goodell’s days as the NFL’s enforcer are clearly numbered, and team owners expect to hear details of how the commissioner’s role in the league’s disciplinary process could be reduced when they conduct their fall meeting at a Manhattan hotel on Wednesday. Discussion at the one-day meeting will be dominated by matters of social responsibility and how to improve and strengthen the league’s personal conduct policy. At the center of that issue is the acknowledgement that Goodell is open to ceding some of the singular power he has wielded in terms of meting out league discipline on the personal conduct front. In the aftermath of the NFL’s poorly received response to the Ray Rice domestic violence case, as well as the other highly publicized legal problems of Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy, Goodell has signaled that he’s willing to surrender or share the power to discipline in personal conduct matters. According to a memo sent from Goodell to the teams on Monday, that initiative might even include the establishment of an independent panel of outside experts who would have the responsibility of deciding whether players who have been arrested should be allowed to stay on the more »

  • The United States According To College Football Fans

    With data based on Facebook ‘likes’, New York Times estimated the boundaries of fandom for 82 teams. Unlike professional sports, the college game is much more provincial, with scrappy regional programs dominating their corners of the country. Texas and Oregon are two of the most popular teams, but together they account for only 25 percent of territory in the lower 48 states. There is no team with a level of national support that approaches that of, say, the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox or the Los Angeles Lakers. If you squint while looking at the college football map, you might even think you’re looking at a state map. In the Southeast, strong programs like Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana State and Oklahoma dominate their states — and stop right at the border. But there are enough exceptions to make this quite different from the state maps we all grew up learning. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been so mediocre for so long — failing to finish in the top 15 nationwide since the Kennedy administration — that fans have moved their support to the Wisconsin Badgers. And Nebraska! They do love their Cornhuskers across much of the Great Plains. But programs can more »

  • Should The Word ‘Redskins’ Be Banned from Broadcast TV? [Poll]

    There are plenty of sports teams with less overtly offensive names, if not more offensive traditions, that are flying under the radar as the Redskins take all the public scrutiny for their absurd team name. 80,000 people in Kansas City simultaneously doing the Chop and Chant (oooooh oooooh OH OH Oh ooooooooh ooooh oooooooooh). Several sports teams across America beating oversized war drums. It’s all kind of insane when you think about it. But where can we find a solution when billions of dollars and decades of tradition and well tuned branding are on the line? It looks like the government might end up making the decision for the NFL as Variety reports: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency is considering a petition to issue sanctions against broadcast stations that use the term “Redskins” when referring to Washington D.C.’s professional football team. In comments to reporters, Wheeler said that the FCC “will be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we’ll be responding accordingly.” But he personally believes that the term is “offensive and derogatory,” according to an interview he gave earlier this month to Broadcasting & Cable. The idea of punishing stations for more »

  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of United States Presidents Playing Football [17 HQ Photos]

    President Barack Obama throws a football on the field at Soldier Field following the NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) President Bill Clinton is hit in the face with the football while breaking up a pass play during a touch football game on Dec. 31, 1993, in the beach at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (AP Photo/Doug Gilmore) President Bush throws a football as he stands with Cleveland Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia, right, during an impromptu stop at the team’s training camp in Berea, Ohio, Saturday, July 31, 2004. President Bush is making a campaign Bush tour through Ohio Saturday and will finish the day in Pittsburgh before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Dwight Eisenhower is shown kicking a football during a practice session at West Point in 1912. (AP Photo/The Eisenhower Library) Abilene, Kansas high school football team of 1910 on which Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower played while a post-graduate student in preparation for West Point. Left to right, top row: Ralph Lucier, Frank Madden, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Earl Briney, “Six” McDonald, Howard Funk. Second row: Orin Snyder, coach Raymond Sare, Ames Rogers, G.N. more »

  • 7 Inspiring Quotes This High School Athlete Can Teach NFL Players

    This Friday, Apollos Hester and the East View (Texas) Patriots, battled a vigorous high school football match up and came out on top 42-41 over Vandegrift, but that’s not what all the buzz around this game is about. Hester’s TWC News Austin interview was a post-game speech the country can get behind. As you’ve probably already seen, Hester emotion carried him through one of the most inspiring and provoking speeches we’ve ever seen from an athlete let alone a high school student. Apollos positivity and outlook on success proves he’s wise beyond his years and maybe some professional athletes can even learn a thing or two from his words. We’re sure if Hester is playing football in Texas, he’s already quite the athlete, but if he doesn’t make it past high school athletics, Hester has a promising future as a motivational speaker. We’ve extracted Apollos Hester’s best quotes from his, now infamous speech to get your pumped for Monday. We know you need it.

  • What’s In a Name? Breaking down the NFC teams and their Mascots

    Ever wonder where professional sports teams got their nickname or mascot from. While some names and mascots might seem like an arbitrary choice, most have a deeper meaning with an interesting story behind it. Probably not the Phillies’ Philly Fanatic, though. We’ve broken down each NFC team and the derivative of their name and mascot in our new series; “What’s in a name?” NFC East Dallas Cowboys – They’ve been the Cowboys from the start, but the real question is how did they become “America’s team”? Last I checked our capital was in Washington D.C. not Texas. Can someone explain? New York Giants – “Big Blue” or “The Gmen” as we may know them was originally incorporated as the New York National Football Company but later changed to the New York Football Giants in 1937. They began play in 1925 and were referred to as the Football Giants in order to decipher from the then New York Giants (now SF Giants) baseball team. There is something about football giants that just sounds way better than giants. Washington Redskins- in the beginning the Redskins were named the Braves and were from Boston not Washington, from Boston to Washington? Explain that change. more »

  • Ed Hochuli’s Workout Program Revealed

    Fact: Ed Hochuli is everyone’s favorite NFL referee. Let’s be honest, the guy can probably bench more weight than 50% of the players on the field. A little background on Hochuli: he is 6’1″, 215-pounds, was a linebacker at UTEP from 1969 to ’72, he is a partner in a Phoenix law firm that specializes in civil litigation and he has run 12 marathons. “You look at him and it looks like he needs to be on our side of the ball, or on defense,” said quarterback Donovan McNabb to SI.com. “He stands on the sidelines looking like one of the linebackers.” Ed Hochuli spoke to SI.com and revealed his four day a week workout plan, follow it below to get in the best shape of your life. MONDAY Chest Barbell flat bench • Three sets of 10 reps at 225 pounds or “pyramid” sets of 12 reps (185 pounds); 10 (205); eight (215); six (225); 12 (185) • Ten sets of 10 at 205 pounds Dumbbell flat bench • Three sets of 10 reps, at 90 pounds each arm, or five sets of 12 (80 pounds); 10 (85); eight (90); six (95); 12 (75). “Then I’ll do a burnout set [to failure] of incline flies” (35-pound more »

  • NFL Owners May Be Overvaluing Goodell [Link]

    Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, has been under fire recently for his handling of the Ray Rice scandal. However, Goodell still finds supporters in the league because of the financial success the NFL has seen under his direction. But does Goodell deserve the credit for making the NFL the number one professional sports league in the nation? Statistics genius Nate Silver takes a close look at the numbers and what he finds doesn’t look good for Goodell.

  • Sean Payton 100 Devon Still Jerseys to Support His Daughter’s Cancer Treatment

    In  the midst of a very dark and dramatic NFL season, New Orleans Saints coach, Sean Payton did showed an enormous sign of humanity, buying 100 Devon Still Jerseys. If you don’t know the backstory behind Devon Still, he fought his way on to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, then 53-man roster. Still made the tough decision after he becoming aware health insurance for him and his family would be cut off, if he walked away from the league to take care of his ailing  four-year-old daughter who fighting  a Stage 4 pediatric cancer disease. The Bengals not only kept Still on the Practice squad, but went one step further by putting him on the full roster. The Bengals organization decided to not only sell Devon Still Jerseys on their website, but promised all proceeds would be donated to with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and other pediatric cancer research efforts. Jeff Berding, the Bengals director of sales and public affairs, said Still’s jersey sold more in its first 24 hours than any other Bengals jersey had in a single day. This is where Sean Payton selflessly stepped in an ordered 100 Devon Still Jerseys. At around $100 per jersey, Payton donated close to $10,000 more »

  • Katie Nolan May Have Just Catapulted Women in Sports Television To the Next Level

    We’ve been following Katie Nolan ever since her days at Guysim delivering daily Speed Rounds to our desktops. She’s clever, funny and has a charismatic approach to her diction that ultimately took her all the way to FOX Sports 1 on Crowd Goes Wild and her online daily video, No FIlter. Nolan has gained quite a bit of acclaim for her work online with FOX, but her most recent post, “Why boycotting the NFL because of Ray Rice is not the answer” will surely sky rocket her to the next level. In her element with her signature mug, Nolan exposes her fear and vulnerability telling a story when she was once given the opportunity to ask Roger Goodell a question last month at a FOX Sports symposium. Nolan stayed quiet, never asking him a question dear to her about his decision to give Ray Rice a two-game suspension, limiting his desire to open up the NFL market to the wider audience he’s always speaking of, hypothetically shutting the door in the face of every female fan in doing so. “Fear crept in. I started thinking, well, the commissioner is here as a guest of Fox, and if offend him in more »

  • Why Johnny Football should be thrilled he’s a backup

    This past week the Cleveland Browns gave a valiant effort, but fell short to the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers in the first week of the NFL season. Animator Markus Magnusson was comissioned by Neil Jamieson over at ESPN to create GIFs on the topic of ”Why Johnny Football should be thrilled he’s a backup”. Based on the first game for the Browns we can think of quite a few reasons, but it’s better you just take a look at the game recap based on the Magnusson’s take on the game.  

  • Maryland’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Uniform Scream ‘Merica

    For the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write his poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” which later became “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the United States national anthem, the University of Maryland will be wearing the most ‘MERICA uniforms you’ve ever seen in college football. Picture Chuck Norris on a giant bald eagle, wearing an American Flag bandana, blasting Hulk Hogan’s entrance music, “I am a Real American” from the heavens. These uniforms are more American than that. The logo on the helmet and pant features the outline of Forg McHenry and an image of the famous flag that flew through the night of the Battle, which inspired our national anthem. Additionally, team captains will don red belts as American military captains did during the Battle.

  • Facebook Releases NFL Fandom throughout the U.S.

    The legions of fans around the country have spoken and with that Facebook released the ultimate map of NFL fandom across the U.S. The map was based on people who like those teams and their location in the country. The Denver Broncos definitely take up the most land on the map with most of the midwest leaning toward Peyton and Denver. Los Angeles still keeps it’s loyalty to the raiders and the most interesting visual is actually a lack there of, with the New York Jets the only team in the league without a loyal fan base in the country.

  • Jimmy Fallon’s 2014 NFL Superlatives

    The 2014 NFL season kicked off last night with the Seahawks running wild all over the packers. at the end of ever season they give out awards like MVP but Jimmy Fallon also gives out awards at the beginning of the season, sort of like the High School yearbook’s most likely to success, class clown and others. These are his NFL superlatives for the 2014 NFL season.

  • The Top 10 2013-14 NFL GIFS Paired with Our Reactions

    The NFL season is back and we’re smiling ear to ear. The tailgating, the apathy toward eating healthy, the gambling, the fantasy; it’s all back baby. and to show our excitement we’d like to share our emotions in gif form, because showing emotions in real life is un-American. Unless your Kanye. We’ve paired some of the best plays from the 2013-14 season with appropriate reactions, just for you. Here are the top 10.

  • Melissa Bolona: The Complete NFL Collection [180 Photos]

    Back in September of 2013 we had an incredible photoshoot with Beach Bunny’s Melissa Bolona modeling gear from all 32 NFL teams. The photos dominated the web and were featured on basically every sports site on the internet. We even had a launch party over looking the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. Here are some pics from the Party photobooth  and event photos. As we approach the 2014 NFL season, and by judging from the interest people had in the original photoshoot, we’ve decided to release all the photos from the shoot. Above you can see photos from all 32 teams ranked by their 2014 preseason power ranking according to NFL.com. And below, over 150 outtake photos and behind-the-scenes photos.

  • These NFL Superlatives Will Make The Internet Explode in 2014

    Preseason NFL predictions are about as common as beer koozies and flip flops at this time of year, but rather than guessing who will win the Super Bowl and which players will take home MVP honors, we’ve decided to do things just a bit differently. Don’t get me wrong: I love reading the serious predictions, and I’ll be posting mine right here soon enough, but we’re going to get things started on a bit of a lighter note.

  • If Every NFL Team Had an Emoji for This Season’s Kickoff [32 Exclusive Emojis]

    Rejoice, rejoice. The NFL season is so close you can smell that Monday morning aroma of stale beer and buffalo sauce you’ve grown to love. This Thursday Richard Sherman and the defending champion Seattle Seahawks take on Aaron Rogers and the powerhouse Green Bay Packers for the beginning of what promises to be another exciting NFL season (If the refs stay out of the way). In honor of the upcoming season we created a series of 32 ‘tongue-in-cheek’ NFL emojis that link back to culture references for each team. With fantasy sports taking up a majority stake of every fan’s life from September through December, talking smack is now an essential weapon in every league, so we hope you’ll use these emojis in good measure on your league’s message board come kickoff. We’ve cerated a series of 32 emojis using pop-culture references from each team’s recent and long ago history, like Smokin’ Jay Cutler, the New York Jets parting ways with their long time un-official superfan and ESPN’s questionable coverage of Michael Sam. We’ve also included iconic references to franchise player’s nicknames like Megatron and Super Cam, but our favorites are highlighting now historical references from past events like the now infamous more »

  • Incredible Poster Featuring Genealogy Of Football Teams

    The NFL was born 94 years ago, with the creation of the American Professional Football Conference. Of the original 14 teams, only 2 still survive, the Decatur Staleys (now Chicago Bears) and the Chicago Cardinals (now Arizona Cardinals, duh). What happened to the others? And where did the other 30 NFL teams come from? Those answers can be found in a new poster from HistoryShots, “Genealogy of Football.” More than 150 teams are included on the 40″ x 22″ poster. View the full image and buy yours today at HistoryShots, with prices starting at just $39.

  • NAVY’S Uniforms Will Have Each Player’s Rank On their Sleeves vs OSU

    Under Armour recently stole Navy away from Nike, amongst other top schools, and is turning the college uniform game on it’s head. While Navy was signed wit Nike, they had some of the crispest uniforms in NCAA football. Yes, I said Crispest. After their recent change of sponsor it was up in the air whether UA would live up to expectations, well they didn’t disappoint. Their 2014 season opener uniforms will be inspired by the iconic Navy Summer Whites military uniform. “For the first time, uniforms will slightly vary from player to player, with each athlete wearing their specific rank on the field, depicted in the shoulder board and pant leg design of each uniform. Freshmen will be wearing uniforms that only have the anchor on the shoulder and pant leg, but no stripes, while sophomores will have one diagonal stripe. Juniors will have two diagonal stripes and seniors will have one parallel stripe. Navy captains Noah Copelandand Parrish Gaines will wear a star and three parallel stripes, the rank of a midshipmen lieutenant.”

  • What If All NFL Logos Were British?

    With the start of the 2014 NFL season upon us, and considering the league’s burning desire to go “global” we look at NFL logos if they were British because 10 years from now there is a good chance London will home to the Jacksonville Jags.

 
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