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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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 »

  • Mario Williams Rescues Jim Kelly From Lake-Effect Storm with Bobcat

    The Buffalo area is in total disarray after the giant lake-effect took the city by snow storm. Western New York has been completely pummeled by the massive storm, in some areas the snow piled up to almost 6 ft. The Buffalo Bills stadium is covered in so much snow, officials are worried the won’t be able to play this Sunday being under 220,000 tons of snow. The crowned king of Buffalo Jim Kelly has been going through so much as of late, so Bills current defensive end, Mario Williams decided to help him out… by using a bobcat to dig out his driveway. Faith in humanity restored. I think the snow is getting to him! LOL

  • 100 Years Ago Pro Football Lost Its First Player To Game-Related Injuries

    Before the National Football Leaguue, there was the Ohio League and Harry Turner, center for the Canton Professionals, was one of its most popular players. Harry Turner began his professional football career in 1907 with the Canton Indians. By 1911, he had worked his way up to captain of the Canton Professionals, an underdog made up entirely of local players. That same year, his team was to face the Shelby Blues in the Ohio League Chamionship. The Blues were led by player-coach Peggy Parratt, known for developing the forward pass. The Professionals forefeited the game when a dispute erupted over an offsides call. Turner was so upset that he called his team off the field, forfeiting the game to Shelby. He then announced his retirement from the sport November 26. But his hatred of Parratt led Turner to stay with Canton for three more years. By 1914, Parratt had moved on to the Akron Indians while Turner was still with the Pros. With the Indians, Parratt had put together a team of former Notre Dame stars, including Knute Rockne. The Indians dominated the Ohio League that season until they faced the Professionals on November 15. During the game, Turner fractured more »

  • Why Peyton Manning’s Touchdown Record Will Be Near Impossible to Beat

    The argument can officially be made. Peyton Manning may be the best quarterback of all time. At 520 passing touchdowns already, Manning shows no signs of stopping any time soon. After breaking Brett Favre’s record which stood at 508 touchdowns, Peyton has catapulted himself into NFL greatness on a scale which very well be impossible to break. Gregor Aisch and Kevin Quealy of the Upshot, have charted Manning’s trajectory of quarterbacks past and present. When Alex Rodriguez joined the 600 homerun club we saw a similar graphic from the NY Times, which gives us a real perespective on retired and current players. It’s always intriguing to estimate how current NFL greats stack up against HoF greats. Since this graph was created in October almost exactly one month ago, Peyton has thrown 10 Touchdowns.

  • Betting on Eli-te: Why the Tom Coughlin era Giants should never be counted on, or counted out

    To quote The Lion King, when the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world. I’m fairly confident this is not a quote Tom Coughlin uses to inspire his locker room. Yet it’s a concept that embodies Coughlin’s eleven year, two Super Bowl ring tenure as head coach of the New York Giants.  Coughlin teams seem to thrive when no one believes in them and toil in mediocrity once everyone does. In a vacuum this year is no different.  A lifeless 0-2 start to the year had some calling the Giants one of the worst teams in the league and media contemplating moving on from Eli Manning after the season.  Three straight wins had the Giants trending up on the collective media radar and attributing their offensive prowess to the play of Eli Manning. Now another losing streak has left the Giants mired in a season plagued by the loss of veterans and expected key contributors, leaving a locker room filled with inexperienced youth and a head coach resembling an overwhelmed grandpa on babysitting duty. Victor Cruz, Jon Beason, and three of the top four cornerbacks have ended their seasons on injured reserve.  Free agent signing Rashad Jennings more »

  • Candidates for 2014’s Most Boring Potential Super Bowl Teams

    The Kansas City Royals. The ’11 New York Giants. Lou Bega. Getting hot at the right time seems like a recipe for success, especially when it comes to the playoffs or use of ‘da trumpets’.  Finally the NFL playoff race heats up just as the legal narratives for the some of the game’s biggest stars have cooled (or maybe we just don’t want to talk about them anymore).  We’ve reached the point in the season where Super Bowl contenders start to differentiate themselves from the pack.  Occasionally though we end up with a team that sneaks up on us, usually when we’re too busy watching the perennial contenders or wondering what color to call Bob Costas’s hair. Throughout recent Super Bowl history we’ve been afforded the thrilling luxury of enduring two weeks of nonstop coverage of a few teams that we probably would’ve been fine with never hearing from again.  The type of team that harbors the unknown, at times overshadowed by a dominant story line their opponent may have, and keeping up with equal network coverage by providing features like long form interviews with fullbacks about the struggles of the zone run blocking scheme. It’s easy being the fan more »

  • 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 throughout 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.