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  • Statistics Prove That Defense is More Important Than Offense in the NFL

    It happens at the beginning of every September; 32 NFL teams come out of the woodshed that is Training Camp—vying for a chance to play in the Super Bowl. But, when asking the question about what it takes to win the Super Bowl, even those who have won the Big Game are somewhat divided about what it takes. However, what is true is that 11 out of the past 15 first overall draft picks have been quarterbacks, the current NFL era is hailed as the “Golden Age of the Quarterback,” and the rules allow for passing stats that were previously only thought to be possible in the Madden NFL video game franchise. But, is a top-tier quarterback and a high-powered offense the most important element needed to hoist the Lombardi trophy? The numbers may be in contrast with the widely assumed winning formula, but we will attempt to make sense of all of the stats.

  • More NFL Bad Lip Reading [Video]

    BadLipReading takes on the NFL again, just in time for the Super Bowl. There’s some real good ones this time around, especially the nonsense spouted by 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Hopefully he’ll be just as entertaining next Sunday. Pro tip: make sure you have closed captioning on so you don’t miss any of the hilarity.

  • Top 21 Undrafted Football Players Who Crushed It In the Pros

    The NFL Draft is undoubtedly the highest-touted amateur selection event in all of the four major American sports; the stars align in New York City and the brightest stars of the NCAA prepare to take a step into fortune, fame, and media over-exposure. But, the history of the draft isn’t a kind one. Hence, not every college standout is promised NFL glory. Likewise, not all collegiate afterthoughts are guaranteed the same fate when playing under the big, American-colored, tri-lettered shield. As such, there is seldom a more celebratory event in the NFL than a previously unknown athlete emerging from obscurity and into the heralded pigskin pantheon. Recently, RSVLTS got to sit down with one of such athlete at the Xbox One Loft in New York City. Victor Cruz, undrafted out of Umass, discussed on his lifelong gaming hobby, Xbox One’s  ”Playoff Face Off,” and his humble origins.  While led us to produce this list of the all-time greatest undrafted NFL legends:

  • RSVLTS Predicts the Playoffs: The Divisional Round

    Well, the table for the 2014 NFL Playoffs has already been set. Upon which, the appetizing course—otherwise known as “Wild Card Weekend”—has already been feasted. But, before we take another look into ole RSVLTS Crystal Ball—a mythical sightseeing orb of dubious success—let’s recap the predictions thus far. For the NFC, RSVLTS predicted that the following teams would receive playoff berth. To the right of our predictions were the actual standings: NFC Division Winners Our prediction: 1. Seattle Seahawks   Actual standing: 1. Seattle Seahawks Our prediction: 2. Carolina Panthers Actual standing: 2. Carolina Panthers Our prediction: 3. Philadelphia Eagles Actual standing: 3. Philadelphia Eagles Our prediction: 4. Chicago Bears Actual standing: 4. Green Bay Packers NFL Wild Card Our prediction: 5. New Orleans Saints Actual standing:  5. San Francisco 49ers Our prediction: 6. San Francisco 49ers Actual standing:  6. New Orleans Saints  With one mistake with the Division Winners and the inversion of the Wild Cards, RSVLTS’ predictions were better than some but worse than what actually came to pass. Now, for the AFC. AFC Division Winners Our prediction: 1. Denver Broncos Actual standing:  1. Denver Broncos Our prediction: 2. New England Patriots Actual standing:  2. New England Patriots Our prediction: 3. Cincinnati Bengals Actual standing:  3.  Cincinnati Bengals Our prediction: 4. Indianapolis Colts Actual standing:  4. Indianapolis Colts Wild Card Our prediction: 5. more »

  • 14 Awe-Inspiring Athletic Performances of 2013

    Athletically, 2013 was a three hundred and sixty five day span of time that was collectively awe-inspiring. From the resurgent Boston baseballers to Peyton Manning making a late-career case of superiority in his more than a decade-long rivalry with Tom Brady, there were plenty of moments that made fans—with their mouths agape—go, “HOW IN GOD’S NAME DID HE DO THAT?!”

  • RSVLTS Predicts the 2014 NFL Playoffs, Part I

    Well NFL fans, it’s December; meaning that the Cowboys’ previously promising season has taken an ill-fated turn for the unfortunate. In addition—and on a note typically less spoken of in correlation with the aforementioned team—December means that the “playoffs?!” are on the horizon. And, in true gentlemanly fashion, RSVLTS is here with our cultured facial hair and eyewear to help assist every NFL fan in interpreting what the future holds for all the league’s playoff hopefuls. With that in mind, sights are set on East Rutherford and the lights in its overlooking metropolis are beginning to illuminate as the Super Bowl looms ever closer. Who’s going to be in the big matchup? Well, don’t get ahead of yourself; who makes it into the tournament must be covered first.

  • 10 Examples of Brief Sports Superstardom

    Athletics—and those who partake in such events in a professional manner—are often thought of in two repelling polarities, either existing as a veritable earthbound deity or residing in the muck of sporting shame. However, what is often forgotten amongst the overdone stories of greatness and its polar opposite are the tales of those who were stars for a brief amount of time—the guy who, for a month, was better than the best player of the time. For these athletes, they stood as the momentary pinnacle of their respective sport—only to be cast to the wayside after one short year, month, or day. What are some prime examples of brief stardom in sports, you ask? Well, this top 10 begins now, RSVLTS responds.

  • The 11 Most Captivating Games of the 2013 Sports Year

    A multi-billion dollar industry, the world of mass spectator sports is truly an integral part of American society—inspiring fans to rabidly cheer, disapprovingly jeer, and become collectively energized. What fuels this phenomenon are the games that become etched into the lore of their respective sport; when the mental torment of watching a team struggle through a difficult season culminates in a fatigue-awash victory. The best games of 2013 fit such a criteria. And, with so many team-wide moments that prove to viewers the value of hard work, RSVLTS has gathered a Top 11 list to give 2013 a Norse Funeral-like send off.

  • 10 Athletes Who Blew Our Minds in 2013

    It’s clear that—in sports—there’s a need to point out the best individual players despite the overwhelming message that a team’s collective effort trumps everything (points to Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Seahawks) But, with the Most Valuable Player Awards being among the most coveted pieces of recognition in athletics, RSVLTS is here to count down the Top 10 Most Valuable Athletes of 2013. And, while it may not compete with the opinion of the Associated Press, it still is a part of the Yearbook13 event—where there is a chronicling of all the most notable, memorable, and otherwise monumental aspects of the fleeting year.

  • 10 Athletes You Need To Know In 2014

    The world of athletics can be likened to a grand cycle—one where, as old players retire, new generations emerge to occupy the open void. Whether still in college or emerging as standout professionals, upstart athletes are the players that get sports’ fan base energized; eager to watch the latest young sensation. And, as a part of the RSVLTS Yearbook13 event; we have gathered a list of all the latest—as Dick Vitale phrases it—“Diaper Dandies” that look ready to electrify the sports world in 2014.

  • The 10 Biggest Blockbuster Sports Deals of 2013

    With each passing year, there is one thing that is guaranteed in sports; massive amounts of money will be spent. Whether on a team-seeking superstar, who can bring a franchise’s championship aspirations to fruition or by a wealthy entrepreneur taking new ownership of a club, money is required to make either of the aforementioned transactions. In 2013, there were many instances of massive spending for the sake of bolstering the already considerable fanbase of spectator sports. What were the most notable, you ask? Well, look no further than Yearbook13, responds RSVLTS.

  • Top 10 Overhyped Sports Stories of 2013 (That Didn’t Actually Matter)

    With ESPN running nearly 24-hour sports news and banter-laden segments, they need to maintain a constant flow of material. Unfortunately, this means that many of the stories that they cover are tabloid-esque sensationalist time-fillers that further invoke the interest of a population who catalyze meaningless brouhaha. A year full of soap opera-worthy drama that ESPN beat until the end of its ninth life, 2013 had no shortage of meaningless locker room tales. And, in true End of the Year fashion, RSVLTS has the best—and least meaningful—of the sporting news abyss. 10. Mark Sanchez’s Headband Does anybody remember that guy who was the New York Jets’ starting quarterback? Well, the biggest splash he made in 2013 was via his choice of headwear. And, as the media gravitated towards it, it spiraled into a story much larger than necessary. Seriously, the MLB is on during the summer, can’t tabloid NFL stories fall to the wayside during the offseason? 9. The Alex Rodriguez Saga While controversial, the Alex Rodriguez debacle in New York City hardly has the same impact as it once did. Once a player who would easily join the all time greats in Cooperstown, A-Rod is now a shamed fallen star more »

  • NFL Logos Recreated as Beautiful European Soccer Club Crests

    FootballAsFootball is a beautifully executed site that features NFL logos as European soccer logos. The illustrations, done by six designers from Minneapolis are done with pinnacle quality in design and to be dead honest some pro teams could learn a thing or two from these eloquent renditions (cough, cough panthers). At the end of the project each team will have separate designes in the likeness of English, German, Italian, and Spanish soccer styles. We’re very giddy about this. Check out all 32 teams here.

  • The 11 Best NFL Draft Classes of All-Time

    The NFL Draft is certainly an exciting time in the offseason during America’s most popular sport—a time when unfortunate teams seek their franchise savior and a time when playoff teams seek their final piece that will hurdle them through the championship threshold. But, even the best scouts in the country state that the NFL Draft is far from being a perfect science. If that were the case, the San Diego Chargers would have never selected Ryan Leaf in 1998 when Charles Woodson and Randy Moss were both still available. Moreover, the Raiders would not have selected JaMarcus Russell when… well, the best wide receiver, the best running back, the best cornerback, and the best linebacker in today’s NFL were available. 11. 2007 NFL Draft Notable Players: Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, Darrelle Revis, Adrian Peterson, Joe Thomas, Patrick Willis, Marshawn Lynch, Joe Staley, Marshal Yanda In a few decades, this draft class has the potential to hurdle 11 spots to number one. Unfortunately, time travel is not available with contemporary technology. The list of current NFL superstars from this class really makes the 2007 Raiders front office seem incompetent. 10. 2011 NFL Draft Notable Players: Cam Newton, Von Miller, A.J Green, Patrick more »

  • Patrick Willis Took An Internship WIth Infinity Ward, The Makers of Call of Duty: Ghosts [Video]

    SportsNation ESPN recently released a comedic video of San Francisco 49ers star linebacker, Patrick Willis interning at Infinity Ward Studios. In it, Willis does voice acting—where he throws in a pigskin-esque twist to military jargon. In addition, Willis dons a suit where he participates in some cutting edge motion capture technology. Ironically, his suit is black and teal—something that, when he was simulating getting killed, felt like something of an allusion to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2013 NFL Season.

  • The 10 Most Eccentric, Rambunctious, Or Otherwise Insane Athletes

    Insanity reigns in all of sports. Truly, there can be a case made that athletes have the potential to be the pinnacle of mental lunacy– a fact that comes with the very nature of their occupation, which is destroying their bodies for the entertainment of spectators. Luckily, RSVLTS is here to compile a list of the craziest athletes to ever step on a field, a half pipe, or the Grand Canyon. In this article, “crazy” can have several different definitions– ranging from a term of endearment to an outright declaration of  mass-fearfulness.

  • 11 Fastest Players in NFL History (Infographic)

    Speed is synonymous with sports, but essential in the NFL. In it’s history, the NFL has not only produced players that can reach olympic athlete speeds, but can take or give a hit while doing it. Take a closer look at these numbers and tell me the top 5 players aren’t superhuman. Bo Jackson was every inch as skilled in real life as he was portrayed in Tecmo Bowl.  

  • The 9 Greatest Sideline Meltdowns In NFL History

    The advent of nationally televised sporting events has given spectators an enhanced look into the happenings of an NFL sideline—some of which are publicized to the organization’s chagrin. With Dez Bryant’s recent sideline ranting, it left RSVLTS thinking about some of the more notable, ugly, or otherwise animated sideline spats, tirades, and incidents that were worthy of a countdown list.

  • Ranking the 32 NFL Team According To Their All-Time Winning Percentage (With HQ Cheerleader Pictures)

    The NFL is a league of constant competition– a veritable athletic battleground where no mercy is inflicted upon the team that performed in an inferior fashion. But, what teams have been the most successful at defeating their opponents throughout the chronicled decades of the NFL? Well, RSVLTS is here to help answer that question. Courtesy of FOX Sports, this list was compiled of each team’s record– brought together in ascending order based on winning percentage. For teams that had the same winning percentage, the club with the greater amount of wins was given the favorable position. But, before beginning; the team with the most wins of all time is the Chicago Bears– a team with over 600 wins, which is a distinguished number that only two other teams can claim to exceed. Those two aforementioned teams are the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. Inversely, only one team in NFL history has tallied losses to the point of sexcentenary excessiveness– the Arizona Cardinals, who have 680 less than desirable matchup conclusions. Also, the Cardinals have the second most ties of all time– behind only the Bears, who have 42. But, to learn the winningest team based on percentage, more »

  • 11 Artists That Should Be Featured on the Super Bowl Halftime Show

    After the Janet Jackson incident that—well—everyone knows about at this point, there was a streak of quality Super Bowl Halftime acts. Starting with Paul McCartney in 2005, Super Bowl Halftime shows have gone on to feature such respectable artists as The Who, Tom Petty, and Prince. But, in recent years, Super Bowl Halftime shows have  devolved back into the cesspool of flavor of the week pop artists—featuring artists like Bruno Mars, who will be playing the upcoming Super Bowl in New Jersey, and a cameo appearance by LMFAO during Madonna’s performance. This begs the question; who are some acts that would return the Super Bowl half time show to its late 2000’s sense of quality? The following 10 acts are artists who put on excellent half time shows: 11. Spinal Tap Their performance would be borderline ludicrous, if they were able to find the entrance to the stage. However, the whole “joke band” label would be somewhat difficult for them to overcome—considering how seriously the NFL takes itself. 10. Pearl Jam Quickly becoming the living fossil from the grunge era, Pearl Jam is renowned as a premier live act with great stage presence. By the off chance that the Super more »

  • The Breast Cancer Awareness Secret The NFL Doesn’t Want You To Know [15 HQ Photos]

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month is the NFL and nearly every inch of open space on the field, in the stadium and on the players uniforms is covered in pink. It seems to be a noble cause, raising awareness for a troubling illness, but according to data obtained from the NFL by Darren Rovell of ESPN, a shockingly small amount of the fans’ money spent on this pink merchandise purchased at the NFL’s online shop, official team stores, and at the stadiums is actually going towards cancer research.

  • The 2013 Giants: As Bad as the 2008 Lions?

    To truly grasp how bad the Giants have been, a look at the worst team in recent memory is necessary: the 2008 Detroit Lions. Finishing the season 0-16, the Lions—obviously—also started the season at a mark of 0-5. Through the Lions’ first five games of 2008, the defense allowed 159 points—31.8 points per game. In contrast, the Lions scored only 76 points in their first five games—15.2 points per game and less than half of their total allowed points. Moreover, the average margin by which they lost games was about 25 points. Enter the comparison toward which Big Blue fans might cringe: the Giants—offensively abysmal—have scored 82 points during their first five games. Of course, this total is just 6 more than the 2008 Detroit Lions’ total. Moreover, the Giants’ “vaunted” pass rush-fueled defense has allowed 182 points during their first five games—a total that is 23 greater than the 2008 Lions. Moreover, the Giants have lost games by an average margin of 20 points—less than four points fewer than the 2008 Lions. In summation, there is disappointing and then there is historically bad. And, thus far, the Giants poor numbers—both offensively and defensively—have been eerily consistent with a team more »

  • 10 Examples Of When Good NFL Teams Were Bad and When Bad NFL Teams Were Good

    The NFL is a maddening league—one where a team that seems inept during one season can show an inverse in ability during the next. If such a statement seems ludicrous, just ask the Kansas City Chiefs how they are feeling at 3-0 after their 2012 season of sucking allotted them with the number one overall pick in the most recent NFL Draft. But, the fact is that even legendary NFL dynasties like the 1970’s Steelers, the 1980’s 49ers, the 1990’s Cowboys, and the 2000’s Patriots have their roots in rather unfortunate beginnings. Also, there have also been many teams like the Browns, the Raiders, and the Lions that had their days of dominance. Such winning ways may be in erstwhile decades, but they still came to pass.

  • A Masterful Redesign Of All 32 NFL Team Logos

    A creative guy on reddit went through and completely redesigned the logos for all 32 NFL teams. The Ravens (allegedly) stole their logo from a fan fan who faxed in a drawing. This led to a 15 year legal battle that the team eventually won but who knows, maybe one day a team will be using one of these creations.

  • 6 NFL Teams That Peyton Manning Could Put a Beatdown On In 2013

    For those NFL viewers who saw the season opener; you can all attest that Peyton Manning more or less shredded the Baltimore Ravens defense for seven touchdowns, which tied the all-time record for a single game. Then in week 2, the Manning Bowl, he shredded the Giants with 307 yards and two touchdowns. But, with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, and the breakout tight end Julius Thomas, it is clear that the Denver Broncos boast an offense that could make the 2007 New England Patriots look like their 1990 counterpart—look it up. So, in honor of Manning’s nine touchdown effort in the first two weeks of the season, here are six teams that Peyton Manning could beat down worse than the two reigning Super Bowl champions.

  • NFL Week 2 Power Rank Revealed

    Week one of the NFL has come and gone and one thing is for certain, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are without a doubt the front runners for the Super Bowl. Week two power ranks have been released by CBS Sports and the Broncos have jumped ahead of the 49ers as the top team in the league. See where your team stacks up below.

  • The 11 Worst Uniform Decisions Made By Sports Franchises

    In sports, tradition is always regarded as important. Teams are always looking to tread into new territory while still acknowledging their origins. But, some origins are—well—prettier than others. Hence, some of the more gruesome throwback uniforms are as follows:

  • XBox One, The NFL and ESPN Step Up Their Game For A User Ex-perience-plosion

    In a collaboration football fans have been dreaming of for years, XBox One, the new Microsoft gaming console, NFL Network and ESPN are working collectively on making your XBox experience second to none. XBox is working with the NFL and ESPN to bring you game highlights, every live game played on ESPN using their Xbox app, available now for 360, and all of your Sports Center highlights all interactive and click-through-able through XBox One. But the icing on the cake is it’s fantasy football application. If you participate in a league through NFL.com, you’ll be able to sync your team up and keep them right aligned with your screen, updating in real time, using your Xbox 360 app to bring you an endless playlist of Fantasy Football highlights, Fantasy analysis, stats, scores and standings about your NFL.com Fantasy Football team and leagues, making sure you don’t miss a thing. . If you don’t have a fantasy squad set up with NFL, then you can make a custom player log to keep your team in check. With WatchESPN, ESPN.com, and ESPN3 video content, you get the best highlights, live events and on-demand sports in full screen mode. Along with all the features that more »

  • Calvin Johnson and P. Diddy Team Up To Show Both Sides of being a Pro-Athlete

    In Nike’s latest ad spot, “Calvin & Johnson”, Megatron Johnson and P. Diddy partner up to show both aspects of being in the lime light. Diddy, as ‘Johnson’ takes the publicity, autographs, press and all things not training related so ‘Calvin’ can concentrate on the training that got him to where is is today and where he wants to be, a record breaking wider receiver.

  • So Someone Put the Heads of All 32 NFL Quarterbacks on their Mascot’s Bodies

    Hope you all had a great Labor Day, but incase you were out wake boarding or eating fudge on your local boardwalk, the guys over at Uproxx Kissing Suzy Kolber photoshopped every NFL team’s proverbial mascot with the heads of their starting quarterbacks. Keep your eyes out for Phillip Rivers. Check out all 32 QB-Mascot mashups at Uproxx Kissing Suzy Kolber

  • 10 Examples Of Athlete’s Injuring Themselves

    Face it: sports are tough on the ole corpus. Whether an athlete is getting run into by mammoth linebackers, throwing ninety mile per hour pitches in great succession, or some other muscular-straining function, it is clear that—with every play—they are constantly putting their bodies in perilous situations. But, there is a dark side to injuries—embarrassing blunders that ended with an athlete severely strained. The eleven happenings chronicled on this list are all sportsmen who blundered, over-celebrated, or just plain bad-lucked their way onto the disabled list.

  • 16 Professional Athletes In Film: The Good, The Bad, and The Cringingly Reprehensible

    Athletes love the spotlight—something that is given by the fact that they compete whilst being spectated by millions. Given the aforementioned fact, it seems obvious that many athletes would try and garner more publicity via Hollywood’s legendary silver screen. And—as one would have guessed—many athletes have done so. This list will be going over some notable films that athletes have appeared in—the good, the bad, and the cringingly reprehensible. Before beginning, it must be noted that this list only covers films. So, such TV series as “The Rifleman” starring Major League Baseball pitcher Chuck Connors will be excluded.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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