The NFL Is Asking Halftime Performers To Pay In Order To Play The Super Bowl Halftime Show

I think I hate the NFL.

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(Source) The National Football League doesn’t usually pay the act that performs at halftime during the Super Bowl. But in a twist this year, the league has asked artists under consideration for the high-profile gig to pay to play, according to people familiar with the matter. The NFL has narrowed down the list of potential performers for the 2015 Super Bowl to three candidates: Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay, these people said. While notifying the artists’ camps of their candidacy, league representatives also asked at least some of the acts if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig. The pay-to-play suggestion got a chilly reception from the candidates’ representatives, these people said.

 

 

How cocky and smug do you have to be to walk up to three of the biggest music acts in the world and say, “How much are you willing to pay us for the right to play at our game?” It’s insanity. Most watched sporting event in the country with ad revenue numbers that my mind can’t comprehend, yet they want the artists to pay them to play? Do they also want to charge the athletes a fee to be out on the field? I know this is a weird place to draw my line in the sand but I think I officially hate the NFL now. They’re getting too big for their britches. It started with the concussions, then they’re disregard for common sense in regards to player suspensions pissed everyone else off too, now they’re so arrogant that they’re saying Rihanna has to pay in order to attract a different demographic for them. And to top it all off, even the game sucks. Did anyone actually enjoy last night? At halftime I had to change the channel. The flags were ridiculous. Zero pace of play. MLB is racking their brains trying to shorten the game and the NFL is just like “Eh, fuck it. Let’s play for 5 hours. They’ll still watch.” I hate everything about them, right down to Goodell’s stupid face. And yes, if we’re being honest I will still be sitting on the couch on Sunday. But more and more people are talking about their disdain for “The Shield” and eventually that cup will runeth over.

By feitelberg posted August 19th, 2014 at 2:25 PM

ND Just Tore Down Their Entire Legacy By Putting ND Stickers On Their Helmets

    ESPN - More notably, the iconic gold helmet features the interlocking “ND” for the first time in the program’s 127-year history. The helmet itself also is meant to match the texture of the dome itself.       PUKE CITY. Listen everybody knows I hate ND. I think they are chicken shit for [...]

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ESPN - More notably, the iconic gold helmet features the interlocking “ND” for the first time in the program’s 127-year history. The helmet itself also is meant to match the texture of the dome itself.

 

 

 

PUKE CITY. Listen everybody knows I hate ND. I think they are chicken shit for backing out of the Michigan rivalry. I think their fans are obnoxious. I despise everything about them. But aside from Michigan they are college football. Love em or hate em it’s always more exciting when they are in the mix. And it all starts with the helmets. Yeah I know they aren’t putting the ND stickers on them for every game, but it doesn’t matter. This is just spitting in the face of tradition. Once you ruin the helmet once it’s ruined forever. Do whatever you want to the uniforms. I don’t give a shit about that. But once you deface the helmet you’ve essentially shredded your entire legacy in one fellow swoop. Sad day for Irish fans. Sad day for anybody who loves college football and all the tradition it used to have.

By elpresidente posted August 19th, 2014 at 1:53 PM

How Soon is Too Soon to Fall in Love with Jimmy Garoppolo?

    In light of how bad Johnny Manziel looked on MNF last night and how good the Patriots own rookie quarterback has looked so far, it seems like a good time for a little “perspective” talk. If I’ve learned anything during a lifetime of sweating Patriots Training Camp and August fauxball games, it’s that [...]

 

 

In light of how bad Johnny Manziel looked on MNF last night and how good the Patriots own rookie quarterback has looked so far, it seems like a good time for a little “perspective” talk.

If I’ve learned anything during a lifetime of sweating Patriots Training Camp and August fauxball games, it’s that you can’t rush to judgment on these guys.  Preseason means nothing.  What you see in practice means even less.  You can barely jump to impressions, never mind conclusions based on what they look like running drills, doing 7-on-7s and playing against other teams’ bottom-of-the-roster meatsacks who’ll be searching the Craigslist Help Wanteds by the time the games count.  I’ve fallen in love with too many guys who looked like the Next Big Thing only to see them washing out of the CFL that I know I should tack the old Parcells line “Let’s not put this guy in Canton just yet” onto the end of every positive thing I say about any rookie.

That’s “if” I’ve learned anything.  Which I clearly haven’t.  Because after two games and only a handful of drives in fake football games, I’m going all in on Jimmy Garoppolo. When they drafted him, I was Garoppolo-curious.  In the first weeks of camp, as bad as he looked, I was mildly infatuated.  After that first game against Washington, I was  smitten.  But by his second touchdown against the Eagles it was full on, moist, throbbing bromance.  Fuck caution or taking it slow and all that.  This is manlove.  Everything about the kid comes as advertised.  He can pull off a designed roll out and deliver a ball on the run like the one to James Develin on his second play .  He can slide away from pressure, keep his eyes upfield and never lose his mechanics or throw off his back foot. He’s got escapability like no other QB we’ve had since Doug Flutie.  He can stand in a pocket and throw with accuracy, like the crossing route Brandon LaFell caught at the sidelines for 25 yards on 3rd & 7 with Jason Phillips bearing down on him.  But possibly the most telling play was when he had a back (I forget which one) uncovered underneath but still took his time looking deep and going through his progressions before he settled for the dump off.  It was a veteran play, and showed a kind of patience that’s way more important than just being one of those Jamarcuses who can throw a ball 60 yards from his knees or whatever.

So the bottom line is no, it’s not too soon to be completely taken in by this kid.  He had me at “hello.”  He had me at “Three touchdown drives in two games.” I love him.  I love him for the quarterback he wants to be.  And I love him for the quarterback he almost is.  And I love him because he means we no longer have to worry about whether we’re going to be winning the AFC East 15 years from now.  Because right now he’s the second best QB in the division.  @JerryThornton1

PS.  Jimmy G-spot’s performance isn’t even the best rookie news the Patriots have gotten this week.

 

 

I think I just leaked a little.  [h/t to @PatriotsSB49]

By Jerry Thornton posted August 19th, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Dog Pool Party = Best… Pool Party… EVER!

      Bet that pool is about 60% doggy pee, 20% saliva, and 20% hair. Don’t care, still the best pool party ever.

 

 

 

Bet that pool is about 60% doggy pee, 20% saliva, and 20% hair. Don’t care, still the best pool party ever.

By feitelberg posted August 19th, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Johnny Football “Haters Gonna Hate” Tshirts Now On Sale!

Click to Buy     From Kmarko Blog Earlier Today “Really not planning on harping on this or blowing it out of proportion or making T-shirts about MiddleFingerGate (I can’t promise we aren’t making t-shirts) but this was just too funny. The exact moment Johnny Manziel finds out he fucked around and blew up Twitter [...]

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From Kmarko Blog Earlier Today

“Really not planning on harping on this or blowing it out of proportion or making T-shirts about MiddleFingerGate (I can’t promise we aren’t making t-shirts) but this was just too funny. The exact moment Johnny Manziel finds out he fucked around and blew up Twitter again. Such a perfect reaction.”

 

 

Come on bro. Do you want to eat or not? Of course we’re making tshirts! Have you been paying attention at all? Even a little bit? That’s what we do here. We make tshirts and shove em down people’s throats. Barstool 101 really.

By elpresidente posted August 19th, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Lisa Ann And Matthew Berry Just Having Some NFL Talk On Twitter Last Night… What A World We Live In!

      Saw this last night and thought it was fantastic. A porn queen and Matthew Berry being in a fantasy league together is so funny. Whenever people think the world is in a downward spiral I point them toward a situation like this. Sure there’s still no peace in the Middle East, there’s [...]

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Saw this last night and thought it was fantastic. A porn queen and Matthew Berry being in a fantasy league together is so funny. Whenever people think the world is in a downward spiral I point them toward a situation like this. Sure there’s still no peace in the Middle East, there’s racial unrest coming to a head in Middle America and someone gave the middle finger on national television last night. But guess what? We’ve got porn legends and Matthew Berry talking football right in front of our eyes. How can you see something like that and not think the world is better today than it ever has been?

 

 

PS – Lisa Ann saying the middle finger is “NOT a GOOD LOOK” is both preposterous and tremendous.

 

 

h/t @ColeyMick

By feitelberg posted August 19th, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Some Alabama Rednecks Catch The Biggest Alligator In the History of the Universe

    CAMDEN, Alabama – Mandy Stokes and husband John Stokes, brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children Savannah, 16, and Parker, 14, brought a monster alligator to the check-in station at Roland Cooper State Park near Camden in Wilcox County. Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Biologists had no trouble measuring the beast at 15 feet even, [...]

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CAMDEN, Alabama Mandy Stokes and husband John Stokes, brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children Savannah, 16, and Parker, 14, brought a monster alligator to the check-in station at Roland Cooper State Park near Camden in Wilcox County. Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Biologists had no trouble measuring the beast at 15 feet even, but they had to call for some relief when trying to weigh it. “We give all the glory to God. Ten men couldn’t have done what we did,” he said. Mandy Stokes added, “If it wasn’t for the grace of God, we never could have done it. At one time during this whole thing, I honestly thought, you know what; we didn’t sign up for that.”

 

They say he’s five hundred pounds of bottom-dwelling fury. No one knows how old he is, but if you ask me (and most people do), he’s hundred years if he’s a day. One fella came close. Went by the name of Homer. Seven feet tall he was, with arms like tree trunks. His eyes were like steel, cold, hard. Had a shock of hair, red like the fires of Hell…

 

Seriously though this Gator has to be fake right? I mean no way any Gator that huge exists in real life nevermind was caught. Thing will swallow you whole. Little shakin’, little tenderizin’, an’ down you go. No wonder Alabama people can’t wait for college football to start. I guess this is what they fucking do in the off season. Gather the entire family and head into the swamps to hunt 3,000 foot long Gators. Sounds like a fucking blast. I’d love to see the stats on how many Alabama people end up eaten each season? Nothing would have made me happier than if the Gator got at least one of these idiots before getting caught. Kind of an eye for an eye. Or at least catch him without shooting him in the head. That kind of seems like cheating.

By elpresidente posted August 19th, 2014 at 10:50 AM

RI Little League Coach Dave Belisle Gave One Of The Best Post-Game Speeches Of All Time Last Night… Of All Time!

      Last night Cumberland, RI, the team representing New England in the LLWS, fell to Jackie Robinson West in a LLWS instant classic. Throughout the game, Belisle was electric. The quintessential little league coach, screaming his head off (encouraging words) at the kids with a perfect Rhode Island accent. The perfect mix of [...]

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Last night Cumberland, RI, the team representing New England in the LLWS, fell to Jackie Robinson West in a LLWS instant classic. Throughout the game, Belisle was electric. The quintessential little league coach, screaming his head off (encouraging words) at the kids with a perfect Rhode Island accent. The perfect mix of playing to win, but making sure his kids were enjoying the shit out of the moment.  But after the game is where he really sealed the deal. Anyone watching was ready to go put on a little league uni for him. It was one of those scenes that you kind of half pay attention to after the game, expecting it to be riddled with cliches. But about a minute in your ears perked up and everyone realized “Holy shit, this is pretty amazing.” Hats off to Belisle and Cumberland. You had the whole state jumpin, you had New England jumpin, you had ESPN jumpin!

 

 

PS – If you don’t know who the Belisles are they’re like the Kennedys of hockey in Rhode Island. They’re responsible for roughly 10,000 state championships at Mt. St. Charles.

 

PPS – Does Mount still have chain link fence for the glass? Felt like you were paying in the Soviet Union.

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By feitelberg posted August 19th, 2014 at 10:05 AM
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