Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Super Bowl 47 Media Day: Favorite Moments



A week or so ago, I tried explaining to a friend how my passion for sports is about the stories just as much as the game.  Yes, I love football, baseball, basketball (college), and soccer, but I also need to feel invested in the players and coaches.  All great stories tug at even the coldest of hearts, or make you laugh (even better when you get both).

Cue: Super Bowl Media Day

Which "reporter" will be in the most ridiculous costume?

Who will make the younger Coach Harbaugh laugh first?

Over/Under on the time it takes Ray Lewis to fake cry?

These are the bets Vegas should be taking!

The following are my favorite moments of the day:

  • I think every player was asked if they've ever been "Catfished." All answered no, of course (who would be that gullible).
  • Joe Staley coming through with the funny, calling Kap "awful," saying his Pegasus would be named "Bartholomew" and one of my favorite quotes, "I'm so close to being cool." I feel ya guy. Staley has a video segment on 49ers.com called the Joe Show. You should watch. I love him.
  • Harbaugh's best quotes:
    • "The best way to tell my brother apart is I'm taller." 
    • "I don't have a tweeter or anything."
  • Willis Words of Wisdom: "When you talk about yourself you're belittling the contributions of others." 
  • Randy Moss, in a Niners uniform, saying, with the straightest face, that he thinks he's the greatest receiver of all time. Sorry buddy, love the confidence and I'm glad you're on our team and all, but not even close to competing with #80 on that one.
  • Brian Jennings conducting a yoga lesson with the media
  • Suggs seems to be the Ravens answer to Staley's humor, can we get them to do an interview together?
  • Ray Rice's motiviational song is "Shine Bright Like a Diamond." "Don't judge me," he says
  • And this happened:

My tweet made it on ESPN's Sport Center Media Day Special! Now if I can just find a way to see it for myself, the day will be complete! Anyone out there who can help me with this?

LET'S GO NINERS!!

Side note: I love how much respect the two teams are showing each other, I only hope the fans on both sides follow suit!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's a glorious day in the NFL



Well, for most NFL fans it's a glorious week. The Patriot fans are crying. But they cry anyways, for every bad call. Sorry, I have no guilt over speaking badly on the Patriots. Your coach makes my skin crawl and is just a jerk. It's like my hatred for Jerry Jones. Same level. Even if Tom Brady is hot. He's a cry baby too.

The best part about what is going on in the NFL is what is making me actually want to watch the Super Bowl this year. We all know I'm not a big NFL fan. I like college, it's more of the pure sport, and it's not just a money fest. But right now, I'm all about the NFL. Why? Well, now there is a great emotional link . . . . the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens are going to the Super Bowl. The best part is the head coaches are brothers. YES.

This is good stuff people. This is the same when the Manning brothers played against each other in the Super Bowl, except people don't hate these guys. (Truth be told, I don't understand the Manning hate, but that's okay.)

I can't wait for the Har Bowl to begin!! (Their last name is Harbaugh . . . . get it?)

I know, I'm lame. But, mainly I like seeing good people win, and big jerks lose. I'm looking at you Belichick.

PS. Big congrats to Hutch! Her team (the 49ers) are going back to the Super Bowl! Way to go San Fran!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Twitter and Sports



If you're a sports fan and not on Twitter, well, what's wrong with you?

When I first signed up years ago, I created a sports list of all my favorite athletes, writers, outlets, etc. (lists are the best and if you're a sports fan on Twitter not using lists, well...). Obviously, Joe Buck and Cris Collinsworth did not make the cut.

Due to Twitter/the list, I found out three very important pieces of information yesterday before they were available on any of the major outlets:

  1. When the Niners presser took place (in advance) so I could set my DVR to record while at work. Sidenote: Anyone calling Harbaugh smug clearly just reads the quotes and doesn't actually watch his press conference footage.  The guy is hilarious. I could watch the Harbaugh brothers all day. Hopefully, I'll be able to for the next 2.5 weeks!
  2. Chip Kelly leaving Oregon for the Eagles.  The Ducks/their fans can be truly obnoxious at times, but I'm learning it might just be a Northwest mentality. Carroll and his Seahawks have become the same way. Well, Carroll was always that way, but the organization has changed since he arrived and not in a way I find even remotely enjoyable. I am not talking about their talent.
  3. The biggest "Mind Blown" moment I may have ever encountered in sports: Manti Te'o and the girlfriend hoax.  Deadspin, not ESPN, SI, CBS, DEADSPIN, uncovered the hoax.  Seriously, if you've only read the major outlets reports, read the original HERE.  The story alone had me shaking my head out of confusion. Then to find out Notre Dame knew about it on December 26th and sat on the news to do their own investigation.  In the meantime, they allowed all the outlets to air segments of Te'o talking about his fake dead girlfriend before the BCS Title game. I won't make assumptions, but no matter which truth is real, multiple people screwed up.  Is there any other sports story that has caused this much shock? Steroids? Everyone already knew. Bounty Gate? Not even remotely surprising. Lance Armstrong? Please. Well done, Deadspin, well done.
P.S. I follow Deadspin on Twitter and read the story shortly before 2:00 PM PT.  I waited anxiously to see when the other outlets who reported the story of the girlfriend during the season would come out with their response.


3:49 PM.  Granted the story may have been on espn.com a bit earlier, but without Twitter why would I have even thought to check?

 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Well . . . . That hurt.



I will never take away that Alabama didn't deserve to win the BCS National Championship. They did a fantastic job. Played their hearts out and won. So a BIG congrats go out to Sabin and his team. Well done Roll Tide.

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Photo from USAToday.com

However, I wanted to see Notre Dame take it home. I wanted to see a team that used to be on top of the world come back. They've struggled to make it back to the Championships for so long. I felt they had a chance. Unfortunately they just folded. Any team can be beaten on any given day. Notre Dame's top players (especially Te'O) weren't performing as well as they normal do. It just wasn't in the cards for them Monday. It happens. You just hate to see it happen at the National Championship. And yes, it's the girl side of me that's the sentimental schmuck who wanted to see them win. I don't have ties to either team. And I don't hate Sabin, I know he's a super perfectionist and is very hard on his team, however, I know the players respect him. I just wanted those gold helmets to be held up in the air.


Photo from bleacherreport.com

And really, both teams' players were just so respectful about the other teams. Notre Dame's players were heart broken and still just gave the highest regards to Alabama. The coach as well. One can only hope that this team, minus the seniors (and sadly Te'O) will make it back next year. And win it all.

For you NCAA haters . . . .  I'm there with you. Trust me. I hate the bowl system. I hate how the NCAA runs it all. However, if I hear one more person say that Notre Dame didn't belong in that Championship game, I will smack you upside the head. They had a perfect season, until Monday night. They don't play cupcake teams. If they did, my beloved alma mater would have been on their list. Thought does go into who plays in this game. There are reasons, and although I don't agree with the system, I know teams belong in that game. Scream Roll Tide Roll to whoever you want, I will say congrats to your team, but I will not be okay with you saying Notre Dame didn't belong there. If you think you can do a better job, go meet with the president of the NCAA . . . . in fact, put it on video. We'd all like to see that.