Something clearly changed this past weekend, as Wrangler either replaced the Favre spots with spots using its other high-profile spokesman Dale Earnhardt Jr. or ran the Favre spots on niche channels.
The Favre Wrangler spot, which had been in heavy rotation, only ran ten total times on Sunday on smaller niche channels including Versus, FX, Speed and the History Channel. Not a single Favre Wrangler ad aired on an NFL broadcast, according to Front Row Analytics, a sponsorship evaluation firm.
“No brand wants to be embroiled in a controversy of such a personal nature,” said Eric Smallwood, vice president of product management for Front
Days after the Giants’ season ended, the owner John K. Mara declared the roster undertalented and soberly put the onus for rebuilding the team on General Manager Jerry Reese.
On Wednesday, the restructuring began: The Giants cut two starters, and a veteran retired before he would have been released. Each player had been brought to the team by Reese.
Tackle Will Beatty, once considered a cornerstone of the offensive line, and guard Geoff Schwartz, who was Reese’s major free-agent acquisition of 2014, were released. Middle linebacker Jon Beason, who was signed to a hefty free-agent contract two years ago, retired.
The moves will create about $12 million in additional salary-cap space for the Giants, who could have $50 million to spend on free agents.
All three players had been troubled by injuries and last year played sparingly or not at all. In that context, the cuts were not shocking, but at least on the offensive line, the moves signal an abandonment of the blueprint that had been in place for the Giants.
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In short, he was part of a core group of young talent that was tasked with resurrecting a franchise that had fallen on hard times (to put it mildly): The Royals hadn’t made the MLB postseason since winning the World Series in 1985 and had managed just one winning season in the decade before he was drafted. By 2011, much of that core had made their way to the majors, including Hosmer, who batted .293 and hit 19 home runs in his debut season – good enough for a third-place finish in A.L. Rookie of the Year voting. It seemed those expectations were well-founded. But the Royals, flush with fresh-faced players, still finished 20 games under .500, then followed that up with a 72-90 record in 2012.
Still, something was stirring in Kansas City. In 2013, the Royals won 86 games (their most since 1989), then broke out big time in 2014, embarking on an improbable run that brought them all the way back to the World Series, where they lost in excruciating fashion – in Game 7, with the tying run standing on third base – to the San Francisco Giants. Baseball doesn’t often afford teams
Thousands of athletes from around the globe gathered on Sunday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, in Los Angeles, California. They attended the closing ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The games began on July 25. They featured athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in sports ranging from weightlifting to soccer. At the closing ceremonies, the athletes received praise and applause for their achievements.
“It’s truly been an incredible experience and a great time,” said Icelandic soccer player Thor Haklidason before the closing event.
An intellectual disability is a condition that limits intellectual functioning and social- and daily-living skills. To participate in the Special Olympics, each participant must qualify through an official regional competition. The athletes are then divided into groups of people of similar age and ability. The top three finishers in each contest earn gold, silver, and bronze medals. But every competitor gets a participation ribbon and the chance to stand on the victory platform following their competition.
“These games have been life-changing,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive of the games’ organizing committee. “We hope that this will only be a spark that will light the world on fire with the
It’s Sunday morning in Massachusetts, four hours before the undefeated New England Patriots presumably roll over the Washington Redskins, and Scott Zolak – former pro quarterback turned sports-talk cult hero – is already in the building, greeted with cheers and beers wherever he goes.
“I like smelling the sausages, talking to people out in the parking lot. I’m starting to get free beers after the game – you can’t drink while you’re on the air,” he says with a laugh. “I walk the field, get the feel of gameday. The NFL is a great product, as many problems as it has, whether it is domestic violence, or Greg Hardy or the ridiculousness of caring about PSI of a football. People watch this. This is why people gamble.”
Gameday is a whirlwind of activity for Zolak. He’s already interviewed Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick for Boston’s 98.5, “The Sports Hub.” He has to shoot two TV spots for the local CBS affiliate. He has to do a pregame radio segment. And he has to stop and chat with no less than a dozen different fans; after all, he’s one of the most recognizable people inside the stadium,
Contrary to popular belief, Jimmer Fredette is still Jimmer Fredette. He still has a proclivity to launch the ball from an unconscionable distance and watch it gently drop through the net. His panoply of scoops, dips and other sleight-of-hand finishes at the rim still curl over and around and under the arms of substantially taller and stronger and bouncier men. Jimmer Fredette – the Jimmer Fredette who scored nearly 30 points per game on his way to winning the Wooden Award at Brigham Young, who was the truest manifestation of Great White Hope-dom since Larry Bird – isn’t gone. He’s just in Westchester.
The Westchester Knicks, the New York Knicks’ D-League affiliate, play in the plainly named Westchester County Center, a venue that, try as it might, is just not a basketball arena. There is a large stage behind one of the baselines. There is no lower level of seating along an entire sideline. Even its pomp, the obligatory pregame hype video, seems to have a sideways awareness that it lacks circumstance: the video begins with shots of the team’s Greyhound bus pulling up to the County Center.
And it is here, in White Plains, where
Matt Kirsch surveys the crowd of amateur adventurers gathered outside Con & Bob’s Lakeside Bar and smiles. On any other Saturday, he is a 36-year-old father of two who produces insurance videos for a living; but on this August morning, as the sun hangs low over the water in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, he is “Cap’n Matt,” supreme commander and master of ceremonies of PaddleQuest, a “fantasy paddling adventure” he founded in 2002. And he clearly revels in his responsibilities.
“This is the 14th year of PaddleQuest. We started this off once upon a time with Lord Houlihan and King Mike to keep the river safe from various evils,” he says into a microphone. “From here it gets pretty complicated.”
He’s not kidding.
“King Mike became ‘Lakeside Mike’ once he got rid of the monarchy thing and started working down here at Lakeside tending bar. So he’s now trying to reclaim control – with Lord Houlihan – over the Backwaters because Bear, as you know, was leader of the Backwaters in the past and he went into the portal and disappeared,” Kirsch continues. “Lakeside Mike also happens to be a totem master, so he has totem
Hours after learning of his death on Monday, WWE paid homage to Motörhead bassist and singer Lemmy Kilmister during Raw with a short tribute to the legendary rocker’s on- and off-stage heroics, and close ties to the world of wrestling.
“Lemmy was so important to everything we’ve done here from an entertainment standpoint over the past number of years,” said commentator Michael Cole, who also called the rocker a “longtime member of [the WWE] family.”
As his cohort John “Bradshaw” Layfield noted, Motörhead performed at several WrestleManias, while Kilmister was also a close friend WWE star Triple H, who has used Motörhead’s “The Game” and “King of Kings” as his entrance themes over the years. “Lemmy, you lived life your way,” Layfield added. “We should all be so lucky.”
Raw then ran a short-but-sweet montage comprising photos of Lemmy and Motörhead on stage — including some scenes from those WrestleMania performances — and Twitter remembrances from Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Jericho and Triple H.
Triple H tweeted, “One life, lived your way, from the beginning, till the end. See you down the road my friend… Thank you for the gift of your sound.”
Earlier this month, Motörhead’s classic “Ace of Spades” had also been used as an
And speaking of, John Cena returned to help seduce some more eyeballs, the Wyatt Family and Dudley Boyz were among those who pulled a Leftovers and, poof, disappeared from sight, and the League of Nations kept doing whatever it is they do to further their quest for world domination. Or something like that.
But before Heath Slater interrupts me with a surprise entrance to talk about his New Year’s resolutions and get knocked out by Big Show, here are the five key things (in addition to the usual accompaniment of Twitter-friendly sidebar fodder) I took away from the December 28, 2015 edition of Raw.
5. Where’s J&J When You Need ‘Em?
Good security is hard to find. Just ask the McMahons after last night. The plainclothes officers Stephanie corralled to force Reigns out of the building as comeuppance for putting his hands on dear papa wound up bullying she and Vince around instead. But hey, this is Brooklyn – they don’t take no guff. Or at least that’s what I inferred from one hell of an incoherent (and uncomfortable) opening segment. Still, this points to only one solution: The return of everyone’s favorite pint-sized, earpiece-accessorized dynamic body-guarding
Holm shocked the world early Sunday morning, knocking out Rousey with a skull-rattling head kick in the second round to take her Women’s Bantamweight title, in what is arguably the greatest upset in UFC history. Rousey (12-1) had run through every opponent she faced in her career and built an aura that was compared by UFC President Dana White to Mike Tyson in his prime. Holm (10-0), a 16-1 betting underdog, was touted as Rousey’s greatest challenge to date. And she lived up to that billing, as she picked her opponent apart before finishing the fight in the second.
“Getting in here I just had so much love and support,” Holm told UFC commentator Joe Rogan in her post-fight interview. “I just felt like, ‘How could I not do this with all that love?’ I had so much.”
From the opening moments of their main event, it was clear Holm was a threat unlike any Rousey had seen. She landed clean counterstrikes on her overly aggressive opponent and inflicted noticeable bruising on Rousey’s face.
Known for her fast-paced fighting style, Rousey continued to press forward and exchange on her feet. At one point, “Rowdy” attempted to use her
In an interview with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne earlier this month, Rousey spoke about her shocking defeat to Holm for the first time. While it was clear that the only loss of her UFC career hit her hard – “I’m just really fucking sad,” she said – Rousey may have been underselling the impact of the defeat just a bit. Because according to sister Maria Burns Ortiz, part of Rowdy died that night in Australia.
“I haven’t rewatched [the fight],” Ortiz wrote on Vice Sports. “I haven’t read about it. I won’t. I don’t see a point in reliving the moment when a part of my loved one died, when I saw someone I cared about have her soul crushed.”
What angered Ortiz the most was the reaction from people following Rousey’s loss. Other than the regular flood of trolls, it didn’t help that a number of high-profile fight fans – Lady Gaga, Donald Trump and 50 Cent (or was it actually Floyd Mayweather?) to name a few – basically laughed in her face. That’s what happens when you’re headlining the year’s biggest UFC fight, but it doesn’t make the barbs hurt any less.
“I saw how horrible
In an interview with FightHype.com (via Yahoo Sports), Mayweather admitted that while he’s never seen McGregor spar, many of the traits that have endeared the Irish MMA star to the media are the same qualities used to badmouth “Money.” “I don’t really know the McGregor guy, never seen him fight,” Mayweather said. “They say he talks a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant. So biased! Like I said before, all I’m saying is this: I ain’t racist at all, but I’m telling you racism still exists.”
On Friday, McGregor fired back at Mayweather’s comments. “In my family’s long history of warfare there was a time where just having the name ‘McGregor’ was punishable by death. Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again,” he said, adding, “If you want we can organize a fight no problem. I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favor seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue.”
Mayweather has not yet responded on social media to McGregor’s offer to organize a fight. This is the second time McGregor