Archive for April, 2010


Tim Tebow Leads Rookie Jersey Sales

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The ability of Denver Broncoes draftee Tim Tebow to translate his skils to the next level may be in question, but we know one thing’s for certain; his popularity will make the transition just fine.

Tebow will retain the number 15 in the NFL, and has already set the record for most jersey sales for a NFL draftee during draft weekend, breaking the previous record held by Mark Sanchez.

The league doesn’t disclose the exact sales totals, but according to NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter, “It’s a pretty substantial difference between him and the next guy.”

Coming in second was Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions, followed by Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams, Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys.

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The latest cover boy for the Madden franchise, Drew Brees, was on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote the newest EA Sports game, Madden NFL 11.

The show has a “Top Ten” segment, and Brees presented the “top ten new features on Madden.” The list is humorous of course, and certainly doesn’t hold back.

You gotta love the Peyton and TO lines.

This was one of several talk show appearances for Brees since the Saints won the Super Bowl, as the Super Bowl 44 MVP has been on Ellen and Oprah as well.

Mehmet Okur is Quite the Bartender

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Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur will be out for the rest of the NBA playoffs due to injury, but that doesn’t mean he won’t still have an impact on the floor.

The 6-11 Okur is known for draining threes, and those skills are apparently replicated when the Turkish big man goes into bartender mode. Lucky for us we have actual footage of Okur saving a poor guy from having to bear an ice-less drink.

J-Lo may not look the part, but apparently she knows her football. Her husband, Marc Antony, owns a minority share in the Miami Dolphins, and the actress/singer is quite excited for the draft.

On the Jay Leno show she was asked about her “ownership” of the team and what the draft would hold for the Dolphins, and surprisingly enough she had a well-informed answer.

“We have the 12th pick you know, so I’m leaning toward Dan Williams (of Tennessee),” Lopez said. “We need a defensive tackle and he’s really explosive off the line, can beat the double team, and does a nice job of finishing the play. But that’s just my opinion.”

After that interview with Leno, I’m convinced J-Lo could hold her own against Kiper and McShay. But that’s just my opinion.

The Dolphins-talk starts around the 3:35 mark.

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Drew Brees of the Saints, Jared Allen of the Vikings, and Reggie Wayne of the Colts were the three finalists for the Madden 2011 cover athlete, and the winner has finally been announced.

Fans were able to vote online to select the winner, picking Drew Brees as the next Madden cover boy, and if you believe in the Madden curse, victim. Many think the reason for the injuries suffered by the players featured on the Madden cover are a result of the curse, but Shaun Alexander, who was featured on the cover in 2007, says that the injuries are just a normal part of the game.

Via NESN.com:

“People forget that 50 percent or 60 percent of the guys get hurt every year,” Alexander said in USA Today. “I tell everybody the same thing like I told Tom Brady and LaDainian Tomlinson. After I won the MVP and got on the cover and LaDainian came out the next year and had a great season and said, ‘I’m not going to get on the cover. I don’t want to get hurt.’ What’s he do? He gets hurt. Tom Brady comes out the next year after LaDainian and is MVP, doesn’t want to be on the cover and what’s he do the first game? He gets hurt. Football is a physical sport and people get hurt.

Although the curse is more than likely a myth, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the majority of the people who voted for Brees were Colts fans.

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The newest version of the college football game won’t be available until July 13, 2010, but the cover featuring Tim Tebow has been released.

While he was visiting EA Studios, Tebow was able to play the game early, including the new features. For the first time in the franchise’s history, the game will include authentic playbooks for all 120 FBS teams.

Check out the game’s official website for news, developer’s blogs, and screenshots, among other things.

Reporter, Meet Sled

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In possibly the best takeout I’ve ever seen, a reporter got owned by a sled racer and as a result pulled off an Olympic-worthy flip.
 
The reporter, for some strange reason, decided to stand in the middle of the track with his “trusty stopwatch,” and as you may have anticipated the venture did not go smoothly.
 
At least he got hit at a fantastic angle, and managed to pull off a semi-front flip. Gotta love his perseverance, as he was able to close out the coverage of the race in a somewhat honorable fashion.

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Former NBA player and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose paired up with YouTube star KevJumba to help promote his charity, the Jalen Rose Foundation.

KevJumba’s second YouTube channel, JumbaFund, donates all of the  revenue  it earns through the YouTube partner program each month to a different charity. The channel generates revenue for every view it receives on each video.

The well-known YouTuber currently ranks 10th overall on YouTube in subscribers with almost 900,000, and that’s just on his main channel. JumbaFund ranks 38th with 424,000 subscribers.

The video itself is actually pretty funny, from Rose naming the ugliest player in the NBA to the two playing a game of “one versus one.” I think we all know what record he was talking about with Wilt Chamberlain.

KevJumba is Asian, so of course he brings up a certain Asian stereotype killer.

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Red Sox player David Ortiz has opened a new nightclub in his native Dominican Republic, and a notable figure in the entertainment industry has a problem with it.

Rapper Jay-Z, who is heralded as a big Yankees fan, and his business partner Juan Perez are suing Ortiz over the name of his club, “Forty/Forty.” The name of Jay-Z’s clubs (he has multiple) is “40/40.” I guess Big Papi thought he was being clever when he just spelled out the digits, but apparently not.

The name “40/40” was chosen by the rapper because “the 40/40 club in baseball is as exclusive as it gets.” If we’re going by common logic it would make sense for Ortiz’s club to be called “40/2,” but I guess that’s just not as catchy.

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As you may or may not know, the ever-so flamboyant Chad Ochocinco has released, among other things, an iPhone app. The app allows you direct access to his twitter, soundboard, photos, and even the one and only Ocho Cinco News Network.

Now Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has released his own iPhone app, which is produced by the same company that makes the Ochocinco app, Rock Software.

Allen’s app has some of the same basic features, such as twitter, photos, and sound bytes, but the app also has interesting features like a mullet generator and hunting tips.

Check out The Sporting News blog First Cuts for a full app review and some cool screenshots.