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How GM Ted Thompson Built The Packers

It takes time to build the most talented team in the NFL. For Packers general manager Ted Thompson, it took six seasons of unpopular decisions and steadfast belief in his way of doing things. The new Packer Way wasn’t always easy for fans to understand, but they get it now.
How GM Ted Thompson Built The Packers
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10 Ginormous High School Stadiums That Were Bought With Tax Dollars

[credit provider=”Courtesy of Universal Studios”] [preserve] [/preserve] Maybe in Allen, Texas no one thinks twice about spending tax dollars on a $60 million high school stadium. After the project was described in the New York Times, however, most of the country was outraged.$60 million could pay something like 120 teacher […]
10 Ginormous High School Stadiums That Were Bought With Tax Dollars
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NFLPA State Of The Union: “Prepare For The Worst, Even Though You’re Hoping For The Best.”

[credit provider=”Screengrab via NFL.com” url=”http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/09000d5d81e1718b/Live-NFLPA-Press-Conference?module=HP_cp2″] Here’s the summary: We’re no closer to a deal.  The NFLPA wants to play football next year, and is sorry for the impact these negotiations are having on fans.  Their stance on key issues like the 18-game season hasn’t changed.  But, the NFLPA’s leadership is […]
NFLPA State Of The Union: “Prepare For The Worst, Even Though You’re Hoping For The Best.”
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A Handy Guide To The Best Super Bowl Prop Bets

[credit provider=”Mouthpiece Sports” url=”http://www.mouthpiecesports.com/media/former-bear-refrigerator-perry-hospitalized-20712/”] Between the pre-game shows, the elaborate half-time performances, the post-game hoopla, and, of course, the commercial-laden game itself, the Super Bowl can really drag on.Luckily, thanks to prop bets, Vegas has a way to get your heart racing for every moment of the broadcast, from the […]
A Handy Guide To The Best Super Bowl Prop Bets
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Your Thursday Super Bowl Ticket Update: Prices Are Slightly Up

As of 2:40 p.m. this afternoon, the cheapest tickets for Super Bowl XLV on StubHub are on sale for $2,197 (as we published this post a set of tickets for $2,000 was snapped up). That’s slightly up from yesterday’s mark of $2,150, the cheapest price we’ve seen this week.   
Your Thursday Super Bowl Ticket Update: Prices Are Slightly Up
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Here Are The Most Super Bowl-Obsessed States In America

The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers face-off at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, but for millions of Americans, the Super Bowl will be happening at living room gatherings all across the U.S. According to Nielsen data, last year, 106.5 million people watched the Saints beat the Colts […]
Here Are The Most Super Bowl-Obsessed States In America
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How To Bet On The Super Bowl

[credit provider=”AP Images”] We love talking about gambling stories and explaining all about different bets you can make on Super Bowl Sunday. But if you’re wondering how you can gamble without travelling to Vegas, here’s your guide.There are tons of great and secure ways to place bets from the comfort […]
How To Bet On The Super Bowl
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Floyd Raven’s Meddling Mother Forged His Letter Of Intent

[credit provider=”Flickr/hometownzero” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/hometownzero/49886429/”] As most parents tell their kids, Floyd Raven’s mother was only “trying to what’s best for him.”  But she almost seriously screwed up his whole future.Raven, a four-star cornerback from Reserve’s East St. John High School, had his heart set on attending Texas A&M next year.  His […]
Floyd Raven’s Meddling Mother Forged His Letter Of Intent
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Here’s How Much It’ll Cost You To Get Plane Tickets To Dallas For The Super Bowl

[credit provider=”By tomfs on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomfs/4975786692/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] It’s a tough call for sports fans: do you buy plane tickets to Dallas before your team wins its Conference Championship Game, knowing there’s a chance they might not even make the Super Bowl, or do you wait until they’ve clinched a spot and […]
Here’s How Much It’ll Cost You To Get Plane Tickets To Dallas For The Super Bowl
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8 Lesser Known Players That Could Become Household Names During Super Bowl XLV

[credit provider=”AP” url=”AP”] Going into the Super Bowl, we always expect the Peyton Manning’s, Drew Brees’s, and Ben Roethlisberger’s of the football world to deliver moments to remember.But it doesn’t always work out that way.  In recent years players like David Tyree, Kevin Dyson, and Adam Vinatieri have been involved […]
8 Lesser Known Players That Could Become Household Names During Super Bowl XLV
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Newborn Pittsburgh Babies Wrapped In Terrible Towels As Part Of Super Bowl Hype*

[credit provider=”Mike Jones (Upper St. Clair Patch)” url=”http://upperstclair.patch.com/articles/steeler-nation-welcomes-new-arrivals-2#photo-4651986″] UPDATE: Even aeroplane pilots are caught up in the excitement.  Check out this photo of pilots waving Terrible Towels.EARLIER: Steeler Fever has taken over Pennsylvania in anticipation of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV.
Newborn Pittsburgh Babies Wrapped In Terrible Towels As Part Of Super Bowl Hype*
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The NFL’s Official Web Site Is Running An AP Story Ripping Its Pro Bowl

[credit provider=”30.fps.mocksession.com” url=”http://30fps.mocksession.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/2011-January-30-20-14-49.jpg”] Dan Levy of PressCoverage.us points out that NFL.com is currently running a game story for last night’s snooze-fest of a Pro Bowl that calls it out for being exactly that.Like many sports sites, NFL.com republishes stories from the Associated Press, which is usually extremely objective.  But whoever […]
The NFL’s Official Web Site Is Running An AP Story Ripping Its Pro Bowl
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STAT OF THE DAY: We May Not See Much Scoring In The Super Bowl

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clay_Matthews_as_Predator.jpg”] The last time the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers met was December 20, 2009.  Pittsburgh won in a shootout, 37-36, and Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger tossed three touchdowns apiece. So we’re in for another high-scoring affair, right?
STAT OF THE DAY: We May Not See Much Scoring In The Super Bowl
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Something’s Very Off About This Jeff Fisher Firing

[credit provider=”AP” url=”AP”] The Titans and Jeff Fisher “agreed to part ways” yesterday, but everyone knows what that really means: the NFL’s longest tenured coach was fired.Fisher had just one year remaining on his contract, and considering the two sides couldn’t forge an agreement for an extension, better to let […]
Something’s Very Off About This Jeff Fisher Firing
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell On A PR Roll*

UPDATE: NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith just tweeted, “NFL executives reducing salaries in the event of a lockout? If we have a deal by Super Bowl, I’ll go down to 68 cents.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell On A PR Roll*
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The Steelers Are Going To The Super Bowl

[credit provider=”30.fps.mocksession.com” url=”http://30fps.mocksession.com/”] Ben Roethlisberger is headed to the Super Bowl for the third time in his seven-year career, as they defeat the Jets 24-19 en route to a showdown with the Packers in Dallas on Feb. 6The Steelers won behind a dominant first half. Roethlisberger and Mendenhall each ran […]
The Steelers Are Going To The Super Bowl
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The Packers Are Heading To The Super Bowl

[credit provider=”AP Images”] Green Bay walked off frigid Soldier Field triumphant Sunday afternoon, after defeating the Bears 21-14. The Packers await their opponent in Super Bowl XLV two weeks from today in Dallas. It will be their first Super Bowl appearance since 1998 in Super Bowl XXXII.Aaron Rodgers didn’t play […]
The Packers Are Heading To The Super Bowl
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To Win In The NFL, You’d Better Be Good On First Down

Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship games could be among the most-watched football games in the history of the galaxy. Some of the most defining and important plays of the game, though, will come at points in the telecast when many of us will be fetching a fresh beer: first and 10 […]
To Win In The NFL, You’d Better Be Good On First Down
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NFL Championship Weekend Picks: THE JETS WILL LOSE

[credit provider=”Flickr/Mike K” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/baltimike/259317220/”] Two games will be played this Sunday and the winners will meet in Dallas in two weeks for “all the Tostitos,” as Brent Musburger would say. If that’s not reason enough to get you amped for the games, maybe a little bit of money on the […]
NFL Championship Weekend Picks: THE JETS WILL LOSE
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Former NFL Quarterback Finds A Home In Investment Banking

[credit provider=”AP” url=”AP”] The biggest difference between the Dave Brown that stands in front of me now and the one that I watched on TV as a kid is that instead of a dark blue jersey and a Giants helmet, Brown wears a shirt and tie and looks like hundreds […]
Former NFL Quarterback Finds A Home In Investment Banking
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Did Ben Roethlisberger Learn His Lesson?

The barkeeps along Carson Street say they haven’t seen Ben Roethlisberger around in a while. They’d know if he were here. Pittsburgh, at its core, is one big little city. And people talk. Steel mills used to drive the South Side, but sweat and grit have been replaced by Abercrombie […]
Did Ben Roethlisberger Learn His Lesson?
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Meet The 88-Year-Old Grandmother Who’s One Win Away From The Super Bowl

[credit provider=”AP Images”] On autumn weekdays, miles above some nondescript American town, flies an aeroplane filled with dozens of the world’s best-trained athletes, a handful of men who dedicate their lives to scrutinizing the game these athletes play, and one 88-year-old grandmother.She’s not out of place. Virginia Halas McCaskey has […]
Meet The 88-Year-Old Grandmother Who’s One Win Away From The Super Bowl
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Oakland Raiders Name Hue Jackson Their New Head Coach

[credit provider=”AP” url=”AP”] The Oakland Raiders have picked Hue Jackson to be their next head coach.Jackson had been the team’s offensive coordinator and interviewed for the vacant head coach position with the San Francisco 49ers earlier this winter.
Oakland Raiders Name Hue Jackson Their New Head Coach
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Here’s What Makes Patriots Coach Bill Belichick So Great

[credit provider=”AP” url=”AP”] Bill Belichick has won three Super Bowls in his 11 years as coach of the Patriots, but entering this season pundits proclaimed this incarnation of the Patriots his least talented yet. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year.Eighteen weeks later, the Patriots sit at 14-2 and […]
Here’s What Makes Patriots Coach Bill Belichick So Great
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Here’s How One Play Saved Marshawn Lynch’s Career

He bulled, blasted and traversed his way through the bulk of the New Orleans Saints’ defence and into a new realm of renown, and a few hours later Marshawn Lynch decided to hit the town. Only then, in a Seattle restaurant abuzz with the Seahawks’ stunning 41-36 playoff upset of […]
Here’s How One Play Saved Marshawn Lynch’s Career
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The Smart Money Is On The Jets (Here’s Why)

[credit provider=”Boston Metro” url=”http://www.readmetro.com/show/en/Boston/20110114/16/1/”] Growing up a Jets fan, you’re told from an early age to expect disappointment. It’s a necessary lesson for withstanding year after year of heartbreak. By the time gambling becomes alluring, young Jets fans are taught a second lesson that serves as a coming of age […]
The Smart Money Is On The Jets (Here’s Why)
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Weekend Gambling Primer: Divisional Playoff Round Edition

[credit provider=”AP”] Another weekend of playoff football means the whole betting world has its eyes on the same four games. Last week the underdogs won three of them, while Super Bowl XLIV participants in Indianapolis and New Orleans were sent home without a single playoff victory.Do you expect more upsets […]
Weekend Gambling Primer: Divisional Playoff Round Edition
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Here’s Why The 2010-11 NFL Season Was The League’s Peak

For the National Football League and its fans, there has never been a weekend more worthy of celebration. The 2010 NFL season is likely to be remembered as the zenith for a North American sports league, the climax of 50 years of work in which all five television networks that […]
Here’s Why The 2010-11 NFL Season Was The League’s Peak
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Here’s An Anti-Concussion Helmet Design That Actually Looks Decent

[credit provider=”MichaelPrincip.com” url=”http://www.michaelprincip.com/Bulwark.html”] We’re probably going to see a lot of these over the next few years as equipment designers race to create a helmet that can reduce head injuries, but there might not be many that look cooler than this one.The Bulwark was designed by Michael Princip and actually […]
Here’s An Anti-Concussion Helmet Design That Actually Looks Decent
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Eagles Fans Destroy Packers Fans’ Cars After Sunday’s Playoff Loss

[credit provider=”AP” url=”AP”] Eagles fans are at it again.  The latest miscreant act came on Sunday when Philly fell to the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the NFL Playoffs.Craig Coenen, a professor at Lehigh University and lifelong Packer fan, attended the game with his father and was […]
Eagles Fans Destroy Packers Fans’ Cars After Sunday’s Playoff Loss
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Football’s Hall Of Fame Voting System Is Fractured

Peter King of Sports Illustrated recently said on Twitter that he’d served as an elector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the past 18 years. To put that in an odd sort of perspective, the average length-of-service for the nine Supreme Court justices is just over 12 years.
Football’s Hall Of Fame Voting System Is Fractured
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Kevin Kolb Wants Out Of Philly But The Eagles Shouldn’t Budge

While Kevin Kolb has refused to directly ask the Philadelphia Eagles for a trade, he’s made his desires well known.  If the Eagles are willing to hand Kolb the starting quarterback position, he’d be more than happy to stay, but since the team seems all but guaranteed to sign Michael […]
Kevin Kolb Wants Out Of Philly But The Eagles Shouldn’t Budge
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Insane Prices For BCS National Championship: Who Will Win The Crystal Ball?

Ticket prices for the 2011 BCS National Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks have been through the roof.  The average price fans were paying for a BCS Championship ticket was $1,200 earlier this week, and now the most “affordable” tickets are $2,715 and the most expensive are […]
Insane Prices For BCS National Championship: Who Will Win The Crystal Ball?
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What Happens To Vince Young Now?

The Tennessee Titans announced the wise decision to move on from Vince Young last night, but the troubled 27-year-old will undoubtedly find an NFL home next year somewhere.
What Happens To Vince Young Now?
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Here’s Forbes’ List Of The Highest Paid Coaches In The NFL

Bill Belichick’s head coaching career in the NFL didn’t get off to a particularly dynamic or lucrative start. After helping the New York Giants to a 1991 Super Bowl victory as a defensive coordinator under Bill Parcells, Belichick jumped to the Cleveland Browns  as head coach. But after a 36-44 […]
Here’s Forbes’ List Of The Highest Paid Coaches In The NFL
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Redskins’ Mike Shanahan Thinks Record Fines Will Change Team Culture

Several years ago I attended a panel discussion featuring Thomas Barnett, who then headed the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. Barnett bragged about his office’s success in thwarting “price fixing” in the marketplace — his proof was the escalating amount of fines levied each year against companies. Since each succeeding year […]
Redskins’ Mike Shanahan Thinks Record Fines Will Change Team Culture