- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner16 mins ago
It's Super Bowl time again, and that means it's time for Super Bowl ads again. Here, your comprehensive breakdown of all the beer, cars, wacky animals and attractive young people parading across your TV screen during breaks in the Seahawks-Patriots matchup, live and as they air. Pencils ready? Go!
Snickers: Danny Trejo/Marcia Brady You absolutely cannot beat Danny Trejo threatening vengeance of an eye for an eye in the Brady Bunch universe. (We all wanted that, especially for Cousin Oliver.) Combine the stinger of Steve Buscemi at the end, and you’ve got yourself a perfect Super Bowl ad.
eSurance: Walter White Oh, Walter White, star of "Breaking Bad," a chemist once again. We miss you so very, very much. This was outstanding.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner25 mins ago
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Chris Matthews’ first time touching the football in the NFL was a pretty big deal. So was his second.
Matthews, who recovered an onside kick for the Seattle Seahawks that helped send them to the Super Bowl, had never caught a pass in the NFL before Sunday. The onside kick recovery late in the NFC championship game against the Packers was the first time he had touched the ball in the NFL. But when the Seahawks desperately needed someone to get open, they called his number and the 6-foot-5 rookie delivered.
Matthews made a beautiful 44-yard catch late in the second quarter, despite great coverage by Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, setting up a 3-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch to tie Super Bowl XLIX 7-7.
It’s safe to say Matthews will remember his first catch very fondly.
Chris Matthews comes up with a huge catch https://t.co/QWQlMPwmsXLiveNew England14 - 14SeattleFollow Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Jeremy Lane backed up his trash talk with a huge play early in Super Bowl XLIX.
The New England Patriots were poised to score and take the lead on the Seattle Seahawks, with a long drive that was approaching eight minutes on their second possession by dinking and dunking their way down the field.
But Tom Brady threw a horrible pass in the end zone that Lane intercepted at the goal line. He returned the ball to the Seattle 14-yard line, injuring his left wrist on the play. It appeared Brady was targeting Julian Edelman, but he was heavily covered.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Prop bets are a Super Bowl staple, and yet one interesting one was being taken off the board in some Las Vegas sportsbooks.
According to Vegas insider R.J. Bell, the length of the national anthem — yes, you can bet on that! You can bet on almost anything! — is suspected of some chicanery.
Yes, that's right — someone might have gotten to Idina Menzel, stage star of "Frozen" fame, on the length of her rendition. Or perhaps someone in her camp heard her rehearsing the version, timed it and sent word to bettors on their findings. Who knows?
Menzel, in her pre-Super Bowl press conference was asked about the timing of her version of the national anthem. Here was her answer: "I haven't recorded it or anything. But you let me know what you want, and I'll let it go on a little longer. I'll watch the stopclock or something."
She was kidding. WE THINK.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
One former New England Patriots standout will not be watching Sunday's Super Bowl. But there's a worthy reason for that.
Aaron Hernandez, currently incarcerated and in the middle of a murder trial in the death of Odin Lloyd, will not be permitted to watch Super Bowl XLIX, featuring his former Patriots team against the Seattle Seahawks.
Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson told ABC News that Hernandez, who remains in the same solitary confinement cell in the Special Management Unit in the jail at North Dartmouth, Mass., that he was brought to after his arrest in June 2013, will not be able to watch television — and that includes Sunday's game.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
During the marathon Super Bowl pregame show, Tom Brady spoke to NBC's Bob Costas for a direct interview about one of the more humiliating moments of his career. The President of the United States held a sit-down (well, stand-up in the White House kitchen) interview. But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the man in charge of this entire enterprise, the face of an organization that's taken more hits this past season than a Jacksonville quarterback, declined the opportunity to speak.
You don't need a road map to see the hypocrisy at work here. Goodell and the NFL expect Marshawn Lynch to sit for three different interviews during Super Bowl week alone, yet Goodell makes himself available for only one lone news conference on Friday afternoon, the point at which Super Bowl Week fatigue has set in.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jonas Gray might regret being late for a Friday meeting for the rest of his life.
Gray was listed as one of the New England Patriots' inactive players for Super Bowl XLIX, the final blow in Gray's long fall from fleeting stardom.
Gray was the hero of the Patriots' Nov. 16 win over the Indianapolis Colts with 201 yards. He seemed like the latest out-of-nowhere Patriots star. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Then he was late for the first meeting of the Patriots' Friday preparation the week after the Colts game. That's a no-no with Bill Belichick. Gray was sent home, and never really reemerged the rest of the season.
Gray now suffers one of the ultimate teases, being on a team that made the Super Bowl but not being able to play in the game.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
In a controversial statement during NBC's pregame coverage in Sunday, Rodney Harrison seemingly blamed since-deceased teammate Junior Seau for the Super Bowl XLII loss that cost their team the first 19-0 season in NFL history.
The former New Engand Patriots defensive back and current NBC analyst suggested he pleaded with Seau to change pass coverage on the Plaxico Burress touchdown that gave the New York Giants the lead for good at 17-14 with 35 seconds remaining, but Seau refused.
Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker, posthumously headlines the most recent Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Pretty soon, pitchers and catchers will be reporting to spring training. Quarterbacks, too, apparently.
Well, one anyway. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who will be playing in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, will head back to spring training with the Texas Rangers, as he did a year ago.
Check out this note from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo in his Sunday baseball notes:
Wilson is planning on going to Rangers spring training after the Super Bowl to do what he did last season, take batting practice and ground balls and hang out in his Rangers uniform. Wilson said, “I love baseball, so any opportunity I would have to hang out with the guys and take some swings, I’ll take.” The Rangers selected Wilson from the Colorado Rockies in the Triple A phase of the Rule 5 draft in December 2013.
Should Seahawks fans be worried? Likely not.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman put a scare into Seattle fans, hinting he could miss the Super Bowl due to his girlfriend potentially giving birth to their son on Sunday, and while coach Pete Carroll left the decision up to his three-time first-team All-Pro defensive back, the baby is making that choice even easier.
Sherman told reporters earlier this week, "He's going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game," and indeed that appears to be the case. The Seahawks star, who is also nursing an arm injury, texted Sports Illustrated's Peter King to nobody's surprise: "I am playing in the Super Bowl."
TEMPE, Ariz.-Unsurprising text from Richard Sherman to me, reported on #NBC Super Bowl pregame show: "I am playing in the Super Bowl."