- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner34 mins ago
It's a reasonable enough question: where, in fact, does the President of the United States watch the Super Bowl? But when CBS's Gayle King, interviewing the Obamas just before Super Bowl 50, inquired about the White House's many TV-watching venues, the First Lady of the United States offered up an interesting tidbit:
"There's the, what I call, the Champagne Room," Michelle Obama said. "It's where my mother sits."
Yes! The White House has a Champagne Room! How sweet is that, huh? At the end of their combined interview, Michelle Obama left the president to continue, while she retired to a more comfortable locale:
"You guys can talk," Michelle Obama said. "I'm going up to the Champagne Room."
Let's get one last look at the president's reaction, shall we?
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has realized his dream of being an entertainer and an icon. His famous pre-draft proclamation nearly five years ago has become true, and we know this because even his style choices are heavily scrutinized.
We gawked at his yellow zebra pants as he arrived at the beginning of the week, so of course we're going to check out his pregame sartorial choices before Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos.
And they're not too shabby, we must say. (And less yellow.)Sun, Feb 73:30 PM PSTCarolina at DenverPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Bay Area's most famous Carolina Panthers fan is getting a special role in Super Bowl 50.
Really, Stephen Curry might be the most famous Panthers fan anywhere, and it's never a bad thing to have your football team be in the presence of the NBA's top player.
The Panthers have a "Keep Pounding" tradition, in honor of the late linebacker Sam Mills, who told his team to "keep pounding" in an emotional pregame speech in a playoff at the end of the 2003 season. After the coin toss, a special guest pounds a huge drum four times, one for each quarter.
And for the Super Bowl, Curry will do the honors.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — The Carolina Panthers have a golden opportunity in Super Bowl 50.
Carolina has never won a Super Bowl before. They came close, in Super Bowl XXXVIII, but the New England Patriots broke their hearts with a field goal as time expired. The Panthers haven't been back.
The Panthers are finally back in the Super Bowl, they're 17-1 and they're heavily favored to win the first championship in franchise history. The Denver Broncos will have something to say about that. We've seen big Super Bowl upsets before, and the Broncos come in with the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL and a legendary quarterback in Peyton Manning who wants to win his second Super Bowl (and perhaps retire on the highest note possible).
Our panel of writers predicted what they think will happen in Super Bowl 50:
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
When the Denver Broncos made it to Super Bowl XLVIII two years ago, one of receiver Demaryius Thomas' biggest fans was watching the game on an old television bolted to a wall in a federal prison in Florida.
But that's how Thomas' mother, Katina Smith, watched many of his games for 15 years, as she served a mandatory 20-year sentence, charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. She had never used drugs, never sold drugs and had no criminal record; Smith was merely keeping some money in her home for her own mother, Minnie Pearl, who was charged with running a small drug ring out of an abandoned gas station near her home.
As outlined in this story by ESPN's Eli Saslow, Smith was offered a plea deal of only four years if she testified against her mother, but she refused, electing to take her chances at trial. Despite her very small role in Pearl's operation, the judge had no choice but to give Smith 20 years with no chance of parole, due to mandatory drug sentencing laws put in place in the late 1980s.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Kickoff isn't far off, and thank goodness. We were running out of things to talk about before Super Bowl 50.
But one thing we had plenty of: Peyton Manning and Cam Newton talk, with hot takes galore. Yes, it's the Denver Broncos vs. the Carolina Panthers, but it was hard not to think that the quarterbacks were the only ones playing based on the way (some) media outlets have covered the run-up to the game.
Thankfully, we have Saturday Night Live to poke fun at such things, and though the show might have fallen off a bit in recent years — Manning can relate! — it still had a good showing with this skit involving Manning and Newton duing a duet of "Ebony and Ivory."
The mock song covers it all — racial stereotypes, both quarterbacks' personalities, Manning's health and, yes, how the media covered the pre-game festivities. Pretty funny stuff.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Denver Broncos, win or lose in Sunday's Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers, already are thinking about next season.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos are leaning toward using the franchise tag on free agent-to-be Von Miller — and taking their chances at quarterback.
#Broncos have a choice for their franchise tag: Brock Osweiler or Von Miller. Sources says they'll tag Miller, then try to work out a deal.
You know the deal with Peyton Manning: Even though he's under contract for another year, he very well could retire after Sunday's game. Even if he intends to play in 2016, Manning is not expected back with the Broncos.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks running back “has told people close to him he plans to retire.” Teammates are still trying to change his mind, Schefter reports, but after flirting with the idea in the past two offseasons, now may be the time where Lynch rides off into the sunset.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Almost everyone seems to think the Carolina Panthers will win Super Bowl 50, and beat the Denver Broncos rather handily.
That has been the vibe in the Bay Area, and the betting in Las Vegas reflects it too. Jay Kornegay, who runs the sports book at the Las Vegas Westgate, said earlier this week that 85 percent of bets are coming in on the favored Panthers, according to Jason Logan at Covers.com. The Panthers were favored by 5.5 points on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday.
Before we book the victory parade in Charlotte for next week, it’s worth looking at the history of some of the notable upsets in Super Bowl history. Alfred Williams was involved in one of the six major upsets in Super Bowl history, as an All-Pro defensive end for the 1997 Denver Broncos. The Broncos were 11-point underdogs against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII and won 31-24. The problem with asking Williams how the Broncos pulled off that upset is he never thought it was an upset.