- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner40 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!
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr 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.Sun, Feb 13:30 PM PSTNew England at SeattlePreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr 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 Corner1 hr 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 Corner2 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 Corner2 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 Corner3 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."
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Watching the big game? Need some good company? Join Shutdown Corner and Yahoo Sports as we live blog Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
Our best experts and bloggers will be tweeting the proceedings and we'll be publishing some of your best comments and critiques so fire away. (Don't forget to vote in our polls as well!)
The fun starts at 4:30 ET. See you then!
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Earlier this season, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant warned the organization not to test his loyalty, but now that his free agency has finally arrived, he's making it clear where he's pledging his allegiance.
After skipping last weekend's Pro Bowl due to a groin injury, Bryant played in a charity basketball game in Arizona on Saturday — throwing down a dunk and missing another — and NBC 5 Sports reporter Pat Doney appropriately asked the First Team All-Pro wideout about his current status as a free agent.
“Regardless, I’m a Cowboy,” Bryant said. “But it is what it is. It’s business. I am a free agent. I’m very confident that something is going to happen, something is going to get done, and have these Cowboys fans excited for a long time.
“I’m a Cowboy at heart. It’s Cowboys forever.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
PHOENIX – A year ago on Super Bowl Sunday, linebacker Malcolm Smith's life changed.
He ensured that for the rest of his days, his name will be extended to include "Super Bowl MVP."
Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith is back at the Super Bowl with his Seattle Seahawks. His interception return for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos last year sealed his MVP award. He's part of the club now.
Smith didn't seem to enjoy answering questions about the Super Bowl MVP, and that's understandable. He probably hears about it all the time.
"Nothing has really changed," Smith said. "Still coming out doing the same stuff every day."
He said he hasn't even taken the trophy out of its trunk.
"When you're playing you don't spend time looking at your trophies, you're worried about the next thing," Smith said.