Last week, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced an increased reimbursement package for fans who traveled to Canton, Ohio to see the Hall of Fame game, only to have it canceled due to field conditions. Attorney Michael Avenatti, who has hinted at filing a claim that the Hall and the NFL defrauded fans, believes he’s found a smoking gun, so to speak, that the league and Hall officials knew the game wouldn’t be played but let the thousands of fans into the stadium anyway. Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee recorded a podcast the day after the game was supposed to be held, and said, among other things, that “There was a big ‘no tweeting’ policy, like nobody’s allowed to say (expletive)” among instructions given to teams after they were told of the cancellation.
Peyton Manning is set to get his revenge against notorious Twitter user and breaker of erroneous news Rob Lowe in a Comedy Central roast of the star, who also happens to act. You will recall that Lowe, a big Indianapolis Colts fan and friend of owner Jim Irsay, set the Internet aflame in January 2012 when he tweeted that Manning — who had missed all of the 2011 after undergoing multiple neck procedures — would retire. In fact, in a tweet since deleted, he reported, “Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to #NFL. Wow.#Colts” It took Peyton’s pop, Archie, to shoot down the rumor and, you may recall, Peyton went on to play elsewhere and win another Super Bowl before truly retiring
In terms of their biopics, however, “Greater” — an account of Burlsworth’s inspiring rise and tragic demise — pales in comparison to the latter’s beloved “Rudy.” An insistent, clunky sermon about triumph through faith, David Hunt’s film is so determined to turn its subject into a Christ-like saint that it loses any sense of him as an actual flesh-and-blood man, the result being a third-string sports saga only apt to play to its devout target audience. Burlsworth was a heavyset Arkansas kid who, without any prior commitment from the nationally ranked team, fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an Arkansas Razorbacks member in 1994 — a feat that was then surpassed when he became an all-American offensive lineman during his senior year, and shortly thereafter a third-round selection in the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts.