Any change to a traditional NFL uniform is met with great interest because everyone cares way too much about football. Yesterday these alternate NFL helmet designs were uploaded to Imgur and have already racked up over a million views. Turns out the designs were made by graphic designer Dylan Yung, who uploaded this graphic featuring the final designs for which he is “100% satisfied.”
Marshawn Lynch will be the target of an all-new outrage cycle after this Vine of him laughing on his way off the field continues to make the rounds. The 5-minute mark of this NFL.com Sound FX clip shows Lynch smiling after the interception, but is not as pronounced as the Vine, which we have thus far been unable to verify.
There’s some debate whether this is actually from the moments following the game-sealing play. In this video you can see him smiling, but not laughing. Is someone setting Lynch up to look like a guy who laughs? Would that be the lamest thing in the world? Stay tuned.
In a string of NFL offseason arrests today, Letroy Guion became the latest bonehead to get thrown into the back of a police car, as the Packers defensive tackle was arrested for possession of marijuana early this morning. The details are a little more troubling than that, and Guion could be facing some serious legal trouble.
And here is the damage. A photo from the report sent of the firearm/pot/money seized from Letroy Guion… pic.twitter.com/TGbkZJtbyI
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) February 4, 2015
According to Packers’ beat writers who have viewed the police report, Guion was arrested with $190,028.81 in cash, two bags of marijuana totaling 357 grams (which is about 0.9 pounds), and and a 9 mm semi-automatic weapon.
The NFL has suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon for at least the 2015 season, for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. His suspension will be unpaid. The league will review his status before reinstatement.
Here is the Browns’ official statement.
“As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh. Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. “Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him. It is evident that Josh needs to make some substantial strides to live up to the positive culture we are trying to build this football team upon. Our hope is that this suspension affords Josh the opportunity to gain some clarity in determining what he wants to accomplish moving forward and if he wants a career in the National Football League. We will have no further comment on Josh as he will not be permitted in our facility for the duration of his suspension.”
Gordon was suspended for the first two games of 2013 and the first 10 games of 2014 for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
The talented wide-receiver now goes from leading the league in receiving yards in 2013 to perhaps never playing another down in the NFL.
The Sharps are in on Seattle
The sharps have weighed in on the game, moving the line a full 2 points this weekend from New England -1, to Seattle -1. The verdict habitually referred to, even by sharps at various sites, has been that fans overreacted to the Patriots beat down of the Colts, and the Seahawks banana peel meets horse shoe up the rear performance against the Packers.
Needless to say, this argument is deeply flawed. The Patriots are 12-1 in games using their starters (the season finale loss involved mass resting of starters) since their OL got healthy, and they pulled the plug on Dobson, and Thompkins, moving on to Edelman, LaFell, and most essentially a healthy Gronk. Their only legit loss since those changes happened was a tightly contested 21-26 defeat at Green Bay, a far more impressive performance in defeat, than Seattle’s uggfest against Green Bay two weeks ago.
No doubt Seattle has improved as well, since starting the year 3-3, but it’s also worth mentioning that despite finishing the season 11-1, Seattle has looked horrible in back to back playoff games. Add in the fact that Seattle’s pass rush, and offensive attack is weaker than a year ago, and you get a confounding situation in my view. Why on earth are so many Sharps on Seattle, when there is zero evidence that they are actually better?
It’s New England’s Run Defense vs Seattle’s Pass Rush:
In my view that is what this game comes down to. Can New England slow down Lynch, and can Seattle get consistent pressure up the middle of New England’s line. I have my doubts that New England will be able to do much more than simply keep Lynch to his season’s typical productivity (about 85 yards on the ground, a chance at a TD and a couple of catches), if that, and I also have doubts that Seattle will be able to get push up the middle on passing plays, without blitzing.
As a result this game will likely be a traditional total toss up, which explains the Pick Em, to -1 lines since Sunday night following the AFC Championship.
How it will play out:
I suspect the game will start off slow, New England hasn’t scored in the first quarter in any of it’s Brady Super Bowl’s, while Seattle will be looking to start things conservatively with the run and bubble screens/high percentage short passing. The game should open up during the second quarter, and the game will largely hinge on whether Brady can get his passing game, and Blount can run the ball, while the Patriots defense holds up, or not against Lynch and Wilson on the ground (they should have no trouble shutting down the passing game). I see two possible scenario’s:
#1: A tightly contested game that comes down to a turnover late, and execution in the 4th quarter.
#2 The Patriots win going away (this happens if they can slow down Lynch, and can get their own offense going).
Patriots 27 Seattle 17
For the first time ever, I decided to play a ton of props this year. We’ll see how I do. Here are my favorites:
Longest TD Under (46 yards)-110
First Seahawk and First Patriot Score: Field Goal +110
A Team will kick a FG in the 1st quarter: -105
First Punt longer than longest TD -120
Most Penalty Yards-Seattle -135
First Score of Game is a FG +125
Most Points in 2nd Half/OT (all three options)
Largest Lead under 14 Points -105
Wilson Under 18 completions -105
We’ll see how I do.
New England +1
First Half Under 24
Marshawn Lynch’s interaction, or lack thereof, with the media has been the second biggest story of the two weeks leading up to the 2015 Super Bowl.
As it turns out, Lynch wasn’t always so shy and unwilling to pour his heart out to the media after a big game. Here is a video of a very outgoing Lynch talking to the media after a high school football game. The game went so well he even needed to do the interview shirtless.
You just gotta love BeastMode.
[H/T Next Impulse Sports]
Colton Scurry, an offensive lineman for Eastern Kentucky, was allegedly beaten up in a bar fight by three as-yet-unconfirmed Kentucky football players at a Richmond, Ky. bar early Sunday morning. An Eastern Kentucky student told NBC affiliate LEX 18 that Scurry was “jumped” by the three players, had a bottle broken over his face, and needed stitches. Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones passed along this graphic (and currently unconfirmed, though it does look like Scurry) photo of the victim, via East Kentucky Media, after the incident:
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 27, 2015
The Courier-Journal identifies the three Kentucky players as Drew Barker, Dorian Baker and Tymere Dubose, and cites two witnesses that say Scurry was the aggressor in the fight.
[Photo via LEX 18]