Friday, January 31, 2014

Yale graduate with degree in economics wagers $600,000 on Super Bowl prop bets


Are you already sweating bullets over that $20 bet you made on the Super Bowl? Well, Yale economics graduate and self-proclaimed professional gambler, Rufus Peabody, thinks that's laughable, because he is wagering an unfathomable $600,000 on Super Bowl prop bets alone.

According to Matt Hayes of the Sporting News, Peabody has taken calculated measures in order to maximize his potential for success, which he totally expects to have plenty of.

"If it’s anything more than that it’s luck. It’s entirely quantitative; I don’t use gut feelings. The best bets I make are the ones where I say, 'How would I like this?' My gut would say no, this is an awful bet. But it’s not. It basically shows you can’t trust your gut."

Greg Hardy's funny response to what Panthers need to do to reach Super Bowl


Greg Hardy is in line to receive a nice pay increase after tying the franchise record with 15 sacks last season for the Panthers.

However, Carolina isn't in a financial position to just throw money around freely, thanks in large part to salary cap issues. Nonetheless, "The Kraken" remains confident a new deal will get worked out.

"It's a football game. It's a game, so you really can't put too much stock in stressing about something like that," he told Around The League at Radio Row. "I'm in the best position of my life regardless of what happens, so I definitely believe in letting my agent and my manager and my people handle that and I can focus on football and entertaining you guys."

Hardy's best line, though, came when he was asked what he thought the Panthers need to do in order to get to the Super Bowl in 2015.

Video: Manatee picks Broncos over Seahawks in Super Bowl



An important development took place at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida today as Buffet the manatee made his Super Bowl pick.

Buffet went with the Denver Broncos over the Seattle Seahawks in this Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII.

Keep in mind that the marine mammal has correctly picked the winner in each of the last six Super Bowls. So, perhaps he's due to make a mistake, or maybe he's just really that good of a prognosticator.

Via Bleacher Report

Los Angeles Dodgers scrapping paper tickets this year


If you are looking for a keepsake from attending a Los Angeles Dodgers game this season, don't expect a ticket stub to be an option, because the Dodgers are going paperless in 2014.

Instead, season ticket holders will be forced to either print out their own tickets at home, which include display bar codes, or allow ticket takers to scan their bar codes directly from a smartphone.

There is always the chance to obtain a paper ticket on a single-game basis, but because 95 percent of such tickets are already sold online, fans will need to use the bar code route, anyway.

What do you think about the situation? Does it represent a better fan experience?

Via Los Angeles Times

Video: Watch Rex Ryan hand out free ice cream near Super Bowl venue


A sweet treat awaited anyone who strolled down Super Bowl Boulevard on Friday. This is because Rex Ryan was handing out free ice cream cones to the masses.

The spectacle was part of a promotion for New Era. Apparently, the company believes ice cold dessert is the way to win people over on a below freezing day in the Northeast.

Anyways, Ryan seemed cordial throughout the whole ordeal, joking with one reporter by saying, "it could be worse...New England could be in it."

Well said, Rex. Well said. Keep doing your thing.

Via NJ.com

Budweiser tops the list of the five biggest Super Bowl ad spenders since 2008


Getting a commercial spot in the Super Bowl takes money. Lots of it to be exact.

Fortunately, for these five companies, money hasn't seemed to be an issue when creating commercials for the big game, which is why they rank as the top five Super Bowl advertising spenders since 2008, according to a recent study conducted by Nielson.

1) Budweiser - $149 million
2) Pepsi - $97 million
3) Coke - $62 million
4) Volkswagen $57 million
5) Fiat - $55 million

Remember, good times are waiting on Sunday.

Via @kbadenbausen

Video: Anthony Davis swats poor kid in Foot Locker ad



If you are a young kid playing basketball in your driveway, be on the lookout for Anthony Davis, because the New Orleans Pelicans star is apparently on the prowl, looking for shots to ferociously block.

Let this Kids Foot Locker commercial serve as an example to Davis' wrath of terror. It shows a kid sporting new gear from Kids Foot Locker playing ball near his house. But the day quickly takes a turn for crazy town when Davis comes out of nowhere to reject his shot attempt.

Kids, you have been warned.

Via Sportress of Blogitude

Photo: 'The Simpsons' accurately predicted Super Bowl XLVIII matchup

If you were watching a brand new episode of "The Simpsons" on Sept. 11, 2005, you were given an accurate look into the future, as the first episode of the 17th season called "Bonfire of the Vanities" included a clip that showed Homer watching football.

As fate would have it, the two teams battling it out in the fictional scene were the Broncos and Seahawks, presumably playing in Super Bowl XLVIII.

As you can see, the final score was 19-14 in favor of Denver, which would be a crazy coincidence if that was indeed the final tally on Sunday.

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Penthouse offers Raiders cheerleaders a deal in wake of unfair wage lawsuit


As a federal investigation continues into the matter involving unfair wages paid to the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders, Penthouse has caught wind and wants to help, by offering the "Raiderettes" a chance to take part in a "tasteful pictorial in the magazine."

According to TMZ Sports, the nude magazine is ready to make the cheerleaders a sizable offer if they are wlling to show off more skin than normal. And Penthouse isn't requiring the Raiderettes to go fully nude, either.

In case you missed it, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Raiderettes earlier this month, claiming the cheerleaders were subject to unfair employment practices, which included being paid less than $5 an hour, well below the minimum wage mark.

It's not known at this point if any Raiderettes are entertaining Penthouse's offer.

Via TMZ Sports

NFL continues ban of alcohol in locker room of Super Bowl champs


Unlike other major professional sports, don't expect the champions of the Super Bowl to pop bottles following their huge win, at least not within the stadium corridors.

This is because the National Football League has an extremely strict policy against alcohol in the locker room, which dates all the way back to the 1960s, and the league has no intentions of loosening their enforcement because it's "not the right image," according to TMZ Sports.

Of course, what would happen if a brave player tried to smuggle in some booze as part of the celebration? The league representative said that it simply does not happen.

Via TMZ Sports

Medical marijuana stores selling customized weed for Super Bowl

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There is going to be a significant increase in snack food consumption come Sunday night in both Seattle and Denver. No, not because the Super Bowl in and of itself, which usually calls for a nice spread of finger foods. But rather because medical marijuana stores in both cities are selling customized product for the big game.

Rain City Medical in Seattle is offering customers "Richard Sherman OG" in addition to passing out Seahawks colored weed-infused popcorn to munch on during the game.

In Denver, Kind Meds will offer a "Big Bad Broncos" strain, as well as "Agent Orange Kush," and even "Bruised Seahawks," which will allow Broncos fans to quite literally smoke the competition.

In case you weren't aware, Washington and Colorado are currently the only two states which allow recreational marijuana use, which is fantastic news for fans of both football and pot this weekend.

Via TMZ Sports

Thursday, January 30, 2014

LeBron James apologizes for using 'insensitive' term

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Before Wednesday's loss, LeBron James apparently used the word "retarded" in a pregame interview. After the game, which resulted in a loss to the Thunder, James apologized for using the "insensitive" term, and vowed to try harder to remove it from his vocabulary altogether.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat apologized Wednesday night for using the word "retarded" while answering a question posed in a pregame interview.

James says the word's usage is a bad habit that he's trying to break, and that he'll try not to use it again.

"I mean no disrespect," James said.

Photo: Houston Nutt in a full body cryo-chamber will haunt your dreams

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Remember, Houston Nutt? The one who most recently served as the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks and Ole Miss Rebels?

Well, apparently Nutt is up to new tricks nowadays. And they include posing for pictures while standing nude inside of a creepy cryotherapeutic holding chamber.

Perhaps the pain of getting ousted from Arkansas and fired from Ole Miss has caught up to him.

Bob Uecker reveals 'Major League 4' may be in the works

Could a fourth movie in the Major League franchise be in the works?

According to Bob Uecker, who spoke with Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Thursday, he says "they're talking about it" and "they" have even approached him to be included, which he is completely open to.

For all of you non-movie buffs out there, Uecker played the memorable broadcaster Harry Doyle in the first three Major League movies, and his lines from those films are constantly quoted by fans to this very day.

Is Major League 4 definitely going to happen? Who knows. But we do know the idea is at least being tossed around. And that's worth mentioning.

Via Hardball Talk

Seahawks cheerleader doubles as Air Force first lietuenant


Seattle Seahawks cheerleader Alicia Quaco is more than meets the eye. When she's not shaking pom poms on Sundays, she is serving her country valiantly, as a first lieutenant in the Air Force.

Quaco, 25, graduated from the Air Force Academy and soon thereafter decided she wanted to pursue a part-time profession as a "Sea Gal." It took some serious convincing on her part, but she eventually coaxed her superiors in allowing her to serve both her country and her favorite NFL team.

“I told them it’s good for recruitment. It shows that the Air Force is well-rounded, that we can do other things, too. It’s great for women recruits to know that,” Quaco told the New York Post. “Ultimately, they ended up agreeing.”

Whoa. Is anyone else succumbing to a serious crush right now?

Via Shutdown Corner

Video: Raiders receiver Rod Streater has perfect spoof of Beats by Dre commercial



By now, you have probably seen the Beats by Dre commercials starring various NFL stars, which shows them tuning out the outside world through the magical powers of the headphones.

But Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater's spoof of those aforementioned commercials is brilliant.

Watch as Streater's neighbors come to his house attempting to sell him some cookies for charity. But because the Beats by Dre headphones make people hear what they want, Streater sees the situation as them giving him a plate of cookies, which he happily accepts and shuts the door and the unsuspecting cookie sellers.

Via For the Win

Photo: Petco Park transforms into tennis court for Davis Cup

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Despite it being late-January, fans will have the chance to stroll on in to Petco Park to catch some sporting action this weekend.

No, not San Diego Padres baseball, but rather Davis Cup action!

Seen here is an aerial view of the transformation taken by the venue as it conforms to a tennis court this weekend. The court was build in the outfield area and actually turned out pretty good.

Davis Cup action will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, matching up the United States versus Great Britain in World Group action. It should be a good time.

Via Eye on Baseball

Video: Tony Parker with the worst free throw attempt of the year



Tony Parker's free throw attempt during the third quarter of Wednesday's game against the Bulls was so bad that the officials decided to give him a mulligan.

Check it out as Parker lets his first attempt fly and the ball winds up about 10 feet short of the basket. Luckily, the officials awarded Parker another chance, and he redeemed himself.

We still don't know what happened with the first shot, though.

Via Eye on Basketball

Video: David Stern shares 10 things he's learned as commissioner on David Letterman



Guess who made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday? NBA commissioner David Stern. And he went on the air to read the top 10 things he has learned during his 30 years on the job, which just happen to be pretty whimsical.

For the record, Stern retires as commissioner on Feb. 1, so he will have much more free time to do reflection pieces such as this one.

It's going to be weird seeing someone else other than Stern leading the NBA. But it's time for a change and time for Stern to sit back and enjoy retirement.

Via Bleacher Report

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Adam Vinatieri suggests NFL should make long field goals worth four points


Adam Vinatieri's resume as an NFL kicker ranks among some of the most impressive of all-time. So, if anyone deserves to question the kicking rules surrounding football it's him.

With that being said, the 41-year-old was recently asked about his thoughts regarding Roger Goodell's proposal to abolish the extra point. Vinatieri quickly shot down the idea, but was quick to offer another idea.

"I don't think any of us are above the ability to change football from what it is," he said. "I mean, it's been the way it has been for 100 years. I don't know if we should start changing that stuff up.

"If anything, make a 50-yard field goal worth four points instead of three," he said. "Now all of a sudden we become more valuable rather than less valuable."

Now, there's an interesting idea. Will the league actually consider it? Probably not. But credit the 18-year veteran for trying to make his position more secure and valuable.

Via NFL.com

Photo: Marlins manager Mike Redmond gets major air while skiing

Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond is really excited about spring training, guys.

In what could be the coolest action shot taken all offseason, Redmond is seen here doing a high jump while downhill skiing. Of course, he could have hired a stunt double, or he could just be preparing himself for the imminent danger of managing a team that lost 100 games in 2013.

Whatever the case may be, it's cool to see him enjoying his time off.

Via SportsbyBrooks

Photo: Wisconsin attempts to troll NC State with Russell Wilson billboard

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Quick, what's one thing that the Wisconsin Badgers, NC State Wolfpack, and Seattle Seahawks have in common? If you guessed that Russell Wilson played for all three at one point in his football career, you are correct!

Even though he spent only one season at the school, the Badgers proudly claim him as one of their own, and rightfully so. However, this billboard in Raleigh, N.C. attempted to troll fans of the Wolfpack, by forcing Badgers propaganda on them while boasting about Wilson's ties to Wisconsin.

It was a nice thought, but the execution wasn't so good, as whoever was behind creating the sign just so happened to misspell "Russel." Oops!

Via Bleacher Report

Middle schooler gets busted for spiking opponent's Gatorade cooler with bleach


If this doesn't qualify as "bush league," I'm not sure what does.

A middle school student from Gaffney, S.C. has been disciplined after confessing to spiking an opponent's Gatorade cooler with a capful of bleach. Naturally, the kid was busted after reportedly bragging about it to his friends through text messages.

More on the incident from WBTW News:

Cherokee County School Superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore confirms the incident happened Wednesday during a game between GMS and Granard Middle School. Moore says Gaffney Middle School student admitted to putting about a cap-full of bleach into a seven gallon cooler full of Gatorade.

Fortunately, nobody has reported becoming sick due to the foul concoction. But it should be noted that students and staff from both schools wound up drinking from the cooler. So, it appears the kid's evil plot almost backfired.

Via Black Sports Online

Mike Adams, Robert Ayers rent out Hooter's for families to watch Super Bowl


We all know Super Bowl tickets can be expensive and elusive. Therefore, any creative way to catch the game without needing to buy them should be considered, especially for the ones playing in the big affair, whose family and friends are counting on them to come through with tickets.

In order to appease the people they love, Denver Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers and safety Mike Adams decided to pitch in some cash to rent out a nearby Hooter's, located in Hackensack, N.J., which just so happens to be close to where the players grew up.

"I figured they have good food and, you know ... " a smiling Ayers told NJ.com. "It’s just a great sports bar and a nice place for our families to go enjoy the game."

Video: Budweiser to steal the hearts of Super Bowl viewers with adorable 'puppy love' ad



Alright, the contest is over. Budweiser may very well take home the title of "most adorable" commercial during this year's Super Bowl, thanks to this heartwarming clip called "Puppy Love."

As you can see, the one-minute clip features a cute and golden puppy forming a bond with one of the brew company's famous Clydesdales, which eventually blossoms into an unconditional love, apparently.

Seriously, how can you go wrong with cuddly puppies and beautiful horses? The answer is that you can't. It simply cannot be done, guys.

Nice work, Budweiser.

Via Bleacher Report

Oscar Pistorius murder trial to have own 24-hour television channel

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The murder trial involving famed South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius will have a 24-hour television channel in his native country devoted to the court proceedings, according to a report by the Associated Press.

On Wednesday, South Africa's top cable provider, MultiChoice, promised to provide "round-the-clock" coverage of the trial, featuring one of the biggest stories from 2013, which will undoubtedly capture the attention of the country and world alike.

The "pop-up" channel will launch on March 2, the day before Pistorius goes on trial, for killing his 29-year-old girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home last Valentines Day.

MultiChoice said the channel would give "inside information on the most talked-about and controversial subject in recent South African history." A spokesperson said there would also be "a rich variety of content and social media integration" around the trial, too.

Magic Johnson rips Lakers and Mike D'Antoni on 'Tonight Show'



Magic Johnson went on the "Tonight Show" with host Jay Leno on Monday night and proceeded to rip his former team and its current head coach Mike D'Antoni.

In short, Johnson didn't sugarcoat his responses at all, criticizing the Lakers for making "critical mistakes" and bashing D'Antoni for his lack of teaching defense. In fact, the five-time NBA champion even went as far as saying he "can't stand to watch the Lakers" this season.

“We’re the Lakers. We’ve got to have a championship coach. We made a critical mistake in not bringing Phil Jackson back," Johnson said.

Photo: Rare blanket of snow covers Turner Field

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Southerners have been getting a strong taste of winter this week in the form of rare snowfall.

Naturally, this is leaving many folks in uncharted territory, as snow in the likes of southern Georgia, Alabama, and Florida is virtually unheard of. Well, until now.

Seen here is a snapshot taken of Turner field by Braves director of marketing Hill Scott. As you can see, a white blanket of snow covers much of the stadium, a norm for places like Coors Field, Target Field, and Yankee Stadium, but a complete a anomaly for Atlanta's home venue.

Via Eye on Baseball

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Photo: Oregon Ducks to give away Phil Knight bobbles

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There is no bigger supporter of the Oregon Ducks than Nike founder Phil Knight.

After all, Knight has supplied the school with an exorbitant amount of money over the years, which is probably one of the main reasons why the Ducks are giving away bobbleheads made in Knight's likeness.

Yes, fans who attend Saturday's game against USC are set to receive a complimentary figurine of Mr. Nike himself. As you can see, Knight is looking pretty sharp, with his dark shades, Ducks cap and shirt, green kicks, and casual blazer.

If only we could be that cool, guys. If only.

Via The Big Lead

Photo: Russell Wilson to appear on baseball card in Rangers uniform


Although it's highly improbable Russell Wilson ever sets foot on a Major League Baseball diamond as a player, Topps has decided to feature Wilson on his very own baseball card, anyway.

You may remember that Wilson was chosen by the Texas Rangers in MLB's Rule 5 draft in December. It took $12,000 for Texas to make the pick even though they know all too well that the Seahawks quarterback will likely stick with football.

In spite of this fact, as you can see above, Wilson will be shown at the plate donning a Rangers uniform, as part of Topps' Bowman series, which is reserved for prospects. Naturally, it will be a limited edition card.

Bill Romanowski reveals odd game week restrictions regarding sex


On Tuesday, former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski went on the air with Jim Rome on Super Bowl radio row, and it didn't take long for the conversation to take an eyebrow-raising turn.

Namely, Romanowski revealed how his former coach, Bill Walsh, handled the issue of players engaging in sexual activities leading up to games.

"The big joke every Thursday was ‘green light-red light,'" Romanowski said. "You just don't know how much fun we had as a group of grown men when Bill Walsh talked about red light or green light. Green light – it was go time for sex. Red light – it was off.

"If we were playing the Giants, it was red light. We knew we had to be on. We had to be mean and nasty, with a lot of build-up."

Photo: Blanket of snow covers Talladega Superspeedway

Here is something you don't see everyday.

Thanks to a rare winter storm that has made its way through the southern part of the United States, a blanket of snow now covers many parts of Alabama, including historic Talladega Superspeedway.

Take a good look, guys. Once it melts, we aren't likely to see a similar spectacle again for awhile.

Via For the Win

Champ Bailey wins an Xbox One at media day for musical talents

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Champ Bailey won't have to wait until Sunday for the chance to be a winner. He has already won.

The Denver Broncos veteran was bestowed an Xbox One after attempting to sing along to the lyrics of Destiny's Child "Bills, Bills, Bills."

The prize was given to him by singer Michelle Williams, who is serving as a representative for The Insider this week, which is an entertainment news source.

“I don’t have one of these, so this is good,” Bailey said.

Williams said the gesture was an attempt to shy away from the traditional questions asked to players during the week. Instead, she said her mission was to have some fun.

“I’m sure they’re being asked all the silliest questions about preparation and if they’re wanting to take home the ring. But we want them to have fun and take home some prizes,” Williams said.

Via For the Win

Skittles and Marshawn Lynch agree to long-awaited partnership at last


It was only a matter of time before Marshawn Lynch and Skittles teamed up together for the greater good of mankind. And it appears that the long-awaited moment has finally arrived.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the candy company and the Seahawks running back have reached an endorsement deal, just in time for Lynch to plug the fruity candies at this year's Super Bowl.

To be honest, Skittles has been receiving free publicity from Lynch for years. But it's not until now that Lynch will finally have his palms greased by the candy giant.

Via ESPN

Video: Broncos and Seahawks mascots mix it up in new 'SportsCenter' ad



This may be the longest week ever for both Miles and Blitz as they await the Super Bowl.

For those of you unaware of who Miles and Blitz are, they are the mascots of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.

Watch as the two mix it up in a new "This is SportsCenter" commercial.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Wrestling fan absolutely loses his mind over outcome of Royal Rumble



This guy was most definitely not pleased about the way the 30-man Royal Rumble went down on Sunday night. Amazingly, it marks the second year in a row that the big guy has lost his mind over the outcome of the WWE event.

As you can see, he is completely distraught after watching the finish, and seeks to take it out on his wrestling possessions. Meanwhile, the person holding the camera seems to be enjoying every lit bit of his tirade.

Sometimes you get the feeling that these videos are fake. But I don't think that's the case here. You can't draw a script like this one up.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Madden simulation predicts overtime finish in Super Bowl



For those of you who cannot wait until Sunday, you don't have to, thanks to this compelling Madden 25 video game simulation released by EA Sports.

As you can see, the simulation aims to accurately predict the outcome of Super Bowl XLVIII, and actually has been successful in doing so over the last decade. The video game franchise has correctly picked eight of the last 10 Super Bowl winners. Additionally, it nailed the exact margin of victory in each of Super Bowl XXXVIII, XLIII, and XLVII.

In this year's simulation, the game went into overtime, before Peyton Manning and the Broncos prevailed over the Seahawks, 31-28, thanks to a field goal by Matt Prater.

Via Bleacher Report

Mike Ditka bashes Super Bowl being played in cold weather city: 'It's stupid'


It's Super Bowl week and that means the game is front and center. It also means that it's the perfect time for folks to criticize the game being played at MetLife Stadium in frigid East Rutherford, N.J. We can include former NFL coach Mike Ditka among that contingent.

"The weather’s going to be a problem,” he said bluntly, per Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn’t be there. I mean, it’s stupid."

Ditka isn't the only retired coach to come and out and condemn the Super Bowl being played in a cold weather climate. Hall of Fame coach Don Shula did the same recently. And both touched upon the fact that the weather not only affects the players, but the fans who attend the game, too.

Monday, January 27, 2014

San Francisco Bulls cease operations in the middle of the hockey season

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Just a couple weeks removed from hosting LGBT Night, the San Francisco Bulls minor league hockey team has announced via press release that it is ceasing operations effective immediately, which just so happens to come right in the middle of the season.

The Bulls will be closing up shop less than one and a half years after the start of operation in October 2012. The team finishes the season with a 15-20-5 record, however, quits with 32 games still left to be played on their schedule.

“We want to thank all of our fans for your support and loyalty over the last two seasons,” said President and Head Coach of the Bulls, Pat Curcio. “It’s been such a memorable time here with you in San Francisco, and we’ve especially appreciated all of your positive feedback over the past week.”

Photo: Jesper Parnevik tweets hilarious comparison of Madonna to Quaker Oats man

Like many of us, golf pro Jesper Parnevik tuned into the Grammys on Sunday to be entertained by some of music's greatest stars.

The annual awards show did not disappoint. And neither did the Swedish PGA Tour player, either.

Seen here is a tweet shared by the witty Parnevik to his 11,000+ followers. As you can see, it shows a side-by-side comparison of Madonna to the Quaker Oats man. Apparently, the outfit she wore Sunday evening was taken from the mascot's closet.

Priceless, guys. Priceless. +1 for Parnevik.

Via SportsbyBrooks

Video: Sodastream ad featuring Scarlett Johansson rejected for Super Bowl



Not every advertisement intended to air during the Super Bowl gains approval. But it's notable when actress Scarlett Johansson gets rejected.

Okay, so it wasn't actually Scarlett that got rejected, it was Sodastream, but she probably played the key role. Listen closely near the end of the clip when she says "sorry, Coke and Pepsi" to the camera.

Apparently, that one line was enough for Fox to turn down Sodastream's bid at making it into the biggest sporting broadcast of the year. You know, because they simply don't want to alienate two of the biggest companies in the beverage industry.

The real loser here is America, though, who now won't be able to see Scarlett do her thing.

Via Eye on Football

Denver radio station banning all Seattle-based artists and bands from airwaves until Super Bowl


If you happen to be in Denver this week and wish to listen to Macklemore on the radio, don't waste your time tuning in to 99.5 The Mountain, because the station has vowed to ban any Seattle-based bands and artists from its airwaves until the Super Bowl ends.

“This is a crucial prep week for the Broncos and I figured that Denver fans want to get all their positive mojo going in that direction,” said Mike Casey, the morning show host of 99.5 The Mountain, in a press release today. “So how could I, in good conscience and good mojo, saturate the Mountain airwaves with Seahawk fan-bands like Heart, Pearl Jam, Hendrix and Nirvana this week?? No way!”

In my opinion, this bold strategy may actually work against the Broncos in creating good karma, because depriving people of their music, regardless of where it originated, is not something people take lightly.

Nonetheless, you have got to admire the radio station's commitment.

Via Denver Post

Video: Richard Sherman's rant remixed by heralded disc jockey



As if Richard Sherman's epic rant following the NFC Championship wasn't good enough by itself, acclaimed disc jockey Steve Porter has went through the trouble of producing a remix, and it's pretty darn good.

Take a look and have a listen, guys.

Only five more days until we get to see Sherman in action, again!

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Kate Upton does rendition of Victor Cruz's salsa dance celebration



By now, any true football fan has seen Victor Cruz do his signature "salsa dance" celebration after scoring a touchdown. If you haven't, well, perhaps you're not such a great football fan after all.

Anyways, American supermodel and heartthrob Kate Upton tried her hand at replicating Cruz's dance, during a recent photo shoot at MetLife Stadium, the host venue of Sunday's Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Broncos, for Vogue.

I must admit that I like her version better.

Via Bleacher Report

AJ McCarron calls Grammys 'demonic'

Like most Americans, AJ McCarron tuned in to catch at least a little glimpse of the Grammy Awards show Sunday night. And like many Americans, was left wondering what the heck was going on.

As always, the Grammys produced no shortage of memorable performances. We had Jay-Z and Beyonce rocking out to begin the show, Lorde performing a rather Gotcic performance of her hit song "Royals," and then Katy Perry doing a dark rendition of "Dark Horse," among others.


These three performances happened within the first 45 minutes of the show and spurred the ex-Alabama quarterback to take to Twitter with his feedback. And by the looks of it he wasn't a fan.

Via Deadspin

Video: Improbable 80-foot buzzer beater sends prep game into overtime



An improbable 80-foot buzzer-beating shot by Long Beach State commit Temidayo Yussef sent a game between St. Joseph Notre Dame (CA) and El Cerrito (CA) into overtime on Friday.

With El Cerrito leading 61-58 with just 0.6 seconds to play, Jalen Walton had a chance to put the game out of reach on the free throw line. But it appeared his squad was on the path to victory regardless of whether he made the free throw or not.

"Even if he misses and they get the rebound, there's no chance to get a shot off in time," El Cerrito coach Michael Booker told Max Preps.

Wrong.

Report: SMU star basketball freshman Keith Frazier had grade changed to graduate high school

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Keith Frazier, a freshman guard for the SMU Mustangs, is in the hot seat after a report from WFAA TV in Fort Worth alleges that the former McDonald's All-American had a failing grade changed to a passing one in order to graduate from high school.

On May 29, Frazier reportedly had a failing grade in physics changed to a passing a week after Frazier had already completed his classes at Kimball High School in Dallas. According to the report, an athletic coach and teacher's assistant Demarco King pressured Frazier's physics teacher into changing the star recruit's grade. When the physics teacher refused to so, King told investigators he changed the grade himself, according to WFAA.

Red Robin offers free burgers until next season to winner of Super Bowl

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will have more incentive to win the Super Bowl other than simply pride and a ring. The victor will also receive free burgers from Red Robin.

That's right. The gourmet burger chain is offering a nice deal to the winners of football's biggest game. And there also extending that deal to fans of the winning team as well.

Photo: Meryl Streep, Kobe Bryant, 50 Cent hang out at Lakers game

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What are the chances that the stars would align in order to put Meryl Streep, 50 Cent, and Kobe Bryant together in one photo together? Well, those chances were extremely good over the weekend.

Seen here is the trio from three different entertainment genres posing for a photo or two at the Knicks-Lakers game on Sunday.

Let's file this one away in the "things we never thought we would see" category, shall we?

Via Gamedayr

Don Shula voices his discontent with the Super Bowl being played in cold weather


There are some who do not like the idea of playing the Super Bowl in a cold weather climate. Count Hall of Fame coach Don Shula as one of them.

In a recent interview with Ian O'Connor of ESPNNewYork.com, Shula expressed his complaints about having the Super Bowl played in New Jersey this year.

“Why?” Shula said. “That was pretty much my reaction. I certainly believe that when you get to a game of that magnitude, you want to play it in conditions where weather won’t be or might not be something that affects the outcome. So that’s why I think Miami, New Orleans, San Diego, all those warm-weather cities are the best cities for a game of that magnitude.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mike Adams says he will walk home if Broncos win Super Bowl


If the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl, defensive back Mike Adams says he will literally walk home. And he seems completely serious.

The catch is that Adams makes his home about 12 miles away from the venue of Super Bowl XLVIII: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Here is what the Paterson, N.J. native told the Denver Post:

Independent league baseball team to change name to 'Zombies' after successful Kickstarter campaign

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On June 7, the Schaumburg (IL) Boomers, the reigning champions of the independent and professional Frontier League, will change their name to the Schaumburg Zombies, thanks to executing a successful fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.

The team exceeded its goal to raise $5,000 in order to host the event known as "Field of Screams." Schaumburg's promotion will go well beyond simply decorating the stadium and passing out free candy, but the club will undergo a complete makeover, complete with a new logo, custom uniforms, and wild ideas.

The money raised for the event will go toward purchasing new uniforms for the night, hiring local professionals to help with makeup, hiring actors to roam through the stadium and interact with fans, and even having one player literally rise from the grave before the game. Wait, what?

Sounds like it should be a lively night.

Via Kickstarter.com

Randall Cobb to appear in Broadway musical 'Rock of Ages'

Hike! NFL Pros Randall Cobb, Joique Bell & Ahman Green to Make Broadway Debuts in Rock of Ages

There is no question that Randall Cobb has some serious moves on the football field. The versatile Green Bay Packers receiver has proven that time and time again.

But how would Cobb fare on a different sort of stage? One that isn't located in Lambeau Field and is absent of green grass and white gridlines.

On Jan. 28, we shall find out exactly how Cobb will fare, as he is set to make an appearance on Broadway, as part of the week-long #BroadwayBlitz promotion for Rock of Ages.

Photo: Drake's crew wear look-alike Johnny Manziel jerseys



We have seen the likes of Johnny Manziel and Drake party together before. So, it's safe to assume that the two polarizing figures are buddies.

And what do good buddies do? They wear custom-made jerseys. Seen here is Drake and his entourage sporting look-alike No. 2 Manziel jerseys which include the Canadian maple leaf symbol on the left shoulder. Oh, you will also notice that the garbs are long-sleeved.

Drake uploaded the image to his Instagram account Saturday night to share with his 4.73 million followers.

Via Bleacher Report

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Photo: Dodgers fan gets giant mural tattoo with Vin Scully, Jackie Robinson on back

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Pencils down, folks. The award for the most awe-inspiring back tattoo among Los Angeles Dodgers fans goes to this gentleman, aptly named "Mr. Dodger Baseball" on Twitter.

As you can see, the gigantic back tattoo features a mural dedicated to Dodgers baseball, with Jackie Robinson and Vin Scully being the highlights.

Whether you are a fan of body ink or not, you sure have to appreciate the guy's dedication.

Via Busted Coverage

Ten of the more memorable Super Bowl ads of all-time


The Super Bowl is traditionally one of the most watched sporting events on television in the world. And due to its massive viewership ratings, companies are willing to fork out nearly $4 million for a 30-second slot to reach consumers. Only the best of the best commercials make it into the most marketable game on television. Why else would you pay that kind of money?

Over time, there have been some great ads to air during the broadcast. This has made the annual event even more alluring for advertisers due to the buzz it creates leading up, during, and after the game. In fact, some may even argue that the commercials are more popular than the game itself.

With this in mind, here is a look back at 10 of the more memorable advertisements that have aired during the Super Bowl. Enjoy.

Photo: Ginormous Seahawks, Broncos logo made of snow

Enjoy this now because it will probably melt soon. (Facebook)

While some folks worry about the negative effect wintry weather could play in the Super Bowl, Schaffer Art Studios in New Jersey decided to use the white stuff provided by Mother Nature for good, by creating both the Broncos and Seahawks logos out of snow.

Pretty amazing, right?

I've built my fair share of snowmen over the years. But none of them would stack up to what these sculptures turned out to be. Heck, both logos even include coloring. The best I could do with my snowmen was grab an old scarf from my closet

Well played, Schaffer Art Studios. Well played.

Via Eye on Football 

Video: GIF shows slideshow of every Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model


On Feb. 11th, men everywhere will rejoice at the release of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit magazine. Word on the street is that Kate Upton will be shot floating in a zero gravity chamber.

Until then, some babe-loving male (presumably) on Reddit has helped us with the wait, by creating a GIF that shows every swimsuit cover the publication has ever produced.

You. Are. Welcome.

Via SportsGrid

Photo: Grocery store builds elaborate 'Omaha' soda arrangement in support of Broncos

Grocery Store Goes All Out with Denver Broncos Soda Stack Arrangement

Omaha! Omaha! Omaha!

This phrase will undoubtedly be yelled at the line of scrimmage by Peyton Manning next Sunday and this grocery store is absolutely ready.

A Reddit user by the name of "ChrisTroy" captured this elaborate arrangement of soda boxes in tribute to the viral phrase that Manning has managed to create.

Let's just hope no mischievous shopper comes by and decides they want to pull a case of Crush from the arrangement. Hopefully they go with boxes outside of the display, instead.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: 'Bad lip reading' of NFL clips is both hilarious and awesome



This might be the best thing I've ever seen. No, seriously.

Have you ever watched an NFL game on mute? Or simply wasn't unable to hear what someone was saying during a game? Fear not anymore! The fine folks at Bad Lip Reading are here to save the day.

Indulge in a compilation of "bad lip reading" clips from the NFL season. The video is chalked full of hilarious scenes and sound bytes that will likely make you want to share with friends.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Watch two-year-old kid in diaper shred on a skateboard, is a prodigy


Quite frankly, this two-year-old is already better at skateboarding than 99.9 percent of mankind can ever dream to be.

Meet the adorably diapered Kahlei from Victoria, Australia. And watch him hone his skateboarding skills through the mean streets and paved surfaces near his humble home. Pretty awesome, right?

You see, Kahlei comes from a skateboarding family, is the youngest of seven children, and has been shredding on boards since he was just six months old.

Step aside, Tony Hawk. There's a new face of skateboarding waiting in the wings.

Via The Guardian

Photo: Rockies send Broncos 'good luck cake' for Super Bowl

As a show of support, and to help bid the Denver Broncos good luck in the Super Bowl, the Colorado Rockies sent their crosstown buddies a pretty sweet treat.

Seen here is what is left of a delectable vanilla cake with white frosting, gifted to the Broncos by the generous Rockies. The dessert must have been extremely tasty because Denver's official Twitter account barely had time to snap a photo before it was gone. Or perhaps some intern chimed in late and suggested that it might be good public relations to share this nice gesture with the rest of social media?

Okay, your move, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.

Via @Broncos 

Seattle doughnut store owner credits failed heist by Golden Tate turned receiver into better player

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Golden Tate and the Seattle Seahawks are set to square off against the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl next month. And the owner of a doughnut shop called Top Pot in Seattle is taking part of the credit for both Tate's and the Seahawks' success.

In 2010, Tate got himself into trouble with the law after he was caught red-handed trying to swipe some maple-flavored doughnuts after closing time. Tate was ultimately forgiven of his petty crime and given an official warning. The wide receiver apologized to the owner of the shop, and as fate would have it, wound up forming a business relationship with them!

Fast forward to 2014, and Top Pot co-founder Mark Klebeck tells TMZ Sports that he believes the incident helped Tate mature into a better person, as well as a better player.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Photo: Child compares Richard Sherman to Disney character in heartfelt letter

(Sherman via USA TODAY Sports Images)

Richard Sherman is just like the title character in Wreck-It Ralph.

Well, at least that's what the child of this letter and drawing believes, as Sherman tweeted it out to his followers on Thursday to help explain why the polarizing Seahawks cornerback is misunderstood.
In case you can't quite make out the contents of the letter, it reads:

Video: Broncos fan has dozens of team decorations and memorabilia stolen from lawn



John Smith of Thornton, Colorado awoke Wednesday to disaster.

The devoted Denver Broncos fanatic stepped outside of his home only to realize that thieves had made off with tons of his stuff under the darkness of night. They literally stole everything from a giant inflatable, to commemorative banners, flags, and even the door mat and the leaf blower.

Let's hope Mr. Smith gets his valuables back and the bandits get what they deserve.

Via Busted Coverage

Photo: John Daly launches new pizza business


Move over, Papa John. There is a new pizza mogul on the block.

What you behold with your eyes above is a look at John Daly's new business venture, "John Daly Pizza," which presumably goes great when you wash it down with some "John Daly" vodka-lemonade.

The setup was on full display at the PGA merchandise show this week in Orlando after Daly and co-founder Jimmy Howell decided to give selling pies a spin. Their idea to go into business together has apparently been in the works for two years now.

More on John Daly Pizza from Golf Digest:

Video: Watch Seattle butcher make Skittles-infused sausage inspired by Marshawn Lynch



The owner of Blue Max Meat Market in Seattle has something available for paying customers that may make you either vomit or drool.

Inspired by the love of Skittles that has become a storyline attached to the Seattle Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch during their Super Bowl run, the owner has created the ultimate combination of meat and fruit-flavored candy, as you can see detailed in the video clip above.

The concotion is aptly called "Beast Mode" and boasts two main ingredients: sausage and original flavored Skittles.

Would you be interested in having a taste?

Via USA Today

Summer league team offers Alex Rodriguez free donuts and coffee to be assistant coach


Alex Rodriguez won't be playing Major League Baseball this season due to a lengthy suspension related to performance-enhancing drugs. And that has allowed many outside of the MLB world to lend offers to A-Rod for his services in 2014.

In this case, the Torrington (CT) Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League have published a press release on its official website, which formerly offers Rodriguez a job as an assistant coach.

The team is offering A-Rod a total salary of just $5,000 for the duration of his contract. But that's not all the Titans are offering the MLB veteran. They are willing to compensate him with free donuts and coffee, too!

The Titans will in no way be able to take on Alex’s multi-million dollar contract. They have offered Alex a $5,000 contract for the season beginning June 4th and ending August 15th. Along with his salary Alex will receive free Coffee and Donuts from the Donut Station in Torrington for the duration of the 2014 season.

Your move, A-Rod.

Via Sportress of Blogitude

Photo: Dallas Stars troll Maple Leafs with Justin Bieber mugshot

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The Dallas Stars thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs in more ways than one on Thursday.

Yes, the Stars did curb stomp the Leafs by a tally of 7-1 on the ice, but they also trolled the visitors by piggybacking on famed Canadian native Justin Bieber, who was arrested again Thursday morning.

How did they do it? Well, by showing a picture of Bieber's mugshot on the jumbotron, which the Stars labeled as a typical Maple Leafs fan. Yikes.

Via With Leather

Kevin Durant calls Stephen Curry 'best shooter to ever play in NBA'

Kevin Durant believes Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter to ever lace 'em up.

Durant was recently asked by a Twitter follower who he would rather have in a three-point shooting contest: Stephen Curry or himself. He humbly went with Curry and proceeded to tab the Golden State Warriors star as the "best shooter to ever play."

So, apologies to Reggie Miller, Jerry West, Ray Allen, and a host of others, who might have been worthy of the greatest shooter ever title. But Durant is going with Curry.

While it's probably still too early in Curry's career to call him the best shooter to ever play, because he hasn't quite built the resume yet, it looks as though he could be well on his way. In 2012-13, Curry smashed the all-time single-season record for three pointers made, and did so while converting a tidy 45.3 percent of his attempts beyond the arc. That's efficient and effective.

Time will tell if Durant is correct in his proclamation about Curry, though.

Via Bleacher Report

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Video: Watch four-star prospect bench press 515 pounds thrice



Earlier this week, we brought you video of a high school football bench pressing 225 pounds a whopping 37 times. That was pretty crazy in and of itself.

Today, we bring you a video clip of another football player executing an amazing bench pressing feat, except this one is a little different.

Seen here is Olathe South High School (KS) senior Braden Smith, an uncommitted four-star prospect and the 50th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2014, bench pressing an astounding 515 pounds three times.

Report: Kentucky assistant basketball coach arrested after locking wife in unheated garage


There seems to be trouble in the Bluegrass after Brian Shorter, an assistant strength and conditioning coach on the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly locking his wife in an unheated garage, and returning nearly an hour later to throw water on her.

LEX18.com has more on the story:

A source said there was an argument between Shorter and his wife at their home on Russell Springs, early Thursday morning. According to the victim, it came to a head when Shorter pushed her into their garage, which had no heat, and locked her in there. The victim claimed that about 40 minutes later, Shorter returned and threw a bucket of water on her. She, then, apparently made her way to a nearby hotel where she called for help.
Shorter, 46, was charged with fourth-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

A spokesperson for the school said that the program is aware of the situation and is currently gathering more information on the case.

Via Eye on College Basketball

LeBron James expresses support for Richard Sherman


No athlete has been in the news this week as much as Richard Sherman has.

His post-game rant on Sunday sparked a flurry of activity and response from the social media world. Unfortunately, it also rubbed many onlookers the wrong way.

But that is not the case for arguably the most popular athlete on the planet: LeBron James. The Miami Heat star took to his Twitter account on Thursday to voice some support for the embattled Seattle Seahawks cornerback.

DeMarcus Cousins: Chris Paul is 'a cheater'

Kelley L. Cox, USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins is not fond of the physical style of play Chris Paul employs.

In a recent interview with Grantland, the Sacramento Kings big man criticized the Los Angeles Clippers' knack for rough play, saying he doesn't respect it, and even going as far as calling Paul a cheater.

“It’s just, some players I don’t respect,” Cousins told Grantland. “Just their playing style of basketball. I don’t respect it. I feel like it’s basically cheating and I don’t respect a cheater. If that’s your tactic to winning, I don’t respect you.”

Harsh words, indeed, from the controversial and boisterous Cousins.

To be fair, Cousins' reputation for being one of the most imposing big men in the game often works against him. He doesn't draw the kind of fouls that other players do and frustration has clearly set in.

Via For the Win

Greg Maddux will not enter Hall of Fame as an Atlanta Brave


Of the 23 illustrious seasons Greg Maddux pitched in the major leagues, majority of them came as a member of the Atlanta Braves, and it's also the team most baseball enthusiasts remember Maddux playing for.

However, when Maddux officially enters the Hall of Fame this summer, he will not be going in as a Brave. In fact, the 355-game winner has chosen not to go with a team logo at all.

He explained his decision in a statement on Thursday:

My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves. It’s impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so wonderful. I can’t think of having my Hall of Fame induction without support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of Fame plaque will not feature a logo.

Lady Minnesota Gophers fans take silly selfies with bedazzled phone

Minnesota Gopher chicks take selfies during the Wisconsin game

The Minnesota Golden Gophers had a basketball game against the Wisconsin Badgers Wednesday night. The end result saw Richard Pitino's squad score an 81-68 upset over top-ten ranked Wisconsin.

The game also featured a trio of lady Gophers fans taking selfies with a sparkly phone. The television crew happened to catch the ladies in the act and the above GIF is just comical.

Yes, it was apparently a good night for them.

Via The Big Lead

Video: Michigan State commit body slams security guard at shool



It was a normal Wednesday at Cass Tech High School in Detroit before four-star Michigan State quarterback commit Jayru Campbell decided to bodyslam a security guard at school.

The proof is in the video above. It clearly shows Campbell picking up the guard and whipping him to the ground. The impact makes a noticeable sound in the video in and of itself.

In November, Campell was suspended after throwing a punch at an opposing player, so it's not the first time he has found himself in trouble with the law.

Campbell currently holds a scholarship offer from the Spartans in the Class of 2015. But he might have put that in jeopardy after yet another incident involving physical confrontation.

Via Diehard Sport

Ex-New York Giant: NFL doesn't care about former players


Derrick Ward played for the New York Giants from 2004 to 2008 before playing a few seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans, too. So, it's safe to say that Ward knows what it is like to play in the National Football League.

However, the 33-year-old, who is now a full-time screen writer, recently expressed his discontent with how the league treats former players, basically saying that the NFL could care less about players of the past.

"I’ve come to realize after you're retired and done with football, the NFL doesn’t care about former players." Ward says. 

"Once you leave the league, it's a wrap -- no support physically, mentally, financially, etc."

Photo: Chipper Jones accidentally sets backyard on fire

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Chipper Jones seems to be enjoying his retirement from Major League Baseball. Well, with the possible exception of the events that transpired on Wednesday evening.

Apparently, the Hall of Fame bound Jones accidentally started a blaze in the woods located behind his house, after some ashes from his fireplace caused a fire when he went to dump them in his yard.

Yikes!

Fortunately, the local fire department was all over it, because it could have been a lot worse. By the looks of it, the fire was more than your typical run-of-the-mill residential blaze.

Via Eye on Baseball

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Houston furniture store loses $600,000 in risky NFL conference title game promotion


A risky promotion by a Houston furniture store has cost them dearly.

Basically, Gallery Furniture offered customers the chance to receive their goods for free (for customers who bought more than $5,000 worth), on the condition that the customer could correctly predict the winners of both NFL conference title games.

As fate would have it, more than 100 customers, or roughly 80 percent, correctly chose the Seahawks and Broncos to win. Of course, making the selections wasn't exactly rocket science. Even a novice fan could have probably won this promotion by simply choosing the home team/higher seed.

All in all, the ballsy promotion wound up costing the company a whopping $600,000 in free furniture.

Interestingly enough, the owner of the company says he is tossing around the idea of doing a similar promotion for the Super Bowl. However, an official decision has not been made yet.

Via Bleacher Report