Super Bowl ad creators balancing products and politics

As hard as the NFL tries, it can’t remove all of the politics from the Super Bowl. While the league has reportedly been scrubbing official transcripts of questions about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s friendship with President Donald Trump, the NFL also has a strict policy limiting the content of commercials during the Super Bowl. One ad was already rejected ...

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Super Bowl LI Prop Bets: Trump, Lady Gaga, Matty Ice and more

There’s no fantasy football in the Super Bowl. That’s a little sad. But it’s also a little fun too, because we can strip away the facade and get down to what we really want: pure, unadulterated gambling. Sure, bet on the spread if you want. If you have to do a squares pool (snooze) at least auction off the squares ...

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Lady Gaga should get political during Super Bowl Halftime show

There’s a million reasons why Lady Gaga should get political at the Super Bowl. The 30-year-old, Grammy-award winning pop star will be given the biggest platform on Sunday during halftime, and if she wants to hit a high note with her fans, she’ll make a statement, according to music insiders. “Her fans would feel betrayed if she didn’t seize this ...

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Matt Ryan's journey from small Quaker school to Super Bowl

PHILADELPHIA — For 40 minutes every week, they sit in silence. The students and faculty at Penn Charter School in Northwest Philadelphia gather every week for Meeting for Worship, a silent meditation that’s part of the Quaker curriculum at the school founded in 1689 by William Penn as a place to groom leaders. This is where Matt Ryan, the quarterback ...

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Foundation of Belichick's Super Bowl game plan began with Giants

Maybe the players thought he was crazy at first, but quickly they bought in. It was early 1991, and the Giants’ defensive coordinator had just told his unit ahead of the Super Bowl that Thurman Thomas was going to run for 100 yards on them. It wasn’t that they couldn’t stop him. It was that they wanted the Bills’ running ...

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Tiger Woods withdraws from Dubai Desert Classic with back spasms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Tiger Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday with back spasms after shooting an opening-round 77 a day earlier. Woods’ manager, Mark Steinberg, said Woods suffered from spasms on Thursday night after dinner. “Tiger Woods went into a spasm in his lower back fairly late last night … got treatment done early this ...

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10 things you need to know about Super Bowl LI

1. There will be points The Falcons scored 540 points in the regular season, tied for the eighth-highest total of all time along with the 2000 Rams. The Patriots weren’t too shabby either, scoring 441 points. The result? The highest Super Bowl over/under line (59) of all time. 2. If you like country music, tune in early Country music star ...

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Porzingis: Growth as Knicks star would be tougher without Carmelo

There was something of a breakthrough moment Wednesday night at Barclays Center, or, at the very least, a relevant feat from Kristaps Porzingis that we hadn’t previously witnessed. Now, everything has to be viewed through the lenses of the circumstances, specifically that the Knicks were playing the worst team in the NBA. By far. But for the first time, Porzingis ...

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Hal Steinbrenner says he misspoke about Chapman's alleged abuse

Upon facing criticism due to a poor word choice regarding his team’s decision to bring back closer Aroldis Chapman, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner clarified his comments.  Steinbrenner had seemed to imply that bringing back Chapman − who was suspended 30 games last season for violating major-league baseball’s domestic violence policy − shouldn’t be a big deal because people “forget.” Steinbrenner ...

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Off the field, Patriots QB Tom Brady is having a ball, as well

HOUSTON — Tom Brady once sang some bad karaoke at a birthday party for teammate Larry Izzo. “I don’t remember what he sang, but he sings awful,” said Dan Koppen, the former Patriots center. “He’s got an awful singing voice.” But now Brady was on stage as the guest host of Saturday Night Live in April of 2005 after he ...

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