Yes, somebody went there – Ryan Nanni of Every Day Should be Saturday, in fact: http://bit.ly/1wZtpr5.
There was no comment from either the University of Michigan or the Seattle Seahawks.
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In other news, the Los Angeles Kings made fun of Gary Bettman’s shoes in their visit to the White House, and used his shoes to make a point of the NHL scheme to put some of the players’ earnings in escrow as a hedge against hockey-related income in the latest CBA. Drew Doughty, who is much fun, tweeted:
Other than the lower case “lol,” he made his point.
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The Kings also took a gratuitous yet richly merited poke at the Sharks for noting the goofy dancing sharks during the Katy Perry Halftime Of Bland show and tweeted, "Finally the San Jose Sharks make it to a championship game."
Oh, you socially maladjusted kids.
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My annual master plan to compare and contrast the A’s and Giants Fan Fests this weekend has sadly come to no good end, but there are three good reasons:
1. Hurricanes-Sharks Saturday night.
2. Suns-Kings Sunday night.
3. You couldn’t catch me dead at a fan fest even if the alternative is catching me actually dead.
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Just as I suspected, nobody can agree on whether Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, even though Russell Wilson did his damnedest on Brady’s behalf.
And that’s why using one game as the make-or-break of a man’s career is so magnificently idiotic. Brady is among the best quarterbacks ever, and if you need more than that to find inner peace, you really should start speed dating, just to get you back on track.
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More Super Bowl news, this from Scientific American’s Karen Hopkin: If you went to a Super Bowl party in Seattle or Boston, you might be courting death just for being too close to the veg platter.
“A new study . . . finds that cities with a team in the Super Bowl go on to experience a spike in deaths from influenza. The findings are described in an article by researchers at Tulane University and the College of William and Mary (Charles Stoecker, Nicholas J. Sanders and Alan Barreca, Success Is Something to Sneeze At: Influenza Mortality in Regions that Send Teams to the Super Bowl).
“Football is a contact sport, and watching the game is lousy with contact, too. On Super Bowl Sunday, fans gather close together on couches and barstools to cheer for their teams. But the contest takes place at the height of flu season, which made researchers wonder whether spectators in close quarters might be sharing more than nachos and wings. So the investigators looked at mortality data from 1974 through 2009. And they found that sending a team to the Super Bowl caused an 18 percent increase in flu deaths among those over 65 in the two towns. The senior citizens don’t even have to watch the game to be at increased risk. They could catch the virus from someone else who picked it up at a party or the pub, and the death toll is higher in years when the flu is more severe, like this season.”
So here’s to the 49ers for saving us all from potential death by going 8-8. Thank you, Jed, Jim, Trent, Colin, and everyone involved. The fruit platter is in the mail. No dip.
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As for Warren Sapp’s arrest, not paying for two hookers he apparently had employed for his own post-Super Bowl party will not help his credit rating, and not just with the International Fille de Joie Workers Guild, especially given that he filed for bankruptcy three years ago. Unpaid debts are a real red flag there, Skippy.
On the other hand, Pete Carroll and Johnny Manziel both appreciate Sapp’s effort on their behalf.
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Poker star Phil Hellmuth said he dropped $32,000 playing poker with Warrior David Lee last week, and Lee isn’t even the best poker player on the team.
“You know David Lee from the Golden State Warriors, I played with him last week and he smashed us for $32,000,” Hellmuth told TMZ. “He’s excellent. Steph Curry’s pretty good at poker, by the way . . . Klay (Thompson’s) good. (Andrew) Bogut’s really good, too.” When Hellmuth was asked if any were “professional level,” he said, “Probably Bogut.”
I don’t condone what’s about to happen, but I’m guessing NBA Security is going to want to be dealt in for a few hands. After all, it’s what they do.
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There. Now don’t say we never lifted something that wasn’t ours for you.
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