2014 Super Bowl
After numerous allegations of pink goop, McDonald’s aired a Super Bowl ad in Canada showing just how it makes its uniformly shaped chicken McNuggets.
“We don’t know what it is or where it came from,” says supply chain manager for McDonald’s Canada, Nicolette Stefou, holding up an image of the pink goop. "But it has nothing to do with our chicken McNuggets."
Product development scientist Jennifer Rabideau takes Stefou on a tour of the Cargill factory in Ontario where she shows Stefou how real chicken breasts are deboned, cut up, and sent to a grinder. The result: not pink goop.
The company took a viral approach to dispelling the “mystery meat” rumors by posting the video on YouTube. However they’re not hoping to start a discussion – the comments are turned off.
A New York man bit off his younger brother’s ear when a playful wrestling match at the end of a Super Bowl party turned hostile.
Sean Fallon-Nebbia, 27, of Rochester bit off part of his 26-year-old brother’s ear, police said.
Witnesses told authorities Fallon-Nebbia was saying “I love you, brother” at the start of the altercation, just before midnight Sunday.
An emergency room doctor at Strong Memorial Hospital said the bite was so severe that the 26-year-old will be “permanently disfigured,” the police report states.
Partygoers said Fallon-Nebbia and his brother drank a bottle and a half of Southern Comfort and some Jack Daniel’s during the game.
Fallon-Nebbia was charged with felony assault and is being held on $15,000 bond.
City Court Judge Melchor Casto issued a protection order for his injured brother.
Despite the loss Sunday, Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips received a touching message from his son.
“Sorry I let you down,” Phillips texted his son at 10:44 p.m. Sunday.
“It’s ok daddy u r still my hero,” Jaylan Phillips responded.
“Well at least we get to hang out now,” Phillips said.
The Seattle Seahawks crushed the Broncos on Sunday, ending in a 43-8 blowout.
Phillips apologized to fans on Twitter last Sunday night and shared the exchange he had with his son.
“Sorry we let you guys down,” he wrote. “Messages like this is the I my (sic) thing that make me feel better.”
Sorry we let you guys down. Messages like this is the I my thing that make me feel better. pic.twitter.com/e6FTuzw7LC
— Shaun Phillips (@ShaunPhillips95) February 3, 2014
As Peyton Manning took two steps forward to yell out the play call, after he likely saw something in the defense he thought he could exploit, something he’s done thousands of times before, Denver center Manny Ramirez flung the ball in the air, whizzing past Manning’s head, much to his surprise and dismay. The ball hit the ground and continued to roll into the Denver end zone until running back Knowshon Moreno ultimately fell on it, giving the Seattle Seahawks two points and a lead they would not relinquish.
For 18 games this season, the Denver Broncos galloped up and down the field. A record setting offense led by a now five-time most-valuable player could not be stopped; opposing defenses could only hope to contain them. But in their 19th game of the season, on the biggest stage of all, the Broncos pulled up lame, as the offense that dominated every team put in front of them, finally met their match.
After 18 phenomenal weeks of football, it took just one play for Denver’s entire season to unravel; one play to stop the seemingly unstoppable Broncos dead in their tracks; and one play to turn the dream of a Super Bowl into a 60 minute long living nightmare. After an 18-game buildup that began in spectacular fashion and included several NFL records, making us believe there was no challenge the Broncos couldn’t rise up against and defeat, it only took one play for the Broncos to fall flat on their face; and once down, the Seahawks made sure they were never able to get back up.
The Broncos literally took offense to another level in 2013, breaking the NFL record for points scored. They had a set of skill players that couldn’t be covered and one of the most brilliant minds in football history pulling the strings at quarterback. Denver’s running backs and receivers out-performed opponents with their talent, while Peyton Manning out-smarted opponents with his intellectual mastery of football. But in the end, the Broncos failed at the most fundamental part of football, the snap of the ball, and it became their downfall.
Once down 2-0, the Broncos might as well have packed up and headed home. They would trail 5-0 before Manning would touched the ball for the first time, and it would eventually take them three full quarters until their first and only touchdown of the game, a meaningless consolation prize. While all of their snaps were practically flawless the rest of the game, one bad snap dashed their confidence and took them completely out of rhythm against a Seattle defense that was fast and physical, and ready to strike.
One bad snap threw the Broncos completely off their game, while Seattle’s ferocious pass rush and physical secondary made sure there was no getting back on track. Had the first snap of the game landed perfectly in Manning’s hands, would the Broncos have struggled to move the ball and score points against the Seattle defense? Absolutely, but the bad snap changed the complexion of the game before Manning could get his hands on the ball, and it crushed the confidence that was built up by 18 weeks of brilliance. That one play, the very first play of the game, turned Denver’s Super Bowl into a super bust.
The mother of a 15-year-old girl from Florida drove 1,300 miles to New York City so her daughter could do “fetish stuff” with Super Bowl fans.
Yolanda Ostoloza, 39, of Hollywood, Fla., told police they traveled to Manhattan with a pimp to work the Super Bowl.
“We came up here to work and make money with a pimp,” she said, according to a criminal complaint. “I knew it was for escorting and prostitution.”
“I thought my daughter was just going to do the fetish stuff,” she told police.
The NYPD is cracking down on prostitution ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII. Bronx vice detectives pretending to be johns online arranged to meet with the 15-year-old at the Hilton hotel in Midtown Wednesday.
Before she was arrested, the teen explained she was a minor and that her mother was waiting for her at another hotel.
Ostoloza was busted at the Double Tree Metropolitan. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and promoting prostitution.
She was being held in lieu of $2,000 bail at Rikers Island Thursday. She is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Her daughter was turned over to the Adminstration of Child Services after a judge issued a temporary order of protection.
After the National Football League rejected a Super Bowl commercial from a gun manufacturer for violating its gun policy, Fox News host Andrea Tantaros criticized the league for going soft and becoming “feminized,” citing the pink football gear of the breast cancer awareness campaign.
“The NFL, I understand, are under fire,” said Tantaros. “Their guys wearing the pink cleats and they’ve got the Ravens talking Obamacare. It’s a more feminized, softer NFL. Why don’t they just put away the pig skin, bring out the Nerf ball, play in a bouncy castle? Maybe change the name Dallas Cowboys because Cowboys use gun [sic] to like the Tabby Cats. And Patriots use guns, maybe we can call them the Pamphleteers. Or something, you know, less violent.”
“I mean, it’s absolutely ridiculous, but the NFL, again, more pressure and they’re catering to, as you point out,” she told co-host Greg Gutfeld, “the elitists, the media, people who actually don’t even love football. They’re [real] fans, most of whom probably own guns.”
The NFL policy on commercials states that, “firearms, ammunition or other weapons are prohibited; however, stores that sell firearms and ammunition will be permitted, provided they sell other products and the ads do not mention firearms or other weapons.”
Gun manufacturer Daniel Defense says it believed it had created an ad that complied with the NFL’s gun policy, but the NFL told them otherwise.
You didn’t really think we could get our offseason coverage started without taking a way-too-early look at next year, right? Of course not. So, with Super Bowl 47 still fresh in our minds, let’s take a sneak peak at the top-10 contenders for Super Bowl 48.
1. San Francisco – Super Bowl losers don’t always do well the following year, but the 49ers are in good shape to be an exception to that. The bulk of their roster is young and so is their coach, who has quickly established himself as one of the best in the league. Most importantly, quarterback Colin Kaepernick has just ten career starts, and will only get better with more experience.
Kaepernick also has the experience of playing in a Super Bowl under his belt and will be less fazed the next time he gets there. The kicker for the 49ers is that they have the most draft picks in the league, so they should have no problem addressing the few needs that they do have. It all leads to the NFC playoffs going through San Francisco next year, as the 49ers appear to be the team with the best shot at reaching Super Bowl 48.
2. Denver – The Broncos were one poorly played hail-Mary pass away from hosting the AFC Championship Game, so they’re very close. After he nearly won the MVP award this season, the window to win with Peyton Manning should be open for at least another two or three years. Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are still young and will get better the more time they spend with Manning. Also, the Broncos still have an incredible pass rush and they were able to retain defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. John Elway has been great in the draft the last two years, so Denver should add a few more quality players to bolster its roster even more before the start of next season. At it all up, and the Broncos should have one of the best and most balanced teams in the NFL in 2013.
3. Atlanta – The Falcons are where the Ravens were a year ago: coming off a close loss in the conference championship game, and still slowly building towards a Super Bowl. Next year could certainly be the year Atlanta finally gets over the hump. Their defense definitely needs some help, but they have a quality quarterback in Matt Ryan and two exceptional wide receivers in Roddy White and Julio Jones, so they’re far ahead of most of the league offensively. If they can balance out their roster a little bit by adding more talent to their defense, Ryan could be in the same position a year from now that Joe Flacco and the Ravens are in today.
4. New England – As long as Bill Belichick is coaching and Tom Brady is playing quarterback the Patriots are going to be a relevant part of the Super Bowl conversation. They aren’t perfect and they’re going to have a lot of competition in the AFC next year, but the Patriots are a near lock to be playing the second weekend of the playoffs, and once they get there, they have the coaching, the quarterback, and the experience that can take them to the Super Bowl.
5. Seattle – Few thought Pete Carroll’s return to the NFL would be as successful as it has been, but he’s had the defense he needs to win big, and now he has the quarterback he needs to reach the Super Bowl. Quarterback Russell Wilson was the NFL rookie of the year and could be even more impressive next season. Wilson has good running ability and the brains to know how best to use it, which could make him one of the toughest quarterbacks in the NFL to defend during his second pro season. The Seahawks were just a field goal shy of a conference championship game, so they don’t have much further to go to reach a Super Bowl.
6. Green Bay – The Packers have flopped in the playoffs the past couple years following their win in Super Bowl 45, but it’s not hard to imagine the Pack making another run back to the Super Bowl in the near future. The Green Bay defense has shown some modest improvement, and Aaron Rodgers is a quarterback that’s capable of carrying his team a long way. If the Packers can land home-field advantage, Lambeau Field is still an intimidating place to play and a difficult venue for visiting teams to win at come playoff time, so there’s plenty working in their favor for another Super Bowl appearance.
7. New York Giants – This year didn’t go the way it was expected for the G-men, but something tells me Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning won’t be absent from the postseason for long, and once they get back there, few teams are as adapt at winning in the playoffs as the Giants have been the past several years. Coming off a down year, the Giants will play more of an underdog role next year, which is a role they’re far more comfortable playing. There are plenty of needs to address on defense, but they have a top-tier coach in Coughlin and a quarterback in Manning that should still be considered one of the best in the league, and who has the receivers he needs to play like it. The Giants didn’t miss the playoffs by much this year, and as long as they can reach the postseason next year, they should be considered a threat to get to the Super Bowl.
8. Baltimore – The defending champions slot in eighth on the list because reaching the Super Bowl in back-to-back years can be difficult, but not unheard of. The biggest questions for the Ravens heading into next year are on the defensive side of the ball. With Ray Lewis retiring, who is going to be the emotional leader of the defense and control the middle of the field? Is Ed Reed going to be back? Is the defense too old to perform at such a high level, and can they get younger without going through any growing pains? Those are some pretty big questions for a team that has relied heavily on its defense for its entire history as a franchise. We know what Joe Flacco is capable of; we know he has the receivers he needs; and we know that Ray Rice is still a quality running back. But in 2013, it’s going to be the Baltimore defense that determines how close the Ravens get to a return trip to the Super Bowl.
9. Chicago – The Bears are a bit of a sleeper pick, because despite a coaching change, they’re in relatively good shape. Although Chicago missed the playoffs, they were 10-6 in a tough NFC North division, so they’re not all that far away. New head coach Marc Trestman has a long history of working with quarterbacks, and he’ll have a chance to work with the talented but underachieving Jay Cutler. If Trestman can help Cutler improve his play and get to the next level, the Bears could become a real contender in the NFC, as there are already a lot of other pieces in place.
10. Houston – The Texans are certainly contenders in the AFC coming off a 12-win season, but after getting knocked out in the divisional round the last two seasons, they still have a long way to go to reach the Super Bowl, and there are a lot of quality teams standing in their way. A lot of the pieces are in place with a solid defense, an elite running back, and a capable quarterback, but Houston still has a pretty big hump to get over, and it may take two or three years to get over it, so getting to the Super Bowl next year may be asking too much.