ESPN Music: NFL

Playing a football game at 33 1/3 RPM?

April, 1, 2014
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April is a brutal month for football fans. College football and NFL games won't return for another six months. Free agency is mostly over. Even the draft has been pushed back to May this year. What does that leave for a pigskin-starved individual to do on a Sunday afternoon? Well, if you have a record player you're in luck.

On April 19, better known as Record Store Day to the vinyl obsessed, Microfiche Records will offer one of the hundreds of special releases only available on this special day. "RPM Turntable Football - A Two Player Game Played at 33 1/3" is exactly as it sounds -- a vinyl record narrated by Jay Grainer and Barry Dingle who together will call the action using something called "RPM Decagonaphnoic 10 Groove Sound Technology" while you keep score. The first player to 50 points wins.

The Record Store Day website says only 1,000 copies will be made available so finding one may be a game in itself.

NFL trio talk Run-DMC, music playlists

February, 8, 2013
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For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to re-create some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their own personal playlists.

• Athletes: Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns RB; LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh Steelers LB; and Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks RB
• As: Run-DMC on "Ultimate Run-DMC" (2003)

What do you know about Run-DMC?

Woodley: Run-DMC, they're the greatest. They started hip-hop, for real.

What's your favorite Run-DMC song?

Lynch: I don't think I'm allowed to say what my favorite song is. I don't think any of us are allowed to say it. We're restricted from saying it. We have a deal with Nike. Nah, man: “My Adidas.”

Woodley: “Walk This Way,” they did it with Aerosmith. I like that.

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Music Issue playlist: DeSean Jackson

February, 6, 2013
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DeSean JacksonChris McPherson for ESPNThe Eagles wide receiver has a healthy dose of 2Pac on his list of favorite tunes.
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of the Music Issue playlists here.

In ESPN The Magazine's Music issue, Carmen R. Thompson explores a season split between field and studio with DeSean Jackson, who wonders: Why do fans demand that he make up his mind?

Read the story here.

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Wale helps Nike unveil new NFL jerseys

April, 30, 2012
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At midnight Thursday (well, technically Friday), Nike unveiled its NFL "Game" and "Elite" jerseys at Niketown New York, with players Ndamukong Suh, Victor Cruz, Dwayne Bowe and LeSean McCoy on hand, with artists Wale and Ace Hood providing entertainment.

Here's a picture of Wale performing while wearing a Brian Orakpo jersey. You can check out more pictures and get other information here.

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'E:60' cuts -- Robert Griffin III on singing

April, 27, 2012
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New Washington quarterback/No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III has a hidden talent -- singing -- but he won't display it for the cameras. Not even after President Barack Obama did it!

Thursday's Web video of the day

April, 26, 2012
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Remember "Friday"? Of course you remember "Friday." Well, we have an answer to Rebecca Black's so-bad-it's-good viral anthem: "Draft Day," by John Evans and Liz Loza aka The Fantasy Football Girl.

Seen a cool sports-related video you think we should post? Email links to bypatrickdorsey(at)gmail(dot)com or let us know on Twitter at @dorseypatrick. Videos should be family friendly and shorter than two minutes.

The strong NOC song parodies keep coming, this one from New York sketch comedians Adam Lustick and Billy Scafuri (Harvard Sailing Team).

The title: "Getting Drafted and I Know It." The original: Guess. (OK, if you must know, it's LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It.")

Seen a cool sports-related video you think we should post? Email links to bypatrickdorsey(at)gmail(dot)com or let us know on Twitter at @dorseypatrick. Videos should be family friendly and shorter than 2 minutes.

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