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The punishment is here. For the Deflategate scandal, the NFL is suspending Tom Brady four games, while fining the New England Patriots $1 million and docking them two draft picks (a first-rounder in 2016, a fourth-rounder in 2017).

Naturally, NFL players current and former had some thoughts.

His teammates were not happy:

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Others reacted with a mixture of surprise and outrage:

While some felt it was the right call, or at least the cost of doing business:

Our own Damien Woody? Fresh off a debate on our airwaves with former teammate and ESPN colleague Tedy Bruschi, the ex-Patriot simply posted this:

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Philadelphia is notorious for its pretzels; the city also is notorious for its avid sports fandom.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week -- no, let's take that back, even people under rocks have heard the news -- you know that in another one of Chip Kelly's interesting offseason moves, Tim Tebow has been signed to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tebow joins the Eagles contingent of misfit quarterbacks assembled by Kelly (including Tebow's former Jets teammate, Mark Sanchez). Needless to say, the people of Philadelphia took action to properly acknowledge his arrival:

Yes, thanks to the good folks over at the Philly Pretzel Factory, you can now enjoy chomping down on a "Tebowing" Tim Tebow treat whenever you please, for only $1 (as advertised on Twitter).

Naturally, this token of Tebow affection couldn't go unanswered by the haters. Those in Philadelphia who are A.T. (anti-Tebow) acted quickly to counter the sweet gesture by the pretzel factory. This is where the "No Tebow" pretzel comes into play. We wonder what it would be like to have a pretzel invented with the sole purpose of trolling you. Is that when you know you've made it?

Simply because the Internet is a cruel place, someone was inspired by all the Tebow pretzels, and thus decided to introduce the "Sam Bradford" pretzel, in reference to the Eagles' other new QB. We're just going to leave this here. ...

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The Eagles made the signing of Tim Tebow official Monday.

Rival Washington? It -- or at least its social media department -- wasn't about to stay quiet:


Or was it? If you're well-versed in Twitter memes, you'll know that Kermit sipping tea is the traditional background photo for the "none of my business" trend, the Internet equivalent to "I'm just sayin'." This typically includes a damning statement on top or in the Twitter text (e.g. "Tim Tebow has a total QBR of 33.4 since 2010"), then the boilerplate fake-shrug at the bottom ("but that's none of my business").

But this picture has none of that!

Now, one might argue that everyone on Twitter knows the Kermit thing by now, and everyone on Twitter at the moment knew the Tebow signing had just become official. Also, not adding any text gives the team plausible deniability: "Tebow who? We just thought it was a funny photo!"

But lack of wording could leave some people confused. Also, trolling a team with a much better recent history -- and with no indication as to what was none of its business -- left Washington open to counter-trolling.

Like so:


Still, we don't want to hit Washington too hard for this. Good-natured, sports-related trolling is almost as fun as the games. (Plus it would be way too easy for someone to fire back with, say, "the writer of this post has less than 700 followers ... but that's none of my business.")

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The service industry is difficult. Waiters and waitresses rely on tips, especially in states where tipped employees are paid less than minimum wage, and the pressure to please customers is great.

But according to Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who used to play for the Dallas Cowboys, there is one thing you simply do not do when serving members of certain NFL teams:

Now, this of course might be fake, as much on the Internet tends to be (it is still kind of April Fools' week, after all).

Then again, Ware was in D.C. this weekend to participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, so ... maybe?

In which case, ouch. At the 20 percent rate, that cheer cost the waiter almost $18.50.

Update: It was a joke!

Conclusion: Good to know the waiter got his money, and that there's still love among fans and players of rival teams.

Still, pretty sneaky there, Ware ...

H/T SB Nation

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Awards season may be over, but don't tell that to "The World's #1 Storyteller" (according to his mom), Martellus Bennett.

The Bears' Pro Bowl tight end released a snippet of his upcoming animated short, "Zoovie," which stars rapper Asher Roth and ESPN "First Take" host Cari Champion. We don't want to give all the details away, but Roth voices the main character, Cosmo, a penguin that has grown tired of performing the same mundane routines at the zoo.

Bennett previewed the project and discussed his foray into movies in an in-depth interview with ESPN's Flem File back in November.

We're eagerly awaiting this release, mainly to assess Mama Bennett's merits as a film critic. But for now, check out his teaser below.

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