Nike Football and EA Sports is bringing a 2nd “The Chase” to New York City but this time it is entitled “Chasing Calvin”. The digital Twitter powered scavenger hunt throughout NYC will give the 4 fastest participants the opportunity to claim and win some dope prizes (see flyer above). The event starts at 9AM this Saturday at Niketown, New York (6 E. 57th St) as participants will need to register and then promptly after registration, @NikeNYC will tweet out the clues and locations to win. Four prize packs are up for grabs and they come in a limited edition exclusive package.
My favorite player of all-time gets a dope spot in the new Madden ’13 visual.
Although Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is only 23 years old (turns 24 in July), Philadelphia has to be careful to not overwork the kid for A) his health, and B) because the Eagles drafted two running backs despite their main focus supposedly being on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles picked Kansas State’s Bryce Brown in the seventh round, and signed Washington’s Chris Polk as an undrafted free agent (their draft stock plummeted because of concerns). And despite there being no guarantee that they stay on Philadelphia’s roster all season long, but it’s more than likely they will, especially because of head coach Andy Reid‘s comments earlier today about the possibility of LeSean seeing a reduced role.
From Dan Graziano (via the team’s website):
The wait is finally over. Just announced today, Pro-Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson – aka Megatron – will be the face of the upcoming Madden ’13 cover. In 16 games last season for the Lions, Johnson amassed 96 receptions for 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. It really doesn’t seem like he’s been in the league since ’07, has it?
I’m sure J. Cole became a fan of Victor Cruz and his famous Salsa dance just around the same time as everyone else in the world, but according to Cole, Cruz is his favorite player in the NFL right now. And we know that athletes wanna be rappers, and rappers wish they were athletes (so Drake says), so what better way to award your supposed “biggest” fan than hand-delivering your own jersey to one of the biggest stars in the rap game?
The audio clip below is a 4 minute sample of former Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, giving a bounty speech to his players during the Saints|49ers game back on January 13. There is quite a bit of profanity in this video so viewer discretion is advised.
Yesterday marked a big day in sports apparel yesterday, specifically football and the NFL as Nike officially begins their journey as the official on-field outfitters for the 32 NFL teams. Their new Elite 51 Uniforms contain all of Nike’s latest technology which results in the players playing FAST…very fast. So fast, Fast Is Faster. This is the first chapter in a new kind of speed. The kind of speed that pushes boundaries and powers BeastMode. And there’s plenty more to the story, if you can keep up. Fast is Faster.
Just revealed today, the masterminds over at Nike Co. decided to give us a preview of the new uniforms that we will be seeing from here on out for the upcoming 2012 NFL season.
Just like the NBA, Nike has come up with a uniform idea that will make players not only faster due to the thinner material but, will also be a lot more comfortable when you’re running around in 90 degree heat for 60 minutes.
As a lifelong Buccaneers fan, I’ve dealt with a lot of pain and suffering over the years. It’s not easy being a fan of a franchise that is one of the worst in NFL history, but you know what? We’ve slowly gotten better over time and at least we have a Super Bowl (2002) ring to showcase.
Tampa Bay’s new head coach, Greg Schiano (former Rutgers coach), had media day today and addressed a few situations. Luckily for us Bucs fans, Pat Yasinskas of ESPN’s NFL South was on hand and able to give us a few quotes from Schiano about LeGarrette Blount’s fumbling issues.
“I think LeGarrette has tons of ability,’’ Schiano said. “No one who touches the football will get touches if they don’t protect the football. That is one of our core covenants — the ball. It’s so important they named the game after it. We make a big deal about it.’’
Blount really was a steal for us and had a tremendous rookie season (1,007 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns), but he had a down year in 2011 (781 yards rushing in 14 games). Despite the success from a player who was dismissed for fighting at Oregon and went undrafted in 2010, Blount has one major issue (two if you count his nonexistent pass-blocking skills): Fumbling. In two years in the Buccaneers backfield, Blount has fumbled 9 times and gave the opposing team 6 of them. After Tampa started off 4-2 at the beginning of the ’11 season, Blount’s fumbling started up again and the team went on to lose 10 straight games and ultimately cost Raheem Morris his job. Now, I’m not saying Blount’s fumbles were the reason for the loses, but the horrid overall team play certainly factored in his mistakes.
With the NFL Draft coming up in April, many mock drafts have Tampa Bay selecting Alabama’s Trent Richardson to help shoulder the load in the backfield and maybe help Blount work a little harder and remaining the starting RB on the team. A lot of teams in the league have a two-back system, which works extremely well. And we definitely need one in Tampa because with Blount’s fumbling issues and his inability to be an every down back because he lacks in pass-blocking skills, sometimes it’s hard to establish a consistent rushing attack.
16-year veteran, Ronde Barber, recently signed a 1-year contract to return to the secondary and help stabilize a young group of cornerbacks. But with the signing of Eric Wright, it’s hard to tell whether or not Tampa will go after LSU’s Morris Claiborne to have a future franchise CB, especially with Aqib Talib’s court case getting pushed to July and not knowing what his future holds. As of right now, the Bucs front office has a lot of thinking ahead of them this next month or so. But at least Schiano addressed one situation: If Blount fumbles, he sits.