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The Green Bay Packers received their Super Bowl Rings. Those are pretty fresh. And Mark Cuban is thinking about not getting the Dallas Mavericks rings?
If you have noticed the sidebar recently, you would have seen that I launched a new site called 2 Minute Drill.
Its hosted a Tumblr and has a much different feel from Cippin on Sports. It’s still all NFL, all the time, but the format is different. It’s quick posts consisting of videos, quotes, links, photos, and more.
In today’s crazy world, not many people have the time to visit a site and spend their precious time reading in depth articles. That’s why I created 2 Minute Drill. You could stop by for a minute and caught up on all the latest news in the NFL. It’s perfect for any fan that’s in a rush or just wants to get all the information they want in one place.
As of now, it’s in addition to the site here, but I’m looking forward to merging the two sites in the future.
I’m still working and adjusting on the look of it and am open to any comments/suggestions you guys have about it.
So if you have a minute, stop over and check it out and let me know what you think of it.
In what could only be described as a strategic PR move, Roger Goodell wrote a op-ed about the current state of the NFL CBA talks. Goodell says he “cannot emphasize enough the importance of reaching agreement by then (March 4th)” and that the league and the players union need to start “serious negotiations” toward a new labor deal soon or else the season will be in jeopardy.
The complete column is below, clipped from NFLlabor.com:
THE TIME HAS COME TO MAKE A DEAL
By Roger Goodell
One of the best NFL seasons in history is now over. We salute NFL players for their extraordinary talent and we deeply appreciate the tremendous support of the fans.
The hard work to secure the next NFL season must now accelerate in earnest. We are just weeks from the expiration of our collective bargaining agreement. There has been enough rhetoric, litigation and other efforts beyond the negotiating table. It is time for serious negotiations.
The current agreement expires on March 4, and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of reaching agreement by then. If we as a league — the teams and players’ union — fail to fulfill our shared responsibility to the fans and game, everyone will be worse off — players, teams and fans — starting in March.
This is an opportunity to create a better future for the NFL, to improve the game for our fans, and to expand the economic benefits for the players and teams.
Staying with the status quo is not an option. The world has changed for everyone, including the NFL and our fans. We must get better in everything we do.
The union has repeatedly said that it hasn’t asked for anything more and literally wants to continue playing under the existing agreement. That clearly indicates the deal has moved too far in favor of one side. Even the union’s president knows this — as he said on national radio on January 27: “I think what really happened is in 2006 we got such a great deal. I mean, the players got a good deal and the owners felt they got it handed to them.”
We need an agreement that both sides can live with and obtain what they need, not simply what they want.
Today’s collective bargain agreement does not work as it should from the standpoint of the teams. If needed adjustments are made, the NFL will be better for everyone. The first step is making sure a new collective bargaining agreement is more balanced and supports innovation and growth.
The NFL clubs want to move forward, improve the system, and secure the future of the game for the benefit of players, fans and teams.
The status quo means no rookie wage scale and the continuation of outrageous sums paid to many unproven rookies. In 2009, for example, NFL clubs contracted $1.2 billion to 256 drafted rookies with $585 million guaranteed before they had stepped on an NFL field. Instead, we will shift significant parts of that money to proven veterans and retired players.
The status quo means 16 regular-season and four preseason games — even though fans have rejected and dismissed four preseason games at every opportunity. We need to deliver more value to our fans by giving them more of what they want at responsible prices. This can be achieved if we work together and focus on more ways to make the game safer and reduce unnecessary contact during the season and in the off-season.
The status quo means failing to recognize the many costs of financing, building, maintaining and operating stadiums. We need new stadiums in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego; and the ability for more league investment in new technology to improve service to fans in stadiums and at home.
The status quo means players continuing to keep 60 percent of available revenue, in good years or bad, no matter how the national economy or the economics of the league have changed. From 2001 to 2009, player compensation doubled and the teams committed a total of $34 billion to player costs. The NFL is healthy in many respects, but we do not have a healthy business model that can sustain growth.
Companies with far more revenue than the NFL have gone bankrupt because they mismanaged their costs and failed to address their problems before they became a crisis. The NFL has a track record over many decades of making good decisions that have led to unprecedented popularity. Negotiating a fair agreement will result in billions in pay and benefits to current players, improved benefits for retired players, and a sustainable business model for our teams.
The current deal does not secure the best possible future for the game, players, clubs and fans. The next few weeks must be used to negotiate with intensity and purpose so we can reach a fair agreement by March 4. If both sides compromise and give a little, everyone will get a lot, especially the fans.
The Super Bowl is an unofficial holiday in the United States. It’s often the most watched television program of the year, attracting even non football fans (mostly for the commercials, but still). Expect Super Bowl XLV, between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers to be no different.
To get an idea of how big the Super Bowl is, take a look at some of these statistics in the inforgrpahic below.
Some highlights include:
- 7 million people don’t show up for work on Monday.
- 28 million pounds of chips are consumed, but that pails in comparison to the 53.5 million pounds of avocados consumed.
Check out the rest below:
Looking for a way to spice things up on Super Bowl Sunday? Tired of the standard Super Bowl Box Pool and stupid Prop Bets. Well then how about Super Bowl Bingo. The Pigskin Doctors created a whole bingo board for your enjoyment during the big game. It also works great a drinking game.
Sounds like a great idea to me. If you haven’t already you should really check out the Pigskin Doctors. They do a lot of really great stuff over there.
The fine folks over at Reddit first published this NFL Fan map, showing where each of the 32 NFL team’s fan base resides without the restriction of state boarders. See for yourself.
A few observations:
Who knew the Broncos had such a huge fan base?
The Jets barely crack the map.
Raiders fans are divided.
The Colts occupy all of Indiana and that’s it.
Anything else stand out to you? Is this an accurate depiction? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Two weeks ago the Houston Texans decided to retain head coach Gary Kubiak for a sixth season. In his five seasons in Houston, Kubiak has failed to make the playoffs and has failed to live up to expectations year after year. Instead of placing the blame on Kubiak, Texans owner Bob McNair fired most of the defensive staff, effectively putting them blame on them. As bad as the defense was and it was historically bad, you can’t put all the blame on them. Sooner or later the Texans ownership is going to have to realize that Kubiak will not lead them to the promise land. Kubiak might not seem like such a bad coach on first glance, but take a look at this infographic below and I’m positive your opinion on him will change.
If this changed your mind, you can go to Facebook and join the “Fire Gary Kubiak” Fan Page.
There’s a few seconds left in the game. The kicker lines up for what would be the game winning kick. He lines up his position making sure it’s perfect and is finally set. Fans are on the edge of their seat waiting to either jumpy for joy or throw the remote at the television.
The snapper snaps it back, the holder places the ball down and the kicker blasts the ball sending it on target. Time slows down as the kick hangs in the air. The kick carries and carries and just manages to sneak over the crossbar. It’s good! Everyone starts celebrating until wait … the referee is blowing the play dead.
Redo the kick.
Well, the opposing coach waited until the final millisecond to signal timeout to the referee in an attempt to “ice” the kicker.
NFL coaches do this often and as a fan it is very frustrating, but is the strategy actually effective? Apparently it is.
A new study by the University of San Diego says that kickers are less likely to make a field goal in a high pressure situation if the opposing team’s coach calls a time out just as they’re about to tee things up. The technique is called “icing.”
Psychology professor Nadav Goldschmied reviewed data from six National Football League seasons (2002-08) and found that kickers who’d been iced scored only 66.4 percent of the time (73 out of 110 kicks). By comparison, kickers who were not iced had an 80.4 percent success rate (131 out of 161).
Oddly, the study also says that “when the kicker’s own team called a time-out” the kicker had a success rate of 83.3 percent (45 out of 54).
The university says “other factors such as experience, game location or game score were not associated with success.”
“The prevailing wisdom is that icing works because of negative thoughts regarding potentially missing the kick that overwhelm the kicker during the extended time period,” Goldschmied told us by email. “However, we found that an added time per se (e.g., if the time-out was requested by own coach) did not yield a deterioration in performance.
“Thus, an alternative proposition that I am advocating is that preparing for the kick is taxing by itself (when the kicker is iced – i.e., time-out is requested by the opposite coach – he prepares for the kick twice, thereby extending the preparation time). Other studies show that, in general, extending the preparation period results in worse performance.”
I would like to see if they factored in the distance of the field goals in this study because that could have a huge effect. Assuming that they did, I’m not really surprised by the result. The thing I did find most interesting though is that when the kicker’s own team called a time out the kicker had a success rate of 83.3 percent (45 out of 54). Maybe more teams will start “icing” their own kickers now.