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February 13 2014

Dallas Sportscaster Tackles NFL Homophobia in Powerful On-Air Speech

This Dallas sportscaster can't change his view — even if he wanted to.

Dale Hansen, the weeknight sports anchor for ABC's Dallas affiliate WFAA, posed a question to his viewers Monday night: What is the big deal about having a gay player in the NFL? The question came in reaction to star University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam's coming out before his expected appearance in the NFL draft this year.

In a powerful on-air opinion piece, Hansen challenges critics to explain why an openly gay team member would be a problem in the NFL. After all, many who make that argument "are the same people who say government should stay out of our lives but then want government in our bedrooms," he says. Hansen concludes that it's not only unfair to discriminate against a player because he's gay, but also immoral and illogical Read more...

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February 04 2014

Inside the Super Bowl of Snacks

In the midst of Super Bowl XLVII, during which the only people who weren't bored or devastated were Seahawks fans, one Super Bowl party was alive with excitement thanks to something called the Snack Stadium.

Tony Livingston, a store manager from Coon Rapids, Minn., decided to go all out for his Super Bowl party and created the ultimate snack food platter.

It was the Snack Stadium: a five-foot-by-four-foot center of snacking. It stood about three feet tall, with sections full of chips, crackers, meats, cheeses and a special layer of candy ( that's where the box seats are located). In the middle of it all was the cake-frosting field with carrot and pickle players, who wore helmets made from olives and popcorn. Read more...

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February 03 2014

How the Patriots' Julian Edelman Scores Social Media Touchdowns

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is adding tech enthusiast to his resume, on top of being one of quarterback Tom Brady's favorite targets.

The 27-year-old football player is not only active on social media, engaging with fans and pumping out content, but he recently participated in a Reddit AMA ("ask me anything" Q&A) and recorded a video of himself using Google Glass to show what it's like to return a punt wearing the high-tech connected specs

He's also among the growing list of sports stars turning to digital agencies to build his brand during the off season. Although it's common for brands to seek out social assistance from third-party providers, more athletes are doing the same. Boston-based Superdigital handles everything from his endorsement deals with PUMA to strategic partnerships with Burberry and, yes, Google Glass Read more...

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February 02 2014

Yes, Joe Namath Wore a Fur Coat to the Super Bowl

Former New York Jets QB Joe Namath walks on the field before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII.

New York Jets legend Joe Namath resurrected his famous flashy duds for Super Bowl XLVIII. Broadway Joe showed up on the sidelines in a fur coat reminiscent of his playing days

The former quarterback often wore a full-length fur coat on the bench in the 1960s and '70s — a practice that has since been banned by the NFL. The eye-catching duds had Twitter talking and wondering when the wrath of PETA will hit.

Joe Namath was like some sort of Proto-pimp back in the day.

— Jason Spangler (@Spnglrjsn) February 2, 2014

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Live Updates

More than 100 million viewers will tune in to watch the Denver Broncos battle the Seattle Seahawks in the biggest sporting event of the year, Super Bowl XLVIII

Follow Mashable's story hub for the latest updates on the game, the halftime performanceSuper Bowl, ad analysis and more


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The Concussion Crisis Is Deadlier Than Ever — Can Tech Solve It?

Jake Woolley remembers the day he got his fourth concussion.

It was nice weather for football on Nov. 9 in Pocatello, Idaho: a clear sky, about 55 degrees at kickoff. Nearly 5,000 people had gathered to see the Idaho State Bengals take on the visiting Portland State Vikings.

It was just after 3 p.m. when PSU linebacker Jake Woolley took the field. At siiswx feet, four inches tall and 225 pounds, the 21-year-old junior starter is as athletic as he is powerful.

On the first play of the game, Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias completed a three-yard pass to tight end Josh Cook. Woolley was there, ready to make the tackle. Read more...

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Nike's New Cleats to Debut at the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVIII may be one of the coldest in NFL history, but Nike's latest innovation may make it one of the fastest, too. The sports apparel company recently announced that Broncos and Seahawks players will wear its newest football cleats, the Vapor Carbon Elite, for the big game.

The new cleats succeed Nike's previous model, the Vapor Laser Talon, which helped players run faster, but only in a straight direction. Unfortunately, few NFL players only run in a straight line. They cut, juke, spin and shuffle. According to a statement on the Nike website, the designers of the Vapor Carbon Elite used a 3D print design to create a shoe that gives players better traction in all directions. Read more...

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February 01 2014

A Brief History of Super Bowl Halftime Shows

The Super Bowlis an American pastime, whether you enjoy football or not.

For some, the halftime show is just as (if not more) important as the wings, commercials, and the game itself. The performance is a high honor for artists, on par with winning a Grammy, or being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The show originally consisted of college marching bands, but since the mid '80s, has featured popular recording artists and celebrities in an effort to oppose counterprogramming such as Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl, or MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch Read more...

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NFL Players Had More Than 1,300 Injuries This Season

In recent years, the NFL has made many rule changes in the hopes of increasing player safety and decreasing the number of sustained injuries.

According to most analysts, however, these changes don't seem to be having an all too positive result.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick blasted recent limits on offseason practice time, claiming the lack of preparation has added to an increasing number of player injuries. Others claim that stringent restrictions on helmet-to-helmet contact have resulted in more knee and ankle injuries, though commissioner Roger Goodell has purportedly denied that claim. Read more...

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January 31 2014

The 12 Weirdest Bets You Can Make on Super Bowl XLVII

During this Sunday's Super Bowl, millions of viewers will tune in and anxiously wait to see what kind of hat Bruno Mars is wearing during his halftime show performance.

Wait, what?

It's no secret that NFL games are one of the most popular targets for betting afficionados. With the Super Bowl being the biggest game of the year, it makes perfect sense that many gamblers will put money on whether they think the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos will win the game, how many points will be scored, and which player they think will be crowned Super Bowl MVP.

But bookies do not limit themselves to the conventional betting categories. Viewers can bet on every second of the entire event—from the coin toss through the player's post-game speeches. We rounded up 12 of the weirdest prop bets available, which you can find below Read more...

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January 30 2014

Denver vs. Seattle: A Super Cultural Showdown

As the Super Bowl draws near, tension grows between those loyal to Denver and Seattle. It's not unlikely that someone will confront you about your loyalties.

Even if you don't know the first thing about football, it's still fun to pick a team and scream at the television during the big game. For those struggling to decide which city is superior, perhaps some of the other cultural differences will help you choose.

Of course, whether you choose a team because of Frasier or a cheeseburger is entirely up to you. Read more...

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January 29 2014

61% of Super Bowl Viewers Will Share Ads on Social Media

Social media and the Super Bowl go together like Beyoncé and a power outage

The first Twitter-worthy moment of the Super Bowl season came early this year, when Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman lit up social media with a GIF-able outburst that tackled the news cycle and held it tight.

But the Sherman incident is just the tip of the pigskin when it comes to tweeting about the Super Bowl. A survey by CrowdTap found that the majority of Super Bowl viewers plan to record their impressions on social media before, during and even after the game Read more...

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Kate Upton's End Zone Dance Sizzles

Kate Upton is more than just a pretty face. She also has some pretty sweet dance moves.

The voluptuous supermodel took to the MetLife Stadium field to show us her "signature" touchdown dance. Throwing down her designer handbag, the blonde swayed her hips for a short salsa reminiscent of New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz's famous end zone dance

Kate's homage to Cruz is pretty spot on — however, the NFL star would probably find it difficult to pull off the dance in a flouncy skirt and pumps like Upton did

The Instagram video's description says that Upton's trip to the stadium was part of photo shoot with the Giants for the February issue of Vogue. Read more...

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Muppets Join Forces With Shirtless Terry Crews, Because Super Bowl

Toyota is once again tapping star power to stand out in this year's Super Bowl. This time it's the unlikely pairing of Terry Crews and the Muppets.

In the 60-second ad, Crews pulls up to a broken down tour bus and to offer his assistance . He's quickly ambushed by a band of Muppets who commandeer the SUV. A sing-along ensues that explains how the Highlander has room for everything, except for boring. We'll let you decide how exciting the Highlander is, but the commercial ends with Crews dancing shirtless and hallucinating, so it's anything but dull.

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January 28 2014

7 Nerds Try to Explain Football

We just can't wait to watch that one team play against that other team during the Super Bowl this year. Sports rule, right, guys?

OK, so some of us are a little out of touch when it comes to football. But with so many confusing rules and terms (muff punt, anyone?), it can be tough to keep up.

See how seven nerds fared when Mashable quizzed them on their knowledge of red zones, tight ends and Hail Marys. For more videos like this, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

BONUS: 10 Tips for Pretending You Care About Football

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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5 Football Facts More Entertaining Than a Bruno Mars Halftime Show

What's better than two armies of red-blooded American men smashing into each other on a freezing grid of AstroTurf? A well-aged cheddar, for one, but that's beside the point.

Super Bowl XLVIII (which is the Roman numeral for a billion) is almost upon us, and you're likely already gearing up to watch sea hawks battle broncos, and then you'll switch off Nat Geo Wild and turn on the big game.

This week's episode of #5facts kicks off (see what I did there?) with a round of fascinating gridiron tidbits.

Looking for more fun facts about interesting topics? Subscribe to our YouTube channel for new videos every week. Read more...

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10 Tips From Comedians for Pretending You Care About Football

Super Bowl parties are a lot of fun — you get to hang out with friends, it's one of the few acceptable excuses to drink in the daytime and you can eat exclusively Velveeta-based food items.

The actual football part almost seems unnecessary, but some sticklers out there still think it's an important part of the ritual.

It can be difficult to blend in with your football fanatic friends if you can't tell the difference between the quarterback and back-end. We understand, they're all wearing the same uniform and it gets confusing.

But if you're looking to impress company come Super Bowl Sunday, look no further. We've consulted experts (comedians) to help guide you through that awkward time in between the commercials Read more...

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January 24 2014

NFL Bad Lip Reading Sequel Is Just as Funny as the First

The Bad Lip Reading team is at it again with another NFL takeover, just in time for the upcoming Super Bowl

Bad Lip Reading is a hilarious YouTube channel that dubs absurd dialogue over sports clips, television shows, movies and even the U.S. presidential debate. The dubs let us see typically serious situations in new comedic light.

The first NFL Bad Lip Reading was released in January 2013 and has accrued more than 47 million views on YouTube. Fortunately, this is one sequel that managed to make us laugh just as hard as the first.

We only wish that Richard Sherman's post-game interview would have made the cut Read more...

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January 23 2014

Puppies Already Called the Super Bowl Winner This Year

With little more than a week to go, sports fans are gearing up for the biggest and most important annual football event: the Puppy Bowl. For those not interested in adorable pre-game puppies (check your pulse), or which fedora Bruno Mars will choose for his halftime show, there's also a football game

So what better way to enjoy the actual game than letting puppies predict the winner? Animal Planet is putting its L!VE Puppy Cam pooches to the test.

The adoptable puppies from Washington Animal Rescue League must decide whether the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks will come out on top at Super Bowl XLVIII. Of course, they receive a little help from some football-shaped treats. Read more...

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12 Signs You've Taken Your Football Obsession Too Far

Super Bowl XLVIII is just around the corner, and fans can't wait for the most exciting event of the season. Everyone has their own little routines they like to do to (supposedly) make sure their team perform better. Some like to wear their favorite player's number or rub a rabbit's foot for good luck, while others go all out in extreme rituals they believe will bring their team to victory.

The smell of AstroTurf and magic of pigskin can make anyone go a little crazy, but not everyone can easily draw the line between fandom and obsession

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