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Maxwell Strachan is a senior sports editor at The Huffington Post. He was previously the senior editor of business and technology. He has also worked at Salon, the Center for Governmental Studies and KCET.

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Marshawn Lynch Just Hosted The Best Press Conference Of All Time

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 5:59 PM

Marshawn Lynch is the best.

Threatened with a potential $500,000 NFL fine if he decided not to attend Super Bowl media day, the Seattle Seahawks’ star running back hosted an all-time press conference on Tuesday. Here’s how it started:

“Oh, it’s starting? Well, then let me start....
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This Chilling PSA Will Be The First To Ever Address Domestic Violence During The Super Bowl

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 4:54 PM

This Sunday, for the first time ever, the National Football League will run a PSA during the Super Bowl that directly addresses the country’s domestic violence and sexual assault crises.

The PSA was created by the advertising firm Grey New York for the NFL and No More,...

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NFL's 'Deflategate' Investigation Almost Certainly Won't Conclude In Time For Super Bowl Suspensions

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 10:28 AM

If you’re hoping for some closure on the “deflategate” scandal by Super Bowl Sunday, tough luck. The lawyer hired by the NFL to investigate the controversy said Monday that he does not expect his investigation to conclude for “at least several more weeks.”

That means that even if there eventually...

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Looks Like The NFL Will Try To Pin 'Deflategate' On A Locker Room Attendant [UPDATE]

(2478) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:03 PM

The National Football League has zeroed in on a locker room attendant as a “strong person of interest” in the historic event known as “deflategate,” according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer:

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Lance Armstrong: If I Had To Do It All Over, I'd Probably Cheat Again

(71) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 1:25 PM

In a new interview with BBC's Dan Roan, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong says that if placed back in the same circumstances he faced in 1995, he’d “probably” still decide to cheat. From the interview, available in its entirety at BBC:

Dan Roan: When it comes to the...
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NFL Pulls $150 Poster Featuring Marshawn Lynch's Fine-Inducing Crotch Grab After Getting Called Hypocrites

(34) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 10:38 AM

The National Football League has discontinued a $150 NFC Championship poster that includes a photo of the “obscene gesture” that led the league last week to fine star Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000.

Various media outlets over the weekend pointed to the...

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Chris Berman Didn't Have A Great Time At The Pro Bowl

(21) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 8:57 AM

Chris Berman really doesn’t want to talk to any damn quarterbacks right now, OK?

OK, maybe his irritation during the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday was actually related to technical difficulties.

Either way, let’s hope Berman has a bit more fun at the Super Bowl next Sunday.

H/T...

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Bill Belichick: 'I've Handled Dozens Of Balls Over The Past Week'

(973) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 5:25 PM

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addressed the “deflategate” controversy for the second time in three days on Saturday. During a press conference, Belichick implied it was possible his team's footballs were deflated during the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, but said he's confident the Patriots had...

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Kobe Bryant Almost Certainly Out For The Rest Of The Season

(34) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:58 PM

It’s a dark truth that will resonate with Los Angeles Lakers fans everywhere: The best reason left to watch the team this season is Iggy Azalea's boyfriend.

The Lakers expect Kobe Bryant to miss the remainder of the season, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. "

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Just Going To Place This Vine Of Blake Griffin And His Trainer Here Without Comment

(13) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 12:11 PM

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Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' Press Conference Was Pretty Hilarious

(1551) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 5:00 PM

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday that he had no knowledge of under-inflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game last Sunday.

"I don't want anyone rubbing them" - Tom Brady on his balls

During a press conference to address the “deflategate” controversy, Brady...

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Here's All The Proof You Need That America Is Ready For Gay Professional Athletes

(29) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 3:54 PM

Every time you witness homophobic bigotry on the Internet, remember this: By and large, America is ready and willing to support gay professional athletes.

Seventy-three percent of Americans say they would fully support a professional sports team that signed a gay or lesbian athlete, according to a...

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Richard Sherman: No One Will Be Suspended For 'Deflategate,' But My Teammate Would Be For Gold Shoes?

(839) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:58 AM

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says he already knows what effect “deflategate” is going to have on the Super Bowl: none at all.

And if his prediction comes to fruition, Sherman has a question for the National Football League: Do you care more about the color of my teammate’s shoes...

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Russell Westbrook Hit A Beautiful Game-Winning Layup With 0.8 Seconds Left Last Night

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 8:37 AM

We especially like the little skip at the end.


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Former Tampa Bay Quarterback Brad Johnson Admits To Tampering With Footballs In Super Bowl XXXVII

(356) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Amid all the hoopla over the possibility that the New England Patriots deliberately deflated footballs to gain an advantage in the AFC Championship Game last Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud has published a column reminding us that similarly shady schemes have happened before. And not too...

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Seems Like An Odd Time For The NFL To Instagram A Bunch Of Deflated Footballs, No?

(14) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:20 AM

Even in normal circumstances, posting a photo of a bunch of deflated footballs seems like an odd way to get people hyped for the Super Bowl.

But posting a photo of a bunch of deflated footballs while the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots are being investigating...

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29 Things Stephen Curry Can Do With A Basketball That You Can't

(7) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:07 AM

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is one of the best players in the NBA. In fact, by some fancy statistical measures, he's the very best. But what makes Curry so special is that he can be so statistically dominant while truly amazing you.

Like he...

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A Civil Rights Group That Works With The NFL Has Publicly Denounced The 'Redskins' Name

(160) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 1:48 PM

A civil rights group that has worked with the National Football League on diversity issues in the past publicly denounced the continued use of the name “Redskins” by the Washington D.C. football team on Monday.

The nonprofit Fritz Pollard Alliance (FPA), whose mission statement is to

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This Crying 6-Year-Old Is A Bigger Packers Fan Than You

(16) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Laugh at the kid all you want, but he has more heart than you or I ever will. Here’s the bike he’s so upset about, by the way:

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This Is The Interception That Supposedly Started #DeflateGate

(228) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 9:39 AM

Questions about whether the New England Patriots purposefully deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday initially arose after the below interception by Indianapolis Colt linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, according to multiple reports.



Both Newsday and WCVB, an ABC affiliate in Boston, are reporting that complaints about the footballs used by the the Patriots on Sunday began soon after the second-quarter interception. The NFL has since started an investigation into what people have been predictably and uncreatively referring to as #deflategate.

The two news outlets have conflicting reports about who initially thought the ball was deflated -- Jackson himself or the team’s equipment staff -- but their stories match after that: the equipment staff told the coach, who told the general manager, who told the NFL director of football relations, who told the officials on the field, who then changed the footballs being used right at the beginning of the second half.

A deflated football can be easier to throw and catch, which is why the idea of a team purposefully deflating its balls is so controversial. Several footballs were removed over the course of the game because they were under-inflated, but it remains unclear whether the deflation was intentional, according to a report on NBC Sports.

When asked about the investigation on Monday afternoon, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team would "cooperate fully with whatever questions they ask us and whatever they want us to do." Patriots players, however, have been less politik:

Quarterback Tom Brady: "I think I've heard it all at this point ... it's ridiculous.”

Defensive back Devin McCourty: "We don't care about it."

And of course, tight end Rob Gronkowski:



The Patriots were ahead 17-7 at halftime, and then scored 28 points in the final two quarters to win the game by a commanding 45-7. So it wasn't exactly a nail-biter.

H/T

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