The Viral Roundup – March Of The Pigskin Edition
Did You Hear?
Football’s back and so are the New England Patriots. The defending Super Bowl champs (who entered Thursday night as a seven point home favourite) began the post-DeflateGate era with a statement game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pats were clearly happy to have Tom Brady in the lineup as the superstar QB torched Steeltown to go 25-32 with 4 TDs in a 28-21 victory that wasn’t as close it looks on paper. Also having a big game: Prized tight end Rob Gronkowski who caught three of those four Brady TD passes. The Steelers got an impressive 127 rushing yards rushing out of DeAngelo Williams but it’s hard to shake the feeling that Pittsburgh could have done more with suspended RB Le’Veon Bell in the lineup. Is that a fair assessment? Not really, but Bell’s magic aura can’t come to the black and yellow soon enough. One other hiccup in last night’s season opener was Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin blasting problems with the teams headsets. The headsets used by the Steelers picked up a Pats radio broadcast and that caused communication issues. For what it’s worth, New England said they had similar problems. The Pats will hit the road next week for a clash with the Bills and the Steelers will aim to bounce back at home versus the 49ers.
Did You See?
Lil Wayne loves ESPN. It’s something he’s shown on tracks (see: Sportscenter) and via multiple appearances on the cable giant’s many programs. The next sensible step in this relationship? Giving Weezy F Baby the opportunity to recreate some the biggest sports broadcasting calls in history. Lil Wayne takes on such iconic moments as “Down Goes Frazier” and “The Band Is On The Field” in a whiz-bang 1:18 video that you totally have to see.
Did You Know?
- The Philadelphia Phillies have ended the GM reign of Rubén Amaro Jr. The axing of their longtime exec shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering that Philly has the record in all of baseball by a fairly wide margin. Amaro graduated from assistant GM to the prestige role after the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. Things initially went well in Philadelphia as 2009 provided another World Series appearance and two playoff berths would follow in the next two years. Since then, the club’s dropped from a powerhouse to a position of mediocrity. Assistant GM Scott Proefrock has been given the interim position as the search for a new hire begins.
- The Buffalo Sabres are continuing with the roster revamp. 28-year-old blueliner Cory Franson has signed a two year deal after a season where he split time in Toronto and Nashville. Franson won’t be the only new face taking the ice this fall. Rookie Jack Eichel, ex-Av Ryan O’Reilly and now healthy ex-Jet Evander Kane will also be in Western New York. The Sabres, who will be coached by Dan Bylsma in 2015-16, are listed as a 100/1 Stanley Cup longshot by oddsmakers.
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