EVERYBODY PANIC! The Super Bowl may be disrupted by…cold weather.
Quick: What body part’s size is most vital to a pro quarterback’s success?
Um, gee. I dunno. Height, maybe?
Uh-uh. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is just five-foot-11, and he’s playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Try again.
Hmm. Could it be … head circumference? Quarterbacks have to be smart, right?
You must be kidding me. Ever hear of Donovan McNabb? Okay, let me help. Here’s a quote from former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn that appeared in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. You fill in the blank:
“Russell Wilson’s _______ are a God thing — something you couldn’t even design.”
Er. Do cojones count? Read more »
• Hosting a Super Bowl shindig next Sunday? Here’s the master of all Super Bowl recipe roundups, each clocking in at under 400 calories—a steal, considering how many Super Bowl calorie bombs are out there. [Self]
It’s a six-pack of ways to amp up your Super Bowl party with special takeout offers from Philadelphia restaurants.
Is there anyone more adorable than Leslie Jordan? Here, the Will and Grace Emmy winner flaunts his cuteness in an ad for Crash the Super Bowl, a competition held annually by Doritos for the chance to have your commercial shown during the next year’s game. He co-stars with hunky models Joel Rush and Nick Ayler, which makes it even that much more fun to watch. Check it out above, and if you’re so inclined, vote for the spot here. Would love to see him get some Super Bowl-ad love.
It’s been debated about for years now, with all the he-said, she-said constantly contradicting any clear story, but we finally have a definitive answer to one of Philadelphia sports’ most pressing questions: Donovan McNabb did, in fact, vomit at Super Bowl XXXIX. The answer came from Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard in an interview with 94WIP. The simple confirmation? “Yes, he did.” Welp, that solves that one. Now, why he barfed—that’s another story all together. [NBC]
Sorry to get your hopes up. It’s an explanation, but it doesn’t really explain much. According to the energy company that provides the New Orleans Superdome’s power (sorry, I’m just not going to call it by its official name) “the failure of a device meant to protect the power supply” caused the blackout. Ok, then. In the words of the tech guy in the control room when the power went out, “What does that mean?” [New York Times]
First we learn that the company that manages the Superdome is based in Conshohocken. Now, it seems little old WHYY may have been at the center of the blackout brouhaha. Let the likely culprits tell you themselves:
To hear [WHYY Reporter Tom] MacDonald tell it, he was just getting back into the building after Beyonce’s halftime show when he plugged in an extension cord outside the Niners locker room and flipped the switch on the equipment.
“And the room goes dark,” he said.
By “room” he means half of an arena holding more than 71,000 people, with the eyes of an international audience fixed upon it.
Coincidence? WHYY pleads innocence. “The thing that tells me that it wasn’t me, because everybody was looking at everybody else was that the power I was plugged into was still up even though the light was off.” You’re going to trust that testimony? You know who said that? Tom MacDonald. Yeah. [WHYY]
If you want to win a Super Bowl, it’s probably best to just hire a former Ray Rhodes assistant to be your head coach.
Worked for Baltimore. John Harbaugh spent most of his time in Philadelphia working for Andy Reid, but it was Rhodes who hired him to be the Eagles’ special teams coordinator back in 1998. Harbaugh spent Sunday night dancing in confetti. He now has a .675 win percentage, three AFC Championship Game appearances and a Super Bowl title in five seasons with the Ravens.
That is not Rhodes’ only claim to Lombardi fame. Not by a long shot. Rhodes gave Sean Payton his first gig in the NFL when he named him quarterbacks coach of the Eagles in 1997. Payton got a ring with the Saints in 2009. Green Bay won it all the following year. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was Rhodes’ QB coach in Green Bay in ’99.
Then there’s Jon Gruden, who got his first NFL coordinator job when Rhodes brought him to Philadelphia in ’95. Gruden won a championship with the Bucs in 2002. The head coach across the sidelines for the Raiders in that Super Bowl? Bill Callahan, who was the Eagles’ offensive line coach under Rhodes from ’95-97.
In all, three of the last four Super Bowls have been won by a head coach with a very specific Ray Rhodes connection. It is pretty bizarre, and really not getting enough attention.
Consider that level of potency compared to Reid’s coaching tree. Besides Harbaugh, Reid has seen assistants Brad Childress, Steve Spagnuolo, Leslie Frazier, Ron Rivera and Pat Shurmur move on to secure head coaching jobs. Those five have just one playoff victory as head coach between them.
Say what you want about Rhodes, but he had an eye for coaching talent.
WHAT YOU MISSED
After meetings with Chip Kelly, Michael Vick is more open to the idea of returning for another season.
Ed Reed ended Jason Kelce‘s season. So why is Kelce calling him a class act?
Sheil gives 10 entertaining thoughts related to the Super Bowl.
The NFL offseason is officially here; what’s on Kelly’s to-do list?
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Geoff Mosher would keep 11 of the 26 defensive players who ended the season on the Eagles’ roster or practice squad. Here is what he had to say about Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and DeMeco Ryans:
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Falls into Nnamdi’s category. I’m not convinced he can’t play, but I am convinced that the secondary needs a new face and identity. Goes.
DeMeco Ryans: If there’s a trade partner out there, pull the trigger. If not, keep him and he can be a serviceable base linebacker, even in the 3-4. But he’s not a star. Stays.
OK, so the Eagles probably won’t be in next year’s Super Bowl, which will be held in New York. But it sure would be interesting if they did make it. From Adam Schefter:
Next season’s NFC champion will spend the week at the Giants’ practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J. in preparation for Super Bowl XLVIII, while next season’s AFC champion will spend the week at the Jets’ practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. Imagine if one of the Giants’ division opponents — the Redskins, Cowboys or Eagles — wins the NFC championship and spends the week in its rival’s building. The Giants would have to clean out their belongings well in advance. Even better, imagine if the Patriots won next season’s AFC championship and got to spend the week in the Jets’ building. Two organizations that like each other less than any other two organizations in sports would be forced to share the Jets’ training complex. It would be one of the oddest scenes in a crazy New York week that could feature many of them.
Kelly’s coaching staff could be announced at any time. We’ll keep you posted.