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Washington Redskins Player Attended Denver Broncos Game As Fan

Chris Baker fulfilled a lifelong dream this past weekend: attending an NFL game as a fan, not a player. Photo credit: CBS While Washington Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker would have much preferred to be playing this past weekend, there was some silver lining around last weekends playoff games. It has always been a dream of Baker’s to attend an NFL game, and he did that when...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Arena League to feature Helmet Cams

The NFL is far ahead of the curve in terms of new technology, but they have been beat out by the Arena League when it comes to giving it’s fans an up-close-and-personal look of what the players on the field see. The AFL announced Tuesday an innovation called Schutt Vision, a camera fixed to the center of each players helmet, allowing fans to see what the players see in the heat...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Vikings to hire Mike Zimmer as head coach

Mike Zimmer, the ninth head coach in Vikings team history. (AP Photo/David Kohl) After two interviews and much speculation, the Minnesota Vikings have completed their head coaching search. Mike Zimmer will leave his post as Bengals defensive coordinator to succeed Leslie Frazier with the Vikings. The Vikings have hired Mike Zimmer as their new head coach. — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer...
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BREAKING: Vikings hire Mike Zimmer as head coach

Mike Zimmer, the ninth head coach in Vikings team history. (AP Photo/David Kohl) After two interviews and much speculation, the Minnesota Vikings have completed their head coaching search. Mike Zimmer will leave his post as Bengals defensive coordinator to succeed Leslie Frazier with the Vikings. The #Vikings will make Mike Zimmer their coach, per source — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet...
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Report: Minnesota Vikings, Bengals DC Mike Zimmer nearing deal

(Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports ) Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has been a hot head coaching candidate for a few years, and many have said this is the year he takes the next step and is hired by a team. Several of the teams he interviewed for have filled their vacancies, but the Vikings called him in for a second interview earlier this week. That must have went well for...
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Browns owner pens letter to fans frustrated with Coaching Search

(Credit: AP Photo/Tony Dejak) There were seven head coaching jobs in the NFL this season, five of them have been filled and official, the other two have taken their time. The Vikings and Browns remain the only two teams with vacancies, and the Vikings are reportedly very interested in Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, leaving the Browns with the only opening. Fans are getting...
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Matt Leinart criticizes Titans hire of Ken Whisenhunt

Matt Leinart as a member of the Arizona Cardinals with Ken Whisenhunt. (AP Photo/Matt York)   Many people in the NFL world are very impressed with the hire of Ken Whisenhunt as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, and expect him to turn things around in Nashville. Matt Leinart is not one of those people. Whisenhunt, who was the Arizona Cardinals head coach from 2007 to 2012,...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

NFC West Takeover

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) This years NFC Championship game should keep viewers on the edge of their seats as two heated division rivals in San Francisco and Seattle will duke it out for the Conference Championship and the opportunity to become Super Bowl champions. As harsh as it sounds this game will either make or break both Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson. Especially Kaepernick...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers, Seahawks fans teaming up to raise money for Children’s Hospitals

(Photo via Topbet) Like everyone else, we at Down and Distance love a good rivalry. Tough, physical, fight-to-the-death football is a beautiful thing to watch, and football fans are going to get a good show on Sunday when the Seahawks host the 49ers in the NFC Championship game. There has been a ton of back-and-forth between both fan bases this season. From flying a 12th man flag...
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Aaron Hernandez unable to watch the Patriots in the playoffs from jail

(Kim Klement-US-PRESSWIRE) On Sunday afternoon, the New England Patriots face the Denver Broncos for the AFC Championship.  The winner of the game will go on to play in thee Super Bowl. One former Patriots player will not be watching however. That player is former star tight end, Aaron Hernandez, who is currently awaiting triil for the murder of Odin Lloyd, as well as being investigated...
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Manning And Brady Renew Rivalry In Denver

(Photo: Jack Dempsey ,AP) John Elway brought Peyton Manning to Denver for one reason. To win him a Super Bowl. His dream of restoring  the Orange Crush to it’s former  glory days are nearly complete. The only thing standing in his way now, are Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The saga between the two quarterbacks, has lasted for over a  decade and Sunday’s contest will...
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NFL not concerned with coaches on the field

AP Photo/Gail Burton   A surprising story this season has been the arising issue of NFL coaches straying onto the field, with multiple incidents occurring with big-name head coaches like Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, and most notably, Mike Tomlin. Even after penalties, fines, and in the Steelers’ case a potential loss of a draft pick, coaches still manage to find their way onto...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Ken Whisenhunt is your new Tennessee Titans head coach

Chargers’ offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt just accepted the head coaching job with the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt was fired  from the Cardinal’s head coaching position after 3 straight years without making the playoffs. Whisenhunt went on to become the Chargers offensive coordinator under new head coach Mike McCoy. He took an offensive that ranked 31st in total offense...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Brady, Patriots Assume Underdog Role Once Again

Associated Press/Michael Dwyer The Patriots 2013 season has been one full of adversity and finding ways to win regardless of that adversity, often in tight games and close comebacks, while the Broncos season has found them winning a vast majority of their games by substantial margins. Now, with New England heading to Denver for the Patriots’ 3rd straight AFC Championship – and...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Pastor gives one-minute sermon so he can watch 49ers game

Around America, football makes people do some crazy things. Whether that is attending a football game in subzero temperatures or racing home from our jobs in order to make sure we catch kickoff of our favorite team’s game. But, what happens when you are a pastor and your job requires you to work every Sunday and often past the start of the early games? Well, if you are like Tim...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Picture: Andrew Luck rids himself of his playoff beard

If you watched the Wild Card playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, you probably noticed quarterback Andrew Luck’s incredibly ugly beard. In case you missed the beard, check out Andrew Luck’s playoff beard below: (Credit: USA Today/Sports Images) Following Sunday’s 43-22 beat down by the New England Patriots, Luck decided it was time to get rid...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Five Brady vs. Manning Matchups

AP Photo   In honor of the AFC Championship battle between the Patriots and Broncos coming up this Sunday, and the 15th installment of Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning, it only seems appropriate to revisit the best games between the two. With four Super Bowls, six MVP awards, and a countless number of games between the two teams coming down to the wire, there is no doubt that Brady...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Dad pranks his Bears fan daughter, buys her a Packers jersey

In a video posted on YouTube, a Bears fan gives his daughter (who is also a Bears fan) a package. She’s expecting a Bears jersey, but what she finds inside is the last thing she would have ever suspected… NFL fans are known for being passionate about their team’s rivals. Seahawks and 49ers, Steelers and Ravens, Cowboys and Giants and especially Bears and Packers. This little...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chargers fans beat up Broncos fan after loss in Denver

The Chargers suffered a tough loss in Denver and apparently some fans took it very personal as an all-out brawl was started in outside the stadium after the game. This is one of the several videos that have surfaced of beatings taken place after the game. Follow me on Twitter – @LukeWillis_SK Watch us on YouTube The post WATCH: angry Chargers fans beat up Broncos fan after San...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Brady STILL can’t get a high five

Tom Brady’s been struggling to connect on a high five from his teammates all season long. Win after win he’s been denied. So maybe after the Patriots tromping of the Colts, he’d get his high five… (@TerezOwens) Nope. Still no love for Brady. If you can’t tell, that’s him standing in the back with his awkward hand in the air. The Patriots head to Denver next week and you...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Peyton: “Priority Number One is a Bud Light in My Mouth”

Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos have put last year’s playoff run behind them and are advancing to the AFC title game against New England next Sunday.  After the game during Manning’s post game interview, he told reporters that his first priority after getting this win is getting a Bud Light in his mouth.  I’m sure Denver fans all over are soaking this one in with a...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh gets flagged for running on field

Jim Harbaugh’s antics on the sideline are well documented (and mocked) across the NFL. Whether it’s yelling at refs, stomping on the ground, or swearing behind his play sheet, it’s hard to keep your eyes off of Harbaugh on the field. But this time, Harbaugh went a step too far. Harbaugh actually ran onto the field of play in order to point out something the referee missed....
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WATCH: Ahmad Brooks does Superman

In something out of ‘The Waterboy’, Ahmad Brooks of the San Fransisco 49ers leaps over the offensive line. Unlike Adam Sandler’s character in the hit movie, who racked up many a sack in this way, Brooks jumped before the snap was made resulting in an offside penalty. Maybe Brooks saw himself as more of a Superman than Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton, who goes by the nickname...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Post: Peyton Manning’s Legacy “Under a Cloud”

Talk about hometown support. The Denver Post’s front page of their playoff section announced that Peyton Manning’s legacy would be in doubt if he fails to win Sunday’s game versus the San Diego Chargers. NFL’s Stacey Dales tweeted it out on her Twitter feed:   It’s one thing for a rival newspaper, say in San Diego, to write a lead off header, but fairly odd that a hometown...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

NFC Preseason Predictions Revisited

On August 16th, 2013, I made my preseason predictions for each division in the short 140 characters that Twitter would allow me and saved them to my favorites (ShaneNFL). As with any amateur blogger (or professional sportswriter for that matter), I hit some and missed some. Taking a look at what I predicted, I’ll offer up some of my rational for why I thought the season would go...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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