Catch a glimpse of your favorite NFL teams logo re-designed and inspired from European soccer badges. You’ll probably never see these logos ever actually hit circulation in the NFL, but it might be kind of neat if any of these teams ever designed alternate logos or uniforms with this type of inspiration. See all 32 alternative logos here, you may have even found your newest twitter avatar of Facebook profile picture by clicking here.
Although Saturday Night Live has dropped off in recent years, there is a bright spot. That bright spot comes in the form of Jay Pharoah and his masterful impression of CBS NFL analyst and hall of fame tight end Shannon Sharpe.
Don’t get me wrong, Shannon Sharpe was a brilliant tight end and his career numbers certainly warrant his Hall of Fame honors. However, CBS allowing that guy to be a regular commentator is bad enough to make you turn the channel and watch Fox Sports One’s NFL coverage. It might even be bad enough to make you flip over to NFL Network and watch Warren Sapp’s annoying ass commentate.
Let’s not take away from Pharoah’s emmy award-winning performance and embrace his comedic genius for the next three minutes.
For all of those that join me in the “too cheap to spring for and XBOX One pool” take a moment to salivate over the first look at Madden 25 on the new console. This trailer also reflects how the popular game title will look on the new PS4. Personally, I own an XBOX 360 as well as Madden 25 and this trailer alone makes me want to save my pennies and buy one of these new consoles. The detail that’s revealed is incredible. It ranges from lighting changes on players, to individual blades of grass. Go ahead and drink it in.
It was reported today by ESPN insider Adam Schefter that former Gamecocks standout Marcus Lattimore is not expected to see the field this season for the San Fransisco 49ers. Lattimore is still rehabbing from the gruesome knee injury seen around the world suffered against Tennessee last season. For the last two seasons, we’ve seen this promising young back on the road recovery more so than the actual playing field. It’s time to put your admiration for Lattimore aside for a moment and realize why not seeing him in on the field 2013 will only extend the longevity of his career and benefit him in the long run.
The San Francisco 49ers are entering this season with a solid group of running backs, all ranging with different skill sets. The backfield is anchored by perennial pro bowler Frank Gore. Second on the depth chart is former Oregon star and promising second year man LaMichael James, while former Oklahoma State Cowboy Kendall Hunter is the likely third running back.
Let’s dig a little deeper into the current Niners rushing attack.
In this trio, eighth year man Frank Gore plays the role as the feature back while James and Hunter are complimentary backs. Gore is coming off of a strong 1,200 yard, 8 TD season in 2012, but at the same time he’s entering a critical point in his career. While the average career of an NFL running back lasts 3-5 years, Gore is theoretically entering the twilight of his career. Gore is only second to Falcons running Steven Jackson as the longest tenured running back in the NFL.
LaMichael James is entering his second year with the 49ers. He was not active for a majority of his rookie season as head coach Jim Harbaugh has always shown hesitation of incorporating offensive rookies into key positions. James carried the ball a total of 27 times for only 125 yards on the season. He’s expected to play a bigger role in 2013, but must prove that he can carry the ball with confidence and strong hands as fumbling was a point of weakness in 2012. His speed will provide many opportunities for touches offense as well as special teams.
Kendall Hunter, enters his third year with higher expectations after two sub-par seasons. In 2011 he appeared in all 16 regular season games tallying 473 yards on the ground with 2 TD’s. In 2012 Hunter’s season was hampered by injury after appearing in 11 games and running for only 371 yards and 2 TD’s. Hunter was originally drafted to help take some pressure off of Frank Gore. He has yet to prove that he is capable of embracing that role and becoming a consistent threat on the ground as a part of Jim Harbaugh’s offense.
While we now understand the state of the running backs for the 49ers, we can examine the role of Marcus Lattimore and why 2014 is better suited for his long-term success in the NFL.
After tearing his LCL, PCL, ACL and dislocating his knee just 10 months ago, one would assume that his playing status would already be in jeopardy as it is. However, Lattimore has proven to hold the unique ability in returning from catastrophic injury. Renowned surgeon James Andrews even described his recovery at one point as “superhuman.” Since Lattimore began his rehab, he’s consistently vowed to the media that he fully intended on being ready for the start of the ’13 season. While he may be mentally prepared, he’s fortunate to be in a situation where he is physically not needed. At least not quite yet.
Sitting out this season will only allow Lattimore to continue his rehab and to continue to strengthen his legs. The injuries that he suffered in the 2011 and 2012 season were to opposite knees. This extended rehab time will allow him to build up full strength in both knees and continue to work with the Niners training staff.
Had Lattimore actually been thrown into the mix this season, would it really have been worth it? Lattimore would have likely only seen very limited action on what could be considered “trash carries.” Trash carries meaning fourth quarter carries when the game was already out of reach or in situations where his carries aren’t considered meaningful. What if his surgically repaired knee wasn’t ready for action and his legs were once again put in jeopardy, all for a meaningless carry?
When Lattimore returns in 2014, because of his body of work at South Carolina, (2,677 career yards on the ground and 38 career TD’s) a healthy Marcus Lattimore could conceivably vie for the starting running back job in San Francisco. In a win now, at any cost league, we could easily see Frank Gore in a different uniform next season, should he not produce at the level he has in years past. This season is just as big of a test for LaMichael James and Kendall Hunter in the hopes of fortifying their roles within the offense. They need to be prepared to look over their shoulders after this season as a former Heisman Trophy candidate is going to be gunning for their carries.
When Marcus Lattimore returns for his third act in 2014, we can all thank the 49ers organization and head coach Jim Harbaugh for realizing that they protected a valuable asset and didn’t force him into action when it wasn’t necessary. We can thank them for giving us the chance to see the Marcus Lattimore that was given the best and most fair chance to succeed. By the 2014 season, Marcus Lattimore will be as healthy as he can be. Should he be able to bounce back to the once promising form we’ve all become accustomed to, the NFL and football fans are in for a treat.
Somebody actually put together a Blaine Gabbert theme song. Either A.) somebody has this much faith in this china doll of a quarterback or B.) These lyrics are so ridiculous that they’re making a complete joke of the pretty boy quarterback. I’m thinking option B is really the only logical choice here. In case you were wondering also, Blaine Gabbert is a “real American.” So the Jaguars have that going for them. At least according to the song.
This little gem is making it’s rounds on the internet. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was caught making a rather creepy face on the sidelines of Saturday’s preseason match up against the Philadelphia Eagles. Who is “Tom Terrific” making creepy faces at? Let’s throw some possibilities out there. Watch the video and place your vote!
Visually the game has improved beyond a level all Madden players could imagine. This is by far and away the most realistic looking game portrayal that we’ve seen.
Running styles have been revamped, along with the owner mode, which debuted last year un-impressively. Users were limited in terms of controlling the small aspects of the previous “franchise mode.”
Madden 25 hits shelves in August of this summer and will undoubtedly be a continued success.