Fans started an online petition protesting the gig and collected 10,000 signatures in just 24-hours. After years of bad teams and a 2008 0-16 season, the Thanksgiving Classic will be competitive, as the 6-2 Lions face the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Detroit battled critics to keep their Thanksgiving game, after NFL fans rallied to rotate teams on an annual basis with a playoff contender.
With the nation watching the Lions, the petition begs the league to reconsider: “The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime.”
Besides the members of Nickelback are Canadian anyway who celebrate Thanksgiving in early October.
When one thinks football, white skinny jeans and black tank tops do not come to mind… unless you’re Tom Brady. But New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is taking some heat for posing in the newest issue of GQ Magazine and is even being called out by fellow QBs.
Although the shoot was for charity, Super Bowl winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers berated Sanchez in an ESPN radio interview: “Look at this. That’s embarrassing. Page 94 of the GQ thing here. That’s terrible.”
The comments caused such a stir, Sanchez released a statment through the Jets defending his clothing choice, “I think he was, obviously, making a joke out of it, and that’s fine, giving me a good ribbing like the guys on our team. That’s totally understandable, but I’m just happy that it ended up working out for a good cause and we got to partner with two great companies and one great charity, with Hugo Boss and Tuesday’s Children.”
World Vision, a charity company that donates clothes to places in need, has received more than $2 million in Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Champions gear. The clothes will go to Zambia, Nicaragua, Romania, Haiti and Armenia and include t-shirts, hats, towels and sweatshirts. The NFL, Dicks Sporting Goods and Sports Authority have all donated clothing. The countries were selected to decrease chances of the losing gear appearing on eBay. Talk about last season’s clothes…
Robert Cook, the man known to have never missed a Super Bowl missed Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV. Cook, who is a Wisconsin native and Green Bay Packers fan, was featured in the VISA commercial featuring the group who calls themselves the “Never Miss a Super Bowl Club.” The group has gone to 44 consecutive Super Bowls and have missed weddings, births and even passed up on adopting a child to go to the game. Cook is in the hospital for an undisclosed “illness”after being admitted last Thursday.
Three of the original five members, Donald Crisman, Larry Jacobson and Thomas Henschel, still went in Cook’s place. Since finding out about the “Never Miss a Super Bowl” club 14 years ago, the NFL has given the members tickets at voucher or face value price. Cook watched the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, in his hospital room.