The NFL has a sticky situation on their hands, the San Diego Chargers were caught using a banned substance called Stickum, to give the team a competitive advantage to holding onto the ball.
The adhesive substance was confiscated during the Charger’s Oct. 15 game against the Denver Broncos. Despite the performance enhancing goo, the Broncos won the game, 35-24. The substance was sent to both Broncos and league offices, and the Chargers now face a fine and a possible loss of a draft pick.
But according to Chargers head coach Norv Turner, no Stickum was used. “Nobody in this organization has used Stickum in any game,”Turner said. “The question involved a towel that has been used by this organization for over 10 years. It’s used by a lot of teams in this league. The towel is used to dry the balls, dry the gloves that the players wear and their arms. The league is looking into the towel. That’s about where it’s at.”
It’s not very often a football coach declines his team points, but San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh made a $75 million mistake. In the final seconds of the Thursday Night Football 49ers- Seattle Seahwaks game, Harbaugh opted not to take the safety giving his team two points. Harbaugh did not want to give the Seahawks the ball on the final play of the game, and instead the 49ers took a knee to end the game.
Despite winning the game 13-6, Harbaugh’s decision impacted as much as $75 million worth of bets. The spread of the game gave the Seahawks between 7 and 9 points. According to BetOnline.com, 65% of the action we booked was on the 49ers.
For Super Bowl XLVII, two teams will battle to put a ring on it, and Beyonce will perform at halftime. The AP reported that the 31-year old Mrs. Shawn Carter will take the stage in New Orleans on Feb. 3. No word yet if any of the number of artists who have collaborated with Beyonce will join her. The 16-time Grammy award winner has worked with Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Shakira, Sean Paul and husband Jay-Z.
While her first halftime performance, Beyonce sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. A noted sports fan, Jay-Z owns part of the Brooklyn Nets. Beyonce, who grew up in Texas, just might get to cheer on her hometown team and early Super Bowl favorites Houston Texans. Unfortunately for Jay-Z, it is doubtful his NY Jets will be contenders.
Michael Vick spent 19-months in the dog house for running a dog fighting ring and is now a pet owner himself. Rumors began circulating Vick owned a dog after he posted a picture on Twitter at his home with a box of opened dog treats. The Twitpic was deleted, and Vick refused to answers questions at practice on whether he owned a dog or not.
In a statement released by his publicist, the controversial Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said: “I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said in a statement. “As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family.”
During Vick’s probation, he was not allowed to own a dog but has since volunteered for the Human Society and is a speaker against animal cruelty.