Fresh off of a record-high November (8.4 million unique users), seven-month-old social news site For The Win relaunches today. “Why so soon?,” you might ask. We want to make it better, is the short answer.
The longer answer is we learned a lot in FTW’s first 200 days. Most important is…
Bing Announces its Top Searches for 2013: Tiger-Vonn, Search Engine Power Couple
Most Searched Sports Star: When it comes to the sports world, sometimes a little controversy goes further than actual on field excellence, as Tim Tebow was the most searched athlete for 2013. Tebow moved up from #3 in 2012 to take over the top spot. Last year’s king Peyton Manning dropped quite a bit after a successful comeback season, coming in at #18 in 2013.
Top Three: Tim Tebow, Lindsay Vonn, Tiger Woods
Most Searched Sports Team: American football favorite, the Dallas Cowboys, is the most searched sports team of 2013. The Cowboys are the second highest valued sports franchise in US history (behind #3 most searched team the New York Yankees) with an estimated value of approximately $2.1 billion.
Top Three: Dallas Cowboys, Miami Heat, New York Yankees
Each year, Bing takes a look back at all the people, events, news, memes and more that made this year memorable. Bing analyzed the billions of searches that took place on Bing.com throughout the year, to share the top searches across a variety of categories, which can be viewed in a full report at www.BingTrends.com.
Giants Rookie Justin Pugh on Beards, Bullying, NFC East Loyalties and Paying Student-Athletes
Yesterday the 19th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, New York Giants OL Justin Pugh, wrapped up a day of promoting Conair for Men’s new 2-Blade All-In-One Trimmer getting cleaned up in the trendy Meatpacking District by celebrity groomer Anna Bernabe.
Such are the perks playing in the Big Apple.
I caught up with the Bucks County, PA-native to talk about being a Giant who grew up in Eagles country, and his thoughts on pressing issues facing his sport such as the Miami bullying saga and the push to pay college athletes.
Having now lived on both sides of the NFC rivalry, as a fan and now as a player, being passed up by his hometown team for a player at his same position (Lane Johnson) wasn’t lost Pugh. I’m not saying it put a chip on his shoulder, but he certainly didn’t hold back praise for the success of the Giants, and perhaps (intentionally or not) the lack thereof for the Eagles.
“I know what goes into [the Eagles-Giants rivalry], but the Eagles didn’t draft me. The Eagles didn’t give me my opportunity in the NFL. They drafted another guy at my position. They could have drafted me, but didn’t,” Pugh told me. “Actually, I am very thankful for who I ended up with – a first class organization in the New York Giants, an organization who has won in the past, winning two Super Bowls in five years. We have great players on the offensive line who have played a while. I think it’s the perfect fit.”
It’s not just the team that has struck Pugh, but the magnificence of playing in New York. “It’s the best city in the world. It’s the capital of the earth. It’s great to play here. When things aren’t going well, you’re 0-6 in the beginning, you start to feel it. But when you win three games in a row, things start to turn around. And if you win in this city, the guys have told me, there’s nothing like it.”
Fresh off of a standout career at Syracuse, Pugh left no doubt about his feelings regarding the ongoing debate about compensating collegiate athletes:
“I think student athletes should get paid, football players should get paid. These programs are making a lot of money off of guys…there’s no reason why these schools couldn’t provide to an extent. I know they are getting a free education, but they’re up there all the time. Regular students may say they are up there doing the same things, but the time that’s consumed playing athletics and going to college is crazy. When I was up there, you’re up there in the summers, you really have no social life. So to give these kids money so they can eat and have some extra food in their house? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.”
His thoughts on a more prevalent issue at the moment, the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying case that is polarizing players and pundits alike, were a little less cut-and-dry. One thing is for certain is that rookies in the Giants organization, while hazed, are protected by a veteran group of players who recognize and enforce the distinction between good-natured fun and abuse.
“I think there’s a line. There’s a very blurred line that exists. There’re things that you can do to break a rookie into the NFL: carrying helmets, decorating rooms, you pick up a tab – not a $30,000 tab, that’s crossing over that line. There’s a right of passage where rookies come in, that’s part of the game, and everyone’s done it, but when they take it to that next level, it becomes that grey area.
“I think in the next few weeks when we see this thing unfold, we’re going to see what happened in Miami, but the guys in my locker – the Eli Mannings, the Justin Tucks, Dave Diehl, Chris Snee – those guys police our locker room and don’t let those things happen and people go over that line.”
It’s one thing to heap praise on teammates. I pressed him for which of his teammates are the most unkempt in the locker and most in need of a Conair for Men grooming. He admitted that, only because Tyler Sash wasn’t on the roster any longer, Brandon Mosley and Brandon Myers could use some cleaning up.
Pugh tells me he got involved with Conair because he knew a guy. Literally. “It’s something got involved with through my best friend Corey, who happens to work for Conair, and said ‘Yo, you got a good beard, how about you try this new product.’ So it was actually a perfect match.”
There’s much more to Cobb County than the Big Boss Man.
Buff Bagwell went to my high school. I used to go to the Steiner Brothers’ church. Dusty Rhodes’ son, Cody, was born here and prefers the Hawks to the Braves. Many other former pro wrestlers call county seat Marietta home. It’s kind of a mini-Tampa in that way. In only that way, I assure you.
NJ Senator Cory Booker's Stripper Friend Dancing on the Giants' Sideline
The Garden State’s newly elected US Senator has made a name for himself for what he’s done on social media as much as for what he’s done during his tenure as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, the violent crime-riddled Newark.
During the no-contest race he ran against GOP sacrificial lamb Steve Lonegan this past fall, it was revealed he had a very public Twitter relationship with Portland-based exotic dancer, Lynsie Lee. The relationship lead many, given Booker’s digital acumen, to scratch their heads.
It also lead to the firing of a longtime Lonegan confidant, Rick Shafton for, among other things, this quip about Lee:
"It was just weird. I mean, to me, you know, hey, if he said, ‘Hey, you got really hot breasts man, I’d love to suck on them.’ Then like, yeah, cool. But like, he didn’t say that," Shaftan explained. "It was like kind of like, I don’t know, it was like what a gay guy would say to a stripper. It’s the way he was talking to her. It’s just like like there was no sexual interest at all. I don’t know. To me, if I was single and you know like some stripper was tweeting me, I might take advantage of the perks of the office, you know?"
The election may be over, but that doesn’t mean Lee’s 15 minutes are.
She is apparently a correspondent today for NJ’s version of political TMZ, Chasing New Jersey, and her first assignment seems to covering the G-Men at MetLife Stadium. By “covering,” I mean “bouncing around giddily” and Tweeting in the press box.
“Those are the moments you’d do anything to take back or say something different, or erase it.”—Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong apologizes for using his battle with cancer to boost his image. (via prweek)