New York City FC announced today that it wants its fans to choose the Club’s official team badge as the Club counts down to its inaugural season which kicks off in approximately one year – March 2015. 
Starting today and ending on Thursday March 13th, fans will have the opportunity to vote on their preferred badge from two options, created by renowned designer Rafael Esquer and chosen by the Club. The badge that receives the most votes will become the bedrock of the Team’s identity and will be formally unveiled in New York City on March 20th.
(NYCFC)

New York City FC announced today that it wants its fans to choose the Club’s official team badge as the Club counts down to its inaugural season which kicks off in approximately one year – March 2015.

Starting today and ending on Thursday March 13th, fans will have the opportunity to vote on their preferred badge from two options, created by renowned designer Rafael Esquer and chosen by the Club. The badge that receives the most votes will become the bedrock of the Team’s identity and will be formally unveiled in New York City on March 20th.

(NYCFC)

This is the first artistic collaboration with my @bekomlite. This is “The Warrior” presented to sarcoma survivor, & Super Bowl Champion @markherzlich of the NY Giants. What a moment to see him unwrap this artwork. “The Warrior” features 22 names of Warriors, Foundations, & Cancer Research Institutes nationwide. On the right side is his Boston College colors, left side is NY Giants colors. Proud to know you brother. Proud to call you a friend. Thanks for the hospitality!

In the 12 days leading up to and including Super Bowl Sunday, Wilson Football released a series dubbed “The Duke Dozen" commemorating the Wilson "Duke’s" presence as a part every great (and not so great) Super Bowl moment in the game’s history.

Oooo Kill It! DeSean Jackson Preps for Lions Battling Mouthy 7 Year-Old Internet Sensation

Which Way Did He Go, George?

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Ole Miss Linemen Can’t Find Coach to Give Him a Gatorade Bath

Rural Oklahoma high school QB out of commission after hillbilly handfishing accident.
(ht @WesKinetic from The Oklahoman)

Rural Oklahoma high school QB out of commission after hillbilly handfishing accident.

(ht @WesKinetic from The Oklahoman)

Parents of autistic kicker from Brick High sue NJSIAA after son not granted eligibility

Really weird story in Jersey via The Star Ledger:

The parents of Anthony Starego — the autistic kicker from Brick High who became a sensation when he booted a game-winning field goal against Toms River North in October — are suing the state’s governing body for high school athletics, claiming their son’s civil rights were violated when he was not granted a fifth year of eligibility.

Why I think it’s weird is I don’t see what the parents’ argument is. The student in question played four years and contributed on the high school squad despite the fact he “has a number of cognitive and developmental issues and functions academically like a 10 year old.”

They (the parents) argue:

It’s been instrumental,” he said. “But he’s got a lot more work to do. Life is going to be very difficult for him. As many tools as we can give him through age 21 in school that he can get is only going to benefit him and the struggle that he’s going to have when school is over.

The piece fails to note what the current standard for scholastic athletics is.  It would appear at face value that the student is being afforded the same eligibility as any other student-athlete.  So how is this violating his civil rights?

Further, I recall days of playing high school sports when all potential student-athletes were required in the state of NJ to take physicals in order to be eligible to play in the given school year.  I do not recall any lawsuits when those who failed were not granted the opportunity to play.   

There are also academic standards that are required to be met to play high school sports.  Again, due to the lack of clarity on the article’s part, I am not sure what the precedence is, but if you have a fifth year of eligibility, one can assume you were left behind a grade, thereby nullifying said eligibility from an academic standpoint, no?

'MURICA!

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With a little over a week left until the Super Bowl, allow us to take you on a visual tour of the birthplace of the football — Ada, Ohio, USA.

“Looking beyond the heavily dissected interviews and nonstop jokes on Twitter, the Te’o saga has brought a new question to the forefront: just what kind of crime is posing as someone else online, if it’s a crime at all? It’s a challenging issue that state legislatures and courts have been quietly started grappling with in recent years, and there’s a growing consensus that masquerading as someone else on Facebook, Twitter or through email is no laughing matter—do it with just enough malice and you could wind up behind bars…. As for Te’o, lawyers doubt that his alleged hoaxer would face criminal charges as an online impersonator. To charge someone with the crime, most states require that the hoaxer mimic an actual person—Kekua, Te’o’s girlfriend  was fictitious, though an actual woman’s photos were used without her consent to represent Kekua. It’s also hard to distinguish between the harm caused by the hoax and the harm Te’o brought on himself…”
-Time.com:  Can You Go to Jail for Impersonating Someone Online?

“Looking beyond the heavily dissected interviews and nonstop jokes on Twitter, the Te’o saga has brought a new question to the forefront: just what kind of crime is posing as someone else online, if it’s a crime at all? It’s a challenging issue that state legislatures and courts have been quietly started grappling with in recent years, and there’s a growing consensus that masquerading as someone else on Facebook, Twitter or through email is no laughing matter—do it with just enough malice and you could wind up behind bars…. As for Te’o, lawyers doubt that his alleged hoaxer would face criminal charges as an online impersonator. To charge someone with the crime, most states require that the hoaxer mimic an actual person—Kekua, Te’o’s girlfriend  was fictitious, though an actual woman’s photos were used without her consent to represent Kekua. It’s also hard to distinguish between the harm caused by the hoax and the harm Te’o brought on himself…”

-Time.com:  Can You Go to Jail for Impersonating Someone Online?

Monmouth University, best known nationally as the FCS school that gave the world Miles Austin, looks to be producing a beast of a linebacker in Dan Sullivan, a 6’2”, 235 soon-to-be senior said to be a workout freak of nature.

Here he is casually banging out a 65” box jump.