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Pop Culture Countdown: Cyrus’s Bangerz tour and Ellen Page’s coming out party

By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer
@thedanosaurus

6. Simon Cowell had his baby:

According to EOnline.com, the American Idol and X Factor judge has become a dad! Simon Cowell and his girlfriend Lauren Silverman had their first child together, a little boy. The baby, named Eric Selig Phillip Cowell, is named after Simon’s late father. The little bundle of joy has already experienced quite a splash of fame, when Cowell first revealed Silverman, then the wife of his best friend, to be pregnant with his child. But all seems well in the Cowell household. Let’s hope that becoming a dad will make Simon a little less harsh to those singing hopefuls!

5. “Orange is the New Black” season two:

The hit Netflix drama has a release date for season two! Rollingstone.com names the special day as June 6th. Season Two will take the focus away from Season One’s main character, Piper, and begin to delve into the story-lines of the other characters. Show-creator Jenji Kohan said, “As much as I love Piper and Taylor [the actress who portrays her] and her journey, I think people are interested in everyone’s journey.”

Prepare your life for a lot more of Crazy Eyes, Yoga Jones and Red!

4. The Olympians get romantic:

Not even the cold winds of Sochi, Russia can chill the fire burning in the Olympians’ hearts. This past Valentine’s Day, the Olympians got all romantic. U.S. Olympian Nick Goepper needed a Valentine, so the 19-year-old put it out into the world, hoping to find one. He wants something creative to catch his attention. Other Olympians took to Twitter and Instagram to get into the lovey-dovey spirit. Some were funny, some were sweet and some were downright aww-worthy.

Tell me in the comments below, who is your Olympic Valentine?

3. Frozen live performance:

Frozen just can’t let it go, can it? The smashing, now-iconic wonder that was the story of love between two sisters has taken it to the next level. The stars of the movie, including Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad, performed their songs live for an audience. It was a beautiful moment and showcased the actors’ impressive talents. Josh Gad hosted the event and belted out a few numbers of his own, but of course the gold star goes to Menzel for her beautiful rendition of the now-famous “Let It Go,” the song that has swept the our nation.

2. Bangerz tour kick-off:

Finally! Miley Cyrus began her Bangerz tour on Valentine’s Day in Vancouver. To kick things off, she made her entrance coming down a slide shaped like a tongue — because why not, right? — and bedazzled her way into our hearts with her crazy outfits. This tour could prove to be the solidification of a whole new Miley, and a celebration of her transformation so far. According to an EOnline.com article, Miley was having some pre-show nerves, tweeting, “I don’t know if it’s Valentines Day or #BangerzTour but I’m most definitely having a panic attack.” Aww, Miley!

1. Michael Sam and Ellen Page:

Taking the topic from Miley to something a little more serious, this week has been groundbreaking for the LGBTQ community. Two prominent public figures, NFL draftee Michael Sam and Ellen Page of “Juno” and “Inception” came out of the closet. Hailing from Univeristy of Missouri-Columbia, Sam is a defensive lineman and a top pick for the NFL. If drafted, Sam would be the first openly gay football player in the NFL. Page came out at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Conference. In a beautiful, heart-warming speech, Page decided to stop “lying by omission” and genuinely thanked the HRCFC for all the work that they have done in helping her life and the lives of others.

Everything You Need to Know for Super Bowl XLVIII

By Sarah Kirkpatrick (@Kirkpatrick_SJ) and Andrew Battifarano (@Squidthoughts)

Not familiar with the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos? Only going to your friend’s Super Bowl party for the snacks? Don’t worry — here’s everything you need to know about each team, plus some final score predictions from the DFP sports staff.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Regular Season: 13-3 overall record

How they got to the Super Bowl:

The Seahawks, as the top overall seed in the NFC Western Division— fueled by a dynamic running game and the NFL’s best defense — earned a first-round bye and met the fifth-seeded New Orleans Saints in the divisional round. The Seahawks jumped out to a 16-0 lead, but the Saints fought back. They came within eight points twice, but an illegal forward pass by Saints running back Marques Colston in the dwindling seconds to end the game allowed Seattle to exhale, giving the Seahawks a 23-15 win and a berth in the NFC Championship Game.

But in order to advance to the Super Bowl, the Seahawks had to beat their biggest enemy — the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, but a field goal right before half and a Marshawn Lynch touchdown five minutes into the third quarter tied things up. Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick connected with wide receiver Anquan Boldin for a touchdown shortly thereafter, but a field goal and a touchdown from Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse gave the Seahawks the lead for good. The 49ers attempted to stay in it, though. On Kaepernick’s attempt at winning the game, cornerback Richard Sherman tipped a pass intended for 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree into the hands of Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith to end the game and give Seattle an exhilarating 23-17 win.

Players to Watch:

Loudmouthed corner Richard Sherman has divided America — confident or cocky? You’ve all seen the interview— but he has the stats to back up his talk. He led the NFC in interceptions this year, with eight.

Marshawn Lynch has also made headlines with the opposite problem — he is succinct with the media  — but has quietly been the difference-maker for the Seahawks. He has had 249 rushing yards in the postseason, the most of any player, and tied for the most rushing TDs in the NFL during the regular season (12).

Doug Baldwin isn’t quite as talked-about as Lynch or Sherman, but the wide receiver has been reliable this postseason, including three receptions for 20+ yards. His quarterback doesn’t pass to him often — only 10 times this postseason — but Baldwin has been there nearly every time, catching eight of those attempts.

DENVER BRONCOS:

Regular Season: 13-3 overall record

How they got to the Super Bowl: Future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning led the best passing game in the NFL to the top seed in the AFC Western Division. Ever since Manning was cut from the Indianapolis Colts and signed with the Broncos, Denver’s offense has been a powerhouse and a threat to win it all. Last year the Broncos lost in heartbreaking fashion to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on a final-minute “Hail Mary” from Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco.

Opening night this season the Broncos had some chance for vengeance against those same Ravens. In that game, Manning and the Broncos not only beat the Ravens, but absolutely manhandled them. Denver put up 49 points, which included an amazing 7 touchdown passes from Manning. The Broncos kept this prolific offense up through the entire season, and with an amazing core of receivers, Manning set the record for most touch down passes in a season with 55.

Rolling into the playoffs with just three losses, the Broncos earned a first-round bye, and eventually took on the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Divisional Round. Although the Chargers made a second half push, the Broncos held on for a 24-17 win.

The next week in the AFC Championship game, long awaited matchup of Manning versus New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady happened. Manning threw for 400 yards, the Denver defense kept the pressure on Brady all game and the Broncos were able to advance to its first Super Bowl since John Elway was quarterback (1998 season). 

Players to watch: It is no secret that the key to the Denver offense is Manning. With one of his best seasons, if not his best, he runs an impressive show that rivals the 1999 St. Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offense. While Manning has been slinging the ball with accuracy and efficiency all year, there is more to Denver than the quarterback.

Without the amazing receiving core of Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas, Manning would have not had the numbers he did. Those four each had at least 10 touchdowns this season, proving to be headaches for many defenses. Welker was concussed recently, so it should be interesting to see what kind of factor he plays in the game.

While running back Knowshon Moreno’s pregame emotions have been well documented, he’s quietly had a career year as the team’s starting running back, posting over 1,000 rushing yards and recording 10 touchdown runs.

FINAL SCORE PREDICTIONS:

Andrew (Sports Editor): 23-14 Seahawks. Even with Denver’s prolific offense, Seattle’s defense will be strong, and will stop Peyton Manning. The combination of Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will be too much and the Seahawks should prevail.

Michael Joscelyn (Women’s basketball writer): 24-20 Denver. Seattle’s defense and running game will make this extremely tough on the Broncos but in the end I think it’s Peyton Manning’s game to lose. If the Denver defense can’t slow down Marshawn Lynch, that score may just be flipped around.

Kevin Dillon (Men’s hockey writer and Sports Editor, Fall 2012): Denver 19-17. The cold weather forces Denver to rely on Knowshon Moreno and the short passing game, which means a lot of Matt Prater field goals. His fourth and final one is a last-second game-winner, as Champ Bailey and the underrated Denver defense hold off the Seahawks offense just enough.

Conor Ryan (Associate Sports Editor, Fall 2013): 24-17 Seattle. Lynch runs through Denver’s defense and Peyton can’t handle the cold weather or Seattle’s secondary. Wilson gets SB MVP but hands it to Tom Brady as a lifetime achievement award. All is well.

Meredith Perri (Men’s hockey writer and Sports Editor, Spring 2012):  Can I just predict that regardless of the score all you will hear about for a week afterward is Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman, not necessarily in that order?

Jackie Bamberger (Associate Sports Editor): 28-24 Seahawks. But I predict that no matter the score, Sarah [Kirkpatrick] will be in tears after the game.

Sarah (Editor-in-chief): I’m a diehard Seahawks fan, so I’m not going to make any predictions. I don’t want to jinx anything.

 

LOL Thursday: More NFL Bad Lip Reading

By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
@katreenz

What better way to get ready for Super Bowl Sunday than by watching Bad Lip Reading’s latest viral video?

Yep, you heard right – they’ve done it again and they’re back with a sequel to the original, entitled “More NFL – A Bad Lip Reading”.

I know nothing about football, but anyone with a remote sense of humor will find this hilarious. My own personal favorite Bad Lip Reading videos are its spoofs of “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” but the channel has also been known to do videos of the political variety, like highlights from the 2012 Presidential Debates, if that suits your fancy.

If you’ve never seen any of the ‘Bad Lip Reading’ videos, you may be asking, what the hell is it? The channel features different muted clips of scenes from movies, celebrities, and politicians and provides voice overs with a lip reading that totally fits their mouth movements but doesn’t always make sense. The result is completely ridiculous, yet totally hysterical at the same time.

Featuring numerous players and coaches with a handful of great lines such as “I will sing for you when you beg me. And you will beg me!” and Peyton Manning’s response to the question that scares you: “Just having somebody yucky like you, denim jeans, uh… Voldemort. Yes, I said Voldemort,” More of NFL Bad Lip Reading is sure to brighten your day.

NBA for NFL?

By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
@Brandon_S_Lewis

It’s not completely unheard of for an athlete to go between two sports./PHOTO VIA Flickr user Keith Allison

Remember when Michael Jordan decided to pursue baseball? It was back in 1993 when he decided to step away from the NBA, which was the first of his three retirements.

He signed a deal with the Chicago White Sox and played for their Double A-minor league affiliate for the 1994 season. His batting average was .202 with three homers and 51 RBIs. These stats weren’t bad for the NBA superstar but they were average compared to other minor leaguers fighting to be in the major leagues.

I’m sure Jordan received a great deal of respect for attempting to try another sport, but we were all relieved when he returned to basketball in 1995.

Lebron James, the current king of the NBA, recently revealed on Twitter that he too wants to pick up another sport: football. Well, not pick it up, but just play in one NFL game. Check out the tweet here.

Before becoming a dominant force in the NBA, James played high school football in Akron, Ohio. Many believe that he could have played in the NFL, but I guess being the first pick in the 2003 NBA Draft made it clear which sport to pursue.

Imagine being blessed with the skills to succeed in both pro basketball and football, two of the most body-abusing sports! Now, do you understand why he’s called King James?

Plenty other athletes have also showed interest in other sports. Charles Barkley, an 11-time NBA All-Star, is known for having a terrible golf swing and was featured on a reality show that attempted to improve his golf skills. Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles’ current quarterback, was drafted by the Rockies in 2000 as a starting pitcher. Then there’s Dave Winfield. Before he embarked on his Hall of Fame baseball career, he was drafted by four teams in three different sports. He was picked up the San Diego Padres (baseball) and drafted by the Vikings (football), the Hawks (NBA) and Stars (ABA). That’s just unheard of!

Despite all the talk about James making an appearance in the NFL, it looks as if the Miami Heat star will return to the NBA to help his team win its third straight championship. His season begins on Oct. 29 when the Heat take on the Bulls.

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By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
@Brandon_S_Lewis

Have you ever wondered what NFL players and coaches are yelling during competitive games? I always assumed that the coaches were calling plays or making sure their players understood their purpose on their field. I also believed that the players were either trash talking to the opposing team or making sure everyone knew the plan of action. Well, the Bad Lip-Reading series has targeted the NFL as its latest victim revealing the players’ humorous small talk. The small talk consists of random things such as pretty female parts, pregnant cows, magical potions, and making chicken rolls just to name a few. It’s dead-on.

“An orange peanut! Well, I accept you!”