Fat Guy Touchdown, The Johnny Rule, & Philly Fights.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Quick Hits

The Main Event
WHAT?
Peyton Manning is an unrelenting, unwavering, and unstoppable quarterback marketing machine.

WHAT ELSE?
When the Denver Broncos quarterback wasn't busy getting in the way of his team's effort to win Super Bowl 50, he was probably thinking about how he could maximize postgame airtime to plug as many sponsors as humanly possible. Now that the dust has settled on the Super Bowl, questions are being raised about Manning's comments after the game. Two Anheuser-Busch mentions in particular are drawing the ire of the internet, as they were not only painfully forced, but were suspiciously similar as well. He first told CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson, "I got a couple priorities first. I wanna go kiss my wife and my kids. I wanna go hug my family. I'm gonna drink a lot of Budweiser tonight." Later, during the trophy presentation, he told CBS commentator Jim Nance, "I got a couple priorities in order. I wanna go kiss my wife, kiss my kids. I wanna go celebrate with my family and teammates. And I'm going to drink a lot of beer tonight, Jim. Budweiser." These comments certainly seemed like paid placements, but Anheuser-Busch immediately responded, denying any payment to Manning for the mentions, which were valued at $13.9 million. Why might Peyton plug Bud pro bono? He does own shares in Anheuser-Busch distributorships, but that doesn't seem like reason enough to sell yourself out and prioritize petty promotion over enjoying a career-defining moment. On the other hand, this is Peyton Manning we're talking about here, who has always been for sale. If the aforementioned Budweiser controversy doesn't speak to that, perhaps Manning's postgame kiss with Papa John will.

THOUGHTS?
Let's just get rid of the part where they play football and turn the Super Bowl into one giant commercial block, just like the NFL's always wanted.

NFL Pick 'Em Results - Postseason
There were 11 NFL postseason games, and it came down to the final one for Connor Barry of Denver, Colorado to separate himself from the pack with a stellar 9-2 record to win the Good Old Sport Playoff Pick 'Em Challenge! Enjoy your gift card to NFLShop.com, where you'll undoubtedly be buying Denver Broncos Super Bowl Champions crap. As for the rest of you, we'll see you soon for our March Madness pool.

The best of the rest include:

1. Connor Barry (9-2; 37*)
2. Jesse Knaack (8-3; 47*)
3. Jon Rawlings (8-3; 52*)
4. Mel Eperthener (8-3; 57*)
5. Krystal Nungaray (7-4; 41*)

*Total points estimate for Super Bowl 50. Actual: 34

Good Sport
FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN
Lost in the hustle and bustle of the Super Bowl was the International Bowl, an annual football competition for high school players featuring American national teams vs. Canadian national teams. Shockingly, the U.S. failed to go undefeated, dropping two games en route to a 6-2 overall record at the tourny. The big highlight of the Bowl was a big boy named John Krahn, a 6'9", 410-pounder who played for the Stars and Stripes' Under-18 team. Late in the game, Krahn lined up as a running back with the U.S. on Canada's five-yard line, and had no problem rushing in a score for his first career touchdown. His milestone moment was likely made easier due to Canada's defense appearing less than enthused to tackle a 410-pound human being. The U.S. went on to defeat Canada 34-3 because America.

Bad Sport
FISHING FOR A NEW COACH
After a disappointing 23-31 start to the 2015-16 season, The New York Knicks have fired head coach Derek Fisher. Just last week, Fisher said he wasn't worried about making the playoffs... apparently that wasn't the case for the Knicks' upper management. The Knicks were 40-96 under Fisher, and had lost their last five games in a row, which ultimately led to the pink slip for Fish. Kurt Rambis, who is known by many as one of the worst head coaches ever, will take over as interim head coach, but who will take the reins on a permanent basis? Former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman says he's interested in coaching, and he already has the wedding dress should a marriage between himself and the Knicks come to fruition.

COME TO PHILLY FOR THE FIGHTS
LeSean McCoy is apparently still sour about how things ended in Philly. The former Eagles running back (currently with the Buffalo Bills) and a few buddies blew off some steam at a Philadelphia bar by allegedly assaulting three off-duty police officers. The argument began over a bottle of champagne, and ended with an officer getting punched, kicked, and stomped on. In fairness, McCoy likely thought the hapless victim was former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, who McCoy famously despises.

(Dis)Honorable Mention: MLB free agent Delmon Young, who's accused of choking and threatening to kill a valet attendant... all without pants on.

What to Watch (All Times Eastern)
NBA. Spurs at Heat - 8pm on TNT; Rockets at Warriors - 10:30pm on TNT
NHL. Stars at Wild - 8pm on NBC Sports
COLLEGE BASKETBALL. Michigan State at Purdue - 7pm on ESPN; West Virginia at Kansas - 7pm on ESPN2; Georgia at Kentucky - 9pm on ESPN; Texas (Arlington) at Texas State - 9pm on ESPN2; Villanova at DePaul - 8:30pm on Fox Sports 1
SOCCER. FA Cup: West Ham vs. Liverpool - 2:30pm on Fox Sports 1
PREMIER BOXING. (lightweight) Jamel Herring vs. Luis Eduardo Flores - 11pm on Fox Sports 1
JAMES CORDEN. Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller stops by The Late Late Show to talk about his complete emasculation of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton - 12:37am on CBS
KEY & PEELE. The dynamic comedy duo reprise their "strict referee" bit, with the help of Stephen Colbert.
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