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NFL star and CBS analyst Tony Gonzalez is teaming up with Marriott Rewards to give back to the most passionate NFL fans across the country with every fan’s dream opportunity.
Now through December 2, 2014, football fans are invited to share their passion for the NFL through 30-sec videos or captioned photos that show an unrivaled spirit for the game and their favorite player. Six lucky fans who can prove they are among the “Most Passionate” will receive the ultimate NFL experience hosted by Gonzalez – an exclusive trip for two to Phoenix, tickets to the Pro Bowl, and the opportunity to hang with their favorite player on January 24, the day before the game.
“One of my best memories when I was younger was having Merlin Olsen come out to my Pop Warner practice field and come talk to us, and drop knowledge, and the things that he told me back then like, work hard, follow your dreams, stuck with me for the rest of my life,” said Gonzalez. “The ‘Marriott Rewards Most Passionate Fan’ contest is the same type of thing – to be able to hang out with your hero, it’s a dream come true and I encourage everybody to go out there and make it happen.”
A voting period for the top 100 entries, which is open to the public, lasts from Dec. 2 – 19. To enter the contest and read the official rules, visit MarriottRewardsMostPassionateFan.com.
If you are a football fan and love to get behind the scenes and hear stories from a Hall of Fame coach then you should pick up the book, “Parcells.” His latest book came out last month. It was a great read. I found myself wanting to read more and more each day. I loved reading about some of the stories the teams he coached, people he brought up in the ranks of coaching, and his take on the game itself.
Parcells may be the most iconic football coach of our time. Any fan of the NFL knows that he was able to turn around a few failing franchises into playoff teams. He brought two Super Bowl Championships to the city of New York. After that he turned the New England Patriots into an NFL powerhouse and reinvigorated the New York Jets.
He orchestrated the winning recipe to bring the Dallas Cowboys back to their time in limelight. It was a no brainer that he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. NFL fans will thoroughly enjoy his stories from his time with each organization.
Even more you will get to read his thoughts on his longtime former assistant head coach, Bill Belichick. We get to see from Bill’s view what went down as Belichick took the Jets job and then left a few days later to take the New England Patriots head coaching position.
In his new book Parcells writes, “He made a deal and then tried to get out of it. A deal’s a deal. You want out? You’re going to pay. Simple.”
Parcells did say later on that he didn’t “begrudge” Belichick for taking the Patriots job, and that he probably got it for him.
Parcells even talks about then-Jets offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. Charlie was looking to Parcells for the head coaching job. Yet when Weis testified for Belichick during a grievance hearing, Parcells banned Weis from Jets facilities. You will definitely want to read that chapter.
He even talks about his relationship with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Parcells writes on Jones, “If you told Jerry, ‘Give me $10 million this November, and by next November I’ll give you $12 million,’ he’d have no interest in that proposition. But if you said, ‘Jerry, you give me $10 million, and next year at this time, there’s a 15 percent chance you’ll have $100 million,’ he’s in. Now, I could never understand that, but that’s the kind of guy he is; he’s a risk-taker.”
Parcells also credits himself with Cowboys QB, Tony Romo success. He wrote “If I had put in Romo in his first year and just let him play, he would have been out of football in a year and a half. He was just a gunslinger. He was indiscriminate. And he would do [expletive] that you just can’t succeed doing. But after a year or two of practicing in the preseason, getting his [reps], you could see he had a real good chance to come along.”
Like I said “Parcells” is a fascinating read and is must own for any football fan. To purchase the book click here!
In the spirit of Halloween, former New England offensive lineman, Matt Light, dons a unique Halloween disguise- a mannequin – giving Courtyard by Marriott guests both a trick and a treat in this Halloween edition of ‘Courtyard Camera’.
Have you ever wondered if you could beat a Super Bowl Champion Coach in a game of football? Maybe your chances are slim to none in real life, but what about electric football. I am talking about the old school game where the little guys shake and shimmy all over the field. You think you could? Well in the latest Bud Light Up For Whatever TV spot.
The video features an NFL fan who is randomly challenged to a game of “electric football” in a bar by none other than Jimmy Johnson. Yes, Sean is indeed a random fan (not an actor) and he had no idea that Jimmy was going to walk into the bar and challenge him to vibrating football while other patrons cheer along.
And remember, if you’re holding a Bud Light in your hand while watching a NFL game this season, it means you’re #UpForWhatever – and anything can happen.
This week I was invited to go back to school. Now some might cringe to think about going back to school, but this was a very cool campus. It was Nike’s Hyperschool. The curriculum was taught by Nike’s finest tech guys and gals. There was even a surprise guest, who shared his thoughts on why he loves playing in Nike gear. It was Atlanta Falcons running back, Steven Jackson. Here is a fun fact. Did you know that Steven was an intern at Nike? Well believe it or not he was.
And like Steven Jackson many athletes not only wear Nike sneakers, but the clothing from Nike. The technology and research that goes into Nike’s sneakers and clothing is tremendous. Parker Mangum is the Product Lead for Nike Pro Combat. I spoke with him about the development of the clothing and how they talk with athletes to improve their gear. Usually it is about a two to three year process from the initial talks to the finished product.
The Hyperschool went over a few items from their Nike Pro Hyperstrong, Nike Pro Combat Baselayer, and Hyperwarm Flex lines.
Over the past two years, Nike partnered with Stats, Inc. for an unprecedented analysis and look inside football’s significant uptick in pace and contact across all levels of the game. Using a proprietary database, historical play frequencies and balance charts were created to help analyze how the game is changing. In addition, countless hours of game film were used to quantify and specify contact – both in frequency and location.
Stats, Inc looked at a cross section of NCAA teams over the course of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, as well as six areas of an athlete’s body: shoulder, chest, hip, knee, thigh and back.
Over the years athletes have said that they want lightweight padding that isn’t distracting – without sacrificing speed or performance. Pads have gone from “big and bulky” to “fast and flexible,” just like the athletes. Originally launched in 2009, Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong is ergonomically designed to provide sport-specific protection to athletes without restricting flexibility or speed. Today, Nike has re-engineered its Nike Pro Combat HyperStrong collection to be stronger, more breathable, and 30 percent lighter than before. Hyperstrong is designed to integrate seamlessly into the football uniform as a lightweight extension of the body.
Here is a breakdown of some their products.
•The Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Flex Tight is engineered for warmth and moisture-wicking. Dri-FIT pods are strategically placed for zoned warmth where you need it most. Breathability-variant mesh areas provide strategic ventilation for optimal thermoregulation. Seamless knit construction adds mobility and flexibility while also eliminating distraction in cold-weather conditions.
•The Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Dri-Fit Max Shield Fitted Mock keeps out rain and wind through a stretch-woven overlay in the chest and sleeves. Dri-Fit Max fabric wicks sweat for comfort in the cold. Mesh back pods increase airflow to keep you cool.
•The Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Dri-Fit Max Mock implements a Dri-FIT Max twill interior to accelerate the pull of moisture away from the skin’s surface, keeping the body dry and eliminating the chilling effect. Side mesh gussets allow for extra breathability and full range of motion, while lightweight jersey panels help reduce bulk and lock in warmth.
•The Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong 3.0 Compression 4-Pad Top and ¾ Pant is part of Nike’s sport-specific range that includes strategically placed padding for impact protection. With newly-designed, ultra-flexible 7mm DeTech foam padding at the shoulders and ribs, it provides maximum protection and less bulk than its predecessor. Dri-FIT fabric wicks away sweat as four-way stretch material provides enhanced range of motion and optimal breathability when the action heats up.
•The Nike Pro Combat Hypercool Fitted Sleeveless 3.0 Top features open-mesh zones for ventilation and Dri-Fit fabric to help keep athletes dry and comfortable. Warp-knit material in the back creates tear-resistant durability.
•The Nike Pro Combat Recovery Hypertight is designed to be worn during active recovery, in between competition. The graduated compressive design strategically targets different zones of the leg at different pressures to reduce muscle swelling — firmest at the ankle where swelling can be the most severe. Foot stirrups are integrated for a secure fit. Dri-FIT material assists in keeping athletes warm and dry.
Nike designers, researchers and developers start with athlete insights in order to determine their needs. From there, they unlock these athlete insights in the Nike Explore Team Sport Research Lab by looking at athlete performance data. These insights help inform next steps in apparel innovation such as materials testing, fit and flexibility analysis, and more, in order to help designers create the best apparel to protect and prepare athletes for any condition.
To that end, Nike Pro Combat baselayer apparel keeps the body regulated for inclement weather through thermoregulation, breathability and a body-contoured streamlined fit. Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm and Hypercool apparel provide an optimal fit with added mesh in high-heat zones for ventilation and comfort.
To dive a little deeper and better understand extreme weather conditions, Nike took a look at the traditional NFL “strength of schedule” from a very different perspective – the weather.
Although every team will face their share of formidable contenders this season, athletes will also compete with their external environment – extreme cold and heat, snow, rain and wind. As such, if extreme weather is considered, it requires a different level of protection and preparation – both in training and when it comes to baselayer. To that end, Nike explored the previous 10 years of Farmer’s Almanac weather data as well as the 2014 temperature predictions for every NFL game and team this season.
Leading into the 2014-2015 NFL season, it was predicted that the Oakland Raiders would have the toughest strength of schedule, while the Indianapolis Colts were perceived to have the easiest. But when looking at the schedule only through the lens of “predicted weather and temperature” it’s a very different story. The Green Bay Packers have the most extreme cold weather predictions, Seattle Seahawks have the mildest schedule, and the Miami Dolphins have the hottest.
On Sunday, Bud Light, the official beer sponsor of the NFL, kicked off its NFL ad campaign for the season with a new Up For Whatever creative spot. The video features a Buccaneers fan who gets his house “Buccaneer’d” by NFL legend Warren Sapp wearing a parrot on his shoulder while facilitating a backyard cannon firing as beautiful pirate maidens cheer.
And remember, if you’re holding a Bud Light in your hand while watching a NFL game this season, it means you’re #UpForWhatever – and anything can happen!
To kick off the NFL season, Campbell’s Chunky soup celebrated its newest Mama’s Boy – Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman – by creating a statue lined with Campbell’s Chunky soup cans and labels outside CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday, Sept. 4, prior to the home opener against the Green Bay Packers. The structure commemorated Sherman’s iconic defensive play during the 2014 NFC championship, which helped punch Seattle’s ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII. In this photo, Richard’s mother, Beverly, poses with Seahawks fans that co-star in the new Chunky Mama’s Boy commercial.
Not only did the Seahawks put a whoppin on the Green Bay Packers last night, the team brought back some players from back in the day. Former Seattle Seahawks stars Joey Galloway, Jordan Babineaux, Jim Zorn and Manu Tuiasosopo celebrated the start of the 2014 NFL season with fans at McDonald’s exclusive tailgate party yesterday in Seattle. In its second year as the official restaurant sponsor of the NFL, McDonald’s is celebrating football fans’ love for the game with a new mindset of tailgating and exclusive football content and prizes for customers.
Manu Tuiasosopo poses with fans at the NFL season opener kickoff yesterday in Seattle, Washington
Jim Zorn, former Redskins head coach and Seahawks quarterback, signs a helmet yesterday.
At Seattle -5.5 Green Bay
They’re the champs for a reason and they’re at home, so it’s gonna take some serious juggernaughting for the Packers to edge ‘em out.
Pick: Seahawks -5.5
New Orleans -3 At Atlanta
Atlanta should bounce back this season, but not this week.
Pick: Saints -3
At St. Louis -3.5 Minnesota
Shaun Hill isn’t as bad as people think and the Vikings new offense needs time to click.
Pick: Rams -3.5
At Pittsburgh -6.5 Cleveland
Johnny Football, Brian Football – it really doesn’t matter without Josh.
Pick: Steelers -6.5
At Philadelphia -10.5 Jacksonville
Bortles may have kept this game respectable.
Pick: Eagles -10.5
At NY Jets -5 Oakland
I love the Derek Carr selection, but the Raiders don’t typically travel east and expect to win.
Pick: Jets -5
At Baltimore -2 Cincinnati
That newly erected statue of Ray Lewis in Baltimore won’t do anything to contain Cincy’s weapons.
Pick: Bengals +2
At Chicago -7 Buffalo
Chicago’s defense was surprisingly shitty last year, but the Bills don’t have the O to exploit ‘em and hang with that Trestman attack.
Pick: Bears -7
At Houston -3 Washington
JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney provide some much needed hope for a franchise that needs it. Gonna be fun to watch these two monsters disrupt Washington’s attack.
Pick: Texans -3
At Kansas City -4 Tennessee
Chiefs cruise past a team in transition.
Pick: Chiefs -4
New England -5 At Miami
Brady’s big year starts this week and Shane Vereen goes off.
Pick: Pats -5
At Tampa Bay -2.5 Carolina
Lovie’s first game inspires at home vs. a less-than-100-percent Cam.
Pick: Bucs -2.5
San Francisco -5 At Dallas
The Niners have looked less-than-menacing in the preseason, but I bet Dallas finds a way to lose.
Pick: Niners -5
At Denver -7.5 Indianapolis
Manning unleashes a full offseason of bitterness and frustration on his old team
Pick: Broncos -7.5
At Detroit -6 NY Giants
The Lions show the G-Men how to offense
Pick: Lions -6
At Arizona -3 San Diego
Cardinals remind people that they have a sick defense
Pick: Cards -3
Lock of the Week: Go with Pittsburgh. Trust.
Trading in his helmet and pads for a fake mustache and apron, Nick Foles went incognito, posing as a Courtyard employee. We captured the reaction of fantasy leaguers, who were surprised by the Pro Bowl MVP.