Paying off bet, Zoo Atlanta names cockroach after Tom Brady

More than a week after the Falcons fell victim to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, an Atlanta zoo has named a cockroach after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Tom Brady says he doesn’t have a problem if some of his teammates decide not to go to the White House to celebrate New England’s Super Bowl LI victory.
Zoo Atlanta says on its Facebook page that it had a bet with Rhode Island’s Roger Williams Park Zoo that called for the loser to name a baby animal after the winning team’s star quarterback. Both zoos figured the loser would be pretty bitter about the game, so they agreed the animal in question would be a Madagascar hissing cockroach.

The zoo introduced a whole family of cockroaches in a video Monday, including a tiny Tom Brady.

Brady and the Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit to defeat Atlanta 34-28 in overtime to win the team’s fifth Super Bowl title.

The Chargers likely would be unwilling to match that kind of deal.

The franchise tag is a labor designation that restricts a player’s potential movement in exchange for a high one-year salary. It is governed by owners and players through the collective bargaining agreement.

There are two types of designations, exclusive rights and non-exclusive. The exclusive-rights franchise tag designation means a player is bound to the team for the upcoming season. A player’s agent is prohibited from seeking offer sheets elsewhere.

The amount earned is the average of the five largest salaries at the player’s position through the end of the current year’s restricted free-agent signing period (April 21 this year), or 120 percent of the player’s salary the previous year — whichever is greater.

The drive that led to Vinatieri’s kick included so many memorable plays

Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal with no time left started the Patriots’ dynasty. Keep in mind that in 2001, NFL place-kickers converted 46.8 percent of 48-yard attempts. Vinatieri had converted only 58.3 percent of attempts between 40 and 49 yards. The win probability model accounted for the indoor environment of the Superdome, and at the worst the Patriots were going to overtime with the Rams. But in those days, it was a relatively low-percentage attempt.

The drive that led to Vinatieri’s kick included so many memorable plays, but the Patriots’ win probability swung most dramatically after Brady’s 23-yard pass to Troy Brown. The play put the ball at the Rams’ 36-yard line, nearly in Vinatieri’s range, with 29 seconds remaining. It was the first time during the drive when the Patriots had a better than even chance to win.

Once Colin Kaepernick opts out, San Francisco will have no quarterbacks under contract. That’s a bold strategy. Let’s see how it works out for them. The first order of business for new coach Kyle Shanahan and new general manager John Lynch: Find a quarterback. This is why they were smart to get six-year contracts.

Good question, Alex. I just wasn’t wearing one the day of the photo. I seem to recall it being really hot outside. Probably a good thing I went sans tie because neck sweat from having your dress shirt buttoned all the way to the top is the absolute worst. You can’t hide that with a suit coat. Maybe ESPN will update our glamour shots in the spring. But I doubt that’s high priority at the network!

Garrett attended the show at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta and spoke to an ESPN social media producer, who asked whether there was a specific team he might want to join in the NFL. His answer was “100 percent supposed to be fun,” the producer said.

Soccer Icon Pelé Sues Samsung in Chicago

A Chicago jury previous yr awarded Michael Jordan $nine million right after grocery chain Dominick’s utilised his likeness to hawk steaks. Now another planet-famous athlete will appear to Chicago to get paid for what is becoming known as an uncompensated endorsement.

Soccer icon Pelé has sued Samsung in federal courtroom in Chicago, declaring the electronics large utilised a seem-alike in a total-website page advert for high-definition televisions that appeared in the New York Moments.

Pelé, or fairly a business that licenses the soccer star’s picture, has employed the very same Chicago firm that represented Jordan. The lawsuit picked the federal courtroom in Chicago as the location, although the advertisement appeared in Times editions throughout the U.S., and Pele is a Brazilian citizen suing a South Korean corporation.

Samsung seemingly felt there was price to Pelé’s endorsement: the lawsuit notes that two many years just before the advert featuring the purported search-alike Pelé was revealed, Samsung experienced engaged in negotiations with Pelé in excess of a prepare to employ the soccer star to endorse Samsung goods, but the organization pulled out “at the previous moment.”

In Jordan’s situation, Dominick’s and parent organization Safeway utilised Jordan’s complete title and jersey number in a 2009 advert published in Athletics Illustrated that commemorated Jordan’s induction into the Basketball Corridor of Fame. The Jordan ad featured a more overt reference than in Pelé’s look-alike claim, mentioned Andrew Zimbalist, a sporting activities economist who testified at Jordan’s trial.

And much more important to how significantly Pelé may possibly get in damages is a calculation of how much he usually acquired from endorsement deals, Zimbalist mentioned.

“I really don’t consider there’s any individual out there who can command the identical level of payment as Jordan,” Zimbalist mentioned. “He’s in a class by himself.”

Samsung associates did not react to requests for comment Monday.

Few athletes in the globe have Jordan’s worldwide attractiveness, but the 75-12 months-aged Pelé, is deemed by a lot of the biggest soccer participant ever to play the world’s most popular sport. The Brazil indigenous, whose entire name is Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, was named Athlete of the Century by the Intercontinental Olympic Committee in 1999. He holds the international document for most objectives scored in a career, although he is now virtually forty several years eliminated from his last skilled match.

Nevertheless, Pelé raked in $25 million from endorsements in 2014, when Brazil hosted the soccer’s Globe Cup, in accordance Bloomberg Enterprise. 1 sponsor that calendar year sold a $19,000 watch with an impression of Pelé producing a bicycle kick. The price of Pelé’s great title might increase nonetheless increased this year, when Rio De Janiero hosts the Olympic Online games, and his life tale is manufactured into a motion picture by Ron Howard’s movie organization.

“The goal is to get honest payment for the unauthorized use of Pele’s id and to prevent long term unauthorized utilizes,” said legal professional Fredrick Sperling, who also represented Jordan in his 2015 demo.

The 2015 advertisement at the coronary heart of lawsuit displays portion of the smiling experience of an older, black gentleman “who extremely intently resembles Pelé” beside an picture of Samsung television monitor, on which a soccer player is noticed “making a modified bicycle or scissors-kick, perfected and famously used by Pelé.”

Panarin Scores Twice as Blackhawks Top Penguins 3-2

Artemi Panarin conquer Marc-Andre Fleury 3:forty seven into extra time to elevate the Chicago Blackhawks to a three-two victory in excess of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night time.

Panarin concluded with two objectives, which includes the winner off a feed from Patrick Kane as Chicago fended off resilient Pittsburgh, which rallied from a two- deficit in the third time period driving objectives from Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang.

Chicago appeared to be firmly in handle going into the third and managed to enhance to 17–1 when leading after two, but it was not simple.

Crosby gave Pittsburgh life when he ripped a wrist shot by Crawford’s blocker 5:fifty four into the 3rd. He virtually additional yet another after the ensuing faceoff only to have his shot beat Crawford but strike the put up.

Jonathan Toews acquired his 14th aim of the year for Chicago. Kane completed with two helps to increase his level whole to an NHL-greatest fifty nine. Corey Crawford created 34 will save for the Blackhawks, who have won four straight.

Crosby scored his twelfth of the time and sixth in six online games to start Pittsburgh’s comeback. Letang additional his fourth with a shot from the point with two:fifty to enjoy to power extra time. Fleury stopped 27 shots in the very first match of a house-and-residence with the defending Stanley Cup champions.

There are no such worries in Chicago, which would seem to have averted any form of letdown following a third Stanley Cup in five many years very last spring. The Blackhawks are the dynasty Pittsburgh envisioned it would turn into when Crosby and Malkin raised the Cup in 2009. 6-in addition years later the Penguins are even now ready to bookend that superb operate even though Chicago chugs proper together behind Kane, Toews and a fashion of perform that seems to translate irrespective of the opponent.

Sullivan has put in his very first number of months on the job regularly telling his players to get them selves and the puck to the internet, preferably in that get. The proof his message is beginning to seep in arrived throughout wins more than Detroit and the New York Islanders very last week, which included a extend in which the Penguins scored 10 straight goals.

Nevertheless old routines are difficult to shake. Pittsburgh even now has a inclination to overpass. Chris Kunitz opted from a vast open up shot from the remaining circle in the first period in favor of striving to thread something throughout the ice to a single of his teammates. It was tipped out of harm’s way.

Pittsburgh’s best sustained strain arrived midway by way of the 2nd but couldn’t sneak everything by Crawford and Chicago countered with a 2-on-one amongst Kane and Panarin that ended with Panarin burying a 1-timer off a feed from Kane to put the Blackhawks up 8:forty seven into the 2nd.

Chicago doubled the lead late in the next when Brent Seabrook banged a shot from the correct circle off of Toews in front of the net with 1:14 to go only to see the gain disappear throughout arguably Pittsburgh’s ideal period of time of the time.

Letang finally tied it with considerably less than three minutes remaining when his blind shot from the stage emerged from a sea of jerseys to slip by Crawford’s glove.

It established the phase for a dazzling back again-and-forth extra time period, with the three-on-three structure generating extensive swathes of open up ice for two of the league’s most skilled groups. They traded chances — with Fleury producing a doorstep end on Marian Hossa on 1 conclude and Crawford denying Phil Kessel two times at the other — prior to Kane set up Panarin for his 13th of the calendar year.

The Penguins earned at the very least a single level for the sixth time in their previous 7 online games and look to be figuring factors out beneath Mike Sullivan, their when-sleepy offense obtaining a require jolt from its stars and a rejuvenated energy engage in that was converting almost forty p.c of its options considering that Dec. 19.

Still, Pittsburgh came in on the exterior of the playoffs hunting, not precisely the location the Penguins and their cap-strapped roster built to get now — right now — want to be nearing the season’s halfway point.

Peyton Manning Calls It a Career After 18 NFL Seasons

He had to crack a few jokes to help fight back the tears at his retirement news conference Monday, when the words didn’t always come as easy as the emotions.

His voice cracking, especially when he mentioned his hero, Johnny Unitas, Manning said goodbye to the game he loved in an auditorium packed with friends, family and laughter.

Manning, who turns 40 this month, said the timing was simply right to call one last audible one month after winning his second Super Bowl trophy.

Aside from that, it’s anybody’s guess.

“When I look back on my NFL career, I’ll know without a doubt that I gave everything I had to help my teams walk away with a win,” Manning said. “There were other players who were more talented, but there was no one could out-prepare me, and because of that I have no regrets.”

Elway thanked Manning for coming to Colorado, saying he made his own job easier, noting that with Manning living here, free agents were basically asking Elway “where do I sign?”

It was through the eyes of a former QB and not those of a GM that Elway really enjoyed watching Manning, however.

“Peyton Manning revolutionized the game,” Elway said. “We all used to think a no-huddle was a fast pace, get to the line of scrimmage and get people off-balance. Peyton revolutionized it, and you know what, we’re going to get to the line of scrimmage, take our time, I’m going to find out what you’re doing and then I’m going to pick you apart.

“I can’t tell you how many times I said, ‘Dang, why didn’t we think of that?'”

Manning went 50-15 in Denver, leading the Broncos to four AFC West titles, two Super Bowl trips, one championship, and in 2013 guided the highest-scoring offense in league history. All after retraining himself to throw following a series of neck fusion surgeries forced him to miss the 2011 season and he was cut by the Colts.
Former Colorado Rockies slugger Todd Helton, Manning’s teammate at Tennessee in the 1990s, once told the story about how Manning’s right arm was so shot after his neck operations that he thought Peyton was goofing around when he threw a football and it fluttered like a wounded duck.

“He had nothing,” Helton recounted. “But I knew he’d come back and be Peyton Manning again because nobody else works that hard.”

Manning revealed last summer he still had no feeling in the fingertips of his right hand, and yet he threw 140 of his NFL-best 539 TD passes for the Broncos, including a record 55 in 2013.

Team president Joe Ellis told Manning, “If there is a list of achievements needed to attain greatness, you’ve checked every box.”
Elway was equally emotional when he walked away from the game after winning his second championship in 1999, and on Monday he said, “Having been through it, I know it’s a hard day for him.”

The Cowboys have lost six straight games, and part of Bryant’s outburst was about the media “disrespecting this team.”

“Dez shouldn’t be in that situation,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. “If someone’s going to incite him, just remove yourself from the situation.”

In a Friday news conference, Garrett said the coaches will use the incident as an opportunity to improve and stay focused on football.

“We have to understand the world we live in and handle ourselves better,” he said.

Indeed, Manning choked up several times, especially when he listed all the things he’d miss about football: deciphering defenses; the flights home after a big win; his teammates.