Ditka on playing Super Bowl in Jersey: ‘It’s stupid’

Mike Ditka braved the weather to watch his jersey be retired in 2013.

(USATSI)Mike Ditka braved the weather to watch his jersey be retired in 2013. (USATSI)
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Many members of the media landed in the New York City area on Sunday to begin preparations for Super Bowl week, and everybody was met by snow on the ground and an Arctic chill in the air. So maybe former Bears coach Mike Ditka has a point when he said the following.

“The weather’s going to be a problem, ” Ditka told the

Detroit Free Press

. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn’t be there. I mean, it’s stupid. ”
As of Sunday, the weather prediction for Super Bowl Sunday was a 60 percent chance of precipitation with temperatures dipping down to 31 degrees around the time the game is scheduled to begin. Also, something about ice pellets.

On Monday morning, things perhaps began to look a little more hopeful. With regards to precipitation. Not to temperature.

Still, it’s not cool, Dikta said.

“First of all, it’s not fair to the players, ” Ditka said. “It’s not going to be fair to the fans. It’s not going to be that enjoyable.

“I mean, I understand it’s the Super Bowl and it’s a privilege to play in the Super Bowl. It’d be nice to be playing in Miami or San Diego or New Orleans or somewhere the weather is conducive to guys being able to show their talents. ”

I understand all that, but I talk to so many fans who think football should be played in the outdoor elements. Sure, these people won’t have to sit in those actual elements while fighting off frostbite, but if there is snow and sleet and wind and cold, that could make for a cool-looking visual for those watching on TV (how, obviously, the vast majority of people are going to watch the game).

As for the tens of thousands of fans (and, ahem, media) who will brave those elements, well, they’ll probably have a chance to tell you whether an outdoor Super Bowl is a good idea or a bad one. And you know what, so will the commissioner.

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Brady ‘could care less’ about watching Super Bowl

Tom Brady won't be watching SB XLVIII.

(USATSI)Tom Brady won't be watching SB XLVIII.
Super Bowl coverage: XLVIII odds | Expert recommendations | Super Bowl information Watching a Super Bowl occur – after coming up 1 game short of playing in it – can't be easy. It might not happen at all in the case of mary Brady.

The Patriots quarterback, speaking to WEEI during his every week appearance, said that he could "care less" about watching the particular 2014 Super Bowl.


"I don't have much of a rooting interest, honestly, " Brady said. "Those games are hard to view. I don't really observe myself sitting down to enjoy the football game to watch this. Our season's over. honestly, I could care less about viewing the game. That's pretty much how I feel. " Brady's apathy towards the game comes from a pretty apparent place. He and the vyri? kis were one game timid of making it to New York and getting a shot at rich Sherman and the Seahawks.

Surely Brady would love a little revenge upon "that type of guy, inch but in this case he will not get it. And though he plus Peyton Manning are pleasant off the field, it's dubious he'd enjoy seeing Manning knock down his 2nd Lombardi Trophy since Brady captured his last extremely Bowl victory.

Unfortunately for Brady he'll probably have to spend the evening at his small little house with his supermodel wife Gisele. Tough crack. At least this time she'll become free to criticize Wes Welker's ability to catch the golf ball.

Strong accepts offer to replace Brown at Texas

Texas to hire Charlie Strong
Charlie Strong might be named the subsequent coach at Texas on Sunday. (USATSI)

A supply close to Charlie Strong, with direct information of the scenario, instructed CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler that Robust will accept the Texas job on Sunday. The Associated Press reports that Robust has advised Louisville ADVERT Tom Jurich he’s leaving.

Reports first started to floor that Strong was Texas’ choice on Friday, but Strong needed to wait until he could speak to Jurich personally.

According to Sports activities Illustrated, Robust’s contract is price $5 million per 12 months for five years.

Both UCLA’s Jim Mora and Baylor’s Art Briles withdrew their names from consideration from the job on Friday hours before the Robust reviews broke.

In his four seasons at Louisville Strong’s groups have gone 37-15 – 23-3 the last two seasons – with two convention titles and a three-1 record in bowl games, together with a Sugar Bowl win over Florida following the 2012 season.

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New Years Day Bowlgasm 2014 Preview

Mark Dantonio MSU

BCS Bowls

Rose Bowl: It’s the a hundredth edition of faculty football’s biggest recreation. Who higher to current it than VIZIO? Manball? MANBALL. Michigan State completed forward of Stanford within the polls, which says about all it's essential know about the polls. The Cardinal went eleven-2 against arguably the nation’s hardest schedule. Stanford had eight Prime 30 SRS wins, to Michigan State’s one. The Spartans have reached their first Rose Bowl since 1988. However, they are going to be playing without senior leader Max Bullough. The Big Ten has misplaced 9 of its final 10 Rose Bowl appearances. 

Fiesta Bowl: Opulence. This trophy has it. The Fiesta Bowl needed to jump on the UCF grenade. Baylor gets $three.6m for taking part in on this one, which can just cover the travel expenses and unsold tickets. UCF, with tougher logistics, could end up seven figures within the red. UCF had seven one-rating wins. Baylor beat five convention opponents by 20 or extra factors. The Bears are 16.5-point favorites. This may be the last school sport for Blake Bortles, who seems to be set to be drafted too high in the first round.

Barry Alvarez dancing

B1G vs. SEC Problem

Capital One Bowl: Steve Spurrier was in vintage type at media day. At pregame festivities he was a grasp of disguise. We’ll see how he does during the sport. This may be the Massive Ten’s greatest hope for a marquee win past Ohio State. Wisconsin has a potent rushing assault going towards a younger South Carolina front. The Gamecocks have a robust, consistent run defense going through a line that struggled against the higher items the faced.

Outback Bowl: Iowa bounced again to eight-4 against a tricky Large Ten schedule. LSU misplaced gut-wrenching field-aim games at Georgia and at Ole Miss to complete 9-3. LSU is starting freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings. He’s facing off in opposition to an Iowa defense that finished within the High 10 in yards/play. With Miles gripping the hand break, this one could get very B1G very quickly. In true Schembechler vogue, the Mad Hatter has lost three of his last 4 bowl games. 

Gator Bowl: A rematch from last 12 months. Neither team is nearly as good. Each groups finished 8-four. Georgia was devastated by injuries. Nebraska was lucky to complete as strongly as they did. four-zero in one-rating games. No Wisconsin or Ohio State on the schedule. The Bulldogs have had key gamers undergo from a stomach virus. Expect turnovers. Georgia was 97th nationally in turnover margin. Nebraska was 121st.

Great Unwashed

Coronary heart of Dallas Bowl: As a result of the Metroplex needed yet one more bowl game. UNLV vs. North Texas…anybody?…Bueller?…cool.

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QB Gardner won’t start for Michigan in bowl game

Devin Gardner will yield to Shane Morris in Michigan's bowl game
Devin Gardner will yield to Shane Morris in Michigan’s bowl recreation. (USATSI)

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner’s season is over attributable to a broken left foot, CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman has learned. Gardner broke the foot on Michigan’s second drive in the third quarter in opposition to arch-rival Ohio State, based on a source.

Brady Hoke announced throughout his press conference on Thursday that Shane Morris will start for the Wolverines.

A true freshman, Morris has appeared in only components of two games for Michigan this season. He’s completed 5 of his nine move makes an attempt for sixty five yards and an interception in opposition to Central Michigan and Michigan State.

As for Gardner’s foot damage, the fact he suffered the injury throughout Michigan’s second drive of the third quarter means that Gardner led the Wolverines on three landing drives within the fourth quarter with a damaged foot. In different words, Devin Gardner is tougher than you and I.

Devin Gardner had 3,443 whole yards and 32 complete touchdowns for the Wolverines this season.

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Alabama suspends two for Sugar Bowl vs. Okla.

Xzavier Dickson (No. 47) has been suspended for the Sugar Bowl.
(USATSI)Xzavier Dickson (No. 47) has been suspended for the Sugar Bowl. (USATSI)
Alabama will be without reserve linebacker Xzavier Dickson in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma. The school announced Thursday night that Dickson and freshman running back Alvin Kamara have been suspended for the Tide's bowl game.

Kamara has yet to make an appearance for Alabama, but Dickson has seen his role increase throughout the year. The junior outside linebacker was listed as a co-starter at the jack position for the Iron Bowl, sharing the duties with sophomore Denzel Devall. Dickson has recorded 13 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack while appearing in all 12 regular season games.

For more on the Sugar Bowl, including matchups to watch and game picks, check out the CBSSports. com Bowl Preview page.

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NCAA Prediction Bowl Game Preview & Pick Cougars vs. Rams

Washington State v USC

NCAA Free Pick and Prediction Bowl Game


Washington State Cougars (6-6) vs. Colorado State Rams (7-6) 12/21- 2:00PM EST


Line: WASH ST: -4.5

Over/Under: 65




The Washington State Cougars and Colorado State Rams will kickoff the bowl season on Saturday with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and both teams are excited about getting into a bowl game and turning their football programs around.


Colorado State coach Jim McElwain and Washington State coach Mike Leach, both in their second-year agree that the bowl matchup is a sign of things changing for both struggling programs, where the Rams (7-6) haven’t been to a bowl game since 2008 and for the Cougars (6-6), it’s been a decade since they tasted the postseason.


One of the accomplishments you want early is to get in a bowl game and be part of that club,” McElwain told reporters. “There’s a certain aura that comes with being a bowl team.”


McElwain was the offensive coordinator with Alabama during the Crimson Tide’s BCS national championships in 2009 and 2011, and knows the importance of a bowl appearance for a program when it comes to recruiting.


Coach Leach says his players are made up of largely of freshman and sophomores, but knows his seniors have been through “rough dry times” and haven’t had the opportunity to play in a bowl game. “They’ve never been in a bowl and (had) hoped they would,” Leach said. “Talking about it and actually doing it are two different things.”


Players to watch for the Rams will be running back Kapri Bibbs, who leads all of college football with 28 rushing touchdowns with 1,572 yards on the ground and quarterback Garrett Grayson, who ranks among the nation’s top 20 in passing yards (3,3270). The Rams set a school record with four games scoring 50 or more points and is the only school to have a 3,000 yard passer and 1,500 yard runner in a single season this year.


For the Cougars, they are led by junior quarterback Conner Halliday who operates the spread offense and is ranked fourth nationally in passing yards (4,187) and with 28 touchdowns, is tied for 13th.


Let’s not forget, this is this same Washington State Cougars that played the Auburn Tigers in their first game of the season in which they lost in a heartbreaker 31-24.


We should have won that game,” Leach said.


The Cougars like their chances going in on Saturday and feel they were battle tested all year having played four opponents that appear in the top 16 of the BCS standings and so do the oddsmakers who have made them the early (minus -4.5) point favorite. Get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


Expect both teams to showcase their high-powered offense come Saturday and McElwain says his defense will have to be ready.


I know they throw the heck out of it,” McElwain said. “I know (Leach) isn’t afraid to throw it and he’ll probably throw it coming off the bus.”


I too, like the battle tested Cougars and predict a high scoring affair with the Cougars taking home the trophy.


Prediction/Pick: Washington State

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Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl

Report: Notre Dame To Play In Pinstripe Bowl


Notre Dame plans to accept a bid to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, according to multiple reports.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Notre Dame officials have informed bowl organizers that the Fighting Irish will play in the Dec. 28 game in New York against a team from the American Athletic Conference.

CBSsports. com earlier reported Notre Dame's decision.

The Fighting Irish were left without a pre-arranged bowl destination this season. Notre Dame's final choice came down to the Hawaii Bowl or the Pinstripe Bowl. The Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego also was a possibility.

Notre Dame regularly tries to play games in the New York area, where it has a large following. The Irish played Army in a regular-season game at Yankee Stadium in 2010, the first college football game at the new stadium. Notre Dame will play Syracuse next season at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N. J.

The Fighting Irish (8-4) will likely play Rutgers if the Scarlet Knights beat USF to become bowl-eligible on Saturday or Houston (8-4).

Notre Dame didn't have a contractual tie-in with any bowls this season, so in a sense it was BCS or bust. The Irish were left to wait for spots to open in third-tier games. The Big 12 didn't have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill its spot in the Pinstripe Bowl.

The Pinstripe Bowl becomes a Big Ten-Atlantic Coast Conference game starting in 2014. Notre Dame joins the ACC next season, though not for football. It will have access to the ACC's bowl lineup.



Manziel will decide on draft before bowl game


Manziel (USATSI) Will Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel enter the 2014 draft? (USATSI)


The 2014 NFL Draft is setting up for some main intrigue. There might be plenty of teams on the prime who want quarterbacks and probably loads of quarterbacks out there. No quarterback will likely be more watched than Johnny Manziel.. if he comes out. And we must always know soon.

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin (will he depart too?) stated on ESPN’s “SVP & Russillo” Friday that Manziel will make a decision about going pro in between the Aggies remaining recreation towards Missouri and their bowl game.

“We have not had that conversation,” Sumlin said. “My job is to get him all of the information that we will get him. We’ll have that dialogue after the Missouri game, definitely during the bowl preparation. I’m positive the announcement will be made at that time.”

The Aggies play at Mizzou on November 30 so it’s not too far around the nook from when we may learn of Manziel’s lengthy-term prospects.

Many of us thought – primarily as a result of Manziel appeared so sad in College Station this offseason – that John F. Soccer leaving for the NFL seemed like a accomplished deal. It still seems like a very good guess that he bounces for the professionals, if only to keep away from one other offseason of (faculty) scrutiny.

NFLDraftScout.com’s Dane Brugler and Rob Rang both had JFF going within the first round of their most up-to-date 2014 NFL Mock Drafts and Brugler put Manziel third to the Vikings.

“Minnesota is stuck in quarterback mediocrity with Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and newly acquired Josh Freeman,” Brugler writes. “Regardless if the pinnacle coach and/or common manager is again, quarterback needs to be No. 1 on the offseason precedence checklist and Manziel presents a risky, yet proficient choice.”

Rang didn’t have Manziel going that top, however he did slot Mr. Football to the Titans at No. 14.

Lots can nonetheless happen, and Manziel might nonetheless roll back to college. But given how impressive he is been on the sector and the way his stock’s risen in the final yr, it wouldn’t be stunning to see him bolt faculty. And we might discover out about it pretty soon if Sumlin’s proper.

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A&M’s Manziel to decide on NFL before bowl

Manziel No. 13 On Big Board

Johnny Manziel will announce before Texas A&M’s bowl game whether he will enter the 2014 NFL draft, Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said Friday.

Sumlin said on ESPN Radio’s “SVP & Russillo” that he has not yet talked to the Heisman-winning quarterback about his decision, but he outlined a timeline for Manziel’s announcement.

“We haven’t had that conversation,” Sumlin said. “My job is to get him all the facts that we can get him. We’ll have that discussion after the Missouri game, certainly during the bowl preparation. I’m sure the announcement will be made at that time.”

Texas A&M concludes its regular season Nov. 30 at Missouri, and the earliest bowl affiliated with the SEC is Dec. 30.

2014 is the first year that Manziel, a redshirt sophomore, is eligible to enter the NFL draft. Manziel is the 13th overall player and third quarterback on Mel Kiper Jr.’s Big Board projections.

Manziel, who has thrown 31 touchdown passes and run for eight more this season, is a top candidate to win the Heisman for the second straight year.

Sumlin said he’s happy with how Manziel has dealt with the pressure and national attention.

“He’s handled things on the field as well as any player in the country,” Sumlin said. “His numbers are better than they were last year. And I’ve had a number of people tell me there’s no more exciting college football player in the country than he is, and he’s the guy they like to watch.

“He’s a special talent. His energy, his leadership on the team is evident, and he continues to get better every week.”

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Belk to sponsor bowl in Charlotte through 2019 (Yahoo Sports)


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Belk has a new six-year agreement in place to sponsor the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.

It’s now the primary sponsor through the 2019 season.

Belk’s three-year contract would have expired after this year’s game in December.

The Belk Bowl will feature a Southeastern Conference team against an Atlantic Coast Conference team for the next six seasons beginning in 2014. The game is played at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

Belk made the announcement on Monday.

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Hot Seat: Maryland looks to rebound while Virginia starts thinking about bowl eligibility


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Welcome to The Scorching Seat, where each week we’ll preview a recreation that could make a coach’s season or perhaps finish his tenure. This week, we head to the ACC, where Virginia’s visit to Maryland might be a defining moment for both coaches.

How do you reply the week after shedding sixty three-0? Virginia’s Mike London wants Maryland to answer that query with “poorly.”

London’s Cavaliers enter Saturday’s sport against the Terrapins at 2-three and off a 21 level house loss to Ball State, but are only a seven point underdog. That loss probably has one thing to do with it, as we’re now scrambling to figure out if Maryland is nearer to the staff that blew out West Virginia or lost to Florida State.

If the reply is the latter, that could spell bother for Randy Edsall, Maryland’s coach. Many groups have bounced again from street blowouts, and Maryland could be favored the remainder of the best way exterior of video games in opposition to Clemson and Virginia Tech. That’s in the event that they win Saturday. A home loss may set off Maryland flashbacks to 2011, when the Terps lost eight straight to end the season.

A Maryland win would push Virginia to a fourth loss and bowl eligibility a slim probability with Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech all nonetheless on the schedule. After a win against BYU to open the season, losses to Oregon and Pitt might be anticipated. But if Ball State turns into the catalyst for a 3rd bowl-much less season in four years for London. Is that acceptable in Charlottesville?

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