A survey says Patriots fans are No. 1 when it comes to being obnoxious. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)
Yahoo! – SOASTA, the leader in performance analytics, today unveiled the results of its 2016 Super Bowl Second Screen Survey¹, examining online and mobile habits and preferences of Americans watching this year’s Super Bowl, as well as their thoughts on which professional football playoff team has the most obnoxious fans. The research revealed that the New England Patriots, who were recently eliminated from the NFL playoffs, are #1 when it comes to obnoxious fans. …
More than 1 in 3 Americans (38 percent) picked the Pats as having the most obnoxious fans, with only 15 percent choosing the Denver Broncos, coming in a distant second place.
Way to go, New England. Take a bow, Massholes. Congratulations on a job well done, everyone from Hero Island, Vermont to Nantucket, from T3 R4 WELS, Maine to the No Man’s Land in Connecticut between Pats and Giants territory. Stick tap to you, Patriots fans living as expatriates across the nation. You did it.
The Patriots are out of the postseason, but Pats fans continue to own so much real estate in heads across America, we can start putting green houses and red hotels on their brains. We are the most obnoxious fans in football by a landslide, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I mean, can you imagine not winning this poll? After all the success the Patriots have had in this century? Four championships, six trips to the Super Bowl, ten AFC championship game appearances, 13 AFC East championships and an incredible 14 seasons with 10 or more wins? Not to mention having all that success questioned, dismissed, smeared and asterisked to death? Think for a second how you’d feel if, after all that, you finished behind say, Denver fans in this survey. You’d never forgive yourselves. It would be dereliction of duty. Laying down on the job. Going AWOL and abandoning your post.
The rest of the country has tried to treat this team and this fan base like a boot scraper, and anything less than returning the sentiment with our own, patented brand of not-taking-your-crap obnoxiousness would be unforgivable. So celebrate, New England and be proud. You earned it. You’re number one when it comes to being obnoxious and you deserve it. Now I say let’s do everything we can to get that number higher for next year. We can do better than a measly 38 percent.
Tom Brady Sr. spoke with the Boston Globe and said it was "laughable" that the NFL would not be releasing the data from its PSI testing during the season.
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A day after Roger Goodell said the PSI tests were merely "spot checks" serving as a deterrent to prevent teams manipulating the air pressure in game balls, Dean Blandino told the media that the league is, in fact, "evaluating" the PSI data.
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“We do spot checks to prevent and make sure the clubs understand that we’re watching these issues. It wasn’t a research study. They simply were spot checks.”
— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday
“We did spot checks throughout the year and we measured PSI levels and recorded that information. Right now we’re evaluating the information … and then we’ll see what that tells us.”
— Vice president of NFL officiating Dean Blandino on Wednesday
And here you have it in perfect microcosm. A classic example of the the problem with conspiracies: Keeping your story straight. When you’re telling the truth, all you have to do is remember what happened. When you’re telling lies, you have to remember the story you’ve made up. And that’s exponentially harder when more than one person is doing the lying.
We’ll collect PSI data and share it with you. We never said we were collecting PSI data, it’s just a deterrent. We don’t have numbers and won’t share them. We did take numbers and we’re evaluating them. Spot checks. Integrity. Transparency. Grow the game. Broadcast partners. 32 teams. Beep. Buzz. Click. Whistle.
Here we have, just 24 hours apart, the president and the attorney general of the NFL completely contradicting one another. Which is what happens when you’re spinning a web of lies. I mean, which is it? Was the NFL only doing random checks to scare those evil Patriots to stop their cheating ways? Or was it part of an evaluation process and right now they’re mining the data for the facts? Because it can’t be both. Unless you believe that there is a study being done and the commissioner doesn’t know about it. Which is lunacy, since he staked what little reputation he has left on the matter and looks more like the conniving weasel he is by the day.
So you either have to believe Goodell that there was never any intention of studying PSI data or Blandino, that he’s got top people crunching the numbers right now. Just whatever you choose to believe, you have no choice but to believe the bigger, far more important issue. That the NFL continues to conspire against their Super Bowl champions and will never, ever admit that the Patriots were the only ones telling the truth all along.
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Islanders at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) NHL: Ducks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Knicks at Pistons, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Pelicans, 9:30 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: Ohio State at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Texas A&M at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
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After Harrison suggested that the Broncos try to injure Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in order to gain an advantage, Norman, the controversial Panthers cornerback, responded by bringing up the Patriots’ loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl XLII.
“You would have to ask [David] Tyree about that one. Remember [No.] 85, when he caught it over his head?” Norman joked, referring to the incredible catch by the Giants wide receiver during New York’s game-winning drive while Harrison tried in vain to dislodge the ball. “Rodney’s been saying a lot of things this year, he really has. To comment on something like that … I don’t know.”
Added Norman: “It’s something I don’t think this game would want. I don’t think it’s something the Panthers would want, and I know it’s nothing that me, as his teammate, would want. I don’t want it to happen, period.”
Harrison, known for his physical — critics would say dirty — play during his career, started this week’s back-and-forth when talking about Newton’s skill with the ball.
“If I see Cam Newton running the ball and he’s a quarterback and I’m on defense, I’m trying to hurt him,” the NBC Sports analyst said. “I’m trying to knock him out of the game.”
Added Harrison: “I guarantee you that as many compliments that Denver’s defense is giving Cam Newton, those guys are in the background saying, ‘If we can knock him out of the game, that’s the difference between us winning and losing the Super Bowl.’ ”
Meanwhile, if Norman is unhappy with Harrison (with whom he also feuded in December), he must really be upset with former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski. The Boston College product — also known for his aggressive, sometimes over-the-line play during his 16-year career — told Bleacher Report on Wednesday that he would take a similar approach to Harrison in an attempt to slow down Newton.
“I’d hit him as hard as I possibly could, and probably at the bottom of the pile I’d try to get him by the neck and choke him,” Romanowski said to laughs. “And hopefully he can’t breathe for a long time.”
— The Flames are not pleased after the NHL handed defenseman Dennis Wideman the second-longest suspension for physical abuse of an official in league history, a 20-game ban.
Wideman, a former Bruin, was skating back to the bench after taking a hard hit during a game last month when he encountered linesman Don Henderson and knocked the official to the ice from behind. Wideman, who later apologized, was diagnosed with a concussion after the game, but the NHL called the hit “a forceful blow that was no accident.”
Responded Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke: “[We] maintain Dennis’ collision with the linesman was unintentional and accidental. We agree that our officials’ safety and well-being is of extreme importance in order to allow them to perform their duties. They perform an invaluable but underappreciated role in our game. We support sanctions against players who make deliberate contact with any official. However, unintentional and accidental contact does occur at times in our game.”
Wideman, who had a chance to explain himself during a hearing Tuesday, had an appeal filed on his behalf by the NHL Players Association.
“Dennis has played in 11 NHL seasons and almost 800 games without incident,” the NHLPA said in a statement. “The facts, including the medical evidence presented at the hearing, clearly demonstrate that Dennis had no intention to make contact with the linesman.”
Dr. Ann McKee told The Associated Press that Stabler had “quite severe” damage to the regions of the brain that affect learning, memory and regulation of emotion.
“We’ve now found CTE in former NFL players who played every position except kicker,” said McKee, a professor of neurology at BU. “While we know on average that certain positions experience more repetitive head impacts and are more likely at greater risk for CTE, no position is immune.”
Chris Nowinski, founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, said Stabler asked his family to have his brain studied.
“What is interesting about Ken Stabler is that he anticipated his diagnosis years in advance,” Nowinski wrote in an email to the AP. “And even though he’s a football icon, he began actively distancing himself from [the] game in his final years, expressing hope that his grandsons would choose not to play.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 4, 1990, which Bruin became the 32nd goaltender in NHL history with 200 victories following a 3-2 victory over the Quebec Nordiques?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We did spot checks throughout the year and we measured PSI levels and recorded that information. Right now we’re evaluating the information. We didn’t have any violations this year, but again, we’re still in that evaluation phase to look at the information and then we’ll see what that tells us.” — NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino, during a Wednesday appearance on SiriusXM Radio