Thursday, February 25, 2010

Showtime Media Day Video

Here's one of my first assignments at Showtime: Media Day - Super Bowl XLIV. The video is from a few weeks ago, but in case you missed it, check it out!



For more Inside the NFL clips be sure to check out Sports.Sho.com/INFL and we'll see you next season for all the highlights, interviews, and NFL fun you can handle...only on Showtime!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Who's Going Where?? (RBs)

NEWS:
LaDanian Tomlinson and Brian Westbrook have both been released by their respective teams...two of the leagues best running backs, jobless...for now. Interestingly enough, both players are thirty years old and have been declining in production as of late. Nevertheless, I wouldn't rule either of these pro-bowl backs out of the game for good.

REACTION:
While Tomlinson's release was far from a shock (the Chargers have discussed parting ways before), Westbrook's was much more of a surprise. This move tells me that the Eagles are clearly looking for fresh new faces for their franchise (see LeSean McCoy). Speculation has certainly grown on whether or not Philly's frontman, Donovan McNabb, will return next year. After so many seasons falling short of the championship, and now with the release of Westbrook, one could argue that the Eagles are finally ready to look ahead towards a bright, and possibly "younger" future. Kevin Kolb will you please step forward...

But this segment is about who's going where...not where they've been...and we're talking Running Backs.

For these new free agents, my first thought runs to the Texans, who need a power running back to compliment their passing game. I liked Tomlinson as a fit in Houston, but ESPN's John Clayton reported a lack of interest there. Perhaps Westbrook will be a more viable fit.

The problem with predicting a spot for these two veteran running backs is that many of the teams are looking for young explosive talent in the backfield (see Ray Rice, Shonn Greene, Tim Hightower, maybe Rashard Mendenhall) and while 30 isn't even close to 'old' by universal standards, the NFL sees things differently, and is much harsher when judging 'veteran' talent. However, I see LT and Westbrook working well with a budding back, carrying a big part of the work load until the rookie is up to speed, and then serving in tandem or as a third down back (see Willis McGahee). And then there's always the notion of coming in for injured players during the season (see Shaun Alexander, Edgerrin James), an idea which seems plausible for both of these players, especially with teams looking toward the draft more and more as we approach April.

Anyway, if you're still looking for teams (names) that might be interested in one of these guys, here's my short list:

For LT - Washington, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Minnesota (surprised?), and maybe even the New York Jets.

For Westbrook - all of the above, add Houston and Detroit.

And I never rule out the Patriots for snatching up anyone on free agency, these two included. Don't even get me started on what these guys' fantasy outlooks will be like...lets see who they're playing with first...

Friday, February 19, 2010

Who's Going Where?? (WRs)

With Free Agency around the corner, people are already talking about who's moving, who's staying, who's retiring, and who's up in the air. So NFLReaction.com has of course decided to do a little playing in the mud as well!

Let's see, who are some big names...let's talk Wide Receivers this time around, and how about the biggest name right now - Terrell Owens

With his brief year in Buffalo coming to an end, Owens is likely to find a new home in 2010. I don't see him returning to the Bills. He wasn't the answer in Buffalo (who need a lot more help than a star WR), and with a teams out there desperate for a big play receivers, Owens should be moving on again. NFL Network's Jamie Dukes pointed out Chicago as a likely landing spot for T.O., which makes sense as the Bears are desperate for a receiving core, let alone one big name receiver. It's possible that Owens could be a Chicago Bear next season, but with Anquan Boldin and Brandon Marshall also looking for new homes, the Bears may favor their other options over Mr. Owens.

On a side note, Chad Ochocinco has been tweeting away about wanting Owens with him on the Bengals, and has even suggested taking a pay cut to get support from the office. It's an interesting thought, but I think the Bengals will look for younger talent in the draft to fill their receiver needs. Could you imagine T.O. and Ochocinco on the same team?? As if the AFC North needs any more trash talk and animosity among the division...

Anquan Boldin was targeted by Baltimore last year, and even though the Ravens recently acquired Donte Stallworth, Boldin would still fit well into the Ravens' offensive plans for this season. Ozzie Newsome and the administration have shown interest in both Boldin and Brandon Marshall, but the reluctance of Newsome to give up first round picks makes me wonder if Baltimore will be able to deal more than teams like Chicago, St. Louis, and even the New York Jets, who are all in the mix for these guys.

That's all I have time to discuss for now, but stay tuned for more analysis on the upcoming free agency market...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Odds for Super Bowl XLV

NEWS:
With this year's Super Bowl in the books, oddsmakers in Las Vegas have already started looking at next year's game...Super Bowl XLV. The Colts, who just lost if I recall correctly, are favored to win XLV at 13/2 odds. I'm going to assume then that this was just a warm-up for next years game, no big deal. The Chargers follow at 8/1, while our third place runners up, the Saints (who just won) and the Patriots stand at 10/1 odds. Where are my Ravens? Ah, a respectable 20/1...no complaints there.

REACTION:
Is it too soon to place bets on next year Super Bowl? If you're a fan of the top teams, maybe a $100 could be a fun off-season wager. But say you're a fan of the Buffalo Bills or Kansas City Chiefs, a mere ten bucks will win you a cool G (if they SOMEHOW manage to win the big game). Putting down that C-note could get you $10,000, but you had better be prepared to lose your bet money. I don't foresee any of the bottom feeders getting to the Bowl next year, sorry...

...miracles/disasters pending.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV Champions!

Congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints!

They had a plan and the will that game, and after the (what will no doubt be legendary) on-side kick decision by Coach Sean Payton to start the second quarter, the Saints grabbed the momentum and the victory over the favored Indianapolis Colts.

This is a victory for the Saints, the Fans, and the city of New Orleans. Congratulations on a great season!

As for all the other NFL fans (including myself), well, we're all undefeated tomorrow. See you in August, but be sure to check NFLReaction.com for plenty of off-season news and coverage...

SB44 Tweeting

Been tweeting the whole game if you haven't noticed...check me out www.twitter.com/abente

Brett Favre/Hyundai Super Bowl Ad *EXCLUSIVE*

NEWS:
This is an upcoming commercial to be aired during the Super Bowl. I've also included some links to behind the scenes footage, NFLReaction.com's first exclusive!


REACTION:
A bold prediction of the future? Haha, I don't know about that, but this spot certainly made me chuckle. It is certainly a clever idea developed for Hyundai's new plan, but more importantly, it generates an interesting depiction of Favre playing, seemingly, forever.

Will Favre play for another ten years? In his backyard maybe. In the NFL, most likely not. Will he be back next year? Probably, but for every year he decides to return, I'm afraid we'll see one more heroic season, culminating with one more heroic mistake...

Check out the behind-the-scenes footage exclusively at http://www.facebook.com/Hyundai and for other commercials and videos be sure to check out http://www.hyundaiusa.com/videos/

Super Bowl Pick

Plain and simple:

I want the Saints to win, but I believe the Colts will win, because they are the better team and have proven that fact by winning every game they've wanted to win this season.

The Colts are my pick, but I hope the Saints prove me wrong...

Enjoy the Super Bowl everyone!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Media Day Reaction

....gasp....gasp....*whew*...

Ok, now that I've caught my breath, I must say that Media day was an absolutely amazing and exciting event to attend. Once I was over the initial shock of actually being in the midst of my "dream job", I composed myself and began focusing on the tasks ahead of me and what needed to be accomplished before the end of the interview sessions. Between meeting the players, working directly with Junior Seau as the reporter for Showtime, chatting with fellow sports reporters and personalities including Jamie Dukes and Tiki Barber, and even filming some footage on my own, I was able to absorb the "organized chaos" that was Media Day in my own personal way. I quickly found myself more and more comfortable and, interestingly enough, quite at home in the sports media world.

Between Media day, the Pro Bowl, and Inside the NFL, I've amassed a wealth of information, quotes,  photographs, and experience that I plan on sharing as soon as I have the time...

Stay tuned followers! I promise to have exciting content about the fun week leading up to the Super Bowl, plus my preview of the big game posted by the end of the week, so be sure to check back!

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