Super Bowl 2016 tickets are the most expensive ever

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Super Bowl 49 ticket prices are officially the most expensive ever, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN. The average price of a ticket on the second-hand market was $4,600 and $4,131, according to the top resale sites StubHub and NFL Ticket Exchange, respectively.

Those numbers are actually well south of the lowest entry point for tickets at various points over the past few days. That’s because most of the tickets available were sold before a massive price hike. Said price hike occurred when brokers sold tickets without actually having them in hand. So when the brokers tried to get the tickets to deliver to the customers, the prices went up dramatically.

With the lines as they stand, more money is coming in on the Seahawks. OddsShark has the defending champs are claiming 55 percent of current bets against the spread, no doubt influenced by the present state of the line. Rarely are defending champions not heavily favored in the Super Bowl, let alone receiving points.
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Meanwhile, the over/under hasn’t changed much since the lines first came out two weeks ago. It opened at 48.5 points in most places and went down to 47.5. That figure has held for much of the past week and is very unlikely to change before kickoff.

In terms of betting trends, OddsShark has just over half of the wagers coming in on the over, which is typical for the Super Bowl. The public generally leans toward more points being scored in championship games.

But Handzus had more in the tank than skeptics believed, and head coach Joel Quenneville loves playing his veterans. Handzus took key draws, killed penalties and ended up with 11 postseason points as the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in six games in the 2013 finals. The fact the lockout limited the regular season to 48 games (Handzus played 39) probably didn’t hurt.

Sherman Smith: Seahawks missed Beast Mode, need to regain hunger

Former Seattle Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith made it clear Friday that he’s no longer with the team because Pete Carroll wanted to make a change.

Before this, you could have made an argument that Revis deserved the benefit of the doubt because of who he is and what he has accomplished in his career. No, he’s not a $15 million cornerback, the amount he’s due to earn in the coming season, but maybe you could have kept him around at a reduced salary. He could have been the elder statesman, helping the franchise as it enters a rebuilding phase. Sure, his man-to-man skills have declined, but he’s always been a solid man off the field, never in trouble with the law.

That scenario — a Revis farewell tour, 2017 — now seems far-fetched.

A decision on Revis’ future is fast approaching. The Jets owe him a $2 million bonus if he’s on the roster the second day of the league year, March 10, so they have to act before then. Revis, who has always seen the Jets as an ATM machine, will have to take a massive pay cut to stick around — if he gets that option. The Jets could decide to simply cut bait, clearing $9.3 million in much-needed cap room.

It won’t be easy to swallow because they owe him $6 million, the fully guaranteed portion of his base salary. No owner, no matter how rich, likes doling out that kind of cash to a fired employee. Is there a chance the Jets could get the $6 million voided because of this incident? In theory, they could try to take that approach, but it would be a long process, complicated by the March 10 deadline.

If it happened, it would be a financial break for the Jets. Imagine: They’d be able to dump a diminished player, save $6 million in actual cash and get a cap credit. But don’t get your hopes up.

The money is only one subplot to this story, which will have twists and turns. If they keep him, it would be a yearlong distraction for the Jets, and they certainly don’t need that, not with coach Todd Bowles heading into a must-win season. Roger Goodell and his disciplinary police will have their say, too, as Revis is subject to a suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The Cowboys were able to work out a deal with Tony Romo on his first big-time extension during the 2007 season

Authentic Kids Chicago Bears Jersey The Chiefs have franchise-tag candidates in nose tackle Dontari Poe and safety Eric Berry. Berry is the more valuable of the two, but he’s already publicly threatened that he won’t play a second straight season as the franchise player. Still, tagging Berry would give the Chiefs more time to work out a long-term deal with him. The Chiefs can’t afford to lose both players. They know the type of hit that would be to their defense. So look for the Chiefs to use the tag on one or the other if they can’t reach contract agreements with either player.

The Cowboys were able to work out a deal with Tony Romo on his first big-time extension during the 2007 season, less than two seasons into his tenure as the full-time starter. By the time the Cowboys can to do a deal with Prescott, they will have potentially 48 games of evidence to come up with the proper price tag.
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(For those wondering, because Jaylon Smith spent the year on the non-football injury list, he will be a restricted free agent after the 2020 season, so the Cowboys will have him under contractual control in some form.)

The Cowboys have used the franchise tag just five times on four players: Flozell Adams (2002), Ken Hamlin (2008), Anthony Spencer (2012, 2013) and Bryant (2015).

When the Cowboys have had a franchise quarterback such as Romo or Troy Aikman, they have been more than willing to pay the premium.

If Prescott continues to succeed and develop, there’s no reason to think they won’t pay the premium on him, which would allow them to use the tag on another player after the 2020 season. Maybe that player is Collins, who finished second on the team in sacks in 2016 with five.

Alex Len probably will need a new start on another team if he is ever to blossom into the player many projected

The latest reminder of how fast things can change in this crazy world: Mavs fans are suddenly asking themselves what happens to key cog Yogi Ferrell when J.J. Barea makes his expected return after the All-Star break, instead of wondering how on Earth they’ll cope without Barea and the in-and-out Deron Williams. The Mavs are up to 11-5 since moving Seth Curry into the starting lineup and had the pleasure in the past week of A) watching Harrison Barnes advance his Most Improved Player campaign by leading the Mavs’ comeback from a 21-point deficit against rugged Utah, and B) watching 38-year-old Dirk Nowitzki post his first back-to-back scoring games in the 20s this season.

Phoenix Suns: Alex Len probably will need a new start on another team if he is ever to blossom into the player many projected when he left Maryland for the NBA. Len’s 15 MPG this month ranks 10th on the Suns, a team that, at 17-38, is in full rebuild mode. If Len isn’t getting minutes on a young team that’s out of playoff contention and looking toward the future, that tells you all you need to know about his future in the Valley of the Sun. Of course, a trade of coveted rebound specialist Tyson Chandler could change all this.

The Knicks, losers of 20 of their past 27 games, owners of one of the league’s worst defenses, main characters in one of the worst off-court dramas in professional sports right now, somehow managed to beat the NBA’s model franchise on Sunday.

And they did it by playing defense, no less.

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If you know your New York Knicks history, the sight of Latrell Sprewell sitting in a baseline seat next to owner James Dolan on Sunday was surreal. But if you’ve studied the Knicks this season, what unfolded on the court at Madison Square Garden over the next two-and-a-half hours was even more stunning.
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The 3-on-3 tournament is still a winning NHL All-Star Game formula

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Another NHL All-Star Weekend is in the books. And after year two of the 3-on-3 format, it’s safe to call it a winning formula for the NHL. That is, if you don’t hate the idea of All-Star Games in general. But if you’re open to it, there was a lot to like on Sunday!

The 3-on-3 format starts goofy (see: P.K. Subban laying out to stop a pass and not getting up for half a minute), but as the $1 million prize draws closer, the final game turns into a legitimately hard-fought 3-on-3 game. The result was one of the more entertaining All-Star Games in recent memory.

Sikura is up to 16 goals and 25 assists in just 25 games this season, leading Northeastern as one of the most productive players in the country. He’s up there with Hayden among the goal scoring leaders. We’re no longer just seeing flashes, he’s taking over games with some regularity.

There are still questions about his strength, as he’s not a big guy, but he’s not getting pushed off the puck much in college this season. If it’s a sign that he’s figuring out how to overcome that disadvantage, and maybe adding on a few pounds of muscle, then he could be dangerous at the next level.

A possible steal from the 2016 NHL Draft, Carlsson was a well-regarded prospect who slipped to Chicago in the fourth round. He’s spent this season split between Brynas IF in Sweden’s top hockey league and with the Swedish junior national team for the World Junior Championships.

Peyton Manning working with Broncos to restructure contract, per report

The Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning are working on restructuring his contract, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Manning, who has not yet committed to returning to football after a poor final two months of last season, is owed $19 million against the salary cap.

Denver could desperately use the cap space created by a restructure. Normally, moving money around would mean converting base salary into bonus, which pushes some guaranteed money down the road. However, Manning might only be thinking of playing one more season, making this a tad more complicated for general manager John Elway. Currently, Manning has two years left on his deal at $19 million per.

“A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons,” Thompson said in the team’s press release. “He was a durable and consistent contributor to our success, but more importantly, he is a great person and teammate. The Packers are grateful for all that he has done on the field and in the community. We wish A.J., his wife Laura, and the rest of their family all the best.”

Hawk underwent ankle surgery immediately following the season, so his official designation is likely to be waived/failed physical, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. The move saves the Packers $3.5 million in cap space.

“Montee just had a tough year with injuries last year,” said Elway. “It’s just a matter of getting him in the right spot-the right position-and having him be healthy and having him get some confidence. In this offense we’re going to use more than one back and I believe Montee can be very helpful to our football team and do good things for us.

“We still think Montee is a north and south runner. Really, any running offense that is successful has backs that are running north and south. That’s what Montee can do. He can stick his foot in the ground and get north and south. I don’t think he will have any problems adjusting to the new offense.”

Terrell Davis’ resume includes many runs, many wins and two Super Bowl trophies.

Authentic Erick Aybar Jersey His former Denver Broncos teammates say they’re able to flash their Super Bowl rings because of what Davis did in the biggest moments. Even John Elway, a Hall of Fame quarterback who has also won a title as a Broncos executive, has said: “I know what a Hall of Famer looks like, and TD is a Hall of Famer.”

Davis was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, attaining 80 percent approval from the 48-person selection committee. The running back was a league MVP and Super Bowl MVP, rushed for 2,000 yards in a season, and powered the back-to-back Super Bowl champion Broncos to close out the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

“That’s a difficult question, because I have some close friends on a lot of different teams,” Anthony said. “Those considerations and thoughts will always be. That’s something we all think about as athletes, try to play with one another. We talk about it from high school and college. These are conversations that we’ve had years before any of this ever came up.”

The talk that dominates the trade rumors is Anthony’s future. For the past few weeks, Anthony has heard his name linked to the Clippers, Cavaliers and Celtics. With the Knicks’ season plummeting, Anthony’s future is the most interesting thing left about the team.
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Anthony said he is keeping his options open, with staying in New York as his top choice.

“I hear the new report every day, every day is a new team,” Anthony said. “Every day is Melo said this, Melo said that. Melo hasn’t said anything yet. That’s what I will say. Melo hasn’t said anything.”

Anthony says he has not given the Knicks a list of teams he would be open to joining. But he admits that if Jackson decides to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis, a course that could become more likely with the Knicks losing for the 16th time in 21 games on Tuesday, then he might have to consider moving.

the Patriots won the Super Bowl but failed to cover a seven-point spread

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Over the phone in Thailand, Bee said some of the children are fans of American football and occasionally watch it on TV. Bee said she is becoming a supporter of the Ohio State Buckeyes; Asia’s Hope has its home office in Columbus, Ohio. She had a couple of questions about the upcoming Super Bowl between New England and the Atlanta Falcons, and of greater consequence, she had a message she wanted to pass along to the former Patriot Cherry.

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For the second straight season, the Patriots won the Super Bowl but failed to cover a seven-point spread. The Patriots led by 10 with two minutes left but Donovan McNabb found Greg Lewis for a 30-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to three and give the Eagles the backdoor cover.

Buford, in San Antonio, has been impressed by what he calls “a powerful relationship.”

Elite Kids Quandre Diggs Jersey With the Falcons, Dimitroff and Quinn began by creating “vision statements” of their “composite philosophy” for each part of the organization. To reinforce what they hoped to create, they erected signs on the walls of various parts of the team’s Flowery Branch facility (e.g., “Building a fast and physical team”) as they focused on transitioning the roster from bigger, less athletic players to faster, more urgent ones.

The early returns were positive with a 6-1 start before the Falcons had a dramatic downturn to finish 8-8. But behind the scenes, Quinn could sense positive momentum.

“Having those disappointments to go through actually makes you a little stronger. I think we often say that about a team, but I think it’s also true between a head coach and general manager,” Quinn said. “We said, ‘We’re staying the course, sticking to our plan,’ and I think that’s when our connection got even stronger.”

Buford, in San Antonio, has been impressed by what he calls “a powerful relationship.”
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“Obviously I’ve been fortunate to share Pop’s vision for a long time, and that type of relationship is very unique. As a friend, it’s been gratifying for me to see Thomas develop that type of relationship with Dan, to see them share curiosity, to see them eager to learn together,” he said. “That can have a big impact on the success of a program.”

For the second straight year, Seattle opened as a favorite in the Super Bowl (this time -3) before closing as a 1-point underdog. Seattle led by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, but the Patriots stormed back in the fourth quarter to take a 28-24 lead with 2:02 left. That score also put the game over the total. Seattle drove the ball to the Patriots 1-yard line, but Malcom Butler intercepted Russell Wilson to secure a Patriots victory.

the Cardinals have been excellent these past two seasons

Rookie Martavis Bryant jumped onto the scene late last year for Pittsburgh, and the speedy outside threat racked up eight touchdowns in only 10 games of action. Considering Megatron caught eight touchdowns last year as well, that’s pretty good production for a guy that played 306 snaps (Johnson played 705).

Likewise, Matthews’ production for Philly was a huge factor last year, and the rookie out of Vanderbilt scored eight touchdowns for himself while catching 67 passes for 872 yards. Both Bryant and Matthews feel destined for stardom, but at the moment, both are more of role players for their respective offenses.

The fourth-year pro splits reps with fellow tight end Coby Fleener (he played 633 snaps to Fleener’s 812) and is more of an in-line player than his counterpart, but has shed about 13 pounds this offseason to help him become more explosive. In the target-happy environment that is Indianapolis’ offense, Allen is just one cog in the machine, but he’s a versatile player that should continue to play an important role.

Player you’ll be buzzing about: RB Carlos Hyde — The 49ers let Frank Gore walk during free agency and Hyde, who looked solid as a rookie, will take over as the feature back in what should be a run-first offense.

What to watch: Despite serious issues at the quarterback position and the fact that everyone doubted them, the Cardinals have been excellent these past two seasons. Now that Carson Palmer is healthy, everything the Cardinals do will be focused on making sure it stays that way. They had one of the worst offensive lines in the league not so long ago, but now it’s looking much improved with new addition Mike Iupati and a competition at the right tackle spot.

Most important position battle: Right tackle — As mentioned above, the Cardinals need to keep Palmer healthy, and that starts with keeping him upright in the games. Bobby Massie and first-round pick D.J. Humphries will likely battle for the spot.