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NFL Countdown Crew Celebrates NFL Debut For Randy Moss’s Son

The cast celebrated the news of Thaddeus being promoted to the active roster on the show with Randy being extremely pumped up, yelling “Who Dey let’s get it” in pure excitement.

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It was a special moment on this Sunday’s edition of NFL Countdown on ESPN, especially for Randy Moss. The Hall of Fame Wide Receiver celebrated as it was his son Thaddeus Moss’s first game in the NFL. He made his debut for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The cast celebrated the news of Thaddeus being promoted to the active roster on the show with Randy being extremely pumped up, yelling “Who Dey! Let’s get it!” in pure excitement.

Moss is in his second year after going undrafted out of LSU, where he was a top target of LSU turned Bengals Quarterback Joe Burrow. It seems that Cincinnatti is becoming Baton Rouge North with Burrow, Jamaar Chase, and now Thaddeus Moss added into the mix.

It was a very cool moment to see. Not only did we get to see Randy Moss celebrate a special family moment on air. We saw the rest of the cast show real joy for their colleague.

Samantha Ponder, the host of NFL Countdown said that “We normally at least pretend to be neutral, but we are not neutral about this one at all, we will be rooting for number 81.”

Thaddeus Moss did not see any snaps this week for the Bengals, but they did get a nice 41-10 victory over their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday.

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CBS, FOX Charging $2.5 Million For Championship Games Spots

“Who is paying that price? Crupi cites national TV buyers who say that it is sportsbooks and cryptocurrency companies.”

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The ratings are undeniable. The quality of the games last weekend were unfathomable. Advertisers want to be a part of the NFL Playoffs at any cost, and the rush to buy what little TV inventory remains is proof.

Sportico’s Anthony Crupi reports that CBS and FOX are fetching as much as $2.5 million for thirty-second commercials during the conference championship games.

Who is paying that price? Crupi cites national TV buyers who say that it is sportsbooks and cryptocurrency companies. The networks are welcoming them with rate hikes that aren’t being imposed on advertisers from more traditional sectors and that have a history of buying ad time on NFL games.

The NFL saw a nice spike in television viewership this year. That carried into the playoffs, with last weekend’s divisional rounds putting up huge numbers across the board.

Last week it was reported that NBC was asking for more than $600,000 for a thirty-second ad during the Winter Olympics. If that is the top end, it shows the gap between the NFL and everything else on American television right now. Advertisers clearly trust pro football to deliver audiences that other programming simply cannot.

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NFL Network Special Highlights Innovations in Player Health and Safety

The segment on helmets will feature a sneak peek into the labs of helmet manufacturers, followed by an exploration of lower extremity injury reduction.”

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If you’ve ever wanted a look inside the research and development that goes into the helmets NFL players wear, the turf fields NFL games are played on, and how injuries are treated and predicted in the league, be sure to tune in to NFL Network Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET.

A show entitled NFL Explained: Innovation in Player Health & Safety will provide insight into all three of those areas. The league touts the 30-minute special as a look at the innovations driving a safer and more exciting game.

The segment on helmets will feature a sneak peek into the labs of helmet manufacturers, followed by an exploration of lower extremity injury reduction and a behind-the-scenes look at the league’s turf testing machine, and finishes with an examination of how Amazon Web Services utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to gain insights into ways to improve player health and safety.

Expect appearances by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, league Executive Vice President Jeff Miller and Senior VP of Health & Safety Innovation Jennifer Langton, among others.

The special will be available to stream on YouTube and on the NFL’s website starting Thursday.

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Aaron Rodgers Blames Media and ‘Fear Porn’ For Dislike Toward Him

“I do have empathy for those people who are caught in this fear state around COVID that continues to be pushed and furthered by media.”

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The Pat McAfee Show

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has some thinking to do following his team’s early NFL postseason exit this past weekend. Does he retire, does he give it one more season in Green Bay? Or does he follow in Tom Brady’s footsteps and close the book on the team that drafted him and made him the quarterback he is today and play in another city?

Rodgers talked about answering those questions as part of what appeared to be his final interview of the season on The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday. But, of course, what a lot of people tuned in for was to hear Rodgers’ response to the reaction of social media and sports media following the loss.

He spent plenty of time in the spotlight for various COVID-related reasons, and for that, many referred to him as “Throw Rogan,” “QAaron,” and “Covidiot.” Add to that the celebrations for the San Francisco 49ers going into Lambeau Field on a cold winter’s night and upsetting the top seed in the NFC.

“You knew this was in the mix,” Rodgers said. “There were a ton of people tuning in, rooting against us for one reason and one reason only. It’s because of my vaccination status, and them wanting to see us lose so they could pile on and enjoy and revel in the fact that my vaccination status was some sort of reason why we haven’t had success in the playoffs.”

He added that he knew he’d eventually have to say something about whether or not he was vaccinated and alluded to the fact that he would catch heat for not getting the shot. Still, Rodgers said a lot of the negativity surrounding the vaccine and his status is rooted in fear and that the media is a factor in that fear running rampant.

“There’s so much fear around this,” he said. “There’s fear of your health, fear of the loss of money, there’s fear of not being able to provide for your family, there’s fear of death for sure, fear of sickness, and the media plays a big role in that. The fear porn that is put out day after day I think causes a lot of strife and stress for people.

“I think because I don’t watch the news, or don’t subscribe to the same type of mainstream narrative at times, and have decided to take my own personal health and responsibility for my health in my hands, and did my research, and looked into things, and also my associations with other people who have done similar things, there’s anger kind of thrown my way,” he added. “But the root of that, I think, is fear. So I do have empathy for those people who are caught in this fear state around COVID that continues to be pushed and furthered by media and by some of the narratives that are out there. I do have empathy for that.”

As for the social media detractors, Rodgers said he’s tuned all of that stuff out. But in retrospect, Rodgers acknowledged the things he’s said publicly did drive a wedge between people when ultimately that’s not what the goal was.

“I know what I’ve never wanted to be is a divisive or polarizing figure on this,” he said. “I’ve wanted to encourage people and inspire people to think for themselves to take their health in their own hands. To realize that this is a pandemic of health, not the unvaccinated, a pandemic of health… to make healthier decisions and to think about what they’re eating and what they’re putting in their bodies.

“That their health is their own responsibility as much as mine is my own responsibility. And hopefully I’ve inspired people… But I hope people continue to turn off the fear and do their own research and take care of themselves and their own health. And hopefully we can move past a lot of this and actually connect instead of continue to divide.”

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