CBS News Logo Terry Bradshaw on his Super Bowl predictions, the New Jersey game

Come Sunday, Terry Bradshaw will be facing the cold-weather elements just like everyone else -- fans and players alike -- at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The former NFL star will first, though, be hunkered down in Times Square as part of his Super Bowl pre-game hosting duties on "Fox NFL Sunday." "It is the most incredible set-up I've ever seen in my life," he told CBS News about the Times Square layout. "Normally I'm with my family and I'm cooking. It's the biggest party you've ever seen. But this year, I'm doing the show -- it's the coolest set-up. I'll be there for two hours and then they will helicopter us over to the stadium for the final hour-and-a-half."Complete Super Bowl coverageNot one to hold back his opinion, the one-time Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has been quite vocal about staging Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey -- for a myriad of reasons. And one of those is not surprisingly the possibility of bad weather. "We'll broadcast in shelter with plastic around us, but it will be as cold as I'll get out. We're not sealed in. We'll be outside when we go to the stadium," Bradshaw said. Between the 2014 snow storms and polar vortex conditions, it's hard to know what to expect on Super Bowl Sunday 2014. Though at last check the forecast calls for a high of 46 degrees, a pleasant change from the recent below-freezing temperatures in the tri-state region. Still, leading up to the big game, Bradshaw hasn't been 100 percent on board with the NFL's decision to host the game in New Jersey. "I even found myself getting defensive," said Bradshaw. "Why should a fellow from the South have to defend playing the Super Bowl in warm weather? It just doesn't make sense to me. I love the Super Bowl. I love everything it stands for, it's just awesome. I just did not like the idea of perhaps restricting one football team because of the weather -- if in fact we have serious conditions. Cold we can all deal with -- wind makes it harder. If you have any kind of Continue Reading

CBS News Logo Super Bowl 2015: Probes, parties and (oh yeah) the game

After two weeks of headlines dominated by "deflate-gate" and which players were, or weren't, talking to the media, the NFL likely will be relieved that the focus is returning to the field as the New England Patriots and defending champs Seattle Seahawks battle for league supremacy in Super Bowl XLIX. It has been a rough year for the league, particularly Commissioner Roger Goodell. Domestic violence problems - underscored by separate cases involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson - dominated much of the season. There are ongoing concerns about player concussions and one of the league's - and New England's - former players is on trial for murder. And just when the stage was set for the preeminent sports event in the U.S., the league has been mired in questions about whether the Patriots intentionally under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship game. Full Super Bowl coverage from "It's a shame that [the season] been dominated from start to finish with topics other than what's taking place on the football field," CBS' James Brown said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "However, at least I'm encouraged that the league in general, while still questionable on a number of fronts, they haven't run away from these issues. They have embraced them. "And I'm hoping that what I see as a substantive reworking of attitudes and rules and policies in place will trickle down to society at large, because domestic violence, something that I'm very keen on ... in terms of awareness and prevention, is not being taken as seriously in society, up until this year, as it should have been. And I think the league has taken a lead role in that regard." In one step, the league will be donating some of its air time during the Super Bowl to broadcast an ad against domestic violence: But potential scandals never seem that far behind the NFL this year. In the most recent episode involving questionable team conduct, ESPN reported that the league has been investigating whether the Continue Reading

It was ‘cold as hell,’ but Kelly Clarkson still fires up fans in pre-game show

One of the main stop-offs for Super Bowl ticket holders on their way to U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL’s 52 Live party at the newly remade Armory in downtown Minneapolis featured a heavy purple hue and a palpable excitement level Sunday afternoon. The 5,000 or so attendees listened to performances by Kelly Clarkson and Sheila E. alongside pre-game talk by football legends such as Emmitt Smith and Jim Kelly. Sheila again paid tribute to her late cohort Prince in her 1 p.m. set as a large contingent of still-proud Vikings lovers wore their jerseys to add to the purpleness. As fans lined up at local celeb chef Andrew Zimmern’s various food stands — serving everything from Waldorf salad to brats — they got to hear Smith talk between sets about players’ nerves on game day. “It’s bad the first time you’re in it, but then it kind of goes away,” Smith said. (Sorry, Eagles fans, that doesn’t bode well for the Brady-Foles quarterback matchup.) During her hour-long set with her full band, Dallas Cowboys diehard Kelly Clarkson didn’t pick sides in the game. Instead, she gave the crowd at least one MVP-level performance for the day, showcasing the Aretha-like soul power of new songs such as “Whole Lotta Woman” alongside older hits “Stronger” and “Mr. Know It All.” “Although my team is not here, I’m happy to be here,” Clarkson told the crowd. The temperatures apparently tempered her enthusiasm, though. “It’s cold as hell,” she added, after explaining she had to ride a cart over from a prior short gig inside the stadium. “I don’t think I could live here.” Continue Reading

South Jersey Eagles fans SEEN watching Sunday’s game: The Latest on Eagles in Super Bowl

The Philadelphia Eagles will be playing in the third Super Bowl in team history on Sunday, Feb. 4. Super Bowl LI, or 52, will be a rematch against the team the Eagles faced the last time they were in the NFL championship, the New England Patriots.  Make sure to check back throughout the day and each day leading up to the big game for the latest updates on Eagles coverage. 10:28 p.m.: Relive the Eagles winning the NFC championship game against the Vikings on Sunday through the eyes of fans watching the game throughout South Jersey. Close 1 of 30 Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Continue Reading

Super Bowl LII: Odds on color of Gatorade used in shower? It’s all here. Compete list of big game bets

Sure, Super Bowl Sunday is biggest day in sports. But it's also the biggest day in sports gambling.And you can bet on just about anything, from the length of Pink's rendition of the National Anthem, to how many times President Donald Trump will tweet about the game.And here, courtesy of the experts at, is about as complete a list of wagers and proposition bets as you'll find anywhere.First, Take our poll here:If poll doesn't appear, simply refresh page. Now check out the all the wagers and prop bets:  Odds to win Super Bowl 52Patriots: 1/2Eagles: 2/1 Odds to win Super Bowl 52 MVPTom Brady (Patriots): 5/4Nick Foles (Eagles): 7/1Dion Lewis (Patriots): 14/1Rob Gronkowski (Patriots): 14/1Danny Amendola (Patriots): 18/1Zach Ertz (Eagles): 22/1Jay Ajayi (Eagles): 22/1Fletcher Cox (Eagles): 29/1Brandon Graham (Eagles): 29/1FIELD: 9/1 O/U game total: 48.5O/U 1st-quarter total: 12.5O/U halftime total: 24.0O/U 3rd-quarter total: 36.5Odds the Super Bowl goes to overtime: 74/1Odds the winner returns to Super Bowl 53 next season: 7/3Odds a kicker misses an extra point: 7/2 Odds on which team records more sacksEagles: 9/10Patriots: 10/9O/U total sacks: 4.5O/U total turnovers: 2.5 Odds on which team forces more turnoversEagles: 5/6Patriots: 6/5 Odds to score a defensive TDEagles: 11/1Patriots: 15/1 Odds to return a kick/punt for a TDPatriots: 28/1Eagles: 32/1 Odds to block a kick/puntEagles: 5/1Patriots: 6/1 Odds to score more TDsPatriots: 2/3Eagles: 3/2 Odds to throw for more TDsPatriots: 2/3Eagles: 3/2 Odds to throw more INTsEagles: 5/6Patriots: 6/5 Odds to rush for more yardsEagles: 2/5Patriots: 5/2 Odds to pass for more yardsPatriots: 1/3Eagles: 3/1Odds both QBs throw for 300+ yards: 9/1 Odds on which player scores the first TDDion Lewis (Patriots): 6/1Rob Gronkowski (Patriots): 6/1LeGarrette Blount (Eagles): 7/1Danny Amendola (Patriots): 9/1Alshon Jeffery (Eagles): 9/1Brandin Cooks (Patriots): 10/1Zach Ertz (Eagles): Continue Reading

OCVarsity Photos: Orange County’s most spirited football fans, teams

By OCVarsity sports staff | PUBLISHED: September 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm | UPDATED: January 10, 2018 at 10:44 pm Orange County’s high school football teams and their fans show their team spirit in a lot of different ways. Here is a look at the most memorable displays we saw during the 2017 season. Servite fans cheer on the Friars. Servite was taking on Mater Dei in a Trinity League game at Santa Ana Stadium Santa Ana on Friday, November 3, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)Santa Margarita fans celebrate as the Eagles come from behind win over JSerra in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, October 27, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)JSerra students spell out “Go Lions” with paint on their bodies while cheering on the football team during a home game on Friday, September 22, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)Mission Viejo fans cheer on their team in the semifinals of the Division 1 football playoffs against Mater Dei in Mission Viejo on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Capo Valley fans throw baby powder into the air during the opening kickoff of their semifinal game of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs at Capistrano Valley High Mission Viejo on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)JSerra student Ryan Mahoney, and his fellow classmates, celebrates a Lion’s touchdown during a home football game against St. John Bosco on Friday, November 3, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)Meg Harrisberger, 17 who lettered in El ModenaÕs track, volleyball and track, helps hang a football booster banner during their playoff game against St. Margaret. El Modena went on to beat St. Margaret 27-24. Steven Georges, Contributing PhotographerKalob Partida led a cheer for Tustin fans. Foothill High School played Tustin High School in a football game at Tustin High. in Tustin, CA on Friday, September Continue Reading

Taylor Swift could be performing at a major football halftime show — but it’s not the Super Bowl

Are you ready for it? Taylor Swift is reportedly slated to take over one of football’s biggest stages — just not the biggest one. Swift will headline a halftime performance during the College Football National Championship game on Jan. 8, Entertainment Tonight reported. "She will headline a concert in Centennial Olympic Park during halftime of the game," a source told ET. "It will be a free concert." It makes sense, considering ESPN broadcasts the national championship game every year. Swift has teamed up with other Disney-owned brands in the past, and ESPN is using her music in ads that promote the NCAAF games on the network this season. The sports network, however, called the rumor "inaccurate." "We are pleased that Taylor chose ESPN and ABC’s college football coverage as a platform to debut her new song '...Ready For It?' however, there is nothing more to announce at this time," ESPN said in a statement to Sports Illustrated. While it would be a major platform for Swift, the college football title game still pales in comparison to the Super Bowl, which is the most-watched program of the year. Last year's halftime performance drew an estimated 117.5 viewers in the United States. Swift has never performed at the Super Bowl, while many of pop music’s other heavyweights — including Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga — have played its vaunted halftime show in recent years.  A source suggested to ET that the reason Swift hasn’t performed at the big game is due to her sponsorship with Coca-Cola, since the Super Bowl is sponsored by rival soft-drink manufacturer Pepsi. A rep for Coca-Cola, however, told the Daily News that this is not the case. Swift put on a pre-Super Bowl party the night before this year's game in February. Her performance at Centennial Olympic Park will take place near the actual College Football Championship Game, which will be Continue Reading

Florida School District Replaces Football Chaplains With ‘Life Coaches’

Troy Schmidt’s jaw dropped. A few minutes before, he had been preparing to start his seventh year as chaplain for the Olympia High School football team. But now, those plans had been changed – radically changed. “I received a call from the coach,” Schmidt told me. “He said Orange County Public Schools is no longer allowed to have chaplains as a part of the football program.” FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR THE LATEST CONSERVATIVE NEWS. Schmidt, who is a campus pastor of the First Baptist Church of Windermere, Florida, listened as the football coach explained the district’s decision to cleanse Christianity from its ranks. “I could no longer open the Bible, talk about the Bible, talk about God or pray with the team in any capacity,” he told me. “It was heartbreaking.” A spokesperson for Orange County Public Schools confirmed they have ended the long-standing tradition of having local ministers serve as volunteer chaplains for football teams. “They cannot have chaplains or ministers before or after games – leading prayer,” spokesperson Shari Bobinski told me. “Students are more than welcome to lead their own prayers but our faculty and staff cannot be involved nor can we bring in an outside chaplain.” The school district is also cracking down on other displays of Christianity – effective August 19, according to a memorandum prepared by the district’s legal counsel. Teachers and coaches “cannot participate in a visible way with the players during student-led prayers,” the memorandum states.  Also, Bible verses and references to the Bible are banned on school property. Bible verses are also prohibited on clothing produced by the school. And songs with religious lyrics may not be used in school-related videos. The school district’s crackdown on Christianity is a result of a threat filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  The Continue Reading

UConn Rebukes Coach, Says Jesus Doesn’t Belong in Football

The president of the University of Connecticut publicly rebuked an assistant football coach for telling The Hartford Courant that “Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle.” “Our employees cannot appear to endorse or advocate for a particular religion or spiritual philosophy as part of their work at the university, or in their interactions with our students” President Susan Herbst wrote in a letter to the newspaper . “This applies to work-related activity anywhere on or off campus, including on the football field.” Ernest Jones, the team’s new director of player engagement, set off the religious firestorm last weekend after he explained how the coaching staff would encourage players to embrace their spiritual faith. Jones, along with new head coach Mike Diaco, had previously worked at the University of Notre. “Just because you come to the University of Connecticut doesn’t mean you won’t have the opportunity to pursue your faith,” Jones told the newspaper. “No, you’re going to be able to come here and love the God that you love. So we provide opportunities for them to grown spiritually in our community.” He went on to explain how they would help players find local places to worship in accordance with their religious affiliation. He also said the team would engage in non-denominational events – involving players and coaches. And then – he poured gasoline on the fire.  “We’re going to make sure they understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle, that that’s something that is important,” he said. “If you want to be successful and you want to win, get championships then you better understand that this didn’t happen because of you. This happened of our Lord and Savior.” Had Coach Jones been at a school in the South or Midwest, the community would’ve nodded their heads approvingly, shouted Continue Reading

Peterson: A Slipknot suggestion for ISU’s entrance song

Matt Campbell says he has an idea what music will ring out from the heavens as his Iowa State football team runs onto Jack Trice Stadium this season. Before they cue up the audio on Sept. 3 for the Northern Iowa game, though, a Grammy Award winner offers this waaaaay out of the box suggestion:Slayer’s “Hell Awaits,” Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn told me during our conversation Sunday night.“If that doesn’t get you pumped up to stick your nose in the hole — I don’t know what to say,” he said.Why Slipknot? Why Fehn?They’re coming to town Friday night, to Wells Fargo Arena — about 15 minutes from the Ankeny home in which Fehn was raised.He played football for Jerry Pezzetti at Ankeny in the late 1980s. He was a kicker.“Best football team in Ankeny history,” Fehn told me.That team’s entrance song?Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”“We all played the beat on our pads,” Fehn said. “Pretty powerful.”I doubt that’s on Campbell’s list. At 36, he’s a lot hipper than that. He’s social media savvy, so much so that he makes every fan feel as if they’re in strategical meetings with coaches and players.He hopes his team “rocks” opponents, but as for the song? Don’t count on it. Slipknot’s ‘Iowa’ named ‘greatest’ album of 21st century This is what happens when you text at a Slipknot show The instrumental from “Hell Awaits,” Fehn’s entrance music suggestion, has some enthusiastic pop to it, but the words — they’re possibly not conducive to some among 60,000 fans whose wholesome family experience includes the entrance song’s lyrics.“I’m a little extreme,” Fehn says.No kidding.Friday at The Well, Fehn (aka No. 3), will be the one with the Pinocchio mask during an evening that also includes performances from Continue Reading