Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller says Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is ‘on the right track now’

Chalk this crazy talk up to an extended Super Bowl celebration hangover. Broncos linebacker Von Miller said he truly believes the beleaguered and still floundering Johnny Manziel is "on the right track now," according to The Associated Press. It's a baffling statement considering Manziel was recently accused of physically abusing his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, and on Saturday Dallas police uncovered video that possibly corroborates those accusations. Manziel’s father also said he feared for his son’s life if he didn’t get help quickly. But Miller, who also played college football at Texas A&M, maintained that Manziel will be able to repair his image and eventually return to the NFL, despite the former Heisman winner's laundry list of transgressions. MYERS: JOHNNY MANZIEL IS IN DESPERATE NEED FOR HELP Von Miller said he thinks Johnny Manziel will make a return to the NFL in the near future. "I'm not worried," the Super Bowl 50 MVP said. "I feel like Johnny's taking care of business. He has adversity. Everybody has been here with adversity. I've been here with my own personal adversity. The support that I'm giving him is the support that he's given me in the past." Miller admitted that two years ago, he also was headed down the wrong track, similar to Manziel. He racked up multiple traffic violations and then failed to appear in court. In 2013, Miller was suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. With those struggles now in the rearview mirror, Miller apparently sees some of himself in Manziel, though the like soon to be ex-Browns QB's problems appear slightly more severe. MODIANO: NFL & MEDIA MUST WAKE UP, MANZIEL ISN'T A VICTIM FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HERE. Whether or not an NFL team gives Manziel a second chance next season remains to be seen, and Continue Reading

Cam Newton heads to Super Bowl 50 in $849 zebra-striped Versace pants

This quarterback walks on the wild side. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton traveled to Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco wearing fierce $849 zebra-striped Versace jeans. The MVP frontrunner donned the fitted, stretchy animal print pants overlaid with a contrasting gold pattern on Sunday, and paired them with a sleek pair of suede black loafers sporting gold heels and toes — worn without socks, of course — and a leather jacket. MYERS: NEWTON, MANNING HIGHLIGHT SUPER BOWL WEEK He topped his statement ensemble with a pair of headphones emblazoned with a gold “SB50” on the side. NEWTON DIDN'T INTEND FOR COMMENTS TO BECOME 'RACE THING' "Versace is known for scandaous clothing that creates headlines," says celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch, who recalls Jennifer Lopez's plunging green Versace dress at the 2000 Grammys. Bloch, who is also the creative director for NFL women's apparel, gives Newton credit for taking risks off the field. "It takes a brazen, bold man to carry off those bad pants," Bloch adds. "You have to be that big, and that bad, to wear those bad pants." The Yellow Barocco Zebra Print Jeans were from Versace's Spring/Summer 2014 collection, and are already sold out online. But a similar pair of Barocco Accent Print Jeans that are mostly black, without the zebra stripe, or similar styles are available on Versace’s site for $1,545, or in the Fifth Avenue and Soho Versace stores. Newton’s pants were on fire on social media. “#CamNewton those pants were the best thing ever! Don't let them tell you otherwise! Winners take risks both on and off the field! #Panthers,” wrote Amanda Lynea Friends on Twitter. “This morning I turned on the news and saw Cam Newton's butt in those Versace zebra print pants,” tweeted comedian Meghan O’Keefe. NEWTON CAN JOIN EXCLUSIVE CLUB IF HE WINS MVP, SUPER BOWL Continue Reading

WATCH IT: Steve Harvey laughs at ‘Miss Universe’ blunder in Super Bowl 50 T-Mobile commercial

Steve Harvey still can’t play his cards right. In a Super Bowl 50 commercial for T-Mobile, Harvey mocks is infamous mistake of reading the cards incorrectly when announcing the winner of the Miss Universe competition. After his mistake during the pageant, many companies approached Harvey to use the buzz surrounding the incident for a good commercial. Steve Harvey announces wrong Miss Universe winner T-Mobile made out the winner and landed the TV host for the gig. In the ad, data about both T-Mobile and Verizon is announced when Harvey jumps out and says “whoa, I have to apologize... again... those were last year’s numbers.” Then goes on to say, “I’m not taking responsibility for that one, that was Verizon's fault!" Pia Wurtzbach tells Steve Harvey ‘don’t beat yourself up’ over Miss Universe blunder Radio personality Charlamagne Tha God tweeted “The OG Steve Harvey with a Super Bowl commercial based off an honest mistake. Some people just win no matter what.” Countless memes and internet insults were formed off of Harvey’s mistake where he accidentally named Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez the winner when it was actually Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. Continue Reading

Yes, Peyton Manning does need to win Super Bowl 50 to secure his legacy

(That's Debatable - A new Daily News series as two of our reporters debate a hot topic in the world of sports) The fact that there is a debate about Peyton Manning's legacy at all is evidence that something's missing from his resume, isn't it? After 19 years, and after so many regular-season record seasons, after 71,940 passing yards and 539 passing touchdowns, Manning still isn't far and away viewed as the finest quarterback of his era? At water coolers everywhere, he's still locked in mortal combat with Tom Brady for top dog of the 2000s? MEHTA: PEYTON MANNING HAS NOTHING LEFT TO PROVE TO ANYONE Manning is undisputably one of the NFL's finest all-time QBs on the strength of his numbers alone, but it remains a shaky legacy, far shakier than you would expect. And only a Super Bowl 50 title can really fix that, only the image of Manning hoisting the Lombardi Trophy one final time, going out a winner, can somewhat erase all the times we've watched him go out a loser. That the Manning-Brady debate exists alone, despite Manning having 13,912 more passing yards and 111 more TD passes than Brady tells you something in this game of perceptions: You bulletproof your legacy with your Super Bowl rings. Manning has one Super Bowl ring and an NFL-record 13 postseason losses, so he's far more up for debate than the likes of Brady, who's had his share of playoff heartbreak but has those four titles, and the perceived moxie that comes with them, or John Elway, who always piled up numbers, and wrung two championships out of his career, too. These things matter, and for good reason, because the regular-season stats are lousy legacy currency, acquired in front of other audiences, in less career-defining moments. In all sports - not just the NFL - there's a different pace of play come the playoffs, a different intensity and a different level of aggression. So there's an ease to piling up regular-season stats, a quality to those numbers that matters only in fantasy Continue Reading

Cam Newton wins NFL MVP on eve of leading Panthers into Super Bowl 50

SAN FRANCISCO – Cam Newton was a big winner on the night before Super Bowl 50. The Carolina Panthers quarterback was named both the NFL MVP and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year on Saturday night during the NFL Honors ceremony at the Billy Graham Civic Auditorium. He received 48 of a possible 50 votes for Most Valuable Player. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer received the other two. The award came as no surprise in a season in which the 26-year-old Newton accounted for 45 touchdowns – 35 passing and another 10 running. He threw for 3,837 yards and ran for another 636 during the regular season, too. Meanwhile, Giants quarterback Eli Manning came up short in his quest to become the first Giants player ever to win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. SUPER BOWL INTERACTIVE: RANK THE GREATEST GAMES Though the 35-year-old Manning was a finalist, the award went to San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin. Manning will still receive a consolation prize of $11,000 from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide to donate to a charity of his choice. And Manning certainly has plenty of charities to choose from. He’s served as the Chair of the New York March for Babies for the past seven years and helped them raise more than $25 million. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HERE. 50 FACTS TO DROP AT YOUR SUPER BOWL PARTY He also has led a “Tackle Kids’ Cancer” initiative with Hackensack University Medical Center, where he has spent countless hours visiting patients and doctors in the pediatric cancer center. He also has founded the Eli and Abby Manning Childrens’ Clinics in Mississippi and raised almost $3 million in a five-year span. Among the other winners: Houston defensive end J.J. Watt won his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. Rams running Continue Reading

Bruno Mars asked to headline Super Bowl 50 halftime show: report

Bruno Mars has been invited to rock the Super Bowl again. The “Uptown Funk” singer has been asked to headline the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, just two years after his last performance at the NFL championship game, Billboard reports. Mars’ offer to return to the Super Bowl includes an opportunity to “curate” the halftime show, sources tell the publication, which means he could hit the stage with many special musical guests. RELATED: THE BEST SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOWS OF ALL TIME The Grammy winner’s 2014 halftime show, which featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers, saw him perform hits such as "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Just the Way You Are."  Mars' halftime gig not only received critical buzz but broke ratings records, too. With 115 million viewers, the R&B star’s show was the the second-highest watched halftime special in Super Bowl history, only second to last year’s performer Katy Perry (who drew 121 million). A rep for Mars did not immediately respond to a request for a comment about the report. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Lawrence Taylor only Giants player named to ‘Super Bowl 50 Golden Team’

The Giants have been to five Super Bowls, they’ve won four of them and they’ve produced three different Super Bowl MVPs. But only one Giant landed on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s all-time Super Bowl team. That honor went to Lawrence Taylor, the lone Giant honored when the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors released its “Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.” The team of 27 — which consisted of 11 offensive players, 12 defensive players, three specialists and a coach — was based on “the best overall career performances in the Super Bowl,” the NFL said in its release. The “career” part of that is likely what limited the number of Giants, since their five Super Bowl teams (and four champions) stretch across three different generations. Taylor, of course, played in Super Bowls XXI and XXV. None of the Giants who played in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI were represented at all. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who won four of their Super Bowls in a six-year span (IX, X, XIII and XIV), made up nearly 30 percent of the team — eight players and their coach (Chuck Noll). MYERS: WITH SUPER WIN, PEYTON CAN SHAKE PLAYOFF LOSER REP “The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team is an amazing list of incredible individuals,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Vice President Joe Horrigan. “Each name conjures up memories of some of the sport’s greatest games showcased on its biggest platform, the Super Bowl stage. Unforgettable individual performances like Lynn Swann’s acrobatic catches in Super Bowl X or Joe Montana’s come-from-behind game winning drive in Super Bowl XXIII are forever etched in the collective memories of football fans and celebrated as some of the most inspiring moments in the history of the National Football League.” ODELL BECKHAM DRAFTS ELI MANNING WITH FIRST PRO BOWL PICK FOLLOW THE DAILY Continue Reading

In Super Bowl 50, Broncos hope to win one for Pat Bowlen, who has Alzheimer’s

After losing his first three Super Bowls, and not coming close in any of them, John Elway finally broke through and won his first championship against Brett Favre and the Packers in a big upset 18 years ago. The victory produced one of the most memorable post-game moments in Super Bowl history. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen lifted the Lombardi Trophy high above his head on the podium that was set up in the middle of the field. Elway was standing to his left. “There’s only one thing I want to say here tonight. It’s only four words,” Bowlen said. “This one’s for John.” He then handed Elway the Lombardi Trophy. If the Broncos are able to upset the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara on Feb. 7, it would be appropriate for Elway to return the favor, hold up the trophy and declare, “This one’s for Pat.” MYERS: WITH SUPER WIN, PEYTON CAN SHAKE PLAYOFF LOSER REP Bowlen, who will be 72 years old 11 days after the game, acknowledged in the summer of 2014 he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He relinquished control of the team to the Pat Bowlen Trust, which is run by three non-family members. Bowlen first revealed to the Denver Post in 2009 that he was experiencing short-term memory loss. He has not been able to attend a game since the Broncos’ divisional round loss to the Colts last year. The day-to-day operations of the Broncos are handled by team president and CEO Joe Ellis, who has been Bowlen’s long-time right-hand man. Bowlen and Ellis hired Elway in 2011 to run the football operation and Elway’s most significant personnel move was signing Peyton Manning a few months later. Bowlen, who has seven children, has made plans for the team to be kept in the family. Bowlen’s mother died from Alzheimer’s in 2006. Bowlen is resting comfortably at home and is frequently visited by members of the Broncos organization as well as Continue Reading

Super Bowl 50 Prop Bets: Gatorade, Coldplay’s halftime show, Peyton Manning’s HGH scandal and more

No matter what the result of Super Bowl 50 is, you can bet there will be plenty of wagering opportunities for anybody looking to make a quick buck. It turns out next Sunday's Broncos-Panthers game is also the Super Bowl of prop bets, allowing gamblers the chance to wager on a ridiculous amount of events surrounding the biggest sporting event of the year. Betting website has released its prop bet odds for Super Bowl 50, and there’s plenty to choose from - from what color the Gatorade poured on the winning head coach will be to what songs the band Coldplay will perform during the halftime show. SUNDAY MORNING QB: PEYTON IS THE STORY OF SUPER BOWL 50 There’s even possible money to be made on Peyton Manning’s recent HGH scandal, specifically whether the Broncos QB will be fined or suspended by the NFL before the Super Bowl (50/1 odds), or whether the allegations from Al Jazeera’s bombshell report will somehow keep him out of the big game (15/1). Here’s’s complete list of Super Bowl prop bet odds: In-game Odds: Odds the opening coin toss comes up … • heads: 51/49 • tails: 49/51 Odds a coach challenges a play: 9/11 Odds a challenged play gets overturned: 3/1 Odds the NFL switches to iPads (versus Microsoft tablets) for the Super Bowl: 12/1 Odds on what color Gatorade will be poured on the winning coach: • Yellow: 7/3 • Orange: 3/1 • Clear (including water): 4/1 • Red: 17/3 • Blue: 12/1 MOST DEVASTATING FIELD GOAL FLUBS IN NFL PLAYOFF HISTORY 50 FACTS TO DROP AT YOUR SUPER BOWL 50 PARTY Calamity Props: Odds there is a Microsoft tablet malfunction: 9/1 Odds there is an earthquake in San Francisco during game (at least 2.0 magnitude within 50 miles of the stadium): 56/1 Odds the goal posts fall down: 75/1 Odds the game gets delayed (by anything): Continue Reading

Who reaches Super Bowl 50? 2015 NFL record projections for all 32 teams

The free agents have signed, the rookies have arrived, the suspensions have been doled out — and appealed to federal court — and now the NFL's players are back to work with training camps open around the league. Now that each team's circumstances are generally solidified, USA TODAY Sports projected the results of all 256 regular-season games to create one snapshot of how the 2015 season could play out before injuries, firings and Murphy's Law take their toll.NFC EASTEagles (10-6): Chip Kelly went 10-6 during his first two seasons, why not now? Really, this team's range for success or failure seems extensive based on how QB Sam Bradford, RB DeMarco Murray, a new-look defense, etc. mesh.  Cowboys (8-8): First month could be telling minus suspended DE Greg Hardy and MLB Rolando McClain as D faces four potentially elite offenses (Giants, Eagles, Falcons, Saints) without DeMarco Murray eating the clock on its behalf.  Giants (6-10): How effective will DE Jason Pierre-Paul be after his accident? Can rookie T Ereck Flowers protect Eli Manning's blind side? Can they establish run or even stop it? Lot to figure out no matter how well they chuck it.Redskins (4-12): Much is riding on how quickly new defensive coordinator Joe Barry and O-line guru Bill Callahan whip their units into shape. Robert Griffin III's future may be riding on it, especially against two scary fronts (Dolphins, Rams) to start.NFC NORTHPackers (12-4): They open on road against hated Bears before hosting Seahawks at home in NFC title game rematch. Two big games to wash bile from last season out of the collective palate while potentially mapping route to top seed. Vikings (10-6): Highly motivated Adrian Peterson should take offense and second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater to new level, and potentially stacked defense looks ready to blossom. Schedule gets friendly after Week 5 bye.  Lions (7-9): Last year's No. 1 run defense sees Adrian Peterson (twice), Marshawn Lynch, Matt Continue Reading