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Seahawks Fly the 12th Man Flag at the White House 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • May 21, 2014, 4:55 PM

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The Seattle Seahawks took another Super Bowl victory lap today, spending the afternoon at the White House and getting honored by President Barack Obama. He praised cornerback Richard Sherman, Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, coach Pete Carroll, and quarterback Russell Wilson for their contributions to the Seahawks' success and applauded the team for winning its first NFL championship despite so many people saying it would never happen.

"Let me just say as a guy who was elected President named Barack Obama, I root for the underdogs," he said. "And so seeing folks overcome the odds excites me.  But it also excites me when you see the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.  And that’s what team is all about.  And this is a team."
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Recapping the 2014 NFL Draft 0

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Day one of the 2014 NFL Draft produced tons of hype and drama. With big names like Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel learning which teams they would play for, football fans across the country started predicting how their favorite teams would improve with their newest players.

But the process of getting better was far from finished Thursday night. There were still hundreds of picks left, with some big names remaining on the board.
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Jadeveon Clowney Selected First Overall in NFL Draft 0

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After months of speculation, the NFL Draft finally kicked off on Thursday night. This year’s draft was held later than usual and, it seemed as if everyone’s mock drafts changed several times. But when the first pick was called, there wasn’t much surprise: South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney went first overall to the Texans. In a somewhat surprising fall, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel — the most talked-about prospect in this year’s draft — went No. 22 to Cleveland.

Many of the first-round draft choices are considered elite players, which means we should see them on NFL fields a lot during their rookie years.

Here’s a look at the draft’s opening day:

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reveal New Uniform Design 4

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • March 3, 2014, 11:27 AM

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After a terrible 2013 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to make some changes. First, they fired head coach Greg Schiano and replaced him with former Bears coach Lovie Smith. Then they introduced a new logo. And today, the team debuted a new jersey.

The uni is based on the NFL Nike Elite 51 design, and is a sort of mix of the Bucs' past, present, and future. The team retained the red that has been a staple of the uniform since 1997. But it has replaced the pewter gray with black and have incorporated flashes of orange found in the team's original uniform. The numbering is also new: Out is the standard blocky numbers found on most NFL jerseys, and a system that looks like a digital clock display is in.

"Today marks the culmination of more than two years of research and planning to bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a new and exciting era of our history," Buccaneers co-chairman Edward Glazer said in a press release. "We worked closely with our partners at Nike to design a uniform that would set the standard for both design and functionality. The result is a sleek, modern design that honors our championship past while also establishing a new, bolder identity moving forward."

Here's a closer look at the new jersey, along with the team's new logo design:
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Seattle Seahawks Win OYO Super Bowl! 5

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • February 10, 2014, 2:11 PM

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The Seattle Seahawks didn't just win Super Bowl XLVIII — they demolished Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. From the safety on the game's first play to Percy Harvin's second-half kickoff return for a touchdown to all the interceptions forced by Seattle's D, the Seahawks dominated from start to finish.

That might have made the NFL championship a boring game for some fans, but it gave us a bunch of great plays we'll be talking about next season and the season after that and the season after that. And with the help of our friends at OYO Sportstoys and four monkeys animation, we have immortalized some of the best of the best plays in excellent OYO brick animation!
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Giants Wideout Victor Cruz Inspires New York City Kids 0

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  • Posted by: Christina Tapper
  • February 7, 2014, 10:59 AM

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Super Bowl XLVIII officially ended the 2013 NFL season. But as some New York City students learned this week, football fun continues all year long.

On Monday, 60 kids from P.S./I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School in the Bronx participated in football-inspired activities like football tossing, sprints, and push-up hockey. They also had the perfect personal trainer: New York Giants wide receiver and Super Bowl XLVI champion Victor Cruz.
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Scenes from the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Parade 1

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • February 6, 2014, 9:08 AM

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On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl. Yesterday, they shared their victory — and the Lombardi Trophy — with literally the entire city of Seattle. According to government estimates, 636,600 people live in Seattle. And for the Seahawks' victory parade, an estimated 700,000 people showed up to celebrate. That's 64,000 more people than actually live in the city!

Needless to say, the parade was bonkers. Players and coaches rode through the streets on floats — when they weren't being swarmed by fans — ultimately ending up at CentruryLink Field where the team was greeted by been more fans.

Take a look at some photos from yesterday's parade, and a short video clip showing just how happy Seattle was to finally have a Super Bowl Champion:
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