Here’s a look at some Super Bowl stories from national media outlets that are making news today.
1. Tom Brady Cuts WEEI Interview Short Because Host Called His Kid An “Annoying Little Pissant” by Laura Wagner, Deadspin
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was on Boston sports radio station WEEI on Monday. During the conversation, talker Alex Reimer called Brady’s 5-year-old daughter “an annoying little pissant.”
Brady took exception, which even his critics can sympathize with. Reimer’s cohost Kirk Minihane apologized, but that evidently didn’t help much. Brady said: “I’ll obviously evaluate whether I want to come on this show again.”
2. Patriots don’t need any help but they tend to get it by Arnie Stapleton, The Associated Press
This story isn’t about the refs, believe it or not.
“Opponents tend to freak out against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick just when they’re about to conquer the New England Patriots’ dynastic duo,” Stapleton writes. “The Philadelphia Eagles swear they won’t fall into that trap if they have the chance in Super Bowl 52.”
The Jaguars fell into that trap in the AFC title game.
“The Patriots may need no assistance but that hasn’t stopped teams from helping them out like Jacksonville did last week with a delay penalty coming out of a timeout and a rushed punt that essentially gave Brady an extra timeout before halftime,” Stapleton writes.
3. An Underdog Story: How Two Friends in China Are Feeding the Eagles’ Dog Mask Craze by Tim Rohan, Sports Illustrated
A few years ago, Tim was an Inquirer sports department intern. Now he’s spending his time tracking down the people who made the German Shepard “underdog” masks that Eagles players Lane Johnson and Chris Long wore after the NFC divisional round playoff win over the Falcons.
It turns out the company that makes the masks, CreepyParty, is a Chinese firm.
“The only proprietor of the ‘authentic’ Philadelphia Eagles underdog mask is the company run by two friends in China,” says Rohan, who interviewed company cofounder Jason Lee by email. “They’re currently making more than 1,000 German Shepherds, plus 1,000 each of the other dog masks.”
4. Ranking all 106 players in Super Bowl LII by Pro Football Focus for ESPN
You have to have an ESPN Insider subscription to see all the data. If you don’t, here’s what you need to know. Tom Brady is No. 1 (duh), Rob Gronkowski is No. 2, and Jason Kelce is No. 3.
The Eagles have six of the top 10 players. Along with Kelce, there’s Fletcher Cox (No. 4), Brandon Graham (No. 5), Patrick Robinson (No. 6), Mychal Kendricks (No. 9), and Brandon Brooks (No. 10). Nick Foles is ranked No. 53. The player at the bottom of the list is Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona.
5. Don’t whine about Super Bowl’s bitter cold in Minneapolis — embrace the Bold North by Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports
This story makes a needed point about media members who complain about being in Minneapolis instead of some place warmer.
“As for the media? Who cares,” Wetzel writes. “No one wants to hear from us. Besides, they’ve pretty much cordoned us off in the Mall of America anyway. It’s Always Sunny in the Food Court.”
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