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Brett Favre on Concussions and Bullies

LauerFavreFormer NFL MVP quarterback Brett Favre tells Matt Lauer his memory problems started when he couldn’t remember that his daughter played soccer.

Favre, 44, played most of his pro career with the Green Bay Packers, and holds the record for being the most-sacked quarterback (525) in the league. He says a “wake up call” came when he was talking to his wife about their daughter Breleigh.

“I’ve pretty much made every game that she’s ever played,” said Favre. “She played softball one year, she played basketball a couple years. And– as I find out, she played soccer. I don’t remember her playing soccer. And that was probably where my first inclination that something ain’t right.”

Favre doesn’t have a son, but if he did, he says he “would be real leery of him playing” football.

Favre also tells Lauer his initial reaction to the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal: “You gotta be kidding me.”

The interview airs Monday on “Today.”

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Fiesta Bowl Moved Up To Jan. 2

With the NFL lockout resolved, the 2012 Fiesta Bowl has been moved up from Jan. 5 to Jan. 2.

The BCS originally left the evening of Jan. 2 free in case the NFL had to push their season back due to the lockout.

The Fiesta Bowl will now be played right after the Rose Bowl, which is on Jan. 2 next year because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.

 

 

Video: Under Armour's Latest Advertising Campaign

Under Armour rolled out their largest footwear advertising campaign to-date this week, entitled “Footsteps.”

According to the sports apparel giant, “the soon-to-be-released footwear line embraces the Brand’s performance DNA and infuses proprietary apparel technology into every shoe to help athletes perform their best.” Peter Berg of Friday Night Lights fame worked with Under Armour on the new commercial.

“The campaign marks an unprecedented step forward for Under Armour footwear, bringing together the highest caliber of talent on both sides of the camera to tell the story of our state-of-the-art performance footwear,” said Steve Battista, senior vice president, Brand, Under Armour. “We’ve captured athletes in their authentic training environment, showcasing Under Armour’s commitment to performance and innovation in a voice that is unique to the Brand. Our new line of footwear is helping athletes create footsteps, not just hear them.”

Above is the commercial that features Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Georges St-Pierre, among others.

ESPN, SEC Team Up For New Apparel Collection

The Southeastern Conference and the ESPN are teaming up to launch the “SEC on ESPN” apparel collection.

The t-shirt line includes nine graphics (six’s men’s and three women’s) and will feature slogans and logos from all 12 schools in the SEC, inspired by the conference’s traditions and rivalries.

“ESPN has shown its commitment to the SEC by bringing fans high-quality SEC sports programming on the network, and so partnering with the conference to reach fans in yet another way – consumer products – was only natural,” said Chris Brush, vice president, marketing, ESPN. “Fans love to show their pride for their favorite schools and the collection truly embodies what SEC on ESPN is all about.”

The “SEC on ESPN” will be sold exclusively at Dick’s Sporting Goods throughout the South and will be available online at DSG.com, ESPNShop.com and SECStore.com.

Video: Chris Berman Singing with Huey Lewis

ESPN personality Chris Berman is old friends with singer Huey Lewis and he recently joined Lewis on stage to sing when the 1980s-era rock star played the Travelers Golf Championship in Connecticut. Berman helps Lewis sing Walking on a Thin Line. As someone who’s tried to karaoke Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin (and probably sounded more crazed than Jack Black in School of Rock), we’re really in no position to criticize Berman’s effort.

 

(H/T Big Lead)

Rashard Mendenhall Dropped By Champion Over Osama bin Laden Tweets

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has been dropped by Champion athletic brand because of his controversial tweets about Osama bin Laden.

Champion is “ending our business relationship” with Mendenhall since the company doesn’t think he “can appropriately represent Champion,” spokesman Matt Hall told USA Today Thursday night.

Mendenhall recently signed a four-year contract extension with Champion through 2015. He first signed a deal in 2008.

Below is the full statement from Champion:

Champion is a strong supporter of the government’s efforts to fight terrorism and is very appreciative of the dedication and commitment of the U.S. Armed Forces. Earlier this week, Rashard Mendenhall, who endorses Champion products, expressed personal comments and opinions regarding Osama bin Laden and the September 11 terrorist attacks that were inconsistent with the values of the Champion brand and with which we strongly disagreed. Read more

The Final Four Is Set In Madden NFL 12 Contest

Danny Woodhead‘s run as the face of Madden NFL 12 is over.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers received 56 percent of the vote and knocked out the New England Patriots running back from the competition.

Peyton Hillis, Michael Vick and Adrian Peterson also advanced to the semi-finals. Read more

Former ESPN Analyst Fighting Prostate Cancer

Former ESPN college basketball analyst and St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin announced Friday he’s battling prostate cancer.

The 46-year-old Lavin was diagnosed last September but doctors told him he could delay treatment until after the season.

“My family feels fortunate that through annual health exams, we detected my condition at an early stage,” said Lavin in a statement. “This past fall I didn’t want to distract our team, but with the season behind us, we are now working with medical experts and taking the proper steps to tackle this health challenge head on.” Read more

Clay Matthews Whips His Hair Back And Forth For Suave

Troy Polamalu isn’t the only football player with a hair endorsement.

According to Darren Rovell of CNBC, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews signed a one-year deal with Suave. Terms were not disclosed but his deal includes media appearances before and after the Super Bowl and a production day to film a commercial or additional advertising.

“The idea behind Suave is that men need different products than women,” Matthews’ marketing agent Ryan Williams said. “Clay really wanted to do a deal like this.” Read more

Another Look at NBC and the Olympics

We’ve been here before, but The New York Times examines whether NBC will retain the broadcast rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games.

Comcast, which is spending $30 billion to purchase General Electric a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal from General Electric, needs to decide if it makes sense to spend money on a property that could lose millions.

The early indications are that they will.

“I don’t think Comcast wants its first move with its new partner to be a negative one and to lose something NBC has had for years,” Barry Frank, an executive vice president of IMG who has negotiated Olympic deals in the past, tells The Times.

What about the challenge from ESPN? Read more

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