Scarlett Johansson is the new global brand ambassador for SodaStream, and the blond beauty will be featured in a Super Bowl ad for the company this weekend. But the commercial you’ll see is one that has been edited to fit FOX’s demands.
No, the commercial wasn’t flagged because it shows ScarJo in provocative poses or clothing that’s too hot for TV. Rather, it’s because at the end of the commercial, Johansson mentions Coke and Pepsi in a negative way. The marketing company behind the commercial says FOX wouldn’t allow that, which is why they had to make a change for their “banned” commercial.
Of course, SodaStream was asked to make similar changed regarding their use of Coke and Pepsi logos in their ad last year, so it’s not like they didn’t know this would be an issue. They probably did this so they could claim the commercial was “banned” and get extra attention from people who want to find out why or see the “uncensored” version of the commercial.
That doesn’t make them marketing geniuses or anything; I’d watch a video of Scarlett playing freaking ping pong if that were in the cards.
Below is the behind-the-scenes video for the commercial. Sadly for you, it’s more about SodaStream than ScarJo showing skin.
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La La Anthony said during an interview with Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” Sunday that her husband, Carmelo Anthony, will remain in New York with the Knicks. She also revealed that the two do not have pregame sex because she says ‘Melo plays worse when they do.
“I definitely think he will stay [in New York],” La La said in her interview. “I know that he wants to stay and I support him wherever he wants to go. Listen, I used to live in Denver with him. If I can live in Denver, I can live anywhere. I just want him to be happy.”
Melo’s future has been the subject of much speculation over the past few years. Even though he got his way by being traded from Denver to New York three seasons ago, things have not gone great in the Big Apple. The team fired Mike D’Antoni and replaced him with Mike Woodson, partly because of Melo’s issues with D’Antoni. Then after improving two seasons in a row, the Knicks have been pretty terrible to start this season. That has led some to believe that Carmelo would consider leaving the Knicks after the season when he can become a free agent by declining a player option. Some have thought that the Lakers or Chicago Bulls would be a consideration for him, but La La says that is unlikely.
La La also explained why they don’t have sex before games.
“Usually we don’t do that before a game because he tends to play worse. [He’s] too tired! Because I work it!” she said with a big smile and laugh.
And what does it look like when La La works it?
Yeah, I could see how that would tire him out.
H/T ESPN New York
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Batista flipped a disrespectful fan the bird as he was making his way out of the ring following his win at Royal Rumble on Sunday, according to a report.
PW Mania reported the story and says Batista was high-fiving fans after his win when it occurred. Here’s what they wrote:
While “The Animal” was high-fiving fans, making his way to the back, one fan in what was believed to be in a CM Punk t-shirt, flipped up the finger at him. Batista looked at him as he kept high-fiving the fans, and the fan did it again. Batista thought about it, and then gave the finger back to him.
Wrestling Inc says Batista was legitimately upset with the fans because they were booing him after he won the rumble. They say fans booed him and he mockingly did the Daniel Bryan “yes!” chant.
Fans want Bryan to finally win the belt and have been disappointed that he hasn’t yet. When will WWE give it to him? That’s the question many are asking and that’s one reason fans keep tuning in — they want to see when it happens.
Tip via Arsen D.
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Kobe Bryant says Pau Gasol was so unhappy with his team for their poor performance in a 114-105 loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday night that the Spanish forward threw his shoes during a postgame tantrum in the locker room.
Bryant shared the information with reporters on Sunday prior to the Lakers’ 110-103 loss to the New York Knicks.
Bryant says he loved the fire from Gasol.
“That was the most irritated I’ve seen Pau in a long, long time,” Bryant said via the Los Angeles Times. “I haven’t really seen him come in and have a tantrum in the locker room, which is good. It’s something that needs to be done.
“It can’t be something where we’re losing and it becomes accepted. Or the whole ‘We gave it a good effort’ sort of thing. We don’t do that around here. That’s not what it’s about. It’s not about giving good effort. It’s about winning championships.”
Nobody will confuse this Lakers squad for a championship team. They have lost four in a row and 15 of 18. Everyone knows that they are one of the worst teams in the league — especially with Kobe out — but that doesn’t mean Pau has to accept the losing. He should always remain passionate about the team, regardless of how bad they may be.
Or maybe we all really have the story wrong, and the real reason Pau was upset was because he couldn’t find his European Men’s Carryall in his locker.
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Do women weaken legs? Mickey Goldmill told Rocky Balboa to knock off the crap with Adrian when he was training to fight Apollo Creed, and personally I believe anything that Mickey says. At least one Seattle Seahawks player does, too.
On Monday, Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman spoke with a Seahawks player and asked him about the week leading up to the Super Bowl. The Seahawks have already traveled to New York for game, and we all know there is plenty to do in the Big Apple when it comes to nightlife. That won’t be an issue for this player.
Seahawks player says no partying for him. Nothing but football. He added: "No sex for me the entire week. That's how serious I am."
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) January 27, 2014
There are plenty of differing opinions when it comes to the topic of sex and sports. MMA champion Ronda Rousey has said multiple times that she enjoys having sex before fights. Manny Pacquiao, on the other hand, goes several weeks without monkey business when he has a big fight coming up. One soccer team even thinks they helped lower their injury rate by banning sex two days before games.
Perhaps this particular player is not married or in a serious relationship. There’s probably a difference between messing around with your wife or girlfriend and going out and meeting women when you have a game to focus on. Either way, Mickey would be proud.
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Lindsey Vonn won’t be hitting the slopes for the Winter Games in Sochi because of a knee injury, but you’ll still be able to see plenty of her on NBC.
According to Sports Illustrated media reporter Richard Deitsch, Vonn has been hired by NBC to serve as a correspondent during the Olympics. Deitsch says Vonn will report from the US and will be a correspondent for “Today” and NBC Sports.
Vonn, 29, has competed in three different Olympiads, so Sochi would have been her fourth. She partially tore the ACL in her right knee in November and re-injured it in December to knock her out of competition. NBC knows she is one of the most popular and well known Winter Olympians, which is why they want her being a part of their coverage.
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Chicago Bears legend Mike Ditka knows plenty about football in severe weather. He spent eight seasons as a player with the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles and another 11 seasons in Chicago as a coach. You would think he would be one of the people who supports an outdoor Super Bowl in New York, but Da Coach actually thinks it’s downright “stupid.”
“The weather’s going to be a problem,” Ditka told the Detroit Free Press on Monday. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn’t be there. I mean, it’s stupid.”
If you believe some of the more well-known forecasters, the weather may not end up being that huge of an issue. Accuweather set up a website that is dedicated strictly to forecasting the weather for the Super Bowl, and as of now temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s at game time with just an 18% chance of rain or snow showers.
“First of all, it’s not fair to the players,” Ditka added. “It’s not going to be fair to the fans. It’s not going to be that enjoyable. I mean, I understand it’s the Super Bowl and it’s a privilege to play in the Super Bowl. It’d be nice to be playing in Miami or San Diego or New Orleans or somewhere the weather is conducive to guys being able to show their talents.”
Many fans who spend thousands of dollars on tickets will be proud to say that they attended the first ever outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl. Ditka hates the idea because he believes it will result in players performing at lower levels.
“I’m just saying, if you get extreme cold or you get snow during the game, then it’s unfair to the fans, to the players, to everybody,” he said. “You’re not going to be able to perform at near the level you’re used to. And the element of luck comes into it, and it shouldn’t happen in that game. That game should be based on the people on the field who make the plays.”
Some would argue that the mark of a great team is being able to adjust and perform under all circumstances. That’s why being able to win on the road in the playoffs is so important, especially if you’re traveling to a place like New York, Chicago, Denver or Foxboro. While the weather may be a factor, both teams have to deal with it. Whoever can overcome all variables deserves to be called the best team in the NFL.
Maybe Ditka just can’t stand the thought of people having to be as red-faced as he was in Chicago last month.
H/T Shutdown Corner
Gary Kubiak is more than landing back on his feet.
Less than two months after being fired by the Houston Texans amid a franchise-record losing streak, Kubiak has been hired by the Baltimore Ravens to become the team’s new offensive coordinator. Kubiak’s offensive coordinator with the Texans, Rick Dennison, was hired to serve as Baltimore’s QB coach.
Baltimore was also considering in-house receivers coach Jim Hostler, former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, and Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson for the offensive coordinator job. They still need a running backs coach, and they made need to replace Hostler as WR coach if he takes another job, coach John Harbaugh said.
Kubiak, 52, was 61-64 in nearly eight seasons as Houston’s head coach. This is a good addition for Baltimore’s coaching staff.
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For whatever reason, college football fans love making crazy bets before rivalry games. We’re not talking about cash wagers. A lot of this stuff — like getting a tattoo on your backside — is worse than losing money. But nothing could be worse than a man with a bellybutton ring.
A reader recently emailed a disturbing photo to Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage and explained the story behind the Auburn bellybutton ring dangling off the hairy stomach.
“Two of my friends have been making Iron Bowl bets since college, so for over 10 years now. The bets began innocently such as singing the other teams fight song, buying the other guys drinks all night and have slowly progressed. They are now getting to a dangerous level. … Since this year’s Iron Bowl was boring with not much on the line (sarcasm font), they made a bet to attempt to keep everyone’s interest in the game and bet belly button rings.”
Wasn’t the way the Iron Bowl ended punishment enough? I don’t know if this dude has to wear the ring for life or if he can let that thing close up after a certain amount of time, but it’s not going to help him with the ladies. I’m starting to think tattoos to pay off debts may be the way to go.
Imagine that someone’s NFL dreams all came to an end because his teammates caught him with his pants down. Literally. That’s the story of what happened with one player, according to FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer.
Glazer was the subject of a profile for GQ (read it all here). It’s a good profile and talks about Glazer’s personality and how hard he works to get all his reporting scoops. Glazer only shares and reports a tiny fraction of all the information he has, which means a ton of stories he knows about never become public. But Glazer decided to share one great story in the GQ profile.
According to Glazer, one NFL player quit football because his teammates caught him masturbating.
Here’s the quote from the GQ piece.
“They have, like, a computer room where the guys can go study film. And somebody caught him. Pants right down, going to town. And I guess he caught wind that they were gonna make fun of him, and [snaps his fingers] gone. He quit football. Never went back. Man up, man! It’s not like nobody else does it!”
I’m not sure what’s worse: That a guy actually quit football because he was too embarrassed, or Glazer saying that other guys do the same thing (in the film room??!!)? I can’t imagine the player was very good, because good players wouldn’t just quit football because of that. Or at least I don’t think they would have. Still, that’s no way to go out. I mean how do you explain that to your friends and family? Uhhh I quit because they caught me jerking it. What do you say to them? Go Paul Finch and just say it was a film room incident? Guess so.
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