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Super Bowl ticket prices drop significantly after Cowboys loss

Dak Prescott

With the Dallas Cowboys having been eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday, a ticket to the biggest sporting event of the year just got a little bit cheaper.

As Darren Rovell of ESPN.com notes, the price for the most inexpensive ticket to Super Bowl LI dropped more than 20 percent after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Cowboys. Before the game, the cheapest ticket listed on StubHub was $4,195. As of Monday morning, $3,290 would get you in the door at NRG Stadium.

The Cowboys are one of the most popular franchises in sports, and they have not been to a Super Bowl in more than 20 years. With this year’s Super Bowl being held in Houston, many fans would have been willing to pay huge money to make the four-hour drive from Dallas.

“The threat of the Cowboys playing in a Super Bowl within a four-hour drive of their home stadium was propping up get-in ticket prices to unprecedented levels,” Patrick Ryan, co-founder of Houston-based ticket company Eventellect, told Rovell. “Cowboys fans were willing to take the risk of buying tickets and their team not making it because of the uncertainty of what would happen if they did make it.”

Ryan said the Cowboys being knocked out will affect everything, as parties and events during Super Bowl week will also be cheaper with less fans traveling to Houston to take part in the festivities.

Aaron Rodgers getting the best of Dallas may have given us these hilarious memes, but it was apparently very bad for business.

Mike Tomlin calls Patriots ‘a–holes’, Antonio Brown shares speech on Facebook

Mike Tomlin headset

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and some other members of the team spoke in what they thought was a private forum after Sunday night’s win, but Antonio Brown decided to broadcast much of the postgame celebration on social media.

When the Steelers returned to their locker room after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16, Brown logged into Facebook live and kept his camera rolling (the video will be pulled eventually) for more than 17 minutes. In addition to broadcasting a bunch of curse words and naked butts to his 600,000-plus followers, Brown also captured a speech that Tomlin undoubtedly wanted to remain in-house.

While speaking with his players about the upcoming AFC Championship Game, Tomlin referred to the New England Patriots as “a–holes.”

“When you get to this point in the journey, not a lot needs to be said,” Tomlin said, as transcribed by Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com. “Let’s say very little moving forward. Let’s start our preparations. We spotted those a–holes a day and a half. They played yesterday. Our game got moved to tonight. We gonna touch down at 4 o’clock in the f—ing morning. So be it. We’ll be ready for that ass. But you ain’t gotta tell them we coming. Because some of us might not like the damn (woofkisses?) The chest pounding. Keep a low profile.”

Ironically, a Steelers player or coach urged the team to keep quiet on social media right after Tomlin finished addressing the team.

“Keep it cool on social media,” the player or coach said. “This is about us, men, nobody else.”

A voice that sounded like Ben Roethlisberger’s could then be heard telling his teammates they are “heading into a lion’s den” next week and to “keep your mouth shut.”

In reality, Tomlin was simply motivating his team like many other coaches do. The remarks he made about the Patriots probably weren’t personal, though he does have a history with whining about things Bill Belichick does.

Personal or not, Tomlin wanted his words to motivate his own players, not his opponent. The Patriots are as good as any organization in sports at using bulletin board material to fuel them, and they now get to play Tomlin’s speech on repeat for the next 6 days.

You can see Brown’s full Facebook live video below. Tomlin’s speech begins at around the 2:05 mark.

Report: Jose Bautista nearing deal to return to Blue Jays

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista appears to be on the verge of returning to Toronto.

According to a report by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com on Sunday, the Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runner for the six-time All-Star slugger with the two sides said to be nearing a deal.

Bautista, who turned 36 in October, was said to be in “active” negotiations with the Blue Jays in recent weeks. Though reports like this earlier in the offseason made it seem like Bautista might just flee for greener pastures, the market for an aging hitter who batted just .234 last season didn’t heat up as he would have liked it to. With Edwin Encarnacion jumping ship to sign with the Cleveland Indians in December, it also stands to reason that Toronto simply wasn’t content to lose its two biggest veteran bats in the same offseason.

Chris Conley hit in helmet by Sean Davis

Chris Conley Sean Davis

Sean Davis was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Steelers-Chiefs playoff game after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Chris Conley.

The Chiefs were facing a long third down and threw over the middle towards the goal line. Conley dropped the pass — but it was clear why. He was hit in the head by Davis:

Davis was flagged for an illegal hit for hitting a defenseless receiver. That set up a first down for Kansas City, and the Chiefs ended up scoring a touchdown on the drive.

Jordy Nelson not commenting on his status for Falcons game

Jordy Nelson rib injury

The Green Bay Packers are moving on in the playoffs, which means wide receiver Jordy Nelson will have another week to heal. But Nelson is not ready to say whether or not he’ll be able to play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Nelson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein that he is feeling “a lot better” than how he did the day after the Packers’ first playoff game when he got hurt. He also said he’s not making any guarantees on his availability for the conference title game.

Nelson suffered two broken ribs after being cracked on this play against the Giants. He was ruled out for Green Bay’s playoff game against the Cowboys but said he was hoping he could be ready for the championship game.

If you read some of the comments he made on Sunday, it sure sounds like he has a long way to go before he’ll be ready to play.

Tom Crean goes off on player for last second alley-oop (Video)

Tom Crean

Tom Crean was not at all happy with a showboat attempt by two of his players in the closing seconds of Sunday’s victory over Rutgers.

With Indiana up by 19 and less than ten seconds remaining in regulation, Devonte Green threw an alley-oop to Freddie McSwain on a fast break. McSwain was unable to convert just before time expired. What followed was a visibly angry Crean, who let the freshman know he was not pleased with the highlight reel attempt.

Crean also can be seen in the video pointing backwards while speaking to Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell as if to indicate he did not approve of what took place.

It’s obvious Crean would rather Green have dribbled the clock out instead of trying what can be perceived as a disrespectful play with the game well in hand. Crean will surely use this as a teaching moment for not only his young guard but the entire team.

H/T Yahoo! Sports

Dallas Cowboys hit with memes after playoff loss to Packers

Ezekiel Elliott eat

The Dallas Cowboys had a fantastic season as they went 13-3 and earned the top seed in the NFC, but that all meant nothing on Sunday.

The ‘Boys lost to the Green Bay Packers 34-31 in an instant classic. “America’s Team” has a huge fan base that includes die-hards and band-waggoners alike, leaving them vulnerable for the memes. The Cowboys were not spared at all from the embarrassment after earning the top seed in the NFC and flaming out in their first playoff game.

Take a look at all the memes:

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Packers-Falcons betting line changes after big bet on Atlanta

Sportsbook

The betting line for the NFC Championship Game next weekend between the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers changed immediately after a big bet came in on Atlanta.

The original line was set at Atlanta -4, but it quickly moved to -4.5 and -5 at different sports books after big bets came in on the Falcons.

Here’s what the rest of Tuley’s tweet said: “ViewFromVegas of NFC Championship Game: Westgate Las Vegas opened Atlanta -4 over Green Bay on the Don Best odds screen and quickly went to Atlanta -5. The over/under is a very high 59.5. South Point went with O/U 60 and Westgate quickly went to 60.5 (Station Casinos already at 61).”

The lack of faith in the Packers comes as a surprise given their 8-game winning streak. But the Falcons will be at home and have won five in a row too, including a 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in the playoffs. They’re almost as hot as the Packers, and they will have the dome advantage.

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Marquette King punts items at grocery store (Video)

Marquette King loves to punt.

The Raiders’ loss to the Texans last week means their 2016 is over. However, that hasn’t stopped Marquette King from doing what he’s really good at, punting. On Sunday, King shared a video of himself kicking items in an aisle at the grocery store along with the words “I’m addicted.”

For another example of how much King enjoys punting, he later posted this to his Twitter account in reference to the Cowboys-Packers game.

King should be an interesting follow during the offseason. Wonder where he will show up punting items next?

Jared Cook gets both feet in on amazing catch (Video)

Jared Cook catch

The Green Bay Packers survived a comeback attempt by the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday’s NFC playoff game, and they won 34-31 on a kick by Mason Crosby on the final play. But what set that up was a great catch from Jared Cook.

Cook had 6 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown, but the big one came on a 3rd and 20 from the Packers’ 32 with 3 seconds left.

Cook was on the sideline and caught a pass from Aaron Rodgers without going out of bounds. He had to go to his knees for the 36-yard grab but did so after hauling in the ball.

That set up a 51-yard field goal by Crosby, who made the kick twice after the first was erased by a timeout call from Jason Garrett.

Green Bay will now visit Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game. The Packers have won eight in a row — six to end the regular season, and two in the postseason.

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