Super Bowl seats to come with gloves, hand warmers, earmuffs, lip balm

Football-snowSuper Bowl 48 is quickly approaching, and everyone seems to want to talk about the weather. That makes sense when considering the fact that the game, which has never been held outdoors and in cold weather in its 48-year history, will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. As you might expect, the prospect of snow and blistering cold is not scaring anyone away.

Tickets for the big game are currently starting at over $3,000 per ticket on StubHub.com. That price could rise even higher when people find out about all the goodies that will be coming with each seat.

How can you go wrong? If you’re willing to pay $3,000 for a seat itself, you have to be willing to splurge for about $5,000 for one that comes with everything you need to keep warm and avoid chapped lips during the winter.

The potential for nasty weather has become more of a story than the game itself. Earlier this week, Accuweather.com launched a new site called WillItSnow.com that is dedicated to predicting the weather for the Super Bowl. Depending on how things go, this probably won’t be the last time there’s a chance for snow during the championship. At least fans can leave their hand warmers at home.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Join the LBS College Bowl Pick ‘em Pool, win Monster headphones, EA Sports prize pack

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LBS is doing another pool, which is great news for two reasons. One, it’s another guaranteed way for you to beat Doc and Del on their sports picks (seriously, have you seen our NFL picks this season? We’re terrible). Two, we have some awesome prizes to give away to the winner.

Here’s how to enter:

Follow this link to our private group on Yahoo! Sports.

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We’re also making the pool super simple (Doc and Del need any advantage we can get). No spread, no confidence pools, all you have to do is pick straight winners, baby.

So now that you have the 411 and signup info, here’s what you’ll be playing for.

The winner of the pool will receive a sweet prize pack from EA Sports. The prize pack is highlighted by a pair of SICK Monster gaming headphones. The headphones are the MVP Carbons model and have high def surround sound. These are the perfect headphones for gaming and listening to your music.

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Now sign up and kick some bowl game ass, and make sure to join by Saturday, which is when the bowls begin!

Shin-Soo Choo reportedly turned down $140 million offer from Yankees

Shin-Soo ChooAfter losing Robinson Cano via free agency, the New York Yankees were prepared to spend their extra money to bolster the team’s outfield. Prior to Cano’s departure, the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million offer. They likely knew Cano was gone before locking down Ellsbury. Once Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners, New York reportedly made a similar offer to Shin-Soo Choo.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Choo and agent Scott Boras turned down a seven-year, $140 million offer from the Yankees earlier this month. When Boras reportedly indicated that Choo was looking for “Ellsbury money,” New York moved quickly to sign Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million deal.

Other teams that are now interested in Choo include the Mariners, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Unless Choo was opposed to playing in New York for some reason, he may end up costing himself money by trying to get paid the same amount or more than Ellsbury.

At age 31, Choo is a little over a year older than Ellsbury. Jacoby is a bit more of an injury concern, but he is a career .297 hitter with tremendous speed. Choo has hit .288 during his career and has stolen about 20 bases per season since he began playing full time in 2009. Ellsbury stole 52 bases in 134 games last season and had a career-high 70 stolen bases in 153 games in 2009.

Choo has more power than Ellsbury, but Jacoby is a better fielder and a phenomenal lead-off hitter. While Choo seems to be more durable, very few MLB scouts would tell you that he is a better all-around player and difference-maker than Ellsbury. Perhaps the Mariners will continue to splurge by overpaying for his services, but don’t be surprised if seven years at $140 million is the best offer Choo receives.

7-year-old writes hilarious letter supporting Bengals punter Kevin Huber


Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber was destroyed during a punt return on Sunday with what has since been deemed an illegal hit. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin leveled the unsuspecting Huber up around the neck and shoulders area, leaving him with a fractured jaw and cracked vertebrae. On Tuesday, Huber received a show of support from a 7-year-old fan.

The boy’s father posted the photo you see above on Twitter but has since deleted it. The father wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning that he pulled the picture because he realized some of the message was insensitive. Here’s what it said.

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Aaron Hernandez sued for wrongful death by family of Odin Lloyd

Aaron HernandezThe family of Odin Lloyd, the man who Aaron Hernandez has been charged with killing, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the former New England Patriots tight end. Hernandez is currently being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder.

According to documents obtained by The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., the lawsuit alleges Hernandez “maliciously, willfully, wantonly, recklessly or by gross negligence caused Odin Lloyd to suffer personal injuries that directly resulted in his death.” The lawsuit does not specify how much the Lloyd family is seeking in compensatory and punitive damages, though it is believed the number exceeds the value of Hernandez’s $1.25 million home.

In other words, the Lloyd family is alleging that Hernandez’s behavior in some way resulted in the death of Odin Lloyd, whether the 24-year-old pulled the trigger or not. The family is also seeking a court order to block the Patriots from paying the roughly $3 million of Hernandez’s contract that he believes he is still owed, as well as a real estate attachment up to $5 million on Hernandez’s home that would prevent him from placing it beyond the court’s reach if damages are awarded.

Prosecutors have previously claimed that Hernandez orchestrated the June 17 shooting of Lloyd. The filing includes a search warrant affidavit that details the Lloyd murder investigation.

In related news, police are currently investigating the death of another woman with ties to Hernandez. A woman from Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn. named Tabitha Perry was found dead on Monday. She is the same woman who survived a car crash in June that killed Thaddeus Singleton III, another associate of Hernandez. In August, Hernandez’s uncle Robert Valentine died in a moped crash.

The first two incidents were ruled as accidents and police reportedly do not suspect any suspicious activity at this point in their investigation of Perry’s death.

Robert Griffin III’s dad reportedly pushing Redskins to hire Art Briles

Robert Griffin knee braceRobert Griffin III’s father is an interfering factor in Washington and even trying to get the team to hire Art Briles as head coach, according to a report.

Jason Cole writing at Bleacher Report reported some of the issues going on with the Redskins. He says RG3’s stubbornness has hindered his ability to receive coaching. Cole also says Griffin’s father has been a problem.

From Cole’s report:

In addition, Griffin’s father has increasingly become the kind of nuisance that some people warned NFL executives about before the 2012 draft. In recent weeks, according to two sources close to the situation, the elder Griffin has politicked Snyder to hire Baylor coach Art Briles, who coached the younger Griffin to a Heisman Trophy, to replace Shanahan.

This is not too surprising considering we shared a report recently saying that the Redskins were expected to pursue Briles once Mike Shanahan is done as the team’s coach. It sure sounds like Robert Griffin Jr. supports that move.

Cole also says “multiple team sources said they believe the father’s influence and interference have made this season more difficult.”

That explains why it was such a big deal that Griffin’s father was in the locker room after a game a few weeks ago.

In addition to the problems with Griffin’s father, Cole says the relationship between RG3 and team owner Daniel Snyder has undermined Shanahan’s ability to coach Griffin. Snyder loves RG3, which has empowered the quarterback and supposedly made it difficult for him to accept coaching. We’ve been hearing that notion for several weeks. Coaches have reportedly tried working with Griffin on his footwork, but he has supposedly been dismissive of this advice and instruction. In other words, Griffin became so big after his rookie season that he is not really open to coaching.

Sure, it’s easy for everyone to dump on Griffin now that he and his team are struggling, but maybe he needs to be reminded that he’s not a star yet and that he still has a lot of work to do. Until he can accept that, it will be difficult for him to reach his full potential as a player.

Alex Rodriguez reportedly inking deal for book to expose legal battle with MLB

Alex Rodriguez YankeesNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is reportedly close to signing a deal for a book that will provide a behind-the-scenes look into his ongoing legal battles with Major League Baseball. According to the NY Post’s Page Six, several top publishers are battling for the rights to the book and a deal could be signed within a few weeks.

“A number of publishers are vying for the book, with offers coming in over $5 million,” a source reportedly told the Post. “Alex has met with several publishers over the past few weeks and has meetings with others right after the new year.

“This book is going to go into the real low-down dirt of MLB tactics and collusion with the Yankees to get him out of the game. Alex has also had meetings with (filmmaker) Billy Corben on a ‘30 for 30’-type documentary about his story.”

The source added that ESPN would likely be reluctant to air any such documentary, as it could compromise the network’s relationship with MLB. However, Corben, who did the 30 for 30 special on Miami football called “The U,” could shop a film to a network like HBO and make plenty of money.

A-Rod is currently in the process of trying to have his 211-game suspension reduced or wiped away completely. Last month, he stormed out of his own arbitration hearing and later said in a statement that he is “disgusted with this abusive process.” Rodriguez’s strategy seems to be to attack the credibility of MLB rather than defend himself.

As we all know, A-Rod is highly motivated by money. Attacking the credibility of MLB with books and documentaries could help him kill two birds with one stone. Although, most people are unlikely to believe anything he says.

UPDATE: Top publishing houses reportedly insist they have heard nothing about the book and it is “totally fake.”