Time Warner customers in So Cal lose FOX standard definition signal during Super Bowl

TV brokenTime Warner Cable customers in Southern California lost the standard definition feed on FOX during the Super Bowl on Sunday, and many customers complained and asked for a refund.

Time Warner tweeted to notify customers about the problem:

An hour and 40 minutes or so later, they tweeted to say the issue was resolved.

CBS LA says Time Warner blamed the issue on the malfunction of a piece of equipment that is used to process video signals.

You want to know the worst part? A Time Warner official said the typical refund on one’s bill would be around 53 cents for the outage. Right, like that’s going to help. I mean let the cable go out any other time. Let there be a problem during the daytime during the week when nobody is watching. Busted signal during “The Chew” or Oprah? No big deal. But when it goes out during the Super Bowl, that’s a problem. That’s like the one time you need it working. There should be a like a sliding refund scale and customers better get like $5 back for having the Super Bowl ruined.

Bettor won $25K on Super Bowl safety after winning $50K on same play in 2012

Jona-Rechnitz-Super-Bowl-betOn Sunday night, we shared a story with you about a lucky gambler named William Hill who won $1,275 by placing a $25 bet that the first offensive play of the Super Bowl would be a safety. Sorry Mr. Hill, but you have nothing on New York’s own Jona Rechnitz.

According to TMZ, Rechnitz placed a $500 wager at 50:1 odds that the first play of the game would be a safety. He ended up winning $25,ooo that he is planning to donate to two separate charities.

Does Recnhitz’s name and story sound familiar? If so, it’s probably because he made a similar bet in 2012 when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. When Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding in his own end zone and the Giants were awarded a safety, Rechnitz turned $1,000 into $50,000. Rechnitz, a Giants fan, also donated that money to charity and said he was going to give $5,000 of it to the charity of Brady’s choice.

TMZ describes Rechnitz as a “successful NYC real estate mogul,” so it’s possible he makes a ton of prop bets and loses a lot of money. Even if that is the case, he deserves credit for donating the cash to a good cause. Keep doing your thing, Jona.

Seahawks fans celebrated Super Bowl win without jaywalking

The 12th Man was more than a little excited with the way the Seattle Seahawks played in the Super Bowl on Sunday. I’m sure a couch was being burned on some college campus in Washington and a car was being flipped elsewhere, but some Seahawks fans were beyond classy while celebrating. We’re talking don’t cross the street without pushing the walk button classy.

That’s right, a large group of Seahawks fans were careful not to jaywalk as they were partying in the streets. They patiently waited for a walk light to turn green and traffic to stop before crossing the street to hoot, holler and high-five.


I’ve seen Red Sox fans cross the street without looking after a midseason game on a Wednesday. Bravo, 12th Man. Except for that one guy who sprinted across early — damn jaywalkers.

Video via Twitter/Kevin Kaduk

Floyd Mayweather Jr: I did not bet $10 million on Broncos in Super Bowl

Floyd MayweatherA rumor began floating around the internet last week that Floyd Mayweather Jr placed a $10 million bet on the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl. If the rumor was true, Mayweather would have lost a ton of money on Sunday night. However, the undefeated champion insists that was not the case.

“Congratulations Seattle Seahawks for winning the Super Bowl!” Mayweather wrote on Instagram Sunday night. “For the record, I did not bet $10 million on the Broncos. As a matter of fact, I didn’t bet at all. I can’t control what rumors that are put out there. Good or bad publicity keeps me relevant. The only thing I would bet $10 million on is myself. From the looks of my record, I’m a guaranteed win!”

Mayweather also wrote on Twitter that he would have bet on the Seahawks if he did place a wager.

Had the Broncos won the game, I guarantee Mayweather would not have taken the time to squash the rumor. We have seen Floyd win plenty of money and lose plenty of money on games in the past, but there have also been several phony rumors about bets he never made. He usually bets a few hundred thousand at a time, not several million.

As a side note, I find it difficult to believe that Mayweather didn’t bet on the game at all. That doesn’t sound like him. What bet did you really lose, Floyd? Over? Under? First half line? Let’s see the real ticket.

Should Peyton Manning be insulted by question about ‘embarrassing’ team performance?

Peyton Manning BroncosTo say that Peyton Manning did not put together the best performance of his career on Sunday night would be a massive understatement. The Denver Broncos began their Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks by giving up a safety. The game never felt close from that point on. Plenty of Broncos fans were embarrassed by the result. Was Manning?

After the game, a reporter asked Peyton if Denver’s performance was “embarrassing.” He seemed bothered by the question.

“It’s not embarrassing at all. I would never use that word,” Manning replied, via ESPN.com. “The word ‘embarrassing’ is an insulting word, to tell you the truth.

“We played a great team. We needed to play really well in order to win, and we didn’t come anywhere close to that.”

[Related: Deion Sanders has harsh criticism for Peyton Manning's performance]

Several other Broncos, including Knowshon Moreno and Wes Welker, specifically used the word “embarrassing” when speaking with reporters. Manning threw two interceptions in the first half that basically eliminated any chance his team had of getting back in the game. Maybe he’s just disappointed and embarrassed isn’t an emotion he’s capable of feeling?

Personally, I don’t see how the Broncos can’t be embarrassed. The Seahawks were a far better team and earned the victory, but that doesn’t mean Denver couldn’t have put forth a better effort. Does anyone really think Seattle is five touchdowns better than the Broncos? Neither do I. The only reason the final score was 43-8 is because Manning and company put an embarrassing game together. There’s really no silver lining.

9/11 truther Matthew Mills on how he invaded Super Bowl: ‘I said I was running late’


A 9/11 truther named Matthew Mills somehow made his way into the media room after the Super Bowl on Sunday night and interrupted Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith’s press conference. Mills, who was later arrested and charged with trespassing, delivered a simple message about how he believes the American government was behind the 9/11 attacks. But how did he get in?

On Monday, Mills explained to NJ.com how he was able to bypass a number of security checkpoints at MetLife Stadium by telling employees he was late for work.

“I just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there,” he said. “It was that simple. I didn’t think that I’d get that far. I just kept getting closer and closer. Once I got past the final gate and into the stadium, I was dumbfounded.”

Mills, who describes himself as an independent journalist, said his original intent was just to get close to the stadium to conduct some interviews. When he spotted an employee bus at Secaucus Junction, he walked right on with an old credential he found at a festival that looked somewhat similar to the Super Bowl XLVIII media badge.

Security staffers are supposed to run the barcode on each media member’s badge, but Mills said he kept using the “I’m running late” excuse and it kept working. He didn’t have a ticket to the game or a valid press pass.

As we mentioned before, everyone is fortunate Mills was just a 9/11 truther and not someone who was a lot more dangerous. Believe it or not, his stunt probably did the NFL a service. They obviously need to tighten up their security measures for future events.

Seahawks GM John Schneider rocks WWE championship belt shirtless


Marshawn Lynch may have entertained reporters by dancing in the locker room after the Super Bowl on Sunday night, but Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider has officially stolen the show. On Monday morning, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas shared a phenomenal photo of Schneider rocking a WWE championship belt while shirtless.

Thomas deleted the photo from Instagram shortly after posting it. Perhaps Schneider is self-conscience and doesn’t want the entire world seeing him without a shirt on, but I don’t see why he has anything to hide. Guys like LeBron James and LeSean McCoy have rocked WWE championship belts recently and their swag level was nowhere close to Schneider’s. Absolute boss.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Greg A. Bedard of Monday Morning Quarterback informs us that the picture of Schneider was not taken after the Super Bowl. That does not make it any less awesome.

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