Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: The 1st medical doctor playing in the NFL is in Super Bowl LIV
- Instead, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who earned his doctor of medicine degree from McGill University in Canada in 2018, plays right guard on the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line.
- Duvernay-Tardif, the first practicing medical doctor on an NFL roster, will soon become the first medical doctor set to play in a Super Bowl.
- Because he had entered the incorrect date on his calendar, Duvernay-Tardif, whose first language is French, missed the deadline to get into French-speaking medical schools in Quebec.
- Duvernay-Tardif was in his third year of medical school when the Chiefs drafted him in the sixth round in 2014.
- There was also a Chiefs tie to Duvernay-Tardif's alma mater: Reid's mother graduated with a medical degree from McGill.
- With his head coach's blessing, Duvernay-Tardif continued his studies, returning to Montreal during offseasons to fulfill his clinical rotations in pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics and his preferred specialization, emergency medicine.
SUPER BOWL SQUARES: What are the best numbers to have when the Chiefs and 49ers face off in Super Bowl LIV?
- At the end of each half, or in some cases, the end of each quarter, the second digit of each team's score is used to identify the winning square — if the Chiefs lead the 49ers 17-13 at halftime, the square that had Chiefs 7/49ers 3 would cash the halftime prize.
- Because players select their squares before they have been assigned their numbers, a squares pool is a true game of chance.
- Those 220 games and 880 quarters let us figure out where the best place to be on the Super Bowl grid is.
- All told, 12.3% of the quarters ended with one team with a "0" in the ones column and the other with a "7", but 0-7 and 7-0 would split that probability for a 6.1% chance of winning money in that spot.
A conversation between Bill Belichick and Kyle Shanahan after the Patriots' huge comeback in Super Bowl 51 may have helped the 49ers land Jimmy Garoppolo
- Perhaps the toughest loss of Kyle Shanahan's career may have allowed the San Francisco 49ers to get their franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo.
- Shanahan, now the head coach for the 49ers, was an offensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015 and 2016.
- Shanahan accepted the head coaching job of the 49ers the day after that Super Bowl.
- ESPN's Seth Wickersham said on the podcast "ESPN Daily" that Belichick and Shanahan met for "hours" and spoke about the Super Bowl loss, specifically, but also about head-coaching in the NFL.
- Though Belichick told everyone from Patriots staffers to opposing teams that Garoppolo was not available, according to Wickersham, in October, he called the 49ers, offering Garoppolo for a second-round draft pick.
- As Wickersham reported in 2018 about turmoil within the Patriots, Belichick was bitter about having to trade Garoppolo, as the team's quarterback situation came to a head.
Porsche bought its first Super Bowl ad in over 20 years to promote the Taycan
- Porsche has bought its first Super Bowl ad in 23 years to promote its Taycan electric sports car, the automaker said in a press release.
- The Super Bowl is often the most-watched television broadcast in the US each year by a significant margin, and ads run during the event tend to receive more attention than those aired during other TV programs.
- A 30-second ad in this year's broadcast costs up to $5.6 million, well above the rates for other programs, which rarely exceeded $200,000 last year.
- Porsche's Super Bowl ad will run for 60 seconds.
- The automaker's decision to promote the Taycan in its first Super Bowl commercial in over two decades suggests that it views the Taycan, its first fully-electric vehicle, as an unusually significant release.
Here's the full list of Super Bowl commercials that will run this year
- The car maker is set to make its 11th consecutive appearance in the big game in a spot produced by David & Goliath, in which a 10 year-old boy replaces a star athlete in a press conference.
- Michelob Ultra is yet another Anheuser-Busch InBev brand in Super Bowl 2020, and is running a star-studded 60-second spot this year with Jimmy Fallon, John Cena, Usain Bolt, Brooks Koepka, and Kerri Walsh Jennings.
- The longtime Super Bowl advertiser is returning to the big game with a 30-second commercial starring Missy Elliott and H.E.R. that will promote Pepsi Zero Sugar in a matte black can.
- The car-mat maker is making its seventh Super Bowl appearance this year, with a 30-second commercial produced by its agency of record Pinnacle Advertising.
Pizza Hut is giving away 2 years of free pizza and Super Bowl tickets to the first set of twins born after this year's Super Bowl kickoff
- Pizza Hut is gifting the first parents to have twins during this year's Super Bowl with two years of free pizza, the chain announced in a Tuesday press release.
- The restaurant will also offer the winning family two tickets to next year's Super Bowl and $22,000 towards the lucky twins' education.
- To be considered for the promotion, eligible parents need to tag @PizzaHut in a tweet with a photo of their newborn twins that includes the times of birth and hashtags #PHTwin2Win and #promotion.
- Pizza Hut is celebrating its second year as the NFL's official pizza sponsor.
- Last year, the chain celebrated its first season as a sponsor by giving free pizza to the family of the first baby born after the Super Bowl kickoff.
- The 2020 Super Bowl is set to take place on Sunday, February 2.
Super Bowl Opening Night: Chiefs and 49ers react to death of Kobe Bryant
- While the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs were available to a swarm of media members at Super Bowl LIV's Opening Night, on the minds of many was the shocking loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who were among the nine people killed Sunday when Bryant's charter helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California.
- Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has the opportunity to win a Super Bowl and a league MVP before turning 25 years old, talked about how he uses Bryant as a source of inspiration.
- For the fifth consecutive year in prime time, coaches and players from both teams answered questions from the massive throng of media in front of fans.
- Opening Night is the first time both teams have made media appearances since arriving in Miami.
- The week will culminate with Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday in Miami Gardens.
The most famous football player from every state
- Roaf, who was born in Pine Bluff, played 13 seasons in the NFL (for the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs), 11 Pro Bowls, and was named a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team in the '90s and 2000s before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.
- With nine Super Bowls under his belt — and a record six wins — the New England Patriots' quarterback is today's most recognizable name in the game and considered the best football player of all time by some.
- He was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year twice, in 1967 and 1968; was invited to eight Pro Bowls; and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
- The Wichita native won the Heisman trophy, was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice, and was invited to the Pro Bowl 10 times.
Planters halts ads Mr. Peanut death ads after Kobe Bryant death - Business Insider
- Less than a week after killing off Mr. Peanut in a Super Bowl pregame ad, Planters is halting the campaign in light of the sudden death of basketball icon Kobe Bryant.
- However, in the aftermath of Bryant's death in a fatal helicopter crash on Sunday, Planters is pausing paid advertising for its campaign on channels like Twitter and YouTube as well as suspending "some other outreach," according to a Planters spokesperson.
- Nine people — including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant — were killed in the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, as first reported by TMZ and later confirmed by outlets including ESPN.
- On Twitter, several users posted frustration about receiving promoted ads featuring the death of the fictitious peanut after Bryant's death was announced and called for Planters to halt the campaign.
34 unique and unexpected kitchen gifts from Food52
- In the Food52 Shop, you can find cookware, small appliances, kitchen accessories, and tons of other things you need in your kitchen and home.
- The set comes with five different sizes, which can cover bowls, cups, pans, and more.
- The sleek and sophisticated design, which comes in six colors, also won't look out of place on a dinner table.
- It features five different light modes with seven LED colors, plus it's Bluetooth-compatible so they can play their favorite songs at the same time.
- These smart grilling tools (sets include a spatula, pair of tongs, and brush) have LED lights to illuminate the way and show them exactly what they're cooking.
- Homegrown herbs could be the small and simple trick to making their dishes taste better.
- This sleek set contains three straws of different sizes and a cleaning brush, all in one space-saving case.