1. Brewer vetoes terrible bill, keeps Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona
For Arizonans, SB 49 nearly didn't happen. SB 1062 got in the way.
Arizona's controversial religious rights bill had the attention of the NFL, according to reports this week. The NFL was making first preparations to move Super Bowl XLIX to another location, should Arizona bill SB 1062 be passed into law. There is precedent for this sort of movement - former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue moved the 1993 Super Bowl out of Phoenix after the state of Arizona failed to vote to recognize Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday.
"No one wants to do this, but if the league's hand is forced, it would have to begin preparing for that process,'' the source close to the situation said. "If this doesn't get vetoed, it has to know, what has to be done next? That discussion has begun.
"Two weeks ago no one would have been discussing who finished second in the 2014 Super Bowl bid process. So that's what changed. The NFL has to know the possibility, however remote, that it would have to move the game and begin preparations to do that. It would be imprudent not to begin that process.''
Fortunately - for far more reasons than just a Super Bowl - Governor Jan Brewer indeed vetoed SB 1062 Wednesday afternoon, preserving Glendale's opportunity to host the World's Biggest Game. As an NFL and Broncos fan in Flagstaff, AZ hoping to watch Denver return to the Super Bowl next year, I can breathe a sigh of relief. As an advocate for equal rights for all I can breathe an even bigger one.
2. 2014 NFL Combine: Winners and Losers
The winners: DT Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh), OT Greg Robinson (Auburn)
The losers: WR Jarvis Landry (LSU), DE Michael Sam (Missouri)
Don't believe me? Here are a number of recaps for your perusal.
- SB Nation
- National Football Post
- Bleacher Report
- Sports Illustrated
- Shutdown Corner
3. Run, Rich, Run!
Watching player vs. player run the 40 in NFL Network's SIMULCAM is pretty awesome. Watching Rich Eisen run the 40 is un-ignorable joy.
4. Eagles are keeping their wide receivers
5. Around the AFC West
The Raiders are sitting pretty near the top of the NFL Draft... they could have their choice of Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney come draft day. Mark Davis said he is "very impressed" with Johnny Football. He also said the Raiders and Dennis Allen have "no more excuses", which is sort of funny given they have $60 million in cap space. Charles Woodson wants to come back next year.
Meanwhile, our friends at Arrowhead Pride wonder what the Chiefs would do if Mr. Football fell to their spot at No. 23 in the draft. They also see a but of Dexter McCluster in Dri Archer. The team's official site goes one-on-one with GM John Dorsey.
6. Broncos links
Recapping the Denver Broncos' combine - ESPN
What the Denver Broncos likely took away from the past week's work at the combine
Report: Colts Have Interest In WR Eric Decker - Predominantly Orange
Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker against the San Diego Chargers during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game
Five Defensive Players the Denver Broncos Should Sign - Predominantly Orange
Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler (56) celebrates after a sack during fourth quarter of the AFC wild car
No more, no less, combine still puzzle piece - Denver Broncos Blog - ESPN
"It is a tool," Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway said. "It’s useful to have all of these players in one place to see them, meet them, talk to them. But overall, it’s just part of the big picture. Decisions are made by the work the scouts have done all year getting to know these guys, on the road and by what they've done on the field. ... The combine is one of the things you consider."