Super Bowl 51 commercials: The good, the (mostly) bad and the funny

Super Bowl advertising is expensive. The New York Times reports Super Bowl advertisers paid more than $5 million for a 30-second spot.

To get their money’s worth, many companies released their commercials early, hoping to get a head start on Sunday’s big game.
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Here are some of the best commercials and teasers that were released before Feb. 5, along with others we saw during the game.

Elite Zemgus Girgensons Jersey Most Combine players are well schooled on interview techniques and potential difficult questions. I know this very well because I do consulting work for an NFL agent group. I am responsible for training our rookies-to-be on interviewing and intelligence testing.

I was in Orlando last week working with five members of our rookie class, including a sure first-rounder, who are doing their draft training and prep work at Tom Shaw’s Performance Enhancement Center. I gave our players 20 point tip sheets on things such as clothing to wear, eye contact, posture, speaking loudly and confidently and avoiding phrases such as you know and like.

Today’s negotiations with franchise-tagged players (or those with the threat of being tagged) are similar to the pre-free agency negotiations with star players. The team holds the leverage.

Such players basically are left with no alternatives but to hold out, as Berry did throughout the offseason program and into training camp last year after the deadline came and went without a long-term deal. He finally signed his franchise tender and reported Aug. 29 so he would receive his entire $10.8 million salary with no fines. He’s threatening to take a different course of action this year.

Wily Peralta promptly served up two more runs in the 10th inning to hand the Brewers their fifth straight loss.

Limited Kevin Minter Jersey Severino picked up his fourth win of the season Tuesday against the Orioles, after he tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on seven hits, while striking out eight and walking just one. The one run was scored in the sixth inning on a bases-loaded nibbler to short which broke up a 17 2/3 innings scoreless streak. In 61 1/3 innings of work this season for the Bronx Bombers, he owns a 4-2 record and a 2.93 ERA, along with a 10.13 K/9, 3.05 FIP and an xFIP of 2.83.

His stuff is elite, teammate Matt Holliday told the New York Post after the victory over the O’s.

Limited Tim Horton Jersey On the mound, Severino’s really seen his slider and changeup develop, leading him to trust them more and throw them more. His dazzling fastball that tops at 100 and averages out at 96.1, according to PITCHf/x, hasn’t looked straight like last year, and he’s had more control of it. He’s been throwing his fastball and offspeed pretty evenly, throwing his fastball 51.5 percent of the time and his slider and changeup a combined 48.5 percent of the time (slider is 36.6 percent, changeup is 11.9 percent).

The Brewers bullpen: With a 2-1 run lead entering the ninth inning, it appeared Milwaukee was going to end its four-game losing streak. However, closer Corey Knebel offered up a solo home run to Chris Iannetta to ultimately force extra innings.

Wily Peralta promptly served up two more runs in the 10th inning to hand the Brewers their fifth straight loss.

It was a decision experts hated.

“Either the Bears know something no one else in the league knows, or that draft just got a lot of people fired only they don’t know it yet,” an unnamed NFL team executive told CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora.

While the Bears were reaching for Trubisky, the Browns were drafting wisely. They selected Myles Garrett first overall and traded back from No. 12 to rack up more draft capital. After years of being the NFL’s easiest punchline, the Browns appear to be on the upswing, avoiding the mistakes that have led to years of futility and investing in players who can help the team get better. But the trajectory the Bears are on makes it seem like they’re on their way to becoming the new Browns.

The Bengals, Rams, Raiders, Colts, Titans, Seahawks, Dolphins, Eagles, Panthers, and Browns each had only one fan who said they’d worn a jersey to religious ceremony, leaving us insufficient data to make any broad conclusions about these fan bases. This also exposed a flaw in my methodology — it doesn’t account for members of the Black Hole.

That’s less than 2 percent of all regular season games over the last five years that have seen more than 10 minutes of overtime.

More importantly, the proposal ignores the real problem here, which is the turnaround time for teams scheduled to play on Thursday nights. An additional 10 or 15 minutes of overtime is much less of a pressing concern than the fact that Thursday night games give players inadequate time — three days! — for rest and recovery.yankees_1613_f5ca8e32e5dc17f6-180x180

Kyle Williams will benefit from the new scheme

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A 4-3 defense puts pressure on this unit to, well, generate pressure. Specifically, pass-rush production from ends Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson will be critical for Buffalo’s defense in 2017, and there isn’t much depth behind them.

While the scheme puts more pressure on ends against both the run and pass, it takes some away from a guy like Marcell Dareus. The former All-Pro needs to regain that form, as suspensions and insufficient play in Ryan’s 3-4 have him on the bubble in Buffalo.

Kyle Williams will benefit from the new scheme, too, but he’s 33 and will be part of a rotation with Adolphus Washington and Jerel Worthy.
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The strength of Chicago’s inside linebacker unit largely depends on the health of Danny Trevathan, who’s coming off a nasty injury and might not be ready for training camp. Jerrell Freeman, meanwhile, is the best linebacker in the NFL if you ask Pro Football Focus. The Bears’ leading tackler from last season will be key again patrolling the middle of the field, assuming he can avoid another PED suspension.

Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

This year, five clubs will hold voluntary veteran minicamps.

Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2017 may begin on May 15. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of each club’s post-draft rookie minicamps will be circulated at a later date.