America Hates Male Nipples: FCC Viewer Complaints About The Super Bowl

As we do every year, we submitted a FOIA request to the FCC for all viewer complaints about the Super Bowl. What would this year bring? Anti-Coke bigots? Richard Sherman haters? Nah. But some folks were really upset about the Red Hot Chili Peppers' nipples. » 3/13/14 3:46pm 3/13/14 3:46pm

The Big Book Of Black Quarterbacks

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks walked all over the Denver Broncos, 43-8, to win Super Bowl XLVIII. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 206 yards, ran for 26 more, threw two touchdowns, and made National Football League history. He became the second African-American quarterback ever to start and win a Super… » 2/06/14 5:20pm 2/06/14 5:20pm

No, Pete Carroll Doesn't Have A "9/11" Tattoo On His Wrist

One photo taken immediately after Super Bowl XLVIII shows an unidentified Seattle Seahawk—with a "9/11" tattoo on his wrist—holding the Lombardi Trophy. One tipster asked if the ink belonged to head coach Pete Carroll, which would be interesting, considering his thoughts on the September 11th attacks. It isn't, but we… » 2/05/14 7:46pm 2/05/14 7:46pm

Game Of Thrones And Nutella Ads: How The Super Bowl Looked In Austria

We've barely withheld our admiration for Austria's love of the NFL, and official network PULS4 gave the Super Bowl its full attention on Sunday—complete with lengthy pre-game show, halftime analysis, and, yes, Super Bowl ads. Oh, and they updated that awesome Game of Thrones-themed intro for the game, too. » 2/05/14 3:40pm 2/05/14 3:40pm

Now A Champion, Richard Sherman Deals With An Insult In The Best Way

Previously, we found out that San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick had an excellent method of dealing with people who hated him by favoriting their anger on Twitter. Tonight, Seahawks corner Richard Sherman—now a Super Bowl champion—handled an angry Twitter person in a less passive but equally fantastic way. » 2/04/14 11:18pm 2/04/14 11:18pm

Who Was America Rooting For Last Night?

As it's done for the every round of the playoffs, Facebook put together a map showing where each Super Bowl team had more Facebook fans (above). The Broncos—an older, more centralized team with two NFL championships—had more national support, while Seahawks fandom was mostly contained to the Pacific Northwest. » 2/03/14 2:57pm 2/03/14 2:57pm

Why The Super Bowl Transit Nightmare Happened

New Jersey Transit regularly handles sell-out football crowds heading to MetLife Stadium for Jets and Giants games, and even more for concerts. So how did Super Bowl Sunday turn into such a disaster, with tens of thousands of fans stuck for hours in a hot, crowded train station? Let's figure out what went down, and… » 2/03/14 2:32pm 2/03/14 2:32pm

Just How Bad Was That Super Bowl? Updating Our Watchability Rankings

Last year we ranked all 47 Super Bowls on "watchability," a stat we devised based on performance against the spread, total scoring, closeness, and quality of finish. We ran the numbers for last night's massacre, and Super Bowl XLVIII ranks as the sixth-least watchable matchup of all time, and the worst since 2001. All of … » 2/03/14 11:56am 2/03/14 11:56am

Scientology Ran A Local Super Bowl Ad

It's the second year in a row the Church of Scientology purchased a Super Bowl spot, and again it ran only in certain urban markets, so there's a good chance you might have missed it. Maybe the curve has been sledgehammered by Jamie Casino, but it's...a little staid? Step it up, cultists. » 2/03/14 11:01am 2/03/14 11:01am

9/11 Truther Sneaked Into Super Bowl By Telling Security He Was Late

The most memorable quote from the Super Bowl was, unexpectedly, "Investigate 9/11. 9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government." But how in the hell did that guy make it past so many levels of security to interrupt Malcolm Smith's press conference in the first place? Pretty easily, it turns out. » 2/03/14 9:41am 2/03/14 9:41am