CBS pulls Rihanna opener for Thursday Night Football
WASHINGTON -- Just hours before the Baltimore Ravens were set to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football, CBS has decided not to run with the prerecorded opening number featuring musician Rihanna, according to Sports Illustrated.
The aftermath of former Ravens running back Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident and the failure of the NFL to handle the situation has pushed the topic of domestic violence to the forefront of the sports world this week. Rihanna has been a victim of a very public case of domestic violence in the past, making the connection unavoidable.
CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus explained the late programming shift.
“It’s important to realize we are not overacting to this story but it is as big a story as has faced the NFL,” said McManus. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”
The network will instead open with a report from anchor Norah O’Donnell, who interviewed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday. O’Donnell will be on set in Baltimore with pregame host James Brown.
Redskins drop own logo into 9/11 tribute
WASHINGTON -- Thursday marks 13 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, and many people, companies and sports teams are taking to Twitter, using the hashtag #NeverForget to pay homage to the men and women who died that day.
Among NFL teams, the tributes were often similar. Many showed large stadium shots of their home field, with an American flag unfurled.
The Steelers posted a photo of fans dressed in jerseys at a game with a homemade sign remembering the event.
The Vikings and Buccaneers both used images of players in uniform carrying the American flag.
And then, there were the Redskins.
The team’s logo is prominently displayed, sandwiched between the American flag and a 9/11 memorial logo. In case you were wondering, the only other NFL team that included their logo in their 9/11 tribute was the Atlanta Falcons, who dropped a small image of their bird into the bottom of their photo.
As of publication, 11 teams (Bears, Bengals, Broncos, Browns, Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Cowboys, Lions, 49ers and Ravens) had yet to post a tribute.
Here we go again.
The University of Maryland -- via their apparel provider, Under Armour -- is again pushing the boundaries of style with this weekend’s uniforms, meant to honor the 200th anniversary of the writing of the poem that inspired The Star-Spangled Banner.
Let’s start with the helmets, which appear gold at first glance, but are really designed to look like parchment paper with the words to the song scribbled along them in quill ink. Rather than a logo, the outline of Fort McHenry is emblazoned over that on the side of the helmet, with the American flag embedded.
The jerseys and pants are white with red and blue piping, and an additional strip of paper/words on the sides of the shoulder pads.