Browns, Falcons Penalties for Violating League Rules Reportedly Revealed

Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay will be suspended from the NFL‘s competition committee and the team will be stripped of a draft pick for piping false crowd noise into the Georgia Dome over the last two seasons. 

In addition, Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer is expected to be suspended for suggesting play calls to coaches during games. The moves are part of an NFL-wide crackdown against rule-breaking that alters the outcome of contests.     

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news, which is expected to be announced this week:

Per Schefter on SportsCenter, via CBS Sports’ Will Brinson, the Falcons are expected to lose a mid-round pick.

The NFL launched an investigation into the allegations against Atlanta last month and Cleveland in January.

Members of the Browns front office were alleged to have sent texts to coaches during games that included things like preferred play calls. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported the texts played a role in the departure of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Farmer has since admitted to sending the texts.

“I think Ray Farmer knows and has [privately] said that he has made a mistake in sending those texts,” Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told reporters in February. “Ray feels terrible about it. Ray’s a guy—I’ve known a lot of people—I think has utmost integrity.”

A report from Schefter at the time indicated the Falcons piped crowd noise through speakers when opposing teams had possession of the ball. Falcons owner Arthur Blank admitted the team was guilty within days of the investigation leaking, calling it “embarrassing.”

“It’s not really a fine line,” Blank told Charles Odum of The Associated Press, per Yahoo Sports. “I think what we’ve done in 2013 and 2014 was wrong. Anything that affects the competitive balance and fairness on the field, we’re opposed to, as a league, as a club and as an owner. It’s obviously embarrassing but beyond embarrassing it doesn’t represent our culture and what we’re about.”

Atlanta has gone 6-9 over the last two seasons at home. The Browns finished as the NFL’s 24th-best offense, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA metrics. It appears whatever advantage gained from the tactics was minimal.

Either way, it appears the NFL is prepared to send a loud and clear message to ensure no other team tries pulling similar tactics in the future.   

 

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Trevor Noah to succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show

The 31-year-old South African comedian will fill Stewart’s shoes on Comedy Central’s satirical news program later this year

Trevor Noah has been selected to replace Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s satirical news program The Daily Show, it was announced on Monday.

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No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!

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Sponsored: Gorgeous, Affordable, Quality Shoes from M.Gemi

mgemiThis post is sponsored by M.Gemi, but is written by your local friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was super excited for the new luxury shoe brand, M.Gemi — not only do I have a friend on the inside, but their launch last week went swimmingly, with some styles already selling out.  The basic premise: they sought out the most respected, family-owned specialty shoe factories all over Italy.  There, they conceive, design, source, pattern, last, stitch, and finish all of their limited edition shoes.  Then, they sell them directly to you.  Because they cut out the middleman, they can price their shoes much less than other luxury brands, even though they’re using the same quality leathers and materials.  As an added bit of fun, they’ve pledged to come out with new styles each week.  (You can read more about their process in their FAQs.)

Shipping and returns are free, but they do ask that you return shoes within 14 days of receiving them.

(Pictured at top, clockwise: Farfalla pump, Riveli pump, Fiero pump, Felize loafer.) 

Just launched today: the Reggia pump, in glorious blue. I love the slightly squared toe line, the light padding on the insole, and the soft suede.  It’s available in blueberry and raspberry pink for $248.

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Another favorite (Edition 1.1, launched last week): the Farfalla. At $248, it’s extremely affordable, but the silhouette is timeless.  I love the patent cross straps, the pointy toe, the 80mm heel — juuuuust over 3″.  Gorgeous.  I like the black, but I’ll admit I’m kind of obsessed with both their blueberry and their black and white (pictured below — it feels more beige/nude-for-me than a super crisp black/white).

Farfalla snakeskin styled

I’m a huge fan of any shoe with cutouts, so I’m torn whether I like the Riveli pump or the Viale flat better — they both feature the same mesh panel around the entire shoe, giving a nice little hint of toe cleavage.  (Know your office, but I generally like a bit of toe cleavage.)  The pumps are $278 and 80mm high; the flats are $228 (with a teensy tiny 10mm heel); they both come in both black and blush, with the pumps also coming in red.  (If you’re looking for a brighter pop of color in a flat, check out the Fortuna, which comes in a bright, happy blue. You may need to check out the waitlist on that one, though, as it’s almost sold out.)

Riveli black styled

The Fiero is as close as the brand gets to a “basic” pump — and while it looks like a wardrobe workhorse, it’s the little details that elevate it beyond the basic — the leather lining, the tapered heel, the contrast binding, and the saturated colors like turquoise or coral. (It also comes in black and beige, for $248.)

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For the weekends and more casual workdays, I’m seriously drooling over the Felize.  The product’s description is amazing: “Only about ten can be made each day. In addition to being printed with this skin texture, the leather is tumbled traditionally, too – placed in a wooden barrel at the tannery and rolled with stones to create the lights and darks, the unique distressing.” Wonderful! I think the shoe would look great with ankle-length pants.  It comes in black, beige, blue, salmon, and a black and white, all for $198.  (If you want something a bit more polished, the Pastoso is the brand’s patent leather penny loafer.)

Felize blueberry styled

Ladies, which is your favorite current style from M.Gemi?  What style do you hope they tackle next? 

     
 
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Vault by Vans Introduces the Old Skool Zip LX

The Vans Old Skool has become a staple in the footwear industry, praised by generations of skaters and sneakerheads alike and this spring the silhouette will get an upgrade with a new iteration.

After four decades as an iconic Sidestripe silhouette, the Old Skool receives a deluxe upgrade for spring 2015. Refined and released under Vans’ premium label, Vault by Vans, the Old Skool’s aesthetic is elevated with full-grain leather uppers and a medial eyerow zipper to become the Old Skool Zip LX.

The Old Skool Zip LX debuts in April in four colors – andorra, black, peacoat and white – with a retail price of $125.

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adidas Originals Spring/Summer 2015 “Blue” Collection – Delivery 2

Igniting the torque full throttle by enlisting bold colors and aggressive designs, adidas Originals takes inspiration from the world of professional car racing in their Spring/Summer 2015 collection. The high-octane palette features checkerboard prints and team logos to anchor the visual connection to racing, while thunderbolt graphics and Swedish Army M90 camo designs enhance the overall combative intensity affiliated with the sport. The line’s footwear offerings employ cutting-edge fabrics such as glow-in-the-dark mesh and techfit™, with highlights including a Stan Smith in a “Clima Cool” colorway and slip-on adilette that features a stretch mesh upper and comfortable adizero sole.

The second drop of the “Blue” collection is set for a global release on April 11.

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