Late For Work 2/7: Missed FG Football Going In Pats HOF

Ogden eligible for 2013 Hall Of Fame, Nike unveiled Vapor Gloves, value of a No. 3 WR.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at 9:08 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Missed FG Football Going In Pats HOF

The Patriots fan who caught Billy Cundiff’s missed field goal in the AFC championship game in Foxboro presented the football to Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Saturday.

In front of cameras, Kraft thanked Dr. Terrance Order for offering the ball to the organization and announced it will reside in the team’s Hall of Fame.

Kraft also gave an explanation for why Cundiff missed the 32-yarder wide left, and it had nothing to do with “Scoreboard Gate.”

Instead, many Pats fans believe the owners’ wife, Myra Kraft, who died on June 20 after a long battle with cancer, influenced the botched kick.

“We’ve gotten thousands of letters and emails,” said Kraft, “People refer to this as the Myra ball. It’s the ball that she touched, or helped make the wind blow left.”

The Patriots honored the memory of Myra this season by wearing her initials as a jersey patch. The letters “MHK” were featured in white lettering inside a blue oval with a silver border.

Ogden Eligible For 2013 Hall Of Fame

For those who weren’t elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday – including Coach Bill Parcells and running back Jerome Bettis – their chances of getting in next year won’t get much better, says The Baltimore Sun’s Matt Vensel.

In 2013, they will be competing with former Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden, who will be eligible for the first time since his retirement in 2008. Ogden was frequently referred to as a first-ballot Hall of Famer throughout his career. He was an 11-time Pro Bowler, a nine-time All-Pro and a Super Bowl champion.

Other new eligible players next year include defensive end Michael Strahan and tackle Warren Sapp. Plus, former Ravens quarterback Steve McNair will have the chance to be elected in.

“Ogden, a towering tackle who might be the best to ever play his position, seems like a shoo-in for the Hall,” wrote Vensel.

Nike Unveiled Vapor Gloves

In case you missed it, Nike unveiled its Vapor Jet Receiver Gloves at the 2012 Pro Bowl.

Below is a picture of the Ravens version, which features the birdie head logo when the two hands come together at the palms.

Nike released the visuals of all 32 team gloves to give fans a preview of some of the products the company will offer when it takes over as the official outfitter of the NFL in April.

You can check out all team gloves on the NFL’s Facebook page.

Value Of A No. 3 Receiver

Did you notice that the most spectacular play in Super Bowl XVLI was made by the No. 3 receiver?

It was Mario Manningham who reeled in a 39-yard improbable catch along the sidelines, which set up the winning touchdown.

For most of the night, Bill Belichick focused on taking away the Giants’ leading receiver Victor Cruz. Fortunately for the Giants, their second (Hakeem Nicks) and third receiving options stepped up to make a game-changing plays.

“The Ravens didn’t have that kind of depth this season – not even close,” writes CSNBaltimore.com’s John Eisenberg.

The columnist pointed out that after Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, the remaining Ravens wideouts totaled just eight receptions last season. The original plan was to have Smith as the No. 3 and Lee Evans manning the No. 2 spot, but that didn’t pan out as Evans dealt with an ankle injury for most of the season.

“Evans returned but never got going, and no one else stepped into that No. 3 role and produced,” wrote Eisenberg. “In Sunday night’s win, the Giants showed the supreme value in having more than two productive wide receivers.”

How About A Baltimore Super Bowl?

After watching the people of Indianapolis get a Super Bowl in their city, The Baltimore Sun’s Chris Korman says it’s time for someone in Baltimore to really study the possibility of bringing the game to Charm City.

“Baltimore has a modern stadium, a desirable location — visitors could take day trips to, or stay in, D.C. and Philadelphia — and at least some experience with large crowds (Grand Prix, Preakness, first week good crabs are available),” wrote Korman. “I covered the Final Four in Indianapolis, and don’t see any reason Baltimore’s downtown areas couldn’t accommodate similar events.

“Millions of dollars and untold hours have been spent by both private citizens and public officials trying to bring back what amounts to a novelty event — Oh! Race cars near the Hooters! — in the Grand Prix. Now that cold-weather Super Bowls aren’t totally taboo — New York will host in two years — some enterprising citizen ought to dream a little dream about a night a few years down the line when all the world focuses on Baltimore.”

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