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The real big game Sunday: The Super Bowl trounced porn

If there was any question about whether football or porn is more popular, a study produced after the Super Bowl leaves little to the imagination.

According to PornHub, visits to its giant archive of free porn were down 6 percent nationwide during the Super Bowl on Sunday. As the site pointed out in a blog post, that's a significant number in a country of more than 300 million people.

The numbers were even starker in Denver and Seattle, the home cities for the combatants in the big game, won by the Seattle Seahawks 43-8. PornHub concluded that there was … Read more

Ellen DeGeneres reveals Beats Music Super Bowl spot (featuring her)

I hardly slept all night, for fear I'd miss the big reveal.

No, not the live-cam of Atlanta's streets slowly melting. This was far more important. Ellen DeGeneres would be revealing her new Beats Music Super Bowl ad. Yes, on her show.

I know that Super Bowl ads aren't supposed to be revealed until the game itself. But that's so analog.

In any case, as you know, Thursday was DeGeneres' birthday, so she can do what she wants. So she did.

In this opus, Ellen doesn't pretend to be cool (I hope). Instead, she is … Read more

NFL Now digital network to deliver personalized videos

The National Football League is jumping on the digital bandwagon.

With just three days left before the Super Bowl, the NFL unveiled NFL Now, a digital network that will deliver personalized streams of video to fans. The service won't launch until the summer, most likely around July or August.

The NFL is the latest to make a bigger push in digital and so-called over-the-top media, or videos and other content streamed over the Internet. Others, including ESPN, with its WatchESPN app, and even the World Wrestling Entertainment, with its upcoming WWE Network, are looking to Internet content to bolster … Read more

Great smartphone games to get ready for 'the big game'

The big game is this coming weekend, and most Americans will tell you it's a lot more than just a football game. Many people make an event out of the game with parties, barbecues, and betting pools, even if their favorite team isn't in the running. My team lost a week ago, but you can bet I'll be watching just for the fanfare. Even the commercials shown during the game are an event in themselves with advertisers spending huge amounts of money for 30 second and one minute spots.

While you wait for next Sunday's festivities … Read more

Can the Seattle Seahawks' '12th Man' be a 747? Boeing says yes

As a San Francisco 49ers fan, it pains me to write this. As a fan of airplanes, and especially Boeing 747s, I'm a lot happier about it.

Boeing said today that to commemorate the Seattle Seahawks' NFC championship and the team's appearance in this Sunday's Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos, it has painted one of its 747-8 freighters in Seahawks livery. The Boeing-owned plane will make its first flight with the new paint job tomorrow.

This, of course, is nothing but a bit of fun being had by the aviation giant, which though it has its … Read more

$25,000 Beats headphones for Seahawks, Broncos only

Beats by Dre headphones are hot commodities in the athletic world. One particular style, however, is in very scarce supply because it's only in the hands of Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks players. The special headphones come courtesy of the company as a sort of congratulations present to the two teams that survive the war of attrition that is the NFL season.

Seahawks offensive lineman Michael Bowie tweeted out his thanks for the swag and shared the headphones' $25,000 value with the world. The cans sport an large gold or white-gold logo commemorating this year's big game in New York. There are a few diamonds studded in there, as well, courtesy of Graff Diamonds.… Read more

At Super Bowl, detecting threats is like finding a needle in a haystack

Imagine this scenario: In the course of an hour this week, four different people involved in Super Bowl setup require emergency medical assistance, all for nausea, and all in separate incidents.

It could be that some vendor is serving spoiled food, or it could be a complete coincidence. But it could also be a sign of some sort of criminal or terrorist act aimed at America's biggest sporting event. For the people in charge of public safety at and around MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., home to this Sunday's NFL championship between the Denver Broncos and … Read more

How to watch the Super Bowl live

The high-octane Denver Broncos will take on the defensively strong Seattle Seahawks in this year's Super Bowl. The big game looks to be one of the best, and not just because it's the first time it is being played in a cold weather environment. Will Peyton Manning finally get that second ring, or will he fall to Russell Wilson and company? You will have to tune in to find out.

Super Bowl XLVIII will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on February 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:25 p.m. ET, with Fox'… Read more

Why today's NFL is a paradise for nerds

It's often hard to remember many things about being a kid in Denver in the late 1980s and 1990s that don't involve the Denver Broncos, John Elway, or football. Sundays were for watching the games, leaving six full days a week to talk about them at school and with strangers on Prodigy or AOL. The off-season brought the NFL draft and time to trade collectible cards of the players (Prodigy and AOL were good for this too) and play Tecmo Bowl.

The struggles of a scrappy team and its Hall of Fame quarterback to finally win the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy during those years often seemed to parallel my own travails as an awkward tween, adolescent, and pretty terrible high school tight end/strong safety in my own right. During the same era that girlfriends, good grades, and my own big wins on the field escaped me, the Broncos made eight playoff and three Super Bowl appearances -- all of which ended in disappointing and sometimes embarrassing losses.… Read more

YouTube gives you an early jump on 2014 Super Bowl ads

If you're one of the people more interested in watching Super Bowl commercials than watching the actual game, you're in luck. YouTube has offered early access to Super Bowl commercials for those who just can't wait.

The Google-owned company on Thursday announced the Ad Blitz channel on YouTube.

The channel's main attraction is its Teasers section, showing a selection of Super Bowl commercials available now, before the game goes off. The channel also includes a Highlights section to see playoff analysis, as well as a postgame voting function that will go live after the Super Bowl … Read more