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Gronk Gets Bonked by Beer Can During Super Bowl Parade

BOSTON — Gronk got bonked. Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots' star tight end, says he got hit in the face by a can of beer thrown during Tuesday's Super Bowl victory parade in Boston. Gronkowski told "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" the can drew blood, and he showed...

Flores Passed Over by Hall of Fame Voters as 8 Nominees Enshrined

ATLANTA — The call did not go Tom Flores' way. The coach who guided teams to four Super Bowl victories, including two with for the Oakland Raiders, was passed over Saturday for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Among this year's selections was tight end Tony Gonzalez, who turned...

Cheer for the Rams, but in California High Schools, Even Football Powerhouses Are Losing Kids

If the Golden State has a rooting interest in the Super Bowl on Sunday, it won’t just be because the Los Angeles Rams will be on the field. Roughly one player in six on the Rams’ and New England Patriots’ active rosters is a product of California high schools. Year...

Which Super Bowl Ads Will Stand Out This Year?

NEW YORK — Sarah Michelle Gellar makes a horror movie parody for Olay. Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker tout Stella Artois. Steve Carrell hawks Pepsi. Star power abounds in this year's Super Bowl ads. Advertisers are hoping to provide some welcome distraction and entertainment as economic fears persist and...

Will Tom Flores Get Hall of Fame Honor Many Say He Deserves?

After a trailblazing pro football career that includes four Super Bowl victories (two as the head coach of the Raiders), Tom Flores may add another accolade Saturday: Pro Football Hall of Famer. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will announce this year's enshrinees Saturday, the day before the 53rd Super Bowl. 80 Percent Hurdle...

When Marketing Flops: 5 Super Bowl Ads That Backfired

NEW YORK — Advertisers that spend millions of dollars on the Super Bowl are trying to avoid what the Ram truck company did with a Martin Luther King speech or what Groupon did spoofing promos for charities. Though such messages can get attention, it's the wrong kind of attention. Groupon got buzz...

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