What’s the best Super Bowl ad of all time? (SBArguments)

Creating a Super Bowl ad that people will talk about years from now is a tough task, yet a handful are always brought up this time of year. The Budweiser frogs. Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. Apple’s 1984 ad.

In advance of the dozens of ads that will play between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots game this Sunday, Jay Busbee and Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo Sports each picked out their favorite Super Bowl commercial before listing their top five football pitchmen. Jay went with Reebok’s “Terry Tate, Office Linebacker” spot while Kevin preferred the simple comedy genius of Budweiser’s “Wassup?” campaign in 2000.

Which Super Bowl ad resonated most with you? Do you agree or disagree with Jay and Kevin? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #SBArguments.

Jay and Kevin’s Previous Super Bowl Debates
Are the Seahawks the greatest defense in NFL history?
Does Tom Brady need another Super Bowl win to cement his legacy?

The game nobody wants anybody to win (Super Bowl week podcast)

Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! It’s Super Bowl week, and we’re bringing you quick-hit episodes every single day of the week. On today’s fully inflated episode, we have:

• A look at the Pro Bowl’s few highs and many lows; can this game be saved? (1:48 mark)

• Richard Sherman arrives in town, talking loud (8:53 mark)

• Wrapping up DeflateGate (for now) (11:16 mark)

• Enough griping, this is the best game we could have asked for (15:02 mark)

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Report: Jameis Winston’s accuser tells her side in documentary

In a documentary movie about reporting sexual assaults on college campuses, the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault reportedly explains her side of the events that transpired on the night of Dec. 6, 2012.

Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and likely first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, was never charged. In December 2013, a Florida state prosecutor said there was a lack of evidence in the case to charge the quarterback.

He was also not charged with a violation of Florida State’s code of conduct. The university hearing was in December, and according to retired Florida Supreme Court justice Major Harding, the man assigned to oversee the case, the evidence provided was insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof.

Per The Daily Beast, in “The Hunting Ground,” the accuser says she became woozy after being bought a shot and after returning to Winston’s apartment, she told him to stop having sex with her.

From The Daily Beast: (The woman’s last name is removed in the quoted paragraphs)

On the night of December 6, 2012, just one week before finals, she was letting off some steam at Potbelly’s, a popular drinking establishment in Tallahassee. She claims in the film that, after having some drinks, a man was creepily following her around the bar—but she was saved when another man put his arm around her and told the guy she was his girlfriend, and to piss off. She says the man then bought her a shot, and after she took it, she started to become very woozy. She faintly remembers being taken in a cab to an apartment, and the next thing she knew, the man was on top of her, engaging in vaginal intercourse with her. She says she begged and pleaded for him to stop, and then saw the man’s roommate enter the bedroom and tell his friend, “Stop… What are you doing?” 

She says that the man ignored the roommate’s pleas, and took her to the bathroom, which could be locked from the inside. There, he pinned her head against the tiled floor with his hand, and continued to rape her. When he finished, the man allegedly said, “You can leave now.”

According to The Daily Beast, the woman said she had Winston drop her off at an intersection on his scooter and then she reported the incident. Winston said he dropped her off in front of a hall on the FSU campus and she walked through the hall’s walkway on the way to her dorm.

The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will air on CNN in 2015. Below is a trailer from the film.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

Through the looking glass: Bill Nye, Science Guy, refutes Bill Belichick’s science

There were more than a few sarcastic nicknames that arrived after the impromptu press conference called by the New England Patriots on Saturday, not the least funny of which was “Bill Belichick The Science Guy.”

But ABC’s “Good Morning America” sought out the real science guy — Bill Nye, a former mechanical engineer at Boeing and now host of TV’s “Bill Nye The Science Guy” — for some answers to Belichick’s firm prove-it rebuttal to the NFL’s investigation of his team’s ball handling.

Put straight: Nye refutes Belichick’s assertions.

“What he said didn’t make any sense,” Nye said.

So there you have it?

“Rubbing the football, I don’t think, can change the pressure. To really change the pressure, you need one of these,” Nye said, holding up a regulation football and a ball pump, “the inflation needle.”

Nye, in a light but perhaps biased and undercutting statement, then declared his allegiance for Sunday’s Super Bowl: “Go Seahawks!”

Perhaps the ABC segment was cut short, or edited, but Nye doesn’t back up his claim of the needle (and the damage done?) being the only way to properly inflate or deflate the ball. He just says it. Because he’s a science guy. Or make that a SCIENCE GUY.

It’s possible that Nye is as much an authority on ball pressure as, say, Dr. Phil is on STDs or Guy Fieri is on the ideal cooking temperature for achieving a velvety bisque — which is to say somewhat questionable at best. On his show, Nye attacks anything under the umbrella of science, from the evolution/creationism debate, to climate change. He’s put up as an expert of all things science, which, short of tapping into the mind of Stephen Hawking, feels a bit flimsy.

And there’s also the fact that ESPN pulled a segment that appeared to offer little, if any tangible difference between a ball falling within the legal parameters of pounds per square inch (12.5 to 13.5) and one that was two PSIs below that, which is where the Patriots’ balls were said to be. In fact, the far more detailed ESPN would-be segment indicates, a deflated ball’s velocity was actually less than that which was more inflated.

Anyone want to talk football? Hearing Belichick talk atmospheric pressure is about as riveting as Nye talking football, which is to say a mind-numbingly not at all.

This isn’t getting ridiculous. We’re already into overtime of that game. Time to take the air out of this ball, for the love of science.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

Palmer didn’t finish off 59, but had record run at Humana Challenge

Through 10 holes of his second round on Friday at the Humana Challenge, Ryan Palmer had to feel like shooting the tournament’s second-ever 59 was a mere formality. After all, Palmer was 10 under to that point in the round, with six birdies and two eagles in an eight-hole run after a pair of opening pars at the Nicklaus Private course in the California desert. 

However, playing back to front, Palmer stumbled with consecutive bogeys on his 11th and 12th holes of the round. Palmer recovered with three birdies in the final six holes, which, without the bogeys, would have gotten him to 59. Instead, he ended up with 11-under-par 61.

“You have that feeling inside you that there’s no way I can miss this,” Palmer said. “You get in that zone. They could put that pin anywhere they wanted and I could have found it.”

While Palmer didn’t match David Duval’s final-round 59 from 1999, he did set a PGA Tour record for the longest birdie-eagle stretch. Palmer’s front-nine 27 was a shot shy of Corey Pavin’s PGA Tour mark for the lowest nine-hole total.

Although Palmer didn’t get to the happy side of 60, he did get on the very happy side of the cut line. Palmer’s second round jumped him from 82nd place into a tie for seventh, just three shots back of 36-hole leader Matt Kuchar.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.