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Photo: First look at Notre Dame's new Under Armour cleats

At midnight, Notre Dame officially became the latest addition to Under Armour.

This morning, Ryan Grooms (the head of ND's equipment) revealed the new cleats that they've got to hand out to players to replace the Adidas kicks that they've worn the past several seasons.

This may be the best Nick Saban impression the internet has ever seen

Last August, NBC Sports had some fun with the idea of an American football coach (played by the hilarious Jason Sudeikis) coaching soccer over in England. What they were able to put together ended up being four minutes of solid sports related comedy that was a huge hit.

Well, along those same lines, after USA's recent World Cup loss to Germany, one sports fan decided it would be fun to act as if Nick Saban was the head coach of the US National team after the big loss. What transpired might be the best impression of coach Saban ever captured on film.

The guy nails it from the start with the running of his fingers through his hair in frustration along with some excellent hand gesturing, then he uses the word "process" a handful of times, and to cap it all off, the way he wraps up the mock interview couldn't be any better.

It's July 1, which means football season is about two months away, so sit back and enjoy this one.

(H/T Fox Sports for the video)

 

Video: Inside summer workouts at Penn State

Here's a nice look inside of the summer workouts at Penn State.

This well produced clip provides a great look at the sweat and hard work going into the summer session, and provides a great look at the new energy and approach that Dwight Galt (the director of performance enhancement) and his staff have carried into a vital part of the off season.

Tuesday update: The NFL has banned these 'non-standard' face masks

In January 2005, Chris Canty was involved in an altercation that left him with a detached retina. His eye was healed, but he had to wear this facemask as a precautionary measure:

His look evolved to become even grill-ier in his stint with the New York Giants...

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... and then the Baltimore Ravens:

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Though Canty wore it out of necessity, his look caught among teammates and around the league:

Face mask craze

Many players already had their facemasks struck down by the league, and now the NFL is apparently outlawing any non-standard masks without medical clearance:

The NFL already has a reputation as the No Fun League, so is this another case of the NFL being too, ahem, uniform with its uniforms and thereby striking down individual expression, or is it a necessary end to a fad that had run its course?

Tuesday morning update >>

 

Video: Here's how you welcome freshmen to campus

More times than not, freshmen reporting to campus over the summer happens without much fanfare and often more trepidation on behalf of the recent high school graduates than full blown, sincere excitement.

In order to take the edge off a bit, Eastern Michigan made their guys feel welcome right off the bat, starting with stadium introductions, followed by some good old fashioned wiffle ball.

 This is a pretty solid idea, and it's a welcoming feeling that these freshmen will remember forever.

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