Super Bowl Vortex

Dig into this compilation of smart reads and brilliant shots to get primed for Super Bowl XLIX.

Play Book

Photos: the wonderful history of NFL FilmsVictory Journal

A fun 8-bit history of Super Bowl halftime performancesThe Washington Post

Photos: longtime Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss Jr. describes some of his most memorable Super Bowl shotsThe Players’ Tribune

How one cameraman preps for the physical grind of the Super BowlThe Wall Street Journal

Photos: the history of the Super BowlThe Guardian

Even Flow

Marshawn Lynch’s silence confounds the mediaGrantland 

Pete Carroll has a cult following of 9/11 TruthersUSA Today

How the Seahawks smartly exploit the rulebook through penaltiesESPN

The butterfly effect of Pete Carroll’s firing in New EnglandRolling Stone

How Richard Sherman is transforming from trash talker to NFL conscienceThe Kansas City Star

Good Vibrations

A profile of Tom Brady’s super lifeThe New York Times

Bill Belichick is one of the NFL’s all-time brilliant mindsThe Wall Street Journal

The data wonks debunked the Patriots fumbling storyFive Thirty Eight

The Patriots are guilty of knowing the rulebook better than everyone elseThe New York Times

Bill Belichick’s awesome libraryMMQB

Audibles

Q&A: Phil and Chris Simms on family, broadcasting and the Super BowlMMQB

Not going for it on 4th down in the Super Bowl can be lethal – The New York Times

The price brands pay the other 364 days of the year to run Super Bowl ads – Medium

How former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson might have broken a federal law prior to Super Bowl XXXVII – Vice Sports 

Al Michaels is fully aware that he can control the outcome of some of the big money Super Bowl prop betsLos Angeles Daily News

Cover shot: the iron prize – USA Today Sports Images