Louis C.K. confesses to recent allegations of sexual misconduct, says ‘these stories are true’

Louis C.K. confesses to recent allegations of sexual misconduct, says ‘these stories are true’

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Louis C.K. has addressed the sexual misconduct claims recently made against him.

In an article published by The New York Times on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, five women accused the comedian of exposing himself and masturbating in front of them. According to TMZ, C.K. confessed to the disturbing allegations in a lengthy statement on Friday, Nov. 10. “These stories are true,” he wrote, adding, “The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”

“I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions,” the 50-year-old continued. “There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with….The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them.”

“I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother,” his statement concluded. “I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”

According to Entertainment Tonight, C.K. has faced swift backlash since the sexual harassment accusations hit earlier this week. Entertainment Company The Orchard announced on Friday that it “will not be moving forward with the release” of his new film I Love You, Daddy, which was meant to open in select theaters on Nov. 17. Just before the New York Times piece was published, the controversial film’s New York City premiere had been abruptly canceled.

Both HBO and Netflix have already officially cut ties with the Emmy winner. However, while FX, which broadcasts his acclaimed series Louie, admitted that it was “very troubled” by the allegations, it said that the situation is currently still under review.

C.K. is, unfortunately, only the latest Hollywood big shot to be accused of sexual abuse since the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal first shocked the entertainment industry in October.

Ellen Page accuses Brett Ratner of sexual harassment

Ellen Page accuses Brett Ratner of sexual harassment

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The Juno star is that latest actress to come out with allegations of sexual abuse against Hollywood’s Brett Ratner.

On Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, Ellen Page took to Facebook to share her disturbing personal experiences with the director, with whom she’d worked on X-Men: The Last Stand. In the lengthy post, Page described how Ratner had once allegedly pointed to her, then 18 years old, and told one of Page’s female co-stars, “You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.”

Page, now an openly gay woman, had not yet come out to the public back then. She recalled feeling “violated” by Ratner’s words. “He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic,” Page wrote.

But that wasn’t the only disgusting act Ratner did, according to Page. She stated, “I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her ‘flappy p****y.'”

Page also recounted a fight she’d had with Ratner—who’s since been accused of sexual misconduct by several actresses including Olivia Munn—after she refused to wear a t-shirt emblazoned with “Team Ratner.” She said she was later scolded by movie producers, who reportedly said she “couldn’t talk like that to him.”

Unfortunately, Page, who grew up in the entertainment industry, revealed that Ratner wasn’t the only Hollywood bigwig to cross boundaries. While she didn’t name names, Page asserted that a director once “fondled” her leg at dinner and encouraged her to “make the move” when she was 16 years old. That same year, she said she was assaulted by a crewmember after an “adult authority figure” attempted to physically exploit her. Later, another unidentified director allegedly asked her to sleep with a man in his twenties and to tell him about the experience.

Calling accepting a role in Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love “the biggest regret of my career,” Page passionately stated, “I want to see these men have to face what they have done. I want them to not have power anymore. I want them to sit and think about who they are without their lawyers, their millions, their fancy cars, houses upon houses, their ‘playboy’ status and swagger.”

“This is a long awaited reckoning. It must be. It’s sad that ‘codes of conduct’ have to be enforced to ensure we experience fundamental human decency and respect,” Page concluded. “Don’t allow this behavior to be normalized. Don’t compare wrongs or criminal acts by their degrees of severity. Don’t allow yourselves to be numb to the voices of victims coming forward. Don’t stop demanding our civil rights.”

As Nicki Swift previously reported, the Los Angeles Times exposed Ratner’s alleged history of sexual harassment and assault in early November. Actresses Natasha Henstridge, Jaime Ray Newman, and Olivia Munn, among others, all came forward with their own disturbing accounts of Ratner’s alleged behavior over the years.

While we wait to see what comes of the claims made against Ratner, read up on how celebrities have reacted to the allegations.

Report: Anthony Edwards claims Gary Goddard molested him as a child

Report: Anthony Edwards claims Gary Goddard molested him as a child

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The ER actor has opened up about a painful chapter from his past.

On Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, Anthony Edwards accused writer-producer Gary Goddard of sexually assaulting him when he was a child and of raping one of his friends.

“I met Goddard when I was 12, and he quickly became a dominant force in my life. He taught me about the value of acting, respect for friendship, and the importance of studying,” Edwards, now 55, shared in a lengthy post on Medium. “Pedophiles prey on the weak. My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available. Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception.”

He continued, “My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years.”

Edwards noted that decades later he ran into Goddard at an airport and he spoke to him about the alleged sexual abuse. “I was able to express my outrage at what he had done,” Edwards wrote. “He swore to his remorse and said that he had gotten help. I felt a temporary sense of relief.”

However, Edwards said that the “relief” he’d felt soon disappeared once he’d learned that Goddard had been accused of sexual abuse by others. As The Hollywood Reporter revealed back in 2014, former model Michael Egan III alleged that Goddard, as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer, had sexually abused him when he was a teenager. His accusations were soon echoed by another unnamed British teen.

After hearing about the other men who were allegedly assaulted by Goddard, Edwards said he sought help from a therapist. “I’ve learned a lot in these last four years. Most importantly, I’ve learned that I’m not alone,” he wrote. “One in six men have an abusive sexual experience before they turn 18. Secrecy, shame and fear are the tools of abuse, and it is only by breaking the stigma of childhood sexual abuse that we can heal, change attitudes, and create safer environments for our children.”

Goddard is the latest star in Hollywood to face serious allegations of sexual misconduct in recent weeks. Since movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged behavior of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape was exposed by The New York Times and The New Yorker in early October, numerous men and women have come forward to share their experiences with the rampant pattern of sexual abuse plaguing Hollywood.

Corey Haim’s mother identifies son’s alleged abuser

Corey Haim’s mother identifies son’s alleged abuser

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The mother of the late Corey Haim has come forward with the name of the Lost Boys actor’s alleged abuser.

On Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, Judy Haim appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and revealed who she believes sexually assaulted her son when he was a child. “This guy Dominick is the guy that abused my son,” she shared with Dr. Mehmet Oz (via People). “My son said so.”

Judy is presumably referring to former actor Dominick Brascia, who recently told the National Enquirer that Haim, with whom he’d allegedly been friends, had been raped by Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen. The tabloid’s report stated that Brascia and “dozens” of others had revealed that Sheen had taken advantage of Haim while the two were filming the 1986 film Lucas.

The story was quickly connected to a chapter of Corey Feldman’s memoir, Coreyography, in which the actor described how his friend Corey Haim had been assaulted on the set of Lucas (via the New York Post). Feldman, however, never identified the alleged abuser.

Sheen has since denied the allegations.

Speaking with Dr. Oz, Judy recalled receiving a panicked phone call from her son when he was a child. She said he was “yelling and screaming” that Brascia would not get off of him. She said she’d hurried over to Brascia’s home, where Corey and other child actors would sometimes hang out, and found a “fully dressed” Brascia sitting on top of her son.

“Dominick was sitting on my son, pinning him to the floor, not allowing him to move,” she recounted. “I took a pool cue — and he will remember that — and I went so close to his head and I said: ‘You better get off of him or I’m bashing your head in.’ And he got off of him and we left.'”

She said that Brascia had also sexually abused Corey once before, but she did not elaborate. Regarding why her son never publicly named Brascia as his alleged abuser, Judy said, “He didn’t want people to think he was gay or say it was his fault,” adding, “He said, ‘Mom, somebody hurt me, I don’t need to hurt them back. I need to take this to my grave.'”

In 2010, Corey, who’d struggled with substance abuse issues, passed away as a result of pneumonia and a bad heart (via E! News). He was 38 years old.

Brascia was previously accused of sexually abusing Corey in 2016. In response to the allegation, Brascia told Perez Hilton at the time, “I’m as shocked as anyone else he was one of my good friends, I knew him for over 25 years.”

Can the NFC South keep up with the Falcons?

2013 NFL Schedule: Falcons look to defend title against revamped NFC South

Atlanta walked away with the NFC South in 2012, but the Panthers, Buccaneers and Saints are all rebuilding and looking to contend in 2013.

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The Atlanta Falcons haven’t had an issue with qualifying for the playoffs since 2009.

Winning in the playoffs has been a different story. They put it together in 2012, having hosted the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. They were well on their way to making it to their first Super Bowl since 1999, but couldn’t overcome a furious 49ers comeback in the second half.

This year’s schedule could also benefit the Falcons, unless their division rivals are ready to challenge.

The Falcons were without a rival in the AFC South in 2012 as the Sean Payton-less Saints fell apart and the Panthers and Buccaneers failed to live up to hype established in 2011.

In what could be the division’s best game, the Falcons will travel to New Orleans in Week 1. The Falcons will keep the bulk of their roster intact as the Saints look to rebuild with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4 scheme.

The division takes on the AFC East in 2013, and the Falcons host the Patriots and Jets in Weeks 4 and 5 before a bye in Week 6.

The Saints begin the season with two-consecutive divisional games, the Falcons in Week 1 and at Tampa Bay in Week 2. Weeks 12-14 could make or break the team, with road games at Atlanta and Seattle before returning home for a division game against Carolina. They’ll end the season at home against the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay begins the year at the Jets, but their final three games – vs. San Francisco, at St. Louis and at New Orleans – will be tough. For a team that fell apart down the stretch in 2012, head coach Greg Schiano faces an even tougher slate of games to end the year.

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Battles between Seahawks and 49ers define NFC West

2013 NFL Schedule: Seahawks and 49ers set for two big games

In what could be a preview of the NFC Championship game, the 49ers and Seahawks play twice, highlighting the NFC West schedule in 2013.

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Heading into the season, it seems like there are going to be at least three huge games in the NFC:

Week 2 – Sunday Night Football, 49ers at Seahawks

Week 14 – Seahawks at 49ers

The NFC Championship game

The two NFC West rivals appear to be on a collision course in that final game.

The 49ers, fresh off a Super Bowl appearance, bested the Seahawks for the division crown by virtue of a tie against St. Louis. The Seahawks throttled the 49ers 42-13 in Week 16.

The 49ers have more than just the Seahawks to worry about, though. The division takes on the AFC South and the NFC South in 2013. Couple that with a season-opening game against the Packers, and San Francisco has one of the tougher schedules in the NFL.

Seattle has two of its first three games at home, including the marquee game against the 49ers, before having a brutal stretch between Weeks 4 and 8, with four of five games on the road. They’ll travel to Houston and Indianapolis before taking on Tennessee at home. After that, they have road games at Arizona and St. Louis.

The Rams appeared on the verge of breaking out at times during 2012, and two tight games against San Francisco (0-1-1) showed they can compete in the NFC West. Their third place schedule could help them stay with the top dogs, but a tough stretch of road games at San Francisco and Arizona in Weeks 13 and 14 will test the mettle of this young team.

The Cardinals, with new head coach Bruce Arians, look to find a new identity with a new coaching staff and quarterback. Arizona started strong in 2012 but fell apart down the stretch, costing former coach Ken Whisenhunt his job. They’ll start the season at St. Louis and will be tested in Weeks 3-7 with road games at New Orleans and Tampa Bay, a home game against Carolina and a road game at San Francisco. Then they have Seattle and Atlanta at home.

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Early games will test Texans’ defense

Texans 2013 schedule: Early games will test Houston’s defense before the bye week

After repeated playoff failures, the Houston Texans enter the new season with raised expectations. Can they finally put it all together?

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The Houston Texans enter the 2013 season looking to win the team’s third-consecutive division title. With several key players back from the injury and a new offensive toy in rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans seem poised for a three-peat in the AFC South.

While the Texans are seemingly the class of the division, the inter-conference competition for Houston will be their toughest test. The Texans will play the NFC West this season, with key back-to-back games against the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers before the Texans’ bye week. Houston will also face the AFC West, a division that features Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

The divisional competition is also on the upswing, as the Colts and Titans spent the offseason improving their lineups. Indianapolis is likely the biggest threat to the Texans’ division title hopes.

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) TV
1 Sept. 9 @ San Diego 10:20 p.m. ESPN
2 Sept. 15 vs. Tennessee 1 p.m. CBS
3 Sept. 22 @ Baltimore 1 p.m. CBS
4 Sept. 29 vs. Seattle 1 p.m. FOX
5 Oct. 6 @ San Francisco 8:30 p.m. NBC
6 Oct. 13 vs. St. Louis 1 p.m. CBS
7 Oct. 20 @ Kansas City 1 p.m. CBS
8 Nov. 3 vs. Indianapolis 8:30 p.m. NBC
9 Nov. 10 @ Arizona 4:25 p.m. CBS
10 Nov. 17 vs. Oakland 1 p.m. CBS
11 Nov. 24 vs. Jacksonville 1 p.m. CBS
12 Dec. 1 vs. New England 4:25 p.m. CBS
13 Dec. 5 @ Jacksonville 8:25 p.m. NFLN
14 Dec. 15 @ Indianapolis 1 p.m. CBS
15 Dec. 22 vs. Denver 1 p.m. CBS
16 Dec. 29 @ Tennessee 1 p.m. CBS

Toughest out: 49ers (away)

The 49ers are considered one of the best teams in the entire NFL and have a run game that will test both the outside and inside of the Texans’ defense. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a major weapon and the Texans will have to account for his arm and his feet. On defense, the 49ers keep running backs out of the endzone, so Arian Foster may have a tough time on this particular Sunday.

Must win: Titans (home)

Week 2 of the season will have to be a win for the Texans, as they enter a stretch from Weeks 3-5 where Houston will play against the defending champion Ravens, the Seahawks and the 49ers. During that stretch, the Texans could easily go 0-3, so they need to beat the division rival Titans before those contests. This game is the first divisional match-up for the Texans, and they won’t play another AFC South contest until November, so its important to get an early win to keep pace.

Don’t overlook: Chiefs (away)

While the Chiefs finished last in the league last season, they did send a bunch of players to the Pro Bowl. The team has talent on both sides of the ball, and new head coach Andy Reid is one of best offensive play-callers in the league. Jamaal Charles will be a tough task between the tackles, while the Texans will hope to limit Alex Smith and Dwayne Bowe in the passing game.

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Workout schedule released for all 32 NFL teams

2014 NFL offseason schedule: Complete workout programs for 32 teams released

The NFL has released the complete offseason schedule for each team in the NFL. Check out the full dates, plus explanations of what is and is not allowed by teams and players during each phase of the offseason.

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The NFL released the complete offseason workout programs for all 32 league teams Thursday. The schedules include dates for each squad’s voluntary workouts, as well as the three-day mandatory minicamps that the NFL allows organizations to hold for veteran players.

The NFL mandates that each team’s offseason program be split into three phases. Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride goes over the complete legalese from the collective bargaining agreement, but essentially:

  • Phase One: The first two weeks of the program. Players can take part in strength and conditioning or rehabilitation activities. No coaches can be present except for designated strength and conditioning coaches. No footballs may be used except if quarterbacks would like to practice throwing with wide receivers, in which case the receivers must be unguarded.
  • Phase Two: The next three weeks of the program. Players can take part in on-field drills! Instruction from any and all coaches is allowed, as well. Teams are essentially permitted to run only position drills, however. No live contact is allowed, nor are drills that pit offensive and defensive players against each other. Helmets cannot be worn during this phase.
  • Phase Three: The last four weeks of the program.Teams are allowed to conduct 10 days of organized team activities or “OTAs” at this time. Again, no live contact is allowed, but offenses are allowed to go against defenses in 7-on-7, 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 drills. Players are allowed to wear helmets during this phase, but no shells.

Without further ado, here’s the complete workout schedule for each team in the NFL:

Arizona Cardinals

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5

Mandatory Minicamp: June 10-12

Atlanta Falcons

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2-4, June 10-13

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Baltimore Ravens

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 28-30, June 3-5, June 9-10, June 12-13

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Buffalo Bills

First Day: April 22

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 28-30, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Carolina Panthers

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 3-5, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Chicago Bears

First Day: April 22

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Cincinnati Bengals

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 3-5, June 16-18

Mandatory Minicamp: June 10-12

Cleveland Browns

First Day: April 7

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5-6

Voluntary Minicamp: April 29-May 1

Mandatory Minicamp: June 10-12

Dallas Cowboys

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Denver Broncos

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 28-30, June 2-4, June 16-19

Mandatory Minicamp: June 10-12

Detroit Lions

First Day: April 7

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5

Voluntary Minicamp: April 22-24

Mandatory Minicamp: June 10-12

Green Bay Packers

First Day: April 22

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 28-30, June 3-5, June 10-13

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Houston Texans

First Day: April 7

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13

Voluntary Minicamp: May 6-8

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Indianapolis Colts

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Jacksonville Jaguars

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Kansas City Chiefs

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 3-5, June 10-13

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Miami Dolphins

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Minnesota Vikings

First Day: April 7

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 28-30, June 3-5, June 9-12

Voluntary Minicamp: April 29-May 1

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

New England Patriots

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27, May 29-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

New Orleans Saints

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 3-5, June 16-19

Mandatory Minicamp: June 10-12

New York Giants

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 28-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

New York Jets

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-28, May 30, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Oakland Raiders

First Day: April 22

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Philadelphia Eagles

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Pittsburgh Steelers

First Day: April 22

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 3-5, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

St. Louis Rams

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: June 3, June 5-6, June 9-10, June 12, June 16-17, June 19-20

Mandatory Minicamp: None

San Diego Chargers

First Day: April 22

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

San Francisco 49ers

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Seattle Seahawks

First Day: April 21

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

First Day: April 7

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5

Voluntary Minicamp: April 22-24

Mandatory Minicamp: June 10-12

Tennessee Titans

First Day: April 7

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12

Voluntary Minicamp: April 29-May 1

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Washington Redskins

First Day: April 7

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12

Voluntary Minicamp: April 29-May 1

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Let’s get ready for the NFL schedule release!

2014 NFL schedule release preparation schedule: Gear up for the schedule

The NFL is releasing the 2014 regular season schedule on Wednesday night, with GREAT fanfare. You need to start getting ready … like, now.

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It’s a special day for NFL fans everywhere. The 2014 regular season schedule will be released tonight on primetime television. Schedule shows start at 8:00 p.m. ET on the NFL Network and ESPN2 will run counter to Game 2 of the Mavericks and Spurs series, which was probably the league’s plan to tweak Mark Cuban (spoiler alert: the Spurs will win anyway). At any rate, such an important event is going to require some preparation on your part to maximize enjoyment of the schedule release.

Pregame

You’re going to want to tailgate to this. Most NFL fans and everyone in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area find any event is enhanced by drinking canned domestic beer near an internal combustion engine. We’ve made you a handy checklist.

  • Pace yourself.
  • Be sure to park your tailgating RV at the tailgate lot about two days before the schedule is released. Since you’ve already missed that threshold, just sprint to your team’s stadium right now. Close this webpage.
  • HYDRATE.
  • Snacks and booze for all of your friends, who’ll also be losing their damn minds for hours about The NFL Schedule being released.
  • WAR PAINT/SUIT AND TIE
  • Good NFL Schedule Release snacks include booze Jell-O and week-old Easter candy.
  • First aid kits.
  • GET SERIOUS.
  • A hype video of past NFL Schedule Release Day highlights, for when your NFL Schedule Release Day party starts to lose steam. A shot of that time when you realized your team had three home games in a row in 2011 will fire things back up in a hurry!
  • Games!
  • But not games like cornhole or alcohol poisoning. Games like Raging At Goodell For Giving Division Rival X A Bye Week Before Playing Us and Talking Ourselves Into This Team Somehow Reaching 9-7, Which Would Piss Off Goodell Real Good and Tetris.
  • WE’RE GOING 9-7 AT WORST, BABY #BillsMafia

Make predictions

For fans

It’s important to pre-prepare your instant reaction to the release of the schedule. Beat writers and team bloggers, this is your time to shine! Because you already know which teams your team will play (three division opponents twice, one AFC division, one NFC division, plus two other in-conference teams that finished in the same spot in their division last year), you can start sketching out W’s and L’s before the schedule’s release.

The Bills are going 10-6 next year, baby!

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For media

Media outlets, you have it a little bit tougher. It’s your job to tell everyone which games happening 5-8 months from now fans should be most excited about. HINT: the season opener, Niners-Seahawks in primetime, Peyton Manning versus somebody, Cowboys versus the eventual NFC East champion in Week 17, and some other late-season fodder that will be flexed into the Sunday Night Football. Phew! Tough work. Now you can get back to embedding tweets and pretending that’s reporting.

Know the rules

Overtime

The league might not allow overtime for the schedule release show, but then again, they just might. You can’t be the expert on all things NFL to the people at your party who are depending on you. You need to know for certain.

Tiebreakers

Week 17 is going to be stuffed with division games and all kinds of playoff implications. And that means more questions. For instance, which 8-8 team will win the NFC East? When the Bills get to 11-5, will that be enough for an AFC Wildcard? (#BILLSMAFIA represent).

Flex scheduling

Before you start making plans for date nights or dinner with your family or helping your kids study for a test, remember that your nights may suddenly become unavailable thanks to flex scheduling. It’s been around since 2006, but the process can still be a bit confusing, so here’s how flex scheduling works:

  • Beginning in Week 11, the NFL has the ability to move a Sunday afternoon game up to the primetime slot.
  • For a game to be “flexed,” Roger Goodell must really hit the gym hard on Friday afternoon after work. We’re talking dips, decline bench, preacher curls (it’s Goodell; obviously there’s just a crazy amount of preacher curls) at high intensity. The gym, like the NFL, deserves Goodell’s maximum focus and effort, so that’s what he’s going to give it and screw you if you want to use this squat rack in between sets. THE COMMISSIONER GETS SWOLE ALONE.
  • Once Goodell finishes his workout, he will visit the home team for the game the league wants to flex. He will not shower beforehand, and he will not even change out of his gym clothes.
  • Goodell will then grab a microphone that is not hooked up to anything, point to his biceps, and bellow “THESE are the only guns allowed in my league! Move your game or find out what happens when I unholster Beat Rozelle and Brawl Tagliabue!”
  • The league will then announce the movement of the flexed game to Sunday night.

Playoffs?

The regular season schedule means the playoffs are right around the corner, starting the first weekend after the regular season ends. Of course it’s impossible to know where those games will be and which teams they’ll feature (except for the 12-4 Bills #BillsMafia), but the subject of the Super Bowl and your totally awesome Super Bowl party will come up.

So when, where and what time is the 2015 Super Bowl?

Super Bowl XLIX (49 for the unlearned and search engines)

Feb. 1, 2015

Probably around 6:30 p.m. or so

Suburban Phoenix

NBC (that’s right, Bob Costas)

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2014 NFL schedule release: Announcement time, TV schedule and more

The long-awaiting unveiling of the schedule will take place Wednesday, with fans looking to see when key matchups will unfold.

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On Wednesday night, the NFL is set to release its schedule for the 2014-15 season, finally giving the dates and times for each game.

The opponents for each team have been known since the end of last year’s regular season, along with where each game will be held. The formula for schedule-making is based on order of finish in the division, along with a set rotation of divisions playing other divisions.

For example, the Denver Broncos finished first in the AFC West, meaning they will play the other three AFC division champs. Denver will also play the AFC East and NFC West, along with each inter-divisional foe twice, home and away. Of all the schedules, the eight toughest in terms of strength of schedule all belong to AFC and NFC West teams, per ESPN. The toughest goes to the Oakland Raiders, who face teams with a win percentage of .578 last season.

None of the primetime games are known yet, one of the main draws of the schedule release. It is also unknown who the Seattle Seahawks will be hosting to kick off their Super Bowl defense on the first Thursday night of the season.

TV: ESPN and NFLN

Time: 8 p.m. ET

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