“No, those bright blue, ruggedized devices being used on NFL sidelines aren’t iPads,” Edgar Alvarez reports for Engadget. “They’re Surface Pro 2s. And while they may look like Apple’s renowned tablet from afar, at least to some NFL commentators, Microsoft’s been trying to help players and coaches get more familiar with the Sideline Viewing System since the league implemented it earlier this year.”
“Naturally, this includes Russell Wilson, the starting QB of the Seattle Seahawks. Last week, during his day off, he took the time to talk to us at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, the team’s practice facility,” Alvarez reports. “He used to be an Apple guy — Wilson says he doesn’t tell too many people that. But regardless of his previous interest in Cupertino products, he’s now fully invested in the Microsoft ecosystem. Seriously, he really loves all things Microsoft.”
“Just look at that wrist (hint: It’s a fitness tracker),” Alvarez reports. “Not that we would expect otherwise, though; he is, after all, the face of some Microsoft ads.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Imagine, a paid endorser saying what he’s paid to say! (And not tweeting it from his iPad, no less.) What’s next, Flo pushing Progressive insurance? A pre-his-latest-scandal Alec Baldwin pimping Capital One credit cards as if he doesn’t have an American Express Centurion [Black] Card right upfront “in his wallet?”
What is this world coming to?!
The “Wow” starts now, we suppose.
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