Today is the day that we all have been waiting for. It’s Super Bowl Sunday. We have been waiting all football season for this day and it’s finally here. I know that all of y’all are sick of all the analyzing and dissecting of this game from every conceivable angle that has been going on for the last two weeks. However, please humor me and allow me to give my last-minute analysis.
Keys To The Game
1. Denver Broncos’ Offense vs Seattle Seahawks’ Defense
This was pegged as the featured story line going into the game. Both are ranked number one in the NFL in their respective categories. However, the question has been for the last two weeks as to which one would give. One has to give, because the Super Bowl can’t end in a tie. If Peyton Manning wins this game, I believe that this will cement his legacy is the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
2. The Weather
This has been billed as the main story since it was announced that New York and New Jersey would host the Super Bowl. However, it looks like that the weather will end up being a non-factor in this game. The NFL has lucked out in this one, because the area is forecasted to get about seven inches of snow tonight. I personally had wanted to see some snow during the game, because football is meant to be played in the snow. However, it looks like it’s going to be beautiful weather for both the fans and the players.
3. Special Teams
I personally believe that this game will come down to special teams. I believe that a kick will be made or missed to win the game. I think that it would be poetic if the game were to end this way since Rodger Godel has talked about eliminating the extra point. If the game comes down to special teams, then I believe that will validate the need to keep extra points around. This game could not only come down to a field goal. I believe that this game could also come down to a kickoff or a punt being returned for a touchdown.
I believe that this game will not only live up to the hype, but it will exceed expectations. This will be a great game. Its Old School vs. New School. I believe that Peyton Manning will come out on top. I believe that if he wins tonight, then his legacy will be permanently cemented as the greatest Quarterback in NFL history. I believe that this game will come down to special teams. I think that the Broncos will win this game on a 40+ yard Field Goal as time expires to win the game 27-24.
The Saints and the Seahawks meet today at Seattle in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game. This a a huge game as the winner will go to the NFC Championship. The Saints are trying to shock the world and continue a magical playoff run. Last week Seattle was off since they are the No. 1 seed in the NFC and the Saints won in Philadelphia on a Shayne Graham Field Goal as time expired for the first road playoff win in franchise history. The Saints are trying to overcome the moniker that they are an indoor team and cannot win outdoor games. Seattle is trying to win and host the NFC Championship next Sunday.
Top Three Keys To The Game
1. The Weather
The Saints were able to overcome the weather in The City of Brotherly Love, but can they do it again in Seattle. The Weather Forecast calls for a high of 48 and a low of 42. It is supposed to rain early and often during the game. It is also supposed to be windy. This will be the ultimate way for the Saints to proclaim that they are not just an Indoor Team
2. The Crowd:
The crowd in Seattle is known as the 12th Man. They recently broke the World Record. I think that the Saints have an advantage here because they played at Seattle earlier this year and know what to expect as far as the noise and weather go. The Saints also need to score against Seattle early and often in order to take the crowd out of the game early.
3. Third Down Efficiency:
This will be key for both teams to be able to sustain drives and keep their respective defenses off the field. The last time these two teams played, the Saints were 6/15 for 40%. They will have to be much better that that if they want to have a chance against Seattle’s offense.
I think that despite what all the National Media is saying, the Saints have a legitimate chance. The Saints always have a chance as long as Drew Brees and Sean Payton are working together. I think that this will be a close game and will come down to special teams. The Saints will win 38-35.
We have had a very interesting summer sports wise. We have the NFL lockout looming, which I do not think will end any time soon. There are simply too many issues for this to get resolved by tomorrow. The revenue sharing and the rookie wage scale look to be the issues that will prolong a deal from getting done. In other news we now officially have a lockout in the NBA. I do not see us having a season in the NBA nextyear, as there are just too many teams loosing money for there to beable to agree on anything by october. I firmly enjoyed watching the Home Run Derby and the allstar game last weekend. I was happy to see Adrian Gonzalez win the Homerun Derby and The N.L. win the allstar game. Prince Fielder played an amazing game and completely deserved the MVP award As a side note, I would like to congradulate the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Bruins, and the University of South Carolina Baseball Program for winning titles in there respective leagues. Stay tuned for more updates on the NFL and NBA lockouts. I will also post any big name deals getting done on the MLB tradedeadline. Thank You for reading and would deeply appreicate any coments/suggestions for future blog entries, J.B.
Last night’s Game 4 with the Heat vs. Mavs was the greatest NBA Finals game I have seen in a long time. The Mavs were on a mission from the getgo. It was obvious with how they hustled to the ball and got on the boards. I hope to see the intensity in the rest of the series. It was an exciteing game that came down to the final shot, much like in game 3.
This is the type of game that makes the Finals the Finals. I normally do not even watch the Finals, but this caught my interest with it not having a traditional matchup. In order to win Game 5, the Mavs need Dirk to be healthy and 100%. He has been the key to their success all year. I do not think the Mavs would have won, had it not been for the rest of the team stepping up their game.
Keys to game 5 for the Mavs:
1. Dirk being healthy
2.Jason Terry continueing to be on fire
3. Tyson Chandler continuing to crash the boards and be aggressive.
Keys to game 5 for the Heat:
1. Lebron actually being involved in the game.
2.Getting to the line more offten.
3. Getting better play from the bench.
Look for the next entry after Game 5. Thanks for reading, J.B. McCracken
What’s up guys. I am predicting that the Mavericks will win the Finals in 7 games. I would like to see Jason Kidd finally beable to have a ring after no getting any with the New Jersey Nets. Dirk was unstoppable in game 3 and I expect him to have a similar performence in game 4. He deserves to recieve a championship ring. Dirk is a great player. I have nothing against the Heat, but they need to let the Cavs get one before they do. Looking forward to an exciteing game, J.B. McCracken
I cannot wait for the Super Bowl to begin a week from today. I personally hope the Packers win, because they have not won a championship in a while. I think it will end up being a defensive battle in the trenches. I personally hope the game goes into overtime so we can get a good look at the new overtime rules. I think the packers win in the the final minutes with a touchdown pass from Aron Rodgers to Donald Driver. I think the final score will be 28-21 Packers.
Brazil played a phenomonal game in the World Cup today. I would not be surprised if they played in the Finals against Germany. In other news, Stephen Strasburg pitched a great game against the Atlanta Braves today. It is sad that he had no run support. He could have won today if he had had run support. Also, South Carolina played a great game in the College World Series. UCLA needs to play and start hitting better if they want to have a chance in this series.
I think that Alabama will have an awesome year. I think that they will win the SEC West. I also think that they will win the SEC Championship against Georgia. Finally, I think Alabama will win either the Sugar Bowl or the National Championship.
I am so proud that Germany beat England. After the way they played today,I still think that they will win the World Cup. Also, I think that South Carolina will win the College World Series. Thank You and have an awesome day!!!!!