San Francisco 49ers To Host Super Bowl L
The historic 50th Super Bowl will be hosted by the San Francisco 49ers. More accurately, Super Bowl L will be played at new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The last time Northern California hosted the “Big Game” was Super Bowl XIX in 1985. A positive omen for Bay Area NFL fans, the 49ers won that game 38-16 over the Miami Dolphins.
It’s appropriate that we should reference San Francisco defeating the Miami, since South Florida had bid for both Super Bowl L and Super Bowl LI.
Carrie Underwood To Sing ‘Sunday Night Football’ Theme
We can’t wait for Sept. 8.
That’s the first “Sunday Night Football” game of the season.
The Dallas Cowboys will find new ways to lose to the New York Giants.
And Carrie Underwood will find new ways for a hot blonde with a great singing voice to bore us.
That’s because NBC, the network that brings us “Sunday Night Football” has signed Underwood to croon the opening theme.
Pat Summerall Dead At Age 82
He was the greatest.
I tried to be as succinct as possible in my praise as he was—despite the fact that he described things for a living—a man of few words.
Back in 2004, when asked to write his own obituary, Summerall said he would start it with something like this:
Pat Summerall died Tuesday. He was 82.
The man believed in being brief and to the point.
Pat Summerall was a play-by-play announcer for the NFL from 1974 to Feb. 3, 2002. He worked for both CBS and Fox. During his career, Summerall established himself—as his longtime broadcast partner John Madden put it—as the “voice of football.”
Matt Ryan Falters In Biggest Game Of His Career, 49ers Eek Out Trip To Super Bowl
Just like they did against the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs, the Falcons jumped out to a big lead and then coughed it up.
This week however, there was no comeback.
The San Francisco 49’ers advanced to their sixth Super Bowl in team history by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC Championship Game.
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick played okay but his offense, especially his line, played extremely well.
Taking the blame for the Falcons defeat will be quarterback Matt Ryan. His numbers were okay but he turned the ball over twice and failed to mount a game winning drive.
The monkey that Ryan got off his back by defeating Seattle is back.
Chip Kelly Hired By Eagles: 5 Reasons Why His Going To The NFL Is A Huge Mistake
Chip Kelly is now the 21st head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The former Oregon Ducks coach takes over for Andy Reid who was fired on Dec. 31 after finishing the season 4-12. Kelly is ditching the college ranks for the NFL and that can mean only one thing: Oregon is about to be sanctioned by the NCAA.
We’re sure Kelly is making a decision that’s right for him, his family, and his pocketbook. Even so, we still think it’s a major blunder leaving Eugene for Philly. Yes, he’ll be working in a state most people can find on a map but we still think he should have stayed with the Oregon Ducks. Below are five reasons why Kelly’s new job with the Philadelphia Eagles is a huge mistake.
Ray Lewis’s Career Is Prolonged: Ravens Upset Broncos
Earlier this week, I heard Skip Bayless call Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco “Joe Fluke-O.” For some reason the epithet stuck with me. I couldn’t get it out of my mind.
Then, during Saturday’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game in Denver, Colorado, Flacco showed us why Bayless calls him “Fluke-O.”
Okay, they were good flukes, but Flacco threw for three touchdowns and each one was a close-your-eyes, chuck-it-down-the-field, and hope-for-the-best heave. He had a few more on key third down plays late in the game.
Thanks to Flacco’s flukes the Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos 38-35 in double-overtime. Kicker Justin Tucker nailed a 47-yard field goal in the opening moments of the second overtime stanza to steal the victory.
New England Patriots: Distilling Three Myths
The New England Patriots are a great to legendary team. With Bill Belichick as head coach, Tom Brady under center, and an AFC East that’s full of patsies, the Patriots are an annual lock to reach the NFL playoffs; with home field advantage they’re usually favored to win the conference; and when they reach the Super Bowl they are the safe bet to hoist the Lombardi Trophy (unless they’re playing the Giants).
The Pats have dominated the league for more than a decade. But during their long reign they’ve fooled more than a few football fans. There are three things, myths if you will, that causal pigskin proponents associate with the Patriots even though they’re not necessarily true. Below, I debunk three of the more popular myths surrounding the New England Patriots.
New York Giants: NFL’s Model Franchise
The New York Giants are the NFL’s model franchise.
I know fans of the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers will disagree but the franchise you really want to mimic is the New York football Giants.
Asking a franchise to pattern themselves after the Patriots is like asking a rock band to pattern themselves after The Beatles. New England’s success isn’t the direct result of a system or a philosophy but the product of the combined genius and talents of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Philadelphia Eagles: Five Reasons Why They Won’t Reach The Super Bowl In 2012
Some teams like the Cowboys and Raiders are born to be loathed.
Other teams like the Eagles work hard to be despised.
Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles stocked up on talent, ran their mouths, and finished the season 8-8—they blew five fourth-quarter leads. Running your mouth and underachieving is a perfect way to gain detractors.
This year, the Eagles have made improvements on both sides of the ball and they’ve bragged. While they will reach the playoffs in 2012 they still have no chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. For a team with as much talent as the Eagles that’s another huge underachievement.
Green Bay Packers Top Recently Released ‘AP Pro32’
The Green Bay Packers sit atop the recently released Associated Press Pro32 Power Rankings.
The Pro32 is meant to imitate the AP Top 25 polls for college football and basketball.
So I guess this means if teams want to impress the voters they’ll have to start running up the score.
The Packers, who finished last year 15-1 but sans a title, were voted the NFL’s top team. They are followed by the New England Patriots, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Baltimore Ravens.