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[The Sports Guru] My Super Bowl Pick
I know, I know - the Super Bowl isn't until next week. But I can't wait that long to make my prediction. I'm doing it now. Denver Broncos Everyone knew the Broncos were a legitimate Super Bowl contender at the very beginning of the season. They are an extremely balanced team and they have proved it all season long. Their defense is almost unquestionably the best in the NFL, and that's why they're here. They were able to shut down Tom Brady last week against the Patriots and that's not an easy thing to do. Their pass rush is absolutely ferocious and they have great coverage in the secondary, too. Offensively, it looks like this is the last game of Peyton Manning's illustrious career. He's been a beast for Indianapolis and Denver in his career, and while this season has been far from his best, he is still an incredible competitor. He's been injured and slightly less effective than usual this year, but you can't count him out. He's going to do his absolute best to inspire Denver's offense and end his career in the best way imaginable. Carolina Panthers I'm not sure too many people picked the Panthers to make it to the Super Bowl, much less lose only 1 game all season en route to the big game. But they have proven the doubters wrong week in and week out this season - this team is for real. They have absolutely crushed their opponents in both playoff games this year, running up and down the field on Seattle and Arizona. Their offense is completely unstoppable, led by sure-fire MVP Cam Newton. He can beat you with his arm and with his legs, and that's what makes him so dangerous. You can never take your eye off Cam as a defender, and there's no telling what he'll do next. Defensively they slipped up a bit against Seattle, allowing them to come back into the game, but let's not forget that they have been a top defense all season long. They've got the league's best CB - and one of the best defensive players overall - in Josh Norman, and he can shut down any WR that comes his way. Look out, Demaryius Thomas. They can stop the run, the pass, and get to the CB. Tough to game plan against these guys - they are that good. My pick It's got to be Carolina. Honestly, they are just too good to beat. I didn't see this season coming, but it's here, and it's Carolina's time. Cam will not be stopped. It'll be tough for Peyton to end his career on this note, but I just don't think Denver can get it done. Carolina 29, Denver 22. Who are you taking in the Super Bowl? Do you agree with me? @Starbell808 @karencorchado @BrookieyElba @ValerieAlissaPa @Link4TW @sanazsanaz @TravisBeck @Shippudenguy21 @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91 @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @addri @ChrisStephens @AniBreo @VeronicaArtino @TomasVasquez @oct6eg10 @Darlin972 @ALEXCAMACHO @GabrielaAlvarez @strawhatblakley @Silver925 @RyanGraham96 @brolyxxrborn @martinesquivel @TiffanyPerez @PASCUASIO @ShoMoPayton @mackenzieorr186 @EvanYannetti @RaulGamboa @in4mtoxic006 @PaulFotiadis @sanRico @BlakeKaler @lilleonz @misterE @shagnasty360 @Bobs @CheyenneHorton @TylerDurso @ChrisSantiago
[Discussion] Clutch, or good?
I mentioned yesterday that I'd host a discussion about this key question in the sports world, and today I'm tackling it head on: Would you rather have an amazing player who struggles in the clutch, or an average (or less amazing, at least) one who is known to have the ability to come up big in a dramatic moment? For me, Peyton Manning has to be mentioned in this discussion. His numbers paint the picture of far and away a top 5 QB of all time. To be honest, it's not difficult to argue that based on the numbers, he is the best quarterback to ever play the game. He leads the NFL in countless categories, both career-long and single-season statistics. He's won a Super Bowl and multiple MVP awards and has been a face of the NFL for years and years. But there's just one thing. He isn't known for being clutch. While he won 1 Super Bowl, he has lost twice, including getting crushed by the Seahawks in 2014, when Peyton played terribly. On the other end of this debate sits Tom Brady. It's not to say that Brady's numbers are bad - they aren't.... like, at all, but they don't quite match Peyton's. On stats alone, Brady is still a top 5 QB ever, but it's tough to argue that he's the best ever based on numbers. Brady has won 4 of the 6 Super Bowls that he's played in, displaying his amazing ability to come up big when it's all on the line. There's something intangible about Brady - when the game is on the line and he's got the ball, you just have tons of faith that he can come up with what is needed. I've been on the bad end of that all too many times as Jets fan. Brady has come back to beat the Jets countless times, and I know that even when the Patriots are down, as long as Brady is playing, they are not out. So, I'm curious to know what the community thinks about this. Would you rather have a player who is unquestionably amazing, possibly the best of all time, but who has historically struggled to come up big? Or are you willing to sacrifice some quality and talent for the ice that runs through the veins of a clutch player? @Starbell808 @karencorchado @BrookieyElba @ValerieAlissaPa @Link4TW @sanazsanaz @TravisBeck @Shippudenguy21 @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91 @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @addri @ChrisStephens @AniBreo @VeronicaArtino @TomasVasquez @oct6eg10 @Darlin972 @ALEXCAMACHO @GabrielaAlvarez @strawhatblakley @Silver925 @RyanGraham96 @brolyxxrborn @martinesquivel @TiffanyPerez @PASCUASIO @ShoMoPayton @mackenzieorr186 @EvanYannetti @RaulGamboa @in4mtoxic006 @PaulFotiadis @sanRico @BlakeKaler @lilleonz @misterE @shagnasty360 @Bobs @CheyenneHorton @TylerDurso @ChrisSantiago
Is Peyton's last game upon us?
Peyton Manning may have inadvertently told the world that the Super Bowl will be the last game of his career. After the Broncos' 20-18 win over the Patriots in the Championship game last weekend, Manning met Patriots' coach Bill Belichick at midfield to shake hands. What happened next was surely not supposed to be caught on camera, but it was anyway... and now Peyton has had his plans revealed to the world. Peyton: "Hey, listen this may be my last rodeo, so, it sure has been a pleasure. That's quite a thing to say to your arch rival. These guys have been facing off against one another for years and years, and it looks like the love/hate relationship is finally coming to an end as the legend ends his career. Whether or not Peyton and the Broncos win the Super Bowl against the Panthers, Peyton will go down as one of the best QBs to ever play the game - and, arguably, the best of all time. He's been doing it for years at an incredibly high level and his numbers are off the charts. He is the career leader in passing TDs and has countless other records that he established in his long tenure with the Colts and improved upon in the past few years with Denver. He's an incredibly impressive football player and individual and has been one of the faces of the league for as long as I can remember. I'm curious to see what the community thinks about the claim that he may be the best of all time - but that's a discussion for a future card! ;) I'll be sad to see Peyton go - and I may even be rooting for him to end his career on top (though I'll make a card on that in the coming days!). What do you think? Is it the right time for Peyton to hang 'em up, or should he keep playing? For me, I think he'd be right to end his career this season. His production has fallen off big time as his body just can't quite keep up anymore. He's been through too many injuries and long seasons to continue playing a high level. Even the greats have to give it up at some point. @Starbell808 @karencorchado @BrookieyElba @ValerieAlissaPa @Link4TW @sanazsanaz @TravisBeck @Shippudenguy21 @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91 @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @addri @ChrisStephens @AniBreo @VeronicaArtino @TomasVasquez @oct6eg10 @Darlin972 @ALEXCAMACHO @GabrielaAlvarez @strawhatblakley @Silver925 @RyanGraham96 @brolyxxrborn @martinesquivel @TiffanyPerez @PASCUASIO @ShoMoPayton @mackenzieorr186 @EvanYannetti @RaulGamboa @in4mtoxic006 @PaulFotiadis @sanRico @BlakeKaler @lilleonz @misterE @shagnasty360 @Bobs @CheyenneHorton @TylerDurso @ChrisSantiago
NFL Championship Games Roundup!
It's on to Super Bowl 50 for the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos! What a weekend of NFL action! Denver vs. New England What a game this was in the AFC Championship. Denver was playing with a precarious lead for pretty much the whole game, as they stifled the Patriots' offense and really took advantage of their complete inability to run the ball. New England recorded just 44 rushing yards on 17 attempts and that was the true downfall of this team. Brady couldn't get it done, as he uncharacteristically threw 2 INTs. He brought New England right where they had to be, with some incredible catches by Gronkowski to put the Pats within a 2-pt conversion of sending it to overtime. But Brady was rushed during the 2-pt conversion and threw an INT, sending the Broncos the Super Bowl and the Patriots home packing. Denver looks poised to put up a real fight in this one, with their defense looking as strong as it ever has. Peyton was efficient, and with there being a good chance that he retires after this season, he will want to go out on top, no doubt about it. Carolina vs. Arizona Can anyone stop the Panthers? They raced out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. While they put up a massive 49 points, it was actually the defense that won them this game. They held Arizona's offense, which was one of the best in the league all season long, to just 235 yards passing and intercepted Carson Palmer 4 times. Cam Newton threw for 2 TDs and rushed for 2 more, while the running game and Jonathan Stewart wore down the Cardinals all night long. This one, honestly, wasn't even close. The Panthers are looking absolutely ferocious as they have mowed down their opponents in two games straight. I know that no one wants to root for them, but they have been on a crash course to the Super Bowl since Week 1 and have never slowed down. I'm incredibly impressed with this team and would be terrified to face them if I were Denver. Did you see the games? What is your take on the outcomes? @Starbell808 @karencorchado @BrookieyElba @ValerieAlissaPa @Link4TW @sanazsanaz @TravisBeck @Shippudenguy21 @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91 @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @addri @ChrisStephens @AniBreo @VeronicaArtino @TomasVasquez @oct6eg10 @Darlin972 @ALEXCAMACHO @GabrielaAlvarez @strawhatblakley @Silver925 @RyanGraham96 @brolyxxrborn @martinesquivel @TiffanyPerez @PASCUASIO @ShoMoPayton @mackenzieorr186 @EvanYannetti @RaulGamboa @in4mtoxic006 @PaulFotiadis @sanRico @BlakeKaler @lilleonz @misterE @shagnasty360 @Bobs @CheyenneHorton @TylerDurso
[The Sports Guru] PANTHERS vs. Cardinals
The NFL Championship game comes to us from Carolina at 5:40pm ET on Sunday afternoon, as the Cardinals travel across the country to face off against the Panthers. Here's how I see it. Cardinals Arizona almost lost it last weekend, as they let the Packers storm back and complete a miraculous Hail Mary to send it to OT. But they immediately sealed it up in the extra period thanks to the ageless wonder Larry Fitzgerald. Carson Palmer did not look as good as he has throughout the season in last week's game, but there's no question that the Cards' passing offense is among the best in the league. With rookie playmaker David Johnson in the backfield, they have some serious big-play ability. Their defense has also been a strong point this season, though it really is the offense that powers this team. They say defense wins championships, but Arizona will be hoping to turn that around and overpower the hosts Carolina with a fiery offensive attack. Can Palmer dial back the clock and get it done? Panthers Carolina seems to be the team that no one wants to trust, but I say it's time we start giving them credit for being the undisputed Super Bowl favorites and best team in the league. They have a monstrous offense that is borderline unstoppable - and they owe it all to Cam Newton. With Ted Ginn Jr. as their #1 wideout, I never would have expected this team to make a deep run, but Cam's dominance, the terrific work by TE Greg Olsen and their methodical, punishing run game has powered this offense all season long to near the top of the charts in all categories. Defensively, Carolina could be the league's best. They dominate opponents, as they showed in last week's win over Seattle, jumping out to a 31-0 lead and scoring on a pick-six. However, they may be prone to lapses, as also became clear last week, when they allowed 24 unanswered by the Seahawks in the second half. They nearly let it slip. My pick Carolina has my confidence. They will simply be too much for the Cardinals. They are brash and aggressive, and they have the best team in the league. That will prevail over an Arizona team that will fight hard, but simply won't have enough to pull out the road win. Panthers 28, Cardinals 19. And, my Super Bowl pick: Carolina uses this win to win it all. But more on that in a future card! @Starbell808 @karencorchado @BrookieyElba @ValerieAlissaPa @Link4TW @sanazsanaz @TravisBeck @Shippudenguy21 @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91 @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @addri @ChrisStephens @AniBreo @VeronicaArtino @TomasVasquez @oct6eg10 @Darlin972 @ALEXCAMACHO @GabrielaAlvarez @strawhatblakley @Silver925 @RyanGraham96 @brolyxxrborn @martinesquivel @TiffanyPerez @PASCUASIO @ShoMoPayton @mackenzieorr186 @EvanYannetti @RaulGamboa @in4mtoxic006 @PaulFotiadis @sanRico @BlakeKaler @lilleonz @misterE @shagnasty360 @Bobs @CheyenneHorton @TylerDurso
[The Sports Guru] BRONCOS vs. Patriots
The NFL Championship Round is upon us, and the first game of the weekend is Sunday at 2:05pm ET with the Broncos playing host to the Patriots. Here's my analysis. Patriots You can never count out New England. That is the number one rule of the NFL playoffs, and has been for more than a decade. Last week, they put an end to the Chiefs' 11-game winning streak despite a fierce comeback by Kansas City and successfully moved on to the Championship game. Now, though, they face a tougher competition. They're used to playing at home in the playoffs, but this time they'll be on the road in Denver, a very tough place to play. They have suffered countless injuries this season and even with their great defense and the immortal Tom Brady at QB, they aren't as good as they have been in years past. They've still got Edelman, Gronkowski and Brady, making their passing offense a real force, but they have virtually no running game to speak of and are very one dimensional. This is going to be a really, really tough game for them. Broncos Denver looked really strong in their win last week against the Steelers, which is impressive given that they had to deal with the ever-controversial first round bye and the way it tends to ruin momentum. Now that they're back on a normal schedule of playing a game 7 days after the previous one, I think they can find their rhythm. Peyton Manning wasn't amazing vs. Pittsburgh, but he was good enough, and the rejuvenated running game with CJ Anderson has the ability to bust a big play here and there. Combined with the superstar ability of WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, it's tough to stop the Broncos' offense. Defensively, Denver has the best unit in the league, and they have played that way all season. They leave no doubt that they can just about anyone down, with a superb passing defense and a great pass rush led by Von Miller and Demarcus Ware. My pick Denver's going to take this one. It's really hard to win in Denver, especially as the weather turns cold, and while the Patriots are a great team with a coach that always has them prepared, I think Denver has enough in them to make it to the Super Bowl. Broncos 22, Patriots 19. Who do you say wins this installment of the Manning - Brady rivalry? @Starbell808 @karencorchado @BrookieyElba @ValerieAlissaPa @Link4TW @sanazsanaz @TravisBeck @Shippudenguy21 @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91 @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @addri @ChrisStephens @AniBreo @VeronicaArtino @TomasVasquez @oct6eg10 @Darlin972 @ALEXCAMACHO @GabrielaAlvarez @strawhatblakley @Silver925 @RyanGraham96 @brolyxxrborn @martinesquivel @TiffanyPerez @PASCUASIO @ShoMoPayton @mackenzieorr186 @EvanYannetti @RaulGamboa @in4mtoxic006 @PaulFotiadis @sanRico @BlakeKaler @lilleonz @misterE @shagnasty360 @Bobs @CheyenneHorton @TylerDurso
The worst part of the Jets' season
We all knew this was coming, but this is what makes the Jets' season a total and utter failure: They have the 20th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. With all but four teams eliminated for the season in the NFL, the first 28 picks of the draft are set in order. And the Jets, who finished with a 10-6 record but failed to make the playoffs, have the highest pick of any team that did not make the playoffs. That hurts. What it means is that not only was this season a massive disappointment, as the Jets far exceeded expectations by winning 10 games and coming SO close to a playoff spot - they should have had it, really, but their new arch nemesis Rex Ryan played spoiler, just like everyone knew he would, but now next season is going to be an uphill battle. There is some value in being a terrible team in this league. It's ugly to say, but it's the truth. The single best way to rebuild a bad team and make it a good one is through the draft. Specifically, one player can turn the tides of a franchise, but those players only come in the top picks of the draft. By the time it falls to 20, the very best players are usually off the board. Despite their 10 win season, the Jets are going to have some work to do over the offseason. They are an old team that needs to upgrade in some key positions. Running Back, for example, is a major hole - the two players that shouldered the load in 2015 (Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory) are both free agents now, and the Jets need to look for a replacement. It's possible a top RB could slip to 20, but it's far from a guarantee. Am I saying that I would rather the Jets go 6-10 than 10-6, if they are going to miss the playoffs anyway? You bet I am. I don't believe in tanking games and losing on purpose to secure a better draft pick, but when it's all said and done, a 10-6 record does you no good if you miss the playoffs. And the Jets got really screwed by having the 20th pick. It's going to make this summer much more difficult for them.
Top Plays: NFL Divisional Round
Check out the top plays from this past weekend's action in the NFL Divisional Round! Which is your favorite? @Starbell808 @karencorchado @BrookieyElba @ValerieAlissaPa @Link4TW @sanazsanaz @TravisBeck @Shippudenguy21 @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91 @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @addri @ChrisStephens @AniBreo @VeronicaArtino @TomasVasquez @oct6eg10 @Darlin972 @ALEXCAMACHO @GabrielaAlvarez @strawhatblakley @Silver925 @RyanGraham96 @brolyxxrborn @martinesquivel @TiffanyPerez @PASCUASIO @ShoMoPayton @mackenzieorr186 @EvanYannetti @RaulGamboa @in4mtoxic006 @PaulFotiadis @sanRico @BlakeKaler @lilleonz @misterE @shagnasty360 @Bobs 5. Bradley Roby vs. Steelers Without this play, the Steelers might have pulled out a victory in this one. But the Broncos' defense shows why it's the best in the league and forces a massive fumble by the Steelers' RB late in the game. Demarcus Ware recovers, and the rest, as they say, is history. Defensive play of the week! 4. Greg Olsen vs. Seahawks Let me be very clear about something: Olsen is not open on this play. The coverage is excellent, but Cam doesn't care. He fires one right in, between the two defenders that drape Olsen on either side of his back, and the missile connects with the tight end for a really amazing TD. This is one of the throws of the season. 3. Seahawks' Special Teams vs. Panthers This was the play that almost turned the tides of this game. The Seahawks are trying to make a ferocious comeback, and their fake punt here really gave them a ton of momentum. They ended up coming up short, but it was quite a play, and the special teams executed it perfectly for the first down. 2. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Packers First, props to Carson Palmer for escaping the rush here. Then, Fitzgerald makes a play that is going to go down in history as one of the most exciting I've ever seen. He runs around the entire field and evades almost the entire Packers' defense before being brought down inside the 5. The play set up the game-winning score. 1. Aaron Rodgers vs. Cardinals Are you kidding me? It may have been in a losing effort, but Rodgers somehow pulled off this insane Hail Mary, the second one of this sort he's completed this season. He demonstrates other-worldly arm strength, plus an amazing catch by the WR to send the game into OT.