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[Throwback Thursday] Super Bowl 49!
For Thursday of Super Bowl week, I have prepared a recap of Super Bowl 49! Super Bowl 50 may only be a few days away, but we cannot forget about the incredible show the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks put on last year during Super Bowl 49. It was also the first Super Bowl I watched with a bit of alcohol, which made it so much more memorable (or maybe less memorable?). Anyways, here we go! LET IT GO! LET IT GO! Probably the most over-played song in 2014/15, but I definitely still listen to it once in awhile. And the girl that sang the song of the year also sang the national anthem for Super Bowl 49. And one of my favorite singers of all time: John Legend. He sang a beautiful rendition of "America The Beautiful". America wasn't the only thing that was beautiful that night. John Legend's voice was also beautiful. And the interception... that everyone thought was the leading sign to Seahawks' victory! And Kim Kardashian. It was one of the most awkward and pointless ad of the year. Hopefully, they have some better ads this year. Marshawn Lynch and his Skittles. Oh how can we forget about him and his skittles. Also, that press conference he had with Skittles before the Super Bowl was legendary. Probably the highlight of the night. Katy Perry? I don't think so. Ladies and gentleman, I present you, LEFT SHARK AND RIGHT SHARK. The Butler Interception. That eventually led to... THIS. Looking through these GIFs of Super Bowl 49 just got me so much more excited for Super Bowl 50. Hope all my football fans are just as excited. What were some of your favorite moments from Super Bowl 49?
Late Introduction
My apologies, I was having such a good time on Vingle that I forgot to properly introduce myself. My real name is Jason. I live in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA. First off, I am husband and father to my psychotic but lovable family. I have some cats. Jackson and Sarah respectively. Jackson is a 17 pound tomcat I picked up in an alley and Sarah is his feral daughter we eventually tamed. I'm a high school dropout. Never could maintain interest and besides, my skills were already developed long before I even hit middle school. I am great with machines. All machines. If you can put an energy source in one side and get a desired reaction out the other; I can build, repair, and especially modify it. I love to modify cars, especially Fords. No, not Mustangs or the usual candidates for souping up. I do sleepers. You know, the ones that shouldn't be fast but leave you wondering how the hell something like that could slam your doors. I don't watch a whole lot of TV, but when I do it's anime. I was taught Japanese culture and language in middle school. It gives me a greater appreciation for anime and manga when I am aware of the cultural nuances. Going to Sakura-con this year? I'll see you there. I you went last year, you might have seen me. You know, the ONLY Sebastian who was slender and over 6 1/2 feet tall. Yeah, that one. I was a Seahawk fan before is was cool. Since I was there for the bad years, it makes these good years feel a whole lot better. Before I close, I will give an honorable mention to videogames. Now it is my kids who benefit from me keeping everything I had since my own childhood. There is so much more in my life I love, but the last word belongs to booze. Especially beer. Not just because I'm a drunk, but it is a skilled craft and the best way to show my appreciation is to drink up. Well that is a peek into my twisted little life. Hope that is enough to let you know where I stand in this world. BONUS One Vingle member is my kid. Can anyone figure out who it is? Neither one of us will try to make it obvious.
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.
NFL Divisional Round wrap-up
Woah, what a great weekend of games in the NFL. This is what the playoffs are all about. Here's how it all went down. Patriots fight off Chiefs I thought Kansas City was going to give New England a great game, and they did. New England pulled this one out, though, 27-20. KC just didn't quite have the firepower on offense and their defense was on the field too much of the game to come up with critical stops at the end of the game when they really needed it. New England looked really strong for most of this game and despite their injuries it looks like they may be doing what they always do: convincing people that they may not be that good during the regular season, and turning things right around in the playoffs to make a deep run. They are going to be tough to beat with their veteran leadership. Cardinals win a thriller This was one of the most exciting games I've ever seen, period. Aaron Rodgers came up with ANOTHER Hail Mary TD to send this game into overtime - truly one of the best throws ever - and then Arizona won the game three plays into OT. Larry Fitzgerald took a short pass and ran 75 yards with it to set up the Cardinals inside the 10, then took a shovel pass from Carson Palmer the rest of the way to finish this one off. It was a brutal loss for the Packers, but these two teams put on quite a show. Seahawks come up short Another crazy game in Carolina, as the Panthers went up to a 31-0 halftime lead, only to see Seattle come roaring back and nearly pull it out. They outscored the NFC's #1 seed 24-0 in the second half to come within a touchdown, but couldn't finish the job, and Carolina escapes, barely. They'll feel great about how they played in the first half and will work to replicate that, but their performance in the second half has to be worrying for the team and its fans. They were exposed, big time. For Seattle, their consecutive Super Bowl run ends at 2, and they'll reboot next year, probably without Marshawn Lynch this time around. Russell Wilson, though, is only getting better. They'll be back. Broncos too much for injured Steelers Just as I feared, the Steelers' injuries were too much to overcome, and the team I picked to win it all are out at the hands of the AFC's #1 overall Denver Broncos. There were 8 field goals in this game as neither offense really got it going, but Denver's defense showed again why it's the league's best and got the job done. Not having Antonio Brown really hurt Pittsburgh, while Peyton Manning made some classic veteran plays and rewarded the coach's decision to give him the start. He may not be as good as he once was, but he's still got every right to try to bring this team a Super Bowl. Denver's crowd is excited and it won't be easy to beat them at home. After going 4-0 last week, my picks were just 1-3 this time around. Not so impressive, I know. But I'll be back next week, don't you worry! How did your picks do this week? @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
[The Sports Guru] SEAHAWKS vs. Panthers
Sunday brings us the second game of the Divisional Round in the NFC, with the reigning NFC champion Seattle Seahawks traveling to play the Carolina Panthers. @mchlyang made a challenge card for this one, so I'm going to do some analysis and make my pick. Seahawks Seattle was lucky as lucky comes in the Wild Card round against Minnesota. It was a great game - Seattle was down the whole time and made a 4th quarter comeback, but Minnesota had their chance to win it with an easy FG at the very end. Kicker Blair Walsh blew it and Seattle moves on. They've been one of the hottest teams in the league over the past two months. Last week was something of an anomaly because it was so darn cold in Minnesota - I don't think we can count that game for much. Seattle did what they had to do and now get the chance to play in more reasonable conditions, where their offense and QB Russell Wilson should thrive. We've seen how difficult it is to beat this team in the playoffs recently, as they've made the Super Bowl two years in a row. They're on the road this time, but the team hasn't changed much. They are rock solid. Panthers So hard to pick against the Panthers. They were 15-1 in this season and their only loss was a total fluke against the Falcons; it may be easy to forget that they were unquestionably the best team in the league this year for the entire season. Their offense is unstoppable and everything runs through MVP-frontrunner Cam Newton. Stopping him? Good luck. Their defense is also among the league's best and has won them plenty of games in its own right this season. The Panthers are a really complete team and they will attack in so many ways. They lack experience, though, and that could be a factor here. There's a lot of pressure on this team to keep up their amazing season and finish it with a Super Bowl. My pick I think experience is really going to come into play here. Seattle has got it, Carolina doesn't. Plus, it looks like superstar RB Marshawn Lynch is finally ready to return for Seattle, which gives their offense a massive boost. This one is really hard to pick, but Seattle is boosted by their lucky win last week, while Carolina could be cold from the start having had two full weeks off. I never thought that was an advantage, as momentum is everything in the playoffs. It shocks me to make this pick, but it's what I believe. Lots of offense in this one. Seahawks 28, Panthers 24. A really hard one to pick. It's the game I'm most looking forward to this week, I think. Who are you picking to win? @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
NFL Wild Card Week Recap
Wild Card weekend is one of my favorite weekends in the NFL season, and this weekend proved why once again. There were four games and two of them came down to the absolute wire, while the others offered us some insight as to what the rest of the playoffs might look like. Here's how it all went down. Chiefs smack Texans This one was ugly right from the start. Knile Davis took the opening kick off to the house for a TD and Kansas City never looked back, beating the Texans 30-0 when it was all said and done. Make no mistake about it - the Chiefs were as good as the Texans were awful. Houston turned the ball over 5 times (all by QB Brian Hoyer) and the Chiefs' defense dominated while doing plenty on the offensive side to turn Houston away. Easy win, and for Kansas City, it's on to New England for a really exciting matchup next weekend. Look out, everyone - the Chiefs could be here to stay. They've now won 11 in a row. Steelers sneak by in a thriller This was the best game of the week. Pittsburgh had a big lead, then Cincinnati came charging back, only to come up with two idiotic penalties in the last minute of the game to allow Pittsburgh to kick a game-winning FG and take it, 18-16. Cincinnati should be ashamed to have lost this game. Vontaze Burfict should be suspended for the hit he put on Antonio Brown - it could have killed the man. And there's no excuse for Adam Jones' penalty, either. Cincinnati had this one in their hands - it would have been their first playoff win in ages - but they let their heads get to them and flushed it down the toilet. Coach Marv Lewis is now 0-7 in the playoffs, and Pittsburgh moves on to Denver. Minnesota blows it at the end What heartbreak for the Vikings. They played a great game in the freezing cold and were up 9-0 late. Seattle turned it around with two really solid drives to take a 10-9 lead, but Minnesota was ready to steal the lead back again at the very end. Under a minute left and in range of a 27-yard field goal, it was all up to kicker Blair Walsh - and he choked. From 27 yards. This one really stings for Minnesota, who is sent packing, while Seattle was gifted a win and are one step closer to returning to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year. They may not have deserved this one, but they'll take it, and head off to Carolina for what should be a great game next week. Pack crush 'Skins No one gave the Redskins a chance in this one, and everyone was right. Even though the Packers aren't at their best right now, Washington isn't a real playoff team and they showed it. Green Bay was down early, but came storming back and took it with a final of 35-18. Washington heads home after a surprise playoff appearance, while Green Bay is on their way to Arizona to play the Cardinals next week. My picks went 4-0 this week! I guess I'm finally starting to earn the title The Sports Guru! :) How did your picks go this week? Did you catch any of the games? @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 @mchlyang
NFL Wild Card Week Top Plays!
What a great weekend of football it was as the playoffs finally got underway. All four games brought something interesting and each one had some crazy plays for us to feast our eyes on! Check out the top 5 plays of the week here! 5. Russell Wilson vs. Vikings The king of clutch. Wilson sees the snap go way behind him and rather than just sitting on it for a huge loss, he has the presence in mind to pick it up, immediately look downfield, and find the wide-open WR for a huge gain inside the 5. A play that could've been a 15 yard loss turned into a 30 yard gain - that's a game changer. 4. Jordan Reed vs. Packers Jordan Reed has had one of the best seasons of any TE in the league this year and he shows just how talented he is with this great one-handed snag in yesterday's game vs. the Pack. Amazing arm strength to haul it in, then he shows off some quick moves to pick up a few more yards after the catch. 3. Knile Davis vs. Texans This is the play that got the weekend started - with the first touch of the NFL playoffs, Knile Davis brought back the opening kick off 106 yards for the score! He was never touched - amazing blocking by the Chiefs' special teams! 2. Kam Chancellor vs. Vikings If you know me, you know I love defense - and Kam Chancellor made one of the plays of the week here. Adrian Peterson is as strong as strong comes, but Chancellor rips the ball right out of his grip and forces the fumble. What a game it was in Minnesota. 1. Martavis Bryant vs. Bengals Are you kidding me? Bryant comes up with one of the plays of the season as he somehow manages to maintain possession of the ball, flipping upside down and putting it between his legs for the score. What. A. Play. Which one was 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