It has been decided! The New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. These two teams should make for an interesting matchup. On one hand, you have the Patriots. A team that has been to the Super Bowl 8 times with the same QB. And on the other hand, you have the Eagles. A team that has only made two Super Bowl appearances in their entire history.
This is definitely going to come down to who wants it more. The Patriots have proven themselves worthy for the SB numerous times, and their opponent hasn't. The Eagles are now a worthy team and will be clawing their way down the field with everything they have.
I wasn't shocked at the ending of this game. I was really hoping that the Jaguars would win, but I know Brady's record for comebacks... I'm thinking we will see Patriots vs Vikings at the Super Bowl. And I'm hoping Viking win.
The Cindy Crawford ad is definitely one that everyone remembers. It's funny that having the SB attached to an ad instantly makes it recognizable for so much longer. I'm always excited to see what kind of ads the Super Bowl will produce.
I really hope they don't mess up the memory of this particular ad with some new-age meme type stuff.
This year's Winter Olympic Games are expected to be in the single digits. This compared to the past two consecutive Winter Games with temps much warmer than normal, should make for an interesting time. I'm wondering how the athletes are going to cope with this. It's one thing to be used to competing in snow and cold, but single digits plus wind chill is a whole different beast.
And I'm not only worried about the athletes, but I'm actually more worried about the spectators. Aside from the locals, I just don't see how fans are going withstand this. Pyeongchang is located a half-mile above sea level. That means that high winds are going to be common throughout the games.
I've experienced -15 degrees with wind chill, it hurts... and it hurts bad. Not only does your skin feels like glass shattering when the wind blows, you also can't think, breath, eat, see very good, etc. The only thing that helps is to cover your entire body with high quality winter gear. Even then, it only slows the cold down and retains some of your body heat. To the average person traveling for the Olympics, I don't think it will help as much as they think it will.
You're right that this is a really good playoff race. I think I heard an announcer say that there will be a few 10 win teams that won't make the playoffs this year.
As for the #6 spot... I am sincerely hoping it's the Packers. I have to believe that they will snag the spot. That's all it takes, right? Just hopes and wishes?
That was fast! Aaron Rodgers has been medically cleared to return since breaking his right collar bone back on October 15th. Since Rodgers is one of the main reasons I watch NFL and play fantasy, when he got carted off to the locker room, so did all of my hope for the Packer's season. But it's not over!
I am super excited to say that he will be playing this weekend in a crucial game against the Panthers.
I am placing my bet on the Packers to win. Not just because I am a Packers fan, but because I believe Rodgers is going to come out swinging. They also won their last two games against Cleveland and Tampa Bay, albeit not the best teams, but wins nonetheless. That motivation is even more push for Green Bay as a whole to pull off a win.
And honestly, I just don't see Cam Newton's skill level anywhere near that of Rodger's. That along with the Panthers just keep getting rid of their star players, really the only receiver they have left is Christian McCaffrey. And don't get me wrong, I definitely wish I would have drafted him. But when that's the only weapon in your offensive arsenal, you can't expect to defeat a team like the Packers.
Hopefully they can keep it together and just let their defense do their thing. The Broncos won the SB with their defense a little while back, I think they can do the same. It would be super cool to see them get to the Super Bowl and win it.
Oklahoma Sooner's Quarterback, Baker Mayfield has won the Heisman Trophy. After collecting 732 first-place votes and 2,398 points in the voting totals, Mayfield now has the third highest percentage of possible points since 1950, a whopping 86%. This will be the sixth Oklahoma University player to win the Heisman Trophy. That's quite a record.
Most everyone predicted this as a sure-fire win for Mayfield. He took the No.2 Sooners to the playoffs, and was 2nd ranked passer in the nation with 4,340 passing yards and 41 passing touchdowns.
Mayfield said, "This is unbelievable for me. It’s something words can’t even describe. It’s such an honor."
Oklahoma's QB Baker Mayfield - 2,398 points and 732 first place votes.
Standford's RB Bryce Love - 1,300 points and 75 first-place votes.
Louisville's Quaterback Lamar Jackson (last year's Heisman winner) - 793 points and 47 first place votes.
The difference is that Russia has state sponsored doping. They have been caught and will have to pay the price.
As the New York Times reports, "the ruling was the final confirmation that the nation was guilty of executing an extensive state-backed doping program. The scheme was rivaled perhaps only by the notorious program conducted by East Germany throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s."
Unless the IOC is willing to dole out harsh punishments, doping in sports will continue. In any case, how can any athlete feel that he/she has earned a medal when they know they have cheated? Cheating and lying has become more pervasive in our society as the monetary rewards get higher.
Russia is a state in decline as Putin controls all aspects of their society. Unfortunately, because Putin controls the media, he and his Russian athletes will play the victim.
You're exactly right on that last bit. They are already broadcasting to boycott the Olympics. Doesn't make any sense at all to take that approach. It was completely there fault. It was also so widespread that everyone must have known what was going on.
They got caught. Don't boycott the entire Olympics, that looks very childish. Stand up to take your punishment, and start training for next games.
The IOC has decided Russia's punishment for it's systematic doping scandal. Russia has been banned from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This means there will be no Russian anthem, no flags, no athletes, and even goes as far as to ban Russian government officials from attending the games.
Though there will be one loophole for a select few. If an athlete receives a special dispensation to compete, they will do so wearing a neutral uniform. Russia will not be noted in any form for the athlete or the medals.
I expected a harsh punishment, but this is pretty crazy. Russia is a huge part of the Olympics. They pride themselves as a athletic power-house, especially in the winter sports.