Posts From: January 2014

2014 SUPER BOWL XLVIII – BATTLE OF THE NO. 1s!

January 31, 2014 NFL Football

The Super Bowl XLVIII will feature the Battle of the Number 1’s. Most have heard the expression ‘the immovable object versus the irresistible force’ that has been used as narrative in many sporting events.  That expression will be used very often by everyone leading to this weekend’s Super Bowl.

The reason is because he Denver Broncos and their high powered offense which happens to be the best in the NFL, will face the Seattle Seahawks who have a defense that suffocates the opponent and is ranked number one in the league. Thus, it all comes down to the classic question of who can force their strengths on the opposing team to win the game. It’s #1 against #1 for all the marbles.  

The Super Bowl XLVIII is the 48th Super Bowl to be played,  and it is just the sixth  time that two (2) ranked #1 teams on offense and defense will have play for the Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy. The real question for this game is whether there really is any relevance to a game based on previous history of the super bowl games, and how this game, which features two number one teams on opposites of the ball, will be determined. 

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2014 SUPER BOWL XLVIII – THE WEATHER!

January 31, 2014 NFL Football

A 2014 Super Bowl forecast reports weather with snow covering the Newark area. But that’s another day, and another forecast with less than seven days before Super Bowl XLVIII at the MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey with kickoff scheduled for 6:35 pm ET may be available. Thus, you probably may feel excited, but if you go to the game, prepare for a little cold.

An ESPN reporter is there and feeling the cold.  He had never been to New York City before, and actually left a day sooner and landed in Newark which is the airport where the Broncos and Seahawks will land.  When he arrived his picture for Sunday’s game was a terrifying one. He said it will get warmer this week, but still all could be covered in snow the entire time, and that’s still not a guaranteed prediction.  

When the time comes, it will be cold when the teams kick-off. The weather channel has changed their prediction of snow from 40% for Saturday to 60% for the Sunday game,  and still not really sure of Saturday’s weather.  Then Weather Underground stated they are staying with the prediction of Ice Pellets for the Sunday game. They in turn predict just the opposite with Saturday having 60% and on 40% precipitation Sunday.

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2014 SUPER BOWL XLVIII – TOP 10 SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOWS!

January 31, 2014 NFL Football

It’s quite amazing to see the ranking of the Top Ten NFL Super Bowl Half Time Shows as they took place.  The 10th spot was Diana Ross, who was the star for the Super Bowl’s 30th anniversary,  and she filled the entire show with what was officially called Take Me Higher.  The show had no real reference to the Super Bowl other than the roman numerals XXX painted on the field.  It was great hearing her sing all her hits live, not like some on this list, but it seemed there were too many song changes as well as wardrobe changes. It was a quite awesome when she left the stage via an incoming helicopter which took her away.  However, for fanatics who Bet the NFL the show did nothing to help them.

Then ranking 9th was The Rolling Stones and the stage indicated it would be an awesome concert in 2006 as the British bad boys rocked the stage at Ford Field for Super Bowl XL on February 5th in 2006. The hip swaying Mike Jagger was on fire and the audience at Ford Field in Detroit really enjoyed the full performance.

Number 8 was Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who performed in 2005, which was Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6th in Jacksonville, Florida. The performance was not quite what was expected with “Get Back,” “Drive My Car,” “Hey Jude,” and “Live and Let Die.”  They were not songs that were really memorable from the Beatles years. 

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AFC Divisional Playoffs – No.4 Indianapolis at No.2 New England

January 13, 2014 NFL Football

The second NFL Divisional Playoff game comes to us from the Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Massachusetts some 21 miles southwest of Boston as the visiting Indianapolis COLTS (11-5, 6-0 1st AFC South) take on the home team New England PATRIOTS (12-4, 4-2 1st AFC East) with the kick-off scheduled for 8:15 pm ET on CBS TV on this Saturday, January 11th 2014.

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Go Daddy Bowl Betting: Ball State vs. Arkansas

This Bowl game on Sunday, January 5th 2014 is the last Bowl game prior to Monday nights BCS Title Game with the #1 FSU Seminoles playing the #2 Auburn Tigers. This Sunday Go Daddy Bowl game features the Arkansas State RED WOLVES (7-5, 5-2 Sun Belt) playing the Ball State CARDINALS (10-2, 7-1 Mid-American) with kickoff scheduled for 9 pm ET on ESPN TV and the game is being played at the Ladd-Peebles Stadium (40,646) at Mobile, Alabama and the opening odds for the game at Sports-gambling.com have the Cardinals of Ball State the favorites  -8 ½ with the total at 64 ½ and those they regularly Bet on College football at sportsgambling sites will ask, what about the money line.  Well the money line for Ball State is -320 and the comeback for Arkansas State is +260 and watches closely as you will see daily movement in these odds.

The Arkansas team for the second year in a row is going to a bowl game without their head coach. This year coach Bryan Harzen who led the team to a 7-5 and third consecutive Go Daddy Bowl Berth, the former Boise s State QB accepted the Head Coach job at his former school, Boise State.  Thus their defensive coordinator Thompson will coach the team in this Bowl Game.  The Red Wolves started the season with a 3-4 record then won 4 consecutive games and lost their final game to Western Kentucky 34-31 on a TD pass of 2 yards with only ten seconds in the game. This team’s bread and butter are the running game with 3 running backs with over 500 yards for the season.

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Orange Bowl Betting: Clermson vs. Ohio State

This BCS ORANGE BOWL game coming to you on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 is the 4th of the five BCS Bowl games to be played with the 5th and final game the BCS Title game which will be between FSU and Auburn on the 6th of January.  The Orange Bowl game features the Clemson TIGERS (10-2, 7-1 ACC) playing the Ohio State BUCKEYES (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten) and the game is played at the Sun Life Stadium (72,230) in Miami Gardens, Florida with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 pm ET on ESPN.  

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BCS Sugar Bowl Odds: Alabama vrs. Oklahoma

This ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL is the third of five BCS games to be played with this game taking place on Wednesday the 2nd of January 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (74,000) in New Orleans, Louisiana at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN with the Alabama CRIMSON TIDE (11-1, 7-1 SEC) playing the Oklahoma SOONERS (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) and they say the good news for the Sooners is that Alabama lost its last trip to Sugar Bowl to Utah 31-17, and the bad news is that was the only loss Coach Saban has with the Tide and their Bowl games and all the rest they dominated the games they won. But still this is a matchup of two of college football’s most recognized football universities, with two of the more prominent coaches at their respective schools.  The question in this game is how will the Oklahoma coach plan to counter Alabama coach’s defense?

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