Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Rob Gronkowski (pictured above) and the New England Patriots will redeem themselves on February 3rd with their fourth Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
By Josh Kramer
It has been 208 days since the New England Patriots and more specifically Wes Welker let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers. For those of you in need of a refresher, back on February 5th in the house that Peyton Manning built (Lucas Oil Stadium), the New York Giants once again shocked the New England Patriots in a very closely contested Super Bowl game. That was then though and this is now. America’s most popular sport is just five days away from its official kickoff. Who is ready for some football?
AFC East Champion: New England Patriots
I am sure you are all shocked at this pick. New England has only won three straight divisional crowns and qualified for the playoffs eight of the past nine years. People are already comparing this year’s squad to the greatest team to ever grace the gridiron, but fail to win the Lombardi Trophy (2007 Patriots). With Brandon Lloyd added to the mix, it is hard to say these comparisons are all that far-fetched. However, it should be noted that the defense has some flaws, and the offensive line will have its fair of struggles due to the absence of Matt Light (retirement), Brian Waters (possibly retirement), Logan Mankins (ACL tear), and Sebastian Vollmer (back injury). Luckily for New England, the Jets appear to have taken a step backwards with the acquisition of “God” Tebow, and the Miami Dolphins appear to just be a horrible team (Hard Knocks has provided clear evidence of this). Buffalo is improved, but does not have nearly the firepower to stick with New England throughout the duration of a grueling 17-week season. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Jake Ballard (pictured right) adds to an already loaded tight end group in New England.
By Josh Kramer
The New England Patriots and the word winning have become synonymous over the past decade. It is also no secret that a key to New England’s winning formula this past season centered around their tight ends. If last year was the “Year of the Quarterback” in the NFL, this very well could be the “Year of the Tight End.” Not only did New England have two very good tight ends, but arguably the two best in the NFL. Well yesterday, they added a third very good tight end.
Meet Jake Ballard. The third year former New York Giants tight end out of “The” Ohio State is the newest member of the defending AFC Champion Patriots. After suffering a torn ACL, the Giants placed the talented youngster on waivers. In typical New England fashion, the Patriots swooped in and nabbed the 6 foot 6 275 pound up and coming star from Springboro, Ohio. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of blogs.babble.com. New England Patriots football has always been about what happens on the field. Lately though, off-the-field incidents have taken center stage.
By Josh Kramer
Super Bowl XLVI was a game for the ages. It was a dream matchup that did not disappoint on the field by any means. Over the past five days, since Eli and the Giants captured their 2nd Super Bowl title in four years, an awful lot of “Gossip Girl” action has been going on. And I for one am sick of hearing about this nonsense.
Here is a quick rundown of the incidents:
Incident 1: A good portion of the media pointed the finger at Wes Welker for his “drop” in the 4th quarter this past Sunday. Many felt as if Welker’s drop was the main reason why New England lost the big game. In the aftermath, Pawngo, an online pawn shop, delivered a large helping worth of Butterfingers to Boston’s Copley Square. 900 pounds worth to be exact. That is a lot of candy. The frustrations towards the best slot-receiver in football have cooled a little, with many realizing upon further review that the “Golden Boy” did not make a very good throw. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Tom Brady (pictured above) was not a happy man four years ago as he exited the field following a loss in Super Bowl XLII. Do not expect the same outcome on Sunday.
By Josh Kramer
Coughlin vs. Belichick. Manning (Eli) vs. Brady. New York vs. Boston. It does not get any better than the scenario that has been set up for Super Bowl XLVI. There are millions of storylines floating around about America’s most anticipated sporting event of the year. And 99.9% of the storylines will be moot come Sunday at 6:29PM, when the ball is kicked off in the “House that Peyton Built (Lucas Oil Stadium).” Four years ago to the day, these two teams representing two of the biggest sports markets in the world met in Glendale, Arizona for rights to the Lombardi Trophy. If Sunday’s rematch can be half as good as what America was able to witness four years ago, the game will be a memorable one.
For nearly two weeks, we have been well aware of the matchup on Sunday for football’s biggest prize. And for two weeks, this game has been dissected and analyzed until I feel like there is nothing more to discuss. It gets to the point every year where it is time to just play the game. When the analysis and incite loses its luster. I feel like we have hit that point. Just like any big sporting event, this game will likely come down to one or two key plays. Four years ago, “The Catch” was the play that in essence ended Brady, Moss, and New England’s remarkable attempt at football immortality. Who will make the play this year that changes history? Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. The often criticized Alex Smith (pictured above) has finally turned the corner and had a Montana-like moment on Saturday. Can he lead San Francisco past the Giants and into the Super Bowl?
By Wesley Kaminsky
After a Wild-Card weekend that featured Tim Tebow shocking the Steelers in overtime, nobody thought the divisional weekend could top the one prior. Everybody was wrong.
The divisional playoffs started off with a bang Saturday afternoon, when the 49ers and Saints combined for 28 points in the final four minutes of the game, with Alex Smith hitting Vernon Davis for the winning touchdown with nine seconds left. That game was just more proof of the amazing job Jim Harbaugh has done this season in San Francisco, and it’s not over yet. Harbaugh transformed Alex Smith from Ryan Leaf to Joe Montana. (Okay, at least for one game). He inherited an almost identical 49ers team that struggled in 2010 and made them a contender. There is something about that Harbaugh family. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of latimesblogs.latimes.com. Kobe Bryant (pictured above) has shown no signs of aging after putting up 40+ points for a fourth consecutive game on Saturday. Can he lead the Lakers to a victory in Miami on Thursday?
By Josh Kramer
The clock finally struck midnight on “Tebow Time,” or at least for the time being, and the globe is still spinning. “Lob City” staked their claim to Los Angeles. And the 49ers won against an outstanding Saints team in a game that will go down as one of the all-time greats. The past week, or even the past day for that matter, was classic. This week should be pretty fun in its own right though. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. Pitchers and catchers start reporting in 33 days (February 18th for a lot of teams). MLB baseball is just around the corner. And the Yankees finally broke their silence on Friday in a big way. Who else is already very excited for the 2012 baseball season? Keep an eye this week on what happens with marquee available players such as Prince Fielder, Rick Ankiel, and many more. Will your favorite team pick up the piece they need to make a deep run in October?
4. Kobe Bryant has now put up 40 or more points four straight games. So much for the 33-year-old wearing now. Any chance he will eclipse his nine-straight games of 40 or more points back in 2002/2003? Continue reading
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