The Desert of Arizona hosts Super Bowl 49

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Super Bowl 49 is coming and it will be taking up most of the print in the sports news and sports on the web. The combatants are set with the New England Patriots representing the AFC and the defending Super Bowl champion, Seattle Sea Hawks coming out of the NFC. Seattle has the chance to repeat as Super Bowl Champions for the first time since their opponent, the Patriots did it a decade ago in 2004 and 2005. Glendale, Arizona is the host of the festivities this year so weather should not be an issue.

University-of-Phoenix-Stadium has a capacity 63,400 (expandable to 72,200; standing room to at least 78,600[

University-of-Phoenix-Stadium

So how did these two teams get to Super Bowl 49?

The AFC Championship Logo for the NFL

AFC Champioinship Logo

Well in the AFC the Patriots came out from the start and just dominated the Indianapolis Colts in every aspect of the game. Offensively everything was clicking. The running game was great with Blount and the defense snuffed out the Colts running attack and made Luck have to throw the ball on pretty much every down. It is tough to win like that against a good team. Yes the Patriots were quite impressive in the crushing win. Then after the game, controversy reared its ugly head. Inflate- gate started and ended up taking  on a life of its own. It tarnished what would have been a convincing win for New England. It’s not like Bill Belichick has not been caught with his hand in the cookie jar before, some of you may remember a few years back, when he got caught spying on an opponent. So cheat once and there is nothing that says you won’t feel the need to cheat again. The theory that the weather caused the balls to deflate was quite laughable. This would take some seriously cold temperatures and if that was the case, why were all of the Indianapolis Colts team footballs all within the NFL regulation of 12.5 to 13.5 psi? Discuss among yourselves.

The NFL needs to look at this ball issue. It is ridiculous that each team should have its own balls. Both teams should play with the same ball. For that matter the officials should have control over all of the game balls. The way it is now, the door is left wide open for cheats and controversy. Do you really think teams in the NHL have control over the game pucks? Of course not, they are under the control of the officials, the way it should be. Enough side.

The NFL Playoffs NFC Championship

The NFC Championship Logo

In the NFC title game. Green Bay came into Seattle and dominated the whole first half, the Sea Hawks looked like they were sleep walking out there and The Packers built up a 16-0 half time lead. The Packers settled for two field goals early when they were inside the five yard line and Allsports wondered if those decisions would come back and bite them in the ass later. It turned out that they did as the Sea Hawks came back and won the game in overtime. Green Bay was still in control with about a minute left but they screwed up the Seattle on side kick, giving the ball back to the Sea Hawks for another score. If the packers fall on the ball its game over and the Packers are in the Super Bowl. But that is all history now. The Sea Hawks are the defending Super Bowl Champions and like true champions, they found a way to win. This was a great game to watch and neither team deserved to lose.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy goes to the winner of the Super Bowl

The Vince Lombardi Trophy

So now we are down to Super Bowl 49 in Glendale Arizona. Who do you think will win, the Patriots or the Sea Hawks? Both teams were the best in their respective conferences and finished with identical 12-4 regular season records. This matchup is the way the Super Bowl should be.

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Allsports and the NFL Conference Championship games.

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The NFL Playoffs have reached the Conference Championships in the sports news and sports on the web. The four remaining teams are all legitimate Super Bowl contenders but only one can be the Super Bowl Champion.

The NFL Playoffs divisional games are now in the books with one surprise as far as Allsports is concerned. I was away with my daughters in Florida for a holiday when the games were on so I did not get the chance to predict the NFL Playoffs outcome of these games. Suffice to say that the only surprise Allsports had with the outcomes was the fact that the Andrew Luck lead Colts took down Patton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the mile high city. Allsports found out after the fact that Manning was injured. Whether or not that made a difference in the game remains to be seen. Allsports thinks that it might just be time for Manning to hang up the cleats because it is starting to look like the old body cannot put up with the rigors of a full NFL schedule, not to mention the NFL Playoffs on top of that.

So now the NFL Playoffs are down to the NFC and AFC Conference Championships. The New England Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC, while the Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC game.

The AFC Championship Logo for the NFL

AFC Champioinship Logo

 

In the AFC, Andrew Luck and the Colts were impressive winning in Denver last week. Luck got protection and was able to make plays which a banged up Manning and his Broncos teammates could not respond to. This will change in Foxbourgh this week as the Patriots are relatively healthy and Brady seems to be firing on all cylinders. All Tom Brady does is win and Allsports has not seen any indication that he is ready to change that now. It should be a good, close game but Brady will come through in the end and send the Patriots on in the NFL Playoffs to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

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Canada Looking good at the World Junior Hockey Championships

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The World Junior Hockey Championships are taking place in Toronto and Montreal. Right now they are the main headline for sports news and sports on the web, here in Canada. It has been a while since Allsports has last posted due to family obligations Christmas and the like. To be honest I have experienced a little bit of a writers block as well. Knowing there were events that I should discuss but just not feeling that the quality of work would be suitable for the blog.

Team Canada is poised to win their first Gold Medal in five years

Team Canada

Canada is poised to win their first World Junior Hockey gold medal in the last five years and have looked to be the strongest team through all of the games played so far. But in a one game knock out format anything can happen. First Team Canada has to get past the pesky Slovaks in the Semi final to get a date for the World Junior Hockey gold medal game against either Sweden or Russia. Canada whipped the Slovaks 8-0 in round robin play but the Slovaks have improved steadily since that meeting. Allsports still thinks Team Canada is the strongest team and will be on the podium for the Gold in the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Canada lost some hockey Royalty when Jean_Béliveau passed away

Jean Béliveau

Canada lost some hockey Royalty with the passing of Jean Béliveau. He was a great player in his day but an even greater person. The accolades from all of the people he touched was truly transpiring. Even Ted Lindsay thought he was a class person and old Ted never liked anybody he played against. He laid to rest for 3 days in the Bell Center where people from all walks of life could come and pay their respects. It was a very long line. It makes Allsports wonder what the Toronto Maple Leafs will do when Johnny Bower finally passes on. Honorable mention also  goes out to Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhonov. Tikhonov coached the Soviet Red Army machine in the 70’s while Quinn had a very broad resume’ , coaching and playing in the NHL and also leading Canada to Olympic Gold in 2002 and a World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal in 2009, the last time Canada won the World Junior Hockey Championship by the way. All three men will be missed in the hockey fraternity and none more than Beliveau.

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It’s the 102nd Grey Cup

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The 102nd Grey Cup is in the sports news and sports on the web in Canada right now and it has been a tradition north of the 49th parallel for generations. As far as tradition goes, the Grey Cup dwarfs the National Football League. The Canadian Football League was organized and running while the NFL was just a willy nilly disorganized bunch playing a half assed game in a sand lot somewhere.

The CFL lacks all of the hype, pomp and pageantry of the NFL broadcasts but make no mistake, the CFL is a very entertaining brand of football. Many an NFL star has come north of the boarder, only to crash and burn because they did not have the skill sets to become a star in the CFL.

One of the oldest trophies in Team sports

The Grey Cup

There are many differences between the two games but suffice to say the main difference is mobility and passing to stand out in the CFL. If so inclined check Allsports post back in November of 2008 to see the differences in the football leagues.

This year the Hamilton Tiger Cats travel to Vancouver to take on the Calgary Stampeders. Hamilton represented the East in last year’s Grey Cup but they are hoping for a better fate this time around. They will surely have their work cut out for them as Calgary was by far the best time in the league during the regular season and made short work of the Edmonton Eskimos in last week’s Western Final. Hamilton does have a secret weapon though suiting up for the black and gold. That weapon is Brandon Banks who is a threat to break it open every time he touches the ball, whether on a kick return or receiving a pass. He is small in stature but has speed and agility to burn. He has the knack of making would be tacklers miss and is the Ticats Ace in the hole for the Grey cup games.

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