2015 NFL Season Super Bowl 50 – FootballSunday, February 7, 2016 10:00
NFL Super Bowl 50 picks and analysis.
SUPER BOWL WEEKEND
NFL SUPER BOWL NOTES
I ain’t sayin’…I’m just sayin…
Cam Newton…Why all the fuss over, dabbin’, dancin’, or any other displays of happiness put on by the Panther’s QB…
Listening to talk radio, you would think a lot of traditional—in America this is an over used code word to describe old, white, resentful, racists assholes, who will never accept a Black guy expressing himself honestly—especially when he has become “the face” of the NFL.
Will we never tire of jealousy, veiled hatred, and pettiness as a nation?
This kid’s smile is genuine; he loves what he’s doing…
Congrats Cam—enjoy it, milk it, as long as it lasts.
Peyton Manning…Like most jocks busted for illegal doping, Manning has dealt with allegations of HGH in a gutless heavy-handed way. The whole procedure following such charges has become a comical cliché, meaning these PED scenarios often share several some common features:
- Relentless, incredulous media queries…
- Fervent, indignant denials by the “accused”…
- Followed by ominous threats of lawsuits…
- Scripted responses to media questions….
- Then, three months hence, the interview where the lies of denial are polished and buffed to a grotesque shine—“My family and I are the victims here…”
- Followed, usually several months or years later, by the “confessional tour” on Ellen or 60 Minutes…
On that mea-culpa tour, the busted jock “accepts responsibility,” apologizes to fans, while invariably spending the final 3/4 of the interview deflecting responsibility to…
- The Mysterious Institute…
- The “Mad” Doctor…
- An over-zealous agent…
- Or, like Peyton, Lance Armstrong, and a gutless string of others “file sharing” their guilt by hiding behind or outright using their spouses as drug mules…
This isn’t to such judge spousal actions; good wives take every action to protect their families’ maximum earning power and defend their spouse from attacks.
The athletes are spineless, not only because they cheat, lie about it, then use people to make that lie true—but because they are supposed to be lead.
If Peyton Manning had the character and class pundits point to, this is what he would have said in his presser on the matter…
The following comprises the only statement I will have until the matter is resolved—if the NFL insists–in a court of law. After that my response will be to the tune of my Nationwide commercials: “Read my statement, you asshole.”…
I have never, in my athletic life used any performance-enhancing drug or HGH to gain a competitive advantage. Look at these arms folks, my belly is flaccid, my thighs are rubbery, and my calves feel like marshmallows. Do they, or I look enhanced to you?
I have played this game at every level since I was four years old…I have the scars to prove it. After my first year in Denver, my neck, my spine, was seriously injured. My doctor recommended treatment with HGH injections to revitalize tissue and facilitate healing. The treatment, like it does for millions each year worked, and I’ve been playing football three years since.
No set of owners, no league has the right to prevent a player from getting necessary medical attention.
The NFL has dragged its feet on HGH testing and the use of this therapy applicable to the 1900 of my colleagues who play this great, violent, unforgiving game. HGH treatment is clinically proven to aid in the healing of many injuries suffered as a result of playing pro football. The NFL should not continue its current policy regarding this invaluable therapeutic tool.
There is a way to measure HGH levels in the blood to detect enhancement levels and still allow injured players to receive treatment necessary to performing on the field. My brothers in the NFLPA have to give in on random, weekly testing for all PEDs. On our current track, without testing and control, we’ll create linemen who weigh over 375 and run a 4.7 forty. With random blood testing, players’ weights will level down and the concussive nature of play-to-play collisions will decrease.
Otherwise, players will continue to get bigger and faster and it will not be long before players start dying in American football arenas. We owe it to the game, its fans and players to prevent that from happening.
Those would be the words, the actions of a true leader, a true competitor. Too bad we seldom see such courage from Alpha-males we prop up as role models.
YEAR END TALLY
AFTER CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
WEEKLY TALLY: 1 – 1 2015 POST SEASON: 5 – 5
SPECIALS 2 – 2 O/U 1 – 1
OVERALL: 125 – 132 – 9 = .487
2015 SEASON O/U 61 – 44 – 1 = .644
SPECIALS 42 – 32 – 5 = .572
GW 7 – 10 – 3 = .411
LW 12 – 7 – 0 = .632
US 9 – 9 – 1 = .500
O/U 13 – 7 – 1 = .650
GAME OF THE WEEK 6 – 10 – 3
Carolina Panthers (17-1) (12-5) @ Denver Broncos + 6 44 [O]
Seems to me, if you believe the two best teams in football are in this game, this is a hard call. A top offense run by the games newest, freshest, happiest physical freak—personally responsible for nearly three touchdowns a game–against one of the best defenses this century.
The Broncos faltered badly on offense in 2015 and Peyton Manning was benched—but he did enough to dethrone the Patriots last week.
Legendary Steelers coach, Chuck Noll, who was perfect in four Super Bowl appearances, often reminded fans football is a game of emotion. Even in 1970, NFL talent was evenly distributed—Noll believed the team who wanted it more, usually won.
The third quarter of Super Bowl X proved the point. Cliff Harris taunted Steelers kicker, Roy Gerela after he missed a field goal. Jack Lambert, HOF linebacker, threw Harris to the ground like a rag doll. That moment changed the games momentum and the Steelers won their second consecutive Super Bowl.
Carolina under Coach Ron Rivera was 1-2 in playoff competition prior to their two victories this year and have no experience on a Super Bowl stage. Denver has been in the playoffs for the last five years and is appearing in its second Super Bowl in three years.
However, Rivera played for the iconic 1985 Bears team that dominated the league en route to a rout of New England in the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks humiliated Denver two years ago and you gotta believe that spanking rankles the Broncos still on the team. In fact, Denver has faced adversity on the field this year and handled it like they had been there before. Their defense held Tom Brady and Wile E. Coyote Belichick to eighteen points last week and a hobbled Steelers offense to 16 in the divisional round.
In the last two seasons, GM John Elway brilliantly restocked his team to need only effective game management from Manning to win a Lombardi.
Adversity hasn’t hit the Panthers virtually all season. They routed an exhausted Seahawks team and then Carson Palmer gagged up six turnovers in last weeks Championship meeting. Sure, the stout Carolina defense had their hand around Palmer’s throat, but Palmer has never proven he’s equal to such a demanding moment.
I don’t think the Broncos will be so generous.
I just can’t wrap my mind around what 65% of the public—smart money included—sees as a Carolina blowout.. I’m doubling down on what I wrote last week:
During their impressive 14-0 run, Carolina played exactly four “quality” teams, teams with nine or more wins, Houston, Seattle, Green Bay, and Washington. Their only blowout was a 27-point home win over the Nates. Here are some numbers:
- Carolina was the only team over .500 in the NFC South
- They played the entire NFC East…
- …And AFC South
Those 11 opponents, equaling 14 games were a combined 72 – 104
I don’t think the Broncos are in that category. The scenario that sticks in my skull has the Wild Horses surviving an initial Carolina surge, or, in a more favorable scenario, taking advantage of a nervous Panthers group and getting a couple of quick scores
Unlike the Cardinals, Denver has a running game, at least enough of one to keep the Panthers honest. They have the secondary, the rush, and the linebackers to force Cam to beat them with his arm…
I don’t think Newton can do it; he certainly doesn’t have the receiving corps to. In fact, the “Dabbineer” has shown if you rattle him early, he will get frustrated. The difference this year: his defense has held the fort until Newton recovered.
Of course, it’s just as likely Newton ascends to his destined NFL throne and singlehandedly blows the Broncos back to Denver. He is that good.
The higher the stakes get in the NFL post-season, the more experience in the arena and against adversity matter.
Carolina just hasn’t put in those big game reps.
And don’t forget, the Broncos’ defensive excellence has been questioned all year; they’ve played that disrespect card like Rocky Balboa—knocking out Brady last week with a healthy Gronk and Edelmen.
Newton has only Greg Olsen to lean on—and a great Panther defense with phenom LB, Luke Kuechley and CB, Josh Norman.
Any way you slice it, this is going to be a close game…
We believe a still pissed off Denver defense will dictate the game’s pace. They will play like they want it more than the Panthers. Peyton Manning will rediscover Vernon Davis, and the Broncos take home their third Lombardi trophy.
We’re going against the consensus by taking the Over
Broncos 28 Panthers 26
2016 NFL Line Super Bowl 50
University of Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, 2/7/16
The Super Bowl Line
|Date & Time||Favorite||Line||Underdog||Total|
|2/7 6:30 ET||Carolina||-6 [O]||Denver||44.5|
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