Who to Watch (February 1 – February 7)

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Welcome to February folks! It’s that time again, and we’re back and better than ever.  Sorry for the delay, but we did not want to overwhelm everyone with tons of basketball players, so we decided to push things back a week.

Anyway, last week we saw Anthony Davis blow up the NBA, James Harden continue his monster scoring stretch, Bradley Beal continue to play well, and the Warriors… win.  Unfortunately, since we last met, Victor Oladipo suffered a season-ending injury (our thoughts go out to him), and the Pacers have thus lost three games in a row.  Going to football, we are just two days away from Super Bowl LIII, as the Los Angeles Rams face off against the New England Patriots, with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick looking for their 6th ring since 2001.

Alright, lets rock and roll

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Anthony Davis: Boston or Los Angeles?

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Since 1959, the Boston Celtics have faced the Lakers in the NBA Finals 12 times, most recently in 2010.

It’s a rivalry that helped save the NBA in the 1980s, and was revitalized just a decade ago, as the teams faced each other in the finals twice in three seasons. With a combined 33 championships between the two franchises, the Celtics and Lakers are considered the premier teams in basketball… and now a new battle is ensuing. Continue reading “Anthony Davis: Boston or Los Angeles?”

Patriot teams that missed the Super Bowl

 

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As the Patriots prepare for their ninth Super Bowl appearance since 2001, this year’s team is set to etch it’s place in history.  As eight Patriot teams before them have had the same opportunity to do so since 2001, there are also teams that never made it this far. Continue reading “Patriot teams that missed the Super Bowl”

Brady & Belichick versus Wade Phillips

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Wade Phillips has been coaching in the NFL for a LONG time.  Phillips has been a defensive coordinator for 8 teams in the NFL (including Denver twice) since 1981, and has been coaching in the NFL since 1976.  The current Rams DC best accomplishment was being the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos in 2015, who had one of the stingiest defenses in the history of the modern NFL. Continue reading “Brady & Belichick versus Wade Phillips”

What winning a conference title on the road means in the Super Bowl

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For the first time since the 2012 season, the Super Bowl will feature two teams that won their respective conference championships on the road.

Super Bowl LIII will be the second time in the 21st century the road team in each conference championship game will face off for the Lombardi Trophy.

This made me want to do a bit more digging.  In general, how successful are teams that were on the road and won their conference championship in the Super Bowl?

The answer? Very. Continue reading “What winning a conference title on the road means in the Super Bowl”

3-point underdog wins AFC Championship Game

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The QB is too old

The coach is past his prime

Gronk is done

Not enough weapons

The defense is AWFUL

Sony Michel? “He sucks! He blows!” (link)

Kyle Van Noy? “You suck. And if it wasn’t for this team you’d be covering punts in Detroit. You suck!” (link)

2018 Draft? “Bill Belichick’s moves could pay off down the line, but it’s hard to get excited now.” (link)

Well folks, those are just a few of the superlatives used to describe your 2018 AFC Champions. Continue reading “3-point underdog wins AFC Championship Game”

Conference Championship Game Predictions

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Well here we are, conference championship Sunday.

After the home team won each game in the divisional round, each conference championship will feature the 1 and 2 seeds in each respective conference.

New England at Kansas City.

Los Angeles at New Orleans.

Each conference championship game will be a rematch from the regular season, so lets recap those games before going into predictions.

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