Months after losing to the New York Giants yet again in the Super Bowl where they lost 21-17, the New England Patriots who were criticized for not having a deep threat wide receiver in their system almost had to acquire one this off-season. However they had to be more careful this off-season as they didn’t want to make the same mistake they did last season when they acquired wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who had his worst season of his career with the Patriots last season (15 receptions, 276 yards, and one touchdown).
So with not even a week into free agency the New England Patriots did what most were waiting for as they signed a deep threat wide receiver, Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd, who was traded from the Denver Broncos to the St. Louis Rams last season, caught 51 passes for 683 yards and five touchdowns in just the 11 games that he was with the Rams last year.
As for his overall career, Lloyd has played with five teams before currently joining the New England Patriots (San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and the St. Louis Rams) and besides the Washington Redskins he contributed very well to all of the teams that he was apart of, including in 2010 where he lead the league in receiving yards with 1,448 yards. Also in that career season that he had with the Denver Broncos Lloyd, also caught a career high 77 receptions and a career high 11 touchdowns.
Lloyd who’s played with several different quarterbacks throughout his career, Jeff Garcia (San Francisco), Tim Rattay (San Francisco), Ken Dorsey (San Francisco), Alex Smith (San Francisco), Mark Brunell (Washington), Jason Campbell (Washington), Todd Collins (Washington), Kyle Orton (Chicago), Rex Grossman (Chicago), Kyle Orton (Denver), Tim Tebow (Denver), Sam Bradford (St. Louis), A.J. Feely (St. Louis), and Kellen Clemens (St. Louis) will now have the opportunity to play with one of the best quarterbacks of all time and his best quarterback that he’s had in his career so far.
So with a deal that is still disclosed besides the fact that Lloyd is now a Patriot, the New England Patriots come this 2012-13 NFL season will have number unknown, Brand Lloyd suiting up for them.
At 6:29 Eastern Time the world will stop as nearly everyone will all tune into, if they haven’t already, to Super Bowl XLVI on NBC.
They’ll tune into watch the rematch of 2008.
They’ll tune into watch the rematch of week 9.
Most importantly, they’ll tune into watch the match up of the 2011-12 NFL season, the NFL Super Bowl between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.
But why will they tune into that? Instead of Undercover Boss at 7, ABC World News with David Muir at 6:30, or America’s Funniest Home Videos right after, so you ask?
Because it’s the SUPER BOWL! The game of all games, the broadcast of all broadcasts, and even the best commercials of all commercials.
So let me answer your question with a question, why wouldn’t you tune into Super Bowl XLVI?
Heck, even the United States Government wouldn’t dare to interrupt it even with a National message that told us that all our lives were soon to be in danger.
The point I’m trying to get at here, is the Super Bowl is the game that your mom let’s you stay up late on a school night to watch. It’s the game that you miss your routine Sunday season episode for. It’s the game that Motel 6 won’t leave the light on for you.
It’s the Super Bowl.
So get the old clicker out and DVR the shows that you’re going to miss as even the commercials will keep you entertained.
Though, you don’t have to watch the Super Bowl. Except come Monday morning when you head to school, work, the grocery store, or where ever it may be, you will be that guy…or girl.
That guy or girl, that watched the news instead, went to bed early, watched the season premiere of Napoleon Dynamite.
So, let me ask you, do you want to be that guy…or girl?
No you don’t. So come 6:29 grab the remote, get of the lazy boy to turn the channel, fix the bunny ears, do whatever it takes to tune into Super Bowl XLVI, because trust me, you won’t regret it.
New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora will be fined $20,000 for not attending a mandatory media day Wednesday. Umenyiora was fined not to long after he didn’t show up for his 45 minute mandatory news interview session at the teams’ hotel Wednesday morning. Due to not having a medical excuse like New England Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light had for Tuesday, Umenyiora was fined.
“I misunderstood the schedule,” Umenyiora said in a statement released by the team. “It won’t happen again, and I will be at tomorrow’s media session and available after the game. I apologize for any inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused.”
Now Umenyiora was at the media day the day before where he talked about his opponent Matt Light and how he doesn’t hate him as he said, “Matt Light is obviously a good football player,” Umenyiora said. “We don’t play each other enough for true hatred to develop. This is maybe my second or third time playing against Matt Light. There is no hatred there. Some of the things he has done, I wish he wouldn’t have, but we’re both professionals and he seems to be a good guy.”
So what’s wrong with that? He showed up on Tuesday and said what he had to say and answered what he had to answer, I mean let’s be honest what more could you obviously talk about him with him today? What’s his favorite color? What does he like to do in his free time? Is he dating anyone? Like seriously, what could the media have asked him?
They already covered the Super Bowl questions, the rematch questions, the Matt Light questions, and on and on and on. Now for tomorrow’s media day, they actually could have some things to ask, like why weren’t you at media day? Your response to Light’s comments and maybe what he had to eat yesterday? But fining the guy $20,000 for not showing up for 45 minutes to listen to repeated questions over and over again? Heck I would probably skip it too.
So Osi, as bad or as boring as it may be just go to the 45 minute session tomorrow and answer to the questions that are asked, or if you’re going to skip at least tell them your sick…cough cough.
Yesterday’s Championship Sunday in the NFL may go down as one of the most memorable Championship Sunday’s off all time. From the way it began all the way to how it ended.
Starting the day off the world was awoken to the news that Joe Paterno died of cancer. After being reported falsely by CBSSports.com late Saturday night that he died family members came out saying that the reports weren’t true and that Paterno was still fighting. However, come Sunday January 22nd Joseph Vincent Paterno had passed away.
Moving on from Paterno’s death the Baltimore Ravens would take the field at Foxboro, Massachusetts to take on the New England Patriots. It was a back and fourth game from the start but the scoring would be put on hold after the Patriots took the lead off of a Tom Brady touchdown early in the fourth quarter giving the Patriots the lead 23-20.
However despite not being able to score sooner, the Ravens with 29 seconds remaining had a chance to win the game; until it happened. It was a 2nd and 1, ball on the 14 yard line when Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco stepped back, fake, then threw into double coverage to wide receiver Lee Evans, touchdown! The announcer exclaimed. However Patriots safety, Sterling Moore would knock the ball lose forcing Evans to drop the ball, ending in an incomplete pass and no touchdown.
Though it wasn’t over yet as it was 3rd down with 22 seconds left and the Ravens still had one more timeout. Flacco would try to complete a pass to tight end Dennis Pitta however it would end up incomplete as well. Though, it still wasn’t over as the Ravens were in field goal range and they were down by two.
It was a 32 yard field goal, an easy one, a gimmie, right? All Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff had to do was just step back and kick it as he was faced with a kickers dream. Instead it happened again. Cundiff’s kick was up and wide left. The home crowd was lifted by a sea of cheers as the New England Patriots were going to the Super Bowl.
Next up was a showdown between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. It was another back and fourth game that the 49ers were leading heading into the fourth quarter when they made another stop on defense forcing the Giants to punt. It appeared that with the 49ers getting the ball back again, that the Giants Super Bowl hopes were dwindling as with 11:17 left on the clock and trailing by four things just didn’t look good. But then, it happened again.
It was a punt that was almost blocked by the 49ers that ended up traveling close to 50 yards until being waved off as a fair catch by returned Kyle Williams. However, Giants wide receiver Mario Mannigham who came running down the field picked the ball up and continued running until he reached the end zone where he signaled that the ball hit Williams’ knee. After looking at a replay, it did appear that the ball did hit Willimams’ knee which meant Giants ball at the 20 yard line.
Then seven plays later after the Williams turnover, touchdown Giants, 17-14 Giants lead. However unlike Evans and Cundiff, Williams was luckily bailed out by the 49ers great defensive play and kicker David Akers as he would kick the game tying field goal to send the game to overtime.
Then in overtime after stopping the Giants offense yet again, the 49ers would force them to punt. However it happened again. Instead of calling a fair catch like he did last time, Williams, caught the ball and began running until falling to his feet. But that wasn’t it as when he was falling, he lost the ball and after reviewing the play, it was a fumble, Giants ball.
Despite being in field goal range the Giants ran the ball a couple times to assure the win as they too heard about the Cundiff miss and didn’t want it to happen to them. However, it would happen again. Though not another crazy screw up or a miss, but Patriots, Giants, Super Bowl rematch…the improbable prediction, would happen again.
On Saturday the New England Patriots put an end to the “Tebow Mania” and put an end to the Denver Broncos as they defeated Denver, 45-10. As for the other AFC Divisional match-up, the Baltimore Ravens would defeat the Houston Texans 20-13 in a game that the Ravens almost let slip away.
So now come this Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens will take the field to play for the AFC Championship and a spot at the Super Bowl. However, the New England Patriots have already begun playing, as they’re playing the famous mind game. The Patriots are known for doing this as you see it always from Belichick and Brady, however this time they’re going all out.
Brady started out by praising the Ravens defensive players by saying, “There’s no one that’s going to overlook a team like that. It would be impossible to do,” Brady said in his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “They present a ton of challenges in all three phases of the game. You watch them yesterday, they’re physical, they’re tough, they can cover. They’ve got some of the best players in the history of the NFL at their position, in (Terrell) Suggs and Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata. You’ve got phenomenal players there.”
Brady would go onto add
“We’ve really got our work cut out for us. We’ll be excited about the challenge. We’ll use the week to prepare like we always do, and really try to be at our best — hopefully be better than we were this past Saturday night, said Brady.”
Some of the best players at their position in history? Okay now don’t get me wrong, Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Haloti Ngata are all great players and great players at their posistions, but the best players in history at their positions? Come on Brady that’s a stretch. With all do respect Ngata is not in the discussion, as for Suggs he’s not even a top five linebacker in the NFL right now, let alone history? Come on he’s good but not the best ever in his position. As for Lewis and Reed they’ve good arguments but they’re not the clear cut favorite.
Brady would continue to praise the Ravens defense as he would single out Safety Ed Reed and Ray Lewis who have combined picked off Brady two times, recorded 67 tackles, and two sacks against the Patriots through out their careers.
“I love Ed Reed. If I could be a defensive player, I’d be Ed Reed — or Ray Lewis — between those two guys,” Brady told WEEI. “We’ve got guys that are getting banged up, too. I’m sure Ed will be there. This game means everything to our season. If he has any chance of playing, which I’m sure he’s got a chance of playing, he’s going to be there. And he’ll be playing good. I can promise you that.”
Brady who’s probably fearing this Ravens defense is trying to get in the heads of the Ravens defense and he’s doing it the smart way, by coming at the leaders of the defense (Lewis, Reed, Suggs, and Ngata). However it won’t work as chances are their not even paying attention to what Brady is saying anyways and if they’re, they’re probably just taking it all in with a smile.
Now it wouldn’t be a true mind game, if head coach Bill Belichick didn’t join in as he said, “They’ve won a lot of games, and I think that’s the big thing. A quarterback has to do what his team needs him to do to win, and Joe has done that. I don’t know how to improve much on 11-5 and 12-4, and they just keep doing it. He’s been a solid guy since his rookie year in terms of managing the game and using the clock and making good decisions and those types of things. He’s been able to throw the ball obviously to his backs, to his tight ends and down the field to whether it’s [Torrey] Smith or [Lee] Evans or [Anquan] Boldin or whoever it happens to be. I think he can make all the throws that you need a quarterback to make. He can run the team and manage it well. He can make checks and decisions that the offense needs to have a good flow and take advantage of defensive alignment. I think he’s certainly over four years improved in all those areas incrementally, but he did them at a pretty high level to begin with and he continues to do that.”
Now Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been consistently criticized and marked as the weak point of the Ravens franchise as he’s always making the mistakes. However Belichick marked him as the guy and the player that they need to watch and that’s just what he does he changes the mindset and flips the wrong with right.
Belichick would go onto say that the Ravens are the best defensive team that they faced all year. However the Ravens really aren’t the best defensive team as the Pittsburgh Steelers were the best team that they faced, which was week 8 during the NFL season. The Steelers won that game 25-17.
“It’s got to be a one-day-at-a-time thing,” Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater said. “You don’t win a game on Sunday, you win it throughout the course of the week. Giving ourselves a chance to have success, it starts today.”
“You win it throughout the course of the week.” A tactic that Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have used for years and they call it the mind game.
A couple weeks ago Eli Manning told ESPN that he feels that he’s in the same class as Tom Brady. “I consider myself in that class,” said Manning. “Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he’s a great player and what you’ve seen with him is he’s gotten better every year. He started off winning championships and I think he’s a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships.”
Wow…Eli are you serious?! The same class as Tom Brady? Yeah right…and I’m a better running back than Chris Johnson. Come on Eli we’re talking about Tom Brady, three time Super Bowl winner, six time Pro Bowler, two time Super Bowl M.V.P. you don’t match up to that Eli. Matter of fact you don’t match up to that in Madden.
That was the scene two weeks ago.
Last night the scene was much different. 15 of 30, 200 yards, two interceptions, zero touchdowns, and a passer rating of 43.8. Pre-season or not, two interceptions is just terrible, terrible, terrible (In my Charles Barkley voice). To top it all of Eli has yet to score a touchdown in any game this pre-season and the fourth week against New England doesn’t look that promising, especially after Eli’s comments on Brady.
Now I understand that Eli has won a Super Bowl and was the Super Bowl M.V.P. and went to a Pro Bowl, but he’s no Tom Brady…not even close. So Eli can I ask you what you were thinking? Because come Thursday when you take the field against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots their going to be asking the same question too, what were you thinking?
You’re no Tom Brady, or Drew Brees, or Phillip Rivers, or Peyton Manning, you’re just Eli Manning, the son of Archie Manning and the little brother of Peyton Manning. So I don’t want to hear you say that your in the class of Tom Brady ever again, ok Eli? Actually don’t even put yourself in a class, because chances are you’ll be wrong again.
Good luck this Thursday Eli, you’re going to need it.
P.S. Tell the world that you were wrong and that you’re not in the class of Brady, it will help you out a lot especially come Thursday.