And so there are four. Four teams, one goal and two games to get there. For me, it’s the weekend where I decide if I will ever love football again. Like most of America, I hate the Patriots with a passion, believing that they are the epitome of all evil and not understanding why karma would allow them another Super Bowl. But, sports are not life, and if they make it again, I will take my licks but never ever ever care again. My husband says I have a flair for the dramatic, but I don’t really think so…
There are so many storylines going into this week’s games. First, I should just tell you what you need to know about these games, on the field –
Cardinals vs. Panthers
It’s the dabbers vs. the duds. Cockiness vs. consistency. Bragodocio vs. boring.
Carson Palmer, drafted first in 2003, just notched his first playoff win, albeit leading a fairly conservative offensive performance. Concerns about the running game, the offensive line, and the lack of big plays (besides that last classic Larry Fitzgerald series) make the Panthers a favorite on Sunday. Still, looking at the second half of that crazy Seahawks game last week, it could be a blueprint for the victory against the Panthers. This should be a classic battle of two Heisman winning quarterbacks – albeit seven years apart – and two well-rounded teams. Consistency and a strong four quarters will determine the victors.
Patriots vs. Broncos
As you well know, I am very much rooting for Peyton’s perfect ending. More than that, no one seems to be giving the Broncos a fighting chance, despite their amazing defense that has kept them in every game this season. I think the Broncos will be fine, and I am hoping for a great game with the same result as the AFC Championship in Denver two years ago. That said, the Broncos will have to play a perfect game on offense. The Patriots will stack the box and dare Peyton to throw long, something he has had trouble with this season. Still, if he can make a few key throws and his receivers actually catch balls, they can score points against the New England defense that is also not so tough against the run. Brady and Co. will surely put up points, as they did against the Chiefs defense, so the Broncos D has to play better than they did against the Steelers, particularly on third down. I’m all in with the Broncos. Otherwise there is surely no such thing as karma, and the good guys just don’t win.
Oh, and in case you were wondering if the Patriots still cheat, yes they do and check out this helpful article for more info. on that.
Other important things to fill your brain –
Why I might be warming up to the Panthers
At first I was not really a Panthers fan. Now that I’m in my 40s, I’m not a fan of flash, preferring a strong work ethic and larger type in my texts. And green tea. Lots of tea. However, I’m starting to appreciate the style and flair that this team brings to the game. This is a team with a harmonious locker room, which usually results in hijinks. And we love hijinks!
Dabbing is so three months ago, and now the Panthers are known for “Creedbombing” a fantastically amazing practice of interrupting interviews to sing Creed lyrics in a heartfelt manner to your teammate. This is glorious. Well done, Panthers. It might be worth rooting for you another week just to see what interesting new trend you can pull off.
The banning of hoverboards
Yet another article of interest on the Panthers is Ron Rivera’s banning of hoverboards for the team, at least up to this weekend’s game. It’s bringing back memories of Joe Flacco riding a skateboard before the Super Bowl a few years ago. Apparently there have been some “drag racing” incidents, including some with Cam Newton. If you want to avoid a Mike Tyson, you better really enforce this rule, Ron!!
Coin tosses for smart people
Do you think the Packers got jobbed last weekend? All things being equal, the chance of a coin hitting heads or tails is 50/50. Last week during the crazy Packers vs. Cardinals game, the coin toss was redone due to the fact that the coin did not actually “flip”. Still, that’s ok. The Packers chose tails again, the coin went heads and, as we know, the Cardinals went down the field and scored the winning touchdown. Still, you can’t complain about the coin toss. The flip will always be fair.
The Cardinals are a bit of a bore…
There is really no good Cardinals dirt to share with you. That’s probably why they will win the Super Bowl.
Faster than a speeding cornerback
Aaaannnnnddddd, this one was too good not to mention this week. You may recall that former Charger and current Jet, Antonio Cromartie, has 10 kids with 8 women. And he hates paying child support. And his current wife is off the chain crazy. This week’s news is that despite the vasectomy, he has now gotten his wife prego with twins. Wow, Cro, you certainly can produce some swimmers.
Starting next week, I’ll be making the rounds on TV to preview the big game and all of the important things to know. Tune in and get ready for the biggest game of the year plus all of the side goodies like ads, fashions and food that will make your Super Bowl more fun than a Creedbomb.