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Just one week to go guys...
Have never seen the appeal myself, but would be interested in hearing some positives about it.
Too early for Superbowl predictions?
As Punk wins from #1
Seattle by 3 x
Beast Mode MVP
It is a tradition everyone is now slightly embarrassed by, but no one knows what to do about it.
It can be fun but not worth staying up for.
I'm not ready to make a proper super bowl pick. I hope Seattle can get the win, would love to see Sherman or Lynch get MVP over a QB or WR.
staring morosely into the telly, contemplating watching the Pro Bowl
Badmanreturns pointed me to http://grantland.com/the-triangle/stanford-man-richard-sherman-and-the-thug-athlete-narrative/
Rembert Browne is one of the better writers on the site. here's another nice piece on Sherman: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/sports/football/seahawks-richard-sherman-is-much-more-than-just-talk.html?ref=sports&_r=0
can't wait to watch him shut shit down next sunday
Does the fact that there is more to him than just talk make his talk more acceptable or less acceptable?
As is usual, the reaction to his comments seems to be disproportionate to their significance.
there is literally no more to it than that
Attacking other players on camera is unnecessary, and there was an element of premeditation to it.
because you wouldn't be wound up after 3 hours of smack talk from your heated rivals in a deciding game to your first superbowl in your young career. Its not like it was unprovoked.
The reaction to his interview was over the top, but should he be absolved of all blame? It's like people who use the 'I am only being honest' excuse for being a jerk.
he called crabtree mediocre, sorry etc. he called himself the best corner in the game, which he is. don't get what there is to blame him for.
Absolutely, but going to the other extreme is not any better. For him to say "Don't you ever talk about me" in the interview was laughable - like a bully who can give it out but can't take it themselves.
don't say stuff you can't back up. him and crabtree both said a lot about each other building up to the game (and over the past 2 years). sherman backed up his chat with his play, crabtree didn't
where players never speak out despite wanting to. For fucks sake they were just words, in a highly-adrenalised moment, Crabtree and the Niners will get over it, nay expect it, people Sherman makes football exciting!
Also how is what he said any worse than the Niners taunting Cam and the Panthers a week earlier? This happens everywhere.
too exciting for proper grammar, certainly
I am occupying the middle ground on this. The NFL is well deserving of its No Fun League nickname. Sherman does make the game more exciting, and the criticism he has faced is over the top. The defense against the criticism has also been over the top at times.
It was no worse than what the Niners did to Cam - the difference was that the Niners were criticized for a lack of class on here, but Sherman can say and do whatever he wants without reproach apparently.
can anyone confirm/deny?
easily the most competitive Pro Bowl I've seen in my decade of so of watching NFL. a far cry from it's 2012 nadir. there were eight turnovers and nine sacks!
give to seattle over denver?
I'm guessing Seattle are a lot more experienced with cold games, but is it possible to use it as an advantage or is it a leveller (like in football/soccer?)
It's more of a rainy place. The average temperature is probably lower in Denver as it's up in the mountains.
however read a couple of articles where they've suggested the weather will be to Seattle's favour.
Maybe it's less about experience/conditions and more about helping to stifle the Bronco's offense? I dunno - I only follow NFL in a very recreational manner (Superbowl and Vernon's C4 show).
but I really don't think it will make much difference. I guess if the game becomes about running it may be more to Seattle's favour but really, these are pretty equally balanced teams other than maybe QB but that's more to do with Peyton, than Russell.
in cold weather against a team who play a mile above sea level...
it can be a factor, but I don't think it will be here, unless anyone is still clinging to the idea that Peyton can't play in cold weather
unsure whether it'll be a great atmosphere and a lot of fun or a cavernous, shambolic mess of massive food queues and overpriced lager. Probably both. Either way, it's been a couple of years since I went out to watch the game and I do like being around other fans and will make a change from listening to my GF giggle every time they say Wide Receiver, although I'm sure she still will. It does mean I can't make my infamous SB nachos, though.
Pro Bowl highlights are on Sky Sports 2 at 11. Going for a bit of Sky Go at my desk.
(and any other superbowl food)
that was pretty sweet
but sure. It involves making a mince beef chilli (whatever recipe you like, one of those packet spice mixes is fine, although preferably kind of spicy and I like to put some honey in to sweeten) and stirring a load of refried beans in to it while it cooks to thicken it up, and also making a slow cooked spicy chicken in fajita spices with mixed diced peppers. Then you get two massive plates, put a layer of tortilla chips on each, then cover one with a big spoon of the chilli, the other with the chicken, cover both with grated cheese and a scatter of red jalepenos and grill until it melts. You repeat that 3 times and serve with a nice homemade guacamole and sour cream. By the time you get down to the lower layers it's pure filth.
Superbash next year, then I always end up just hosting a party at mine. Means I miss a load of the game cooking hotdogs and burgers and wings though, so I really don't know why I do this.
Every time. I'm such a child.
It can be good but sometimes there's so much going on it can distract from the game a bit. Me and my mate decided against it this year because he's a Seahawks fan and its better to watch the game properly at home.
Also I was there for Super Bowl XLIII (Steelers and Cards) which was during that epic snowstorm. By the start of the 3rd quarter they were cancelling the coaches and boats back to Victoria (where I was staying) so I had to leave to try and get back to my hotel before the end of the game. I made it back in time but had to watch the game winning Holmes catch on a 16inch tv on my own. Lost my terrible towel that night too.
I immediately ordered another
Luckily I can get a direct bus straight home so hopefully it won't be a total hassle. Can I ask what the feed was that they played? I know this year might be different because C4 are broadcasting for the first time in ages, just wondered whether it'd be a UK feed and if so which one...
Sky usually have a reporter there too and cut to the crowd during the game or interview celebrities who are there. They usually have a player or ex player there to do a little interview on stage too, last time I was there it was Adalius Thomas. We met the Tampa Bay cheerleaders, they gave us a signed calender each.
Although I think they had BBC on some of the smaller screens
I was hoping for C4 coverage so I didn't have to hear Kevin Cadle say the phrase "ball game" every 4 minutes, but that's OK. This year we have Matt Stafford and the ROAR of the London Jaguars.
This will be the 10th of the last 11 Super Bowls where the AFC QB has been either Brady, Manning or Roethlisberger.
Flacco last year is the odd man out.
"Made by the award-winning NFL Films, this series profiles some of the most significant and spectacular players in the history of American Football"
"The career of Tim Tebow"
Imagine combining those two statements into one. You don't have to - Sky Sports brings it to you today.
but 'the faces of Tim Tebow' or something. It's actually more a profile of about 5 players who had special parts of their games that compare to Tebow, or something.
It's far from the best one, but it's not quite what you think.
It actually comes across as more desperate that they were trying to manufacture a story by comparing different characteristics of Tebow to other players. The fact that we are unlikely to see him play in the NFL again doesn't help either.
Seemed like a straightforward response to a straightforward statement?
showing how he's been forgotten and is now an alcoholic sex obsessed atheist.
According to Adam Schefter so it's probably legit.
Possibly the only offensive coach more negatively minded than Caldwell. When the Texans were good they were really good, but they were brutally unwatchable at times.
Thought for sure they'd go with Kyle Shanahan
and before the walls caved in this year they were pretty effective together
As my fantasy team had both Andre Johnson and Arian Foster. It seems like they run the ball at least twice as much as pretty much any other team in the league; it's no wonder Arian Foster is 27 and can barely move.
Obviously interested now that Caldwell is installed in Detroit.
He'd happily run the ball straight up the middle for 4 yards on every single play if he could (and with that monster O-line and Arian Foster, a lot of the time he actually could). He only really calls big plays when he needs to, such as the season before last when they ended up about 28 point down to Jacksonville and he aimed every single play at Andre Johnson. It's no bad thing and results in very few turnovers but it can be so tedious to watch.
There'll still be plenty of turnovers to keep things interesting.
The problem with Kubiak is that his offense is really predictable. Everyone worked it out and shut it down last year. The routes are terrible, and everything happens off deep shots downfield from play action.
Also, the Ravens line isn't anywhere near good enough to run a zone blocking scheme.
no reason it can't be after free agency/draft
but I think the Kubiak hire makes sense. we need an OC who can establish a balanced offense; everyone knows the play can't run solely through Flacco. We can't lean on him for 40+ pass attempts every game. As long as Ray Rice gets back to form and we beef up the line for what I assume will adopt Kubiak's zone blocking scheme then I think there is some cause for optimism
and in the top half every other season. did pretty well at Denver too. can't fault his track record
Makes a lot of sense; surprising they haven't done this already since the drive to expand the league in international markets.
how many more people would watch the Super Bowl outside the U.S if it was on a Saturday night rather than a Sunday? Loads I reckon
Hard to dispute that line of reasoning. Any attempt to expand the league in international markets would need to do so throughout the regular season, rather than simply the novelty of the Super Bowl.
More importantly, how would it affect domestic audiences? It would have happened by now if it was likely to increase revenue overall.
It was my gateway into the whole thing, I think that's true of a lot of non U.S fans.
I would've thought Americans would be happy about it too, means they can drink more at their Super Bowl parties without worrying about work the next day. Football on a Sunday is only really a tradition to separate it from college ball but that finishes 2 months before the Super Bowl. Plus we have NFL games on Thursdays and Mondays as well as playoff games on Saturdays already so Sunday is hardly the sacred football day it once was.
what, like, by magic?
Either that, or by the NFL voting to change it to a Saturday.
Of course you could not rule it out ever happening. There would need to be a more substantial and convincing case to be made for making the change though.
of having a burgeoning global fanbase, a very small number of games (compared to every other major global sport) and a traditional fanbase they don't want to disenfranchise. there are plenty of people already pissed off at the wembley games, the potential of a london franchise and the offense-weighted rule changes, and quite rightly. it's america's sport and people who enjoy it who don't live in the U.S have to accept that and either stay up late to watch or not
they'll cater to markets outside of the US more and more as those markets grow. It's only "America's sport" insofar as the vast majority of the viewership is currently in the US; to say that people are right to be pissed off about the London games like the Yanks have some sort of god-given right to it is hilariously childish and stroppy.
it's america's sport insofar as all of the teams are american, (almost) all of the players are american and the leagues entire history is based in america. i would love a situation where we could have an NFL team in britain. but we don't produce any players, coaches, GMs so i don't see how we warrant having one atm. i'm sure the reaction would be similar if someone suggested kicking the FA cup final off at midday so that more people in asia could stay up to watch it.
but think they will continue to go as global as possible anyway. It's fine as it is.
although I quite like taking my traditional first Monday in February as holiday. Super Bowl and a four day week. It's a treat.
Has anything surprised you?” Sanders asked.
“Yeah, being here,” Lynch said. “It’s big.”
Said Sanders: “It’s huge.”
“It is,” Lynch said.
I see that the Ravens 'America's Game' documentary you wanted to see is on Sky Sports 3 this Saturday afternoon.
can't you re-watch stuff on sky go?
they've been airing all the previous America's games from 2007 onwards this week so I assumed it would be shown at some point
I don't know who to root for in the Super Bowl, but obviously you need to back a horse to get excited.
Old Man Manning and his quest for perfection? Or the charismatic young noise makers? BOTH ARE GOOD STORIES!
so i'm waiting to find out what the weather's like on the night so i can support the team more likely to win
Might stick a bit of money on Harvin for MVP if the odds are decent
and fell in love with terrence knighton during the pats game
so, so dull
playing possibly the last game of his career
and is far more likeable than tom brady.
and winning a superbowl in cold weather against a great defence would take away the only argument for brady being better than him
so it definitely won't be his last game
saying he's going to play next year means
a) he won't look like he's backtracking if they lose and he wants another shot at a superbowl
b) it doesn't turn into the narcissistic farewell tour that ray lewis had in the playoffs last year
He's 17 TDs short of Favre's career record, a guy like Peyton isn't going to walk away from that
just checked and he's only 7,000 off the passing yards mark too. maybe 2 more seasons then
will need to play to 38/39 to break the yardage and touchdown records
when he was injured at 36? yeah
more chance of injury, harder/longer to come back from injuries. Brees will get the records if he plays 4 full seasons but that's a fairly big if
all i'm saying is that it shouldn't be taken as a given that he'll break these records
but then no one should take anything as a given. Rendering this strand (and maybe all conversation ever) meaningless
how, Rodgers is brilliant
I just don't find it exciting.
It's probably the Jets fan in me. Jay Cutler is brilliant to watch, so too Wilson, obviously.
I used to love watching Brett Favre.
that's what's thrilling about him, the amount of comeback wins I watched him perform has been amazing
probably couldn't disagree with this more.
I enjoy Packers' games a lot in any case. But I don't necessarily find the way the offence runs that exciting in and of itself. I'm not really sure why.
Just to prove I'm not a complete 3 yards and a cloud of dust revivalist, I usually love watching Brees and the Saints. Payton calls a great game and their plays and formations are amazing.
they're almost too good, it's only interesting when someone manages to stop them (i.e Sunday)
the formations/motions and the route combindations themselves are really clever - it's Gase and Peyton just completely outfoxing everyone before the ball is live. It's like watching a game of chess unfold in about 30 seconds. But agree the actual plays themselves can end up being horrifically methodical.
(though that was also the Bears D helping by forgetting Randall Cobb exists)
Give me this anytime
It hasn't changed all that much really.
Mrs h_y_g doesn't want to watch the game, which would usually be fine as I'd just watch it in the living room while she sleeps. BUT, her sister and friend are visiting from the States, and will be sleeping in the living room, with no guarantee they'll want to stay and watch (the sister has said she would, but jet lag may see to that). So I either sit with my laptop in a camp chair in my hall way (about the saddest image I can think of), or go out somewhere. The Roxy on Borough High Street is only 30mins walk from my flat, so could go there, then head home for a few hours sleep (have work the next day)... it should be doable, right? Will it be weird being a loner? Where are you all watching it?
i'll send you the deets :D
That would be ace!
on my sofa
though backup plan had been the UKNFL/NLDN40 thing at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, which looked quite good
gonna take loads of Skittles in honour of Marshawn Lynch and probably end up trying to make Skittlebrau
with the gf. 2nd year doing this, but she fell asleep for the entire first half and only woke up at half time.
If you go on your own somewhere, it won't be so bad, as everyone is in a good mood for it and is really friendly. One year, I was watching in a bar in Manchester with my Tebow jersey. One guy came up to me and asked me to do the Tebow kneel with them during half time, good laugh.
The Barfly is doing a Superbowl party as well.
get a load of people in for a lock in. i've got a new meat smoker to fire up on sunday daytime and bring down the fruits of my labours. should be good.
you win at life, pretty much
basically a house party at a bar. and my housemate's a bronco's fan so i've convinced everyone who's coming who doesn't follow NFL to support the seahawks
s'gonna be LIVE.
Wait, come back! It might be interesting!
So, you know how punters punt - they take a couple of steps forward, swing their leg upwards, do a little skip, kick it way up in the air, try not to get knocked down/pretend they got knocked down. But do they have to do it like this? Would a rugby style low skimming kick towards the touchline not be more useful sometimes, like a rugby league 40/20 kick? Or are they just not allowed?
They do it like that because it's the most efficient. Less good punters, such as this joker, do it differently.
I don't think there's any reason they couldn't skim it, but I can't imagine a situation where it would help. Surely the gunners from the returning team would recover it?
a time where the field is wet, you're on your own 20 yard line, plenty of room in front of you, and Devin Hester is hopping up and down waiting to receive it. A line drive to the sideline might be very difficult to return and get a decent length.
Maybe not though. Slow day at work today, and I've got a cold.
you need to put it way up high and hope it gets lost in the lights/give your coverage units time to get there.
Make it bounce like a demon so that it's dangerous to field.
if done right it's perfect but the margin of errors is much high compared to hitting it square and true
to give the chasing guys time to get down field and tackle the receiver.
doubt theyd grubber it as it could bounce anywhere and maybe hit the players in front of them (in rugby everyones usually behind the kicker and in rugby the players can knock on.. not a problem for NFL guys to just dive on the ball)
thats my take on things anyway
if they're afraid of the returner or they know that he has fumbling issues. A bouncing oval shaped ball is difficult to field...
except the Redskins. and what happened there eh?
do you think i can risk it for this one night to watch this one game on Channel 4? :D
but don't make me liable, thanks
may as well make it official chief. sure we can tack an extra couple of days for the big game
I'll see how bored I get this afternoon (likely)
the payoff is hilarious
but, I am genuinely LOLing. That is absolutely hilarious!
That is a good payoff. I can't pick a best bit, but the gif where they are all tackled and one of their teammates just watches and is then tackled and the one where the guy just sidesteps to the sideline, are some of the funniest things I've seen in Madden
they'll start releasing Madden on PC again
The Godspeed works perfectly.
anyone got any solutions to someone looking to stream the game onto their tv via their laptop?
If so, you can connect the two of them up via that.
Alternatively, does your TV have a port for a VGA cable? If so, you can connect that up with a VGA cable to your laptop.
It was a Beyonce gig last year, but all I've heard about this year is a Budweiser advert with puppies in it.
the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
playing with Bruno Mars? I was not sure how it was all going, but imagined that they would have a cameo, like the other two in Destiny's Child did with Beyonce
WHAT? Did you learn at school today?
That's what the teachers used to say...
Well they don't always understand, do they.
WHY? Do they always give advice?
Say just think twice, always be nice...
Well it's been a long time since they had a teenage LIFE!
bruno mars has his own band so maybe have like 15 people on stage at once.. to try and make it interesting.
hope bruno slips on some ice whilst doing that sting sounding number