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1. SUPERBOWL XLVIII SPECIAL: BRONCOS VS. SEAHAWKS SMACKDOWN
What does this have to do with Superbowl? Absolutely nothing, but they’re so cute!!!
So, if you’ve been hibernating this winter (much like we have) you may have forgotten that the Superbowl is coming up! Helllooooo, it’s like next weekend! While you’ve been snoozin’ away, huge, burly men with great athletic prowess have been kicking the shit out of each other and chasing a ball made of pigskin! ISN’T THAT AWESOME!? It’s called football.
Yeah, come on, you knew that!
This year marks the 48th Superbowl, otherwise known as Superbowl XLVIII (Roman Numerals -what’s up with that?), and takes place at none other than the Metlife Arena in East Rutherford New Jersey! While it’s been dubbed the NY/NJ Superbowl, unfortunately neither the Giants nor Jets will be representing either state in this year’s battle for the NFL Championship.
Instead, we’ve got the Denver Broncos representing the AFC and Seattle Seahawks representing the NFC in this year’s Superbowl smackdown. The teams are well matched and highly deserving of the game, as both represent the top seed in their conference. While the Broncos have the #1 rated offense, the Seahawks have the #1 rated defense in the league. Whaddaya’ think of that!?
Where do you think he got that popsicle? That’s pret-ty cool.
The game starts at 6:25pm and temperatures will likely be frigid, as they have been the past few weeks (months?) across the tri-state area. The Polar Vortex shouldn’t be an issue for either team though, as both are used to playing in chilly conditions. We’re not sure they’ve had the pleasure of playing in an ice tundra where your tears turn into icicles – but I guess we’ll find out if they can hack it!
Who is our pick for the Superbowl Champions? While the Seattle Seahawks are technically the underdogs of this year’s Superbowl – they’ve never won a Superbowl, and the spread is slightly in favor of the Broncos – this in no way means they will lose to the statistically marginally better team. First and foremost, the word to note is “marginal,” the Seahawks in fact opened the Superbowl with odds slightly better than the Broncos before a final shift move the Broncos ahead. Secondly, the underdogs have gone on to win four of the past six Superbowls. So many, and rightfully so, are picking the Seahawks as the winning team.
With that being said, we think the Broncos will still prove to be the top team, and will go on to beat the Seahawks in this year’s final football match. It will undoubtedly be a close and exciting game, but the Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning will go on to conintue to prove his worth as league MVP and win this year. Also, the Broncos’ Wide Receiver Eric Decker is really hot. So they’ve got that going for them.
like, very hot.
(H/T: Bleacher Report)
2. Yankees Sign Japanese Ace Masahira Tanaka
With 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez suspended for the entire 2014 season (162 games total), due to allegations that he utilized illegal performance-enhancing drugs, the Yankees are not only relieved of their used-to-be star player, but also about $25 million that they can now use to woo other players to the team.
Ya live and ya learn kid
A-rod, despite his history with the pin-stripes, likely won’t be missed too much this season. The 3rd basemen who is not only 39 this year (gettin’ up there), also rehabbed much of last season from his 2nd hip surgery. Who knows what kind of condition he’ll return in!
With All-star Derek Jeter also entering potentially his last season with the Yankees, the team’s off-season recruits will be important in shaping the future history of our beloved Yankees.
One of the biggest new recruits is pitcher Masahira Tanaka. Hailing from Japan, Tanka is only 25 but holds a lot of promise for the New York Yankees - and has Derek Jeter’s stamp of approval too. With a $175 million contract on the books, the scouting department must have a whole lot of confidence in him too.
The Yankees are known to be big-spenders in the off-season. So let’s just hope they’re high-rolling pays off on the field.
You know what always cheers me up? Rolled up aces over kings.
3. Melo Smashes Records With 62 Points
On January 24th, 2014 the NY Knicks faced off against the Charlotte Bobcats, for what was supposed to be another mediocre game from the Knicks.
If you’ve been following the Knicks at all this season, you already know they’ve been pretty lack-luster. But Friday night, the Knicks shined brightly crushing the Bobcats 125 to 96 and breaking their recent 5 game losing streak.
And almost half of those points belonged to Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks’ forward scored a 62-point career high, to break both the MSG and franchise current records.
It was a pretty amazing sight to see, with Melo’s laser focus launching half court baskets and buzzer-beater swishes, Melo was on fire.
"Just to see everybody smiling once again, that’s what I was more excited to see," Anthony said. "Guys on the bench smiling, high-fiving, having fun once again, that’s the only thing I care about."
Hopefully Melo’s attitude, focus and momentum can propel the Knicks back to a winning season.
4. The Olympics: Moments That Defined 80s Babies
With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi just around the corner, we thought it would be nice to take a trip back down memory lane to some of the most defining Winter Olympic moments of our generation. Join us:
Do you believe in miracles? In 1980, a rag-tag team of mostly US collegiate hockey players, beat the soviet power that dominated the hockey world. They went on to win gold against Finland in what called a miracle on ice.
A few weeks before the 1994 Winter Olympics, U.S. figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right knee in an attack orchestrated by fellow skater Tonya Harding’s ex-husband. The injury was serious enough that she chose not to compete, paving the way for Harding to win the gold medal.
At the 1998 Winter Olympics, figure skater Tara Lipinski, then 15, narrowly beat Michelle Kwan to win the gold and became the youngest champion in an individual event in the history of the winter Olympics.
The 2002 Winter Olympics were the first Olympics since September 11th, and were held in Salt Lake City. During the opening ceremony, the flag that flew at Ground Zero was carried in remembrance.
We’re looking forward to 2014 in Sochi, and are most excited for the half-pipe, Ice-hockey, and down-hill skiing. Good luck to all the athletes participating