There will be an NBA Roundtable coming up shortly discussing what to expect this upcoming NBA season. Further, there will be another NFL Fantasy Roundtable soon!
Notes from opening night: Mike Brown hurting LA’s offense? Steve Nash getting old, or ineffective in Princeton O? Rondo sending a message to Miami? KG and Ray Allen…no love loss? Irving a top-5 PG? All topics to be talked about on our NBA roundtable!
CB Antwuan Molden was no match for WR Hakeem Nicks.
1. If Eli Manning stopped playing football today, would he be a Hall of Famer?
I don’t think so. Well, not yet at least. Eli had a phenomenal season winning his 2nd Super Bowl MVP and breaking many season and Super Bowl records in the process, but I think he needs to be more consistent in multiple seasons in order to be inducted with the greats. This is the only season in his career in which he was able to carry the Giants on his back and be that game changer. In previous seasons, he has only been mediocre. I mean, he did throw like 20 plus picks two seasons ago. If he can continue to be the difference maker for the Giants and show more consistency in his numbers, then yes, he will be a Hall of Famer regardless if he ever wins another Super Bowl or not.
2. The New England Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since spy gate. Would you consider their previous three titles tainted?
I’ve been hearing this on the radio for the past couple of hours and I don’t believe New England’s past two Super Bowl losses to New York will hurt their legacy at all. Even though they haven’t won the big game since 2004, there have made two more Super Bowl appearances. Many other teams wouldn’t hesitate to be in that kind of position. This is a franchise that also went 16-0 in the regular season in ’07. I think they are doing something right, don’t you think? People can hate about the Patriots and spy gate all they want, but in the end it came down to execution and New England flat out won.
3. Does the loss of Super Bowl XLVI fall on Wes Welker or Tom Brady’s shoulder?
This has been the story of the day as everyone continues to point the finger, but I don’t think it’s either of their faults. People criticize Brady’s throw, but he put the ball where it had to be. There were three DBs in the area and he had to make sure he threw the ball away from safety Kenny Philips. Wes just couldn’t make the play. What can I say? He’s human. But besides that, the Patriots as a team didn’t make enough play to win. I think the biggest factor was the inability for NE to for any turnovers. The Giants put the ball on the turf three times, but the Pats were unable to recover any of them. The ball just didn’t fall their way in a good game that is why they lost. To go out and blame Wes Welker and call him the “Bill Buckner” of football is just absurd. His stats speak for himself.
4. Who is the better Manning?
Although Eli has one more ring compared to Peyton, I still don’t believe Eli is in his field yet. Peyton has done this for many of seasons. This is the first time in Eli’s career he can call himself an elite quarterback. Peyton’s been elite for years. I think the fact that Eli has one more Super Bowl than Peyton is because of his supporting cast. Until this season, Eli has never been successful of putting an entire team on his shoulders. Peyton’s been doing that for who knows how long. Just look at the Colts now. They can barley win a game without the guy. Peyton’s a type of quarterback that comes around every decade. He hasn’t had the type of rough seasons Eli has had. I still think Eli has a ways to go if he wants to be the best quarterback in the family.
5. Did Tom Brady play in his last Super Bowl?
Tom still has a lot of football left, therefore no. He’s been playing at the highest level for multiple seasons and I don’t see him slowing down, barring injury. He once again put up MVP like numbers this season. He was even able to his team to the Super Bowl that lacked a defense, running game, and receivers (except Welker). If he can do that, then there’s no telling what he can do with a complete team. This being said, the Pats are already Super Bowl favorites for next season. Before Tom’s career is over, I think he will win one more matching Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.
Will the New York Giants once again get the better of Tom Brady?
We are finally down to the last game of the 2011-’12 NFL season and, I honestly cannot wait. I’m not the type of guy that usually gets too “over-hyped” for a Super Bowl, but with this match-up, how can you not? Even though it is a rematch, the duel between Tom Brady and Eli Manning can’t get any better. Both the New England Patriots and New York Giants have been at each other since Super Bowl XLII, creating a little rivalry. With this being said, here are my five bold predictions for Super Bowl XLVI.
1) Patriots WR Wes Welker will have more than 10 catches.
New England likes to use the short-passing game, and with New York’s attention on their dynamic tight-end duo, I expect Wes Welker will see a lot of targets his way. If you don’t recall, the last time they met in the Super Bowl, Welker ate them up for 11 receptions for 103 yards. I expect a similar output from the Texas Tech grad.
2) Giants WR Victor Cruz will get his first post-season touchdown.
Cruz surprisingly hasn’t had a touchdown reception yet this post-season. He’s arguably been the biggest surprise all season with his big play ability. With Hakeem Nicks getting all the touchdowns lately, I am waiting for Cruz to break out of his drought and I think this will be his moment.
3) QBs Tom Brady and Eli Manning will pass for over a combined 700 yards and five touchdowns.
Both of these quarterbacks have been slinging the ball all season long and I expect to see that in the Super Bowl. They have had nearly two weeks to prepare, and these two guys are the one of bests at execution. The fact the Brady and Manning both just set franchise highs for single season passing yards should say enough.
4) Eli Manning will turn the ball over more than once.
Manning has been stellar all season and I have a feeling he’s going to make a few costly mistakes in this one. Not many people have talked about the Patriots defense, but they too, have playmakers that can force turnovers. I expect New England to come into this game with a game plan that will force Eli into some mistakes. If you recall watching the San Francisco game, Eli should have thrown at least three interceptions, but the Niners’ defensive backs were unable to haul in the football.
5) The New York Giants will not have any more than one sack.
The past two times the Giants have beaten the Pats, they recorded two and five sacks. New England understands that if they want to win this time, they must keep Brady upright. I think they will have a set game plan that will help with blocking schemes and use their short passes. If they continue to get to Brady like in previous meetings, the Giants will prevail.
6) TE Aaron Hernandez will be the better tight-end.
The ankle shouldn’t slow Gronk down, but I see the Giants doing their best to eliminate him, opening things up for Hernandez. I’ve always liked Hernandez better because of his athleticism and the things he can do in space after the catch. He is really shifty and can make turn a small gain into a big gain. Hell, at times the Patriots have him play tail back. I have a feeling that Hernandez is going to have a big night.
7) New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLVI 31-24.
The Giants have beaten the Patriots the past two meetings and I just have a hard time seeing them beating the Pats three consecutive times. Manning has outplayed Brady the past two meetings, and for that matter, I think Brady will come out firing on all cylinders. I think he will have his best Super Bowl ever and will not allow Manning to outplay him this time. The Giants have been talking a lot of smack during this media week and that’s going to come back to kick them in the ass.
This huge soccer riot that erupted in Egypt is probably the most shocking thing I have ever seen on the soccer pitch, and not in a good way. After watching this, it makes me thing when fans take sports too far. Sometimes I feel like I want the game more than the players on the field, but this is just awful. The fact that people and the players were put into that kind of situation is just unimaginable. An event like that should never occur. I’m not only talking about violence, but I’m also talking about threats. That too, is taking sports too far. A prime example would be the recent death threats to San Francisco 49er KR Kyle Williams. Sometimes I think the fans just need to take a deep breath and realize this is just a game, including me.