Who’s it gonna be? – Offensively

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Let us begin with a runningback named Marshawn Lynch, sometimes better knows as ‘Beast Mode’ and who I like to call ‘The Skittle King’. Now, Marshawn is a fairly private guy but much loved by Seahawk fans. In fact, this year he was fined $50,000 for refusing to speak to the media. Seahawk fans, for no reason I can make sense of, decided to raise that money so that he (a professional athlete worth millions) wouldn’t have to pay. The NFL had no choice but to revoke his fine, donate the fan money to charity and give him a firm slap on the wrist.

In 2011, during a playoff game with the Saints he made history by running a 67 yard touchdown, during which he broke 9 tackles and took down a cornerback with one arm. The crowd went wild, as Seahawk fans are prone to do. It was the first time that the 12th man registered on a seismic scale. The run is known as ‘The Beast Quake.’

Shortly afterwards, he was spotted eating Skittles on the sidelines after a big play, The fans jumped on this bandwagon and now, adorably, they throw skittles onto the field whenever Lynch does anything impressive, which is fairly often. Because of this inclination towards the colourful candies, Mars offered Marshawn a 2 year supply of skittles as well as a custom dispenser for his locker but he took the endorsement one step too far and was fined $10,000 for wearing skittle cleats on the field.

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My favourite thing about Marshawn is his love of grills. He has many a grill, even one in celebration of his nickname shown here. He has had some legal trouble however with a DUI and guilty plea on a misdemeanour weapons charge but I try not to think about that.

Onwards! If you haven’t seen the Derrick Coleman’s Duracell commercial, perhaps you should follow this link before reading on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2HD57z4F8E

That’s right. Derrick Coleman is the first deaf offensive player in NFL history and that sad image of his mom watching TV, is of Derrick NOT being drafted. No one wanted him, but he never gave up. He went to training camps and was eventually drafted by the Vikings and a few months later – the Seahawks. I feel like I am a walking Duracell advertisement but his really is an inspiring story.

This week something happened to make his story just a little cuter. There are a pair of rather adorable twin girls in New Jersey. When their dad told them about Derrick Coleman and all of his success, the two girls became his #1 fans, because they too are hearing impaired. After the big AFC game, one of the girls wanted to write him a letter and when her father read it, he posted it to twitter to show Derrick Coleman just how much he had inspired them. The letter is attached, along with his response and I don’t know what on earth could convince me to root for anyone else ever again!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/derrick-coleman-inspires-hearing-impaired-jersey-girl-article-1.1587483

Also on Seahawks offence is an incredibly talented player named Golden Tate; the wide receiver with the best name in the NFL.

My last Seahawk of the day is a guy named Luke Willson. Sadly of no relation to Owen or other Luke. I want to point him out because he is a rookie and has done really well this season with both Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson coming forward in strong support and praise. He’s also quite good looking and Canadian! Here is a picture of him working at a Starbucks for charity.

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Now to the Bronco’s

I really must begin with Wes Welker. He is a wide receiver and return specialist in the Bronco offence and he is quite a guy. He went originally un-drafted but has now been in the NFL for 10 years and played with Patriots for 6. During this time we didn’t get a very clear picture of Wes’s personality due to Bill Belichick’s ban on personality in favour of franchise uniformity/professionalism. In fact the only time we got a real glimpse of it was when rumours began circulating that New York Jets Head Coach had a foot fetish. Wes was benched during a play off game for dropping 11 foot references during a press conference in a matter of minutes.

He is one of the few players who has been to the Superbowl but does not have a ring, he wasn’t with the Patriots for any of their winning seasons. I imagine he wants it pretty bad. This is his first year with the Bronco’s after contract disputes with the Patriots and I like to think that Wes Welker has made his great

Wes Welkerescape and now that he’s free we should have many more juvenile and entertaining press conferences coming our way. Here is Wes Welker’s boyish face.

Wes is married to ‘Miss Hooters International 2005’.

While the Bronco’s don’t have a player with hearing impairment they do have the shortest player in the NFL which is not at all the same thing but Trindon Holliday has had to overcome his fair share of adversity too. His mother kept him out of football until grade 7 due to concerns with his size and when college recruits came around, many passed him up. He ended up at an LSU training camp and during a running drill the coaches argued with tumblr_mbuh6pyr8O1rfimo0o1_500one another about his time, claiming that their stop watches must be broken. In fact Trindon Holliday is the shortest player in the NFL and also one of the fastest. He’s really, really fast. He’s also a bit of a fumbler so if a big catch goes to him during the Superbowl be afraid, and supportive and try not to breathe.

Now, no team in NFL history has ever had a perfect season, meaning they have never gone undefeated in the regular season, post season and have gone on to win the Superbowl. But Trindon Holliday just might do it. You see, Trindon was traded from the Texans this season. At the time of his trade the Texans were 5-0 and the Broncos were 13-3 but haven’t lost a game since the trade. Which means that if the Bronco’s win the Superbowl, Trindon will have a perfect season and be the first NFL player in history to do it! It’s pretty great.

On to Erik Decker and Demaryius Thomas, wide receivers who were described by their offensive coordinator as ‘two little kids in a candy store’ when Peyton Manning was traded to the Bronco’s. They were both drafted in 2010 and seem to really come as a pair. Since then, their relationship with Peyton has grown from starry-eyed to pretty close. Decker and Manning joke often about their Bro-mance, saying that they car pool to games while Demaryius Thomas caught Peytons 500th touchdown and his 55th in 2013 (the most touchdowns thrown by a quarterback in a single season). They’ll both be worth watching on Sunday.

Obviously there are some real characters on both teams, which should only be proven further by the defensive post coming soon. I’ve decided that maybe, you don’t have to choose an offence to win you over. But now you have the details, probably more than you’d like, certainly more than I would like on some big players this Sunday.

Here is Marshawn looking great

And this is another one of his grills

Here is Derrick Coleman

And Golden Tate…who is also quite attractive

This is Wes Welker with ‘Miss Hooters International 2005’ better known as Anna Burns, on Christmas wearing matching PJ’s

Erik Decker and Damaryius Thomas doing a super cool handshake

And Lastly, here is Trindon Holliday

Who’s it Gonna Be? – The Quarterback Showdown

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Sooo….At 25 years old and in his second season, Russel Wilson is a young, exciting and up and coming quarterback. After a successful college career in both baseball and football he opted to go to the MLB for a few years before leaving baseball and entering the 2012 NFL draft. There was some concern over his height but Seattle picked him in the third round, 75th over all. At this point the Seahawks had three quarterbacks and no clear direction on who they wanted to lead their team. The three men spent training camp competing for the job of starter with Russell eventually coming out on top. This is important because unlike Peyton Manning, Russell was never the obvious choice. He didn’t enter the NFL in the 1st round, his dad isn’t a famous quarterback and he surpassed everyones expectations in getting the job and then surpassed them again when he was so excellent at it.

His rookie season was a success and curiously enough he ended up tying the record for most touchdowns thrown by a rookie….with none other than Peyton Manning.

Russell is a devout christian. He claims that Jesus came to him in a dream when he was 14 and his twitter is filled with biblical verses,

Imagehowever he doesn’t just tweet his values. He goes weekly to the Seattle Children’s hospital and he has a charity called ‘The Power of the Mind’ that gives opportunities to low income youth. In 2010 he lost his father to complications with Diabetes and since has become an advocate for those suffering with the disease. He holds a youth passing academy in the off season with all proceeds going to the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association. For the 2013 season he made an agreement with Russel Investments where they donate $2000 to his charity for every touchdown he throws in the regular and post season.

In 2012 he married his college sweetheart, the lovely Ashton Meem and the two are maybe the cutest couple in football. I have attached a few links to hit this home but this is their reaction to Russell being drafted. russell-wilson-gfAND I will also tell you that when he proposed, he had one of their three adorable dogs help him out, AND If you care about that sort of thing, there are links.

To sum him up, Russell Wilson seems like the lovleliest, most all american boy you could hope to lead your team. It’s not hard to root for his serious look, youthful talent and curly locks.

Now, on to Peyton Manning. I already spoke about him in my post for the NFC championship so I won’t go into tremendous detail but what is important to know about Peyton is that this has been an extraordinary season for him. He has beat numerous records, and if he wins the this game, for a lot of reasons I don’t fully comprehend, he will have had the greatest single season of any quarterback in the history of the NFL.

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Now, does this incredible athlete really need another accolade to add to his already impressive list? Probably not, but consider this – This amazing season he’s had, this is happening after some serious surgeries onhis neck. Surgeries that caused the team that he built and led for 14 years to replace him. Peyton Manning was the starting QB with the Indiana Colts for 14 years. After he was dropped, hewasn’t sure if he should tryto continue playing with his arm not recovering like he wanted it to. His rather lovely wife Ashley pushed him into a few training camps where his arm slowlystarted returning. He was picked up by the Bronco’s last year and has been blowing everyones mind with his comeback ever since.

His is a story of redemption. And not only that, but you can’t help but admit that he has a certain charm to him. I can’t say for sure that I think he is particularly funny but it is clear that he has a sense of humour and appreciates comedy. He hosted SNL and didn’t screw it up, in fact, this United Way PSA was really quite good. He did a promo spot with Will Farrell for Anchor Man 2 this year and let’s not forget about hismany classic MasterCard commercials over the years. With his big dumb face and his big dumb smile it’s hard not to like him.

And don’t think he doesn’t do his fair share of charity work either. One of my favourite Peyton-ism’s is his foundation which is aptly named ‘The Peyback Foundation’

Peyton is known for calling out plays to trick the other team. His most recent buzzword is ‘Omaha’ and he seems to shout it out beforenearly every play lately. The city of Omaha is thrilled, they publicly thanked Manning on their twitter feed, hoping that all these mentions on national television are bound to cause some tourism. You can even bet on how many times Peyton will scream Omaha at the super bowl, naturally the links are attached.

So, quarterback wise you have two options – the young, serious, sweet and talented Russell Wilson and his dogs OR the lovable goon thatis Peyton Manning who could prove to the world (and the Colts) that is he still the very best.

On this one, although I love the Seahawks and Russell Wilson, I think I’m going Peyton. I mean, look at this faceImage

Links

Here is the betting information on Omaha

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-23/peyton-manning-s-omaha-audibles-become-super-bowl-prop-bet.html

To add to my argument of the cutest couple in football

Here is Russell Wilson’s proposal details….which I understand is not a very sporty link

http://www.timesdispatch.com/entertainment-life/weddings-celebrations/i-do-i-do-ashton-meem-russell-wilson/article_169dd71c-d7b9-5781-aba4-2db570e5550b.html

And in case you missed it this time, here is Peyton’s United Way commercial

http://ilovefootballseason.com/funny-peyton-manning-united-way-snl-digital-short/

Who’s it gonna be? – Team overviews

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It’s Superbowl time!

The most wonderful, testosterone filled day of the year is upon us, but who you might be wondering to root for?

Both teams have a lot going for them and I’ll do my best to cover every little bit of non statistical information so that you can make an emotionally informed decision. Today I’ll be posting a team overview but each day for the rest of the week I’ll be comparing QB’s, coaches,  some big offensive and defensive players and of course, the always overlooked kickers.

So away we go…

NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have never won a Superbowl. The one time before now that they made it to the big game, they lost to the Steelers. To make them even more wide eyed and lovable, not a single member of the Seahawks active roster have ever played in a Superbowl. This is an incredible and exciting opportunity for them. Led by my very favourite silver fox: Pete Carroll (see previous post), they are in good hands and their defence could certainly make it happen for them.

To help them out, Seattle has some of the most incredible fans in football. They are called ‘The 12th Man’ and are so loud, disruptive and unruly that they cause an awesome amount of false starts in the opposing teams. And the Seahawks are grateful. When their new uniforms were released in 2012 they were designed with 12 feathers down their legs and around their neckline in dedication to their fans. In 1984 the team retired the #12 in honour of the 12th man so no Seahawk has worn the #12 in 30 years. At the beginning of each and every home game a team VIP raises a massive #12 flag in the end zone and the stadium goes wild. In fact, this year the 12th man broke a Guinness Record for Loudest Stadium. In 2011, their sound registered on a nearby seismic scale. They made the earth move!!!

And if that wasn’t enough, they have Taima. Taima the Hawk is the Seahawk mascot. She has been with the team since 2007 and leads the team out of their tunnel at the start of every home game. They are bringing her to New Jersey for the big game so she can do her thing. 

On the business side of things, the Seahawks are owned by a man named Paul Allen who is a co-founder of Microsoft. He is your typical hyper rich, philanthropist who donates millions of dollars and does good. 

paul allenHe’s like a nerdy Bruce Wayne with no alter ego. Unlike most millionaire do-gooders our guy Paul has never been married but it’s not out of the question for him. He is actively looking for love, saying in 2011, in a 60 minutes interview that he is still optimistic he’ll meet someone and frankly it shouldn’t be too difficult for him. He is worth $15.8 billion and just released his first rock album. There links attached.

 

macklemoreOn the celebrity front, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are huge Seahawks fans. Macklemore performed at the NFC Championship and was with hung out with the team before and after the game. When asked to sign a fans 49er’s jersey, he did so, but not without putting the word ‘sucks’ after the team name. Sarah and Todd Palin and Drew Carey are also fans.

In short, the Seahawks are on an upswing. This really feels like it could be their time. They have an incredible team put together and a lot of people really pulling for them. They are certainly who I’m going to rooting for but….

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The orange and navy Denver Bronco’s are pretty great too. I mean look at that guy’s smile.  They have not won a Superbowl in 15 years. Not since they were led by Bronco legendary QB John Elway. Elway was originally John Elwaydrafted in 1983 in the first round by the Colts, but he threatened to leave football for the MLB unless he was traded to a select list of teams. He didn’t give the Colts much choice and Denver was happy to take him on. Prior to Elway, the team had been through 24 different starting QB’s in 23 seasons. He played with the team for 16 years and now works as their General Manager. This man spent his entire professional career and most of his adult life with the Bronco’s and is still considered one of the greatest QB’s of all time. It would be wonderful for him to take his team to victory again, this time as their manager.

And while Bronco fans may not make quite as much noise as the 12th man, they are still some of the loudest fans in the NFL. They shout ‘IN-COM-PLETE’ after any incompletion and take stadium attendance very seriously, loudly ‘boo-ing’ any no shows at home games.

Their team mascot is a beautiful 900 pound horse named Thunder who is ridden down the length of the field after a home game touchdown. He and his beautiful, blonde and buxom trainer will be making the long and difficult journey to the Superbowl this year so Taima will not be the only live mascot to be shipped across the country.

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The Bronco’s are owned by Pat Bowlen who is much cooler looking than Paul Allen. His family made their money in the Canadian oil business and while he bankrolls the team, he is not very active in its decision making. He did however save the team from near bankruptcy when he bought it and like Paul Allen, he fought to keep the team in its home town. This is his 30th year with the team. He is married to a lovely, if not somewhat plastic lady named Joan Annabelle Bowlen who interestingly enough, happens to be related to the late Princes Diana. But as far as I could tell neither of them have ever released a rock album.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame are huge fans CartmansMomisaDirtySlut11and frequently reference the Bronco’s on their show. Curiously, the Bronco’s won the Superbowl the year that the show went on the air, which they do not consider curious at all. Other fans include Tim Allen and Kyle Busch.

Now, for some similarities. Both teams had a regular season record of 13-3 and as it turns out both mascots are named Thunder..sort of. Turns out that Taima is a Native American name and although there is some disagreement about its language of origin, it appears to mean Thunder.

For pure team spirit I’m going Seahawks, but if you still can’t decide, tomorrow i’ll be pitting Peyton Manning against Russell Wilson and it will be enthralling!

Links –

http://theweek.com/article/index/247909/microsoft-co-founder-paul-allen-released-a-rock-album-and-its-not-terrible

Listen to a Paul Allen Song Sample

http://www.kplu.org/post/experience-his-music-project-paul-allen-releases-star-studded-cd

Pete Carroll – The Man, The Hair, The Coach

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 It’s probably time that I admit I love Pete CarrolI.

I love the way he coaches, his energy, his hair (less robust recently, but still) and mostly his enthusiasm. I can’t help but feel and sincerely hope that this is his time.

Pete Carroll has been the coach of the Seahawks for 3 years but of course, his football career started long before that. Like most coaches, he played football himself but not without issue. He was always small for his age and weighing only 110 pounds, he had to get a doctors note to try out for his high school football team. Pretty cute, right? Anyway, after high school he ended up at the University of the Pacific where he met his wife Glena and post school he tried out for the Honolulu Hawaiians but didn’t make the cut. Carroll moved around the college teams acting as a graduate assistant, assistant and coordinator until he was eventually brought in to the NFL.

Working as a defensive coach for the Bills and Vikings he was made defensive coordinator by the Jets and by 1994 was promoted to his first head coaching position. It’s here he started his coaches basketball pick-up games that he is now known for, playing in the parking lot of the their practice facility. While his season started out well, it ended 6-10 and he was fired after only one season. After two successful years as defensive coordinator for the 49er’s he was given a second chance. This time as head coach of the New England Patriots, replacing legendary and much loved coach Bill Parcells. His happy go lucky energy was a stark change from the often irritable and serious Parcells. Jaysen Jenks wrote it this way “Parcells criticized his players in public, Carroll occasionally hugged his players in public.” He didn’t act like a head coach should, critics said he was too laid back, too soft, and that he absolutely had to stop taking his team out bowling. His second chance lasted three years. Robert Kraft, who owns the Patriots has said that firing Carroll was one of the hardest decisions he has made in since owning the team.

Carroll who had only ever worked one job outside of football decided to take a year off. He did some writing, some advising and some serious self examination. At the time his daughter was playing volleyball at the University of Southern California and they just happened to have a opening for head coach of their football team. Now our guy Pete had not coached at the college level for nearly two decades and this was certainly not a forward career move but Carroll actively pursued the position. He wasn’t their first choice, or their second. In fact he was their fourth. Three other coaches turned down the position before they gave it to him. And when they did, the USC community did not like the decision. Fans, alumni and donors sent close to 2500 complaints to the athletic department.

And with very little to lose he started doing things his way. The program was not doing well. They had not made a national championship in 10 years. During the next decade that Carroll spent at USC, he won them 2 national championships and got them to 7 consecutive top 4 finishes. The athletic department revenue nearly doubled. I could go on and on explaining his many accomplishments but suffice it to say, he turned the program around. He implemented many of his now well known coaching tactics including holding all open practices and his weekly schedule; Tell the truth Mondays, Competition Tuesday, Turnover Wednesday etc. Then there were his pranks, a few of them involving USC alum Will Ferrell. I’ll add some links at the end of the article because a)I won’t do them justice and b) You should see how much fun his teams always seem to be having.

One of his biggest strengths was his ability to recruit, and it became a family affair after his son Brennan was brought in as recruiting coordinator. During his time at USC 53 of Carroll’s recruits were drafted to the NFL and of those, 14 were selected in the first round. That’s incredible! Now, here is where the Carroll Haters require their due. Reggie Bush (you may recognize him as Kim Kardashians ex boyfreind) was recruited to the Trojans and helped them to win a national championship. The NCAA began an investigation into USC in 2010 and found that Reggie Dear seemed to have accepted a few ‘improper gifts’ from USC recruiters that may have lured him to the program. Now Pete Carroll has denied knowing anything about this and as much as I love that hair, that is hard to believe. He was very involved in all aspects of the program and his own son was the recruiting coordinator.

Around this time he was offered the head coaching position for the Seattle Seahawks. He had been offered NFL positions during his time with the Trojans but Seahawks owner Paul Allen made him an offer he could not refuse. He was given near complete control over the team which allowed him the freedom he had become used to at the college level. He left USC in 2010 just in time for the NCAA sanctions to surface. They were very harsh and included the stripping of scholarships, the loss of a championship and two year ban on competing for the national title. Pete Carroll did not leave the team cheering.

But he did hit the ground running. He made over 200 changes in the Seahawks roster in his first season and although his two first seasons were ultimately unsuccessful , there were moments where we saw that perhaps Pete Carroll had found his stride. In 2012 he chose to start rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, a third round draft pick which led to his first winning season with the team. Last week Rick Reily of ESPN gave his guts points to Jim Harbaugh for starting Colin Kaepernick as quarterback. But Kaepernick was a first round draft pick. If he wasn’t go to start, who was? I think that Carroll’s pick of Wilson was more gutsy. And let’s not forget about Carroll’s formidable nickname at USC of ‘Big Balls Pete.’

He has BBQ’s in his training camp and snowball fights with his players. He runs the drills, he doesn’t just call them and he plays loud pop music during practice. He fucking rocks and he has so much gosh-darn. In 2005 he was interviewed for Mens Vogue…ridiculous but why not? They described his sideline personality as “a 9 year old boy who’s having a very good christmas” to which he responded “I always think something goods just about to happen.”

Well Pete, you’re going to the Superbowl and I too, have a feeling that something goods just about to happen.

Now that I’ve confessed and explained that particular compulsion, stay tuned! Next week I’ll be looking at some key players in the biggest, best and most wonderful game of the year!

Prank #1 – Pete Carroll punks Seahawk’s Raheem Brock with hotel bill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8nM-3C3Y4I

Prank #2 – USC gets visited by Will Ferrell on Halloween

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO9daN5fH8M

Oh God, I forgot Pete Carroll is on Twitter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh5KweP3qdo

Kim and Reggie’s first photo shoot together

http://cdn1.kimkcdn.celebuzz.com/files/2009/03/Saint-Sinner-GQ-kim-kardashian-reggie-bush-April-2009-3

The AFC Championship – The Sith and the Jedi

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The question of who has more heart is not an easy one to answer, This coming Sunday we have two terribly exciting games to watch. The first will be an all star match up between The New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High. This game is all about the intense Quarterback rivalry. Our second game is the Seattle Seahawks vs. The San Francisco 49er’s. I hope I don’t give my bias too much away when I elect to save my blurb on these two teams until after the games completion when Pete Carroll’s brilliant Seahawks will slaughter Jim Harbaugh’s snot nosed 49er’s. But back to game 1

The Question of the Underdog – Bronco’s

Of the two teams the Bronco’s are the underdog….but not by a long shot. The Patriots have been to the Superbowl 7 times, 5 of which were under their current Coach/QB combo. Out of these 5 trips, they have won 3 in the last ten years, setting innumerable records in the process. If the Patriots win this game they will be tied for the title of most Superbowl appearances by a team in the history of the NFL. The Bronco’s have been to the Superbowl 6 times but only won twice, in 1997 and 1998. If they win this Sunday, it will be their first Superbowl appearance since 1998 – 15 years! Meanwhile the Broncos have an operating budget of $31.7 million while the Patriots have an operating budget of $139.2 million. That is a difference of over $100 million that goes towards things like training facilities, player salaries and coach salaries. And speaking of coaches The Patriots have had the same coach for 13 years; a polarizing but undoubtedly brilliant man by the name of Bill Belichick.  In November the Bronco’s lost their Head Coach, Jim Fox to a valve replacement surgery. His role was being filled by their defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio but that’s a lot of change ups for a team in the post season.  On the other side of the gate, the game is being played at the Bronco’s home stadium. Lucky for them, they have one of the best home game advantages in the league, having never been shut out at home in over 400 games. Some say this can be credited to their altitude which is indeed a mile high above sea level.

Team Charisma – Tie game

In this category we certainly have reason to root for both teams. The Patriots have a fairly adorable touchdown ritual where ten men dressed as minute men fire a round of blanks from flintlock muskets in the end zone. It’s an oddly classy affair with the surely un-intended effect of sending the sulphur scented fumes over to the visiting teams bench. Whether or not you find this a flattering comparison. Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin has said that the Patriots are the Lannister’s of the NFL and Drew Karyshyn, a Star Wars video game writer has named Bill Belichick as most likely to become the Sith. While you may point out that both of these comparisons are to what some might call ‘evil’ characters, I would point out that in both cases they have a certain charm, and a definite ability to get what they want.

Oh…and their defensive coordinators name is Pepper Johnson…Great name.

The Broncos do some cute stuff too. They take great pride in selling out their stadium. Each game they read out the number of no shows in the stadium, who are subsequently booed. Also, their former stadium was unique by having steel floors. This caused a thunder sound to echo down from the top seats when fans would stomp their feet, possibly because of their enthusiasm and possibly because they were cold. In any case, when their new stadium was built the upper decks were built with steel floors to continue the tradition.

Oh…and their General Manager is a Hall of Fame quarterback who took the team to their only two Superbowl wins: a Mr. John Elway, who when he was drafted in the 1st round by the Colts in 1983, threatened to leave football and join the MLB unless he was traded to a short list of teams, one of which was the Bronco’s. He’s been with the team ever since.

Coaches Corner – Go Pats Go

After careful study of Bill Belichick I have come to think that ‘saucy’ is perhaps the best word him. Not in anything he says because public speaking is really not his forte but in his actions. For those of you who don’t know him I’ll do a quick review of some of his more brazen achievements. In 2000 he was given a head coaching position for the New York Jets. He accepted the position and the next day, moments before he was supposed to be introduced to the press, he quickly wrote out a sentence. “I resign as the Head Coach of the New York Jets.” He spent the next 30 minutes justifying his decision to a stunned press corp. He had held the position for 24 hours. Shortly afterwards it was announced that he would be the head coach of the Patriots where he would also act as General manager giving him near complete control over the team. The Patriots had to give up their first round draft pick to get him out of his contract with the Jets but it was probably worth it. 

Once in 2001 after a bad game against The Miami Dolphins, he held a funeral for the game ball in order to get the team to move forward. And in his pre-game speech before the 2005 Superbowl against the Eagles he made his team listen to the entire parade route that the Eagles would take should they win – street by street. He is the only NFL head coach that is not part of the NFL coaches association. Union camaraderie does not appear to be his thing. Spying is more his style, in 2007 he was fined $500,00o for taping a defensive practice of the New York Jets. 

Now, this is Bill Belichick’s final year on his contract, which would normally create an interesting tension but I don’t think he’s even remotely near the chopping block. His contract is sure to be extended.

 The Broncos coach is named John Fox and doesn’t strike me as a particularly interesting man. He and Belichick have faced off once before in the Superbowl, with Belichick taking the crown in 2003 when Fox was briefly the coach of the Panthers. He has had to leave the game this season after a cardiac valve replacement surgery. His defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has been filling in and he is a slightly more interesting man. He has held the position of head coach before for the Jaguars and set an NFL record as longest tenured head coach without winning a division championship. Not the best record to have, but a record is a record I suppose. These playoffs have been a real chance for him to shine.

My favourite story about Jack is when he introduced a new coaching mantra to the Jaguars locker room in 2003. The mantra was ‘Keep Chopping Wood’ and he brought in a large stump and an axe so the players could really hammer in this metaphor. This was all going pretty well until the teams  punter seriously injured his non kicking foot, badly enough to keep him out the rest of the 2003 season. If that’s not pure blind, stupid heart, I don’t know what is.

 Interestingly enough all three coaches involved in this game were fined in 2012 for ‘berating replacement officials’ or grabbing a replacement officials arm in Bill’s case. So in the very least, it should be a passionate game on the sidelines

Quarterback – I heart Peyton

In the Quarterback department, I think the way is clear. These two incredibly successful men have faced off 14 times, with Tom Brady winning 10 of these. While Brady tends to soar under in the intense playoff pressure, Peyton seems to sink. Among his other career records Peyton Manning is tied with Brett Farve for most post season losses.

Tom Brady was largely ignored in college. Not recognized as the talent that he is now, he was a 6th round draft pick by the Patriots. This is the narrative that we have come to know; A young, determined, hard working boy defeats all mediocre expectations and becomes the worlds best known quarterback. Peyton Manning on the other hand was a star in college and a first round draft pick for the Colts. In fact everything was looking pretty wonderful for him until 2011. He even started a charity for disadvantaged youth called the ‘Peyback Foundation”. Get it? Anyway in 2011 he went in for a run of the mill surgery to alleviate some pain he was feeling in his neck and shoulder. The pain did not subside and shortly after he had to have another, much more serious surgery that led to him sitting out the rest of 2011 season. Previously he had never missed a game in the NFL. When the 2012 draft pick came around the Colts used their first pick to choose Andrew Luck as their new quarterback. Peyton Manning was let go from the team that he had led for 14 years. He was even gracious about it, saying that the Colts made the right decision. Lucky for him, the Bronco’s picked him up 13 days later so the sob story ends here.

In fact, there’s very little for either of them to sob about. They are both married to incredibly beautiful woman with lovely little families. They both make over 90 million a year and they both have hosted Saturday Night Live, which I think you’ll agree is the pinnacle of celebrity success. (Links are attached, but I think Peyton wins the funny award)

Also it should be said that while Star Wars writer Drew Karyshyn compared Bill Belichick to the Sith, he has named Peyton Manning as most likely to be a Jedi Knight. And it may have taken a while, but we all saw what happened there. Go Peyton Go.

So, who has more heart? While neither team is soul-less. I would strongly suggest for you to root for the Broncos. They need it more and if they pull it together, they have the skill to overthrow the comfortable Patriots. I’m going to ride this orange wave as long as it goes…or until they face the Seahawks.

Other Links E-online did a great explanation of the Brady/Manning Rivalry as explained by the ladies of ‘The Hill’s http://ca.eonline.com/news/500643/tom-brady-and-peyton-manning-s-rivalry-as-explained-by-the-hills-lauren-conrad-and-heidi-montag This is Bill Belichick dressed as a pirate and giving us a rare smile http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/bill-belichick-pirate-halloween-costume_n_4177824.html Here is Peyton’s United Way SNL video http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/80542965/ Here is (a rather bad quality video of) Tom Brady’s opening SNL monologue – You decide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8vye8TFP0k