Super Bowl 50 has come and gone and the Broncos are champions again. But there were a lot of thoughts that came to my head during the bout and I will just share them with you right now.
- I am so glad the game was played in California. The California sun really makes it seem like a cool progression from light to night during the game. I wish I attended this game since it’s at Levi’s Stadium. Maybe next time. Although there were complaints about the turf again. But the NFL took care of the turf for the game, not the Niners, so this wasn’t on the Niners this time. Is field turf a possibility?
- Don’t ever boo Tom Brady.
- Lady Gaga is a legend and she did great. I didn’t read on any of the reports of people being upset but they are just fools.
- I had thought that the Broncos pass rush was so superior that there was a chance it would upset the supposedly balanced Panthers team. That was the only factor I thought that would give the Broncos the advantage. That was it. Von Miller deserves the MVP award.
This will only be the fifth time ever that these two teams will face off in a game.
The Super Bowl is here and it’s time for those predictions. This should be a great game featuring two very strong defenses and offenses led by two superb quarterbacks.
Here are some things I look forward to in this game.
As you may have noticed, the above tweet is generating a lot of buzz online today. I posted that three days ago. It was a photo I found here.
Late Thursday night and early Friday morning it was brought to my attention that the tweet above was getting a lot of retweets and likes. It also was being featured in articles by many major sites across the web. This story started circulating even though the supposed error was already fixed.
A couple days ago I found and posted this picture.
I noted that it appears that they had started painting the Broncos end zone on the wrong side of the field before realizing the error.
Just today, my tweet generated some buzz and was used in some articles.
The Broncos will be making their eighth Super Bowl appearance in team history. In those games they have worn three different jersey colors. Here are their records.
The team just announced that despite being the designated home team, they will wear their all-white road look. I think they don’t want to wear the unlucky orange tops.
With this news, that means the Panthers are wearing their black tops. Those jerseys have been paired with silver or black pants in the past. Knowing that owner Jerry Richardson is a traditionalist, I expect this uniform matchup for the Super Bowl.
In the back of my mind, I keep thinking that the Panthers are so well-balanced that they will rout the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Cam Newton is playing at a level that is beyond anyone’s imagination. The running game is working well and the receivers, especially Greg Olsen, appear to be up to the challenge. Who can stop such an explosive offense? And pair that with the Panthers defense, they look like the top team.
I take a look at the Broncos and their offense is still figuring things out with Peyton Manning still not at his best. Will that be enough to win the game? I doubt it. But the Broncos defense looks so much stronger. The pass rush is phenomenal. I can’t shake the feeling that the Denver defense will overcome all the odds.
The mantra about defense winning championships is still true. And even though the Panthers’ offense looks so balanced, I can’t imagine how it will perform against the Broncos.
That’s what makes this a good one. It seems like the Panthers have everything going for them. But a good defense from Denver makes it so intriguing for me.
Who’s going to the Super Bowl? Check out my predictions below.
They meet again.
NEW ENGLAND (2) VS DENVER (1)
Are you sick of this narrative? I hope not. This may be the last time we will see Tom Brady and Peyton Manning face each other in a game. The stakes are at the highest for these two once again and we could see another classic game.
Manning is still working his way back into football shape but appears to have gotten it back just in time. He didn’t look all too great last week but the defense and the running game kept the Broncos against the Steelers. But in order for the Broncos to have any change, the receivers cannot afford to have so many dropped passes. It will be on them ad the defense to give the Broncos a chance.
Brady seems to have a better offensive game plan working for him. Much like the Broncos, the receivers have to make the catches. Julian Edelman has to avoid the early yips to get the Patriots offense going. Without an established running attack, could we see a continuation of a committee or the Patriots trying to focus more on passing? I think the passing game will still be big and Rob Gronkowski will be in the middle of it all.
Here are my predictions for the second round of the playoffs.
The Panthers shocked a struggling Seattle team during the regular season.
SEATTLE (6) VS CAROLINA (1)
This game could come down to the wire. In their regular season meeting, the Panthers stormed back late and shocked the Seahawks — who at the time was in a mid-season funk. The two teams are playing real well right now and could possibly produce an instant classic.
Russell Wilson has played like a second-half MVP and the passing game, especially with Doug Baldwin has looked fantastic. This is a Seahawks team without Jimmy Graham and with Marshawn Lynch banged up. Yet the offense is playing well enough while the defense remains strong.
That will be a challenge as Cam Newton is such a dangerous quarterback and has made his “lack of quality receivers” into dangerous threats. Devin Funchess and Ted Ginn will be key in helping spread the field as Greg Olsen remains as the focal point of the passing game. Look out for Jonathan Stewart to be the tone-setter.
I’m a Vernon Davis fan. Not just him as the football player but also as a human being. I covered the 49ers for five seasons and the final three I got a chance to interact with coaches and players during practices, games and other functions. I wasn’t close to Davis. We kept our relationship professional and I was just fine with that.
I remember during training camp in 2010, a Danish news media outlet flew out two reporters to do a story on the 49ers. They were anxious to talk with Davis because he and then head coach Mike Singletary were paired up to promote the upcoming London game that year. Davis was the biggest name they knew on the 49ers.
When Davis came out to the field to meet with reporters, the Danish reporters started asking him questions. If you’re familiar with the location of the 49ers’ practice facility, you know that it’s near an airport and loud planes frequently fly over the field. Davis heard a plane and stopped talking. He waited for the plane to pass by, knowing that he wanted to make sure these reporters who traveled all this distance got a clear sound bite. He smiled and once the plane passed by, he continued where he left off.
It wasn’t anything spectacular, but it is my favorite moment covering Davis and it had nothing to do with me interviewing him. But it was the perfect example of the kind of man Davis was with the media. Every time he spoke, he always spoke clearly. He thought through his words before speaking. He understood the power of presentation. That fit well with his various passions. He loved to paint and show off his work. He had aspirations to start his own TV show. The man understood how to handle and present himself.
For years if you asked me which is my favorite uniform matchup in NFL history, I would tell you to look at Super Bowl XXXII. That game featured the Denver Broncos in their new blue jersey, white pants uniform with orange horns against the classic Green Bay Packers uniform with an updated sleeve stripe.
The reason why I love this uniform matchup is because of two factors:
1 – It was a matchup of a classic uniform versus a modern uniform design. As much as it would have been easier to choose a matchup between two classics, a part of me feels that these two uniforms capture the history of the NFL all in one game. The past and the future all in one.
2 – The colors of these two uniforms are spectacular. Both teams don’t share any of the same colors except for white, which is standard. Secondly, it’s two bold colors in green and navy balanced out with bright colors of yellow (athletic gold) and orange. When both teams are lined up, the colors jump out so well. The key to this matchup is that he Packers are in white, giving their mostly white and yellow uniform a great balance against the green grass. Perfect color balance under the bright California sun.