My predictions for Super Bowl Sunday

Will Tom Brady be flustered on Sunday?

The Super Bowl is here and it’s time for those predictions. This should be a close game featuring the best of the best versus a team with a bunch of surprises throughout their playoff run.

Here are some things I look forward to in this game.

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Since when do they put ads on team mascots?

I didn’t notice this before and maybe this is not new. But as I was looking through photos on my Facebook feed, this came up. Not only am I a fan of the ugly sweaters, but I noticed an ad patch on Swoop, the Eagles mascot.

Since when did they start putting ads on the mascots? I know that ads are placed on the team practice jerseys, but the mascot is also a walking billboard?

This is just another indication of the sign of the times. We already know ads are going to invade the players’ jerseys in the future. No reason to think even mascots will be safe from them.

Philadelphia Eagles graphics department uses wrong font on jerseys

The Philadelphia Eagles have no known plans to make alterations to their uniforms. So when they tweeted out this graphic yesterday, it was odd to see them use a new font.

One of the major differences is to the No. 4. Compare the 4 in Darren Sproles’ jersey to what the 4 really looks like.

Somebody in the Eagles graphics department messed up somewhere and used the wrong font. I’m surprised nobody saw it and corrected it.

The curious case of DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson could carry a lot of baggage with him to his next team.

The Eagles released DeSean Jackson. That came shortly after this report suggest that Jackson was affiliated with gangs. Jackson later released a statement claiming that he has never been part of a gang.

So what do the wide receiver-needy teams do with Jackson? Do they take him on his word or look at his past and see if that would be baggage they do not want to deal with?

Jackson is coming off a tremendous season and is still very effective on the field. As a speed demon, he’s one of the best. If he’s set out to return punts, he can also make big plays. He’ll also make dumb plays. But if you look at his overall skill, he’s a wide receiver that would be a great addition to any team.

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My predictions for Saturday’s Wild Card round games

It’s time for the playoffs once again! Here are my quick predictions on today’s games.

A rematch of two former No. 1 picks

KANSAS CITY (5) VS INDIANAPOLIS (4)

This is going to be a fun matchup to watch because both teams are coming back after miserable seasons. Two years ago, the Colts suffered through a horrific season and came back as a playoff team under the guidance of a new quarterback. Last year, the Chiefs retooled after a disastrous season, got their new quarterback and a new coach to lead the way.

I am looking forward to see how Jamaal Charles will be used in this game. He is coming off a strong finish this year and could be the x-factor in this game. But on the Colts’ side on offense, I am really impressed at how their running game is starting to show some signs of life. I don’t expect them to have to run really well, but maybe just well enough to keep a strong balance.

This game might come down to field position. Both quarterbacks are smart generals and won’t try to take big risks to jeopardize the team. And I believe that might be the difference, allowing the defenses to set the tone for the game.

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My Top 10 best NFL helmets of all time

Last night I started to think about the best helmets in NFL history. It was something that I decided to make a list of right here just because why not? The NFL helmet is the identity of the team. I remember the old Monday Night Football intros where both helmets crash into each other. That’s priceless.

So with that in mind, I’ve decided to create my own personal list of the Top 10 helmets in NFL history that I think stand the test of time. Feel free to disagree with me here.

Before I begin, here are some basic criteria that I used to determine which helmets should be on the list.

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NFL reporter Jeff Darlington once again dishes out his ‘Animal House’ pop culture lesson on Twitter

This is a classic movie scene. And for anyone who has seen it, they knew that Bluto’s confusion of US history did not hurt the impact of his speech.

NFL reporter Jeff Darlington, a fan of the movie, uses this speech in reference on Twitter every now and then. However, some of his 68,000+ Twitter followers don’t get the pop culture reference.

He used it on Monday night when the Redskins attempted to come back from a 33-7 deficit.

In return, we get a lot of fans calling out Darlington for not knowing his history. Darlington retweeted some of the offended people.

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