New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champs

With the first overtime game in Super Bowl history, the New England Patriots closed a 25 point gap to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.

In what started out as a one-sided match, Atlanta had two quick strikes, both five plays each, taking less than two minutes off the game clock. In the first, Falcon running back Devonta Freeman capped off a 71-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run, followed by a drive featuring wideout Julio Jones with two impressive catches, to set up a 19-yard strike from quarterback Matt Ryan to tight end Austin Hooper, making the score 14-0 in favor of underdog Atlanta.

New England would dominate the rest of the first half in time of possession, as they put together two long drives to close out the half. The first, however ended in a pick six for the Falcons defense, as New England quarterback Tom Brady was intercepted on a short third and six, making it a brutal 21-0 with just two minutes left in the second quarter. Their last drive of the half was a bit more successful as Brady drove his team down to put three points on the board.

Even though it appeared the rout was on, we all know that you can never count out a Bill Belichick coached team led by one Tom Brady. The Falcons returned to first half form with an eight play, 85-yard drive culminating with a six-yard touchdown pass to running back Tevin Coleman, putting Atlanta up 28-3. Brady and his arsenal of weapons responded with a James White touchdown, however they missed the extra point, bringing the score to 28-9. Another Brady drive fell short as the Falcons defense held them to just a field goal, leaving Atlanta with a comfortable 28-12 lead. Or so we all thought.

With just over eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Falcons finally made a mistake and it was a crucial one. Freeman missed his block, allowing the Patriots defense a sack/strip, setting New England up with great scoring position. A Danny Amendola touchdown with a two-point conversion put the game at 28-20, with just under six minutes to play in regulation. The Patriots defense stepped up when it was needed most and Brady was given the ball back with a chance to tie it all up. Assisted by an incredible once-in-a-lifetime catch by Julian Edelman, New England scored a touchdown with a two-point conversion to force the first overtime in Super Bowl history.

The Patriots won the coin toss, and drove the ball down to Atlanta’s two-yard line. James White dove his way into the end zone winning the game for New England, and bringing the fifth Super Bowl title to this storied franchise. This incredible win cemented this Patriots team as one of the greatest ever, in what would turn out to be one of the most incredible comebacks in the history of football.

Dallas Cowboys on Top of the NFC East

After 11 weeks of the NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are atop the competitive NFC East with an incredible 9-1 record. That is quite the jump from their disastrous 4-12 effort from the 2015 season.

The difference?

Two rookies in key offensive positions that have changed the look and feel of this Cowboys team. It is no surprise that first-year running back Ezekiel Elliott is having success behind Dallas’ stellar offensive line, but few predicted he would lead the league in rushing in Week 12 with 1102 yards. It’s the guy under center who has sent the most shockwaves through the NFL. Dak Prescott, the Cowboys’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft, was meant to be a plan for the future, to learn under their star signal caller, Tony Romo. Plans quickly changed when Romo injured his back in the preseason and Prescott’s number was called prematurely.

No one anticipated the success the young QB would have in uniting this team and making plays with both his arm and legs. He has shown poise, quickness and an innate ability to make good decisions when throwing the football this season.

Dallas is currently two games ahead of the New York Giants in their division and the top seed in the NFC heading into the playoffs. They do have a tough remaining schedule though as they face Washington on Thanksgiving, then get the Vikings, Giants, Buccaneers, Lions and finally the Eagles.  This Dallas team has been exciting to watch so far and should be equally as thrilling moving forward. Be sure to secure your Dallas Cowboys tickets early so that you don’t miss out on all the incredible on-field action down the stretch!

NFL Playoff Picture Closer – AFC West is Tight

With seven weeks remaining in the 2016-2017 season, the NFL landscape appears somewhat different than most of us expected. It seems that this year there are a few teams ahead of the league in talent and then a stiff drop off with the remainder of the NFL. In the AFC, the West division is the only one with a tight race, as three out of the four teams currently have seven wins. If the playoffs began today, the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos would all be granted a playoff berth coming out of the West. New England at 7-2, currently has the first seed in the AFC and have certainly been playing well enough to sustain that spot. At 6-3, the Houston Texans sit atop the AFC South, with the 5-4 Baltimore Ravens rounding out the AFC playoffs, for now of course. Other teams with a shot at post season glory depending on how these next seven weeks shakeout are; the Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.

As far as the NFC goes, the Dallas Cowboys currently own the top seed coming out of the East, which seems to be the only division with a tight race. If we were to enter the post season today, both the Washington Redskins and New York Giants would also be in the mix from that same division. In the North, the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings are both tied at 5-4, with the South leader, Atlanta sitting at 6-4. Seattle leads in the West with a 6-2-1 record and owns the second seed in the NFC as of Week 10. The remaining teams in the hunt for a playoff berth from the NFC are the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints.

Of course seven weeks is still ample time for a team to make a big run, or perhaps an epic slide in today’s NFL. As the race gets tighter and closer, be sure to secure your NFL tickets and see how it all unfolds. You won’t want to miss one pass, run block or sack of exciting NFL action.

2016 NFL Season Preview

2016 should be an exciting one for the NFL, as there seems to be more parody within both the AFC and NFC divisions heading into the season. The regular season begins on September eighth with a rematch between the two Super Bowl 50 teams- the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Denver will be looking to show the world that they have the talent and ability to repeat in 2016 while Carolina will be seeking revenge and prove that they deserved to be there in the first place.

In taking a look at the AFC heading into the 2016 season, the usual suspects come to the forefront as favorites. In the AFC East, the New England Patriots are always in the conversation despite star quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension due to his role in deflategate. Miami should see a spike in production with new head coach Adam Gase who is an offensive guru. The Buffalo Bills are also a team that will show improvement as they have a solid defense and a very talented young quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. The AFC North is a tough division annually, with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals all boasting a plethora of talent. Even the Cleveland Browns should see improvement with Robert Griffin III under center and Josh Gordon finally on the field after multiple suspensions for violating the NFL’s drug policy.

In the AFC West, the Broncos will attempt a Super Bowl repeat with their extremely talented defense and a new revamped offense without future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning under center. Looking for their fifth AFC West title in a row may be tricky as all three other teams in the division have elevated themselves this offseason. The red headed stepchild of the NFL, the AFC South will hopefully show signs of improvement from 2015 as only one team, the Houston Texans ended last year with an above .500 record.

As far as the NFC goes, the East had a rough go in 2015 with Washington taking the top spot with a 9-7 record. Philadelphia has shed the Chip Kelly era and is looking to bounce back while the NY Giants and Dallas Cowboys both have the talent to be successful this season. In the gritty NFC North, it is anyone’s division as the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions all have the ability to come out on top this season.

The Carolina Panthers dominated the NFC South last year, but hopefully will get some legitimate competition in 2016. Tampa Bay is young yet talented, and New Orleans is also capable of putting a solid season together barring injury. In the western division, it has been a dog fight over the past several seasons and 2016 should be no different. The Rams are now in Los Angeles which could inspire them to play tougher this year. They have to contend with the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals who have been very difficult to beat as of late and both will be looking to emerge atop the division at the end of the regular season.

NFL is king and will remain to be the top sport to watch globally as long as they continue to put a solid product on the field each and every game. 2016 is shaping up to be a thriller, so be sure to purchase your NFL tickets and head out to stadiums all across the United States to catch the exciting on-field action all season long.

Patriots Clinch Playoff Spot with win Over Texans

New England clinched a playoff spot on Sunday night with a 27-6 rout over the Houston Texans, snapping a two-game skid for the now 11-2 team. Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady enjoyed the return of his tight end Rob Gronkowski by throwing for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Gronkowski was sidelined for just one game with a knee injury but returned earlier than expected racking up 87 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Patriots run game was accomplished by committee with LeGarrette Blount rushing for 53 yards before leaving with a hip injury, Brandon Bolden with 51 yards on the ground and James White with the sole rushing touchdown and just two total yards. New England’s other touchdown was to former Texan Keyshawn Martin in the first half to put the Patriots ahead 17-6. Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer was sacked five times and left the game to be evaluated for a concussion with around nine minutes remaining. On the day, Hoyer was 11 of 22 for 155 yards and no touchdowns while the Texans’ defense actually played rather well. The 6-7 Texans, recovered a fumble and forced two punts by New England in the third quarter but just weren’t able to take advantage and entered the fourth quarter trailing 20-6. In a weak AFC South division, they remain tied for first place with the Indianapolis Colts who they will face next week.

New England is currently sitting as the number one seed in the AFC and will host the flailing Tennessee Titans in Foxboro in Week 15. Fans should be sure to purchase New England Patriots tickets for this and the remaining matchups to see this exciting team in all the on-field action as they march towards the post season.

Eagles Stun Patriots 35 – 28

In an outcome that no one saw coming, the New England Patriots fell to the struggling Philadelphia Eagles 35-28 in Week 13 of the NFL season. Just over a week ago, the Patriots were thinking about an undefeated season and have now endured two straight losses to bring their record to 10-2. The Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak raising them to 5-7 and back in the NFC East playoff race. New England started the game 14-0 before the Eagles scored five straight touchdowns. Tom Brady did what he does and took advantage of an onside kick and a fumble to have a chance to tie the game in the final minute. Sadly, his wideouts dropped three passes in a row to turn the ball over on downs. In the loss, Brady threw for 312 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. With so many injuries plaguing their offense, the leading receiver for New England was James White with 115 yards and a score followed by Danny Amendola who had 62 yards and a touchdown. Eagles’ signal caller Sam Bradford threw for 120 yards and two touchdowns-one to Jordan Matthews and one to Zach Ertz- while the remaining scores were amassed by Philadelphia’s defense and special teams.

In Week 14, the Eagles will stay in Philadelphia to host the 6-6 Buffalo Bills who are coming off a big win against a surging Houston Texan team. New England will attempt to get back on track and stay atop the AFC for a playoff bye with a home game against the up and down Houston Texans on Sunday night. Be sure to purchase your New England Patriots tickets in advance to see them fight down the stretch and head towards the inevitable post season.

Harlem Globetrotters on 90th Anniversary Tour

This epic tour has over 320 games in North America alone, The Harlem Globetrotters have a star-studded roster that keep fans entranced with their skillful ball handling magic, basketball artistry and out-of-this-world fun entertainment that will amuse your entire family, regardless of age.  TV Personality Robin Roberts is the 10th Honorary Harlem Globetrotter in the team’s history, she joins an esteemed list that includes Pope Francis, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope and Nelson Mandela among others.  Roberts was named during the team’s announcement of The Great Assist initiative.  The Great Assist initiative is “pledging to spread 100 million smiles around the world in the next ten years with acts of kindness and benevolence.”  The North American leg of the highly anticipated tour kicks off December 26 in Pittsburgh, PA with 330 scheduled games in more than 260 cities in 48 US States, eight Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico.  Each game is filled with hilarious comedy, trick shots, rim-jarring dunks, and lots of audience interaction with the Globetrotter stars signing autographs and taking photos after the game.  The Original Globetrotters performed in 122 countries and territories on six continents.  The team is known for breaking down cultural and societal barriers with their iconic talents they have entertained hundreds of millions of fans including – popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine decades.  This year fans can expect to see a roster filled with some of the best names in basketball, Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkenson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu.  Their unique show has  been copied but never replicated, sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S., Herschend Enterprises.

New England Pats off to 5-0 Start with Victory Over Colts

Thanks to a 34-27 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, the New England Patriots are off to their first 5-0 start since the 2007 season while Indianapolis fell to 3-3. In what ended up being a wacky game with arguably one of the worst play calls perhaps ever, (a fake punt by the Colts), Tom Brady threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns in the highly anticipated “deflategate” rematch. Wideout Danny Amendola had his best game of the season with 105 receiving yards while tight end Rob Gronkowski was somewhat quiet with just 50 yards and a touchdown. As usual, the Patriots run game was via committee with LeGarrette Blount rushing for most of the carries for 93 yards and a touchdown, while Dion Lewis accounted for four carries for 21 yards. Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck was back on the field after missing play time due to injury and racked up 312 yards with three touchdowns. Indianapolis was very much in this game until the horrific fake punt in the beginning of the fourth quarter rattled them and the team just couldn’t recover.

New England has now won seven straight over the Colts and these rivals could potentially meet again in the playoffs depending on how the rest of the season shakes out for both of these AFC squads. Indianapolis will get to stay home in Week 7 and face the 2-4 New Orleans Saints who are coming off an exciting victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots will clash with their AFC East rival New York Jets at home who are 4-1 and playing very good football thus far in 2015. Fans should be sure to secure your New England Patriots tickets as this team is playing hungry and well, and should continue to do so.

San Francisco Giants Ready for Season – Spring Training Review

As we head into the final week of spring training, the San Francisco Giants are tweaking their 25-man roster in preparation for the season ahead.

Three members of the Giants 2014 World Series team were already optioned to Triple-A Sacramento: Andrew Susac, Hunter Strickland and Juan Perez. Susac is the most surprising of the three to not make the squad after being an integral part of the championship team, but he fell behind this spring due to a tooth infection and wrist injury.

There are some guys on the bubble after impressing the Giants coaching staff thus far and potentially have earned themselves a spot on the 2015 team. Short stop Matt Duffy had some solid moments last season but was not guaranteed to make this year’s version of the squad. He did however, have an impressive spring and could provide bench depth with his speed and good on-base percentage.

Outfielder Daniel Carbonell is someone who could make an impact later in the season if he ends up part of the 25-man roster. With San Francisco’s outfield depth taking a hit due to injuries to Hunter Pence and Angel Pagan, Carbonell has shown that he could fill in nicely, hitting .333 with a .421 on-base percentage, two home runs and five RBI’s in 15 at bats.

The 2015 San Francisco Giants are coming off a World Series Championship and will be looking to defend their title and keep that momentum going. As long as they have Madison Bumgarner at the top of the rotation and guys like Brandon Belt and Joe Panik support with solid offense, they could find themselves back in the hunt again.

The regular season is almost here and Giants ticket holders are anxious to get to AT&T Park and get the 2015 season underway as are the rest of MLB fans. San Francisco will start 2015 in Arizona as they face the Diamondbacks on Monday, April 6th.

Super Bowl XLIX Preview

If the Seattle Seahawks are going to win back to back Super Bowls, they will have to go through the last team to do so, the New England Patriots.

Let’s take a look at some key factors of this matchup and what each team will need to do to hoist that Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done.

Marshawn Lynch- The Seahawks running back is known for wearing down defenses then knocking out long runs in the second half, like the 24-yard touchdown against the Packers in the NFC Championship game. New England really strives to shut down one part of a team’s offensive attack and look for it to be Lynch on Sunday. Most likely they will lean on free safeties Patrick Chung and Devon MCCourty to clog up the run.

Gronk Smash – It is no secret that tight end Rob Gronkowski is the key to the Patriots pass offense, but secret or not, he’s still a huge factor. He is big, strong and can take men with him for decent yards after the catch. He is also great for opening up other New England receivers since he does garner so much attention. Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor is athletic enough to battle Gronk in coverage and will most likely be the one to do so.

Patriots O-Line – Seattle’s pass rush will also be key in this intense matchup. If New England quarterback Tom Brady is allowed to actually set his feet in the pocket he can do damage to any opposing defense. The Seahawks will need to get in there and make Brady uncomfortable, breaking up his rhythm and mechanics. Both New England’s offensive line and Seattle’s front seven are playing at a high level in the post season and should be one of the great battles of Super Bowl XLIX.

On paper, Sunday’s matchup is one for the record books. It’s the meeting of two number one seeds facing off in what should be a tremendous display of football on both sides of the ball. Fans of the Patriots, Seahawks or anyone who loves the game of football will not want to miss out those Super Bowl XLIX tickets.