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Who Is In the Super Bowl? … And Doug Baldwin’s Post-Game Rant

BY CAILIN BURKE

As most experts (and my family and I) predicted, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will be competing in Super Bowl XLIX. To get here, we had to go through one game which had viewers on the edge of their seats and one that was much less thrilling.

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The NFC Championship between the Seahawks and Green Bay Packers was a closer game than anticipated, as it came down to overtime. Even though the odds were highly in the Seahawks favor, it was their mistakes on offense and multitude of penalties that gave Green Bay a chance. With Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throwing four interceptions, Green Bay failed to make the most out of these uncharacteristic mistakes. Between the five Seattle turnovers in the game (one first quarter fumble on a Doug Baldwin return), Green Bay was only able to score 6 points on the possession changes, and 22 points total. Although it was one of Wilson’s worst career games, it was Green Bay’s lack of capitalization on Seattle’s many errors that resulted in their loss.

Jermaine Kearse game-winning touchdown. Courtesy of AP / Jeff Chiu

Jermaine Kearse game-winning touchdown. Courtesy of AP / Jeff Chiu

If you want the short version of this game, Green Bay had a 16-point lead at halftime mainly due to Seattle mistakes. Seattle came back in the second half, getting within 5 points of the Packers with a score of 19-14 and a little more than 2 minutes left in the game. The Seahawks then successfully attempted an onside kick which allowed repossession of the ball. With this possession, they scored and made the game 22-19 in their favor. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers responded, making it quickly down the field and gaining enough yardage to allow Mason Crosby to make the game-tieing field goal. On to overtime, the Seahawks won the coin toss, and in their first overtime possession (and in only a little over 3 minutes), Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse to win the game. Final score: 28-22.

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Courtesy of AP / Elaine Thompson

In typical Seahawk fashion, they ended their game with some shouting. It came from Doug Baldwin this time who had a lot to say about the team’s “doubters.” Starting the season at 3-3, Baldwin yelled, “Everyone counted us out.” Baldwin’s post-game rant definitely followed in the footsteps of Richard Sherman. I mean, hey, the 12th man sure likes to shout too. Although they may have been doubted in the beginning, the Seahawks were the heavy favorites in this game. Just look at the NFL expert picks.

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Courtesy of Cincy Jungle

As for the Patriots vs. the Indianapolis Colts, this game went quite the opposite and wasn’t determined in a dramatic, anxiety-inducing way. The final score was 45-7, Patriots. A game recap would probably bore you, so basically all there is to know is Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount had a great game with 3 rushing touchdowns, while Brady threw 3 touchdowns, and Julian Edelman had 98 receiving yards. Maybe the most noteworthy fact of this game is that Brady is now onto his sixth Super Bowl as starting quarterback, a NFL record. This game also allowed him to surpass Peyton Manning’s record for most post-season passing yards.

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Courtesy of USA Today

With two weeks until the Super Bowl, the Seahawks are going to make sure they fix their issues and won’t be making those mistakes again. I think they’ve got this, but truth be told, I wish a different team would win. Just not the Patriots, sorry I’m a Giants fan.

Eli and Peyton Manning In Their Best Rap Ever

BY CAILIN BURKE

The DIRECTV ads with the Manning Brothers rapping are probably my favorite advertisements music videos ever. Although last summer’s ad for “Football on Your Phone” was hilarious, this year’s “Fantasy Football Fantasy” is even better. It’s so ridiculous that it ends up being funny and an actually good marketing technique. Since we are all used to seeing the Manning brothers being serious on the field, I love how unexpected and unusual it is to see the two being humorous and rapping. Plus having Archie Manning and Joe Namath make an appearance in the video makes it even better. Make sure to check it out below and get excited for football season… and fantasy football!

The Top Picks for the 2014 MLB Draft Are In

BY CAILIN BURKE

Although we’re currently in the prime of baseball season, the ongoing games aren’t the only thing fans are focusing on. Instead, the 2014 MLB Draft is at the forefront of the baseball world’s interest, as this year’s crop of aspiring professional players consists of bright prospects and incredible young talents.

The talk of the baseball community has been Cathedral Catholic High School senior, Brady Aiken. Although it was unsure whether the Houston Astros would choose Aiken with their number one draft pick, they ultimately decided on the lefty pitcher, making him the third high schooler in history to be drafted first overall.

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Standing at 6-foot-3 with a fastball that can reach 97 mph, Aiken has shown he has the capabilities needed to become a smart addition to any professional baseball club. He also has proven himself outside of the high school baseball diamond, by leading the U.S. team to a victory in the 18-and-under World Championship against Japan.

As the Houston Astros had the number one pick for the third consecutive year, all eyes were on the choice between Aiken and North Carolina State southpaw Carlos Rodon. Rodon also shares in an impressive resume as he led the Wolfpack to the College World Series in 2013 and boasts one of the best pitches of the draft class, a seemingly unhittable slider.

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After the Astros decided to make the decision on Aiken, Tyler Kolek, the right-handed pitcher from Shepherd High School was drafted second by the Miami Marlins, while Rodon was picked up third by the Chicago White Sox.

The Marlins gained a valuable pitcher with Kolek, as his 100+ mph fastball makes him the hardest thrower in this year’s draft. As this is a rare feat for his age, it came as no surprise that Kolek, yet another high school standout, was drafted in the number two position.

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The top three picks proved to be fairly standard, but the fourth pick was unexpected as the Chicago Cubs went with Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber. Although impressively batting .358 with 14 home runs this year, most mock drafts had him being selected between the number 8-15 spots.

Two more high school stars rounded out the night’s top picks as Olympia High School shortstop Nick Gordon went fifth to the Minnesota Twins and Rancho Bernardo High School catcher/outfielder Alex Jackson was selected sixth by the Seattle Mariners.

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Although left-handed hitter Nick Gordon had signed a letter of intent to Florida State, professional baseball is in his blood as he is the son of former pitcher Tom Gordon and brother of Dodger infielder Dee Gordon.

Jackson, on the other hand, was considered the best right-handed power hitter in the draft and his arm strength allows him the ability to be both an outstanding catcher and outfielder. His versatility in positioning gives the Mariners the chance to utilize his strong right arm in whatever way serves them best.

The trend of the night’s top picks seemed to be drafting promising high school athletes, showing that professional teams believe these young players are ready for their trip to the big leagues.

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Is it March Madness or March Sadness?

BY CAILIN BURKE

Now that March Madness is fully underway and we have our Sweet 16 teams, I’ve been laughing at the many tweets I’ve seen about brackets that have been destroyed. A lot of people are referring to the NCAA Basketball Tournament as March Sadness, which I do find pretty witty.

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Although my bracket is also ruined and I’m a little sad I didn’t win a billion dollars, I’m pretty happy with the quality of the games so far and just the fact that every weekend is filled with basketball! Here are my bracket busts so far:

Round 2: Ohio State vs. Dayton– I think it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of us messed up this one. For those who don’t know, Dayton has been playing really well and not only beat Ohio State but also upset Syracuse in Round 3.

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Duke vs. Mercer– I, like Matthew Berry, had Duke in the Elite Eight so that definitely was a big mistake from the start.

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Saint Louis vs. N.C. State– Not going to lie, I actually wanted Saint Louis to win, but put N.C. State as the winner of that game instead.

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New Mexico State vs. San Diego State– Opposite to my pick for the Saint Louis vs. N.C. State game, I picked New. Mex. St. because they were the team I wanted to win. Backfired again because they lost. It was a close one though and was decided in overtime.

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Harvard vs. Cincinnati– Another game that surprised viewers and ruined brackets everywhere.

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Kansas, Wichita State, and Duke were my biggest busts so far, because I had all of those teams going pretty far in the tournament. Instead Duke lost round two and Kansas and Wichita both surprisingly lost round three. However, I’ve still got 10 schools in the Sweet Sixteen, four teams in the Elite Eight, three out of the Final Four, both teams in the National Final, and my National Champion is still in it! I wanted to not stick to the typical Florida, Arizona, or Louisville choice for the tournament winner, so I went with Iowa State. Even though some games didn’t pan out the way that I wanted, there have been a ton of really close and exciting games that were fun to watch. Saint Louis and N.C. State was one of my favorites since they came back from a 16 point deficit at the half. Another great game was Manhattan vs. Louisville, and even though Manhattan lost, they really gave Louisville a run for their money, or for the title in this case.

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Olympic Reporting: How Far Is Too Far?

BY CAILIN BURKE

Bode Miller being brought to tears when questioned about his brother and Noelle Pikus-Pace abruptly questioned about her miscarriage are just two of the Olympic interviews that many have said went too far. After winning the silver in women’s skeleton, Pikus-Pace was interviewed by Meredith Vieira and instead of solely talking about her achievement, Vieira began to ask questions about the miscarriage Pikus-Pace had several years ago. Many viewers saw this as completely intrusive, and you could clearly tell Pikus-Pace was becoming upset by talking about it. When talking about why she continued in skeleton,  after planning to retire after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, she said, “Life happened,” to which Vieira responded, “You had a miscarriage.” After responding to that statement, Pikus-Pace said, “My voice started shaking even thinking about it.”

It seemed as if Pikus-Pace wasn’t prepared in that moment to talk about it, because Vieira brought up the topic so quickly and continued to ask questions about it. Although it did connect to her reasoning for continuing with the sport, as she said it was her husband’s idea to help her cope with the miscarriage, there is still questioning as to if this interview was too personal.

The full interview can be viewed here: http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/noelle-pikus-pace-we-did-it

After winning the bronze medal in the men’s super-G on Sunday, Bode Miller similarly shared a  personal post-competition interview. This time, however, it was not in the studio and occurred minutes after he found out he had won the bronze. NBC’s Christin Cooper asked him a few questions about his win, and when she asked what made this medal different from others, Miller brought up his brother, Chilly, who had passed away last year. This interview was different from Pikus-Pace’s, in that he brought up the personal topic himself, but it was the way that Cooper continued with the interview that bothered viewers. She then continued to ask him why he was showing so much emotion, which shows that she did notice Miller quickly becoming upset when talking about his brother.

However she didn’t move onto another question to dilute the situation or to help Miller regain his composure, she instead went on to ask if the performance was for his brother. As Miller started to answer the question, tears began to well up in his eyes, to the point that he was wiping them away, and before finishing his answer, Cooper asked, “When you’re looking up at the sky at the start, and we see you there, it just looks like you’re talking to somebody. What’s going on there?” To this Miller completely broke down, didn’t answer the question, put his head down, walked away, and knelt down on the floor away from Cooper.

After the interview, many Twitter users expressed their anger toward Cooper while many articles came out on the subject as well. For the most part, these articles have all said that NBC Sports is wrong in making the Olympics coverage too emotional. However on Monday, articles have come out saying that NBC asked Bode Miller to talk about the subject and defend Cooper. Following this rumored request his Twitter account read:

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Although he did defend Cooper, his most recent retweet jabs at NBC Olympic’s producers which shows that he did actually find some fault in the interview. To see exactly what happened, the interview is posted below.

These interviews have been bringing forth a lot of attention and anger towards NBC producers, especially in Bode Miller’s case, and cause the public to question the true intentions of Olympic coverage. Are they trying to trying to show Olympic achievement or be more of an entertainment production by provoking athlete’s emotions?

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USA’s Successful First Weekend at the Sochi Olympics

BY CAILIN BURKE

The first weekend of the Sochi Winter Games are finished and a number of major events have concluded with American victories. The most notable of these first American medals are in the new slopestyle event. America’s Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson both won the gold in their respective slopestyle competitions. If you don’t know what slopestyle is, it’s most likely because it’s the first time this event has been a part of the Olympics. It involves a course that takes the skiier or snowboarder on a series of rails and jumps, where they are judged on their style and execution of various tricks.

In the men’s snowboarding slopestyle competition, the favorite was Mark McMorris of Canada who won a silver medal in the 2013 World Championships and Gold medals at the 2012 and 2013 X Games. What also made him notable was the fact that he had broken a rib during the 2014 X Games slopestyle competition. He was able to come back and become healthy enough to compete in the Sochi Olympics and still remain at the top of the competition. However in his first run of the Olympic slopestyle final round, he fell and was required to depend solely on his second attempt to get a better score.

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Completely opposite, Sage Kotsenburg of the United States had one of his best runs during the final’s first round, and with a score of 93.5, no one was able to match it the rest of the event. McMorris ended up winning the bronze, Staale Sandbach of Norway got the silver, and Kotsenburg became the first American to win a gold medal in the Sochi Games and the first ever Olympic slopestyle gold medalist.

Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. is lifted in the air by Staale Sandbech of Norway after Kostenburg won the men's snowboard slopestyle final in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

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During the competition, Kotsenburg went to Twitter to express his disbelief at even making the finals.

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However, once he sealed the victory, his next tweet expressed gratitude towards his fans and complete excitement in the achievement.

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Women’s slopestyler Jamie Anderson followed in his footsteps with a gold medal in the next day’s competition. Her story was a little different in that she had long been the favorite to win the event. After a disappointing first round in the finals, she had to depend solely on her second run, just as McMorris had to do the day before. However, her outcome proved to be different than McMorris and was the best run of the day. With a score of 95.25, she took gold with her closest competitor, Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi, scoring a 92.5 and taking the silver. Anderson winning the event was no surprise, but she proved her status as the favorite and took home her first Olympic gold medal.

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The next noteworthy Olympic victory came from the Figure Skating Team Event, where the United States won the bronze. Just like slopestyle, this year marks team figure skating’s debut in the Olympic Games. Previously, for figure skating there have only been individual events for ladies, men, pairs, and ice dancing. However in this event, all four of those disciplines are combined into one event. The event stays true to the typical figure skating competition with a short program and a free skate, but what differentiates it is that after the short program, only the top five teams continue onto the free skate. To determine the top four countries, points are tabulated after each section of the competition. For example, after the individual men competed, the skater in first place received 10 points, second place, 9 points, third place, 8 points, and so on. After each section, the individuals or pairs received points based on their ranking and all four rounds were added together to determine the five countries continuing to the free skate. In the end, Russia, Canada, the United States, Italy and Japan were the five that made it in that order.

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As for the United States’ performances, the short program got off to a rough start with men’s skater Jeremy Abbott hitting the ice while attempting a quad, while pairs team Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished their round in fifth place. Things got better as Ashley Wagner, grasped the forth place spot with a clean performance. Following her disastrous and almost Olympic-dream ending performance at Nationals, Wagner was relieved and said she proved herself after her Olympic debut. However after receiving her score, this face, now a popular internet meme, showed her discontentment with how the judges rated her.

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Vancouver ice dancing silver medalists, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, redeemed the American team by scoring first place in their round and pushing the United States to the third spot overall. As for the free skate round, every team was allowed skater substitutions and the United States took advantage of that, putting in 19-year-old men’s skater Jason Brown and replacing Ashley Wagner with national champion Gracie Gold.

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With the United States having solid performances from all four disciplines in the free skate, they held their bronze medal spot. However, the stars of the night were Evgeni Plushenko and Yulia Lipnitskaia, Russia’s individual men’s and ladies’ competitors. With strong performances from Russia and Canada in the short program and the first two rounds of the long program, logistically there was no way to alter the medals table. That meant that despite their performances, it wasn’t possible for Gracie Gold or ice dancers Davis and White to get ahead of their Russian and Canadian counterparts. Despite this, both Gold and the ice dancing duo scored their highest points ever in competition, creating scores that became their new personal bests.

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For the United States’ final medal of the weekend, women’s mogul star Hannah Kearney won the bronze in her event on the first day of Olympic competition in Sochi. Although a great achievement, it came as a disappointment to Kearney who had won gold in Vancouver and was the world’s top-ranked moguls skier. If she had won, she would have become the first individual to win the gold in two consistent Olympic freestyle events. As this was her last Olympics as well, the bronze medal came unexpectedly as she had a costly mistake in the top section of her run. Kearney has been the opposite of error-prone in her past years and during her post-event interview, she expressed her feelings directly, saying she felt like the best part of her career was behind her. She even took to Twitter to show her unhappiness after the event.

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Despite Kearney’s disappointment, she added another medal to America’s medal count, and after the weekend’s events the United States stood at 4 medals total. After the third day of events in Sochi however, the American medal count has now gone up to 5, with downhill skier Julia Mancuso winning the bronze in the Ladies’ Super Combined Slalom. Although a few Americans did not perform as expected in their events, such as downhill skier Bode Miller in his eighth place finish, and speed skater J.R. Celski finishing forth in the 1500m short track, the first few days of the Olympics have ultimately been successful ones for the American team.

What to Know Before the Super Bowl

BY CAILIN BURKE

If you haven’t been keeping up with football all season, here are some things you should know before watching the big game on Sunday.

1) A major part of the game is going to focus on the legacy of Peyton ManningSeveral key things make this game huge for Manning. For one, if the Broncos win, Manning will be the first quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl for two different teams. (In 2006, he led the Indianapolis Colts to a 16-14 win over the Chicago Bears.) This is also Manning’s second season back after having neck surgery, which many thought would put an end to his career. Of course he proved them all wrong. Now at 37 years old, despite surgery and being let go by the Colts, he has the perfect chance to make a final statement about his career. Although there is speculation that he will retire if he wins, in interviews he has said he’d like to continue playing football. Either way, a win in this game would ensure his legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

2) Richard Sherman will also be at the forefront of the game. As most of us have seen Sherman’s interview after the NFC Championship, all eyes will be on him this Sunday. As a cornerback, his job is to cover receivers in the back field, and for the Super Bowl he’ll most likely be matched up in man-to-man coverage with Broncos star wide-receiver Demaryius Thomas. Make sure to watch for the two of them going head to head during the game.

3) The Broncos have the #1 offense in the NFL while the Seahawks have the #1 defense. This is a pretty even match up and most experts are 50-50 in their predictions of this year’s Super Bowl Champion. According to the spread in Las Vegas, the Broncos are predicted to win by 2.5 but I’ve seen other betting websites predicting the Seahawks to win. Basically, it will be a close game.

4) The Seahawks have never won a Super Bowl title. Although the Seahawks have been in the Super Bowl one time in 2006, they have never won, losing 21-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers that year. They have a fairly young team and only one team member, receiver Ricardo Lockette, has ever experienced a Super Bowl. The Broncos, on the other hand, have made it to the big game six times, winning two of them.

5) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is only in his second year in the NFL. As such, he is still known as a NFL rookie. During his first season with the Seahawks, he led them to the Divisional round of he 2012 Playoffs where they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 30-28. If the Seahawks were to win this Sunday, the MVP may not be Wilson, and would likely go to running back Marshawn Lynch instead. However if the Broncos win, the MVP will 100% be Peyton Manning.

6) You should know about the 12th manThis is what the Seahawks fans are known as. In football, there are a maximum of 11 men allowed on the field for each team at one time. Fans are known as the 12th man, because they are a part of the game as well. The Seahawks really value their fans and will always reference the 12th man because their fans have helped them win through their support and loud cheering. (Their stadium is the loudest in the NFL.) Often, you will see Seahawks fans wearing jerseys with a number 12 on the back of them in reference to this.

These are definitely some basic facts you should know before watching tomorrow’s game and if you watch pregame as well, you should hear a lot more about the background of many players and the teams. Whether you’re a die hard #18 fan, a proclaimed 12th man, or none of the above, this year’s Super Bowl is sure to be an exciting one.

 

Sport Parody Twitters You Should Follow

BY CAILIN BURKE

Since the Super Bowl is coming up, I thought what better time than to share some of my favorite sport parody Twitter accounts. They all will most likely be tweeting throughout the duration of the game, so if you want a few laughs while you watch, you should definitely follow some of them.

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1) @PeytonsHead- My personal favorite! Essentially the Twitter is from the viewpoint of Peyton Manning’s head and since the Broncos are in the Super Bowl, his tweets during the big game should be even better! He always has a lot to say about other sports and current events, so this account is a great follow no matter what time of year. My favorite part about this Twitter is the profile picture of Peyton’s face with his forehead all red. If you see Peyton ever take his helmet off during a game, his forehead is always red, so the Twitter’s accuracy is pretty hilarious. I also love when he tweets #TextsFromEli where the tweet shows a “conversation” between the two of them. Basically, if you like Peyton Manning this Twitter is a must-follow.

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2) @NFL_Memes– They post several memes a day that are funnier than most I’ve seen on other pages. If a team loses, they’ll be sure to make a meme mocking them, and if a team wins, they come up with great memes for that too. I expect a lot of funny Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman memes during and after the Super Bowl. This meme of Peyton and Eli is one of my favorites right now:

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3) @EvilMikeTomlin– Based off of the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, this Twitter is mostly all-things football, but pokes fun at some other sports and current events as well. He tweets frequently each day, so during the Super Bowl I’m sure there will be a tweet for every minute of it! As for the username, he is pretty evil if you’re a Patriots or an NBA fan since he hates both, but I think his tweets are pretty hilarious.

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4) @TheFakeESPN– They cover almost every popular sport and aside from funny tweets, they are known for writing humorous headlines too. They’ll frequently post headlines that were created by themselves or submitted by other Twitter users and attach a link with a photo or video. What’s cool about this page is that they’re pretending to be a real sports news source but their tweets and “news stories” are all just a mockery.

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5) @ShermanRants– Since Richard Sherman is still one of the top two athletes being talked about up until the Super Bowl, what better Twitter to follow? This account just started after his well-known NFC Championship post-game interview, and although I don’t know if there will be any tweets after the Super Bowl, I’ll definitely read some of Sherman’s “rants” up until the game. Every tweet posted is in all caps to emphasize his yelling, so that fact is pretty funny in itself.

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If you want to check out other well-known sport parody accounts there’s also: @TomBradysEgo, @FakeSportsCentr, @CaptTouchback, @NotBillWalton, @OnionSports, @FauxJohnMadden, @FunSkipBayless, and tons of others for specific athletes/coaches/reporters. Definitely check out some of these Twitters especially on Super Bowl day, since there will be a lot of funny comments worth retweeting.

Plan a Winning Super Bowl Party

BY CAILIN BURKE

T-minus one week until the Super Bowl and if you’re planning on hosting a Super Bowl party, there’s a lot you have to do before kickoff!

First, you have to decide who’s coming. For me, I generally stick with family because I know they’ll understand that I rather watch the game intently and not speak. In my Sports Media class the other day, we were talking about Super Bowl parties and how they generally involve friends trying to talk to you, ask you what’s happening, or who you think is going to win during the middle of something important.

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In the Super Bowl, even commercials are important so there’s not much time to talk! If you own two TVs, a good solution is to have one area where the intense watchers can see every second of the game, and another area where the people that want to socialize can watch.

Now… how should you decorate?  Some people like it simple, but for those of you who want football decorations everywhere, you can get plenty of cool items to make your party stand out.

If you’re not a fan of either of the teams go for some decorations with the Super Bowl XLVIII logo on them. I love these balloons from Party City, but the balloon bouquet is definitely my favorite! Party City in general has a lot of great Super Bowl decorations so you can check them all out here.

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You can get NFL tablecloths, football shaped confetti, banners, or basically anything shaped like a football. If you want to save money, dollar stores often have football party supplies and Dollar Tree in particular has a football shaped chip and dip tray. If you want to spend a few more dollars though, you can get one at Party City too that’s a little fancier.

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Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 21.45.20If one of your teams is in the Super Bowl, you can have even more fun with the decorations and supplies for your party! Again, balloons are great for any party, especially tied to the back of each chair, or placed in the corners of your house with balloon weights. Whether you’re a Broncos or Seahawks fan, these helmet shaped balloons from birthdaydirect.com are awesome!

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Next, we can’t forget the food. You can go the classic route of store/restaurant bought pizza and wings, nachos, or chips and dip, but you can also try something a little different. You could cook up something yourself or to make it easier on you, give your guests a “serve yourself” option. With frozen yogurt and ice cream toppings bars becoming more popular, why not make a Super Bowl toppings bar! Whether your guests top their nachos with whatever they want from beans to jalapeños, or choose their own pizza toppings, this will definitely make your party more fun! As for dessert, I love this idea from domesticfits.com… Football chocolate covered strawberries!

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Another simple, but fun dessert you could have at your party, is a frosting decoration station for brownies and/or cookies. Your guests can design whatever they want on their desserts whether they choose to draw their team’s logo or Richard Sherman’s screaming face. There are so many options, everyone will have something cool to show, and you can even make a contest out of it.

Speaking of contests… if your Super Bowl party is going to be more social and interactive, why not add some party games?  You don’t need anything too fancy, but this inflatable ring toss game is a funny way to pass time if there’s a free moment during the game (you know… if a black out or anything else happened like that). If there are going to be any kids at your party, I’ve also seen football shaped pinatas which would keep them entertained for at least a part of the game.

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Last, but not least, what are you going to wear to this party of yours? If you own any Broncos or Seahawks apparel, definitely throw that on, but if not, there are ways you can root for a team without buying a $30 shirt. When the NY Giants were in the Super Bowl in 2011, my whole family bought the NFC Championship shirts and wore those, but we also got Giants face tattoos. If you’re rooting for a particular team, buy a $4 pack of tattoos, throw a few on, and you’re all set!

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You could also get team eyeblacks or draw a #18 on your face if you’re a Peyton Manning fan. If you’re not into either team, wear the apparel you own from your favorite team in spite of it. Not going to lie, I definitely wore a Giants shirt during last year’s Super Bowl and will probably wear my Peyton Manning Colts jersey this year. Whatever sporty clothes you have in your closet would probably do fine, but if you want to really represent, there’s nothing better to wear than an AFC or NFC Championship shirt or a team jersey.

As for those of you who want to just focus on the game and not deal with all of this party craziness? There’s no way you can go wrong with a room full of cheering family and friends, surrounded by a ton of delicious food.

Reaction to Richard Sherman’s Post-Game Rant

BY CAILIN BURKE

If you watched the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, you probably aren’t really thinking about what happened during the game, but instead what happened after it. If you haven’t heard from the massive outpouring of comments on social media, during a post-game interview, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman yelled, “I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that is the result you are going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me.” After reporter Erin Andrews asked, “Who was talking about you?,” he continued to shout, “Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best, or I’m going to shut it for you real quick.” If you want to see the interview in all it’s craziness, it’s below!


 Obviously people reacted to what he said in a variety of ways. In my opinion, he should have remained professional and let his final game clinching play do the talking for him. Also, in his interview he could’ve said something to make the Seahawks franchise look good, by thanking the fans for their support or commenting on the team’s efforts as a whole. Here’s how current and former NFL athletes reacted to the interview:

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Some tweets showed support for Sherman in what he said, with most of the tweets mentioning that he was passionate, football should involve trash talk, or he was just pumped up and his great play is what ultimately mattered. Others called him “classless” and “dumb,” said they lost respect for him, or pledged to root for the Broncos in spite of him.

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After all of this, here was Michael Crabtree’s response:

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This was what Richard Sherman had to say:

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Now the more important question at hand is what Will Blackmon brought up, “What provoked this?”

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Well, Crabtree was recently asked by reporters if he thought Sherman was the best corner in the game, and he responded saying, “No, I don’t think so.” Okay… so that was what Sherman was referring to amidst his shouting! However here’s what I find funny. Sherman’s tweet says, “A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.” If Sherman wasn’t personally offended by what Crabtree said in his interview, than he wouldn’t have defended himself in that manner. He’s going to the Super Bowl after all, so ultimately he got the better end of the deal anyway. Clearly his reaction tonight showed he was in fact concerned with Crabtree’s opinion.

As for the other tweets I’ve read tonight, I have to say that the whole “Sherman being dumb thing” has no merit. He graduated second in his high school class with a 4.2 GPA and had a 3.9 GPA while at Stanford. He also scored a 1400 on his SATs. Not so “dumb” after all. So yes, maybe his comment was unsportsmanlike, disrespectful, and frankly a little terrifiying/hilarious, but I would criticize his judgment in making that comment rather than his lack of intellect. As a final thought, although Sherman is talented at his position, we should look at some stats to back up his statement. (See the stats here: http://wp.advancednflstats.com/defenderstats.php?pos=CB, and here: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/01/31/signature-stats-ypcs-cornerbacks/)

And here’s the final verdict:

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No, Richard Sherman, you’re not the number one corner in the game. You’re number six. Now please don’t be offended by this and come screaming at me too.