RIP Junior Seau

The NFL has lost another star today. Junior Seau was found dead at his home this afternoon, he was only 43 years old. Seau was drafted by the Chargers with the 5th pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. He played 20 seasons for the Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots, recording 1,524 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions. Seau made 12 Pro Bowls and should be honored in Canton in a few years.

Seau was the 5th pick of the 1990 NFL Draft.

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NFL Picks – Super Bowl Sunday

It’s time for the “Sports with Balls” weekly NFL playoff picks! Our final picks for the 2011 season.

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Mike Orzechowski 60-30-1 (2-0)<1-1>[7-3/7-3]{53-27-1}

Warren Croxton 49-41-1 (0-2)<1-1>[5-5/5-5]{44-36-1}

Matt Sherman 47-41-3 (1-1)<1-1>[7-3/5-5]{40-38-3}

Bill Fucich 42-47-2 (2-0)<2-0>[7-3/6-4]{35-44-2}

Scott Boutcher 41-50-0 (1-1)<1-1>[6-4/5-5]{35-46-0}

Super Bowl Sunday is here and ready to go.

Matt Sherman
New England -2.5 vs. NY Giants; New England to win outright.
Patriots 24, Giants 20; MVP: Tom Brady

-Aaron Hernandez and even a gimpy Rob Gronkowski will give the Giants trouble. Expect Brady to pull out the stunning last drive this time around.

Matt is obviously pumped up for another Giants Super Bowl! Follow him on twitter here.

Mike Orzechowski
NY Giants +2.5 vs. New England; New England to win outright.
Patriots 28, Giants 27; MVP: Wes Welker

-The Giants seem to have the edge on paper.  But its hard not to have faith in the Brady/Belichick combo.  I expect the game to come down to the final minutes much like the last several times these teams have faced off.

Mike O is gonna start getting nervous around 6:15pm! Check out his twitter.

Scott Boutcher
New England -2.5 vs. NY Giants; New England to win outright.
Patriots 24, Giants 21; MVP: Tom Brady

-The Patriots offensive line keeps Brady clean for the majority of the game, while the Giants o-line has trouble blocking Vince Wilfork. Eli makes one bad throw that puts the Pats in great field position and Gronkowski makes an impact in the red zone.

Scotty B is anti Giants this week for personal reasons not involving Matt. Follow him on twitter for the rare tweet.

Bill Fucich
NY Giants +2.5 vs. New England; NY Giants to win outright.
Giants 28, Patriots 20; MVP: Jason Pierre-Paul.

-Manning’s trio of wide outs (Nicks, Cruz and Manningham) prove to be too much for the Pats’ secondary. Pierre-Paul and the defense contain Brady but eventually wear him down with constant pressure.

Bill is on the Giants bandwagon for at least 24 hours. follow him in twitter land.

Warren Croxton
NY Giants +2.5 vs. New England; NY Giants to win outright.
Giants 28, Patriots 27;  MVP: Victor Cruz

-I’m going to play the part of the grumpy Eagles fan. It’s a back and forth game. The smart Eagles fans are begging, just once, for the Patriots to win because:
A. They don’t want to listen to Giants fans
B. a 9-7 Giants team…Really? Kick in the gut.

Eli to Victor Cruz with 2:20 remaining to give the Giants the lead (Somehow Nnamdi’s fault), Way too much time for Brady right? Brady drives down the field and has a first and goal with 25 seconds. Just when you think Brady is going to do his magic…. Bang. Sack, Fumble, Recovered by Jason Pierre Paul (Picked after Brandon Graham)…..There is no god.
Warren bitter?. Take a look inside Warren’s world via twitter.

Check back next season for another year of NFL picks.

Top Ten Super Bowl Performances (Since 1990)

10. Eli Manning (2008 Super Bowl, Giants 17, Patriots 14, 19-34, 255, 2 touchdowns)

Yardage wise it wasnt the greatest performance, but Eli made some huge throws late in the game.

9. Deion Branch (2005 Super Bowl, Patriots 24, Eagles 21, 11 catches, 133 yards)

The Eagles secondary could not cover Branch.

8. Drew Brees (2010 Super Bowl, Saints 31, Colts 17, 32-39, 288, 2 touchdowns)

Brees only had 7 incompletions for the whole Super Bowl.

7. Aaron Rodgers (2011 Super Bowl, Packers 31, Steelers 25, 24-39, 304 yards and 3 touchdowns)

Rodgers threw for over 300 yards against a solid Steelers defense.

6. Troy Aikman (1993 Super Bowl, Cowboys 52, Bills 17, 22-30, 273 yards, 4 touchdowns)

Aikman threw for 273 yards and 4 touchdowns in a beat down of the Bills.

5. Jerry Rice (1995 Super Bowl, 49ers 49, Chargers 26, 10 catches 149 yards, 3 touchdowns)

Young and Rice connected 3 times in a rout of the Chargers.

4. Emmitt Smith (1994 Super Bowl, Cowboys 30, Bills 13, 30 carries, 132 yards and 2 touchdowns)

The Bills defense couldnt slow down Emmitt.

3. Terrell Davis (1998 Super Bowl, Broncos 31, Packers 24, 30 carries, 157 yards and 3 touchdowns)

T.D. found the end zone 3 times against the Packers.

2. Kurt Warner (2000 Super Bowl, Rams 23, Titans 16, 24-46, 414 yards and 4 touchdowns)

Warner torched the Titans secondary for 414 yards.

1. Tom Brady (2004 Super Bowl, Patriots 32, Panthers 29, 32-47, 354 yards and 3 touchdowns)

Brady threw for 354 yards on the way to his second Super Bowl title.

Giants Super Bowl Champions per Madden ’12

Madden 2012, the premiere NFL video game has completed its simulation of the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI.

The results were similar to those of Super Bowl XLII when the Giants narrowly defeated the previously 18-0 Patriots by a 17-14 score.

This years simulation resulted in a 27-24 Giants victory on a Lawrence Tynes last second field goal.  Eli Manning was named the games MVP.

Simulation Celebration

 

Super Bowl XLVI – Giants vs. Patriots Madden Simulation Box score

 

Video Highlights

Giants NFC Champions

The New York Giants are your 2012 NFC Champions. New York defeated the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in overtime to win the championship. They will face the New England Patriots February 5th in the Super Bowl.

Eli Manning threw for 316 yards and 2 touchdowns and took home his 2nd NFC title.

Victor Cruz caught 10 balls for 142 yards in the win.

Justin Tuck had 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks and terrorized Alex Smith all evening.

Patriots AFC Champions

The New England Patriots are your 2012 AFC Champions. New England defeated Baltimore 23-20 to win the championship. They will play the New York Giants on February 5th in the Super Bowl.

After losing his wife Myra in 2011, his team brought home Robert Kraft the AFC Championship.

Tom Brady threw for 239 yards and ran for a touchdown in the win.

Brandon Spikes had 9 tackles and an interception sunday.

I can’t stand this Super Bowl matchup.

This is going to make me sound like a whiner….And I’m okay with that because I need to get this off my chest. This couldn’t have been a worse Super Bowl matchup for myself being an Eagles fan.  In the AFC, you have the New England Patriots who demolished the Eagles earlier this season (38-20 doesn’t do the Patriots a justice). Let us not forget the Jacksonville debacle in 2005.  You have Bill Belichick, the hoodie and the insufferable arrogance. You have Tom Brady who almost seems to have it all.  You can’t forget the lovely fans of New England who always seem to come out of the woodwork. (Mike O being the exception) 

Then there’s the New York Giants. The first team in the NFL history to be outscored in the regular season.  The team that was dead last in running the ball and the defense that was 29th stopping the pass. A team that lost to the Washington Redskins twice and a team that lost 5 out of 6 from week 10-15.  A team that lost to Vince Young.  However, unlike the team 90 miles south, they won the games they had to and actually got in the playoffs.  Using a great pass rush led by Jason Pierre Paul (drafted after Brandon Graham) and the ELIte play of Eli Manning (see what I did there?) the Giants have been on a wonderful run that has led them to another shot against Brady and the Patriots.  That last sentence makes almost every Eagles fan’s stomach turn. (Mine included).

Unless this game is ends in a tie (Insert a Donovan doesn’t know the OT rules joke here) and obviously the game won’t, no outcome will sit well with Eagles fans. Just when it seemed the Patriots’ lust seemed to have worn off (No playoff wins since 2007), they go on a run. If the Patriots win, Brady and Belichick get their 4th Super Bowl already solidifying their great Hall of Fame careers. If the Giants win, it adds another ring to Eli and Coughlin (who seems to be on the chopping block every year).  And of course, all the Giants fans come out the woodwork as well.

Imagine if the Giants win what that does for the Eagles. I can already see this happening….

Andy with his insufferable arrogance (even though he’s won nothing) comes out a week after the Super Bowl  and uses the Giants as an example as how close the Eagles are.  “We only finished one game back and they got hot just like we did”.  It will come out of his mouth like it was scripted.  The only problem with that logic is the only person to believe that would be Andy Reid.  Sure, the Eagles beat the Giants with Vince Young and had a 4th quarter lead against them at home.  Sure, the Eagles have a great pass rush similar to the Giants.   There’s one difference though…..Eli Manning is their quarterback and Mike Vick is ours.  

Maybe, Vick wakes up one day and decides that he doesn’t need to do everything with the football. Perhaps he’ll decide to slide. Maybe he’ll stop turning the ball over.   Unfortunately until this all happens, Eagles fans will have to patiently wait for their FIRST Super Bowl.

PS: Go Patriots. Simply because I don’t want to hear how close the Eagles are if the Giants win because you know and I know, that’s what Andy would say.

I didn't even bring this guy up once.