It’s Time! Patriots, Rams set to square off in Super Bowl

first_img“It would be nice to get one of those,” Patriots receiver Chris Hogan. “But the idea is to win, no matter how you do it.”The largest margin in a Patriots Super Bowl under this regime has been the eight points the Eagles beat them by a year ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “That’s a tricky question. You’re trying to get around me. You’re just trying to get you some answers over there, baby. But like I said, I don’t know. I haven’t done that sit-down yet. I’ve got to do that sit-down. About two weeks after (the Super Bowl), then I’ll know.”DONALD’S DOMINANCERams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the only unanimous All-Pro this season, led the NFL with 20½ sacks.Considering that Brady barely has been touched or pressured in two playoff games — both against teams with strong pass rushers — it is incumbent upon Donald to be a factor Sunday.Make that a major factor.“We’ll get to him, but we have to stay patient and don’t get frustrated,” Donald says. “We’ve got a great secondary that will do its job and make sure he doesn’t have easy throws. If he has to hold onto the ball, we’ll have our chances. We just have to go get him.”Otherwise, the most accomplished quarterback in Super Bowl history might tear them apart.CLOSE ONESThe Rams’ past two trips to the big game were tight affairs in which they beat Tennessee and lost to New England. In all of the Patriots’ eight previous trips in the Brady-Belichick era, the result was in doubt until the final moments.So to expect a romp at Mercedes-Benz Stadium seems foolhardy. MOST READ Beijing Winter Olympics to be the first games powered by green electricity FILE – In this Dec. 16, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald hits Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles after Foles threw the ball away during the first half in an NFL football game in Los Angeles. The Rams know they’ve got to pressure Tom Brady early and often to have a chance in the Super Bowl, and they’ve been assembling the tools for this job all year long. They signed Ndamukong Suh to a big free-agent deal, wrote a record-breaking contract for Aaron Donald and acquired edge rusher Dante Fowler from Jacksonville down the stretch. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)ATLANTA — Hey, have you guys been here before?If you’re a New England Patriot, the answer pretty much is “all the time.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They kind of know this week. They know when things are a little anxious, when to kind of, ‘Hey, turn it on and get ready to play.’ They probably have a process and plan for the week.”Athletes in every sport talk about how helpful a comfort zone can be. It’s even more pronounced when it accompanies events such as the Super Bowl, which, for better or worse, transcends football.Brady and most of his teammates, in their third straight visit, barely flinch at all the attention, media demands and alterations to the norm they encounter during Super Bowl week — although they were taken aback somewhat by the cacophony and circus atmosphere of opening night on Monday. Aside from Aqib Talib, C.J. Anderson, Brandin Cooks and Sam Shields, for the Rams this is uncharted territory.Rams coach Sean McVay tends to dismiss that theory, however. Using quarterback Jared Goff as an example, McVay could have been speaking for his entire squad, which has made a sensational turnaround in his two seasons in charge.“He’s an unfazed quarterback,” McVay says. “I think his way to have success and handle adversity the same demonstrates that poise and confidence you want from your quarterback.”ADVERTISEMENT Nowhere is the experience matchup more uneven than at QB. At 41, Brady already is the oldest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. Goff is 24 and one of the youngest.Well, maybe nowhere is an exaggeration, because Belichick, at 66, could become the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl. He has worked 41 postseason games, with 30 victories, most among head coaches in NFL history. He’s the only head coach with five Super Bowl rings.McVay is half his age and in his first NFL title game, the youngest Super Bowl head man.Rams President Kevin Demoff hears all of that so-called evidence, then cites so many positives about McVay that he sounds like the next dominant coach.Sunday will be a powerful acid test for McVay and his team.Some other things to look for in Super Bowl 53:GRONK’S FINALE?There’s widespread speculation that Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski could be playing his final NFL game. The four-time All-Pro has been plagued by injuries for much of his career, and only in his first two pro seasons did he play a full 16-game schedule. In 2018, he made it into 13 games.Gronkowski has battled through back, knee, ankle and arm injuries throughout his nine pro seasons, and thought about retirement after last year’s Super Bowl loss to the Eagles. If this will be it for the big-play tight end with superb blocking skills, he isn’t letting on.“As of right now, those are the last things I’m thinking about,” Gronkowski says. “I love playing the game. After a long season, after the (Super Bowl), a few weeks down the road, you sit back, you relax, you get some downtime, enjoyment time. And you just see where you want to go with it. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss If you play for the Rams, the reply basically is “never in my life.”So if experience is a factor in Sunday’s Super Bowl, the overwhelming edge is with the 2½-point favorites from Foxborough who are 5-3 in NFL title games with Tom Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick in the hoodie on the sideline.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Rams, whose past two Super trips were representing St. Louis in 2000 and ’02, have four players who have gotten this far. New England has four on its defensive line alone.“Probably, throughout the week, it gives them an advantage,” Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth says — and he’s finishing up his 13th NFL season, though it’s his first that ends in February. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

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Opinion Coldweather Super Bowl poses big risk reward for NFL

MetLife Stadium will play host to Super Bowl XLVIII Feb. 2.Courtesy of MCTSan Diego, Houston, Miami, New Orleans. East Rutherford, New Jersey?One of these Super Bowl host cities, quite clearly, is not like the others.The National Football League’s decision to host Super Bowl XLVIII in a cold-weather city — specifically one without a suitable indoor venue — has become a frequent target for criticism during the weeks leading up to the big game. Set to kickoff on Sunday, at 6:25 p.m., this year’s Super Bowl — which pits the Denver Broncos and their league-best offense against the Seattle Seahawks’ No.1-ranked defense — has been somewhat upstaged by the weather forecast.Back in 2010, when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the first-ever outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl would be played in New Jersey, the decision produced mixed reviews. Since that time, the sense of concern has risen as the challenges of hosting the nation’s most-watched sporting event under the harsh conditions of winter have come into focus.There is no doubt that Goodell and the NFL owners took a gamble in selecting MetLife Stadium to host the 48th version of the Super Bowl. It remains to be seen as to whether or not they will be rewarded for that risk.Theoretically, bringing the greatest spectacle in American sports to the New York metropolitan area is a recipe for an unprecedented amount of hype. In practice, however, the “crash-and-burn” potential of a “Big Apple” Super Bowl rivals that of one of MetLife Stadium’s familiar occupants — The New York Jets.According to Weather.com, February is the tri-state area’s snowiest month with an average of 9.5 inches of precipitation. At this time last year, Winter Storm Nemo buried the city under 10 inches of snow.Low and behold, when the Farmers’ Almanac was released last August, it predicted that a major winter storm would hit the Northeast around the time of Super Bowl Sunday. Last week, more than 1,300 workers could be found shoveling inside MetLife Stadium after it was blanketed with 13 inches of snow.Several media outlets have already begun discussing the chances of a Super Bowl Saturday or Monday in the event of severe weather — a scenario that league officials have conceded as a remote possibility. On Jan. 23, NJ.com reported that NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman said the game could be played anytime between Friday and Monday, if necessary.Fortunately, the current weather forecast for Sunday is favorable, calling for a high of 39 degrees and placing the chance of rain or snow at just 20 percent. Assuming those predictions hold true, the conditions will be manageable—just don’t expect the Red Hot Chili Peppers to sport their usual shirtless look when they join Bruno Mars on stage for the halftime show.In an interview with the New York Daily News, Goodell stood by the league’s choice of MetLife Stadium.“We made the decision that football is played in the elements and so we recognize that and we made a decision to do that. Championship games are often played in inclement weather,” Goodell said. “We had several games that were played in inclement weather, including playoff games this year. That’s football.”The commissioner does have a point. There is something quite romantic about the prospect of the Super Bowl being played on a snow-covered field at The Meadowlands. However, in the event that America’s de facto national holiday — the Super Bowl — is interfered with, the results will be anything but romantic for Goodell and the NFL. read more

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The Best Damn Pod In The Land Episode 7 The Top Ranked

Wyatt and Colin discuss Ohio State football’s 49-26 win over Indiana, and how the Buckeyes should fix the pass defense and rush offense moving into Minnesota, Ohio State’s No. 1 ranking in men’s hockey, the women’s hockey series split against No. 8 Colgate and men’s soccer’s continued woes.

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Sack of money wont be enough to sign Alisson – Pallotta

first_imgRoma president James Pallotta, who became notorious for jumping into a fountain during the celebrations after they eliminated Barca from the Champions League, has denied there is a way to acquire Alisson.He warned Liverpool and Real Madrid, just a few of the contenders for the goalkeeper, that a sack of money will not be enough for him to depart from Rome. This comes after a wave of enormous interest in acquiring Alisson – also dubbed “the Messi of goalkeepers”.“Alisson? I don’t have any intention of selling Alisson. I know that several clubs have said that they want him, Liverpool being one of them, but he has a contract with us,” Pallotta shared, according to Goal.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“I’m sure some team will come up with a sack of money to sign him, but for now the decision lies with the coach and Monchi, and we don’t want to sell him.”“He’s an important pillar, with whom we want to build. We want players like him. Sales? If we thought about selling [Miralem] Pjanic and [Mohamed] Salah, it was because we didn’t have a choice,” Pallotta went on to add.last_img read more

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Marco Silva is worried over Evertons summer signings

first_imgEverton’s manager Marco Silva has expressed being worried that not all of the club’s signing were ready to begin the season.Only three out of six major signings of the club have been able to be used in this season. This is all because of the club’s late deals and the troubles of injuries. Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina, and Bernard have been sidelined by injury.Theo Walcott and Dominic Calvert-Lewin had also missed most of the summer fixtures. But they have been able to start the season strongly.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…However, Everton has been able to keep an unbeaten run so far this season; thanks to Silva’s good use of his squad from the previous season.Liverpool Echo has a report of Silva’s words: “I repeat, it is dangerous when you don’t have everybody ready to do pre-season and some of them lost pre-season as well.“We already knew about Andre because when we signed him we knew what had happened to him in that moment, it was clear to us as well.”last_img read more

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Kieran Tripper fired up for the North London derby

first_imgTottenham Hotspur full-back Kieran Tripper is optimistic they will go through on Wednesday as they travel to Arsenal for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal game.Arsenal won 4-2 in their first meeting this season a few weeks ago, but Trippier is confident they can go to the Emirates on Wednesday and qualify.Wednesday will be a tough game but hopefully, we can go there with the right mindset to get the win and go through to the next round.“Every time you play Arsenal it is always going to be a big game. Wednesday is no different,” Trippier told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They have got some very good players, they are a good team but make no mistake, all of us will be ready for the game on Wednesday to try and go through.”Trippier also shared the same sentiment with Harry Kane and tipped Spurs to end their trophyless run this season.“Every season since I have been here we have tried to win a trophy,” he said.“We have been so close as well.”last_img read more

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Election Observer Mission reports to Press

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 16, 2016 – The late start at the polling places, the very slow returns of the election results are among the items which will most likely make the report to be prepared by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Election Observer Mission. The team of six reports on the early findings tomorrow with media; later a more exhaustive examination of the 2016 General Elections will come in a document for the islands. Change for Turks and Caicos, PDM is New Government Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections#TCIElectionResults Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIElectionResults, #tcigeneralelectionscenter_img Recommended for you Final seat goes to new opposition party PNP Rufus Resigns PNP & Quits Politicslast_img read more

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