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Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a quiet Sunday.......
13) You can bet the Super Bowl in Las Vegas and many sportsbooks all season; they had a line of AFC -3 for most of this season, but now that Broncos/Patriots are gone, the 49ers have been listed as -5, with a total of 49.5 in the Super Bowl.
12) Odd stat lives on: 49ers were the 8th #4 seed since 1990 to advance to a conference title game. #4 seeds are the team with worst record of the four divisional winners, so they probably have to upset the #1 seed to get to a conference title game. Since '90, #4 seeds are 7-1 SU in conference title games, and of those eight, only the '08 Cardinals were playing at home.
11) Tom Brady will be 36 in August; Bill Belichick is 60. Aren't going to be that many more chances for that combo to win a Super Bowl. I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that Patriots have won zero Super Bowls since SpyGate- they won three Super Bowls (all by three points) before SpyGate.
10) Scott Stallings had a 5-shot lead after three rounds at the Humana Challenge golf tournament in California, but it was gone before he finished his ninth hole Sunday. Stallings hit a ball in the water on 18 and finished T4th. Brian Gay wound up a winning a three-man playoff.
Never heard of Brian Gay? That was his 4th career Tour win and he's now won just under $17M in his career. Thats million, with an M.
9) Chip Kelly gets $32.5M for five years from Eagles, making him a top-10 paid coach in the NFL; seven years ago, he was OC at New Hampshire, and that was the best job he had ever had. Wow.
8) Excellent NBA game in Denver, where the Nuggets beat the Thunder in overtime, 121-118. Fun game to watch.
In his last two games, Kevin Durant is 41-42 from the foul line, and both of those games were on the road.
7) Neither NFL home team scored in the second half Sunday. This is first time since '97 both home teams lost conference title tilts.
6) Has a team ever fired its offensive coordinator in December and then gotten to the Super Bowl? LA Rams fired their head coach in training camp in '79, then got to Super Bowl but firing a coordinator in December just does not happen a lot with winning teams.
5) Spencer Hardison points out that Jim Harbaugh once played Screech's cousin in one episode of Saved By The Bell, a TV show I've never seen, but I think the guy from that is on TNT's Franklin & Bash now.
4) Super Bowl is February 3; obviously by then, we'll be sick of everything that has anything to do with the Harbaughs, but ESPN's Saturday night game on February 2nd is Michigan at Indiana. Hoosiers are coached by Tom Crean, who is married to Jim/John Harbaugh's sister.
3) Falcons blew a 20-0 lead at home last week, needed a miracle comeback to win; they blew a 17-0 lead Sunday, also at home. Going to be a long winter in Atlanta, as they try to figure out how to get better.
Also hurts Arthur Blank's attempt to get the Falcons a new stadium.
2) Think about how dead the Ravens were in Denver last week; they tied the game with a 70-yard TD pass with 0:31 left. Broncos have to be sick to see Baltimore advancing to the Super Bowl.
1) Ravens' owner is a guy named Steve Bisciotti who was wearing jeans and a ballcap at the game last night; love it!!! Don't like it when the owners are decked out in suits/ties- its a ballgame, relax. He owns Allegis Group, the largest privately held staffing firm in the United States and 6th in the world.
Bisciotti went to Salisbury State, which is hour down the road from Ocean City, MD; good to see a state university alum hitting it rich-- he is listed as #298 in the Forbes top 400 of rich people.
Let's get to talking about the teams not going to the Super Bowl (and Manti Te'o!).
Manti Te'o - Listen jerk, you had no problem talking about your GF on camera after you knew it was a prank but now that we all know about it, you need a lawyer present and no cameras? This does not compute. Good job putting this all on your asshole dad though!
Typical Falcons - What the fuck? How can the same team look like the GOAT in first halves and then a goat in the second in back-to--back weeks? Makes no sense but at the same time, when you think about these guys, it makes perfect sense. They should have lost last week. The inevitable was delayed until yesterday. World keeps spinnin'.
Matt Ryan - I don't care if he got his first playoff win last week or not--dude is still a loser in my book (an ELITE book). Much like another playoff loser showed last week (Peyton), stupid turnovers down the stretch are always killer. Let's see if idiots make excuses for Matty Poop. Although his shoulder did get Kevin Bossed on that final drive.
Jimmy BRAH - Did you see that terrific tantrum he threw after his failed challenge? My God was that some great stuff. Someone didn't get a pudding cup at the team meal this morning. Just remember that if you are rooting for the Niners then you are rooting for Jim Harbaugh to be a champion. Are you ready for that?
David Akers - TERRIBLE.
Final Thoughts - Just a really entertaining game. The better team won. The chokier team choked. After a shaky start, the Niners offense overcame nerves and rape accusations to dominate. I'm 90% certain that San Fran wins the Super Bowl.
Tom Brady - It was no butt fumble, but his scramble/get tackled by the ref was major lulz. By the way, that's now three games in a row where Joe Flacco has been the best QB on the field when facing the Patriots. I'm sorry but it's true.
Aqib Talib - Not only does he look exactly like Snoop Lion or whatever that cornball brotha is calling himself these days, but Talib makes a strong case for being the worst person in the league. Go ahead and look at his rap sheet. It's astounding.
Stevan Ridley - DEAD! Bernard Pollard was sent to Earth with this sole mission of killing Patriots. I love him for that. He's doing God's work!
Final thought on this game and the day in general - Let this be known so that we don't waste our time with frauds in the future: if you play little pussy bitch finesse football, you will never win a title. You have to run the ball. You have to have a rock solid defense. If it isn't rock solid, it better have a bizarre amount of swag. Again, YOU HAVE TO RUN THE BALL. Look at who lost yesterday and who moved on...there are obvious similarities that the winners and losers both share.
OMG. WE'RE HEADED FOR THE BRAH BOWL!!!! This is going to be amazing.
Despite the Atlanta loss the Falcons are currently taking the first step in '13-14 to perhaps be Super Bowl bound by signing Matt Ryan to a long term deal according to a report from cbssportsline.com. After the Falcons drafted him No. 3 overall in 2008, Ryan signed a six-year deal worth $66 million, and the final year of that contract in 2013 is scheduled to pay him $10 million. However Atlanta sounds poised to rip up the final year of that contract and reward with him a new deal.
For those of you who bought the Super Bowl bound Niners down to a field goal catching it mid week at 3.5, kudos to you. Those of you who earned at the very least a push or loss when the line went to 4 and in some shops 4.5, blame yourselves and David 'Green' Akers isn't the place to be. While that 38 yard clank luckily didn't cost me, where was this guy who once wore a Philadelphia uniform and deemed by most fans and special teams fantasy owners, automatic?
Hey Wes, you're supposed to catch the ball. Several throws by Brady right on the numbers made the future HOF receiver look clueless meekly bouncing off of his normally reliable hands with no effort to boot. Remind you of last year's Super Bowl? Perhaps at an equally crucial time since New England was held scoreless playing from behind the entire second half.
Back up later as I continue to watch Obama's second term inauguration.
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13) I love shootouts in the NHL; they're orchestrated drama, but they're fun to watch and they create a unique kind of strategy.
12) Florida Panthers played 25 overtime LY; seems like a lot, out of 82; Vancouver played 24. Thats why the 4-on-4 OT format and the shootout have become necessities. 25 ties in a season would be boring.
11) As much as I like the NHL, and they have knocked the price of their TV package down to $60 for this shortened season, I turn on the Islander game Monday and there's a brawl one second into the game.
I can watch the WWE for free; if you want me to pay to watch your product, do not give me goons, give me hockey. Its a great sport, if you allow it to be.
10) Lakers are 17-24, 5-14 on the road and are in serious trouble as far as making the playoffs go, since 41 games is season's halfway point.
9) Washington's Jordan Crawford drained a trey from left wing as Wizards won 98-95 in Portland for fifth win in last seven games after a 4-28 start. Funny how John Wall playing has made his teammates play better, too.
8) Nets-Knicks has become an excellent rivalry because they're both good teams; too bad they don't play again in regular season. Weird scheduling.
7) Maloof family sold their 65% of Sacramento Kings to a group that will move the team to Seattle; NBA stole the Sonics from Seattle and moved them to Oklahoma five years ago- now the Sonics will be back, only team is going to suck at first, because well, they've still got the Kings' players.
6) Ohio State gave hoop coach Thad Matta a raise to $3.2M a year; he has a 234-69 record in Columbus, 101-42 in conference play. Very consistent.
5) Tough loss for Towson State against Georgia State Monday; Tigers are now 10-10, after being 1-31 LY. Good coaching job by Pat Skerry- Towson is 5-2 in a weakened CAA, major progress.
4) Baylor beat Oklahoma State Monday, its third win in row vs OSU, first time Bears have ever beaten Oklahoma State three times in a row. After losing 48 of their first 54 games vs OSU, Baylor won 10 of last 13 series games.
3) 49ers can't be real happy with kicker David Akers, who has missed 13 FGs this season, but if they cut him now, they couldn't bring Billy Cundiff back, it would have to be someone else, so they're going with Akers. Super Bowl is in a dome, but so was last week's game.
2) NHL lockout had to be hardest on coaches, since they have to deal with players in various degrees of conditioning; games are more important with a 48-game schedule, so winning/losing becomes more important than normal.
Losing teams are going to fire the coach, which in this unique season, doesn't seem fair. Smart teams might give their coach a mulligan this season.
1) Missouri Tigers have themselves a problem; sounds like the NCAA is going to come down hard on basketball coach Frank Haith for what happened at Miami, so Mizzou may have to cut Haith loose to avoid sanctions should a show-cause order be slapped on Haith. Doesn't seem fair to the players at Missouri, but then again, no one ever said life is fair.