Super Bowl 50

Last year, on February 2, 2015, I predicted that the Denver Broncos would win Super Bowl 50.

“I am not excited about this post, but I feel it is appropriate for the time of year.  First of all, go Broncos!!!!!  Second of all, the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks on February 1st, 2014, in Super Bowl XLIX; the final score was 28 to 24.  I was for the Seattle Seahawks because they are the lesser of two evils in my personal opinion.  I ended up with no voice and disappointment.  UGH!!!  Super Bowl 50, Denver Broncos.  I’ve said my peace.”

“I will wrap up with a 2015-2016 prediction.  Denver Broncos, Super Bowl 50, victory.  Realistically, this is more of a wish than a prediction, but if it happens, I can take credit.”

Source: https://laurenmichelelifestyle.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/super-bowl-xlix/

– Super Bowl 50 –

Denver Broncos 24 | Carolina Panthers 10

I am so proud and happy for my boys in orange & blue.  Each and every one of them worked hard to overcome obstacles early in the season and fight their way back to the top.  Outside of the Denver circle, most people said they didn’t have a chance against Carolina.  Two years ago, we were the favorites, and we got crushed by Seattle.  Yes it feels good to come back and win, but I think the sweetest part of this victory is winning when no one thought we could or would.

– Offense –

Was this the worst offense I have ever seen?  No.  Was it the best?  No.  The offense didn’t step up when it mattered, BUT they did enough to establish an early lead and give the defense something to work with. In the upcoming year, the offense needs some work.  I’m not sure Demaryius Thomas deserves to stay.  He struggled throughout the playoffs and didn’t show up in the Super Bowl.  Unforgivable at this point in his career.  I’m impressed with Emmanuel Sanders.  Pretty much all of Peyton Manning’s highlights have Sanders at the other end of the ball.  The passing & receiving wasn’t impressive, but the rushing was even worse.  We’ve successfully run the ball play after play in past games, but we are inconsistent.  Better management of the run game is a must for next season.

Punt Return Stats:

Jordan Norwood: 1 return for 61 yards, longest in Super Bowl history.

• Passing Stats

Peyton Manning: Completed 13 of 23 passes for 141 yards.

• Rushing Stats

C.J. Anderson: 23 carries for 90 yards.  One touchdown.

Ronnie Hillman: 5 carries for 0 yards.

• Receiving Stats

Emmanuel Sanders: 6 receptions for 83 yards.

Andre Caldwell: 2 kick returns, 42 yards.  1 reception for 22 yards.

Owen Daniels: 1 reception for 18 yards.

C.J. Anderson: 4 receptions for 10 yards.

Demaryius Thomas: 1 reception for 8 yards.

– Special Teams –

Kicker Brandon McManus scored 10 of our total 24 points, more than the entire offense combined.  The offense only scored 8 points.  Well done!

• Kicking Stats

Brandon McManus: 3/3 field goals and 1/1 extra point for 10 points total.

• Punting Stats

Britton Colquitt: 8 punts, 367 yards.

– Defense –

These men were the real superstars of SB50.  Their outstanding defense held the #1 NFC team to 10 points.  Leading the way was Mr. Vonn Miller A.K.A. Super Bowl 50 MVP.  If you don’t know his name by now, learn it & respect it.  He pulled his weight with tackles AND caused a Panthers turnover that ended in a touchdown thanks to Malik Jackson.  The only negative I want to mention is Aquib Talib. Way too many penalties for one player.

• Defense Stats

Danny Trevathan: 4 solo tackles, 8 total.  1 fumble recovery.

T.J. Ward: 4 solo tackles, 7 total.  1 fumble recovery.  1 interception.

Vonn Miller: 5 solo tackles, 6 total.  2.5 sacks.

Chris Harris Jr: 5 solo tackles.

Aquib Talib: 5 solo tackles.

Malik Jackson: 5 solo tackles.  1 fumble recovery.

Demarcus Ware: 3 solo tackles, 5 total.  2 sacks.

Derek Wolfe: 3 solo tackles, 5 total.  0.5 sacks.

Brandon Marshall: 2 solo tackles, 5 total.

Corey Nelson: 4 solo tackles.

Darian Stewart: 3 solo tackles.  1 sack.

Josh Bush: 2 solo tackles.

Bradley Roby: 2 solo tackles.

Shane Ray: 2 solo tackles.

Vance Walker: 1 solo tackle, 2 total.

Sylvester Williams:  1 solo tackle, 2 total.

Emmanuel Sanders: 1 solo tackle.

Kayvon Webster: 1 solo tackle.

Michael Schofield: 1 solo tackle.

Shaquil Barrett: 1 solo tackle.

Stats Source: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=400820438

Let’s talk Peyton Manning.  Did he have a great game?  No.  Should he have played better?  Yes.  Could he have played better?  I’m not sure he could have.  Did he have something to prove?  No.  Before Super Bowl 50, he had multiple honors and titles including five-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl XLI MVP, leader in touchdown passes and passing yards, and one Super Bowl ring (“Peyton Manning Biography”).  Now, add one more Super Bowl ring and the title of “Oldest QB to Start a Super Bowl.”  Should he retire?  Yes.  Take this Super Bowl title and bow out gracefully.

I want to mention someone else who made this title possible: Brock Osweiler.  He replaced Peyton Manning mid-season and won 4 of 7 games.  Those numbers do not include the last regular season game versus San Diego in which Peyton replaced Brock during the game and led the team to victory (“Brock Osweiler”).  Backup QBs don’t usually play a part in helping their team win a Super Bowl, but the 2015 Broncos are a different breed.  Thank you Brock!  T-E-A-M!

Congratulations and thank you to Coach Kubiak and the Denver Broncos management & staff!!

– Halftime Show –

I am really upset that Beyonce and Bruno Mars made an appearance.  I’m not a huge fan of Beyonce, and she appears everywhere else.  Why was a Super Bowl appearance necessary?  Bruno Mars had his time in the spotlight last year, and it was great.  Why did he have to come back?  I love Coldplay.  They were the halftime show performers, and the stage should have been theirs the entire time.  That being said, their solo performance was good but not great.

– Super Bowl Commercials –

I have gathered what I think are the best of the best from last night’s commercials.  What was your favorite Super Bowl 50 commercial?

– American –

• Jack in the Box

– Applause Worthy –

• Budweiser

• Honorable Mention: Colgate

– Art Appreciation –

• Skittles featuring work by artist Jason Mecier

– Cute –

• Doritos

– Funny –

• T-Mobile

• Honorable Mentions: Avocados From Mexico, Kia, Hyundai, Snickers, & Shock Top

– Heartwarming & Funny –

• Hyundai

– Inspiring –

• Audi

– Super Cool –

• Coca-Cola

• Honorable Mention: Schick Hydro

– My Favorite –

• Honda

See you next year readers!  Maybe the Broncos will win the Super Bowl again. :D  If they do, I’m taking credit for the prediction. ;)

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Works Cited:

“Brock Osweiler.” espn.go.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Feb. 2016. http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/gamelog/_/id/14879/brock-osweiler.

“Peyton Manning Biography.” biography.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Feb. 2016. http://www.biography.com/people/peyton-manning-37880#neck-surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX (Source: http://blogs-images.forbes.com/amitchowdhry/files/2015/01/SuperBowl.jpg)

I am not excited about this post, but I feel it is appropriate for the time of year.  First of all, go Broncos!!!!!  Second of all, the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks on February 1st, 2014, in Super Bowl XLIX; the final score was 28 to 24.  I was for the Seattle Seahawks because they are the lesser of two evils in my personal opinion.  I ended up with no voice and disappointment.  UGH!!!  Super Bowl 50, Denver Broncos.  I’ve said my peace.  Moving on to stats.  I am only listing the basics: Passing, receiving, & receiving.  We all know who won so no need for fumbles, penalties, and records.  Diehard fans can go to espn.com for the extra information.

*Passing

MVP – Tom Brady (#12):  50 attempts & 37 completed passes.  328 yards.  4 touchdowns & 2 interceptions.  1 sack.

Russell Wilson (#3):  21 attempts & 12 completed passes.  247 yards.  2 touchdowns & 1 interception.  3 sacks.

*Receiving

– New England –

Julian Edelman (#11):  9 catches & 109 yards.  1 touchdown.

Rob Gronkowski (#87):  6 catches & 68 yards.  1 touchdown.

– Seattle –

Chris Matthews (#13):  4 catches & 109 yards.  1 touchdown.

Ricardo Lockette (#83):  3 catches & 39 yards.

*Rushing

– New England –

LeGarrette Blount (#29):  14 carries & 40 yards.

Shane Vereen (#34):  4 carries & 13 yards.

– Seattle –

Marshawn Lynch (#24):  24 carries & 102 yards.

Russell Wilson (#3):  3 carries & 39 yards.

(Source: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=400749027)

Time to address the halftime show.  I thought Katy Perry sounded great and put on a great show.  The song choices were appropriately matched to each stage set-up, and “Firework” was the chill-inducing finale I expected it to be.  And now… the moment you’ve all been waiting for… THE COMMERCIALS!!!  Because my team was not playing in the big game, I was not as interested therefore I missed most of the commercials.  However, I saw enough of them to give you a list of my favorites and honorable mentions.  Companies were really tugging at heartstrings this year.  There were funny commercials, but the commercials that made the most impact were deep and emotional.  Interesting.

*Best Heartwarming Commercial:

Toyota – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un6uP6cykgo  (This commercial is all about dads, specifically the dad & daughter relationship.  It made me appreciate my dad even more!!)

– Honorable Mention:

Dove – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoqWo3SJ73c  (Another heartwarming dad commercial)

*Best Adorable Commercial:

Nationwide Insurance – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8sfGaHrVPA  (Mindy Kaling is so relatable!)

– Honorable Mention:

Budweiser – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAsjRRMMg_Q  (Who doesn’t love watching an adorable puppy get rescued by beautiful horses?!)

*Best Funny Commercial:

Clash of Clans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpPLOdioG-c  (It’s Liam FREAKING Neeson!!  Enough said.)

– Honorable Mentions:

Sprint – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1FhA9h4G-0  (They were not shy about calling out AT&T and Verizon.  BOOM!)

Snickers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UO2A2p-19A  (Never thought I would see Danny Trejo on “Brady Bunch.”  That is quite possibly bucket list-worthy.)

*So Bad It Was Funny Commercial:

T-Mobile – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTwzsV3I3OQ  (I hated seeing a Kardashian YET AGAIN on TV, but the content was funny.  Kim K. really believes in the cause.  HAHAHA )

*Cringeworthy Commercial:

Nationwide Insurance – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKUy-tfrIHY  (This commercial didn’t make me cringe in a disgusted way.  It’s just extremely sad!)

– Honorable Mention:

Weight Watchers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT_LH3VdY-A  (I’m not overweight, but seeing so many images of fatty foods made me want to join Weight Watchers. I felt sick!)

*Make It Stop Commercial:

Game of War – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuwC-tE_v4w  (I have seen this commercial on the “Trivia Crack” app more times than I can count.  Enough already!!)

I will wrap up with a 2015-2016 prediction.  Denver Broncos, Super Bowl 50, victory.  Realistically, this is more of a wish than a prediction, but if it happens, I can take credit.  Good night readers!  I leave you with this  quote:

“Don’t walk through life just playing football. Don’t walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone’s life, that’s the ultimate vision, that’s the ultimate goal – bottom line.”  – Ray Lewis

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