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Manning ready to move on from Super Bowl disappointment

April 20th, 2014

Peyton Manning has insisted he is ready to bounce back from a shocking end to last season and help the Denver Broncos put their Super Bowl humiliation firmly behind them. There had been many who believed Manning was set to retire after Super Bowl XLVIII after the quarterback admitted he could see the “light at the end of the tunnel” of his playing career, but the 13-time Pro Bowler has come out fighting in his first interview since the Super Bowl.

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With odds of around 6/1, Denver will begin the new season widely tipped to reach a second successive Super Bowl, but a lot will depend on whether their star quarterback can rebound from last season’s disappointments. Manning may not have been the only Broncos player who failed to play anywhere near their best in the Super Bowl defeat to the Seahawks, but the quarterback came away from the game shouldering the majority of the blame.

While the 38-year old was widely-criticised for his performance in the Broncos’ 43-8 thumping at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in last season’s Super Bowl, Manning doesn’t appear to have lost his desire for the game and has insisted he and the rest of the team are determined on leading the Broncos back to the Super Bowl this season.

“Absolutely, that’s what I want to do. That’s what the Denver Broncos want to do. I’m glad to be a part of a team where that’s what they want to do. I want to try to do my best to do my part. Keep myself in good shape and get on the same page with my receivers.”

Despite his below-par showing in the final game of the season, Manning’s sensational form throughout the year showed he is still one of the best quarterbacks still playing in the NFL. Following surgery on a neck injury in early March, Manning has returned to pre-season training and has already begun working with the Broncos receivers ahead of a new campaign.

“I feel that I have a responsibility to the team to be on top of my game, and that’s what I think about every day when I go over there to work and lift weights and throw with my receivers — doing my job to help the Denver Broncos. It’s up to the players to put in the hard work in the weight room, in the film room and on the practice field to try and be a better team this year,” said Manning.

After returning from injury, Manning has linked back up with a Denver squad containing a number of new faces that arrived following the Broncos being given a decent salary-cap position despite their 13-3 record in the past two seasons. Emmanuel Sanders, DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward have all arrived in Denver from the free agency, and there is still a long way to go before the Broncos will have a clear indication of what next season’s final roster will look like.

Does Jim Harbaugh’s future depend on a Super Bowl win?

March 6th, 2014

Jim Harbaugh at Super Bowl

by John Seb

Though the media frenzy has faded away a little, the questions remain as to whether 49ers’ Coach Jim Harbaugh is staying or going to the Cleveland Browns just hasn’t gone away. And it may just be that an extension of Harbaugh’s contract is contingent on him landing a Super Bowl – something the 49ers haven’t managed since 1995.

The news about Harbaugh’s troubled relations with 49ers general manager, Trent Baalke, became public recently. This may upset the club’s plans for the 49ers’ free agency period starting March 11 – and the May draft, whilst the fans don’t want their first season in the Levi’s Stadium start under a cloud.

So it may all come to nothing, but there are clearly tensions where there should be harmony. Whether these get ironed out or not is the million dollar question. Problems arise in these situations whenever one party goes public with the strains – for whatever motive they have up their sleeve.

Once the tit for tat really starts in earnest, then anything is possible as all the dirty laundry gets washed in the media spotlight and, let’s face it, we’re all hungry for NFL titbits all the time. Once one side states something derogatory, the other side always responds and the whole things escalates – but in the media spotlight.

Then if the 49ers happen to lose a couple of games – even if those losses are a complete coincidence – we’re into a full-on crisis and the management has to act to make any kind of change.

Then again – all this media hubbub may be good news for the shrewd punters amongst us. Perhaps the 49ers are a great future value proposition? They’ve now eased out to somewhere around 7/1 with 32 Red for the 2015 Super Bowl and although it’s a good way off – the time to make the deal is often when the bad news is at its peak.

The great thing about 32 Red is the site also has an online casino that brings with it very generous welcome offers. It also has a sports-book, so you may well be able to get a free bet if you haven’t registered with 32 Red before.

Of course – decide whether or not to invest the proceeds with the 49ers is quite another matter. But do remember that the pressure on 49ers’ Chief Executive Jed York to do something is now huge.

And one possible scenario is to stay with Harbaugh for another year on a Super Bowl all or nothing basis. In other word s- he stays and gets a huge bonus if the 49ers can win the Super Bowl next February. If not – he’s gone. And if that does become the case – then the 49ers may well be worth a small wager?

Fun Facts About the 2014 Super Bowl

February 13th, 2014

The Super Bowl is always exciting, as every year brings new challenges, new contenders, and—most importantly for some—new commercials. This year’s Super Bowl promises to be as thrilling as they come, as the Seattle Seahawks face off against the Denver Broncos.

To add to the Super Bowl intrigue, we’ve come up with some fun facts about this year’s game:

Chillin’ at the Stadium: At 1.6 billion dollars, Metlife Stadium is the most expensive stadium to ever host a Super Bowl. It’s the greenest, recognized by the EPA as a leading venue when it comes to reducing carbon, energy, water and solid waste. The stadium is also one of the coldest. The stadium’s open design, combined with its New York location and lurking polar vortices, is sure to be a chilly one. And don’t count on the “powers that be” to postpone the Super Bowl: Only one game has been moved due to snow since 1932.

Seats at the Metlife are priced for the wealthy or the very determined: The “cheap” seats are going for a cool $2,500.

Watching Comic Commercials: This year, commercials have become even pricier for advertisers. Fox is selling 30-second blocks of airtime for a whopping 4 million dollars. Expect to see commercials from fan favorites like Doritos, Pepsi and Bud Light. And expect them, as always, to be one of the best parts of the game—even for hard-core football fans like Michael J. Knapp.

Getting Ready for Halftime: Bruno Mars is expected to croon a number of his best hits at this year’s halftime show. On the other end of the spectrum, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be also be headlining, to the delight of 90s music and alternative rock fans. There’s even rumors about some surprise performers making an appearance. We’ll see whether this year’s show stands up to Beyonce’s fierce performance last year.

Playing It Safe: The 2014 Super Bowl will be played just across the way from the site of the 9/11 attacks, and New York’s finest are doing everything they can to keep fans and players safe. Seven hundred police officers and 3,000 private security officers will patrol the stadium while SWAT teams and hostage negotiators wait nearby.

Learning Who’s Who: Neither team had much of a challenge making it to the Super Bowl, and that’s what makes this year’s game all the more interesting. No upsets or surprise challenges here: just the best against the best. But if, like Michael Knapp, you have your heart set on rooting for an underdog, Seattle is your team. While the Broncos are marginally favored to be victorious, 2014 just may be the year the Seahawks win their first-ever championship.

We’ll leave you with one last fun fact: Seattle and Denver are both western cities, so this will be the first time a winner will not be from the Central or Eastern time zone since 1999.

Sports Gifts Are Plentiful

February 12th, 2014

When you are on the lookout for unusual gifts, clothing, wall decals, posters and magnets for your sports loving family member or other sports enthusiasts, you will be amazed at the large variety of perfect gift choices that exist online.

In stock and custom emblems can be placed on a huge inventory, which also includes men’s and women’s tanks, polos, tees, caps, sweatshirts and other items. Featured are emblems for football, baseball, ice and field hockey, lacrosse, softball, basketball, golf, rugby, martial arts, tennis, swimming and others.

In addition to all the traditional sports, emblems are available for gymnastics, wrestling, yoga, bowling, archery, fencing, equestrian, dance, cheerleading and more.

Sports car magnets are very popular for automobiles and also for endless ways to display them in offices and homes. Customized magnets for a school or organization are also available by special request. A choice of colors include chrome, white, black, gold, sports team colors, and glow in the dark. The size of the magnet depends on the particular design.

Do you want to personalize your specialty gift? Many of the unique products come with custom name fields and color customizations to make your recipient feel like a super star.

MagneticImpressions.com is an example of a source for these sports gifts and would be happy to discuss your specific needs and desires with you.

Get out of the Cold and Play Baseball

February 9th, 2014

Every now and then we come across a new online game or tool that is worth mentioning to our readers.  One is a new online baseball game called Brushback Baseball.

With the weather we’ve been having in the northeast, I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for baseball than this year.  So, I’m willing to do just about anything to get into the baseball, and simulated warm weather, mood.  Brushback Baseball did that for me.

I was able to get into the site and draft my own team and create my own players.  It’s kind of like owning your own professional baseball franchise, without the hassles of negotiating contracts with overpaid crybabies.  The game really makes you analyze your own version of baseball strategy to see what works for you.  Where do you want your strengths to be?  Offense?  Speed?  Pitching?  It’s up to you.

Then, the real fun starts.  You get to play games.  Start your own league among your friends or play random people that are baseball enthusiasts like you.  Unlike fantasy baseball, the players that register here will be into it and will likely keep active in the league throughout the season, because they have invested their own time and money into it.

We all need some relief right now (and I don’t mean bullpen relief).  Get out of the frigid northeast and fantasize about baseball again by registering at Brushback Baseball.