#SB51: About Last Night...

Let's talk about it.

If you follow me on Twitter, I-like many other football fans and self proclaimed sports analyst-were live tweeting during the game, in what became a timeline of emotional frenzy and 'NFL is rigged' war cries. From my end, most people were rooting for the Atlanta Falcons, a few due to political reasons, a couple of relatively silent Patriots fans, but most were rootiming for them out of just knowing how much a Falcons Super Bowl win would mean to the city of Atlanta and the franchise itself. Being from Atlanta, only naturally, I was in clustered with the latter group. 

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With 8 plays and 85 yards coverage from the Falcons, Everything was going swimmingly well for Atlanta, as NE was facing a 25 point deficit by the time halftime rolled around and Julio Jones dominated the first half. But the walls swiftly came tumbling down in the 3rd. By this time, we were all beginning to see that we may have collectively celebrated too soon, because that's when Tom Brady and company came back with a vengeance. As a result, Falcons' defense crumbled and what everyone assumed was a predictable ending, made an unexpected turn.  

After a 33 yd. field goal from Stephen Goskowski and 2 TD from James White and Daniel Amendola, the score was now 28-28 with a little under a minute left in the game. I'm still shocked that Patriots not only found the opportunity to make an astonishing comeback, but did it all in the final quarter, 3 plays, and no time left to spare, ultimately leading the game in the first OT in Super Bowl history. Although the final NE touchdown was questionable, there shouldn't have been an overtime in the first place, especially with such a low scoring game. It was tough to watch, honestly. It felt like GB vs Dallas all over again. It felt like November 9, 2017...all over again.  I digress.

Apparently, there are so many missing pieces to the saga at hand and 31 unanswered points, but I aim to deliver sports news in a unique format. This game was heartbreaking, yet simultaneously entertaining. Tom Brady, who walks away with his 3rd MVP title and 5th ring in the Super Bowl, has established a legacy and, despite how others may perceive him, has proven to be arguably the best Quarterbacks in the league; perhaps even, one of the greatest of all time. The New England Patriots simultaneously claim a 5th Super Bowl title, following their 9th AFC Championship. In that regard, I suppose a congratulations is due.

On a brighter note for the home team, they've now experienced what it's like to be this close to victory once again. To be one of the last two teams standing on the largest stage of professional sports is a victory in itself and not something to be taken lightly. It only means the team has what it takes to get there and they have what it takes to win. Just know, if my boys can keep up the fight long enough to dominate NFC next season, it'll be hard in deciding who to root for if it boils down to Atlanta vs. Dallas. Clearly, I'm thinking too far ahead, I know, but congrats to both teams and a great Super Bowl experience.


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NFL GAME OF THE WEEK: Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers (#RiseUp)

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For Falcons fans, their faith stood the test of time, but was amplified this season, coming into the playoff season with a solid 11-5 record. While they inched their way closer during the playoffs, there honestly didn't seem like there was a bit of unease or anxiety. As for everyone else, no one saw it coming. Low and behold, the team made it to the final round of the NFC Championship game...and actually won.

During yesterday's halftime report, I vaguely covered the details of why last night's win was major for the city of Atlanta, which so happens to be home sweet home to this loyal Cowboys fan. The team, having only been established for 51 years, has never seen a Super Bowl ring and the one time they were that close wasn't until 1998, but lost to the Denver Broncos. It's been tough for the franchise as well as the fans, but they've finally earned their bragging rights.

Not to mention the final score was 44-21; 44 points in the last very last game they would ever play  in the Georgia Dome, which is the city's legendary landmark, to honor the 44th President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama. Not sure if that was the goal going in, but it sounds good, so I'm sticking to it. 

The Super Bowl prediction made here on the Sky Box Suite was - as far as who the last 2 teams standing would be - is exactly as I called it. Atlanta Falcons will meet with the New England Patriots in Houston, TX in biggest competition in American professional sports, Super Bowl LI. Although it might be a little bias (even though I try really hard not to be) I definitely see it for the Falcons; as long as they keep the same momentum they had last night and remain healthy in the meantime, there's no reason they can't dominate against Patriots. The pressures weighing in, but aside from simply wanting them to win and knowing they deserve to win, I honestly believing they have what it takes to finally bring the city a championship.

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Road to Super Bowl LI: Wild Card Weekend + Super Bowl Predictions


At this point, the prying question as we approach the wild card games of NFL playoff season and are less than a month away from Super Bowl LI, is who will be our 2017 SB contenders.  It's been intense watching the 12 teams compete for the final 2 AFC vs. NFC slots leading to the biggest game of the year, especially in a sense to see unlikely teams rise to the top. In just a few hours (based on Eastern Standard Time), Wild Card weekend begins as Oakland Raiders go up against Houstons Texans, followed by Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks. Tomorrow, we'll see Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers and NY Giants vs. Green Bay Packers.

How about them Cowboys!? As a loyal and long-time fan of the Dallas Cowboys, I think I can speak for most of us when I say it's been hard for us to defend the greatness of America's team, so it's a relief to see them finally live up to their hype and potential. Watching them clinch the no.1 seed in the NFC east and entering the playoffs with home field advantage has been nothing short of incredible. Offensively, especially with WR Dez Bryant, Dak Prescott, and  RB Ezekiel Elliot, who was able to stand his ground even without Dez, the boys have truly showed out this season.
I do believe it'll come down to a close game between Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys if Falcons can find a way to stop QB Russell Wilson & company, which will be an intriguing match up to say the least. Plus, if that's the case, I really don't think Green Bay stands a chance going up against Cowboys in the divisional playoff round, because all of the weight is going to end up falling on Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers. Will the Dallas Cowboys make it to the SB? With the assumption/expectation that Dallas stays healthy during their bye week and rookies on the D-line won't crack under pressure, obviously they're my first choice. There is no question in my mind that they will be 1 of the 2 standing in NRG Stadium next month, which may sound a little bias, but that's the reality of the matter. 
As far as who I believe will be the other half of the final face-off, I'm betting on the New England Patriots. Of course this seems like a pretty predictable forecast with both Dallas and New England clinched in their division, but honestly, it's a choice that comes naturally, because it's the only thing that makes sense to me. Of course, this could all change based on what happens this weekend. The Chiefs and Raiders have had pretty respectable seasons, both with a tied 12-4 record, and Miami may be able to get close enough to touch. But with the Patriots' bend don't break mentality and the belief that QB Tom Brady will come back stronger than ever, it's hard to picture another team taking their spot.

Let the games begin...

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It's Superbowl Sunday!!!

As a die hard Cowboys fan, the playoff games where a little hard to watch after our tragic loss against Green Bay Packers. Despite that, I'm proud of my team for such an incredible season, leaving at an impressive 13-5. But as the world continues to spin, life goes on and so does football.

Although I haven't done many updates on the blog as far as sports are concerned, I did want to make a quick blurb in honor of the most important day of the NFL season, which we all know and love as the Superbowl XLIX. This game is going to be EPIC, just because of the match-up. When it's becomes a hard task to predict which way the game will go, that's when you know it's going to be a competition worth watching.

My prediction for this year's Superbowl title goes to the Seattle Seahawks. Tom Brady is an exceptional quarterback and a veteran, but he's definitely no giant against Russell Wilson, who is, performance wise, currently in his prime. Also, with Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and the remainder of the legion of BOOM, Seattle has a higher chance of winning this, because mental toughness, aggressive plays, and proper strategy and execution are key. Like Stephen A. stated on First Take, today I am PRO-BOOM (for the record, this is a one day only event and does not change or take away from the love I will always have for my beloved Dallas Cowboys).

It goes without saying that I, like most football fans of the nation, are anxious to see who wins. Hopefully, both teams will give their all and walk away knowing they put their best foot forward. At the end of the day, it's all about playing on nothing but heart.  

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Mon-Wave Mondays #4

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NBA 

As the NBA creeps closer and closer to playoff time with only a few games left in the regular season, there is not much room for error at this point. It’s not looking promising for the L.A. Lakers, who fired head coach Mike Brown this week.  Fans anticipated the return of Phil Jackson only to be disappointed that Mike D’Antoni took the position instead.  Whaaattt? Considering D’Antoni has never won a title with any of his previous teams nor has he lead any teaam to the playoffs, I think that was an extremely miscalculated move.  Hopefully, the players will be able to pull together and recover from some of the upsets so far in time for the playoffs

NFL

I want to be an optimistic fan, but the Cowboys win Sunday night wasn’t really impressive as far as I’m concerned.  There is still more time, however, for hope to be revived. The tell-all will be determined by what they do Thursday in the Thanksgiving day match-up againgst the Redskins.

Even as a loyal Dallas Cowboys fan, I must say that the Atlanta Falcons have had an impressive season and 8 games in were undefeated. QB Matt Ryan’s stellar performance will be a great asset post season and with the direction of Mike Smith, they have a chance at taking on any of the elite teams they face post-season.


Is it too soon for Superbowl predictions?

The NY Giants have a pretty good chance at making it as Super Bowl contenders again.  In the past, they’ve been pretty diligent at barely motioning into the playoffs and dominating at the last minute.  Although defensively they could be more consistent, they have the strategy to make plays at pivotal moments in the game.

As far as opposing team, I’d say San Fransisco 49′ers have a pretty decent shot at making it to the Superbowl. I consider the 49′ers to be the underdogs, and it’s always nice to see the underdogs in a title race. As a whole, they have definitely stepped their game up since last season. Defensively, they have established a promising pace that would make them seemingly qualified to perform at a higher level.
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