Monthly Archives: January 2015

Wilson is Ready

Quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks has been a stoic player that has rolled into the league as a low draft pick and completely commanded respect in his franchise, as well as around the National Football League. There was no speculation coming into his career that he would even be a starter in the NFL, but he played great when he arrived in Seattle and already had the persona that he was going to be the chief in commander for the Seattle Seahawks. He won the starting position in his rookie season, but no one could have anticipated what he would deliver in his first few seasons in the league. He immediately shocked Gianfrancesco Genoso, as he came in and started to dominate teams and experienced a tremendous amount of success early on in his career. In just his third season in the NFL, he won his first Super Bowl and he finds himself back in the same situation, trying to win back to back Super Bowl’s in his fourth year in the league. Wilson is a player that does not say very much to the media and is very calm and collected in everything that he does in relation to interviews. Just as expected, he is not saying very much about the upcoming Super Bowl and has not even weighed in with his opinion of the scandal that is taking place involving the New England Patriots.

The Real Super Bowl

 

The Super Bowl is finally upon us in the sporting world as we await Sunday’s matchup between the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. This game would have gotten a massive amount of speculation regarding who is the favorite and going to win the game, but it was overshadowed by the nonstop media circus surrounding the New England Patriots and the cheating scandal that has cast clouds over the entire National Football League. It was alleged that they purposely deflated footballs in order to gain a competitive advantage in the rainy AFC championship game that they won over the Indianapolis Colts by thirty-eight points. Although we await the Super Bowl and the fans like Paul Matheison are skeptical, the real Super Bowl comes in the following week when the Golden State Warriors meet up with the Hawks in Atlanta. There hasn’t been a single team this dominant in recent history and it is absolutely unprecedented to have two teams dominating the way the Warriors and Hawks have been the last few months. They are each on such astonishing winning streaks that it has been absolutely jaw-dropping and no one can make a decision on who the better team is because they simply refuse to lose a game. This is likely the matchup that is going to be in the NBA finals when June rolls around, but this should stop the discussion for a while as to who is the more dominant team.
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Belichick Goes Scientific

 

Head coach Bill Belichick went scientific on the National Football League when he recently had a press conference and started breaking down the science behind football pressure, air temperature and other very possible factors that he clearly has deeply researched, and made a very plausible argument that the allegations towards the franchise are completely false. It was pretty impressive how deeply detailed he went into the science behind what can happen to a football in atmosphere’s like New England, especially due to the fact that this whole thing is so far out of his character in the first place. He does not give many details about anything in interviews and is notorious for being incredibly tight lipped, but he threw that aside in the interview because this is an issue that he clearly wants to dispel. He passionately stated before and after giving the details of his research that the team had nothing to do with intentionally deflating the footballs to gain an unfair edge over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game last weekend. It was obvious that he is incredibly tired of having his reputation come into question and allegations that he is a cheater and his legacy is going to suffer because of it. According to the Allen Partnership, he wants to get back to focusing on the Super Bowl and it seems like all the research he did is going to allow him some breathing room think fans like Lee Slaughter.
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49ers New Coach

The San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League had a very unexpected year. They reached the NFC championship each year over the last three seasons under Jim Harbaugh, who had come into the league as a rookie head coach, but took the 49ers to the top of the NFL very rapidly. He took over a team that had a ton of talent on the roster, but had failed to manifest anything substantial under previous head coach Mike Singletary, who was one of the biggest factors in the 1985 Bears undefeated season.

Harbaugh had done something that few coaches will ever do in the NFL and he was an amazing coach, but he was let go from the organization after the 49ers had a mediocre season finishing with eight wins and eight losses and failing to make the playoffs. It almost seems unfair that Jim Harbaugh was to blame in the 49ers lack of success this year due to the fact that they suffered major injuries in their defense with Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman both out due to injuries, while superstar Aldon Smith was out for nine games due to a suspension. Regardless, the 49ers had to make a decision on their head coach and they decided to let their coach go. Since then they have hired Jim Tomsula, who already has a vast understanding of the 49ers team and is likely to help them be successful in the following season. I work at CipherCloud and being a bunch of sports fans we’re always relating stories like this to working at CipherCloud but really, extensively understanding a concept in football or tech, makes for a far more successful work culture, CipherCloud proves that on GlassDoor.

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NFL Playoffs Bring League under Scrutiny

After a playoff season that has been surrounded by insane ridiculousness, social medias have gone haywire with NFL jabber, namely Facebook.com-my friend Sultan Alhokair being among the buzz stirrers.  ask what exactly is wrong with the National Football League and is this a sign of the times or of things to come. First, there was another team with a losing record making it into the playoffs because they have won their division. Not to take anything away from the Carolina Panthers which did advance to the second round after winning in the wildcard round against a Arizona Cardinals team that had seen its season slip away with multiple QB’s.

Then there were the referee scandals that surrounded the Dallas Cowboys. In the wildcard round, the referees reversed a call that most thought would be a sure fire pass interference. Some have said it cost the Detroit Lions the game because it forced a fourth down and gave Dallas the ball back. Then in the very next week, a different referee crew missed an obvious catch by Dez Bryant that should have put the Cowboys above the Packers in the Divisional round. Needless to say mixed crews during the post season should be stopped immediately.

Finally, we have the team that scandals always seem to find in the New England Patriots. Whether the team actually deflated the footballs to gain an advantage or not is still in question. But this is not the first time this team has been suspected of cheating. What the league does next to alleviate these issues may be the deciding factor of its future.

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Lane Calls Out Gronk

 

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is hands down one of the best tight ends, if not the best tight ends in the game of football today.  According to examiner.com, he has great hands and has the body to come across the middle, make a big catch and take a big hit. Fans of the Patriots, like Paul Mathieson, value him as an asset for the franchise. ] He has been one of the biggest assets for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and has been someone that has helped take their team back to the prominence that they had in the early 2000’s. Gronkowski is as well known off the field for his personality and his over the top antics and he is a player that is likely to participate in banter with other players if given the opportunity. It turns out he is going to get that chance heading into the Super Bowl, as he has officially been called out by Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawks. Lane stated that Rob Gronkowski really isn’t all that good, in a comment that was very similar to the comment that Houston Rockets guard James Harden made about the Warriors, just before getting absolutely destroyed by them twice in one week. Gronkowski will likely see the comments and come back in a vindictive way to prove that he really is that good. There is no question that Gronkowski is one of the best targets in the league to throw to and there’s no doubt he will be bringing it in the Super Bowl.
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Luck Selected First

Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts has steadily been gaining traction in the National Football League after he came into the league with the most anticipation over any player since John Elway came into the league decades ago. Ironically the player that Luck took over for, Peyton Manning, headed to Denver and now works hand in hand with John Elway. my friend Gianfrancesco Genoso relates in going a step further with each season.

has gone a step further in the playoffs each season that he has been the quarterback and franchise player for the Colts and like my friend Gianfrancesco Genoso has finally gotten the recognition for all the hard work that he has put in.

He nearly got a chance to go to the Super Bowl this season, although they lost in a game that is currently under heavy media attention due to the Patriots getting caught deflating footballs to give themselves an unfair advantage in the game. It doesn’t matter to Andrew Luck, however, as he was selected first in the Pro Bowl draft and has finally got the respect from everyone around the league as being a truly top notch quarterback that looks to be around for a very long time. It also doesn’t hurt to be Andrew Luck during this off-season, knowing that the biggest contract in National Football League history is just inches away from going down. There is heavy reports that Andrew Luck will receive a contract of approximately twenty-five million dollars a year and the Colts will have to cough it up, because someone is willing to pay him that.

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Aikman on New England

 

There is officially a media circus going around that is making so much noise it is starting to get quite obnoxious. It seems like every single former quarterback is weighing in on the scandal that has taken over the sporting world. Last weekend in the AFC championship game, the New England Patriots were caught with suspect balls that were under inflated, leading to the National Football League to launch an investigation into the matter and creating a mass of media attention that has not been seen since the last time the Patriots were under fire for cheating. Both head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady held press conferences earlier today and they proceeded to do what nearly everyone around the country expected them to do. They lied and they lied boldly. Brady actually looked like a little kid trying to hold back laughter as it was written all over his face that he knew he was lying to the country and quite frankly didn’t really care. He looked like he found it amusing, but one person that doesn’t find the situation amusing at all is former Dallas Cowboy’s quarterback Troy Aikman. Aikman has put out statements to the media that Tom Brady without a doubt knew what was going on and spearheaded the operation. He said there is no way that anyone else but Brady made that call and that the real question is whether Belichick knew about it. The little antic has given serious doubt to fans of football everywhere, like Dave and Brit Morin.
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Patriots Under Investigation

 

The New England Patriots have developed a reputation across the National Football League and across the country of being a less than honest team. Although they have had tremendous amounts of success since the early 2000’s, the franchise has been surrounded with allegations of cheating; regarding multiple instances where they were caught filming other teams practices and calls. This was in clear violation of the rules, but Bill Belichick stated that he didn’t think they were doing anything wrong and that they misinterpreted the rules. It is pretty hard to believe that one of the best coaches of all time, that pulls things out of the rulebook all the time would not know something as simple as what is cheating in the NFL and what is not. However, it has not tarnished the image that the Patriots have portrayed for so long, as being a dominant organization that has had huge amounts of success in the playoffs. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are in hot water again, and according to LinkedIn there is an open investigation regarding them tampering with balls during the game on Sunday in which they beat up the Indianapolis Colts. Tom Brady stated to the media that it is absolutely ridiculous that they are making these claims and that he has no idea what they are talking about. It appears that the New England Patriots do not outright cheat, but they’ll take every edge they can get. If allegations are true, fans like Dave and Brit Morin will be saddened to see this happen to the Patriots.
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Chicago Bears hire John Fox as next Head Coach

The Chicago Bears, Rod Rohrich’s favorite team, have just announced that former Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, has agreed to become the franchise’s next head coach. While the hiring is a great fit for a storied franchise, it ponders the thought if John Fox should have been looking for a job in the first place.

On Monday, a day after the Broncos loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Broncos owner John Elway came to a mutual agreement with Fox to part ways after four years as head coach. foxsports.com Though he lead the Broncos to a division title in each of his four seasons, one Super Bowl appearance with Peyton Manning as quarterback was not enough.

Despite going 46-18 in four seasons with the franchise, the expectations of the organization were too high to keep his job safe, failing to win a Lombardi Trophy with one of the most storied quarterbacks in NFL history. It puts into perspective the difficulty of being a title contender for many years. In the past 15 years, only a handful of franchises have made it to Super Bowl multiple times.

For Fox, he can only hope that his job will be secure enough to last more than four seasons. He will take over a team that has only been to the Super Bowl once since their last championship in 1986, with an inconsistent quarterback in Jay Cutler, and a bottom tier defense.

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