With all the talent and hype going into Sunday's contest, competition is sure to be ultra fierce. (Animal Planet)

The Super Bowl is underway. The top-ranked Broncos offense takes on the top-ranked Seahawks defense. Wily veteran Peyton Manning takes on Sophomore sensation Russell Wilson. The game is full of storylines, and we’re here to bring you our selections for how the big game will turn out.

A blowout offense and stifling defense are averaging out our guesses for touchdown totals, while passing yards are predicted to be down somewhat. Naturally, quarterbacks have an advantage in MVP voting because they’re quarterbacks, though Denver’s receiving corps and both running games are pretty good too.

In addition to adding an MVP category to our predictions, all point values are doubled!! Otherwise, scoring is similar to before:

  • Picking the winner of the game is worth four points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams combined is worth two points if guessed to within one, or four points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the yards thrown for by the game’s top passer (one top-throwing quarterback only) is worth two points if guessed to within 50, or four points if guessed to within 10, or a whopping ten points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the Super Bowl MVP is worth two points.

So now that that’s out of the way, complete picks are below, and be sure to check back upon the Super Bowl’s completion for final results and standings. Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Super Bowl »

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1. Super Bowl preview:

* I’m rooting for pumped and jacked over Manning – don’t want him to close gap on Brady
* Seattle needs to go Manchurian Candidate – “Must knock down Manning, Must knock down Manning, Must knock down Manning”
* Sherman better come up big for his own sake
* Imagine Carroll’s post game speech – “gee willikers, good golley, the boys were really super.”
* Will Seattle be Napoleon and go to Russia in the winter? San Diego and Patriots proved the middle is Denver – got get to the edge
* Score with my heart Seattle 27-21 on an interception return by Richard Sherman Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Pumped and Jacked, Ortiz Whines, Confederates Like Manning Not Good in Cold »

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1. Someone mentioned this on WEEI and it got me thinking – what do all five of these officials’ calls have in common in the Patriots season:
* The push in the back on the Jets field goal miss
* The non-call on the Gronk interference against Carolina
* The non call on Welker for a pick and then the call on Hoo Man for the phantom pick
* The interference by Cleveland on Boyce
* The interference by Colts on Edelman in the playoffs
* It shows the power of the officials as all calls favored the home team (that is a major problem)

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Old Celts Back, Officials Ruining Sports, Villians »

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1. Patriots had 18 first drives this year – stats:
* Two touchdowns / two field goals / 12 punts / two turnovers
* Nine drives of five plays or less
* Kicked off eight times to start the game and received ten times
2. Update on winter players that used to play in Boston:
* Horton……3 goals in nine games
* Pierce…….13 points per game / 3.1 assists – 2.5 turnovers
* Seguin……21 goals in 48 games
* Garnett…..6.9 points / 21.9 minutes / 6.8 rebounds

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Dark Day of Sports »

Jerry Remy’s Future Uncertain

January 20, 2014 at 12:00pm in Featured, Now!, Opinion, Red Sox
Will Remy return next season with all that is going on? (Getty Images/Matt Burke)

He played for the Red Sox from 1978-84. He started broadcasting on NESN in 1988. He is one of the most respected sports broadcaster in the New England area and is the first president on Red Sox Nation. Jerry Remy is a part of New England and it seemed that he would continue to serve as the Red Sox color announcer until he decided to call it quits. Unfortunately it seems like that decision has been been pushed to the forefront.

It needs to be made clear that there are many things that are more important than sports. A person’s life is, and always will be, more important. For those who are unaware of the story, Jerry Remy’s son Jared is accused of murdering Jennifer Martel, who was Jared’s girlfriend and mother of their four-year-old child. These turn of events led to Jerry Remy leaving NESN indefinitely and his return status is still in limbo. Continue reading Jerry Remy’s Future Uncertain »

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Denver was firmly in control of time of possession en route to defeating arch rival New England. Now, their elite offense meets an elite defense for all the marbles. (http://simplepimple.com/)

The Super Bowl is set; the Broncos’ most potent NFL offense ever will face Seattle’s very gung-ho and powerful defense with everything on the line in New Jersey in two weeks. Each team defeated in its chief rival in order to get there, with New England and San Francisco each falling in a difficult road match-up.

Seattle and San Francisco was a defensive game for much of the time as we suspected, but the surprise was the low-scoring 26-16 final in Denver. Peyton Manning did a great job of limiting Tom Brady’s time on the field, which no doubt was a huge reason the Broncos were able to pull out the win.

In our picks, some suffered more than others, with an even mix of picks for winners. Most points were won or lost based on passing yards and touchdowns, especially in the game in Seattle, where a match-up of field goals and some touchdowns was expected.

So check below for the complete results, and come back in two weeks for the Super Bowl picks. Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Conference Championships Results »

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Looked like a heartless team who was deflated after Talib was cheap-shoted – in the end they looked like they were content making it to the AFC game

1. Talib Injury:

* That was not only a pick on Talib by Welker but actually a dirty play that injured a player (should be a fine – nevermind a F-ing penalty, but instead the game completely changed)
* They don’t call that but they call that pick on Hooman, which took points off the board
* Pic plays were such a factor going into this game that Sports Illustrated wrote about it this week
* CBS refused to comment on the illegal pick, but talked about the Patriots manhandling the Colts receivers ten years ago
* When Talib goes down – Denard goes on Thomas and Logan Ryan on Decker – toast
* Halftime show on CBS didn’t even mention the Talib injury, which was the biggest play in the game
* Thomas before Talib was hurt 1 catch 29 yards / after 6 catches for 105 yards
* Last year AFC championship game – Bolden before Talib injury 1 catch 5 yards/ After injury 5 catches 60 yards – 2 TD’s

2. Brady – C-

* Missed TD pass to Edleman on the playaction
* Overthrew open Collie down sideline to set up points Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Welker Picks Broncos to Super Bowl »

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