Weekend Reactions in the Daily Dojo

It has been awhile since I have written, and even longer since I have written consistently. I am going to try to break that trend. They may be short and sweet writings about what I am thinking about sports in that day, but I want to get constant content on the site. So, here we go

Obviously, this weekend was a huge weekend for most sports fans because of the Jamaican 2-man Bobsled Team’s qualification for the 2014 Winter Olympics! It is actually a big deal, considering it will be the first time since 2002 that the Jamaicans have qualified for the Bobsled event. They have already received $80,000 in donations to help them make the trip to Sochi.

Jamaican 2-man Bobsled Team (businessinsider.com

Jamaican 2-man Bobsled Team (businessinsider.com)

Now onto the sporting events you thought I was going to talk about at first, the AFC and NFC Championship games.

This is one of those few years that you can actually say the two best teams made it into their respective conference games. In the AFC, there is not a lot talent, in all honesty. The Patriots had a lot of holes, but they had less holes than everyone, but the Denver Broncos. Bill Belichick was able to mask many of the Patriots flaws on defense, and Tom Brady can make a star out of any white guy who is willing to get hit by much bigger human beings, Julian Edelman and Wes Welker. With that being said, they clearly did not match up to the Denver Broncos this Sunday. They were dominated in all facets of the game. On defense, the Patriots were unable to put any pressure on, who should be the first unanimous MVP in NFL History, Peyton Manning. No Patriot recorded a QB hit, and Manning recorded 400 yards of passing on 43 attempts with 2 touchdowns. Patriots looked out of it from the get go, and that is why the Broncos are the AFC Champions

In the NFC, there was a brawl for the ages. I wasn’t able to watch the first half, but I do know that the 49ers blew that game in the second half. As you may know if you follow me on Twitter, I got caught up in the Richard Sherman interview reactions, and the Seattle fans’ disgusting lack of sportsmanship after Navarro Bowman‘s gruesome injury. After having a day to think about what happened, here is what I think should be remembered from that game…

  1. Colin Kaepernick cost the 49ers that game with some incredibly poor throws and a costly fumble in the 4th quarter.
  2. 49ers’ defense was the only reason Kaepernick had a chance to redeem himself on the final drive.
  3. Kaepernick would have redeemed himself had Richard Sherman turned his head a second later. That’s a touchdown, and the 49ers are the NFC Champions.
  4. Looking past all of the off-field antics, Richard Sherman is a beast and should not be thrown to.
  5. The best team from the NFC is going to Super Bowl.
Richard Sherman holding the George Halas Trophy. (Photo Cred: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Richard Sherman hoisting the George Halas Trophy (Photo Cred: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Early Super Bowl Prediction

Below 32 degrees: Seahawks’ win, 24-17

Above 32 degrees: Broncos win, 31-24

Peyton Manning after yet another disappointing postseason loss against the Baltimore Ravens on January 12, 2013 (Photo Cred: AP)

Peyton Manning after yet another disappointing postseason loss against the Baltimore Ravens on January 12, 2013 (Photo Cred: AP)

Yes, temperature can cause of big difference with Peyton. Remember Peyton only put up 21 points on an AWFUL Baltimore Ravens’ defense in a game that was 13 degrees. I know 13 and 32 degrees is a huge difference, but 2013-14 Seattle Seahawks’ Defense is a huge difference between the 2012-13 Baltimore Ravens’ Defense. Peyton doesn’t think the cold has an affect on his game, but his playoff record and record outdoors in poor conditions, says otherwise.

Greg Danchik

 

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