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Friday, February 22, 2013

Trade Deadline Comes and Goes

The NBA's trade deadline was Thursday and the big trade was, well nothing.  The trade deadline passed leaving fans to only talk about the what ifs.  Josh Smith stayed with the Hawks, which didn't surprise many people.  He is a great player but is an upcoming free agent who many think isn't worth the big contract he wants.  Elsewhere in the NBA there were some trades but nothing to really talk about.  This posses the question: Did the uneventful trade deadline prepare us for an uneventful post season in the NBA?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How the Title game changes coaching.

The Super Bowl is in the books and it gave us plenty to talk about.  Funny how much of it is not football.  One thing about football that it did give us was the coaching decisions that were made on both sides of the ball.  These decisions definitely left some questions.  Why throw on fourth and goal if you have a QB like Kaepernick?  Why take a safety?  Big games always leave big questions in the fans minds.  This is because in big games especially games where something is on the line, coaches sometimes out think or out coach themselves.
I'll explain.  When you are coaching in a championship game you go in knowing what is a stake.  You start the mind games thinking lets do this, what if they do that, and I should do this because they don't think I will do that.  Coaches know that when the game is that big the outcome is usually decided by a play or decision that was made by one of the coaches.  For example a coach deciding to throw the ball on fourth and one when they have a very good running back that could probably get them that yard.  This is what happened in the Super Bowl.  The Ravens were simply coached better the the 49ers.  John made better decision then Jim did.  If Jim would have given the ball to Frank Gore 30 times he would be the brother with the Super Bowl Trophy.  He also should have at the very least rolled Kaepernick out on fourth down to get the defense thinking shoot this guy might run the ball and that split second of second guessing may have given the 49ers the open receiver they needed.  Where John really outsmarted his brother is when he had his punter run around the back of the end zone for a few seconds and take a safety.  Jim did not see that coming and a play that should have lasted about 4 seconds ended lasting 8 and giving the 49ers no chance for a last second hail mary.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII prediction!

The game is finally here! We are hours away from kickoff and now its time to focus on the football. For the last six days you have heard everything imaginable about the Super Bowl.  Now its time to hear about the actual game.
The 49ers are favored to win. They have not lost a Super Bowl in which they were in. They are a franchise rich with history. The 49ers have very talented offense and a very under ratted defense. On the other side of the ball the Ravens have an awesome D and an under ratted offense.  This game is full of talent.  This game will be a battle for not only both teams but both coaches.
These teams are even matched.  This game will come down to the very end.  The quarterbacks are going to be a big part of the outcome. But look for another player to be the deciding factor in Super Bowl XLVII.  Perhaps Frank Gore or Ray Rice. Maybe Vernon Davis or Anquan Boldin.  The winner of this game is going to be the winner of the turnover battle, they are also going to be the team that wins the time of possession battle.
Both offense's are capable of doing this, so it is going to come down to whichever defense can keep the other offense off the field.  Ray Lewis and the Baltimore defense is more experienced and will prevail in Super Bowl XLVII.

Ravens 27, 49ers 24

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Brotherly Love

Sunday is the big game. Of all the 32 teams in the NFL only two remain and take the field Sunday to see who will be crowned Super Bowl Champions.  This games has something the forty six Super Bowls lacked, sibling rivalry.  For the first time in Super Bowl history two brothers lead their teams in the quest to be called the years best.
John and Jim Harbaugh will battle whits come Sunday. Although they have both been very
professional about coaching against each other there is a part of them that wants to beat their brother on Sunday.  They are both too competitive for them not to think that.  For those of you that have a sibling you understand the importance of beating them.  It is in our nature to want to be better than our sibling at what we do.  For John and Jim Harbaugh this is even more so for many reasons.  This is both of their first appearance in a Super Bowl, Both feel a win will propel them from good coach to great coach.  And both want to make their dad proud.  For a man it is the greatest feeling in the world to be able to have your dad accomplish such a great feat.  Their dad, Jack, was a college coach for over thirty years and knows what it feels like to win a championship.  Both of his sons want to bring a Super Bowl ring home to Daddy.  They both don't mind doing it at the expense of their brother.