patriots-vs-giants

The New England Patriots and New York Giants face off on Sunday night at Super Bowl XLVI with excitement, tension and emotions at an all-time high. The Patriots are riding on a magical and emotional run while the Giants are looking to repeat their Super Bowl XLII championship title against the Patriots.

The hype on the head-to-head battle between elite quarterbacks Tom Brady and Eli Manning has been building up and will be facing the true test at Super Bowl. By the end of four quarters, which team will have the right to raise the Lombardi Trophy?

The game seems to be a battle on offense. Defense may be underrated in this game but it will play a major role in foiling the opposing quarterback from orchestrating the offense.

The Giants defense has worked against Brady. They won the Super Bowl XLII by giving Brady a tough time making his passes. Now the Giants have exposed some weakness on defense that Brady and company may just exploit come game time.

In the regular season, the Giants struggled against teams with athletic tight ends. Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers, Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints and Jermichael Finley of the Green Bay Packers proved that the Giants tight end defense has a hole.

 

Rob Gronkowski could have made things difficult for the Giants if he could play at 100%. Aaron Hernandez can pose serious challenges too.

The key for the Patriots to fully exploit this weakness is to protect Brady from pass rushers to make that perfect pass.

The Giants on the other hand has Eli Manning who plays well under pressure. He can break the defense psychologically with his cool demeanor. If the Patriots continue to play the ball instead of the man, then Manning will have an easier time taking advantage of the pass attack.

The betting odds and historical statistics will all mean nothing at kickoff. Both teams are equipped with elite quarterbacks, offensive and defensive manpower. The team that plays with more consistency on both ends of the field will win the NFL championship game.

The Patriots are likely to get the job done this time.

Underwood

It comes as a surprising and seemingly heartless move that New England Patriots wide receiver Tiquan Underwood was released a day before Super Bowl 46. Defensive lineman Alex Silvestro was signed from the practice team.

A player cut especially on the day before a major event such as the Super Bowl can only make an outsider think if disciplinary action was the reason behind the move. It appears that there was none and it is very uncharacteristic of Rutgers University product Underwood.

Bill Belichick may be cold and heartless but the team reportedly wanted another defensive lineman on the roster. Incidentally, Silvestro is also a product of the Rutgers football team.

Soon after being cut, Underwood to Twitter how he felt about the cut. Many would have expected that he would rant away but instead he showed great character. On his first tweet Underwood had a different perspective of an unfortunate event in his young professional football career, “This is nothing but MOTIVATION”.

Just moments after, a second tweet came out that further cemented the strength of his character, “I Been Thru A LOT… But There Are Ppl In This World w/ More Serious Problems So I Cant Hang The Head… Thank You Lord”

His third tweet was directed to the New England Patriots organization which heads into Super Bowl 46 on Sunday without him, “Good Luck To The New Enland Organization, The Coaches, & All My Teammates…”.

What followed was a message to everyone who followed him on Twitter, “THANK YOU To Everyone Supporting/Wishing Me Well (Fam, Friends, Ppl Who Dont Kno Me Personally) To Those Happy About What Happen… God Bless U.”

Underwood may not be seeing action at Super Bowl on Sunday at Lucas Oil Center in Indianapolis but he will get his championship ring if the Patriots find a way to beat the New York Giants.

bundchen mansion


It seems that the saying is true – when money is not an object, you really can ‘have it all’.

Hence, it really is not a big surprise when new celebrity power couple and winners of the genetic lottery, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady recently moved into their palatial dream mansion, reportedly worth $20 million just a few weeks before the Super Bowl 2012 is set to start.

The highest paid supermodel of all time, with an estimated net worth of $150 million, and her NFL sports superhero husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady added this new digs to their real estate collection probably to have a place in California to relax in once the always tension-filled football series come to a close.

The genetically-endowed power couple reportedly bought the land in 2008 for a cool $11 million, but did not start construction until last summer because they found the original proposed design ‘too small’.

Now, the two-winged house which is located in the hills, perfect for the hike-loving couple, has eight bedrooms, a six-car garage, a lagoon-shaped pool with spa, a weights room, a nursery for their two-year old son and its very own wine cellar.

The two wings of the house are connected by a bridge, and there just has to be an elevator and a butler’s room.

Oh, and let us not forget that the house also boasts of ‘green’ features such as rooftop solar panels and a rainwater recovery system — Just doing their share for the environment.

Gisele, known the world over for her various product endorsements and sizzling moments on the fashion catwalk wearing Victoria’s Secret lingerie, and her sports superstar pretty boy hubby Tom moved into their new address in affluent Brentwood, LA a few days ago with son Benjamin having all of 22,000 square feet of space to roam around in – since he has already probably been weaned from Gisele.

super-bowl-2012

Indianapolis is ready for Super Bowl XLVI when the capital hosts the New England Patriots and New York Giants for the National Football League championship game on Sunday night. In what could be a memorable season for both teams, the Patriots are probably coming in with more motivation to win the Lombardi Trophy.

The Patriots were supposed to win the Super Bowl XLII against the Giants but they lost in what would be one of the greatest upsets in NFL history. Quarterback Tom Brady had to endure both the physical and emotional pain from four years ago into Sunday’s game.

Brady had difficulty because of the Giants’ pressure defense that limited the Patriots passing attack. The star quarterback was obviously thrown off his timing with constant banging and ganging on him. This time the Patriots offensive line has to make sure that Brady is protected at all times and enable him to throw those pinpoint passes.

The Giants are expected to keep applying the same pressure defense on Sunday. Logan Mankins, Brian Waters and Matt Light have to make sure that Brady is protected from the blitz. Brady can opt for either long or short passes. The key is to scoring is being able to flick those passes.

The Patriots may have the luxury of having able receivers in Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker. These guys need to create opportunities to receive passes. The Giants have done a good job at stuffing Brady before he can make that perfect pass. The sooner the Patriots are able to create openings for receivers. Brady can spot them before the Giants defense can get to him.

Protecting the quarterback and creating situations to open receivers are the Patriots’ basic goals to win it all on Sunday. They are equipped with the manpower and skill to accomplish that. What could really matter at game time is how much they want to win it all. That loss four years ago could be a motivator if you were to ask me.

adriana lima kia


What could an iconic rock band, a hot supermodel, a mixed martial arts superstar and an extraordinary mid-sized sedan possibly have in common? Well, these are just some of the things that Generation X’ers would dream of.

This is probably what Kia Motors thought of when they made the new commercial for Kia Optima that is set to debut during the NBC broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night.

The rising car manufacturer from Seoul, Korea had a target market in the Kia Optima. This is why they tapped Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima, Glam Rock band Motley Crue and former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Chuck Liddell to appear in their latest commercial for the Super Bowl. The spot will last 60 seconds and will debut during the fourth quarter of the game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.

There is no question that Adriana Lima is one of the more popular supermodels of her generation. She is now married to former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Marko Jaric and they have a two-year old child. Yet the Brazilian supermodel mom still has a following among the Gen X male population and then some female fans too.

Motley Crue plays the song “Kickstart My Heart” in the commercial spot. Who would not recognize the band led by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee? They are still very much active in the music scene with shows going on at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Chuck Liddell may have retired from professional mixed martial arts but he has become the ambassador of the sport that has overtaken boxing in terms of popularity. The Iceman is still one of the most recognizable names in mixed martial arts as he along with part-time actor Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture and Tito Ortiz paved the way for the sport that also saw former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar bring the once underground sport into mainstream acceptance.

The choice of endorsers would surely be a hit among the target market for Kia’s 2012 Optima mid-sized sedan. Catch the Kia Motors “Drive the Dream” campaign that will feature these icons on Sunday night at Super Bowl XLVI.