As the 47th NFL season opens on the 5th of September, Super Bowl champ New York Giants gets to face their ever immortal rival Dallas Cowboys. It’s been months but the intensity of their last match for the division title can still be felt.
A Giants-Cowboys match is one of those ‘rating-grabber episodes’ of NBC and surely this opening game would be aired nationwide. In fact their 2011 finale match which happened to be a 31-14 win by the Giants was the most watched “Sunday Night Football” game ever with 27.6 million viewers and the most-watched prime-time game on any network. Surely this time the betting among friends or colleagues are on its peak as well.
Since 2002, the traditional kick off day of NFL opening matches was always Thursday but this year it would happen a day earlier because of President Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention.
The opening would be held at the Meadowlands and surely this stand-alone opener will be drawing millions of viewers.
Having the Cowboys as their first rival is just one of the choices as the Giants could also face the Green Bay Packers. Both are former Super Bowl champs and they could draw as much viewers as well.
NFL Drafting season is yet another phenomenon that everyone has been looking for. Who’s out and who’s in? no one could really tell. As Peyton Manning becomes a free agent when Indianapolis Colts released him March 7, everyone’s looking forward who’s going to have the four-time MVP. Being “The Peyton Manning” he has the luxury of picking whoever’s offering him the best deal.
Then Monday came and Manning informed the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans that he is choosing Denver Broncos among them. This just means that the Broncos needed to trade another much-talked about quarter back Tim Tebow.
Known for being the man of faith and a man having compassion to his fellowmen, having someone like Tim Tebow in the team is much more than an advantage. Since Tebow was given a $6.2 million salary advance before the 2011 seasons, the Jets needs to pay back the Broncos for this trade to get even for the for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons. According to the contract, it amounted to $5 million. There has been a serious talk about and eventually they agreed that the Jets will pay a total of $2.53 million to Broncos for Tebow’s advance salary. The payments will be made in 1/17th weekly installments. Broncos accepted their offer over Jacksonville’s.
“I’m thankful they stuck with me through this whole crazy process,” Tebow said through a phone call.
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Choosing the NFL MVP for this year wasn’t that difficult after all. There has been a panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL who each chose between Green Bay’s QB Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans’ QB Drew Brees. The score was 48 against 2 choosing Rodgers. He is the first Green Bay player honored since Brett Favre concluded a run of three straight seasons as MVP in 1997.
He accepted the MVP trophy from the only four-time winner of the award, Peyton Manning. “It means a lot to be recognized as a consistent player and contributing on my team,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s an award that relies on a player having the support of his teammates, obviously, guys blocking, guys running, guys catching, guys making plays. But I’m very honored to receive the award,” he added.
Rodgers also expressed his excitement to once again witness Peyton Manning back on field next year. Manning didn’t play a down this season because of neck surgery.
Although Brees didn’t get the MVP award, he won Offensive Player of the Year for the second time. Joining them were Baltimore defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs for the Defensive Player of the Year, San Francisco’s rookie coach Jim Harbaugh as Coach of the Year and Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford for Comeback Player of the Year.
An NFL season won’t be complete if they can’t give recognition to whom they consider as the pillars of NFL. They are those people who has played exemplary roles and displayed superb footballs skills in their time.
For this year’s Pro Football Hall Of Fame, the star running back of the Patriots and Jets for 11 seasons, Curtis Martin made it to the fabulous spot. Martin admitted that he never liked playing football at first and just chose to join the game to have an escape from his dark neighborhood environment wherein he could end up dead or live behind bars.
“If you make up your mind to just do the right thing no matter what … and you stick to it, which I did, this is how things can turn around. I feel as if my life turned around from what it used to be, and I think anyone has a chance,” Martin said.
Joining Martin are Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, and senior selection Jack Butler.
Martin also acknowledge his former coach Bill Parcell that without his presence he couldn’t be who is right now. Parcell is among the finalists for the Hall of Fame but wasn’t able to make it. Martin would want Parcell to be present on his induction on 4th of August in Canton, Ohio.
In Martin’s football career he was rushing for 14,101 and 90 touchdowns, at least 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons, the first three with New England and the others with the Jets, and won the 1995 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Every American citizen has been looking forward for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI this coming February 5 that would happen live at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
Some says the feeling is totally different when you’re watching it live in the stadium than merely watching it over live telecast. But the question would be how much are you willing to spend just to get that precious seat?
Looking back at the first Super Bowl forty-five years ago, the event wasn’t that extravagant compared today. It wasn’t even televised and even failed to sell out the tickets which at that time only cost 10 bucks.
It was just a simple NFL vs. AFL match that doesn’t even showcase a magnificent half-time show. Today’s Super Bowl is totally different. Months before the sought match, performers of the half-time show would reach headlines of several entertainment portals. Live telecast exists where ad slots cost millions. Tickets for the upcoming Super Bowl would cost you nearly $3,000 on the secondary market. Even the parking fee charges 200 bucks.
“What a difference it is between now and then,” says Don Vaccaro, the CEO of TicketNetwork.com and a veteran of the ticket industry. “I can remember when the NFL had trouble selling out the Super Bowl. Now, it’s the premier ticket in American sports. The prices reflect that,” he added.
In a typical Super Bowl match, only 1% of the number of tickets would be sold to the general public. Majority of it would be reserved to the affiliated companies, charities, networks and sponsors, the opposing teams’ fans and the rest of the league’s teams.
If you want to witness the Super Bowl live then make sure you’re ready to spend that much.