Our Super Bowl match-up is set! What went down in the championship rounds and what are the takeaways from these rounds?
Lost in the dominance by the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning, and even the Pittsburgh Steelers has been a division that has quietly reigned supreme among all other divisions. That division happens to be the NFC West, which has represented the NFC in the Super Bowl nine times this century. Even the Arizona Cardinals made it one year! Their nine appearances in the Super Bowl has tied the AFC East (and New England) for the most this century.
Granted, Seattle is the only NFC West franchise to have won this decade. In fact, they would've had two Super Bowls if Pete Carroll wasn't an idiot. There's also the Rams, Seahawks, and Cardinals running into brick walls known as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Patriots in the Super Bowl. But you have to give it up for this division for producing illustrious teams in the NFC.
What other division has a dominant front seven like San Francisco, an MVP-caliber quarterback like Russell Wilson in Seattle, a mastermind coach like Sean McVay in Los Angeles, and a young, budding group like the Arizona Cardinals do? No one else, that's for sure. This Super Bowl will have NFC West representation once again. San Francisco will look to finish their 'Quest For Six" as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs. If you're looking for great football in the future, head west, my friend.
Championship Sunday is here! To get you hyped for the two games, here are some GIFs to get you excited!
This edition of Nostalgia Game Review takes a look at Pokemon's third generation. This was the Game Boy Advance generation and the last generation before the physical/special split. It consisted of five GBA games: Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald. There were also two Gamecube spinoffs in Pokemon Colosseum and Pokemon XD: Gale Of Darkness, with the entire generation of games being released from early to mid-2000's.
Of the three generations before the physical/special split, this feels like the smoothest. You have a wider selection of items to use in battle and each type is expanded upon, from the pokemon themselves to the moves they use. For example, Aerodactyl, a Rock/Flying pokemon, can now learn Earthquake to combat Electric, Rock and Steel-type pokemon. Yes, the physical/special issue is still a thing. But the third generation made the competitive metagame a drastic improvement over its predecessors.
An example of this is the addition of abilities and natures. Abilities are what help (or even hinder) a pokemon during battle. For example, Weezing has Levitate, which erases its Ground-type weakness unless it's hit with Skill Swap. Natures are what boosts a particular area of stats for a pokemon while reducing another stat's growth. An example of this would be Metagross having an adamant nature. Metagross would get a boost in its attack stat, but wouldn't have much growth in its special attack. With this, the concept of EV training was born.
As for the games themselves, the gameplay felt right. The music was quite nostalgic and while the storyline was basic: fight a criminal syndicate, collect eight gym badges, the story offered plenty to play for, especially with endgame content. This is especially true with Pokemon Emerald and the Battle Frontier. Also, the eighth generation of Pokemon (Sword and Shield) wasn't the first to initially cut the roster. This generation did that, which is why I'm going to bet on a Diamond/Pearl remake in the near future.
Aside from physical and special attacks being confined to type, the third generation of Pokemon had everything you could ever want in a Pokemon game. Expanded move sets, great endgame material, and a nostalgic feel. If you don't like the current crop of Pokemon games, give this generation a shot.
After next Sunday, we'll have our two teams for the Super Bowl. But how will the remaining teams crack the Super Bowl?
We have our championship games set, so the games will hopefully be good. In the mean time, which non-playoff teams could take the next step next season?
For the 100th NFL season, we have gotten plenty of fireworks to kick off the playoffs. What are the takeaways from this installment of the playoffs?
Yesterday was not a good day for Baltimore sports fans. First, there's the Orioles. Then, the vaunted Ravens and their running attack were silenced. They watched in horror as Derrick Henry ran ragged all over the Ravens defense, racking up 195 rushing yards on 30 carries en route to a 28-12 Titans victory.
Baltimore's star quarterback Lamar Jackson had 143 rushing yards, 365 passing yards and a touchdown in that game. However, he also barely completed over 50% of his passes and threw two picks. Keep in mind that Jackson threw six picks all season before the divisional round game against Tennessee. This raises the question: Is Lamar Jackson just a bad postseason quarterback? The tweet below has some damning evidence to it.
In his two postseason appearances, Jackson has completed just 50.4% of his passes on average. He's thrown for three touchdowns, three picks, and has fumbled three times all-time in the postseason. Ouch.
Granted, it's not fair to pin such a distinction on such a young quarterback. After all, Jackson is a lock to take home MVP honors this season. However, Ravens fans should be cautious about Jackson's recent performances.
For the past two seasons, MLB has dealt with stagnant off-seasons. Superstars such as Manny Machado and Bryce Harper didn't sign until February and big contracts were in demand.
However, this off-season has been a bit different and I like it. Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole got the monster deals they wanted without any standoff and the only big name still in need of a deal is Josh Donaldson. Even the arbitration deals are getting taken care of, with Kris Bryant and Francisco Lindor settling their cases.
Still, that doesn't mean the impending strike will suddenly end. There's still issues pertaining to minor league baseball and the current issues involving the off-season actions still exist. Whether these issues will be resolved before the current contract's up remains to be seen. But this off-season offers a glimmer of hope. Maybe not for the players. But hopefully for both sides to resolve their issues.
Can America's coach Ed Orgeron and his motley crew of Louisiana men win Orgeron's first national title? Can Dabo Swinney's team repeat as champions? Who should you keep an eye on in Monday's match-up who's not named Trevor Lawrence or Joe Burrow?
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