Rounding out the remaining Top 10 NBA Scorers:
6. Blake Griffin
7. Carmello Anthony
8. Anthony Davis
9. Lamarcus Aldridge
10. Klay Thompson
Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and others will definitely disagree with this, but in 4 days, we will know who won the 49th Super Bowl, and we won't really care.
The Super Bowl is about so much more than just the game these days, or has it always been that way? It's the theatre of it all, the media day, the commercials and of course the halftime show. There is so much anticipation surrounding the game that we just had to write and reflect about it. From the "dumbest query ever made on stage" to Bono's post 9/11 performance. Do yourself a favor, take a few minutes to read, check out and watch them all! You do not want to skim through this blog post.
Here are, literally, the best media days, funniest commercials and most awesome half time shows in Super Bowl history:
3) January 1989: Before the Super Bowl between the 49ers and Bengals, a Japanese reporter asked one of the game’s starting quarterbacks how he got the nickname Boomer. Normally, that would be OK, but he asked Joe Montana, and not Boomer Esiason! Pretty embarrassing!
2) January 1999: The Falcons' cornerback Ray Buchanan wore a spiked dog collar to media day. This was a statement to all of the non-believers out there. He made this statement to let them know that he wasn't afraid to be considered the underdog. Denver was favored by 7.5 points and won by 15.
1) In 1988 , Super Bowl XXII: As the legend has it, there were a bunch of reporters huddled around Redskins quarterback Doug Williams in San Diego and one the infamous question was asked: "How long have you been a black quarterback?" History regarded that query as "the dumbest query ever made on this stage", which is really saying something!
Although the Pittsburgh Penguins are comfortably in a playoff spot, (if the season were to end today), and the Flyers are not, we still anticipate a heck of a battle from the first faceoff.
As of today, according to a Flyers history website, that tracks all stats, here are the numbers:
NOTE: The fact that the NHL's new playoff format places an emphasis on inter division play, the Pittsburgh Penguins might find themselves in a bind come April. They have only won 6 games vs. Metropolitan division teams (6-8-3), so every time they match up against the Flyers and the other six teams (Islanders, Rangers, Capitals, Blue Jackets, Devils, Hurricanes), there is an added element of desperation.
The Flyers needed overtime but they got the job done, winning 3-2!
The 2 Pennsylvania teams played the kind of game that we expected, which featured one ejection and 93 penalty minutes.
For years, the greatest rivalries in basketball included, for the most part, the same teams, however over the last few years, things have been changing and in 2014/2015, the times have officially turned.
The Lakers, Celtics, Bulls and Knicks, who all dominated the 90's and early 21th century are not the powerhouses they once were (3 of those 4 are well under .500 and only Chicago is going to make the playoffs). The truth is there are new rivalries in the NBA and at last, we can finally look at new team colors and star players in prime time NBA games.
Some of the newest NBA rivalries are still in their infancy, some have been growing and some are fully developed. Regardless of their stage, when some of these team match up and clash, everyone gets pumped to see the outcome.
To avoid being redundant, we only used each team only once. The rivalries are ranked in order of fierceness:
This is the newest NBA rivalry that could blossom into the one of the best over the next 3 years. Granted this is the first year it has existed (since Lebron James decided to leave Miami and head back to Cleveland), we believe that every time these two teams hit the court, there will be some added intensity. I their first matchup this season, the heat had no problem with King James and company winning by 10 (101-91). This was the first of 4 meetings this season. We look forward to the next 3!
Next meeting is: in Cleveland, Wednesday February 11, 2015 on ESPN.
When these two teams battle, it has everything you want in a serious NBA rivalry: resentment and superstars like Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin. This rivalry also has the added intensity due to the in-state and in-division participants. Whenever these two California team go up against each other, it truly is must-watch TV.
Next meeting is: in Golden State, Sunday March 12, 2015 on ABC.
The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder might be one of the greatest understated rivalries in the NBA right now. Since 2010-11, the 2 Western Conference squads have squared off over 20 times (including the postseason). During that time, 17 of those games were decided by less than 10 points, and 13 were decided by 6 or less. Finally, 4 of those tilts were decided by one possession. Lastly, and most impressive, 4 times, the games went into overtime.
in 2011, the Mavericks ousted the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals but had their revenge in 2012, when the Thunder swept in the following year. This rivalry also features two of the most lethal players in the game today, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant.
So, if you’re looking for a fantastic game, right to the buzzer, make sure you circle their games on the calendar.
Next meeting is: in Oklahoma City, Thursday February 19, 2015 on TNT.
Two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, who have split two regular-season meetings this year, will battle next weekend. The #2 seed, Denver Broncos will host the #5 seed, Indianapolis Colts, in what might be one of the most talked about divisional playoff matchups.
They met last year in Indianapolis when Manning’s emotions and the Colts both got the best of him in his homecoming.
Manning, a true professional and fierce competitor probably won’t get caught up in the hype of this marquee matchup.
What side are you on?
The NFL Playoff match ups are all set, and the focus now shifts to the postseason. 4 big games and at least one major rivalry gets renewed and maybe more in the making...
NFC Wild Card Games
1) Saturday 4:35PM: Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers
To kick off the wild card weekend, the first game on Saturday, in the NFC, has the slumping Arizona Cardinals traveling east to face off against the Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals have not been the same since their star running back, Andre Ellington and quarterback, Carson Palmer, were both lost for the season.
On the other hand, the Carolina football team has been rolling "W's" of late, winning their last 4 games. Carolina seems to have the edge in all of the offensive categories and the all important home field advantage. The last time these two teams met was in 2013 (Arizona won 22-6).
OUR PREDICTION: Carolina Wins 21-17
2) Sunday 4:40PM: Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys
The other match up in the NFC, has the Detroit Lions heading to the Lone Star state to butt heads with the Dallas Cowboys. In what we believe will be a very high scoring game, became even more of a reality when Detroit was dealt a huge blow to it's defensive line.
BREAKING NEWS out of the Commissioner's office! NDAMUKONG SUH appeals his suspension and will play in Sunday's playoff game!
Suh's punishment could not come at a worse time for the Lions. Their defensive line is nasty and stifling and they have their hands full with DeMarco Murray. They will still need to neutralize the NFC's finest offensive line but might come up short.
OUR PREDICTION: Dallas Wins 38-31
AFC Wild Card Games
3) Saturday 8:15PM Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers
One of the nastiest rivalries in the NFL gets renewed on Saturday night when the Baltimore Ravens line up to play the Pittsburgh Steelers. These two teams met twice this season, splitting the games (Baltimore won week 2, Pittsburgh won week 9). However, a major injury might have changed the outcome of the game, a week early. The Steelers might have taken a hit when their star running back left the Week 17 game with an apparent knee injury.
Although Ben Roethlisberger is a proven winner and Super Bowl Champion, but Pittsburgh's hopes might be slim if Bell is unable to suit up. The Steelers are especially thin at tailback because Legarette Blount was cut mid-season. The Ravens have had their own issues at running back this season as the Ray Rice story made headlines. In the meanwhile, his replacement, Justin Forsett, had a breakout, and career year, rushing for 1266 yards.
OUR PREDICTION: Baltimore Wins 31-28
4) Sunday 1:05PM: Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts
Over in the AFC, the Cincinnati Bengals head approximately 100 miles to Indianapolis to face the Colts. Andy Dalton has his chance to shine in another big game and most importantly in the playoffs. His team will be counting on him to make good decisions. He had a career low 19 touchdowns this past season.
Andrew Luck lead the league with 40 touchdowns but also turned the ball over too many time (16 interceptions, 8 fumbles. He's an elite quarterback and without a very good running game or defense, there will be a lot of pressure will be on his shoulders. Indy won the first and only meeting of these two teams 27-0 earlier this season
OUR PREDICTION: Indianapolis Wins 28-17
Feel free to print a bracket, fill it out and send a blank copy to your friends. Challenge them today!!
Last Question: What side are you on?
If you have nothing to do on Christmas Day this year, be sure to check out at least 1 of 5 amazing NBA match ups. The schedule makers really put together some high-profile games for the fans! Some might think the showcase of the day will be, when LeBron James and his new team (the Cavaliers) head south to Miami to face off against the Heat (the team that he won 2 championships with in 4 years), while others might object and think the 10:30pm tilt takes the cake...What are your thoughts?
Starting at noon ET, on ESPN, in the most famous arena in the world, the Knicks will host the Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Washington, who is a very young and talented team and new playoff contenders in the East, try to keep things rolling while the dismal (0.167 winning percentage) Knicks go through the motions with Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and the famous triangle offense. Although a nice matchup on paper, this one should be all Washington.
At 2:30PM ET, on ABC, a classic mid-west showdown between the defending champion Spurs and Thunder. Both teams underachieving so far, especially the Thunder, sans Kevin Durant for 18 games (67% of their first 27). Granted, Russell Westbrook has averaged more than 27 points per game, on most nights, it has just not been enough,leaving them just under .500 (13-14) to this point. This is a rematch of the Western Conference finals, but it will just not be the same as it was last year. San Antonio should have no problem taking down the Thunder.
At 5:00PM ET, also on ABC, and one that people pencil in on opening day, the marquee match up, features "the King" LeBron James returning to Miami to face Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Luol Deng and the Heat. James, joined by Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, will do their best to give Lebron a chance at a victory. The Cavs currently hold the 5th spot in the east while the Heat hold the 7th. Both teams have big name players and this should be an exciting game to watch.
At 8PM ET, on TNT, the Lakers will have played in 16-straight Christmas Day games but it will not be the same as in the past. Los Angeles, is currently outside looking in (at 8-19) and the Bulls hold the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference. Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol and 4th year breakout player Jimmy Butler lead the Bulls. Kobe Bryant and Carlos Boozer (plyed 5 years in Chicago) will do their best to stay in this one, but our guess is, it won’t be enough.
Finaly, if the first 4 games weren’t your cup of tea, at 10PM ET, also on TNT, you’re in luck becuase the late night game might be the most entertaining of them all. It’s slated to be a high scoring affair with the Los Angeles Clippers heading to 22-3 Golden State Warriors (best record in the NBA). Both teams are on pace to make the playoffs and this can potentially be the Western Conference Finals preview. There are several all-stars on both sqauds and the two Western Conference titans are heading in the right direction. Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Klay Thompson and company will be on the court, and providing NBA fans from all over, a dandy. This is most definitely going to be a great cap to one of the NBA's biggest days.
So, Kobe Bryant entered his December 14, 2014 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves 9 points away from passing Michael Jordan (32,292 points) as the 3rd highest career scorer in the NBA and he did just that in the 2nd quarter, surpassing #23 with a couple of free throws. This is obviously an amazing feat and we want to wish Kobe Bryant a huge congrats! However, this accomplishment got us talking...
Will Kobe Bryant still part of the Top 10 scoring list in when all is said and done 2015? His competition is steep, young and hungry. This is definitely a great debate so we've compiled our list!
6. Blake Griffin
7. Carmello Anthony
8. Anthony Davis
9. Lamarcus Aldridge
10. Klay Thompson
Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts!