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Super Bowl LIII

Well, the Patriots won again which really didn’t surprise anyone who follows the sport. Tom Brady is the Greatest (System) Quarterback of All-time with this his 6th win in his 9th time going, Brady’s got most all of the records in the Super Bowl for the sheer fact that he’s been to about 1/5 of them.  The Patriots joined the Steelers as the teams with the most Championships with their sixth. The Patriots also hold the records for the most appearances and losses as well. The game, commercials and halftime show were all sort of letdowns. Bud light hammered Corn Syrup in their ads, Michael Buble cashed in on Bubly water and there weren’t that many movie ads that I really remember,  sure Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame offered a bit more information about the films but that was it. Maroon 5 and company were horrible and it seems like Pepsi should be fired from sponsoring the halftime show. I guess the NFL gets this for that horrible call in New Orleans game two weeks ago when the Saints should have won the NFC Championship and perhaps them the Patriots might not have won again.

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Super Bowl Prediction

It’s that time of year again. The Patriots are back in the Super Bowl for a record time and this time it’s a rematch of Super Bowl 36 when ‘The Greatest Show on Turf” lost by a field goal. It was the Super Bowl after September 11 and I’ve always thought that it ended with the Patriots winning with the Red/White/Blue color scheme was planned by the NFL. It was the Patriots first Super Bowl win and they gone on to win a couple more since. If we were going by post season experience it would be stupid to pick against New England as a majority of the team was in the Super Bowl last year where as the Rams have stunk as of late.

Prediction while it would be cool if it was like 20-17 mirroring the first game but I expect a high scoring game with the Patriots coming up a yard short at the end, and the Rams winning. Sure this would hurt all those in St. Louis yet again with the Rams having moved out so recently.

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2018 in film

Once again it’s that time of the year The Oscar and Golden Raspberry Award nominations are out. Highlighting the Best and worst of film in 2018.

We begin with the Razzies as they were announced on Monday and will be given out before the Oscars. The Worst films of the year are among the following Gotti, The Happytime Murders, Holmes & Watson, Robin Hood and Winchester. Now among these are some of the films that lost the most money of the year. A noteworthy nomination is Donald Trump who picks up two as well as  Kellyanne Conway and Melania Trump. Trump could be the second sitting President to take home the award for a Michael Moore film.

Enough of that for the 91th Academy Awards a show which won’t have a host for the first time in 30 years.  The Best films of the year are among the following Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star is Born and Vice. This year I’ve seen 3 of the 8 films nominated so that’s a lot for me. It’s the first time that a “superhero” movie picked up a nomination with Black Panther, Spike Lee has finally picked up a Best Director nomination. With Animated Feature it’s between Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Spide-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, This could be the first time in a long while since Disney/Pixar might not win with Spider-Man picking up some big awards so far this season.  In Best Foreign Language Film it’s between Capernum (Lebanon), Cold War (Poland), Never Look Away (Germany), Roma (Mexico) and Shoplisters (Japan). If you noticed Roma is nominated for both Best film and Foreign Language Film and it has a good chance to win them both and this would be the first time that it would ever happen.

We will have to wait about a month for both of these events to happen so stay tuned.

 

 

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AFC/NFC Championship Sunday

Today we’ve reached the penultimate week of Professional Football season until the Alliance of American Football kicks off on February 9th. It begins with the NFC and the Rams facing the Saints in New Orleans while in the AFC the Patriots travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.  Now both of these games are rematches from earlier in the season, in the NFC the Saints hosted back in November and won by 10, in the AFC the Chiefs traveled to New England back in October and lost by 3. It seems like the NFL might be hoping for another rematch in the Super Bowl with the Chiefs and Rams who combined for 105 point back in the middle of November. I’m sure that most of the nation would like to see Brady and Belichick not make it to the Super Bowl for their ninth time. They have struggled on the road this season and on the road in the Championship game as well. It would be great if Kansas City could get back to the Super Bowl after almost a half century.

Predictions: Saints and Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl.

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NFL Playoffs: Divisional

Well the past weekend was rough for the home teams with only Dallas coming out on top. However this weekend the home teams have a better edge since they’ve had a bye week, though others argue that playing and having the “hot” hand gives you the advantage.  This weekend there is only one rematch from the season.

Today we have the Chiefs hosting the Colts, now Kansas City has struggled against the Colts in the Playoffs having lost every time they have played. Now I’d love to see the Colts win but it would be nice to see Andy Reid actually get back to the Championship Round but in the AFC and I really hope that he can win a Super Bowl before he retires.  The other game is the Rams hosting the Cowboys, here’s hoping LA wins.

On Sunday it’s time for the Patriots to take the field where they host the Chargers, this it a match up of the old guns with Brady and Rivers having played for quite a long time. As I said earlier it would be great if Tom Brady and New England weren’t in the Championship game or Super Bowl for once. The other game is the only rematch of the season when the Saints host the Eagles. The last time Philly traveled to New Orleans it was an ugly game and hopefully it won’t be as one sided this time around.

Predictions: Chief, Rams Chargers, Saints.

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College Football Championship Game

It’s Monday and the most exciting games of the whole NCAA football season FBS (I-A) is going to be played tonight as we have Alabama and Clemson meeting again in the CFP, for the third time in the National Championship game and the fourth time overall.  Boy are we all excited to see this game again, I hope that Clemson wins and we all get part 5 at the end of next season. Now this is nothing like the dominance of North Dakota State in the FCS, the lower division (AA) who have won 7 titles in the past decade to be clear that really is 7 titles in 8 years.

This year will be the first time since 2013 that the Champion will be undefeated, if we forget about UCF being undefeated last year and claiming a National title for being Undefeated. Will Saban over take the great Bear Bryant with another Championship, with a win Nick Saban will have 7 overall and tiring Bryant with six at Alabama. While it would be wonderful if Alabama or Clemson wins again I would surely like to see some other teams emerge as title threats but it doesn’t help when Alabama is the top recruiting class each year and Clemson is up there as well.

So best of luck to those kids playing in the game tonight and hopefully the game is better than what we watched last week in the semifinals.

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NFL Playoffs Wild Card games

Today, is the beginning of Wild Card Weekend in the NFL and sure we have some games to watch but do they really matter. Today we have games in Texas, The Texans host the Colts and The Cowboys host the Seahawks. Houston and Indy will be matching up for the third time this season they split both game with the host team losing both games.  While Dallas is looking the right their poor performance in Seattle from earlier in the season.

On Sunday we’ve got The Ravens hosting the Chargers and The Bears playing host to the Eagles. Baltimore and LA faced off in week 16 so they should be familiar with what each other will be doing, While in Chicago this will be the first meeting this year with Philly.

Predictions: It would be wonderful to see the Colts win and then eventually play the Patriots but that would be the Championship game and I doubt that would happen with Luck getting the best of Tom Brady, but since the game is in Houston and it’s been awhile since the Colts were last in the Playoffs I think the Texans will advance.  Over in Dallas they will lose to the Seahawks once again. The Chicago defense will be dominate as it was early in the season and the Eagles will struggle. In Baltimore age will win out as Phillip Rivers will lead the Chargers over the Ravens and Lamar Jackson.

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Happy New Year 2019

Another year has gone by and we are all hopefully a year wiser than we were last year.   I’ve been a bit busy in December so that why there hasn’t been much posting around here, between getting thing ready for the holidays and working on getting Smash Brothers Ultimate fully unlocked. It’s that time of year to reconsider our lives and try to become better people.

Tune in to the Rose Parade and perhaps the Mummers Parade as well as the Winter Classic and what every College Bowl games are on tomorrow. I’ve got a nice list of books that I will be reading this year from the final book in the Space Trilogy by CS Lewis, Hunt for Red October, The Seven Storey Mountain, maybe Huck Finn as well. There are bound to be some good films and television programs as well.  I hope that everybody has had a pleasant break and I plan to be posting around three times a week.

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World Chess Championship 2018

The Championship is over and Magnus Carlsen has defended his title once again. This is his fourth overall title and third defense. Fabiano Caruana tried to keep pace with Carlsen but after 12 matches the rapid chess is what did him in losing all three matches, time was not his friend. Perhaps in 2020 Caruana can come back and try again.

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Cowboy Bebop and other anime shows

Cowboy Bebop is a classic anime show from the late 90s which introduced so many in the West to the genre. There have been rumors of a live action feature film for about a decade with Keanu Reeves as Spike Spiegel but there is more exciting news as Netflix has announced that they will be airing a live action television series based on the show.

The announcement said that there will be ten episodes. Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the anime, will serve as a consultant. This seems like good news but I’m not sure we’ve got to see something from this production before casting opinions. However, this wasn’t the only news from Netflix about anime. This isn’t the biggest news as Netflix is adding a bunch of other anime including Evangelion in 2019. Netflix is slowly becoming a go to place for Anime and this is a great thing for just about everyone.