Super Bowl XLIX Champions

2 February 2015

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The Patriots were able to shrug off DeflateGate and earn their fourth Super Bowl as I predicted.
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Super Bowl XLIX Result: 1-0
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Playoffs Picks:  9-2 (.818)
Pro Bowl: 0-1
Overall Total:  163-88-1 (.649)
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Deflategate

1 February 2015

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By Cy Holt
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Seeing how I cant turn on ESPN (or any other news program for that matter) without hearing about the Patriots “deflategate”, I decided to research the impact this scandal had on the fan favorite team for the Super Bowl.  It seemed like after last years Super Bowl victory, everyone was cheering for them to do as badly as possible.  It was as if everyone turned against them.  Even up to the NFC championship game everyone wanted a Packers win.
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When that didn’t happen the world, to me, turned to the Patriots as the knights in shining armor that could take down the reigning champion Seahawks.  But then it happened.  The story leaked that the Pats could have purposely deflated several footballs in the AFC championship game against the Colts, making them easier to grip, throw, and catch in the cold New England weather.  Whether or not they are guilty, there is a strange feeling in the air as America chooses a side for this years Super Bowl.
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I wanted to see the reaction of the NFL fans… so I started local.  I posted a picture on Instagram asking everyone to comment who they thought would win the big game.  43 people said Seahawks, Hawks, Seattle, or not the Patriots. Only 11 people commented for the Pats.  It shocked me, because I feel that people who are rooting for the Seahawks (that aren’t from Seattle) are considered bandwagon fans as of late.  I wanted to then find out if that was just a local trend or if America agreed.
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So I jumped on over to ESPN.com and found three polls on the matter.  The first one asks, “Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?”  Not surprisingly 55 percent of the nation predicted that New England would win.  But the chart shifts to almost 55 percent in favor of Seattle when asked, “Who they will be rooting for?”  The last poll compliments the second.  It asks, “Do you consider the Patriots cheaters?”  63 percent of America said yes.  63 percent!  That speaks volumes about who the fan favorite team is this year.
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If the Pats win then 63 percent of the nation, in my opinion, will always say, “well, they did use those deflated balls”.  There will always be a mini asterisks in their minds.  On the other hand if Seattle wins, it is a clean win.   And the deflated balls topic will slowly fade away.
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To conclude, I believe originally most people wanted to see Tom Brady and the Pats whoop on the very cocky, but very talented Seahawks at first.  But now I believe that because of “deflategate” most people are backing the Hawks and want to see the so-called “cheaters” lose.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends tight end rankings for Super Bowl XLIX.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Luke Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
3. Timothy Wright, New England Patriots
4. Michael Hoomanawanui, New England Patriots
5. Tony Moeaki, Seattle Seahawks
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Julian Edelman
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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for Super Bowl XLIX.
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1. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
2. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
3. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots
4. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
5. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
6. Ricardo Lockette, Seattle Seahawks
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Stephen Gostkowski Throwback
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Here are the Lester’s Legends kicker rankings for Super Bowl XLIX.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
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Marshawn Lynch running
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Here are the Lester’s Legends running back rankings for Super Bowl XLIX.
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1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch averaged 104.6 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had just 65 total yards in the playoff win over the Carolina Panthers, but rolled on the Green Bay Packers for 183 total yards and a touchdown in the NFC Championship. Look for Beast Mode to play a key roll against the New England Patriots because after all, he all ’bout that action boss. Bill Belichick is known limiting his opponent’s strengths. I’m not sure how much he can do that to Lynch.
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2. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount averaged 59.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns after returning to the New England Patriots. He had three carries for one yard against the Ravens. You never know how Bill Belichick will use his backs. Blount blasted the Indianapolis Colts for 148 yards and three touchdowns. If only the Patriots had properly inflated balls. The Colts would have been able to tackle them better. That should not be an issue in the Super Bowl though so he’ll find tougher sledding against the Seahawks’ third-ranked run defense.
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3. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen averaged 52.4 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had just one carry for six yards in the win against the Baltimore Ravens, but he caught four passes for 39 yards. Vereen had one carry for two yards against the Colts, but caught three passes for 41 yards.
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4. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks
5. Jonas Gray, New England Patriots
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