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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Super Bowl XLIX NFL Pick

26 January 2015


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Pro Bowl Result: 0-1
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Playoffs Picks:  8-2 (.800)
Pro Bowl: 0-1
Overall Total:  162-88-1 (.647)
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Super Bowl XLIX Pick
New England Patriots
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Conference Championship Round Results:  2-0
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Playoffs Picks:  8-2 (.800)
Overall Total:  162-87-1 (.650)
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Pro Bowl Pick:
Team Carter
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Divisional Round Results:  3-1
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Playoffs Picks:  6-2 (.750)
Overall Total:  160-87-1 (.647)
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Conference Championship Round Picks
New England Patriots over Indianapolis Colts
Seattle Seahawks over Green Bay Packers
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Wild Card Round Results:  3-1
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Playoffs Picks:  3-1 (.750)
Overall Total:  157-86-1 (.645)
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NFL Divisional Round Picks:
New England Patriots over Baltimore Ravens
Seattle Seahawks over Carolina Panthers
Denver Broncos over Indianapolis Colts
Green Bay Packers over Dallas Cowboys
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Week 17 Results:  13-3
Week 17 Lock Picks:  2-0
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Previous Lock to Win Picks: SF (W), NO (L), NE (W), SD (W), DET (L), TENN (W), CLE (L), DAL (L), SEA (W), DEN (W), WAS (L), KC (L), STL (W), GB (W), BAL (W), PHI (L), HOU (W)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  OAK (W), SD (L), MINN (W), KC (L), WAS (W), DAL (L), SF (W), PITT (L), JAX (W), NYG (L), STL (L), MIA (W), TENN (W), TB (W), BUF (L), ARI (W), CLE (W)
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Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
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NFL Wildcard Round Picks
Carolina Panthers over Arizona Cardinals
Pittsburgh Steelers over Baltimore Ravens
Indianapolis Colts over Cincinnati Bengals
Dallas Cowboys over Detroit Lions
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2014 NFL Picks – Week 17

23 December 2014


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Here are my Week 17 picks.
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Week 16 Results:  7-9
Week 16 Lock Picks: 1-1
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Previous Lock to Win Picks: SF (W), NO (L), NE (W), SD (W), DET (L), TENN (W), CLE (L), DAL (L), SEA (W), DEN (W), WAS (L), KC (L), STL (W), GB (W), BAL (W), PHI (L)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  OAK (W), SD (L), MINN (W), KC (L), WAS (W), DAL (L), SF (W), PITT (L), JAX (W), NYG (L), STL (L), MIA (W), TENN (W), TB (W), BUF (L), ARI (W)
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Regular Season Total:  141-82-1 (.632)
Regular Season Lock Picks: 18-12 (.600)
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Week 17 Locks
Lock to Win: Houston Texans
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above): Cleveland Browns
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Week 17 Picks
ATL over CAR
GB over DET
INDY over TENN
KC over SD
MIA over NYJ
MINN over CHI
NE over BUF
PHI over NYG
PITT over CIN
NO over TB
DAL over WASH
BAL over CLE (Loer Lock)
HOU over JAX (Winner Lock)
DEN over OAK
SF over ARI
SEA over STL
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