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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Super Bowl XLVIII Pick

27 January 2014


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Pro Bowl Result: 1-0
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 24-10 (.706)
Regular Season Total: 160-95-1 (.627)
Playoffs Picks: 5-5 (.500)
Pro Bowl: 1-0
Overall Total: 166-100-1 (.624)
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Super Bowl XLVIII Pick:
Denver Broncos
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Super Bowl XLVIII
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Super Bowl XLVII Champions

4 February 2013


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Super Bowl Result:  0-1
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Not only were the San Francisco 49ers outplayed in Super Bowl XLVII, but they were outcoached as well. Nice job Ravens.
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 29-5 (.853)
Regular Season Total: 170-85-1 (.666)
Playoffs Picks: 6-5 (.545)
Pro Bowl Pick:  1-0 (1.000)
Overall Total: 177-90-1 (.662)
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Super Bowl XLVII Pick

28 January 2013


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Pro Bowl Result: 1-0
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 29-5 (.853)
Regular Season Total: 170-85-1 (.666)
Playoffs Picks: 6-4 (.600)
Pro Bowl Pick:  1-0 (1.000)
Overall Total: 177-89-1 (.665)
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Super Bowl XLVII Pick:
Even though Ray Lewis feels that the Super Bowl is his destiny, I believe the San Francisco 49ers defense, along with their newfound dynamic offense, will be too much. As much as I would like John to win the Harbaugh Bowl, I think Jim will be the winner.
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Super Bowl XLVI Pick

30 January 2012


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Pro Bowl Result
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Regular Season Lock Picks:  28-6 (.824)
Regular Season Total:  176-80 (.688)
Playoffs Picks:  6-4 (.600)
Pro Bowl Pick:  0-1
Overall Total:  182-85 (.682)

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Super Bowl XLVI Pick: This time I think the Patriots get the Giants. With Gronk, Hernandez, and Welker I think Brady will be able to handle the Giants’ pressure. I am expecting a great game. I’m just think (and am hopeful) that New England comes out on top.
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Pro Bowl Result
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Regular Season Total:  150-106 (.586)
Playoffs Picks:  6-4 (.600)
Pro Bowl Pick:  0-1 (.00)
Overall Total:  156-111 (.584)
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Super Bowl XLV Pick
Pittsburgh Steelers over Green Bay Packers
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