Tag Archives: Tom Brady

Brees’ Signing Results in Win-Win for Saints and Him

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Future Hall of Famer Wants to Finish in New Orleans

Drew Brees gave South Louisiana and Who Dat Nation something positive to think about Wednesday when he announced that he had signed a two-year contract extension for $44.5 million. The actual contract is for a five-year period, but the final three years of the deal will void. If the 37-year-old quarterback enjoys continued success during the 2016 season the Saints could revisit Brees’ contract and renegotiate before the 2017 season starts. Continue reading

It Has Been Super!

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Pro Football Popularity And Status In Sports World Defined By Super Bowls

By John Ventola

Super Bowl 50. Finally, a Super Bowl without Roman numerals. The annual game that pushed professional football to the top of the sports world popularity-wise, and cemented the sport as the most universally viewed athletic event, has reached into our culture and has an Arabic numeral for the first time. Continue reading

Brees’ 400th Touchdown Pass Gives Saints Overtime Victory

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Saints Give Fans Reasons To Look Ahead

By John Ventola

Folks in south Louisiana are walking more briskly and smiling more freely today. Last night’s overtime victory by the New Orleans Saints over Dallas has given them hope that their team can use the win to propel them to a much needed winning streak. With Carolina and Atlanta both off to 4-0 starts, the victory was needed to keep the National Conference’s South Division from becoming a runaway two-team  race. Continue reading

Frank Gifford Showcased Aptitude In Playing And Announcing

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Gifford Was Versatile On Field And In Booth

By John Ventola

Worthy athletic role models for our youth are getting increasingly harder to find these days. Off field behavior eliminates quite a few athletes, and for those who can stay within the guidelines of proper personal conduct, the overwhelming desire to win leads to errors in ethical judgment. Steroid use, doping, deflation of footballs—anything to get the slightest of margins in athletic completion. Continue reading

If You Ain’t Cheatin You Ain’t Tryin

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Athletes Look For Advantages In Facing Opposition

By John Ventola

Athletes are always looking for an edge when facing the opposition. Talent, and performance efficiency, should be what declares one team a winner, and the other a loser. If only it was that simple. Coaching, scouting, and a player’s drive to improve individual performance, all contribute to scenarios that border on dishonesty, or cheating. Any type of edge is the goal, and the line between proper and improper can get blurred at times. Therefore, rules and regulations are in place to catch offenses deemed the most flagrant. And there is nothing vaguely perceived about the New England Patriots’ SpyGate and DeflateGate NFL shenanigans. Continue reading

Draft Focus On Passing Game, Athletes To Make It Stop And Go

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Time To Address Team Needs With Player Rankings

By John Ventola

Tomorrow’s professional football draft choices had three or four years to showcase their skills in collegiate competition. While that was important, and a successful body of work during their careers opened them up to further evaluation, the past three months of individual workouts and school pro days for coaches and scouts has given them the opportunity to overcome both skill and character flaws. Up close and personal. Continue reading

New England Wins Fourth Lombardi Trophy In Thriller

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Carroll’s Last Seconds Strategy Backfires

By John Ventola

Just as it appeared that another late game reception would be titled “The Catch” and lead to a third straight Super Bowl loss for New England, “The Call” would give the Patriots a last second reprieve and seal the team’s fourth Super Bowl championship in the past fourteen years. Continue reading

Seahawks And Patriots Clash In Super Bowl XLIX

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Seattle Defensive Backs Go For Second Straight

By John Ventola 

Last season’s drive to Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII victory featured balanced offense and physical, intimidating defense. While the Seahawks offensive production was consistent, led by steady quarterback Russell Wilson and 1,200-yard rusher Marshawn Lynch, it was the hard-hitting defense that was the team’s hallmark. This year Pete Carroll’s team has basically followed the same script, overcoming a subpar performance by Wilson to rally to a comeback overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC title game. Continue reading

Brady Bunch Beckons Brash Seahawks To Backup Bravado In Bowl

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Deflation Prominent Storyline After Both Title Games

By John Ventola

Seattle scored fifteen points in forty-four seconds to take a last minute lead over an ultra-conservative Green Bay team that had outplayed the Seahawks for fifty-seven minutes of regulation. New England used touchdowns on its first four possessions of the second half to blitz Indianapolis. Although possible football deflation was mentioned after the Patriot’s home victory, the state of being deflated was on stage, front and center, during the NFC and AFC championship games. Green Bay’s came suddenly with the last minute meltdown and a Seahawks touchdown on the first possession of overtime. The Indianapolis deflation was gradual until the second half onslaught, when Tom Brady and LeGarrette Blount took both the kick and air out of the Colts. Continue reading

Collegiate Football Rivalries Dwindling

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Conference Realignments Stop Some Longtime Rivalries

By John Ventola 

Rivalries have always played a major role in establishing the popularity of collegiate football. Whether they involved service academies (Army versus Navy), in-state rivals (Washington against Washington State, Oklahoma versus Oklahoma State, etc.), conference adversaries, (Minnesota against Wisconsin), or cross country rivals (USC versus Notre Dame), the games played under the rivalry heading kept fan interest at a maximum level because those were the contests that would be discussed until the two teams met again one year later. The winning fan base could enjoy bragging rights, but the losing team’s loyal followers could shout out, ‘wait till next year’, and know a chance at redemption was just twelve months away. Collegiate football rivalries are a colorful part of American sports history, but sadly conference realignments by the NCAA during recent years are causing some key rivalries to stop. Continue reading