King of the Hill

Sunday’s Super Bowl was the biggest event on the US sports calendar.  The New England Patriots took home their sixth championship in what many feel was one of the weaker Super Bowl Sundays, including the game, halftime show and commercials.

Let’s recap the big game and see what else is going on in the sports world…

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Here are three things you need to know:

1) The New England Patriots won Super Bowl 53 over the Los Angeles Rams, taking home their third title in the last five years

2) Patriots QB Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick continue to rewrite the record books

3) One of the NBA’s prize young stars, Anthony Davis, is officially on the market

National Football League (NFL)

Super Bowl 53 was a dud according to most observers.  The game averaged just over 98 million viewers, which was the lowest since Super Bowl 42, which averaged 97.4 million after the 2007 season.

No juice…In the most prolific offensive year in NFL history, the New England Patriots won the lowest scoring super bowl ever.  The Pats managed a 13-3 victory over the high-powered Los Angeles Rams.  With the win New England captured their sixth championship since the 2001 season when Tom Brady took over as starting quarterback.

Source: Bloomberg

Can you say dynasty?  This was the Patriots second Super Bowl win in the last three years, third in the last five, and sixth in the Brady-Belichick era (since 2001)

Source: Cheat Sheet

Deja-vu?  Adam Levine tried to fire up the Atlanta crowd by taking off his shirt leading many to have flashbacks of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction”, which also took place at halftime of a Patriots Super Bowl win (in 2004).

The halftime performances weren’t among the best but at least the home audience was treated to several entertaining commercials.

Immediate promotion…Rewarded for their success, Pats defensive coach Brian Flores was named Miami Dolphins head coach, and Rams quarterback coach Zac Taylor was named Cincinnati Bengals head honcho.

Some of the records set include:

  • The Patriots played in their record 11th Super Bowl
  • The Patriots won a record-tying 6th title (tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Tom Brady now has more Super Bowl wins (6) than another player
  • Tom Brady has appeared in more super Bowls (9) than every other NFL franchise
  • Bill Belichick has more Super Bowl wins (6) than any other head coach

In case you need a head start on next year’s Super Bowl party, the Big Game will we played as follows:

Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020

Location: Miami, FL

Super Book USA has the Kansas City Chiefs as a 6-1 favorite to win next year’s Super Bowl followed closely by the Patriots, Rams and New Orleans Saints at 8-1.

National Basketball Association (NBA)

No more gumbo…Anthony Davis, affectionately known as “the brow”, is just 25 and one the top-5 NBA players but is unhappy in New Orleans.  Davis, recovering from a finger injury, let it be known via his agent that he wants to be traded.  What’s interesting is that his agent is none other than Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron “King” James’ best friend, fueling speculation of a LeBron – Davis union. 

Source: Daily Express

Swipe right!  Davis is coveted by the entire league but his potential suitors have until Thursday’s trade deadline to make a deal or they must wait until the Summer.

Nearly two-thirds of the way through the NBA season the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors sit atop the Eastern Conference and the surprising Denver Nuggets and defending champion Golden State Warriors lead the West.

College Basketball

As the calendar turns to February, college basketball heats up in preparation for March Madness, the best tournament in all of sports.  #1 Tennessee is the king of the college hoops world right now but all eyes are on #2 Duke and their fabulous freshmen.

Here are the AP Top-5 teams:

#1 Tennessee

#2 Duke

#3 Virginia

#4 Gonzaga

#5 Kentucky

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