This week will not have posts as some real life issues have come up that I need to attend to. expect more sports blogging the Monday after the super bowl. until then have a great time!
Now that every team that needed a new head coach has hired one, lets look at them.
Ken Whisenhunt was hired by the Titans. He will be the first head coach that hasn't been a part of the Tennessee family in 16 years. He is tasked with turning around whatever quarterback he gets his hands on, whether it be Jake Locker or someone they draft. Expect a strong defense consider the Whiz brought Ray Horton who coached with him in AZ, from the Browns into Nashville.
The only bad things that I see for the Titans is that Whisenhunt does not like to play rookies to early. In this day and age of immeadiate success people could look down on that.
Mike Zimmer was bruaght in to replace Lezlie Frasier on the Vikings. His first major move as a head coach was to hire Norv Turner to be his offensive coordinator. Zimmer has a lot of work to do up in Minnesota with the QB situation.
There is probably not a less pressure filled team than the Washington Redskins. Their ownership group expects immediate results and treats their quarterback like he is royalty. Jay Gruden should put that to an end. Gruden demands respect from his players and uses a west coast style offense that worked well even with Andy Dalton under center. Of all of the hires this off-season this is the one I'm most excited to see in action.
Lovie Smith is a players coach and the Buccaneers definitely need some love after what happened between the team and Greg Schiano. Smith walks into a decent set up, a surprise rookie running back and a not-to-shabby Mike Glennon throwing the passes. the only question is, how much turnover needs to happen to get the bad vibes out of the team?
Bill O'Brien was the first coach hired this offseason. The only coach pulled up from the NCAA ranks this year means big expectations now that Chip Kelly has shown they can win. What to do with that #1 pick? Does he chose his own quarterback or take the best player in the draft? Whatever he does it will either be his uprising or inevitably, his downfall.
Argueably coming into a playoff ready team is Jim Caldwell. The only decisions he needs to make is if Matthew Stafford is going to get it done or not. Oh also he needs to revamp the Defense.
Mike Pettine was hired yesterday as the new head coach of the Browns. The last time he was head coach of any team it was at the high school level. I wouldn't be surprised if he only was in Cleveland for 2-3 years before the cycle starts over again.
It's that time of the year again when we can sit down and speculate about our favorite fantasy players. I myself won the league championship in 2013 mostly due to sheer luck but you also need to know who is going to start streaking while riding your core group of players who may be cold. Today we are going to look at your top 5 fantasy draft options at each position.
These picks are for the MLB.com fantasy league.
1. LA Dodgers
2. St. Louis Cardinals
3. Detroit Tigers
4. Washington Nationals
5. Cleveland Indians
Sleeper- Atlanta Braves
1. Yadier Molina
2. Carlos Santana
3. Matt Wieters
4. Buster Posey
5. Salvador Perez
Sleeper- Evan Gattis
1. Edwin Encarnacion
2. Freddie Freeman
3. Albert Pujols
4. Paul Goldschmidt
5. Joey Votto
Sleeper- Billy Butler
1. Robinson Cano
2. Dustin Pedroia
3. Ben Zobrist
4. Aaron Hill
5. Martin Prado
Sleeper- Jose Altuve
1. Miguel Cabrera
2. David Wright
3. Matt Carpenter
4. Chase Headley
5. Evan Longoria
Sleeper- Ryan Zimmerman
1. Hanley Ramirez
2. Starlin Castro
3. Troy Tulowitzki
4. Ian Desmond
5. Jose Reyes
Sleeper- Derek Jeter, Jean Segura
1. Mike Trout
2. Jose Bautista
3. Matt Kemp
4. Carlos Gonzalez
5. Andrew McCutchen
6. Bryce Harper
7. Matt Holliday
8. Yasiel Puig
9. Chris Davis
10. Austin Jackson
Sleepers- Jay Bruce, Yeonis Cespedes, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Matt Adams, Allen Craig
It seems that lately every time you turn on ESPN or watch a NFL broadcast, the Seahawks home field advantage is mentioned at least 100 times. While the crowd noise can create false start penalties, true home field advantage lies outside of the NFL where the rules do not create standard field dimensions.
Home field advantage truly lies in the MLB where each and every stadium is unique. To understand how this came to be we need to look at the beginnings of baseball. While baseball respects the tradition of having defined rules for their infield, there is no rules saying what the outfield needs to looks like. This gave us strange looking outfields since the teams were trying to fit their stadiums into tiny spaces while keeping the infield the standard size.
The example we see here is Crosley field. Another unique feature this stadium had was a 15 degree raise in left field known as "the porch." We can see this funky outfield design in other classic stadiums such as Wrigley, Fenway and the old Yankee stadium.
When you look at modern day stadiums everyone tries to have their "thing". At Chase field they have a pool. In Houston they have Tal's Hill, a raised portion of centerfield.
In Oakland, since they have to share the field with the Raiders they have massive foul ball territory. These few things all make each teams stadium have home field advantage that no other sport can claim. Batted balls bounce funny off of over hangs, Tal's hill creates spectacular moments for those unfortunate enough to play there. Wrigley's wind plays havoc for unfamiliar players.
If any sport can truly claim that they have a home field advantage its baseball.
Written by Samantha McLaughlin
Okay, let's start with something good. This Suns jersey from the Charles Barkley era is definitely my favorite. It is a classic from my perspective – simple, easy on the eyes and one that I still see many people in Phoenix wearing. The logo stands out and you can easily recognize the team name and player's number. I do not own one myself, but have looked to purchase one because I would not be caught dead wearing a Suns jersey from today. Let's take a look at it, shall we?
I know a lot of people have already commented on these new jerseys, particularly the short sleeved ones. Let me just give you my input on how I feel when I see these on TV. They are atrocious! I heard the NBA was trying to expand their jersey sales and thought these new jerseys would appeal more to females. As a female, I would say that is completely not the case. I do not care that the old jerseys don't have sleeves. I always put a plain t-shirt underneath them anyway.
With these new short sleeved jerseys, not only is the color unappealing, but it makes me feel like they are trying too hard. I am so focused on the fact that these jerseys make pro basketball players look like high school kids, that I can't even stop to appreciate the logo (which is also pretty disgusting) or anything else. Bad choice, NBA.
Although I am not an avid baseball watcher, what I like about MLB uniforms is the fact that from what I can tell, they never seem to change much. They are also simple and have a clean look to them. I don't own any baseball uniforms but if I did like the sport a little bit more, I would have no problem spending my money to purchase one. A baseball uniform is one that you can wear even on non-game days, as it is comfortable and not busy to look at. More specifically, I have to commend the Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox for having a uniform that they should be proud of. Change is not always a good thing and I think they realize that. Way to keep it classy, MLB
I have just recently got into watching professional hockey and do appreciate NHL jerseys, or as I learned from my husband, are also called “sweaters.” What I really like about NHL sweaters? There is almost no company branding! Whereas it is easy to spot the Nike, Reebok, Under Armor, etc logos on other sports jerseys, I don't even know who makes NHL sweaters and I would like it to stay that way. I like the fact that I can sport a Coyotes sweater and all I see when I look in the mirror is the logo of the team I am supporting – not the company that makes the jersey. Speaking of team logos, the ones on sweaters seem to be pretty catchy to the eye, too.
Talk about company branding, do not even get me started on soccer jerseys. Okay, yes – we went there. I am the typical bandwagon soccer viewer – I only watch it for David Beckham. I am ashamed to even say that but sorry, the sport is just not my cup of tea. Why? Maybe for the pure fact that I do not even know which teams are playing when I turn the game on. Oh, you mean there isn't a team called “Fly Emirates”? It is the name of an airline? Very confusing to the non-avid soccer viewer. The jersey itself looks comfortable to wear, but that is about it. The colors and logos are busy and a major distraction to the sport itself.
There are NFL jerseys that I love and ones that I hate. I think I feel the most strongly about these jerseys because they are ones that change all of the time. One horrific jersey that pops into my head is the bright green that we see in the Seahawks jersey. Although the color does make the uniform pop out, it is almost blinding to the eyes after time. I cannot stand to watch them play for a whole game for the pure fact that it makes my eyes hurt, not to mention the matching socks and gloves. That just adds to the eye strain!
What's worse? I'm sorry, but every time I see the Steelers throwback jersey on TV, it makes me want to vomit. I already highly dislike the Steelers (flashback to Super Bowl XLIII – still cringing over that nightmare), but whoever thought those God-awful jail inmate uniforms looked good were highly mistaken. Why bring it back, even for one game out of the year? Please, let's keep it in the archives where it belongs. Yuck!
Why bring it back, even for one game out of the year?
While thinking about all of the jerseys out there, I find myself saying “clean and classic” a lot. This to me is defined as a look that does not make you wince while watching a game (i.e. – bright colors or crazy logos) and one that is not busy or overwhelming. I think the Vikings and the Packers have done a very good job at keeping to these standards. The lines on their jerseys are clean and I can watch them play all day without feeling overcome with what they are wearing. I also enjoy the colors of teams such as the Patriots, Bills, Giants and Texans, as they make me think of our beloved country while watching, which is something I can appreciate in a jersey as well.
What I cannot stand about NFL jerseys is the obvious branding that has come up more recently while looking at them. As I mentioned before, I don't care who makes the jersey and I do not particularly want to look like I am representing Nike or Reebok while I am at a sports game, instead of the team I am cheering for. The attention should be more on who is playing the game and unfortunately that focus is taken away when you see a big ol' Nike logo printed everywhere on the jersey.
To sum it all up, it all comes down to color, logos and personal preference. I do not want to be distracted when I am watching sports, although the distraction is very apparent in jerseys today. I think we need to go back to the way things used to be and just appreciate the team we are watching.
Written by Samantha McLaughlin @Sammyypantss
So the Super Bowl is set with both number 1 seeds making it. The Broncos will take on the Seahawks in chilly New York!
What a run both of these teams have had in the playoffs. Each team overcame challenges that weren't supposed to happen on the road to this game.
A little review of the conference championship weekend:
Manning is now 5-10 against Brady all time with 2 of those wins in the AFC championship game.
Richard Sherman really doesn't like being talked about.
I feel really bad about Navarro Bowman, always hate to see a knee injury.
For the Super Bowl game I have to believe that the Broncos will be favored. The Seahawks offense just isn't there and has been heavily relying on their defense to get things done. Manning just doesn't make the mistakes that the others teams they have faced do. It will actually be the ultimate test for them and it should be fun to watch!
I have a short article today as we all wait for the NFL championship's to begin!
While Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma Thunder team are immensely talented, they will probably not win a championship while he is on the team. Since 1970 when the NBA started keeping track of scoring titles only 3 have won NBA titles while leading the league in scoring.
Those three are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (71') Michael Jordan (91-93,96-98) and Shaquille O'Neal (00'). Generally the teams with the leading scorer rely to heavily on that person to get the job done creating a weaker team overall around that athlete.
The Thunder currently have two of the top scorers in the league, Durant leads all scorers while the injured Westbrook scores 21.2 PPG.
Even though Durant does dish out more assists than more scoring champions usual have his Thunder will not win a title without Westbrook and another player who averages closer to 20 points per game.
Have a good Sunday!
By Robert Jenkins
This being my first article I thought it would be nice to give somewhat of a brief bio of myself. I am an avid Cardinals fan born and raised, that being said I will try to bar bias if I can, but from what I can tell most sportswriter's do have their own bias.
I was born in 1987 in Mid-Missouri, and I have no love for any other sports team coming out of Missouri other than the Cardinals, who were actively playing in the 87 series when I was being birthed by my mother. I was at the game when McGwire hit home run numbers 69 and 70 , and game 6 of the 2011 WS on my 24th birthday, which I am grateful for because McGwire did juice (he had the balls to admit it). I am an active duty service member and that is my profession, I have no major journalism training or background, but I have been told I know my crap and was asked to write these articles by my friend.
If I am wrong I have no issues taking feedback my email address is email@example.com, but be warned I like to argue. Now given most sportswriter's are pretty terrible to begin with in the grand scheme of journalists; I do like to crunch stats and look at the big picture of things, anyhow hopefully
So it is about a month out from when Spring training starts, and to be honest I cannot wait for another baseball season to start. it seems like every November I get baseball withdrawal and do not know what to do with myself. I use my PS3 more to watch baseball games than I do using Netflix, Amazon Prime, playing video games, and anything else you could do on a PS3 by at least two fold.
Anyhow these are some of my predictions for this next season, which are not set in stone, just because I say something before Spring training starts does not make it happen sadly.
Tanaka will be an overpaid flop. The guy has had an impressive career so far in Japan, all the same; not one pitcher has carried stats from Japan with them across the Pacific to mirror what they did in Japan, even Yu Darvish saw his1.64 ERA blow up here in America.
The minor league system over there in Japan is worse than what the college system here in America was for pitchers who were abused with workload in both IP and pitches thrown per game, and frequency of use. Pitchers break, and not all of them come back as the same pitcher and I think Tanaka is closer to that breaking point. Furthermore he has a low 90’s fastball that is flat and is going to get nailed hard; Granted he has a good slider and a good splitter, even those won't have the same effect.
Looking at the stats from when they played in Japan to their stats after coming to America to play,
Darvish, Irabu, Ishii, Matsuzaka, Yoshii, Kuroda, and Nomo all saw their K/9 go down and their HR/9, BB/9 and ERA go up enough to be worthy of mentioning. Hell Darvish only had 277 K’s last season which was one of the few times he placed in any major category for a top 10 spot in pitching stats last season, but 55 (nearly 1/5th of those came from the Astros, and in 2012 he barely broke 200 K’s, which is impressive, all the same, Darvish is paid less than 10 million a year right now so that is all fine and dandy.
Tanaka is looking at a nine figure deal and will probably get it, and personally I hope it is the Angels or the Yankees that get him, they both desperately need pitching and have the money to spend for it and both teams spend their money poorly to begin with. Tanaka is not an ace, he is a 4th or 5th end of the rotation kind of guy at best
Oscar Taveras will be the NL Rookie of the Year. If anyone thought Yasiel Puig was good last year (when people did not know how to pitch to him he was a monster, but he did eventually taper off) then I do not think you will be ready for Taveras. All up and down the cardinals system, you have guys saying he is better than Albert Pujols was at the same age. His minor league stats (not that they always translate into major league stats) were good enough to qualify for best at his level each year he has played barring 2013 when he had an ankle injury.
I am excited to see this guy play this year and if you were smart and have room on your fantasy team for a rookie I would take him and hold onto him, eventually he will get you a lot of points.
The Astros wont lose over 95 games this season. They have purposely chipped up the tram and even held back players and resources from putting a quality product out on the field. I would go as far to say that last year they had a better collection of players at their AAA team than they did at the major league level.
This will be the last season the Astros continue their streak of losing seasons. They have the guys behind the scenes that they have hired from the Cardinal's organization that built the Cardinal's farm system; managing a lot of their draft picks from the past two years and creating a better talent development structure in their minor league teams.
When they finally decide to buy some talent they will have more than enough money to bring in some veteran all stars to guide a young core to the playoffs. I would not be shocked to see them win 70 games this season and have a positive winning percentage for the month of September if they decide to call anyone up.
Seattle makes the playoffs. or the record I would say this ahead of them signing Cano too; will he help the cause? Yes, but given thy have two dominant starters, and a clutch of young talent coming in and helping to bring they can pick up a handful of good players as they have done, and still have money leftover to spend if they wish.
They have no other teams within a good distance to compete against and a fan base hungry for any kind of championship. Just like the Pirates went from having a lot of empty seats in April of 2013 to packed house by the end of July 2013, Seattle can get something going and shock a lot of people.
The Marlins will finish no lower than second in the NL East. The NL East is by far on of the worst division in baseball that is constantly way overhyped starting with the Nationals, the fact people even compare Harper to Trout is a damn crime. Trout will be a hall of famer, Harper wont.
Given the Braves have been downgraded, on top of making some bad contracts and having a lousy policy with their money management ( they could afford more but have a cutoff mark that they impose on themselves), they will probably be the best competition in that division. The Marlins have money and a lot of young talent from when they gutted their team for prospects in 2012. It is only a matter of time before they make it back to the playoffs, and given the lifespan of that franchise with the success they have had in the postseason of the last 20 years ( most world series won by any team in that division) it is not that big of a stretch.
The Mets are rebuilding somewhat intelligently and will only get better. The Phillies still have a bulk of their payroll tied up in pitching and lack an offense and reaped their farm system when they built up said pitching, until they get out of their win now mentality and build an actual team again they won't go anywhere.
Then you have the Nats, the most overrated team in baseball in 2013 save maybe the Blue Jays or the Angels. What happened to all of that "talent" they had last season. Harper choked, Strasburg was so-so and had it not been for Zimmerman who put forth a good case for a Cy Young run they would not have broken a .500 record, but given where they have the money invested and the talent they have on the way I cannot say they have a shot next year.
Yeah I know every sportswriter on ESPN and your mainstream sports outlets dry-hump the hell out of the Coastal teams and Detroit every season, but guess what I am not one of those guys with my head shoved up my own ( fill in the blank). I did call the Nationals winning that division in 2012 and placed an actual bet on them that paid out pretty well, all the same the division was a joke that season too.
For the record Boston and the Cardinals got little to no love in the preseason last year, so go ahead and call me wrong. I called the Blue Jays, Miami 2012. 2.0 all last season and I like the fact Albert Pujols got to watch the postseason from his couch again last year. Spending money does not always mean a division win or a trip to the World Series, or even a league championship series. The Marlins will turn a lot of heads this season.
My list of 10 teams to make the playoffs in no order of any kind, and remember they still have to play the games and win them first:
Boston lost too many free agents and will barely miss it. Baltimore does not have quality pitching which cost them last year. The Pirates have holes in their offense and I don't think their bullpen will be as good this coming season. The Nationals are not as talented as everyone would have you believe and the Giants do well in even seasons but they have too many questions with their rotation and offense.
The Yankees are still in somewhat of a rebuilding mode and have not signed a 3rd baseman who hasn't been suspended for roids. The Angels do not have the pitching and the Royals are going to be close considering their offense is getting better but their pitching is getting slightly worse.
If your team was not mentioned they will probably have a losing record next year sadly. That said, the Rockies need ground ball pitching pitchers and their players to stay healthy while the Padres need to get better offensively.
Teams that have a valid shot at winning 100+ games:
-St. Louis Cardinals- They won 97 games last season and made a defensive upgrade at 2nd, 3rd and centerfield. Offensive upgrades include SS which is their major one hole and their pitching will be better this season. The Cardinals ill have 8-9 pitchers showing up to spring training to win one of 5 rotation spots, two of which will be sent to the bullpen and the other two going back down to AAA likely to be reserves. When potentially your worst pitcher in the rotation is Lance Lynn, who tends to have strong starts to the season, you cannot complain about much.
I cannot see any other team having a valid shot at 100 games either because their division will be more competitive or due to personnel losses making it so they wont repeat what they did last year. Losing Colon will be a loss for the A's, he had a great season last year. Boston lost Drew, Ellsbury and I do not wish bad luck on them but they do have players that have had health issues. Detroit has been the most talented team for the better part of the last 4 years, so I've been told and despite all that talent in a weak division they have yet to pull it off. I am curious to see what happens when they give up some offense for some defense though.
The Pirates have holes in their lineup as do the Reds. The Braves won't replace McCann and led the NL is striking out last year while their whole division will be a little bit more competitive at the bottom. The Nationals really are not that great, it is like beating a dead horse. I would say the NL West will be more competitive too next year.
I will revisit this at the end of the season before the playoffs and hold myself accountable, like I said I am not a sports writer by trade, I am an active duty serviceman. That being said if I could talk all day about baseball with any of you, you would probably by a little more into what i'm saying.
Mike asked me to help him cover baseball this season and that is what I intend to do. I plan on doing power rankings weekly for the top 15, and all 30 teams every 36 games. I will also start doing bi-monthly division rankings because believe it or not if I told you Texas was a crappy team last year most of you would look at me like I was an idiot. Truth is Texas feasted on a bad division wherein interdivision games they went 53-23 ( next team to win the most interdivision games only won 47 in any other division and that was Detroit and Atlanta, two other teams that feasted on a bad division but not to the extent Texas did. Then in outer-division play Texas was only 38-49. How is a team 30 games above 500 out of their own division then go 11 games down including game 163, under 500 out of their division. makes no sense of any kind to me.
Outliers happen and they rarely repeat rather successful or unsuccessful in baseball. Other that I might take random looks in all teams and try to come up with the "why" a team is performing however it is they are, rather they be the best team in the game or the worst. I will take things into account of strength of division, players that are there for the money compared to players there to win, run differential. I will have red flag indicators for a postseason watch ) for example I toss out teams with losing interleague records 90% of the rime, teams that cant win on the road, teams that strike out the most, teams that give up the most homeruns, teams that cant win outside of their division etc etc.)
This will have a 6 division spreadsheet that accounts for all 30 teams.
I truly do love that game and do not like any other sports. I have a math oriented mind and can be a bit of a nerd. But I look for trends from season to season and go with what I see, I don't care who spends money, I don't care who did what last year once a new season starts, it all gets thrown out the window on opening day unless you are the Astros from the last three seasons. Trades happen, injuries happen, crazy streaks happen, some middle class pitcher throws a no-hitter, it is baseball, you never know and every day is new.
2014 will be a new year for the sport with instant replays, hopefully for the better and it may take 205 years before it becomes a better system, but it can't be any worse than a game deciding blown call. We can all be thankful Ozzie Guillen is no longer a manager, I assure you that guy would be the biggest abuser of the replay system by a landslide. I hope everyone who made it this far has enjoyed my predictions! Only about 10 more weeks to go before opening day!
This article was written by Robert Jenkins
NFL Championship Round Predictions
It's Mike again here with my NFL predictions for this weekend.
San Francisco 49ers Vs. Seattle Seahawks
This is simple and easy, the Seahawks will blow out the 49ers. The 49ers had two tough physical games already and a third is going to wear them down.
49ers 7 Seahawks 35
New England Patriots Vs. Denver Broncos
Manning gets the records, Brady gets the rings.
Patriots 24 Broncos 21
Honestly, the title is misleading for us fans of the NFC West. The Seahawk-49ers rivalry has been around for a good ten years now; just like other rivalries in the NFC West have been. This particular matchup just hasn't been noticed because honestly, no one cares about the NFC West.
The Seahawks and 49ers are turning that opinion around of late with their stellar play and hard hitting games. as we come up on the NFC Championship game this weekend lets explore what these teams have gone through the last few years.
all time these teams have met 30 times with each team claiming victory half of the time. This last season saw the Seahawks embarrass the 49ers in Seattle and then have the 49ers pull out a close game in San Francisco.
With the emergence of quarterback's Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson these games now mean more than they ever have. The first task for these two teams is to just get through the rough NFC West, which has gone from weakest division in the NFL to by far the toughest.
Jim Harbough and Pete Carroll are carrying over their Stanford-USC days to the big show and what a ride that has been the last few seasons.
While I can claim my own favorite team in the Cardinals, my favorite team to watch play other than them is the Seahawks and that's simply because of their devastating defense. Richard Sherman IS the best corner in the league by a larger margin than most would think.
Whatever the result of the NFC Championship game is, expect a 10 round slugfest.
With the Denver Broncos successfully taking down the San Diego Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts imploding against the Patriots in typical fashion, it sets up what will be the 15th meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
In case you missed the regular season, Manning took the Broncos to a AFC western division title and a 13-3 record. Tom Brady faired similarly with the Patriots, having them go 12-4 and winning the AFC East for the 5th time in as many years and 11 out of the last 13 years.
That's all well and good but the key point to this is the exciting history that these two athletes have shared together. The first meeting between these two sure fire hall-of-famers was way back in 2001 during week 3; This was Brady's first professional start. Brady wasn't exceptional but was effective, throwing for 168 yards. The Patriots won in blowout fashion although you can attribute that win more to Peyton's 3 picks in the game.
Tom Brady and his Patriots have taken Manning to town 10 out of the 14 times they have played so far including this season 34-31 OT win.
In what is basically a season playing together we can look at their stats in games that the Patriots have won.
Two of the most important games of these quarterbacks careers have been meetings in AFC championship games. The first meeting of this magnitude was way back in 2003 when Manning led his team to a loss, throwing four interceptions three of those went to Ty Law. In that game Brady had 1 touchdown and one interception while cruising to a 24-10 victory and eventual super bowl victory off the foot of Adam Vinatieri.
Three years later they met again in the 2006 AFC championship game. Manning had the Patriots number all day in this game as he threw for 349 yards and a touchdown as they pulled off the victory 38-34. This was an 18 point comeback and at the time was the fifth largest margin overcome in the history of the NFL. Manning took his Colts to a rainy Miami and felled the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl that year.
Brady has a three game winning streak over Manning's team to this point. Can he continue his domination over Manning in this years AFC Championship game?