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From The Editor: Super Bowl LII
By Zach Wargo '20
For two weeks I’ve listened to many people talk about the game, and telling us who would become the Super Bowl Champions. It was mixed, as it seemed most analysts picked Philadelphia to win, and while others picked New England to win once again. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, as it’s one thing I look forward too every Postseason.
The game started as I expected to start, quick, and wasn’t surprised by the quick start by Nick Foles. What I did not expect was it to be a track meet, as there was no defense, and many offensive plays were made early in the game. I thought this game could soon get out of hand after a missed field goal by the Patriots in the 1st quarter, thankfully that was not the case, as the Patriots kept on fighting back. We don’t give Tom brady enough credit for what he did on Sunday, with breaking a Postseason record of 505 yards, becoming the 1st NFL player in history to reach 10,000 passing yards, and putting his team on his back trying to get his sixth ring. Only as the two plays he will be remembered for is his dropped pass in the first half, and the strip-sack fumble with 2:10 left in the game. Brady performed his best for most of the season at age 40, as he said after the heartbreaking that he will play for another season. I respect Tom Brady, I don’t see why a lot of people hate him, it's just time to appreciate what’s he's done for the NFL and the game of football, and to look at him as the greatest of all time.
I was quickly surprised at how Nick Foles played, he started off strong, and kept it, although he had one interception, his nerves didn’t get the best of him all night. With a game where the Eagles needed to keep scoring, they sure did. The gamble by Philadelphia late in the 1st half is a play that came right out of the College Football Playoff Semifinal game against Georgia, where a wide receiver throws a pass to the quarterback for a touchdown. The play was executed perfectly, as I give Philly a lot of credit for outsmarting the Patriots to keep that confidence on their side. The internet exploded soon after, I thought there should have been more penalties called during the game, as they could have called an Illegal Formation on that 4th & 1, which would have changed the entire outcome of the game. By NFL rule you’re supposed to have seven people on the Line of Scrimmage, as there was only six people. By far I think it is among on the the most gutest play calls in history, as it gave them a 10 points lead going into halftime. The play call “Philly Special” is going to be remembered in NFL history.
I realized that at the start of the game during the National Anthem that Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler was very emotional, but it didn’t come to me that he wasn’t playing. The reason that Butler did not play a single snap during the biggest game of the season is a disgrace to him. I thought that Butler would have made a huge difference during the entire game, he played 97.6% of snaps during the regular season. I think that Malcolm Butler got screwed, as he is now a free agent this upcoming offseason and will probably not sign with the Patriots again.
In my opinion Bill Belichick even out coached himself for the first time, he wanted to prove that he is one of the greatest head coaches in history, but I don’t understand why he did not play his best corner on the biggest stage in front of millions of people. Belichick let his ego get to him, as he had too much pride in his defense, which was one of the seven sins of the bible. The sin of pride in the bible states, “A quality or state of being proud, as being too prideful provides selfishness”. Belichick coached one of the worst games of his career, his defense got embarrassed on national television. On the other side of the field, Eagles head coach Doug Peterson coached the perfect game to defeat the Patriots. He took risks, and put trust in his quarterback on 4th downs and even on two point conversions. He stuck with the run game as it was working very well for his team, and threw the deep ball when the time was right.
The 2nd half was very entertaining, as it didn’t have much defense, and plenty of offense. I know football as it not being a track meet, I was waiting for the defense to step up at one point and it sure did. The strip on Tom Brady was not his fault, as his offensive line collapsed on him and let the outside rusher strip him to put the title in the Eagles hands. I thought Brady played an excellent game, but Nick Foles played an even better game with escaping pass rushes, catching a touchdown pass, and leading his team down the field to let Philly re-take the lead.
Once again the NFL’s problem all year has been the catch rule and the referee’s. In past Super Bowl’s not many flags were thrown, most or all penalties were false starts, defensive holding, and offside penalties. The Catch rule was the main problems in the NFL, as on a 3rd & 6 in the 3rd quarter, Running Back Corey Clement caught a ball for a Touchdown, but the replay showed that he bobbled the ball, and didn’t have full control of it. They ruled this a Touchdown, as pictures and replay shows it should have been incomplete, and 4th & 6. Another occurrence of this problem was on Zach Ertzs touchdown with 2:20 left in the game, the officials did get this call right, as he took three steps, become a runner, and dived for the plane. The ball appeared to come loose but as a runner he it was called a touchdown.
This year’s Super Bowl was entertaining, but as the past few years the NFL’s rating have declined. Around 106.7 million people watched this year’s Super Bowl, the fewest since 2009. I think the Super Bowl was more competitive than last years, it was a track meet since kickoff, and only one major defensive play decided the game. I don’t think this is the best Super Bowl but it is definitely top three. I thought the Super Bowl delivered after an amazing postseason, as we are now onto the offseason, only 6 months away from preseason football.
Super Bowl LII: Eagles Upset Patriots In a Thriller
By Zach Wargo
After two weeks of heavy talk about the biggest sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl was finally upon us. The Philadelphia Eagles, coming off their blowout and statement win against the Vikings two weeks earlier, were looking forward to taking down Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl. What was at stake would be Brady taking his 6th ring, while Philly would be looking to win their first Super Bowl in its franchise’s history. The Philadelphia Eagles were coming into the game as huge underdogs, which is a role that the have embraced, they entered the game with most of the country on their side, rooting for them to win the big game against the dynasty that is Tom Brady. The Patriots on the other hand showed no signs of being nervous, as they have been here before, for the 10th time in fact.
The game started after a great performance of the National anthem, soon the Eagles got the ball first, and capitalized, setting up for a field goal after getting inside New England’s five yard line. While the Patriots watched their defense struggle, Tom Brady went to work, only to do the same as the Eagles did, setting up a short field goal to tie the game 3-3 with 4:20 left in the opening quarter. Philadelphia’s offense did not stop from there, with Nick Foles reading the defense, and finding the open man, New England could not stop Philly on 3rd downs and could not stop the big play. Nick Foles dropped back on a 1st & 10, to launch a 34 yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery, only for the rookie kicker to miss the Extra Point, putting more pressure on New England late in the opening quarter. Nick Foles looked unstoppable, as he was splitting the defense, the play calling on point with a mix of run-pass options, play action passes, and short passes mixed in with long runs, it was a sign that the Patriots was in for a long day.
Next following drive consisted of most of the same for Tom Brady, quick passes, mixed in with short runs, as they threaten the Eagles with a field goal which was later missed, thanks to a poor snap, and hold by New England. The defense of the Patriots would cause a punt, which would be the only punt of the game, the fewest combined punts in Super Bowl history, Brady had the ball in his hand again, as the same short runs, and short passes turned into large gains. The drive was stumped after two straight incompletions, and getting no points out of another wasted drive. Philadelphia capitalized on the mistake, as they went straight down the field once again, as a 21 yard run by LeGarrette Blount gave Philly a 15-3 lead half way through the 2nd quarter. Tom Brady needed only 84 seconds to give New England a field goal, making it 15-6, Brady was in a rhythm, but so was Nick Foles. Philadelphia made its first and only mistake of the game as a deep thrown ball was tipped and intercepted. Tom Brady and his studded offense, needed only three minutes to go 90 yards to score a touchdown, cutting the score to 3, but again the extra point was missed. With 2:04 left in the 1st half, Philly went down the field again, as the riskiest play of the game was made up with an even better play call, as Nick Foles went into motion and caught a one yard touchdown pass to extend their lead to 10 after the extra point, giving them the lead going into halftime.
The entire 2nd half was like a pinball machine, no defense, lots of offense, players going down and back on the field, scoring touchdowns, field goals, and converting key 3rd downs in clutch situations. Brady went to Gronk 3 times and scored a touchdown to cut the lead to 3, making the score 22-19. Once again, the defense seemed non existant for New England. Nick Foles played a flawless 2nd half, having them scored another touchdown, only without the catch looking like it was made out of bounds (which later many people said it was) after the ball appeared to be bobbled, and then caught which Corey Clements left foot was out of bounds. The play was reviewed, which would stand, making the game 29-19. The next drive was no different, Brady was flawless once again, only to belt another touchdown pass to Chris Hogan for 26 yards, trying to keep the game in reach, 29-26 with 3:23 left in the 3rd quarter. Nick Foles went to work again, going right down the field, without a stop that New England needed, the rookie kicker helped Philly extend their lead to six after a 42 yard field goal which was the first play of the 4th quarter.
After the made field goal, many Super Bowl records were broken last night, as most combined yards, Tom Brady broke the Postseason record with most passing yards, fewest punts, no holding penalties, which is rare in the NFL. To start the 4th quarter of a field goal, as later Tom Brady would put on a show once again, leading his offense right down the field, throwing a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski, putting them in the lead 33-32 with 9:22 remaining. Nick Foles next drive would define the game, as the Patriots were so close to getting a stop, and the ball back, after converting a 4 & 1, the Eagles were taking time off the clock, and letting Tom Brady watch from the sidelines. Not long after Foles threw a poss to Zach Ertz, scoring a touchdown and having Philly have another lead once again, as the two-point conversion did fail. With a game that consisted with no defense at all, pass rusher Brandon Graham stripped Tom Brady, as the Offensive Line could not hold the pass rush, as the fumble was recovered by Philadelphia with 2:04 left in the game. With a field goal and another stop by the defense, New England needed to go 91 yards in 59 seconds. Tom Brady tried to get his team back, with a failed hail mary that decided the game, letting the Philadelphia Eagles win their first Lombardi in franchise history.
After the game, Tom Brady puts the loss on his shoulders, as he said the loss sucks, he also said to a reporter that he will be back for another season. Many questions this offseason will be if Tom Brady does in fact retire, or Rob Gronkowski may retire after many injuries throughout his career, in fact he already is a Hall of Famer, and Tom Brady is already the Greatest of All Time. The offseason will be fun for many football fans, with the draft, combine, and soon preseason will be here once again. For the Eagles their city is torn apart, and just happy to be champions once again, Carson Wentz will hopefully be back by September, and Nick Foles may still be the backup by the preseason. The NFL offseason will be fun to pay attention to as there are many free-agent quarterbacks also.
Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated, AP Photos
Tennis History made by Roger Federer
By Reylena Tsosie
Roger Federer is a 36 year old male. He was born on August 8, 1981. As a kid, he was a ball boy for tennis and he was inspired to play tennis. A ball boy is a boy who retrieves balls that go out of play during a game such as tennis or baseball, and who supplies players or umpires with new balls. Federer won 20 titles for tennis. He won the Australian open on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
He is ranked number 2 for the entire world. He has is own fashion line with Nike.
Federer’s net worth is $71 million dollars a year. Despite, his talent in tennis he is a caring father and a loving husband to Mirka Federer . She is 39 years old.
The Tennis world will always remember Roger Federer.
Photo Credit By: AP Photos