Archives for: 2008, week 04

01/29/08

Super Bowl XLII: Two Straight Manning Titles?

Permalink 12:00:00 pm, Categories: All World All Sports Blogs  

by Digger

Super Bowl XLII has many stories and records on the line as the New England Patriots (16-0) look to make the mark on history vs Eli Manning's red hot New York Giants (10-6).

Many may dispute whether or not the Giants represent the NFC's toughest team. Let there be no doubters, New York represents their conference as its' hottest team heading into Super Bowl XLII. This game marks the first time brother's have been starting QB's in the big game. Last year, Eli's big brother Peyton Manning won honors as the games MVP. Eli's flawless play of late has enthusiastic Giants fans eager for another Lombardi Trophy. Just think of how proud pappa Archie Manning would be if another one of his sons brings home a MVP trophy!

New England continues its' quest for perfection and this game is for all the marbles. Head Coach Belichick is the leagues best game planner and no doubt his team has been busy implementing and practicing formula's for success. Tom Brady is coming off one of the greatest seasons in NFL history (50 td's, 117.2 rating) leading this record setting offense filled with a wide array of weapons. They represent a monumental nightmare for defensive coordinators trying to execute game plans versus the likes of Randy Moss (23 td's), Wes Welker (112 receptions) and a very balanced attack. This team is a true dynasty with a mission statement.

Brady's stewardship, even on unsuccessful scoring drives, usually leaves opponents buried deep in their own terrority helping an aggressive bend but don't break big name defense with great field position to pressure foes. Tedy Bruschi, Junior Seau, Asante Samuel, Rodney Harrison and Mike Vrabel anchor a group of heavy hitters.

Odds makers currently favor New England by 12 points. The above combination has yet to taste defeat....

Here come the Giants!

Can they duplicate a page from prior Super Bowl XXV lore? New York's 1991 plan against the mighty Buffalo Bills offense was simple. Keep them on the sidelines. This plan somehow worked to perfection as the Giants contolled the ball for over 41 minutes and escaped with a thrilling 20-19 victory.

Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin survived an early season barrage by irate former players and media types calling for his head on a platter. Many felt the team underachieved in '06 as they fell apart late in the season. When '07 began, New York found themselves 0-2 surrendering a mind boggling 90 points in two games. A goal line stand in Washington during week 3 rallied a beleaguered team... and the Giants season began to turn around by winning six straight.

One of the most intriguing stats of Giants success this year has been their ability to win road games... with their current streak at 10 consecutive victories. Manning has played mistake free football lately and the running game is firing on all cylanders. New York's two headed backfield is led by bruising Brandon Jacobs (1009 yards) and game breakering back Ahmad Bradshaw. Both players have been on their games behind an experienced and talented offensive line.

Wide receiver drops nearly cost the Giants all season long. This is unacceptable for the games biggest stage. So far so good in the playoffs as Plaxico Burress and veteran Armani Toomer have made big play after big play this post season. Speedster Steve Smith and dependable rookie TE Kevin Boss have been pitching in helping to move the chains downfield. Boss could be the most over looked player heading into the game. KB replaced an injured Jeremy Shockey and has made big possession catches in the cluch on Manning precision throws. One of the Giants biggest keys for success will be for Boss to exploit certain blitzing Patriot defensive schemes. He could be open all game long while matched up against slower linebackers or smaller defensive backs.

Ball control and precise playcalling. Can the Giants pull it off, chew up the clock, put points on the board and beat an unbeaten, heavily favored New England dynasty?

Yes! They'll have to be perfect to beat a Pats team some call the best in league history.

On defense, they'll have to keep a calm, cool and collected Tom Brady off balance. This is no easy task. However, the Giants front four is up for the challenge. Defensive End bookends Michael Strahan (9 sacks) and Osi Umenyiora (13 sacks) will need to bring big pressure to help out NY's banged up secondary. With most expecting NE to pass the ball early and often... DT's Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield will need to shut down a crafty running game. The Giants secondary will have to be on the ball and have the games of their lives. NE's attack is filled with gifted talent. NY's big play corners (Sam Madison and Aaron Ross) will have their hands full chasing after Moss and Welker. Both of these CB's are prone to giving up big plays presenting NY with difficult matchup decisions.

If the Giants can control the ball while keeping Brady off balance then victory will be within reach. Their game plan and execution must be flawless. Turnovers on offense are not an option and much needed by defenders. The Giants advantage will be their ability to control the line of scrimmage by opening running lanes for Jacobs, calling plays to free Boss and schemes to disguise defensive blitzing coverages. A tall task indeed. So far NY has shut down talented Dallas and Green Bay offenses proving ready to meet all challenges.

By all conventional wisdom the Patriots are on target to complete the NFL's first 19-0 season by way of an 41-23 romp.

Here at www.allworldallsports.com, we boldly proclaim the Giants will shock the NFL community and fans outside of New York.

GIANTS 27 PATRIOTS 25

01/28/08

Erlich and Ram Bring Home Israel's First Ever Australian Open Championship!

Permalink 11:53:42 pm, Categories: All World All Sports Blogs  

by Digger

Israel's doubles duo, Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, brought home their nations first ever Australian Open Men's Doubles Championship Trophy in dramatic style 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).

(read up at www.haartz.com)

This was the pairs first Australian Open finals appearance in seven tries. Erlich and Ram are no strangers to success having won 10 tournament titles and remain undefeated in Davis Cup play since 2005. Their victory was welcomed with great pride by their country.

Ram was quoted in Haaretz.com: "We're so happy to be the first Israelis. We made history today," he said. "I'm very happy for both of us. We believed we could win the Grand Slam title. We really believed in this."

The pair is currently contemplating playing at next months Dubai Tennis Championships in United Arab Emirates. Their decision will most likely be based on ATP providing security assurances. This would be a great opportunity for all nations in the area to take a step back from deep divisions so athletes from around the world can compete freely.

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