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Back in September, 32 NFL teams began a journey that they hoped would end with a trip to Atlanta and an opportunity to lift the Lombardi Trophy as the victors in Super Bowl LIII.

After 16 games in the regular season and some hard-fought contests in January, the field has been whittled down to just two. The New England Patriots – back for the third year in a row and for the ninth time in the 21st century – are set to face off against the Los Angeles Rams, who haven’t been to the big game since they lost to these same Patriots back in 2002.

This rematch is to be played 17 years to the day after that one, a New England victory that would prove to be the first championship of the team’s dynastic run.

Obviously, these aren’t the same teams that faced off on February 3, 2002. However, two very important figures from that long-ago Patriots squad remain. Quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are still here, continuing to build on the astonishing legacy (nine Super Bowls, eight straight AFC Championship appearances and 13 total) that they’ve spent the past two decades burnishing.

On the other side, we have the Rams, representing the new guard in the NFL. Head coach Sean McVay is just 33 years old – half the age of his opponent. Quarterback Jared Goff is 24 years old and in his third season; he was just six years old when Tom Brady entered the NFL. They’re a young and hungry group predicted by some to be the successors to the Patriots atop the football world, but they haven’t won anything yet.

So what’s going to happen?

While I’m not one to give too much credence to the necessity of experience, the reality is that this Patriots team has been in this spot A LOT. Meanwhile, just about everybody on the Rams sideline is new to this kind of big game pressure. Will that make a difference? Almost certainly. The amount of difference will likely determine who ultimately comes out on top here.

Still, it’s all about the matchups on the field. Let’s have a look.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 14:11

The Sports Edge – Heroes of the Dark Ages

Things change quickly these days. High schoolers can recall a time when there was no such thing as Snapchat. Gen-X types may remember a distant past before cellphones or at least have memories of the days when they were the size of a shoebox. 

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 13:48

A Super Bowl breakdown

Patriots, Falcons meet in Super Bowl LI

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:15

Revisiting past predictions 2016

A look back at the year’s sports prognostication

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 12:07

The Big Game's golden anniversary

Breaking down Super Bowl 50

Back in the fall, 32 NFL teams started their seasons with a singular goal win the Super Bowl. Over the course of the past few months, team after team saw their dreams of hoisting aloft the Lombardi Trophy fall by the wayside. Now, the lengthy battle of attrition has finally come to its end.

It's time for the Super Bowl.

This is the 50th edition of what has become the biggest event in American sports. Hundreds of millions of people both here and all around the world will be watching as the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers for the right to call themselves champions.

Published in Cover Story
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:29

Winging It (01-27-2016)

Area restaurants chime in on classic Super Bowl staple

For many, the Super Bowl is a big deal (though it may be less of a big deal now that the Pats are out). But for some (present company included), the biggest Football event of the season is less about the game and more about food and the commercials.

One food stands out above the rest as a Super Bowl staple and that is chicken wings bone-in or boneless (also known as chicken tenders), typically fried and smothered in various sauces to become something greater than a simple piece of chicken. It becomes the centerpiece of an American event.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:55

Sherri Shepherd of The View' she's everywhere

As one of the co-hosts of ABC's daytime talk show 'The View,' Sherri Shepherd has become known as one of television funniest and most revealing personalities. Her charismatic 'keeping it real' likability landed her a role on 'Everybody Loves Raymond' and a contestant spot on 'Dancing with the Stars' in 2012. A frequent guest on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' Shepherd holds the record for the greatest number of appearances. In addition to duties on 'The View,' Shepherd can be seen as Angie Jordan on NBC's '30 Rock' and is hosting her third season of 'The Newlywed Game' on GSN.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:43

Super Bowl party at Husson's Furman Center

Mu Sigma Chi has been putting on a Super Bowl party in the Furman Center on Husson University for the past eight years. Mike Paige is the vice president of Mu Sigma Chi and has been put in charge of handling this event.

"Usually the turn outs have been great; many people like watching the big game with friends, so if you throw in free food you'll get an even better turn out,' Paige said. "Usually the food served is just little snacks and appetizers. This year we will be having chicken wings, meatballs, hot dogs and chili - just to name a view."

Published in Sports

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