Just Football…Super Bowl XLVI Edition!

Hey football fans – Super Bowl Sunday is almost here!  Are you ready?  Before we start it’s the New York Giants versus the New England Patriots.  The game is in Indianapolis.  The Patriots will be the “home” team.  Kickoff is around 4:30 (Mountain Time).

As the ultimate football fan, I came up with six “rules” and “things to consider” and “stuff to know” for the big day…

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Just Football…

Happy Tuesday folks – and that means today is all about football!

The AFC and NFC Championship games on Sunday were pretty darn good.  We can only hope the Super Bowl comes close to this.  With the history of recent games between the Giants and the Patriots, I think it will be a close game. My pick is at the end of the column.

Today I take a look at some of the facts about the upcoming game, the Pro Bowl, Montanans doing well in the NFL, people being stupid, an interview with Peyton, JoePa, and much more – so read on!

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2011 NFL Predictions: The National Football Conference

Last season the NFC’s Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl and put away the “Favre curse” once and for all.  So, the Packers get to start the regular season on Thursday, September 8 (8:30 Eastern) by hosting the New Orleans Saints.  Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, and Maroon 5 will help “kick off” the season (at 7:30 Eastern).  It’s on NBC.

This just in:  President Obama will give a speech that night, too.

The Philadelphia Eagles are the Miami Heat of the NFL.  There will be much love and much hate for the Eagles this season, but one thing for sure is that Michael Vick is loving his second $100 million contract of this lifetime.  There are questions about him staying healthy, but just about every NFL team will see a drop-off in their offense if their starting QB goes down.

So I’ve read the stories, checked the schedules, read what the teams and the fans are saying and here are my predictions for the National Football Conference for the 2011 season. Remember – your team is undefeated right now! Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

It’s the Christmas Edition of the (almost) award winning weekly column, “Caught My Eye.” This is where I take a look at some of the stories that I did not have to comment about during the week – sometimes sarcastically!

First, some breaking news: Congress is no longer in session, so we are all safe until January 5, 2011.

The staff here at The Western Word wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! By the way, it’s not too late to help those in need this Christmas! Do something today!

A special thank you to all those who are away from home this Christmas protecting us. We miss you and we are praying for your safe return! Continue reading

Just Football…

It’s a lot more fun to write about sports than politics. So it’s time to take a time-out from politics and talk about football!

The Gunslinger:

In what would have made a great western movie, the game between the Vikings and the Packers would have been an instant classic. Continue reading

Sports by the Numbers

1270:

The final score was 64-61 Saturday as the Montana State Bobcats beat the Sacramento State Hornets in overtime. The Bobcats were up by 27 points at halftime. Whatever the Bobcats did at halftime with the defense, they should stop it. The Hornets scored 35 points in the third quarter (five TDs to one for the Bobcats).

If you like offense, then this was the game for you. The teams combined for 1270 yards. If you had to leave to get snacks or go to the bathroom, you might have missed a touchdown or two.

But in the end, the Bobcats won after the Hornets missed a field goal in overtime.

105:

That’s the number of baseball games the Pittsburgh Pirates lost during this Major League Baseball season. The Seattle Mariners lost 101.

65:

That’s the number of points the Carroll College Saints put on the board against Montana State Northern Saturday, winning 65-13.

13:

That’s the number of players the University of Tennessee Volunteers had on field for what should have been the final play of the game against LSU. The Vols stopped LSU from scoring with those 13 players, but they got caught. LSU had one more play; they scored and won the game.

9:

The New York Giants sacked Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler nine times in the first half. Cutler suffered a concussion and sat out the second half. The Giants recorded another sack in the second half to bring the total to ten for the game.

5:

The New England Patriots became the first team in NFL history to score a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, a kickoff return for a touchdown, a blocked field goal for a touchdown and return an interception for a touchdown in the same game. That’s five TDs all scored in different ways. They also blocked a punt, but did not score in dismantling the Miami Dolphins 41-14.

3:

That’s the number of victories for the Kansas City Chiefs this year, who are the NFL’s last undefeated team. They had a bye this last week. Next Sunday, they head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts…