Do You Believe In Miracles?

Do You Believe In Miracles?

It's hard not to after Super Bowl LI.

After last night, it would be hard not to believe in God -- but more so Tom Brady -- for what we all witnessed during Super Bowl LI. In favor of Patriots Nation, Brady and the Pats brought us to a 34-28 victory against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons - in overtime. The first ever Super Bowl to go into OT. At one point, the Patriots were suffering from a 25-point deficit. No team has ever come back to win a Super Bowl from more than a 10-point lead on the other team's behalf.

The greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time.

I don't know about all of you, but nothing could ever ruin this week for me after what went down in Houston last night. We witnessed the most exhilarating Super Bowl win in history. Unless you are a Falcons fan, it does not matter which team you root for; no one can deny that the Patriots had us all walking on air. I do not care how much an outsider claims to hate us - we proved that we are the best. We were all on the edges of our seats. For the first three quarters, it was not looking good - at all. Hands were thrown. Tears were shed. Televisions were smashed. Morales went down significantly. We were truly hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. We, of course, got the best possible outcome. From Brady's impeccable leadership skills to Julian Edelman's epic catch (that should most definitely become a meme), the team got it together and made it happen. When James White hooked us up with the winning touchdown in OT, New England went absolutely ballistic. Voices were lost. High fives were thrown to every other fan in reach. Profanities referring to Roger Goodell were heard from every street corner. This was truly one of the most amazing nights of our lives. Tom Brady's revenge tour could not have ended more perfectly, despite what happened in the first three quarters of the game. He picked us all back up, though many of us still believed in his spectacular abilities. He is the GOAT for a reason.

Thank you, Roger Goodell, for giving us even more of a reason to celebrate and prove to you that you cannot kill our vibe. Try harder next time, buddy.

Thank you, Bill Belichick, for working with the team to bring us to this unbelievable. You deserve all the praise in the world.

And most importantly, thank you, Tom Brady. Words cannot even begin to describe how much we love and appreciate you. You deserve that MVP trophy Goodell reluctantly presented you with this morning. You truly took it like the champ that you are, and you have stolen so many of our hearts. We owe it all to you.

For those of you who never took your eyes off the television, thank you. That means you had faith in our team, despite the difficulties we faced throughout. We would not have made it this far if we could not handle it. If anything, Super Bowl LI is proof that having something to believe in is so, so important. Never lose sight of what is right in front of you, because that is what matters in your life.

We look forward to {at least} a week of celebration in New England. Pats Nation will never die.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Seattle Seahawks 2018 Season Preview

The Seahawks find themselves in rebuilding mode, but this season is one to definitely pay attention to.


It was an average morning at my house on August 9, 2018.

I woke up next to my beautiful girlfriend in our "love nest", and the brisk morning breeze cooled me off after the previous night's heat. I woke up knowing I had to work later, but this morning was a little different than the rest, for the first time in about eight months, I gave out a loud, "SEAHAWKS!" call as Preseason football began.

FOOTBALL IS BACK…but it feels a little different than previous seasons.

Richard Sherman…49er, Kan Chancellor…Retired, Cliff Avril…Retired, Michael Bennett…Eagle, Earl Thomas…Holding out; it doesn't quite have the same vibe we have been used to for the last many years. Even the personal around the team is different with the losses (or should I saying, firings) of Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell and Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable, and the return of Ken Norton Jr. who takes over as Defensive Coordinator.

However, that's not a bad thing.

We were blessed to see this legendary defense that Pete Carroll and Seahawks GM John Schneider put together to help the 2013 Seahawks defeat the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII for their first Super Bowl victory. The following year, after a miraculous comeback in the NFC Championship against the Packers, our hearts were ripped out as the Seahawks were one single yard away from becoming back to back Super Bowl Champions…but Marshawn didn't get the football. Ever since that scarring defeat in Super Bowl XLIX, the team has not been the same and we have seen players - especially on defense - lose faith in Pete Carroll's system.

As we say thank you to the Legion of Boom for everything they have done in Seattle, it's okay to to turn the page and create a new generation of studs.

We have seen some mistakes in the recent drafts for Seattle; Christine Michael, Spencer Ware, Kevin Norwood, Mark Glowinski, Kristjan Sokoli, too early to tell on Germain Ifedi…but which teams honestly don't make their fair share of mistakes in drafts? This year, the Seahawks are real dependent on these new, fresh young faces such as RB Rashaad Penny, TE from UW Will Dissly, inspirational LB Shaquem Griffin (whose brother Shaquill Griffin plays CB for the Seahawks, too) S Tre Flowers, and OT Jamarco Jones. The LOB era is no more, but I am calling out to the 12s that this new era of Seahawks football will be a bumpy, yet extremely fun ride.

This may be one of the most interesting teams you will ever find in the NFL currently. The Seahawks had household names, and the media is thinking the sky is falling in Seattle and they are doomed without them. Well clearly they don't know how magical Pete and John can be, and have been. They found Kam in the fifth round, Sherman in the fifth, Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith in the seventh, Russell in the third. Will they win some games? Absolutely. Will they lose some games (and probably some they could've won)? No doubt about it. I have come to terms that this could be in rebuilding mode. I also flipped it around to thinking this team could surprise everybody and punch the league in the mouth for a solid year. The Seahawks Offensive Line has been atrocious over the last few seasons and their running game was U-G-L-Y with no alibi last season, and I'm looking forward to seeing depth in the running game. Rashaad Penny, Chris Carson, J.D. McKissic, Mike Davis, and hopefully a healthy C.J. Promise (who already missed the firstPreseason game ...) equals a dangerous running attack, and if the Seahawks want to get back to their championship mindset, running the ball, playing hardcore defense, and doing just enough on offense can bring this team back to mountain top.

Game-by-game predictions:

While I will give much more in-depth analysis on the Seahawks opponents throughout the season, I present you all with my way too early game-by-game predictions, where I predict the Seahawks record weeks before the regular season starts. I won't be surprised AT ALL if I happen to change my mind on a handful of these predictions throughout the year, as injuries can happen at any time and teams might be better or worse than I predicted.

9/9/18: @Denver Broncos

Playing in Denver is never easy, especially against their stacked defense. However, I'm not sure how good Case Keenum will be at QB and all the talking heads are picking us to lose game one, but I'm not one of them. 1-0

9/17/18: @Chicago Bears (MNF)

The Bears are going to be a confusing team this year outside of QB Mitch Trubisky with another year of experience. I strongly believe as of now we're the better team, especially playing on Monday Night Football. 2-0

9/23/18: Dallas Cowboys

I was there on October 12, 2014 when the Cowboys stormed into the Clink and upset the Hawks, and I like revenge! Call it bias, or call it confidence but I don't see how the Seahawks lose their first home game of the season, and it'll be a close game! 3-0

9/30/18: @Arizona Cardinals

Arizona is going to be an interesting team this year, with new head coach, Steve Wilks and newly drafted QB from UCLA Josh Rosen. While both teams are in "rebuilding mode", the Seahawks strike me as the better team, and yes…I might be the only one in America to have them starting off at 4-0. 4-0

10/7/18: Los Angeles Rams

The Rams came into Seattle last year and squashed them like a bug. While I don't think it will be a blowout, I don't see the Seahawks outlasting the dangerous Rams. 4-1

10/14/18: @Oakland Raiders (in London)

This counts as an away game for the Seahawks. Despite the 10AM road troubles this team has shown over the years, I believe they sneak by the Raiders, and I hope it's from a Sebastian Janikowski game winning kick against his former team. 5-1

10/28/18: @Detroit Lions

Coming off the London game and the BYE week, going to Detroit will be tough. The Hawks will run out of steam as Matthew Stafford will get going in the 2nd half, we've seen it before (October 28, 2012). 5-2

11/4/18: Los Angeles Chargers

Don't be surprised if the Seahawks do end up losing this game, the Chargers defense will attack the Seahawks immensely in this game but the Hawks will squeeze by LA for a typical heart attack-like game. 6-2

11/11/18: @Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are no joke, and scary in their own backyard. I have a disappointing feeling the Seahawks will be 0-2 against the Rams this season, so let's hope I'm wrong. 6-3

11/15/18: Green Bay Packers (TNF)

A flip of a coin can decide this one. I'm sure this might be one of the games I'll end up changing my mind about when it comes to that time. Coming off that brutal trip to LA to play less than a week later, this one might take a toll on the Hawks against a threat like Aaron Rodgers. 6-4

11/25/18: @Carolina Panthers

This might be another game I might change my mind on as the Panthers are a tricky team to judge (did you guys see Cam and Kelvin pregame.....). That 10AM kickoff always worries me and the Seahawks will end up losing a game they probably could have won. 6-5

12/2/18: San Francisco 49ers (SNF)

Welcome back to Seattle, Richard Sherman! A close, nitty-gritty game, but the Hawks should come out on top. 7-5

12/10/18: Minnesota Vikings (MNF)

This Vikings team is supposed to be good, keyword, "supposed to be good". New QB Kirk Cousins should have fun throwing to WR Adam Thielen, but Monday Night in CenturyLink is always dangerous and the Seahawks manage to survive this one. 8-5

12/16/18: @San Francisco 49ers

Fine, let's be nice and give the 40-whiners a victory in their place…but it won't be because of Sherman. 8-6

12/23/18: Kansas City Chiefs (SNF)

Another Sunday Night game (flex TBD) against an always gritty Chiefs team, this is a game the Hawks might need to keep playoff hopes alive. 9-6

12/30/18: Arizona Cardinals

The Cards always seem to make their selves at home and push us around in the Clink. Unfortunately for them, former Head Coach Bruce Arians is gone and the Seahawks should be fighting for a playoff spot, in which I'll give them the win. 10-6

Reminder: These picks are not fully locked in stone, and I will compare these predictions with the ones I give a few days before gameday. September 9th can't come soon enough!

Now, are you ready for some football?

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