Why People Are Upset By The Teams Playing In Super Bowl LIII

The Stage Is Set For Super Bowl LIII And Many People Are Not Happy About It

This Super Bowl might be the least watched Super Bowl due to the scandals circling both teams.


The NFC and AFC Championship games had everyone on the edge of their seats. Both games went into overtime which has never happened before. However, controversial calls were made (or lack thereof) that could've changed the game. Here's a breakdown of the games.

The NFC championship game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams seemed one-sided at the start. The Saints were able to score thirteen points while shutting out the Rams. The defense for the Rams was just not stopping the run game. The Rams were able to score in the second quarter and even pressured Drew Brees. The offensive linemen gave Jared Good enough time in the pocket to make big plays that made the score 10-13. The second half was a back and forth shootout between the quarterbacks.

However, Brees was making risky throws that were almost intercepted. The game was tied up 20-20 and Brees was third and 10 and merely 13 yards from the end zone when his receiver was hit, which should've been pass interference, but a call was never made. The foul was extremely obvious and angered many fans since if a pass interference was called, the Saints would've been given a new set of downs which could've ended the game and send the Saints to the Super Bowl. The game went into overtime and the Saints were given the ball first, but an interception led to the end of their Super Bowl dreams.

Statistics show that if the pass interference call was made, the Saints would've had a 98% chance of winning. Even after the game, the officials claimed that they messed up. It's ridiculous that the officiating at such a high-level game was so poorly done. The league needs to find a way that allows events like this to never happen. Possible solutions are to put more referees on the field or allow coaches to challenge blown calls. Many fans claim that the Rams are illegitimate Super Bowl contenders and that a rematch should be done. Many also believe that the game was rigged.

Personally, I think that the Rams do deserve to go to the Super Bowl because the Saints were given a chance to catch the lead, but they blew it. They lost a two-possession lead and even got the ball first in overtime. The Saints should've run the last play they had since throwing the ball leads to more room for error.

The AFC championship between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots had a dominant performance from the Pats in the first half. The Pats were able to score twice while shutting out the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes began to pick up momentum in the second half. The Chiefs were able to score 14 points in one quarter. The fourth quarter was intense as the lead changed four times. Both teams scored back and forth until the game was tied with 31 points each. Both teams have the potential of scoring a touchdown in the first drive of overtime and it all depended on who would win the coin toss. The Patriots won the coin toss and did just that.

The Patriots are one of the most hated teams in the league due to their dominance and possible scandals such as Deflategate. Many people claim that their win is solely due to the luck of picking the right side of the coin. Belichick and Brady are an incredible duo that is able to pick a team apart and make the other team's strengths something they can't use. The ball barely reached the hands of the Chief's valuable assets.

In my opinion, the Rams will be coming in with a mindset that they need to prove to everyone that they deserve to be there.

The Rams will be coming in with a mindset that they need to prove to everyone that they deserve to be there giving them a mental edge. The Patriots also have that mindset since many analysts claimed that this year was the decline of the Brady era. I think that the Patriots have the edge over the Rams due to their experience. Brady has been to eight Super Bowls making this one his ninth. Most of the players have experienced playing in a high-pressure environment.

This Super Bowl might be the least watched Super Bowl due to the scandals circling both teams. In the end, the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots will be traveling to Atlanta to play in the Super Bowl.

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Everything The Student Athlete Loses When They Move On From Sports

Enjoy it while it lasts.


We used to call it "flipping the switch." You would go through eight hours of school (somehow) and then your mentality would automatically change. The worries and stress from the school day would dwindle as you put on your cleats and begin to warm up. Anything that was going on in your life didn't matter when you hit the dirt. You create lifelong friendships with the girls you spent every day with for months at a time. Teammates who see you susceptible after a bad game and on cloud nine after one of your bests.

You develop a routine and superstitions. Hitting your bat on the inside of your cleat before you hit, chewing a certain type of gum on the volleyball court, how many times you spin the ball before you shoot a free throw, whatever your quirk was, you 100% believed it would make you play better. You practice in your free time with your dad, devote three to five months of your school year to a team, and play all summer long with your travel team as you live off hotel breakfast. Then one day, it's all over.

It is a feeling that nobody can prepare you for. They say enjoy it while it lasts but you never really understand what you'll be walking away from when you play your last game and hang it up for good. You lose a part of yourself when you're no longer an athlete. I forgot what it feels like to be competitive and be a part of something that is bigger than myself. It has been two years since I've played my last softball game and not a day goes by when I don't miss it. I didn't play because I wanted to go pro or even to the collegiate level, but I played because it was an escape and helped me become who I am.

You begin to forget what it felt like to hit the sweet spot on a bat, what it sounded like to have an audience cheer for you as you stand alone on second base and see your family in the stands, to hear the metal spikes of your cleats on concrete when walking in the dugout. It's simple things about the game you love that brought you pure joy and an escape from the world and the thoughts in your head. Batting practice was always mine. Focusing on nothing but the next pitch and how hard I could hit it.

When you have to watch the game from the other side of the fence, you realize how much pressure you put on yourself when you played. It's just a game. Make as many memories as you can and enjoy every inning because when you leave sports behind you have to find your inner athlete in other things. Create a workout routine, joining a club sport or intramurals, or even becoming a coach. As much as I miss the sport, I am thankful for everything it brought me. It taught me how to be a good friend, respect others around me, and to push myself to discover what I was capable of.

So, enjoy it while it lasts.

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6 Best Feelings You Get When Playing Volleyball

While you're avoiding getting hit in the face, you just might gain something in return.


Volleyball can be intimidating to get into, especially if you have had zero experience before. From the extremely bruised forearms to knee burns, it's understandable why people try to avoid this sport as much as possible sometimes. However, after the initial few weeks of struggle, the bruises will disappear, and the knee pains will feel much less terrible. In fact, after experiencing these six feelings, you will get hooked onto the sport.

1. When you get the perfect set

Every team needs a good setter, because without good sets, it is incredibly hard to get good hits. Every once in a while, when you do get that perfect set, you don't have to worry about repositioning closer or further away from the net or where to hit the ball. Instead, all you have to do is swing your arms and hear that satisfying bounce of the ball hitting the floor on the other side of the court.

2. When you dive for a ball and actually save it

Sacrifices to the knees are a must in volleyball, but a lot of times, they're sacrifices in vain. When a dive actually turns into a save, it can be one of the best feelings in the world. Not just because your knees didn't just take another bruise in vain, but because your reflexes have actually improved and you just saved your team a lost point.

3. When you get your first ace

Whether it was your serve that was too fast or the other team that just made a mistake, there's just something extremely satisfying about being able to serve a ball that others cannot return. It may also be due to the fact that you wouldn't have to run back onto the court or spend extra energy on this point, but nevertheless, the pride you feel when you get that ace is priceless.

4. When you find a good team

Some people work better with certain people than others, and when people on your team somehow naturally know how high you liked your sets or covers the areas that you can't at certain moments, as a team you will play much better. This can be attained through training and practice, but when you meet those people who naturally work well with you, you know the game is going to be good.

5. When you get a good rally going

When the ball is going back and forth for five or six times with 3 hits on each side, you have a good rally going on. At the end of it, even if your team loses the point, you'll feel an intense satisfaction from all the adrenaline still coursing through your veins. It's not every day that you can get everyone on the team on their feet, passing, hitting and making great plays!

6. When your teammates become some of your closest friends

This is probably the best reward that you can ever get from playing any sport. Whether it's a group trek to the local donut shop or just walking home together, you could end up meeting some of your closest friends. Volleyball is a team sport, and that bond established through numerous games is something that is irreplaceable. You'll naturally gravitate those who you work well with and find out that honestly, you guys get along pretty well off the court too.

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