Super Bowl LII May Just Be The Most Important Super Bowl In American History, Hold Onto Your Hat

Super Bowl LII May Just Be The Most Important Super Bowl In American History, Hold Onto Your Hat

Will Brady take away the Eagles' Cinderella finish?
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With plenty of hype and buzz surrounding next Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Patriots and Eagles, there are plenty of storylines to look out for leading up to, as well as during the game. Whether it be the potential for Tom Brady and the Patriots to build upon their already impressive résumé or Nick Foles and the Eagles to play as the ultimate underdog, the implications for this year’s game, which happens to be a rematch of 2004’s Super Bowl, are bigger than any game in recent memory.

For the Patriots, Super Bowl rings are the only piece of hardware that matter, and with a win over the Eagles, Tom Brady could lead New England to a Super Bowl championship for the 6th time during his tenure at the helm of the team. After pulling off a historic comeback against Atlanta in the final minutes of last year’s Super Bowl, Brady has already cemented his legacy as the greatest quarterback of all time, and now, all he’s doing is tacking on extra accolades before he inevitably retires.

However, with Brady prioritizing longevity alongside his success, who knows how long he could remain in the league? In addition to Brady’s undeniable greatness, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is also looking to add to his already impressive résumé with his 6th Super Bowl win, all of which have come alongside Brady in New England.

Although New England experienced apparent rifts in the organization between coaches, players, and ownership, a Super Bowl victory would erase any doubts or dark clouds hovering over the Patriots organization.

In regards to the Eagles, a true Cinderella story is on the table in Super Bowl LII. After star QB Carson Wentz tore his ACL in Week 14 against the Rams, veteran backup Nick Foles took over as the signal caller for Philadelphia. And while many fans had suspected Foles and the Eagles to roll over and give up on a seemingly hopeless season, the team did the exact opposite, beating formidable opponents in Atlanta and Minnesota en route to the franchise’s third Super Bowl appearance.

The most striking part of the Eagles’ QB debacle is that Nick Foles could lead the team to their first Super Bowl championship in the team’s 85th-year history; and play as a backup next season, if he even plays at all. For Foles, this game is about rooting yourself in the history books forever and becoming a legend among the streets of Philadelphia.

Finally, it’s important to note that Philadelphia is five-point underdogs in this game, making the Super Bowl the third time this postseason that the Eagles have not been favored to win the game. Although Philly finished the regular season with the best record in the NFC, the loss of Wentz for the remainder of the year surrounded the team with plenty of questions going into the playoffs.

But now, after the Eagles have pulled off incredible upsets over the Falcons in the Vikings, anything is seemingly possible against a Patriots team that showed signs of weakness against a scrappy Jacksonville team in the AFC Championship Game. And now, with everything on the line, the road to a 6th title for Brady and the Patriots might be a lot more difficult than initially as expected; as Nick Foles is truly paving the way for America’s greatest Cinderella story.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn't sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It's obvious your calling wasn't coaching and you weren't meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn't have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn't your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that's how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “It's not what you say, its how you say it."

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won't even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don't hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That's the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she's the reason I continued to play."

I don't blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn't working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.

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Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.

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