Super Bowl XLIX Wrap-Up‏

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by Ryan Meehan

Super Bowl XLIX came to a close in a very unique fashion on Sunday night, and the 2014-2015 NFL season is now in the books.  The new England Patriots found themselves the beneficiaries of a late game play calling mistake that saw them intercepting the final Seahawks play, and eventually winning the game 28-24 to claim their fourth Super Bowl title in fourteen years.  This will wrap-up our coverage of the NFL for some time, and it’ll be a while before football is discussed on this site again.  Here is what went down during Super Bowl XLIX…

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The FOH Super Bowl XLIX Preview Extravagantacular

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by Ryan Meehan

After a season of some fantastic NFL football – as well as a lot of real stinkers – Super Bowl XLIX is finally here.  For the second straight year, both one seeds in their respective conference will be appearing in the big game.  It should be one of the best Super Bowl in recent years, and after saying that about last year’s shitstorm it had better be.  The football Gods kind of owe us a good one here, as we had high expectations for last year’s game and it ended up being terrible.  We’ve still never had a Super Bowl go into overtime, and that’s something that every fan wants to see before they end up like Morgan Freeman’s character at the end of The Bucket List.  (Spoiler alert)  This one’s for all of the marbles, a saying that would be a decent analogy if anybody still played with marbles in 2015.  Sunday night we will get to see the Fourty-Ninth Super Bowl in NFL history, and this is the First Order Historians Super Bowl XLIX Extravagantacular.

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The Deep Six: Why ESPN And Other Sports Networks Need To Move Past “Deflategate”‏ So We Can Get On With This “Super Bowl” Thing

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by Ryan Meehan

By now, we’ve already become familiar with the NFL’s latest manufactured scandal involving the New England Patriots, which has affectionately been dubbed “Deflategate” by several media sources who probably have no business discussing professional football matters.  Although I do respect certain camps of opinion with regards to different moments in sports history, I’m not buying anybody who is throwing a hissy fit about this situation.  On an overall scale, this is merely a blip on the radar of sports “scandals” that have taken place over the years.  Hell, it’s barely number three this year when you consider the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson incident…so what’s the big fuss all about?

I get that a lot of people will revert back to the ethics argument here and say that any form of cheating is wrong.  I would strongly suggest that although I’d love for this article to be read from start to finish, you might at least want to check out the header of point three before we get started.  For the rest of you who think I may have a valid point, let’s go Deep Six on Deflategate and find out why the New England Patriots Ball Deflation Scandal is nothing that the league or anybody who watches it should be seriously concerned with.    Continue reading

The Deep Six: Why Getting Weird Al Yankovic to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show might not be such a weird idea at‏ all‏

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by Ryan Meehan

As die hard sports fans, we’d all like to think that we have no real opinion on the Super Bowl Halftime Show. This is the time that we use to relieve ourselves from all of the Busch Heavy that we drank in the first thirty minutes of the contest, and perhaps type up a few first half wrap-ups. But in reality, like it or not it is part of the experience. Over the past couple of weeks, a petition started by Ed Ball of Washington over at change.org has been getting a lot of attention.  Ball supposedly drafted the petition while intoxicated, but the purpose of this petition is clear as day:  He wants the National Football League to get Weird Al Yankovic to perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLIX this February in Glendale, Arizona.

I used to listen to Weird Al a lot when I was younger.  We used to get the tapes and copy them for each other, and Al was a seemingly never-ending source of entertainment.  “Dare to be Stupid” was one of my favorite albums.  Eventually my tastes progressed towards much darker subject matter, and there was a certain passage of maturity that came with saying “I don’t listen to that stuff anymore”.  Nevertheless, I still respected the guy and the career he was able to put together with an accordion and wire-rimmed glasses.    Continue reading