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The NFL Playoffs have reached the Conference Championships in the sports news and sports on the web. The four remaining teams are all legitimate Super Bowl contenders but only one can be the Super Bowl Champion.

The NFL Playoffs divisional games are now in the books with one surprise as far as Allsports is concerned. I was away with my daughters in Florida for a holiday when the games were on so I did not get the chance to predict the NFL Playoffs outcome of these games. Suffice to say that the only surprise Allsports had with the outcomes was the fact that the Andrew Luck lead Colts took down Patton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the mile high city. Allsports found out after the fact that Manning was injured. Whether or not that made a difference in the game remains to be seen. Allsports thinks that it might just be time for Manning to hang up the cleats because it is starting to look like the old body cannot put up with the rigors of a full NFL schedule, not to mention the NFL Playoffs on top of that.

So now the NFL Playoffs are down to the NFC and AFC Conference Championships. The New England Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC, while the Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC game.

The AFC Championship Logo for the NFL

AFC Champioinship Logo

 

In the AFC, Andrew Luck and the Colts were impressive winning in Denver last week. Luck got protection and was able to make plays which a banged up Manning and his Broncos teammates could not respond to. This will change in Foxbourgh this week as the Patriots are relatively healthy and Brady seems to be firing on all cylinders. All Tom Brady does is win and Allsports has not seen any indication that he is ready to change that now. It should be a good, close game but Brady will come through in the end and send the Patriots on in the NFL Playoffs to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

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Canada Looking good at the World Junior Hockey Championships

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The World Junior Hockey Championships are taking place in Toronto and Montreal. Right now they are the main headline for sports news and sports on the web, here in Canada. It has been a while since Allsports has last posted due to family obligations Christmas and the like. To be honest I have experienced a little bit of a writers block as well. Knowing there were events that I should discuss but just not feeling that the quality of work would be suitable for the blog.

Team Canada is poised to win their first Gold Medal in five years

Team Canada

Canada is poised to win their first World Junior Hockey gold medal in the last five years and have looked to be the strongest team through all of the games played so far. But in a one game knock out format anything can happen. First Team Canada has to get past the pesky Slovaks in the Semi final to get a date for the World Junior Hockey gold medal game against either Sweden or Russia. Canada whipped the Slovaks 8-0 in round robin play but the Slovaks have improved steadily since that meeting. Allsports still thinks Team Canada is the strongest team and will be on the podium for the Gold in the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Canada lost some hockey Royalty when Jean_Béliveau passed away

Jean Béliveau

Canada lost some hockey Royalty with the passing of Jean Béliveau. He was a great player in his day but an even greater person. The accolades from all of the people he touched was truly transpiring. Even Ted Lindsay thought he was a class person and old Ted never liked anybody he played against. He laid to rest for 3 days in the Bell Center where people from all walks of life could come and pay their respects. It was a very long line. It makes Allsports wonder what the Toronto Maple Leafs will do when Johnny Bower finally passes on. Honorable mention also  goes out to Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhonov. Tikhonov coached the Soviet Red Army machine in the 70’s while Quinn had a very broad resume’ , coaching and playing in the NHL and also leading Canada to Olympic Gold in 2002 and a World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal in 2009, the last time Canada won the World Junior Hockey Championship by the way. All three men will be missed in the hockey fraternity and none more than Beliveau.

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It’s the 102nd Grey Cup

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The 102nd Grey Cup is in the sports news and sports on the web in Canada right now and it has been a tradition north of the 49th parallel for generations. As far as tradition goes, the Grey Cup dwarfs the National Football League. The Canadian Football League was organized and running while the NFL was just a willy nilly disorganized bunch playing a half assed game in a sand lot somewhere.

The CFL lacks all of the hype, pomp and pageantry of the NFL broadcasts but make no mistake, the CFL is a very entertaining brand of football. Many an NFL star has come north of the boarder, only to crash and burn because they did not have the skill sets to become a star in the CFL.

One of the oldest trophies in Team sports

The Grey Cup

There are many differences between the two games but suffice to say the main difference is mobility and passing to stand out in the CFL. If so inclined check Allsports post back in November of 2008 to see the differences in the football leagues.

This year the Hamilton Tiger Cats travel to Vancouver to take on the Calgary Stampeders. Hamilton represented the East in last year’s Grey Cup but they are hoping for a better fate this time around. They will surely have their work cut out for them as Calgary was by far the best time in the league during the regular season and made short work of the Edmonton Eskimos in last week’s Western Final. Hamilton does have a secret weapon though suiting up for the black and gold. That weapon is Brandon Banks who is a threat to break it open every time he touches the ball, whether on a kick return or receiving a pass. He is small in stature but has speed and agility to burn. He has the knack of making would be tacklers miss and is the Ticats Ace in the hole for the Grey cup games.

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Leaf Nation is in for a roller coaster ride of a season

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Up here in Toronto this time of year has the Toronto Maple Leafs filling up the sports news and sports on the web. The NFL is starting to sort out the contenders from the pretenders. The Canadian Football League is into the Conference Finals with the winners going on to the Grey Cup. Yes there is quite a bit of interest in the two football leagues but let’s face it, Toronto is a hockey town and the Toronto Maple Leafs eat up the lion’s share of the sports news space.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a charter member of the NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs Logo

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been doing their best impression of Dr. Jackal and Mr. Hide so far this season. Looking like legitimate contenders one game, then turning around and playing like an East Coast hockey team in the next. It must be driving Coach Randy Carlyle crazy from the team’s inconsistency. How can you look so good in one game (The Toronto Maple Leafs beat a very good Tampa team last night handily 5-2). Then stink the rink out as they did 48 hours earlier getting thumped by Nashville 9-2. Is Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment LTD saving money by dressing a poor junior team for half of the games? Shanahan, Nonis and Carlyle must all be shaking their heads in disbelief at the way the season has gone so far. It would drive lesser men to drink. Carlyle and Shanahan must be ready to choke someone because throughout both of their distinguished playing careers, they were anything but inconsistent. They do realize that there are some young guys on the team that are going to make mistakes but when the same mental mistakes keep happening you have to start to wonder. It can’t just be blamed on the young guys either. Some of the seasoned veterans are making the same rookie mistakes too. So make sure your seat belts are good and secure, Leafs Nation because the season is turning into quite the roller coaster ride. But will the roller coaster stop at a playoff spot?

And that’s the sports news and sports on the web, or the way I see it anyway.

“No Guts No Glory”

Walt Webb