Leafs Nation has to show patience yet again

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The state of the Toronto Maple Leafs is atrocious yet again in the sports news and sports on the web. Back in November Allsports wrote a post about the Toronto Maple Leafs season being like a roller coaster. Well let me rephrase that now. The Toronto Maple Leafs season in the new calendar year has been utter sky diving, plummeting to ground zero without a parachute to slow the fall. Since 2015 began the Toronto Maple Leafs have won three games of the twenty -two played, with one overtime loss in the mix. That’s seven points out of forty-four for those of you keeping track at home. Just brutal with the all too familiar nose dive once the games get a little harder to play, when teams are fighting for a playoff spot. The team as it is now, is just not mentally tough enough to endure the full NHL schedule and nuch like some of the games they lose, they don’t compete for the full ride.The Leafs were in a playoff position the day they let coach, Randy Carlyle go. Since then there has been no worry about playing on into April.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a charter member of the NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs Logo

It boggles the mind how a team that was the highest scoring team in the league during the first half of the season, can’t seem to buy a goal or two in the car crash that is the 2015 calendar year. The rebuild is starting yet again in Toronto and the Toronto Maple Leafs started the ball rolling. The club had acquired a 2015 first round pick, Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen from the Nashville Predators for Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli. These were two of the Toronto Maple Leafs better performers this season but they were unrestricted free agents this summer and with Dave Nonis paying Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf huge guaranteed money long term, Nonis could not afford to sign them. So better to get something for them while he could. The biggest thing Nonis has done wrong is over valuing Kessel and Phaneuf. Phaneuf is price tagged like a number one defenseman with Norris trophy aspirations but that won’t ever happen. History shows that if Phaneuf starts to approach the minutes of a number one D man he tires out and starts to make foolish mistakes. At 7 million a year for 7 years the Toronto Maple Leafs are paying way too much for his services and he should be in the 4-5 million per year range. It will be tough to move that contract in the rebuild. Also with Kessel and an average salary of 8 million for 8 years, he will also be hard to move, although there might be some interest in Florida for his services. They need scoring and do have the cap space for his contract. Kessel is a goal scorer, there is no doubt about that but sometimes you have to wonder if he played the game with two eggs in his pants whether those eggs would survive the whole game. Of course you don’t want Kessel banging and crashing, that’s not what he is there for but that said he still has to be more involved defensively. Kessel will end up with another half descent year point wise, but if he scores you a goal but is responsible for the opposition getting two, he is still on the negative side of the ledger.

Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Joffrey Lupul

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Did the Patriots win Super Bowl 49 or did the Seahawks lose it?

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Super Bowl 49 belongs to the New England Patriots but Allsports was sure his prediction in the sports news and sports on the web was accurate. Then Pete Carroll had a brain cramp and everything changed. It made my cousin a happy camper but it sure left a bad taste in Allsports mouth. Pete what the FRANCE were you thinking? When Jermaine Kearse, made that circus catch at about the 4 yard line, Allsports thought the football gods were smiling down on the Seahawks, but it turned out not to be. There was time on the clock, you are on the half yard line and you have the best running back in the game poised to punch the ball in for the victory. Time outs and downs were in your favor and Allsports could not fathom why you decided to pass the ball. So with the poor decision did the Patriots win Super Bowl 49 or did the Seahawks lose Super Bowl 49. Discuss among yourselves but the bottom line is the New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champions and the Seattle Seahawks are left with wondering what if?

The Vince Lombardi Trophy goes to the winner of the Super Bowl

The Vince Lombardi Trophy

Don’t get me wrong, the Brady Bunch was very deserving of the Super Bowl victory but Allsports could not fathom the logic of Pete Carroll’s decision. Did he think  the Patriots were thinking run and he was going to catch them off guard with the pass? Well the decision made Malcolm Butler an instant celebrity with the first interception of his career. What a way to get your first, it must all seem like a fairy tale and Butler must have to keep pinching himself to make sure he is not dreaming.

Butler thought Surprise, look what I found when the ball went right in his hands.

Malcolm Butler interception

But lets not lose sight of the fact that Tom Brady and company were deserving of the win. They were down 24-14 and fought back against  perhaps the best second half team in the NFL. With the Super Bowl victory, Tom Brady joins the likes of hall of fame quarterbacks, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana with four Super Bowl championships. Brady ensures his ticket to Canton Ohio and the hall of fame once he hangs up the cleats. But Allsports thinks that Tom Brady is not finished quite yet. He can smell a fifth Super Bowl within his grasp if the Patriots can keep this team together next year. Allsports does not see any other AFC team deigning them another Super Bowl appearance next year. Seattle is the third youngest team in the league so the odds could favor a rematch in Super Bowl 50.

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The Desert of Arizona hosts Super Bowl 49

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Super Bowl 49 is coming and it will be taking up most of the print in the sports news and sports on the web. The combatants are set with the New England Patriots representing the AFC and the defending Super Bowl champion, Seattle Sea Hawks coming out of the NFC. Seattle has the chance to repeat as Super Bowl Champions for the first time since their opponent, the Patriots did it a decade ago in 2004 and 2005. Glendale, Arizona is the host of the festivities this year so weather should not be an issue.

University-of-Phoenix-Stadium has a capacity 63,400 (expandable to 72,200; standing room to at least 78,600[

University-of-Phoenix-Stadium

So how did these two teams get to Super Bowl 49?

The AFC Championship Logo for the NFL

AFC Champioinship Logo

Well in the AFC the Patriots came out from the start and just dominated the Indianapolis Colts in every aspect of the game. Offensively everything was clicking. The running game was great with Blount and the defense snuffed out the Colts running attack and made Luck have to throw the ball on pretty much every down. It is tough to win like that against a good team. Yes the Patriots were quite impressive in the crushing win. Then after the game, controversy reared its ugly head. Inflate- gate started and ended up taking  on a life of its own. It tarnished what would have been a convincing win for New England. It’s not like Bill Belichick has not been caught with his hand in the cookie jar before, some of you may remember a few years back, when he got caught spying on an opponent. So cheat once and there is nothing that says you won’t feel the need to cheat again. The theory that the weather caused the balls to deflate was quite laughable. This would take some seriously cold temperatures and if that was the case, why were all of the Indianapolis Colts team footballs all within the NFL regulation of 12.5 to 13.5 psi? Discuss among yourselves.

The NFL needs to look at this ball issue. It is ridiculous that each team should have its own balls. Both teams should play with the same ball. For that matter the officials should have control over all of the game balls. The way it is now, the door is left wide open for cheats and controversy. Do you really think teams in the NHL have control over the game pucks? Of course not, they are under the control of the officials, the way it should be. Enough side.

The NFL Playoffs NFC Championship

The NFC Championship Logo

In the NFC title game. Green Bay came into Seattle and dominated the whole first half, the Sea Hawks looked like they were sleep walking out there and The Packers built up a 16-0 half time lead. The Packers settled for two field goals early when they were inside the five yard line and Allsports wondered if those decisions would come back and bite them in the ass later. It turned out that they did as the Sea Hawks came back and won the game in overtime. Green Bay was still in control with about a minute left but they screwed up the Seattle on side kick, giving the ball back to the Sea Hawks for another score. If the packers fall on the ball its game over and the Packers are in the Super Bowl. But that is all history now. The Sea Hawks are the defending Super Bowl Champions and like true champions, they found a way to win. This was a great game to watch and neither team deserved to lose.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy goes to the winner of the Super Bowl

The Vince Lombardi Trophy

So now we are down to Super Bowl 49 in Glendale Arizona. Who do you think will win, the Patriots or the Sea Hawks? Both teams were the best in their respective conferences and finished with identical 12-4 regular season records. This matchup is the way the Super Bowl should be.

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Allsports and the NFL Conference Championship games.

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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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