Month: January 2020

JLo and Shakira, Super Bowl Halftime Show 2020

Whether you’re a football fan or not, the Super Bowl Halftime show grabs your attention. Following Maroon 5s performance last year, Shakira and Jlo are ready to light up this years Super Bowl.


Shakira and Jennifer Lopez set to take the stage for the Super Bowl Halftime show 2020.

By: Victoria Femia.

On Sunday February 2nd football fans will gather around the TV cheering on the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. But for the non-football fans, they’re probably there to cheer on Shakira and Jennifer Lopez as they take the stage at halftime.

Performing at the Super Bowl halftime show turned into a controversial matter following the NFL’s issues with Colin Kaepernick. Many celebrities boycotted the show out of support for Kaepernick, who hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2016 following his protests (in which he took a knee during the national anthem) against racial injustice. 

Cardi B, Rihanna and Jay Z are amongst the celebrities that have declined performing at the show.

Last year, Maroon 5 took the stage with a special guest performance from Travis Scott. Prior to the Super Bowl, the creator or Sponge Bob passed away so Travis Scott included a clip from the show into the performance. 

Taking a look back at some of the most iconic Super Bowl halftime shows, starting with Diana Ross and her 14 outfit changes. Her performance was filled with theatrics from the sparkly airlift, a field-covering golden cape, and a helicopter exit set to I Will Survive and Take Me Higher took the short entertainment slot to new heights. 

Imagine being at a concert that included: Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly. Well, that was the halftime show for Super Bowl 35.

The performance opened with a Ben Stiller Dodgeball cameo, then it was filled with dance offs, fireworks and boyband power. 

And no one can forget when Beyonce reunited Destiny’s Child to perform a medley of their hits. 

Not only was Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show an explosive success in its own right, but it served to somewhat alleviate the reputation of the singer herself after controversy over lip syncing earlier in the year. 

A few years later Queen Bey hit the stage again to join Bruno Mars. ColdPlay also had a surprise performance with Beyonce to perform their collaboration “Hymn for the Weekend.” 

This year Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will have an opportunity to top some of these performances when they hit the stage at halftime. Demi Lovato will also have a performance of her own to sing the national anthem. 

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Mahomes and Garoppolo take over Super Bowl 54

A Super Bowl without Tom Brady leaves room for two new quarterbacks to take over and set new records. This year we get to see Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo make the Super Bowl their own.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

By: Victoria Femia

This time has come for two new quarterbacks to shine in the Super Bowl because, for the first time since 2016, Tom Brady will not be participating in Super Bowl Sunday. 

Kansas City’s 24-year-old Patrick Mahomes and San Francisco’s 28-year-old Jimmy Garoppolo form the freshest matchup of up-and-comers that this game has seen.

In Super Bowl 54, this duo ranks third in youth, tied for sixth in playoff inexperience and tied for first in fewest career starts. This year, Garoppolo and Mahomes will be starting for the first time in a Super Bowl.

The Chiefs and 49ers are two teams that dominante in both offence and defence. Both finished the 2019 regular season as top-5 scoring offences, and haven’t disappointed in the NFL playoffs thus far. In four combined games this postseason, the lowest amount of points scored by either side in a single game was 27.

When it comes to the roles of the quarterbacks, they bring different skills to the table. 

Mahomes is the ultimate playmaker, his ability to have a good game while throwing a lot is unmatched. An example of this can be seen when the Chiefs played against the Titans and he had 35 pass attempts. 

According to BetOnline he opens as a +125 favorite to win the Super Bowl LIV Most Valuable Player award.

On the other hand, Garoppolo proved more than once that he could deliver in close games and win games throwing the ball. Garoppolo led the 49ers to a 13-3 regular-season record, and two playoff wins have them at 15-3.

Garoppolo and Mahomes have a combined career winning percentage of .794, which is notable for one big reason: It will set the record for the highest combined winning percentage for two Super Bowl starting quarterbacks.

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Super Bowl 54 in Numbers: Kansas City Chiefs Vs. San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl 54 will take place on Sunday, February 2, between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

By: Riley Gillespie-Wilson

The stage is set for Super Bowl 54 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs’ high-flying offence, which generated the second-most passing yards per-game in the playoffs, will have a tough test in a 49ers defence that gave up the fewest passing-yards per-game in the regular season this year. That’s not to say the 49ers offense is anything to sneeze at, either. They were actually the fourth-ranked offense this season, while the Chiefs were the sixth. 

The 49ers won the last meeting between the two teams, 27-17, but that was an August 24 preseason meeting. Clearly, there’s a lot more on the line this time around. All in all, fans have agreed this has the makings to be one great Super Bowl. Why? Let’s go by the numbers. 

25: 49ers coach Kyle Shannahan has been known throughout his career as an offensive guru. However, his defense gave up just 25 yards per-drive this season. (including playoffs) That’s the second-best in the NFL behind only a New England Patriots unit that stifled offenses all year long. The 49ers’ defense has simply had an incredibly easy time getting the opponent off the field this season. 

125.2: The 49ers ‘D’ will have a handful in facing Patrick Mahomes, though. 2018 MVP Mahomes clearly likes to throw the deep ball, and he’s very, very good at it. He completed 36 of 69 passes of 20 yards or more this season, connecting on a league-leading 15 majors and just two interceptions. That gave him a league-leading 125.2 passer rating on these throws. For comparison’s sake, the league average on the deep ball was just 85.7. Mahomes has a plethora of weapons at his disposal, and Tyreek Hill’s lightning-like speed opens up the lengthy strike for him. 

36.4: Mahomes may want to avoid one cornerback on the vaunted 49ers defence. Richard Sherman has given opposing quarterbacks nightmares all season long. QB’s targeting Sherman have just a 36.4 passer rating in the regular season and playoffs combined. Crazily enough, that rating is lower than a quarterback gets for throwing an incompletion on every throw. (39.6) That’s just a bonkers stat. Sherman will likely be tasked with covering the speedster Hill, which will put that impressive rating to the test, as Hill racked up the 15th most receiving yards this season, but the fourth most yards per-reception. 

3.2: Speaking of Hill, he is lethally quick. He averaged 3.2 yards of separation from his primary defender at the time of the catch this year. That’s tied for the tenth-biggest gap among receivers this season. Apparently, though, Hill was only warming up in the regular season. He increased that digit to 3.5 in the AFC Championship game against the Tennessee Titans. 

80: Sherman isn’t the only cog in the 49ers defence Mahomes and company will have to lookout for. Rookie Nick Bosa was the first 49ers rookie voted into the Pro Bowl since 2007, (Patrick Willis) and for good reason. Bosa’s 80 quarterback pressures were the most by a rookie pass rusher since Pro Football Focus started tracking them in 2006. Bosa had the sixth-most quarterback pressures among edge-defenders this season. He will be a threat to bring down Patrick Mahomes in this game, if the Chiefs struggle to contain him, like most offensive lines did this season. 

.815: Football fans around the world are debating whether Chiefs head coach Andy Reid needs this win to cement his legacy. One thing is for sure: he’s in a good position to do so. When Reid rests, Reid wins. His teams are 22-5, (an .815 win percentage) during the regular season and playoffs, immediately following a week off. Whether it’s just the rest, good film study, a little bit of both, or something else entirely, Reid sure knows how to make the most of a bye week. 

38.9%: If the Chiefs can get past the stifling coverage of Sherman and into the red-zone, there’s one man in particular they’ll be looking for. Including the playoffs, Travis Kelce’s 24 red-zone targets rank second in the league, and 14 of Kansas City’s 36 targets (38.9%) in goal-to-go yardage have landed in Kelce’s hands. That’s the highest ratio in the NFL. 

Whether it’s Reid’s bye-week magic, Tyreek Hill’s separation speed, Richard Sherman’s lockdown coverage, or another factor that decides Super Bowl 54, the numbers dictate this being one spectacular game. The one number not mentioned: 1: the number of chances each team gets at this game. One tilt for all the marbles. Super Bowl 54. 

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Super Bowl 54 – All the Gambling and Bet Props you need to need to know

Betting Props for Super Bowl 54 – San Francisco vs Kansas City @ Hard Rock Stadium, Miami

Last year, in the US alone, $145 million USD worth of bets were placed.

By: Quinn MacDonald

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched and anticipated sporting events of the year drawing in millions of viewers. That also means there is a lot of casual and degenerate sports gamblers throwing money down on the outcome. 

What makes the Super Bowl so great is that betting sites and bookies offer hundreds of betting options, that have nothing to do with the final result of the game. This article breaks down some of the Prop Bets for Super Bowl 54.

*All betting odds are according to, Bodog, Westgate and Oddshark*

* A $100 bet at (-110) returns $190.90 / $100 at (+100) returns $200*

National Anthem – Over/Under 2 minutes (-110)

What better way to start off your Sunday sports betting than with a bet on the opening act. Demi Lovato will be performing the National Anthem for the first time in her career. The over has hit in 6 of the last 11 Super Bowls. Last year, Gladys Knight just snuck past the line, completing her rendition in 2:01. Don’t be surprised if Lovato holds that final note a little longer than usual. 

Opening Coin Toss – Heads/Tails (-105)

After the anthem, comes the coin flip. It’s considered a little more fun since it doesn’t rely on stats, betting trends and data, but more on chance. The last time the 49ers were in the Super Bowl (2012) the result was heads and for the Chiefs (1970) the result was tails. In the last 6 years, tails has hit 5 of those times. Either which way, it’s a 50-50 chance.

What will the first play of the game be? – Pass or Run (-105)

Now this prop bet really depends on which team you think will get the ball first. San Francisco dominated the post-season with their run game, thanks to Raheem Mostert, who rushed for 4 TD’s in the NFC Championship. Whereas Kansas City, has arguably one of the most talented quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes, who threw 26 TD’s on the season. 

Jersey number of the first touchdown scorer – Over/Under 26.5 (-110)

For this prop you get both the quarterbacks and Chiefs RBs LeSean McCoy (25) and Damien Williams (26). Also receivers Tyreek Hill (10), Demarcus Robinson (11), Sammy Watkins (14) and Mecole Hardman (17). There’s a chance the 49ers Tevin Coleman (26) might be cleared to play too.

Halftime Show – Over/Under 7.5 Songs (-110)

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be performing this years Super Bowl halftime show. More viewers tune in for the show than the game itself and for the last 10 years there has been more than 100 million viewers in the United States watching. Regardless of how many songs the two will sing, it’ll be a grand performance. 

Donald Trump Tweets on February 2nd – Over (+130) / Under (-170)

Donald Trump is known for being active on Twitter and going on rants, so seeing a market on how many tweets he will send out on the day of the Super Bowl should come as no surprise. The biggest lock related to the President and his Oval Office is “Will the winning team visit the White House?” Yes (-400) and No (+250) 

What will happen to the price of Bitcoin (BTC) during the game? 

Bitcoin has been on the rise for the last decade as the leading virtual currency, but who would expect the Super Bowl to have any correlation with it. Surely someone in Vegas thinks so. The odds are; Will Bitcoin rise after the game (-130) or fall after the game ends (-105).

Commercial Props – Over (-125) / Under (-115) 92.5 during the game?

The Super Bowl is one of the greatest stages for advertising companies because there are so many people watching all at once. Companies go above and beyond to entice viewers to buy their product or service. The most interesting commercial prop would be – Will Nike release a commercial with Colin Kaepernick during the Superbowl? Yes (+900) and No (-3500)

Will a fan run onto the field during the game? 

This would be quite exciting to see but also a broadcasters nightmare. Streaking and fans making their way onto the field is usually unlikely with all the security at the venue. It is Florida after all and Vegas still has odds for that; Yes (+600) and No (-1200). 

Gatorade colour poured onto the winning coach? 

One of the most iconic moments in the Super Bowl is watching the players dump some ice cold gatorade on their coach as a form of celebration. Red is the current favourite at (+125) then lime/green/yellow (+275), clear/water (+550), orange (+575), purple (+600) and blue (+650).

Offense or Defense Wins Championships? Chiefs, 49ers, Super Bowl 54 Preview

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Last years MVP Patrick Mahomes Flexing after his Chiefs dispatch of the Titans

By: Austin Maki

  The National Football League will wrap up its 100th season in Miami Florida Sunday night with Super Bowl 54. The Kansas City Chiefs will play the San Francisco 49ers for the first time in the history of the big game.  This will be the 11th time Miami has hosted the Super Bowl, the most for any city.

This is the first Super Bowl appearance for the Chiefs in 50 years. The last time Kansas City made it this far, it was 1970, when the Chiefs topped the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV for their first — and only — Lombardi Trophy. A win would end the second-longest Lombardi Trophy drought among teams that have already won a Super Bowl. Only the New York Jets (51 years) have endured a longer stretch in between titles.

The 49ers on the other hand are one of the most successful organizations in the history of the NFL. This will be there seventh Super Bowl appearance. San Francisco went to five Super Bowls between 1981-1994 and won all five of them, then returned to the big game in 2012, loosing the Baltimore Ravens. With a win the 49ers would tie the Patriots and Steelers for the most Super Bowls wins at 6.

There is always hype going into a Super Bowl, and 54 is proving no exception. The game presents clashing styles, and philosophies, both steams strength match the other weakness.

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Andy Reid Celebrating first AFC championship

 It’s a matchup that sees Veteran head coach Andy Reid, taking his second team to a Super Bowl (Eagles 2004) against the third youngest head coach in the NFL Kyle Shanahan. Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father, won the super bowl in 1997 and 98 with the Denver Broncos. If the 49ers were to win, they would become the first father son duo to win separate Super Bowls. 

On the field, the 49ers greatest strength is its defense, which ranks first in the playoffs and second in the regular season, as well as first in total pass defense. Overseen by Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh, they’ve allowed just 15 points per game in the postseason after surrendering just over 19 per game in the regular season. It starts up front, led by rookie pass rusher Nick Bosa, who has logged three sacks in the playoffs alone. Fellow D-linemen and pro bowlers Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner combine to give the Niners one of the most fearsome front fours in the league.

And they will have to be going against last year’s MVP (and presumptive favourite to win Super Bowl MVP) Patrick Mahomes and the fearsome Kansas City offense. While their regular-season numbers weren’t always gaudy, the Chiefs eclipsed 35 points in both of their playoff games and have three different players among the best at their position: Mahomes, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce. In the AFC Championship game, Mahomes also showcased his legs, leading Kansas City in rushing. He is a true duel threat. While the Chiefs can run the ball here and there, but their chief mission (no pun intended) is to beat you through the air. To show how good this guy has been in his first 2 years, The Chiefs have never lost a game by more than seven points with Mahomes as their starter.

The 49ers on the other hand thrive keeping the ball on the ground. San Francisco led all playoff teams in rushing yards after ranking second among running teams in the regular season. The 49ers have used a rotation of running backs all year but in the NFC championship game it was all about Raheem Mostert. Mostert totaled 220 yards and four touchdowns that night dominating from start to finish. Where questions are being asked is third year starter Jimmy Garoppolo appearing in his third super bowl, but first as a starter. He only threw 8 passes against the Packers though, and questions have been asked about whether he can rise to the occasion.

The last unit we must look at is the Kansas City Chiefs defence. It is last for a reason, the less said the better about a unit that at best could be described as average.  However they have been much better in the post season holding Derick Henry to 69 yards in the AFC championship game. Defensive backs Bashaud Breeland and Tyrann Mathieu figure to play a key role on defense for the Chiefs. Both veterans have had a knack for being around the ball this year, particularly in the postseason.

What sets these two teams apart, is San Francisco’s defence. The Niners rank dead last in passing yards allowed and sixth in total sacks. If the front seven can establish dominance early against Kansas City’s questionable offensive line, this game – and their sixth Lombardi – is theirs for the taking. What the 49ers don’t have though is Patrick Mahomes, a generational special talent. It is impossible to predict or anticipate what he will do. This Super Bowl won’t provide the final answer but could shed some light on the one of sports greatest debates. What wins a championship Offence or Defence.