Category: NFL

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 – 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.

2019: The Year of the No Call and Call Back

Don’t hate the player hate the game

By: Quinn MacDonald

The now famous no-call, in the NFC Championship match
(#11) Tommy Lee Lewis decked by (#23) Nickell Robey-Coleman

2020 is nearly upon us, but there was some of the greatest sporting moments in history, during 2019. Especially with Canadians, the emergence of Bianca Andreescu and the Toronto Raptors championship, would just be scratching the surface.

But what about all the moments that didn’t come to fruition, whether it be because of skill, pure luck, a technical error or just a blatant missed call.

This article looks at the worst non-call and call back by officials in 2019.

The NFL Is Rigged Right?

It’s hard to top the excitement and controversy during the NFC championship match. New Orleans led 13-0 after the first, but couldn’t hold onto the lead before being victimized by the worst, no-call pass interference in NFL history. 

Sean Payton livid with the referees after the no pass interference call

Robey Coleman, (Los Angeles – Corner Back) even admitted to reporters following the game…  
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Coleman says after watching the replay for the first time

So how does something so blatantly obvious not get called? Best bet, is it has something to do with money and markets.

LA > New Orleans. 

It took NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, 10 days before releasing a statement and addressing the media

The league has worked closely with New Orleans and every other team to ensure this wouldn’t happen again. The outcome, 31 of 32 teams voted and agreed upon having pass interference being a reviewable play. 

Saddle Up

One of the biggest Sporting events of the year that needed a replay, was the Kentucky Derby. 

It’s one of the most notable horse races all around the world and apart of the prestigious triple crown. 

The horses and riders heading into the final stretch at the 145th Kentucky Derby

But after all it is the year 2019 and this Derby would be like no other. 
Maximum Security was the first horse to cross the finish line on May 4 but was disqualified for swerving into the path of other horses, causing them a better finish. 

Second-place long shot, Country House, was awarded the win in the first Kentucky Derby ever to disqualify the winner for an on-track infraction. 
Oh and not to mention, Country House was a 65-1 payout.

Not to bad for anyone who took a little risk, the reward was certainly one for the record books.  

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