Sportige http://sportige.com The Sports Know-It-All Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:31:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.7 10 Best College Football Stadiums http://sportige.com/top-10-best-college-football-stadiums-game-day-91953/ http://sportige.com/top-10-best-college-football-stadiums-game-day-91953/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:10:35 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=91953 More ]]> You can find beauty at almost every stadium across the wide variety offered in the world of college football if you look hard enough, but some places like Michie Stadium in West Point, Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge and Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, part of our top 10 best college football stadiums selection, make it easier to spot why they’re so special.

And because they’re so special, be it for the atmosphere in the stadium, the college town itself, the fans or simply how it’s built (some of us like architecture, you know) we want to make it easier on those who feel like visiting all of them (you don’t have to do it all in one season; take your time) with this map, to help you figure out how to make this special college football sightseeing tour work.

10. Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia

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The hedges, last planted in 1996, make Sanford Stadium, the home of the Georgia Bulldogs football team, look like a giant baseball ground. While the Bulldogs haven’t been great lately, it can get pretty special inside the 92,746-seater, like on ‘College Gameday’ in 2013 when they beat LSU 44-41 on a late touchdown pass Aaron Murray to Justin Scott-Wesley with a little over 1 minute to play.

9. Michie Stadium in West Point, New York

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The Army Black Knights football team plays in Michie Stadium, which means fans who attend the venue on the US Army military academy of West Point don’t get to see a lot of wins. What they do see is the beautiful setting right on the Hudson river, making it one of the more special spots in college football, rated as Sports Illustrated’s #3 sports venue of the 20th century.

8. Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina

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The first ‘Death Valley’ on our list is special mostly because of its fans and the colors. Home to the Clemson Tigers, Memorial Stadium is quite a sight to behold when 81,500 fans wearing orange pack the place, and provide one of the best and loudest atmospheres in American sports.

7. Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia

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Like in Clemson, the fans that pack Lane Stadium make it the special place that it is, that during the Hokies better days was often ranked as one of the more intimidating places for traveling teams to play in, as the rowdiness and noise level of Hokie fans can make it quite a formidable ally to the home team.

6. Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania

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One of the more impressive sights in college football is a night game in Beaver Stadium, which turns into a town of its own on game day (106,572 capacity), is seeing this massive stadium packed with fans wearing nothing but white.

5. Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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With a capacity of 107,601, it’s the biggest stadium in the United States. Home of the Michigan Wolverines football team, it’s also the second largest stadium in the world.

4. Kyle Field in College Station, Texas

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Thanks to the most coordinated fans in college football, Kyle Field is a great place to watch a football game not just for its magnificent sunsets but also for the people cheering for Texas A&M.

3. Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

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The Horseshoe, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes, is another one of the Big Ten monsters packing over 104,000 fans on gameday, and was actually added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on March 22, 1974.

2. Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California

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The view of the San Gabriel mountains is only part of its charm. The history, the size, the special color of the field. It’s probably the most famous place in college football lore, which probably deserves a better team than UCLA using it as its home field.

1. Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Tiger Stadium ranks as the fifth largest “city” by population in the state of Louisiana when it’s packed with the loudest fans in college football, with a capacity of 102,321 since 2014. Like Clemson’s stadium, it’s also known as Death Valley, with opposition coaches like Bear Bryant and Mark Richt often noting how loud it gets inside there, especially when LSU are on a roll.

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Jeremy Lin a Shell of His Former Self on a Red Hot Charlotte Hornets http://sportige.com/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lin-kemba-walker-michael-kidd-gilchrist-nicolas-batum-broken-man-91948/ http://sportige.com/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lin-kemba-walker-michael-kidd-gilchrist-nicolas-batum-broken-man-91948/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:41:35 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=91948 More ]]> Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Like it or hate it, the Charlotte Hornets don’t seem to be missing Jeremy Lin much for now. It’s not that he’s injured or out for whatever reason, but in two of the three games since he’s been demoted back to the bench and took a big hit to his playing time, even the minutes he did get didn’t really seem to matter.

The Hornets beat up the broken Chicago Bulls 108-91 mostly thanks to a scorching first quarter, in which they outscored the Bulls by 18 points. The lead was 25 points at its peak late in the third quarter, in a win that brought the Hornets back to .500 for the first time in over a month, while the Bulls lost for the fifth time in six games, sliding closer and closer towards a place where it’s suddenly their playoff spot they need to worry about and not their seeding.

Kemba Walker scored 30 points for the Hornets on 8-of-19 from the field but with four 3-pointers. He’s averaging 24.3 points in 36 minutes since taking one night off due to some knee pain. He’s shooting just 40.4% from the field in those games but hitting quite well from beyond the arc at 44.4%. In short, the Hornets don’t seem to be feeling they’re missing Lin in the lineup at point guard right now, winning two in a row. He also grabbed 7 rebounds to go with 8 assists.

Nicolas Batum had a good scoring game as well on 8-of-13 from the field, finishing with 19 points, 13 rebounds and adding 8 assists. Batum isn’t resting in the last few games, averaging 42.1 minutes a night in the last three games, scoring 22 points with 10 rebounds and 8 assists while shooting 53.3% from the field. We can write and talk all we want about how Lin in the backcourt makes more sense and better serves the Hornets. The last two games leave nothing to complain about for Charlotte or look for improvements, at least not until the setbacks begin.

And here’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, enjoying the broken down opponent in front him, finishing with 20 points. It was his first game with the Walker-Batum tandem that looked good for him offensively, once again scoring all of his field goals except one from inside the paint. He also grabbed 7 rebounds and provided his usual brand of hustle and defense against the Bulls, missing both Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler, and led by Pau Gasol with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.

Where does Lin fall into all of this? Negligible. He did look like he’s trying and attempting to put his frustration behind him but for now, be it a bad case of shooting form, a change in his shooting technique or something else bothering him, shots didn’t fall for him. Forcing it or taking open shots, the only time he found the basket was on an easy layup, making it his only two points of the game on 1-of-7 from the field, adding 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 18 minutes. Lin was pulled out with more than seven minutes left and the game all wrapped up, but never came back. Good defense? It doesn’t matter at this point, no one seems to be watching.

Lin has had rough stretches this season and before and has always been able to shake them off. Maybe this time it’s different, and the hit to his confidence will take a lot longer to bounce back from, especially with the team quite fine that he’s in a backup role. Lin averaged 17.8 points per game as a starter despite relatively low 23.3% usage ratio. Getting sent to the bench has meant falling to just 19.2 minutes per game in the last three, scoring just 5 points a night on 27.8% from the field. That’s something that he simply can’t afford to keep on going on a contract year, regardless of his position on the Hornets right now. Bouncing back from this means a better position for him when he opts out and hits free agency.

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MLB Rumors – St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox & Texas Rangers Interested in Signing Dexter Fowler http://sportige.com/mlb-rumors-st-louis-cardinals-san-francisco-giants-cleveland-indians-chicago-white-sox-texas-rangers-dexter-fowler-free-agency-91943/ http://sportige.com/mlb-rumors-st-louis-cardinals-san-francisco-giants-cleveland-indians-chicago-white-sox-texas-rangers-dexter-fowler-free-agency-91943/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:36:41 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=91943 More ]]> Dexter Fowler

Another free agency status report, another mention of Dexter Fowler who remains the best hitter and outfielder in the market, with plenty of teams interested or those who could make some good use of the centerfielder, with his team from last season, the Chicago Cubs, in the mix alongside the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers.

Fowler isn’t coming off his best season, but he was still pretty good for the Cubs in his first (and only?) season there, batting .250 with a .757 OPS while hitting a career high 17 home runs. He had more productive seasons in Houston and Colorado, but after declining his qualifying offer (mistake?) it did look like he’d be gone off the market before the second week of February.

But Fowler is still here. His demands (made $9.5 million last season and probably looking for around $11-12 million on a long term deal) could be keeping him from getting a team to pick him up. He can play other positions as well. But there is a sense that teams aren’t in a hurry to sign second-tier veterans to long term deals, when they feel they don’t upgrade their team by too much.

The Cubs and White Sox seem to be the closest to him and both are in contact with him. But the Cubs made a big outfield signing already and aren’t in a hurry to keep Fowler, who’d have a smaller role than in last season, when he played as the leadoff hitter. The White Sox seem to be very cautious in how they spend their money, even if Fowler isn’t as expensive as other outfielders they’ve been after.

While the Giants have already made one outfield addition that should be putting to rest any links they have with players like Fowlers, something suggests they might not be done adding players if the right opportunity comes up. The Cardinals, Indians and Rangers have all been interested in adding a bit of power and hitting quality. Both the Rangers and Indians are on a tight budget, while the Cardinals, despite their ability to spend, haven’t been successful when pursuing most of the free agents this offseason. At this point, they’re not that keen in going after Fowler, even if he’s a pretty evident upgrade to what they have.

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MLB Rumors – Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers & Chicago White Sox Interested in Signing Ian Desmond http://sportige.com/mlb-rumors-oakland-athletics-atlanta-braves-detroit-tigers-chicago-white-sox-ian-desmond-free-agency-91937/ http://sportige.com/mlb-rumors-oakland-athletics-atlanta-braves-detroit-tigers-chicago-white-sox-ian-desmond-free-agency-91937/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:36:31 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=91937 More ]]> Ian Desmond

The Washington Nationals aren’t bringing back Ian Desmond who seems to be making all kind of wrong decisions in terms of contracts these last two or three years. A free agent, it’s not going to stay that way for long, with the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Oakland A’s and Atlanta Braves interested in picking him up.

Desmond didn’t sign a big extension offered to him by the Nationals In 2014 and rejected the qualifying offer from the Washington Nationals this offseason. But he had an OK 2014 (.255 batting with 24 home runs) and a disappointing 2015, not what you want out of a contract year. He finished with 19 home runs while batting just .233 with a .674 OPS, while doing poorly on defense, making it so no one wants to sign him on as a shortstop anymore.

And the key to the 30-year old ending his stay among the unsigned players is whether or not he’s willing to switch positions. It seems that after making $11 million last season and thinking he’s going to do well enough in order to make around $20 million a season on his next deal (probably dreamed about the contract Justin Upton signed with the Tigers), he’s in a completely different position now.

Desmond is still someone with 88 home runs since the 2012 season and winner of three Silver Slugger awards from 2012 to 2014. Hitters do have bad years they bounce back from, but considering the corner he’s put himself in, it might take a one-year deal while hoping he brings up his market value again, or a three-four year deal with an opt out after a year or two for a lot less money than he thought he’d be making.

There’s also the draft pick teams would have to give up for him and for someone coming off a tough season, it’s difficult making that rationalization. Desmond is still a good player, just not as much as he thought he’d be considered at the beginning of 2016. All the teams looking to sign him aren’t going to pay him more than he made last season with the Nationals, short term or long term deal.

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NFL Rumors: Carolina Panthers & Denver Broncos Having Some Re-Signings to do http://sportige.com/nfl-rumors-denver-broncos-carolina-panthers-new-contracts-91932/ http://sportige.com/nfl-rumors-denver-broncos-carolina-panthers-new-contracts-91932/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:19:13 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=91932 More ]]> Josh Norman

With the Super Bowl over with, the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers need now to head into the business of figuring out who to re-sign and what positions they’re going to upgrade. While both teams have some big decisions to make, the Broncos have more players they need to worry about leaving than the team they beat for the NFL championship.

Both starting cornerbacks for the Panthers, Charles Tillman and Josh Norman, are free agents. It’s quite obvious Norman is their big priority this offseason, emerging as one of the league’s best at the position. Tillman is 34 and while he did have a good season and his camp number ($1.6 million) being affordable, it’ll be interesting to see if the Panthers try to find someone younger from within or the outside, not to mention cheaper.

On offense, they need to think about the offensive line with Mike Remmers the right tackle and useful backup Chris Cott both hitting free agency. Remmers made less than $600,000 last season but that’s going to change while Scott, who is 28, will probably also earn himself a contract worth more than $1 million a season, while being a $665,000 cap hit last season.

Brock Osweiler

As for the Broncos, there’s nothing official yet, but Peyton Manning is probably retiring at some point in the near future. An announcement is all that’s left. But this means Brock Osweiler, who did pretty well in his opportunity as a starting quarterback, is going to get re-signed and it’ll be interesting to see how that affects that cap space situation, although for the first time, there will be no one like Manning eating up the cap space.

Well, not exactly true. Von Miller is a free agent, and while they could use the franchise tag on him, it’ll probably end with him signing the biggest contract for a defensive player in NFL history. At least $15 million a season. Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall, the two inside linebackers, who had a $1.1 million cap hit in 2015, are going to need to be upgraded. Malik Jackson is another defensive player who is going to be upgraded from the $500,000-ish he made, and Antonio Smith might also be kept.

On offense, besides Osweiler, it’s also going to get messy. C.J. Anderson is a free agent and running backs are often finding themselves to be afterthoughts in a lot of front office plannings. Matt Paradis is becoming a free agent which means the center spot needs to be attended to, Evan Mathis the left guard might try to be more than a one-year rental while Vernon Davis, who didn’t do much since coming from the San Francisco 49ers via trade, isn’t going to stay, unless he takes a huge paycut.

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MLB Rumors – Blue Jays, Rockies, Rangers & Orioles Interested in Signing Yovani Gallardo http://sportige.com/mlb-rumors-toronto-blue-jays-colorado-rockies-texas-rangers-baltimore-orioles-yovani-gallardo-free-agency-91929/ http://sportige.com/mlb-rumors-toronto-blue-jays-colorado-rockies-texas-rangers-baltimore-orioles-yovani-gallardo-free-agency-91929/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:45:54 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=91929 More ]]> Yovani Gallardo

The biggest name in the free agency market among starting pitchers is Yovani Gallardo, who’ll probably end up returning to the Texas Rangers or signing with one of three teams: The Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays or Colorado Rockies.

Gallardo had more teams chasing him before, but both the Houston Astros (with Doug Fister) and the Kansas City Royals (through Ian Kennedy signing) are off that list, not going to spend more on a starting pitcher, especially when it comes with a draft pick that has to go. Gallardo is reliable and rather solid but far from a perfect solution to rotation problems. He simply adds depth and from time to time, quality.

Money of course is also an issue. Gallardo waived the qualifying offer ($15.8 million) after making $14 million last season for the Rangers. The way the market has developed for him and other veterans who thought they’d be getting a sweeter deal (like Howie Kendrick, settling for $21 million over two years, staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers) means he might take a lot less than he planned on, with teams not too eager to throw a lot of money at proven veterans, preferring the cheaper way of building on youngsters, hoping they become something big.

Not that Gallardo isn’t a good player, but anyone who should have a significant impact on a team has been signed. Gallardo? He has pitched 180 innings or more in each of the last seven seasons. That’s about the best you can say about a player who has a 1.78 Strikeout-to-walk ratio and posted a 1.416 WHIP last season, the worst of his career. He is only 30, which means he’ll probably be solid-to-good for a few more years.

So why not come back to the Rangers? Money seems to be the issue, with the Rangers from the start showing signs they won’t go hard after Gallardo, but recent developments make it a bit more possible for them to re-sign him after one season with the team. The Blue Jays might be in the same boat, possibly focused on re-signing and not going overboard on spending, but they remain alert to developments, hoping the price goes down.

And then there are the Orioles and Rockies. Both have a bit of money to spend, but for different reasons are still not signing him. The Orioles don’t want to give up the 14th overall pick in the draft, thinking Gallardo isn’t worth it. The Rockies would only need to give up a second round pick, but for now, their general manager seems to be downplaying the potential move, although for a team with clear needs in that area and a lot riding on next season, making such a signing is not just writers trying to connect the dots.

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Jeremy Lin Running Out of Reasons to Stay Another Season with the Charlotte Hornets http://sportige.com/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lin-kemba-walker-nicolas-batum-michael-kidd-gilchrist-steve-clifford-no-room-91925/ http://sportige.com/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lin-kemba-walker-nicolas-batum-michael-kidd-gilchrist-steve-clifford-no-room-91925/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:54:53 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=91925 More ]]> Jeremy Lin

The healthy version of the Charlotte Hornets, with Steve Clifford preferring Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum pairing in the backcourt while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist starts at small forward leaves very little room for Jeremy Lin, which is bad for both him and the team.

Unless Clifford starts getting more creative with his minute allocation or moves into lineups that include all four of them (MKG as a ‘4’ and Batum at the ‘3’, which he played about half the time this season compared to more than 80% of his minutes during his career) or keeps either Batum or Kidd-Gilchrist on the floor at all time, Lin isn’t going to see the kind of minutes he deserves unless someone gets injured.

There have been soft whispers about a possible trade for Jeremy Lin in the next 11 days, but it’s hard to see it happening. While he can be very useful on a number of teams trying to improve before we get to the playoffs, the Hornets need him, even in the new limited role they have for him. Having Troy Daniels or Brian Roberts fill that need just doesn’t cut it, and so even with a contract that’s very easy to move around, the Hornets will hold on to him as insurance, and as someone who does a very good job with the second unit when he isn’t depressed.

And Lin has certainly looked like he isn’t too motivated in most of the last two games, at least until his multiple entrance performance in the final three minutes of the win against the Washington Wizards. The five points he scored kept the Hornets with a safe distance from the Wizards, which allowed Walker to miss a few more shots and not punish his team for it.

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Lin should do better, even when he’s benched. He’s a professional, and this is the NBA, where unfortunately for him, he’s seen as one of these players who can be shifted between roles. From starter to the bench. From a key player in closing minutes to someone the coach can change the units around him and the minutes he uses him in and expect him to give the same output all the time. But he’s human, and he reached some high point in this season with the win against the Cavaliers, done without Walker next to him and without anyone giving the Hornets a shot. And that didn’t make the slightest difference regarding his minutes. Well it did, but not in the way that it should have.

Whether it’s Clifford who simply likes the Walker-Batum backcourt combo so much he’s oblivious to all of the problems with it, or perhaps an order from above; Michael Jordan, Rich Cho, it doesn’t matter. The Hornets see this team built on Walker, Batum (who is a free agent at the end of this season, which means a big and little undeserved extension) and Kidd-Gilchrist, who is a much better offensive player with Lin doing the point guarding than anyone else. Lin, who wants to be a player who has an important role on a team, which also means playing more than 20-25 minutes a night when everyone’s healthy, is getting squeezed out of a team he’s great for.

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Stats Worth Remembering From Super Bowl 50 http://sportige.com/super-bowl-l-denver-broncos-carolina-panthers-cam-newton-von-miller-peyton-manning-important-stats-91919/ http://sportige.com/super-bowl-l-denver-broncos-carolina-panthers-cam-newton-von-miller-peyton-manning-important-stats-91919/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:08:25 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=91919 More ]]> Von Miller Broncos

As the curtain comes down on the 2015 NFL season with Super Bowl 50 over and done with, it’s an opportunity to look at some of the numbers that made the Denver Broncos win over the Carolina Panthers, especially when it comes to MVP Von Miller, Cam Newton and Peyton Manning.

Von Miller deserves a few mentions besides his Super Bowl MVP. With this postseason in the bag, he now has 6.5 career sacks in playoff games, the most by a Broncos player, not to mention being the first Broncos player to record multiple sacks in the Super Bowl. He has five sacks in this postseason with an interception, the first time that’s happened since sacks were officially tracked in 1982.

Cam Newton Super Bowl

The Panthers finished the regular season at 15-1. Since the 1990 season, when the current playoff format began, none of the teams winning 15 games or more (Patriots in 2007) have ever won the Super Bowl.

It was a rough game for Cam Newton. Not just the overall numbers of 18-for-41, one interception, sacked six times and twice fumbled the ball to a turnover. He was especially troubled when Miller and DeMarcus Ware were rushing him at the same time, getting 1-for-12 out of him, sacked four times and twice fumbled the ball. He overthrew 10 passes, tied for the most in Super Bowl history. Being blitzed 25 times, the second most in Super Bowl history, had something to do with it. He couldn’t get it done long or on the intermediate routes that usually help break the blitzes, completing just 3-of-18 on throws between 11 and 20 yards downfield the worst on such throws in Super Bowl history.

Peyton Manning Super Bowl

Not that Peyton Manning was great. He turned the ball over twice and completed just 13-of-24 passes. He couldn’t get anything going on third down, completing just 3-of-8 passes for 23 yards and an interception, sacked twice, and his 0.5 yards per dropback on third down is the lowest average for a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in the last 10 seasons. His 2.9 yards per pass attempt average on third down is the lowest by a Super Bowl winning QB since Tom Brady in Super Bowl XXXVI (1.6). When Manning did make something happen, it was usually when he was avoiding Josh Norman. He completed just 1-of-5 throws to receivers lining up against Norman, who almost intercepted two of those passes. Manning finished the game with a 9.9 QBR, which led to a 3-25 record for teams during this season when their QBs had a QBR of 10.0 or less.

While the Panthers lost the game, their defense was excellent, sacking Peyton Manning five times, interceptions him once and forcing a fumble out of him. Kony Ealy stood out as the first player in Super Bowl history with three sacks and an interception. No one has ever had two sacks and an interception.

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Super Bowl MVP Awards Going to Defensive Players http://sportige.com/super-bowl-mvp-winners-defensive-players-91912/ http://sportige.com/super-bowl-mvp-winners-defensive-players-91912/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:41:48 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=91912 More ]]> For the ninth time in Super Bowl history, the Super Bowl MVP is a defensive player, as Von Miller becomes the 10th player to play defense and win the award, joining greats like Randy White, Ray Lewis and Richard Dent who all did in the past.

And why nine times but 10 players? Well, as you’ll see with the list below, the Dallas Cowboys tend to do special things when it comes to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl V – Chuck Howley, Linebacker

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Howley is the only player (and probably will remain that way) to win the Super Bowl MVP despite being on the losing team, playing for the Dallas Cowboys in a 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts. Howley had two interceptions off of Johnny Unitas in that game, which wasn’t enough for the Cowboys. He retired with one Super Bowl victory, six Pro Bowl selections and five times being an All-Pro first team selection.

Super Bowl VII – Jake Scott, Safety

Like Howley, Scott won his Super Bowl MVP thanks to a couple of interceptions, which seems to be the golden standard when it comes to defensive backs getting recognition in the big game. Scott came up big for the Miami Dolphins capping off their perfect season in 1972, beating the Washington Redskins 14-7 in the Super Bowl. He and the Dolphins repeated as champions a year later as well. He retired with five Pro Bowl selections and five selections to the two different All-Pro teams.

Super Bowl XII – Harvey Martin (Defensive End) & Randy White (Defensive Tackle)

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When the Dallas Cowboys won their second Super Bowl by beating the Denver Broncos, they set another precedent: The only time two players split the MVP award. Martin had two sacks in that game, part of an 11-year career in Dallas that included being the defensive player of the year once, making four Pro Bowl teams and four All-Pro teams. White is in the hall of fame, making the Pro Bowl and the First team All-Pro nine times.

Super Bowl XX – Richard Dent, Defensive End

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A hall of fame inductee, Dent won the MVP for his performance in the 46-10 win by the Chicago Bears against the New England Patriots, but also for his overall performance in that postseason, finishing with a total of six sacks. He added another Super Bowl ring to his hand with the San Francisco 49ers nine years later, and retired with four Pro Bowl and four All-Pro selections.

Super Bowl XXX – Larry Brown, Cornerback

Maybe the most unremarkable player on this list, Brown won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s, and picked up the MVP for two interceptions in the 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Super Bowl XXXV – Ray Lewis, Linebacker

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The Baltimore Ravens beating the New York Giants 34-7 could have ended with a lot of different players on the Ravens defense winning that MVP. But Lewis, with four tackles in that game and blocked four passes as well, was the leader of that unit, and led an incredible effort, still one of the best in Super Bowl history. He’ll be in the hall of fame once he’s eligible, winning another Super Bowl before retiring and making 13 Pro Bowl selections while being a 7-time first-team All-Pro.

Super Bowl XXXVII – Dexter Jackson, Safety

Like Brown, Jackson didn’t have a remarkable career. No Pro Bowl selections. No All-Pro mentions. Like Lewis, it didn’t necessarily have to be him on a day the Tampa Bay Buccaneers crushed the Oakland Raiders 48-21. But he had two interceptions, and as we said, that’s the magic number in Super Bowls for defensive backs.

Super Bowl XLVIII – Malcolm Smith, Linebacker

Smith was part of a remarkable defensive unit that led the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl trophy as they ran all over the Denver Broncos in a 43-8 win. Smith made himself noticed with an interception he returned 69 yards for a touchdown. He’s no longer with the Seahawks, playing for the Oakland Raiders in 2015.

Super Bowl 50 – Von Miller, Linebacker

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Miller was injured in that postseason run that ended in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He made up for his absence in the 2016 playoffs, finishing with five sacks in two games, including 2.5 as the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win a third Super Bowl for the franchise and their first in 17 years. The 26-year old has had a remarkable career so far (began in 2011) with four Pro Bowl selections and four All-Pro selections (First & second teams), with 60 sacks in his five seasons.

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41 Best Memes of Peyton Manning & the Denver Broncos Defense Stunning Cam Newton & the Carolina Panthers at the Super Bowl http://sportige.com/funny-memes-super-bowl-denver-broncos-carolina-panthers-peyton-manning-cam-newton-sad-jordan-dab-91869/ http://sportige.com/funny-memes-super-bowl-denver-broncos-carolina-panthers-peyton-manning-cam-newton-sad-jordan-dab-91869/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:19:41 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=91869 More ]]> The Denver Broncos defense gave Peyton Manning a retirement gift in the form of a second Super Bowl trophy, while Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, after an incredible season, mostly got memes of sad Jordan faces and other negative mentions of the league’s MVPs.

Everyone said the Broncos defense, with Von Miller (Super Bowl MVP) as the vanguard, won’t be able to handle Newton like they did Tom Brady in the AFC championship game. In the end? Newton was even worse, thanks to a coaching staff that wouldn’t budge from the original plan of running up the middle, resulting in six sacks on Newton, who also lost two fumbles and was intercepted once. He was also hit 13 times, as the offensive line completely fell apart against the fantastic Broncos pass rush.

Peyton Manning still hasn’t announced his retirement, but now, finally with the same amount of Super Bowl rings as his far less talented brother, one of the greatest of all time can walk away peacefully. He didn’t have a good game – he simply can’t do it anymore (two turnovers, 13-of-24, 0 touchdown passes). But he didn’t get in the way of his defense, as the Broncos won despite having just 194 rushing yards.

The end of an NFL season saw Tom Brady booed one last time, a set of bizarre Super Bowl commercials, a boring halftime show and a defensive Super Bowl, like the one won by the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with quarterbacks that don’t interfere with the other unit’s greatness. The Broncos might have come to the end of the line after going hard after the Super Bowl four years in a row, while the Panthers are hoping that this is just the beginning.

Adele Brady Trying to go to the bathroom and not miss the commercials Not liking the Super Bowl commercials Panthers handing out footballs Ready to trade bandwagons We weren't ready No more bandwagon Butterfinger Cam Newton Cam Newton before & after Worst half time show Better half time shows Cam Newton Kryptonite Sad Jordan Cam Newton Panthers talked shit Sad Jordan Panthers Logo Peyton Manning Forrest Gump Steve Harvey Super Bowl Meme Cam Newton for 'L' Panthers Super Bowl Fast & Furious Sad Jordan Panthers Dab Slow White Bronco meme Panthers Super Bowl shirts meme Sad Eli Manning Eli Manning Face Giving it to Peyton Lost the Super Bowl Moment Peyton had a good day Cowboys fans b Like Cam Newton Missing Omaha slaps Dab Almost had it Manziel Party Meme Cam Newton Walks Out Meme Sad Jordan Advicer Annabel Bowlen Meme Dab on Deez Nuts Stephen Curry Panthers Meme Beyonce Super Bowl Meme NFL Fans Don't Like Newton Sad Panthers Logo Von Miller Super Bowl MVP

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