Super Bowl

Super Bowlers, but super brand?

Where do the Patriots sit among top US sports brands?
Sportland Oregon staff

When you reflect on all the pro teams from the five major leagues across the US: NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and even Major League Soccer, what's the top brand name for fans across the nation and even worldwide?

The New England Patriots might be No. 1 in terms of Super Bowls won in the past decade, but does anyone in Greece know who they are?

In this episode, we ponder that question as well as the recent NBA trade that send DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, sorta SNL-style, too.

Oregon is gearing up for its NCAA Tournament run, but what about Gonzaga? The Zags might be a No. 1 seed, but does the NCAA really want a school from Spokane playing in the final? We chat that up as well as how coach Mark Few might be playing the tournament up to his players.

We also hit on the key event for the upcoming week: the Daytona 500. All recorded at Pour Sports in SE Portland.

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So, who do you hate more?

The Super Bowl pits two tons of evil going against each other Sunday
Jan. 26, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Amid all the hype of under-inflated footballs from the conference finals, there's a stark reality to Sunday's Super Bowl - it's not the love-in from last year's game.

Back when veteran Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were going up against young Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, the world awaited what glory the game would provide; one golden boy would win.

Not so this year.

The Seattle Seahawks with brash-talking Richard Sherman leading the way. The New England Patriots, with much derided Tom Brady at the helm of the team - regardless of a few pounds in a few footballs. Either you hate one side, or you hate the other.

That's Sunday's Super Bowl, which missed a historic event by a year in that last year's game was played in New York City.

The game is the key topic for the third episode of Sportsland, Oregon, recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland. Co-hosts Cliff Pfenning and Derek Weber talk up the game, it's betting line and appropriate prop bets such as which team will get flagged for more penalties.

LaMarcus Aldridge and the Blazers take their turn with regards to the benefits of mid-season injuries come playoff time when injured players should return to the line-up.

Oregon State's vision of the NCAA Tournament gets a moment, as do the OSU women's hoop players who are attracting large crowds to Gill Coliseum.

And, the review of the Roofball World Cup are all on tap during this week's episode, part of Season 5 of the show.

 

It's a Super Duper Bowl!

Harbaughs, Lewis, LaMichael, New Orleans!
Jan. 29, 2013 / By Derek Weber, Portland Men on Sports

Here we are the last game of the season, the Super Bowl. I’ll forgo the conversation about the coaches, did you know they’re brothers!?!??!? What do football games come down too? Running the ball, time of possession, turnovers? Sure all of those items are great a predicting winners, but we’re talking about scoring, you don’t score you don’t win.

Which team has the better chance of scoring? The 49ers. They have a good RB, a QB that can pass and run, WR’s and TE’s who can catch and run oh wait…am I talking about San Francisco or Baltimore? Let’s see Rice, Flacco (say what you want 8 TDs and 0 INTs in the playoffs), Boldin, Smith, Pitta… yeah I must be writing about the Ravens. Wait what? Gore, Kaepernick, Crabtree, Davis… Ah crap.

Ok, so defense wins championships as they say. Who has the better D, who can keep the other team from scoring? Easy, the Ravens right, they’re a perennial top D team. What’s that you say? I’m living in the past, the Ravens are old and can’t slow down anyone? If you say so I swear they held the Pats to 13 points at home last game, oh well, the 49ers it is! Wait, they were down 17-0 last game and gave up 31 points in one playoff game already? Hmm that doesn’t sound dominate either.

Ok well, how about the coaches! Did you know their brothers?

Either way this should be a good one. I’m stoked. My money’s on the 49ers. I think they have the better team overall and seem to keep it together no matter the situation. Look for Vernon Davis to have a big day, but not as big as Kaepernick, your MVP.

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Here we are the last game of the season, the Super Bowl. I’ll forgo the conversation about the coaches, did you know they’re brothers!?!??!? What do football games come down too? Running the ball, time of possession, turnovers? Sure all of those items are great a predicting winners, but we’re talking about scoring, you don’t score you don’t win.

Which team has the better chance of scoring? The 49ers. They have a good RB, a QB that can pass and run, WR’s and TE’s who can catch and run oh wait…am I talking about San Francisco or Baltimore? Let’s see Rice, Flacco (say what you want 8TDs and 0INTs in the playoffs), Boldin, Smith, Pitta… yeah I must be writing about the Ravens. Wait what? Gore, Kaepernick, Crabtree, Davis… Ah crap.

Ok, so defense wins championships as they say. Who has the better D, who can keep the other team from scoring? Easy, the Ravens right, they’re a perennial top D team. What’s that you say? I’m living in the past, the Ravens are old and can’t slow down anyone? If you say so I swear they held the Pats to 13 points at home last game, oh well, the 49ers it is! Wait, they were down 17-0 last game and gave up 31 points in one playoff game already? Hmm that doesn’t sound dominate either.

Ok well, how about the coaches! Did you know their brothers?

Either way this should be a good one. I’m stoked. My money’s on the 49ers. I think they have the better team overall and seem to keep it together no matter the situation. Look for Vernon Davis to have a big day, but not as big as Kaepernick, your MVP.

A melting pot of greatness ... it's the Super Bowl

Sun, 02/05/2012 - 10:05pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

Super Bowl Sunday is a special day. Nothing else really matters.

The game, the commercials and the food, rolled together into a melting pot of greatness.

And when the Patriots are in the big game, it's even more special.

I woke up with nothing else but the game on my mind. I shopped for the big game earlier in the week and prepped the food by midday. What follows is my blow-by-blow analysis of how it all went down.

Before moving forward, let me preface a few things. All times are listed in Pacific (recently moved from Vermont to Oregon, I still think in Eastern time every once in a while). Willis is my cousin and best friend who lives in Boston and despite that, likes the Redskins. GF stands for girlfriend. She doesn't really care who wins the game but she is cheering for the Giants. Puke. And Zach is GF's brother and our roommate and I have him in my cheering corner for this one.

Okay, I think that is enough of a preface. Let's do this.

1:15 p.m. - The food is all prepared. Broke a bottle of chili sauce in the process and glass went everywhere. Any other day I would have been angry. Not today, it is Superbowl Sunday.

1:25 p.m. - Is Cee-Lo Green really rocking sweats and the sandal/sock combo? Are you kidding me?

1:30 p.m. - Back-up adult beverages arrive. The GF comes through. It's game day, baby!

1:40 p.m. - House too hot for sweatshirt but I am unsure if I should take off my Patriots hoody. I think it's lucky and I don't want to jinx anything. I guess I will just suck it up and sweat through it.

2:00 p.m. - “We all have a timeline. Most of us don't live like we have a timeline,”-Steve Gleason. Very touching story, really inspirational.

2:26 p.m. - Willis texts in. “Dream job is the guy catching the ball and handing it to the quarterback.” I think he is on to something.

2:48 p.m. - Will this game start already! I am sick of hearing about 2007. Puke.

2:50 p.m. - Giggled a little at Matt Light's blocking warmup. Not sure why, really. Am I losing my mind already?

3:00 p.m. - Three flavors of homemade wings ready. Is it kickoff time yet? On another note, I think Hines Ward found his job for next season.

3:11 p.m. - Pats introduced. Love Belichick but he kind of creeps me out. And Willis chimes in wondering why Brady is the only guy without a helmet. Maybe a request by NBC to up the female ratings? Probably worked.

3:17 p.m. - Was Brady singing along to Miranda and Blake? I wonder if he can sing. Probably. Wait, is he now singing along to Kelly Clarkson? They should have mic'd him for it. Not sure how Clarkson sounded but I did get a front row seat to Zach's performance. And he nails the high note.

3:25 p.m. - Just me or does Curtis Martin look like Carlton from Fresh Prince? Congrats to him, though, on the HOF induction.

3:26 p.m. - Gronks ankle looks like a horse. Fitting, I guess, since he guy is a horse.

3:28 p.m. - I don't want to buy a Hyundai but I kind of want to work there. That commercial made it look fun.

3:41 p.m. - A safety? Are you serious? That was not the offensive start I expected.

3:48 p.m. - Willis reminds me the Pats can't tackle. Like I hadn't noticed. Fumble!!! Wait, 12 men on the field. Get a clue!

3:50 p.m. - GF chimes in, “They're gonna get their butts kicked.” It is a good thing she bought the beer.

3:52 p.m. - The salsa dance. Puke.

3:53 p.m. - M & M's commercial just nailed it. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, YEAH!

4:05 p.m. - We're on the board!

4:09 p.m. - Am I alone in thinking the move John Carter looks terrible? I can't be, right? Right?

4:19 p.m. - Never been so happy for a touchback. That safety might haunt me for a bit.

4:30 p.m. - Is this Giants punter for real? Wow. He is the MVP right now.

4:34 p.m. - GRONK! Welcome to the show. Man do I like that guy.

4:37 p.m. - Tone-Loc's Wildthing makes an appearance. Life is complete.

4:47 p.m. - Woodhead! The lock of hair sticking out of his helmet must be good luck. He just owned that drive! First TD reception of season. I like his timing. Bring on Madonna.

5:04 p.m. - “Madonna is made of penis skin,” Willis texts. I don't have a clue what that means.

5:05 p.m. - “How does it feel LMFAO to have Madonna's crotch on your neck?” -Zach

5:06 p.m. - Was Nicki Minaj lip syncing? I think she was. They should have rolled Cee-Lo out. Guy looks like a bowling ball. Or they could have done without him.

5:08 p.m. - Yup! They could have done without him.

5:17 p.m. - They mention Brady hasn't been sacked yet. Please don't let that be a jinx.

5:20 p.m. - Second half about to start. M & M's still the best commercial so far although I do like the E-Trade commercials. How do they keep finding babies that can talk? Impressive.

5:23 p.m. - Holy OchoCinco! MVP! Kidding. Or am I?

5:28 p.m. - Unsure what his dance/celebration was but I don't care. Hernandez's TD was much needed. Brady is locked on auto pilot. A thing of beauty. It is amazing how much the Pats abuse the middle.

5:30 p.m. - Hey Nicks, meet Patrick Chung. Wowzers.

5:55 p.m. - Ninkovich with a huge sack to hold Giants to field goal.

5:59 p.m. - One quarter to go. We need a score. Gronk Nation needs to wake up. We need him.

6:03 p.m. - Well maybe we shouldn't have gone to Gronk. Interception! Getting an uneasy feeling.

6:04 p.m. - Why can't we get a fumble recovery? Could have used that.

6:12 p.m. - Here we go? The GF has been talking about getting a dog. I hope it fetches beer like that commercial.

6:18 p.m. - Got a break there with the no call on pass interference. I'll take it. Big play. Brady needs to prove he is elite right now.

6:24 p.m. - Green-Ellis gets praised for not fumbling yet in his career. Again, please don't be a jinx.

6:27 p.m. - Did you see Brady's block on Osi? Haha.

6:28 p.m. - Huge third down. Hernandez?

6:29 p.m. - Called it. He is such a mismatch.

6:30 p.m. - I know he is short but Brady has to put that on the numbers to Welker. He was wide open! Game over if he does.

6:34 p.m. - So scared. This is where Eli is best. If I was a Giants fan I would feel pretty good right now.

6:36 p.m. - Catch confirmed. Can't even be mad, that was one heck of a catch.

6:38 p.m. - Stomach hurts.

6:44 p.m. - I don't know how much of a “break” the Bradshaw score is but I guess our plan worked.

6:46 p.m. - Brady has 80 yards and 57 seconds to cement his legacy as greatest QB ever.

6:48 p.m. - Not getting much help. Two drops. UGHH!

6:49 p.m. - Losing my mind!

6:50 p.m. - Branch, baby!

6:51 p.m. - :17 seconds? I swear there was :19.

6:52 p.m. - :05 left. Gotta go endzone.

6:53 p.m. - Gronk had a shot at it. Stomach really hurts now. I might throw up. Congrats, G-Men. Well played.

6:55 p.m. - Willis - “Eli! Yup. Guy has it. Whatever “it” is.” 

7:00 p.m. - Dad hammers it home. “That sucked.” Ok. Going to puke now. 

So the Giants win. I didn't win any money in any Super Bowl pools and now I have to listen to Giants fans all year. Blah, blah, blah. I need another adult beverage.

Pitchers and catcher report in two weeks! Heck with football. Lets go Red Sox!

 

Manning, Madonna, Boyd, and Gatorade, too

SPORTSLAND 86 delves into the issues of the day, including prop bets
Jan. 31, 2012

It's the week before the Superbowl, and the Sportsland, Oregon has the preview episode that covers all the bases, from predictions to prop bets.

The cast starts off discussing the Timbers' new addition, Kris Boyd, the all-time leading goal scorer in the Scottish Premier League. What's his move to the Timbers mean for soccer in the Northwest?

From one local professional team they move on to the other, breaking down the Blazers' inconsistencies over the past week and assessing how bad Nick Batum's knee injury may turn out to be after another road loss.

Then, after some basketball Civil War talk and Signing Day thoughts, it's finally time for Superbowl predictions.  The guys give their thoughts on who the winners and losers will be, then break down their favorite prop bets, including the length of the National Anthem and what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach.  

All that, plus the usual segments, including What Plucks My Duck and What Makes Your Beaver Eager, all of it recorded at Portland's Blitz in the Pearl Restaurant.

 

 

It's celebration time for Oregon bowlers

A Rose Bowl win ends years of frustration for Ducks fans
Jan. 2, 2012

In the first part of this week's episode, it's all Rose Bowl all the time for the Sportsland, Oregon. Los and Derek get togethIer after the game to break down the Ducks' first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years and the first Bowl victory of Chip Kelly's career.

They talk about all the big stars of the game, from De'Anthony Thomas and LaMichael James in the backfield to Kiko Alonso and Lavasier Tuinei as unexpected heroes. Then they discuss the rest of the major bowls and predict the National Championship, all before debating the merits of Andrew Luck as a Number 1 pick and a sure thing. 

In Part 2 of their marathon Rose Bowl podcast, Los and Derek make their NFL playoff predictions. With all of the potent offenses in this season's playoffs, it's tough to choose just two that will make the big game, let alone one that will win it.

Finally, Derek provides his send-off and valedictions to the Oregon Ducks' 2011 Football season.

All that, plus the usual segments, including What Plucks My Duck and What Makes Your Beaver Eager, all from Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

 

 

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