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January 18, 2011
Packers and Jets Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times Many of us have been proved wrong repeatedly by the four remaining teams, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the championship games go either way. But I like the Jets in the AFC because of the way they covered the Patriots' receivers and got after Tom Brady. We've seen what can happen when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger holds on to the ball too long, which is pretty frequent. In the NFC, I like the Packers because of the way Aaron Rodgers and their defense are playing.
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By Cody Goodwin, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Owen Daniels remembers one of the first times he went on camera to deliver the weather. For a guy who makes his living on the football field, it was a nerve-racking experience. Like most first-timers, he said, he butchered his performance, blaming it, in part, on the lack of a teleprompter. But he improved with practice and discovered that his career in the NFL could open doors to experience the world of meteorology, his other passion. Before Super Bowl XLVIII earlier this year, Daniels, a 6-foot-3, 249-pound, two-time Pro Bowl tight end who signed with the Ravens in early April, didn't strap on his pads to play in the big game, as he definitely would have preferred.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
Sunday's Super Bowl was the most viewed show in U.S. television history, according to Nielsen figures provided by CBS. A total audience of 164.1 million saw the Ravens victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The average audience for Sunday's game was 108.4 million viewers, which was the third largest average audience behind the last two Super Bowls. Total viewership is generally considered the benchmark figure. Here's the CBS release: The 2012 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLVII on CBS reached a total audience of 164.1 million viewers (6:32-8:41 and 9:11-10:47 PM, ET)
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
On the first official day of the NFL offseason, Las Vegas oddsmakers aren't very optimistic about the Ravens' chances of winning next year's Super Bowl. According to Bovada, the 2014 Ravens have 40/1 odds to win Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. Only nine teams face longer odds to win next year's Super Bowl than the Ravens, who went 8-8 this past season in defense of their title and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Of course, the Seattle Seahawks who won Super Bowl XLVIII with a dominating 43-8 victory Sunday over the Denver Broncos , are the early favorites and have 9/2 odds to repeat.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2011
Stop me if you've heard this. A man walks into a Packers bar in Millersville. No, wait, that's no joke. There really is a Green Bay Packers bar in Millersville: Bullseye Sports Bar and Grill, tucked between motels catering to long-haul truckers and home of a Super Bowl $10 All-You-Can-Eat Bratwurst Buffet. The walls are devoted to everything Green Bay: photos, news clippings, jerseys, even a figurine at the end of the bar dressed in green and gold and wearing a cheesehead. And that devotion is personified in Lou Ann Beecher, a ball of energy who helps out around the bar and persuaded restaurant owner Laverda Ensey to surrender her establishment to Packers Nation eight years ago. "The Bullseye is a little bit of Lambeau Field right here in Maryland," says Beecher, 55, as she delivers brats and cheese curds flown in from Wisconsin to the bar along with Packers tablecloths, napkins and souvenir beads.
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By Matt Vensel | September 9, 2011
I'm not very good at making preseason predictions. Two years ago, I picked the Giants to beat the Chargers in the Super Bowl. Last season, I wrote a column saying the Ravens would go all the way, and they might have had they not fallen apart against the Steelers. This year, I'm feeling good about the Patriots and the Packers -- and yes, I felt that way before Thursday night -- but considering my track record, neither will win it all in 2011. That's why I'm picking nine different teams to lift the Lombardi Trophy, with a reason why each of the NFL's true contenders will be showered with confetti at season's end. I like my chances of getting it right this year.
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September 9, 2010
Packers over Chargers By Ken Murray Baltimore Sun The easy choice in the AFC is always Peyton Manning and the Colts. Since they blew it last year, I'm staying away. I don't think the Patriots have enough defense. I don't buy the hype on the Jets. I think the Ravens have two big issues to resolve — right tackle and cornerback. So, I'm picking the Chargers to win the AFC and reach the Super Bowl. I'm putting a lot of weight on Philip Rivers. They'll miss left tackle Marcus McNeill, but they can beat the Colts if they get that far. As for the NFC, I don't believe the Saints can win back-to-back with that defense.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
As a kid, Terry McAulay watched football games on TV and practiced the moves he saw - not the spins and jukes of the players, but the gestures and actions of the officials. Hands on hips? Offside. Arms folded? Delay of game. At age 9, McAulay knew them all. "Terry would sit there for hours, mimicking every signal that the referees used," said Dene McAulay, his mother. "We marveled at [the pantomime]. He never said a word, he just did it. " Some day, he told his family, he would referee the Super Bowl . Sunday, McAulay will do that for the third time when the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks meet in Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J. It's the highest honor for an NFL official and a tribute that doesn't surprise high school coaches in the Baltimore area who dealt with McAulay, of Howard County, in his early years as an arbiter.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
On the first official day of the NFL offseason, Las Vegas oddsmakers aren't very optimistic about the Ravens' chances of winning next year's Super Bowl. According to Bovada, the 2014 Ravens have 40/1 odds to win Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. Only nine teams face longer odds to win next year's Super Bowl than the Ravens, who went 8-8 this past season in defense of their title and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Of course, the Seattle Seahawks who won Super Bowl XLVIII with a dominating 43-8 victory Sunday over the Denver Broncos , are the early favorites and have 9/2 odds to repeat.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
No matter what happens the rest of the NFL season, Baltimore will be represented Super Bowl weekend in the New York region.  While it remains to be seen if that includes the Ravens competing on the field, Baltimore-bred rock quartet J. Roddy Walston and the Business will take part in the festivities. The band will join Red Hot Chili Peppers, MS MR, Basic Vacation and New Politics for WFAN's "Big Hello to Brooklyn" concert at the Barclays Center on Feb. 1, the night before Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey.
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Mike Preston | February 3, 2014
When the Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown, all the anxious moments turned toward Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. There was fear for his health. With the Seahawks holding a 29-0 lead at that point, the only way for Denver to rally was to have Manning dropping back almost every play, and this could have turned into a Seattle feeding frenzy. It didn't. So as the celebrations started on the field and Seattle won its first championship with a 43-8 win over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, Manning jogged a little before shaking hands with some Seahawks.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
As a kid, Terry McAulay watched football games on TV and practiced the moves he saw - not the spins and jukes of the players, but the gestures and actions of the officials. Hands on hips? Offside. Arms folded? Delay of game. At age 9, McAulay knew them all. "Terry would sit there for hours, mimicking every signal that the referees used," said Dene McAulay, his mother. "We marveled at [the pantomime]. He never said a word, he just did it. " Some day, he told his family, he would referee the Super Bowl . Sunday, McAulay will do that for the third time when the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks meet in Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J. It's the highest honor for an NFL official and a tribute that doesn't surprise high school coaches in the Baltimore area who dealt with McAulay, of Howard County, in his early years as an arbiter.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
No matter what happens the rest of the NFL season, Baltimore will be represented Super Bowl weekend in the New York region.  While it remains to be seen if that includes the Ravens competing on the field, Baltimore-bred rock quartet J. Roddy Walston and the Business will take part in the festivities. The band will join Red Hot Chili Peppers, MS MR, Basic Vacation and New Politics for WFAN's "Big Hello to Brooklyn" concert at the Barclays Center on Feb. 1, the night before Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
Sunday's Super Bowl was the most viewed show in U.S. television history, according to Nielsen figures provided by CBS. A total audience of 164.1 million saw the Ravens victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The average audience for Sunday's game was 108.4 million viewers, which was the third largest average audience behind the last two Super Bowls. Total viewership is generally considered the benchmark figure. Here's the CBS release: The 2012 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLVII on CBS reached a total audience of 164.1 million viewers (6:32-8:41 and 9:11-10:47 PM, ET)
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By Matt Vensel | September 9, 2011
I'm not very good at making preseason predictions. Two years ago, I picked the Giants to beat the Chargers in the Super Bowl. Last season, I wrote a column saying the Ravens would go all the way, and they might have had they not fallen apart against the Steelers. This year, I'm feeling good about the Patriots and the Packers -- and yes, I felt that way before Thursday night -- but considering my track record, neither will win it all in 2011. That's why I'm picking nine different teams to lift the Lombardi Trophy, with a reason why each of the NFL's true contenders will be showered with confetti at season's end. I like my chances of getting it right this year.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2011
Stop me if you've heard this. A man walks into a Packers bar in Millersville. No, wait, that's no joke. There really is a Green Bay Packers bar in Millersville: Bullseye Sports Bar and Grill, tucked between motels catering to long-haul truckers and home of a Super Bowl $10 All-You-Can-Eat Bratwurst Buffet. The walls are devoted to everything Green Bay: photos, news clippings, jerseys, even a figurine at the end of the bar dressed in green and gold and wearing a cheesehead. And that devotion is personified in Lou Ann Beecher, a ball of energy who helps out around the bar and persuaded restaurant owner Laverda Ensey to surrender her establishment to Packers Nation eight years ago. "The Bullseye is a little bit of Lambeau Field right here in Maryland," says Beecher, 55, as she delivers brats and cheese curds flown in from Wisconsin to the bar along with Packers tablecloths, napkins and souvenir beads.
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Mike Preston | February 3, 2014
When the Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown, all the anxious moments turned toward Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. There was fear for his health. With the Seahawks holding a 29-0 lead at that point, the only way for Denver to rally was to have Manning dropping back almost every play, and this could have turned into a Seattle feeding frenzy. It didn't. So as the celebrations started on the field and Seattle won its first championship with a 43-8 win over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, Manning jogged a little before shaking hands with some Seahawks.
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By Cody Goodwin, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Owen Daniels remembers one of the first times he went on camera to deliver the weather. For a guy who makes his living on the football field, it was a nerve-racking experience. Like most first-timers, he said, he butchered his performance, blaming it, in part, on the lack of a teleprompter. But he improved with practice and discovered that his career in the NFL could open doors to experience the world of meteorology, his other passion. Before Super Bowl XLVIII earlier this year, Daniels, a 6-foot-3, 249-pound, two-time Pro Bowl tight end who signed with the Ravens in early April, didn't strap on his pads to play in the big game, as he definitely would have preferred.
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January 18, 2011
Packers and Jets Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times Many of us have been proved wrong repeatedly by the four remaining teams, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the championship games go either way. But I like the Jets in the AFC because of the way they covered the Patriots' receivers and got after Tom Brady. We've seen what can happen when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger holds on to the ball too long, which is pretty frequent. In the NFC, I like the Packers because of the way Aaron Rodgers and their defense are playing.
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September 9, 2010
Packers over Chargers By Ken Murray Baltimore Sun The easy choice in the AFC is always Peyton Manning and the Colts. Since they blew it last year, I'm staying away. I don't think the Patriots have enough defense. I don't buy the hype on the Jets. I think the Ravens have two big issues to resolve — right tackle and cornerback. So, I'm picking the Chargers to win the AFC and reach the Super Bowl. I'm putting a lot of weight on Philip Rivers. They'll miss left tackle Marcus McNeill, but they can beat the Colts if they get that far. As for the NFC, I don't believe the Saints can win back-to-back with that defense.
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