I turned the game off right after the Lady Gaga halftime performance, so, congrats to the Atlanta Falcons on winning Super Bowl 51.
Luckily, after the third cup of coffee and a quick scroll through Twitter, I found out that the Atlanta Falcons had actually lost.
At first, I didn’t believe it, considering the Falcons had a 25-point lead with under three minutes to play in the third quarter. The Patriots couldn’t protect Tom Brady in the first half and as he was making terrible throws due to the lack of time he had in the pocket.
But seriously, congrats to the Patriots and their fans. Even though you are in the hunt every year, this season was special in a revenge kind of way.
Also, thank you for great television on a Sunday night.
!1) February 6 (Monday), the day after the Super Bowl, we should all be in bed right now. @2) I woke up without a hangover, kind of disappointed but my Monday hasn’t been terrible. #3) This week the Sixth Man Reads blog will make its entrance into the blogging world. $4) The special article that will set us off for sail will be a “How to Fix the NBA” piece. %5) You may notice a page called “Situations” located on the top right of your screen. It brings video games and writing together. That part of the blog will get rolling with an Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers and Madden 17 article.
The meat (a.k.a., the main story): THERE ARE NO MORE TOM BRADY HATERS LEFT IN THE WORLD AFTER HIS PHENOMENAL SUPER BOWL 51 PERFORMANCE: Tom Brady and Joe Buck are in the same boat. Not the greatness boat or the hair boat but the hater boat. Nobody knows why they dislike Joe Buck but they do. Ask anyone. They just don’t like him and maybe it’s because he has man crushes on a lot of athletes but who doesn’t? I’m not a huge fan of Tom Brady. My least favorite teams in the NFL are as follows: Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots. I dislike Tom Brady for the same reason I dislike Joe Buck and there is no reason I can explain with words. I’m not mad about the winning that Brady and the Patriots do or about the way he carries himself. No, I’m just not a fan but last night I was pulling for him. My wish was to see the Patriots get dominated by an underrated team but when the Patriots were down 21-0, I sort of felt bad for them. So, I was cheering for the Falcons but I was also cheering for a man I dislike and that was Brady. I like upsets and comebacks. I think the Patriots coming back from 25-points was more satisfying to watch than it was to see them get dominated by the Falcons. And I think there are a lot of people that are in the same boat as me. The haters are no longer on the surface. Brady pulled off the comeback and his haters liked it.
The Juicers: WHAT NORTH DAKOTA SPORTS FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT: As many of you say, “North Dakota is boring” but many of you don’t want to admit that, “North Dakota does have some good sports teams.” Every week, the blog will post “The 10 Juicers” and since “North Dakota is boring” we talk about all of our non-professional sports teams and Minnesota professional sports teams to pass the time.
Here are this weeks 10 Juicers:
1). FALCON DOWN: After suffering a gut-wrenching, heart stomping, defeat, the Atlanta Falcons never make it back to a Super Bowl: I mean how can they? How can the Falcons even think about another Super Bowl? They just had the worst collapse of all-time. They gave up the greatest catch of the last decade. They had their first Super Bowl ring at the tip of their fingers just about to slide into place and then Tom Brady decided to show up.
2). BISON MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM: Not a good week for either basketball squads: North Dakota State men’s and women’s basketball teams combine for zero wins and three losses last week. The men lost to IUPUI, 86-81 in overtime on Feb. 1 and lost to South Dakota at home, 76-66 on Saturday. I went to the NDSU-USD game this past weekend. It was my first time at the new arena.
The Bison had an early 19-14 lead but that crumbled after the Coyotes used an 18-0 run late in the first half to take a 32-19 lead into halftime and NDSU couldn’t recover.
3). BISON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM: The women’s team lost by 34 (70-34) to South Dakota State on Feb. 2 after the Jackrabbits scored 44 points in the paint. Didn’t help that NDSU committed 24 turnovers in the game, either.
4). TIMBERWOLVES: La(Ouch): The Timberwolves are cursed and for some reason, they can’t catch a break. A report came out on Saturday afternoon confirming that Zach LaVine would miss the remainder of the season. My Twitter exploded with crying emojis. Stay strong, Mr. LaVine. The entire NBA is pulling for you. Minnesota has 31 games left on the year and will now most definitely not make the postseason, however, they are just three games back of Denver for that eighth spot in the Western Conference.
5). FIGHTING HAWKS: Best women’s team on the court in ND: The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team is on a hot streak right now. After losing to the University of Northern Iowa, 74-53 on Dec. 18 and falling to 4-6 on the season, UND made a change and have won 11 of their last 12 contests. After Saturday’s win over Northern Colorado, UND sits in a first-place tie with the Bears.
6). Marauders(D-II): Gabbie Bohl had a big week for the University of Mary: Mary redshirt-freshman, Gabbie Bohl posted back-to-back 20-plus point games last week in a win and a loss. She finished with 26 points against the University of Sioux Falls and 23 points against Southwest Minnesota State. This season, Bohl is averaging 14.1 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and shooting just about 50 percent from the floor. She also earned NSIC Player of the Week honors for her performances last week. The Marauders are 12-14 this season with a 7-11 record in the NSIC North.
It’s a good time to be a Burro basketball player.
7). HILLSBORO CENTRAL-VALLEY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM (11-3): H-CV is finding their groove late in the season: Kyle Henningsgard and Carson Henningsgard combined for 31 points in the Burros 75-51 win over Park River/Fordville-Lankin. The Burros are on a three-game winning streak and have won seven of their last eight. Burros play at Hatton-Northwood (8-8) and at Grafton/St. Thomas (12-3) Tuesday and Thursday this week.
8). H-CV GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM (11-7): Burros have won eight of their last nine: Last week the Burros beat Northern Cass, 71-53 and edged out a 71-69 win over North Border. H-CV has three games left and will finish their regular season next Monday after playing three games in the next seven days, starting Monday (tonight) at 7:30 against Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page (13-6).
9). SPORTS TO WATCH?: After Super Bowl, now what do we do?: The next big sporting event is March Madness and state high school basketball but we all have some time to step back and make that money that we lost during the football season back. But not for long because those baseball beats will soon start showing up on your credit card statements.
10). FARGO SOUTH GRAD SPRINTS A MILE RACE: I run but not fast. Back in my prime I could run a seven-minute mile and on a good maybe get that just under seven minutes. Madeline Strandemo, a University of Minnesota track and field student-athlete ran a 4:38.88 mile at an invitational on Saturday and I’m stunned. Here are five desserts you can make in five minutes: no-bake pineapple pie, easy s’mores cups, oreo popcorn, tiramisu dip and cookie butter mug cake. Strandemo could run a mile and have a treat in less than five minutes.
BET OF THE NIGHT: Miami Heat at Minnesota Timberwolves (over/under 205): I’m going to take the over but if you are a stats junkie, you might take the under. Minnesota averages 104.0 points per game and the Heat average 100.4 but Miami has won 10 straight and has scored 105 points or more in seven of their last 10. I’ll take the over.