Super Bowl: I know it wasn't pretty offensively, but the defenses had much to do with it. New England played its best defense of the season, even without Patrick Chung in the second half.
New England used its run game and most importantly Julian Edelman in space to get some much needed yards. Edelman's performance kept New England in the driver's seat for the most part. The Rams had a couple of chances to take the lead in the second half, but the Pats secondary and field position led to no Rams touchdowns on the evening. It may be even more impressive as to how the Pats run defense really controlled the Rams use of rushing.
It might have only been a 13-3 win, but Tom Brady now has six Super Bowl rings. Bill Belichick has eight (6 as a head coach and two as a defensive coordinator). Both are NFL legends and both should break into the NFL Hall of Fame as first ballot honors when that time comes.
East vs Central hoops
Both Men's and Ladies games were competitive, but it was East who got the upperhand in both contests last week. Central led both games for most of the way, but both games were less than a five point spread by the end of the night.
Central hosted South Point Feb. 5th, but has East Gaston as well at home Feb. 8th.
East Rutherford has a huge match up with Shelby at Shelby on Fri., Feb. 8th. East barely won the ladies and mens games a couple weeks back.
Chase will host South Point Feb. 8th and Central Feb. 12th. The Trojan men barely fell to East Gaston, while the ladies do have one league win against South Point this season.
Thomas Jefferson now has five wins on the Men's side and two conference victories, while the Ladies just picked up their first league win of the season against Highland tech.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame now has 50 inductees as Jeff Gordon, Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Roger Penske and Jack Roush were the five inducted this past week. Despite NASCAR having its problems with keeping fans interested as of late, these five picks were solid. Gordon had 93 wins, six Southern 500 wins and four championships. Allison won 19 times in just 6.5 years as a Cup competitor with a win in the Coke 600 and Daytona 500. Kulwicki won a championship in 1992 as a car owner and driver. Particularly his strategy and will to never give up saw him overcome a late 278-point difference in the season to pass four other competitors down the stretch. That shining moment took place in one of the most pinnacle races in NASCAR during the Hooters 500 in November 1992. Roush and Penske have acquired nearly 900 wins in elite racing as car owners. While Allison and Kulwicki's careers were cut short, the importance of the class ranks second in my opinion. There will never be a better class than the first one of 2010.
No doubt, it's been a tough couple of weeks for Panthers fans as Julius Peppers is retiring and Thomas Davis will not be rostered with the Panthers for next year. Peppers initially started his NFL career with the Panthers, but moved on with two other teams before returning to Carolina for the last two years of his career. Peppers had nearly 160 sacks in his NFL career. This year at 39, he was still no easy solution for defenses either as he was an enforcer along the front line.
Tarheel fans are fond of him as well as a member of not only the football team, but basketball team. In 2001, there is one game that stood out on the football field as he single-handedly beat Clemson 38-3 at Clemson.
His early years as a Panther, Peppers helped Carolina become an NFL playoff team no one wanted to face. I'm glad Peppers could retire as a Panther...that's the way it should be.
Davis still wants to play and will get a chance to I am sure with some team out there. Still, it's going to be odd without Kuechly's partner in crime on the field and definitely on a different team. While the Panthers will not re-sign Davis, he will always be a Panther in my book. So, I wish the both of them the best of luck.