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6 Super Bowl Story Lines Long Island Football Fans Should Follow

first_img4.Back to the Jets. Darrelle Revis, who now calls New England home, was perhaps the best defensive player in the league during his time with the Jets as the sole proprietor of “Revis Island” until he tore his ACL. But the well-compensated All-Pro cornerback and the organization always seemed to be in a contract dispute. After six years with Gang Green, Revis was traded to Tampa Bay, where he spent one season before joining the Patriots and getting his wish to play in the ultimate NFL game. Just another reason for Jets fans to scrap Super Bowl plans and hide under a blanket with a bottle of scotch.5.Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington is the last member of Hofstra’s now-defunct college football program to make the NFL. Arrington went un-drafted in 2009 but was later picked up by the Patriots. The Maryland native often bemoans not having a college team to boast about when his fellow teammates celebrate their respective alma maters’ accomplishments.Long Islanders may not have a team—or a Long Islander—to root for, but Arrington’s story of hard work and determination despite the odds is one that we can all appreciate—even if he is a Patriot. View image | gettyimages.com 6.There may not be a more interesting character in the NFL than Marshawn Lynch, he of the media allergy. Lynch is an old-school running back who seems to get stronger with each and every hit. He may be the hardest back to take down in the game today, and is embarking on a Hall of Fame career.But it’s hard for fans outside Seattle to appreciate him because he refuses to speak with the media. And when he does, he offers pre-determined, one-line responses, like he did at Media Day. Here’s to hoping the Seahawks win so that poor on-field reporter can shove a microphone right in Lynch’s face after a Seattle victory. Word! View image | gettyimages.com 3.The biggest scandal this country has probably seen since Watergate has dominated the headlines the last week, and that’s the discovery that the Patriots played the first half of the AFC Championship Game against the hapless Indianapolis Colts with 11 of 12 balls that were deflated—a headline writer’s dream (just ask the New York Daily News). Apparently, deflated balls are easier to throw in crummy weather conditions just like those in Foxborough on Jan. 18. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is nonetheless against the rules to leak air out of the balls, which are inspected by referees before the game. So, if the Patriots are found to have intentionally deflated footballs, then it’s only fair to label them cheaters. Again.Football air pressure should have no bearing on the Super Bowl, since the NFL provides all of the pigskins for the big game. Whatever the NFL’s investigation uncovers, at least we got to hear Tom Brady talk in great length about how he likes to handle his balls.center_img Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]T[/dropcap]om Brady’s preference of footballs, the New England Patriots’ oft-criticized coach (who happened to spend one day as coach of the NY Jets), a Seattle Seahawks running back who’s allergic to the media, another ex-Jets coach at the helm of a Super Bowl squad and the last Hofstra University player to make the NFL are just some of the headlines we’ll be interested in come kickoff Sunday.New York may not have a dog in this fight, but there are story lines aplenty worth following this Super Bowl, especially if you’re a Jets fans.1.Let’s start with those tortured Gang Green fans, a devoted group that hasn’t seen their favorite team raise the Lombardi Trophy in 46 years. The Giants have won four since then and the hated Patriots could equal that mark with a win over the Seahawks. And, if the Pats do halt Seattle’s quest for a repeat, they’ll do so with one of the Jets’ all-time great players on their roster: Darrelle Revis.Not only are Jets fans still reeling from a disastrous 4-12 season that prompted the firing of coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik, but they may also have to witness another Pats Super Bowl victory celebration, replete with Bill Belichick—and his hoodie—soaked in Gatorade and confetti and whatever magic potion he conjures up to put his New England team in contention year after year. View image | gettyimages.com Belichick famously resigned as Jets head coach on the very day the organization was about to announce his hiring. Even more shocking was the way he quit, penning a note on a napkin with the words that he had resigned “as HC of NYJ.” By comparison, he’s spent 15 years with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowls and advancing to the title game six times, racking up 174 regular season wins along the way. During that same period, the Jets have had only eight winning seasons and zero Super Bowl appearances, despite blistery proclamations from the team’s former blowhard coach.Here’s a taste of what Belichick’s introductory press conference-turned-resignation statement sounded like:2.Then there’s Pete Carroll, who was fired after just one season with the Jets, in which the team went 6-10. Carroll is seeking back-to-back Super Bowl titles, a feat not accomplished since the Patriots won consecutive titles in 2003 and 2004. Carroll was a successful college coach before the Seahawks offered him a chance to rewrite his NFL career.Win or lose, Carroll has cemented his place alongside Belichick atop the hierarchy of great NFL coaches. What else do Sunday’s coaching rivals share? Remarkable success since leaving the Jets.last_img read more

Dawson hopeful a win will be enough

first_imgHull defender Michael Dawson is confident the Tigers will stay up if they beat Manchester United on the last day of the season. Hull’s goal difference is currently two better than Sunderland’s and seven better than Newcastle’s, meaning the Magpies will have to win if Hull triumph at the KC Stadium. “They say in the Premier League there’ll be a twist and hopefully it’ll go our way,” Dawson said. “The pressure is on Newcastle and Sunderland as well, but we know we have to win and I believe if we do win we’ll have enough to stay in this league. “If Newcastle and Sunderland win they are obviously safe but they are playing with pressure.” Dawson added: “We beat Liverpool at home and hopefully we can have another performance and result like that. “Hopefully a win will be good enough, it’s out of our hands.” Manchester United may not be at full throttle against the Tigers, having already achieved their primary objective of securing Champions League football next season. “I certainly hope that’s the case, but you are playing against a top Man United team so we have got to prepare right this week and pick ourselves up,” Dawson said. Steve Bruce’s side must overcome United and hope other results go their way as they currently trail Sunderland and Newcastle by three and two points respectively. Sunderland also have a game in hand, away to Arsenal on Wednesday, before finishing with a tough trip to Chelsea, while Newcastle end their campaign at home to West Ham. “Obviously everyone is down after the game, the difference from winning to losing is incredible. “But come Monday morning we will be back on the training ground and we have got one more chance. “We are in this together, the manager has said that from minute one. He is our leader but it’s 11 players that go on the pitch to perform. “We are in this situation because we haven’t performed as well as we can, but I still believe there’s enough in that dressing room to win next week and hopefully still be a Premier League team.” Press Associationlast_img read more