Super Bowl Sunday.

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The Super Bowl is here and what an eventful NFL season it’s been. My first real season following the mighty Houston Texans start off with zero wins to three losses, then to smash an amazing nine game winning streak and to finish the regular season eleven wins to five losses. We made it to the Wildcard round as Champions of the AFC South but sadly our road to the Super Bowl ended there after losing to the Colts.

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Now with the final draw we see the New England Patriots face off against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday 3rd February, as both teams fight it out to get their hands on the Lombardi Trophy. Putting Brady against Goff and Belichick against McVay.

This result could have been very different as Championship weekend was eventful to say the least. With both games; the Saints / Rams and Chiefs / Patriots running into overtime for the win to be clenched. Both losing teams (Saints and Chiefs) looked strong throughout their respective games and on a different day the Super Bowl fixture could have been very different.


As things currently stand in the stats, the figures and the history – The Patriots are the greatest team of all time. Since 2001 they have won their division sixteen times, reached the Championship games thirteen times and now this will mark the ninth time they have visited the Super Bowl, winning five and attempting to make this their sixth – where as the Rams have only played in three and won one Super Bowl. On paper it looks like a clear winner.

Saying that, Rams head coach Sean McVay in the two years he has been at L.A. has cemented himself as a phenomenal coach, with a bizarre yet strangely satisfying party trick of being able to recall any play his teams have ever played or ran. Just watching it, listening to him remember and call it step by step is amazing. But going up against the longest-serving coach in the league right now Bill Belichick will be a whole new party trick to learn – beating the Patriots. Belichick has proven over the past 19 years that regardless of who they are playing, he is able to find, exploit and us to his advantage the weaknesses of his opponents.

So what might have looked like an easy victory from an outside glance for the Patriots – as they are THE team, might shape up to be one exciting game with the Rams giving all they’ve got to try to prove something. With Jared Goff going against Tom Brady – a battle of young vs old. Goff (24) is the sixth Quarterback under 25 to start a Super Bowl (with Brady being one of them) and Brady (41) being the only 40+ quarterback to start. Giving evidence to the saying “Don’t fix what isn’t broken” – Brady is still going strong into his 40’s holding his own against the young upcoming stars who are set to take his mantle. While also something I have learnt from watching this season, literally ANYTHING can happen. You can go into a game thinking, I can call this – easy. Then suddenly it’s bottom of the 1st quarter and that call is long and truly out of the window.

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As it stands right now odds wise the Pats are tipped by the bookies to win 3/4 with the Rams at 11/10. But that could all change in the next week. Personally I am backing the Ram’s – like I said McVay is a mastermind and I’d love to see him call this right. What are your predictions? How has the season been for you?


Also at the start of the week the England game fixtures for next season were released. Texans in the UK – Bring It On! I can’t wait.

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Beginners Guide to NFL.

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Well not exactly a guide to understanding the sport . . . I mean I’m not even sure  I can understand it all yet, let alone explain it. But this is more about my new-found fondness.

So Sports Fans we had the Super Bowl which was awesome!

I’ve always wanted to get into the game, but obviously being an American game and living in England it never felt like it was meant to be. It’s not easy to watch it over here and the support is low (which I was wrong about).

So after the Super Bowl, which I sat down and watched thanks to BBC iPlayer, I felt like I was ready to learn and understand the game. I picked up the majority of the rules pretty quickly and thought – Ok I am going to actively work on this, support the sport and follow the game.

Again being a Brit I have no clue who is good or bad. I know that the New England Patriots are one of the best, with Tom Brady’s arm and there Super Bowl wins. But I didn’t want to do that, you know that fair weather Manchester United supporting fan thing. I am just picking a side and rooting for them.

So as I have family in Houston I thought, this is an easy pick – Go Texans!

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When I was out there, we went tailgating – which if you don’t know turns a football game (which is already long enough) into a day session. Everyone turns up at the stadium with their pickup trucks and RV’s – they set up a tent, a BBQ and they just DRINK. I mean like they go to town on the beers and BBQ – my god it was amazing. I was so drunk that day it was unreal. It’s crazy how culture in the States is so different, over here you get a crappy pie and a warm beer before the game, over there you got a whole pre party that is good enough to be THE party.

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I then went and bought Madden 18 to help learn the rest of the plays, rules and dynamics of the game. Which so far has offered so much more than just that, the game is so in-depth in regards to what you can do, the drafts, the contracts, the coaching. It’s a whole different level of gameplay than what you would expect with something like FIFA – which is top of the football gaming world, Madden steps over that and gives so much more for NFL. I’ve been able to learn about techniques, plays and even the dynamics of drafting new players from High School – I can’t say I am 100% up on the know how just yet but it is coming along nicely and it’s so much fun.

I’ve also got a couple of friends that are fans of the sport which is helpful in my rookie state. One being a guy I work with – who is probably reading this right now and realising we are talking about him. Hey Steve! It’s useful to talk to these guys to help gain an understanding of bits of the game I might not get. I worry that I have become that person – now that I’ve found something new to take an interest in, everything can revolve around NFL. Like I want to get a Jersey but I also don’t want to be that guy. You know the one that after two months of having a new hobby has the team strip, some merchandise and a signed picture. It’s over kill. But you know what I mean.

I would love a Jersey but they are like £100 and well that is a lot of money right now. So hey if anyone out there wants to send me one in return for some favours, posts or reviews – sign me up. (Houston Texans Home Jersey – 2XL, 10 Hopkins, 4 Watson or 99 Watt)

Just an idea – worth a shot.

So here is to the continued learning of the game, the understanding of the nitty bits and the start of next season. Yes it’s about 6 months away but I can’t wait. Going to have to work out how to watch in the UK but it’s going to be fun. Any of my readers or followers an NFL fan? If so who do you support? Maybe you can help me get out of the rookie league and into the Pro status.

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